Some MUW Grads Oppose Name Change

By: The Associated Press, staff reports
By: The Associated Press, staff reports

A name change has been recommended for the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, and some local alumni don't like it.

School president, Dr. Claudia Limbert, pushed for a new name to shake the image of a finishing school for girls. MUW has allowed male students since 1981.

Limbert cut ties with the original alumnae association that challenged her policies a couple of years ago. That group also opposes changing the school's name.

"We can market our school by branding it 'The W' and that is not offensive to men or women," said Betty Lou Jones of Meridian, an alumna of MUW. "And it can tell the history, our historical significance. We stand to lose a whole lot more by losing the name Mississippi University for Women than we stand to gain by using any other name."

Jones also said changing the name would be an unnecessary expense in tough economic times.

Limbert has recommended 'Reneau University' in honor of an 18-year-old who urged the state to establish a public college for women.

The state College Board would have to make such a recommendation, and the state legislature approve it, for the name to be changed.


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  • by Mastadon Location: Sherwood Forest on Aug 13, 2009 at 04:32 AM
    "W" Girl, you can have Ole Charlie instead of Limbert! The "W" would be shut down in one term!
  • by Joseph Location: Meridian on Aug 12, 2009 at 11:23 AM
    Maybe the time has come to consolidate these smaller "colleges" into the big 3 real "universities". Tax dollars would go a lot farther if there weren't so many neighborhood "colleges".
  • by College Grad Location: Meridian on Aug 12, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    When searching for schools to attend within the sate, MUW never crossed my mind because of the name. As a man, I just don't know how proud I would be of my degree with Mississippi University for Women on it. I would be proud to be a college grad; however I don't think I would display my degree. Had the name been different years ago, would I have attended Reneau University, sure but not MUW.
  • by ImaWgirl Location: Birmingham on Aug 11, 2009 at 08:58 PM
    Based on your unnecessary comment about Sheryl Crowe and softball … you are not a “W” girl and have nothing to add to the conversation. We are not opposed just to a name change...it's the change of the mission, an urge to change the school into something it was never meant to be and to Limbert's leadership (or lack of leadership) we continue to question.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Aug 11, 2009 at 07:42 PM
    Having been a high school counselor, I completely agree with the fact that the name needs to be changed. I never had any boys inquire about this university. Who can blame them? I wouldn't want a diploma hanging in my office stating that I graduted from a university for WOMEN if I was a male. COME ON!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 11, 2009 at 03:18 PM
    I don't understand why people oppose the name change. I hate to be the one to point out the obvious but the "W" is no longer just for women. Besides, I'm sure there are a lot of men who would be embarrassed to say that they got their degree from a school that has a name indicating it's only for women. The way it stands now, one might think an admission requirement would be to love Sheryl Crowe music and have an unhealthy love for softball. Opposing the name change for the sake of "tradition" will only serve to hold the school back and is indicative of the problems that face our entire state (that is, people who are stuck in an old way of thinking and are afraid of change for the better).
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