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Ireland’s Trinity College Dropping Term ‘Freshmen’ for Neutral ‘Fresh’

Ireland’s Trinity College Dropping Term ‘Freshmen’ for Neutral ‘Fresh’

“will ensure that all Trinity students are equally included”

Apparently, anything with the word “men” in it is no longer acceptable.

The University Times reports:

‘Freshman’ Students to Become Gender-Neutral ‘Fresh’

irst and second-year students, who have been traditionally referred to as “freshman” students in Trinity, will now be known as junior and senior “fresh” students in an effort to be inclusive to all gender identities.

In an email to staff and students, Vice-Provost Chris Morash said the change was approved by the College Board. Morash said that this “small but important change will ensure that all Trinity students are equally included by the language used to describe them”.

The change, according to Morash will be implemented over the next three years. Morash referred to the fact that we are approaching 100 years of women’s suffrage in Ireland in 2018.

Morash referenced the College’s strategic plan, the diversity and inclusion strategy and Athena SWAN gender action plan in his email to students. This move is a significant step towards inclusion of all genders, as Trinity grapples with gender equality. “It is a concrete expression of the university’s commitment to gender equality”, added Morash.

All digital and print literature will be changed in this three-year period to reflect the this new practise. “The commitment of everyone will be crucial to ensuring its implementation”, explained Morash.

[Editor’s note, FS: corrected the title to reflect the correct name of Trinity College]


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Next on the chopping block:
Junior and Senior

After all, that implies a superior/subordinate(inferior) ranking.

*gasp! horrors! clutch your pearls and grab onto something solid, snowflakes….the room is beginning to spin!*

I guess “Young skulls full of mush” is too long…

Pilgrim1949, You left out Sophomore, but then, sophomoric is such and appropriate name for those young know-it-all ignoramuses of both sexes and all 97? genders.

Clovis Sangrail | December 2, 2017 at 10:29 am

Um, it IS a university, but it’s called Trinity College, Dublin NOT Trinity University. Along with Oxford, Cambridge,and four Scottish universities, it is one of the “ancient” universities of the British Isles.
It is named after Trinity College, Cambridge, which is one of the (semi-autonomous) colleges of Cambridge University and its library is modelled on the Wren Library – Trinity College, Cambridge’s library – which was designed by Christopher Wren.

LibraryGryffon | December 2, 2017 at 10:35 am

Somewhat off topic, but as a disappointed alumna of that institution, I feel the need to point out that the name is Trinity College or Dublin University. When it was founded the plan had been to have multiple colleges as part of the university as do Oxford and Cambridge.

It is usually referred to as TCD or Trinity College Dublin, to differentiate it from the Trinity Colleges at those other two institutions.

    Thanks Clovis and LibraryGryffon, fixed! 🙂

      LibraryGryffon in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | December 2, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      No problem!

      And the disappointed was referring to dropping “men” from “fresh”. They could have always gone with “freshers” which has been used for ages as a nickname for “freshmen”. Saying something like “This year’s freshers seem better prepared than last year’s.” sounds a lot less silly than “This years freshes seem ….”