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Student Protesters Push for Changing Name of Dixie State University

Student Protesters Push for Changing Name of Dixie State University

“If students are having an issue getting hired after they’ve put at least four years of their life and thousands of dollars into their education, then there’s an issue with that”

This debate has been going on for a few years now. Some students traveled hundreds of miles just to attend this protest, because attending a protest is the most important thing students can do now.

CNN reports:

Student protesters urge state to change Dixie State University’s name

State Senate leaders in Utah say a bill to rename Dixie State University will get a debate this session, after a group of students rallied at the Capitol in favor of removing “Dixie” from the school’s name.

About 50 students made the 300-mile bus trip from St. George, in the southwestern corner of the state, to Salt Lake City for the protest and to meet with state senators about HB278, which calls for the university’s board of trustees to select a new name by November.

The bill passed the House on February 10 but had reportedly stalled in the Senate.

The legislative session ends next week.

Nursing student Abigail Scherzinger helped organize the trip and told CNN that the stigma surrounding the school’s name is a big concern for students.

“If students are having an issue getting hired after they’ve put at least four years of their life and thousands of dollars into their education, then there’s an issue with that,” she said.

Scherzinger, 20, is the chief of staff of the student government association and said she’s concerned that it might be harder for her to get into a graduate program outside of Utah.

“If you have been working so hard to get into the master’s program of your dreams and in your five-minute interview, they spent three of those minutes asking you about where Dixie State University is, or why you chose to go to a university called Dixie State University. I really think that that’s an issue,” she said.

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Y’ kiddin’ me, right!

Sippy Cup U?

They cannot just transfer to another school prior to graduation if the name bothers them so? I can see a senior, who might not have thought much of the connotatios of the name worrying in the current climate. It is easily rectified with a transfer, and perhaps some additional course alignment work.

My brothers used to think “whistling Dixie” meant to pucker your lips as if you’re going to whistle, except instead, you whisper the word “Dixie.” Whistling Dixie. Makes sense when you are double digits for the first time, and you’re not from the South.

They didn’t notice the name of the school they attended?
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The admin should say sure – it’ll now be known as the University of Spoiled Children

If I was applying for a graduate school program and the interviewer spent 3 of the 5 minutes allocated asking about the name of my school I’d tell the Dean of the school I want a proper interview. Sounds like discrimination to me.

healthguyfsu | March 1, 2021 at 9:55 pm

Why did you even apply to a school (much less attend) if you hated the name so much?

Antifundamentalist | March 2, 2021 at 10:09 am

If y’all don’t like the name, don’t go to school there. But do not try to control other people. Isn’t that the mantra?

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