April 9, 2009
While the NAACP and Ward take exception to two of the three names, the choices don''t seem to bother those who will be most affected by the change -- current MUW students.
Michelle Johnson, a senior music therapy major from Southaven, said her first choice is Reneau. Even after learning the opposition being taken by the NAACP, her mind was not changed.
"I don''t think there''s anything racist about it," she said. It was 150 years ago, I still stick with my original point. I like Reneau because without her we wouldn''t have this university."
Detrick Williams, a freshman from Clarksdale who wants to be a history teacher, also prefers Reneau. He also didn''t change his mind after learning about Reneau''s past as a slave owner.
"We can''t blame everyone who owned slaves," he said. "I still think she is a great part of this school and it should be named after her. We live in a different generation now. Blacks and whites are more open with each other. The friend I depend on most is white. The barrier is down with the young generation, even if it might still be there with the older one."
Charlise Bradshaw, a speech pathology major from West Point would rather the school stay MUW, but out of the three choices likes Waverley best. After mulling the NAACP''s opinion around for a while, she still felt comfortable with her first opinion.
"I know it''s kind of funny, but no it doesn''t make me change my mind," she said. "That was then and this is now. It just doesn''t bother me."
Alex Oltremari, a culinary arts major from Jackson, admits he doesn''t know much about the history of any of the three names being considered, but likes Reneau best.
"If she was a slave owner it wouldn''t bother me, but I could understand where other people are coming from and why it might bother them," he said.
Claudia Watson, a freshman majoring in business and culinary arts, still wishes the school wasn''t going to change the university''s name, but if they are going to wants any name other than Welty.
"Welty, I just didn''t understand because she didn''t even graduate from here," she said. "If they are going to change it I wish they would pick something that relates to Columbus."
W Grad commented at 4/9/2009 12:51:00 PM:
Guys, if you don't like the fact that "women" is in the name of this university, DON'T GO THERE!! Why is this president trying to change everything about MISSISSIPPI UNIVERSITY FOR WOMEN!!!! Is she a man in disguise???
Laura commented at 4/9/2009 1:06:00 PM:
I agree with the finding of the NAACP, as the names "Reneau" and "Waverley" has a historical negative stigma associated with it, not that Sallie Reneau did shouldn't be applauded for her efforts in starting this great university, but great consideration should be given, so that the name reflects the university in a positive way.
Another W Grad (Male) commented at 4/9/2009 1:31:00 PM:
W Grad that's what is prompting the name change. I'm a male graduate and I don't care anything about changing the name. But enrollment has been an issue at the W for a long time. If enrollemnt doesn't pick up soon you may be looking at MS State Columbus Branch.
So they are trying to make the university more appealing to members of both genders.
JAY commented at 4/9/2009 1:35:00 PM:
It wouldn't bother me if Miss St. or Ole Miss or Southern would take it over and make it an extention campus. I think that would solve a lot of problems all the way around
LS commented at 4/9/2009 2:28:00 PM:
I agree with you Jay. That way those who feel that Limbert is doing a terrible job would not have to deal with her.
D.Matt commented at 4/10/2009 1:19:00 PM:
It's funny to hear from these women who still remain in the past.
It's only a matter of "when" not "if" the MUW closes. Everything else is just buying it time. What female wants to go to an all girls school in the middle of rural Mississippi?!
It's in Mississippi!
Enrollment numbers are low, tax revenue is down. Unless MUW plans on going private, it better change its name to attract students.
JDP commented at 4/11/2009 8:55:00 AM:
Please let it alone. I do not understand why in the world they want to change the name. Would the adminstration consider conducting a poll on paper from the faculty, students and alumni? These are the people that support the "W". Maybe the paper can run an ad and residents can mail in their comments. I am a former students and staff, I would be more than willing to take a few days off from my job to return to Columbus to help with this.
TokenMale? commented at 4/12/2009 9:10:00 PM:
W Grad, I absolutely appreciate your sexist comments and look forward to the day when they do change the name just for the look of anger on your face. People like you are the ones who would snatch all of the males off this campus in a heartbeat, knowing your great grandmother didn't have the right to vote and you have probably experienced discrimination yourself.
This is the crux of the problem. Female alums can't fathom having "their" university taken away and changed into something that might survive in the changing century. When five percent of junior college sophomores IN MISSISSIPPI, when asked at a writer's conference a week ago, knew that men were allowed to enroll at the W, we have a problem. The W is not getting the same people that filled its halls twenty years ago; rather, we are having to expand our efforts to stay alive. We need a new direction and the only way we will get there is through hard work and determination, not with hate speech and empty minds.
London commented at 4/14/2009 3:17:00 PM:
I agree with Mr. W it should be Mississippi State University columbus campus. I dont really see the need to change the school name after a woman that didnt even graduated from the school.......and really doesnt see the reason for changing the name in honor of a slave owner rather it was over a hundred years or before christ! thats nothing to honor, its only going to put in the minds of some black parents that the school support racism and that is not the true at MUW!! I feel that it should be something that anyone will not take offense to!
London commented at 4/14/2009 3:22:00 PM:
To Mrs. Laura: YOU SAID IT PERFECT IN YOUR COMMENT THANKS I TOTALLY AGREE!!!!!!!!!
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