Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Irony Strikes Home

The student-run newspaper at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia is changing its name. Since Fredericksburg was the site of several battles during the Civil War and has a lot of historical connections to that time in American history and there the double meaning of the word (think "bullet points" in a presentation), the university newspaper was called The Bullet. It has had the name since 1922.

Terrible, terrible thing to call a university newspaper, the name has violent connotations.  It also has connections, one supposes to the Civil War. Here's what the current editor in chief had to say:
Alison Thoet, the paper’s editor-in-chief, told Campus Reform in an interview that the editorial board felt the old name was “a little outdated” and was more representative of the Fredericksburg, Va., community’s ties to the Civil War and not the school as a whole.
In this day and age, no one really cares about the Civil War. We wanted something that was updated,” Thoet said. (bolded for emphasis)
No one really cares about the Civil War in this day and age. Okay, I'm going to accept that at face value. There's just one more thing I want to share about this story. Obviously they have picked a new name for the student paper. They decided to name it The Blue & Grey Press.

9 comments:

Dave H said...

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's darned funny to watch someones else struggle with it.

Coffeypot said...

AHAHAHA!

Borepatch said...

I guess that Irony 101 isn't taught at that University.

Sherm said...

I read that Washington and Lee University is downplaying the Confederate part of its heritage. I suspect that similarly sooner rather than later the "Grey" will become untenable as part of this paper's new name and they'll seek to rename it "The Blue Press."

Late in the game, and only after a lot of money has been spent, someone at the school will do some due diligence and discover that they are in conflict with Dillon Precision (bullets again).

I hope I don't miss the show.

Opinionated Grump (Rich in NC) said...

ba-dum....chhhhshhh....
the veal.,. she'll be here all week.


Rich in NC

PS I really do wonder what 'Blue and Grey" stand for?

Dave H said...

The school's colors are Navy blue and gray.

Chris said...

Civil War? Ooooh . . . they mean the War of Northern Aggression? And in Virginia, no less. Damn carpetbaggers! ;)

Richard Blaine said...

They're gucci baggers nowadays.

Chickenmom said...

As a Yankee, I must say I am totally
saddened by what is going on in that once fine school. US history is slowly being erased. The alumni really should immediately stop any and all financial support until this nonsense stops.