Suggested new names for MUW rolling in

Published 1:06 am Tuesday, December 30, 2008

So far, a committee looking into what the new name of the Mississippi University for Women should be has received about 150 suggestions.

The committee, established by MUW President Claudia Limbert, will narrow the prospects in coming months. The group is scheduled to meet in January.

Although some of the school’s alumni oppose a change, school leaders have said a name change is needed to revamp the public university’s image and make it appeal to more students.

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MUW began admitting men in 1982 after a long legal battle and now has about 16 percent male enrollment.

Some of the names suggested so far include: Mississippi Magnolia University, Mississippi Heritage University and Eudora Welty University.