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An unfortunate acronym

The George Mason University School of Law has narrowly avoided making an ASS out of itself.

Officials at the Virginia institution were perhaps a bit too hasty in trumpeting plans to change the school’s name to pay homage to the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia – a change that also would allow the university to receive a $20,000 naming gift from an anonymous donor.

The new name? Antonin Scalia School of Law.

Apparently, none of the decision-makers at George Mason realized they were turning their prestigious school into ASS Law.

After five days of “some acronym controversy on social media,” Dean Henry Butler wrote in an April 5 announcement, the school wisely decided to change its name once again, this time going with the cleaner Antonin Scalia Law School.

The school will still receive the generous naming gift, according to Butler’s announcement, and also avoid becoming the butt of endless Internet jokes.


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