name change not necessary
In a Skiff editorial Friday, Nathan Winkler argued TCU
should remove the word Christian from its
name because it projects an image to the public which
does not represent the university. A name change such
as Winkler suggests is not only impractical, but unnecessary
Winklers first argument deals with the fundamentalist
connotations of the word Christian in our
modern day society. However, TCU cannot change its name
simply because of how popular society might perceive
it. This would be similar to the U.S. government threatening
a war in an attempt to maintain public favor, and who
could ever imagine that happening?
TCU has no requirements of chapel attendance as some
Christian schools do, and residence hall visitation
and Internet filtration policies are much more lax than
many of these schools as well. However, it is not really
a problem to our university that persons are surprised
that we do not have more strict policies.
The fact that TCU has very little forced religious requirements
in no way makes the school less Christian. We give religious
freedom to all students, to practice their religion
as they see fit, or abstain from it altogether. TCUs
liberal policies in comparison to other Christian schools
serve as a statement that Christians do not all have
to be fundamentalist, and that they can be open to differing
viewpoints, both religious and otherwise.
Changing the name would be highly impractical as well.
TCU has name recognition around the country that has
been earned over the past hundred years. It would take
many years for word to spread that the newly named school
was in fact, the university formerly known as TCU.
Certainly, the initials TCU could be maintained, by
simply changing what the C stands for. TCUs
alternative newspaper The Sniff suggested last spring
that it should be changed to Capitalist,
but clearly that was recommended more as a criticism
of TCU than anything. So I guess were out of luck
with that option.
I understand Winklers intentions are good, in
that he does not want TCU to suffer in diversity simply
because of its name. However, this is a case in which
we are better off working with the name weve got,
rather than starting anew and having to regain the recognition
we have already attained, and which is associated with
the current name.
Besides, think about the alumni response to a name change
of their alma mater. These are the same people who make
very large donations to the school every year. If there
was a decision to be made between donation money and
a name more representative of our school, which one
do you think the administration would pick?
Dennis is a senior sociology major from Gail.