Top 10 names for Metro State better than Denver State University

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After an exciting year-long run-up, Metropolitan State College of Denver's Board of Trustees has announced its choice for the school's new moniker. And the winner is...Denver State University! The crowd goes...meh.

What's that? Think we should stop bellyaching unless we have better suggestions? Actually, we do. We have suggestions that kick ass.

First off, let's consider "Denver State University," a name that still has to get legislative go-ahead before it's official. Honestly, the new designation sounds downright rural, like Denver State is one of the teams the Dillon Panthers take on in Friday Night Lights. (Yes, we know the Panthers are in high school and Denver State is a college, but just go with the metaphor, all right?) Metro State, on the other hand, had a bit of urban grit to it, some big-city flash. Sure, Denver itself doesn't have much grit or flash, but, baby, it's all about the strategic marketing.

Plus, Metro State's students and alums for the most part seemed to consider "Metro State" just fine. According to college statistics, 49.7 percent of alumni and students either wanted to keep the old name or, at most, change it to Metro State University. Only 36.2 percent opted for Denver State University. Still, the Board of Trustees voted five-to-two in favor of Denver State. Maybe they're all fans of Friday Night Lights.

But stop the presses! Er, we mean stop the bureaucratic process that's pushing this name change along! We have not one, not two, but ten downright amazing alternatives for Metro State's new name, any one of which would ensure that every single student there graduated summa cum laude in Fuck-Yeah. Don't like our suggestions? Tough luck. As Metro State's Board of Trustees have demonstrated, you can't like your name and choose it, too.

Page through below to see all ten, complete with exciting new logos like this one:

10. Denver Awesome College of Sharktiger

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9. Dr. Reefer's Mile High Institute of Bud Tending and Ounce Counting

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26 comments
Bobjohnson
Bobjohnson

Joel Warner should do a little fact checking before spouting stats.  He'd still be a jerk, but he'd know a little something.

Jesse
Jesse

This is one of the most immature and poorly thought out articles. This article is contributing to the death of journalism. As another commenter said, this is part of the reason for the name change. Stereotyping and insulting 24,000 undergraduates students that contribute to the success of this community and your paper is not a laughing matter. Support higher education in Colorado by getting behind the name change to Denver State University, not turning it into a joke.

Rdwyer4
Rdwyer4

Agreed. I started at Boulder and finished at Metro. This article is incredibly condescending.  There are kids at Metro 10x smarter than at CU, DU, or CSU without the means or desire to attend those schools.

Dggoddard
Dggoddard

University of Denver alums and students are almost universally opposed to this name change. There is no doubt that the branding company & Metro administrators intent was to poach DU's reputation.

The real confusion will come out of state and at the end of the day Metro alums will have to handle all the awkward questions about, "Did you know so and so who went to DU."

Come up with a unique name that symbolizes the city or the state and build your own reputation.

http://letsgodu.blogspot.com/2...

Flip
Flip

Really! Trust me The University of Denver matters to nobody outside of Denver. The only thing Denver has a reputation for is being expensive. Their law school program which is the best thing they have, is still third tear school which means on a national level they SUCK! No body will get Denver State and The University of Denver confused, Do you get Colorado State and The University of Colorado confused? of Florida State and Florida mixed up, Mississippi State or The Univ of Mississippi and so on. If anything it could be a good thing, it could develop into a school athletic rivalry that could turn into a big deal and money generator for both schools like in basketball, baseball, lacrosse and maybe a football rivalry one day, Metro is currently working on a football team.

Katharine
Katharine

Wow, Flip!  I am inclined to take your comment super seriously because you are clearly very smart!  (sarcasm)  It is spelled "tier" not tear and if you bothered to confirm your facts you would know that the law school at DU is, in fact, a first tier school (i.e. in the top 100).  Maybe if you bothered to educate yourself about standings you would actually be able to weigh in on reputation, but since you clearly don't know how to spell tier or what it is, I would venture to say that you have no clue about university reputations.

And, by the way, DU also has other highly ranked programs including being ranked #36 nationally for their social work program.  Not to mention that the Graduate International Affairs program at DU has been ranked #9 in the nation and #12 globally.  That alone indicates that DU has an international reputation and it is not only the out of state but international students that could become very confused by the name change.

Check your facts before you fart out your mouth next time.

Joe2
Joe2

You prove the arrogance of DU students with this reply. Thanks for proving our points on how DU needs to get over themselves. It makes no sense whatsoever that DU thinks their overrated reputation will be affected by Metro changing its name to Denver State University. Don't worry all DU alums and students will still have their lexus' that their parents bought them, and their "good as any other school" MBA's will not lose their value. DU needs to get back to playing beer pong and getting stoned in the JMAC dorm and Ritchie Center and shut up!

Rdwyer4
Rdwyer4

What reputation? Nobody thinks DU is an amazing school except the snobs who go there and their rich parents.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Hadn't considered the DU angle on this story -- which makes this post a good choice for an upcoming Comment of the Day item. Thanks for sharing your take, and congrats, Dggoddard.

Mark
Mark

One of the big reasons they did not want to change it to Metro State University was because there is already a school named that in Minnesota. By keeping the "of Denver" on the end makes it sound like an extension of that school. If that was to be the case they might as well have named it the University of Phoenix.

bib
bib

But they made MSUD an option in the polling along with MSCD. Those were the 2 options available for anyone who wanted to keep "Metro" in the name, and those 2 options split 50% of the vote.So, since polling suggests that names with "Metro" are heavily preferred, they need to have a vote on "Metro" names: Denver Metropolitan University, Denver Metropolitan State University, etc...no confusion with the St Paul school, and they'll keep the name close to where the majority of students and alumni like it.With DSU, they now have to figure out how to differentiate themselves from the diploma-mill DenverStateUniversity.com while marketing themselves as distinct from DU. They could have done a much better job thinking this one through.

Pete
Pete

Denver State is an unwanted name that doesn't work for anyone but the board of losers who have been pushing for this for a long time. Great, ruin the name for all alumni. Metro is classic- choose college or university but be careful because University means they can charge 3X the tuition they do now. Why send out a strategic name change survey to your students & alumni if you arent going to use it.

Flip
Flip

it's funny how people of Denver believe that the word Metropolitan only applies to them, there are metro areas all over the country. I attend Metro now and I'm from out of state, and Denver State University is a better name for several reasons. First the name Metro State just sounds gay! Second the new name will give people who are out of state a geographical location of the school, so even if a person whose never hear of the school will be like" oh o.k I know where that is" Third Denver State just sounds more like a respectable school than Metro state college of Denver, which really does sound like a community college. Denver State is a name I would be proud to tell people I attended and I would be more willing to give money back to Denver State after graduating. Trust me no one is going to confuse Denver State with The University of Denver, except the dumb asses that say Denver University instead of The University of Denver. Do any body get Colorado State and The University of Colorado mixed up, NO!! Lastly any body that says the name change is stupid because Denver isn't a state, DUH, neither is Metro but it's called Metro State right now innit?!  P.S tuition will go up regardless rather there's a name change or not that"s just a fact of higher education!!! 

Nstein1155
Nstein1155

The addition of "University" in the title means upper level graduate degrees are offered. Tuition rates are, and will always continue to go up.

David
David

A funny, but condescending article. Denver State is definitely a good change for Metro. A good example for Metro should be Portland State University (in Portland). In enrollment terms, prospective students need a geographically specific location (Denver) and "university." In 10 years this change will be universally seen as wise!

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

David, thanks for sharing a different point of view. Much appreciated.

john
john

This dribble makes me dislike the Westword even more. The author thinks he is being cute or funny by making back handed comments about MSCD and the people who attend there, but he is just coming off as a snob. It is obvious from the few words that he drooled out onto a piece of paper that he has very little knowledge of MSCD, let alone the renaming process. If this is any indication of the type of journalism that takes place at the Westword, they should just merge with Onion and get it over with.

srsly?
srsly?

This article just perpetuates more of the crap that compelled Metro to change the name in the first place. Unfunny.

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I vote for sharktiger!

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Good choice -- because you know it's going to have an awesome mascot!

bib
bib

Boozy Hijinks? Random T&A? Lowered Expectations?I know it's a joke, but let's get it in the ballpark, "Metro: 3 kids, 2 jobs, low tuition!"Metro is where students who have families to support or demands outside of school go. The Board shouldn't be baffled that so few students showed up to the naming discussions, half the student body was either starting their night-shift or putting their kids to bed.Metro has the hardest working students in the state.

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