Monday, February 26, 2007

Go San Jose State! not CSU-SJ!

Look out, I am on a ranting spree... First the council race, now the school's name.

An article from the Spartan Daily online Friday talks about the students who want to change the name of San Jose State University.

Never mind, it is not worth ranting about.

Okay, maybe I will rant.

Changing the school's name is a waste of time and money. It is the same two former students that have been trying to get the name changed for years. They pretend like they have a ton of support and they act like they speak for all the students, but they do not. In fact, I have not heard a single student say that they think it is a good idea.

GoState's arguments do not seem very reasonable to me. If anything, the San Jose State name helps build credibility and independence for the school. I have been studying SJSU's history a lot this semester. In 1972, San Jose State College became California State University. People did not like the name, it had been San Jose State for a long time, so in only two years they changed the name to San Jose State University.

The San Jose State name goes back to at least 1921. Other than the brief two years in the '70s, it has never been called California State anything. It was a bad idea then, it is a bad idea now. San Jose is the third largest city in the state and the 10th largest in the country. If people do not know where San Jose is, too bad. The school is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state and is the original campus of the largest college system in the country. I am proud of SJSU and see no need to go changing names because a couple of alumni have nothing better to do.


Sean Gilpin said...

Cool, nice rant. I like the current name too, it has character.

Anonymous said...

It amazes me that anyone is satisifed with San Jose State's name or reputation. Even the school itself said it is perceived as "Second Rate" in a 2006 report.

San Jose State sounds like the name of a third-world community college commuter school, in Costa Rica.

California is the best known state in the union, and SJ is the oldest CSU, and should be "California State" not lame old, SJSU, the loser school.



Anonymous said...

Actually he is not asking for a name change. The existing name, San Jose State University, will stand. However the alumni will also have the right to market their degrees under the CSU San Jose name.

San Jose State University is well known in the valley, but elsewhere (especially internationally) its name recognition is rather obscure.

In contrast, the CSU brand (if I may call it that) has international recognition. I have first hand experience of this, I'm an international student from Sri Lanka and the CSU brand instantly recognized. This is because the CSU brand represents the largest university system in the largest state in the U.S. which of course is California.

Being able to market your degree as CSU has immediate tangible benefits for the SJSU alumni. Since SJSU is part of CSU the students have a right to market their degrees under the CSU name.