[CrackMonkey] Melissa Greco: "We went to Beaver College."
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Wed Jul 18 13:30:11 PDT 2001
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Goodbye Beaver, hello Arcadia
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (AP) -- Beaver College graduates who
have been the brunt of jokes and snickering over the name on their
diplomas will soon be able to start anew.
After months of focus groups, town meetings and questionnaires, the
suburban Philadelphia college becomes Arcadia University on Monday.
Soon after, alumni who want them will begin receiving new diplomas.
"When they put their degrees up on their wall, particularly if they
were not local, they found people saying, 'That's a joke, isn't
it?' or 'That's not for real,"' university President Bette
E. Landman said.
More than 800 alumni of the college, which opened in 1853 as a
women's college in Beaver County and later moved across the state,
have already requested replacement diplomas.
The name change was meant to counteract years of abuse that went as
far as jokes on David Letterman's TV show and "Saturday Night
Live." The name often elicited derogatory remarks pertaining to
the rodent, TV's "Leave It to Beaver" and a vulgar reference to the
But many of the students living on the Glenside campus took pride
in the name.
Graduate Melissa Greco, 22, said many of her friends think the
"We went to Beaver College. It kind of feels in a sense that it's
no longer our college," she said.
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