The State of Virginia has some great schools. University of Virginia and Virginia Tech are certainly considered in the group of top Universities in the country. Fast rising Virginia Commonwealth University has emerged from being a sleepy inner city school in Richmond, whose Medical College of Virginia and Computer Digital Arts Programs make significant contributions to the state. Both UVA and VA Tech have opened extension campuses in Northern Virginia to serve the Washington Area’s needs for Undergrad and Grad worker in the high tech and STEM Fields.Nearby University of Maryland is a powerhouse, with highly noted programs in Computer Software, Artificial Intelligence, and the STEM Fields.
Then there is George Mason, a commuter school which seems utterly disconnected from the high tech region which the college supposedly serves.
Funding. George Mason has been the darling of conservative donors for the past 20 years. Major donations each year from folks like the Scaife Foundation fund “academic” chairs in Economics for folks like black conservative Walter Williams. The Law School has a large an active Federalist Society, a racist group in suits which pursues legalized Jim Crow. No wonder the school recently received a $30 million donation from the Koch Brothers and an anonymous donor to name the Law School after Scalia.
What’s in a name? Just ask George Mason Universityofficials, who announced last week the law school would be renamed to honor the late U.S. Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.
Officials said on March 31 the new name would be the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University.
Social media, predictably, erupted over the acronym, which became the subject of ridicule, so officials at the Washington area school quickly decided to change the name.
“The name initially announced… has caused some acronym controversy on social media. The Antonin Scalia Law School is a logical substitute. We anticipate the naming will be effective on July 1, 2016 pending final approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia,” the school’s dean, Henry Butler, said in a letter to students and alumni.
The law school was first prompted to change its name after receiving $30 million in donations, $10 million of which came from the Charles Koch Foundation and the other $20 million from an unnamed donor.