Freshman? Just Call Them “Fish”

Political correctness makes life more complicated on campus, this time at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill:

The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill has removed the word “freshman” from official university documents, citing as their reason an attempt to adopt more “gender inclusive language.”

We are “committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community,” reads a statement administrators sent to Campus Reform on Monday.

The University of North Carolina…dropped the term “freshman” in an effort to adopt more “gender neutral language.”

“Consistent with that commitment, gender inclusive terms (chair; first year student; upper-level student, etc.) should be used on University Documents, websites and policies,” it continues.

Since most college students are admitted as freshmen (I have known exceptions) and most college students admitted are women, there is absolutely no evidence that this terminology has hindered women from entering and advancing in their undergraduate academic careers.  So why, other than job security for the diversity officers, would an institution do this?

But, if they really want to cut to the gender-neutral chase in a hurry, they could call undergraduates below the first credit hour break point what we called them at Texas A&M: fish.  That of course is the source of Fish Camp and many other freshman-oriented stuff in Aggieland, although a lot of what fish put up with from their superiors (especially if they were in the Corps of Cadets) didn’t add much dignity to the designation.

And that, Ags, is today’s good bull.

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