23 Aug 2014

College Newspaper Changes Name to Avoid Propagating Violence



Founded in Fredericksburg, Virginia as the University of Virginia’s women’s college in 1908, the Virginia Normal and Industrial School for Women, later renamed as Mary Washington College, named its college paper “The Bullet” in 1922, the name was an allusion to the college’s location on one of the greatest battlefields of the Civil War. Contemporary hoplophobic priggery has progressed so far, however, that the nincompoops in charge are changing the college newspaper’s name.

National Review On-line:

A Virginia university has decided to stop calling its newspaper “The Bullet” over concerns that the name was so insensitive and inappropriate that it could even make people violent.

The University of Mary Washington’s 96-year-old newspaper will now be called The Blue and Gray Press.

“The editorial board felt that the paper’s name, which alludes to ammunition for an artillery weapon, propagated violence and did not honor our school’s history in a sensitive manner,” newspaper staff said in a release issued Monday.

“The board intends to remain faithful to the history our university stands upon, and we continue to honor this history both in a respectful and meaningful way.”

6 Feedbacks on "College Newspaper Changes Name to Avoid Propagating Violence"

Karen Myers (The Wife)

I’m sorry, “The Blue and Gray Press” honors a >southern< battlefield how, exactly?

Dave J

As someone that spent a few strident yet fastidious years there …I would prefer the “Major J. Pelham Press”. I had one of my best years living on the east end of Caroline street in the upper floor of John Paul Jones’s first residence in the US. Talley Ho!


The gallant Pelham. The ladies of Fauquier County generally wore mourning for him when he fell.

Dave J

There is no doubt that he conducted himself as few have or ever will on the river terraces known as Marye’s Heights.

Dave J


That’s a terrific story, which I had not previously heard. It would make an excellent blog post.



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