Should Dixie State College be rename Dixie State University?

am sorry that I haven't not yet conducted a survey of pending legislation. I have been swamped with my first week at the State Legislature and haven't yet had a break in the action to prepare a survey.

I have been blogging and tweeting daily and hourly, but now is the first chance that I have had to send out a survey. I have a list of items that I want to survey those that I represent. I will run these surveys about every other day and I hope that you will take the time to consider the pending legislation and let me know how you feel I should vote.

The first survey has the potential to be controversial. I initially gave a favorable recommendation in the Education Committee that I am on to rename Dixie State College to Dixie State University. Since then I have had a number of requests to reconsider my favorability endorsement and to vote against it when it comes to the House Floor.

Help me on this vote. Please go to http://www.DavidLifferth.com and tell me Yes, No, or leave a comment. The survey is in the left hand column.

Thank you for your help in making these decisions. Don't hesitate to contact me with discussion of any pending legislation and use the code in the subject line of the email or text message.

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Comment by Charlotte Ducos on January 31, 2013 at 7:52pm

I did not attend Dixie. I have not had a family member attend Dixie.  I don't live near Dixie.  The majority of the State would qualify to say those same things because Dixie has been a small college in a close-knit area of the State.  The name change for Dixie as it becomes a University has become a State discussion, but for most of the State, opinions are being given without context.  The name for Dixie moving forward affects first and foremost those who have built their lives and identies around that college, that is about to become a University.  Overwhelmingly, those who have the most to do with Dixie, the longest running history with the college, or the deepest seeded feelings, feel that the name should remain Dixie, and become Dixie State University. It is my personal opinion that their feelings should be considered first and foremost because they are most affected.  I see no offense to the name.  Any negative context is, I feel, contrived and arrived at outside of the context of the actual institution and bears no reflection on the actual community.  If the college itself, the surrounding community, the alumni, and the students all love and request the name of Dixie State, then that would be what I would support.  There is precedent--Utah Valley University also retained its previous title with the change to University. (I do know that it had a slightly different name prior to UVCC, but that change was not related to its change of status to a University).  These are my feelings and my opinion on this subject. Thanks for all you do. Charlotte.

Comment by David Lifferth on January 31, 2013 at 7:56pm

Thank you Charlotte for your always thoughtful posts

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