Top 10 alternative names for Penn

    A group of Penn grads are petitioning to change the name of the University of Pennsylvania to something less similar to Penn State University. Let’s help them along. Do you have any suggestions?

    Shannon McDonald yesterday shared a story about a group of Penn grads who are petitioning to change the name of the University of Pennsylvania.

    What name would you suggest?Tell us in the comments below.

    It had been a mere annoyance for them to hear their Ivy League alma mater confused with that state school out in Happy Valley. Ever since Penn State’s football program erupted with a child sex abuse scandal, however, it has become positively unbearable.

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    An update from yesterday: 25 people have signed the petition. 

    So, I asked around WHYY for some alternatives, should the intrepid group meet with success (however impossible that might be). Accordingly, we give you:

    The Top 10 Alternative Names for Penn

    10. THE University of Pennsylvania

    9. Not Penn State

    8. University City University

    7. Quaker University

    6. GAMIT (“Good as MIT“) University

    5. Annenberg-Perelman-Wharton University

    4. Benjamin Franklin University

    3. Ben’s College

    2. Ivy League Party School

    1. The Landlord

    You have any better ideas? Hit us with your best shot below.

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