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Scalia School of Law Renamed to Avoid Vulgar Acronym

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FILE - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

FILE - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

What's in a name? Just ask George Mason University officials, 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.

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