College Newspaper Changes Name, Says 'The Bullet' 'Propagated Violence'

August 21, 2014 - 9:08 AM

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(CNSNews.com) - Located in Fredericksburg, Virginia -- a place where the Civil War once raged -- Mary Washington University's student newspaper has been known as The Bullet since 1922.

But not any more.

Pending final approval by the university, the newspaper will now be called "The Blue & Gray Press," a change intended to "really be reflective of the student body," the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star quoted Editor-in-Chief Alison Thoet as saying.

"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,” said a news release announcing the change. “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.”

The new name reflects the college's colors. The Mary Washington yearbook is still called "The Battlefield."

Mary Washington is a public liberal arts school with an enrollment of 4,000 undergraduates.