McLEAN, Virginia – George Mason University is changing its plan to rename its law school the Antonin Scalia School of Law to avoid an unfortunate acronym.
The university said last week that it planned to name the law school after the late conservative Supreme Court justice. The new name was suggested by an anonymous donor who is giving the school $20 million, but the acronym was quickly mocked on social media.
On Tuesday, the proposed name was changed to the Antonin Scalia Law School.
But one group of state legislators wants to scrap the idea entirely.
Eleven Democratic lawmakers sent a letter Tuesday to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, asking it to reject the renaming plan. The university has said it needs approval from the council for the new name.