Not all acronyms are good acronyms, especially when an attempt to honor former Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia results in a law school being referred to as “ASSOL.”
George Mason University is changing course after the Antonin Scalia School of Law received some very obvious and very public mockery.
— La Bella Esq. (@LaBellaEsq) March 31, 2016
— Social✽Fly (@socflyny) March 31, 2016
George Mason School of Law renamed Antonin Scalia School of Law, or ASSLaw…ASSOL. Did NOBODY proof those acronyms? pic.twitter.com/D1C6HncReT
— Brieahn J. DeMeo (@Brieeeeee) April 1, 2016
— Ryan Kendall (@rmk2145) March 31, 2016
The university agreed to rename the law school after Scalia at at the request of a donor who pledged $20 million.
While the official name of the school remains the Antonin Scalia School of Law for now, the school sent out a letter saying the name will be changed as of July 1, pending approval from the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia to avoid future jokes concerning the acronym.
“The name initially announced – The Antonin Scalia School of Law — has caused some acronym controversy on social media,” said Henry N. Butler, dean of the law school, wrote in a letter.
“The Antonin Scalia Law School is a logical substitute.”