The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill has removed the word “freshman” from official university documents, citing as their reason an attempt to adopt more “gender inclusive language.” We are “committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community,” reads a statement administrators sent to Campus Reform on Monday. “Consistent with that commitment, gender inclusive terms (chair; first year student; upper-level student, etc.) should be used on University Documents, websites and policies,” it continues.

A spokesperson for UNC declined to further elaborate on the university’s reasoning for implementing the language change. Some students, however, expressed discontent over the change in policy. Brandon Hartness, Executive Vice Chair for the school’s college Republicans chapter, told Campus Reform he feels the university is allowing political correctness to drive their decisions.

“I feel like they are making a big deal out of nothing,” said Hartness. “Girls are not going to deem the word [freshman] as sexist.”

I cannot think of a more important issue plaguing America today…how about you?



  1. noname says:

    Might I suggest 1st year humanoid?

  2. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    The full quote was: “Once a year I get away from these bitches and leave the Ho’s at home while I go out and stuff a few chimneys… if you know what I mean, wink, wink.”

    Not that we all wouldn’t do the same thing.

  3. dusanmal says:

    Progressive mantra that no one should ever offend anyone else, anywhere. Very sweet on first sight. Yields results like this, Obama apologies for videos, EU free speech restrictions,… Same thing. True purpose is control. As you can always find someone who is offended by something, if you are in power seat you can always stop anything you don’t like. NC case is just a way to beat this concept into our collective heads leading in time to EU like Progressive laws capable of controlling any speech and action.

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      As a progressive stool eating Alfie acolyte, if I were the Socialist Ideologue for the day I would outlaw calling anyone a progressive.

      Other labels meant as a red herring to any thoughful thinking to follow immediately.

      ….Its for the Children, retards, hipsters, and talking points readers everywhere.

  4. JS says:

    For some reason, hearing Lois yell “FIRST YEAR!!!” out the window when Chris is walking into high school the first day just does not have the same ring to it.

  5. hale-bopp says:

    I prefer the term “freshling”. It’s less sexist but more offensive!

    • ± says:

      Changing the word is BS, but if it needs to be done, then I think you nailed it with “freshling”.

      other weak? entries … freshbot, freshnik, freshette, freshie, freshbo, freshkin

      That university has branded itself and other weenie universities can join it. This single data point tells volumes about the university and makes choosing much simpler.

      • bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

        PM (Post Men -o- pause – em)==only an idiot “cares” one way or the other. Its a word, its college, yes, its even PC…. but what is wrong with being PC? PC corrects for “unthinking bias.”

        As this speaks volumes for you, care to share an actual single though about what is “wrong” with changing the language?

        “Fresh” has an undeniable anti-female object oriented ring to it. I’ve been preferring my objects to be used for quite some time now.

        Ha, ha. Idiots posing that words don’t matter.

        Like “idiot”. It does speak volumes though.

        Dolts.

  6. bracketcreep says:

    PC is what Orwell called “crimestop” in 1984:

    “Crimestop means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. Crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity”

    • MikeN says:

      I find myself posting this frequently on global warming blogs. Defenders of climate science frequently back off when going deep into an argument when they realize the lies they’ve been told.

  7. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    Two excellent posts in a row. Whats happening?

  8. Dallas says:

    I disagree and there are more important issues such as jobs, immigration, assault weapons, government intrusion in our crotch or women’s vagina, terrorism, Christian Taliban, corporations buying elections, tax evasion and education system

  9. mouring says:

    So.. Can I suggest they also remove “Junior” as well. As frankly I find it offensive as a male to potentially be considered a cross dresser in young woman’s clothing.

  10. MikeN says:

    Obama should use this as the reason he is abandoning the state, rather than wasting millions more just to avoid the embarrassing headlines.

  11. MikeN says:

    Michael Mann is suing Mark Steyn!
    Mark Steyn in his last lawsuit took down the PC Canadian Human Rights Commissions.
    Now the Nobel Prize winning IPCC could be next.

    It doesn’t help that in the first part of the lawsuit, Mann claims he is a Nobel Prize winner.

  12. Tom says:

    I think they should be referred to as, “Freshmeat”.

  13. Cap'nKangaroo says:

    Having gone to school in a nearby rival college, it surprises me that Orange County Community College took this long to make the change.

  14. noname says:

    Keep looking.