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George Mason University Announces New, Unfortunate Name for Law School, Honoring Antonin Scalia

The new name announced last week for George Mason University’s law school garnered some unexpected attention.
After receiving $30 million in donations, the university chose a name that would honor the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. NPR reporter Nina Totenberg was the first to reveal the name: the Antonin Scalia School of Law, otherwise known as ASSOL or ASSLAW.

Of course, the unfortunately configured acronyms spread like wildfire across Twitter. In fact, so many social media jokes were made that George Mason University Dean Henry Butler quickly sent out a letter reporting that the name had been tweaked, ruining the fun of Twitter users everywhere. Under the revision, the institution will be known as the Antonin Scalia Law School.

Watch the brief report below, in which even news anchors from WGN Chicago can’t help but crack up:

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Emma Niles, an assistant editor at Truthdig, graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a degree in political science. She has worked for the National Women’s Law Center and Ms. Magazine.…
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