View Full Version : Why on earth is BEAVER COLLEGE changing it's name?

09-06-2000, 11:20 PM
"We want to be called by a name that accurately represents the attitudes with which our students view the world" says the official beaver.edu website. But why? What is wrong with the name Beaver College? According to them, the "philosophy and goals have evolved" since the school was named 147 years ago. But alas, do not fear because as soon as you see the new name, according to their website, "you'll immediately recognize that it represents everything about us that sparked your interest in the first place." I highly doubt that.

Geek Mecha
09-06-2000, 11:25 PM
You honestly don't know what "beaver" is slang for?

09-06-2000, 11:48 PM
I totally understand why the school is doing this. When you think Beaver, you think of... Well, dare I say, we ALL think of that loveable and quintessential icon of the '50s Beaver Cleaver!

While the wonderful era that Wally and the gang is great for a nostalgic look at what once WAS, an institute of higher learning should be about what WILL BE, as they mold their students to look towards the future.

Oh, sure, we have a lot to learn from Beaver, his lovely parents and even the scoundrel Eddie. But we need to, as it says on the website, "reflect the exciting new horizons our school is moving towards," and - dare I say, exciting horizons our new world is moving towards?
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09-07-2000, 01:14 AM

My favorite roadsign is on our way to visit the in-laws in Beaver County.

Penn State - Beaver Campus
This Exit

09-07-2000, 01:20 AM
too many prospective students can't access the Beaver College website. what with parental controls and all.

it was either change the name, or consolidate with another college. Widener college was considered, but Widener-Beaver just didn't sound right.

don't even get me started on William and Mary joining in.

09-07-2000, 01:26 AM
Oh man, I've just about busted a gut here. So, uh, we'd better debate something...er.. *scratching head*:)

09-07-2000, 01:30 AM
Maybe it has to do with truth in advertising? I don't know. Does someone know if you really could get some beaver there? If you couldn't then the change is appropriate.

09-07-2000, 01:50 AM
Damn!! And I always loved the annual game between the Beavers and the Trojans... oh well.

BTW, since this is GD, I will say that it is a very good thing that they are changing their name. The word "Beaver" is disgusting and derogatory. It degrades women and makes little high school boys laugh. This is not the image a school of higher learning should have. Unless of course it is the College of Smut Film Studies. I would never let my children attend "Beaver" college! They could start having sex and doing drugs. WWJD?? It is much better that the school be called something more appropriate. It is time colleges and universities stopped being so damned immoral and starting producing nice young adults with a sense of values and decency. This country is falling apart with all the drug use and sex and ungodly other things. I am glad to see the college make this change. We would all be better off if other colleges followed the foot steps of this one!

Debate that ya freaks!

09-07-2000, 02:02 AM
Geez...and this coming from a state with towns named Blue Ball and Intercourse!

09-07-2000, 02:04 AM
hey bear nenno, I have been trying to track you down. An earlier post I read said that you were of the female persuasion. but I always thought you were a guy (you dream of your penis falling off, f'rinstance). What's the straight dope? have I been terribly mistaken? Why, for some reason, so I feel like Stephen Rea?

say it ain't so, nenno. say it ain't so!

09-07-2000, 02:29 AM
My friend goes to Babson College. They're still the Babson Beavers. Kinda strange for a school located so close to Wellesley, the famous all girls school.

09-07-2000, 03:53 AM
Originally posted by Bear_Nenno
Damn!! And I always loved the annual game between the Beavers and the Trojans... oh well.

Don't worry, that game isn't going anywhere. The Beavers that play the Trojans almost every year are not from Beaver College. Rather, they are an entirely different flavor of Beaver.

09-07-2000, 05:49 AM
Rather, they are an entirely different flavor of Beaver.

You know how people have wine-tasting parties? I just had the greatest idea! :p

09-07-2000, 07:05 AM
Beaver Campus

That sounds so much like the title of a tacky 1970s porn movie.

09-07-2000, 11:42 AM
Beaver College was always unfortunate, and so are the Oregon Beavers. My second high school fielded team upon team of Trojans. But the worst may well have been my first high school, a private day school in Seattle.

By the time I attended, it was coed (and I couldn't have attended if it weren't!). But originally it was a girls' school, and it was called:

The Helen Bush School for Girls. Or just Bush. (Actually, make that Just Bush.)

Now "bush" isn't as offensive as "beaver," but this is a high school -- and that automatically makes it worse. Much worse, 'cause the school had a junior high, too.

09-07-2000, 12:02 PM
[Moderator Hat ON]

Moving this to MPSIMS.

[Moderator Hat OFF]

Gozu Tashoya
09-07-2000, 01:17 PM
I went to USC, and one of our football chants was "Beat the (the team name for whoever the hell we're playing this week)!" and it was always more fun when it was Oregon State (the Beavers).

Too bad we never played South Carolina.

09-07-2000, 01:57 PM
My friend's mom is an alum. Is it still all women?

I used to love places like this when I was a recruiter. I worked for a school that had "woman's college" right in its name, so when I'd be at a big college fair I'd get all the goofy jocks yukking it up and shoving each other over to say "There's where YOU should go!" Hardee har har.

But the reps from Transylvania, Colgate, and Beaver could commiserate. They heard stupid jokes over and over, too. We always exchanged sympathetic glances from across the room....

09-07-2000, 03:45 PM
I thought I'd come visit "Beaver College" just so I could walk in and say, "I have ENTERED the BEAVER"

You say Beaver is an "old school," .. ah, [raising eyebrows] that explains the funny smell.

I didn't know you could get a degree in Beaver?

(This is funny)

"So you can get a higher-education at Beaver?"

09-07-2000, 03:54 PM
PSU plays in Beaver Stadium. One year the Pitt Panthers (ptooey) were mouthing off about how they weren't afraid to come to State College to play and the stadium held no mystique for them.The button for that game said

A more cherished memento I do not own.

09-07-2000, 03:56 PM
One winter night, about 7 years ago, I saw Primus play at the Beaver Dome. Les had a field day with that one.

And Lnix, you better watch who youre "ptooey-ing" on.

09-07-2000, 04:02 PM
Originally posted by mouthbreather
And Lnix, you better watch who youre "ptooey-ing" on.

Drunk off our ass.- I mean- PENN STATE

09-07-2000, 04:05 PM
Originally posted by SeatTime
Geez...and this coming from a state with towns named Blue Ball and Intercourse!

You think those are bad? How about Dildo, Newfoundland.

Quite seriously.

09-07-2000, 04:09 PM
Perhaps they just need to relocate Beaver College to Dildo??

(Sorry -- had to be said.)

09-07-2000, 04:30 PM
Not to mention that PSU also has Beaver Avenue (part of which is known as Beaver Canyon due to the highrises there) and a Beaver Hall.

09-07-2000, 04:46 PM
Originally posted by Bear_Nenno
Damn!! And I always loved the annual game between the Beavers and the Trojans... oh well.

Yeah. I always loved watching the Beavers get pounded, even by a Trojan.

Originally posted by ASD
Not to mention that PSU also has Beaver Avenue (part of which is known as Beaver Canyon due to the highrises there) and a Beaver Hall.

Now I understand why they call it “Happy Valley.”

09-07-2000, 05:31 PM
funniest thing about Intercourse, PA is that it's right next to Bird-in-Hand.

no lie, mofos.

09-07-2000, 05:33 PM
A couple of years ago, my SO was hired by a major employer in Pittsburgh and had to relocate there. We used an apartment finder to find a place to live. In the course of compiling a list of apartments for us to visit, the agent decided to broaden her search outside of Allegheny County and into Beaver County. She very casually made a comment something like "Let's see what kind of Beaver action we can find."

My SO and I immediately looked at each other and tried very hard to suppress our laughter. What made the situation even funnier is that we are a couple of gay men.

We told her we really weren't interested in looking in Beaver.

Guy Propski
09-07-2000, 07:48 PM
Unfortunately, a ill-advised survey of the student body has convinced the Beaver College board of regents to rename the school "Vagina University."

09-07-2000, 08:16 PM
About 3 miles from me is a sports club called the Beaver Wood Club. They rent the hall out every Tuesday for an ‘over 30’s single, separated and divorced’ kind of grope an’ grind disco thing. Neither ‘beaver’ or ‘wood’ have penetrated the English-English vocab in quite the same way as they have across the pond so the curious juxtaposition (wot position, luv ? – nah, don’t think I’ve tried it) is sadly lost on most members.

Which is a shame.

09-07-2000, 09:26 PM
I just visited the website. . . they have an online store . . . which promises soon to include clothing in its online catalog . . . I just bookmarked it.

Soon as they sell clothing online, I'm placing an order . . . I can't wait to get one of their hats, as if my friends didn't already think I had beaver on the brain . . .

Geek Mecha
09-07-2000, 09:32 PM
Originally posted by London_Calling
Neither ‘beaver’ or ‘wood’ have penetrated the English-English vocab in quite the same way as they have across the pond so the curious juxtaposition (wot position, luv ? – nah, don’t think I’ve tried it) is sadly lost on most members.

Bolding mine.

God, I'm sick. Sorry. :D

Gozu Tashoya
09-07-2000, 10:32 PM
That's okay, I forgive you.

09-08-2000, 06:07 AM
My friend bought me a T-shirt from Beaver, CO's liquor store. That's right: Beaver Liquors.

My wife hates it when I wear it.

09-08-2000, 09:50 AM
Originally posted by AWB
My friend bought me a T-shirt from Beaver, CO's liquor store. That's right: Beaver Liquors.

My wife hates it when I wear it.

Please tell me they have a mail-order division. Please....

09-08-2000, 10:16 AM
Beaver Liquors. That's classic.


09-08-2000, 10:18 AM
Hey, Southern, this page has their yellow pages listing:


09-08-2000, 10:20 AM
A radio station in my area just changed it's name to "Beaver 106". Their first promotion is a Bar party where the specialty of the night will be beaver shots. Tell me there not looking to milk that merchandising cow for all its worth.

09-08-2000, 11:03 AM
Oh, Kimkatt!

If you were a girl, single, wealthy, and living on my block I'd kiss you for this.

(Who am I kidding???? Pucker up, sweetie.) ;)


09-08-2000, 11:30 AM
So one person says it's in Colorado, and the link is in New Zealand? I did a search and found this:


They have a page with merchandise with about a thousand t-shirt types. I don't know... It kind of loses the appeal when it's a marketing ploy and not a funny, happy accident or innocent gaffe...
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09-08-2000, 12:01 PM
LOL! Satan!

I love the shirt that says, "Harley Beaver, he's no easy rider but he's an easy Beaver."

Shirley Ujest
09-08-2000, 01:47 PM
Nicknames for the Beaver College sports teams, I think, should be:

The Gamecocks.
Fighting Pussies (cats, naturally)
Smelly Fish
The Massengill's

Timothy Campbell
09-11-2000, 12:06 PM
I would like to point out that the beaver is the national symbol of Canada, the way the eagle is the symbol of the U.S. Beavers are admired for their industriousness and the fact they don't kill anybody.

If you have a Canadian nickel, you'll see that on one side there's a picture of a beaver building a dam.

Quite frankly, I've never heard the word "beaver" used as a euphemism by a Canadian (and I've lived here in Canada for all 43 years of my life). Maybe somewhere out west...

Johnny Angel
09-11-2000, 09:32 PM
Somebody want to explain to me why Beaver College has to change its name, but the Chubb Insurance Group gets to keep theirs? Two words: The Patriarchy.

09-12-2000, 12:01 AM
We used to play football against Pittsburgh Middle School. And like all schools in our district, they yelled their school initials at the end of the school song. Can you imagine _Jr. High_ and forced to yell out PMS every time your school song is played? (That's Pittsburgh, Texas BTW.)

Johnny Angel
09-12-2000, 12:10 AM
One year in my high school, a candidate for class president had the initials V.D., which her opponent did not shy from pointing out.

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