'Freshman' title dumped for more P.C. 'First Year Student'

If you are a first year college student, you most likely refer to yourself as a Freshman.

But one college, in another push toward the perceived "politically correct", has decided to dump the term in favor of a more "gender neutral" moniker.

As reported by campusreform.org blogger Oliver Darcy, the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill has selected "Freshman", among other titles, that will no longer be used by the college.

The university stated that they are â??committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community,â?? in a statement administrators sent to Campus Reform on Monday.

â??Consistent with that commitment, gender inclusive terms (chair; first year student; upper-level student, etc.) should be used on University Documents, websites and policies,â?? the statement read.

Some students fell the change just isn't needed.

Brandon Hartness, Executive Vice Chair for the schoolâ??s college Republicans chapter, told Campus Reform he feels the university is allowing political correctness to drive their decisions.

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

â??I feel like most people donâ??t even think about it,â?? he added.

The university is quick to point out though that the change was actually made some time ago...but recent news coverage has brought the issue into a much brighter light.

Karen Moon, Director of UNC News Services, told the website that the policy change actually occurred in 2009. Attention has peaked since libertarian news personality, John Stossel, highlighted it in his show earlier this month.

"Freshman" or "First Year Student"? Which title do you think should be used...and why?

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