Opposition to Name Change: UNC-Raleigh

John Earnhardt recalls student opposition to the proposed university name change to University of North Carolina at Raleigh.

Interview on 2012-11-15

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00:00:00.000 Dr. Friday was right in the middle of that, and he talked with me.
00:00:05.213 We did not want to be the University of North Carolina at Raleigh.
00:00:13.778 The University of North Carolina, I have to say, was a bad connotation to NC State.
00:00:24.532 We didn't want to be the University of North Carolina at anything.
00:00:29.538 As I recall the student council had a lot to do with that, and a lot of people [were] involved much more than me,
00:00:40.095 but we were pretty united that we didn't want to be called the University of North Carolina at Raleigh
00:00:47.837 because there was a University of North Carolina somewhere else that had already been known as the University of North Carolina. [Laughs]
00:00:55.774 So we became North Carolina State University, of the University of North Carolina at Raleigh,
00:01:04.376 and we thought, well, that's better than being the University of North Carolina at Raleigh. [Laughs]
00:01:10.498 But I remember there were a lot of people active in student government and there were some strong feelings about that.