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Armstrong looks to drop Atlantic from its university name

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Armstrong State is dropping the Atlantic. University officials have asked the Georgia state Board of Regents for permission for the name change.

Students and faculty we spoke to didn't seem to mind. The few who did, on Facebook posts, seemed more concerned about the money it would cost to complete the change to just Armstrong State University.

The Atlantic portion of the school's name was added in 1996 to play on the university's coastal location, but now, with Armstrong already dropping the Atlantic in most of its advertising and publications, the school is telling the Board of Regents the business community in Savannah and others would like to see the name shortened, back to its original Armstrong State University.

"I think it's a change and it's exciting," said Iulina Sherrod, an athletic department faculty member.

"It's good. Why not, I think it's great," student Otakl Lucak told WTOC.

"I think it would be a good idea. It would be shorter. I play basketball and I think when we are doing our cheers it's a little long. So, I think it would be a good idea to shorten it up," said Tori Klewicki-McNutt, a student on the  women's basketball team at AASU.

"It don't affect me one bit. I've always known it as Atlantic too, but Armstrong State University is fine with me," said Cody Sherlin, an AASU sophomore on the baseball team.

"I've always known it as Atlantic, but I mean, we are close enough to the ocean it makes us unique to have that in our name," said RJ Dennard, a junior baseball team member at AASU.

We're told the name change would cost about $40,000 for signage and other promotional items. The Board of Regents will vote on dropping Atlantic from the name on April 15th.

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