The pigskin powerhouse Penn State jumped on the guard car.
The sprawling public university will replace pronouns like he / she / she with she / she / hers; Replace traditional student names such as first semester and second semester with “first year” and “second year” and; Replace “Underclassmen” and “Upperclassmen” with “Lower Division” and “Upper Division,” according to Penn State News.
Preferred Name and Gender Identity Guidelines were approved by the Pennsylvania State University Senate Curriculum Committee on April 27.
“Terms like“ freshmen ”are clearly specific to men, while terms like“ upper class ”can be interpreted as sexist as well as classist. Terms such as “junior” and “senior” follow western conventions for male father-son names, and much of our written documentation uses the pronouns he / she uses, ”the resolution states.
“It is time to come full circle and ensure that not only can all people choose their name and gender in our systems, but that those documents and systems are structured to be inclusive from the start.”
The decision was mocked by some people on social media.
“I’m at the end of my joke with all this stupidity,” a Penn State parent said on Twitter.
Bill Bressier asked on Twitter, referring to the school’s sports team nicknames, “How long does it take to replace the masculine term” Nittany Lion “with the gender-neutral, correct subspecies” Eastern Cougar “?”
Penn State will also no longer use the term “super senior” to refer to students whose studies take longer than the traditional four years. Instead, they are referred to as fifth year (or beyond) students.
The term super seniors “often has a slightly negative connotation,” says the resolution.
Penn State announced in 2018 that it was dropping the homecoming “King” and “Queen” titles.