George Washington University has decided to change its mascot name from “Colonials” to “Revolutionaries” after facing criticism from students who deemed the former name offensive. The new name was revealed by NBC anchor and alumnus Chuck Todd on Wednesday, replacing the centuries-old Colonials name that the school had been using since 1926. According to a press release from the school, the school committee received 8,000 suggestions and 47,000 points of feedback, which were narrowed down to the final ten names that best fit. The decision to change the name was made after more than 530 students objected to the “extremely offensive” Colonials moniker, claiming that it “has too deep a connection colonization and glorifies the act of systemic oppression.” Based in Washington, D.C., the school plans to implement the new name during the 2023-24 academic year. [tweet_embed]May 25, 2023[/tweet_embed] “This is an exciting day for the George Washington University Revolutionaries,” said President Mark S. Wrighton. “A moniker must unify our community, draw people together, and serve as a source of pride. We look forward to the next steps in an inclusive process to identify a moniker that fulfills this aspiration,” added board chair Grace Speights when the school initially announced the name change. Students, alumni, and professors were interviewed in the name-reveal video to give their opinions on the new mascot name and show their “Revolutionaries” spirit. “I like Revolutionaries because it references George Washington in a positive way,” said alumni Jake Sherman. “It alludes to the original foundation of our country, and it has a modern application as well,” graduate student Desiree Winns added. “Revolutionaries are bold, they embody creativity and passion. Revolutionaries are change-makers, they’re not content with the status quo,” proudly voiced Professor Monica Ruiz. It is important to note that George Washington University’s mascot, “George,” will remain the school’s mascot, according to the university website.