Thursday, July 9, 2015

Excellent Reporting on Confrontation over a Name Change at Mount Saint Mary's

Name changes for higher education institutions often pass without a lot of notice.  Sometimes, though, there can lead to conflicts with students, alumni, or other institutions.

Danielle E. Gaines, a reporter for The Frederick News-Post in Maryland, has written a couple of excellent articles in recent weeks that focus on the lawsuit brought by Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD against Mount Saint Mary's University in Los Angeles, CA.  The Maryland institution is claiming a recent name change from Mount Saint Mary's College to Mount Saint Mary's University results in trademark infringement.  

Gaines' first article, "Three letters, two universities, one lawsuit," was published on June 19, 2015.  Her second article, " Mount Saint Mary's in Los Angeles: Emmitsburg president applauded name change," ran on July 7, 2015.
   
Her second article, " Mount Saint Mary's in Los Angeles: Emmitsburg president applauded name change," ran on July 7, 2015.  Gaines also developed a nice sidebar summary of several key distinctions between the institutions in terms of the student populations served.