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Go…Blue Fog? GWU Announces New Nickname Options

One of these 10 monikers will replace "Colonials," which the school retired last year.

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There are ten possible new nicknames for George Washington University, the university announced Wednesday. The contenders are:

  • Ambassadors
  • Blue Fog
  • Catalysts
  • Fireworks
  • Independents
  • Monumentals
  • Revolutionaries
  • Sentinels
  • Squad
  • Truth

GWU decided to shed its old moniker, the Colonials, last year after several years of debate. The old nickname, a university official said at the time, “no longer does the work that a moniker should—namely, unifying the campus behind our academic and athletic institutional aspirations.”

The university announced last month that “Hippos,” a name with some historical purchase at the university, would not be among the finalists. “Blue Fog” appears to be a reference to the school’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Some of the names on this list were leaked earlier this month by someone who claimed to have been part of a focus group.

The university plans a “Moniker Madness” campaign beginning Thursday, with opportunities to comment on the names online and at a basketball game on March 4. GWU will then winnow the list to several finalists.

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute,, and Washington City Paper. He lives in Del Ray.