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January 18, 2005 > To Be Or Not To Be

To Be Or Not To Be

by Florence Ion

When thinking of Cal State Hayward's proposed name change, only one question comes to mind, "To be (cal state east bay), or not to be (cal state east bay)." The alumni and majority of teachers and professors are feeling jubilant about the new identity, but the residents of Hayward are ready to disagree.

Roberta Cooper, mayor of Hayward, has expressed her disapproval of the name change on behalf of the community. "We are very proud Cal Sate is in our community and do not understand the need to change it," she says. "There is no logical reason."

Hayward residents and city council officials feel that the change would affect Hayward's prestige and identity. Foreign students would be confused as to where the "East Bay" draws its boundaries. Cooper also anticipates a drop in enrollment numbers due to the name change.

The students of the university aren't as enthused as the members of the council. Instead, they are apathetic. "I don't really have an opinion about it", says Patricia Bath, a junior at the University. Other students, like Brian Turner, also feel indifferent to the matter.

Cal State Hayward promises that the name change will not affect relations with the city of Hayward. "Hayward can stand on its own," states Cooper. "It is very tiresome ...the community and University should be working together."

And what about all the diplomas out there are in the University original name? The University will be charging $10 for alumni who wish to have a diploma with the school's new name.

Despite the protests against the proposal, Cal State Hayward feels this is a great transformation for the University.

According to the CSUH website, California State University, East Bay, "would send a message that California State University, Hayward is committed to serving the people of Oakland and 32 other East Bay cities," as stated by President Norma Rees.

Furthermore, the University's current name "fails to communicate that [CSUH] are a regional university with campuses in two counties, a professional development center in Oakland, and a commitment to serving all 33 cities in our region."

A name that limits a University to one specific city would fail to communicate CSUH's impact on the East Bay and it's various programs. Over 90,000 students, who are successful alumni, have contributed to the community. The name "Hayward" causes confusion and may affect the University's image.

This is not the first time CSUH has changed its name either. Back in 1957, when the University first opened, it was named, "The State College for Alameda County." In 1960, the name was inverted to Alameda County State College. In 1963, the name was changed to California State College at Hayward, and in 1972, its current name was penned. As found on the CSUH website, the name changes help "acknowledge [CSUH's] growth," which is just what the new name change is supposed to do.

Although both sides are critically feuding over this matter, the decision is up to the chancellor, who will determine the new alias for the University on January 25th and 26th at the headquarters in Long Beach, California. For more information on why and how this name change came about, visit

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