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Being a Carolina is so last year

Kylie Tutterrow // Opinion Editor
Imagine the endless possibilities the state would have if it changed its name and image to that of Clemson. This includes but is not limited to, Jim Clements as governor.

There is no contest or question when it comes to the argument of which school is the best university in South Carolina. Clemson is always the true winner, so why is it fair that the University of South Carolina gets to give its name to our state?

South Carolina is a dry and overused name for a state anyway, so why can’t we just change the name of the state to Clemson?

Not only does Clemson offer a better, more appealing name because of its concise and brief title, compared to the wordy nature of South Carolina, but it is also more unique. Additionally, the name “Carolina” has to be shared with our northern neighbors, and that association is not beneficial.

Since we share a namesake, North Carolina thinks it is fair to hold the NFL and NBA teams for both North and South Carolina states, housing the Carolina Panthers and the Charlotte Hornets. With a rename, the state of Clemson could separate itself from the branding of “the Carolinas” and get its own unique culture and brand.

When people mention a Carolina school, the automatic assumption is the one located in North Carolina, so why not just let them keep their recognition and reaffirm our own? It is only fair that the best university in South Carolina gets automatic recognition as such, and changing the state name to reflect that would be a perfect gesture of good faith.

This would be a historic moment of rebranding, consequently bringing tourists and media attention to the state of Clemson and promoting our recognition and revenue. The marketing campaign and teams implementing this would greatly benefit the statewide community by creating jobs and establishing unity.

Though some might oppose this idea at first, changing our state name to Clemson is, for many reasons, the best decision the state could make.

This article is satire as part of The Tiger’s April Fool’s edition, The Kitten. This story was written for comedic purposes and has no verifiable truth to it.

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