The Name is the Game

What’s in a name? After talking to over a dozen teachers, my answer would be any of the following: family significance, a joke, a personality, or even an anecdote. The fact that we, as students, spend more time with our teachers every day than perhaps even with our own parents would suggest that we know a lot about them, but by asking a number of teacher a simple question, I found that I was surprised by their answers each and every time. I learned who among the SLS faculty was a Simpson’s fan, who had an alter ego in college, who wanted to be the president of our country, and much more. The simple question was: “If you could change your name what would you change it to, and what would that name say about you?”

Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?

Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?

Guy Bailey: I wouldn’t want to change my name. I like it. “Guy” is an unusual name. I was named after my grandfather, and I’m proud of the name. If I had to change it, I would change it to Damo Smith, my English alter ego in college. He was a bon vivant.

Elizabeth Nelson: I’m not sure, but probably something more literary.

Jane Olsen: Elizabeth, because it was my middle name before I was married and it is also the name of one of my kids. I think the name is very familiar and for that reason, it goes along with who I am.

James (Jim) Carroll: Barack Obama, because then people would think I was the president of the Unites States.

Troy Haynie: Timothy, because, as a kid, I wanted my name to start with a “t,” but I didn’t like “Troy.”

James (Jim) Foley: Max Power. What does it say about me? That I’m a Simpson fan.

Jeannette Genovese: I wouldn’t change my name. It reminds me of my mother and even though when I was younger I wanted to change it, as you grow older you learn to appreciate what you have. My name is French and has a very unique spelling, and, when I was younger, a nun once told me I didn’t know how to spell my name. I was mortified and ran home to tell my mother. If I had to change my name I would change it to something Italian, like Sophia, Regina, or Isabella.

Alexis (Alec) Lebris: I would probably change it to a more common name because people often misspell my name as “Alex.”

Mark Bisson: Roy Rogers, because I feel most at home on a ranch with my feet up, strumming my guitar with my faithful dog right by my side. Did I mention the crackling fire?

James (Jim) Decatur: Finn, because it’s my mother’s maiden name and it would be a way for me to honor the memory of a very kind-hearted soul. It would also keep my grandfather’s memory alive. He was a larger than life figure than I never knew. The name itself is Irish and has a very crisp sound to it.

Letitia (Tish) Tregellas: Rosa, because it was the name I liked when I was little. I had a good imagination.

Mark Chuhta: I would change my last name to that of my grandfather – Sabo. He was probably the most important person in my life.

Jeffrey (Jeff) Kress: Leo, because I’ve always liked the name. It’s short, but it has some punch to it.

Camille DeMarco-Havens: I would keep my first name because I was named after my grandfather, Camillo. My grandfather was my mentor. I also love the Demarco part because of my heritage.

Michael Mitchell: My name is fairly common, so a more unique name might be nice. I always get e-mails addressed to some other “Michael Mitchell.”

Christopher (Chris) Phelps: Tatanka Hunkesi, which is the original name of Sitting Bull. It means “slow with great care.” I really admire the man because he was an amazing spiritual leader.

— Khush Dhaliwal, Arts Editor

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