Monday, November 17, 2003

Higher Education?

Double-meanings deep-six U of I officials' nicknames
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A creative idea to make meetings between University of Iowa officials and students more fun...
I have a bad feeling about this!
...quickly changed directions when jazzy nicknames chosen for top administrators were found to have undesirable multiple meanings.

The goal was to make Thursday night meetings between students and President David Skorton and Phillip Jones, vice president of student services, more interesting.

The administrators and student government leaders came up with the idea of a reality show format. Nicknames were chosen for Skorton, who was called Pizzle, and Jones, known as Dizzle.
Say what?
It turns out that pizzle is a term sometimes used to refer to a bull's sex organs and that dizzle - according to one dictionary on urban slang - refers to an alcoholic redneck.

"That's why we won't be emphasizing Pizzle and Dizzle anymore," said university spokesman Steve Parrott. "It'll just be P and D."
Anyone care to assess the maturity level of everyone involved?