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What's In A Name?

Contributed by Lisa Calcasola on 03/31/14 

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;"
-Juliet Capulet

Just a little Shakespeare brain snack for ya. And while good old Willy's claim is that names don't matter, we beg to differ. A name says a lot about a person: in truth, it is the fundamental essence of who we are. It identifies us on the simplest of terms.

Some of us have had the same name all our lives, while others have changed it over the years. Whatever your name is, get ready to talk about it at this week's Adoption Support & Awareness Alliance's meeting this Thursday, April 3rd, at 6 p.m. in Williams 202. 


Don't forget to support other student organizations! Active Minds has a petition ( that hopes to gain support and the attention of Google. They are proposing that this commonly used search engine develops a greater and more prominent inclusion of mental health resources upon searching potentially harmful terms. 

Also, first-year doctoral student Tanya Willard from Miami University of Ohio emailed us about a research project she's conducting on identity development in transracial adoptees, and how stories and storytelling impact that development. Anyone interested should contact her directly at All stories shared will remain confidential!


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