September 8, 2014 by Charlie Eisenhood in Livewire, News with 8 comments
The Penn State women’s ultimate team, ISIS, is following with a number of other organizations by changing its name to avoid any connection with the terrorist group in the Middle East.
ISIS — the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — has carried out a number of attacks across the Middle East, prompting many companies to change their names.
“Due to the current circumstances, the officers of our team have decided it is not only appropriate but necessary to change our name,” Penn State captain Jocelyn Corey told Ultiworld by email. “We are currently in the process of changing it. We sent out a survey to our team on Friday for names and had a tie between the names Crisis Ultimate and Alias Ultimate. We sent out our tiebreaking survey today and should know the new name of the Penn State women’s ultimate team by tomorrow!”
UPDATE (9/9): They decided on Crisis.
“With a strong consensus (and hints that a lot of the alumni liked this name best), we decided on “Crisis” as Penn State’s new team name!” said captain Alex Fons. “We chose Crisis because we wanted to acknowledge Isis’s past and recognize years of our program’s development. We feel that this name symbolizes our appreciation for past players, yet it allows us to regenerate a highly competitive program. We have a lot of goals for this season and lots of changes will be made, so what better way to start than with a new name!”