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Students React to Name Change

It's MSU from now on...The Missouri House of Representatives voted 120 to 35 in favor of the bill that will change the name of Southwest Missouri State University to Missouri State University. KSMU's Katie Hummel reports.

LAWMAKERS WHO SUPPORT THE SMS NAME CHANGE BILL, LIKE SPRINGFIELD SENATOR NORMA CHAMPION, HAVE MADE THEIR VOICES HEARD FROM THE BEGINNING.

AND THOSE WHO OPPOSE IT, LIKE COLUMBIA SENATOR CHUCK GRAHAM, HAVE HAD THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES.

BUT, IT ISN'T JUST LAWMAKERS WHO CARE PASSIONATELY ABOUT THIS ISSUE'THERE ARE THE STUDENTS : STUDENTS WHO NOT ONLY ATTEND THE TWO SCHOOLS INVOLVED IN THE DEBATE, BUT WORK FOR THOSE VERY SAME LAWMAKERS.

TRACY HOFFMAN IS SENIOR AT UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AND IS CURRENTLY INTERNING FOR SENATOR GRAHAM.

SHE SAYS IT'S IMPORTANT TO HER THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE NAME CHANGE ISSUE WAS NEVER ABOUT A PERSONAL GRUDGE AGAINST SMS.

AND NOW THAT S-M-S HAS ITS NAME CHANGE, LAWMAKERS ON BOTH SIDES SAY THEY HOPE TO MOVE BEYOND THE ISSUE AND WORK WITH MU SUPPORTERS ON IMPROVING HIGHER EDUCATION IN MISSOURI.

HOFFMAN CHALKS UP THE PASSAGE OF THE NAME CHANGE TO JUST ANOTHER LOSS IN THE BATTLE OF POLITICS.

AND WORKING UNDER NORMA CHAMPION, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ISSUE, IS INTERN

KARA ARNN - A SENIOR AT SMS WHO IS ALREADY PLANNING HER NEXT STEP AS A RESULT OF THE NAME CHANGE APPROVAL.

FOR OTHER SMS STUDENTS, IT'S JUST A RELIEF TO KNOW THAT ALL OF THE HARD WORK PAID OFF.

CJ TOLANI IS AN SMS STUDENT WHO IS INTERNING FOR REPRESENTATIVE BOB DIXON : WHO SUPPORTED THE SMS NAME CHANGE.

TOLANI STRESSES ONE WORD IN HIS THOUGHTS ON THE NAME CHANGE BILL : THAT WORD IS FINALLY.