Legally UL can be called Louisiana. The intent of the legislatures edict was clear, overly clear, they tried to be so specific that they created openings as wide as the Mississippi river. I'm not saying start sending out press releases with Louisiaina as the heading, but once context has been established, use Louisiana.

Currently press releases use "Louisiana Lafayette" or "UL Lafayette" this leaves the impression of one name. Who are you? "Louisiana Lafayette". Not only is this totally misleading it is contrary to the legislative prime directive.

Intent? "overtly intent" to be sure. When they got so specific, so nit picky so as to focus on the size and shape of the word "at" an interesting thing happened, the focus shifted to "What" "at" "Where." We are not taking advantage of this opportunity.

With "at" they have made us the University of Louisiana in the city of Lafayette. That is fine, what is done is done. Louisiana at Lafayette is far more desirable than the hyphenated Louisiana-Lafayette. The latter becomes "one-descriptive-definition-name" the former becomes "Who at Where."

Here is why; (Forget for a moment that the hyphenated Louisiana-Lafayette is totally illegal as far as the ULS directive goes). University of Louisiana-Lafayette invariably gets shortened to UL-Lafayette. Since the re-directive specifically prohibits solo use of "UL" any media outlet that receives a press release goes the easy route of simply refering to us as "Lafayette".

When the focus stays on Louisiana AT Lafayette, it becomes blatantly obvious that this has many advantages over solo usage of Lafayette, which is like stating where, without what or who. How or why some think this is acceptable I do not know. So why do it it is after all the law.

D. All uses of the name "University of Louisiana" must be followed by the word "at" and the institution's geographic location. No typographic variations within the name are permitted. The word "at" must be no less than 50% and the geographic location must not exceed 100% nor be less than 80% of the University of Louisiana name. Any institutional use of "University of Louisiana" without the "at" and geographic location is prohibited.