Southwest Missouri State University is moving to lock up the name “Missouri State University” while it’s waiting for the Legislature to make the name official. SMS has filed trademark papers to register “Missouri State” but a school spokesman says there are no plans to use it until the Legislature makes the change. The University of Missouri in Columbia says that’s the historic name of MU, although the school used it informally for only a few years in the 20th century. Southwest has been trying to get the Legislature to change the name since 1988. It is Missouri’s second-largest university.
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