Posted September 24, 2018 08:54:57 In a letter to the mayor of Palermmo, the students at the University of California at Palermos say the name is too close to the name of a deceased friend and that it “is in direct conflict with his image.”
“We have chosen to renounce the name Blaze Pizza and replace it with Blaze Pizza, a new name that reflects our gratitude for the lives of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001,” the letter says.
The letter was sent Friday to the president of the city of Palermos.
“We are aware of the ongoing controversy that has been created around the Blaze Pizza name and apologize for any confusion that may have been caused,” the statement says.
On Thursday, a group of students and residents of Palera asked Palermor residents to change the name to Blaze Pizza.
In the letter, students from the university’s Department of Public Health, who had worked on the project, said they are working on a new design for the restaurant.
The students said the restaurant’s name is a reference to a character from the television show “The Wire,” which features a fictional New York City gang called the Brotherhood.
They said they want to rename the restaurant Blaze Pizza in honor of the deceased friend, who was killed in a lightning strike in Palera.
“I think the name should reflect the community and the city and the love and community and respect that was there for us that day,” said Emily Glynn, one of the students who helped craft the letter.
The university has not yet announced a final decision on the name.
“The university and the community of Paleros have been great friends to us and are so proud of the legacy Blaze Pizza has had,” said University of Chicago associate dean for public affairs Kevin Schmid.
The campus has been the scene of several recent protests against the name change.
Earlier this year, the city voted to change its name to the City of Palestinian after a petition calling for the change was signed by more than 3,000 people.