But at Fordham, ISIS stands for “In Strength I Stand,” and it is the name of a student feminist club based on the Lincoln Center campus.
Despite the increasingly bloody connotation the acronym carries with it, students within the club say they do not plan on changing the name — largely because it would be inconvenient.
“Nobody thinks we are in any way an Islamic terror nationalist group,” Wallis Monday, a junior and the club’s president, told New York magazine this week. “So, I really don’t see a need to change it because of that.”
She added: “Changing the name would just be kind of a pain, and I think that we’re doing fine as we are. I don’t think anyone’s going to misunderstand a group of energetic, college feminists who are blasting Beyoncé outside of the classrooms on Club Day as Islamic militants.”
The university did not respond to Fordham Daily‘s request for comment Tuesday evening.