Category Archives: The Physical Campus

Facilities, infrastructure, and upkeep.


Yale Panel Recommends Renaming Calhoun College

A Yale University task force has recommended that the campus’s Calhoun College be renamed, revisiting the controversy after a decision to keep the name was made last April, reports the Yale Daily News.

The panel comprises John Gaddis, a professor of history; Jacqueline Goldsby, a professor of English and African-American studies; and G. Leonard Baker, a 1964 alumnus of the college.

Mr. Gaddis and Ms. Goldsby had signed a faculty petition last spring seeking to change the college’s name from that…


Yale Sets Guidelines on Renaming Campus Buildings

Seven months after Yale University announced that John C. Calhoun’s name would not be removed from a campus residential college, sparking protests among many students, officials said on Friday that the institution had adopted a detailed set of guidelines for deciding whether to rename campus buildings.

Three “advisers” will now use the guidelines to reconsider the Calhoun College name, which critics say honors a man who championed slavery. The advisers are G. Leonard Baker, a 1964 alumnus; …


UNC-Wilmington Orders Mandatory Evacuation as Storm Approaches

[Updated (10/5/2016, 12:28 p.m.) with reports of additional preparations in the Southeastern United States.]

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington announced on Tuesday afternoon that all 15,000 of its students would be required to evacuate the coastal campus by midday on Thursday as Hurricane Matthew, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in years, approaches from the south.

The university said all classes, events, and activities scheduled for after 5 p.m. on Wednesday would be cance…


Penn State Police Receive Threat Against Stadium, but Game Goes On

As tens of thousands of fans prepared to attend a home football game at Pennsylvania State University on Saturday, university officials issued an unusual warning: The campus police had learned of an anonymous threat against the stadium. After the police spent the morning sweeping the stadium for anything suspicious, they issued an “all clear” and allowed the game to be played as planned.

“Out of an abundance of caution we are notifying fans and the public of the threat that was received, so th…


Singer Cancels U. of Texas Tour Stop Because of Concealed Carry

The folk singer Ray LaMontagne has canceled a concert scheduled to take place at the University of Texas at Austin because of the university’s concealed-carry policy, he announced in a Facebook post.

Starting this academic year, Texas’ “campus carry” law allows students with concealed-handgun permits to carry their guns on the campus.

Mr. LaMontagne said ticket costs would be refunded for the concert, scheduled for Thursday at the University of Texas Performing Arts Center.

“No matter how hard I…


U. of Oregon Removes Name of a KKK Leader From a Dorm

The University of Oregon is the latest higher-education institution to move to expunge an association with racism or slavery from a campus building or monument. On Thursday, The Register-Guard reports, the university’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to remove the name of a 1920s and 1930s professor from a dormitory because the professor, Frederic Dunn, was once an “exalted cyclops,” or leader of a local den, in the Ku Klux Klan.

In a discussion before the trustees voted, an Oregon alumnus, …


Swastikas Are Found Painted on Bathroom Walls of Swarthmore’s Library

Two swastikas were spray-painted in a bathroom of Swarthmore College’s McCabe Library on Tuesday night, The Delaware County Daily Times reported on Friday.

Swarthmore’s president, Valerie Smith, sent a memorandum to the campus condemning the incident. She said the graffiti would be removed, and the campus bias-response team, led by the dean of students, would figure out what steps to take next.

“This incident is serious and unacceptable, and the perpetrator(s) will face serious disciplinary cons…


U. of Kentucky Will Uncover Controversial Mural Depicting Slaves

The University of Kentucky will remove a veil from a controversial mural on the campus that depicts black slaves picking crops, the university announced on Thursday. It will surround the painting with “other works of art from a variety of perspectives that provide a larger narrative of our history, our aspirations, our shortcomings, and the progress we still must make,” wrote the institution’s president, Eli Capilouto, in a blog post.

The decision follows student protests demanding that somethi…


Rowan U. Tells Students Not to Drink the Water, Citing Elevated Lead Levels

Rowan University is handing out bottled water after discovering traces of lead in several campus buildings’ water supplies, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. “Out of an abundance of caution, we suggest that you avoid consuming water from any buildings on campus,” the university’s president, Ali A. Houshmand, wrote in an email to the Glassboro, N.J., campus on Wednesday evening.

The university has also instructed students to avoid brushing their teeth or cooking with water from the campus. Becau…


Georgetown Will Give Admissions Preferences to Descendants of Slaves It Sold

In an effort to atone for its profit off the sale of 272 slaves almost two centuries ago, Georgetown University will, among other things, give preferential treatment in the admissions process to descendants of those slaves, the university announced on Thursday morning.

The action emerged from a working group’s report on how the institution will reckon with its sale of those slaves. The New York Times reported this year that the university was beginning to seek out descendants of the slaves it so…