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Jul. 10 2010 - 11:27 am | 225 views | 1 recommendation | 4 comments

University of Texas ALMOST doesn’t want its dormitory named after a Klansman

After years (?) of hemming and hawing, of “we’ll consider it,” of LET’S NOT BE HASTY HERE PEOPLE, the University of Texas at Austin might, just might, change the name of a dormitory named after a former professor and KKK Grand Cyclops (made that “Grand Cyclops” part up. He was probably just a nobody Kleagle.) Behold:

The University of Texas at Austin is one step closer to removing the name of a Ku Klux Klan leader from a dormitory on the campus. According to an announcement today, the university’s president, William Powers Jr., endorsed the recommendations of a review panel and will recommend to the Board of Regents that the building, Simkins Residence Hall, be renamed Creekside Dormitory. The 55-year-old building was named for William Stewart Simkins, a law professor at the university in the early 20th century and former organizer for the Klan.

via Klan Leader’s Name Should Be Dropped From Dorm, U. of Texas President Says | The Ticker | Chronicle of Higher Education.

Ha ha. Well it is really great to know the University of Texas is taking all the necessary steps before deciding on something so difficult and controversial. We look forward to the final decision, in ten years, after it is tabled by the Board of Regents and goes back to the Ad Hoc Subcommittee On Renaming Dormitories Named After KKK MEMBERS for further review, for the 1,000th time.


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    UT-Austin might opt to tear down the building rather than simply rename it. Nothing political, just infrastructural. The 55-year-old residence hall, built using the finest Texan brains and braun of the day, apparently has all the charms of a Detroit flophouse, the electrical wiring of a Beirut squat, and the plumbing of a Haitian hostel.

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    Was it a co ed dorm? You know the young ladies’ virtue was safe there!

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