Reader letter: Much better options missed for renaming university residence

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The Board of Governors at the University of Windsor has dropped the ball.

Their recent decision to rename one of their dormitory buildings “Residence Hall West” marks a significant lost opportunity for this publicly funded institution. The proposed new name is just about the least inspirational name one can imagine and reeks of antiseptic bureaucrat-speak.

Instead, why not rename it “Harmony Hall,” thus invoking the virtues of equity, tolerance and social justice?

Moreover, each floor of this high-rise on-campus housing unit could be given a name that is connected in some significant way to the history of the Windsor-Essex region.

Here are a few names that surely are worthy of such a distinction: Mary Ann and Abraham Shadd Floor, Tecumseh and Isaac Brock Floor, Senator David Croll Floor, Hon. Howard McCurdy Floor, Ferguson Jenkins Floor, Mary and Henry Bibb Floor, John Freeman Walls Floor, Hon. Herb Gray Floor, to name only a few possibilities.

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One floor (the lowest level) could be named the Underground Railroad Floor.

These examples serve to show the rich possibilities that, sadly, the board overlooked. The university should seize this opportunity to invoke the past in order to inspire the present and future.

This is the teachable moment.

Larry Glassford, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education,

University of Windsor

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