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Vanderbilt to Remove “Confederate” Inscription from Residence Hall

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Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos discusses the university’s decision to return a donation made 83 years ago so it can remove a controversial inscription from one of its residence halls. Referred to officially by the university in recent years as Memorial Hall, the building has borne the inscription “Confederate Memorial Hall” on the pediment above its main entrance since its construction in 1935. “Many generations of students, faculty, and staff have struggled with, argued about, and debated with vigor this hall. We have asked time and again how can we have this symbol in the sky—a pediment is intended to draw a gaze upward—as part of our aspirational goals?” Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos said. "Our debates and discussions have consistently returned over these many years to the same core question: can we continue to strive for that diverse and inclusive community where we educate the leaders that our communities, nation and world so desperately need, with this hall as so created? My view, like that of so many in the past, and so many in our present, is that we cannot.” Read more: http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2016/08/vanderbilt-will-remove-confederate-inscription-from-residence-hall/ Follow Vanderbilt on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vanderbiltu, on Instagram: http://instagram.com/vanderbiltu and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vanderbilt. See all Vanderbilt social media at http://social.vanderbilt.edu.