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OSU announces new names for 3 buildings after controversy

The changes were made after students and faculty complained that the buildings had been named for men with racist beliefs.

Posted: Jul 30, 2018 6:26 PM
Updated: Jul 30, 2018 7:31 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State University President Ed Ray has announced new names for three buildings on the Corvallis campus.

The changes were made after students and faculty complained that the buildings had been named for men with racist beliefs.

Ray said Monday that Avery Lodge will now be called Champinefu (CHOM-pin-A-foo) Lodge. The name recognizes the contributions and history of Native Americans within the Willamette Valley. The university says Champinefu translates to: "At the place of the blue elderberry."

Meanwhile, Benton Hall has been renamed Community Hall and Benton Annex is now the Hattie Redmond Women and Gender Center. Redmond was a leader in the effort to achieve voting rights for Oregon women.

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