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    University Dumping Harry Reidís Name From Building

    University Dumping Harry Reidís Name From Building

    Harry Reid is being shown the door ó or rather, his name is coming off it.

    Southern Utah University, the Senate majority leaderís alma mater, has received a deluge of requests to remove Reidís name from a building on campus ó and some hefty donation pledges to make it happen.

    ďWe had people step up and pledge money towards removing his name. In five days I received pledges totaling $40,000 Ė in just five days,Ē Cedar City, Utah, Councilman Paul Cozzens told the Spectrum newspaper of St. George, Utah.

    Members of the university community donít think much of having the Nevada Democratís name on the Harry Reid Outdoor Engagement Center. The building is being renamed simply the ďOutdoor Engagement Center.Ē

    ďThis is a conservative base in Southern Utah and many people in southern Nevada also feel the same way,Ē Cozzens said. ďThese people in Nevada do not espouse to Reidís political philosophies, and they told me they would not support the university or send any more of their children there, and this was coming from people who had already sent children to SUU, so long as Harry Reidís name remained.Ē

    Southern Utah University President Scott Wyatt said having Reidís name on the building didnít actually raise money as anticipated, and a proposed building bearing his name isnít prompting donors to step up either. The Spectrum reported that citizens first met with Wyatt earlier this year asking for Reidís name to come off. Later, members of the city council got involved.

    Wyatt said he is respecting community wishes to remove Reidís name from the building, but out of respect for the lawmaker alumnus, still plans to put it on the new one Ė that doesnít exist yet.

    ďWe have not received any money yet for Ö that building, so if that happens then it will give us an opportunity to build a Harry Reid Center and to clearly define the purpose of that center,Ē Wyatt said.

    Wyatt explained his reluctance to strike Reidís name from the university completely.

    ďSen. Reid is part of the SUU alumni and he was gracious enough to grant the university the use of his name, and I didnít want to offend him in any way,Ē Wyatt said.

    Wyatt said his name would be more fitting for another building.

    ďThe purpose for the Harry Reid Outdoor Engagement Center has never been clearly defined,Ē Wyatt said. ďThe Harry Reid name created confusion about the purpose of the center because nobody associated Harry Reid with the outdoors, so they were having a hard time creating a clear brand.Ē

    But if donors come through for the Harry Reid Center, the university will define a purpose, the newspaper said.

    ďHarry Reid has a lot of good qualities that could be used to develop a great program and center,Ē Wyatt said.


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    Re: University Dumping Harry Reidís Name From Building

    Let the name Harry be stricken from every book and tablet, stricken from all pylons and obelisks, stricken from every monument of Egypt. Let the name Harry be unheard and unspoken, erased from the memory of men for all time.

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