Thursday, December 10, 2015

Lynch Mob

Students Demand Building Called ‘Lynch’ Be Renamed Because of Racial OvertonesBy Associated 

Students at Lebanon Valley College are asking administrators to change the name of "Lynch Memorial Hall," because of racial overtones. (Published Wednesday, Dec 9, 2015)

Students at a small Pennsylvania college are demanding that administrators rename a building called “Lynch Memorial Hall'' because of the racial overtones of the word “lynch.''

The building is named after Clyde A. Lynch, who was president of Lebanon Valley College from 1932 until his death in 1950.

Students want school officials to either rename the building entirely or add Lynch's first name and middle initial, saying the word recalls the public executions of black men by white mobs in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

It was included on a list of demands that students presented to the school on Friday. Other demands include a more diverse curriculum, more sensitivity training for staff and regular surveys of the racial climate on campus.

School spokesman Marty Parkes said Tuesday that President Lewis Thayne is considering all of the demands and will address them at a forum next month.

Calling Lynch a “very important figure'' in the history of the college, Parkes said officials want to avoid “doing anything that would denigrate his memory or his legacy here.''

The school's website says Lynch led the college through the Great Depression and World War II and raised $550,000 for a new physical education building. The building that bears his name houses several academic departments.

The controversy over the name was first reported by

Lebanon Valley College has about 1,600 undergraduates. It's 90 miles west of Philadelphia.

Published at 6:36 AM EST on Dec 9, 2015

Copyright Associated Press


  1. Costs at Lebanon Valley College

    Tuition, fees, room, and board are determined annually, usually in February, for the following academic year.

    Full Time Students
    The charges for full time students for 2015–2016 are:

    ResidentTuition and fees$39,030
    Room and board$10,510


    The annual costs are generally divided into two payments: one for each semester.

    In addition, students should anticipate other expenses for books, transportation, personal and miscellaneous educational items. Those expenses are estimated to be approximately $3,482 for resident students, $10,782 for students living off-campus and $7,282 for commuting students living with their parents. These estimated costs are included in the cost of attendance when determining eligibility for financial aid.

  2. Should AG Loretta Lynch think about changing her name?

    After all,,,

  3. And your point is...................

    1. Don't ever consider sending your child to a so called "college" in the North East.