Students at Pennsylvania college demand building called ‘Lynch’ be renamed because of racial overtones

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ANNVILLE, Pa. — 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 administrators to either rename the building entirely or add Lynch’s first name.

It was included on a list of demands that students presented on Friday. Others include a more diverse curriculum and more sensitivity training for staff.

School spokesman Marty Parkes said Tuesday that officials are considering all of the demands and will address them at a forum next month. Parkes calls Lynch a “very important figure” in the college’s history.

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

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