Around the industry: Stanford University to set guidelines for buildings that honor controversial figures

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  • California: Stanford University announced on Friday that it will form a panel to establish guidelines for renaming buildings and spaces that honor controversial figures. The panel was borne out of a push from many students to rename several buildings honoring the 18th-century Catholic Priest Junipero Serra. Serra, who created missions throughout California and was declared a saint by Pope Francis last year, has been scrutinized for his treatment of Native Americans. Stanford officials say they will consider the requests related to Serra, but use principles that could be applied to other figures with disputed histories (Inside Higher Ed, 3/7). 
  • New York: Mount Saint Mary College—not to be confused with Mount Saint Mary's University—announced Tuesday that Anne Carson Daly will step down as president on April 15. The school's board of trustees has been mired in a racial controversy, but Mount Saint Mary spokesperson Matt Frey says Daly's departure "is unrelated" to the situation. Rather, "This is about (Daly's) family issues that have to be dealt with in an immediate fashion" (Purcell, Poughkeepsie Journal, 3/9).
  • Tennessee: A Vanderbilt University student was killed in a stabbing attack in Israel on Tuesday while on a school-sponsored trip, according to a message sent by Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos to the Vanderbilt community. Taylor Force, who studied at the Owen Graduate School of Management, died in the attack that occurred in Jaffa.  Israeli Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld confirmed that the attacker was shot and killed (Shapiro, ABC News, 3/8). 

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