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Regents vote to keep U of M building names

Coffman Memorial Union at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. St. Paul Pioneer Press

MINNEAPOLIS - The Board of Regents on Friday, April 26, rejected a recommendation from outgoing president Eric Kaler to remove the names of four controversial leaders from buildings on the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

After a contentious two and a half hours met with numerous interruptions from an overflow audience of angry students and faculty, the board voted 10-1 to set aside Kaler’s proposal.

At the same time, the board directed the president’s administration to produce commemorations and educational displays and activities that reckon with the U’s history of racism and anti-Semitism at its highest levels.

The last time regents met, in March, several regents accused the authors of a 125-page academic report of reaching unfounded conclusions and stacking evidence against the former university leaders.