Proposal to rename Aycock Residence Hall delayed once again

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – ECU students are speaking out, wondering when a dorm on campus will be renamed.

The University’s Board of Trustees is considering a new name for Aycock Hall, which it voted to rename in February. But the name Aycock is still on the building.

It’s all part of the controversy surrounding the dorm’s namesake, Charles B. Aycock, a former governor who supported segregation. Since the initial vote to rename the dorm, the university has made progress in creating Heritage Hall. That will be a space within a new student services center to honor important school figures, including Aycock.

Campus Living has worked with students and staff over the past several months to come up with a new name to replace the name, Aycock. They say Legacy Hall will recognize the traditions and contributions of the past, while also promoting the school’s motto to serve.

Some students, like Don Donaldson, have fought for this change for over a year now.

“We heard that it was coming down, and I feel like they gave us what we wanted to hear. Now it’s starting to get into…what we call the grit of things, and we’re really holding them to this, take it down,” Donaldson said.

To ensure the name change by next semester, Donaldson says students have to raise 60% of the $500,000 needed by December 1. They’ve started a GoFundMe and are holding events on campus to raise the money. Saturday, they’re having a masquerade ball on campus and putting the proceeds towards the name change.

The Legacy Hall proposal that was scheduled to go before the board Friday has half the signatures it needs for approval. It still needs to make it through committees before going to a full board vote.

ECU now says the proposal is no longer on the agenda. A university spokesperson says the document, which detailed the board’s agenda, was posted to the public site in error. She said, “The document was prepared in advance in case University Advancement had reached the $300,000 mark set by the Board of Trustees to proceed to the next step for Heritage Hall. University Advancement says they are not quite there yet. The proposed name change will not be discussed today, because it was not discussed in committee yesterday and approved to go before the full board.”

We’ll continue to follow new developments and keep you updated on air and online.

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