Colonel Sanders and cockroaches
As a former resident assistant at Simkins Hall, 1979-1981, we were not aware of William Stewart Simkins’ involvement with the KKK — or his accomplishments. We thought he looked like a skinny Colonel Sanders. The dorm mascot was the cockroach (as they were abundant), and we had events recognizing them: the Roach Olympics, the Miss Roach contest, Roach Casino Night and cockroach races.
The cockroach, not Simkins, was celebrated. The dorm name was meaningless except for the critical fact that our memories are attached to it. Changing the name partially voids these pleasant times at the university.
There are no faultless individuals. The Founding Fathers, civil rights leaders, even football coaches were flawed … just like the rest of us. Do we now rename all buildings? Perhaps we should be less judgmental or name buildings after unflawed non-humans. I recommend renaming it Cockroach Hall. Louis Lux austin