An update on past news

Wednesday, January 20, 1999

UH’s Porteus
Hall renamed
last year

What ever happened to the renaming of Porteus Hall?

The University of Hawaii administration is reviewing procedures on the naming of buildings, a move prompted by last April's controversial renaming of Porteus Hall as the "Social Sciences Building."

Updated rules on how the UH will name buildings in the future are expected to go before the Board of Regents for review next month, said UH spokesman Jim Manke.

In July 1974, the Board of Regents decided to name the Manoa campus building after noted UH psychologist Stanley D. Porteus. But opposition and testimony from students and faculty forced the board less than a year later to review its decision, which it upheld in May 1975.

In October 1997, Manoa's undergraduate student government rekindled efforts to rename Porteus Hall. They contend Porteus' academic work, especially his early writings, supported beliefs that women and minorities were inferior to Caucasian men.

After a review, the UH administration recommended renaming Porteus Hall last spring, which the board approved. But in doing so, regents asked the administration to review procedures for naming buildings.

Pat Omandam, Star-Bulletin

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