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Yale To Rename Calhoun College For Grace Hopper

13 February 2017

Yale University announced on Saturday that it would finally relent to pressure to rename Calhoun College-named for former vice president and white supremacist John C. Calhoun-to something a little more befitting of the year, if not the times themselves.

Still, according to a community-wide email from Yale College Dean Holloway, the name change will not go into effect until July 1, giving the class of 2017 the option to graduate as members of either Calhoun or Hopper during commencement in May.

"It is not clear to me, too, that the name of Calhoun College must change".

"People of good will and intelligence have many different perspectives on this question", Salovey said.

Demand to rename the college reached a fever pitch in 2015 after nine people were killed at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina. He graduated from Yale College in 1804. She foresaw the future widespread use of computers, coined the word "bug" for computer glitches, and retired from the US Navy as a rear admiral at the age of 79, the New Haven Register reports.

A rear gate at Calhoun College.

"This is a victory for the New Haven community", Kica Matos, one of the leaders of the Change the Name Coalition and a fellow at Yale's Stiles College, told the Guardian.

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A portrait of John C. Calhoun, the 7th vice president of the United States of America, hangs along a wall in the Senate Reception Room, one of the Capitol's most richly decorated public rooms.

The university's president, however, maintained that symbols of Calhoun on campus will not be discarded in order to preserve Yale's 300-year history.

The board of trustees made its decision to rename the college Friday. When she finally retired from the navy at the age of 79, she was the oldest serving officer in the USA armed forces at the time, according to the university's statement.

A flare-up of the controversy last summer followed the arrest of a black dining services worker, Corey Menafee, who used a broomstick to smash a stained-glass window at the college that depicted slaves. Campus experts on art and history, as well as the University's public art committee, will work to contextualize these remaining Calhoun relics, the officials said. Criminal charges were dropped and Yale rehired Menafee, who had described the image as offensive.

Hopper received a master's degree in mathematics and a mathematics and mathematical physics from Yale.

She was also instrumental in in developing COBOL, one of the first programming languages, and coined the phrase "bug" for computer problems. She is the recipient of Yale's Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal, the National Medal of Technology, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

Yale To Rename Calhoun College For Grace Hopper