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Penn's history is not for sale

To the Editor:

As a fourth generation Philadelphian, an alumnus and a 35-year member of the faculty of the University, I am distressed and strongly oppose the decision to rename Logan Hall.

The historic building, an icon on the Penn campus, is a classic, comforting point of reference for alumni, faculty, and long-term supporters and friends of the University.

I understand the pressure to raise funds for the endowment and general support of the University, but that should not be done in a way that compromises and diminishes the history and traditions of the institution.

Is everything, including the University's legacy, for sale? That would be the most unflattering statement on the current leadership of this great University.

Please reconsider and reverse the decision to rename Logan Hall.

At the very least, consider a hyphenated name like "Cohen-Logan Hall", as was done in the case of Dietrich Hall when the Saul Steinberg gift was accepted some years ago.

Thank you.

Bernard Anderson The author is a Management professor.

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