The Outdoor Engagement Center at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, UT, will no longer bear the name of crotchety Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV). Â Reid graduated from the school in 1959 and is one of their more famous, or infamous, alumnus.
Earlier this year, a group composed of southern Nevada conservatives sent representatives to meet with University President Scott Wyatt and expressed their wishes to have the nameÂ removed. They informed him at that time that they had raised $40,000 towards that effort in only five days. They also made it clear that they would be reluctant to send their children to the school if Reidâ€™s name remained.
Wyatt said that he told the group to end their fundraising activities, that the money would not be accepted in payment for the removal. He cited instead a supposed confusion about a connection between the centerâ€™s intended purpose and the Senator. The center rents outdoor equipment to students and also offers internships and career assistance in outdoors-related fields.
President Wyatt said that since nobody associates Senator Reid with the outdoors, he acted to eliminate confusion. He said, “The leading factor is the center’s leadership reported to me it created confusion. When people looked at the name, they didn’t understand the connection. It was just a little difficult.”
There was also no financial downside to the change, as the hoped-for donations that might have been received from Reid supporters and friends never materialized in the three years since the building was named after the Senator.
Wyatt told the Associated Press, “The decision has nothing to do with politics. We’re a university. We’re full of Democrats and Republicans and Green Party members and Libertarians. We don’t make partisan calls with regard to our esteemed alumnus.â€
In typical crusty fashion, Reid commented, “I was approached and asked to use my name and I was happy to, but there was no such agreement to have me raise funds for it. I’m not going to raise money to have my name placed on anything.”
Cedar City is only about 90 miles northeast of Mesquite, NV, where Cliven Bundy had a standoff with Senator Reidâ€™s BLM goons. Two city councilmen, Paul Cozzens and County Commissioner Dave Miller commented saying, “This is a conservative base in southern Utah, and many people in southern Nevada also feel the same way.
He added, â€œThese people in Nevada do not espouse to Reid’s political philosophies, and they told me they would not support the university or send any more of their children there as long as Harry Reid’s name remained.”
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