IU committee nearing decision on gym's name

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

An Indiana University committee is preparing a recommendation on renaming a gymnasium named after a long-time trustee who expressed racist views in the 1940s.

IU vice president Terry Clapacs says the committee will issue its recommendation within two weeks on the renaming of the Ora Wildermuth Intramural Center on the Bloomington campus.

Letters written by Wildermuth in the 1940s became known last year. In them, he expressed support for segregation and said blacks were not as intelligent as whites. Wildermuth was president of the school's board of trustees from 1938 to 1949.

IU spokesman Larry MacIntyre says that while Wildermuth's statements are not acceptable today, IU's traditions must be weighed before any change.

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