LSA SG addresses C.C. Little, North Campus lighting

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 10:52pm

Convening for its second time this academic year, LSA Student Government met Wednesday evening to pass resolutions addressing the renaming of the C.C. Little Science Building and to increase lighting on North Campus.

In discussing the resolution to announce the assembly’s support of changing the name of C.C. Little, LSA junior Kristen Ball, co-author of the resolution, spoke on behalf of the overall cultural implications the name of the building has on the University of Michigan’s identity.

“When someone comes to U of M’s campus, they are going to see that building, it is a huge building on campus and it has a large social impact when we name our entire bus system after a building,” Ball said.

She went on to discuss the article, stating although the resolution may have no immediate impact on campus, it's a necessary measure to preserve the values of the University.

“We know if we change the name of this building it's not going completely change campus climate, but it is a step in the right direction and you never reach any form of social change without trying to make a single step in the right direction,” she said.  

LSA senior Ryan Gillcrist, vice president of LSA SG and another co-author of the resolution, spoke on the significance that students and the greater University community feel welcomed and comfortable, stating the problematic nature of C.C. Little’s past as a eugenicist as reason to change the building’s name. 

“It’s important for us to remember where we come from, it’s important for us to understand the past of this University, but it’s also important for us to make this campus welcoming to everyone,” Gillcrist said. “For C.C. Little, many of the people in this room including myself, would be deemed unfit to be members of our community.”

LSA senior Nicholas Fadanelli, president of LSA SG and also co-author of the resolution, commented on C.C. Little’s meshing of his personal life affairs with his position as president of the University as the underlying issue of keeping his name on the building.

“It would be one matter if he kept separate his private beliefs and the organizations he was privately a member of separate from his position as president of the University, but by his active intertwining of them all, he tied this University to every effort he supported,” Fadanelli said. “From forced sterilizations of those he deemed inferior to amendments to increasing restrictions within the Exclusion Acts.”

The assembly then went into voting procedure where the resolution passed unanimously with 22 in favor and two abstained.

LSA senior Patrick Miller, co-author of the resolution concerning lighting on North Campus, addressed the assembly on behalf of his own personal experiences of living on North Campus and the reality of inadequate lighting facing those who live there.

“We lived in Northwood our first year when it was still an involuntary choice,” Miller said. “It’s very dark at night, it’s a very dark part of campus and it just brings safety concerns to students.”

In addressing concerns of extra lighting flooding residential buildings, LSA is advising adding blinders to campus dormitories affected by the added lighting.

The resolution passed unanimously, 24 in favor, one abstained.  

No new resolutions were tabled for discussion.