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Photo by Sarah Grace Taylor//Managing Editor Story by Devin Ross // Staff Writer His name is on a building, but once upon a time, Nathan Bedford Forrest was the university’s mascot. From the university’s inception in 1911 until 1934, there were no titles given to the sports teams, only a few unofficial nicknames including the …

Photo by Sarah Grace Taylor // Managing Editor Following the influx of students and faculty demanding a name change of Forrest Hall in 2015, the university appointed a 16-person task force to give MTSU president Sidney McPhee a recommendation on keeping or scrapping the name. The Forrest Hall task force, headed by history professor Derek …

MTSU students, faculty, alumni and organizations have protested the name of Forrest Hall off-and-on for the last half century. Most recently, the issue became relevant on campus in the summer of 2015 after Confederate imagery was brought to the forefront by a shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. June 17, 2015: A mass shooting took place …

Even if the Forrest Hall task force recommends to rename the building, the decision would only be the first step in the process. Such a measure would still have to pass muster with the Tennessee Board of Regents and proposed to the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act of 2016. While MTSU president Sidney McPhee maintains the …

Student protesters calling for the renaming of Forrest Hall began meeting last October, which was appropriate, being the tenth month and the group adopting the name the Talented Tenth, a term coined 75 years ago by W.E.B. Du Bois. According to MTSU sophomore and member of Talented Tenth Arionna White, the group is an unofficial …

Whether you realize it or not, history is in the making right now at MTSU. This spring, a 16-person task force made up of students, faculty and community members created by president Sidney A. McPhee will help decide the fate of Forrest Hall, a military science building named after Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest. To …