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Story by Devin Ross // Contributing Writer Photo by Meagan White // Editor-in-Chief  Demonstrators gathered on Middle Tennessee State University’s campus Monday afternoon in support of changing the name of Forrest Hall. Forrest Hall, a campus building named after the Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, has been protested by MTSU students, faculty and alumni since this …

Middle Tennessee State University students, faculty and alumni gathered on Tuesday afternoon to protest the name of Forrest Hall. The ROTC building named after Confederate general and alleged Klu Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest has received a resurge of controversy this summer after the recent shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. Though the name has been protested …

Some MTSU students are joining the debate on offensive symbolism by requesting the name of Forrest Hall be changed. Forrest Hall was named after Nathan Bedford Forrest in 1958 due to his involvement in the Confederate Army. However, Forrest is also alleged to have served as the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan …

The current discussion on changing the name of Forrest Hall and the controversy surrounding the Confederate flag are both crucial ones to be had. However, the arguments are primarily centered around the question, “is it right or wrong,” when we need to be asking about the rights of the people and organizations donning these flags/titles. To …