The new dorms have opened up at Highlands University, and they are a showcase for the school.
As sure as it rains during the Fiestas, local leaders will be contemplating about whom to name the new residence hall after. If history is any guide, it will be named in honor of a professor or a politician.
Last year, a group asked the Board of Regents to name the hall after state Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas. We’re not sure why a university building would be named after a state senator, except that he did his job and helped secure the state funding for the project.
If the dorms have to be named after a local person, we would much prefer that it be a university professor or some other employee. But how many people know the history behind the names of buildings at Highlands? Very few.
As such, we believe that in naming the dorms, Highlands should send a message. Name the residence hall after Martin Luther King Jr. or Cesar Chavez. Just about everyone knows who they were and what they did — fight for the underdog.
Sure, we know it’s a tradition in academia to name buildings after those most people have never heard of. But why can’t Highlands be different?