votes to rename Columbus Day
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Providence, Rhode Island: Brown University is taking the “Columbus Day” out of Columbus Day
Brown's faculty has voted to establish a new academic holiday in
October called “Fall Weekend.“ The long weekend coincides with Columbus Day.
Hundreds of Brown students had asked the university to stop observing
Columbus Day, citing the explorer’s violent treatment of Native Americans he
encountered. Reiko Koyama, a sophomore who led the effort, says celebrating
Columbus Day seemed inconsistent with Brown’s values.
Brown will remain closed on Columbus
Day, in part to avoid inconveniencing staff whose children might have the
Many other colleges are open on Columbus Day but give students short breaks
later in the semester.
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