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University Proposes Names For Two New Residence Halls

In order to account for the ever-increasing undergraduate population and update campus dorms to bring everything into the modern age, the university is building two new dorms, one in East Halls and one in North Halls. At this morning’s Board of Trustees committee meeting on business, finance, and capital planning, the university proposed names for the new halls.

The new dorm in East (architectural rendering pictured above), which is already under construction at the intersection of Park Ave and Bigler Road, will be named Earle Hall, in honor of George Howard Earle III. Earle was the 30th Governor of Pennsylvania, serving a four-year term from 1935-1939. Earle, a major Penn State supporter, will be in good company — every dorm building in East Halls is named after a former Pennsylvania governor.

The new building in North will follow the same trend as the others in the area, which are all named after notable women in Penn State history. Trustees recommended Robinson Hall for the new dorm, in honor of Sarah E. Robinson. Robinson was the first music instructor for the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania.

The trustees also officially proposed to rename the men’s lacrosse locker room in the East Area Locker Room Building to the Connor Darcey Memorial Locker Room in honor of the late lacrosse player who suddenly and tragically passed away last year. The team presented the honor during the season this spring, but the Board will move to make it official tomorrow.

The trustees will make an official vote in adapting all three names tomorrow during the full Board meeting in Wilkes-Barre. There’s no reason to think the names won’t all be accepted unanimously but, hey, formalities.

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