Letters: IU Indianapolis is good name choice

As a Purdue alum and having two kids with pending degrees at IUPUI, I disagree that the name of the university is a problem [Editorial: It’s time to rethink IUPUI, June 4]. However, if a name change is in order, only the Indiana University name would be of immediate value. Any other name would have to build a reputation over a period of years.

And if a new name is wanted, why do we first mention a politician as worthy of the university name? Yes, (Richard) Lugar has done a lot for the city, but so has Eli Lilly. We have had three vice presidents and a president from Indiana, each worthy of the name. How about CJ Walker or Wes Montgomery or James Whitcomb Riley? Each of them have made worthy contributions to the life and lore of Indianapolis.

My point: We elevate politicians far too high.

Stick with IUI—and that comes from a Boilermaker. The name recognition is immediate.


Robert Haehl

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