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October 09, 2015

NYU Engineering Students Protest Renaming for Big Donors

A student-led petition opposing the renaming of New York University's Polytechnic School of Engineering for a couple who donated $100 million earlier this week had drawn more than 1,000 signatures as of Thursday, writes The Wall Street Journal.

The institution, which formally joined the university system in 2014, was rechristened the NYU Tandon School of Engineering on Monday in honor of the gift from finance executives Chandrika and Ranjan Tandon. The name change is the sixth for the school, which was founded in 1854 as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute and became the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering with the completion of its merger with the university last year.

Critics of the latest switch contend NYU wants to scrub the Polytechnic legacy from the school. The university has also changed the school's schedules, colors, and logo to match its own. The changes have been better received by administrators, faculty, and the tech world, the Journal writes. A person familiar with the matter told the newspaper that the university's board, which approved the renaming, has no plans to revisit the issue.