University of Houston renaming Calhoun Lofts in wake of recent Confederate controversy

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- The University of Houston announced Monday that it will rename Calhoun Lofts, an upperclassmen dorm that shares a name with a historical figure now linked to racial controversy.

The university says the dorm was not named in recognition of John C. Calhoun. According to a spokesperson, it was named for an adjacent city street.

The full statement reads, "The University of Houston does not have statues, memorials or monuments honoring the Confederate era. Calhoun Lofts were originally named to coincide with the name of the adjacent city street when the university began its aggressive residential expansion in the last decade. While the residence hall was not named in recognition of John C. Calhoun, in the wake of recent events, and out of sensitivity to our diverse student community the university has decided to change the name to University Lofts. The change will be made as soon as practical."

John C. Calhoun was the 7th U.S. vice president, but has gained controversy for his avocation for slavery and white supremacy.

Yale University renamed a college that once honored him earlier this year.

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