Letter to the Editor

A science center by any other name

A recent article (“Univ. to take on more debt to build SEC,” April 16) notes that the University will need to borrow funds to pay for the initial construction of the new Science and Engineering Complex.

In my view, upgrading and expanding facilities is vitally important to improve GW’s research and teaching in engineering and science and similar expansions are underway at other great U.S. universities. Moreover, using debt for construction is entirely reasonable, particularly at a time when building costs have fallen.

My main concern about the project is its name and acronym “SEC.” As a Google search shows, that moniker is synonymous with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Having an “SEC” on campus and attempting to fundraise for it is bound to lead to confusion. My suggestion is that the name of the project be changed while we are still in the early stages so that the GW brand will be more distinctive and clear.
Steve Charnovitz, Associate professor of law

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