Berkman Hall creates confusion among students

BY MOLLEE RYAN, Freshman Music Therapy major, Opinion Editor

Changing Main Classroom to Berkman Hall causes students to get lost

As former President Ronald Berkman’s time at Cleveland State University came to an end, many reminisce on his time as president. Of course, as any person in power does, he had his bad sides, but he also had his good sides.

While President Berkman made a lot of new innovations and improvements to Cleveland State’s campus, he also faced a lot of controversies when someone hung an anti-gay poster on a bulletin board and to the students knowledge, a suspect was never found. Needless to say, Berkman was either liked or disliked, but it seems like the majority is the latter.

At the beginning of the fall 2018 semester, Cleveland State announced that starting in the spring semester of 2019, the Main Classroom building would officially be called Berkman Hall, in commemoration to the former president. Some students were upset, some confused, and some didn’t really care.

Personally, the change from Main Classroom to Berkman Hall doesn’t really phase me. I was a little confused at the beginning of the semester, but now that I know, it doesn’t bug me very much. Main Classroom was a banal and boring name anyways.

However, I do think it is tedious to make the name change now. As the old saying goes, if it’s not broken don’t fix it. Students have gotten so accustomed to seeing “MC” on their schedule or saying “Main Classroom,” that it just seems pointless to change the name. I know even as a freshman here, I probably won’t stop calling the building Main Classroom, since that is what I was originally taught.

Additionally, the name change has caused more annoyances than it has benefits. On the first day of spring semester, a rather large amount of students found themselves in the College of Business rather than Berkman Hall.

Speaking for myself, I was confused when I saw the classroom for my class listed in BH. I remember talking to my roommate and asking her if any of her prerequisite classes were in the College of Business. She was the one that told me BH actually meant Berkman Hall, formerly Main Classroom; BU was the Business Building. So while I think honoring President Berkman’s time at Cleveland State and thanking him for the work he put into the university is great and agreeable, there are other ways to do it. Changing the name of a building that students have known for years as a different name is not the way to do it.

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