In a recent email to members of the Brown community, President Christina Paxson stated that the newly renovated Friedman Hall, formerly known as Wilson Hall, should not be confused with Friedman Study Center, Friedman Auditorium, or Friedman Gourmet Ole. The message aimed to provide clarity during a tumultous shopping period, in which many students arrived signifcantly late to class, went to the wrong meeting, couldn’t locate any printers, and had difficulty finding a delicious toasted sesame bagel with chive cream cheese and lox.
“There has been widespread misunderstanding regarding these separate spaces on campus, all of which are named in recognition of the Friedman family and their generous donations,” wrote Paxson, urging students not to mix up the main green building, the Sciences Library basement, a large lecture hall, and a popular bagel shop on Thayer. “I can assure you, however, that these are four different places, with four distinct purposes. Also, these properties are not the same as Friedman Refectory or the recently rebranded restaurant on Wickenden, Duck and Friedman.”
At press time, plans were announced to change Brown’s name to Friedman University.