Wednesday, January 20, 2010

UVU Drops Prophet's Name from Events Center

It was recently announced that Utah Valley University will remove "David O. McKay" from the name of their events center and place the name on a nearby education building. See article here. The idea for the name change apparently came from the original anonymous donors who initially donated $3 million to the college in order to place the prophet's name on the arena.

Am I the only one who cringed when the McKay Events Center would host entertainers with questionable morals and values? I could be mistaken, but I think Ozzy Osbourne played there once. Didn't he once tear up a copy of the Book of Mormon while on stage?

Although there are those seeing this as simply a move for the University to attract a new nameplace donor, I think the move to place the prophet's name on an education building was a good move in light of what David O. McKay stood for.

8 comments:

Sam B. said...

Jeremy,
"Didn't [Ozzy Osbourne] once tear up a copy of the Book of Mormon while on stage?"

No. Marilyn Manson did after he was prevented from opening for NIN in Salt Lake (around 1994, IIRC), but nobody has cared about Marilyn Manson pretty much since 1994.

Justin said...

Ozzy Osbourne played there on April 19, 1996. The events center was dedicated by President Hinckley on April 22, 1996.

Jeremy said...

Interesting tidbit of info, Justin. I wonder if Hinckley knew who was there 3 days earlier and, if he did, what he thought about it.

Anonymous said...

UVU? Isn't this the old Utah Valley Tech that my loser BYU roommate had to attend when he couldn't cut it at the Y? Are they refunding the $3 million?

Justin said...

He may have known. In his prayer, he said, "May the activities that occur here be wholesome in their nature and in harmony with the ideals of the man whose name it bears."

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