The school's decision also upset the Mayor of Providence, David Cicilline. Mayor Cicilline is a 1983 graduate of Brown.
In a statement responding to the school's decision Mayor Cicilline said, "The decision to simply erase the celebration of an incredibly significant moment in world history and Italian-American culture for the sake of political correctness does just the opposite. As an Italian-American, I take particular offense to this decision."
Keith Dellagrotta, a Brown University senior and President of the College Republicans spoke to ABC News in the middle of a protest to reinstate Columbus Day at the University. He called the Columbus Day debate at Brown "political correctness gone awry
"Changing the name of the fall weekend does absolutely no good because now, instead of remembering Columbus Day for both his good and maybe some of his bad, we are now completely erasing it from history and now there's no more talk" he said. "There's no more dialogue."
The Associated Press Contributed to this story.