Why are so many people who work in higher education so afraid of Ben Shapiro? One administrator at Marquette has been caught trying to take a seat at a Shapiro speech she worn’t use in order to deny it to someone else and encouraging others to do the same.

The College Fix reports:

Marquette employee caught trying to keep conservatives from seeing Ben Shapiro lecture

Eight score and 17 years ago, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”

Also Marquette University.

Its administrators have foolishly and consistently threatened a tenured conservative professor, showing regard for neither its Catholic values nor academic freedom, because he criticized a colleague’s censorious pedagogy.

It should be no surprise, then, that another staffer has been caught trying to limit the audience for conservative speaker Ben Shapiro’s campus appearance next week.

Young America’s Foundation obtained Facebook comments by Chrissy Nelson, a program assistant for Marquette’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies, that claim “one of the directors of diversity” is encouraging staff to surreptitiously ruin attendance at the event:

The suggestion I received [in a phone call with the director] and will be promoting is to … reserve a seat through eventbrite as a student (to take a seat away from someone who actually would go) and not protest [Shapiro] the day of.