“According to the Daily Princetonian, this is the first time that Whig-Clio has voted to rescind a James Madison Award”
A petition started by a student forced a vote on this and the vote was close.
Campus Reform reports:
Princeton DEBATE club cancels Ted Cruz
Following a petition created by a Princeton University student, the American Whig-Cliosophic Society (Whig-Clio) voted to rescind the James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
Brent Kibbey, a senior at Princeton, announced in a March 2 opinion piece for the school’s newspaper that his petition had received enough signatures for the Whig-Clio to hold an assembly. The official meeting was held on March 4, and Whig-Clio voted in accordance with the petition to take away the honorary award from Cruz.
Kibbey previously participated in a campaigning trip to Florida with the Princeton College Democrats and has written multiple articles for The Daily Princetonian.
According to the Daily Princetonian, this is the first time that Whig-Clio has voted to rescind a James Madison Award (JMA), which is given to “an individual who has taken up the arduous but righteous cause of dedicating their life to the betterment of society.”
The 90-minute assembly dedicated half of the time to supporting or opposing speeches and the other half to general floor speeches. It ended with 37 members voting to rescind the award, 32 voting in opposition, and 5 members abstaining, according to the Princeton Tory. This result has been passed on to the Whig-Clio Board of Trustees for final deliberation.
Cruz was the Cliosophic Party Chair during his time at Princeton and recently spoke to students at the university during a Zoom seminar on free speech that was co-sponsored by Whig-Clio.
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