“dedicated to preventing their fellow students from hearing conservative ideas”
This sort of thing never seems to happen when left wing groups bring a speaker to campus.
The College Fix reports:
‘Pro-freedom’ Pence speech denied funding by Stanford student government
The Stanford University student government has voted against approving a $6,000 grant request from the College Republicans to help host former Vice President Mike Pence for a campus speech.
The Monday vote was 7 in favor, 7 in abstention, and 1 in opposition, a combination that fell short of the eight votes needed for the request to pass, said student Stephen Sills, former president of the GOP group and its current spokesman.
Sills, in a statement, likened his peers’ decision to campus cancel culture.
“Stanford’s student government is now illegitimately attempting to stop the event by denying funding for the lecture,” he said, adding left-leaning student leaders are “dedicated to preventing their fellow students from hearing conservative ideas.”
Sills, in an email to The College Fix, said there is no public record explaining why the students voted against the request, as the meeting was held in closed session.
“No other standard grant except our own was subject to this treatment,” he said.
The College Republicans are preparing to file a complaint against the student government to its Constitutional Council to have the decision overturned, he said.
It’s the same process the group took in 2019 when it secured campus funding for its Dinesh D’Souza talk after the student government initially rejected the funding request.
“The student senate is constitutionally obligated to provide us with the funding,” Sills said in his email to The Fix. “Resistance is futile.”
Meanwhile, Pence’s guest lecture, co-sponsored by Young America’s Foundation, is slated to take place in mid-February, and Sills said it will go on as planned.
Young America’s Foundation spokeswoman Kara Zupkus, in responding to the funding denial, said it was a case of “ideological preferences” over “promoting free speech on campus.”
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