“Ever since we have started trying to bring YAF to Saint Louis University, we have gotten backlash from the administration, student government and fellow peers”
This isn’t surprising. After all, some students might be triggered by the American flag, right?
The College Fix reports:
Offer to install U.S. flags in university’s classrooms rejected
The Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Saint Louis University recently offered to fund and oversee the installation of American flags in every classroom.
The offer has been declined.
The student government representative charged with overseeing facilities and services requests informed YAF that the decision was based on more than just logistical and feasibility concerns, according to an email to the conservative group.
“[A]t the end of the day one of the biggest problems I have with this project surrounds the why of it all,” student government Facilities and Services Chair Erik Staberg told the group March 20.
“As I mentioned in our meeting, talking with contacts at other universities, having flags in classrooms is just not standard practice,” Staberg said.
“While there is nothing wrong with doing something different, in my opinion this project lacks a necessary motive. In thinking about whether or not to support this project I couldn’t answer the question of why this is needed and in light of that I fail to see why this is necessary.”
Nicholas Baker, president of the YAF chapter at the private Catholic institution, said he is disappointed but not surprised by the decision.
“Ever since we have started trying to bring YAF to Saint Louis University, we have gotten backlash from the administration, student government and fellow peers,” he said in a phone interview with The College Fix.
“When we brought Matt Walsh to come and speak there was a group called the ‘SLU Sluts’ who came to protest us and our chapter. They seem to have a lot of influence over the student government, which has power over the student involvement center, which is an unusual set up. We have been accused of not being inclusive enough.”
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