Faculty reject marketplace of ideas demand censorship

More than 70 faculty members have signed an open letter calling on California State University-Fullerton to “reconsider” allowing an upcoming College Republicans event.

The CSUF College Republicans are scheduled to host Milo Yiannopoulos on Halloween, and news of the event has already prompted the CSUF student government to propose a resolution officially denouncing Yiannopoulos’ appearance.

According to the resolution, Yiannopoulos “has put students in jeopardy by publicly sharing information regarding their gender and citizenship status,” and “over [sic] 5,000 student and community members have signed a petition ‘No Alt-Right Speakers or Hate Groups at CSUF.’”

[RELATED: Student gov moves to denounce College Republicans event]

The faculty letter, published Sunday in The Daily Titan, echoes those claims, asserting that “Yiannopoulos has repeatedly incited violence” at previous events, and “has encouraged his followers to reveal the names of undocumented students, gender-transitioning students and other vulnerable populations.”

CR Event Director Ryan Hoskins, however, called the allegations an “outright lie,” telling Campus Reform that “the editors and writers at The Daily Titan should be ashamed, to say nothing of the 70 faculty who signed on.”

The letter is particularly critical of the administration’s assurance that “no classes or classroom activity will be affected” by the event, saying, “Muslim, feminist, undocumented, trans and other vulnerable students have told some of us that they do not feel safe attending class that day, so many of us have planned online activities that these threatened students can complete in lieu of classes.”

In addition, the professors note that the CSUF Children’s Center and the Titan Student Union are both planning to close early on the day of the event, saying that while they “appreciate these steps for safety,” the closures “indicate that classes and classroom activities will be disrupted.”

[RELATED: Berkeley profs cancel classes for ‘mental safety’]

The letter also challenges the administration’s assertion that “the First Amendment compels us to allow student groups to host speakers of their choice,” arguing that “Yiannopoulos’ speech crosses the line betw

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Analysis CSULB hosted zero conservative speakers last year

A Campus Reform survey of official events at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) revealed that the public institution did not host any publicly conservative speakers during the 2016-2017 academic year.

The survey examined the event lists and news calendars posted on each of CSULB’s departmental websites, and found 12 individuals who were well known in their field for academics, activism, or political commentary, and who were invited to speak on campus.

Of the 12, seven were identified as liberal, five as independent, and none as conservative.

The campus discussions and speaking events that were led by CSULB students or alumni and not specifically promoted by the university on its website were not included in the survey.

The university-sponsored events included a “teach-in” on the topic of collective action, as well as programs featuring artists and local social justice activists designed to raise awareness of societal inequalities at the local level.

Speakers who did not provide a public indication of their political ideology were primarily guest lecturers on Ethical Philosophy, as well as local Indigenous peoples advocating for land preservation and sustainability.

One event, titled “Reclaiming Democracy,” featured a discussion on “Overcoming Exclusion, Discrimination, and Oppression,” while analyzing “voting rights, religious discrimination, reproductive rights, gender/sexuality, art,” and other topics.

The remaining left-of-center speakers included representatives from Black Lives Matter, writers, poets, and other guest lecturers.

Campus Reform reached out to CSULB for comment on these findings, but has not received a response.

This is the second in a series of reports on this subject matter from Campus Reform. A complete breakdown of political speakers at CSULB can be found below:

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Chapel staffer causes stir by flaunting Kaepernick jersey

A Chapel staffer at Baylor University wore a Colin Kaepernick jersey during a mandatory religious service for freshman last month.

During the September 25 service, Ministry Associate for Worship and Chapel Joslyn Henderson dressed in the former San Francisco 49er quarterback’s jersey.

Kemp’s apparel choice followed a weekend of protests by NFL players, culminating in the entire Pittsburgh Steelers team, save for offensive linemen and former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva, waiting in the locker room during the national anthem.

[RELATED: College coaches say they would ‘stand there proud’ for anthem]

Baylor Chapel, a mandatory class for incoming freshmen and transfer students, is meant as a time for students “to come together to focus on both the God who made them and the universe in which they live,” according to the chapel website.

However, Chapel has not been without political controversy. During a service last year, “This Matters: Responding to Neighbors,” five Baylor faculty and staff members comprised a panel that decried “white privilege” and offered support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The service triggered several opinion pieces from students condemning the chapel’s politicization, though the reaction was not entirely negative.

[RELATED: UNM prez: Players meant ‘no disrespect’ by kneeling for anthem]

For freshmen Matilda Weeden, entering Chapel and seeing the jersey was both frustrating and irritating.

“The fact that this is a mandatory event and I have to see our worship leader get up on stage in a Colin Kaepernick jersey just got on my nerves a bit,” Weeden told Campus Reform. “Chapel is a place to reflect, worship and learn. It’s not a place for political statements.”

Sophomore Avery Brau also questioned the messages that is sent when a Chapel leader publicly supports a player who wore a shirt bearing the face of Fidel Castro.

“I often get the impression that Chapel staff have a specific agenda that they are trying to push on all of us. It is very off-putting when placed under the pretense of religious ideals,” Brau told Campus Reform.

Campus Reform reached out to both Henderson the Baylor Chapel for comment, but has not received a response from either.

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Universities warn against costumes based on other cultures

Universities across the country are once again encouraging students to think twice about their costume choices this Halloween, promoting the yearly “culture not a costume” campaign.

The “culture not a costume” campaign was first popularized by Ohio University students in 2011, with a series of images showing minority students holding photos of people dressed as interpretations of their respective ethnicities.

[RELATED: Student magazine warns against ‘racist’ Halloween costumes]

“We’re a culture not a costume. This is not who I am, and this is not okay,” the images read, prompting an annual tradition of cracking down on offensive Halloween costumes.

Last year, for instance, students at Arizona State University held an on-campus rally during which they dressed up as stereotypical portrayals of their cultures, holding signs with the hackneyed slogan.

“These costumes, I guess, are a mockery of our own traditions,” explained one student dressed in native garb, while another remarked upon how inauthentic the costumes were.

“Look at this cheap fur. Like we don’t even—this does not accurately portray my culture. And this headband? I don’t even know what’s up with it,” she stated.

Another explained that Native American clothing actually costs “hundreds of dollars,” and so doesn’t compare to the Halloween interpretation.

“I feel terrible. I feel so bad. This costume makes me feel like I’m mocking an entire country. I’m mocking thousands of years of culture and history,” lamented another student who was dressed in an Asian costume.

[RELATED: Yale honors students who mobbed prof over costume controversy]

This year, Towson University announced that is has joined “Ohio University and universities across the country in reminding our community this Halloween that ‘we’re a culture, not a costume.’”

“Halloween costumes that are based on ethnic, racial, religious, gender, ability, and other cultural stereotypes are hurtful and reduce people’s identities into caricatures,” the university elaborates, noting that “intent may be far different than the impact,” and that “one night of fun” can turn into a “stigma that others wear for life.”

DePauw University also pu

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UW Regent Punishing disruptive protests will chill speech

The only University of Wisconsin Regent to vote against a new free speech policy is now speaking out against what he sees as a Republican vendetta against UW.

The UW system’s Board of Regents recently voted 16-1 in favor of the new policy imposing punishments on students found guilty of violating others’ free speech rights on campus, with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers casting the sole dissenting vote.

[RELATED: UW Regents propose substantial new free speech protections]

Evers explained his position in an op-ed for Urban Milwaukee recently, saying he voted against the “dangerous anti-free speech proposal” because he believes that it “will, without question, chill speech at college campuses across Wisconsin.”

Of particular concern to Evers is a provision requiring disciplinary hearings for any student who is “alleged to have engaged in violent or other disorderly misconduct that materially and substantially disrupted the free expression of others,” with punishments ranging from a one-semester suspension for students who are twice found in violation of the policy, to outright expulsion after a third offense.

“The term ‘disrupt’ itself is overly broad and gives the university the means to expel a student for participating in any sort of protest,” Evers contends, adding that the UW System does not currently mandate expulsion for “serious crimes like rape and sexual assault.”

[RELATED: Wisconsin Dems complain free speech bill targets UW-Madison]

“Proponents of this anti-free speech legislation argue liberal biases have overwhelmed our college campuses, but they cannot provide one single example of a conservative speaker being unable to complete their remarks at any college or university in Wisconsin,” he continues, speculating that the real reason his colleagues voted in favor of it was to ingratiate themselves with Republican politicians.

“The only political problem we have on our UW campuses is the politicians themselves,” he declares. “Some of my own colleagues on the Board of Regents even acknowledged this in their own remarks on this proposal, hoping that passage of this resolution would strengthen the Board of Regents relationship with the Republican-controlled Legislature.”

According to Evers, “Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled Legisl

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