How low will the campus snowflakes go?
The University of Wyoming barred a conservative student group from receiving school funding after it paid $10,000 to host commentator and public speaker Dennis Prager, who delivered a message titled “Socialism Makes People Selfish.”
The decision came from the Associated Students of the University of Wyoming (ASUW). Branding Iron, the school’s student newspaper, reported on violations committed by the conservative student organization Turning Point USA.
First, TPUSA allegedly failed to properly label their event posters as being approved by the Campus Activities Center. Second, they did not use a designated UW Event Ticketing entity for admission to Prager’s address.
In addition, ASUW said TPUSA provided food at the event that was not unauthorized by UW Risk Management.
As a result, the committee voted to suspend TPUSA from requesting funding until 2019.
A graduate student who was present at Prager’s appearance as a protester relished in the disciplinary action taken against TPUSA.
“Turning point ended up being just as we thought they were,” she said. “Disorganized, irresponsible in following University protocol and haphazard with the funds provided partly by student dues. They brought in a speaker that aimed to separate the Wyoming community and I’m relieved they are given a probationary period to rethink their procedures in putting on events like this.”
Another student criticized what he considered to be an excessive expenditure.
“I think the question these students clearly need to ask themselves is, ‘Was Prager’s visit, was the ensuing mess worth it? Somebody could have done so much good with $10,000 so it’s a shame to see students and student fees get used to promote Prager who will only profit on our backs.”
TPUSA Chapter President Jessica Leach said she did not thoroughly read the ASUW Finance Policy carefully before organizing the event, which had an audience of 600 students.
Due to student teaching obligations, Leach will not lead the chapter next semester. But she said the group filed a formal appeal to reinstate funding, and also suggested doing fundraisers and creating a GoFundMe page to raise money.
“Our members and our RSO are young so it’s going to be a big challenge for the next leader,” Leach said. “There’s going to be a lot of pressure on the next leader.”
Leave it to liberal college kids to use what authority they’re given to stamp out free speech they disagree with.