The school claims that the club was suspended for failing to provide proof of insurance for hired security guards. College Republican President Ariana Rowlands does not believe them. She said “It is clear that this suspension that comes during such a critical election year, is a political statement on behalf of UCI. They did everything they could to stop us from hosting him the first time, and now they want to make sure that we cannot host him again.” The immediate public outcry from around the country was so great that administrators tried to claim that they only took away the College Republicans ability to reserve spaces for events.
The purpose of any club is to meet and organize in accordance with the First Amendment freedom of assembly. Taking away a club’s ability to meet is the same thing as suspending the club entirely. Americans should be outraged by this obvious bias shown by school administrators. College Republicans should be allowed to be a conservative voice on campuses. They provide an opposing viewpoint to the liberal bias of most professors. Opposing viewpoints help students to learn to develop and defend their own opinions based on logic and reasoning. Young conservatives need to know that the Constitution guarantees their ability to voice their views boldly on campus. Every student has a right to speech, press, and assembly at their school.
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