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Student Group Looks to Change Policy on Speakers

February 28th, 2008 by mopns · No Comments

From Student Life (Washington University)

By Gregg Re

Students have organized to change Washington University’s policy on political speakers in the wake of the administration’s refusal to host Senator Barack Obama as a campus speaker in January.

In a statement issued last month, the University defended its decision, arguing that speeches by political candidates would disrupt the academic environment of the school.

“Because the University cannot equitably accommodate all such requests…for candidate campaign rallies without disrupting academic and co-curricular operations, the University has decided that it cannot sponsor these types of events,” said the statement.

Freshman David Fox decided to protest the decision by forming a Facebook group, which gained 250 members in four days.

However, Fox eventually decided to change his strategy and work directly with the administration. Read more…

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