Genius move <sarc> by college administration officials if we have all the facts. At Palm Beach State College, the conservative group Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) was kicked off campus during a “club rush” event where campus groups have tables with information about their organizations. Someone did not like what the YAF had to say.
On Tuesday September 7, 2010 at around 11:00am one Palm Beach State College (PBSC) student and two Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) members, state chairman Daniel P. Diaz and state vice chairman Eddie Shaffer, were shut down and had campus police called on them after tabling and recruiting during club rush at the College. The PBSC student, Christina Beattie, had received prior permission from college administrator Olivia Ford-Morris to promote her organization on campus via telephone and email communication.
On the day of club rush, officials approached the group and after seeing information about the organization and its ideals criticizing Barack Obama’s economic policy. Ms. Ford-Morris was visibly disturbed by the material presented, published by the Heritage Foundation, criticizing President Obama’s administration. College officials then called the campus police to assure the group left campus. Ms. Ford-Morris denied having ever talked to Ms. Beattie about giving permission to the organization to be a part of PBSC club rush. Read the full post.
First off, I’d like to see what materials were present that offended the administration officials so much – if they were really offended – they felt the need to call campus police and have the group removed. The Heritage Foundation is certainly not an organization that distributes materials that are racist or over the top. They have fantastic information that is generally so non-provocative it rarely is discussed in the main stream media.
In other words, their stuff is generally not sexy sound bite material that drives blog traffic.
Second off, we need to know what the official process is for clubs to sign up and have tables at the club rush at the school. Then, we need to confirm that every club really did have official permission. The press release indicates some groups did not have official permission.
It is represented that the YAF tried to have a table at a previous event in the fall and was shut out since they did not go through proper channels. It would be interesting to say the least if the group made the same mistake twice. They say they e-mailed the organizer, spoke to the organizer, and spoke with the school’s dean.
Finally, what’s the big flippin’ deal about having a table at club rush that must be “approved” by the administration? Couldn’t the administration just approve their participation on the spot? It’s not like they were about to hold an impromptu concert featuring Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus at a 5,000-student middle school or anything.