Last week, I wrote a post on the budget controversy at UNC over a request submitted by the College Republicans for funding to bring two conservative women to campus. The students ended up launching an online fundraising campaign and raised enough money to pay for the speakers. I have a piece out today in the News Observer, UNC-CH student committee cuts College Republicans funding, stifling diversity:
Some in student government might find benign ways to explain the budget process, but it will be difficult to explain away the student leaders who called McElhinny and Pavlich “non-intellectual.” If Pavlich were a liberal journalist, MSNBC contributor and New York Times bestselling author of a book on climate change, for example, it is difficult to imagine student government leaders using the term.
The budget cut wasn’t the end of the story. Realizing the need to get conservatives on campus, UNC students successfully launched an online fundraising campaign and raised enough money to pay for the speakers.
But it also should be a wake-up call for conservatives around the country. We must not concede campuses. We must encourage greater intellectual diversity on campus today and support the outside groups and individuals who are working to bring about a change in campus culture.
Read the rest of the piece here.