- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The College Republicans at University of California, Irvine, say they have been suspended for an entire year after floating plans for hosting another event on campus with Breitbart senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos.

Nearly a month after their initial event with Mr. Yiannopoulos, the College Republicans were asked to meet with administrators “to discuss the planning process of the event,” Breitbart reported.

During the meeting, College Republicans President Ariana Rowlands expressed plans to invite Mr. Yiannopoulos back to campus.

Just four hours after the meeting, a university administrator sent the group an email to inform them they had suspended the club for an entire year, meaning they can no longer reserve space or plan events through Student Center and Events Services, Breitbart reported.

Administrators cited the College Republicans’ failure to provide a certificate of insurance for the private security hired for the June 2 event. They claimed the group ignored three warnings to provide the certificate.

Ms. Rowlands said they have not been required to provide an insurance certificate for past events. She said the administration has also not been able to provide documentation of any of its reminders, Breitbart reported.


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“This is nothing more than a punishment for hosting Milo and a punishment and a deterrent for wanting to host him again,” Ms. Rowlands told the website. “We wanted his return to be a rally for young Republicans, just before the election, to invigorate and excite young conservatives to vote for the GOP. I told administration this, so 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,” she said. “We are not intimidated and we will not back down, we are going to fight this and we are going to win.”

Mr. Yiannopoulos called the suspension a demonstration of “spectacular cowardice.”

“Typical of the slippery social justice types that have infested the collegiate power structure over the past several decades, they couldn’t just come out and ban the club,” he wrote. “What they did, with a particular blend of emasculated weakness and sadistic bureaucracy, is to stop the club from holding meetings for a year. But of course the entire point of the College Republicans is to hold meetings, so what is the difference from a total ban in practice? Nothing.”

Campus Reform noted that UC Irvine’s event was uncharacteristically tame in comparison to other lectures by Mr. Yiannopoulos, a gay conservative embarking on his self-titled “Dangerous Faggot Tour” of American colleges. His events are routinely protested, disrupted and canceled.

Before the event, the administration attempted to impose a $1,000 security fee on the College Republicans, which was eventually dropped. Administrators also encouraged students to attend “safe zone training” after people got upset at posters advertising the event.


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