Campus administration ‘confident’ it can host Ben Shapiro on Sept. 14

ben shapiro, national right-wing pundit, sits on stage
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Campus administration announced Thursday it is “confident” it will be able to provide Berkeley College Republicans a venue for Ben Shapiro to address the campus Sept. 14, according to an emailed statement from campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof.

According to the statement, BCR — which had originally requested a venue to host an audience of 500 people for the event — is open to accepting smaller on-campus locations to hold the address. Campus officials also announced they are willing to underwrite BCR’s potential rental costs to offer the group venues “usually not available free of charge to students” for its planned event, according to an emailed statement.

The announcement comes a day after Young America’s Foundation alleged campus student affairs administrators blocked and “denied” BCR’s request for a campus venue to hold the event.

“The Berkeley College Republicans and Young America’s Foundation are pleased to learn that the university has been able to identify several open venues for Mr. Shapiro’s proposed speaking date after stating to the press that there were no available locations,” said BCR External Vice President Naweed Tahmas in an emailed statement.

Shapiro, a conservative author and columnist, was invited by BCR to address the campus earlier in July. Shapiro’s invitation follows BCR’s failed attempts to host Milo Yiannopoulos, David Horowitz and Ann Coulter on campus.

BCR plans to meet with campus administration to further discuss details of the event, according to Mogulof. Tahmas said in an email that BCR looks forward to a “productive discussion” with the campus.

“We will do what’s necessary for the event to take place,” Mogulof said.

Mogulof added the campus will be implementing a new events policy effective Aug. 1, with a concerted focus on requiring student groups to adhere to the requirements the policy lays out so that “a situation like we had here will not happen again.”

Chancellor Carol Christ said in an emailed statement that the campus looks forward to hosting Shapiro on campus and “fully supports student groups’ right to invite speakers of their choice to campus.”

“Over the years, we have hosted literally dozens of speakers from both conservative and libertarian movements without incident,” Christ said in an email. “The key is for the hosting organization to work collaboratively with the campus through a detailed planning process. I am confident the event will be safely and successfully held.”

Bobby Lee is an assistant news editor. Contact Bobby Lee at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at @bobbylee_dc.

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  • L green

    I can just see Berkeley’s email blast to the Antifi ” Ok last time some of you forgot bats we will not provide them, also have CLEAN mask we are still trying to get rid of the dirty hippie stigma, have fun ,and remember don’t drink and drive ” .

  • rychastings

    the police will do the taxpayer a disservice if they allow antifa thugs run and vandalize the campus with a free reign again! do your job corrupt policemen!

  • Sam Spade

    Can anyone spell riot

  • FreedomFan

    The astounding appeal of Ben Shapiro is obvious.

    Today college is infested with brain-dead social justice warriors spouting marxist insanity and demanding compliance with threats of violence.

    Youth are starved for an eloquent speaker talking plain truth and using common sense.

    Leftists hate Shapiro because they cannot combat his logic with their lies. This is why Leftist thugs burn things and beat up people like the fascists they pretend to oppose.

  • publicinterestjournalist

    UC Berkeley, especially because it’s UC Berkeley, should host Satan if he’s on tour. We shouldn’t hire him, though. Berkeley puts loathsome people on its payroll and in front of impressionable kids sometimes. Shapiro deserves a chance to face better creatures than he.

    • FreedomFan

      Yes you can always identify Satan by his yarmulke, comrade.

      • publicinterestjournalist

        Jeezis! You’re a remarkable specimen! Remember the first-generation Star Trek episode when an alien occupied the Enterprise’s climate-control system? It fed on fear, so Kirk & Bones had to get everybody too stoned to feel fear. Your thing is free-floating hatred. The same remedy would apply–for you and the people you disturb, Comrade.

        • FreedomFan

          Yes I hate tyranny and lies, and love freedom and truth. So there’s that.

    • FreedomFan

      Oh the moderators have a problem with my comment, so let me rephrase:

      Yes you can always identify beelzebub by his hat, comrade.

  • Berkeley is anti White

    • Oakley

      Yes, you took the words right out of my mouth

    • FreedomFan

      Berkeley profs don’t even lak crackas in they soup, y’all.

    • Andrew H

      Can you please specify which group of students or people are anti-white?

      • FreedomFan


  • publicinterestjournalist

    An institution that gives legitimacy and a fat salary to a thing like John Yoo can surely host this twit.

    • FreedomFan

      Um yeah…a “twit”. Please show up to debate Ben Shapiro in September. Show everyone how much smarter you are than this boy-genius Harvard lawyer. Dazzle us, Einstein.

      • garyfouse

        It would be truly interesting to see how many of the “shut down” crowd could actually sit and try to debate Shapiro in a q and a. They’d better do their homework before they try.

      • publicinterestjournalist

        I’m busted, FreedomFan. A quick glance at Wikipedia shows he’s plennee smart, and your comment to me rightly questions my word “twit.” It would be tempting to do as you suggest, but it’s a long drive, and it’s always stupid to take on the guy who has the mic. Given a level field, I would spend an unsleeping weekend or more investigating with him why privileged young Harvard-Law-Hollywood twits choose to be what he has chosen to be–a sort of high-toned troll and polished misanthrope. That he’s so smart deepens the indictment. Like William F. Buckley (may he burn forever), Shapiro obviously knows better.

    • liberals there love Yoo because Liberals are the CIA that did 911.

      • publicinterestjournalist

        The words “liberal,” “radical,” “conservative” and the like are battered beyond recognition. “Progressive” still has a few shreds of meaning. The current-day liberal, in the word’s most-frequent use, is a weak-kneed citizen who halfheartedely means well but is too timid to do much. I don’t buy that. Red-eyed, fire-breathing radicals open needed conversations and give them a shove toward realization, but they’re usually too fringe to get attention and satisfaction from the establishment. That’s where liberals shine. With raised pinkies and frosty martinis, they are the ones who git ‘er done, so I salute the liberals.

        • Pietro Gambadilegno

          Liberals are not just watered-down radicals. Liberals believe in freedom of speech and the rule of law. Many radicals do not.

    • Oakley

      What a dismissive, elitist [email protected] you are
      Parent must be proud!

      • publicinterestjournalist

        Oakley, are you able to say what you mean? I can’t answer your comment.

    • garyfouse

      Or professors like Hatem Bazian.

    • ShadrachSmith

      John Yoo is a gentleman and a scholar.

      • publicinterestjournalist

        Yoo is arguably a scholar. I can’t think of any definition or interpretation of “gentleman” that fits him. I hope your remark is twisted humor.

  • J. Sweitzer

    I sense another highly embarrassing event for the school and its students – justice warriors burning buildings and beating people with flag poles.

    • Killer Marmot

      The revolution will be televised. If the ironically labelled Antifa wish to show the world what violent illiberal thugs they are then that is their choice.

  • Anax of Rhodes

    Hope he makes it, and hope it’s a safe event! (can’t believe I have to say that about a university purportedly championing free speech…)

  • Sam Spade

    Yer kidding right? EVen this third stringer is going to draw heat. You better lock campus down cause some folks are bound and determined to shut the alt right down By Any Means Necessary

    • J. Sweitzer

      actually Shapiro isn’t fond of the “alt-right”, didn’t support Trump, and is more of a classic Republican conservative – not a populist.

      of course don’t let me stop you from labeling anyone and everyone you dislike as “alt-right”.

      • lspanker

        Mike Lee aka Sam Spade represents the “alt-bum” movement.

  • FreedomFan

    Mirabile dictu! I know the brave, quick-witted Caiden Nason will be sitting on the front row to make sure Ben Shapiro doesn’t “spit in the fact of facts”. Good luck, Caiden.