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Macalester College Republicans celebrating free speech Friday

The College Republicans at St. Paul’s Macalester College — that bastion of liberalism — say they will celebrate Constitution Day by building a free speech wall on campus Friday.

Never mind that Constitution Day was Sept. 17.

On Friday, students are encouraged to write on the wall “whatever message they desire, political or otherwise, on the structure to exercise their right to free speech.”

In announcing the wall, the group said: “The political environment at Macalester College is particularly toxic for conservative, moderate, and independent students.” So they’re pushing hard to teach other students, and faculty, to respect all viewpoints, including the club members’ relatively conservative positions.

Mac sophomore Jeffrey Garcia wrote a commentary earlier this month for a higher education site about what he considered academic bias at the school: “When first going into my classes, I was surprised at the bullying I received for my center-right views.”

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 09/29/2011 - 12:40 pm.

    Jeff – It gets better. My son entered Macalester 10 years ago as a freedom-loving libertarian like his old man but was indoctrinated into leftist thought during his four years there. But now, after being on his own, having a good-paying job, a wife and child, paying income taxes, he’s evolved into a conservative republican.

    Consider yourself ahead of the curve and your classmates as philosophical pre-adolescents. The professors are simply parroting the point-of-view necessary for them to maintain comfortable employment. There’s a name for that too.

  2. Submitted by Derrick Schluck on 09/29/2011 - 12:43 pm.

    I hardly feed sorry for these “poor” Mac students. They had the choice to go to Macalester College in the first place. As a University of Minnesota and MIAC system graduate, I knew ahead of time, based on perception, rumor, and researching the school what I was expecting and what type of political environment the school has. I was part of the College Republican’s at UMD and it wasn’t the most right of center place, but I knew that going in. Plus I used the environment to challenge the views of my professors and debate certian topics, and to be honest I think I gained more out of that experience then if I would have agreed with everything they lectured or thought. At the same time I learned a new appreciation for understanding people and their views. I had never been exposed to an openly gay person before my advisor at UMD. My first impressions were what I was taught in my conservative thinking and that it was morally wrong. After 4 1/2 years of getting to know him as a person I changed my view and perception of something that I was nieve to before. Fiscally and on a fair amount of policy issues, we battled eachother tooth and nail, but he is a great person and I don’t think I would have had the great educational experience if I didn’t have a competing polical view or lense compared to many of my fellow students and professors.
    This complain or rant at Mac is similar to a liberal minded person getting up in arms about the views of their classmates if they attended Liberty University or a school similar. Mac students enjoy your rant and “free speach” friday, but don’t whine about something you choose, learn from it and maybe you will be better for it in the long run.

  3. Submitted by Tim Walker on 09/29/2011 - 04:33 pm.

    So, Mr. Garcia writes in his commentary piece that he was “bullied” for his right-of-center views?

    Was it “bullying” or were his opinions confronted with facts?

    I suspect the latter.

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