This year's most unbelievable student gov initiatives
- Student government votes are often the starting point for politically biased campus initiatives.
- Take a look at some of the most biased and abusive resolutions proposed by student governments this year.
When outlandish decisions are made on campus, they can often be traced back to a student government vote. Campus Reform reported on a number of these crazy student government resolutions in 2019. Here are just some of the most outrageous.
The student government of University of Georgia disregarded the basic principles of freedom of speech when their resolution attempted to ban pro-life displays on the grounds that they were “distressing” and “could have emotionally or physically triggered members of the UGA community.” The Southeastern Legal Foundation, a national constitutional public interest law stepped in to explain that the resolutions in place “have a serious chilling effect on student speech.”
This year UC-Berkeley’s student government passed a resolution supporting the “intent” of AOC’s Green New Deal which included provisions to eliminate all of California’s gas, oil, and coal output. $93 trillion dollars is more than four times the output of the yearly output of the entire U.S. economy. Where is this cash coming from? Perhaps a course on money management is in order.
Trinity University in Texas’ student government decided to ban Chick-fil-A from its campus because of its support for supposedly anti-LGBT groups like the Salvation Army.
“Obviously it has the potential to make a lot of people feel uncomfortable on campus, and also it looks really bad for Trinity in the context of recruiting potential students who may be a part of the LGBTQ community,” student senator Claire Carlson said.
The University of Oklahoma uses various nicknames, mascots, and chants with the words “Boomer” and “Sooner” in them as part of their school culture. However, the student government recently decided that the words, which refer to early Oklahoma settlers, are offensive to Native Americans. As a result of supposed outrage, the student government attempted to scrub the words from campus. Alongside this effort, the Student Congress passed “Indigenous Land Acknowledgement” which includes a statement that OU students are “visitors on the land” and will be read before all SGA events.
After four students were arrested for “various charges” during a protest, students innovatively decided that without police that they would not be arrested in the future. One arrested student Claudia Gasponi claimed that the police department used their power ‘“in favor of white supremacists” while pushing the resolution to remove police from campus. While the resolution did not pass, it is just one example of a larger trend to try to remove police from college campuses. Sebastian Quaid, chairman of Young Conservatives of Texas at Texas State University said “the ironic thing… about this resolution is [that] it was the leftist organizations [which] are the ones who asked for more police due to the alt-right biker gang that never showed.”