LOYOLA UNIVERSITY Refuses to Allow Karl Rove to Speak on Campus …Update: But Loyola Allowed Maoist SDS Members Hold Reunion on Campus

Loyola University in Chicago refused to allow Karl Rove to speak on campus this fall. University officials said it was due to their tax status but they have allowed liberal speakers on campus in the past.
Evan Gassman at the Young America’s Foundation sent out this press release today:

HERNDON, VA –While many college students are currently enjoying their time off, some are utilizing this summer to prepare for the upcoming school year. Conservative activists at Loyola University Chicago were planning to bring best-selling author and Young America’s Foundation lecturer Karl Rove to their campus for the fall semester. Administrators had other plans, however.

University officials denied the request to host Karl Rove, arguing that due to their 501(c)(3) tax status, they cannot host a “political” speaker before the midterm elections. Those with even the faintest knowledge of tax law understand that is simply not the case.

Kimberly A. Moore, director of student affairs and Greek affairs at Loyola University Chicago, told students in an email that, “The timing of this event is problematic given the campaign cycle. Loyola has to maintain impartiality in order to protect our tax-exempt status.” It is important to note that Karl Rove is not working for any campaign this season.

As if that weren’t egregious enough, Loyola University Chicago has a history of hosting partisan speakers on election years. On September 1, 2004, Howard Dean was allowed to speak on campus. Just a couple weeks later, third party candidate Ralph Nader not only spoke on campus, but it was also advertised as a campaign event and donations were solicited.

After long discussions, Loyola officials offered to host the event after the midterm elections, but given Karl Rove’s busy schedule, that is simply not possible.

Sean Vera, the student who is trying to bring Karl Rove to his campus, commented on the situation: “It is very disconcerting to see Loyola not live up to the standards of academic freedom that they frequently preach about. I never expected Loyola would prevent the free exchange of ideas and that they would do so in such a partisan manner.”

UPDATE: Apparently, Loyola University had no problem allowing Maoist SDS members hold their reunion on campus.

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  • Sickofobama

    I graduated from Regis and I will be letting them know they should no longer correspond with me because Jesus would not approve of the silencing of conservatives on campus.

    The Catholics are bowing down to the liberals.


  • Granny

    Academic Freedom these days really means freedom to toe the party line, to assume the correct attitude, to spout the approved line of thinking, so this really is no surprise at all.

  • Militant Conservative

    Wake up young whipper snapper the world hates the true productive class. Rove would have planted alot of ideas in the young skulls full of mush to go find the answers too. This cannot happen so close to a midterm election. cannot have the truth popping out. this is highly inconvenient for the left. Guess what, the whole of America is going to be highly opposed to the WH agenda cuz young skulls full o mush cannot get a JOB. WHAAAAA!!!!
    Learn conservatism, either in school or the school of hard knocks. Your choice dunces.
    powder is dry and truth sucks.

  • Betsy Ross

    Let it be known far and wide that “liberals” or “progressives” or whatever they call themselves are closed-minded bigots that fear other points of view for it may force them to think outside of their precious bubble of la-la fairy tale land…

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  • Just_Saying

    So, what’s with the Catholic Church these days? (Where’s the pope when you need him?)

    This foolishness is almost as bad as Notre Dame covering a cross when Obummer came to speak. Where’s the historical courage of the Catholic Church to stand proudly for things? (Very disappointedly…)

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  • aro5o75

    Well…they can’t risk educating any of their indoctrinated disciples(students).

  • pjean

    Let’s get a list, pronto, of all of the speakers that have spoken at Loyola in the past two years.

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    Loyola University Chicago has made deals with the taliban to train them to be better terrorists. So what do you expect?

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    Found a list. Do you see any politicians?

    Bennet Lawson Office of Alderman Tom Tunney
    Leslie Combs Office of Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
    Hon. Mike Quigley Cook County Board of Commissioners
    Hon. Pat O’Connor Alderman, 40th Ward
    Hon. Mary Ann Smith Alderman, 48th Ward
    Hon. Jan Schakowsky Congresswoman, 9th District, US House of Representatives
    Dan Hynes Illinois State Comptroller
    Hon. Carol Ronen Former State Senator, 7th Legislative District
    Hon. Harry Osterman IL State Representative, 14th Representative District
    Mike Daley Chief of Staff, Office of US Senator Richard Durbin
    James Martin Regional Commissioner, Social Security Administration
    Joseph Galvan Regional Director, US Dept of Housing and Urban Dev.
    Tom Glaser Former Chief Financial Officer, Cook County
    Jan Stinton Executive Director, Chicago Federal Executive Board-Staff office
    Laura Nelson Legislative Aid to Quigley, Cook Co. Board of Commissinioners
    Hon. Neil Hartigan Former Lt. Governor, State of Illinois
    Mara Georges Corporation Counsel, City of Chicago
    Joan Coogan Deputy Director, Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
    Derek Blaida Dir. Intergovernmental Affairs, Chicago Public Schools
    Hon. Larry Suffredin Cook County Board of Commissioners
    John Borovicka Chief of Staff to Former Congressman Rahm Emmanuel
    Hon. Dan Rostenkowski Former Congressman, US House of Representatives
    Hon. Henry Hyde Former Congressman, IL 6th Congressional District
    Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward
    Tom Dart Cook County Sheriff
    Hon. Danny Davis Congressman, IL 7th Congressional District
    Timothy F. Barry IL State Scheduler, Former US Senator Barack Obama
    Hon. Richard Durbin Senator, State of Illinois
    Lisa Madigan Illinois Attorney General
    Hon. David Reis IL State Representative, 108th District
    Kevin Conlon President, Conlon Public Strategies
    Anne Liston Partner, Adelstein|Liston
    Dr. John Wilhelm Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health
    President Barack Obama President, United States of America (hosted as a US Senator)
    Amy Pine Scheduler, IL State Treasurer Alexi Giannoullias
    David Orr Cook County Clerk
    Hon. Julie Hamos IL State Representative, 18th District
    Hon. Heather Steans IL State Senator, 7th District
    Jennifer Walling Chief of Staff, IL State Senator Heather Steans

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  • BW

    Is it possible that Loyola University knows full well that being the host to some speakers would expose its tax status to greater scrutiny than would its being the host of others? Most such institutions are quite risk averse and can be expected to act in their long term best interest.

  • Hedgehog

    I graduated from a Jesuit university. The university administration was clearly Liberal back then. These days, in keeping with the current Communist surge, I’m sure that they are as openly hostile to anything Conservative as they are at Loyola. I suppose that Georgetown’s new relationship with Andy Stern, a Communist, is a further indication that these schools, and indeed perhaps even the Jesuit community, are either in the bag for the Communists, or they are genuinely afraid of the Marxists who currently run the government. It seems to me that they would do well to stand on conviction and principle, rather than cower in fear. By doing so they aid and abet the forces of evil that are loose in the world.

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  • Backbone

    They should file a class action suit against the university to get the money back for their tuition. Loyola has committed a fraud. They have told these students that they will educate them and expose them to a variety of opinions but all they are interested in is indoctrinating them and limiting their speech and their right to hear others speak.

    In short, a degree from Loyola has become worth much, much less than it was due to the actions of its administrators.

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