UC Irvine Relents After Trying to Suspend College Republicans Over Milo Yiannopoulos
UC Irvine recently tried to suspend the College Republicans from campus for a year for merely inviting Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos to speak. Outrage quickly followed and the school has now reversed their decision.
CAPITULATION: UC Irvine Permanently Reinstates College Republicans Following Breitbart Coverage
“Rekt,” a variation on the word “wrecked,” is a word used in some sections of the internet to describe utter, humiliating defeat — or, if you’re on the winning side, total victory.
It’s a word that could be used to describe what happened to UC Irvine, the college that tried, and failed, to ban the College Republicans for an entire academic year after learning of their decision to host a second event with Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos.
In a letter to the College Republicans, UC Irvine’s Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs wrote that the initial decision to revoke the club’s permissions to host events on campus had been commuted to a warning. The decision had already been temporarily overturned by the university, but UC Irvine wanted the College Republicans to enter an appeals process before restoring their permissions permanently.
However, the College Republicans refused to play ball with the administration. They declined to enter the appeals process, arguing that to do so would be to acknowledge the legitimacy of the administration’s complaint.
Despite the College Republicans’ refusal to appeal their decision, UC Irvine have capitulated anyway. In the letter, the Vice Chancellor noted the appearance of “media reports” about the controversy that appeared prior to their decision — no doubt a reference to Breitbart’s coverage.
If this entire story seems outrageous to you, that’s because it is.
This would never have happened to any liberal student group, at any college in America, at any time. If for some reason it had, the media would have come to the rescue as defenders of free expression.
This was about intimidating the College Republicans and reminding them to know their place.