SUNY Albany only hosted two conservative speakers last year

A Campus Reform survey of the official State University of New York at Albany events revealed that the school only hosted two conservative speakers during the entire 2017-2018 academic year. 

According to a catalogue of official events listed on the university’s calendar, there were a total 85 speakers who lectured on campus last year, including 64 who were determined to have either liberal or left-leaning political views. 

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By contrast, there were only 19 speakers who did not show a clear political or ideological preference or were independent.

The liberal-leaning majority included several former officials of the Obama Administration, including two Obama Environmental Protection Agency Regional directors, and Alan Bersin, former Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection in the Department of Homeland Security.

The largest speaker series of the academic year was titled “Telling the Truth in a Post-Truth World A multi-event symposium of topics crucial to an open democratic society,” and was hosted by the University and New York State Writers Institute. 

The event featured dozens of guest speakers, including Kelley Vlahos, the Executive editor of The American Conservative Magazine, and a conservative commentator Richard Honen.

Other notable events hosted by the university included a discussion on “marginalized communities in 2017 America,” a lecture addressing “barriers to naturalization for low-income immigrants,” a talk on “gender and sexuality from a Jewish lens,” and more. 

The abundance of liberal speakers could be explained by the school’s Strategic Plan for the next five years, that called for a more "diverse” and “inclusive” campus environment.

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Campus Reform compiled the data from the official UAlbany events calendar and only included political events with guest speakers. Seminars, classes, and workshops were not included in the study.

Campus Reform also analyzed the political affiliations of all 85 speakers, reviewing their opinions, public statements, and any known organizational affiliations.

The Campus Speaker Index analyzes official university calendars to determine which speaking engagements were expressly organized and host

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Our Correspondent Program gives me hope

The Facebook post was so simple and unassuming I almost missed it. “Some good news,” it said.

Pardes Seleh, one of our former Campus Correspondents, had just let the world know that she would soon start a new job with Fox News. I grinned. Another former Campus Correspondent was shaping up to be a player in conservative media.

I can’t say I was surprised; Pardes wrote 22 solid articles for us during her time in our program and co-founded one of our student publications, The Bruin Standard, at UCLA. She’d enjoyed her experience with journalism so much that she gave up her dream of becoming a doctor to pursue the reportorial arts. If that doesn’t scream “passion,” then nothing does.

Pardes is hardly alone; in the nearly five years I’ve been with Campus Reform -- first as news editor then as editor-in-chief, and currently as director of journalism training -- I’ve seen plenty of talent come through the program. Multiple graduates have gone on to launch their careers at a variety of national outlets, and that’s in addition to the young conservative journalists who worked for us as part of our staff who are now plying their trades elsewhere, such as Kaitlyn Schallhorn.

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Jackson Richman, Emily Jashinsky, Peter Van Voorhis, William Nardi, and Diana Stancy Corell have found a home at The Washington Examiner. Gabby Morrongiello serves as the paper’s White House Correspondent.

The Daily Caller has hired a number of former Correspondents, including Peter Hasson, Justin Caruso, Rob Shimshock, and Neetu Chandak. Julia Nista and Derek Draplin were members of two Leadership Institute-affiliated publications: the aforementioned Bruin Standard and Michigan Review, respectively. Kyle Perisic, a contributor, served in our office as an intern. They serve alongside former Campus Reform staffers Amber Athey and Emily Larsen.

Still others are scattered about, including Mairead McArdle at National Review Online and Kassy Dillon at The Daily Wire. In addition to his work for The Daily Caller, Rob Shimshock writes occasional pieces for Rebel Media. Over at the Heritage Foundation, Jeremiah Poff is doing a fine job interning for The Daily Signal. 

Ever since th

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Antifa groups tweet threats smears targeting GOP

Antifa groups across the country are blasting a Republican bill targeting their preferred approach to political violence, calling the GOP lawmakers “fascists” for proposing the legislation.

The “Unmasking Antifa Act,” which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 8, seeks to “provide penalty enhancements for committing certain offenses while in disguise, and for other purposes.”

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“Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, while in disguise, including while wearing a mask, injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both,” the bill reads.

The language ensures that violent agitators cannot avoid the extra penalty by simply waiting until their target is done actively demonstrating and then accosting them in retaliation for their earlier expression, as some Antifa groups have done in the past.

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Numerous Antifa organizations have taken to social media to voice their disdain for the legislation, smearing lawmakers behind the initiative and even implying that violent resistance might be an appropriate response. 

After the bill was was covered by mainstream publications in early July, “Antifa USA,” an activist group based out of Arizona, tweeted an image of what appears to be an Antifa member surrounded by an arsenal of military-style weapons. 

“I don't think the #Fascists & their collaborators comprehend the gravity of the situation, our resources, nor dedication to #Antifascism,” the organization tweeted. 

Similarly, other radical leftist groups took the opportunity to smear GOP lawmakers backing the initiative, warning that representatives who vote for the bill will be branded “fascists.” 

“[T]he unmasking antifa bill was introduced to congress recently,” Young Democratic Socialists of America at University of Colorado tweeted

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EXCLUSIVE Kansas Sec of State not fooled by KUs excuses

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is condemning the University of Kansas’ “superficial” response to the controversy over a paint-smeared American flag flying over campus.

“I think it’s outrageous and inappropriate that a taxpayer supported institution would display a desecrated American flag using the excuse that it’s art,” Kobach told Campus Reform. “It is entirely inappropriate.”

After Kobach and Governor Jeff Colyer both demanded that KU remove the “art display,” Chancellor Doug Girod issued a statement Wednesday evening saying that the flag would be relocated to the Spencer Museum of Art, a publicly-funded building elsewhere on the same campus.

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When asked about the flag being moved to another campus location, Kobach emphatically said “that’s not good enough,” pointing out that the flag would “still [be] on display.” 

“It’s still a desecrated flag that the university is presenting to the public. Whether it’s indoors or outdoors is immaterial,” he said.

“The university leadership is supposed to be answerable to the Board of Regents, which includes appointees from the Governor,” Kobach continued. “Certainly the Board of Regents could compel the university to act, but I haven’t heard anything from them.”

Kobach also called the relocation “superficial,” arguing that there is no difference between displaying a desecrated flag indoors or outdoors.

“They want to continue displaying the flag, apparently,” Kobach remarked. “They just hope that patriotic Americans will shut up if it’s moved indoors.”

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Chancellor Girod claimed in his statement that the disgraced flag is being relocated due to “safety concerns,” an explanation that Kobach readily dismissed.

“If [safety concerns were] the reason it was moved and it had nothing to do with the unpatriotic and inappropriate nature of the display, then that would suggest that the administration is not acknowledging at all the problem with displaying a desecrated flag,” Kobach observed.

“We will continue to make a public demand that it is removed entirely,” he promised.

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