At Stony Brook University, where over 17,000 undergraduate students attend what USA Today ranked as the ninth most diverse college in America, students with unpopular political perspectives feel they cannot openly voice their opinions.
If we are going to be selective about what groups are allowed at SBU, everyone should be held to the same standards. If diversity is a value we intend to uphold, dissenting views should not be met with such hostility.
Turning Point USA has been officially recognized as an organization on campus, despite the Stony Brook Progressive Coalition’s online petition to bar the chapter from being recognized by the University.
Welcome to Inside Statesman, where we take a peek behind the scenes and sit down with writers. Each week we’ll highlight an article from The Statesman and dive deeper into writers’ process, thoughts and opinions. This week Francesca Mevs talks with the writers behind multiple op-eds surrounding the Turning Point protest that took place on campus.
#OPINION: From the beginning, it was clear that McInnis holds the campus community in high regard and is happy to be at Stony Brook. Regardless of the politics associated with the position of the presidency at the University, she was genuine.
President Maurie McInnis highlighted how SBU plans to handle concerns in the future, the school’s benefits of being young and her first semester on campus with a more familiar number of students in an exclusive interview with The Statesman.
About 200 people from Turning Point USA (TPUSA), the New York Young Republican Club, the Long Island Loud Majority and surrounding community members gathered around the fountain at the Academic Mall on Sunday, Sept. 12, to protest mandatory vaccines.