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Don’t silence free speech

Don't silence free speech

Megan Thorne, Opinion Editor

September 21, 2016

The last time I thought about free speech was in an AP Government class my sophomore year of high school.

‘Every intent of being open’

The university has updated its policy regarding areas on campus which are designated for “speech and expressive activities.” The locations are the lawn area south of Rice Library, the lawn area between the Physical Activities Center and the Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center and the lawn in front of the Health Professions Building. The three areas combined are approximately 1.6 acres of the 1,400 acre campus

Gabi Wy, Features Editor

August 31, 2016

Freshman Shelby Heins said having zones specific for free speech wasn’t something she would expect to have on a college campus. “We’re paying to go here,” the nursing major said. “So our thoughts should be heard.” As a new student, Heins and several other freshman said they didn’t k...

Faculty discusses outside speakers

Gabi Wy, News Editor

February 5, 2016

Faculty Senate wants to find the balance between protecting university students and protecting First Amendment Rights. Based on complaints concerning Campus Ministry USA’s visit to campus Dec. 7, Faculty Senate discussed a drafted policy addressing potentially offensive speakers on campus Friday...

Students voice thoughts on controversial Quad display

Students voice thoughts on controversial Quad display

Gabi Wy

October 6, 2015

Laura Schwindel wanted the Quad and only the Quad for the visual display protesting Planned Parenthood Sept. 30. The Students for Life president said the university Scheduling Services pushed for the event, entailing pink crosses, banners and handouts, to be held in the designated Free Speech Zone between t...

Human rights group brings abortion topic to campus

Sarah Loesch

March 27, 2015

Created Equal, a non-profit organization, took to USI's free speech zone Friday to talk to students about abortion. The group posted large signs with pro-life messages and risque images between the Orr Center and the new USI Performance Center. They started each conversation by asking students,...

Evangelists draw crowd to USI’s free speech zone

Street evangelist James Gilles (left) preaches to a crowd on campus Monday, which prompted USI student Spencer Kiessling (right) to create the sign he’s holding.

James Vaughn

September 23, 2013

Street evangelist James Gilles, better known as Brother Jim, preached about homosexuality, “whores” and President Barack Obama, among other things, Monday and Tuesday in USI’s free speech zone. The Evansville native, dressed in a suit, began passing out brochures titled “The Jim Gille...

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