Excerpted from Fox News: Conservatives at the University of North Carolina say the Tar Heel student government plays favorites when it comes to doling out budgets to campus groups, and they rank somewhere below self-professed anarchists.
The College Republicans of the school’s Chapel Hill campus say their request for $8,000 to fund guest speakers Townhall.com editor and Fox News Contributor Katie Pavlich and filmmaker Ann McElhinney got chopped to just $3,000 because the Student Congress doesn’t share their politics. And the GOP students note that the governing body had no trouble finding $3,000 for self-professed anarchist group UNControllables, and even more for a hard-core feminist group.
“It’s frustrating, but not entirely surprising.” Peter McClelland, chairman of the College Republicans of UNC Chapel Hill, told FoxNews.com. “We’ve seen a pattern since last year which has culminated in a 75 percent total cut in budget for conservative groups. It’s safe to say that there’s a fair amount of hostility.”
The group appealed the cut on Tuesday and was denied for a second time.
McClelland says that last year the campus rifle and pistol club had their budgets cut and that resolutions have been passed in recent years that have taken aim at conservative groups on campus.
In addition to providing generous funding for the group called UNControllables, the student government doled out $5,000 to feminist group Siren Womyn Empowerment Magazine.
Members of UNC’s student government did not respond to requests for comment, but a spokesperson for the school issued the following statement to FoxNews.com:
“Since the fall of 2010, the UNC College Republicans have received funding for four of the five speakers they have chosen to bring to campus, including Robert Shibley, Herman Cain and Ann Coulter,” read the statement. “Of the 17 student groups who requested funding from the Student Congress in recent weeks, only six received the full allotment they requested. The process for funding student groups is led and carried out entirely by students. University officials don’t have a role in any of those decisions.”
In a statement posted in the comment section of a Carolina Review Daily story, Student Finance committee member Conor Winter offered an explanation while defending the group’s decision. Keep reading