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    4/24/2014 2:58:00 PM Posted by Patrick Coyle

    Penn State YAF Speech Zone ProtestPenn State Young Americans for Freedom went out on campus to protest our school's "free speech" zone policy.  Students watched as the chapter mocked the policy by "constructing" a new "free speech zone" in an unauthorized area.

    Most people on campus are unaware of the rules regulating free speech. When our YAF members were asked by our fellow students what we were doing, they were shocked to hear that Penn State limits the free and open exchange of ideas to twelve areas on campus, some only after 5:00 p.m.  Some students even dared to test the administration by participating in our protest outside of one of the designated speech zones.

    Overall the event seemed to be a success. It is absurd that a university that claims to be open to the free flow of ideas would stifle a constitutionally protected right. Forcing students into twelve small areas on a campus that is 8,556 acres is unacceptable and we will continue to draw attention to the issue until the policies are changed.

    Know your rights on campus, we do!

    Jolie Stuart-Davis is the chair of Penn State YAF

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