By Brendan Pringle
Cal Poly's conservative club is battling the California State
University system over an executive order that forces all CSU clubs
to have open membership.
California Executive Order 1068 states that "No campus shall
recognize any fraternity, sorority, living group, honor society, or
other student organization unless its membership and leadership are
open to all currently enrolled students at that campus, except that
a social fraternity or sorority or other university living group
may impose a gender limitation."
The Cal Poly conservative club, led by YAF activist Nate
Honeycutt, has filed a petition to end the policy, saying that the
rule will force organizations to compromise their core values.
As Nate told the Mustang Daily, "An open membership requirement makes
it so that other people can spy on, take over or dilute the
messages of rival groups. We don't want to keep people out. We just
want to restrict membership so we can protect the purpose of our
According to Nate, a group of students opposed to the
conservative club's viewpoints joined the club a few years ago and
created a liberal voting bloc, which negated the conservative
values of other members.
Under this new executive order, the club is vulnerable to a
leftist coup and could face destruction. As the only active
conservative club on campus, this would be a devastating setback
for the Conservative Movement.
Moreover, the new rule seems to be an extension of the "Inclusive
Excellence" Movement, which has been creeping into colleges and
universities across the nation and has slowly tried to shift the
focus of higher education from academics to "socialization."
Interestingly enough, "Inclusive Excellence" officials at Cal Poly
when YAF speaker and bestselling
author Ann Coulter spoke in 2012.
Young America's Foundation applauds Nate for taking a stand
against this stunning example of government overreach.
Brendan Pringle is a development officer at Young America's Foundation's Reagan Ranch Center.