Young America’s Foundation (YAF) and Berkeley College Republicans (BCR) continue preparations to welcome New York Times best-selling author Ben Shapiro to UC-Berkeley on September 14 at 7:00 p.m. in Zellerbach Hall. Sadly, campus administrators continue to let bureaucratic roadblocks delay the release of free tickets to allow students and community members to secure a seat to see Shapiro.
In the meantime, Young America’s Foundation encourages all students and members of the community interested in attending to complete this ticket request form to be notified first when tickets are available from Berkeley through the Zellerbach box office. Updates will be posted to YAF.org/BenAtBerkeley.
Students, fans, and interested community members are planning to travel from as far away as Southern California just to see Shapiro’s breakthrough presentation, yet they must wait on administrators in charge of Zellerbach Hall to make free tickets available. After numerous inquires made by BCR leadership both via email and in person regarding a timetable for release, administrators responded with more red tape, paperwork, and delays. The school says the request for tickets to be released is “working its way through” bureaucratic channels.
Berkeley’s disingenuous approach towards conservatives by now should be apparent. The dirty tricks and double-speak are so frequent that it is important to recount them here:
Young America’s Foundation and the Berkeley College Republicans filed a lawsuit against Berkeley on April 24, 2017, seeking to enjoin school administrators from violating students’ free speech rights. The case is making its way through court—the next step is a hearing in federal court on September 21, 2017.