Conservatives Hit University Where It Hurts – The Pocketbook

by Jennifer Kabbany - Associate Editor on February 21, 2013

Texas Aggie Conservatives, a student group at Texas A&M University, delivered a huge blow to its college administration on Tuesday, handing over a massive petition that demanded the school even out its left-leaning slant or some donations to the campus will stop.

More than 1,200 former students, parents, and students have signed the petition since it was launched a few weeks ago, according to the Texas Aggie Conservatives.

The petition signers declared they are “deeply disappointed that Texas A&M University spends millions of dollars each year in mandatory student fees, taxpayer dollars, and private donations to continually represent only left-wing views.”

“It is high time for A&M to stop pushing a political agenda,” the petition stated. “I pledge to withhold all donations to Texas A&M University… until things change for the better.”

In addition to handing over the petition to college President Bowen Loftin, the student group also presented a list of demands to resolve the issue. They apparently aim to launch a “Traditional Family Values and Personal Responsibility Center,” in addition to other “actions” sought, including:

A full-time, paid staff adviser for the Aggie Conservatives. … If groups such as GLBT Aggies, Council of Minority Student Affairs (formerly the DREAM Act Support Group), and the Woodson Black Awareness Committee are going to have such staff, then surely TAC should also, for the sake of balance and fairness.

Funding and administrative support for on-campus centers dedicated to promoting true American conservative values and creating a safe and welcoming climate on campus for conservatives. If the Texas A&M administration is going to fund and support the GLBT Center and Multicultural Center, which consistently promote liberal worldviews on a variety of issues (oftentimes political issues that have nothing to do with the stated purpose of the center), then the administration should also fund and support centers for American Conservatism and Traditional Family Values. … For reference, the Multicultural Center receives around $1,000,000/year in student fees and the GLBT receives around $100,000/year from student and taxpayer sources.

Other demands included more classes on conservative thought to balance out the many on Marxism and gender studies, and an endowed professorship in “American Conservative Studies,” to counteract the college’s many liberal professors.

The conservative group’s action Tuesday took place about a month after actor Danny Glover delivered controversial remarks about the Second Amendment at a university-sponsored event, saying it stemmed “from the right to protect themselves from slave revolts and from uprising by native Americans.”

Texas Aggie Conservatives have called on campus officials to issue an official statement “correcting Glover’s comments,” and to develop a history course about the Second Amendment.

“Documents obtained by TAC through the Texas Public Information Act last month revealed that the university paid over $40,000 for the Glover event, including $27,000 in speakers fees,” the group stated, adding they want the school to “equally distribute funds for conservative speakers, programs, and resources.”

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  • dennis pitner

    I love it,the conservatives fighting back or at least taking a stand against all of this liberal dogma that colleges and universities pass off as an education.Hit them where it hurts the most ,in the pocketbook,they may just have to let go one of their over paid indoctrination 3 professors.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Smith/100002511530843 Adam Smith

    The only way to deal with the radical lefts ownership of our nations Universities is to end Tenure. Introduce legislation that abolishes teacher tenure and see the pigs squeal. Then states to need to fund a serious study to show how the billions of dollars that are spent on useless disciplines do nothing to help our kids be competitive in the modern world. Gender studies, most liberal arts programs including philosophy majors should be on a list that bars federal loans, grants and state money. If a student wants to major in a discipline that does not move society forward in Math, Science, English or Engineering then it is pay as you go. That will solve most issues……

    • Conservative Professor

      At one point in my career, I would have agreed with you 100%. But I have learned that I could not function at my University without tenure. I am an advocate (and usually faculty advisor) for most conservative groups on my campus. I also make sure I never miss class, make sure my classes are meeting the objectives they should, and I perform all of my required activities for employment in such a way that I cannot be fired. This is important because being tenured does not mean that I cannot be fired — just that I cannot be fired for my opinions outside my job responsibilities. What can stop this liberalism of education is exactly what this group does that the article describes: Cut off funding for radical events and programs. It’s interesting to note that I receive no funding or pay for my advocacy for conservative groups., but most of my peers who on “the other side” do get funding. I’m not sure they would do it without funding, and if you can cut it off, it would be a great start. But to get rid of tenure would doom many of the conservative faculty in a field dominated by liberal educators and administrations. Let me add that tenured faculty are fired if they do not do their jobs, and liberal educators would not be fired even if the tenure system was not in place.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FEKV76SIJNSJW56PDTYYMNCZCI HA

    Stop donations? Cut off the lifeblood of liberals (free money)?

    Students that aren’t stoooopid……nice, NICE!

  • VeryOldB

    Hooray! I never give money to my almae matres but would consider writing a check to the Texas Aggie Conservatives. Their website says donations “can be tax-deductible” which suggests to me they may not yet have 501c-3 status.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lelandwi11iams Leland Williams Jr.

    About time conservative value people wake up. Stop funding these decadent universities.

  • S. Burton

    I guess it’s time to “punch” back…….