[Video] YAF Meets HUB Bureaucrats

A Penn State Young Americans for Freedom video has been making waves in libertarian circles this week after being posted to the conservative website Breitbart.

The video seems pretty straight forward: Members of YAF were doing YAF-things like handing out Constitutions and libertarian literature outside of the HUB, which is considered a “free speech zone” for folks to hand out whatever they want. The table was up for an hour when the YAFers were approached by Senior Associate Director of Union and Student Activities Judy Albin and a few other HUB staffers, who informed them that the table was in violation of a Penn State policy that prohibits unregistered structures. Ironically, YAF had a big poster up that read “Free Speech Banned at Penn State.”

According to Albin, students are allowed to distribute materials and demonstrate in free speech zones, they just can’t have a physical structure without registering it. “You are in violation of our policy. It is really very simple,” Albin said during the exchange.

Policies that are only justified by the fact that they are, in fact, policies are usually never good, but regardless, remember to register your tables, students! Free speech does not necessarily mean free tables.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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