Professors and graduate students signed an open letter to the students at the University of California at Berkeley this week urging them to stay away from campus between Sunday and Wednesday to ensure their “physical and mental safety.”
The announcement came after Milo Yiannopoulos said he, Ann Coulter, Steve Bannon, and others will come to campus and speak for four days in celebration of free speech.
The signers at Berkeley want to deafen themselves to the opinions of individuals with opposing philosophies, claiming these right-wing celebrities will injure students through their harmful rhetoric.
Although we can laugh at the folly of those West Coast Liberal types, recently, the letter to the editor submissions to The Collegian have expressed a similar sentiment.
In three letters, different writers have suggested the editors should have refrained from publishing certain opinion pieces because of their “offensive” nature or “lack of facts.”
The opinions page of The Collegian helps to facilitate the types of conversations that have all but disappeared on other college campuses in response to redefined notions of liberty.
We assure our readers that we do our best to fact check and edit each piece for clarity and concision. These pages are meant to show the range of opinions on campus, and we look to publish those that are plausible, well expressed, and contribute meaningfully to discourse.
It is not the duty of the editors of this page to change opinions into milk-toast, easy-to-swallow positions.
We only have what students, faculty, staff, and community members send us. We try to include as many pieces as possible and work hard to edit stories to make them readable and persuasive.
If you would like to take issue with a piece, we invite you to write a letter to the editor or an op-ed explaining the issue. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday. This continues the conversation and does not try to stultify public discourse.
While those at Berkeley look to squelch free speech, The Collegian is seeking to print material that Hillsdale students should read and discuss.
Let’s work together to make this section a platform for conversations worth having.