The student government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has dealt a final blow to the College Republicans’ budgetary plans, effectively barring the group from bringing two well-known conservative women to campus — and insulting those women in the process.
Last week, the student government finance committee slashed the College Republicans’ funding allocation from $8,000 to $3,000. The cut meant that students would not be able to bring conservative speakers Katie Pavlich and Ann McElhinny to campus, so they appealed the decision to the full Student Congress.
College Republican chairman Peter McClelland argued that the funding was important in order to maintain a semblance of intellectual diversity on the liberal campus. UNC Students have few chances to be exposed to conservative speakers and ideas, he said. Besides, at least two liberal organizations — a socialist club and a feminist magazine — received more funding than the College Republicans.
But the Student Congress was unmoved by these arguments, and voted 21-1 to allocate only $3,000 to the club earlier this week.
During the debate over the issue, several student government leaders insulted Pavlich and McElhinny, whom they deemed “non-intellectual,” “non-academic” and “unreliable.”
McElhinny is a well-known environmental reporter and investigative journalist who has received accolades for her documentary, “Frack Nation.”
Pavlich is a Fox News contributor and author of The New York Times bestseller, “Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up.”