Students Seeking ‘Free Speech Zone’


Anna Whitney
Hilltop Views
September 29, 2010

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St. Edward’s University students are petitioning the Student Government Association to pass legislation to create a free speech zone on campus.

A free speech zone is a specified place on campus where students may voice their opinions without interference from their universities.

Junior Nicole Seligman, co-leader of the on-campus feminist group Women Empowerment, said the idea to send the letters came from various students concerned about St. Edward’s voice speaking over their own, especially after the university rejected gay rights group Equality Texas from its nonprofit fair because its position on gay marriage conflicted with Catholic teachings.

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“I think after disagreements between student groups and Campus Ministry, the university assumes that the students don’t care enough to speak out for change,” Seligman said.

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