Kennedy says col­lege pres­i­dents need to back speech or re­sign

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Sen. John N. Kennedy urged a col­lege pres­i­dent to re­sign Tues­day and said the man “ought to hide his head in a bag” over a hos­tile at­mos­phere to con­ser­va­tive speak­ers at Wil­liams Col­lege.

The Louisiana Repub­li­can used a Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee hear­ing to blast Adam Falk, the col­lege pres­i­dent, af­ter he re­voked an in­vi­ta­tion to a con­ser­va­tive com­men­ta­tor to speak at his school, and af­ter one of the school’s stu­dent or­ga­ni­za­tions can­celed an­tifem­i­nist au­thor Suzanne Vekner’s event.

“He’s not fit to be a col­lege pres­i­dent as far as I’m con­cerned,” said Mr. Kennedy. “He needs to ex­plain to stu­dents and have them un­der­stand that they do not have a con­sti­tu­tional right in life not to be of­fended.”

Repub­li­cans con­vened Tues­day’s hear­ing to high­light a grow­ing list of col­lege cam­puses that have cen­sored con­ser­va­tive speak­ers, or im­posed re­stric­tions on those al­lowed to speak.

One stu­dent, Isaac Smith, told the se­na­tors he had to sue Ohio Univer­sity af­ter it cen­sored his stu­dent or­ga­ni­za­tion’s T-shirt slo­gan.

His group, Stu­dents De­fend­ing Stu­dents, de­fended fel­low class­mates who were ac­cused of vi­o­lat­ing the school’s Stu­dent Code of Con­duct. Af­ter wear­ing T-shirts that said, “We get you off for free,” they were told never to wear them again by school ad­min­is­tra­tion be­cause the shirts “ob­jec­ti­fied women” and “pro­moted pros­ti­tu­tion.” — Alex Swoyer

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