Rove finally gets chance to speak today at Loyola
Posted by Jessica Reynolds on March 22, 2011
After months of controversy, Karl Rove will get his chance to speak today at Loyola University Chicago.
Rove, senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to former President George W. Bush, and now a FOX News regular, will speak at the university at 7 p.m. today.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Mundelein Auditorium and students are free with the show of their ID. Students will also have the opportunity to pose their own questions to Rove by writing them down on note cards that will be quietly collected during the speech to better facilitate the event.
Rove was originally scheduled to speak at Loyola during the fall 2010 semester, but the event was cancelled due to Loyola’s concern that sponsoring a political speaker so close to the November midterm election could jeopardize the university’s non-profit tax status.
The cancellation caused an outcry from the College Republicans, the student organization who had planned to host Rove. Group members were persistent in their efforts to reschedule the event.
“I made a promise to carry out the College Republican’s mission,” said Matthew Noto, a sophomore political science student and president of Loyola College Republicans. “We said we would have Rove on campus, we didn’t let any obstacles stop us. We brushed ourselves off, went back to the drawing board and as promised Karl Rove will be on campus in March.”
Here’s the university’s press release on the event:
“Loyola’s College Republicans are hosting Karl Rove on campus this March and we welcome him. As a Jesuit and Catholic university, Loyola is a community of knowledge and learning open to the free exchange of ideas. We encourage open and debate as we believe such discussion is integral to educating students and our Jesuit Catholic values.
“Ground in our Catholic intellectual faith tradition, Loyola University Chicago believes that demonstrating our openness to explore complex issues are marks of our strength and vitality, and we relish the opportunity to engage in debate and discussion over differing points of view.”
The event is open to the Loyola community.
“No matter what your political affiliation is, all are welcome,” Noto said.
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