freedom of speech

OPINION: Free speech zones and the struggle for freedom of expression

It is election season, and many students are asking: Why vote?

In 2008, voter turnout for 18-24 year olds reached a high of 49 percent, and many analysts predict this number to return to a more lackadaisical norm for 2012. While colleges are often considered the bastions of liberal arts and free speech, the condensing of First Amendment rights to a “free speech zone” on campus have hindered, rather than encouraged, civic engagement.

The skewed moral standards of society

Last spring, pro-life protesters stood in the North Plaza at George Mason University. During the peak of the school day, these protesters advocated their pro-life stance to the student population. To encourage the college students to conform to their stance, they presented two-story high signs displaying pictures of aborted fetuses.