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UC Berkeley Cancels Class After Students Complain About ‘Militarized Campus’ For Shapiro Speech


If you’re a college student, a slacker, and don’t want to take that exam, go to the University of California, Berkeley… especially when Ben Shapiro comes to town!

As of Wednesday, at least one class was canceled because of the protests that are expected to erupt on Thursday, when The Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro is supposed to speak. That UC Berkeley professor that cancelled class decided the expected violence would endanger the students in the class. The professor sending out this e-mail Wednesday:

Dear all —
I’ve heard from some of your classmates that they do not feel safe coming to a militarized campus on Thursday. Given the reality of what’s going on, I don’t feel like it’s ethical to hold class when some are not in a position to attend.
So we will not hold a regular class on Thursday. However, Kel and I will be in our usual classroom on Thursday 3:10-4:30 holding voluntary office hours. If you cannot be on campus on Thursday, email me and I guarantee I will find a time for us to meet early the following week. Kel is similarly available, you should email them for specifics.
Sorry we’ve had to do this, but in the context of the current attack on campus, I don’t feel like we have a choice.


Signs have been posted at the University of California, Berkeley, campus calling for a protest Thursday against right-wing speaker Ben Shapiro. The university will seal off large parts of its campus with a closed perimeter and a “very large” visible police presence. (Associated Press)

Berkeley police will be using stringent tactics as they prep for violence that might erupt around Zellerbach Hall, where Shapiro will be speaking, by shutting down six buildings on campus, including the César E. Chávez Student Center, Alumni House, MLK Jr. Student Union, Sproul Hall and Eshleman Hall, in order to cordon off the area. Police were also given permission from the city of Berkeley to use pepper spray — if necessary — to confront the planned violent protesters.

berkeleyThose attending Shapiro’s speech will be required to pass through security barriers, and must have a ticket for the event along with a photo ID.

Shapiro says tickets for his speech Thursday sold out in a whopping 45-minutes from the time tickets went on sale. Sources say many protestors are planning on going into the speech — after buying a ticket — and then getting up and leaving in defiance. However, Shapiro will have a “standby line” for those who tried to purchase a ticket, but weren’t able to, and will let those in the standby line replace those who plan on walking out.

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