The Bucknell University Conservatives Club (BUCC) is questioning the University’s policies on free speech again after being denied permission to host a second affirmative action bake sale this week.
“Our event sparked a dialogue and created thoughtful conversation about affirmative action on campus, and the University is trying to shut down that source,” said James Roesch ’10, a BUCC member and the editor-in-chief of The Counterweight.
At the first bake sale held on April 7 in the Elaine Langone Center, donuts were sold at varying prices to students based on their race to protest affirmative action policies in the college admissions process.
Administrators shut down the sale, citing an improper filing of the sales and solicitation form for the event, which did not properly reflect the donuts’ varying prices.
This time, the event was denied permission for a different reason.
“I concluded that this activity was a discriminatory fundraising event, which violates our stated, and legally required, nondiscrimination policy that is applicable to all sponsored or authorized events,” said Gerald Commerford, associate dean of students.
The BUCC’s choice to file another sales and solicitation form was an attempt “to test the University’s commitment to the issue of free speech,” Roesch said. He doubted that the only reason the original sale was shut down was because of a paperwork issue.
These sorts of bake sales have traditionally been college conservatives’ way of protesting affirmative action. It’s a laudable concept, but it doesn’t work. As long as grievance mongers conflate equality of oppurtunity with equality of outcome, we’ll continue to discriminate against those with ability by implementing policies of this nature.