Penn State University claims it is committed to free speech, but that commitment didn’t stop it from shutting down an event two days ago that was to feature Blaze TV’s Alex Stein and Get Off My Lawn podcaster Gavin McInnes. Nor did that commitment lead to assault charges against the communist girl who spat on Stein, a possibly fatal attack if she were afflicted with a deadly disease. One possible reason the university caved and hasn’t filed charges: An Indian immigrant, Neeli Bendapudi, is the university’s president. As we know from Twitter chieftain Parag Agrawal, free speech isn’t high on the list of priorities for Indian CEOs. Include college presidents in that bunch.
Campus cops stopped the event sponsored by Uncensored America when campus communists attacked supporters of the group.
“Despite the University’s goal of upholding free speech, given the agitated demonstrators, at least one known physical altercation, a crowd surge toward the building, and chemical spray of the crowd and officers, taken altogether, it was a safety risk to continue to move forward and we did recommend the event be canceled,” said Charlie Noffsinger, associate vice president for University Police and Public Safety [Penn State University Police and Public Safety statement on Oct. 24 events, PSU.edu, October 25, 2022].
That’s the long way of saying communist goons control who speaks on campus.
Unsurprisingly, Bendapudi’s priorities as a career academic executive have not included free speech. They have included what you’d expect: “diversity, equity, and inclusion”:
Raised in India, Bendapudi moved to the United States to pursue her doctoral studies at the University of Kansas and to launch her career as an academic leader and educator.
Prior to coming to Penn State, where she leads the University’s twenty-four-campus network and top-ranked online World Campus, Bendapudi was president of the University of Louisville from 2018 to 2021. During this time, she oversaw a series of transformative efforts spanning academics; finance; the health enterprise; philanthropy; athletics; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and more. Under her leadership, the university recruited its largest and most diverse freshman class.
[About Neeli Bendapudi, PSU.edu]
Even before she arrived, of course, the university was obsessed with what they call DEI—diversity, equity, inclusion—and strongly urged her to continue obsessing about it as well [Penn Staters call on Neeli Bendapudi to further prioritize diversity, equity after Eric Barron’s tenure, by Samantha Verrelli, Daily Collegian, April 28, 2022].
As for what Bendapudi hopes to accomplish, she explained it this way:
“I will always strive to be worthy of that, but I also remind myself my job as president of Penn State is to be the president for every single student, faculty and staff member — no matter what identities they hold,” Bendapudi said.
Diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives are “a challenge” at the university, she said, but it’s not just one at Penn State — it’s one in higher education overall.
“People think that institutions of higher education are these edens of equity, but really, if you look at it, we are far behind many many corporate settings,” Bendapudi said. “And so to me … four months in, it’s much less about starting something new as it is about assessing what we are doing.”
[Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi acknowledges prominent issues ahead of fall semester, by Megan Swift, Daily Collegian, August 25, 2022]
Maybe Bendapudi should at least fake being an American and assess what campus communists are doing: scaring the cops into canceling events because the communists want totalitarian control over who speaks and what speakers are allowed to say.