The campus has yet to release tickets for the Ben Shapiro speaking event hosted by Berkeley College Republicans and the Young America’s Foundation and scheduled for Sept. 14.
An article by the Daily Wire alleges that representatives for BCR and YAF tried to take up the matter with management of Cal Performances but were unable to set up a meeting. Due to campus’s alleged lack of urgency, YAF set up a link to notify those who sign up of the availability of tickets as soon as they are released.
BCR and Cal Performances could not be reached for comment as of press time.
“Planning and preparation for the September 14th event is proceeding, and we are working hard so that this will be a safe and successful event,” campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof said in an email. “There was a long and constructive meeting between representatives of the Berkeley College Republicans (BCR) and event staff from Zellerbach Hall.”
According to Mogulof, ticketing is supposed to start once BCR conveys its finalized logistical decisions to campus and the venue staff.
Although BCR is expected to pay for the cost of security, the campus is covering the remaining costs of the event, which Mogulof described as “unprecedented.” He said the campus eventually made the decision to accommodate Shapiro because BCR committed to a time and date before asking the campus whether one of the venues that is free to student organizations was available.
The event was scheduled in between the time when the old event policy was rescinded and the new event policy was put in place. Therefore, the new rules governing how student organizations can host events were not applicable.
According to Mogulof, Chancellor Carol Christ made her decision on a one-time-only basis because she believes it is essential for the campus to successfully host speakers across the political spectrum.