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College Drops The Hammer On Conservative Student For ‘Social Justice Bake Sale’

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Rob Shimshock Education Reporter

A college provost is refusing to help a conservative student in trouble for hosting a mock “Social Justice Bake Sale” the school says “violated university policy and federal law.”

Regis University has blocked Alexander Beck from viewing its official Twitter account, after the college stopped Beck and his Young Americans for Liberty group from hosting a satirical “Social Justice Bake Sale,” according to Campus Reform.

Beck and YAL were selling cookies based on the amount of “privilege” or “oppression” held by each customer. Asians, for instance, were to pay more than whites, and female and LGBT students would receive a discount, reports The College Fix.

“[The bake sale] violated university policy and federal law by selling items at different prices based on race and gender,” said Regis in a statement obtained by The Denver Channel.

Diane McSheehy, Regis’s Dean of Students, told Beck and his YAL chapter that their “Social Justice Bake Sale,” which the conservative students had organized in response to a left-wing “Social Justice Week,” constituted a “demonstration” and had not been approved. An email exchange obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation shows that Beck did obtain approval for hosting an event – though not for the exact nature of the event – from Regis’s Event Coordinator, Chelsie Bowmar.

Beck’s adviser and Regis’s Diversity head, Dr. Nicki Gonzales, arranged a meeting with the conservative student to hear his point of view. Beck informed Gonzales in the meeting he was aware the Diversity head had previously organized a separate meeting to hear complaints about Beck and YAL’s bake sale, according to an audio file obtained by Campus Reform.

“I had [tried] to mention Regis University in a tweet to a Catholic Priest from Canada who was showing some support,” said Beck to Campus Reform. “[I] was unable to mention them, [and] after going to their page, I saw that I was blocked.”

Beck said that he has been threatened, stalked, and had his property vandalized by “anti-fascists.” The student visited Provost Janet Houser for advice, but says he was denied help.

“It’s not that I can’t do anything; I am not going to do anything,” the provost allegedly informed Beck, according to Campus Reform. Houser then told Beck that she found the bake sale sign “deeply offensive” and “racist.”

Gonzales and Houser did not respond to requests for comment.

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