Update from Indiana: Tom Woods Rejected AGAIN on a 2nd Lame Excuse

Bonnie Kristian
Mar 5, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Tom WoodsI've posted here before about Indiana University-Bloomington's ridiculous rejection of Dr. Tom Woods on the excuse that he lacked "sufficient academic credibility" -- despite his degrees from Harvard and Columbia, authorship of NYT bestsellers, and position as a senior scholar at the Mises Institute.

Since then, YAL at IU-B has been working hard to raise the funds necessary to bring Woods to campus on their own.  For a while, it looked as if the university might be backing down.  Not anymore.  As the club's president, Sam Spaiser, now explains, the lectures board denied a second request on the grounds that the club was "too prepared":

The fact that we came prepared, had already contacted Woods and secured a date, proposed a schedule for the event, and selected (although not booked) a room, this caused the Lectures Committee to feel left out of the process.

Too well prepared?  Talk about perverse incentives.  At any rate, YAL at IU-B is still committed to bringing Tom Woods to campus.  And you can help!  Sam continued, "With all of your help and dedication, we've already raised $2225. However, we need $4000 to make this event a reality. Young Americans For Liberty at IUB needs YOUR help. Indiana University needs YOUR help. The message of liberty needs YOUR help. Please make a contribution HERE to help bring Tom Woods to IU Bloomington."

Click here for Sam's full update, and please donate even a small sum if you are able!  IU students clearly need to hear Tom Woods' free market message -- because the university certainly has no intention of sharing it.

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   It's hard to believe that this could happen - TWICE~

   This has been posted on FB and i think it's time for many people to start

emailing and call the 'so called ' Economics Department at the University.

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This is truly beyond ridiculous. Does the IU administration have any idea how absurd their actions appear to an outside observer?

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Does the IU administration have any idea how absurd their actions appear to an outside observer?

Maybe you should enlighten them :)

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Is the Lectures Committee composed of 12-year-old girls?  Wahhh, we felt left out! Our feewings awe huwt! Wahhh, you meanies and your preparedness!

IU seriously needs to look for some adults to help out on staff. What a group of losers.

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It's not hard to explain.

Government subsidizes university.  Government hires liberal arts graduates with useless degrees. University, in turn, covers for big government.

It's a symbiotic relationship.  The name "court intellectuals" comes to mind.

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What'd be really great is if we could round up (beg and plead) with some lecturers who might be interested in donating their time at cost (food, shelter, travel) and YAl - IU could have a whole WEEK of Liberty lectures.

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Time to face facts:  Indiana University is rinky-dink and not deserving of Tom Woods' time or you students' tuition.  Transfer to a real school.

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Holly, face your own facts. Big name schools with large populations aren't any better educators than some of the smaller institutions. For example, IU has one of the best Russian programs in the nation.

South Dakota School of Mines has a 99% job/graduate school rate, with some fields providing 100% placement over the past few years. Those numbers aren't inflated by overly ambitious numbers of grad student allowances either. Best factoid of the day: SDSMT has ZERO BA degrees. It's all STEM fields. Students here actually DO something once they complete school.

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To be fair, IU one of the largest schools in the world.  I don't know where the "rinky dink" sentiment comes from.  

George Edwards's picture

Well, I would donate but for some reason Paypal doesnt work for me anymore. I am ashamed of IU for treating the students this way.

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Well, I would donate but for some reason Paypal doesnt work for me anymore. I am ashamed of IU for treating the students this way.

We can take checks as well. If you are still interested, email me at yalatiu@gmail.com and I'll send you all of the information you need.

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as soon as i fix it ill send 50 your way.

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This could be a great opportunity to flip the script on them. Why not set up a table on campus to raise money and awareness of Tom Woods and the censorship of the lecture committee. Have some flyers of Tom's ideas with youtube links, and explain how the commitee is being unfair

When students hear of the blatent censorship and outrages actions of the committee I'm sure they'd start asking, "Who is Tom Woods? Why are they censoring him?"

By having a visible presence on campus to call out the commitee I'm sure you would raise more awareness of Tom to people who would otherwise have never known he was coming to speak or even heard of him than if the committee had just let him speak.

 

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I like the last suggestion, but think you should take it a step further - maybe get T-Shirts printed up with "Who is Tom Woods?" on them, wear them and sell them at your table. Stage a sit-in to bring more notice to the cause.  It could turn out to be a real boon to the movement on campus and a fund-raiser to boot.

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