PHOENIX, AZ- With the election season fast approaching, several law students have been eager to share their personal political views on class Facebook pages. Predictably, this has drawn the ire of most students, who believe the Facebook class page is an improper form for such posts.
2L Brad Miers told the Misnomer, “I remember when our Class of 2018 page solely consisted of posts telling us to attend club meetings, get Pro Bono hours with some organization, lend someone a Con Law book, or buy tickets for some SBA event. Those were the days! Now I have to see ridiculous political debates unfold over some stupid Donald Trump article. Isn’t that what the rest of the internet is for?”
Despite these sentiments, the Administration recently released a school wide e-mail supporting the right of students to make political posts. It read as follows:
It has come to our attention that certain students feel their First Amendment rights are being threatened, and their political speech suppressed. As an administration, we will not stand for this. Every student should have the right to post articles about Mr. Trump’s horrific tax plan, Mrs. Clinton’s harrowing e-mail issues, and/or Jill Stein’s opposition to vaccines. Even on class pages.
We understand some of you come to class pages for information that is actually relevant to ASU law students. Moreover, we understand that political posters on the class page often come across as huge pedantic jerkoffs. But in the name of free speech, our administration cannot place any restrictions on the right of politically active students to post as many politically preachy articles as their hearts desire no matter the rest of the class’s expressed lack of interest.
Some of you have suggested that politically active students just start their own Facebook page to debate about the latest hot-button issues. While that idea makes perfect sense, the College has never claimed that its policies are driven by sense of any kind or quality. Furthermore, we are certain that political posters will be offended if their voices are hindered in any way. You are all, therefore, just going to have to deal with it.
Not all students were dismayed by the Dean’s stance. Take 3L Johann Mauer for example:
“This is a great victory for freedom of speech. The Dean clearly agrees that I can use class pages to obnoxiously share my personal beliefs with the masses, and I will use these platforms to change the world one #Hillary4Prison post at a time.
By the way, did you see Colin Powell’s leaked e-mail about the Clintons? Don’t worry if you haven’t, I’m sharing it now.”