For the past four years at Loyola University Maryland I have come to find lifelong friendships; amazing professors, who were instrumental in my being able to go to law school next year; and, by the grace of God, I was even able to find a date. I was also able to discover the reason why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.
While some professors have clear political views, many are able to hide their personal opinions and — even if they disagree — allow students to speak their minds, then support and defend various viewpoints to promote critical thinking. A small minority, however, are your stereotypical “so far left they make Karl Marx look like Ted Cruz,” my-way-or-the-highway kind of professor.
The purpose of college is to create a free market of ideas where we teach students the established theories of a major field of study and encourage them to think for themselves. However, schools have been getting so “open-minded” that their actions mirror that of someone who is extremely closed-minded. Conservative, and even moderate, positions can be attacked regardless of the class’ subject.
I do not want this to be seen as a conservative student lambasting his professors, nor do I want this to be taken as a denouncement of the American education system. However, as a graduating senior, president of Loyola University Maryland’s College Republican chapter and vice chair of the Maryland Federation of College Republicans, I feel it would be inappropriate if I did not make my voice heard.
I have witnessed professors go out of their way to attack Donald Trump or even conservatives as a whole. I am sure these professors will justify their actions as “educating students on the issues,” however these attacks, which are often very illogical or hypocritical, take students, even those who dislike President Trump, and push them to the political right. I have witnessed the college Republicans go from a club of diverse thought to one where even the most ardent of Trump haters among the members are now supporters because of the anger they feel toward certain professors constantly going after the president.
Sadly, the strong bias against conservative beliefs on campus is not just in the classroom. Loyola clearly supports illegal immigrants more than its own students. The school has consistently taken political stands and encouraged students to get involved with the political stances the administration holds, but will not permit students to bring opposition views to campus. The school is more than willing to invite speakers who have been given leadership awards by the former General Secretary of the Soviet Union and to give the 2018 commencement speaker spot to a man who said he would have killed Donald Trump had he been in the room when he was born, yet have not to my knowledge brought in a conservative speaker in my four years here. They provide one side of the political spectrum to their students, and Loyola finds itself in a financial crunch with alumni not giving back. Maybe if they did not anger us as students, we would be more willing to give back. There is a financial benefit for you to stop harassing us.
Beyond simply words in class and optional speaking events, even the Community Standards are enforced in a biased way. Many of you already know that after Donald Trump’s election, there was a huge backlash on campus to a proposed senior celebration theme of “Party in the USA,” which school administrators strangely called “very alienating, harmful and divisive” and against our school’s core values. But most have not heard about is this year’s issues: For the same annual party, students hung USA flags outside of their rooms, and an administrator ordered me to tell students to take them down, then an R.A. informed me they perpetrators would be fined and written up if the flags were not removed. To my knowledge, the school has not even threatened this to people who throw beer bottles in our courtyards creating hazardous walking conditions, and administrators have said nothing about the foreign flags that are hung in the same dorm violating the same rule as the American flags. They ignore student safety, yet scream at the sight of American pride?
The school’s actions contradict their purpose. The result of this is radical conservatives entering the student body. Liberal professors and administrators, you are part of why Donald Trump is president of the United States. If you want that to change, it’s on you to change.
Bradley Schober (firstname.lastname@example.org) is president of Loyola University Maryland’s College Republican chapter and vice chair of the Maryland Federation of College Republicans.