Beloit College president encourages ‘thoughtful’ protest at Cheney visit

BELOIT (WKOW) — The leadership at Beloit College is encouraging students to, “hold this elected official accountable to his record,” while also calling for a respectful response to a visit by former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Cheney will speak Thursday night at 7 p.m. on campus at the invitation of the Young America’s Foundation and will be interviewed by the group’s president-elect, former Gov. Scott Walker.

In a campus-wide email, Beloit College President Scott Bierman said that he is encouraging “thoughtful and respectful responses to Cheney’s visit.”

He said those responses could include:

Attending the talk and questioning thoughtfully to hold this elected official accountable to his record, or protesting visibly in a way the does not interfere with the speaker’s ability to speak and the audience’s ability to hear and engage the speaker.”

“People who attend tonight’s lecture have the right to hear Mr. Cheney if they want and the right to witness protests,” Biermann wrote, “Both, not just one or the other.”

The email also was signed by Provost Eric Boynton and Dean of Students Cecil Youngblood.

The moderated discussion, followed by a question-and-answer session, will cover issues ranging from the power of the executive branch to the importance of a strong national defense, according to a news release.

Cheney also will talk about the country’s response to the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 and the future of conservative governance.

Dan Plutchak

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