Campus Controversy

By: Justin Williams
By: Justin Williams

"This is, you know, something that's getting so much attention nationwide and it just, it's gonna be our turn tomorrow."

UW-Whitewater spokesperson Brian Mattmiller says the campus is prepared to head into uncharted territory Tuesday as the Ward Churchill controversy comes to campus.

"I think pretty much everything is different than what we're used to dealing with."

In anticipation of an audience expected to exceed the Hamilton Center's 550-person capacity, the university created a ticketing system.

Mattmiller continues, "They were given out on a first-come, first-served basis and they were gone halfway through the first day of availability."

They'll be joined by as many as 100 members of the media.

"Frankly, I think the biggest logistical challenge will be the media work, because with that many media, we had to go to a pool camera system just to be able to manage a group of that size."

Meanwhile, Mattmiller says the campus controversy continues with College Democrats scheduled to step out in support of free speech as College Republicans protest the Colorado History professor's comments comparing victims of 9/11 to Nazis.

Former Marine and current student David Hamilton says he doesn't want anything to do with Churchill, but he does defend his right to speak.

"That's the beautiful thing about America, you know, that's why I was glad that I volunteered my service in the military because everyone does have the right to speak what they want."

Mattmiller says campus police will monitor the situation, explaining they will have the support of local police and sheriff's deputies if needed.

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