Student Republicans plan to bring controversial guest speaker to CSUB

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, file photo, Milo Yiannopoulos speaks during a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

A group of students at California State University, Bakersfield have posted a public event on their school website, advertising a controversial guest speaker that will talk about political topics.

This is how the event is described on their website:

A special event featuring a controvercial guest speaker, but due to privacy concerns, the name will only be revealed to relevant administration. It is an event open to all students and residents of Bakersfield, as well as students from other Central Valley schools, and will touch on controversial political topics. There will be no food or drink served, and there will be ample security as a precautionary measure to ensure campus and student safety.

Many students and staff believe the speaker will be Milo Yiannopoulos, a controversial alt-right political commentator.

CSUB officials say they support freedom of speech and they encourage students to engage in constructive dialogue on campus. Some students say they are open to hear Yiannopoulos out if he does visit their campus.

"Although I don't agree with a lot of what Milo has to say," said political science student Nicole Mirkazemi, "I believe in free speech, and I think that if Milo wants to come to CSUB and talk and students want to hear him, I don't want to limit that."

Students are not the only people commenting on the controversial speaker. CSUB music lecturer Jim Scully shared his feelings on his personal Facebook page. saying:

Rumors that Milo Yiannopoulos will be speaking at CSUB next month...ugh.
[Update: confirmed - by potential speaker, not confirmed by campus]

Yiannopoulos commented on Scully's post saying; "Can't wait!" followed by a smiling-halo emoji.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 25, but school officials say nothing is set in stone. They say even though the event is on the calendar, it doesn't mean it's going to happen.

"It's sort of a placeholder for a potential event," said Michael Lukens, director of public affairs at CSUB. " If things work out then those details are taken care of, but if they don't, it falls off the calendar."

Eyewitness News reached out to the CSUB college Republicans about the rumored speaker but has not heard back from them.

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