Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Arizona Daily Wildcat : Michael Moore to tout political views at McKale

Controversial director, writer and political activist Michael Moore will speak to UA students Oct. 11 at McKale Center.

Moore is coming to campus to address the upcoming election and offer his point of view, said Fernando Ascencio, ASUA Speakers Board director. He is coming to campus through a speaker series put on by the ASUA Speakers Board.

Ascencio, a political science senior, said he knows Moore's appearance will cause controversy on campus, but said ASUA is not endorsing Moore or his ideas. They are only bringing him to campus for students to hear and educate themselves on what he has to say.

"We believe he is an engaging character. That's what we are trying to show," Ascencio said. "ASUA is not passing judgment. We believe he has a unique way of presenting his ideas and addressing the opposition."

The ASUA Speakers Board will also feature speeches next month by Rep. Jim Kolbe (R) and writer David Hardy.

Alicia Cybulski, president of the UA Young Democrats, said she thinks Moore's appearance will be positive for students of all political backgrounds.

"I think it's a good opportunity for the UA to have him come. It will open up some dialogue that wouldn't have been talked about if he didn't come," Cybulski said.

UA College Republicans President Danielle Roberts disagreed with Cybulksi, and said she thinks Moore's visit is unfair because he only represents one side of politics.

"Students have the right to see both sides of the campaign. Michael Moore is blatantly partisan, and it is only fair that we should have a conservative speaker to balance the spectrum," Roberts said.

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