Saturday, September 11, 2004

CSUSM looks to bring Michael Moore to North County

Jonathan Poullard, associate VP for Students Affairs and Dean of Students, makes his case for bringing Micheal Moore to CSUSM at an ASI Board of Directors Meeting on Friday.
Waldo Nilo

CSUSM looks to bring Michael Moore to North County

SAN MARCOS ---- Student leaders at Cal State San Marcos voted Friday to contribute $6,500 in student activity fees to help bring one of the country's most polarizing political provocateurs to North County.

That's right. Michael Moore, the documentary filmmaker who released "Fahrenheit 9/11" in June, appears scheduled to speak at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, on Oct. 13.

The film, which takes President George W. Bush to task for everything from his ties to big oil and big business to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, has been embraced by the left and villified by the right. Moore's recent appearance as a member of the media at the Republican National Convention elicited a verbal condemnation from Sen. John McCain.

On a 12-3 vote Friday afternoon, the governing board of Associated Students Inc. at CSUSM allocated the $6,500 in student activity fees to help bring in the controversial left-leaning filmmaker. The board had considered allocating $10,000 to sponsor the event; however, members elected to divert some of that amount to help fund Women's History Month activities on campus instead.

The rest of Moore's $37,000 tab is slated be covered by the school's arts and lectures budget, as part of its annual Intercultural Speakers Series. According to a financial breakdown submitted by Jonathan Poullard, the college's vice president for student affairs and dean of students, Moore would receive a $25,000 speaking fee. An additional $12,500 would pay for hotel, air fare, security, transportation and rental of the arts center.

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