Statement on UA Presents Inaugural Celebration
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: January 16, 2009
Contact: Ry Ellison, UACR President
TUCSON, ARIZONA – Unfortunately, a branch of the University of Arizona is once again engaging in inappropriate political activity. This time, it is UA Presents who is sponsoring a special screening of President-Elect Obama’s Inauguration.
The official invitation from UA Presents, which reads “WITNESS HISTORY… Experience this landmark event, live in high definition” is a clear endorsement of the election of Barack Obama. We believe that it is completely unacceptable for an official entity of the University to blatantly use its resources to promote a particular political figure.
Additionally, we believe that there is no precedent for UA Presents hosting an Inaugural celebration as we have found no evidence that they fêted President Bush in the same manner for either of his inaugurations. We have little doubt that the same festivities would not have been planned if Senator John McCain, Arizona’s native son, had won the Presidency.
Regrettably, this stunt is just the latest example of a university system that is hopelessly biased. As we noted in a prior press release, the Associated Students of the University of Arizona (ASUA) engaged in similar activity by lending their name to an Obama “Yes We Did!” Celebration Rally the week following the election. Just as we called on ASUA to dissociate themselves from the partisan event, we call on UA Presents to do the same.
It is time that the University, including all of its official entities, behave in a responsible manner that accurately represents the views of the student body they purport to serve. UA Presents should remember that they exist to serve all students on campus, and should not neglect this responsibility in the name of promoting their favored political figure.