Ron Paul to visit UVU

Students will have the unique opportunity next week on Oct. 18 to hear Texas Congressman and former Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul speak on campus. Paul will be speaking as part of the university speaker series organized by the UVUSA Department of Academics. The event will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom.

The opportunity to host Paul came unexpectedly. According to Assistant Dean of Students Phil Clegg, The Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) contacted Dean of Students Dr. Bob Rasmussen to inquire about using the university as a venue for several activities and meetings with Paul. Rasmussen accepted and began working with Erin Haskell, UVUSA Vice President of Academics, to coordinate an event where Paul could speak to students while on campus with the YPO.

Paul was one of four candidates in the Republican Party presidential primaries earlier this year. In February, when the Republican presidential candidate had not been nominated, KSL conducted a poll asking Utah residents for whom they would vote in the upcoming election. Paul won the poll with 9,000 votes compared to the 1,800 votes for the other three candidates combined.

Haskell said this is an incredible opportunity for students and community members to hear a high-profile politician speak. Originally, there was no speaker planned in October because September featured two events for the speaker series. Haskell explained that his visit comes as a pleasant surprise.

Congressman Paul requested that the event be focused more on speaking to students instead of the community-at-large because he enjoys the environment more. As a result, the Grand Ballroom was chosen as a more student-accessible location instead of the larger UCCU Center.

Joshua Wartena is a senior studying Journalism and Spanish at UVU and will graduate in Fall 2014. He is hoping to work as a middle-east correspondent or long-form magazine writer in South America. Josh is currently living in Orem and is the Opinions Section Editor

12 Responses to "Ron Paul to visit UVU"

  1. AGreenhill   October 8, 2012 at 6:06 am

    It’s a good thing Paul was uninvited to so many events – and literally laughed at by news anchors with a journalism degree backed by an IQ of 80.

    Otherwise people may have been given the chance to weigh his message against Obamney’s!

    Vote Johnson 2012!

  2. Nunya Biznezz   October 8, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Send a message to the two party duopoly. Vote Gary Johnson. No more status quo!

  3. Nick Riley   October 8, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Utah Valley is lucky to be welcoming the only man with the real answers to our country’s problems.

    Dr Paul will get my vote this November. I’m done with the lies of the 2 party system.

    Peace, Liberty, and balanced budgets= RON PAUL

  4. Fival Finkel   October 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Crypto-Nazi’s in Utah:

  5. dawn   October 8, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    You’re going to need a bigger venue. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

  6. Linda Arnold   October 9, 2012 at 10:47 am

    As an Alumni of UVU, and a long-time supporter of Ron Paul, I would HOPE this would be open to everyone. I have a difficult time believing that the Ron Paul I KNOW would EVER suggest limiting it to students “because he enjoys the environment.” That is INCREDIBLY “Un-Libertarian” and I think it sounds more like the school’s doing … than Dr. Paul’s!

    • KJ   October 10, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      I am CERTAIN it is open to everyone. The bigger venue is 8000 people, and they probably didn’t know if they would need that — but I just saw a post on a forum that it is being moved to that larger venue so bring everyone you know!!

  7. Brian Parsons   October 9, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I would strongly encourage UVU to move this event to the larger room. I attended Paul’s speaking engagement during the Primaries in Elko, NV. It was at it’s 300 seat capacity+. There is a FB group announcing Paul’s visit to UT, I believe his first visit since 2007? Either way the group already has 600+ interested in attending/RSVP’ing. It’s not every day that heavily Romney-leaning UT gets a chance to hear from a national-politician, as this race was determined in UT before it ever got started. Just a thought.

  8. Simone   October 10, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Interesting that he requested the smaller venue and they just changed the location to UCCU.
    “Come one come all” was also in the invite. So much for talking to students opposed to the community-at-large!

  9. Jim Davis   October 11, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    The event was actually changed to the UCCU Event Center to accommodate all of the non-students who plan on attending.

    • Nick Riley   October 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Dr. Paul deserves big crowds. I wish I could be there. Every time I see him speak I learn good principles and I love it when he makes book recommendations.

  10. Charlie Peters   November 6, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    California, Obama / Mitt, November contest would likely give the California winner prize to Obama but how would a 3 way Obama, Mitt & Ron write in vote count end up? RP votes in 2008 were counted.

    The Goldman Sacs / Fed reserve / GMO food-fuel twins might create a fun contest with the Texas Dr. Ron Paul & Judge Napolitano.

    Auit the fed, support HR 459 Paul & S 202 Paul

    Is this game about D R or other? maybe it is about saving the republic. Maybe Obama and Mitt are the underdogs.


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