Last weekend the Fourth Corner caught up to Rep. VanWerven (R-42nd) at a Lynden Estate Sale. She answered questions about her thoughts on legislative proposals concerning Evergreen State College
Fourth Corner: I’m here today to get your thoughts on the free speech issue at Evergreen State College.
Rep. VanWerven: What’s happening at Evergreen is just a microcosm of what’s happening on all college campuses. We’ve had this at WWU: students thinking they can limit free speech of people they might disagree with…So there’s just a total lack of respect for other people’s opinions, for other peoples ideologies and other people’s political expression.
Fourth Corner: How, in fact, are you involved in legislation… What are the major pieces in the legislation and who are the sponsors?
Rep. VanWerven: First of all Whats happening at Evergreen is just way beyond the pale so we think its time for them to become a private college. Currently ½ their budget comes from the taxpayers of Washington. It is time for them to raise all their own money then they can be as Marxist as they want to be. We shouldn’t charge the taxpayers for their(Evergreen College’s) intolerance; for their lack of diversity; for them brainwashing our kids.
Rep VanWerven: Rep. Manweller is the sponsor of the privatization bill and I am a co-signer of that.
Another one(bill) from Rep Walsh from the 19th District basically mandates freedom of expression on college campus so that everyone on campus: Students, instructors, professors; have to respect freedom of speech.
Rep VanWerrven: My bill still being drafted would add political expression to their diversity statements. Colleges have diversity statements. We believe that people on college campuses should respect political expression just like they would respect gender expression. The other part is that they allow speakers on college campuses of all ideologies at the same price.
The Fourth Corner: So, in fact, you want legislation not to limit but to enhance the diversity of political views on college campuses in the State of Washington. Right?
Rep VanWerven:And that political expression of all sectors must be respected and welcomed.
The Fourth Corner: Anything further you would like to share with the readers of the Fourth Corner?
Rep VanWerven:Yes President Bridges of Evergreen college has completely failed the students and administration and that he should resign. The fact that he has not resigned yet is shocking . Since President Bridges does not seem to have the self awareness to see that he has failed the Governor should ask for his resignation.
The Fourth Corner: Presidents of Colleges: How do they get their jobs?
Rep VanWerven:College Presidents are hired by the Trustees of the college or university they will serve.
The Trustee’s are appointed by the Governor with a concurrence by the Senate.
This session has seen the Senate Higher Education committee calling several Trustees to testify in front of their committee on the Evergreen College situation.
The Fourth Corner: Representative VanWerven thank you so much for taking the time today.
George Sumner Bridges is an American sociologist and the President of The Evergreen State College. He has served in this role since October 1, 2015
Check out this article from Campus Reform.org