UC Berkeley officials said Thursday they will now find a venue for controversial conservative writer Ben Shapiro to speak on Sept. 14.
In an email exchange obtained by KQED between UC Berkeley's Division of Student Affairs and the Berkeley College Republicans (BCR), Cal officials Tuesday initially said they “were unable to find an available campus venue” where Shapiro could speak that met the student group's stated criteria. On Wednesday, UC Berkeley officials added that they were willing to look into the availability of campus buildings that require a rental fee.
Since then, UC Berkeley decided to look into alternative venues for Shapiro’s appearance.
“We decided not to wait for their response, so we went ahead and checked on those venues regardless,” campus spokesman Dan Mogulof said Thursday in an interview with KQED. “And we’ve determined that there are other venues available.”