Bernie Sanders attracted overflow crowd to UMass FAC on January 2nd
For those of you who were wondering if UMass, a public institution, gives special favors to hot trending presidential candidates I offer the following:
And there certainly is some wiggle room when it comes to "Public Safety Officer." Although it might have been a stretch to say all those officers were routinely needed to ensure student safety when the event occurred during intersession.
About the only thing you worry about from a public safety standpoint with popular speakers coming to campus is the disruption factor. Although at UMass it's a lot more noticeable with conservative speakers than those who lean left.
In this particular case the lone Trump supporter who was escorted from his seat close to the front of the stage at the Fine Arts Center did Bernie Sanders a favor.
Trump supporter Mike Rooney
Media coverage, although the larger outlets did seem to focus on that particular snippet, was a lot more extensive than it normally would have been.
Perhaps the Sanders campaign should hire Mr. Rooney to show up at all Bernie's campaign stops from now on.
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Line stretched from Fine Arts Center all the way down to the Newman Center