All flags, including the American flag, will be allowed to be displayed on the campus of University of California, Irvine after the student body’s executive board vetoed a measure banning all flags from campus last week.
The Orange County Register reported UC Irvine’s executive cabinet voted 4 to 1 Saturday to overturn a ban passed by the Associated Students of University of California, Irvine (ASUCI) to ban all flags from their “Associated Students” main lobby space.
ASUCI approved the ban 6 to 4 on Thursday with two abstentions. Reza Zomorrodian explained the executive board’s decision for the veto Saturday. “We see the flag as transcending policy, it represents American values,” Zomorrodian said. “We disagree with the legislative council, they see it as a representation of policy.”
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UC Irvine’s administration released a statement decrying the ban after the initial vote by AUSCI. “This misguided decision was not endorsed or supported in any way by the campus leadership, the University of California, or the broader student body,” the statement read.
The views of a handful of students passing a resolution do not represent the opinions of the nearly 30,000 students on this campus and have no influence on the policies and practices of the university. The American flag is still proudly flying throughout our campus and will continue to do so.
Breitbart noted state Senator Janet Nguyen, a Republican who represents Orange County, was flirting with introducing a state constitutional amendment which would prohibit state universities from banning the American flag. “I want to ensure this won’t happen again,” she said.
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