Turlock – Former Vice Presidential Candidate and Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin will serve as the guest of honor at California State University, Stanislaus’ 50th Anniversary Gala on Friday, June 25. Credentialed media has been invited to cover the event and reports from TurlockCityNews.com will begin at 6pm when the reception begins.
The limited $500 individual tickets to this black-tie fundraising event have been reported as “sold out.” Proceeds from the event will benefit the university.
“We are proud and honored to welcome such a well-known figure to the CSU Stanislaus campus,” said Matt Swanson, president of the California State University, Stanislaus Foundation Board of Directors.
The CSU Stanislaus Foundation is a 501(c)(3) entity, as identified by the Internal Revenue Service, for receipt, acknowledgment and oversight of private gifts to the University.
Sarah Palin took the national political stage in August 2008, when Republican presidential candidate John McCain announced her as his running mate for the 2008 election. Palin was the Republican Party’s first woman vice-presidential nominee and the first female governor of Alaska.
Mrs. Palin recently released her autobiography “Going Rogue: An American Life.” The book was an instant bestseller.
Mrs. Palin is also a Fox News Channel political commentator.
Turlock facebook, media website comments, letters to the editor, and talk of the town have been debating whether it is good or bad for former Vice-Presidential Candidate and Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin to serve as the keynote speaker at California State University, Stanislaus’ 50th Anniversary Gala on Friday, June 25.
A protest to Sarah Palin’s guest speaking is being organized to meet at the Turlock Rotary International Park located at 1025 Gettysburg Street across from CSU Stanislaus. The Palin protest will begin at 3pm on Friday. Protestors will march out onto campus before Palin arrives.
A facebook group, Sarah Palin, Terrible Choice for 50th Anniversary of CSU Stanislaus, was started about the last week of March and has grown from 1,200 members in 4 days to nearly 3,300 members currently.
The academic group created by Patrick Kelly, Professor of Zoology at CSU Stanislaus, has a description that states:
“The Board of Directors of the California State University, Stanislaus Foundation announced on March 25, 2010 that Sarah Palin will serve as the guest of honor and Keynote Speaker at California State University, Stanislaus’ 50th Anniversary Gala on Friday, June 25. This decision was made without consulting the faculty and staff, some of which have given 30-50 years of dedicated service to the university and its community.
For many reasons, Mrs. Palin is an unsuitable choice to headline the gala event to celebrate the university’s 50-year existence. She is widely regarded as anti-intellectual, and her polarizing rhetoric and intolerance of views that differ from her own run counter to the very “Idea of a University” (cf. Cardinal John H. Newman, 1801-90). However, perhaps the most important reason is this gala anniversary should be about the institution and education, not focused on a celebrity-politician who has no familiarity with the former and no record of accomplishment with the latter.”
Turlock, and more specifically CSU Stanislaus, has made national news due to university students finding shredded documents that appear to be part of the Sarah Palin contract many have requested trying to find out how much Palin is getting paid to speak at the CSU Stanislaus 50th Anniversary Gala to be held on June 25, 2010.
CSU Stanislaus and the Palin visit to Turlock has now made the LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Daily, EXTRA TV, ABC News, Fox News, CBS News, CNN, and even Anderson Cooper talked about the “bendable straws” Palin reportedly requested in part of the shredded documents found as her demands for when she is to speak here in Turlock.
Students from California State University Stanislaus have uncovered several public documents pertaining to the upcoming controversial visit by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
The documents – including parts of the university’s speaking contract with Palin – were found in the dumpster outside the university’s administration building two days after Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) and Californians Aware were denied such public information by the university, resulting in a request of the Attorney General’s office to investigate.
On Friday, April 9, CSU student Ashli Briggs was informed that suspicious activity (specifically, document purging) was taking place within the administration building. Alicia Lewis and other students then found the documents after seeing several administrators’ cars in the parking lot on the university’s scheduled furlough day. Many of the public documents were shredded, presumably by university personnel.
Among the documents found intact where pages 4 through 9 of the university’s contract with Palin. While the actual compensation – suspected to be nearly $100,000 – cannot be found within the intact documents, pages 4 through 9 shows that Palin is expected to receive:
• “Round-trip, first class commercial air travel for two between Anchorage, Alaska and event city”
• Presumably for Palin’s guests, “full, unrestricted round-trip coach airfare for two between event city and lower 48 US States.”
• If the university chooses to use a private jet, “the Speaker, their traveling party and the plane crew will be the only passengers.”
• Ground transportation in both the originating city and the event city “will be by SUV(s) from a professionally licensed and insured car service.”
• “security arrangements as deemed necessary by [Washington Speakers Bureau] and the Speaker.”
• Accommodations are to include “a one-bedroom suite and two single rooms in a deluxe hotel” as well as a “laptop computer and printer (fully stocked with paper) and high speed internet” and “all meals and incidentals.”
• “For Q&A, the questions are to be collected from the audience in advance, pre-screened and a designated representative shall ask questions directly of the Speaker.”
• The contract also includes other stipulations regarding autographs, photographs, press releases, advertising, recording, lighting, bottled water and “bendable straws.”
The Los Angeles Times has reported that Palin will be paid $75,000 for her speaking engagement at Stanislaus plus as much as $18,000 for travel expenses associated with the event.
Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. had announced that he launched a broad investigation into the California State University Stanislaus Foundation to include an examination of its finances and the alleged dumping of documents into a university dumpster.
Stanislaus County District Attorney has cleared CSU Stanislaus of intentionally destroying documents pertaining to an upcoming speech by Sarah Palin. The Stanislaus County District Attorney also found no evidence of wrongdoing by the two students who found documents in regards to Palin’s contract in a dumpster on the CSU Stanislaus campus.