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Turning Point USA to host 'Campus Clash' at Michigan State

April 16, 2019
<p>Students walk to the Brody Cafeteria on Sept. 26, 2018 at Brody Hall. </p>

Students walk to the Brody Cafeteria on Sept. 26, 2018 at Brody Hall.

Photo by Anntaninna Biondo | The State News

A panel of conservative commentators will speak at Michigan State Tuesday night as part of Turning Point USA's "Campus Clash Tour."

The event, beginning 7:00 p.m. in room 326 of the Natural Science Building, will feature Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk and commentators Candace Owens, Brandon Tatum and Anna Paulina. The panel will "take on big government, culture and the left," according to the event's information page.

The event is first-come first-served with students receiving priority. One free ticket will be provided per person, and $50 "VIP Tickets" were sold out as of Monday night.

Turning Point USA was founded in 2012 to "identify, educate, train, and organize" college students in support of conservative principles, according to the organization's website. The organization maintains a "Professor Watchlist" of instructors who "discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda," on which three personnel connected to MSU are listed.

Owens, who recently spoke at a congressional hearing on white nationalism and hate crimes, has drawn controversy for comments stating Adolf Hitler's problem was "dreams outside of Germany" and falsely claiming the "Southern Strategy" did not happen.

Students must show a valid student ID at entry, and non-students must show a valid ID at entry. Bags and backpacks are not permitted. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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