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Michael Moore to Speak at UVSC

Michael Moore to Speak at UVSC

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Sam Penrod ReportingSean Vreeland, UVSC Student: "There's no point in wasting taxpayer dollars on a producer of a movie who bases views on untrue events."

Controversy hits a Utah college campus. Moviemaker Michael Moore is coming to speak and not everybody is happy about that. The outspoken movie producer has made headlines in recent weeks for "Fahrenheit 911", which is sharply critical of the Bush administration.

Now UVSC has booked Moore for a paid speaking engagement. It's to be held next month, just two weeks before the election. It's becoming a big deal on campus. It's on the front page of the campus paper, and everyone there seems to know who Michael Moore is.

And while people seem to either love him or hate him, there's no question Michael Moore's appearance will get attention, and a lot of it.

He's made millions from his movies and right now Michael Moore is on a national speaking tour and has agreed to come to UVSC in Orem.

Ben Harrison, UVSC Student: "I'm excited to hear him talk, but I don't really agree with anything he says."

Jordan Gunderson, UVSC Student: "He doesn't represent the values that we have here on campus, so I don't know why we should pay for someone's agenda to come, when he should probably come for free."

UVSC's student body officers are bringing Moore for a lecture on campus, and have the approval of UVSC's President. They are using a majority of their 50 thousand dollar speaking budget to get Moore, but say it's worth it.

Joe Vogel, UVSC Student Body Vice President: "To get him two weeks before the election to come to Utah to our college, I think is a big deal and it's really exciting for us."

Sean Vreeland: "All they are doing is spending money for controversy."

Sean Vreeland is a senior at UVSC and served in the military for two years in Afghanistan. He plans to protest Moore's visit, not only because he was angered by Moore's movie "Fahrenheit 911", but believes if the school has 50 thousand dollars to spend on guest speakers, it should at least be for someone with academic credentials.

Sean Vreeland: "Michael moore doesn't even have a college education, so I just want to know how students and the residents of Utah County and Utah will benefit from hearing Michael Moore; they can go see his movie anytime."

UVSC student leaders say Moore is prepared for what may be a less than enthusiastic audience, but point out that Moore survived attending last month's Republican National Convention.

Joe Vogel: "I think he's excited at the prospect of at least opening people's minds to a different perspective."

In the past, UVSC has brought in Barbara Bush and also the Dalai Lama. Michael Moore will be at UVSC on October 20th, speaking at noon. Students will get in free, everyone else will have to pay. Organizers hope that will cover a majority of $50,000 it will take to bring Moore to campus.

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