UCI CAMPUS — The Muslim Student Union, which has garnered attention and criticism for its recent political events on campus, drew the attention of a state assemblyman on Thursday who intended to film the union's event and post it online.
Newport Beach Assemblyman Chuck DeVore attended a speech in the Humanities Hall by Sheikh Sadullah Khan, a political activist from South Africa who fought against the country's apartheid regime. The assemblyman brought a hand-held video camera with him and said before the event that he wanted to see how members of the Muslim Student Union would react to him taping Khan's speech.
DeVore was inspired to attend the event after reading an article on the website OC Blog in which an anonymous poster described trying to videotape a Muslim Student Union event on May 17. The writer said that members of the union tried to block him from filming the speaker, Amir Abdul-Malik Ali, and that an administrator ordered him to leave the premises.