Brockport, N.Y. - Student Government at the College at Brockport is defending its choice of Tucker Max as a guest lecturer on October 2.
Max is an author and a blogger. He is sometimes crass, off-color and to some, downright offensive.
But Brockport Student Government President Samantha Wheeler said Max speaks his mind, and shares everything with the world. She hopes his appearance will spark discussion on campus.
But others like school newspaper editor Cassie Negley have real concerns about Max's appearance. Negley said Max makes jokes about rape, and says inappropriate things about women.
She said his invitation to be a guest speaker has already caused a divide among students on-campus.
The College At Brockport told 13WHAM News that while Max wouldn't be their choice as a speaker, they will not censor the Student Government. It is a separate body and uses money from student fees to pay speakers.
Tucker Max is being paid $20,000 for his hour-long appearance next month.
Haley Markham bought a ticket out of curiousity. She has read Max's books and seen his movie. She wants to hear what he says and see how people react.
Other students said they will protest Max's speech. The College at Brockport indicated it welcomes the debate this will create, and encourages students to voice opinions about whether Max's appearance is appropriate or not.
Tickets are only available to students with I.D. cards. It costs $2 per person. The lecture is at 9:30 p.m. on October 2.