On April 14th, the YAL chapter at Lane Community College held two screenings of “Can We Take a Joke?” We reserved the theater at the school weeks in advance. We started handing out flyers, hanging posters and announced the event to our classes during the weeks preceding the event. We wanted students to know the importance of free speech on college campuses.
At 5pm the night before the event, the school contacted to let us know we needed a trained projectionist approved by the school to operate the equipment, and the one the school had was unavailable. The school had not mentioned this at all during the weeks prior during reservation or planning process. We think this was more incompetence on the school’s part than malice, but this still left us scrambling to find a different venue at the last minute.