The Gonzaga College Republicans announced Tuesday via a Facebook post that their event to host Ben Shapiro on campus has been cancelled.

According to the post, Young America's Foundation (YAF) — one of the event's primary sponsors — pulled out, citing a variety of concerns with the venues approved by the university.

YAF is an organization centered on covering the funds in order to bring conservative speakers to college campuses.

The post says that YAF disapproved each venue suggested by the club, citing concerns the club says they had already resolved with the university.

While tickets were going to be sold to help with costs of hosting Shapiro, YAF was likely to cover the majority of the costs of the venue. The club had also asked for donations on their Facebook page. 

"Although we are saddened that Mr. Shapiro will not attend Gonzaga University this spring, the approval process has been rewarding for our club," the statement by the College Republicans said.

The club's original request to host the conservative political commentator and editor of The Wire was denied by GU in November, due to security risks and a clash with the university's mission statement.

After meeting with the College Republican's executive board multiple times, President Thayne McCulloh then reversed that decision in February. This decision included stipulations, stating that the event must be held in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

The College Republicans hoped to host the event in April. 

Shapiro could still be visiting Spokane, however.

The Associated Students of Whitworth University will be voting today as to whether the Young America's for Freedom will be allowed to bring Shapiro to Whitworth's campus for a similar event. 

"The Gonzaga College Republicans will continue to stand for the First Amendment, and support conservative ideas being heard on campus," the club's statement said. "We appreciate those who have supported us and we are sorry to deliver this news. 

Morgan Scheerer is a news editor.

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