Pranav Jandhyala is a freshman at the University of California at Berkeley, and founded BridgeUSA at Berkeley, which was formed shortly after the controversial Milo Yiannopoulos riots to encourage free and varied discourse between and among both liberals and conservatives on campus. Yes, even liberal Berkeley has many conservatives who attend their campus.
His article detailing the thoughts of BridgeUSA and why they invited Coulter to speak, even though a large majority of his group is liberal, is worth a read. It's a shame that extremists who want to watch the world burn hijacked his group, which was formed specifically to prevent incidents like this from happening. Below are some relevant excerpts:
"Coulter’s ideas have an audience, and though most members of our group don’t agree with her, we recognize the following she draws...we believe the only productive way to fight views one sees as bad or dangerous is with better views....Rather than repeating the failures of Yiannopoulos’s event, we wanted to create a national example for what free discourse and the questioning of ideas should look like here at Berkeley, the home of the free speech movement 50 years ago."
"Sproul Plaza is becoming a battleground, and the ones who are left to pick up the bill of consequences is the Berkeley student body, which is vilified every day in the press for destruction that outside groups are responsible for. Antifa and other 'black-bloc' groups that are able to organize do so far beyond the perimeters of our campus, and they receive an insignificant amount of support from Berkeley students, if any. But in national news, all that’s seen is violence and destruction being used to censor speech."
"It’s a scary situation when the university cannot perfectly perform its duty, when it cannot guarantee the safety of all speakers at all times in all places. Those who would threaten student safety and destroy our campus to silence speech they disagree with are culpable for the existence of this new trade-off. And violence and threats which restrict the free exchange of ideas constitute fascism under the banner of anti-fascism."