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Utah campus models Berkeley as Shapiro talk draws protest

Taking a page out of Berkeley's book, the University of Utah ramped up security Wednesday for an appearance by conservative provocateur Ben Shapiro who drew protests.

Though Utah doesn't have a history of free speech protests and violence like the University of California, Berkeley — a liberal bastion and the birthplace of the American free speech movement — officials at Utah's flagship college didn't want to take any chances amid a climate of heightened political tensions.

The University of Utah leans more liberal than the rest of the conservative state, much like Salt Lake City, where it's located. The city has had some unrest during protests in recent years against police...