Talgo also said he was afraid that if he confronted Sragow, Sragow might retaliate by giving him a real-world poor grade. As it is, he aced the class.
Fellow conservative and Sragow course alumna Emily Schrader did not appreciate Sragow's GOP-bashing and agrees that academia is hostile to conservatives. Liberal professors have been known to grade conservatives unfairly, she told me, but she stood up to Sragow and found that he welcomed debate.
"Why didn't (Talgo) say anything?" asked Schrader. "This was his opportunity to be a conservative activist." As she wrote to the Daily Trojan, "we don't need to silence the opinions of Liberal professors, we need to debate and engage."