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Conformity on campus

"Conformity on campus" Continued...

Issue: "UN: Kofi's crisis," Dec. 18, 2004

Still, the students are helping to "fulfill the true meaning of a liberal education on campus," says CN public affairs director Sarah Longwell. "That impact is immeasurable." -Priya Abraham

Coming out conservative

Over the years college "activism" has generally been on the political left. Now, student activists of the right are setting up protests, counterprotests, and publicity stunts, and receiving sharp responses from liberals. Some examples:

•College Republicans from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro hosted "Morals Week," a weeklong series of events promoting abstinence and personal responsibility.

•Students at Harvard, Wellesley, Penn State, the University of California at Davis, the University of Texas, and other schools around the country sponsored "Conservative Coming Out" days to proclaim publicly their allegiance to traditional values and individual freedom.

•Conservative student groups hosted "affirmative action bake sales" at Northwestern University, the University of Rochester, the University of California at Berkeley, UCLA, and other schools around the country. SMU administrators shut down the bake sale on their campus, where members of the Young Conservatives of Texas mocked racial favoritism by selling cookies to white males for $1, white females for 75 cents, and African-Americans for a quarter. Ed Jones, an African-American state senator, joined the sale at the University of Colorado to show his opposition to racial preferences.

•Students are working to bring more conservative speakers to campus, and sometimes running into opposition. Bucknell University temporarily blocked the Conservatives Club from bringing in Republican Pat Toomey because of a rule prohibiting current political candidates, even though the school had invited presidential candidate Ralph Nader to speak at its commencement. -Max Goss, a doctoral student at the University of Texas

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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