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    Stossel at PBAUBy: Sawyer Smith

    What an awesome feeling it was to watch John Stossel speak to more than 300 attendees at Palm Beach Atlantic University this spring. I will never forget introducing him at the podium and all the hype leading up to the big moment. It was a gorgeous Friday afternoon and the beach less than one mile away yet students, faculty, administrators and community members poured into the venue after a long week. Given the incredible buzz, one would have thought this event had been planned for months.

    That was not the case at all. Just six days earlier we confirmed with Stossel that he would address our campus. Even though our newly found Young Americans for Freedom chapter was low in numbers, it was strong in spirit. This would be our first real event and exactly the type we had in mind. So late in the game, the circumstances called for a miracle but, with the help of those at Young America's Foundation (YAF) and the Rinker School of Business (RSB), we proved, it can be done. We put on a program that most certainly made an impact on all of us.

    All week long, stress levels were very high considering our small team had to wear many different hats to carry out important tasks. Leading such an effort was a giant responsibility and being the key organizer while balancing classwork equated to a 60 hour work period, if not more. I worked closely with Pat Coyle, VP at YAF and Dr. Leslie Turner, Dean of RSB. Accomplishing such an event would not have been possible without both of them. In the end all the effort we put towards this lecture paid off. With all the cameras rolling, Stossel gave a stellar presentation on the ideas of limited government, personal freedom, free-market enterprise and of course, his two cents on libertarianism. Following the formal ceremonies, our members and select folks from the school had the chance to hang out with Stossel. He was well received by everyone.

    I could truly write much more of what was an amazing effort put forth by just a few key people. However, this post is only to encourage you that even with odds not in your favor, if you are seriously committed to moving forward conservative ideas on your campus; it can be done through hard work, creativity and communication. Your club may not be as strong as you would like, but that does not mean you cannot have strong showings and do great things. Believe that doing so is possible if you take the initiative to change the dynamics of your university. If successful, increased interest, more funding and energized membership will follow. After it is over, you will enjoy, as I did the benefits. Here is an email I received from a student that was influenced and persuaded to join our chapter after attending our program.


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