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    By Hillary Cherry, Young America's Foundation Sarah T. Hermann Intern Scholar  

    College campuses are swarming with liberal professors trying to inflict their leftism on anyone that will listen. Most people think that conservatives will always be outnumbered on college campuses, but I have a plan to change that. I am going to start a Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Purdue University.

    Governor Mitch Daniels is not only an outstanding leader, but as the new president of Purdue, I am confident that he will not only make changes to better our university-he will change the lives of each student.

    As Governor, Mitch made Hoosiers proud to be from Indiana and now, as a conservative student, I am even more proud to be a Boiler Maker. Governor Daniels has a strange way of knowing what is best for people, sometimes before they do. Governor Daniels is one of the reasons I have been inspired to start a Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Purdue University.

    The university administration is changing and it's important to provide students with a conservative outlet on campus. As conservatives, we cannot just stand by and let our values be disrespected. We need to stand up for our conservative principles. Most professors that promote liberal ideas fail to present the principles of the free market accurately. Not to mention, most young people are liberal because no one has ever accurately described conservatism to them.

    In my case, the few conservative clubs on campus focused more on promoting individuals rather than timeless principles of the Conservative Movement. I realized that Purdue University was lacking a true conservative voice. By founding a Young Americans for Freedom chapter, I plan to advocate the ideas of limited government, individual freedom, free enterprise, traditional values and a strong national defense.

    After talking with Kate Edwards, YAF Chapter Services Program Officer, I have a clear vision of exactly what I need to do on my campus. Ready or not, Purdue University is about to become a conservative battleground!

     I plan to start recruiting for our club right away by attending Boiler Gold Rush (freshmen welcome week) and advertising all over campus. Activism projects and resources will make our club stand out.The 9/11: Never Forget Project will be one of our first big events. I want to honor the victims of this horrific tragedy by getting as many students involved as possible.  

    Young Americans for Freedom is more than just a club on campus; it is a way to make a difference. Events such as 9/11: Never Forget Project, Freedom Week, and No More Che Day inspire students to become more involved and make an impact. This fall semester, I am going to bring conservative leaders to Purdue to motivate and inform my campus. My YAF chapter will provide a visible presence on campus and hopefully encourage my peers to speak out against liberal ideals. 

    Liberals have taken over college campuses, but it is time to fight back. A McClatchy-Marist poll revealed 69 percent of young people (ages 18-29) favor tax cuts for all Americans. Now is the time for conservatives to come out and stand up for freedom. Starting a Young American's for Freedom chapter will show these students that they are not alone. 

    I have one year left at Purdue University and I want to make a difference on my campus. I know I can have an impact through conservative activism on my campus with a new president and a strong conservative club. As a senior, founding a YAF chapter is the perfect way to leave a legacy at Purdue and give underclassmen the tools to promote freedom for years to come. 


    Hillary Cherry is a Young America's Foundation Sarah T. Hermann Intern Scholar.




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