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    12/10/2012 3:10:55 PM Posted by Patrick Coyle

     UCLA Student TablingBy Robert Oliver 

    With the results from this fall in mind, it is now more important than ever to spread conservatism across college campuses. As liberals gloat about their victories, we must take advantage of the opportunity to keep working and fighting for our conservative values and principles. Now is the time to build up our forces so we can come back stronger than ever. 

    Our main goal of conservative activism at Ithaca College is to expose the liberal bias of the faculty and show the community that there is a strong Conservative Movement on campus.We have turned our group into a safe haven for conservatives and libertarians alike and although we might not agree on specific issues, we agree that smaller government, individual liberties and American exceptionalism are what we're fighting for. The secret to be successful on a liberal campus is all about getting your name out there; tabling, holding events, bringing speakers, participating in YAF activities. If you follow these methods, I guarantee you will find those conservatives and libertarians out there. If I can do it here, on a campus whose staff is 92% liberal, then you can do it wherever you are.

    My activism has begun a dialogue between our group and the school president on how we can improve the lack of intellectual diversity on campus. We can see the bias through voter registration, FEC contributions from school officials, and the school's budget for speakers. The study on the lack of intellectual diversity has encouraged groups at other universities to conduct similar research and it has proven to be a very effective activism tool.  I have been accused of "hijacking" the term diversity as well as being outright offensive - for just standing up for our conservative values and what we believe in. Although professors and other students will try to silence you, remember that if you don't speak out, then who will? Be that conservative in class who calls out your professor for praising the ideas of Hugo Chavez and encourage other conservatives to do the same. On every campus, it is necessary to have conservative group that stand up for the underrepresented. As we move forward into 2013, we must regroup, stick together, and fight for what we believe in.  

    Robert Oliver is a conservative activist at Ithaca College.

     

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