College Republicans hold week of events

By Jennifer Cohen

The Brown and the White l Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Lehigh's College Republicans hosted a series of documentaries, lectures and events as part of last week's "Paint the Campus Red Week," which is designed to promote conservative viewpoints.

The documentaries "Indoctrinate-U" and "Obsession" were screened Monday Oct. 20 and Wednesday, Oct 22, respectively.

"Indoctrinate-U" is a documentary chronicling the limitations on free speech imposed by America's colleges, according to the film's Web site.

"Obsession" deals with global jihad and "reveals an 'insider's view' of the hatred the Radicals are teaching, their incitement of global jihad, and their goal of world domination," according to the film's Web site.

Conservative Coming Out Day, held Tuesday Oct. 21, was designed to encourage campus conservatives to 'come out' from hiding and be proud of their beliefs in the face of liberal professors and administrators, said Trevor Drummond, '10, the communications director of the College Republicans.

Conservative Coming Out Day aimed "to invite campus conservatives to dawn their conservative buttons, shirts, and other paraphernalia and celebrate the values and pride of their ideology," Drummond said.

"Paint the Campus Red Week" concluded Thursday with a lecture by author David Horowitz, whose mission is "to defend America's free society through educating the public to preserve traditional constitutional values of: individual freedom, rule of law, private property, and limited government," according to his Web site, the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

Horowitz also writes for FrontPage magazine, a right wing political magazine dedicated to bringing readers news they "won't see elsewhere in the mainstream media," according to its Web site. The magazine chronicles jihad and middle eastern conflicts, as well as the United States' foreign policy and domestic concerns.

The title of Horowitz's speech was "Helping The Enemy To Win: Support for the Jihad on American Campuses," and it was co-sponsored by the Leadership Institute, an organization whose mission is to train conservative leaders for work in politics, according to its Web site.

Dan Vari, '12, a conservative and a McCain supporter, said people are very open about their conservative views on campus, but the campus is predominately liberal.

"A college has a young population," he said. "Young people are more liberal."

Brendan Hannon, '12, said he holds conservative views, disagreed.

"The campus is not overwhelmed with liberals," he said. "Liberals are more outspoken, so they seem more prevalent."

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