This spring semester, the YAL chapter at West Virginia University faced a little trouble being able to secure a table in any major spots throughout campus due to some confusion with the event office. But that only meant that when we finally did; we made it count! Last week, YAL members found themselves tabling everyday, actively engaging in political discussions with the student body as well as helping them to find out exactly where they stand on current issues.
Using the Young Americans for Liberty political compass quiz, we were surprised to find the amount of liberty-lovers that we did at WVU. Out of the 40 people who stopped by to talk with us and fill out the quiz, more than half of these students ranked in between the libertarian lines, with many remaining in the centrist and left columns. It turns out that WVU students normally will not find themselves beside the likes of Rick Santorum or Sarah Palin, which may mean a lot to those who are interested in youth recruitment.
Regardless of the outcome, we invited each student to the "Know Your Rights" meeting that we, along with the help with our friends at Students for Liberty, offered to WVU students as they prepared themselves for their upcoming St. Paddy's day weekend.
The event was a success, as about 25 non-members showed up to learn how to legally and respectfully handle the police. As we held open discussions and played a few ACLU videos, we made sure to provide the maximum amount of