On January 16th, Loyola Marymount University's chapter of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) took the field during the semi-annual club rush festival. LMU's reputation as a social justice campus (read: progressive) is well-known, and did not even have a chapter of College Republicans until last semester. Only College Democrats were represented.
Missing the club rush festival last semester placed a huge damper on our ability to recruit potential liberty-minded activists. After a lengthy experience with the extremely bureaucratic student club department, official club recognition was finally secured, and YAL at LMU emerged as a much-needed student organization.
We secured a not-too-shabby (for LMU, that is) 20+ signatures at the club festival, with around half attending the first meeting. The focus of YAL at LMU will be issue identification and discussion, with a focus on individual and economic freedom. Community service, an integral part of student life at LMU, may also be a focus of this chapter of YAL.
The first meeting introduced members to the philosophy of liberty, why it is important, and most importantly, how to advance to it. The issue of the meeting was a gay marriage, a straightforward issue with strong support among college-aged millennials. When discussing the role of government, many questions were raised involving the need for it to be involved with a private institution like marriage in the first place.
All in all, YAL at LMU is emerging as a necessary outlet for political discourse within the context of individual liberty. "Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." Truth, Mr. Washington. Truth.