On Friday April 15th, Young Americans for Liberty at Berea College hosted the “Can We Take a Joke?” screening in the alumni building. Prior to the screening, we worked very hard recruiting on our campus. We used every means of recruitment as possible. We chalked on sidewalks and put up posters all around our campus. We posted about our event on Facebook. Most importantly, we used most of our time doing active recruitment.
A week before the screening, our officers went around tables in the dining hall during dinner time and asked people to sign the free speech petition. We also did class announcements in three political science classes that have the most enrollment among all political science classes here.
As part of the YAL network, we understand and appreciate our advantages that made us the largest political organization on Berea campus. Up until the event, we had more than 50 people signed up to our event.
Half an hour before the event, we had everything ready for the event. We had a sign in table set up outside of the venue with a sign in sheet, name tags, and other YAL materials. One officer popped some popcorn and another officer helped hang up our banner and a liberty flag. In the back of the room, we had a table with all shorts of snacks for students to enjoy during the screening.
At little before 9 o’clock, we had more than ten attendees come in. As people were continuing coming in, we noticed that they were curious to come watch something that could potentially conflict their own beliefs. Regardless they came in with an open mind. During the screening, the nearly 20 attendees watched the film with their full attention. There were plenty of laughter and claps as CWTAJ is such a hilarious movie.