With no hopes of knowing what the Students For Liberty New Orleans Regional Conference might have in store for us, besides lots of liberty, I, Nick Virden, and my enthused crew of liberty advocates from YAL at The University of Texas at Austin and Saint Edward’s University set out on a seven-and-a-half hour long adventure to New Orleans!
Our adventure began in Austin, where pre-trip selfies were taken and cars were loaded with people, backpacks, snacks, pillows, and blankets. As we closed in on the traffic behemoth that is Houston, we made a dinner stop with Texas A&M YAL at a fine Texas restaurant, Whataburger, to converse about liberty and banter generally about college. Within this fine establishment, the newbies from the newly formed Saint Edward’s University YAL got their first taste of the great networking opportunity that would be the Students For Liberty New Orleans Regional Conference!
In true Longhorn and Hilltopper style, we descended on New Orleans, Louisiana like a massive stampede of Texas liberty – the best kind! We traversed the beautiful, contiguous Loyola and Tulane University campuses in order to arrive to the lecture hall where we spend a good majority of our day. Naturally, we took a conference-day Selfie For Liberty (SFL) to commemorate the moment!
While the photo above shows some of our caravan to New Orleans, our YAL group consisted of a Young Americans for Liberty State Chair and Chapter President, me (left), YAL UT Austin's resident Students For Liberty Campus Coordinator, Sara Harpole (right), eight YAL UT Austin members, and the Chapter President and Vice President of St. Ed's YAL! It’s as many as we could cram in an SUV and a Chevy Montecarlo, or we would have brought more!
As we entered what I will term the Building For Liberty, we were immediately engaged in a room just off of the main hallway with the New Orleans Regional Conference’s partner organizations, such as The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), The Charles Koch Institute (CKI), and many others that were ready to hand out freedom by the goody-bag-full! Nearly every student that I and fellow CC, Sara Harpole, brought, especially the Saint Edward’s students, were newly introduced to all the sponsoring organizations that offered goodies and internships! It was a great way for them to experience the diversity of issues the liberty movement takes on in addition to the professional advancement fellowships that they could pursue!
From the time we got to the