On Monday, September 19th, Young Americans for Liberty at UC-Irvine attended the Anteater Involvement Fair. From approximately 11 AM to 3 PM, over 80 sign-ups were attained for the UCI YAL chapter (including their name, email, phone, etc).
Here is how we did it: Stand in front of your table with a smile on your face, ready to approach people. If someone even glances your way, walk next to them and ask them a simple question. Try to get them to smile, laugh, or just stop walking. I would usually ask something like, "You look like someone who likes freedom! Am I right!?" When he/she says yes, respond with "Then our club is perfect for you!"
After years of navigating UGA's Center for Student Organizations (CSO), YAL at UGA is finally moving forward! It's taken sometime, but we've seen enormous progress over the last few weeks.
From the approximately five active members that we had over the summer of 2011, YAL at UGA has expanded to nearly 70 sign-ups (and even a few official members) and continues to grow with each new presence on campus. These members, coupled with our renewed official status under CSO and our new official chapter E-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), are helping us to compete with the established political groups on campus and really get our position heard.
YAL at St. Cloud State held their annual Constitution Week celebration this past Saturday.
SCSU was able to hand out a bunch of the YAL Constitutions provided for the event. Throughout the afternoon, group members were able to discuss the document which dictates to the government the rights of the people. Students' views of how the Constitution should be treated in today's world and what the gov't should and shouldn't regulate always make this an interesting event.
While there were the occasional future statists of the world, the majority of the students were very much excited about this 224-year old document. Congrats to all of those participating SCSU members for bringing another fun Constitution Week celebration to campus!
Sept. 17th, 2011, marked the 224th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. To commemorate the signing, we held our 2nd Annual Constitution Day Celebration at Vanderbilt.
Distributing 1,200 pocket Constitutions over three days, Friday Sept. 16th through Sunday Sept. 18th, YAL members educated students on the Constitution while providing insight on the need for limitations on power and responsible use of power in order to achieve good governance in both public and private matters.
From Ohio to Kansas, Michigan to Indiana, liberty activists from across the Midwest gathered at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis to attend an all day constitutional lecture by Michael Badnarik, an expert on our nation’s founding documents.
Falling nothing short of exciting, Badnarik’s lecture kept attendees on the edge of their seats for over eight hours! The fifty-plus students learned, in addition to countless other truths, that George Washington wasn’t the first President of the United States, that the Federal Reserve doesn’t have any power to print money and that you don’t need a driver’s license, registration, or license plates to operate a motor vehicle on public roadways.
Michael Badnarik presented a truly eye-opening take on the constitution—all made possible by Matt Kappus, Chris Gault, and the Young Americans for Liberty at IUPUI.
The Ohio State chapter of YAL spent months planning for the Student Involvement Fair on Monday Sept 19th. The weather had a different plan though. Storms forced the event from the quad into the student Union. Organizations were forced to share tables in the cramped halls, and there was no room for signs or stands.
This didn’t stop the OSU YAL chapter! Despite all the setbacks, the chapter was still able to break their record for the number of new sign ups.
In four hours, the chapter collected 291 new sign ups!
They followed the basic rules of tabling to a tee:
They had free candy and goodies (but you had to sign up to get them)
They were in front of the table, catching people as they walked by
They used a generic pitch to get people’s attention, “Are you tired of the political circus?” which went with their custom brochures
They didn’t argue, debate, or keep pushing after the sell had been made
It was a perfect example of how well good technique can work. Check out their quick highlight video:
Stay tuned for another post detailing their materials and methods.
Ohio University YAL hosted Sheriff Richard Mack over the weekend. He gave a great presentation! In the audience was Athens county Sheriff Pat Kelly, OU students, and a few OU professors.
It was a great turnout for our Constitution Day event. For 3 days leading up to the event, OUYAL and OUSFL held a joint free speech wall on campus in the highest traffic area of campus. It was a great week for liberty in Athens, Ohio and Ohio University! Later tonight the whole recording for the Sheriff Mack event should be on Youtube.
The newly formed Slippery Rock University chapter began its first-ever recruiting efforts on campus. Battling for the attention of passing students against the other organizations, with their bare unattractive tables and unwelcoming seated representatives, was an easy task for the new organization. Three days of intense recruiting resulted in almost 50 sign-ups and over 100 flyer handouts!
The organization/club fair was especially exciting for the organization, allowing them to stand out from the other clubs and organizations with their professional banner and educational materials. Students who took the quiz were surprised to discover that they were for limited government and personal freedom. Fighting political apathy never felt so rewarding!
Editor's Update: Here's the video the chapter made about their activism, and the text of the "programs" they handed out is at the bottom of the post:
From YAL at NC State:
Monday morning September 12 at around 11 AM I was sitting in our campus’ brickyard waiting to head inside to class when I got a notification on my phone. Our chapter president, Brady Nemeth, had posted on our facebook page an article from The Technician, our school newspaper, saying that President Obama would be coming to campus.
When I read the article I realized two things: The first being that this was purely a campaign speech because Obama was coming to speak in North Carolina, a potential swing state, about the “American Jobs Act” or as we here at NC State YAL decided to call “Stimulus Round 2.”
The other thing I noticed was the speech was at noon on Wednesday September 14th…exactly two days from that moment. It was a brilliant move by the Obama administration to only give us a two days notice because he could easily rally supporters and students interested in seeing a sitting president while it would be quite difficult for those who oppose his failed policies to organize a counter-demonstration. Well, I’d say we managed to do ok, as you will see.