Closing the Year Strong at Washington State University

I am pleased to announce that our YAL chapter at Washington State University finished our semester with double the membership that we started! By reorganizing our chapter and hosting events on campus we are much more known by our fellow students. I just want to tell you all about a few of the events we hosted in the last three weeks that helped boost our presence on campus.

The first event we hosted was an Ax the Tax tabling in our student union building. Cougar Copies, the university’s printing service, loaned our chapter 60,000 pages of paper on top of the 10,000 that we were able to purchase. Thanks to their generous help, we had many students stop, take a picture, and post it to Facebook with special hashtags we provided. The conversations initiated by the event were quite productive and many students were intrigued by both our chapter, and learning more about taxation.

The next event we hosted was a protest against WSU’s restrictive gun policies. Many of our fellow students believe that we should be able to conceal carry on campus, so to express our desire for change, we purchased and wore empty holsters outside on the busiest place on campus. We informed the University PD about our plans just to be safe, but as far as we know, no one notified police, and the event went off without a hitch!

The last event of the semester was a debate, hosted by our chapter, between the College Republicans, Young Democrats, and our YAL chapter. I may be biased, but I believe our representative, Andrew Luedeke, destroyed the other debaters! The event had over 100 students in attendance, and many showed interest in getting involved in all three organizations.

I am so proud of our members here at WSU, and I cannot wait to join them again in the fall to continue our fight for liberty on campus!

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