Southeastern YAL Wraps up Another Successful Semester

The chapter of Young Americans for Liberty at Southeastern Louisiana University has concluded another fantastic semester, the third since our founding in 2012. Our membership continues to grow, with a strong core group of members who help plan, organize, and set up each event. We successfully presented two major events on campus and represented our university at our YAL State Convention in New Orleans, and have even more plans for next year!

Tech Freedom

Kevin Dupuy speaks during the Tech Freedom event
Our first event of the year was on Technology Freedom, the impact of government intervention in the ways our technology evolves and works. Topics covered included the NSA spying scandal, net neutrality, copyright concerns (including SOPA and PIPA), and government granting of monopolies for local Internet service.
To prepare for the event, we tabled and put up flyers, specifically targeting our computer science and engineering departments. The reception was good, and students enjoyed hearing a different but important take on the role of government in technology.

State Convention

Some Southeastern YAL members after the state convention.
On April 5, ten members of our chapter represented Southeastern at the first-ever Young Americans for Liberty State Convention in New Orleans! We were proud of our state YALs coming together to organize a great day of training, education, and fun for our membership. We’re especially thankful for our members Matt Kennedy, Devin Barras, and Kevin Dupuy, who were on the state convention planning committee. 
Earth Day 2014

Dr. Jay Johnson presenting at the Earth Day event
Southeastern YAL celebrated Earth Day with a presentation by Southeastern economics professor Dr. Jay Johnson, an expert in free markets and ecology. His presentation centered on the ability of the free market to best protect the environment and the unintended consequences of government intervention.  Like Tech Freedom, we tabled and focused on business students when targeting who to market our event to.
Tabling & Meetings
Like every semester, we continued our tabling campaign, this year in our brand new student union for the first time! Our themes for tabling were Tech Freedom, Earth Day, and the War on YOUth. We put our tabling kits from YAL, as well as ones from SFL to good use as we talked to students about our organization, our plans, and got signups.

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