The SRU Young Americans For Liberty Host An Economic Panel Discussion With Over 300 People!


The Slippery Rock University Young Americans for Liberty dreamt big their first semester as a new chapter and on November 21st, 2011, hosted an economic panel discussion on the topic, “The Free Market vs. Government Intervention.”It was located in the ATS Auditorium on Slippery Rock’s campus. 

The event was organized to educate students and the community on the lesser-known Austrian School of economics and to answer tough questions on tuition and healthcare costs, inflation, bailouts, stimulus programs, the Federal Reserve, the 2008 financial crises, and taxes.  


Click below to watch the entire economic panel discussion!


Brandon Cestrone, the President of the SRU Young Americans for Liberty, moderated the panel discussion.


 Two professors from Grove City visited Slippery Rock to defend the free market and explain why government regulations cause distortions within market. The two professors from Slippery Rock argued government intervention is needed within the economy to prevent reckless behavior.

The two participating professors from Grove City College were Dr. Jeffrey Herbener and Dr. Shawn Ritenour. Dr. Herbener is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama and also a Professor of Economics at Grove City College. Dr. Ritenour is a Professor of Economics at Grove City College and adjunct scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

Dr. David Culp and Dr. Frederick Tannery are the participating professors from Slippery Rock University. Dr. Tannery is the Associate Professor of Business at Slippery Rock University and the Faculty Advisor to the Economics Honor Society. Dr. Culp is the chairman of the Slippery Rock University School of Business, which sponsored the panel discussion. Dr. Culp has been a past president of the Pennsylvania Economic Association and has been teaching economics at Slippery Rock University for 34 years.





Two hundred flyers were printed for the event (see the images below) describing who Young Americans for Liberty are and other information about the event and professors. Incredibly, by 8:45 p.m. the SRU Young Americans for Liberty ran out of flyers!



 Attendance was well over 300, with students cramming into the isles. The SRU Young Americans for Liberty set up a recruiting table outside the event with literature, sign-up sheets, and other liberty swag. After the event, pizza and drinks were available to facilitate dialogue. The format was simple; each school was asked a total of three questions. After each question, the other school had a chance to add a rebuttal. After the six questions, the audience was allowed to ask the professors questions relating to the economy.


The Butler Eagle, Sharon Herald, and Allied News covered the event (see the images below).



The SRU Young Americans for Liberty belive the event was a smashing success and look forward to hosting more events like this one in the future!

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