The Young Americans for Liberty chapter at the University of Missouri really kicked it into high gear last week. Indeed, the chapter made broke Students For Liberty records. Up until last week, the Students For Liberty Virtual Teleconference had never received an audience above 100 people—but that all changed when YAL at MU invited, via Skype, president of the Foundation of Economic Education Lawrence Reed to speak to students and Columbia citizens about the difference between protectionism and free-market capitalism.
Reed’s talk, which was initially set to take place in a classroom with a maximum occupancy of 70 people, had to be moved to an auditorium because the 70-person classroom was simply too small for the crowd. Our YAL chapter quickly realized, after seeing the outpouring, that we were “going to need a bigger boat.” All told, the Reed event had an attendance of 130 people.
Of those 130 people, our chapter had 75 people sign up for contact!
The chapter tabled, dropped flyers, offered pizza (crack cocaine for college students), and used social media to advertise for the event. What is more, two YAL chapter members, in their capacity as University of Missouri faculty teachers, offered some of their students extra credit to attend Reed’s talk. The event was a smashing success. Lawrence Reed even gave the chapter a telecommunicated fist bump.
The YAL-MU chapter is going to follow up its successful event with a free market hot dog stand, an open holster day, and, of course, demonstrations against the corporatist “War on Youth.”
The semester is in full swing at MU . . . and so is the school’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter!Published in