YAL @ Stephen F. Austin Fall Kickoff

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This fall has been a busy one for us in the Piney Woods of East Texas. We have had a very successful start to the semester — with more than 40 new signups, a display that captured campus-wide attention.  Many of our chapter members were rallying around the recent filibuster by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has visited SFA on more than one occasion.  All the buzz around here has gotten me pumped up for greater things to come!

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Our semester kicked off with tabling at our organization fair, where we held displays of Operation Politically Homeless and gave out Constitutions, books, bags, stickers, buttons, and everything in between. Our greatest success was getting an extremely apolitical campus on their feet about recent issues and gaining traction as the largest politically active group on campus. We have just celebrated our first anniversary on campus, and we have been competing with groups like College Republicans, Young Conservatives of Texas, and the College Democrats. Our hard work has shown to really pay off, and continues to do so.

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Our Constitution Day event was an even bigger success! We decided to install a huge wall on our campus, and in combination with the First Amendment right to free speech, SFA YAL decided to pursue a pro-peace theme. We had students who passed by paint their palms with red finger paint and post it on our free-speech wall. Students then could write a message of their choosing, either peace-related or not.  

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By the end of the afternoon, our free speech wall had over one hundred red student hand prints, and we gained massive support from the student body. We are hoping that our efforts will be recognized shortly though our school newspaper as well as our student activities department (we couldn’t get in the paper right away because the story at the time was the university’s 90th birthday). 

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More pictures and updates may be found on our Facebook!

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