Education & Academia

Top 10 Campus Conservative Activists

Compiled by Young America’s Foundation

1. Ryan Bilodeau — University of Rhode Island
Ryan orchestrated a “Coming Out Conservative Week,” featuring events that brought attention to illegal immigration and the failures of the Social Security system. At the end of the fall semester, Ryan, with the help of his conservative club, offered a satirical white scholarship and held a Christmas-Card-Making Party for the ACLU. In the spring, he and his club celebrated President’s Reagan birthday and showed the film Obsession, which highlights radical Islam.

2. Lauren Daigle — University of New Hampshire
Lauren organized a group of UNH students to hold an “anti-anti-war rally” in support of the troops on Veterans Day. Lauren hosted two nationally known conservative speakers, Star Parker and Dinesh D’Souza. She hosted a “Conservative Coming Out Day” event, which drew more than 150 students, 58 protestors and ended in one liberal’s being arrested when he tried to disrupt the event.

3. Joe Luppino-Esposito — College of William & Mary
Joe led efforts to bring back the Wren Cross that was removed from the Wren Chapel by the school president. Joe formed SaveTheWrenCross.org, which featured a petition that included all who requested that the cross be restored. Because of Joe’s efforts, and after William and Mary lost millions in funding, the college announced that the cross would return to the chapel in a glass case.

4. Nicholas Hahn — DePaul University
Nicholas helped defeat a leftist agenda to cancel the university’s contract with Coca-Cola due to alleged, and later dismissed, human rights violations. Nicholas was the driving force on the Free Speech Task Force, charged with creating a university-wide speech policy. Nicholas invited David Horowitz to speak on academic freedom and free speech before a standing-room-only crowd.

5. Luke Hellier — St. John’s University
Throughout 2006 and 2007, Luke worked with conservative clubs to expand the conservative message through speakers, events and Young America’s Foundation conferences. Luke hosted conservative speakers, including talk show host Jason Lewis and John Stossel of ABC’s “20/20.” The event with Stossel was the largest student-organized event on campus. At the end of the year, Luke secured funds to establish a conservative book series in the St. John’s University Alcuin Library.

6. Dan Lipian — Bowling Green State University
Daniel led his club to participate in Young America’s “9/11: Never Forget Project” in which he brought the movie United 93 to the university, displayed 3,000 American flags around the student union and held a campus-wide ceremony and candlelight vigil.

7. Tom Qualtere — Skidmore College
Tom led efforts to organize numerous events aimed at spreading the commonsense message of conservatism. In the fall he sponsored a lecture by bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza that attracted more than 500 students, faculty members and local supporters. It was the best-attended academic event at Skidmore College in more than two years.

8. Jonathan Sawmiller — Boise State University
After returning from a tour of duty in Iraq, Jonathan led efforts to document bias in the college’s speaker selection. He discovered that over the previous four years, BSU had allocated $300,000 for liberal speakers and nothing for conservative speakers. His effort generated so much media coverage that the Idaho Legislature called in the BSU president to interrogate him about liberal bias in the school.

9. Mary Szelistowski — Agnes Scott College
Mary participated in Young America’s Foundation’s “9/11: Never Forget Project.” Mary brought in speakers Dr. Mike Adams to discuss the issue of abortion and Col. John Reitzell to discuss the American military. She organized additional events throughout the year, including a campaign against the Vagina Monologues, a flier drive to highlight the atrocities allowed by Roe v. Wade and a 2nd Amendment Day at the shooting range.

10. Jeff Wiggins — Michigan State University
To begin the year, Jeff took part in Young America’s Foundation’s “9/11: Never Forget Project,” since the university had nothing planned. Jeff and his club also focused on the threat of illegal immigration and invited Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo (R.) to speak. Jeff stood his ground in the face of violent protests targeting the congressman’s visit and was invited to talk about those incidents on the Fox News Channel.


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