College Republicans encourage students’ political involvement
Published: Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 15:09
The College Republicans at NDSU encourage all students to be politically involved.
College Republicans is a group devoted to promoting conservative values on campus and encouraging students to elect Republican leaders into office. They go to the Victory Office to identify voters through phone calls and set up tables and flyers around campus.
“We try to advocate our beliefs on a state-wide level and on a national level,” sophomore Robert Lauf, economics and political science major, said. “We make sure that we do our best to involve students politically and know that these decisions made in the country really matter to their futures.”
Lauf feels that college kids are a big target for politicians, because college kids tend to be more active in their communities. College students are more dedicated and passionate toward a cause, especially if they feel like they know the person they’re supporting, he said.
“We want people to see that they really have a voice in the nation,” he said. “They really matter.”
The College Republicans at NDSU gathered to hear NDSU alumni and North Dakota Congressman Rick Berg speak at the National Republican Convention on Aug. 28 in the Hidatsa room.
Along with supporting Mitt Romney for the next U.S. President, Congressman Berg is also doing his own campaigning as he runs for a place in the Senate.
For the College Republicans, listening to an NDSU alumni support Romney at a national convention was exciting, College Republicans Vice President Tiffany Grossman said.
“I think it’s really exciting that Congressman Berg is running for Senate,” said Grossman, a senior majoring in accounting. “It’s an opportunity for us to finally get a Republican senator in North Dakota, and he’s been really beneficial to our group. Rick Berg used to be a College Republican at NDSU. He’s a really nice guy and we’re excited for the change he’s going to bring.”
Grossman feels that supporting Berg in his endeavors is an important role of the College Republicans, she said.
“It’s really important for students to get involved,” Grossman said. “Because we are the ones who are going to have to pay off this 15 trillion dollar debt. It’s up to us. We’re the future, so it’s important that we get involved and make a difference.”
Lauf also supports Berg’s campaign for Senate.
“When [Berg] ran for congress two years ago, he was at every College Republicans meeting the whole fall,” Lauf said. “I’m really excited and hope he can take off and be part of the Senate.”
Lauf advises students, “Regardless of your political beliefs, get involved and make a difference.”
For more information on how to get involved with NDSU college republicans, please contact student government in the Memorial Union.