Because of the majority opinion currently in America, some republican students have been less vocal in public places such as college campuses.
Blackburn’s Republican Club had its first meeting on Monday, Nov. 26, and U. S. Rep Rodney Davis and Illinois Rep. for the 95th district Avery Bourne attended. Both spoke during the meeting about getting involved in politics, what it’s like working in politics and how they got to where they are now.
President and founder of the Republican Club Steven Cowles formed it because of “the lack of a voice of the Republicans on campus.” According to Lumpkin Learning Commons Coordinator and sponsor of the Republican Club Barbara Clark, Cowles wanted “to inspire a civil discourse on campus where people on both sides can talk to and listen to each other without judgment and learn from each other.”
“It’s for everyone. Anyone can join,” Cowles said. “We’re just a bunch of kids who want to learn more about politics.” Even though their main goal is to bring a voice to Republican students, Cowles wants to have open arms for any student that wishes to join.
Bourne was excited to see people coming together to become more involved in politics. She said, “I’m really proud of [the Republican Club]. Every opportunity we have for any young person to get involved in government or politics or just to being aware of what’s going on is really exciting.”