Skidmore College Republicans Club Back in Action
After its initiation by a group of freshmen last year following a period of inactivity, the Skidmore College Republicans Club is officially back this fall. Along with clubs like Democracy Matters and Skidmore Democrats, the College Republicans are hoping to further the political dialogue on campus, particularly offering a space for the conservative voice. Given the current state of American politics and the impending presidential election, it is more important than ever to listen to differing views on campus, thus fostering a fruitful dialogue. Having an outlet for conservative opinions will spark debate on our liberal campus, yet in a way that pushes students to critically analyze current issues, finding the strengths and weaknesses of each one.
When asked why she believes such a club is imperative on campus, club leader Julia Budsey ’19 said, “I believe in the diversity of political beliefs, of all beliefs, and only having one or a few outlooks on campus doesn’t accomplish much.”
Budsey speaks to the often one-sided nature of political views on college campuses. Such like-mindedness can often close people off, leading them to believe that their views are inherently and inarguably correct. This results in poorly supported claims with no one’s ideas challenged. Hopefully the existence and activity of the College Republicans cultivates more thoughtful political discussion between all students, with more than one perspective heard to help unravel the complexities of today’s political concerns.
Last year, the Republican Club’s meetings centered on discussing current events and watching the Republican debates, with the hope that the upcoming year would bring more club activities and additional discussions on the upcoming election. The club is hoping to put on a panel at the Tang, allowing for faculty to discuss the current state of American politics. This event will hopefully take place sometime in October, with more details to come. Students can check the College Republican’s SkidSync page for more information on club events, including meeting times and locations.
Moving forward, the College Republicans are hoping to have successful events (like the faculty panel at the Tang), club meetings, and maintain a strong presence on campus. Budsey said that they want the Skidmore community to know that “we did not restart the club to create any unrest; we are just excited to share in Skidmore’s academic and extracurricular community and be able to have a voice in it.”
For the sake of creating a politically active and thought-provoking atmosphere on campus, in which all sides challenge each other to better and further one’s thoughts, let’s hope that their voice is heard.