University of Maine College Republicans Set Single Day Membership Recruitment Record · 06 September 2006

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Release No. 06-34

Contact: Ralph Kettell, (301) 580-2057

 

University of Maine College Republicans Set Single Day Membership Recruitment Record; Chapter Leaders to Focus on Academic Freedom Issues in Race for House District 19

ORONO - The University of Maine College Republicans set the chapter's new single day membership recruitment record during the Student Organization Showcase on the Campus Mall Friday, September 1. Over 100 members of the Class of 2010 signed up as members of the College Republicans, breaking the single day membership recruitment record set in September 2004 by over 30 students. House District 19 candidate Lance Cowan and Senate District 30 candidate Patrick Joyce joined officers of the University of Maine College Republicans in recruiting students at the afternoon event.

"The fact that the University of Maine College Republicans recruited more than 100 new members in one day shows young people in Maine are more energized than ever before about Republican politics," said Nathaniel Walton, Chairman of the Maine College Republicans.

Luke deNatale (UMO '07), Chairman of the University of Maine College Republicans, noted that intellectual diversity and academic freedom will be issues on the forefront of students' minds this election cycle, particularly in the race for House District 19:

"I am one of many students on campus very concerned about the lack of academic freedom at the University of Maine," said deNatale.

"Our classrooms all too often become forums for righteous ideologues' indoctrination of young minds rather than a marketplace of ideas and a forum for intellectual pluralism. Furthermore, active conservative groups on campus receive considerably less financial support from the university administration than inactive left-leaning ones do," said deNatale.

"Rep. Emily Cain's vote against LD 1194, 'An Act to Create an Academic Bill of Rights,' makes it very clear where our current legislator stands on these issues important to students at the University of Maine," added Erik Harriman (UMO '09), Vice Chairman of the University of Maine College Republicans.

"With UMO College Republicans more organized than ever before in our chapter's history, you can rest assured our ranks will continue to grow. And we will be working hard this fall to elect a legislator who will fight for academic freedom in Augusta," Harriman concluded.

Chairman deNatale is available for interviews/further comments about the University of Maine College Republicans' strong commitment towards achieving historic Republican victories on November 7. Chairman deNatale can be reached by telephone at (207) 232-4813 or by e-mail at umo@mainecr.org

For more information about the Maine College Republicans, please visit the organization's website at http://www.mainecr.org.

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