2017-2018: A Year in Review
By Jacob Miller
It’s been quite the year for conservative students on campus.
In September, members of the Rutgers community had the opportunity to express themselves at the annual Involvement Fair by contributing to a “Free Speech Ball” (... at least, before it was punctured by leftist agitators).
On the 11th, members of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) and Rutgers Republicans woke up bright and early to set up their very own 9/11 memorial. Students who walked by Scott Hall that day were witness to hundreds of American Flags, all precisely arranged so that they resembled the Twin Towers. The site was truly awe-inspiring.
In October, Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe came to Rutgers to speak about his experiences exposing fake news and leftist ignorance (from the Rutgers dining halls to CNN to The New York Times). He also confronted The Daily Targum over their politically driven firing of YAL Vice President Aviv Khavich.
Speaking of leftist ignorance... at another political event in October, one heckler and Black Lives Matter sympathizer claimed that he “don’t [sic] need no [sic] facts!” when debating allegations of police brutality. (The whole fiasco was caught on camera by YAL Secretary Giana Castelli, if you want to watch it here.)
In November, Rutgers Conservative Union President Nick Knight (who will be sorely missed, as he is graduating this year) and his Vice President, Eric Eaton, organized a debate between their club (represented by Brandon Chesner and Jaroor Modi), RU Progressives, Young Greens, and Young Americans for Liberty (represented by YAL President Andrea Vacchiano and Vice President Aviv Khavich). The debate was a lot of fun, but it became quite emotional at times (in other words, "Liberal Tears"© were rampant).
In December, Christina Hoff Sommers (aka “The Factual Feminist”) came to speak about the very unfactual state of modern feminism. Her speech acted as a sort of catharsis for conservative students who were struggling to get through the first semester without being driven insane by third-wave indoctrination.
In January, The Centurion was officially re-launched after “8 years in hiatus,” rendering it the only viable alternative news source for Rutgers students.
In February, Dr. George Zilbergeld – a Vietnam War veteran and former Professor at Rutgers and Montclair State University – joined a YAL meeting to discuss the nature of political correctness, the "short fascists" who terrorize college administrators, and the modern left's insidious ties to marxism.
In March, Hillary Clinton (or, as someone commented on Facebook, “the Sith Lord herself”) visited Rutgers to deconstruct her election loss. Thankfully, “the glass ceiling” remained intact, so nobody got hurt. (In fact, the glass ceiling might have been reinforced by the brave Rutgers students who took it upon themselves to troll basically everyone at the Rutgers Athletic Center that day.)
In April, the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce and YAL Co-hosted former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci. He spoke about the dangers of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, and shared some hilarious anecdotes about his time in the Trump White House. (Protip: Never bring up the whole “fired after 10 days” thing – the Mooch doesn't like that (and FYI... he was actually fired after 11 days).)
Now, as right-leaning students scramble to get in some last minute studying for finals, and prepare their insincere essays about some fictional "oppressor"/"oppressed" class, they may begin feel nostalgic about their fast times with fellow libertarians, conservatives, and plain old non-denominational-skeptics-of-communism. However, there is no need to get depressed: Next semester we will continue to work together to ensure that leftists are met with even more aggression – micro and macro in scale – and even more scrutiny than ever before (in fact, RCU has already booked Charlie Kirk for this October. Get your tickets while they last!)
So have an incredible summer, make sure to take your mind off of politics (at least once in a while), it’s okay to be White, and, as always...