Right turn could reach campuses, say student panelists

(’76 Editor) Student conservative leaders from three colleges told a Centennial Institute forum last night that they sense growing receptivity among their generation for a right-trending political mood of self-reliance and limited government.

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Issue Monday, our regular monthly series resuming in 2010, packed a CCU Business School classroom with an audience ranging from teens to senior citizens. Also present were two congressional candidates and a recent CCU graduate who is running for State House.

I served as moderator for the 90-minute session (linked here as a podcast) where Sean Doherty, Jimmy Sengenberger, and Megan Brophy related their political experiences, quizzed each other about lessons learned, and took questions from the audience.

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Brophy, the daughter of Colorado State Sen. Greg Brophy, said her College Republicans chapter wants to tap CCU’s potential to “become the Hillsdale of the West.” Sengenberger, a regular contributor on this blog, told how his weekly Internet radio show helps him warn fellow students that “politics affects everything you hope to do or be.” Doherty, who started a constitutional-themed newspaper on his campus—which administrators tagged “extremist”—drew on his marketing studies to recommend a “listen to the customer” approach for political outreach.

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Click for the “Seng Center” online talk show hosted by Jimmy Sengenberger. Click for the Constitutional Reporter paper edited by Sean Doherty.

From right: Sean Doherty of Metropolitan State College, Jimmy Sengenberger of Regis College, Megan Brophy of Colorado Christian University.

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