Club Spotlight: College Republicans

By Bill Whale
Staff Writer

March 8, 2013

College Republicans is a national organization for supporters of the Republican Party.

Photos courtesy of facebook.com/college-republications-at-lock-haven-university
Photos courtesy of facebook.com/college-republications-at-lock-haven-university

The first College Republican chapter was founded May 17, 1892 at the University of Michigan as the American Republican College League.

The College Republicans now have chapters nationwide.

The organization came to Lock Haven University in the 90s. At one point, they became the largest club on campus with over 80 members.

Unfortunately, in 2003, the club went inactive due to lack of leadership. The College Republicans have recently been officially  reactivated as of a few months ago and now has 10 active members.

The College Republicans meet biweekly to socialize with fellow Republicans and discuss current events. Though, contrary to some other political groups and organizations, the group is not overbearing and trying to push political views on its members.

They are looking for a fun outlet for discussion and a way to be active in the community.

Tim Schaffer, the current chairman and leader said, “We provide a voice for the Republican Party on the LHU campus. We develop leadership skills and abilities among our members as preparation for future service to the party and to the community.”

They also volunteer with local charities and participate in public debates to better educate the community on Republican policies and values. Members of the club also attend annual conferences and conventions in Washington D.C., Harrisburg, and other places around Pennsylvania.

Since the club was founded, College Republicans have helped its members beyond college. College Republicans offers a wide variety of networking and internship opportunities for most people, including political science to business to criminal justice majors.

Schaffer has had doors opened for him by the club that he would have never expected.

“I, myself, have already experienced the possibilities from the CRs. In 2010, I was an intern for Senator Pat Toomey during his campaign of office when he was still just a Congressman. Then in 2012, I became the Political Director in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) for the PAGOP and the Mitt Romney campaign during the Presidential elections. I would have never been given these once in a lifetime opportunities if it wasn’t for my work with the College Republicans.”

If you are interested in joining, or attending one of their meetings, you can email them at lhucollegerepublicans@gmail.com or email Tim Schaffer at tschaffe@lhup.edu. They meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, either in the PUB or in RAUB 223.

Students can find out where on campus the organization is meeting each week by following the Facebook page: College Republicans at Lock Haven University.

Bill Whale is a freshman majoring in business and can be contacted at wew4113@lhup.edu

 
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