As the new school year begins and students return to campus, the Campus Freedom Network is excited to work with members to spread awareness of FIRE’s work on campus. This year is already off to a busy start, with several op-eds penned by 2010 CFN Conference attendees, dozens of new members, and FIRE lectures scheduled at campuses across the country this semester.
The CFN Incentive Program rewards these students who advocate for liberty on campus. Here’s how it works: whenever a CFN member engages in liberty-minded activism—including publishing op-eds on FIRE cases and related issues, hosting FIRE speakers, recruiting new members, and even posting FIRE widgets to a website or blog—he or she earns points. These points accumulate to earn prizes. The point/prize breakdown is as follows:
25 points – A copy of The Shadow University by FIRE Co-Founders Alan Charles Kors and Harvey Silverglate.
50 points – FIRE Nalgene water bottle.
75 points – $15 gift card to Borders, Starbucks, or iTunes.
100 points – A free book on liberty. Choices include Don Downs’ Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus, KC Johnson’s and Stuart Taylor’s Until Proven Innocent, or Jonathan Rauch’s Kindly Inquisitors.
125 points – Induction into the CFN’s Prometheus Society and guaranteed acceptance to the 2011 CFN Summer Conference. Only seven students out of the CFN’s over 3,000 members have achieved this distinction.
Active CFN members have the opportunity to compete for the grand prize: a $2,500 scholarship or a technology bundle including a 42" widescreen, flat-panel HDTV, a MacBook with a 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and a 13" screen, a 16GB iPod Touch fully loaded with FIRE videos and podcast library, and a Flip Ultra HD Camera. The second-place winner will receive the choice of the HDTV or the MacBook and the third-place winner will receive the choice of the iPod or the Flip Ultra camera.
Last year’s top three winners—Stacy Litz, Braum Katz, and Pericles Niarchos—all made valuable advances for liberty on their campuses. Stacy and Pericles worked with their campus group, the Student Libertarian Front at Drexel University, to host a "Student Rights Week" featuring several FIRE speakers. Stacy also published an op-ed in Drexel’s student paper, The Triangle, calling on Drexel to rescind its yellow-light speech codes and recruited many fellow students to join the CFN. Braum Katz, a 2007 FIRE intern, worked with the student government at William & Mary to revise their unconstitutional speech codes and earn the school a rare green-light rating.
We at FIRE are looking forward to helping students accomplish similar free speech victories in the coming year. One great way to get started is to send in pictures of your Constitution Day celebrations this week! Students interested in joining the CFN can register here.