Today marks the end of finals, or at least classes, for many college students around the country. It also marks the end of the first ever Campus Freedom Network incentive program. Through this contest, dedicated student activists had the opportunity to earn prizes while promoting liberty on their campus and helping grow the CFN’s network of liberty-minded students across the country.
Our third prize winner is John Eubank, a senior at Towson University in Maryland. An attendee of FIRE’s first annual Campus Freedom Network Conference, John’s extensive efforts to reform his campus have been chronicled previously on the CFN website. As the third place winner, John will receive his choice of either a 160GB iPod classic fully loaded with FIRE videos and podcast library or an 8.0MP Canon PowerShot Digital Camera which can also record video. John worked tirelessly over this past fall, bringing FIRE’s Adam Kissel to speak at Towson University, hosting informational tables about FIRE, and recruiting a total of 32 new members for the CFN.
Our second place winner hails from the University of Alabama. Amanda McCracken is a sophomore and spent the fall semester studying abroad in England. Despite her absence on campus, we here at FIRE certainly felt her presence as she recruited 84 students and faculty members to the CFN. Amanda will receive her choice of a 42" HDTV and a library of FIRE DVDs or a 13" Apple MacBook.
This semester’s grand prize winner is Sean Clerget from Wabash College in Indiana. Like John, Sean also attended the CFN’s summer conference and brought Adam Kissel to campus during a time of intense campus controversy. He also wrote an op-ed about the importance of students remaining vigilant about their rights in The Phoenix, a campus news and opinion magazine that he edits. Sean tirelessly recruited 125 students from Wabash and around the country. As the first place winner, Sean will have the option of receiving either a $2,500 scholarship from FIRE to put towards financing his college education or a bundle of technology products which includes the television, iPod, digital camera and laptop computer mentioned above.
The efforts of these three students and the additional support from our entire CFN membership have helped the CFN to spread FIRE’s resources to a number of new students and faculty who had never heard of FIRE before. Their enthusiastic support is a huge source of inspiration and support and led to some incredible results, including over tripling CFN membership and taking the CFN past the 1,000th member mark. Looking towards the future, the CFN anticipates seeing the fruits of their labor sprout up on campuses around the country.