FIRE is pleased to announce the induction of Campus Freedom Network (CFN) members Kenny Tan, Nico Perrino, and Brandon Wasicsko into the prestigious Prometheus Society for their hard work in defending freedom on campus during the 2010–11 academic year. These three students received the most points in the CFN’s incentive program, which seeks to reward those who are active for liberty on their campuses through hosting speakers, writing op-eds, wearing their FIRE T-shirts, and recruiting friends to join the Campus Freedom Network.
Our first place winner is former FIRE intern Kenny Tan, a sophomore at Vanderbilt University and president/founder of Vanderbilt’s chapter of Young Americans for Liberty. Last fall semester, after attending the 2010 CFN Conference, Kenny hit the ground running, writing multiple articles and letters to the editor of the campus newspaper about freshman orientation and Vanderbilt’s views on policies that inhibit student freedoms. Kenny also facilitated a speech on the state of student rights by FIRE’s Adam Kissel, met with the dean of students to discuss problematic policies, and participated in a student panel discussion regarding the implementation of a bias incident reporting system at Vanderbilt. To read more about Kenny and his struggle to abolish speech codes at Vanderbilt, click here.
In second place is Indiana University Bloomington senior Nico Perrino. Also a former FIRE intern and president of IU’s chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, Nico spent the last year creating and chairing a committee with the purpose of investigating speech codes at Indiana. Using assistance from both FIRE’s website and staff, Nico has organized and attended countless meetings with administrators and university committees with the hopes of revising university policy to abolish existing speech codes. In addition, Nico has written articles about free speech in campus publications, recruited members for the CFN, advertised FIRE online, and brought FIRE president Greg Lukianoff to campus to speak. To read more about Nico’s efforts to promote freedom at Indiana University, click here.
This year’s third place winner is Brandon Wasicsko, a recent graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University. As a member of Students For Liberty’s Executive Board, Brandon invited FIRE’s Adam Kissel to SFL’s Southeast Regional Conference in 2010. After positive reviews from students, Brandon arranged for Adam to speak at other schools in Florida, resulting in a week-long tour of six universities to discuss previous FIRE cases, the value of creating an environment for free expression on campuses, and how FIRE can help in that regard. To read more about Brandon and his fight for liberty at Florida Gulf Coast, click here.
FIRE congratulates Kenny, Nico, and Brandon on their exceptional work in making students aware of the importance of free speech on campus. Want to get involved? The CFN incentive program has been updated for 2011-12! To learn more about new prizes and ways to get points, head to our rewards page here. To join the CFN and become eligible for the 2011-2012 CFN Incentive Program, click here.