Since Sunday, 22 percent of the student body has signed a petition to bring Rep. Ron Paul(R., Texas) to Hillsdale.Kyle Forti and Mike Mor-rison are leading the effort to bring the presidential candidateto speak on campus. So far, 315students have signed the peti-tion. Forti and Morrison havemet with the administrationabout logistical issues, founda potential sponsor for the talk (the Classical Liberal Organiza-tion), and worked to coordi-nate efforts with the HillsdaleCounty grassroots group thatsupports Paul.Forti keeps the campaignupdated on the petition’s results.If Paul comes to campus, it will probably be before Michigan’s primary on February 28.“It’s up to us to show thePaul campaign that we have thesupport to warrant his trying tocome out and visit,” Morrisonsaid.A stop from the OB-GYN-turned-presidential candidateis far from certain –– therehas to be space for a speech,the administration has to givethe talk a go-ahead, and Paul’scampaign has to be persuadedthat there’s enough support inHillsdale to make a visit worth
But despite the challenges,Forti is optimistic about the possibility of a speech from thecandidate.“I think there’s a greatchance that something positivecould work out,” he said.Forti started Hillsdale’sYouth for Paul chapter inDecember. Since then, it hasgrown to 68 members, becom-ing the second largest chapter inthe state.Paul isn’t just popular oncampus. He won 17 percent of the Hillsdale County vote whenhe ran for president in 2008,making it his most supportiveMidwestern county.Since 2008, his nationwidesupport has grown. Forti is oneof many converts who have
“I used to be an ardent non-Ron Paul supporter, a Ron Paulhater,” he said. “Back in 2008, I probably would have supportedanybody but the good doctor because I thought his supporterswere nuts, I thought they werecrazy.”Since then, though, he saidhe became disillusioned withhow the right wing communi-cates its political message.“What I’m attempting to dois avoid propaganda, and thatled me to support Ron Paul because I see just as much pro- paganda from the other [repub-lican] candidates as I do withBarack Obama,” he said.Forti said that despite Paul’sslim chance of winning the Re- publican nomination, support-ing his campaign is important.“I’m not so starry-eyed andPaul-Bot to assume he’s goingto pull off a miracle,” Fortisaid, “but the primaries are for supporting a candidate whoyou most identify yourself withand who you can get behind in principle, and that’s what we’redoing here.”On Tuesday night, themen of Delta Sigma Phi losttheir fraternity house.Dean of Men Aaron Petersensaid he made the decision withthe support of the Delt Sigalumni board to close the housestarting next fall, in responseto continued problems withalcohol in the dry house andother violations of campus andfraternity life.The issue of the chapter’scharter — whether Delt Sigwill exist on campus or not — will be decided by the nationalfraternity, he said.“The administration, the na-tional fraternity, and the alumni board are agreed: no one wantsto close the chapter,” Petersensaid. “It’s not an attack on indi-viduals – it’s about getting theorganization right.”Delt Sig President senior DJLoy said the house was takenaback by the decision.“It surprised all of us,”he said. “Although initiallymany members were upset, wedecided that we needed to dowhatever was necessary to help bring this group of men back into good standing.”Petersen said the chapter willmeet with a representative fromthe national fraternity in thecoming weeks who will further review the future of the houseand the chapter on HillsdaleCollege’s campus. Delt Sig willnot participate in spring recruit-ment, which starts Sunday.The decision comes on theheels of a turbulent few yearsfor the 36-member frater-nity that has faced criticism for drinking and drug use in thehouse, as well as most recently,unpaid dues. However, Loy saidthat many of the most recentissues highlight miscommuni-cations between Delt Sig andCentral Hall.Last semester, Delt Sigswere caught drinking alcoholin their house, and alcohol was
fridge over Christmas break,despite administrative warnings,Petersen said. Last week, sev-eral members of the house werefound to have drunk from a beer bong in the upstairs portion of the house.These actions violated thefraternity’s national bylaws,which require chapters to main-tain a grade point average abovethe campus average to apply for alcohol waivers. Petersen saidthe fraternity should have beendry for more than 10 years.Loy acknowledged thehouse’s imperfections, but pointed to its improvement inrecent years. In past years, thechapter held parties in the housedespite the national restriction.In 2005, Delt Sigs threw a partywhere TVs were thrown off theroof, windows were broken,and sinks ripped off walls. Loysaid recent incidents cannotcompare.“We realize that the alcoholin the house is the largest issue, but the alcohol use in the houseis on such a small scale, westill believe it can be handledinternally,” he said.“It was our understanding
beginning of the year that if
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Political satirist and jour-nalist P.J. O’Rourke spoke at this week’s CCA, “Adam Smith, Free Markets, and the ModernWorld,” He is best known for his writing in Rolling Stone, The Atlantic Monthly, and National Lampoon. He has also written17 books including “Eat the Rich, “Give War A Chance,”and “A Parliament of Whores.”
What are you planning onspeaking on in the CCA?
It’s evolving a little bit. None of the speakers so far have gotten into much detailabout “The Wealth of Nations,”the most famous book thatAdam Smith wrote. We’ve hadtwo lectures that covered “TheTheory of Moral Sentiments,”which is a less known work of his. “The Wealth of Nations” isthe most translated economics book ever., but not necessarilythe most read because it’s over 200 years old and 2,000 pages.I’ve read it cover to cover andit is a very profound work.My topic is the invisible hand,which is the symbol that AdamSmith used to describe the freemarket. That people acting intheir own self-interest somehow
There are some controversiesregarding the invisible hand.The other issue is was AdamSmith a devoted follower of laissez faire? Or was he actuallya radical egalitarian, a socialdemocrat, who actually favored
government? There is thisdebate among economists andsocial thinkers.
What do you think AdamSmith would say about to-day’s economic scene?
Smith made an interestingstatement that I am going toquote in my talk: “Little else isrequired to carry a state to thehighest degree of opulence fromthe lowest barbarism but peace,easy taxes, and a tolerable ad-ministration of justice.”I, and I think Smith too,would add in a sound monetarysystem. So if you think aboutthose four areas: Peace. Do wehave peace today? No. Do wehave easy taxes? Most peoplewould say no. Do we havesound money? Probably not.
-able administration of justice? Now at that I would probablynod my head in agreement.These are some problems thatAdam Smith would raise intoday’s society. But he also cer-tainly would be overwhelmed atthe dramatic rise in our standardof living.
You were the president of the Foundation for EconomicEducation (FEE) for twoyears. What is FEE’s role inmodern economics?
The biggest problem withFEE is that it has becomerelatively unknown comparedto what it used to be. It used to be the free market think tank and all these other organizationshave grown out of it. Almosteverybody who’s now in chargeof Young America’s Founda-tion or CATO or IHS, ISI, all of these organizations — almostall of the founders of those or-ganizations went to a FEE semi-nar and were subscribers to TheFreeman. But now The Free-man has a circulation of 5,000 people, which really droppedeven though it continues to putout good material. Larry Reed,
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Thesis cut from George Washington Fellowship
George Washington fellowsreceived a happy piece of newsthis semester — no more thesisrequirement to graduate.“The thesis component of theGeorge Washington FellowshipProgram has been eliminated,”Provost David Whalen said.Whalen said the thesis was acomplication and a hindrance togood academic work.Several George Washingtonfellows are already writing thesesfor other graduation requirements.Senior Brittany Baldwin, for instance, is writing a thesis for her American studies major.Whalen said quality of work goes down when too much isdemanded, and the George Wash-ington Fellowship thesis proved
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