January 31, 2007Press Advisory: For Immediate Release
Contact: Anthony Bednarczyk, SMU YCT Chairman (214) 244-1002, email@example.com;
Andy Hemming, SMU YCT Executive Director (805) 452-3078, firstname.lastname@example.org
SMU Student Group Starts Petition Drive to Show Student Support for Bush Library and Institute
University Park, TX – Responding to some faculty opposition to the planned George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute, SMU’s Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) are beginning a pro-library petition drive Thursday, February 1st, 2007. The event will be held on the west side of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center on the Southern Methodist University campus from 10am to 4pm, weather permitting. Members of the group will be on hand to solicit signatures in favor of bringing the Bush Presidential Library and Institute to the SMU campus. Students, faculty and staff will be encouraged to approach the table for discussion and debate regardless of whether they intend to sign the YCT petition.
SMU Chapter Chairman Anthony Bednarczyk said, “Much attention has been devoted, both locally and nationally, to the viewpoint on the Bush Library of a few faculty members. We, as students at SMU, feel that students need to be involved in this decision. Many students, regardless of their personal ideology, have acknowledged this opportunity as one that benefits the entire university community. These students should have a louder voice in this discussion. This petition drive is a step in that direction.”
Andy Hemming, the Executive Director of the local SMU chapter, continued, “We applaud the tremendous work that President R. Gerald Turner and the Board of Trustees of SMU have invested in this process. We would hate to see this effort go to waste. It is the opinion of our group that the opponents of this library have waged war on this proposal primarily because of their opposition to the President’s policies. The university is supposed to be a true marketplace of ideas. We are saddened to see that some of our professors do not subscribe to this belief in the free exchange of ideas, regardless of the ideological bent.”
Reed Hanson, a former chairman of the SMU YCT chapter and current member, stated, “We support the resolution passed overwhelmingly Tuesday by SMU’s Student Senate expressing student support for the Bush Library and Institute. It speaks volumes that many of SMU’s student leaders have gone on the record in support of this resolution by voting for it. We encourage concerned faculty members to engage in civil discourse with us at our petition drive so that we can bridge this gap between our faculty and students.”
Young Conservatives of Texas, a non-partisan conservative youth organization, has been fighting for conservative values for more than a quarter century in the Lone Star State and publishes the most respected ratings of the Texas Legislature.
YCT has chapters at Texas A&M University, Baylor University, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas Tech, Southern Methodist University, West Texas A&M University, Hardin-Simmons University, Midwestern State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas State University.