UVU Review: Ron Paul revolutionizes UVUSubmitted by sailingaway on Fri, 10/19/2012 - 22:31
"Representative Ron Paul spoke to a crowd of thousands of enthusiastic supporters in the UCCU Center Thursday, Oct. 18. A presentation on a jumbo screen that outlined principles supported by Paul and examples of his previous speeches lead up to the congressman’s introduction.
Erin Haskell, UVUSA Vice President of Academics, introduced Paul, pausing periodically to ask the crowd to withhold from cheering until he actually came out.
The crowd supported him with standing ovations and chants as Paul explained how he believed individuals can solve national problems. Many attendees showed their endorsement with clothing, buttons and flags. An abundance of T-shirts, hats and banners emblazoned with “Ron Paul Revolution” were seen in all sections of the center.
UVUSA introduced Paul, but he was not invited specifically by the university. Mike Rigert from University Marketing and Communications explained that the Young Presidents’ Organization contacted Dr. Bob Rasmussen, Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, and asked if the university would be interested in hosting Paul to speak on campus.
YPO is a global organization focused on the continuing education and networking for chief executives. Matt Browning of YPO was one of the day-chairs for the event. He explained that the Utah chapter of YPO brought Paul and contacted the university for a venue.
“UVU was very quick to embrace the opportunity,” said Browning. “It’s been great to speak with administration on campus.”
Paul spoke on a myriad of issues facing the nation, offering his beliefs and suggestions to resolve the problems. Paul said that the American people cannot afford to give responsibility of their lives to the government, and that many problems could be solved if individuals took responsibility for their actions."