by Vincent Cucchiara
The new semester is starting and we are all excited to meet new people, forge new friendships, and fill our heads with knowledge. College is a time to challenge yourself, to take risks in a safe environment, to test your mind with new ideas and to derive new meaning from what was incomprehensible.
With that in mind I would like to extend a very liberal message to my fellow students, the kind of liberalism the left lost long ago, the kind of liberalism this country was founded upon and the kind of liberalism that has been unique to the West. Challenge not only yourself but challenge others, challenge authority, ask questions, hold your teachers to the standards and principles they espouse. If you see your peers or your professors condemn “hate” before turning around and viciously attacking those with whom they disagree, call them on it. If your peers or professors condemn bigotry only to malign you and elevate others based on your skin color, your sexual orientation, or your politics, voice your concern. If you see your religious convictions mocked, ridiculed and condemned while the convictions of others are catered to with the utmost care, stand up for your heritage and your beliefs.
This is still a free country and you are all growing into the strong individuals whose responsibility it will be to resolve the problems of the past, improve upon the structures of the present, and lay the foundation for generations to come. Now is the time for you to prove yourselves, to show that your generation is capable of shouldering the nation’s challenges, to make your voices heard over the repetitive nonsensical mantras which dominate the university discourse of today. The future belongs only to those who are willing to seize it.