In the near future, AU will be home to the newest chapter of Turning Point USA.
Turning Point USA, as described by their website, is an organization that “identifies, educates, trains and organizes students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets and limited government.”
Currently, AU students Rachael Shaver, Joshua Lauer and Sam Kylee are working through the preliminary steps to become an official club on campus.
Shaver, who will serve as the president of the chapter, spoke on how the fledgling club came to be.
“Turning Point’s representatives came on campus to find students interested in starting a chapter, and they found us,” Shaver said.
Lauer, who will be the secretary and treasure of the chapter, shared the process that the chapter has to go through before becoming an official club on campus.
“We needed 50 signatures to go in front of the SGA, and we already have over 50 signatures,” said Lauer. “It did surprise me how many people we got together so fast. It shows that there is a want for the club on campus.”
Besides the regulations the group must pass to become a club on campus, Turning Point USA has guidelines that chapters must adhere to for unofficial campus clubs to be considered an official chapter within the organization.
These guidelines include recruiting members, organizing activism events and maintaining positions within the club.
“We’ll have meetings about current topics or just the government in general, like capitalism and the constitution,” said Shaver. “We don’t know the specifics of events happening yet. We’re mostly concerned with getting approved as a group.”
While Shaver, Lauer and Kylee may not have every future event or meeting prepared as of yet, the group will be looking for members soon enough.
More information on the Turning Point USA group forming on campus can be found on their Instagram (@au_tpusa).