Aggies React to Conservative Campus Label

The College Republicans were out again Friday, campaigning for the upcoming election. Throughout the last few weeks, political student groups have spread their messages across campus. A national survey says a lot of the messages are conservative.

According to the annual Princeton Review, Texas A&M has been named the most conservative campus in the country. We were unable to get the university's reaction, but the students had plenty to say.

"It's a university of ideals where diversity is a good thing," said student Brandon Duke. "At least in most of my classes, all views are accepted. Maybe it's a conservative majority, but the liberal view is definitely there, and it's definitely spoken."

It's the prevailing idea with students; there are a lot of conservatives, but the discussion is open.

"They have the democrats and republicans side-by-side selling their things," Carla Di Flavia said of the booths that are frequently set up by Rudder Fountain, "and I don't think we have any problems with that, so I think that shows that we're not that conservative."

But some students wonder about A&M's reputation towards outsiders and Aggie liberals.

"I run into a lot of people that are (liberal), and they're really not comfortable here," according to student Cory Nesbitt. "I kind of wonder why they came, but hey, I guess since they're liberal, I guess they feel like they can come here."

As for A&M being more on the conservative side, one Aggie disagrees.

"Maybe we're the largest conservative campus," said Duke, "but I definitely wouldn't say we're the most conservative."