Aggies React to Conservative Campus Label

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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."