This past week, the College Republicans, in collaboration with the Viking Conservatives and Campus Organization for Israel, hosted Freedom Week activities at Lawrence. Observed Nov. 9-14, Freedom Week originated with the Young America’s Foundation, a national conservative organization, and commemorates the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The College Republicans’ president, Fanny Briceño, described the goal of Freedom Week as “a weeklong celebration to expose those who don’t like freedom and to celebrate those who do.” Briceño went on to explain that the participating campus organizations aimed to plan events that showed the ways in which freedom is limited. Briceño said that Freedom Week allowed conservative students to come together to discuss the ways in which small government policies are favorable and to contest “the Obama administration, professors and campus leftists” who “endlessly preach for more government control to solve policy problems.” This year marked the fifth annual Freedom Week celebration at Lawrence and the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Briceño described the event-filled week as a “tradition” for the College Republicans. Throughout the week, Freedom Week organizers set up tables with cards and letters for Lawrence students to write to soldiers currently serving the United States. At the end of the week, the letters were sent to “A Million Thanks,” an organization that sends thank-you notes to American soldiers stationed around the world. Briceño noted that the groups who organized Freedom Week “support our troops very much” and wanted to highlight the importance of thanking American soliders “any time we can for sacrificing so much for our freedom.” The campus groups engaged with the community directly when during Veterans Day, Nov. 11, members of each organization volunteered at the Veterans Affairs Clinic in Appleton. The College Republicans capped off Freedom Week with a program titled “Pints and Politics.” Participants were bused to Michael’s Pub and Grill in Menasha, where conservative students gathered with community members for beer, food and political discussion. Briceño said that the discussion leaned toward “freedom, the military and foreign policy.” Throughout the week, the groups also showed “Obsession,” a film about radical Islam, and hung posters around campus in memory of those who died Sept. 11, 2001. Freedom Week was the College Republicans’ major fall-term event, and according to Briceño, they have been planning this week’s programs since the third week of the term. Briceño hopes that Freedom Week attracts more students to the College Republicans and builds awareness about Lawrence’s conservative student organizations. “We are not radical right-wing conservatives,” Briceño clarified. “We celebrate libertarians and socially or fiscally conservative individuals. We accept any sort of conservative individuals.” The College Republicans meet every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. in the Kraemer room of the Warch Campus Center and welcome conservatively minded students.