College Republicans Experience Politics at CPAC

by Bethany Brock, Public Relations Writer

Members of Cedarville University’s College Republican Club (CCRC) attended the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., in March to listen to messages from prominent political figures.

CPAC was founded by the American Conservative Union and features top conservative figures and elected officials from across the country. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker and Eric Metaxas were among the speakers at the conference this year. The speakers addressed a variety of topics including foreign policy, national debt and reform within the Republican Party.

Over 10,000 people attended the conference this year, half of which were college students. 

CCRC is a student organization under the Ohio College Republican Federation. CCRC provides politically minded students with an outlet to learn about and participate in politics, both locally and nationally.

According to David Wright, sophomore business student and president of CCRC, the organization gives students a unique opportunity to engage the political arena. “The Cedarville University College Republicans provides students with access to conference trips, meet-and-greets, campaigning opportunities, question and answer sessions and other exclusive opportunities,” Wright said.

CCRC members stayed in Washington, D.C., and were able to visit the National Mall, various memorials, the National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian following the CPAC sessions.

Members were able to meet Eric Metaxas, a New York Times best-selling author of biographies about William Wilberforce and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Wright said this was a special experience because Metaxas had spoken at Cedarville University just two days before speaking at CPAC. 

“CPAC inspired us to not only engage in, but think more critically about, politics. It's easy to feel detached from all that occurs in Washington, but getting the opportunity to listen to and engage with policy-makers influences students to understand the importance of national government and our local governments,” he said.

Attending the conference also provided members with an opportunity to network with other conservatives from across the U.S., and to share thoughts and ideas about current political issues.

“Instead of simply being fed politics from our professors or the news, we were given the opportunity to actually interact with political leaders whose actions over the next decade will influence the direction of our nation,” said Wright.

There are more than 70 student organizations on campus that allow students to pursue various interests, passions and hobbies with other students who share similar interests.  “There are so many opportunities that are available to college students, and organizations aid in connecting students with these,” said Wright.  

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Inspiring greatness for over 125 years, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at