Mar 31, 2009

A Call to Conservatism

by Annie Isua

The Helms School of Government offered a seminar session to students to inform them on foreign policy matters. The seminar ran from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the list of events ranged from an overview of the Helms school’s policy and principles, a detailed discussion of Jesse Helms’ vision and a one-on-one studio training session.

Speakers included Former Helms Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Deborah DeMoss Fonseca, Executive Director of District Media Group Beverly Hallberg and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs Robert Wilkie.

Brian Rogers began the seminar by discussing the government school, the policies and a brief overview of the efforts to train students in promoting conservatism in the government.

Fonesca described her time as an intern in Helms’ office and the doors that being bilingual opened for her.

Fonesca was able to translate a conversation between Helms and the president of Argentina, according to senior James Kimmey.

Hallberg gave students tips and advice on how to be professional in front of the camera. She began with a powerpoint of video clips of what to do and not to do when making a definitive statement.

Later, she stressed the importance for conservatives to take a stand on issues that they believe in. Hallberg added that many people do not want to listen to conservatives because they come off as too “mean and unfriendly.”

Students later put their notes and information to good use when they were asked to do mock interviewing on stage. Each student had to come up with a topic to discuss and defend, while the interviewee, Hallberg asked the questions.

Hallberg gave the students tips on how to remember to keep their posture intact by instructing them to place the left hand in the pocket and using the right hand to make small hand gestures for emphasis.
During the luncheon, Wilkie discussed former Senator Helms’ view on foreign policy and the obstacles he faced. Wilkie encouraged students to have the same ideals that Helms had.

“(Wilkie) gave some great details that allowed an inside perspective from someone who had actually ... worked with a president,” senior Jamie Kashuba said.

Rogers, Hallberg and Wilkie encouraged students to get involved in foreign policy matters in order to help bring and keep conservatism in the government — not to give in just because of the opposition.

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