The following is from the July 13, 2008, edition of The Dallas Morning News. Caroline Lewis, the head of SMU's chapter of The Network of Enlightened Women, contributed to this story.
By BRENDAN McKENNA
The Dallas Morning News
WASHINGTON – For conservatives on college campuses, it's easy to feel overwhelmed these days.
Polls show young voters leaning even more strongly liberal, and Barack Obama has gained rock-star status among college students. . .
But young conservatives say they're committed to fighting for their causes and are trying to win converts, including women. The Network of Enlightened Women has grown to include 15 chapters, including one at Southern Methodist University. . .
The women's group held its annual conference in Washington last month, with attendees exchanging tips on starting or expanding chapters of the organization.
Even in the seeming isolation of individual campuses, many young conservatives like Caroline Lewis, the head of SMU's chapter of the group, have no problem sticking to their ideals.
"For me, it doesn't matter which way the crowd goes," she said. "The way I look at life in general, you have to adhere to your principles. ... You can't worry about where the crowd is going or what people think is cool."
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