So the Carolina Review has decided to start a segment called “Conservative of the Week.” It can be a student, professor, teachers assistant, or administrator. We want to find progressive thinkers who are changing the way that conservatives are viewed throughout UNC and the rest of the country. If you know anyone that you would like to nominate for this position feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
Our first Conservative of the Week is, senior Kelsey Mace! She is a double major in Journalism and Mass Communication with a focus in Public Relations and Political Science as well as, a minor in Geography. Here’s a little bit about Kelsey!
- Name: Kelsey Mace
- Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
- Major(s)/Minor(s): Journalism and Mass Communication (Public Relations), Political Science with a minor in Geography
- Conservative Role Model: This past summer I was an intern for The Ace & TJ Show, which is a syndicated radio show based in Charlotte, North Carolina but is played in over ten other states. I know that most people would think you should have a popular politician as a role model, but my role model would have to be TJ. He was really passionate about his political views, but never in an over-the-top way. He really showed me how to convey my considerably, less-accepted views to people without seeming like I was completely arrogant. TJ had a radio segment called “Courageous Conservative”, which I feel like in this day and time is the perfect name for a show about being a conservative. To me it takes real bravery to openly admit to hundreds of thousands of people you’re conservative and that just something that stuck out to me.
- Why do you consider yourself a conservative?: Admittedly, I grew up in a rather conservative household, but I feel this ideology holds true to more of my values. I love the military and I can’t begin to explain how much I appreciate the things they do for our country. I feel like the Republican party appreciates more of what they do for citizens of not only the United States, but countries around the world and I am considering joining the Army Reserves or the National Guard to show my appreciate for all of their work. I believe in smaller government and holding true to the values that this country was founded on and simply put, the Republican Party does this more than anyone else.
- How do you feel about being conservative at UNC?: OUTNUMBERED. A majority of my friends are liberals, but I don’t let this get in the way of me being proud of my beliefs.
- Favorite Professor and why?: Napoleon Byars, hands down. He’s not a professor here anymore, unfortunately. However, he really cared about his students and tried to awake the passions we all had. His class was interesting and he was never afraid to talk about his time in the Air Force!
- If you could change ONE thing about the way people think about conservatives at UNC, what would it be?
- That we are all ignorant and don’t care about the people around us. It’s simply not true.