The Students are Taking Over.

This is a guest post by Stef McGraw. Stef is a Junior at the University of Northern Iowa.

We’re taking over. That’s right, as Hemant mentioned in his post before going on vacation, several students will be blogging on Friendly Atheist this week in his absence. High school activist Jessica Ahlquist, the University of Northern Iowa Freethinkers and Inquirers (UNIFI), and some other campus groups from around the country will be giving Friendly Atheist readers a look at what the younger generation has to say about issues affecting secular students, as well as issues of religion at large.

That said, let me briefly introduce myself and my group. I’m Stef McGraw, the Director of Activities for UNIFI. Though the group has only been in existence for four years, we are very visible on campus through educational events such as Darwin Week and activism ones like Blasphemy Rights Day. We also strive to build a welcoming community for non-theists, and do so by hosting weekly Sunday brunches and other social events.

We will be linking back to contributors’ blogs throughout the week, and encourage you to check them out. For instance, we will maintain our regular blogging schedule with daily updates at www.unifreethought.com (shameless plug, I know…)

Hope you enjoy what our members—as well as Jessica and the members of other campus groups—have to contribute to the secular discussion this week!

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

    Stef and Jessica,

    Congratulations on the successful bloodless coup!  I look forward to your posts this week.  I really appreciate what you are doing on both the high school and college level in providing a support group for atheists and agnostics.  I wish such groups were in existence back when I was in high school and college. 

  • Megan

    Looking forward to the articles in the coming week. I’m interested to hear what the younger generation of atheists has to say :-)

  • Anonymous

    What did y’all really do with Hemant? ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.friel Aaron Friel

      Don’t worry about it. :)

      • Anonymous

        But he is our fearless leader.

    • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.friel Aaron Friel

      Don’t worry about it. :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K5KGZH6OZGNABUMZRJA46XUMXE Brad

    I’d just like to say that I’m especially proud to see the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers taking such a strong leadership role in our community. I’m a UNI grad (1990), and we didn’t have such a group when I was on campus. Nice job!

  • Annie

    Ah, this is going to be fun… I can just tell.  Good luck, young people. I’m looking forward to reading!

  • Annie

    Ah, this is going to be fun… I can just tell.  Good luck, young people. I’m looking forward to reading!

  • http://thegodlessmonster.com/ The Godless Monster

    Give ‘em hell!!!

  • Anonymous

    Required, “”We’re taking over”" video comment:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFWX0hWCbng&ob=av2e#t=m57s

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, I believe that this place was left in good hands.


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