Buckeyes for Concealed Carry Elect New Officers

by Michael Newbern

Students for Concealed Carry’s Ohio State University chapter holds first annual elections.

“I am honored to have led this fine group of students, faculty, staff, and other concerned students,” Michael Newbern said. “But, it is time for me and the rest of the officers to move on.”

Founding treasurer, Andy Conley, will be focusing on his degree in physics specializing in nuclear energy. Third-year biochemistry student Katherine Chang was elected to the office of treasurer in his place. Katherine helped to organize several protests and tabling at involvement fairs last year and was also featured in an NRA news segment with Ginny Simone.

Rami Matti, a third-year political science student, was elected to the office of secretary. In the previous year, Rami was very active in organizing protests, most notably the Starbucks buycott which received national media exposure. He also helped coordinate and host NRA University for the first time ever at Ohio State.

Founding President Michael Newbern moved on to the State Director position with Ohio Students for Concealed Carry. He is being replaced by third year security and intelligence student Joe Smith. Joe previously served as secretary after founder Amy Wiley vacated the office last year. Joe was featured in a story on NBC4i last year about the group’s Campus Carry Forum.

“I am honored to serve the group as its leader,” said Smith. “I know it’s not an easy job. But I think I can do it.”

Newbern agrees.

“I specifically chose Joe to give that interview,” Newbern said. “I saw in that Marine a natural leader and someone that could take over in my stead. I began grooming him right then.”

Newbern said that while the job of leading Buckeyes for Concealed Carry is highly rewarding, “it’s not as glamorous as people think.” He added, “It’s a lot of hard work that requires dedication and drive in spite of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

“I have the utmost confidence in Joe and know that he will lead the group into places I was not otherwise able to. People have looked to Buckeyes for Concealed Carry as an example of an effective student activist group. I believe that they will go on to respect the group even more under Joe’s leadership.”

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