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Berkeley College GOP: The Counter Culture?

It’s not easy being red on a blue college campus but the Berkeley College Republicans are pocketing a little extra green to help ease their minority status.

The San Ramon Valley Republican Women gave the student club $1,000 this week, the first of what the promised will be an annual investment intended to help foster the formation of young GOP minds at UC-Berkeley, a campus synonymous with liberal politics.

Club President Ross Lingenfelder, a third-year math major, regaled the women with stories of the group’s efforts to bring conservative speakers to campus, participate in debates with the Berkeley College Democrats and its placement of U.S. flags on campus on the anniversary of Sept. 11.

Lingenfelder’s voice rang with extra enthusiasm about when the club’s members show up at liberal events — of which he said there are many, he said — and protest.

“One of our great joys is counter protesting,” said a smiling Lingenfelder, whose business card says “From Behind Enemy Lines.”

But don’t look for Lingenfelder anywhere on campus carrying any big protest signs this week. It’s finals.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen