Beacon News: ‘Hucka-believer’ fever hits campus

‘Hucka-believer’ fever hits campus

By: Mitzi Figueroa /  News Editor

Gov. Mike Huckabee addresses a crowd at a luncheon March 25

Gov. Mike Huckabee addresses a crowd at a luncheon March 25

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee urged students to stay informed of the political sphere and to keep an eternal focus in the face of difficult times during his visit to Palm Beach Atlantic University on March 25.

The former Republican presidential nominee stressed the importance of staying true to one’s personal faith and to be “the salt to the earth.”

“The truth is we need a whole generation of young Americans to say, ‘wait, what you guys are doing, you’re doing to my country and my future. Stop,’” Huckabee said during a sit down interview. “I hope that there will be millions of younger Americans who speak up and say that what is taking place right now is unacceptable because it’s really not going to affect me as much as it’s going to affect students.”

Huckabee, a former minister and author of  “Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement that’s Bringing Common Sense back to America,” was the key speaker for PBA’s fifth annual Ethics & Character Lecture Series that took place at The Breakers Hotel on March 24.

Apart from the lecture, which cost attendees $200 per plate, the former governor spent time with student leaders Wednesday morning and addressed the student body at a special chapel that took place in the Rubin Arena.

Huckabee urged the standing-room-only crowd to not only challenge the political structure but to also change the ethical structure. He finished off the morning with a surprise performance on bass guitar, smoke machines included.

“Overall it was awesome,” said senior Rachel Skinner. “It was very applicable especially for leaders to see his outlook and where he’s been in life, and to know that he’s stayed true to his morals is very encouraging. I agreed with everything he said. And I thought his bass performance was a great way for students to connect with him on another level.”

See after the jump for more never before seen photos of Huckabee’s visit.

Students who knew the politician would be on campus headed to the arena early to grab a seat, but for others, it was a surprise to see the former governor speak at chapel.

“It was really good,” said junior Ashley Powell of Huckabee’s appearance at chapel. “I liked how he chose different examples during his message and didn’t say the same thing over and over again. I didn’t know he was speaking today, and I was really impressed.”

Even the College Democrats were open to the former Republican presidential nominee. During the book signing period, a College Democrat representative handed Huckabee a warm welcoming letter, thanking him for his visit to campus.

The governor stressed the importance of staying involved, especially at a young age. He also made a comment on the likelihood of getting anything done with the beautiful environment of Palm Beach but complimented everyone’s tan.

Huckabee made references to his experience during the presidential campaign that brought him close to becoming the Republican nominee for president.

During the question and answer period at the student breakfast, the former governor did not shy away from offering advice to the current administration  saying that government needs to decrease spending, and that smaller government is better government.

He also  spoke on the inter-dependent relationship between morality and politics.

“The very best government we ever have is not the government we elect to go to Washington; it’s the government that’s inside of our own hearts; it’s self government,” Huckabee said. “And frankly if we don’t self-govern, all the government in the world will never make for us a civil society. It really does come down to personal morality, a personal decision to be an ethical individual because the government can’t get big enough to control all three hundred million.”

Apart from his political career, Huckabee spends his time hosting a radio show along with a televised commentary show that airs on the Fox News Network.

The Huckabee show features guest commentary from various celebrities and political figures as well as personal performances with  his Fox Network band, “The Little Rockers.”

Huckabee’s broadcasting career is gaining steam across the nation. At the Ethics Lecture, he announced that he will be  taking over Paul Harvey’s radio spot. Harvey, who died Feb. 28,was a iconic syndicated radio host who gained national attention. Huckabee also stated that he’s getting more attention now with a radio show than he was when he was running for president.

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