Weekly Member Spotlight: Mr. Luke Young (MSB ’15)

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For this week’s Member Spotlight, we meet Mr. Luke Young, an MSB junior studying finance and accounting with minors in psych and government. He hails from the great and beautiful centennial state of Colorado.

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 Q: So why’d you choose the business school?

I wanted something practical and analytical, and I like the universality of it. Our culture as a liberal arts institution is strong enough that business students can still study a variety of things. 

Like this political psych class I’m taking right now, I’m writing a paper comparing the discourses of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan and what they emphasize and how that impacts their success. Goldwater is philosophical and weighty and not easy to put your arms around, whereas Reagan is much more “We have freedoms! You don’t have to do anything except tell them to stop taking your freedoms!” Movements are able to take power by emphasizing rights and maintain power by emphasizing duties and Goldwater reversed the two.

Q: How did you get involved in Philodemic?

I spoke at the first debate freshman year, it had something to do with Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. I had two speeches near the end of that first semester and I remember continually going up to Chancellor Iacono and saying, you’ve got to call on me. He finally swore he would at the Christmas debate and I got my third speech that night. 

Q: What speech are you proudest of?

I think my induction speech was the best I’ve ever given. It was whether Obama’s contraceptive mandate violates religious freedom. They put me on the negation because, you know, Philodemic likes to put you on the side they think you’ll disagree with. While I technically agreed with the negation, I affirmed in spirit: it doesn’t violate “religious freedom” as defined by the Constitution, but forcing someone to buy something they don’t want to buy definitely violates freedom.

During my closing I said something like, “You know, I appreciate the arguments being made by the affirmation,” as I stepped down from the dais and stood in the front of the room and walked around a bit, and Amanda, my mentor, looked like she was going to die. And then I said “but I think… we can step above,” and I stepped back up on the dais. I was pretty proud of that.           

Q: What’s something people wouldn’t expect you to be involved in?

I have a radio show with my roommate Brian, “The Tortoise & the Hair.” Sunday evenings at 9. It’s mostly banter, with occasional music as well, but primarily banter.

It’s more fun for us than for the listeners, which I think is the way comedy is going. Like Jimmy Fallon isn’t actually that funny, but he’s funny because you’re watching him have fun.

A couple weeks ago we did a Michael Caine and Nicholas Cage read Georgetown confessions. I was Michael Caine and Brian was Nicholas Cage.

Q: What’s something you hope to see in the Society’s future?

Greater depth and variety of commitments that people make to the Philodemic. I want people to have the chance to contribute to Philodemic in many different ways depending on that individual. Theres a lot of ways we can develop intellectually as a group and that people can contribute, and by doing so people will be able to commit themselves more fully and we’ll have a better retention rate as a group.

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