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Meet Chris Thulien’15, fiddler and political organizer

April 11, 2013

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Name: Christopher (Chris) Thulien’15.

Hometown: Appleton, Wis.

Major/minor: History/political science double major.

What brought me to Beloit: Academic track record, excellent history department, great financial aid, and being Zaid al-Hadeethi’s prospie.

My favorite class so far, and why you should take it:  POLS 180, Introduction to Political Thought with Jill Budny. Anybody with an inclination to study politics/political thought/the constitution should take this course. It’s a wonderful introduction to the political world.  Besides, Jill is a great professor!

You may have seen me: In my Second  Amendment/NRA posters around campus, at BSFFA, working at Commons, playing fiddle at C-Haus, and on various campus doorsteps.

The best book I’ve read at Beloit: John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government, and The Second Amendment Primer by Les Adams.

What are you working on? Finishing my history major, getting the jump on my political science major, and being an advocate for the Second Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms.

What’s on your desert island jukebox? Montgomery Gentry, Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band, The Band Perry, Garth Brooks, various traditional Irish musicians and singers (especially David Kincaid), classic jazz, big band artists, bluegrass.  

What’s on your Beloit College bucket list? Take a Beloit College student (or students) to a shooting range, revitalize the Fencing Club, and organize Libertarians and Second Amendment supporters on the Beloit College campus.

Any do-over requests to lodge with the universe? Explain. Not yet—life has been pretty good so far.  Although, I wish I had applied for a few more scholarships.

Favorite meal? Anything with venison or wild turkey. Wild meat that you’ve hunted yourself is a culinary pleasure few get to enjoy, and I count myself lucky in that regard.  To me, venison and wild turkey are manna from above.

What can’t you live without? Freedom, liberty, family, books, music, and a few basic comforts.  I have very simple tastes.

Any advice? Remember what Aristotle once said:  “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a notion without accepting it.”  Always remain true to your principles and convictions, because it is these ideals that make you who you are.   

What do you do in your free time? What do you wish you did in your free time? Play fiddle, participate in Civil War reenactments, read good books, shoot targets, hunt, fish, model railroading, study history’s obscure curiosa.  I do exactly what I want in my free time, and to be able to continue doing so is all I want.

Who are your top-three fantasy dinner party guests? General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson.  But, if Lincoln is too busy, Charlton Heston can stand in for him. 

What gets you up in the morning? Conviction; also, my alarm, which is unspeakably annoying.

Who are your heroes? Firstly and foremost: my mother and father. My mother served in the Marine Corps as one of the first generations of female Marines, and when she was discharged, had attained the rank of sergeant. My appreciation for her service extends, by default, to all veterans. My father, who is an incredibly dedicated man and a skilled hunter, taught me everything I know about hunter’s ethics, being a competent woodsman, being a good person, and honor. He has worked all his life to support our family, and has a strength that I can only aspire to. If I can be half the person either of my parents are, I will die happy. 

Proudest moment? When my mother and father pinned my Eagle Scout award on my uniform. Following that, my first successful deer hunt. 

What’s your karaoke standard? “Free and Green,” by David Kincaid.

What are you most looking forward to? After leaving Beloit, I intend to enlist or become an officer in one of the armed forces. Although the prospect occasionally makes me nervous, I am looking forward to dedicating myself to the service of my country and the ideals I believe it represents.

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