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CONTACT Presents: Hypnotist Tom DeLuca

On Tuesday, March 26th at 7pm, Contact Committee is bringing famous hypnotist Tom DeLuca to W&L! Tom’s show is highly interactive, extremely funny, and will leave the audience talking about it for hours.

20 people will be selected at random from the audience to participate in parts of his performance. Contact Committee is mixing it up to bring a different kind of experience to campus. This is a fun way to see your friends do some hilarious things. This is a first come, first serve event, no tickets. Doors open at 6:30. We hope to see you there!

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CONTACT Presents: An Evening With Ron Paul

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Former 12-term Congressman and three-time Presidential Primary Candidate Ron Paul will deliver the first speech of his 2013 College Tour on Tuesday, January 15 at 7 PM in Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University. Doors open at 6 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Lee Chapel attire required. The event is sponsored by Contact Committee, the Washington and Lee Politics department, and the Washington and Lee College Republicans. 

There will be a table in the Elrod commons on Monday, January 14 and Tuesday, January 15 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Stop by to learn more about the event, for free Contact Committee gear, and for a chance to win free VIP seating. 

Congressman Ron Paul of Texas enjoys a national reputation as the premier advocate for liberty in politics today. Dr. Paul is the leading spokesman for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies based on commodity-backed currency. 

He is known among both his colleagues in Congress and his constituents for his consistent voting record in the House of Representatives: Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution. In the words of former Treasury Secretary William Simon, Dr. Paul is the “one exception to the Gang of 535” on Capitol Hill.

At the podium, Dr. Paul delivers a candid look at the dysfunctional American political system. Using anecdotes from his 23 years in Congress, he highlights the need for a limited government and more personal liberties. Dr. Paul captures audiences’ attention by relating the occurrence of current national issues such as debt, privacy and freedom to the government’s neglect to follow the constitution. 

Despite the less than ideal condition of the country, Dr. Paul is an optimist. His unwavering passion leaves audiences motivated to speak out, wake up and let politicians know what they want.

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Aron Ralston to Speak at W&L on November 1

Aron Ralston, the real-life story behind the movie 127 Hours, will speak at Keller Theater in Lenfest Hall on Thursday, November 1 at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 7. The talk is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Contact Committee and the Washington and Lee Outing Club. Following the talk, there will be a light reception at Kamen Gallery in Lenfest Hall.

There will be a screening of 127 Hours in Stackhouse Theater on Wednesday, October 31 at 4 PM, and there will be a table outside the commons on Tuesday October 30, Wednesday October 31 and Thursday November 1 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Stop by to learn more about the event and for FREE Contact Committee and Outing Club gear. We will be giving out Contact Committee cups and koozies, Outing Club stickers, and will have a raffle for signed copies of Ralston’s book, “Between a Rock and a Hard Place.”

An experienced climber and avid outdoorsman, Ralston was descending a remote Utah canyon alone when an 800-pound boulder broke loose, crushing his right hand and pinning him against the canyon wall. After nearly five days — without water and with no hope of escape — Ralston made a life-or-death decision. He chose life by severing his arm below the elbow, rappelling a 65-foot cliff out of the canyon, and trekking seven miles to find his would-be rescuers.

Ralston documented his life-altering experience in the New York Times best-selling memoir, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, which has been adapted for the big screen by Danny Boyle, the Academy Award-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire. The film stars James Franco as Ralston, and his performance, as well as the movie, have been nominated for numerous awards.

As an inspirational speaker, Aron Ralston moves audiences with his unforgettable story. An ordinary man pushed to the limits, Ralston demonstrates the human capacity for the extraordinary. He takes you on a riveting journey in which courage, perseverance, and human will defy the inevitable outcome.

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