The first thing to strike me was I’d never experienced a “conservative” event so upbeat, diverse, and numerous in its clientele. Such was demand that the organisers relocated to a larger venue, and high turnout led to a long delay in starting. Most curiously, the attendees were distinctly normal. I should add a caveat that, in my experience, students who openly express right of centre views fall under the “outcast” spectrum in many cases. By taking such positions they often isolate themselves socially — there are many exceptions, but this is certainly a trend.
While mostly male, the number of women and minorities, and the class fluidity, was striking.