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Ostrum touts energy campaign, increased internship spaces

Watching Wisconsin football has always been a tradition for Adam Ostrum, a University of Wisconsin junior, and his dad, a UW alumnus.

It is one of the reasons Ostrum, president of the Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow, decided to transfer to UW from State University of New York at Buffalo more than a year and a half ago.

"I came to visit the campus [and] it was beautiful," Ostrum, who is majoring in history and consumer science-personal finance, said. "I knew it was a great school."


After he transferred to UW, Ostrum said he knew he wanted to take part in university activities.

"I think a key thing for students that are transferring is to get involved," Ostrum said. "If you are involved in activities, you meet people and meet friends. I think that is very important."

Once he arrived on campus, Ostrum decided to become involved with CFACT, an organization he has headed since Sept. 2005.

CFACT is a politically oriented student organization which primarily deals with consumer and environmental issues.

"We think that these issues can be solved through smart science, free-market capitalism, modern technology and personal responsibilities," Ostrum said. "We want to provide another voice in the marketplace of ideas."

During his time at the helm of CFACT, Ostrum said the organization has experienced extraordinary growth.

Over the past two semesters, CFACT's internship program has expanded from just 16 interns to nearly 100.

CFACT interns and board members are working on six campaign efforts, which include campaigns on energy, plastics, competitive pricing, textbooks, Earth Week and genetically modified foods.

Ostrum said all board members are involved in one of the campaigns and that he is personally involved in energy issues.

According to Ostrum, the energy campaign is an informational campaign to educate students about multiple energy sources.

To fund its campaigns, CFACT was recently allocated $198,000 in student segregated-fee money from the Associated Students of Madison and the Student Services Finance Committee.

According to Ostrum, the money will help make it possible for more students to get involved, and he said that as students get more involved in CFACT, they learn valuable life skills.

"Students that are in the internship class are prepared so that they will build up leadership skills," Ostrum said. "Also, students get the chance to vote on what campaign interests them."

They are leadership skills Ostrum has learned and put to use in his role as president.

And one of his duties as president of CFACT is to run board meetings and write the agenda for all CFACT meetings.

"He is very personable, everybody likes him and he is a great face for the organization," CFACT managing director Lindsey Ourada said. "His enthusiasm is one of the best characteristics. He is always making jokes. We are always having a good time while getting things done."

Though CFACT is a major part of Ostrum's schedule, he still finds time to be with his friends, go to the SERF and play sports.

And, of course, he continues to be a Badger sports fan.

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