The Associated Student Government held its first meeting of the year last Thursday. Six elected senators stood and were sworn into office before Michael Stauffer, senator and senior secondary education major, moved to open the meeting. Following the opening, President Brooke Schmidt, senior Spanish major, gave her remarks.
“There’s been a lot of excitement surrounding this upcoming year, and I can already tell that we are going to be doing a lot of incredible things,” Schmidt said.
Schmidt also presented her recommendations for appointments to the senate. All 10 of Schmidt’s recommendations were voted on and approved, after which all of the senators were sworn in as well.
During his remarks, Stuart Sneath, vice president and senior sociology major, discussed plans to allocate funds for a new plaque in the Memorial Union when it is re-dedicated to students who have participated in the Iraq War.
Luke Drury, legislative director and senior political science major, spoke on the Constitution Day event, where students will gather watch and discuss clips of John Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Drury said that refreshments will be provided and that it will take place at 5 p.m. on Sept. 17.
Racheal Countryman, public affairs director and junior communications major, discussed her plans for the upcoming year.
“One of my big goals for this year will be to actually educate our students on our student services,” Countryman said. She also said that she wants to push the Corky’s Cab program more this semester.
Under first readings, the senate heard a number of bills regarding recognition of student organizations and another bill for rescinding 38 recognized student organizations.
However, of the 11 organizations seeking recognition from the senate, seven of them were rescinded by the final bill. Another two organizations, Kappa Kappa Psi and Kappa Mu Epsilon, were also taken off the list of organizations to be rescinded by a textual amendment.
When discussing the rescission of the organizations, Mary Shively, director of leadership, said that the groups to be rescinded had been contacted multiple times and were informed of the situation. No single reason was given for any of the rescissions, aside from what was written in the bill itself, which was that the “organizations have failed to fulfill their RSO requirements.”
The other four groups petitioning for recognition from the senate were 12th Man Flash Mob, ESU Chinese Students and Scholars Club, ESU Rec Club and the Multicultural Greek Council. These, along with the other seven, will be voted on at the next meeting.
The rules were suspended and the bill for rescinding student organizations was moved to general order and voted on by the senate. The bill passed by a vote of 16-0-0.
The next ASG meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Sept. 13 on the third floor of the union in the Senate Chamber.
- Active Artist Society
- Alpha Sigma Tau*
- American College of Sports Medicine
- American Criminal Justice Association
- American Red Cross
- Anthropology Club
- Association for Computing Machinery
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Biology Club
- Engineering Club
- Episcopal Campus Ministry of ESU*
- ESU Athletic Training Club*
- ESU Chess Club
- Society of Public Historians
- ESU Student Chapter of USITT
- ESU Students for Life
- ESU Swing Society
- GAMMA (Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol)
- Instructional Technology Student Association*
- Interfraternity Council*
- Korean Student Association
- Latter-Day Saints Student Association
- MBA Association
- Mental Health Counseling
- NAfME Collegiate
- Newman-Kansas Association of Nursing Students
- Presbyterian Student Organization
- Public Affairs Club
- Saudi Club of ESU
- School Psychology Student Society
- Sigma Pi Fraternity*
- Sigma Pi Sigma
- Society of Physics Students
- Student Veteran Association of ESU
- Tau Beta Sigma*
- Xi Phi
*RSO with a bill already drafted for re-recognition.