The Associated Student Government voted on bills to recognize eight student organizations at their meeting last Thursday. Five of the RSOs were re-recognized after having been rescinded previously by the senate for reasons ranging from late paperwork to lack of community service hours.
Ben Reilly, senior music education and performance major and president of the Interfraternity Council, represented IFC at the meeting, a governing body for fraternities on campus.
“We lost our RSO status because…there was some confusion,” Reilly said. “I thought someone was turning in community service hours and he thought I was (turning in community service hours).”
Other groups returning to RSO status were the Episcopal Campus ministry of ESU, Sigma Pi fraternity, Alpha Sigma Tau sorority and the Public Affairs Club. Three bills for recognition were tabled due to lack of representation for the groups. Three other organizations were granted recognition by the senate, including the 12th Man Flash Mob, the Athletic Training Club of ESU and ESU Chinese Students and Scholars Association.
Luke Drury, legislative director and senior political science major, discussed his and President Brooke Schmidt, senior Spanish major’s, upcoming meeting with the Kansas Board of Regents, which took place Tuesday and Wednesday in Topeka, and possible topics that might come up over the coming months, primarily the possible return of the concealed carry on campus bill, which was voted down last year.
“More than likely, with how the elections turned out this year, there were a lot of conservatives that replaced the more moderate Republicans in the senate, which means, more than likely, conceal and carry is going to come back up again, only this time it has a serious shot at passing,” Drury said.
ASG voted last spring to not support House Bill 2353, the Personal and Family Protection Act, which would force all state-run buildings to allow concealed carry of weapons on the premises.
Tyler Curtis, director of Alumni Relations and vice president of the Emporia Main Street Organization board, along with Jessica Hopkins of Big Brothers Big Sisters, secretary of the board, spoke to the senate about Emporia Main Street.
Curtis covered topics ranging from basic information about the organization, and Hopkins discussed a number of events for the upcoming semester, including Haunted Tours in October, the Freedom Fest 5K Run and Bike event in November and the annual Christmas Parade.
Mike Erickson, associate vice president of Technology and Computing Services, and Cory Falldine, director of user support for TCS, spoke about some of the changes coming to ESU this semester and gave an update on the status of the switch to Gmail for the student email platform. Falldine said the Gmail switch is on schedule and will go live on Sept. 24.
First readings for the meeting were primarily reserve fund requests for seven different RSOs and one bill for the recognition of the Biology Club. These bills, along with those tabled during general order, will be voted on at the next meeting at 5 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Senate Chamber on the third floor of the Memorial Union.