Associated Student Government voted to recognize Safe Consensual Alternative Lifestyles Education and Support (SCALES) as an official Recognized Student Organization at last Thursday’s meeting in the Senate Chamber. The bill passed with 12 affirmative, two opposing and two abstaining votes.
Czarli Rex, junior interdisciplinary studies major and founder of the group, spoke on behalf of the bill.
“There are no other RSOs (like SCALES) in the state of Kansas that I know of,” Rex said.
But other campuses in Kansas are trying to create groups like SCALES, and Rex said she is working with them as well. The group provides support for those who practice alternative lifestyles and education for those who are curious, while maintaining the privacy of its members.
Rex said official recognition of the group was one of her majors goals.
“There’s not been a lot of recognition,” Rex said. “There’s a lot of discrimination, so people have to be careful of what they put out there.”
How the group will benefit the community through service projects is still a work in progress.
“We’re hoping to work with groups like SOS,” Rex said, “but putting people’s faces out there as a part of SCALES is difficult.”
Billy Garner, senator and sophomore secondary social science education major, was the bill’s sponsor.
“It is an organization that needs to be on campus,” Garner said, “because those people (with alternative lifestyles) need a place where they can have support.”
Mallory Waldren, ASG senator and sophomore international business major, said she thought the group would help represent some of the students at Emporia State.
“There’s a whole wide variety of students at Emporia State and we need to be able to represent all of them with our student organizations,” Walden said.
Rex said all faculty, alumni and current students are welcome to join. The only requirement is that the individual be representative in some way of ESU.
Other RSOs that were approved include the Blue Key Honor Society, ESU Enactus, Organization of Biology Graduate Students of Emporia State University, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society INC., Newman Kansas Association of Nursing Students, Student Veteran Association and SOS Advocacy from ESU (SAFE).
The next meeting is at 4 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Senate Chamber in the Memorial Union.