On Sept. 19, at the last Associated Student Government Meeting, the newest senators were also sworn in, and then, the senate addressed the topic of the wave of Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) being rescinded.
Twenty-one groups are being disbanded, but some are already taking action to keep their recognized status.
One such group is Chi Alpha Epsilon, a national honor society for Project Challenge and TRIO. John Alfrey, president of Chi Alpha Epsilon and senior speech and theater major, said his group recognizes where it went wrong.
“Chi Alpha Epsilon is being rescinded because we failed to turn in community service hours in last semester,” Alfrey said. “We have started the actions to restart. We have elected new officers and have started HornetLife back up. Hopefully, now that community service hours can be put in HornetLife, it will be easier to keep adding hours in so that it will not happen again.”
Germann said unfortunately, it isn’t uncommon to see this many RSOs lose their status – and typically, for the same reason as Chi Alpha Epsilon. Germann said some RSOs just forget to log their service hours.
The Senate Chambers haven’t looked as full as they did last week for a long time, according to Marissa Germann, ASG vice president.
“It’s a challenge to get up to full senate,” Germann, a senior marketing and Spanish major, said. “We want to retain for next semester as well.”
Despite the full chambers, the meeting was short, mostly outlining bills that will be discussed further at the next meeting.
“It was a pretty simple meeting,” said Josh Wallace, ASG senator and junior communication major. “It was the first meeting that we had bills.”
At their bi-weekly meeting, ASG also discussed five unfilled senate positions, including one in Liberal Arts and Sciences, two for the School of Business and two for the Teachers College, according to Germann.
Racheal Countryman, ASG president and senior communication major, discussed “What Do You Want Wednesday,” an event that will happen every second Wednesday of the month in the Memorial Union.
“Our first event went off fairly well,” Countryman said. “We learned some things from it. We got a great amount of surveys taken.”
For first readings, ASG again discussed the RSO disbanding, as well as the Sociology Club asking for allocations in the vicinity of $1,500. At the next meeting, Sociology Club will send representatives to discuss what the money wants to be used for.
The senators also remembered Eric Knox, an ESU student who passed away recently.
Countryman also talked about the 26th Hornet Squad meeting and her recent trip to Topeka for the Kansas Board of Regents meeting, where she presented the idea of removing sales tax from college textbooks.
“Originally, it was brought up from the president of KU,” Germann said. “They had been working on it in their town, and all of us thought it was a really good idea. So they’re moving forward with that.”
More information about the removal on college textbooks will be available in the next few weeks. The next ASG meeting is Oct. 3 in the Senate Chambers of Memorial Union.