SA Senate discusses recognition of disbanded student organizations

By Felix Sarver

If a student group is absent from campus for more than one academic year,it must now re-apply for Student Association Senate recognition.

A bill to amend bylaws concerning the recognition process of disbanded or absent organizations was passed unanimously by the senate at its Sunday night meeting. The bill was authored and sponsored by Senate Speaker Austin Quick.

“There’s nothing currently in the bylaws of the constitution I can find that says what happens when [student organizations] come back,” Quick said.

Senator Derek Maple asked if organizations who go through the recognition process again must wait two years before they can receive SA funding like any other new student group. Quick said this was a matter for the Senate and various cabinets and committees to discuss.

During his report, Quick said he was concerned about things he witnessed over homecoming weekend at Greek row. Quick said he saw mobs of people who were “definitely not students” causing problems. Another issue Quick said he had was the excess presence of state police.

“We have to do more work with the city of DeKalb [so] that they don’t invite 55 state police officers,” Quick said. The SA should work with the community to make homecoming weekend safe and prevent it from turning it into a police state, Quick said.

Quick said he was also concerned about the number of university vehicles that park on sidewalks, grass areas, and “play chicken with students.”

Quick said he didn’t think it was fair for university vehicles to park in the 15-minute parking spots usually reserved for students when they could park in the spots reserved for these vehicles.

“A number of times I had to go up to a university vehicle and say could you please move or park literally right next to where it says university only?” Quick said.

Three student organizations were recognized by the Senate: Dynamic Dance Collaborative, Back Step Dance Group and Huskie Bass, a fishing organization.

The Senate also passed two resolutions related to Senate decorum; according to the resolutions, Senators will be seated alphabetically by district and must wear business casual at all Senate meetings.