SA debates Good Samaritan Act, recognizes 3 student organizations

By Jacqueline Evans and Kyla Gardner

The Student Association Senate recognized three student organizations and debated the Good Samaritan Act Sunday night.

The vote to enact the Good Samaritan Policy, which is defined as “to save lives by granting amnesty to students who call for medical help in drug related overdoses,” was postponed last week due to debate among senators because of its vagueness.

On Sunday, it was changed to the Resolution to Prevent Needless Drug Related Death. The policy’s name and definition was changed to ensure clarity. The new policy would promote rehabilitation and counseling.

Senators debated on the policy and due to lack of data to support the policy in regards to drugs, the bylaws were suspended to amend the words ‘drugs’ and ‘illicit substances’ to ‘alcohol.’

Senators voted against the amended policy 18 to 11.

“I believe most senators did not agree with the policy because there was not enough statistics or figures to support its need,” said Senator Austin Quick after the meeting. “It would be better for [the senate] to do our homework before we enact a policy that affects the university.”

Senator Brian Troutman, the proposal’s author and co-sponsor, said he felt those opposed to the measure were hiding behind the excuse of requesting statistics, and wouldn’t have supported the measure anyway.

“I think it’s disgusting that people would put politics above the safety of the students,” Troutman said. “To say that, on a college campus, alcohol overdoses are not a problem is ridiculous.”

Troutman said he will continue to revise the proposal and push for it again in the future.

The SA recognized the student organization NIU Quidditch.

Bridget Hickey, president and founder of NIU Quidditch, said the game is based on the sport played on broomsticks in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and is already played at 400 colleges worldwide.

She said she expects NIU Quidditch to play against other schools and already has plans to compete against Eastern Illinois University. Hickey said the organization would also like to fundraise for reading.

“I really want to advance Quidditch and spread a little magic,” she said, “This is like a childhood dream come true because I’m such a Harry Potter fanatic.”

The SA also recognized NIU Women’s Club Volleyball after a discussion of how the club would be funded.

Aleksandra Kostka and Stephanie Alesia, the club’s cofounders, said the team would request that players pay dues to fund travel, uniforms and tournament costs, which would make them ineligible for SA funding.

Alesia said the club would give female students who can’t commit enough time to NIU’s Division I women’s volleyball team a chance to play.

The Society for Youth and Families was also recognized. The organization is under the Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences College and plans to host events focused on NIU families.

“We are excited to start planning events,” said President Lauren Diehl, senior family childhood studies major. “We want to get involved with the families and community of NIU.”

Students for Sensible Drug Policy recognition discussion was postponed again.

Sunday was also Speaker of the Senate Patrick Talley’s last senate meeting. Talley recommended Jeremy Peters, current Sergeant at Arms, to be his successor. The vote to replace Talley will be held next Sunday.

The Director of Advertising Daniela Miteva reported the Huskie Line had accrued $16,332 from advertisements and $13,882 would be allocated to the Student Association.