SA recognizes student groups

By Sara Blankenheim

Several organizations came up for recognition and allocation at the Student Association Senate meeting Sunday.

The SA Finance Committee met last Thursday and sent three bills back to the senate.

“[The meeting] was dedicated mainly to training and to me gathering a lot of pertinent information,” SA Treasurer Shaun Crisler said.

The three bills sent back to the senate later were approved.

Money will be allocated to the Trio Association, the Deaf Pride Association and the Chinese Student Association.

Various organizations asked for recognition from the SA.

The bill to recognize the NIU Gymnastics Club, which was tabled because of a lack of club representation at the senate meeting Oct. 20, remained tabled because of the same factor.

The SA also approved recognition of the Self Defense Club.

“We have about 60 in the club and 30 others at each meeting,” said David Healy, president of the Self Defense Club.

Among other organizations approved for recognition were the NIU Robotics Club and the Historia Artis Organization, an art history group.

However, the recognition of Future Businessmen Incorporated was not approved.

SA Director of Organizational Development, Lonnie Pollard said the disapproval is only temporary.

“I don’t like saying no, and I’m not saying no,” he said. “I just don’t think this organization is prepared to exist.”

The position of the Senate Clerk Brittany Gilmer also was approved, without debate.

A resolution to confirm senate appointments, which entails filling the senate’s remaining handful of seats, will be discussed at the next meeting.

A committee report from Sen. Andrew Nelms of the University Policy Committee discussed plans to reiterate the idea of a fall break and further discussion of parking problems on campus.