At the final senate meeting of the semester, the Student Government Association recognized three of the four proposals for new student organizations.
Epsilon Tau Pi, the Public Relations Student Society of American and the Rotaract Club became registered student organizations, but the National Society of Leadership and Success was denied SGA recognition. Senator Haden McDonald, who voted no on the measure, said during the first reading, concerns were raised by senators who thought the new organization would compete with organizations that already exist.
“Personally, I voted no for the reason that the club did not show a clear difference from our business fraternity and it was stated in the previous meeting,” McDonald said. “Senator Byerley said that it was a threat to her organization because she would lose some members to this organization because they would use it for a resume builder. It has a lot cheaper one time fee, as compared to her organization that she is the president of, where they have to pay membership dues.”
McDonald was not the only senator to question the need for the organization on campus. During the meeting Senator Brian Shewell raised his concerns.
“How is that different from several different organizations that do the exact same thing, like Alpha Kappa Psi, like SGA? How is that different? I’m still trying to figure out the purpose.”
Clifford Peterson, president of the National Society of Leadership and Success, spoke on the organization’s behalf at the meeting. Peterson said the organization’s primary goal is to encourage students to become leaders on campus, but it is providing more leadership opportunities — not competing with the preexisting ones.
“I guess I’m confused because I’m not exactly sure why it has to be different,” Peterson said. “I mean, a leadership opportunity for students to join, become a part of, grow have already proven on campus to make better graduation rates and better retention rates. The more opportunities we have on campus for students to do that, whether it’s with this organization, or that one, or another, the better off we are. The goal at Missouri Western is to educate and graduate students who will go out into the world and make a difference.”
During the meeting, Vice President for Student Affairs Shana Meyer interjected that there is legal precedence to recognize student organizations under Healy vs. James. According to the 1972 ruling, there are three stipulations a university can question a new organization about: not upholding SGA’s rules and guidelines, inciting violence of disrupting classes and inciting illegal activity on campus. The National Society of Leadership and Success met all SGA’s requirements to become an organization.
Although the organization met all of the requirements, the senate still decided to vote against it with seven ayes, nine nays and one abstention.
“I think it feels weird as a senate because we are passing things left and right without questioning them and so, when something gets voted no and people aren’t apparently giving reason, then it feels weird,” McDonald said. “That’s why it felt weird… Because there were no negative speeches presented because I think everyone had a clear mindset of how they wanted to vote.”
The National Society of Leadership and Success can reapply to become a registered organization in the Spring semester.