12 Clubs Face Derecognition After Missing First Three Senate Meetings

The Student Senate flag flies above Penn Hall (Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College)

The Student Senate flag flies above Penn Hall (Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College)

By Gauri Mangala, News Editor

Monday, Sept. 17’s meeting of Student Senate marked the first meeting of the semester in which the organization had a full quorum after the executive board officially installed the Class of 2022 officers and senators-at-large.

Class of 2022 Officers:

  • President: Andrew Adam
  • Vice President: Lauren Dardick
  • Senators: Courtney Cholewa, Daegan Wilcox, Jarek McCuff and Nishat Tansim

Senators-at-Large:

  • Erick Cabrera ’21
  • Nadine Snyder ’21
  • Garrett Goodwin ’21
  • Rock Swartz ’22
  • Giacomo Coppola ’22
  • Shane Carley ’22
  • Lauren Dardick ’22

Senate President Nick Arbaugh ’20 also announced that Ivana Lopez Espinosa ’19 had been appointed as a senator for the Class of 2019.

Arbaugh then notified the body that white mold was found in Hanson basement, resulting in a collective groan in the room from students that remembered the mold fiasco of the previous semester.

Arbaugh had club representatives split into their seven affinity groups (Cultural, Social, Political, Religious, Service, Art & Music, Academic) to discuss possible candidates for their leaders, who will be given full voting power once appointed.

Senate was presented with two budgets:

  • Comic Book Club: $4,000 for a guest speaker at ‘LinCon’ on Nov. 3; full amount allotted
  • China Club: $100 reimbursement for food at club meeting; $0 allotted

Parliamentarian Abby Hauer ’21 presented the new constitutional amendment proposals surrounding the installment of affinity group leaders and the combining of Senate committees, including Safety and Sustainability, and Public Relations and Information Technology. Senator Grace Wenzel motioned to table the proposals for next week’s meeting and the motioned pass unanimously.

Shortly after the meeting, Secretary Marisa Balanda ’21 sent out an email to all club representatives stating that 12 organizations had missed the first three meetings of Student Senate and are expected to attend an attendance hearing in front of the executive board on Friday, Sept. 21 at which they will face derecognition. The clubs are as follows:

  • Beekeeping Club
  • Economics Research Club
  • Entrepreneurs Club
  • Film Society
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Nerd Nation
  • Phoenix Rising
  • Refugee Action Committee
  • Rotaract
  • Ski Club
  • Smart Women’s Securities 
  • Vegan/Vegetarian Club

Editor’s Note: This article originally stated that 15 clubs faced derecognition, formerly including Panhellenic, IFC, and the Class of 2019, as per Balanda’s email. The Gettysburgian was later notified by Balanda that she had learned the three organizations are not considered Senate recognized clubs; the article was edited accordingly. (-G. Mangala)

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Author: Gauri Mangala

Gauri Mangala '21 currently serves as the News Editor for the Gettysburgian, a position she has held since May of 2018. Gauri is originally from Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Aside from her work with the Gettysburgian, Gauri is the treasurer for the Owl and Nightingale Players. She hopes to study International Affairs and Anthropology during her time at Gettysburg.

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