Several members of RSU’s College Republicans and their families attended Saturday’s campaign rally for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. The event marks the beginning of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign visits. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt attributed the selection of Oklahoma as the site for the first rally due to the state’s early reopening plans.
“With a little bit more action taking place closer to Trump’s appearance, things are starting to get pretty amped up,” said Braiden Lanser, an RSU student. Lanser attended the rally with his brother and father.
“We’re super excited! It’s a new experience for all of us so we don’t really know what to expect, but haven’t been disappointed yet,” said Lanser.
Hana Yu, an RSU student, volunteered at the rally. “I wanted to show support to a president that is working to bring back the country that I became a citizen in,” said Yu. “It was also a honor to be able to be in the same room as the president and vice president.”
In a statement, the Oklahoma Federation of College Republicans commented on the participation of their local chapters. “We are honored to have had the president kick off his campaign in Oklahoma. Oklahoma was the right choice as we have been successfully open for over 50 days. Our College Republicans are mobilized to take back our 5th district and bring a Trump landslide in the state,” said OKFCR Chairman Mack Savala.
The RSU chapter of College Republicans is a member of the Oklahoma Federation of College Republicans which is affiliated with the National College Republicans Committee. The national College Republicans movement supports the Republican Party, its candidates, and hosts activities for its members on college campuses. According to the National College Republicans Committee’s website, there are over 1,800 active chapters on college campuses with over 250,000 members nationwide.
Editor’s note: this article was updated at 5:03 PM to correct an inaccurate date in the first paragraph.
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Student Government Holds First Meeting: Recognizes Black Student Association
In their first meeting of the academic year, 36 students attended the Student Government Association Congress meeting. “We’re excited to have you hear, especially in person,” said student government vice president Darci Johnson.
Beginning at 1:21 p.m., the SGA called the meeting to order. All officers of the student government gave reports on their offices. SGA Public Relations Director Caden Coleman announced a freshman council and shared his social media account as a source of information. SGA President Madison McLaughlin and SGA Director of Diversity and Inclusion Yleana Esparza also shared their social media accounts.
Currently, the SGA Congress has not approved appropriations or formally established a freshman student government council. New business included recognizing two student organizations at RSU.
“We hope we get this student organization back on track,” said RSU student Giovanni Wahome. He represented the International Student Association and spoke about the perspective of international students at RSU. The International Student Association has previously been recognized as a registered student organization at RSU but fell into bad-standing with the SGA.
Wahome described disparities in international student services offered at RSU compared to other institutions under the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents. Vice President Johnson objected to further questions by the Hill News regarding the association’s experience attempting to be recognized as a registered student organization again.
The International Student Association was officially recognized by the SGA Congress and passed unanimously. RSU student Kira Carter then presented Brothers and Sisters for Excellence, a proposed black student association, to the SGA Congress.
“It’s going to allow students to make connections,” said Carter. RSU has not had a recognized black student organization since being accredited as a four year, regional university.
“We can spread diversity across campus,” explained Carter. She described that Brothers and Sisters for Excellence as an inclusive student organization for RSU students. The proposed student organization was recognized and passed unanimously.
SGA President McLaughlin recognized incoming RSU Student Activities Coordinator Katie Warnick to share announcements. Warnick began working on August 25, 2020, and oversees campus events, student organization support services, and other university recreational activities.
Warnick announced that student organizations at RSU will be expected to adhere to COVID-19 activity guidelines. Warnick also announced that the SGA will be hosting the Student Organization Leadership Retreat on September 11, 2020. This annual event is traditionally required for student organizations in the spring semester but was not held to COVID-19.
RSU Libraries shared information about upcoming campus events, and President McLaughlin adjourned the meeting at 2:02 p.m.