Four new groups officially joined the ranks of Drake University’s campus organizations during Thursday’s Student Senate meeting.
Drake ONE, Collegiate DECA, Psi Chi and Writer’s Circle all easily gained approval after the senators heard brief statements from representatives from two of the organizations.
Collegiate DECA President and first-year student Austin Cooke described the organization as “a competition business club” and said it was “unlike any other business organization Drake currently has.”
He told the senators that Collegiate DECA (Distributive Educational Club of America) “aims to prepare all college students for the professional lives after Drake through competitive competition and networking opportunities.”
They will be preparing throughout the year for a statewide competition held in April.
Senior Colton Davis is president of ONE, an organization working to eradicate poverty in the poorest places in the world.
“We feel that the Drake campus community is a good student body to engage with because you guys, well we all, are very proactive,” Davis said. “We really feel like we could make an impact and engage with you guys as far as our events and goals and purchases as an organization go.”
He said they have around 25 students consistently attending meetings and are still in the process of recruiting more. Next week, some members plan on attending the lectures and other events at the World Food Prize Symposium in downtown Des Moines. Both groups were approved without any opposition.
“We look forward to seeing what you can do on campus,” Student Body President Samantha Haas told the three ONE representatives.
Thursday’s motions also brought two other organizations to campus: the psychology honor society, Psi Chi, and Writer’s Circle, a student organization that aims to provide Drake students with opportunities to share and edit each other’s creative work.
In addition, senators voted, without further discussion or objections, to approve the new rules regulating the election of a first-year senator presented to them last week.
“We will have a first-year election,” Haas said to a round of snaps after the motion was declaratively passed.