A prospective student organization was denied endorsement by the Student Government Association last Wednesday, and is up for appeal today.
The National Society for Leadership and Success was presented before SGA executives and was denied endorsement.
SGA Assembly will now listen to the NSLS’s presentation, and will vote to pass it or not.
If the NSLS is approved in the SGA assembly, Irene Stevens, dean of student life, and PuLSE Office Director Caroline Huck-Watson will then review it.
Brian Hannon, the president of the NSLS if it is approved, understands SGA’s initial hesitation but says the organization will help Butler students.
“I think the group was initially rejected by the SGA board because they were worried the fees required to start the organization are too much and too corporate-based,” Hannon said in an email “It is their responsibility to protect the student body from getting scammed, so I understand their viewpoint.”
“The networking possibilities, nationally-recognized speakers and community service events all would be a huge benefit to this campus,” Hannon said.
SGA President Mike Keller said that when the NSLS presented, there were specific parts of the group’s constitution that caused concern.
The financial aspect of the constitution stated that an $85 admission fee to the group was required for each new student.
Of that $85, only $5 went back to Butler University, and $80 went to the national headquarters of the group.
Keller also said that a 3.0 GPA was required to be eligible for the group, which he said did not seem high enough to be considered an honors group, especially here at Butler.
“We really didn’t feel comfortable saying this was a good organization for the students because it would take away money from other groups that are more beneficial,” Keller said.
Marielle Slagel, SGA vice president of operations, said the whole presentation made the SGA executives question if this group could really benefit Butler.
“We are looking out for students and the campus community and are skeptical of the membership fee as well as the benefits that students would receive from the National Society of Leadership and Success,” Slagel said.
Even though Stevens has not seen the group this year, she said that the same group attempted to start a chapter here at Butler in the past.
Two years ago the NSLS made a presentation to Huck-Watson, and she raised her initial concerns to Stevens.
Huck-Watson researched the group online and told Stevens that it is a “for-profit” group, in which the NSLS had to raise thousands of dollars a year just to support its own programs.
The online website for the NSLS boasts 221,000 members yet its membership benefits said there is $100,000 available in scholarships. So if each member were to receive benefits. each individual would only receive $0.45.
“There are better ways to go for a leadership group than to pay a lot of money to a for-profit organization, in my opinion,” Stevens said.
The NSLS will present to SGA Assembly this afternoon.