Four clubs were approved by Student Government at the general body meeting on Wednesday, April 16.
The first club — the Association for Music Production and Discussion, or AMPD — seeks to create an environment for music discussion, music production collaboration and recording.
The group was previously derecognized, mainly owing to loss of access to the on-campus recording studio as it underwent renovation, but even so, AMPD continued to co-sponsor events such as The Drop, a biannual electronic music event.
“We had The Drop last year and we brought in DJs from outside, but we also showcased some students’ music,” AMPD executive board member Chris Flannery said.
Governmental Affairs unanimously voted in favor of the organization, believing it will be a creative addition to campus.
The next group that presented was the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, a non-partisan group that hopes to create awareness about issues such as on-campus housing equality, Internet privacy, LGBTQ rights and an understanding of the student code of conduct.
GA was impressed with the initial programming ideas for the club.
Next to present was the Student Alliance to Facilitate Empathy, or SAFE, an organization meant to bring disability awareness to campus.
The group will offer a stigma-free environment and supportive, student-run meetings.
Finally, the Arabic Club was approved after GA recognized the lack of Arabic representation on campus.
The club plans to focus on raising awareness of various Arabic customs and allowing members to practice the Arabic language, along with hosting film screenings, Arabic cooking classes and guest speakers.
“Many people have been comparing the Arabic Club with the Muslim Students Association already on campus,” freshman class council member Javier Nicasio said, “but not everyone of Arabic descent is Muslim. That’s exactly why we need this club on campus, to educate people about Arabic culture.”