Step to Perfection charter revoked

By on April 14, 2010

The Student Government Association (SGA) revoked Step to Perfection’s charter last Wednesday, citing violations of charter policies.

This comes in the wake of Dance Company’s charter removal on March 24.  Both cases involved controversial audition processes that conflict with SGA guidelines to welcome all interested students.

Step to Perfection President Katelyn Croce admitted to allegations of cutting students who auditioned, according to  Organizational Liaison for the Public Relations Committee Holly Hitchen.

“[Croce] confirmed that they do in fact make cuts and that not everybody who tries out is allowed to be on the team,” Hitchen said.

Croce later told The Chronicle in an e-mail, “because tryouts are held, people are cut.”

This runs contrary to an interview with Step to Perfection Captain Danielle Chambers, who said the organization does not exclude students.

“We do not cut people,” Chambers, a sophomore, said.  “We take anybody who can physically do it.

“(This semester) we tried out 12 and took 11. The girl who didn’t make the team–it was a mutual parting of ways. She knew she couldn’t do it and handle it.”

According to SGA’s Chartering Policy, “membership is open to all and only Quinnipiac University undergraduate students.”

In response to the two charter revocations, Vice President of Public Relations Jennifer Walts, along with Hitchen, are in the process of creating a yearly review system of all chartered organizations.

“SGA has tried not to be big brother over the student organizations that we have, but we realize that in trying not to overstep our bounds, some things have fallen through the cracks,” Hitchen said.  “We want to make sure that doesn’t happen again and every organization we have is following the policies and procedures under which they were first chartered.”

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