Jon Street, Campus Reform
- University of Kansas student senators voted on a resolution to ask the school to cancel classes on Monday.
- The resolution reportedly asked the chancellor to provide barf bags on campus the day after the Super Bowl if it does not cancel.
The University of Kansas student senate voted on a resolution calling on the chancellor to cancel classes on the Monday after the Super Bowl or at least scatter bags around campus for students who have to go to class after a long night of partying and drinking.
While introducing the resolution, one student leader pointed out that 75 percent of students at KU are from Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska and are “inclined to root for the [Kansas City] Chiefs” as they take on the San Francisco 49ers at the Super Bowl in Miami on Sunday.
He said that multiple students had asked the student senate to petition the administration to cancel classes for the big game.
According to the Kansas City Star, the resolution cited the “health” of students as justification for taking a day off.
“The Student Senate body would be woefully negligent of its duty to represent the student body by not advocating for a concern for the health of students given the inevitability of celebrations that may occur should the Kansas City Chiefs emerge victorious…” the resolution stated, according to the Star, adding that students’ health “would only be exasperated by the continuation of classes less than 12 hours after said victory…”
Student body president Tiara Flloyd told the newspaper the resolution “is both serious and lighthearted.”
As part of her argument in favor of canceling classes, Floyd said that back in 2015 when the Kansas City Royals won the World Series and KU didn’t cancel classes, “I hate to say this; people were vomiting in their backpacks. That is a health issue.”
The student senate live-streamed its meeting but the video cuts off just before the student lawmakers vote on the resolution. While the Star reported that the resolution passed, Campus Reform could not independently confirm its approval by the student senate.
Floyd did not return Campus Reform‘s request for comment in time for publication. Other requests to the student senate went unanswered.
University officials did not return the Star‘s request or Campus Reform‘s inquiries regarding whether it has considered canceling classes for the Super Bowl, or whether it will provide bags around campus for students who drink too much.
One student leader pointed out while discussing the resolution the “problems” with the Chiefs. He specifically called attention to “some of the traditions of the Chiefs such as the tomahawk chop that are offensive to native cultures.”
At least one student leader who spoke during the debate of the resolution was not pleased by the very existence of the legislation.
“As a university, education should be our top priority, not going out and partying,” the unidentified student said.
He added that the resolution was “not about keeping students safe” but “more about ensuring there is a safe party scene.”
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