IRHA passes two bills, discusses immigration


Chris Jorgensen/Iowa State Daily

IRHA members meet in the Campanile room in the Memorial Union on Oct. 27.

Rachel Ori

The Inter-Residence Hall Association met Thursday evening, resulting in the passage of two bills. 

The first bill that was on the table was titled Fixing a Limiting Factor with Leadership. The bill introduced a new bylaw, and was passed unanimously.  

A second bill was debated, from the Barton-Lyon-Freeman Residence Hall. The hall asked for $3,500 to pay for an annual ski trip that is set to include up to 175 students from the residence hall.

After much debate over the dollar amount, the bill was passed 27-3-1.

A new bill was introduced that would cause a budget change to give the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) president and IRHA representative a $1,500 stipend during their term. This year, a conflict arose that would prevent the current NRHH president from holding an executive position, thus also preventing their stipend.

The current bylaw states that the NRHH president can’t also be a community advisor (CA), while this year’s NRHH president is a CA.

Bylaw would be altered, while bylaws and would be created to resolve the issue.

Voting was postponed until next week.

Another new bill was introduced, asking IRHA to help fund a trivia event titled Kaleidoquiz. The bill asked for $100 per residence hall that registered for the event, with a maximum amount set at $2,000.

Voting was postponed until next week.

A third new bill was introduced, asking for help funding a Maple-Willow-Larch game room.

Voting was postponed until next week.

After the discussions, Student Government took the floor to discuss President Donald Trump’s travel ban and the Trump administration’s promise to eliminate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). 

DACA is a program that was instated under former President Barack Obama to protect children of immigrants. Children who are under 16 when they arrive to the Untied States are allowed to apply to DACA, which allows them to stay in the country in two-year intervals to continue their education, work, etc. 

Student Government brought up DACA because the Iowa Board of Regents has the ability to vote next week on whether to make Iowa State a sanctuary campus. A sanctuary campus is a campus that vocally protects undocumented students. Some sanctuary campuses in other states have been losing state funding because of their identification. 

IRHA members voiced their opinions on the matter and ended the discussion with the decision to bring the issue back to their halls to discuss further. 

IRHA will meet at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Campanile Room of the Memorial Union.