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EIU College Republicans looking to rebuild after disbandment

Meghan Cebula

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The EIU College Republicans are looking to rebuild themselves since disbanding in 2014.

Low participation was one of the main reasons for the club’s end. Since then, students have decided to come together on their own to get it started again.

“We’ve been more unofficial,” said Samuel Cundari, president of the EIU College Republicans. “We just informally meet. We hang out and discuss different topics.”

There are currently two members in the registered student organization, but 10 members total are needed to register the group with the university.

Since its disbandment in 2014, the EIU College Republicans have had a three-year period to re-register. This year is the end of that period.

If the club is unable to re-register, they might have to go through the process of re-starting.

“Re-starting the club would include a process of going through committees and getting official recognition and approval through them,” said Ron Sutliff, co-adviser of the EIU College Republicans.

He said the goal of the organization is to educate students about the ideas and vision of the Republican Party.

The club wants to bring in outside guests and speakers as a way for members to gain more insight on the party.

“There is already a College Progressives and (EIU) College Democrats so I think having this as a counterpart for students is an important measure,” Cundari said. “This is an opportunity for (students) to find a place where they fit in.”

Sutliff would like for the club to eventually meet with Illinois state representatives as well.

“It would be good to connect with them because we are showing support of them on this campus,” he said.

The EIU College Republicans also wants to expand the club beyond the university.

“I would like to see us get national affiliation,” Sutliff said.

Being a student is the only requirement to join the RSO, and it is open to all with an interest in politics.

“We want to include grad students, part-time students, all levels are welcome,” Sutliff said.

“Even if someone doesn’t identify with the ideals, we have no problem with people just joining to ask questions,” Cundari said. “An opportunity for people to come ask questions or voice their thoughts is important.”

Members plan to meet once a week to discuss current political issues and standpoints.

The first official meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday in room 2030 of Lumpkin Hall.

Meghan Cebula can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]

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EIU College Republicans looking to rebuild after disbandment