Last spring I took an idea to a good friend of mine...
“I want to start a chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy on our campus,” I told her.
She immediately took to the idea and volunteered her energy as my helper. Within a couple of weeks we were holding our first meeting on the lawn of the South Oval, mostly gathering people as they walked past by screaming at the tops of our lungs, “SSDP meeting! Sit your butt down if you wanna change drug policy!”
It wasn’t long before we had some fifteen people sitting on the lawn with us discussing what we could do to get this movement started. We passed around a sign-up sheet and by the end of the meeting we had more than enough people to actually start the group officially with the University.
Once we had our members it took us nearly another year to secure our last piece of the puzzle, a faculty sponsor. And once we had our sponsor we thought, “Hmmm, I wonder if student government will give us any problems with our approval.”
Well, they didn’t. It only took two weeks for our group to be approved once we had all of our paperwork submitted, and now, we are the first student run organization of our kind in the state of Oklahoma. It’s quite the accomplishment, or at least it feels like it.
So the moral of the story is that we apparently underestimated the university population, because this morning the school paper, The Oklahoma Daily, ran a story about us, and they found all sorts of people who were down for the cause. You can read the full story at thedaily.com.
Here’s the direct link to the story about our chapter…