Two agricultural and environmental science clubs will be hosting the second annual ACU Barn Dance on Nov. 9.
The Agricultural and Environmental Science Club and Block and Bridle Club will be having a dance at Rhoden Farm to raise money for their clubs.
Riley Morrow, sophomore animal science major from Bellvue, Colo., is the secretary and treasurer of Block and Bridle.
“It’s a good fundraiser for the clubs and a good way to be involved with the ACU community,” Morrow said.
He said that while the policy change was a beneficial to planning the event, that is not the club’s reason for having a dance.
They will be selling tickets in the campus center until Nov. 8.
In previous years, dancing was prohibited at any ACU sponsored event. Two years ago, the policy was revised and now allows student organizations to request dance events approved by Student Life.
The policy changed in April 2012.
Dylan Benac, senior political science major form Boerne and president of Students’ Association, had positive feedback on the policy revision. He said it is good for students to have that kind of freedom.
“It was an exciting change,” Benac said. “Reflecting on the past and reporting on the current, it was about time something like that happened.”
There are a few dances that are being planned throughout the year, including the ACU Barn Dance.
“For the fall semester, there is nothing on our end as far as planning dances,” Benac said. “In the spring, we may do something like the Lindsey Lee Red Boot Roundup to remember the accident that happened last year.”
Student Life is now in charge of approving events that involve dancing and manage the process of ensuring they are ACU appropriate. Mark Jackson, director of student organizations and programs, is a member of the committee.
The old policy mandated that nothing could be sponsored by ACU as a dance, Jackson said.
“Students were going to Oplin and other places to dance. So we thought that since students are already having dances off-campus, why not have a dance on campus?” Jackson said.
In the two years that the policy has been in effect, the Campus Activity Board has hosted 4-5 dances. The first on-campus dance was held in the Hunter Welcome Center in August 2012.