SG delays vote on new entrepreneurship agency

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Electrical engineering professor Bob Metcalfe speaks during a Student Government meeting Tuesday evening.

Photo Credit: Shelby Tauber | Daily Texan Staff

UT Student Government is focusing on entrepreneurship on campus, working to create a Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency that will support students interested in innovation.

SG discussed the legislation in its meeting Tuesday night. Electrical engineering professor Bob Metcalfe opened the meeting and spoke about the importance of entrepreneurship. In addition to supporting students, the agency would also connect different entrepreneurship groups across campus. There are currently six different student organizations listed in the registered student organization database that are related to entrepreneurship issues.

Although the assembly debated voting on the agency, it decided to postpone the vote until next week. Josh Gold, student affairs committee chair, said he supported voting Tuesday.

“I think we should pass this,” Gold said. “Bob Metcalfe came today and took time out of his busy schedule to talk to us. It went to the committee. It passed the committee. If anyone wanted to make changes, they could do it now in this meeting.”

Some were concerned that the student assembly had not been given enough time to consider and make suggestions on the legislation. The assembly eventually voted to delay the decision a week, and a vote has been scheduled for next Tuesday night.

SG vice president Wills Brown said he did not think there would be any problem passing legislation supporting the agency next week.

“No one questioned the bill itself; they questioned the process to how it got here,” Brown said, referring to claims that not all of SG was able to offer input on the bill. “So it’s fine. It will pass next week.”

Metcalfe, who is the inventor of the Ethernet, came to Tuesday night’s meeting to advocate for the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency.

“What we need [the agency] for is to kindle and fuel entrepreneurial interest among the student body,” Metcalfe said. He also said the agency could serve to affect entrepreneurship policy on campus. Metcalfe said while the University has supported entrepreneurship groups, he hopes the support would increase.

“It’s my goal that our entrepreneurship students be as supported and as celebrated as our football players,” Metcalfe said.