From the President’s desk: Sept. 30

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Dear fellow K-Staters,

It was a great weekend for K-State. We had a blowout win over UTEP and another sellout crowd at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Our Volleycats kicked off their conference season with a close loss to Baylor – we wish them the best of luck as they continue with their Big 12 schedule.

Election day is right around the corner on Nov. 4. This will be a crucial day with major implications for the state of Kansas and Manhattan. Unfortunately, students around the country tend not to exercise their right to vote. In 2012, only 45 percent of young people aged 18-29 voted.


In order to help students make their voices heard, the Student Governing Association will be holding a voter registration drive this week. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, we’ll have tables in the K-State Student Union where students can register to vote. Today, from 6:30-8 p.m., we’ll have an event at Eighteen63 in Aggieville where visiting professor in the political science department and former Democratic Gov. John Carlin and state Republican Rep.Tom Phillips will speak to students on civic engagement.

Last Friday, K-State President Kirk Schulz gave a wonderful State of the University Address sponsored by our Faculty Senate. Many of the questions Schulz was asked revolved around the question of faculty salary increases and other incentives for faculty. We agree with Schulz that these increases will fall on the backs of students. It’s important to balance the retention of a top-notch faculty and graduate student population with accessibility for students – last year’s tuition increases funded about $10 million towards faculty salary increases and awards. We will continue to work with Schulz to keep the cost of attendance at K-State affordable, all the while keeping the best faculty and graduates on campus.

Have an excellent week and, as always, feel free to approach us with any questions or concerns you have. We’ll see you on Saturday to watch K-State take down Texas Tech!

Go Cats,

Reagan Kays, student body president

rkays@ksu.edu

Cody Kennedy, vice president

ckennedy@ksu.edu

@KStateSBP_SBVP

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Shelton Burch
Shelton grew up in the desert southwest. A native of Lancaster, California, he mostly grew up in south Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Colorado Springs, Colorado before moving to Kansas and graduating from Junction City High School. He started working as a news writer for the Collegian in 2009 before taking a three-year break from college. He returned to K-State in 2013 and has since worked for the news desk, feature desk, as a copy editor and now as a sports writer. He enjoys tap dancing, writing anything possible, reading court opinions and watching Arizona Coyotes hockey.