From the president’s desk

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Dear fellow K-Staters,

This weekend, we traveled to Ames, Iowa for the annual Big 12 Student Governing Association Conference, and we had a great experience. We had the opportunity to talk with student leaders from the other nine conference schools, and we came away even more convinced of how lucky we are to go to K-State. Compared to other Big 12 schools, our SGA has better access to administrators, more financial control and more overall influence on the university.

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new app for K-Staters called LiveSafe. The app, which is fully integrated for use at the Manhattan and Salina campuses, has tons of features to ensure your safety on campus. Users will have a direct line to submit anonymous tips to the K-State Police Department, a GPS-based “virtual escort” feature, a directory of emergency contacts and more. The app is available for free to all students, faculty and community members on Google Play or the App Store.

Workshop Architects Inc., was back in town last week as they continue to plan the upcoming renovation to the K-State Student Union. The designs they’ve shown us so far are looking great, and we’re excited to continue working with them in the coming months. They’ll be on campus next on Dec. 4 to host a meeting of the student design committee. These meetings are open and all students are encouraged to come and provide input.

Finally, we’re thrilled to announce that the Student Senate unanimously approved a resolution in favor of Lifeline 911, our campus medical amnesty policy. The same resolution will now go before the Faculty Senate at its December meeting. We expect to have the policy fully in place (in the K-State Policies and Procedures Manual, the Student Life Reports and Policies manual and the Residence Life Policies manual) before we leave for winter break.

This is a huge step, but it’s only the beginning; as soon as the policy is in place on campus, we’ll begin working toward a medical amnesty law on the state level. We’re committed to the safety of students at K-State and other schools in the state, and we want to eliminate any possible reason to hesitate to call for help when someone is in danger from drinking too much.

That’s all for this week. Have a great Thanksgiving break, and root hard for our Cats in Morgantown, West Virginia this Thursday!

Best,

Reagan Kays, student body president

rkays@ksu.edu

Cody Kennedy, student body 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.