From the president’s desk


Dear K-Staters,

First off, congratulations are in order for our Wildcat football team for earning a bid to the Valero Alamo Bowl! I look forward to seeing San Antonio turn purple for the game against UCLA on Jan. 2.

Last week, the Student Senate voted on some changes to the Tuition Strategies Committee, which will now be known as the Tuition and Fees Strategies Committee. Comprised of several student and faculty leaders, including Cody and I, and student representatives from each college and K-State Salina, the committee provides a student voice in the tuition planning process.

Entities wishing to propose a change in student fee rates will now be required to fill out an application outlining their intended use for revenue increases, and reviews of all fee increases will be conducted on a three-year cycle. These changes will make the committee more efficient, more transparent and more effective in its efforts to protect student interests in the tuition budgeting process.

This week, a meeting of key stakeholders – including K-State students and administration, the KSU Foundation, K-State Athletics, and more – will be held to discuss plans for the North Campus Corridor, an area that is expected to see a great deal of development by the university and other parties in the near future.

In an effort to ensure the area has a cohesive, unified look and feel when the anticipated projects are completed, President Kirk Schulz appointed a task force to research and advise on developmental plans. Today, from 10 a.m. to noon, the first student sessions with these consultants will be held in Room 227 of the K-State Student Union. Please drop by and offer any input you have.

It’s hard to believe dead week is already upon us; another semester has flown by at K-State. Best of luck to everyone on final exams and we hope you enjoy the break from classes, whether you’re heading home or spending the time here in Manhattan. A special thank you to all who have read this column over the past few months, we love serving the student body, and we’re excited to get back to it in 2015!

Happy holidays, and as always, Go ‘Cats!

Reagan Kays, student body president

Cody Kennedy, student body vice president


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.