Student senators consider funding, appoint new members


Appointments and funding were central to the Student Governing Association’s quick meeting on Thursday. SGA started off its meeting, however, with a visit from new women’s soccer coach, Michael Dibbini.

Dibbini spoke with senators about the developments in the women’s soccer program. According to Dibbini, the team will be heavily recruited from Kansas and southern California, Dibbini’s backyard. However, he assured senators that they would also be looking to the south and internationally to recruit the best possible players. Dibbini said he expects that women’s soccer will have 14 full scholarships available to award by the second year of play. The wait will be due to the continuation of the equestrian team’s scholarships.

He also mentioned that a former assistant coach of Dibbini’s had been hired and would start March 1. While women’s soccer is expected to play in Memorial Stadium once their season beings in the fall of 2016, Dibbini said that they are open to looking at other locations for the team.

Christa McKittrick, senior in accounting, presented about a recent push to local government from the SGA executive board to institute a renter’s bill of rights to help protect student renters throughout Manhattan.

Brion Bircher, senior in political science, was approved as student senator for the College of Arts and Sciences and Damien Downes, graduate student in genetics, was approved as student senator for the Graduate School.

Senators approved $300 for Phi Mu Alpha to bring Brett Valiant to do a concert at All Faiths Chapel. Funding was also approved for the KSU Choral Ambassadors to travel to Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Conference in Wichita, Kansas.

Funding was approved for the American Choral Directors Association to send seven members to its national convention in Salt Lake City. Senators also approved funding to help put on K-State’s Open House. The Creative Arts Therapy Students also received funding to send 10 members to the North American Drama Therapy Association Central Region Conference.

New legislation included an allocation to the Asian American Student Union to host hearandnow theatre in Little Theater. Senators also heard legislation for an allocation to the African Student Union to host African Cultural Night on April 18. The Black Student Union also requested funding for members to travel to the Big 12 Conference on Black Student Government in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Feb. 26-28.

Funding for the International Coordinating Council was also considered to host International Week April 6-12. On the Spot Improv Club requested funding for Delfestopia to commemorate the late Del Close, an alumnus of K-State, April 24-25.