Senators focus on funding student organizations at SGA meet


The Student Governing Association began its Thursday meeting by approving Corbin Goedert, senior in finance, to fill an open senator seat in the College of Business.

Senators approved funding for the Asian American Student Union to host hereandnow in Little Theater on March 30. The African Students Union received financial support for its annual African Cultural Night on April 18. Funding was also approved for the Black Student Union to travel to the Big 12 Conference on Black Student Government in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The International Coordinating Council received funding to celebrate International Week, April 6-12.

On the Spot Improv Club was also given funds to host Delfestopia, an improvisation festival, April 24-25. Delfestopia is an event to celebrate the late Del Close, an alumnus of K-State who trained comedians including Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and others. The Reckoning, an improvisational theatrical troupe that has been featured on Saturday Night Live, is set to attend. The event will bring in a multitude of improvisation teams from other universities as well as people from the community and K-State. SGA allocated $9,555 for the event.

“It translates into being able to think on your feet, which I think is a very important skill to have,” Kevin Klein, junior in mechanical engineering, said of the event’s educational value.

In new legislation, allocations were introduced to fund the Engineering Student Council to travel to the National Association of Engineering Student Councils national conference in Phoenix, Arizona, March 19-23. Funding also went to the Human Ecology College Council to host its first professional day Feb. 21. An allocation was also introduced to fund Phi Beta Sigma’s annual step show.

Funding was introduced for the Institute of Industrial Engineers to send members to the Regional Industrial Engineering Conference in Norman, Oklahoma, Feb. 19-22. Senators also heard an allocation for the Pussycat Press Printmaking Society to travel to the Southern Graphics Council Printmaking Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Cody Kennedy, senior in education and student body vice president; Joe Tinker, junior in psychology; Becky Brady, junior in elementary education; and three interior design students traveled to Chicago to look at new furniture for the redesigned K-State Student Union.

Today is the 4 p.m. deadline to file to run for SGA. Sarah Haley, senior in psychology and elections commissioner, spoke to senators about the updates that are being made to the SGA elections website. Changes are being made to make the website easier and more accessible for students.