We are the K-State family, all the time

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Dear Fellow Wildcat Enthusiasts,

Some students wait 365 days, while others wait their entire college career for the opportunity to beat our in-state rival KU, in basketball. Last night was a hard-fought victory by our beloved Wildcat basketball team. Coach Bruce Weber and the players are to be commended for their perseverance, effort and sportsmanship. It is always a good day to be a Wildcat; with such a sweet victory, today is even better.

The “Octagon of Doom” was in full force Monday night, from the Wabash to the Doom banner. Bramlage Coliseum is truly a great atmosphere to play college basketball and one of the best in the country, according to last night’s ESPN commentator Brent Musburger. An exceptional environment for college basketball exists at K-State because of our wonderful fans, dedicated athletic department and our tremendous student support. Thank you to the thousands of students that showed up and “Brought the Doom” to help our men’s team defeat KU, the No. 8 team in the country.

The student section provided a huge pillar of support for our team and coaches with their passion and enthusiasm. I was in row 20 of section 21, cheering on the Cats with you. As the events of the evening came to a conclusion, I began to think that our students could do better. Coach Snyder continually refers to his number four goal, “Improving … as a player, person and a student.” We can all learn a lesson from Coach Snyder and improve ourselves as students and how we treat others.

The use of profanities from our student section is not a good representation of the K-State family and who we are. This should stop. When visitors come to K-State, no matter who they are, they should be treated with respect. On Monday night, the visitors to Bramlage Coliseum were not treated like the K-State family is capable of treating others. We should hold ourselves to higher standards. We can do better.

Few times in my life have I been more passionate about being a K-State fan than when we sang our alma mater after Monday night’s victory. I encourage you all to join me in preserving and upholding the integrity of the K-State family that we all love and appreciate.

I hope to see you all at Saturday’s game to cheer on the Wildcats against Iowa State at 3 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.

Go Cats,

Reagan Kays

K-State Student Body President

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