We’re coming off quite a week for K-State Athletics! Congratulations to the men’s basketball team for huge wins over Kansas and Iowa State, which were both ranked in the top 15 at the time. I’d especially like to thank the student body for the great turnout and respectful behavior at the Iowa State game on Saturday – it was noticed and appreciated! Hats off to our equestrian and track and field teams for their solid performances as well. Be sure to head to Bramlage Coliseum tonight to support our women’s basketball team on their senior night!
This week, Speaker of the Student Senate Abby Works, Student Body Treasurer Jordan Marquess, Cody and I will be in our nation’s capitol advocating on behalf of student interests. We’re joining forces with student leaders from other Big 12 institutions to advocate for higher education funding, college safety and affordability, and programs like Pell grants and Perkins loans. We hope to build some positive relationships in Washington, D.C. and raise awareness of topics important to students right here in Kansas.
Secondly, we’d like to commend K-Staters who have stood up against sexual violence by taking the It’s On Us pledge. It’s On Us is a nationwide campaign aimed at raising awareness of sexual violence and empowering students to be active bystanders. For more information and to take the pledge, go to the homepage of K-State’s Center for Advocacy, Response and Education at k-state.edu/care. Stand with your fellow students and help keep K-State a safe and welcoming place.
Finally, with the K-State Student Union renovation quickly approaching, SGA is exploring a proposal to add funds to the project budget. The $25 million appropriated by the Your Union initiative in 2012 won’t quite be able to cover some options, so we’ve located an additional $1.9 million in reserve funds to pay for a renovation to the Little Theatre, a catering kitchen and a conversion of the Bluemont Room into meeting spaces. This money comes from past student privilege fees, so we feel it’s only appropriate to invest it back to students.
Good luck with the rest of your week, and as always, Go ‘Cats!
Reagan Kays, student body president
Cody Kennedy, student body vice president