SGA prepares for SGA Celebrates week

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The Student Governing Association discussed plans for the next week’s SGA Celebrates at its meeting Thursday.

The celebratory week will include several events that focus on increasing awareness and understanding about the work done by SGA.

Monday will be “SGA Celebrate 475+,” and will include an SGA table in the Quad from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. where members of student organizations can learn about the funding application process. The name comes from the over 475 student organizations at K-State.

Tuesday’s “SGA Celebrates Diversity” will include a table in the Union from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a “Diversity and Donuts Discussion” in the Union’s West Ballroom from 6-7 p.m. where students can discuss the diversity needs of the student body.

Wednesday’s “SGA Celebrates Your Voice” will have an SGA table in the Union from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. where students can fill out forms with ideas and concerns, as well as learn more about the local and state issues SGA is advocating.

Thursday’s “SGA Celebrates Your Experience” includes a table in the Union from 10 a.m. to noon with a pep rally for the K-State vs. Baylor game from noon to 1 p.m. in Bosco Student Plaza.

Friday’s “SGA Celebrates Proud” will include a 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. table in the Union where students can learn more about SGA and K-State Proud.

Andy Hurtig, student body president and senior in accounting, spoke to senators about the campus tobacco policy. He said that there is potential to change the policy to either have a new map with new designated smoking locations or a complete ban on tobacco products on campus, including in Jardine. Discussion on the topic would tentatively begin the third week of November.

Hurtig also said that a survey on campus gun policy will be sent to students next week. The survey will be used to help determine the future gun policy at K-State. Additionally, Hurtig said K-State has formed a committee comprised of representatives from several groups to discuss the issue.

Several allocations were approved for various student groups.

The Army ROTC was allocated $950 to send 10 students to the Southern Indiana University Norwegian Ruck March in Evansville, Indiana next Friday through Sunday.

The K-State Catholic Student Organization will receive $3,050 for a lecture by Christopher West on Dec. 3 in Forum Hall. The lecture, titled, “God, Sex and the Meaning of Life,” will discuss what it means to be human and the desires of body and soul within human life.

International Buddies was allocated $225 for an event Nov. 13 at the Frith Community Center. The event, called Friendsgiving, will be a Thanksgiving dinner designed to give international students a chance to experience a traditional American Thanksgiving meal while learning about American culture, as well as giving domestic students a chance to learn more about various world cultures.

The International Tuba Euphonium Association will receive $500 for a master class taught by the Canadian Brass on Dec. 1 at McCain Auditorium.

The Architectural Engineering Institute was allocated $1,000 for 12 members to travel to the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 18-20.

The Investment Club will receive $1,000 to take 16 students to Chicago on Nov. 13-15 to meet with Morningstar, an investment research company, and other professionals in the investment industry.

SGA also introduced two privilege fee contracts and several allocations to consider at their next meeting, which will be Nov. 12.

The contracts would be with the Union Program Council and the Campus Entertainment Fund. The UPC and Campus Entertainment Fund contracts would be $211,243 and $150,000, respectively, for each of the next three years.

The Institute of Industrial Engineers could receive $3,920 to host a regional paper conference in February at K-State for students from K-State and other schools across the Midwest. Speakers will include representatives of Walmart, Hallmark and FedEx. The Institute of Industrial Engineers is also asking for $800 for a trip to tour Topeka-area companies. There would be 50 students attending.

The Theriogenology Club is asking for $300 to send five students to compete at the Student American Veterinary Medicine Association Symposium in Ames, Iowa next March.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers is asking for $1,000 to travel to the organizations annual winter conference in Orlando, Florida next January.

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Jason Tidd
Jason Tidd graduated from Kansas State University's Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May 2017. He was the spring 2017 editor-in-chief, fall 2016 news editor and spring 2016 assistant news editor. While at K-State, Jason played baritone in the Pride of Wildcat Land marching band.