SGA approves funding for UPC, Campus Entertainment Fund

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In addition to approving funding for the Union Program Council and allocations for various student groups, the Student Governing Association commended several people at its meeting Thursday.

SGA approved a budget agreement with the Campus Entertainment Fund. It included $150,000 of privilege fee funding for each of the next three years, for a total of $450,000. The money will be used to bring in entertainers, as it has in the past with Bill Nye, Aziz Ansari and Lindsey Stirling.

Another budget agreement was approved to give UPC $211,243 of privilege fee funding for each of the next three years. UPC After Hours is earmarked at just under $60,000 of each year’s amount.

According to the legislation, “Between the years 2012-15, UPC has reached an attendance of 359,093 people which is an 184 percent increase from the previous three year cycle … ‘After Hours’ averages about 30 events per year with average attendance of 7,130 people per year,” while UPC holds over 150 events.

SGA also made four commendations.

Wayne Goins, professor of music, was recognized for his 2014 book “Blues All Day Long: the Jimmy Rogers Story.” He won the Living Blues Magazine readers’ poll for the Best Blues Book of 2014 and was also awarded the 2015 Certificate of Merit for Best Historical Research in the Blues, Gospel, Rhythm and Blues category by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.

Ivy Calvert, Michael Fibelkorn, Kage Edgar, Cooper McGuire and Noah Linquist were commended for their success at the West Central National Association of Teachers of Singing Regional Auditions, held at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Calvert, senior in applied music, won first place in the Senior Women Classical division and was named the Singer of the Year. Fibelkorn, senior in music education, won first place in the Junior Men Classical division.

Edgar, sophomore in music education, won first place in the Sophomore Men Classical division. McGuire, freshman in music education, won first place in the Freshmen Men Classical division, and Lindquist, sophomore in music education, won first place in the Lower Division Musical Theatre Men division.

SGA also commended the Kansas City Royals for their 2015 World Series championship.

The K-State Design Build Team was commended for winning second place in the design build division of the Region IV Associated Schools of Construction 2015 Student Competition.

SGA also allocated privilege fee funding to three student groups.

The Institute of Industrial Engineers received two allocations. One was $800 for students to tour industrial engineering companies in the Topeka area. The other was $3,920 to host the Regional Technical Paper Conference at K-State on Feb. 26-28.

The event will include K-State students and students from other Midwest schools. It will allow students to present their research, participate in workshops, interact with future employers and listen to speakers from Walmart, FedEx and Hallmark.

The Theriogenology Club will receive $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 will receive $1,000 to travel to the organization’s annual winter conference in Orlando, Florida, next January.

SGA introduced legislation recommending uses for over $600,000 in City/University Special Projects Fund money for calendar year 2017.

Included in the recommendations are $100,000 for North Campus Corridor improvements, almost $150,000 for the realignment of the intersection at Lover’s Lane and Thurston Street, $200,000 for K-State Student Union Forum Hall ADA renovations and improvements, $30,000 for Colbert Hills special assessment support, $100,000 for lighting additions to the path from Jardine to College Avenue, $15,000 for a rain garden study at Hale Library, $35,000 for the Pioneer Lane sidewalk expansion between Manhattan Avenue and McCain Lane and $2,500 for bike repair stations at Hale Library and Cardwell Hall.

SGA also introduced seven allocations to consider at its next meeting.

The K-State Qualitative Research Student Organization was recommended $3,000 to host Joycelyn Wilson, an Emmy-nominated film producer and Hip Hop Archive alum, to present “Black Girl ‘Becoming:’ Autoethnography through a Hip Hop Imagination.”

WellCAT Ambassadors has requested $1,260 for “Fit To Be Me Week.” It will be a week of events on Feb. 22-26, concerning eating disorders and healthy body images. Audrey Banach, Miss Kansas 2014, has been invited to speak.

The Wildcat Wind Power Team was recommended $800 to send a group of students to the American Wind Energy Association Conference, in New Orleans. The team will enter a wind turbine into a competition.

Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma were recommended $2,300 to host Jack Brndiar as a guest soloist at the wind ensemble and wind symphony concert and to talk with students. Brndiar is a director of the brass choir at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory and is a trumpet player in the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and the Opera Cleveland Orchestra.

In A Chord A Capella is requesting $300 for eight members to perform in Neodesha, Kansas. Audacity A Capella was recommended $550 for its winter concert.

The Society of Composers Inc. has requested $400 to attend a regional conference in Wichita.

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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.