From the president’s desk

Student Governing Association's Andy Hurtig, president, and Joe Tinker, vice president. (File Photo by Evert Nelson | The Collegian)

Fellow K-Staters,

How about those ‘Cats! We want to take a second to congratulate the K-State football team for finishing the regular season on a high note and an invitation to the Liberty Bowl. We’re proud of everyone associated with the program, especially the student section, who were purple, proud and loud throughout the season. We’re hoping for another win against Arkansas in January and look forward to seeing you in Memphis as well. Tickets for the bowl game go on sale today at 2 p.m. at the ticket office in Bramlage Coliseum.

In our letter a few weeks ago, we talked about being more proactive in making students from all walks of life feel like they are a part of the K-State family. This week, we are scheduled to meet with administrators from various colleges and take a step further in developing strategies to address diversity on campus. We would love to have your input on the issues to discuss with the administrators. If you have any recommendations, please email or tweet at us at the address below.

We’re aiming to make K-State a completely tobacco-free campus. It is a step that is part of a larger trend in institutions of higher education around the country, including the other major colleges in the region. For us, it is also an issue of respect. While we do appreciate the health benefits that come with a tobacco-free campus, we also want to approach it from a position of respect. We want to ensure that any decision we make is informed by the views and opinions of the K-State family. Next semester, we will host a series of open forums for students to voice their views on a move to a tobacco-free campus. We hope that these forums can stimulate debate and lead us to better understand where the student body stands on the issue. In the meantime, if you have any concerns or views, please don’t hesitate to bring it to the attention of your college’s senator.

Lastly, we want to wish you all good luck as you prepare for finals during dead week. It has been a long and challenging semester for us all, and we hope you’ll end it with a strong push down the stretch.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments and concerns you might have. You can reach us by email at or on Twitter at @KStateSBP_SBVP. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you and go Cats,

Andy Hurtig, student body president

Joe Tinker, student body vice president

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