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,

It has been a while since we last wrote to you. Over the past few weeks, we have been hard at work on your behalf to find a way to enhance your experience at K-State.

To begin with, I want to thank everyone who attended the campus conversation roundtable about the campuswide tobacco ban on Tuesday. In a letter last semester, we emphasized the importance of the student body’s input when it comes to any policy change. We really appreciate those who came out and provided their feedback at the event. We look forward to building on it and making campus a more inclusive environment for all.

We are writing to you this week from Topeka, where we, along with members of SGA, have spent the day advocating and lobbying for Lifeline 911. We are pushing for a statewide law that grants limited immunity to intoxicated minors that seek medical attention for themselves or friends. We believe that having this law in the books will give minors the confidence to pick up the phone in times of crisis and call for help. The policy was initiated by our predecessors Reagan Kays and Cody Kennedy, and we are proud to do our part to further the efforts.

Along with members of our cabinet and SGA representatives, we have continued to find ways to address the issues important to multicultural students on campus. We have been meeting with representatives from the various student groups, staff and faculty to find a path forward. We are optimistic about the progress we have made and look forward to continuing our efforts this semester.

Lastly, we want to encourage you all to join us inside Bramlage Coliseum this Saturday as K-State takes on Oklahoma. Your support has always been crucial in providing K-State a truly enviable home-court advantage. We hope you show up purple and loud as we take on the first-ranked team in the country.

As always, we welcome your feedback and any suggestions. You can reach us or via 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