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,

We wanted to open this week by thanking everyone who attended the K-State versus Oklahoma game over the weekend. I’ve been to quite a few K-State basketball games and have never heard Bramlage so loud. More importantly, everyone in attendance was a great representation of the values that make K-State a respected and intimidating venue to play in. Congratulations to our basketball team, which took down the first-ranked team in the nation. It was one of those iconic K-State moments that I’m sure won’t be soon forgotten.

After last week’s lobbying effort in Topeka, we are proud to announce that Lifeline 911 has been passed through the floors of the Kansas House of Representatives and Senate. We are expecting the Governor to sign the bill into law next week. The bill will encompass a statewide law that will grant intoxicated minors limited immunity to seek help for themselves or a friend. This is the result of a two-year-long effort by student bodies across the state of Kansas.

We would especially like to thank Reagan Kays, Cody Kennedy, Brodie Herrman and all K-State students who dedicated their time, effort and leadership toward realizing this very significant step toward improving student life on campus. We are proud of this achievement and are exceedingly optimistic about its potential to save lives going forward.

It is no secret that campus is expanding and opportunities to drive through campus are diminishing. We want to make it as easy as possible for students to get from one end of campus to another. We are proud of the SGA Green Action Fund’s joint effort with Green Apple Bikes to help us make that happen. In coordination with the Department of Facilities, students will soon see 50 of Green Apple Bikes’ signature white bikes around campus.

The current plan involves two racks near Hale Library, one on the south side of Ackert Hall, one on the west side of Old Stadium and one on the south side of Justin Hall. We are also in discussions for additional locations at the K-State Student Union and residence halls. This initiative, in addition to the growing presence of Green Apple Bikes, will allow students to get around campus quicker while also helping them save on the cost of gas. Needless to say, we are very optimistic about this initiative.

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

My name is Jamie Teixeira and I am a senior English and journalism with a minor in Leadership. I am the president of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, a tutor at the K-State Writing Center,and a member of the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble. My future plans are to become an editor or publisher of children's literature. Outside of school I love to read and cuddle with my kitten, Bert.