Union Governing Board prepares for 24 hour student access to Union, shuttle bus to football games

The K-State Student Union will be open for student access 24/7 starting Sept. 25, 2016. (File Photo by Miranda Snyder | The Collegian)

Kansas State Union Governing Board (UGB) passed a vote of 11-0-0 to “simply just keep the doors open” for students, faculty and staff of K-State.

In light of Hale Library cutting hours due to budget cuts, UGB had been discussing extending their hours over the last week.

Concerns were raised about cost, safety and the extra staff needed to keep the union open longer.

“This extension of hours will not cost us or our students any extra expenditures,” Bill Smirga, executive director of the K-State Student Union, said. “All we’re doing extra is keeping the doors open.”

There are already custodial staff in the building all through the night, Smirga said, and the power and lights are always on anyways. Training for the custodians was conducted last week, and the staff are aware of the extra responsibilities that will come with the new hours.

As for safety, the board agreed to spend the next week notifying campus police that the building will be unlocked, and looking into panic buttons and a first floor information desk. The board will also be looking into the amount of entrances they will keep open throughout the night.

“We hope this to be a valuable resource to students,” Smirga said. “They’re getting more resources without paying extra.”

Restaurants, the bowling alley and other services will not be open during the extended hours.

Free Shuttle Bus

For the first time in three years, the union will be providing a free shuttle bus to and from the Bosco Plaza turnaround and Bill Snyder Football Stadium.

The bus rides are free for students, faculty, staff and the rest of the community.

The shuttle will run from two hours before kickoff till about one hour after the game. Return trips from the stadium to the union will begin with five minutes remaining of the third quarter.

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