SGA holds final meeting of 2017, allocates funds for travel


The Student Governing Association’s final meeting of 2017 acted on several requests for travel funds from student organizations along with a resolution on the 2018 common read in its final meeting of 2017 of Thursday.

The Travel Allocations Committee received a request from the Kansas State Engineers Without Borders, which will be traveling in January to work with its partner chapter in Joyabaj, Guatemala, to repair and reconstruct a school building. The group requested $500, but the committee voted to grant $400.

The committee also reviewed a request from the university’s Speech-Language-Hearing Association for more than $600 to fund its trip to Topeka for Legislative Day in January. The committee voted to grant $120.

Final action was also taken on requests for major travel allocations to the Catholic Student Organization, Food Science Club, Pre-Dental Club and the Sexuality and Gender Alliance.

The CSO, FSC and SAGA all requested and were granted $1,000 to fund travels to events in Chicago, San Francisco and Omaha, Nebraska, respectively.

The PDC requested and received $835 to travel to the Kansas Mission of Mercy conference in Hutchinson.

The senate also introduced a resolution recommending the book “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas to be K-State’s common read for 2018. According to the resolution, a survey sent out to the K-State community showed that 83 percent of the respondents chose “The Hate U Give.”

Leandra Jenkins, community coordinator at West Hall, and Randy Myles, officer from the K-State Police Department, spoke to SGA to highlight the role of active bystanders in situations of sexual assault and prevention.

“Delegate, distract and redirect are the three D’s of bystander prevention,” Myles said.

“The bystander intervention training is something I think every student should go through,” said Stephen Kucera, student support director and graduate student in accounting. “It puts you in different situations and asks how you would react, then suggests some better actions that students can take.”

The senate also appointed six senators and four at-large students to the Student-Centered Tuition Enhancements Committee for the 2017-2018 term.

The senate commended the K-State Design Build Team, which recently placed second in the Design Build Competition at the Region IV Construction Management Student Conference.

The senate also commended the K-State Commercial Division Team, which came in second in the Commercial Division Competition at the Region IV conference out of 18 other universities.