SGA pleads for stop to ‘F*** KU’ chant

The student section and Willie the Wildcat cheer on the Wildcats during the opening of the game against TCU on Jan. 20. (Meg Shearer | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State University Student Governing Association is pleading with students to stop the infamous “F*** KU” chant that has increased in intensity over the last few years.

In the email sent to student leaders Monday evening, the senate asked for help in putting an end to the chant.

“We pride ourselves on having the best fan experience in the Big 12,” the email read. “Negative chants towards other universities not only go against everything we stand for, but can have impacts on the success of our University.”

The senate also asked students to reach out to members of their organizations to voice their “concerns over the chant and the importance of ending it.”

The statement added that the chant does not help win games and that it motivates opposing teams more than their own Wildcats, while noting that the chant could potentially impact recruitment, enrollment and support from alumni.

Although the email mainly addressed the chant, the senate also thanked students for their support during the men’s basketball team’s victories over two top-25 ranked teams — the University of Oklahoma and TCU — this past week. It applauded the atmosphere of the student section, saying that the group plays a part in the success of the team.

Last fall, the chant received increased scrutiny after the marching band director Frank Tracz stopped the band during its rendition of “The Wabash Cannonball” during the home football game against Baylor after the chant broke out in the student section. A pre-recorded message from head football coach Bill Snyder implored students to respect the Wabash tradition by refraining from what he called the “vulgar chant.”

The email directed questions to SGA athletics liaison Nick Edwards at or student body president Jack Ayres at

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