Student support director announces food drive, coordinators prepare for interns


One of the first items on the student senate’s agenda for the 2018-2019 academic year is a two-week-long food drive between Student Governing Association and Collegian Media Group, the governing body discussed on Thursday.

The food drive, which includes the legislative, executive and judicial branches of SGA versus the Royal Purple, the Manhappenin’ Magazine and the Collegian will run from Thursday, Aug. 30 through Thursday, Sept. 6 and benefit the Cats’ Cupboard.

As the Cats’ Cupboard nears its first anniversary, traffic through the food pantry has reached an all-time high.

While Erin Bishop, food pantry coordinator, stressed that the pantry has not run-out of food, recent up-ticks in traffic has resulted in a lower-than-preferable-stock in regular necessities.

Ian Boyd, student support director and junior in political science, is a driving force behind the food drive and said because of the higher-than-average traffic, the food pantry could use a little help.

“There’s going to be a point system around that,” Boyd said.

While nothing is set in stone, Boyd said there is some kind of prize in the works for whoever racks up the most points throughout the two week period.

“We’re probably going to have some kind of goofy trophy or something,” Boyd said. “We are figuring that out.”

Additionally, Nathan Bothwell, co-intern coordinator and sophomore in political science, presented an overview of what is to come regarding the inaugural phase of the recently drafted SGA intern program.

Phase-one intern meetings will begin Sept. 6 at 5:45 p.m. under the direction of Bothwell and Sadie Polson, co-intern coordinator and junior in marketing.

This part of the program will focus on the education of those interested in taking part of SGA. The program, which is open to all students and current SGA representatives, will go over different elements in the Wildcat Chambers.

Bothwell said one of the major parts of the new program will be an intern-mentorship program that will pair each interested attendee with someone already in SGA.

Student Body President Jordan Kiehl, senior in industrial engineering, is a former coordinator of the old intern program and expressed excitement about the new opportunity for students to get involved with SGA.

Kiehl encouraged student senators and SGA directors to engage with the intern-hopefuls as they will be invited to attend senate following their first meeting.

Student senate will reconvene at 7:00 p.m. in the Wildcat Chambers on Thursday, Sept. 6. For information about upcoming SGA events and meetings, calendars and agendas are available on OrgSync.

My name is Kaylie McLaughlin and I'm the ex-managing editor and audience engagement manager of the Collegian. Previously, I've been the editor-in-chief and the news editor. In the past, I have also contributed to the Royal Purple Yearbook and KKSU-TV. Off-campus, you can find my bylines in the Wichita Eagle, the Shawnee Mission Post and KSNT News. I grew up just outside of Kansas City in Shawnee, Kansas. I’m a senior in digital journalism with a minor in French and a secondary focus in international and area studies. As a third-generation K-Stater, I bleed purple and my goal is to serve the Wildcat community with accurate coverage.