The Black Student Union at Kansas State University has been named the best in Big 12 for the 11th time in the past 14 years. The Clarence Wine Award for Outstanding Council of the Year is awarded to the most outstanding black student council in the Big 12 Conference that shows continued commitments to academics and campus unity.
Although the members were excited when the group was announced as the winner, Elijah Gardner, BSU vice president, said he was not surprised.
“This is my first year on BSU executive council, so I wasn’t surprised or anything because we put in a lot of work in the first semester — the fall semester,” Gardner, sophomore in biology, said.
The BSU has been on this campus for more than 50 years with the mission of promoting academic stability, political action and leadership. Since the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year, the BSU has started many initiatives to continue pursuing these outcomes.
“As soon as we got started with the back-to-school barbecue, we kind of just went from there,” Gardner said. “Then, just recently having Angela Rye here. We worked a lot, so it was just more of a relief.”
To receive the award, the BSU was required to submit a book and a skit that meets certain requirements.
“I’m just excited, especially to see all the work that we do,” Del’Sha Roberts, president of the BSU and senior in biology, said. “In the fall semester, we did a lot of work to have stuff put in our book. So, we do a lot of work and we see a lot of the things that we do have some sort of impact on not only our campus, but other campuses as well.”
The BSU has weekly meetings on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.