Student senate begins response to writings in Multicultural Student Center, discusses privilege fee legislation


Writing found Feb. 26 in the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center prompted ideas for legislation discussed at the student senate meeting on Thursday, March 4.

Maggie Billman, speaker pro tempore and junior in pre-professional secondary education, said she is drafting a resolution to encourage administration to take steps to further promote diversity on Kansas State’s campus.

This resolution would also recommend that the administration take a closer look into the 11-step action plan which was released last summer, Billman said.

Speaker of student senate and senior in political science and communication studies Nathan Bothwell said this resolution is a bit different than how others have been done, as, instead of just stating student government policy or position, the resolution will offer recommendations from students that the university administration should take.

“I do think that’s a powerful tool we all have,” Boswell said, “when we get together as a collective body we get to stand up for students in a way that you can’t in other forms. It really just outlines and is a bit of pressure on the university administration.”

The resolution will be formally introduced with more specific details at the next student senate meeting.

Student senate also introduced a few bills from the Privilege Fee Committee for a budget continuance for both Lafene and Counseling Services for next year.

Committee vice-chair and junior in management information systems Blake Phillips said the committee is also holding the fine arts bill, which — as senate discussed last week — could greatly decrease the student privilege fee allocation for fine arts, in committee for more discussion.

The Privilege Fee Committee meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. in Wildcat Chamber, and all are encouraged to attend.

In open period, Phillips also gave a shoutout encouraging students to support K-State Proud this week during the group’s annual fundraising event. The money raised goes towards students in financial need, and more information can be found on the K-State Foundation’s website.

The student senate will reconvene Thursday, March 11, in a hybridized format. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only members of SGA will be allowed to meet in Wildcat Chambers, while others can join via Zoom. Students interested in attending future meetings can email Bothwell at