Campus and community briefs for March. 4


K-State football sets first-day sales record again

K-State football set a first-day sales record for the fourth consecutive year after tickets for the 2015 football season went on sale Monday morning, according to a K-State Athletics news release.

On Monday, K-State Athletics sold 4,958 tickets – surpassing the previous record of 4,330 set in 2014.

“A fourth-straight record first day in sales is further evidence that the K-State Nation is excited for another football season while also showcasing its national reputation for supporting the Wildcats,” John Currie, K-State’s athletics director, said in the news release. “With their continued loyalty, K-State fans are well on their way to filling Bill Snyder Family Stadium beyond capacity for seven more home games and extending our home sellout streak to 27 games.”

Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation gets $750,000 gift

According to a news release, the Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation received a gift of $750,000 from Marty Vanier and Bob Krause.

Over the next five years, $500,000 will be earmarked for the city of Manhattan, $220,000 will establish a semi-endowment fund for upkeep of the Flint Hills Discovery Center’s Immersive Experience Theater and $30,000 will be used to support the Foundation in fundraising efforts.

“The FHDC Foundation is thrilled to facilitate this generous contribution which recognizes the critical value of the creation and construction of these wonderful exhibits by the city of Manhattan,” Bruce Snead, foundation president, said in the news release. “These donors see the great regional benefits of the FHDC and especially the Immersive Experience effects on visitors and residents.”

The Immersive Experience Theater will be renamed the Horizon Ranch Flint Hills Immersive Experience Theater in honor of this generous gift.

House committee considers stringent policies on cash assistance, food stamps

The House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development committee heard from the State Department for Children and Families on a measure that would prevent adults who receive cash assistance from the state from using the money to patronize strip clubs or buy sexually-oriented materials, according to the Little Apple Post.

The bill will put into state law polices already enacted by Gov. Sam Brownback for cash assistance and food stamps. The policies require all able-bodied recipients of the cash assistance and food stamps to either be working or actively looking for employment.

Critics of the policy say the government would be tightening restrictions when child poverty is on the rise.