Campus and state briefs from March 11

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Hale Library ranks among the nation’s best

K-State’s Hale Library was was featured in collegerank.net’s list of “most amazing college libraries” as the fourth best library in the U.S. According to its website, collegerank.net’s mission is ” … to rank everything college and dissect every aspect of student life.”

Hale libraries came in fourth behind the Linderman Library at Lehigh University, the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library at Ohio State University and the Cook Legal Research Library at the University of Michigan.

According to the article, libraries on the list were selected due to their “… amazing on-campus experiences, provide stunning and rare book collections as well as (offering) fantastic campus views.”

K-State Salina lecture explores alternatives to incarceration

K-State Salina’s Civic Luncheon Lecture will explore restorative justice as opposed to incarceration as a means of rehabilitating criminal offenders, according to a K-State news release.

Restorative justice involves a panel of citizen-volunteers who help the victims confront offenders of low-level crimes. The aim of the program is to rebuild the relationships within the community while lowering correction costs.

“Restorative justice can minimize the social and fiscal costs of crime in a town like Salina,” said Greg Stephens, associate professor of arts, sciences and business at K-State Salina in the news release. “Programs that have helped communities shift away from a crime and punishment model have seen quality results for both victims and offenders, which I think makes it worth further examination.”

“Restorative Justice: A New Way to Look at Criminal Justice” will be presented at noon on Thursday at K-State Salina’s College Center conference room. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Moran’s bi-partisan bill passes unanimously through committee

A bi-partisan bill introduced by Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas and Sen. John Tester of Montana passed unanimously through the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee according to the Junction City Post.

The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act will provide first-year federal workers who have service-related disabilities with sick leave. The bill aims to ensure that service disabled veterans would no longer have to choose between receiving treatment and unpaid leave when starting a new job.

“Service-disabled veterans who have served our nation with duty and honor deserve peace of mind when transitioning into the federal workforce and civilian life,” Moran, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said to the Post.

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