News Briefs: March 28


BRUCE WEBER will be back for a sixth season as the Kansas State men’s basketball head coach, according to the Manhattan Mercury. Weber is set to make $2.15 million next season and $2.25 million the year after that in base salary.

“We took a step forward this year, and we look forward to making another step forward next year,” athletics director Laird Veatch said.

WICHITA STATE student body vice president Taben Azad was suspended from his position by Teri Hall, vice president of Wichita State’s student affairs, with less than a month of his term left. Azad was also removed from his position as SGA election commissioner with less than two weeks until the election, according to a March 23 article in the Sunflower.

“I feel it was kind of a form of retaliation to be honest because I’ve been very vocal about my reservations about her as vice president of student affairs,” Azad said.

Azad said he is appealing Hall’s decision to another administrator.

“In my honest opinion, she is doing this to make sure that the administration has someone who will not critique or criticize the work they do when it’s necessary,” Azad said.

THE RILEY COUNTY Public Works Department began burning a brush pile on Monday, according to the Manhattan Mercury. Emergency management director Pat Collins said residents can expect to see smoke in the air as it may take up to a week to burn through the pile.

Collins said that with the recent rain, the county has let some property owners begin burning their pastures, and he expects more burning in the coming days.

Last week, the county received 28 calls for the loss of control of “controlled burns,” which Collins said is a concern because burning season has not officially begun yet.

“People need to, first of all, need to make sure they have enough equipment to take care of their own fire and not count on the fire department to come,” Collins said.

THE KANSAS SENATE voted 25-13 in a first-round vote to expand the state’s medicaid health care program to more low-income individuals, according to KSNT. The bill will see a final vote today, and if approved, it will then go to Gov. Sam Brownback, who has voiced his opposition to the bill. The House passed the measure last month.

Hi, I'm Kaitlyn Alanis, former news editor for the Collegian and a May 2017 graduate in agricultural communications and journalism. I have never tried a hamburger and I hate the taste of coffee, but I love writing stories and sharing what I learn with our readers. By writing for the Collegian, I can now not only sing along when the K-State Band plays "The Band is Hot," but I also know that most agriculture students did not grow up on a farm, how to use an AED to save someone's life and why there is a bust of MLK Jr. outside of Ahearn Field House. Thanks for reading!