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Kansas State expanding alcohol sales to include Bramlage Coliseum

Kansas State fans will have an opportunity to enjoy beer at basketball games this season.

The K-State Athletics department announced Wednesday that it will begin offering sales of beer and wine in all public areas of Bramlage Coliseum during men’s and women’s basketball games during the 2019-20 seasons.

Bramlage Coliseum will become the third K-State athletics venue in which fans can purchase alcohol. K-State has sold beer during baseball games at Tointon Family Stadium since 2013 and at soccer matches at Buser Family Park since the program’s inception in 2016.

“We want to continue to find ways to make the experience for our fans at our events more attractive, and we feel expanding our beer and wine sales to Bramlage for basketball games will do that,” K-State athletics director Gene Taylor said in a statement. “This was a decision that was thoroughly vetted with our staff, campus leaders and our Sodexo, Inc., partners, as well as gathering input from our donors and fanbase, and we look forward to this new addition to our gameday operation.”

To purchase alcohol at Bramlage, fans must be at least 21 years of age and present a valid state ID or driver’s license. Sodexo personnel then will verify the buyer’s age and provide a wristband. Fans can purchase up to two drinks per transaction.

Despite Bramlage becoming the newest K-State venue to add alcohol sales in all public spaces, Taylor also stressed that there is no imminent plan to do the same during football games at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

The stadium does sell beer and wine at the South Goss Family Tailgate Terrace and club level and private suite areas, but purchase and consumption of alcohol is limited to those areas.

K-State Athletics alcohol sales policy

  • Must be 21 years of age and show a valid ID to gain a wristband for purchase.
  • A valid wristband must be worn at each time of purchase.
  • Only two drinks may be purchased at one time.
  • Sales will begin when doors open and close at the 15:00 mark of the second half for men’s games and with 5:00 remaining in the third quarter for women’s games.

Nickolas Oatley / Staff photo by Nickolas Oatley 

Jordan Gardenhire walks across bubblewrap.

Don’t wash your chicken before cooking, USDA food safety chief says

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been doing it for years or if you think you’ve never been sick from it — you should not wash chicken before cooking it, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s top food safety official told a group of K-State students and faculty.

Mindy Brashears, the department’s deputy undersecretary for food science, spoke to the group Wednesday afternoon in the Leadership Studies Building on campus. Her job as the USDA’s food safety chief involves plenty of consumer education, particularly in reducing food-borne illnesses from meat, poultry and processed egg products.

When it comes to washing chicken, she said that most people don’t realize that splashing water contaminates dishes, sinks and counters with salmonella, and people rarely clean those surfaces properly.

That’s why the agency recommends skipping the washing and simply cooking the chicken to a temperature that kills the pathogens.

She said oversight of the nation’s animal food safety is a vast undertaking, so the job takes persistence and attention to the research and data that drive the department’s guidelines and policy recommendations.

Brashears manages almost 10,000 employees in the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, which inspects billions of pounds of meat, poultry and processed egg products every year. Born from the Federal Meat Inspection Act of 1906 — which itself was the result of Upton Sinclair’s gritty and gross description of meat packing workers’ lives at the turn of the century in “The Jungle” — the agency also develops the standards and inspection processes for the food plants it oversees.

She told the students and faculty about her unlikely path to the USDA’s top food safety spot. Growing up on a farm in Texas, she said she did not want to drive a tractor, feed animals or haul hay, so she never thought she’d get into agriculture. When she received a scholarship that required her to major in an agriculture-related field, she thought she’d major in animal science at Texas Tech University for a few semesters until she found a “real major.”

“Well, I stayed there until I left and started at USDA,” she said. “I realized that animal science and ultimately food science were real majors. That tells the importance of recruiting students and exposing them to all we have in agriculture. We need agricultural scientists, and we need to educate the next generation.”

Brashears was nominated to the undersecretary position in May 2018 but has filled the role of deputy undersecretary pending a U.S. Senate confirmation vote.

In her role, Brashears said her department has pushed to modernize and overhaul its meat inspection standards to use taxpayer dollars as efficiently as possible. That has involved a transition to performance-based standards, which will measure the prevalence of salmonella, listeria and E. coli and the impact of food facilities’ efforts to reduce those rates.

Every time the department prepares to overhaul its food safety standards or procedures, Brashears said the policies are posted for public comment, and she encouraged the crowd to participate and give the agency feedback on the policies. The agency also employs hundreds of veterinarians, but with several of them set to retire soon, Brashears said the agency has aggressively recruited from veterinary schools like K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

When it comes to educating consumers, Brashears said the agency also has pushed to change public behaviors in food science, but that’s required a change in its education process. In a study that looked at handwashing habits, one group was shown a video on the importance of washing hands before cooking, while a control group did not see the video. In any case, only 5% of the first group washed their hands correctly. That was a statistically significant change compared to the 1% in the control group, but that showed the need for better education on proper handwashing procedures, Brashears said.

“Secretary (Sonny) Perdue has a vision for the agency, which is do right and feed everyone,” Brashears said. “We like to carry that one step further and we always say, do right and feed everyone safely. We do that by data-driven and science-based decisions.”

PLAN YOUR WEEKEND | DelFestopia, 'The Addams Family' and more

K-State’s improv troupe is honoring Del Close, a Manhattan native who is credited by many as the father of modern long form improv, this weekend with DelFestopia.

Celebrate comedy and improv with DelFesttopia, featuring some comedians and improv groups from the Midwest with free improv shows Friday and Saturday nights.

Friday’s 8 p.m. show features On the Spot, K-State’s improv group, and GASSSP from The Improv Shop, a Kansas City and St. Louis-based troupe, in the Bluemont Room in the K-State Student Union.

At 8 p.m. Saturday in the Union Ballroom, enjoy another free improv show featuring college improv teams from across the Midwest, as well as a performance by The Crowd Theater, a performer-centric comedy theater in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.

Interested in learning more about improv? There’s a free improv workshop at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Union’s Big 12 Room hosted by The Crowd Theater troupe.

Here’s a look at other area events.


Lecture: “A Thousand Colors for my Town” by Edwin Rodriguez, founder of director of the Columbian Peace and Reconciliation Foundation, 5 p.m.

Strategy Board Game Night, 4:30 p.m. Friday.

For a complete list of storytimes and events, visit mhklibrary.org.

Manhattan Public Library.

New Yorker on the Prairie: Talk by Zhang Hongtu, Prairie Studies Institute Artist-in-Residence, 5:30 p.m.

While visiting Manhattan in 2018, the New York-based artist fell in love with the Kansas Prairie and embarked on a year of intense research into its history and broad significance.

Beach Museum of Art.

McCain Performance Series presents Siudy Garrido Flamenco Dance Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Featuring Siudy Garrido, the renowned flamenco dancer, choreographer, and artistic director.

For tickets and information, visit k-state.edu/mccain.

McCain Auditorium.

K-State Theatre presents “Taking Steps,” 7:30 p.m. through Saturday. Also 7:30 p.m. October 17-19 and 2:30 p.m. October 20.

This fast-paced, hilarious farce by Alan Ayckbourn is set in a Victorian mansion in which all the rooms, passages and stairways are portrayed on a single level.

Directed by Jennifer Vellenga,

Mark A. Chapman Theatre, Nichols Hall.

The Historic Columbian Theatre presents “The Wizard of Oz,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

This longtime favorite returns to the Columbian Stage.

For tickets and information, visit columbiantheatre.com.

Columbian Theatre, Wamego.

Arthur Dodge and the Horse Feathers with Ramblin’ Deano from the Waco Brothers, 8 p.m.

Also Renaissance Jazz Combo, 8 p.m. Friday.

Auntie Mae’s Parlor.


Memories in Color: Talk by Edwin Rodriguez, 3 p.m.

Rodriguez is founder of the Colombian peace and reconciliation nonprofit, Memories in Color.

Beach Museum of Art.

International Coffee Hour: Turkmenistan, 4 p.m.

International Student Center.

Paint & Sip: Moon Cat at 6:30 p.m.

Also Game Day at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and Are you My Mummy? at 4 p.m. Sunday.

For information and to register, visit uncorkedinspiration.com.

Uncorked Inspiration.

Anime Double Feature Free Film: “Howl’s Moving Castle” at 7 p.m. and “The Take of the Princess Kaguya” at 9:15 p.m. Also Saturday.

All films are closed captioned.

Free snacks while supplies last.

K-State Student Union Wildcat Chambers.

Chancey Williams, 7 p.m.

For tickets, visit thehatksu.com.

The Hat.

Manhattan Arts Center presents “The Addams Family,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

As the last dead leaf of autumn falls from the Addams Family Tree, all is right with the morbid, macabre world of Gomez, Morticia, Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch. They’ve gathered in the family graveyard to celebrate life and death, but Wednesday is dreaming of love with Lucas Beineke, an ordinary boy from Ohio.

Directed by Penny Cullers. Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.

Cost: $20/17 adults, $15/12 military, $13/10 children and students.

For tickets and information, visit manahttanarts.org.

Manhattan Arts Center.

K-State After Hours: Headphone Disco, 8 p.m.-midnight.

K-State Student Union Courtyard.


The Fitness Experience, 7 a.m.

Health and fitness fair with free health checks from 7 a.m.-noon.

The Fitness Experience 5K, 8 a.m.

Yoga in the Park, 9 a.m.

MHK Bootcamp Gantlet, 10 a.m.

MHK Community Zumba, 11 a.m.

Bring donations of your no longer used exercise clothing, active wear, shows, and sports equipment.

For information, visit TheFit3xp.com.

Northeast Community Park.

Downtown Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in Dillard’s parking lot.

Also 4-7 p.m. in the Via Christi parking lot.

Featuring homegrown vegetables, local meat, home baked goodies, local arts and crafts and much more.

A & H Farm Pumpkin Patch, Day Activities, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Also 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Featuring hayrack rides, train rides, Trike Track, corn mazes, pumpkin patch, petting zoo with baby animals, giant slide, corn pit, rope maze, bounce houses, zip line, battle zone, kid zone and much more.

For information, call 785-341-7794.

A & H Farm, 1374 Collins Lane.

Body Science Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dive into human health with live performers, science demos, art activities, storytelling and more.

Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Wonder Workshop: Beginning Cake Decorating for kids and teens, 10 a.m.

Cost: $10.

To register, call 785-776-1234 or visit wonerworkshop.org.

Tallgrass Artist Residency Symposium, 1-4 p.m.

For information, visit beach.ksu.edu.

Beach Museum of Art.

Student Recital: Rachael Gros, 6 p.m.

All Faiths Chapel.


Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-noon.

Bluestem Bistro.

Student Recital: Taylor Crawford, oboe, 1 p.m.

Also Rachel Wright, alto, and Sarah Keller, soprano, 3:30 p.m.

All Faiths Chapel.

Second Sunday Music featuring classical music by the faculty of the Community School for the Performing Arts, 1:30 p.m.

Manhattan Public Library.

Rose Bentley and Kara Whitaker, horn recital, 3 p.m.

Kirmser Hall, McCain Auditorium.

McCain Performance Series presents Russian Renaissance, 7:30 p.m.

Russian Renaissance has firmly established itself as one of the most electrifying and exhilarating chamber music ensembles of today.

Tickets are available at the box office, by calling 785-532-6428, or at k-state.edu/mccain.

McCain Auditorium.

Jazz Night on the Patios, 6:30 p.m.

Liquid Art Winery.

Riley County extends disaster declaration in response to rain, flooding

Due to continued flooding and rain in Riley County over the past two months, the Riley County Commission stretched a local disaster emergency to Nov. 22.

The declaration was set to expire this week, said Clancy Holeman, county counselor and director of administrative services, so the commission signed the extension Thursday. The commission first signed the declaration Sept. 12, and extended it again Sept. 16.

The declaration allows the county government to seek potential state or federal reimbursement for storm damage that occurred during the declaration.

Holeman said Pat Collins, county emergency management director, told him it was a good idea to extend the declaration.

Commissioner John Ford and Rich Vargo, county clerk, both said they anticipate these conditions lasting until possibly next summer.

In other action Thursday, commissioners:

  • Approved an amendment to the Fire District Capital Outlay fund for an increase of $150,000 to replace three county fire vehicles: a 1996 Chevy four-wheel pickup, a 2011 Chevy Suburban and a 2011 F550 four-wheel drive. There is $260,915 in available cash in the fund that was never budgeted, officials said. The department plans to purchase new vehicles soon.
  • Approved the local WIC agency contract for 2020, which lasts until Sept. 30, 2020, for services for Riley County, Fort Riley and Pottawatomie County residents. WIC has a total of $816,772 for the year in funding, said Jennifer Green, director of the Riley County Health Department.
  • Went over preparation for the Riley County Health Department public health accreditation site visit, planned for Oct. 28.
  • Approved a health department application toward a Kansas Department of Health and Environment injury prevention mini-grant. The grant aims to reduce accidents by providing first aid kits and baby gates, among other items, to residents, Green said.
  • Held an executive session on acquisition of real property with Holeman. The commission did not take any formal action or votes following the session.

Nickolas Oatley / Staff photos by Nickolas Oatley  

From left, Darianne Conley and Katheryn Dowling jump on Bubble Wrap Thursday at the Stomp the Stigma and Stick it to the Stigma event hosted by Peer Advocates for Mental Wellness and Success (PAWS) at Bosco Plaza on the K-State campus. In the background, Collin Gallery, PAWS vice president, and volunteer Stevi Lorson, kneeling, set up the Bubble Wrap for Mental Wellness Week.