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K-State Student Union to serve as shelter for students, faculty and staff displaced by ice storm

Thursday, December 13, 2007

MANHATTAN -- Effective immediately, the K-State Student Union will serve as a shelter for Kansas State University students, faculty and staff and their family members who are still without power following the ice storm that hit Manhattan earlier this week.

"We know many K-State students and faculty are in need of a warm, safe place to sleep and we're happy to open our doors to them," said Bernard Pitts, assistant vice president and director of the K-State Student Union. "We will evaluate the need each day to determine how long the shelter will be available."

The ballroom on the Union's second floor will serve as the shelter, Pitts said. People will need to supply their own bedding, including blankets and pillows, as well as any other personal items they may need. To access the shelter after 10 p.m., people should use the Union's north entrance. Those using the shelter will have to provide their names for a roster.

Showers at K-State's Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex will be available to those using the Union shelter starting at 5:45 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, said Steve Martini, recreation complex director. Individuals will need to supply their own towels and soap.

Vending machines are available at the Union. In addition, Subway in the Union recreation center is open until 9:30 p.m., with the recreation center available until 11 p.m. Also available will be the Union's computer lab and big screen television.

For more information, contact the Union at 785-532-6591 during regular business hours or 785-770-2951 after hours. More information on the recreation complex is available at 785-532-6950.

Source: Bernard Pitts, 785-532-6591, bpitts@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-6415, bbohn@k-state.edu

This article was posted on Thursday, December 13, 2007, and is filed under College News.