KCKCC track reopens to public, new access procedures established

KCKCC President Doris Givens demonstrated how to use the new access system to the KCKCC track. (KCKCC photo)
KCKCC President Doris Givens demonstrated how to use the new access system to the KCKCC track. (KCKCC photo)

by Kelly Rogge

Kansas City Kansas Community College is back on track, the running track that is.

On Tuesday, Sept. 2, the track will reopen to the community.

The turnstile used by community walkers to access the track has been equipped with a lock that opens with a card issued by KCKCC. The system will allow the college to track the usage of the track and identify the frequency that walkers are using the athletic facility.

Michael Vitale, vice president of academic and student services at KCKCC, said the change is necessary due to some “misuse” of the facility. This includes multiple incidents of dogs, strollers and bikes on the track surface as well as unsupervised children climbing on the soccer goals and nets.

Both of KCKCC’s soccer teams practice on the soccer field, which the track surrounds. In addition, the track is used by the KCKCC track and field team.

“We made the change in access so community members could continue using the facility,” he said. “Allowing the community to continue using the facility helps promote good will between the community and the college. For several, this is the only location where they felt comfortable walking to help maintain their health.”

To use the track, patrons will need to obtain a Swipe-ID card, which will give them access to the track during the hours it is open to the public. To obtain a Swipe-ID card, walkers will need to bring a government-issued ID to the Campus Police, submit a completed application, pick up a copy of the track rules and have their picture taken for the identification card. The college is providing the first card for free. However, if it is lost or stolen, it will cost $25 to replace. All walkers will need their own identification card. Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature. If they are 16 years or older, they must also have a government issued ID.

To accommodate those walking in the early mornings, the Campus Police department will be open at 5 a.m. Sept. 2 to issue Swipe-ID cards. Campus Police will have the following schedule for the remainder of September:
• 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday
• 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday

Community members can go by Campus Police during these hours to obtain an identification card. College employees who want to walk on the track will also need to obtain a card from Campus Police.

For more information about the new track usage system, contact Mike Vitale, vice president for academic and student services at 913-288-7100.

Kelly Rogge is the supervisor of public information at KCKCC.

KCKCC photo
KCKCC photo

Stegall appointed to Kansas Supreme Court

Caleb Stegall
Caleb Stegall

Caleb Stegall today was appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to a vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court.

Stegall, formerly the governor’s chief counsel, was appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals in August 2013 by Brownback. Stegall was one of three finalists advanced by the Supreme Court Nominating Commission for the appointment.

The vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court occurred when Justice Nancy Moritz was appointed to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Stegall lives in Perry, Kan., and is a former district attorney of Jefferson County. He has spent most of his life in Douglas and Jefferson counties. A native of Topeka, he is a conservative who has previously defended cases involving Kansas Republicans.

He was the attorney in a lawsuit filed by some Kansas City, Kan., residents in 2008 opposing the possible use of public funds to build a Wyandotte County casino. He also helped to free American missionaries who were held in Haiti after an earthquake in 2010.

“Justice Stegall will be an excellent addition to the Kansas Supreme Court,” Gov. Brownback said in a news release. “His strong legal background, temperament and dedication to justice will serve the citizens of Kansas well for many years to come. Selecting justices is one of the most important constitutional duties of a governor, and I am honored to select Caleb Stegall.”

Stegall graduated third in his class at the University of Kansas School of Law, and then served as a law clerk at the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“I am humbled and honored to be appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court. I know I have big shoes to fill and I look forward to going to work every day devoted to our State’s promise of a fair and impartial judiciary, committed to the rule of law,” Stegall said in the news release. “To paraphrase Justice Nancy Moritz’s final opinion on the court, I will strive every day to work under no compulsion other than the ever-present compulsion to follow the law rather than my personal opinions.”

After the announcement, the Kansas Values Institute issued a statement on the appointment.

“Brownback recently told reporters that there would be no ‘favoritism’ in the selection of the next Supreme Court justice, but he has clearly chosen the least qualified, least experienced nominee of the three that were offered,” said Ryan Wright, executive director of the Kansas Values Institute, in a news release. “The merit selection process worked, but what didn’t work was a governor who was determined to double-down on his ultra-right agenda in the face of two nominees that, by any measure, were much more qualified.”

Wright stated that Brownback has been injecting politics into the judicial branch and experimenting with the courts by changing the way Kansas Court of Appeals judges are selected.

Two businesses, Jose Pepper’s and Eddie Bauer Outlet, to locate at Legends Outlets this fall

Legends Outlets in Kansas City, Kan., will add Jose Pepper’s Mexican restaurant and Eddie Bauer Outlet this fall.

Since its founding in 1988, Jose Pepper’s has grown to more than 13 restaurants in Kansas and Missouri with 25 years of experience creating Mexican food.

A new location of the Jose Pepper’s Mexican restaurant will open in Legends Outlets this November in the 6,200 square-foot space next to Cavender’s Western Outfitter at 1847 Village West Parkway, Suite K131.

According to its website, Eddie Bauer is “an active, outdoor company rooted in the Great Northwest . . . outfitting the world for almost 100 years, and are passionate about inspiring and enabling (customers) to get outside.” Established in 1920 in Seattle, Eddie Bauer is a specialty retailer that sells sportswear, outerwear, footwear, gear and accessories for the active outdoor lifestyle.

Eddie Bauer Outlet will open this November between J. Crew | crewcuts and OshKosh B’Gosh at 1813 Village West Parkway, Suite Q116, occupying 3,964 square-feet.

The Legends Outlets at I-70 and I-435 in Kansas City, Kan., has nearly 10 million visitors annually and 110 unique designer outlets, retail and dining options.

Eddie Bauer Outlet and Jose Pepper’s will join other recent additions, including the only area sweetFrog and Pizza Studio, Bath and Body Works, Woody’s Automotive concept, full-service Nail Envy spa and the Coach Factory pop-up location.

Other designer and outlet shopping options including the only area outlets featuring current fashions at Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, J.Crew | crewcuts, Under Armour Factory House, Nike Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger, Cole Haan and more. Dining and entertainment include the local Jazz: A Louisiana Kitchen, STIX Sushi, the local Chiusano’s Brick Oven Pizzeria, Yard House Brewery and the only area Dave and Buster’s.

“We think our customers will love how these newest additions help round out and complement the incredible shopping, dining and personal services already available at Legends Outlets,” said Jessica Bachtel, marketing director of Legends Outlets Kansas City.