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Regents report recommends president’s executive team disclose conflicts of interest

Regents report recommends president’s executive team disclose conflicts of interest

Chance Swaim, News Editor
February 25
Filed under News, Showcase

A routine audit of Wichita State’s management presented to the Kansas Board of Regents this month found that members of the president’s executive team did not provide conflict-of-interest disclosures to the auditors. At a Wichita State Innovation Alliance, or WSIA, board meeting Thursday, board...

Non-profit launches in Kansas to benefit foster children

Non-profit launches in Kansas to benefit foster children

TJ Rigg, Reporter
February 25
Filed under News

Actor Hayden Byerly knows the foster care system better than the average person. He has his role on Freeform’s The Fosters to thank for it. On the show, he plays Jude Adams Foster, who along with his sister, Callie, have been moved around in several foster homes, many of which had unfit and even...

SGA passes parking citation forgiveness quiz resolution

SGA passes parking citation forgiveness quiz resolution

Matthew Kelly, Reporter
February 23
Filed under News, Student Government Association

Student Government Association unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday calling on the administration to adopt a policy of parking citation forgiveness for certain first-time offenders. The resolution, which the University of Kansas has already adopted, advocates for a forgiveness quiz that minor...

Blaauw kilns finally on campus

Blaauw kilns finally on campus

Marissa Campbell, Reporter
February 22
Filed under Arts & Culture, Campus, Lifestyle, News

Art students rely heavily on equipment to make their various creations. Ceramics students need everything from trimming tools to throwing wheels and kilns. The School of Art, Design and Creative Industries at Wichita State has been working for more than a year to bring state-of-the-art kilns to the...

Lack of transparency complicates parking appeals process

Lack of transparency complicates parking appeals process

Jose Intriago-Suarez, Reporter
February 22
Filed under Campus, News

Wichita State Student Government Association recently debated parking access during basketball games when most students are still in classes. This has brought attention to the seeming lack of transparency of the appeals process for fines. Student Mercedes Lubber said she was issued a ticket for parking...

Marketing department battles university hiring freeze

Marketing department battles university hiring freeze

Jose Intriago-Suarez, Reporter
February 22
Filed under Campus, News

In response to shortfalls and cuts from most state departments and institutions, President John Bardo issued a freeze on non-critical spending which has halted most hiring throughout the university. Wichita State responded with a freeze on spending by all departments. Departments with fewer faculty...

Admissions teams with media resource center to create customized videos

Admissions teams with media resource center to create customized videos

TJ Rigg, Reporter
February 22
Filed under Campus, News

Most universities send an acceptance letter to students who are admitted. Wichita State does the same, but this semester, the admissions department is trying something else to attract admitted students: making personalized videos to welcome admitted students to WSU. “We wanted to put together...

Concealed carry group attempts to form in order to advocate, educate

Concealed carry group attempts to form in order to advocate, educate

Brennen Smith, Reporter
February 22
Filed under Campus, News

The concealed carry protest organized by the Community Psychology Association on February 7th was counterproductive, said at-large SGA senator Cale Ostby. “I thought the protest was counterproductive because the signs being held didn’t relate to campus carry,” Ostby said. “(The signs) said,...

JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneurship awards $60,000

JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneurship awards $60,000

Sam Belsan, Reporter
February 21
Filed under Campus, News

Six companies were each awarded $10,000 on Friday through the JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneurship competition. The competition, overseen by WSU Ventures and funded by the Kansas Department of Commerce, was developed to increase entrepreneurship throughout Kansas, according to the WSU Ventures website. “It’s...

Koch Arena nears funding goals

Koch Arena nears funding goals

Evan Pflugradt, Editor in Chief
February 20
Filed under Campus, News

In Wichita State President John Bardo’s visionary expansion project Innovation Campus, athletics are not to be left out of the mix. There’s been no shortage of expansion ideas for the university. Funding has largely been the holdback for game-changing projects. That all can change for Charles...

Recipients of $28,000 Wallace Scholarships announced

Recipients of $28,000 Wallace Scholarships announced

Andrew Linnabary, Managing Editor
February 20
Filed under Campus, News

Wichita State University’s College of Engineering has named this year’s 11 Wallace Scholars. Each of the 11 recipients will receive $28,000 to attend Wichita State for four years. More than 40 students make up the Wallace Scholars community. They “promote engineering, math, science and...

Former Wichita mayor announces candidacy for governor

Former Wichita mayor announces candidacy for governor

TJ Rigg, Reporter
February 20
Filed under News, Politics

Former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer announced his candidacy for state governor Monday. "I've got the experience and the passion to get the State of Kansas back on track," Brewer said in a statement. Brewer is a Wichita native. He graduated from Wichita North High School in 1975 and attended Southern...