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District Attorney: “Evidence presented is insufficient to support the filing of charges” in alleged racial incident

District Attorney: “Evidence presented is insufficient to support the filing of charges” in alleged racial incident

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief
May 24, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

One day after Wichita State police handed over the findings of their investigation of Student Body President Paige Hungate's parents to the Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett, his office determined not to file charges in the case. According to a Wednesday statement to WSU Police Chief...

SGA releases statement addressing protestors’ demands

SGA releases statement addressing protestors’ demands

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor
May 24, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Student Government Association

Student Government Association released a statement Tuesday responding to demands put forward by students during a sit-in protest in the student government office known as Occupy SGA. The sit-in, which took place May 10 and 11, was held to “call for accountability of student government officers,”...

Construction to begin on 2 unnamed additions to Innovation Campus this summer

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief
May 24, 2017
Filed under Campus, Showcase

Wichita State announced three new buildings on Innovation Campus that will begin this summer, but did not release the names of the tenants of those buildings. "This is moving faster than we envisioned when we announced the Innovation Campus in August 2014," said WSU President John Bardo in an email...

Students protest Wichita State Student Body President Paige Hungate

Students protest Wichita State Student Body President Paige Hungate

Evan Pflugradt, Editor-in-Chief
May 10, 2017
Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Students have organized a protest outside of the Student Government Association offices demanding for Student Body President Paige Hungate to issue a statement of apology to former Student Body President Joseph Shepard and his family. The list of demands calls for Hungate's temporary dismissal as S...

Student Body President Hungate’s parents subject of alleged racial incident directed at former Student Body President Shepard

Student Body President Hungate’s parents subject of alleged racial incident directed at former Student Body President Shepard

Chance Swaim, Jenna Farhat, Evan Pflugradt, Nicole Byrne, TJ Rigg, and Grant Cohen
May 5, 2017
Filed under Campus, Local, News, Showcase, Student Government Association

Student Body President Paige Hungate’s parents — who work at local high schools — are under criminal investigation for battery and anti-black, hate “fighting words” following an altercation at a student government banquet, according to police reports and multiple sources that attended the event. Rhati...

SGA approves student fee, green lights YMCA partnership

SGA approves student fee, green lights YMCA partnership

Matthew Kelly, Reporter
May 4, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Student Government Association

In the final SGA meeting of the semester, the Student Senate narrowly passed a resolution Wednesday night supporting WSU’s venture to bring a YMCA and updated wellness facility to Innovation Campus. The vote, which passed by a count of 23-16 with two abstentions, came less than two months after...

Where is President John Bardo?

Where is President John Bardo?

Evan Pflugradt, Editor-in-Chief
May 1, 2017
Filed under Campus, Showcase

If you’re searching for Wichita State President John Bardo, chances are he isn’t in his office. Mid-March, more than 50 student protesters staged a sit-in outside of Bardo’s office in Morrison Hall, demanding change from administration. The group, We The Students, suggested Bardo and the Pres...

President John Bardo discusses shared governance, campus changes

President John Bardo discusses shared governance, campus changes

Evan Pflugradt, Editor-in-Chief
April 27, 2017
Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

his spring, student organizations, faculty and staff have demanded transparency from university administration. Wichita State President John Bardo has meanwhile moved away from internal operations to focus externally in state and federal legislature, adapting to a role he said is the standard ...

Linnabary voted in as SGA’s Director of Public Relations

Linnabary voted in as SGA’s Director of Public Relations

Matthew Kelly, Reporter
April 26, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Student Government Association

Andrew Linnabary, the former managing editor at The Sunflower, was sworn in as Student Government Association’s Director of Public Relations (DPR) Wednesday night after a debate that spanned two meetings. The vote was tabled last week due to senators’ questions regarding potential conflicts of...

Malaysian Night brings together students from neighboring Kansas universities

Malaysian Night brings together students from neighboring Kansas universities

Jenna Farhat, Reporter
April 24, 2017
Filed under Arts & Culture, Campus, Showcase

The words “Sehati Sejiwa”— “one heart, one soul”— spelled out in golden balloon letters set the tone for the statewide Malaysian Night hosted in the RSC’s Beggs Ballroom Saturday night. The evening was the result of a collaborated effort between WSU, KU, and KSU students and attracted...

Hall: WSU to install floor basins, may be used as foot-washing stations

Hall: WSU to install floor basins, may be used as foot-washing stations

Matthew Kelly, Reporter
April 13, 2017
Filed under Campus, News, Showcase, Student Government Association

Vice President for Student Affairs Teri Hall and Student Body Vice President Taben Azad engaged in a heated dialogue at Wednesday’s SGA meeting regarding the university’s decision to move forward with installing floor basins – which Muslim students could use as foot-washing stations – across...