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How to conquer Riverfest like a local

How to conquer Riverfest like a local

Ella Dominguez, Reporter

May 31, 2019

Kickstart the summer like a true Wichitan with Riverfest, May 31 to June 8. As if you needed another reason to stop by a Quiktrip, pick up buttons for just $10 and hit the riverbank. Whether this is your first or fifth time attending, here’s a foolproof guide to conquering Riverfest like a local this yea...

Observing Ramadan during finals makes eating, sleeping and studying hard to balance for Muslim students

Observing Ramadan during finals makes eating, sleeping and studying hard to balance for Muslim students

Audrey Korte, Reporter

May 14, 2019

Study sessions, paper deadlines, and exams make for a busy week. But for Muslim students observing Ramadan this year, finals week entails an added challenge — strict fasting from sunrise to sunset. For the first time in about a decade, the 30-day-long Islamic holiday of Ramadan includes the last...

Tragedy prompts cycling trio of alumni to ride from Wichita to Winnipeg for eating disorder awareness

Tragedy prompts cycling trio of alumni to ride from Wichita to Winnipeg for eating disorder awareness

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

May 12, 2019

Long-distance cycling involves pushing through a certain amount of physical pain, but it was a different kind of pain that got retired Wichita surgeon Paul Harrison on the bike — the loss of his 34-year-old daughter, Bridget. Harrison watched anorexia wreak havoc on his daughter’s life. A gifted hand s...

After wakeup call, Aaron Austin resolved to show students he had their backs

After wakeup call, Aaron Austin resolved to show students he had their backs

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

May 6, 2019

Aaron Austin grew up without a father, ate free and reduced lunches, lived in government-subsidized housing, was in the Head Start program, and always needed loans to pay for school. But all that was easy compared to what he faced as a 40-year-old at Bethel College, he said. Austin is Wichita Sta...

From Nigeria to NYC, engineering graduate sets sights on the big city

From Nigeria to NYC, engineering graduate sets sights on the big city

Pamela Dominguez, Reporter

May 3, 2019

Louis Gomez knows how to grind. While most 16-year-old boys are learning how to drive and playing video games, Gomez was preparing to move 6,518 miles away from his hometown to start his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. This isn’t atypical of young men in Lagos, Nigeria, where Gome...

The long-awaited dream: Returning adult student will be first-generation college graduate

The long-awaited dream: Returning adult student will be first-generation college graduate

Eduardo Castillo, Reporter

May 2, 2019

Throughout her time at Wichita State, Sandra Sanchez has been heavily involved in the community and on campus. Sanchez is a returning adult learner who is majoring in social work. She will graduate this month with her bachelor’s in social work. Sanchez is a recipient of the Osher Reentry Scholarship...

Honors Baccalaureate Lauren Rust looks to build up her community through education

Honors Baccalaureate Lauren Rust looks to build up her community through education

John Darr, Culture Editor

May 2, 2019

When Lauren Rust transferred to Wichita State from Newman University two years ago, she expected to take a straightforward path to teaching English in middle and high school. As soon as Rust stepped foot in a public school, everything changed. “I started going into classrooms for my practicum, and...

‘You have to know why you’re doing this’: Health management senior pursues her passion

‘You have to know why you’re doing this’: Health management senior pursues her passion

Eduardo Castillo, Reporter

May 2, 2019

Dari Lam, a senior Health Management student, said impacting people’s life is what she enjoys most about her major. Lam will graduate in May with her bachelor’s degree. Prior to Health Management, she was a nursing major. Even though she lost her passion for nursing, Lam still wants to help people. “For...