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May commencement will be a virtual reality

WuShock wears a cap and gown at last May’s LAS commencement ceremony.

Audrey Korte, Reporter

April 2, 2020

Wichita State President Jay Golden announced Wednesday that graduation ceremonies will be a virtual affair come May. But that doesn’t mean graduates won’t have an opportunity for the real deal later this year.  Graduates will be able to walk and celebrate with friends and loved ones in-person as...

‘The impact can be huge’: WSU professor part of team to discover compound that kills a coronavirus

William Groutas, a bioorganic and medicinal chemistry professor at Wichita State (center) and research assistants pose in Groutas's research laboratory at WSU.

Audrey Korte, Reporter

April 1, 2020

William Groutas, the Endowment Association's Distinguished Professor of Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry at Wichita State, is one of four researchers who discovered a compound that can stop a strain of coronavirus from killing its hosts.  The study was done on cats using a feline coronavirus. Animal st...

8 patients have recovered from COVID-19 in Sedgwick County

8 patients have recovered from COVID-19 in Sedgwick County

Lindsay Smith, Reporter

April 1, 2020

Sedgwick County will now release the amount of patients who have recovered from COVID-19. There have been a total of eight COVID-19 recoveries in the county. “We were able to share the amount of cases recovered because we now have enough information to release without it being identifiable,”...

WSU Foundation launches COVID-19 student emergency fund

Wichita State's campus has been largely empty since it shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus in March. The university will start Phase II of its reopening plan Tuesday.

Audrey Korte, Reporter

March 31, 2020

Inspired by the rallying cry that rings throughout Charles Koch Arena on game days, the Wichita State University Foundation introduced an emergency fund — called Shockers Up — that will benefit students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We wanted to be responsive to the needs that we were hearing ...

The Coalition: ICT works around COVID-19 to feed homeless Wichitans

The Coalition: ICT hands out food to homeless and vulnerable Wichitans last week in Riverside Park.

Audrey Korte, Reporter

March 31, 2020

Stay-at-home orders are particularly taxing to those with no homes to stay in. While churches, schools, and restaurants are shuttering their doors and CNN reports that 250 million Americans are on some form of lockdown, one group of Wichitans is left wondering where their next meal will come from or if ...

Wichita River Festival canceled; smaller fall festival planned for November

A fan crowd-surfs during The Cavves at Riverfest on Thursday, June 6.

Karen Galindo, A&E Editor

March 31, 2020

The 2020 Wichita River Festival has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  The festival was originally scheduled for May 29-June 6. Ty Tabing, president and CEO of Wichita Festivals, announced the decision through a Facebook livestream Tuesday. This year’s festival would have been Wichi...

NCAA reveals eligibility outcomes for student-athletes affected by COVID-19

Wichita State junior Tommy Barnhouse pitches the ball during the game against Kansas State on Feb. 26 at Eck Stadium.

Sean Marty, Reporter

March 30, 2020

The NCAA announced their eligibility guidelines for the student athletes who saw their seasons get cut short due to the COVID-19 virus on Monday evening. The organization came to a conclusion and has granted an extra year of eligibility to spring sport athletes due to the premature ending of their...

Kansas Democrats officially switch to mail ballots for presidential primary

Voting generic

Matthew Kelly, Managing Editor

March 30, 2020

Kansas Democrats who want to have a say in who faces off against Donald Trump in November's presidential election will have to cast their ballots by mail. The Kansas Democratic Party announced Monday that it will cancel all in-person voting for the state's May 2 primary amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic....

First COVID-19 related death in Sedgwick County confirmed, hospitals preparing for surge

First COVID-19 related death in Sedgwick County confirmed, hospitals preparing for surge

Lindsay Smith, Reporter

March 30, 2020

The Sedgwick County Commission confirmed the first COVID-19 related death in the county.  The patient, a man over the age of 60 who had underlying health conditions, died yesterday. He had a history of travel and was tested positive last week and hospitalized due to the virus. “We are deeply sadde...

Virtual Final Friday showcases local artists in the age of social distancing

Artists Angie Evans and Lindsey Kernodle posted photos of their artwork during the Virtual Final Friday event on March 27.

Austin Farber, Reporter

March 29, 2020

The stay-at-home order didn’t stop local artists from sharing their work with the community for Final Friday. Javan Andrew hosted a three-hour Virtual Final Friday event on Facebook for Wichita-area artists to post their artwork and information so that customers and fans can find and follow their w...

BREAKING: State of Kansas under stay-at-home order effective Monday

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announces a stay-at-home order effective Monday for the entire state.

Kylie Cameron, Editor in Chief

March 28, 2020

Editor’s note: This is a developing story. Check back for details.   Starting Monday, Kansans must remain home unless for “essential services” and outdoor activity while maintaining social distance. The order is similar to what other counties in Kansas have passed to combat the spread of ...

Wichita State donates PPE to first responders, medical community

Wichita State Police Sergeant Christopher Tenet unloads a box of personal protective equipment from his police vehicle. Tenet made a delivery to the University of Kansas Medical Center on March 27, 2020.

Lindsay Smith, Reporter

March 28, 2020

Wichita State President Jay Golden put out a call to action last week for the WSU community to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to first responders and health providers.  PPE includes N-95 respirator masks, surgical masks, Latex gloves, surgical gowns and protective face shields.  Golden...