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Wichita State's independent, student-run news source

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Spirit AeroSystems on the Wichita State Innovation Campus. (File photo)

Wichita State ranked second for industry funded engineering and research and development

Maleah Evans, Reporter May 31, 2024

Earlier this year, Wichita State University moved up to second place on the national list of industry-funded engineering and research and development (R&D) according to data released by the National...

Members of oSTEM smile for a group photo. Photo courtesy of oSTEM.

‘It doesn’t need to be any harder’: oSTEM club creates safe space for LBTQIA+ community

Avery Gathright, Reporter May 30, 2024

When nonbinary student Kenzie Brant came to Wichita State to study aerospace engineering, they came to the same realization that many students like them do: the majority of STEM students seem to be...

The off-campus location of Wichita State University in Old Town, Wichita on May 20. The building houses WSU administrative offices, the Department of Physician Assistant and the Department of Physical Therapy.

WSU physical therapy program expands to meet growing demand

Piper Pinnetti, Reporter May 28, 2024

Wichita State University has expanded its physical therapy program to accommodate more students and enhance the quality of education and clinical experiences provided.  The number of students per class...

The Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs is located on the second floor of Lindquist Hall. The school of study was recently ranked as the second best school of public affairs in the state and 99th in the nation.

Wichita State’s public affairs program ranked nationally

Maleah Evans, Reporter May 24, 2024

The public affairs program at Wichita State has been ranked close to the top third of all similar graduate school programs in the United States for the 2024-2025 academic year by the U.S. News & World...

Ablah Library. (File photo)

$1000 research award given out to students by Ablah Library

Maleah Evans, Reporter May 21, 2024

A new yearly $1000 award has been established by Wichita State’s Ablah Library for students who utilized any of the library’s resources for research on campus. Previously, the library worked with...

Wichita State University President Richard Muma addresses the Kansas Board of Regents during its meeting on Wednesday, May 15. Muma requested a 3.9% increase in tuiton and a 5.64% increase in student fees.

WSU to increase tuition to combat inflation, predicted decrease in enrollment

Allison Campbell, Editor in Chief May 20, 2024

Wichita State University President Richard Muma proposed a 3.9% increase in tuition to the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) during its meeting earlier this week. If approved, undergraduate, in-state tuition...

Photo courtesy of Esau Freeman

‘If you like freedom’: Wichita State alum and former employee runs for Congress

Ainsley Smyth, Reporter May 18, 2024

With tattoos from his knuckles to his neck, Esau Freeman doesn’t look like your typical politician, although he may dress the part. Freeman is running as a Democrat for the United States House of...

University police vehicles parked outside of the campus police department.  (File photo)

Fighting at Koch Arena garners police presence

Allison Campbell, Editor in Chief May 17, 2024

One person has reportedly suffered a minor injury after fighting broke out outside of Charles Koch Arena during the Wichita Heights High School graduation ceremony Friday night.  The reports of violence...

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‘This isn’t appropriate free speech’: Antisemitic notes found on campus condemned by Faculty Senate senator

Jacinda Hall, Reporter May 17, 2024

Following several notes and signs featuring antisemitic statements, physics professor Nickolas Solomey urged the Faculty Senate to take action against hateful speech, saying, “We must teach our science,...

Chase Billingham, an at-large senator, speaks to the Faculty Senate at the meeting on Nov. 14, 2023.

Faculty Senate addresses employee pay plan cut and thoughts of unionizing

Jacinda Hall, Reporter May 17, 2024

Amidst several other unionizing universities and colleges in Kansas, associate history professor George Dehner called on members of the Faculty Senate to unionize at Wichita State. The Senate also spent...

Construction supplies are left outside of Clinton Hall, the site for the new Shocker Success Center. The facility is set to open at the end of summer.

Implementation of 10-year master plan, campus initiatives explain prolonged construction

Maleah Evans, Reporter May 16, 2024

For students trekking across campus to get to classes and community areas, the construction on campus in recent months has posed challenges in navigating walkways, courtyards and bike paths.  University...

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