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‘Your struggles are not just your own’: First-generation students reflect on graduating college

‘Your struggles are not just your own’: First-generation students reflect on graduating college

Karen Galindo, Arts and Entertainment Editor

May 8, 2020

With the sudden switch to online classes, Wichita State seniors didn’t know their last day of in-person courses would be their last. The feeling of disbelief and disappointment hit particularly hard for first-generation soon-to-be graduates, who were looking forward to having their hard work and...

Virtual admissions events overcome Zoombombers

Virtual admissions events overcome Zoombombers

Audrey Korte, Reporter

May 6, 2020

College admissions has become a virtual experience for hundreds of potential Shockers this spring. Many of those experiences rely on the Zoom app. “We have a virtual campus visit experience where students can log on through Zoom and watch a presentation about the university and we have some of our ...

Library books can still be returned with 24-hour drop off

File photo, Ablah Library, 2017

Austin Farber, Reporter

May 6, 2020

Graduating Wichita State students won’t have to worry about not receiving their diploma if they can’t return their books to the library before classes end. Though campus is closed, items can still be returned to the 24-hour book return box on the library’s east entrance. Although unreturn...

WSU is giving up to $1,000 to students in need. Here’s how to tell if you qualify

Student Marcus Ang studies Sunday evening at the 24-hour Ablah Library study room. Renovation is set to begin on the room soon.

Daniel Caudill

May 6, 2020

Like so many other college students who live at home, Wichita State psychology major Alyrique Franklin didn’t qualify for a $1,200 stimulus check under the CARES Act.  But luckily for the sophomore, she’s one of thousands of students eligible for a $1,000 emergency grant through WSU.  ...

Ad Astra Coalition designing, producing much-needed PPE during pandemic

Personal protective equipment sits in the loading dock of the Shocker Store in the Rhatigan Student Center. These boxes were donated to area hospitals and first responders.

Brogan Gillmore, Reporter

May 5, 2020

Dubbed the Ad Astra Coalition, local businesses and Wichita State have teamed up to develop and provide much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare professionals. Aviation companies Textron Aviation, Spirit AeroSystems, and Airbus America have come together with WSU and WSU Tech...

WSU could take major hit if international students are unable to return this fall

International students participate in the Taste of Africa event hosted by the African Student Association in November 2019. International students may not be able to return to campus for fall 2019, and according to the Office of International Education, no new international students will be able to attend WSU for summer sessions due to Visa restrictions from COVID-19.

Audrey Korte, Reporter

May 2, 2020

There are plenty of unknowns surrounding what Wichita State’s student population will look like this fall. How and where students seek higher education and the individual investments people make to get a degree from an American university could fluctuate significantly in upcoming months.  Domest...

SGA elects first ever speaker of the senate

Olivia Babin

Lindsay Smith, Reporter

May 1, 2020

The Student Senate elected Olivia Babin to serve as the speaker of the senate, which is a new role, during the first meeting of the 63rd session Wednesday. The speaker of the senate will serve as the presiding officer of the senate and head of the legislative branch and will serve in the line of succe...

Plans for phased reopening of WSU campus discussed during town hall

Tulips have bloomed at Wichita State.

Audrey Korte, Reporter

May 1, 2020

Wichita State University President Jay Golden and Provost Rick Muma outlined plans to begin a phased reopening of the WSU campus next month during a live Virtual Town Hall on Thursday afternoon.  Golden and Muma were joined by Vice President for Student Affairs Teri Hall and Manager of Instructio...

Air Capital enthusiasts believe in resilience of aviation industry

Air Capital enthusiasts believe in resilience of aviation industry

Kaisha Batman, Contributor

May 1, 2020

One minute, the aviation industry is soaring high over the clouds, and the next, it’s in a nosedive. The turbulence in the industry, however, has yet to impact the bigger picture. In spite of the recent layoffs at Spirit AeroSystems due to the failure of the Boeing 737 Max and the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Wichita economy braced to ride out turbulent times

Wichita economy braced to ride out turbulent times

Brogan Gillmore, Reporter

May 1, 2020

Production halts have turned to layoffs, and pandemics have turned to furloughs in the aviation industry. These turbulent times spell bad news for Wichita’s economy. Because of this volatility, some city leaders have called for the Air Capital to diversify economically. Not everyone agrees. “I...

Wichita’s aviation history is rich, but the industry faces unprecedented challenges

Wichita’s aviation history is rich, but the industry faces unprecedented challenges

Matthew Goldsmith, Reporter

May 1, 2020

As the Air Capital of the World, Wichita has a long and storied history with aviation. Because aviation is a cyclical industry prone to highs and lows over time, Wichita has had to navigate its economic peaks and valleys. A significant low arrived in 2020, with COVID-19 shutting down large portions...

WSU graduates who want to participate in virtual ceremony must register by today

“Mother and Child”

Audrey Korte, Reporter

May 1, 2020

Friday is the deadline for Wichita State graduates to register for the optional virtual commencement ceremony that will take place in two weeks. Only registered students will be recognized during the event. The university will also hold an in-person commencement ceremony for graduates in October....