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A student receives a free Monster outside of the RSC. Free Java Monsters were given to any participants passed by the truck.

Discounts, freebies and tabling attract students to RSC open house

Ainsley Smyth, Reporter September 14, 2023

If there’s one thing college students like, it’s free and discounted anything. That was part of the thinking behind the Rhatigan Student Center open house on Tuesday.  During the event’s...

Jolynn Dowling, Faculty Senate president, speaks at the Faculty Senate meeting on March 27. Dowling was a nursing senator at the time.

Faculty Senate receives update on gender-neutral spaces, Office of Civil Rights, Title IX & ADA Compliance

Trinity Ramm, Managing Editor September 13, 2023

Last spring, Chase Billingham, an at-large senator, urged the Faculty Senate to work with administration and student groups on campus to discuss and mitigate the impact of SB 180, which requires transgender...

Debbie and Jim Sims pick up trash from the River on Sept. 9 during the Wichita Clean Streams event. The Sims attended the event with their grandson, after seeing an ad through the Wichita Windsurge.

Wichita Clean Streams brings community together at Wichita RiverWalk

Taliyah Winn, Reporter September 12, 2023

Students and families from the ICT area marched down the RiverWalk, donned with blue gloves, white trash bags and grabber tools, spending a Saturday morning picking up debris along the river. Wichita...

The Wichita State School of Social Work and the International Rescue Committee hosted a cultural competence and humility training for health care practitioners on Sept. 7.

Cultural competence training aims to employ anti-oppressive practices

Loren Amelunke, Reporter September 12, 2023

“There comes a point when we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in,” Samuel Paunetto, the health and wellness coordinator for...

The Shockers Vote Coalition aims to encourage students to vote and learn more about local candidates through its fall events and voter registration drives. In the past, they have distributed pins, stickers and informational flyers to the Wichita community.

Shockers Vote Coalition aims to educate students on voting, local candidates

Courtney Brown, Investigative News Editor September 11, 2023

The Shockers Vote Coalition plans to host several events this fall semester to encourage students to vote and learn more about local candidates. Loren Belew, the civic engagement coordinator at Student...

American Red Cross collections technician Debi Goodner prepares Wichita State graduate student Jamie Stephens’s arm for a blood donation at the American Red Cross blood drive Tuesday.

Students donate blood with the Red Cross to those in need

Genesis Merriett, Reporter September 11, 2023

Music could be heard playing outside the Beggs Ballroom for the blood drive on Sept. 5 and 6. Wichita State invited the Red Cross to collect blood.  Donors were asked to make appointments ahead...

Julio Mireles and Carmencita Mireles help serve food at the Food Truck Friday event on Sept. 8. Latino Hot Dogs, also known as Elatino Dogos Y Hamburguesas, is ran by Julio and his partner Carmencita.

‘Food Truck Friday’ brings the flavor in culmination of SGA week

Alexander Engledow, Reporter September 10, 2023

Ranging from Brazilian to Chino-Latino food, Wichita State students got to treat themselves to the choice of three different food truck options, free of charge, on Friday afternoon.  The Student...

Vicki Forbes, a grant technical writing specialist with the College of Applied Studies and College of Health Professions, speaks at the Wednesdays are for Women meeting on Sept. 6. Forbes and others were provided refreshments at the event and got the chance to network with other women on campus.

Wednesdays are for Women fosters support, collaboration

Loren Amelunke, Reporter September 10, 2023

“I’m closing out my career with working to promote women and minorities as leaders,” Jan Twomey, a member of the Women’s Leadership Initiative, said. Jan Twomey, a professor in the Industrial...

Amrita Myers, an associate professor of history and gender and womens studies at Indiana University, speaks at the Words by Women lecture series on Sept. 7.

Historian pieces together story of enslaved wife of politician in the Old South

Taliyah Winn, Reporter September 10, 2023

Amrita Myers unraveled the untold history of Julia Chinn and her peculiar role as the slave and wife of a prominent politician in the Antebellum/Old South to students and faculty.  Myers spoke at the...

This week’s news in brief – Sept. 9

This week’s news in brief – Sept. 9

Trinity Ramm, Managing Editor September 9, 2023

WSU offers two online exam proctoring options for fall 2023 The Office of Instructional Resources has released the two programs for online exam proctoring through Blackboard this semester.  “Honorlock”...

The Wichita State campus on Sept. 7. Since Sept. 6, Wichita has been experiencing unhealthy air quality, which is due to wildfires in Canada.

Wichita experiencing unhealthy air quality

Jacinda Hall, Podcast Editor September 7, 2023

Wichita has been experiencing unhealthy air quality since Wednesday as the air quality index (AQI) reaches 160.  This is due to the smoke from the wildfires in Canada blowing over the states as...

Brent Mai talks about his ideas and goals if selected as the new dean of university libraries. Mai visited campus on Aug. 3 and 4 to meet with various stakeholders on campus.

Brent Mai announced as dean of University Libraries

Allison Campbell, News Editor September 7, 2023

After almost a month of deliberation, Brent Mai has been named as the newest dean of University Libraries, including Wichita State’s Ablah Library, McKinley Chemistry Library and the Thurlow Lieurance...

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