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‘There was no option other than verbal warnings:’ University police will issue traffic tickets, fines

‘There was no option other than verbal warnings:’ University police will issue traffic tickets, fines

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

October 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

Wichita State police will issue traffic tickets and fines beginning Nov. 1, ditching the former verbal-warning-only approach, the university announced in a news release. Interim Police Chief Robert Hinshaw said early October that university police had never issued traffic citations before. "Traf...

Dean Ron Matson announces retirement

Dean Ron Matson announces retirement

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief

October 27, 2017


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Ron Matson, dean of Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and associate professor of sociology at Wichita State, announced Friday that he will retire at the end of the academic year. "I have enjoyed immensely my career at Wichita State and view my time as dean as a fitting capstone," Matson...

SGA withdraws proposal for student organization representation in the Senate

SGA withdraws proposal for student organization representation in the Senate

Daniel Caudill, Reporter

October 25, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government Association

A discussed amendment regarding the addition of senators representing specific student organizations of protected classes was withdrawn from consideration during the Student Government Association meeting on Oct. 25. The intent behind the proposal was to allow student organizations for protected classes,...

Muma addresses enrollment goal at faculty senate

Muma addresses enrollment goal at faculty senate

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

October 25, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

Rick Muma, Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Strategic Enrollment Management, addressed the faculty senate with updates on Wichita State’s strategic enrollment plan, outlining a new ultimate goal of 18,000 students by 2020. In 2016, WSU’s strategic plan set a goal of 22,000...

Unclassified Professional Senate addresses parking, tobacco policy

Unclassified Professional Senate addresses parking, tobacco policy

Ray Strunk, Reporter

October 25, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

In an open forum Oct. 24, members of the Unclassified Professional Senate fielded questions and concerns from other unclassified professionals. Jeffrey Jarman, director of the Elliott School of Communications, moderated the forum. Most of the focus was on parking and uncertainty surrounding the new...

Faculty senate to address policy changes at Monday’s meeting

Faculty senate to address policy changes at Monday’s meeting

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief

October 22, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

Faculty senate is expected to discuss the addition of two changes to university policies and procedures Monday. These policy changes will not be approved by the senate, but its input will be considered by Human Resources and the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity. The senate can choose to endorse...

Phi Delta Theta allegations include hazing, sexual misconduct

Phi Delta Theta allegations include hazing, sexual misconduct

Andrew Linnabary, Reporter

October 22, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase

A press release from Phi Delta Theta International headquarters says their initial investigation into WSU’s Phi Delta Theta chapter “did not support claims of sexual misconduct or acts of organized chapter hazing.” Phi Delta Theta is currently under temporary suspension and investigation by...

Student found with upskirt photos, arrested on six felony counts

Student found with upskirt photos, arrested on six felony counts

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

October 20, 2017


Filed under News

James Dayvault, 28, has been arrested on six felony counts and allegedly found in possession of photos and videos taken under women’s skirts, which Wichita State Police believe were taken on campus sometime in the last two years. Dayvault is a WSU student. KAKE News reported that some of the...

SGA will require diversity, LGBTQ training next year

SGA will require diversity, LGBTQ training next year

Ray Strunk, Reporter

October 19, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government Association

Beginning next year, all members of the Wichita State Student Government Association will be required to attend six, hour-long training sessions offered by the university. The training sessions include Gender Diversity, Diversity in the Workplace, Safe Zone LGBTQ, Recognizing Microaggressions, Green...

How Wichita State boosted enrollment leading up to the official headcount

How Wichita State boosted enrollment leading up to the official headcount

Chance Swaim, Matthew Kelly, and Ray Strunk

October 19, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Wichita State counted senior citizens, high schoolers, and university faculty enrolled in free, half-credit-hour, open admission classes to achieve the highest enrollment increase in the state. Earlier this month, The Sunflower reported that WSU achieved the largest enrollment increase of any four-year...

Phi Delta Theta under suspension, investigation for sexual misconduct at annual Luau event

Phi Delta Theta under suspension, investigation for sexual misconduct at annual Luau event

Andrew Linnabary, Reporter

October 18, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

Phi Delta Theta fraternity is under suspension and investigation by Student Conduct and Community Standards due to multiple allegations of misconduct — including sexual misconduct in 2016 — stemming from their annual Luau event, held at the end of September. The suspension will be upheld until the...