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Wichita State's independent, student-run news source

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What you need to know about the last solar eclipse for 20 years

What you need to know about the last solar eclipse for 20 years

Genesis Merriett, Reporter April 7, 2024

Seven years ago, Americans could view a total or partial solar eclipse — and this Monday, April 8, there will be another one. A solar eclipse occurs when a new moon passes between the Earth and the...

FAFSA delays, glitches cause frustration for Wichita State students and financial aid staff

FAFSA delays, glitches cause frustration for Wichita State students and financial aid staff

Jacob Unruh, Assistant Sports Editor April 5, 2024

College and high school students across the country are playing a waiting game as an update to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid has been plagued by delays and glitches. This year, the new system...

Student Government Association Sen. Gracie Lamb votes yes during the Student Services Fees Act proposed on Wednesday night. All 18 present senators voted in favor of the act, which determined how $10.5 million in student fees would be allocated among 36 programs.

SGA approves allocation of $10.5 million in student fees for 36 programs

Allison Campbell, News Editor April 4, 2024

The Student Government Association (SGA) approved and outlined how student fees will be used toward educational opportunity and student operations funding during the Student Senate meeting on Wednesday...

Student Body President-elect Kylee Hower grins with Tessa Fry, the clerk of the Senate, as the unverified SGA 2024 General Election results are announced during Wednesday nights Student Senate meeting. Hower and her vice president, Matthew Phan, received 59.95% of the student bodys votes.

Hower, Phan elected student body president, VP for 67th session

Courtney Brown, News Editor April 3, 2024

Kylee Hower and Matthew Phan will be the next student body president and vice president. Hower, the Student Government Association’s current speaker of the Student Senate, and Phan, an engineering...

(Left) Werner Golling, vice president for finance and administration, speaks to the Student Fees Commission on March 6. (Right) Provost Shirley Lefever shares her hype song at the Student Government Association Town Hall on Oct. 26. Both administrators announced their retirement on April 3.

Wichita State provost and vice president of finance and administration set to retire

Mia Hennen, Editor-in-chief April 3, 2024

Wichita State’s Shirley Lefever and Werner Golling will both retire this year. Lefever, who serves as provost and executive vice president, will retire at the end of the calendar year, while Golling,...

Jay Thompson, head of the government oversight committee, speaks on the Association Funding Regulations Act during the Student Senate meeting on Wednesday, March 27. The bill will supply all registered student organization (RSO) safekeeping accounts with $250 per year to help with startup costs

Student organizations allocated additional $250 per year

Allison Campbell, News Editor April 2, 2024

A bill approved in the Student Government Association (SGA) Wednesday night will supply all registered student organization (RSO) safekeeping accounts with $250 per year to help with startup costs. Approved...

Victoria Owens, a liberal arts and sciences senator in the Student Government Association, speaks on the Senate Structure Reorganization Act during the Student Session meeting on Wednesday, March 27.

SGA reestablishes weekly meetings, removes subcommittee seats

Allison Campbell, News Editor April 2, 2024

A bill that removed Student Senate subcommittees and altered the frequency of SGA sessions was voted on and approved after more than an hour of deliberation and discussion at Wednesday night’s meeting....

Students pet Rex the Labrador-Retriever mix at Procrastination Prevention Night on March 27. The event was sponsored by the Shocker Learning Center and University Libraries.

Procrastination event offers students alternative ways to deal with procrastinating

Genesis Merriett, Reporter April 2, 2024

Students got to enjoy various activities in between study sessions at the Procrastination Prevention Night, including crafts, snacks, an escape room, “Super Smash Bros.” and even a puppy session...

Out of State Sen. Nathan Atkison expresses his support for the Senate Structure Reorganization Act during the Student Senate meeting on Wednesday, March 27. My subcommittee currently has two people, including me, Atkison said. It does not work.

Student Senate addresses several bills regarding funding for student orgs, pay in SGA and more

Allison Campbell, News Editor April 1, 2024

Student Government Association (SGA) senators voted on and approved several bills Wednesday night, which modified the Student Senate structure, student organization funding and election processes. The...

Supporters calling for Gaza ceasefire return to Student Senate, resolution in progress

Supporters calling for Gaza ceasefire return to Student Senate, resolution in progress

Courtney Brown, News Editor March 30, 2024

At least 25 people came to the Student Senate on Wednesday to again emphasize why the Student Government Association should pass a resolution supporting a ceasefire in Gaza. Following the previous...

Susan Sterrett, a senator from philosophy, shares concerns on Wichita States relationships with Anthology, Blackboards parent company, and Microsoft during a Faculty Senate meeting on March 25.

Faculty Senate senator raises concerns about Blackboard, artificial intelligence

Trinity Ramm, Managing Editor March 30, 2024

In a postponed presentation, Susan Sterrett, a Faculty Senate senator from philosophy, spoke with concern about the university’s relationships with Anthology, Blackboard’s parent company, and Microsoft...

Neal Allen, social sciences senator, asks a question during a Faculty Senate meeting on March 25.

Procedural infighting erupts during Faculty Senate meeting

Trinity Ramm, Managing Editor March 30, 2024

Things got heated in the Faculty Senate as senators in the back galley and front seating area argued about procedure during a discussion about department chair policy. Some senators sitting in the back...

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