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Student senators raise concerns over potential hike in student fees

Student senators raise concerns over potential hike in student fees

John Darr, Culture Editor

November 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government Association

Representatives from the student steering committee for the student-driven campus infrastructure project and proposed increase to student fees — Hannah Foster, Gentry Thiesen, and Ashley Estes — presented to student senators during the open forum of Wednesday’s Student Government Association meeting. Most...

Deans talk student input on infrastructure proposal

Deans talk student input on infrastructure proposal

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

November 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Wichita State’s deans were tasked with generating infrastructure priorities for their respective colleges in preparation for a “student-driven” initiative to raise student fees by $6 a credit hour for the purpose of upgrading campus facilities. The proposal will be voted on by students in March,...

Adult learners have a new homegroup on campus

Adult learners have a new homegroup on campus

Audrey Korte, Reporter

November 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Wichita State has a new student group on campus that is just for adult learners. Adult Scholars is now an officially recognized student organization. They hope to connect adult students for both career and social networking, as well as providing a much-needed support system for older students. “In...

Kerry Wilks named interim dean of Graduate School

Kerry Wilks named interim dean of Graduate School

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

November 13, 2018


Filed under Campus

Kerry Wilks will take over as interim dean of the Graduate School on Jan. 1 — replacing Dennis Livesay, who was named dean of the College of Engineering last month. Wilks, who currently serves as assistant dean of the Graduate School and an associate Spanish professor, joined Wichita State in 2004....

Man holding gun arrested near campus after chase

Man holding gun arrested near campus after chase

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

November 12, 2018


Filed under Campus, Crime, Local, News

A man holding a gun near campus was arrested near campus Monday evening, campus police said in an alert email. The suspect fled on foot, police said, and was “taken into custody after a short foot chase.” “The gun was recovered after the suspect dropped it during the chase,” the email said. The...

October crime log highlights

October crime log highlights

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

November 11, 2018


Filed under Campus, Crime, News

The WSU police department had 114 entries in its daily crime log for the month of October. Here are some highlights. On Oct. 12, “a fanny pack was found in the parking lot” near Corbin Education Center. Officers filed a report. On Oct. 12, a WSU emergency phone was used to report “two armed i...

Student Senate recommends WSU outsource veteran benefit certification to VA

Student Senate recommends WSU outsource veteran benefit certification to VA

Daniel Caudill, Reporter

November 8, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government Association

In light of a backlogged GI benefit certification process at the Student Veteran Center, SGA passed a resolution recommending the university outsource the process. “I believe that the past recommendation for more individuals to work on this matter could be alleviated by a consulting team coming...

WSU expands in-state tuition offering to more cities

WSU expands in-state tuition offering to more cities

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

November 8, 2018


Filed under Campus, Local, News

Wichita State has expanded the cities it offers in-state tuition to, following approval by the Kansas Board of Regents Wednesday. Beginning in fall 2019, students from the following city areas can receive in-state tuition to attend WSU, according to a news release: Denver, Colorado; St. Joseph, Missouri;...

First-degree murder conviction given in shooting of WSU student Rowena Irani

First-degree murder conviction given in shooting of WSU student Rowena Irani

Jenna Farhat, News Editor

November 8, 2018


Filed under Crime, Local, Showcase

Two years after Rowena Irani was killed, ex-boyfriend Dane Owens was found guilty of first-degree felony murder. Irani, a 22-year-old Wichita State student and psychology major, was shot Oct. 3, 2016 and died the next day. On that Monday afternoon, Irani’s mother came home worried because her daughter...

WSU rolls out ‘student-driven’ plan to raise student fees, upgrade campus infrastructure

WSU rolls out ‘student-driven’ plan to raise student fees, upgrade campus infrastructure

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

November 8, 2018


Filed under Campus, Showcase

Wichita State is seeking support for a “student-driven” plan to upgrade campus facilities by increasing the campus infrastructure student fee. The proposed hike would allow the university to bond $38.5 million — $20 million of which would go toward the construction of the new business school...

Election Commission calls off SGA special election

Election Commission calls off SGA special election

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

November 2, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government Association

The Election Commission created last month by the Student Government Association has called off the special election it was appointed to oversee. An SGA press release cited a lack of candidate interest as the commission's reason for the cancellation. "We are sad to report that due to no declaration...

Beta Theta Pi suspended following two-month investigation

Beta Theta Pi suspended following two-month investigation

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

November 2, 2018


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Uncategorized

Beta Theta Pi fraternity has been suspended — meaning it cannot function as an organization  — until May 2019, following a two-month temporary suspension and investigation. The fraternity was charged with five violations of university policy, including the underage drinking, social host violation, and...