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Students react to social distancing on Easter

Sophomore Arauna Anwar and her sister and mother pose for a photo after attending Easter service at Central Community Church last year.

Austin Farber, Reporter

April 11, 2020

With the threat of COVID-19 spreading and the Easter holiday on Sunday, church services and family plans across the nation have been adjusted. Wichita State student Melissa Rose, a junior studying English literature, said she has few plans for the holiday this year. “I’m probably just going t...

Wichitans, WSU alumni face New York City challenges during COVID-19 pandemic

Wichita State alumnus Kevin Brown left New York City two weeks ago for Massachusetts because of COVID-19. He took this photo of a nearly empty Brooklyn Bridge as he departed the city.

Audrey Korte, Reporter

April 10, 2020

New York City has been hard hit by COVID-19, putting some Wichitans and Wichita State alumni in a tough position — deciding whether to stay in NYC or leave for somewhere less affected by the novel coronavirus.  Two Elliott School of Communication graduates, Jessica Craft and Kevin Brown, ultimately ...

Wichita State to receive $8.8 million through CARES Act

Tulips at the south entrance of Wichita State's main campus.

Kylie Cameron, Editor in Chief

April 9, 2020

After announcing hiring freezes and other cost-cutting measures, Wichita State will receive $8.8 million through the CARES Act. The allocation is part of a more than $6 billion emergency grant for universities in the country to help with revenue shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’...

Tuesday night system outage didn’t go unnoticed by WSU students

Students use computers in Ablah library.

Kylie Cameron, Editor in Chief

April 9, 2020

Wichita State systems experienced its first outage Tuesday night as online classes got into full swing. The outage prevented users from accessing the university website, their WSU email, Blackboard, and virtual private network (VPN) between 8:30 and 11:30 p.m., according to a university release W...

Student Senate asks university for representation in athletic funding process

Charles Koch Arena is covered with snow prior to the game between Wichita State and Cincinnati on Jan. 19, 2019. Snow came through the Wichita area on Friday night, causing the parking lots at Wichita State to remain frozen. At tipoff the temperature is expected to be 22 degrees with a windchill bringing it down to 7 degrees. (Photo by Joseph Barringhaus/The Sunflower).

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

April 9, 2020

The Wichita State Student Government Association passed a bill Wednesday asking for the university to reinstate the organization's oversight over the athletic funding process. All degree-seeking students pay WSU's student athletic fee. The bill is in relation to the Kansas Board of Regents Policy...

Second student fees bill passes, raising fees by 1.5% next school year

Vice President Michael Bearth oversees debate on a proposed 1.5% student fees increase. The bill ultimately failed and will be sent back to the student fees committee.

Lindsay Smith and Kylie Cameron

April 9, 2020

The second version of the Student Fees bill, which “taxes” most student organizations by 4%, was passed during Wednesday's Student Government Association meeting.  This follows the original Student Fees bill, which was rejected by senators who believed it increased student fees by 1.5% for non-student organizations. The original bill was deliberated by the student fees committee for a co...

Student Senate creates COVID-19 Economic Relief fund

SGA Treasurer Colleen Hand Ostermann and Student Body President Kitrina Miller listen to a question from At-Large Senator Vanessa Teran about the proposed student fees budget during the SGA meeting on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

Lindsay Smith, Reporter

April 8, 2020

A $10,000 fund created by the Wichita State Student Government Association will now go towards scholarships for students who find themselves in financial need after being furloughed, laid off, or put out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The association passed the bill to create this fund at last week...

KU law students hosting gender marker, name change webinar for WSU community

Delaney Hiegert (left) and Ellen Bertels (right) present to legal professionals in Wichita in March. They'll bring their presentation to Wichita State community members via webinar April 7.

Kylie Cameron, Editor in Chief

April 7, 2020

University of Kansas law students Delaney Hiegert and Ellen Bertels will bring their gender marker and name change event to the Wichita State community later today. Originally planned as an in-person event, the Zoom webinar, scheduled for 7 p.m.,is also hosted by the WSU Office of Diversity and ...

Elementary education majors miss students, share worries over unmet graduation requirements

Tulips have bloomed at Wichita State.

Karen Galindo, A&E Editor

April 7, 2020

Wichita State senior Robin Zebedee had just started her pre-student teaching semester at Mueller Elementary School this spring, where she was expected to come into work every Wednesday.  With Gov. Laura Kelly closing all K-12 schools early March to take precautions against the COVID-19, Zebedee ...

WSU working on possible credit/no credit grading option

Empty lecture hall within the McKnight Art Center on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Lindsay Smith, Reporter

April 7, 2020

UPDATE: A credit/no credit option is available for undergraduate students for the spring semester. A satisfactory/unsatisfactory option will be available for graduate students. Wichita State is looking into implementing a credit/no credit grading option for the spring semester. While many insti...

Wichita State announces hiring freeze

The Rhatigan Student Center on March 23, 2020.

Kylie Cameron, Editor in Chief

April 7, 2020

Due to the intended negative financial impact that the COVID-19 pandemic will have on university finances, Wichita State will implement a hiring freeze. The university also announced "restrictions on discretionary spending including travel and non-essential purchases," in today's WSU Today. "We are confident that, with strategic and thoughtful planning, Wichita State w...

WSU student returning from study abroad finally gets to hug family after self-isolation

Wichita State sophomore Sydney Wyatt (left) poses with her family. Wyatt recently returned from studying abroad at the University of Chester in England.

Matthew Kelly, Managing Editor

April 4, 2020

Sydney Wyatt had her spring break plans all figured out. Her flight to Italy was already booked. A sophomore integrated marketing student at Wichita State, Wyatt got her first taste of international travel when her father, a member of the Oklahoma National Guard, was deployed to Ukraine three years ag...