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Wren Callstrom (Photo courtesy of Callstrom)

Wichita State student reflects on being homeless during high school

Melanie Rivera-Cortez, Sports Editor April 19, 2024

Many students idealize the concept of moving out one day, spreading their wings and taking the world by storm. For Wichita State freshman Wren Callstrom, moving out his senior year of high school was...

Wichita Police Department vehicles near Fairmount Park on April 18, following the death of a man that morning.

Man at Fairmount Park dies of medical emergency

Piper Pinnetti, Reporter April 18, 2024

Editor's Note: This story has been updated with new information.  Wichita police are investigating the death of a 54-year-old man reported by an individual around 7 a.m. on Thursday near Wichita State....

Larry Burks Sr. and Sierra Riley transport the chili for Veteran Students Organizations first event of the year from the second to first floor of the Rhatigan Student Center on Feb. 13. Students were able to get a bowl of chili for $3, with the proceeds going to the organization.

‘If no one else will do it, it’s gotta be me’: Trio of students bring back veteran organization

Ainsley Smyth, Reporter April 17, 2024

When Tiffany Tucker graduated high school, she didn’t feel ready for college. Instead, she enrolled in the Air Force. “I joined because I needed the structure,” she said. Tucker was in the...

WSU Director of Athletics Kevin Saal speaks to Student Senate members about the academic success of student athletes and survey results of the student athlete experience. Saal was joined on the Wednesday night meeting by Clayton Stoldt, the associate dean of applied studies.

Kevin Saal shares record-high student-athlete GPAs, other successful initiatives at SGA meeting

Allison Campbell, News Editor April 16, 2024

Director of Athletics Kevin Saal and Clayton Stoldt, the associate dean for the College of Applied Studies, shared the progress made on achieving record-high student-athlete GPAs across multiple programs...

Microphones reserved for Student Government Assocation senators sit unused during the Student Senate meeting on April 10.

Special election to be held for fine arts senator seats

Trinity Ramm, Managing Editor April 16, 2024

Editor's Note: This story previously stated that several colleges will have a runoff election. According to Fonseca, only the College of Fine Arts will have one. Certain Senate seats in the Student...

Student Body President Iris Okere speaks in favor of the Thanksgiving Break Act, which would remove fall break and extend Thanksgiving break by two days. The act was denied after more than half of the Student Senate voted in opposition of the act.

Student Government rejects extended Thanksgiving break, approves sabbaticals for senators

Allison Campbell, News Editor April 15, 2024

Student Government Association members considered three pieces of legislation on April 10: the Ceasefire in Gaza resolution, the Sabbatical Creation Act, and a motion to extend Thanksgiving Break. The...

Iranian Student Association officers huddle together for a photo at their Nowruz event. The celebration of Nowruz, or Persian New Year, was held at the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex on March 16.

Iranian Student Association brings second home to Iranian students in Wichita

Monique Bever, Reporter April 15, 2024

Laughter, soulful Persian music, animated conversations in Farsi and the aroma of traditional cuisine filled the room as Wichita's close-knit Iranian community gathered at the Iranian Student Association's...

Members of Students for Justice in Palestine clap and cheer in support after the Ceasefire in Gaza resolution was passed by the Student Government Association. Free Palestine, members said, yelling in unison at the conclusion of the Senate meeting.

Gaza ceasefire resolution meets criticism from Jewish Student Alliance president, passes anyway

Courtney Brown, News Editor April 14, 2024

Despite facing criticism from the Jewish Student Alliance president, the Student Government Association (SGA) pledged its support for the end of genocide in Gaza, calling for an immediate ceasefire...


A dog in dance class and other ways service animals, emotional support animals help Wichita State students

Courtney Brown, News Editor April 14, 2024

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to more accurately define emotional support animals and their roles.   When Draco gets his service dog vest put on, the English golden retriever knows...

Faculty Senate meeting on March 27, 2023.

Few university updates make for brief Faculty Senate meeting

Trinity Ramm, Managing Editor April 12, 2024

In an unusually short meeting, the Faculty Senate passed a piece of policy and received updates on enrollment, the overhaul of the ombuds program and the athletic department. Enrollment updates Ashlie...

Taylor Craig directs Quilliam the African Crested Porcupine to do tricks for a Group of WSU students enticing him with bits of sweet potato.

Tanganyika animals take over the Rhatigan Student Center

Piper Pinnetti, Reporter April 11, 2024

An array of wildlife animals roamed the Rhatigan Student Center, giving students and other passersby the chance to meet and pet the animals.  On Wildlife Wednesday, two employees from Tanganyika Wildlife...

Physics professors Mathew Muether and Jason Ferguson set up telescope on lawn of Jabara Hall for observers to see the solar eclipse on April 8.

Blinded by beauty: Solar eclipse passes over campus

Piper Pinnetti, Reporter April 11, 2024

A celestial spectacle occurred on campus Monday afternoon as a solar eclipse graced the skies. It captivated students who paused their daily routines to witness the event firsthand.  When a new moon...

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