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Town hall tackles fee questions, what comes next if referendum fails

Town hall tackles fee questions, what comes next if referendum fails

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

January 31, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Faculty and administrators were well-represented, but no more than 10 students showed up for the first all-student town hall Wednesday to discuss the infrastructure referendum slated for early March. The proposal is a $6 per credit hour fee hike to bond $38.6 million for campus facilities upgrades...

ShockerAlerts: Are they for on-campus emergencies only?

ShockerAlerts: Are they for on-campus emergencies only?

Audrey Korte, Reporter

January 31, 2019


Filed under Campus, Crime, News

An emergency alert went out across Shocker nation Tuesday, after a fire was reported in McKinley Hall. The WSU ShockerAlert system took center stage with its sound and color flashing across monitors, popping up on phones, and landing in inboxes from Ablah library to Old Town. The ShockerAlert system...

‘Artificially growing the state of Kansas’: Expanded in-state tuition offering aims to grow workforce, fill student housing

‘Artificially growing the state of Kansas’: Expanded in-state tuition offering aims to grow workforce, fill student housing

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

January 29, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

ansas is a state of 2.9 million people, but Wichita State will have a pool of 31 million people to draw on for in-state tuition this fall. The expansion of the “Shocker City” initiative along the I-35 Corridor means WSU can offer in-state tuition to more prospective students than any university outside...

Fire from chemical spill reported in McKinley Hall; university gives all clear

Fire from chemical spill reported in McKinley Hall; university gives all clear

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

January 29, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

A fire was reported in McKinley Hall, according to an emergency alert sent out at 2:28 Tuesday afternoon. Ten minutes later, another alert gave the all clear. “Resume all activities. Incident at McKinley is completed,” the alert read. Wichita State’s chemistry labs are located in the McKinley. A...

Police department talks active shooter preparation

Police department talks active shooter preparation

Audrey Korte, Reporter

January 29, 2019


Filed under Crime, News

“Breaking news. Active shooter at Wichita State.” The words strike fear in the hearts of students across campus. It’s too horrible to imagine. But preparation requires just that. Most college students don’t remember a time when  mass shootings weren’t repeatedly shown in the news. T...

Muma: If student fee referendum fails, it will not be voted on again

Muma: If student fee referendum fails, it will not be voted on again

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

January 29, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

There won't be a second campuswide vote on an upcoming student fee referendum if students vote the referendum down, Acting President Rick Muma said Monday during a Shock the Future steering committee meeting.  “If [the referendum] fails, all of the projects on this side of campus aren’t going to...

Referendum steering committee fighting student apathy within itself

Referendum steering committee fighting student apathy within itself

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

January 28, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

As an upcoming student fee referendum nears, the Shock the Future steering committee is trying to combat student apathy — while at the same time combating apathy within the steering committee. Monday’s committee meeting included a complaint by health professions representative Max Karst, who handle...

Read WSU’s tentative student fee referendum here

Read WSU’s tentative student fee referendum here

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

January 28, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

Today's Shock the Future steering committee meeting included a presentation showing what students will see when they vote on a student fee increase referendum to fund a variety of campus projects, including a new business building. Students will access the ballot through an email sent out March 4....

John Tomblin made almost $800,000 in 2018 — more than twice as much as President Bardo

John Tomblin made almost $800,000 in 2018 — more than twice as much as President Bardo

Matthew Kelly and Andrew Linnabary

January 28, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

he Wichita State budget book puts John Tomblin’s base salary at $358,000, but records obtained by The Sunflower show that the WSU vice president for technology transfer, who also serves as executive director of the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) and president of the Wichita State I...

Weekly preview — week of Jan. 27

Weekly preview — week of Jan. 27

John Darr, Culture Editor

January 27, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

Monday, Jan. 28 Volunteer Fair Time: 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Location: RSC First Floor Cost: Free! Wichita State’s Community Service Board is making volunteer opportunities more accessible than ever during this year’s Volunteer Fair. Agencies across the Wichita metro area will be in ...

Do you avoid walking through the Plaza of Heroines? That’s misogynistic, the university says.

Do you avoid walking through the Plaza of Heroines? That’s misogynistic, the university says.

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

January 27, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Some students are scared of walking through the Plaza of Heroines. The Plaza is the brick-and-granite circular monument with a bronze centerpiece in front of Ablah Library. Since its dedication in 1998 it has, officially, represented the lives and accomplishments of women. Unofficially, walking throu...

What you missed: WSU news from over break

What you missed: WSU news from over break

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

January 24, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

Muma named acting president, Bardo in rehabilitation facility Provost Rick Muma was named Wichita State’s acting president on Jan. 2. President John Bardo, 70, has been moved to a rehabilitation facility. He was hospitalized in November, and is currently undergoing physical therapy after a seco...