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BREAKING: Sexual assault reported at The Flats

The Flats are a private apartment complex on Wichita State's Innovation Campus. Students staying on campus this summer will live at the building.

Kylie Cameron, Editor in Chief

April 4, 2020

The Wichita State Police Department sent out an alert early Saturday morning about a sexual assault that occurred around noon on Wednesday at The Flats. The alert said that the victim was exiting their apartment when the suspect, waiting in the hall, held the student at knife-point and forced entry...

COVID-19 affecting 20-44-year-olds at high rates in Kansas

Students walk across campus before it closed for the semester because of COVID-19. Campus, county, and state officials warn that the population of 20 to 44-year-olds are at higher risk for catching and spreading the virus than they may think.

Audrey Korte, Reporter

April 3, 2020

COVID-19 cases in Kansas are particularly high right now in the 20-44-year-old age group, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Case Summary report update on Thursday. At the time of the report, 160 of the state’s 552 active COVID-19 cases fell within the 20-44-year-old range. Though the number of cases rose from 552 t...

WSU to convert all summer courses to online/remote format

WSU to convert all summer courses to online/remote format

Matthew Kelly, Managing Editor

April 3, 2020

Wichita State announced Friday that all summer courses will be converted to an online or remote format in response to the continued threat of COVID-19. "While we had hoped to be able to return to some sense of normal by the summer months, the situation remains uncertain," Provost Rick Muma wrote in...

WSU approves refunds for parking, student housing, meal plans, but not tuition or fees

Campus parking lots are near empty these days. WSU announced that parking passes will be refunded.

Audrey Korte, Reporter

April 2, 2020

Wichita State hosted a virtual town hall Thursday to address questions, including those about refunds and credits. According to the university website, WSU will begin updating student accounts to reflect credits for on-campus housing, meal plans, and student parking, and issuing refunds starting on April 3.  B...

May commencement will be a virtual reality

WuShock wears a cap and gown at last May’s LAS commencement ceremony.

Audrey Korte, Reporter

April 2, 2020

Wichita State President Jay Golden announced Wednesday that graduation ceremonies will be a virtual affair come May. But that doesn’t mean graduates won’t have an opportunity for the real deal later this year.  Graduates will be able to walk and celebrate with friends and loved ones in-person as...

‘The impact can be huge’: WSU professor part of team to discover compound that kills a coronavirus

William Groutas, a bioorganic and medicinal chemistry professor at Wichita State (center) and research assistants pose in Groutas's research laboratory at WSU.

Audrey Korte, Reporter

April 1, 2020

William Groutas, the Endowment Association's Distinguished Professor of Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry at Wichita State, is one of four researchers who discovered a compound that can stop a strain of coronavirus from killing its hosts.  The study was done on cats using a feline coronavirus. Animal st...

8 patients have recovered from COVID-19 in Sedgwick County

8 patients have recovered from COVID-19 in Sedgwick County

Lindsay Smith, Reporter

April 1, 2020

Sedgwick County will now release the amount of patients who have recovered from COVID-19. There have been a total of eight COVID-19 recoveries in the county. “We were able to share the amount of cases recovered because we now have enough information to release without it being identifiable,”...

WSU Foundation launches COVID-19 student emergency fund

Wichita State's campus has been largely empty since it shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus in March. The university will start Phase II of its reopening plan Tuesday.

Audrey Korte, Reporter

March 31, 2020

Inspired by the rallying cry that rings throughout Charles Koch Arena on game days, the Wichita State University Foundation introduced an emergency fund — called Shockers Up — that will benefit students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We wanted to be responsive to the needs that we were hearing ...

The Coalition: ICT works around COVID-19 to feed homeless Wichitans

The Coalition: ICT hands out food to homeless and vulnerable Wichitans last week in Riverside Park.

Audrey Korte, Reporter

March 31, 2020

Stay-at-home orders are particularly taxing to those with no homes to stay in. While churches, schools, and restaurants are shuttering their doors and CNN reports that 250 million Americans are on some form of lockdown, one group of Wichitans is left wondering where their next meal will come from or if ...

Wichita River Festival canceled; smaller fall festival planned for November

A fan crowd-surfs during The Cavves at Riverfest on Thursday, June 6.

Karen Galindo, A&E Editor

March 31, 2020

The 2020 Wichita River Festival has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  The festival was originally scheduled for May 29-June 6. Ty Tabing, president and CEO of Wichita Festivals, announced the decision through a Facebook livestream Tuesday. This year’s festival would have been Wichi...

NCAA reveals eligibility outcomes for student-athletes affected by COVID-19

Wichita State junior Tommy Barnhouse pitches the ball during the game against Kansas State on Feb. 26 at Eck Stadium.

Sean Marty, Reporter

March 30, 2020

The NCAA announced their eligibility guidelines for the student athletes who saw their seasons get cut short due to the COVID-19 virus on Monday evening. The organization came to a conclusion and has granted an extra year of eligibility to spring sport athletes due to the premature ending of their...

Kansas Democrats officially switch to mail ballots for presidential primary

Voting generic

Matthew Kelly, Managing Editor

March 30, 2020

Kansas Democrats who want to have a say in who faces off against Donald Trump in November's presidential election will have to cast their ballots by mail. The Kansas Democratic Party announced Monday that it will cancel all in-person voting for the state's May 2 primary amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic....