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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

Wichita State University's main campus is known for its multicolored tulips, which bloom every spring. The university announced changes for the spring semester on Thursday.

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...

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...