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WSU students greeted with masks, social distancing at residence halls

Omar Brantley, a volunteer at Shocker Hall, wipes down carts used to transport residents' belongings on Monday afternoon. More than 1,000 students are moving into residence halls this month.

Lindsay Smith, News Editor

August 11, 2020

While move-in day is usually a bustling and busy day for staff and students, this year’s move-in days have been noticeably slower and quieter. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the university put in place extra precautions this year to keep everyone safe and distanced. All staff and students are required to wear ...

WSU adjusts student move-in process in response to the coronavirus

The Flats is a private apartment complex on Wichita State's Innovation Campus.

Lindsay Smith, Reporter

August 6, 2020

With the pandemic in mind, Wichita State officials are planning move-in days to look much different for student residents than in years past.  For starters, move-ins won’t take place across two days but will instead be staggered from this Saturday to next Sunday, Aug. 16, in an effort to limit crow...

American Athletic Conference announces plan for the upcoming fall sports season

The AAC banner is unveiled during the State of the American event in Koch arena.

Sean Marty, Sports Reporter

August 5, 2020

The American Athletic Conference announced its plan for the upcoming fall sports season on Wednesday after delaying fall Olympic sports last month.  The plan will use regular-season conference play in football, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, with conference championships in each of those spo...

Dexter Dennis pulls name out of NBA Draft, will return to WSU for junior season

Wichita State sophomore Dexter Dennis celebrates on the bench during the second half of the game against Tulsa on March 8 inside Charles Koch Arena.

Sean Marty, Sports Reporter

July 28, 2020

Wichita State junior combo-guard Dexter Dennis announced on Tuesday that he will opt out of the NBA Draft and return to WSU for his junior season. This comes after Dennis entered the NBA Draft earlier this offseason in hopes of gaining some feedback on where he stands for a potential professional ca...

WSU community a key piece of Wichita mayor’s civil rights council

Students and Wichita community members gathered for a protest against police brutality at the Wichita police station near WSU's main campus on Saturday, May 30. Members of the campus community are working with the mayor's civil rights council to address issues like diversity and police brutality.

Audrey Korte, Reporter

July 23, 2020

Wichita State students and other community members are helping Mayor Brandon Whipple’s new civil rights council find its wings.  The Advisory Council on Diversity, Inclusion, and Civil Rights started meeting biweekly in June — a few weeks after demonstrations began in Wichita and around the g...

American Athletic Conference delays start of fall Olympic sports until September 

The American Athletic Conference tournement trophy sits in the concourse of the FedExForum before Wichita State's semifinal game against Cincinnati on March 16, 2019 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Sean Marty, Sports Reporter

July 22, 2020

The American Athletic Conference is delaying the start of fall Olympic sports until Sept. 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the conference announced on Wednesday.  The delay will affect exhibition games, along with non-conference competition for men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cr...

WSU hires new College of Health Professions dean

Dr. Gregory Hand, founding dean of West Virginia University's School of Public Health, will be the next dean of the Wichita State University College of Health Professions. He will take over for interim Dean Steve Arnold on Sept. 7.

Daniel Caudill, Editor in Chief

July 14, 2020

After a months-long search, Wichita State University has a new dean for the College of Health Professions. WSU appointed Gregory Hand, founding dean of West Virginia University's School of Public Health, to serve in the position, effective Sept. 7. Hand, a professor of epidemiology at WVU, was...

UPDATE: US government to reverse guidance blocking foreign students from studying online

Wichita State's Office of International Education, 3203 E 17th St N, is issuing guidance to help international students stay on track to graduate.

Audrey Korte and Daniel Caudill

July 13, 2020

UPDATE: The United States Government agreed in federal district court to reverse its guidance preventing international students from studying entirely online in the U.S., Reuters reports. U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs in Massachusetts said the federal government reached a settlement to void the ruling with Harvard University and the Massachus...

Wichita State cancels fall study abroad program

Sarrah Thornburg is studying international business at Wichita State University. She planned to study in France this semester, but WSU has canceled its study abroad program for the fall.

Hafsa N. Quraishi, Wichita Journalism Collaborative

July 13, 2020

Sarrah Thornburg couldn’t wait to go to Pau, France, this fall. As an international business major at Wichita State University, she is required to study abroad in order to graduate. Thornburg was excited for the change in scenery and the weekend trips she’d take to Spain. That was before COVID-19...

WSU walk-on Remy Robert II hopes to create an impact at the Division-I level  

Wichita State Head Coach Gregg Marshall calls a play during the second half of the game against Cincinnati on Feb. 6 inside Charles Koch Arena.

Sean Marty, Sports Reporter

July 10, 2020

Wichita State added another walk-on player to its 2020-21 roster last weekend. Remy Robert II, an incoming junior, committed to WSU and will become the school’s newest non-scholarship player, alongside walk-ons Brycen Bush and Jacob Herrs. Being able to join the Shockers was an opportunity Robert simply...

Aggravated burglary reported at WSU fraternity house 

Police responded Wednesday night to a report of an aggravated robbery at Sigma Alpha Epsilon house, 1714 N. Fairmount.

Daniel Caudill, Editor in Chief

July 9, 2020

Wichita State University police are searching for two suspects after a reported burglary at a fraternity house near campus.  WSUPD responded at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday to a report of an aggravated burglary at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house, 1714 N. Fairmount. Police say residents noticed two ...

Wichita moves to require masks in public, with some exceptions

Masks are required in public areas in Wichita after the city council approved a mask ordinance Friday. Face coverings are already required on Wichita State’s main campus.

Lindsay Smith and Daniel Caudill

July 3, 2020

Effective immediately, people in Wichita are required to wear masks in businesses and other public areas after the city council issued a new ordinance on Friday.  Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple called a special meeting Friday afternoon to discuss the ordinance with the city council. Whipple said he wanted...