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First mayoral debate marked by talks of transparency, city development 

First mayoral debate marked by talks of transparency, city development 

Daniel Caudill, News Editor

September 11, 2019

Candidates for mayor of Wichita made their cases to voters Tuesday at the first debate of the general election.  Mayor Jeff Longwell and State Rep. Brandon Whipple, District 96, took the stage at Roxy’s Downtown for the debate, which was hosted by KMUW as part of the radio station’s “Engage ICT: Democracy o...

Faculty Senate hears proposal to drop gen ed credit hour minimum from 42 to 33

Faculty Senate hears proposal to drop gen ed credit hour minimum from 42 to 33

Matthew Kelly, Managing Editor

September 10, 2019

The Wichita State Faculty Senate heard a proposal during their first meeting of the semester Monday to reduce the general education credit hour minimum from 42 to 33 hours. The Kansas Board of Regents requested in 2017 that universities cap degree programs at 120 total credit hours to promote on-time degre...

College football makes rare appearance at WSU

College football makes rare appearance at WSU

Olivia Babin, Reporter

September 9, 2019

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect the correct number of years since the last collegiate four-year football game was played on campus. According to The Wichita Eagle, the last game played in Cessna Stadium was on Oct. 17, 2004 between Northwest Oklahoma State and Langston University. On Saturday...

WSUPD: Student dies at The Flats

WSUPD: Student dies at The Flats

Daniel Caudill, News Editor

September 6, 2019

A female student died Friday at The Flats, said Rodney Clark, chief of the Wichita State University Police Department.  The student was unresponsive when emergency crews arrived around noon. EMS attempted life-saving measures, Clark said, but the student could not be revived. She was pronounce...

Student Health Services raises visit prices, lowers lab costs

Student Health Services raises visit prices, lowers lab costs

Kylie Cameron, Editor in Chief

August 29, 2019

At the beginning of the school year, Student Health Services doubled their office visit fee from $15 to $30. Director of Student Health Services Camille Childers said they hadn’t raised their office visit fee for about five years, and that with rising healthcare costs, the department had to do it. ...

New music professor says you should stop calling music you like ‘guilty pleasures’

New music professor says you should stop calling music you like ‘guilty pleasures’

Kevin Benavides, Opinion Editor

August 29, 2019

Imani Mosley is the second black person ever to graduate with a PhD in musicology from Duke University. Mosley has spent almost her entire life surrounded by music, and now, she’s continuing her musical journey at Wichita State. As one of the new assistant professors in WSU’s School of Music, M...

Presidential search committee will meet next week

Presidential search committee will meet next week

Kylie Cameron, Editor in Chief

August 28, 2019

Members of the Wichita State presidential search committee will meet next Thursday to decide who will advance to a video interview for the next president of the university. Committee Chair Steve Clark said those interviews will take place in early October and that eight to 12 applicants will be selected....

More than just advice: Asst. director of LAS advising sees value in student experiences

More than just advice: Asst. director of LAS advising sees value in student experiences

Eduardo Castillo, Multimedia Editor

August 26, 2019

Across nearly a decade of advising students at Wichita State, Nancy Krehbiel has established a reputation of charisma and support for students. “It’s just so rewarding to see students persist in spite of so many barriers that are stacked against them,” Krehbiel said in a recent interview with Th...

WSU moving forward with Ablah 24-hour study room expansion, select referendum projects

WSU moving forward with Ablah 24-hour study room expansion, select referendum projects

Matthew Kelly, Managing Editor

August 26, 2019

Construction on Woolsey Hall, Wichita State’s $50 million business building, is slated to begin in summer 2020, but the university is also moving forward with several other projects included in last semester’s failed student-fee referendum.  Projects include a joint clinical psychology and play therapy la...

Queen of the Renaissance

Queen of the Renaissance

Ella Dominguez, Arts & Entertainment Editor

August 26, 2019

It was New Year’s Eve in 2008, and Brad Thomison had just gotten out of church. A weekly tradition, Sunday night thrift shopping, led Thomison to a fluorescent pink prom dress embellished with glittering gemstones that fit him just right. He had seen his friends dress in drag before, but never participated i...

‘This is about the students’: Tompkins says WSU presidential search should prioritize higher ed proficiency

‘This is about the students’: Tompkins says WSU presidential search should prioritize higher ed proficiency

Matthew Kelly, Managing Editor

August 20, 2019

The search profile for Wichita State's next president calls for a "forward-thinking visionary" who will "lead dramatic and dynamic changes" while advancing a culture of shared governance on campus. Among other things, the search committee is looking for a president who can grow student enrollment and...