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‘Justice for Floyd:’ Protesters rally at Wichita police station near WSU

A protester holds a Black Lives Matter sign on Saturday during a protest against police brutality outside of a Wichita Police Department station near Hillside and 21st. The protest is one in a string of demonstrations across the nation after George Floyd was apparently killed by police.

Audrey Korte and Daniel Caudill

May 30, 2020

An estimated 2,000 protesters gathered Saturday outside of the Wichita Police Department station on 21st Street near Wichita State's main campus, calling for justice for George Floyd — a Black man who died in Minneapolis after a police officer pinned him to the ground with a knee on his neck.  D...

Wichita State employee tests positive for COVID-19

Wichita State employee tests positive for COVID-19

Daniel Caudill, Editor in Chief

May 29, 2020

A Wichita State University employee working on campus tested positive for the coronavirus, the university said Friday in a release. This is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus. The release says WSU officials "acted quickly to follow appropriate protocols," including notifying people who had direct contact with the employee in institution programs, employment or activities. The university said it is als...

WSU to propose 2% tuition increase; no increase in student fees

President-elect Jay Golden speaks at a Student Government Association meeting in December.

Daniel Caudill, Editor in Chief

May 28, 2020

Wichita State will propose to the Kansas Board of Regents a 2% tuition increase for the upcoming school year, President Jay Golden announced Thursday evening in a letter sent to campus community members. The university estimates the proposed increase would cost approximately $67 per student, per semester....

Former student sues WSU over December data breach 

Former student sues WSU over December data breach 

Daniel Caudill, Editor in Chief

May 27, 2020

Wichita State University is facing a new lawsuit for a data breach in December that potentially compromised the personal data of thousands of former and current faculty, staff and students. Michael Bahnmaier of Wichita filed the lawsuit in federal court May 14, alleging WSU “negligently failed”...

Steve Clark YMCA and Heskett Center add safety measures as facilities reopen 

Jack Tomlinson, an employee at the Steve Clark YMCA, wipes down a piece of workout equipment on Friday. The Y reopened last week.

Sean Marty, Sports Reporter

May 25, 2020

As Wichita State moves into the second phase of reopening Tuesday, students who workout on campus will see new safety precautions at the Heskett and the Y.  The Y on campus opened its doors last week along with the other nine branches in the Wichita area. The Heskett will open next Monday, when ...

WSU plans for residence halls to be ‘pretty much at occupancy’ this fall

WSU administrators and faculty met for a virtual town hall on Friday. Left to right: Matt Houston, Jeffrey Jarman, Julie Scott, Rick Muma and Teri Hall.

Daniel Caudill, Editor in Chief

May 22, 2020

UPDATE: President Jay Golden announced Thursday that the university will only charge students for housing through the campus shutdown date on Nov. 20, unless a student chooses to stay after that date. Those who stay longer will be charged a daily rate. Wichita State University is expecting to run ...

‘Over the moon:’ WSU student accepted into NASA summer academy 

Maggie Brown, a junior studying aerospace engineering at WSU, is attending the NASA L'SPACE Academy this summer. She said she's always been fascinated with space.

Karen Galindo, Reporter

May 22, 2020

Maggie Brown, an aerospace engineering major at WSU, is taking the first steps toward her dreams of working for NASA. The junior was accepted this month into the NASA L’SPACE Academy summer program.  “I was absolutely overjoyed,” Brown said. “It felt unreal that I was finally going to be able to p...

Kansas to enter Phase 2 of reopening plan Friday: Theaters open, bars stay closed

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly speaks on Tuesday at a news conference about the coronavirus. She said the state will move into a

Daniel Caudill, Editor in Chief

May 19, 2020

Kansas will ease restrictions on mass gatherings and allow some entertainment venues to reopen on Friday, Governor Laura Kelly announced Tuesday. The steps are part of the next phase in Kelly's plan to reopen the state after a shutdown to limit the spread of the coronavirus. In the "slightly modified"...

Marty: The top 5 Shocker sports moments from this school year

Wichita State sophomores Dexter Dennis and Jamarius Burton celebrate after Burton made a layup and was fouled during the Shocker's home win against Memphis in January.

Sean Marty, Sports Reporter

May 19, 2020

With Wichita State’s spring semester over, Sunflower sports writer Sean Marty compiled a list of the top five sports moments from the past school year.  1. Men’s Basketball’s victory over Memphis In front of a sold-out Charles Koch Arena crowd, the Shockers pulled off a statement victor...

Office of Admissions takes outreach online for prospective students

Wichita State's Office of Admissions is housed in the Marcus Welcome Center.

Audrey Korte, Reporter

May 16, 2020

As Wichita State prepares for a phased reopening on campus, the Office of Admissions is still conducting much of its outreach work online. Instead of guided campus tours and face-to-face visits, staffers are reaching out through phones and computer screens.   “We're just in such an extraordinary...

Student teachers find creative ways to teach online, earn certification

Senior Jonas Zabriskie is a math student teacher. Zabriskie would film instructional videos for his students and host office hours.

Hollis Hagenbuch, Reporter

May 14, 2020

All Wichita State students have faced their respective struggles brought on by the switch to remote learning, but senior education majors completing their student teaching were presented with a completely different set of challenges. Not only did they have to continue their own learning, but they also h...

WSU athletic department to make small budget cuts in July; regionalized scheduling approach in line to save money during pandemic

Darron Boatright has been the Athletic Director at Wichita State since 2016. He also serves as a member of the President’s Executive Team and reports directly to the President.

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

May 9, 2020

When the sports world started crumbling in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak in March, Wichita State Director of Athletics Darron Boatright couldn't have forseen all the crises would lie ahead. Now, more than two months since the abrupt conclusion of sports, the virus is starting to take on a non-human...