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Self Portrait by Jade Warden. The mixed media piece of art was made last year by the studio art major.

From studio to Senate: Studio art major gives advice, reflects on college

Danielle Wagner, Reporter May 4, 2023

In combining her passions for art and helping others, Jade Warden, a studio art major with a concentration in painting, became a senator for Student Government Association (SGA). A push from former...

Senior Shay Weigel finishes up her studying in John Bardo Center on April 30. Shay plans to graduate with a degree in biomedical engineering.

Biomedical engineering student looks forward to future job ‘behind the scenes’

Sarah Beauchamp, Reporter May 4, 2023

Shay Weigel discovered her interest in biomedical studies in high school when she realized she loved both anatomy and physics. "I had a really good physics teacher in high school," Weigel said. "He...

Wendy De Loera

‘Life after college’: Senior lays path for a career after graduation

Isabel Ordoñez, Reporter May 3, 2023

After immigrating to the United States as a child, Wendy De Loera dreams of making her parents proud by being the first in her family to graduate college.  “I always knew that college was something...

FOCUS Vice President Delaney Jones paints during the groups meeting on April 26.

Vice president of feminist group talks overcoming challenges and finding community at Wichita State

Araceli Lemus, Reporter May 3, 2023

Sophomore Delaney Jones was walking on Wichita State’s campus a few years ago when someone shouted, “Are you a feminist?” at her. That someone was Kathlynn Short, a former president of FOCUS, Intersectional...

Jaden Wood - cropped

Photographer finds passion for optometry through study of cameras

Jacinda Hall, Reporter May 2, 2023

Jaden Wood never thought that her career would involve looking through lenses — lenses for glasses, that is. All it took was a camera lens to set her on the right path.  Wood is a graduating...

Senior guard Aniya Bell dribbles the ball at half court. Bell scored five points in seven minutes of play.

Women’s basketball breaks school record ahead of conference play

Emmie Boese , Sports Editor December 28, 2022

The final non-conference game of the season solidified a 105-38 win over South Carolina State last night.  The women’s basketball team broke the school record for largest margin of victory against...

The Shockers baseball team meets at the pitchers mound in between innings.

Baseball releases 2023 schedule

Trinity Ramm, Reporter November 30, 2022

The baseball team released their full schedule for the 2023 season on Wednesday morning.  They will play 11 non-conference teams throughout the year. The team will face 10 of the 11 teams at least...

After securing a point over South Florida, the Shockers volleyball team celebrate together on Oct. 28 in Charles Koch Arena. Wichita State won, 3-0.

Volleyball team receives postseason tournament nomination

Emmie Boese , Sports Editor November 28, 2022

The volleyball team was not selected for the 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Tournament. However, the Shockers will return to postseason play for the first time since 2018 after being selected...

Sophomore forward Quincy Ballard dunks the ball during the game against Central Arkansas at Charles Koch Arena on Nov. 7.

Underdogs: Men’s basketball transform roster through transfer portal

Trinity Ramm, Reporter November 21, 2022

The men’s basketball team spent the spring recruiting season rebuilding their roster after losing nine players total, eight players to the transfer portal and one player to the NBA draft. These losses...

Senior James Rojas goes up for a two point basket against Central Arkansas at Charles Koch Arena on Nov. 7.

Poised for a homecoming, James Rojas adds veteran experience

Melanie Rivera-Cortez, Reporter November 20, 2022

  Senior forward James Rojas has suffered several injuries, while balancing a family and being a student athlete. This has not discouraged him from continuing to grow. From 2019-2022, Rojas...

Cheerleader Olivia Lockwood performs during the Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff.

Cheer team prepares for excitement of basketball and competition season

Maegan Vincent, Reporter November 17, 2022

The cheer team has new faces and an all new spirit to showcase this  season. Tatum Tholen, assistant coach for the cheer team, said she is eager for this season’s new team.   “I’m really excited,”...

Sophomore Melvion Flanagan attempts to steal the ball during the game against  Newman in an exhibition game at Charles Koch Arena on Nov. 2. Flanagan is one of three walk-ons on the Shockers roster this season

Men’s basketball walk-ons see roster status as a challenge

Sascha Harvey, Arts and Culture Editor November 17, 2022

Recruiting and scholarships are a pivotal part of most college athletes’ careers. For Shocker walk-ons, however, the reality of college basketball can look a little different.  There are currently...

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