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12:07 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Enrollment Is Slightly Up At All Six State Universities

The Kansas Board of Regents reports that fall enrollment grew slightly at all six state universities.

Wichita State lead the pack with an increase of 453 students.

Fort Hays State's enrollment rose by 384 students, Kansas State University had an increase of 185 students and the University of Kansas added 177 students.

Washburn University in Topeka saw its enrollment decline by 196 students.

The numbers represent enrollment at each school as of the 20th day of class during the fall semester.

Commentary
5:00 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Musical Space: Perfect Pitch May Be Closer Than You Think

Perfect Pitch is the ability to recall any note at will without relying on a reference note. People with perfect pitch can tell you what key a song is in just by hearing it, and can sing a given note, say, a C#, out of the blue. This is associated with freakishly talented musicians like Mozart.

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Community
4:45 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

After Nearly 50 Years, WSU's Wheatshocker Apartments Fall

Wichita State University's Wheatshocker apartments mid-demolition
Sean Sandefur

Final demolition of Wichita State University’s Wheatshocker Apartments started Monday morning. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, the six-story building along 17th street has housed students for decades.

    

The Wheatshocker Apartments have seen wave after wave of students since 1965. On Monday, a wrecking ball chipped away section after section. Big chunks collapsed in clouds of dust and flying concrete.

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Community
12:43 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

KU Task Force Seeks To Clarify Sexual Assault Policy

A sexual assault task force at the University of Kansas wants to make it clear that students can be disciplined for sexual misconduct no matter how far from campus it occurred.

KU's Sexual Assault Task Force finished its proposed changes to the student code on Friday.

The main intent of the proposal is to specify that its policies apply to students who commit sexual wrongdoing in places like off-campus apartments and Greek houses.

Task force co-chairwoman Angela Murphy says it also would cover students "on the beach on spring break or even farther away."

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Economy
12:33 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Gov. Brownback Working On Closing State Budget Shortfalls

Governor Sam Brownback isn't publicly ruling out any ideas for helping to close state budget shortfalls.

State officials and lawmakers are speculating about the proposals he's expected to roll out before the Legislature convenes next month.

Governor Brownback's administration is working on a plan to close combined shortfalls of more than $700 million dollars in the current and next state budgets.

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Commentary
11:47 am
Mon December 8, 2014

The Wild Edges Of Our Humanity

Credit erikjacobs / Flickr / Creative Commons

In a small, largely abandoned village along the coast in Belgium, the walls are covered in graffiti. What began as an effort by the few remaining locals to turn the town of Doel from a neglected company town into an artists’ colony has become something else entirely. The town now receives several thousand tourists annually, gawking at the bizarre setting. But they also take in many more vandals who are eager to exploit the obvious lack of regulations and absence of police.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Mon December 8, 2014

From The Page To The Screen To The Stage

    

Disney is well known for taking the fairytales of our childhood, sweetening them, and turning them into animated musical extravaganzas for children. Beauty and the Beast was originally a French tale, written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, but it has been translated and retold almost from the moment it first appeared in print in 1756.

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Books
5:07 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Mandela Prison Guard Speaks At WSU

A Conversation with Christo Brand takes place at the WSU Metroplex on Monday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend.
Credit courtesy photo

At the age of 18, white Afrikaner, Christo Brand was unaware he would be the prison guard for 60-year-old South African freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela. Their relationship grew into a life-long friendship. Brand discusses his new book Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend at Wichita State Monday (12-08-14) on the campus of WSU. Recently, KMUW’s Carla Eckels talked to Brand about his experience with the humanitarian.

Christo Brand served as Mandela’s prison guard for 12 years primarily on Robben Island.

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Community
8:08 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Protesters: It's Not Just Ferguson, It's Wichita, Too

Protesters stand at the corner of 21st St. and Hillside in Wichita
Credit Sean Sandefur

Protesters spoke out against the recent grand jury decisions in both Staten Island, New York and Ferguson, Missouri—two communities affected by officer-involved killings. 

The two incidents, which occurred nearly 1,000 miles away from one another, will forever be linked by nationwide protesting over decisions not to indict the officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. 

Reverand Martin Grizzell stands with other protesters near Wichita State University. He holds a sign that reads, “America Practices Segregation, But Preaches Integration.” 

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Community
2:49 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Wichita Non-Profits Receive Gift Of Gold Coins

Credit Deborah Shaar

Two Wichita non-profits that serve people in need received a special donation this week: gold coins.

The Wichita Community Foundation presented one gold coin to Guadalupe Clinic and two coins to The Lord’s Diner. Each coin is valued at $1,300.

An anonymous donor set up the gold coin program in 2005 with a gift of $100,000.

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