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Wichita State has accepted an invitation to join the American Athletic Conference.

Conference spokesman Bill Potter says the presidents of the conference's 12 member schools voted unanimously Friday to admit the school in all sports but football and the school accepted the invitation.

The school, which is currently a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, does not have a football program but it is a powerhouse in men's basketball.

It will officially join the league on July 1.

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A celebration of life event will be held Saturday to honor Shocker football legend Linwood Sexton, who died last week at the age of 90.

In this StoryCorps segment, recorded in Wichita in 2010, Sexton’s son, former Wichita State University athletic director Eric Sexton, asks his dad about his experiences, on and off the field. 

The celebration of life event will be held on April 8 Wichita State University’s Koch Arena. Doors open at 10 a.m.

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Wichita State University Shocker football legend Linwood Sexton died Wednesday at the age of 90.

Sexton, who graduated from the University of Wichita in 1948, was a charter inductee into the Shocker Sports Hall of Fame and was a Kansas Sports Hall of Fame honoree.  

In an interview with KMUW a few years ago, he remembered early life in his football career as the only black player on the team.

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The student government association at WSU passed a vote of "no confidence" as part of a resolution concerning Wichita State University President John Bardo this week.

In the resolution, which passed by an overwhelming majority, the student government association said President Bardo and his administration "have failed to adhere to shared governance of the institution with appropriate student representation."

The vote of no confidence also extends to WSU's Provost and Senior Vice President Tony Vizzini.

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Wichita State University is in talks with the YMCA to build a new fitness facility on the school's Innovation Campus.

Wichita State students would automatically be Y members under the new plan and have access to other Y's in Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties.

Teri Hall, WSU vice president for student affairs, says the new facility would offer upper-end workout classes for students, a drop-in day care center, and wellness services.

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One of the original Freedom Riders who was attacked in the 1961 bus bombing will speak in Wichita Tuesday as part of Wichita State University's Black History Month Celebration at Southeast High School.


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The Art That Touches Your Heart Foundation and Wichita State University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host a black art show on campus Friday night and Saturday. Among the artists participating is former WSU basketball star Mohamed Sharif-- then known as Kelly Pete. KMUW's Carla Eckels spoke to Sharif about his art collection and his fond memories of his Shocker basketball days in the '60s.

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Via Christi is partnering with the city of Wichita to host a day of free health care services on April 8.

The event will take place in Fairmount Park and will offer a number of services, such as medical care and testing; dental, vision, and hearing screenings; and foot care for diabetics. All care will be free, and is available for adults and children.

Speaking at the mayor’s briefing Thursday, Peg Tichacek, Via Christi’s Chief Mission Integration Officer, said she has invited hundreds of health care professionals to volunteer.

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Wichita State's efforts to renovate and expand Koch Arena is nearing its fundraising goal.

The university foundation and athletic department said in a statement Thursday they have raised nearly three-quarters of the $12 million need for the project.

A recent pledge from Wichita-based Equity Bank brought the fundraising total to $8.8 million. The project would include construction of a student center, a conditioning center, training room and student lounge.

WSU Students And Faculty Protest Campus Carry Law

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Students and staff against a law allowing guns on college campuses held a demonstration on the Wichita State University campus Tuesday.

A small group gathered near the Rhatigan Student Center to speak out against guns on campus. The rally was called "Carry Minds, Not Guns."

Organizers spoke of the need to contact lawmakers, emphasizing that there is power in numbers. Freshman Ian Englebright says he thinks legislators in favor of the law are creating more problems than solutions.

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