The Wichitan

Issues transgender students face on campus

Reese Beasley, Reporter

November 21, 2019

For transgender and non-binary students, life on campus and almost anywhere can be difficult. “I feel kind of safe, but it makes me nervous that there are people that would rather eradicate me and other trans people from this campus. Even when I’m minding my own business, I notice how people look...

Paw and claws up for adoption

Paw and claws up for adoption

Javier Contreras, Reporter

November 13, 2019

Students lined up as soon as the Humane Society van pulled up at Patterson Honda on Saturday. Only the sound of paws and claws could be heard on the other side of the metal doors. On Nov. 2, Patterson Honda held an offsite adoption event for the Humane Society of Wichita Falls. Each dog was av...

The girl behind the fire

The girl behind the fire

Khirstia Sheffield, Reporter

November 13, 2019

As her sparkling outfit catches the light from the sun and shines across the field, she slowly steps out onto her stage with her head held high and her body completely still. The music played by the band fills the stadium with vibrations, and the audience gradually gazes toward her direction. She gracefully...

Fall enrollment down from previous year

Fall enrollment down from previous year

Alyssa Mitchell, Editor

November 13, 2019

Fall 2019 enrollment has gone down despite the university's efforts to increase it. However, the new recruitment practices seem to be working, according to President Suzanne Shipley, who said the fall 2019 incoming-freshmen class was the second-largest enrolling class. Shipley said, "The new students...

New vice president of administration and finance: Q & A

New vice president of administration and finance: Q & A

Stephanie Robledo, Reporter

November 13, 2019

The university welcomed the new Vice President of Administration and Finance Beth Reissenweber this fall 2019 semester. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Reissenweber said she has always been interested in helping others and is excited to bring her expertise to campus. In the past, she worked for non...

Board of Regents meeting: the recap

Board of Regents meeting: the recap

Kristin Silva, Managing Editor

November 13, 2019

Comprehensive campaign In a continuation of the campaign, the university is on track to blow right past their initial goal of $50 million and their goal for the year. Shipley said, "My goal for this year was nine million so we are way ahead of where we thought we'd be." The campaign is w...

Freshmen beat the odds and flourish in on-campus apartments

Freshmen beat the odds and flourish in on-campus apartments

Colin Stevenson, Reporter/Photographer

October 30, 2019

The process for housing application is simple: be enrolled at the university, fill out the application and pay the $250 down payment fee. A rumor exists that students have to meet a certain number of credit hours to get accepted into the on-campus apartments, but this is false. There is no policy to...

Inktober incorporates various art styles

Inktober incorporates various art styles

Dallas Wabbington, Reporter

October 29, 2019

Established in 2009, Inktober is an international art challenge that lasts all of October. Each day has a different prompt that artists draw in their art style. Artists participating in Inktober share their art on social media with "#Inktober." It's not a contest rather an opportunity for artists to...

Dragged to hell and back: the inspiration

Dragged to hell and back: the inspiration

Dariana Garza, Reporter

October 27, 2019

Drag shows; a place where a person can be the exact opposite of who they are in real life with no limitations. People respecting identity and diversity for everyone hosted their first-ever Halloween themed drag show Oct. 25 at 9:30 p.m. Agatha Haddock, English senior, better known as Ellie Coa...

Cycling experts urge riders to protect themselves

Cycling experts urge riders to protect themselves

Elijah Lee, Reporter

October 24, 2019

Whether cycling competitively or recreationally, safety comes first. Multiple reasons can be given for not wearing a helmet, but all of them go out of the window when a cyclist takes a tumble. Representatives of the cycling department share the importance of protection and taking proper precautions w...

Volleyball Sweeps SWOSU

Volleyball Sweeps SWOSU

Amos Perkins, Sports Reporter

October 23, 2019

The volleyball team shut down the visiting Southwestern Oklahoma State University in three sets Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. Led by Lauren Honeycutt (No.19), middle blocker and kinesiology sophomore, the ‘Stangs had 50 kills on 46 assists in attacking play. Honeycutt had ten kills and hit a career...

Cardboard boats sink the competition

Cardboard boats sink the competition

Jeri Moore, Reporter

October 21, 2019

Sweat, tears, cardboard and a whole lot of tape provided the stage for students to flex their engineering and designing muscles Oct. 18. A crowd of around 80 spectators and their dogs assembled on the banks of Sikes lake as the ducks and geese relocated themselves to the unoccupied areas of the bank. As...

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