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Being a light skin woman at a Black Lives Matter protest

Jordan, 7, raises his fist in the air at the Wichita Falls #icantbreathe protest. June 1. Photo by Katie Bindel

Dallas Wabbington, Reporter

June 6, 2020

"My non-black friends, I ask that you take a knee, if able." One of the many people who chose to speak in front of hundreds of protesters asked a simple question that left me  lost in internal conflict. Should I stand because I am a product of a black and white couple, or should I kneel in fear of no...

Active Shooter Protocol

Bridget Reilly, Editor in Chief

June 2, 2020

As MSU gets ready to welcome incoming freshmen and transfers for the Fall 2020 semester, The Wichitan would like to remind returning students and inform new Mustangs of the university's emergency policy in case of a threat on campus. Patrick Coggins, chief of Police, explained a number of actio...

Coliseum parking causes conflict on campus

Randi Heaton, Reporter

April 17, 2019

In and out. Faculty, staff and students. Residents and commuters. In and out. Everyday the parking spaces on campus wait to be filled. Patrick Coggins, chief of police, said his officers use a formula of decided ratios to make sure all people have a place to park. Each year the police officers go...

Police officers help to keep campus secure

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Cortney Wood, Managing Editor

May 18, 2018

The University Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency and is staffed by both sworn and civilian professional. The 10 sworn police officers along with a telecommunication dispatch team operate all day, every day. As they prepare to move into an improved building in the next two mont...

Former football players arrested for assault

Matthew Rowe, Marcus Reynolds, Jr. and Giacomo Gonzalez were charged with Burglary of a Habitation in connection with an incident at Legacy Hall on March 3. Reynolds was arrested on March 3, while Rowe and Gonzalez were arrested on March 22. Photo courtesy of the Wichita County Sheriff's Office

Tyler Manning

March 24, 2018

Three former football players — Marcus Reynolds Jr., Matthew Rowe and Giacomo Gonzalez —allegedly charged into a student's room in Legacy Hall, assaulting him and leaving him badly wounded on March 3. Reynolds Jr. was arrested under the charge of burglary of habitation on the date of the crime;...

Car accident sparks power outage on campus

Tyler Manning, Editor

March 23, 2018

Around approximately 3 p.m. on Friday, March 23, the power went out across various facilities on campus. The power outage extended to the traffic lights on the intersection of Louis J. Rodriguez Drive and Midwestern Parkway. According to Mike Richardson, assistant director of the wellness center,...

New student center, Greek life building announced at town hall meeting

According to Robert Forrester, economics general business professor of finance, Carol Dillard, philanthropist, helped the new agribusiness degree plan and said it will offer students an education combatible to Tarltson in the agriculture and finance field at the Town Hall meeting Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Photo by Cortney Wood

Cortney Wood

February 13, 2018

To alleviate some of the crowding in the Clark Student Center, Suzanne Shipley, university president, announced the Daniel building will be repurposed as a greek commons for sorority and fraternities as well as other student organizations as part of the boundless opportunity campaign at the town ha...

Faculty discuss sanctuary cities bill at forum

Patrick Coggins, MSU chief of police, talks to Syreeta Greene, director of the Office of Equity, Inclusion & Multicultural Affairs, about immigration and law enforcement for the Critical Conversation Series held in the Legacy Multipurpose Room on Sept 18. Photo by Marissa Daley

Tyler Manning

September 19, 2017

To educate students on how Texas Senate Bill 4 will affect campus and Wichita Falls policing, the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Multicultural Affairs hosted a forum on Sept. 18 in the Legacy Hall Multipurpose Room. "Wichita Falls isn't and has never been a sanctuary city," Manuel Borrego, Wichit...

Law enforcement not just a job; it’s a calling

Law enforcement not just a job; it's a calling

Garrett Hutchinson

October 11, 2016

In today's society, the citizens of the United States of America, face a number of issues that will affect us beyond the election. One of the biggest issues today is racial injustice and racially motivated hatred regarding police incidents around the U.S.I am part-black and ex-law enforcement. I hav...

Student senators discuss campus carry at first meeting

Christopher Cruz, theater performance sophomore, and Maria Isabel Pena, political science junior, talk with each other at the student government meeting Oct. 4. Photo by Izziel Latour

Jeromy Stacy

October 5, 2016

The first Student Government Association meeting of the semester was held Tuesday on Oct. 4, starting with guest speaker and Chief of Police Patrick Coggins.Coggins spoke about the new campus carry law that went into effect on Aug. 1 and the process behind creating and maintaining the policy that re...

Ladd ‘off to the mountains’ for retirement

Chief Patrick Coggins presents Elwyn Ladd, police officer, with a plaque honoring his service with both MSU and the Wichita Falls Police Department. Photo by Jeanette Perry.

Jeanette Perry

August 30, 2016

If you want to say goodbye to police officer Elwyn Ladd, you better hurry.After 10 years on the MSU force and 27 in the city, he's retiring. He said he plans to,"immediately head to the mountains in New Mexico."But before his departure, Ladd had time to reflect on his career and to be recognized at a ...

New police, housing directors take part in meet and greet

Reginald Johnson II

March 8, 2016

Newly appointed Chief of Police Patrick Coggins and Director of Residence Life and Housing Kristi Schulte were the focal points of the meet and greet on March 9 in Comanche Suites.“It’s been a busy month, I’ve spent a lot of time looking at protocol and process in the department,” Coggins said.Schu...

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