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Randy Phillips joined the Wichita State University football team in 1971, a year after the plane crash that killed 14 players and 17 other people.

"Everybody was pretty positive," recalled Phillips, who transferred from Vanderbilt University. "They wanted to get better and work hard.

"But, you know, nobody talked about it. They really just didn't talk about it at all."

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Former Wichita State University President Jay Golden agreed to limit his presence on campus, move out of his in-campus house by Sunday and stay on the university payroll.

That’s according to a letter the Kansas Board of Regents sent to Jay Golden outlining some of the terms for his resignation. KMUW received the letter Wednesday from the Regents.

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Wichita State University President Jay Golden has resigned, according to a statement by the Kansas Board of Regents released Friday.

“We are appreciative of his hard work and dedication to the university and are grateful for his commitment to serving students,” Regents Chair Bill Feuerborn said in the statement. “We wish him well in all his future endeavors.”

Wichita State has prohibited professors from notifying their students if a classmate has tested positive for COVID-19 and may have unwittingly exposed fellow students.

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WICHITA, Kansas — Some students at public universities in Kansas have, or will yet get, the coronavirus.

Football players training over the summer have tested positive. A frat house in Manhattan has an outbreak. And some dorm students elsewhere in the state have gone from just-unpacked to quarantined.

Schools spent the summer preparing. Desks have been moved six feet apart. In-person classes are getting cut back. Masks must be worn.

The Range | Aug. 14, 2020

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In her job as an investigator for the federal public defenders office in Wichita, Cecilia Wood was given an assignment: explore how her clients' lives are affected by their dependence on the Wichita transit system.

Her approach? Give up her car for a year and learn to rely on the bus.

"To understand what [our clients] go through with the transportation system is huge," she says. "I've had a car my entire life."

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Jay Golden started 2020 with a new job as president of Wichita State University.

Three months later he announced the school was going remote-only because of the cornavirus. 

Since then, classes have been entirely online and educators worried students wouldn't want to enroll in college during a pandemic. But Golden says more students have signed up than last year. They're moving into the dorms and getting ready for in-person classes to start again on Monday. 

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Wichita State is set to receive about $8.2 million in federal aid as reimbursement for its efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus on campus.

As state universities prepare to start their fall semesters, the Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday approved two relief packages meant to curb the costs that come with additional safety measures. Fall classes will begin at WSU on Monday, with all courses either online or in a hybrid format — meaning partially online and partially in-person.

Wichita State Cancels Fall Study Abroad Program

Jul 10, 2020
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Sarrah Thornburg couldn’t wait to go to Pau, France, this fall.

As an international business major at Wichita State University, she is required to study abroad in order to graduate.

Thornburg was excited for the change in scenery and the weekend trips she’d take to Spain. That was before COVID-19 upended her schedule, and WSU was forced to cancel its study abroad programs.

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WICHITA, Kansas — Gone are the days of sneaking late into a crowded lecture hall. Reading college students' disapproving faces won't be easy. And Thanksgiving is the new Christmas.

There’ll be a lot of adjustments this fall for students and professors at Kansas’ universities, institutions that have been finalizing plans for how they’ll keep everyone safe from the coronavirus when in-person instruction returns.

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