Wichita State Chapel Change to Help Muslims Draws Complaints - Higher Education
Higher Education News and Jobs

Wichita State Chapel Change to Help Muslims Draws Complaints

Email


by Associated Press


WICHITA, Kan. — Wichita State University has announced plans to review changes to a campus chapel after critics took aim at the university for renovating the space to accommodate Muslims.

The Wichita Eagle reports the university in May renovated the Harvey D. Grace Memorial Chapel and removed the tiny altar and pews after Muslims at the university said they wanted a better place to pray.

The family that made the chapel possible in 1964 specified that the chapel remain open to all creeds.

But dozens of donors, alumni and others learned about the renovation and contacted university administrators.

Wichita State President John Bardo said Tuesday the university will consider changing the chapel again and appointed the school’s student affairs vice president to devise a plan to hear ideas for the chapel’s uses.

RELATED ARTICLES >>
Professor Apologizes for Fiery Response to Muslim Student CINCINNATI — A University of Cincinnati music teacher has apologized for his fiery online responses to a Muslim student who was critical of Donald Trump’s presidency and talked about celebrating freedom and diversity. College-Conservatory of Music...
Colleges Wrestle with Issue of Using Students’ Fees for Controversial Speakers Katherine Kerwin didn’t like to see a portion of the student fees she pays being spent to bring conservative speaker Ben Shapiro to the University of Wisconsin. Kerwin didn’t agree with Shapiro’s criticism of what he said were attempts to chill fr...
Pennsylvania Education Leader Going Extra Mile for Diversity  Long bike rides are an annual tradition for Dr. John Sygielski, who spent several weeks biking from New Orleans to Nashville this summer, traveling along the Natchez Trace Parkway and passing through Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Along the w...
University of Wisconsin Survey: Fewer Underrepresented Students Feel Welcome MADISON, Wis — Minority, disabled and gay students say they’re having a tougher time surviving on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus than most students, according to a survey the university released Wednesday. The survey found about 80 per...
Semantic Tags: