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Curtains for West Side Story: Western Playhouse suspended for 2017 season

Due to a drastic cut in state allocations, Western has suspended the theater program Western Playhouse for the 2017 season. Making its debut in 2012, Western Playhouse is an equity theater company that performs three full length productions per summer and casts actors, dancers and stage technicians from across the country. The program was created to give Western students an... Read More

Editorial: Dear Governor Greitens

Dear Governor Greitens, We are writing to ask the question on the mind of every public college and university across the state: What the hell? We understand the need for budget cuts and that to balance the Missouri state deficit things had to change. However, we are a little curious why you chose to take a majority of the deficit... Read More

What’s in a Name?

Due to budget cuts to higher education, many universities may now find it difficult to continue expanding campus structure and programs. To combat the decreased amount of state allocations, Western will kick-off the ‘What’s in a Name?’ campaign this month. The goal of the new campaign is to inform the community of university naming opportunities and raise external funds. Vice... Read More

Western loses $1.6 million in state allocations

In efforts to conserve funds and ‘tighten the belt’ of Missouri’s economy, newly appointed Governor Eric Greitens has slashed approximately $55.9 million in higher education funding for four year colleges and universities throughout the state. Of the $55.9 million, Missouri Western will see a $1.6 million withholdment of state allocations, effective immediately. For the Fiscal Year 2016, state appropriations accounted... Read More

Western enrollment down three percent

As of Sept. 28, Western’s official census reported a three percent drop in enrollment from fall 2015. Currently, Western has 5,388 full time students in its cohort. Vice President of Enrollment Paul Orscheln thinks the growing economy might play a role in Western’s slight decrease in enrollment. “We saw a significant drop in the number of students age 30 and... Read More