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WSU Chapel Change to Help Muslims Draws Complaints

Associated Press - October 7, 2015 11:24 am

Wichita State University has agreed to pay a $98,578 fine for mishandling hazardous wastes.

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.

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