The Sunflower

The cost of a degree at Wichita State continues to climb, tuition and fees increase

The cost of a degree at Wichita State continues to climb, tuition and fees increase

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief
June 23, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Resident tuition and fees at Wichita State have more than tripled in the last 20 years — not including course- and program-specific fees for engineering, health professions, or fine arts students — and last week the Kansas Board of Regents approved another tuition and fees increase. A freshman...

‘This is my time, this is my city’

‘This is my time, this is my city’

Aliyah Funschelle, Reporter
June 18, 2017
Filed under Local, News

PARK CITY – “I’m going to finish him.” Those words rang in 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez’s head before entering the ring. His opponent, Jose Rodriguez (2-0, 2 KOs) told Boxing News 24: “I’m knocking him out. If he thinks this is going to be an easy fight, he’ll...

PAID TO LEAVE

PAID TO LEAVE

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor
June 6, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Sports, Women's Basketball

Three Wichita State employees who left the university this year received more than $535,000 from separation agreements. The Sunflower obtained the terms of separation between WSU and former employees Jody Adams-Birch, Eric Maki, and Christine Schneikart-Luebbe through Kansas Open Records requests. Adams-Birch worked as WSU's head women’s basketball coach before...

District Attorney: “Evidence presented is insufficient to support the filing of charges” in alleged racial incident

District Attorney: “Evidence presented is insufficient to support the filing of charges” in alleged racial incident

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief
May 24, 2017
Filed under News

One day after Wichita State police handed over the findings of their investigation of Student Body President Paige Hungate's parents to the Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett, his office determined not to file charges in the case. According to a Wednesday statement to WSU Police Chief...

SGA releases statement addressing protestors’ demands

SGA releases statement addressing protestors’ demands

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor
May 24, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Student Government Association

Student Government Association released a statement Tuesday responding to demands put forward by students during a sit-in protest in the student government office known as Occupy SGA. The sit-in, which took place May 10 and 11, was held to “call for accountability of student government officers,”...

Construction to begin on 2 unnamed additions to Innovation Campus this summer

Construction to begin on 2 unnamed additions to Innovation Campus this summer

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief
May 24, 2017
Filed under Campus

Wichita State announced three new buildings on Innovation Campus that will begin this summer, but did not release the names of the tenants of those buildings. "This is moving faster than we envisioned when we announced the Innovation Campus in August 2014," said WSU President John Bardo in an email...

Student Body President Hungate issues statement of response, protestors continue sit-in

Student Body President Hungate issues statement of response, protestors continue sit-in

Evan Pflugradt, Editor-in-Chief
May 10, 2017
Filed under Campus

Paige Hungate will not step down from her role as Wichita State Student Body President, she said in a public statement released on the Student Government Association's Facebook page. "There is a perceived conflict of interest in me continuing within my role and my involvement in the ongoing investigation...

Students protest Wichita State Student Body President Paige Hungate

Students protest Wichita State Student Body President Paige Hungate

Evan Pflugradt, Editor-in-Chief
May 10, 2017
Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Students have organized a protest outside of the Student Government Association offices demanding for Student Body President Paige Hungate to issue a statement of apology to former Student Body President Joseph Shepard and his family. The list of demands calls for Hungate's temporary dismissal as S...

Shepard to press charges for alleged discriminatory incident

Shepard to press charges for alleged discriminatory incident

Evan Pflugradt, Editor-in-Chief
May 8, 2017
Filed under Campus, Local, News

Joseph Shepard, former Wichita State Student Body President, will press charges against the parents of Student Body President Paige Hungate for an incident that occurred following a farewell speech Shepard delivered at the end-of-the-year Student Government banquet. Hungate's parents, who each work at local high schools, are under criminal investigation ...

University issues statement on hate speech, discriminatory behavior

University issues statement on hate speech, discriminatory behavior

Evan Pflugradt, Editor-in-Chief
May 8, 2017
Filed under Campus, News

Wichita State University responded to an alleged incident involving former Student Body President Joseph Shepard and the parents of Student Body President Paige Hungate, condemning violence, discriminatory behavior and hate speech Friday afternoon. The university response came after more than 40 students...

Bird found hung in Azad family’s yard

Bird found hung in Azad family’s yard

Evan Pflugradt, Editor-in-Chief
May 8, 2017
Filed under Local, News

The family of former Student Body Vice President Taben Azad is questioning whether vandalism to their backyard is a coincidence to on-campus events that have happened in the last week. Saima Azad, sister to Taben, shared a picture of a dead bird tied to their family’s porch by a string late Friday...