The Sunflower

Trump appoints Gov. Brownback as religious freedom ambassador

Trump appoints Gov. Brownback as religious freedom ambassador

Evan Pflugradt, Opinion Editor
July 26, 2017
Filed under News, Politics

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been tabbed by President Donald Trump to serve as an ambassador for religious freedom. Trump made the announcement Wednesday evening. Brownback has served as governor of Kansas since 2011, serving previously as a state representative and senator. As a senator he helped...

Lease numbers flat for new private apartment complex, university steps in

Lease numbers flat for new private apartment complex, university steps in

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief
July 24, 2017
Filed under Campus, Local, News, Showcase

An agreement allowing Wichita State to lease an apartment complex from a private company — owned, in part, by the chairman of the board of regents — and run it like a dorm has not been finalized. The Kansas Board of Regents regulates private housing at Wichita State. Regents must directly auth...

UPDATE: Wichita State to use financial aid money to lease from private company

UPDATE: Wichita State to use financial aid money to lease from private company

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief
July 17, 2017
Filed under Campus, Local, News

Wichita State has entered an agreement with MWCB LLC to allow use of students' federal financial aid money to pay for a lease on The Flats, a privately owned apartment complex. According to Vice President of Student Affairs Teri Hall, Wichita State will lease The Flats, which is a privately-owned...

Lyston Skerritt resigns from Wichita State

Lyston Skerritt resigns from Wichita State

Evan Pflugradt, Opinion Editor
July 17, 2017
Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Lyston Skerritt, Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life will resign from Wichita State, he announced in an email early Monday afternoon. In an email obtained by The Sunflower, Skerritt addressed several students, colleagues and university alumni with an explanation for his resignation. "The...

Wichita State to move students from university housing to private apartment complex, demolish Fairmount Towers

Wichita State to move students from university housing to private apartment complex, demolish Fairmount Towers

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief
July 14, 2017
Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

  About 300 students who signed up to live at Fairmount Towers are being moved to the private apartment complex originally planned to fit 280 students on Innovation Campus. Fairmount Towers, built in the 1960s, will be closing. The Flats, a 112-unit apartment complex set to open in the fall...

Wash station installed in RSC

Wash station installed in RSC

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor
July 14, 2017
Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

After a series of roadblocks, the installation of a wash station that will provide Muslim students a place to wash their feet as part of ritual religious ablution in the Rhatigan Student Center was completed Wednesday. And the university wants to make it clear the station is open to all students for...

Rigg released without prejudice, ‘remains under investigation’

Rigg released without prejudice, ‘remains under investigation’

Jenna Farhat and Chance Swaim
June 29, 2017
Filed under Local

TJ Rigg, an associate producer at KWCH Channel 12 News and former editor in chief of The Sunflower who was on his way to becoming a high school teacher, was released without prejudice from Sedgwick County Jail Thursday. Rigg was arrested and booked into Sedgwick County Jail Tuesday afternoon on...

Former editor arrested for electronic solicitation

Former editor arrested for electronic solicitation

Jenna Farhat and Chance Swaim
June 27, 2017
Filed under News

TJ Rigg, an associate producer at KWCH Channel 12 News and former editor in chief of The Sunflower, was arrested and booked into Sedgwick County Jail Tuesday afternoon on the charge of electronic solicitation. Electronic solicitation is a sex crime in Kansas, defined as "enticing or soliciting a...

Adiós, Doritos Locos: New food options coming to Wichita State

Adiós, Doritos Locos: New food options coming to Wichita State

Evan Pflugradt, Opinion Editor
June 27, 2017
Filed under Campus, News

Say goodbye to the Crunchwrap Supreme — Wichita State is changing its lunch options. The university announced Chartwells will be the new food contractor, replacing Sodexo, whose contract expires June 30. Chartwells was awarded a 5-year contract by the university. Taco Bell in the Rhatigan Stu...

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...