The Sunflower

Last day to register to vote in 4th District special election

Last day to register to vote in 4th District special election

TJ Rigg, Reporter
March 15
Filed under News, Politics

Kansans living in the fourth congressional district have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to register to vote in a special election to pick a representative for the U.S. House of Representatives. The special election became necessary when the U.S. Senate confirmed former Rep. Mike Pompeo as director of the...

President Bardo issues response to sit-in

President Bardo issues response to sit-in

Evan Pflugradt, Editor-in-Chief
March 15
Filed under Campus, News

Wichita State President John Bardo responded to a student sit-in outside of his office in Morrison Hall on Tuesday in a university release. "Thanks to the students who developed a meaningful list of concerns," he wrote. Bardo stated that he is traveling to meetings with the Kansas Board of Regents...

Students stage sit-in protest at President Bardo’s office

Students stage sit-in protest at President Bardo’s office

Jenna Farhat and Chance Swaim
March 14
Filed under Campus, Local, News, Politics, Showcase

More than 50 student protesters staged a sit-in outside of Wichita State President John Bardo's office at Morrison Hall Tuesday, demanding change from the administration. The group, We The Students, intended to march from the Grace Memorial Chapel to Morrison Hall and up to Bardo's office to have...

Supreme Court serves as a tool for students

Supreme Court serves as a tool for students

Nicole Byrne, Reporter
March 13
Filed under News, Student Government Association

It isn’t uncommon for students to feel slighted after their appeal over a fine is rejected by the Traffic Court or the Library Court. But many don’t know that there’s another step they can take. The Wichita State Student Supreme Court functions as the judicial branch of the Student Government...

Youth pastor’s skills at play in new RSC role

Youth pastor’s skills at play in new RSC role

Fiona Kee, Reporter
March 13
Filed under Campus, News

Six months ago Brian Potillo was a youth pastor at Valley Center. He had about 10 teenagers in his group who he taught the gospel to every week. Now Potillo has taken a job as the Rhatigan Student Center as the Manager of Facilities and Setup Crew. Potillo said part of his new job is to supervise...

Hall: ‘I will not have my character assassinated’

Hall: ‘I will not have my character assassinated’

Andrew Linnabary, Managing Editor
March 9
Filed under News, Student Government Association

Vice President of Student Affairs Teri Hall took to the podium Wednesday during Student Government Association's public forum, voicing her concern about alleged accusations from Student Body Vice President Taben Azad: “I’m here to speak to you tonight because I learned earlier this week that on Saturday,...

Director of Campus Recreation Eric Maki resigns

Director of Campus Recreation Eric Maki resigns

Jenna Farhat and Chance Swaim
March 9
Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

The day after the student senate voted down a proposed YMCA on Innovation Campus, which many said would threaten the jobs of employees at the Heskett Center, the director of Campus Recreation, Eric Maki, left his position at Wichita State, according to university sources. Maki has worked at Wichita...

Tourney coming to Wichita next year

Tourney coming to Wichita next year

Chance Swaim, News Editor
March 9
Filed under Bracket Busters, Local, Men's Basketball, On the Sidelines, Special Editions, Sports

It’s not Koch Arena, but it’s close enough. Next spring, Intrust Bank Arena will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship on March 15 and 17. Intrust Bank is in downtown Wichita and beat-out Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Tulsa and Omaha in a competitive bid process...

SGA takes stand against YMCA partnership

SGA takes stand against YMCA partnership

Matthew Kelly, Reporter
March 9
Filed under Campus, News, Student Government Association

The Student Government Association voted against supporting WSU’s venture to bring a YMCA and updated wellness facility to Innovation Campus after heated debate Wednesday night. By a vote of 7-26 with two senators abstaining, the Student Senate decided against a resolution favoring the construct...

Students protest student fees increase for YMCA

Students protest student fees increase for YMCA

Andrew Linnabary, Managing Editor
March 8
Filed under Campus, News

Eleven concerned students and activists peacefully protested outside the Rhatigan Student Center Wednesday. Why? The Y. “It’s been what they want, not what we necessarily want,” engineering major Colton Hall said about WSU’s planned partnership with the YMCA. The protest was led by Hall, aerosp...

Report: Brownback has been named ambassador to UN for food, agriculture

Report: Brownback has been named ambassador to UN for food, agriculture

TJ Rigg, Reporter
March 8
Filed under News, Politics

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will be named the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for food and agriculture in Rome, according to a public radio report. Kansas Public Radio reported Wednesday a former high-ranking official, speaking on the condition anonymity, confirmed to KPR that Brownback would...

Experiential Engineering Building floor cracking, GoCreate set to open

Experiential Engineering Building floor cracking, GoCreate set to open

Chance Swaim, News Editor
March 8
Filed under Campus, News

As the GoCreate makerspace anticipates its April 8 grand opening, students have raised concerns about the Experiential Engineering Building, which houses GoCreate. Their primary concern: the floor is cracked — on all three floors. Located along 17th Street on the east side of campus, the Experiential...