The Sunflower

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...

Wichita State to celebrate International Women’s Day

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

Wichita State will host Wichita’s International Women’s Day Festival. The three-day festival begins Wednesday with a series of artist exhibitions, live performances and other events at WSU’s main campus and the Shiftspace Gallery on Commerce Street. It continues Thursday with educational workshops,...

Shocker Safe Ride teaming up with Uber

Shocker Safe Ride teaming up with Uber

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

Shocker Safe Ride, a free ride service for Wichita State students, is teaming up with Uber. Students can requests rides with Uber from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and ride with a credit of up to $14 for travel inside the Wichita area. Students can access the program via their Uber...

Wallace Hall closes after mercury spill

Wallace Hall closes after mercury spill

Chance Swaim, News Editor
March 7
Filed under Campus, News

Evening classes at Wallace Hall at Wichita State have been canceled Tuesday after a mercury spill in the building. University officials say a scientific instrument broke, causing mercury to contaminate a laboratory. After the cleanup is completed, the air quality of the building will be tested...

Heldman addresses student concerns about potential YMCA partnership

Heldman addresses student concerns about potential YMCA partnership

Matthew Kelly, Reporter
March 7
Filed under Campus, News

Wichita State’s possible partnership with the YMCA to bring a new recreation and wellness facility to Innovation Campus by way of a $7.75 per credit hour student fee has evoked varied responses from students. According to Lou Heldman, Vice President for Strategic Communications, many of the worries...

Student fees budget to be voted on Wednesday

Student fees budget to be voted on Wednesday

Jenna Farhat, Reporter
March 5
Filed under Campus, News

If student fees budget cuts go according to committee recommendations, the college of fine arts could start charging students for tickets to their programs again. The college of fine arts has requested $35,000 in student fees to cover programming costs for fiscal year 2018 — the same amount they...

Student senate hears requests for student fees

Student senate hears requests for student fees

Jenna Farhat, Reporter
March 3
Filed under Campus, News, Student Government Association

  Wednesday night’s student senate meeting began with public forum featuring representatives from university programs and organizations seeking their share of the student fees budget. Among those requesting the most are the following: Organization                         ...