The Sunflower

Student leaders: administration never supported an interfaith prayer space

Student leaders: administration never supported an interfaith prayer space

Brennen Smith, Reporter
February 9
Filed under Campus, News

Student Body President Joseph Shepard said he doesn’t think some members of University President John Bardo’s executive board have ever supported the interfaith prayer space initiative. “They do not wish to see this carried out just because of the political climate,” Shepard said. Taben...

Ulrich Museum to launch student volunteer board

Ulrich Museum to launch student volunteer board

Marissa Campbell, Reporter
February 9
Filed under Arts & Culture, Campus, Lifestyle, News

After five years as the membership and special events manager for the Ulrich Museum of Art, Carolyn Copple decided she wanted to get students more involved with the campus art museum. In her efforts, Copple has wanted to reach out to students for many years, but felt the timing was never right. “There...

SGA takes stand against Trump’s travel ban

SGA takes stand against Trump’s travel ban

Matthew Kelly, Reporter
February 9
Filed under News, Student Government Association

On Wednesday night, Student Government Association unanimously passed a resolution standing in solidarity with students affected by President Trump’s recent travel ban. The ban, blocking travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries as well as temporarily halting the Refugee Admissions Program,...

Pompeo’s vacancy creates special election buzz

Pompeo’s vacancy creates special election buzz

Matthew Kelly, Reporter
February 9
Filed under News, Politics

Former Kansas U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo’s recent appointment to director of the CIA created a Congressional opening in the state’s Fourth District. On April 11, this vacancy will be filled with a special election—a procedure Kansas has not undertaken in more than 20 years. Given the shortened...

Student spends semester interning for Michelle Obama’s office

Student spends semester interning for Michelle Obama’s office

TJ Rigg, Reporter
February 8
Filed under Campus, News, Politics

A simple Google search turned into a once-in-a-lifetime internship for senior Kiah Duggins. Last March, she searched “How to intern for Michelle Obama” and White House internship applications came up. So, she applied. The application required writing several short essays. In addition, she had...

21st and Oliver construction begins next week

21st and Oliver construction begins next week

Andrew Linnabary, Managing Editor
February 8
Filed under Local, News

Get ready for cones and congestion — the city will begin phase one of a construction project to expand the 21st Street and Oliver intersection Monday, according to a university news release. Both streets will be one lane in each direction and left turns will be prohibited on all four sides of the...

Man struck girlfriend, booked on battery charge

Man struck girlfriend, booked on battery charge

Andrew Linnabary, Managing Editor
February 7
Filed under Campus, News

A man was arrested and booked into jail for domestic battery Monday, according to the campus police blotter. The report says the man, 24, was arguing with his girlfriend. The man struck his girlfriend and took her car keys, refusing to give them back. The incident occurred at Shocker Hall around...

Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

Chance Swaim, News Editor
February 7
Filed under Campus, Local, News, Showcase

Sasha Doe* said she has a long history of being ignored by people who are supposed to protect her. The Sunflower granted Doe, a former Wichita State student, anonymity because she said people are after her and because she is a victim of sexual assault. It started when she was five, at a neighbor’s hou...

Administration looks to Greek Life to solve retention issues

Administration looks to Greek Life to solve retention issues

Sam Belsan, Reporter
February 6
Filed under Campus, News

Alexis Hernandez, a junior studying secondary education, considers being a sorority member as the main reason she has stayed at Wichita State. “I think being so involved within Kappa Delta Chi, for example holding executive positions within the organization, has really developed my love for Wichita State,...

Electronic Boogalo

Electronic Boogalo

Brennen Smith, Reporter
February 6
Filed under Campus, Features, Lifestyle, News

Four men, four computers, one monitor, one game and one theme: sandwiches. These were the basic ingredients for Wichita State senior Jesse Pritchard’s group involved in the ICT Game Jam, a game creation competition with cash prizes for the best games. “It’s gonna be a mess, but it’ll be f...

ODI program coordinator takes on role as assistant director

ODI program coordinator takes on role as assistant director

TJ Rigg, Reporter
February 6
Filed under Campus, News

Danielle Johnson’s time working in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion extends back to her days as an undergraduate at Wichita State. As a psychology major, she worked in the office, which was then known as the Office of Multicultural Affairs. “I had a lot of opportunity to grow through that...

Wichita State to begin new undergraduate research experience courtesy of National Science Foundation

Wichita State to begin new undergraduate research experience courtesy of National Science Foundation

Matt Hopper, Reporter
February 5
Filed under Campus, News

Starting this summer, Wichita State will receive ten students from across the country to work with faculty members as part of an undergraduate research experience funded by the National Science Foundation. The NSF awarded a grant of $324,000 to WSU’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer...