The Sunflower

Beach: KenPom could be huge for Shockers in future years

Beach: KenPom could be huge for Shockers in future years

Nick Beach, Reporter
March 9, 2017
Filed under Bracket Busters, Columns, Men's Basketball, Opinion, Opinion (Postseason), Special Editions, Sports

According to kenpom.com, Wichita State is currently the 10th best team in the country. KenPom is an extended basketball metrics system that’s been active since 2002 and has gained attention in recent years. Ken Pomeroy founded the website 15 years ago with the idea that college basketball fans needed...

Pflugradt: If you’re reading this, student fees affect you

Pflugradt: If you’re reading this, student fees affect you

Evan Pflugradt, Editor in Chief
March 9, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Should The Sunflower take on a reduction more than $53,000 short of their student fees request for the second year in a row, they could possibly cease a print publication for the first time since their first print in 1896. Tuition increases suck. We all know that. Those dollars, however, benefit each...

Linnabary: ‘Hndrxx’ splashes color into Future’s icy-grey world

Linnabary: ‘Hndrxx’ splashes color into Future’s icy-grey world

Andrew Linnabary, Managing Editor
March 5, 2017
Filed under Columns, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Music, Opinion

"When you get high enough, you can dodge raindrops." Substance abuse is a journey down a dark tunnel that, if left untreated, culminates in total blackness. Interspersed down that tunnel are rays of light, some bright, some flickering. They keep the addict tunneling deeper down. "Hndrxx," Future's...

Beach: Wolverine’s swansong ‘Logan’ worth a watch

Beach: Wolverine’s swansong ‘Logan’ worth a watch

Nick Beach, Reporter
March 4, 2017
Filed under Columns, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Movies, Opinion

“Logan,” a Wolverine flick and the latest installment in the X-Men franchise, is a worthy trip to the theater this March. It also marks Hugh Jackman's final time portraying the clawed mutant.  Here's some story context: Wolverine is taking care of the ailing Professor X, played by Patrick ...

Rigg: House Bill would end Environmental Protection Agency

Rigg: House Bill would end Environmental Protection Agency

TJ Rigg, Reporter
March 2, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

While the president has been railing against “fake news,” a bill was introduced in the House of Representatives that, under normal circumstances, would have much more coverage if the president wasn’t stealing the show. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) introduced House Resolution 861 early last month....

We’re a nation divided on hate crimes

We’re a nation divided on hate crimes

Evan Pflugradt, Editor in Chief
March 2, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

The shooting in Olathe last week hit too close to home. Nearly one week has passed. At Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, a suburb of Kansas City, two Indian males were singled out and shot, presumably because they were believed to be unwanted foreigners. Adam Purinton, a 51-year-old white male,...

Fighting free press is dangerous

Fighting free press is dangerous

Staff Editorial
March 2, 2017
Filed under Editorials, Opinion

President Donald Trump’s vilification of the media as “the enemy of the American people” is dangerous. Perhaps the most important role of the media is to hold those in positions of authority accountable and push for transparency. The primary enemy of the democratic process is a government that...

A Valley First

A Valley First

Evan Pflugradt, Editor-in-Chief
February 27, 2017
Filed under Columns, Men's Basketball, Opinion, Sports

It would be unprecedented. In the Missouri Valley’s Larry Bird Player of the Year award, only two sophomores — Fred VanVleet and Doug McDermott — have been awarded the trophy. Since the inception of the award in 1969, no Missouri Valley freshman has ever won. That should change this season. Wichita...

Beach: ‘Get Out’ has some hits, some misses

Beach: ‘Get Out’ has some hits, some misses

Nick Beach, Reporter
February 27, 2017
Filed under Columns, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Movies, Opinion

“Get Out” is a gripping movie experience that is definitely not for everyone. The film is the directorial debut of Jordan Peele, half of the comedy duo Key and Peele. He is one of comedy’s biggest names and many were torn when they heard he would try his hand at a horror movie. The plot centers...

Beach: Moonlight stuns La La Land to wrap up Oscars

Beach: Moonlight stuns La La Land to wrap up Oscars

Nick Beach, Reporter
February 27, 2017
Filed under Columns, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Movies, Opinion

It was going just like the book. All the favorites were running away with all the big categories and even some of the smaller ones. “La La Land,” a love driven musical taking place in beautiful Los Angeles, was long considered the favorite to take home best picture and did pretty well in its othe...

Linnabary: On ‘Future,’ the trap king reloads the clip

Linnabary: On ‘Future,’ the trap king reloads the clip

Andrew Linnabary, Managing Editor
February 22, 2017
Filed under Columns, Lifestyle, Music, Opinion

Let's be honest — Future has been stuck in the past for awhile.  He's been on a six-release run — beginning with 2014's "Monster" — of ruthless, auto-tuned trap music fueled by codeine, cold-heartedness and an insatiable creative hunger.  It seemed like the drugs were getting to the Atlanta ...

Cohen: Student Section final assessment — not bad, but could be better

Cohen: Student Section final assessment — not bad, but could be better

Grant Cohen, Sports Editor
February 22, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Wichita State students have seen the men’s basketball’s success and their emergence into an elite college basketball program firsthand over the previous three seasons. As WSU was continuing to grow its success, the student section fell behind. Face it, the student section this year was no where...