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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...

Beach: Margin of victory could help sway selection committee

Beach: Margin of victory could help sway selection committee

Nick Beach, Reporter
February 22, 2017
Filed under Columns, Men's Basketball, Opinion, Sports

Fans and pundits alike are torn on where Wichita State currently stands in the eyes of the NCAA Tournament selection committee. Where should they look for an answer? Win margin. The Shockers' average point differential in games this season is above 18. That’s not only in victories, it’s a...

Pflugradt: Give up the damn seats

Pflugradt: Give up the damn seats

Evan Pflugradt, Editor in Chief
February 20, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Saturday, Wichita State was the featured game on a nationally televised ESPN network. An older, non-student audience represented the university in all its glory. Season tickets are steep, but non-students have found a way to beat the system — and it’s killing the student experience. Season...

Campbell: Latest alt releases are killing the game

Campbell: Latest alt releases are killing the game

Marissa Campbell, Reporter
February 20, 2017
Filed under Columns, Lifestyle, Music, Opinion

“Zombies on Broadway” by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness Released: Feb. 10 Genre: Alternative-pop Rating: A Known for his early 2000s band Jack’s Mannequin, Andrew McMahon made a comeback in 2014 with the self-titled album “Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.” This album featured all the...

Beach: ‘The Great Wall’: high budget, low impact

Beach: ‘The Great Wall’: high budget, low impact

Nick Beach, Reporter
February 20, 2017
Filed under Columns, Lifestyle, Movies, Opinion

“The Great Wall” is a great disappointment. At $150 million, it’s the highest budget film to be made entirely in China — a lot of money to spend on a movie with such a weak premise. With stars like Matt Damon, this film, filled with high-energy sequences, had potential. Instead, it flopped. Damon...

Beach: Softball beginning to reign supreme over baseball

Beach: Softball beginning to reign supreme over baseball

Nick Beach, Reporter
February 16, 2017
Filed under Baseball, Baseball Guide, Columns, Opinion, Special Editions, Sports

After a 21-37 season and another disappointing campaign for Shocker baseball fans, look no further because there is another squad taking the field this spring. Not to discredit Shocker baseball, the long running tradition will live forever and maybe that’ll even upstart one again this season. But...

Beach: ‘Lego Batman’ full of good laughs

Beach: ‘Lego Batman’ full of good laughs

Nick Beach, Reporter
February 13, 2017
Filed under Columns, Lifestyle, Movies, Opinion

“The Lego Batman Movie” is a great way to escape the Valentine’s Day hype surrounding the dreadful “Fifty Shades” film series. Why go see a poorly written Twilight fan fiction film when you can see two of the world’s greatest wonders, Legos and Batman, on the big screen? Chris McKay...

Pflugradt: The rent is too damn high

Pflugradt: The rent is too damn high

Evan Pflugradt, Editor in Chief
February 13, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Finding the right place to call home is a challenge. Finding a place all your own while in college is a struggle. Trying to find this place on Wichita State’s campus is a burden. The Flats at WSU, a public-private partnership between the developer and Wichita State University, announced absurd leasing...

Cameron: ‘I owe public educators my life’

Cameron: ‘I owe public educators my life’

Kylie Cameron, Reporter
February 9, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Betsy DeVos was confirmed in a vote of 51-50 as the new Secretary of Education on Tuesday. As DeVos was confirmed, I felt the need to share my story in the public education system in hopes that DeVos, a supporter of charter schools, will realize how much public education means to children across America. My...

Rigg: Law would restore teachers’ due process rights

Rigg: Law would restore teachers’ due process rights

TJ Rigg, Reporter
February 9, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a law in 2014 that met the state Supreme Court’s order to restore equalization funding for capital outlay and local option budgets, at the time. At the same time, it took away the right of Kansas teachers to practice due process when facing termination from their jobs. It...

Bothner: ‘La La Land’ left me wanting more

Bothner: ‘La La Land’ left me wanting more

Hannah Bothner, Reporter
February 6, 2017
Filed under Columns, Lifestyle, Movies, Opinion

Yes, the cinematography was gorgeous, the score was beautiful, and the direction was great. But I have so many bones to pick with ‘La La Land.’ The Sunflower’s Nick Beach reviewed the movie, and I’m writing to provide more clarity. Despite all the positives this movie brings, I thought it...

Beach: ‘La La Land’: The most polarizing film in recent memory

Beach: ‘La La Land’: The most polarizing film in recent memory

Nick Beach, Reporter
February 6, 2017
Filed under Columns, Lifestyle, Movies, Opinion

“La La Land” is the most exciting and most talked about film to be released in 2016, and for good reason. The film is directed by 32-year-old Damien Chazelle, the mind behind 2014’s excellent “Whiplash,” which I thought that was one of the decade’s best films. “La La Land” just might b...