The Sunflower

Jody Adams-Birch is out. What’s next?

Jody Adams-Birch is out. What’s next?

Grant Cohen, Sports Editor
January 22
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Sports, Women's Basketball

Jody Adams-Birch’s compelling list of career accolades are often hidden by an investigation when four players quit following a 29-win season in 2014-15. Now in 2017, another investigation and a mutual parting with the university overshadow her nine years of work as Wichita State’s head coach. ...

Looking back at President Obama’s presidency

Looking back at President Obama’s presidency

TJ Rigg, Reporter
January 19
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Friday marks the last time Barack Obama will walk through the halls of the White House as president. His successor will be sworn in as president that day as the Obama family exits the White House. On Feb. 10, 2007, Obama announced his candidacy for president. His campaign projected themes of hope...

Campbell: Women’s rights are human rights

Campbell: Women’s rights are human rights

Marissa Campbell, Reporter
January 19
Filed under Columns, Opinion

You would think by 2017 all Americans would have rights to their own lives and bodies. If a woman wanted access to birth control, the government wouldn’t be standing in her way. If a woman wanted to have an abortion, it would be her own personal business and not something state lawmakers argue about. In...

Beach: Baker shining for Knicks

Beach: Baker shining for Knicks

Nick Beach, Reporter
January 18
Filed under Columns, Men's Basketball, Opinion, Sports

Ron Baker, former All-American guard for Wichita State, is taking on a significant role for the New York Knicks. Knicks' coach Jeff Hornacek has found the value in Baker, who recently earned the full contract for his rookie season.  He’s now played in 16 games and is averaging more than 10 m...

Could Wichita State run the table in conference play? An answer could come this week.

Could Wichita State run the table in conference play? An answer could come this week.

Evan Pflugradt, Editor-in-Chief
January 11
Filed under Columns, Men's Basketball, Opinion, Sports

It’s never too early to start thinking about March. When Northern Iowa’s Wes Washpun washed Wichita State out of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament last March, the NCAA Tournament’s selection committee bought into the storyline of Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet, who each led active play...

How to ‘Unfriend’ fake news

How to ‘Unfriend’ fake news

Matthew Kelly, Reporter
December 21
Filed under Columns, News, Opinion, Politics

As 2016 comes to a close, it’s time to reevaluate the way we consume news in the United States. It has been a trying year for objective journalism to say the least, and in many cases, stories have crossed the line from sensational to blatantly false. The fake news epidemic that has swept across...

Cohen: Athletics has the right to sell student tickets

Cohen: Athletics has the right to sell student tickets

Grant Cohen, Sports Editor
December 21
Filed under Columns, Men's Basketball, Opinion, Sports

Men’s basketball is a hot commodity at Wichita State. But in early November, Koch Arena ended a streak of having more than 40-straight sellouts in a regular-season game against D-II opponent Southern Nazarene. Ever since, Wichita State has struggled to fill the two general admission sections tha...

Pflugradt: Billy Willson challenged college. Here’s what we can learn from his viral social media antics.

Pflugradt: Billy Willson challenged college. Here’s what we can learn from his viral social media antics.

Evan Pflugradt, Editor-in-Chief
December 21
Filed under Columns, Opinion

I can’t hold back. I’m joining the conversation. This week, Billy Willson, a student at Kansas State University, decidedly pushed the question concerning the value of a college education with a statement that’s now gone viral. Willson posted on Facebook a photo with himself giving a mi...

Pflugradt: Wichita State’s winning recipe left buried in the snow

Pflugradt: Wichita State’s winning recipe left buried in the snow

Evan Pflugradt, Editor-in-Chief
December 17
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Sports

The last time Wichita State came to Intrust Bank Arena, nothing could hide the smile of a resurgent Fred VanVleet who walked his way downtown gleaming swagger. He and Gregg Marshall smiled as though the arena in downtown Wichita was their own hidden gem — which almost none could discredit considerin...

Beach: ‘Moana’ fun animated film for all ages

Beach: ‘Moana’ fun animated film for all ages

Nick Beach, Reporter
December 12
Filed under Columns, Lifestyle, Movies, Opinion

isney has released yet another box office winner — “Moana” is one of the year’s most genuinely fun films, for any age group. “Moana” highlights the adventures of the title girl and her family on an island and their ventures across the high seas. She is the daughter of the chief of her tribe, ...

Beach: Lineup changes benefit veterans as much as newcomers

Beach: Lineup changes benefit veterans as much as newcomers

Nick Beach, Reporter
December 6
Filed under Columns, Men's Basketball, Opinion, Sports

Four missed free throws landed junior Zach Brown a seat on the bench in Wichita State’s matchup with then-ranked No. 24 Michigan State after only a few minutes. Brown’s four off-the-mark foul line shots essentially put the game in Tom Izzo’s hands right when the Shockers had a chance to tighte...

Pflugradt: Daishon Smith is Wichita State’s only true point

Pflugradt: Daishon Smith is Wichita State’s only true point

Evan Pflugradt, Editor-in-Chief
December 3
Filed under Columns, Men's Basketball, Opinion, Sports

Even as insider to Gregg Marshall’s program, Wichita State junior Zach Brown falls in line with the rest of the Shocker faithful wondering who will take charge for the Shockers are in a tight spot. “Let’s see what happens when we get to the point when we have to make the plays in crunch time...