The Sunflower

Cleared for takeoff

Evan Pflugradt

September 22, 2016


Filed under Features

Twenty hours in the air and 30 hours from home.From takeoff in the center of China, to a final arrival in the center of America, Hongsen Tian experienced three airports and lengthy layovers all in more than a day's worth of travel.To the typical traveler, 30 hours of travel might sound like a nightmare...

Broomsticks and broken noses

Matthew Kelly

September 22, 2016


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Josh Barker, a Wichita State aerospace engineering major, knows a thing or two about flight. As an avid Harry Potter fan, his expertise extends to broomsticks.Barker first learned about collegiate Quidditch on a visit to the WSU campus as a high school student on Junior Day. The Quidditch team was teac...

Student finds home in sports management

Fiona Kee

September 22, 2016


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Blake Molina describes himself as a typical college guy who enjoys watching sports, playing video games and working out.But one thing that isn’t typical about Molina is his confidence in knowing he wanted to work in sports, even while he was still in high school.Though at that time he didn’t know w...

A brief bit of Bardo: WSU president talks work, recreation

Andrew Linnabary

September 22, 2016


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If one were to guess how Wichita State President John Bardo likes to spend his free time, the likely answer, at least in 2016, would be watching football.Yes, this is a pastime of Bardo’s, but there’s another passion of his that he doesn’t shy away from talking about: stained-glass work.Bardo h...

Late to rise: Pre-nursing student describes her life

Robert Hite

September 22, 2016


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Angela Nguyen said she gets up late most mornings before class at Wichita State and ends her day by playing with her two dogs.In between could be a variety of activities.“I get up pretty late for a typical college student, seven or eight depending on if I have class,” she said.Nguyen, 19, is a pr...

13,000 students led by one Shepard

13,000 students led by one Shepard

Andrew Linnabary, Managing Editor

September 22, 2016


Filed under Features, Student Government Association

“This is my life.” That's how second-term Student Body President Joseph Shepard describes his role in Student Government Association. When he wakes up, he immediately looks at his calendar to see what the day's meetings are. When he gets on campus, no later than 9:30 a.m., he heads t...

Student greets incoming international students with pet marmoset

Student greets incoming international students with pet marmoset

Andrew Linnabary, Managing Editor

August 22, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Campus, Features, Lifestyle, News

Taking an international flight, landing at Eisenhower National Airport and making the way to baggage claim — only to be greeted by a marmoset monkey. That was the welcoming international students were given last week as they arrived in Wichita. Muhamad Mansour, a student from Palestine study...

Sodexo worker brings love, mercy to those in need

Andrew Linnabary

July 11, 2016


Filed under Features, Lifestyle, News

At many homeless shelters or soup shops, there is only one plate allowed to patrons. At Carmen Garcia’s homeless ministry, there is no limit.  “This lady I know says, ‘I don’t have any food in my house, can I have some extra?’” Garcia said. “To me, it’s no problem.” Carmen Garcia has worked f...

Marissa’s Melodies

Marissa Campbell

May 5, 2016


Filed under Lifestyle, Music

Several popular bands and artists released albums last week, which means there’s great new music for fans to enjoy. The new Bring Me the Horizon album brought a new sound fans have never heard, the artist SoMo released yet another soulful album full of slow jams, and many rock stars came together to release their first album as the super-group Hollywood Vampires.  ‘That’s the Spirit’ by Bring Me the HorizonReleased: Sept. 11Genre: Metal/rockSince their first album, Bring Me the Horizon has changed their rock sound and style quite a bit. Part of the sound change is due to lead singer Oli Sykes damaging his vocal cords after many years of screaming, but also because the band has matured and taken more control of their sound, which is heard on hits like “Throne.” Not only did the band change part of their sound, but they changed a song. “Drown” is revamped on this album and is just as powerful and hard-hitting as ever. The problem with this album is the fans who enjoyed the heavier music may not enjoy this album due to less screaming and yelling from Sykes (“What You Need”). Overall, the band has brought their usual array of fast and heavy chords that will keep the fans moshing for sure.Download: “Throne”‘My Life II’ by SoMoReleased: Sept. 11Genre: R&B/soulSoMo began his career in 2013 with his first album but became a radio sensation in 2014 with his self-titled album that featured the hit single “Ride.” With a similar sound, but not quite as unique as The Weeknd, SoMo tends to phase in between soul and rapping in his songs, which can be heard in the song “Bad Chick.” Listeners who are fans of ’90s slow jams will enjoy SoMo’s twist on the style of music with the different electronic sounds that he uses in a majority of his songs (“Hide & Freak”).Download: “Hide & Freak”‘Hollywood Vampires’ by Hollywood VampiresReleased: Sept. 11Genre: RockThe band Hollywood Vampires is made up of many famous rock stars including Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Paul McCartney, Joe Perry and Abe Laboriel Jr. known for touring with other rock bands and artists as a guitarist. Depp decided to release his own album, which is how Hollywood Vampires came together. On songs such as “My Dead Drunk Friends” and “Raise the Dead,” Cooper’s raspy, creepy vocals can be heard crooning on the tracks. The band also does a cover of The Beatles’ “My Generation,” which is just as fun and lively as the original.Download: “Raise the Dead”

Marissa’s Melodies: No jokes for April Fool’s in the music world

Marissa Campbell

April 7, 2016


Filed under Lifestyle, Music, Opinion

April Fool’s Day was laden with a wide variety of new rock and alternative albums. From Weezer’s “White Album” to the Summer Set and Lukas Graham, there is a mixture of pop-rock out there for everyone this week.  “White Album” by WeezerReleased: April 1Genre: AlternativeAfter making a c...

WSU symphony orchestra peforms concert with faculty guest soloist

WSU symphony orchestra peforms concert with faculty guest soloist

Staff Reporter

July 23, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture, Campus, Lifestyle

Silky sounds of strings, reeds and horns pierced the air Friday night in the Duersken Fine Arts Center, as the WSU Symphony Orchestra performed another night of musical art. However, this had some differences from the other symphonic performances that have caught the attention of all ranges of ...

Emmy-nominated producer recaps college experience

Staff Reporter

June 18, 2014


Filed under Features, Lifestyle

Les Anderson is no longer here, but he is the voice in the back of her head that keeps her going, because without him, Melisha Regier would still be locked in her car contemplating med school. While talking about Anderson, a former Wichita State journalism professor that passed away, Regier f...