The Sunflower

Charity Bush, a WSU senior, asks one of the American Idol staffers a question before her audition in Wichita in September 2019. She hoped her regular vocal performances at her Wichita church would give her an edge over the competition. Though she wasn't chosen to move to the next round, she said the experience was awesome.

‘Looking for superstars:’ American Idol to hold virtual auditions in Kansas on Tuesday

Karen Galindo, Arts and Entertainment Editor August 17, 2020

“American Idol” will hold open virtual auditions in Kansas on Tuesday. The auditions will be held via Zoom, marking the first-ever live, virtual nationwide search for the next Idol. The remote auditions...

Aviance Battles, a student majoring in Dance at Wichita State University, performs her routine

Virtual performances create challenges, opportunities for performing arts students

Karen Galindo, Arts and Entertainment Editor August 17, 2020

Most learning spaces at Wichita State will be at least partially online this semester, and the stage is no exception. The School of Performing Arts’ shows this semester will be broadcast on a virtual...

Jordy Mozqueda, a freshman general business major, poses for a photo in front of a mural at Clinton Hall.

Freshman Rudd scholar wastes no time getting involved on campus 

Daniel Caudill, Editor in Chief August 17, 2020

Jordy Mosqueda is passionate about helping out. And while the coronavirus has limited in-person activities on campus, the freshman Rudd scholar is still taking steps to have an impact from the jump. “I...

Taylor Swift's surprise release,

REVIEW: Taylor Swift’s “folklore” is a bittersweet surprise

Karen Galindo, Music Critic July 27, 2020

Taylor Swift excited fans Thursday morning when she announced she'd be releasing a surprise album, “folklore,” that night at midnight.  If you’re expecting a hard-hit pop album like “1989”,...

Maggie Brown, a junior studying aerospace engineering at WSU, is attending the NASA L'SPACE Academy this summer. She said she's always been fascinated with space.

‘Over the moon:’ WSU student accepted into NASA summer academy 

Karen Galindo, Reporter May 22, 2020

Maggie Brown, an aerospace engineering major at WSU, is taking the first steps toward her dreams of working for NASA. The junior was accepted this month into the NASA L’SPACE Academy summer program.  “I...

Screenshot of the Sedgwick County Fair's Facebook post

Sedgwick County Fair canceled due to COVID-19

Karen Galindo, Arts and Entertainment Editor May 13, 2020

The 2020 Sedgwick County Fair has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  The announcement was made on Tuesday night by the Sedgwick County Fair Board. “The restriction on mass gatherings...

Cool Breeze Pizza is located at 828 W 11th St N.

REVIEW: Another one bites the crust: Cool Breeze Pizza opens

Brogan Gillmore, Food Critic May 9, 2020

A cool breeze has blown through Wichita and on it the scent of pizza, but not your average greasy pizza scent with pepperoni, instead it’s a little smaller, a little flatter and equipped with nonstandard...

Plague Inc.'s logo.

5 pandemic-themed video games for if you want to feel slightly more terrified

Austin Farber, Game Critic April 30, 2020

In these uncertain times of self-isolation, it’s easy to feel like the world is spinning out of control. Here are some video games where you can determine the outcome of a major virus. Take back control. 5....

A mock-up of a potential billboard featuring the works of Kansas-born artist Gordon Parks. The two photographs featured are of boxer Muhammad Ali.

Ulrich Museum planning community-based billboard art project

Karen Galindo, Arts & Entertainment Editor April 30, 2020

Wichita State’s Ulrich Museum of Art is planning a new community-based project called Ulrich + Artists + You Community Billboard Project, which will include the artwork from 20 artists. The project...

Graphic Design senior live exhibition event, Design Zoo, will be on May 1.

Graphic design seniors to host virtual exhibition

Karen Galindo, Arts & Entertainment Editor April 30, 2020

The Wichita State School of Fine Arts will still host their annual Senior Graphic Design Exhibition Show, albeit virtually.  The show, themed Design Zoo, was originally supposed to take place at ShiftSpace...

Wichita State students Royce Siebert and Donavon Cheeks speak with SAC president Emily Liston during a meeting that took place earlier in the semester.

SAC sticking to its mission of keeping students involved during COVID-19

Lindsay Smith, Reporter April 29, 2020

With campus closed, Wichita State’s Student Activities Council is finding ways to adjust programming during the stay-at-home order.  SAC has hosted digital Watch Party Wednesdays, Tuesday trivia,...

Shirley Knight in

Wichita State alumna and Oscar-nominated actress Shirley Knight dies at 83

Karen Galindo, Arts & Entertainment Editor April 23, 2020

Shirley Knight, a Wichita State alumna and Oscar-nominated actress, died Wednesday at age 83.  Knight died of natural causes at her daughter’s home in San Marcos, Texas.  Knight transferred to...

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