The Sunflower

The semester in review

The semester in review

Sunflower Staff

December 31, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

It’s impossible to narrow an entire semester’s worth of news down to 10 stories. One person may value the newsworthiness of a story only 20 people read over a story 1,000 people read. With that in mind, here are 10 selections from fall 2018 that The Sunflower’s editorial team thought defined t...

Life in prison ordered for ex-boyfriend of murdered WSU student

Life in prison ordered for ex-boyfriend of murdered WSU student

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

December 20, 2018


Filed under Crime, Local, News

The ex-boyfriend of a murdered Wichita State student will serve life in prison plus 43 months, a Sedgwick County judge ordered Thursday. Dane Owens, 29, was convicted in November of first-degree felony murder and aggravated burglary in the 2016 shooting of 22-year-old Rowena Irani.  Irani was a ...

Campus YMCA hits fundraising goal, will be named after Steve Clark

Campus YMCA hits fundraising goal, will be named after Steve Clark

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

December 20, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase, Uncategorized

The Greater Wichita YMCA announced Thursday that it has achieved its fundraising goal to build a facility on Wichita State's Innovation Campus. The building will be named after local real estate developer Steve Clark, a WSU alumnus and YMCA board member who had a hand in selecting John Bardo as WSU's...

After semester of mixed messages, international students will continue paying more for health insurance

After semester of mixed messages, international students will continue paying more for health insurance

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

December 19, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Health insurance costs increased by hundreds of dollars this fall for many international students across the state. After a semester of mixed messages, during which Wichita State's international students were given hope that they may be able to opt for a cheaper alternative to the university insuranc...

Metallica gives WSU Tech $100,000 grant

Metallica gives WSU Tech $100,000 grant

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

December 19, 2018


Filed under News

The iconic heavy metal band Metallica has awarded WSU Tech a $100,000 grant to support technical education training. WSU Tech was one of 10 community colleges nationwide to receive the Metallica Scholars Initiative grant, which is funded by the band's All Within My Hands Foundation (AWMH) “WSU...

Brinkley on infrastructure fee hike: ‘They’re going to push through with it one way or another.’

Brinkley on infrastructure fee hike: ‘They’re going to push through with it one way or another.’

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

December 17, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Next March, Wichita State students will vote on a proposal to raise the infrastructure student fee by roughly $90 a semester to upgrade campus facilities for each college. State law requires WSU to hold a referendum before raising student fees to bond money, but the university could still seek approva...

$12 million oilman donor to receive honorary WSU degree

$12 million oilman donor to receive honorary WSU degree

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

December 12, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Wichita State will award an honorary doctorate to the Wichita oilman who made the largest-ever cash donation to WSU in May. It is against Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) policy to award honorary degrees for “philanthropic activity,” but WSU maintains that Wayne Woolsey’s generosity is not a motivating ...

2 Wichita State students die in separate incidents

2 Wichita State students die in separate incidents

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

December 11, 2018


Filed under News

Two Wichita State students have died in separate incidents, according to a WSU Student Affairs Facebook post. The post states that the two students were Kelsey Hanna, a senior biomedical engineering major, and Hyosil Kang, an applied studies graduate student who graduated from WSU in 2004 with a degree...

Business class makes real-world impact on local charities

Business class makes real-world impact on local charities

Audrey Korte, Reporter

December 6, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Barton School of Business Professor Brian Rawson didn’t intend to create a small army of philanthropic do-gooders out of his students when he redesigned the class curriculum ten years ago. He didn’t design the Building Effective Work Teams course to serve the community and assist local nonprofits....

Innovation Rebranded: WSU’s public relations push to change the image of Innovation Campus

Innovation Rebranded: WSU’s public relations push to change the image of Innovation Campus

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

December 6, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

If you’ve read a piece of Wichita State promotional material this semester or listened to an administrator talk up new public-private partnerships, chances are, you’ve heard about upcoming developments on the “east side of campus” or “campus expansion” — not Innovation Campus. WSU i...

Farewell, Fairmount

Farewell, Fairmount

Jenna Farhat, News Editor

December 5, 2018


Filed under Campus, Local, News

Hannah Ruth Tabler Lived in Fairmount Towers: 2016 “A group of probably six to eight of us got stuck on the elevator the day of move-in. I thought I was going to die in there. Fairmount always felt a bit like a death trap.” Gabrielle Owens Lived in Fairmount Towers: 2013-2015 “I wish th...

Food for Fines SGA initiative offers ticket-paying alternative

Food for Fines SGA initiative offers ticket-paying alternative

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

December 5, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government Association

Paying off a parket ticket has never felt so good. Food for Fines, a student government initiative that runs through Friday, allows students to pay parking citations with nonperishable foods and hygiene products. “Parking is a huge issue here at WSU,” Student Advocate Kitrina Miller said. “I...