The Sunflower

Moore: The interest for badges in higher education is growing

Moore: The interest for badges in higher education is growing

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

October 8, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

When the Kansas Board of Regents released statewide enrollment numbers last week, Wichita State boasted 30.1 percent growth in non-degree-seeking students. WSU’s badge course program offers working professionals and high school students online, self-directed courses for half a credit hour. WSU’s...

Wichita City Councilmen talk importance of voting for students

Wichita City Councilmen talk importance of voting for students

Drake Robinson, Reporter

October 7, 2018


Filed under Local, News

Wichita City Councilmen James Clendenin and Brandon Johnson spoke to a handful of students in the Rhatigan Student Center Friday about why it is important to vote. Clendenin said citizens should vote in local elections if they want city councils and county commission boards to represent their interests....

President of local NAACP chapter named WSU director of Military and Veteran Services

President of local NAACP chapter named WSU director of Military and Veteran Services

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

October 5, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Lt. Colonel Larry Burks has been named director of Wichita State's Military and Veteran Services. according to a university release. Burks, who has 20 years of military experience, is also president of the Wichita chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Burks...

Housing proposal for next year features across-the-board rate increases for on-campus living

Housing proposal for next year features across-the-board rate increases for on-campus living

Audrey Korte, Reporter

October 5, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase, Student Government Association

Students living on campus can expect to pay more for housing next year. Interim Executive Director for Housing and Residence Life Scott Jensen spoke to the Student Government Association Wednesday night about proposed rate hikes at Shocker Hall and The Flats and outlined what students can expect to ...

Final WSU engineering dean candidate wants to execute, envision, and excite

Final WSU engineering dean candidate wants to execute, envision, and excite

Aileen Rueda-DaCosta, Reporter

October 2, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

The final candidate for the dean of Wichita State's College of Engineering visited campus Monday. Chuck Bunting has been the associate dean of research at Oklahoma State University since December of 2012, and a faculty member since 2001. Bunting has been published 36 times in the Journal of Engineering...

Wichita State memorializes plane crash that left 31 dead

Wichita State memorializes plane crash that left 31 dead

Evan Pflugradt, Sports Editor

October 2, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

It was an oddly warm, sunny afternoon for October when Wichita State President Clark Ahlberg called Dean of Students Jim Rhatigan. “Could you come home right away?” Ahlberg asked Rhatigan, who was in Kansas City for the weekend. “It looks like one of the planes went down on the way to Utah.” ...

WSU receives $813,000 grant to boost minority STEM enrollment

WSU receives $813,000 grant to boost minority STEM enrollment

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

October 2, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Wichita State has received a $813,000 grant to boost enrollment and retention of minority students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, a news release said. The grant is part of a $3 million, five-year National Science Foundation grant awarded to Kansas State University. K State...

WSU reports 1.6 percent enrollment increase

WSU reports 1.6 percent enrollment increase

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

October 1, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

UPDATE: The headline on WSU's enrollment release has been updated to read, "WSU enrolls largest freshman class, increases enrollment."   Wichita State reported an enrollment increase of 1.58 percent from last fall, according to preliminary figures released by the Kansas Board of Regents ...

Intoxicated student with firearm apprehended on campus last week

Intoxicated student with firearm apprehended on campus last week

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

October 1, 2018


Filed under Campus, Crime, News

UPDATE 4:30 p.m. Less than 10 minutes after this story was published, the office of the general counsel provided The Sunflower the redacted first page of the incident report. The description of the incident reads only "Sick and Cared For.”   Wichita State police responded Wednesday to a re...

Wichita State security report: rise in weapons arrests, burglaries, dating violence, alcohol violations

Wichita State security report: rise in weapons arrests, burglaries, dating violence, alcohol violations

Jenna Farhat, News Editor

October 1, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Weapons-related arrests, burglaries, dating violence, and disciplinary referrals for alcohol all increased significantly on Wichita State’s campus last year, according to the university’s annual security and fire safety report. Weapons-related arrests rose from none in 2016 to three in 2017 —...

60 years after Dockum sit-in, alumnus reflects on desegregating Wichita lunch counters

60 years after Dockum sit-in, alumnus reflects on desegregating Wichita lunch counters

Audrey Korte, Reporter

October 1, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

In August of 1958, Wichita youth staged a peaceful sit-in that led to the successful integration of drug store eating counters throughout the city. The tactic was later embraced around the country and sit-ins became synonymous with the civil rights movement. The Dockum Drug Store, which was part of...

Democratic Congressional candidate James Thompson visits Wichita State for meet-and-greet

Democratic Congressional candidate James Thompson visits Wichita State for meet-and-greet

Audrey Korte, Reporter

September 28, 2018


Filed under News, Politics

James Thompson, a civil rights attorney in Wichita and Democratic candidate for the Kansas Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, visited Wichita State this week. The meet-and-greet took place in Hubbard Hall and was coordinated by the WSU College Democrats. “Our...