The Sunflower

Friendship and support at the heart of the Special Olympics

Staff Reporter

June 6, 2012

The Special Olympics is about more than competition. “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” The creed spoken by the athletes of the Special Olympics rang out through Cessna Stadium at the opening of the 2012 Summer Games. For the 42nd year, Olympians from all over the state...

Recruits make pledges to WSU fraternities

Matt Lawrence and Shelby Grosch sign their bid cards to join Sigma Alpha Epsilon. 

Staff Reporter

June 6, 2012

Incoming freshmen have many things on their minds before even stepping on Wichita State soil. Although school supplies and books may be high on their priority list, the WSU Greek community has added another box to be checked and another paper to be signed.  June 1 marked the first day incoming freshm...

Italian Success: dancers experience a unique opportunity to perform in Italy

A member of the Wichita Contemporary Dance Theater poses while on the group’s nine-day trip to Italy in May.

Staff Reporter

June 6, 2012

Despite unanticipated events, the Wichita Contemporary Dance Theater’s nine-day trip to Italy was a success. On May 13, the company departed on its flights to Italy where the theater performed four times. The first performance was in Polcenigo, the next two were on the Aviano Air Base, and the final perf...

Not so fast: Football’s return to campus no done deal

Staff Reporter

June 6, 2012

For the past couple of weeks there have been rumors that Wichita State football was back, including a report from a local news station that football had officially returned to campus.  Contrary to the rumors, football is not back at WSU. “We don’t have a football team,” Vice President for Campus Life and Univ...

Sandlin hopes to improve student retention, success

Staff Reporter

June 6, 2012

Kim Sandlin wants more students to feel at home at Wichita State for a longer time. Currently, she is assistant director of admissions, but her new job as assistant director of student success starts next week. “I’ve always had an interest in (student) retention,” Sandlin said. “A lot of people sta...

Ulrich director leaves WSU for Wichita Art Museum

Ulrich Director Patricia McDonnell

Staff Reporter

May 29, 2012

Wichita State Ulrich Museum Director Patricia McDonnell is leaving campus, but she's not going far. She recently accepted the executive director position with the Wichita Art Museum (WAM). McDonnell begins working part-time at the Ulrich and the museum on August 20 before she moves to full-time at the...

SGA chooses next treasurer

Staff Reporter

May 22, 2012

The Student Government Association went long into the night debating a finance bill for students asking for funding for SGA for trips abroad to academic conferences while quick work was made for the recent treasurer appointment. While last week was locked in heavy debate over the issue of who will be the...

Second try nets big rewards for business plan winners

Zack Steffen and Aaron Young are the winners of the 2012 Business Plan Competition for their idea on Stingray Speaker System.

Staff Reporter

May 22, 2012

Stingray Speaker System was the name for success at the Wichita State Center for Entrepreneurship’s sixth annual Shocker Business Plan Competition. Aaron Young and Zack Steffen designed a plan for the system and won the competition and $10,000 to jumpstart their enterprise. Their entry was one of 70...

Summer food fixes to beat the Kansas heat

Staff Reporter

May 22, 2012

Summer is a time to let down your hair, go barefoot and wear no shirt. However, health can be a problem with all this care-free nonsense and I want to keep you in check. Hit those farmers markets or local stores for your produce. I love Dillon’s, but preservatives have no place in my fridge during ...

RSC Renovations Bittersweet

Students wrote their goodbyes to the RSC on the wall.

Staff Reporter

May 22, 2012

As the Rhatigan Student Center renovations become more present, the RSC-U-Later celebration hosted by the RSC allowed students to say goodbye Wednesday morning. Activities were held at various locations in the building. In the Director’s Office located on the second floor of the RSC, students were able ...

‘Fondle, Please’ encourages audiences to touch art

Staff Reporter

May 3, 2012

Most artists don't want people to touch their art. Gallery attendants repeatedly tell visitors not to. However, attendees at “Fondle, Please" last Friday at Diver Studio were encouraged to touch and even hit the art, with “Please Touch the Art" signs hanging around the gallery. “At a lot of ot...