The Sunflower

Student Senate recommends WSU outsource veteran benefit certification to VA

Student Senate recommends WSU outsource veteran benefit certification to VA

Daniel Caudill, Reporter

November 8, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government Association

In light of a backlogged GI benefit certification process at the Student Veteran Center, SGA passed a resolution recommending the university outsource the process. “I believe that the past recommendation for more individuals to work on this matter could be alleviated by a consulting team coming...

WSU expands in-state tuition offering to more cities

WSU expands in-state tuition offering to more cities

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

November 8, 2018


Filed under Campus, Local, News

Wichita State has expanded the cities it offers in-state tuition to, following approval by the Kansas Board of Regents Wednesday. Beginning in fall 2019, students from the following city areas can receive in-state tuition to attend WSU, according to a news release: Denver, Colorado; St. Joseph, Missouri;...

First-degree murder conviction given in shooting of WSU student Rowena Irani

First-degree murder conviction given in shooting of WSU student Rowena Irani

Jenna Farhat, News Editor

November 8, 2018


Filed under Crime, Local, Showcase

Two years after Rowena Irani was killed, ex-boyfriend Dane Owens was found guilty of first-degree felony murder. Irani, a 22-year-old Wichita State student and psychology major, was shot Oct. 3, 2016 and died the next day. On that Monday afternoon, Irani’s mother came home worried because her daughter...

WSU rolls out ‘student-driven’ plan to raise student fees, upgrade campus infrastructure

WSU rolls out ‘student-driven’ plan to raise student fees, upgrade campus infrastructure

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

November 8, 2018


Filed under Campus, Showcase

Wichita State is seeking support for a “student-driven” plan to upgrade campus facilities by increasing the campus infrastructure student fee. The proposed hike would allow the university to bond $38.5 million — $20 million of which would go toward the construction of the new business school...

Election Commission calls off SGA special election

Election Commission calls off SGA special election

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

November 2, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government Association

The Election Commission created last month by the Student Government Association has called off the special election it was appointed to oversee. An SGA press release cited a lack of candidate interest as the commission's reason for the cancellation. "We are sad to report that due to no declaration...

Beta Theta Pi suspended following two-month investigation

Beta Theta Pi suspended following two-month investigation

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

November 2, 2018


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Uncategorized

Beta Theta Pi fraternity has been suspended — meaning it cannot function as an organization  — until May 2019, following a two-month temporary suspension and investigation. The fraternity was charged with five violations of university policy, including the underage drinking, social host violation, and...

SGA confirms student justice to meet Supreme Court quorum

SGA confirms student justice to meet Supreme Court quorum

Daniel Caudill, Reporter

November 1, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that there are six remaining vacancies on the Student Supreme Court. The court is made up of five students and 2 faculty members. Both faculty positions are filled, and two student justices who were appointed last year are still serving their terms.   Amidst a st...

If you’re turned away, vote provisional

If you’re turned away, vote provisional

Kylie Cameron, Advertising Manager

November 1, 2018


Filed under Politics, Special Editions, Voter's Guide

Across the United States this midterm election, voter suppression tactics are on the rise. These tactics are being used to keep voters from their constitutional right to participate in our democracy, and Kansas is no exception. About two and a half hours west of Wichita, Dodge City election officials...

Student campaign workers want to see young voters turn out at the polls

Student campaign workers want to see young voters turn out at the polls

Audrey Korte, Reporter

November 1, 2018


Filed under Features, Lifestyle, Politics, Special Editions, Voter's Guide

Despite the fact that colleges are a hotbed of political activity and a place for the open exchange of ideas, few college students participate in politics or vote — especially in midterm elections. A select few students go the extra mile and volunteer their time to campaigns. “The importance of...

Richard Ranzau seeks third term in office in Fourth District

Richard Ranzau seeks third term in office in Fourth District

Drake Robinson, Reporter

November 1, 2018


Filed under Politics, Special Editions, Voter's Guide

Richard Ranzau has served as the Sedgwick County Fourth District commissioner since 2010. After graduating from Valley Center High School, Ranzau joined the Army reserves — serving as a military policeman, and eventually graduated from Wichita State University with three degrees. After retiring,...

Trump ally Kris Kobach seeks governorship

Trump ally Kris Kobach seeks governorship

Drake Robinson, Reporter

November 1, 2018


Filed under Politics, Special Editions, Voter's Guide

The Sunflower contacted Kobach’s campaign repeatedly and was not granted a candidate interview. Secretary of State Kris Kobach won a historically narrow Republican primary over sitting Gov. Jeff Colyer to secure his party’s nomination. Kobach, who now finds himself in a dead heat with Democrat...

Q&A with Rep. Ron Estes

Q&A with Rep. Ron Estes

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under News, Politics, Special Editions, Voter's Guide

Fourth District incumbent Ron Estes is facing off against Democrat James Thompson in a rematch of last year’s special election that Estes won with 52 percent of the vote. The former treasurer of Kansas serves on both the House committees on Education and Workforce and Homeland Security. Estes is “proudly...