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Wichita State's independent, student-run news source

The Sunflower

Wichita State President Rick Muma and Governor Laura Kelly break ground on the Wichita Biomedical Campus during a ceremony hosted on Wednesday. The duo was joined by more than a dozen other Kansas policymakers, elected officials and university administrators.

Elected officials, university representatives break ground for ‘extraordinary’ Biomedical Campus

Allison Campbell, Editor in Chief May 10, 2024

More than 100 people gathered at the intersection of Topeka and William on Wednesday morning to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Wichita Biomedical Campus, a collaborative initiative that aims...

Takota Jay, senior animation major, works on his coursework. Jay also does intramural sports and plays for the Shocker Sound Machine at Wichita State.

Animation major practices ‘playing God’ in studies

Cheyanne Tull, Reporter May 9, 2024

Animation major Takota Jay bears a unique connection to Disney’s 2003 film “Brother Bear.” His name is inspired by the little bear named Koda, which his mother adapted into Takoda.  When deciding...

Woolsey Hall on May 4, 2023.

Barton School of Business offers new hospitality major

Avery Gathright, Reporter May 9, 2024

Students can earn a bachelor’s in business administration in hospitality starting this fall, joining a new degree program filled with opportunities for real-world experiences and interactions with industry...

Ebony Moore responds to interview questions for The Sunflower. Moore will graduate in May with a major in Management and Human Resource Management.

Business student strives to ‘take every opportunity’

Avery Gathright, Reporter May 9, 2024

In four years, senior Ebony Moore has been involved in almost every way on campus. Majoring in business management and human resources and guided by her faith, Moore has been involved in internships, study...

Kennedy Rogers. Courtesy of wichita.edu

Staff Senate president looks to continue culture of advocacy

Trinity Ramm, Managing Editor May 7, 2024

Earlier this semester, Kennedy Rogers, then-president-elect for Staff Senate, received a message from Jason Bosch, then-Staff Senate president. He delivered the news that she would be stepping into...

The Rhatigan Student Center (RSC) on Feb. 14, 2023. (File photo)

Kansas colleges aren’t sweating new law threatening $10,000 fines for certain DEI policies

Blaise Mesa, The Wichita Beacon May 7, 2024

This story was reported and published by The Wichita Beacon. Requiring job candidates to talk about diversity, equity and inclusion during the hiring process could subject public universities in Kansas...

Nancy Preston, an undergrad at Wichita State, smiles while in class. After completing her bachelors in creative writing, Preston will go on to graduate school where she hopes to become a  creative writing professor.

Creative writing graduate infuses experiences as ER nurse, mother, pilot, student into stories

Allison Campbell, News Editor May 7, 2024

Creative writing professor Margaret Dawe has been teaching students for decades how to capture the most intense, once-in-a-lifetime situations in their creative writing projects. Nancy Preston, one of...

A screenshot of the KWCH Storm Team 12 weather alert issued Monday morning.

Wichita metro-area moved to Level 5 severe weather threat, Wichita State students to prepare to seek shelter

Jacinda Hall, Podcast Editor May 6, 2024

As of 8 a.m. on Monday morning, Wichita will be moving to a Level 5 extreme severe weather risk. A Level 5 extreme severe weather risk is the highest that can be issued. This level of severe weather...

Fabiola Ayarza, or Fabi, a Human Resources major, listens as her friend and fiancé applaud her work and involvement at WSU during an interview on Apr. 11.

‘We need more students like Fabi’: International student accomplishes dream to study in US

Jacinda Hall, Podcast Editor May 6, 2024

Fabi Ayarza came to Wichita State from Lima, Peru, with a childhood dream to study in the United States. In 2018, her dream came true when she arrived at Wichita State to start the Intensive English Language...

Student Government Association Acting President Sophie Martins gives the executive report during the SGA session on Feb. 7. Martins served as acting president from Feb. 2 to Feb. 12.

Sophie Martins jumps from graduation to law school

Courtney Brown, News Editor May 5, 2024

Sophie Martins said it was a “wild day” when she learned she’d been accepted into not one, but two law schools — just hours before she interviewed CBS News Anchor Norah O’Donnell. Martins,...

Jade Driggs responds to an interview question. She spoke about her plans of going back to work for the U.S. Airforce after graduation.

Jade Driggs balances military, machines, motherhood and more in doctoral work

Jacob Unruh, Assistant Sports Editor May 5, 2024

During her time in the Air Force, Wichita State doctoral student Jade Driggs has traveled around the country and the world. She’s studied at a few universities and lived a life of controlled chaos between...

Photo courtesy of the Babcock twins.

‘Just like a machine’: Debate twins share inner workings of college collaboration

Genesis Merriett, Reporter May 4, 2024

The debate-team duo Thomas and Travis Babcock describe their partnership as a scrappy, unique team of underdogs. The Babcocks are twins, and both are political science majors. They do a lot together,...

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