The Sunflower

Proposal to create path for promotion for non-tenure-eligible faculty

Proposal to create path for promotion for non-tenure-eligible faculty

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

October 18, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

A proposal to create a path for promotion for non-tenure-eligible faculty, such as lecturers and instructors, is underway. “These people have been here...many of them, for years, but they’ve never had any kind of path for promotion,” Carolyn Shaw, president of the Faculty Senate, said. Shaw...

Bardo appointed new chair of Urban League of Kansas

Bardo appointed new chair of Urban League of Kansas

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

October 18, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

President John Bardo was appointed as chair of the Urban League of Kansas Board of Trustees, a nonprofit organization. The organization was forced to shut down its programming last year after it lost funding from United Way. “We want to establish a sustainable funding model that will keep us...

Expect metal detectors, bag policy enforced at Koch Arena for Shocker Madness

Expect metal detectors, bag policy enforced at Koch Arena for Shocker Madness

Evan Pflugradt, Opinion Editor

October 18, 2017


Filed under News, Sports

Fans looking to crowd into Charles Koch Arena for Shocker Madness Wednesday night will see new security changes enforced. Metal detectors and a new bag policy will be addressed at all entrances. Brad Pittman, director of facilities and operations, said Shocker Madness will run like a normal game. Wich...

Bardo compares Innovation Campus to LeBron James

Bardo compares Innovation Campus to LeBron James

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

October 15, 2017


Filed under News

President John Bardo spoke at Startup Grind ICT, a monthly event that connects local entrepreneurs, on Thursday. Bardo addressed the university’s progress and acknowledged controversies and scrutiny the university has faced recently. Here are some highlights from his talk. 'Controversy and misperception' Chris...

Ward: ‘I want to be the boring governor.’

Ward: ‘I want to be the boring governor.’

Matthew Kelly, Copy Chief

October 14, 2017


Filed under Politics

For the first time in two decades, there will be a contested Democratic primary for the Kansas governor’s race, but House Minority Leader Jim Ward is already sizing up a potential Republican challenger. “A lot of smart Democrats talked to me about it seriously — about being the candidate who...

The Purple Mile: “No more” to domestic violence

The Purple Mile: “No more” to domestic violence

Daniel Caudill, Reporter

October 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Wichita/Sedgwick County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Coalition hosted its third annual Purple Mile Awareness Walk Saturday. The coalition’s intent behind the walk was to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault, while honoring...

Students advocate for student advocate

Students advocate for student advocate

Ray Strunk, Reporter

October 12, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government Association

Joined by members of the Multicultural Greek Council, Student Body President Emeritus Joseph Shepard addressed the Student Government Association Wednesday with concerns that the association’s student advocate, Rheanna Pierce, was being treated unfairly by SGA’s executive branch. Shepard said...

O’Malley enters governor’s race as “consensus builder” with leadership experience

O’Malley enters governor’s race as “consensus builder” with leadership experience

Matthew Kelly, Copy Chief

October 12, 2017


Filed under Politics

The Founding President and CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center, Ed O’Malley, officially joined the crowded Republican field of gubernatorial hopefuls on Tuesday. O’Malley, a former state representative, has spent the last 11 years at the helm of KLC, working with local leaders from government...

SGA doubles down on Las Vegas Shooting resolutions

SGA doubles down on Las Vegas Shooting resolutions

Ray Strunk, Reporter

October 12, 2017


Filed under Student Government Association

The Student Government Association passed two resolutions Wednesday addressing the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas. A resolution authored by LAS Sen. Shelby Rowell and Fine Arts Sen. Xan Mattek was introduced last week. Senators expressed concerns with the resolution’s clarity and mention of the...

Latinx cluster hire proposed for “a return in terms of recruitment” along I-35 corridor

Latinx cluster hire proposed for “a return in terms of recruitment” along I-35 corridor

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

October 11, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

A proposed cluster hire of Latinx faculty was brought before the Faculty Senate Monday, with supporters citing a lack of representation for the Latinx community in the Wichita State student body, faculty, and staff. Jean Griffith, interim chair of the English department, said the Latinx community...

Speaking out: Wichita State paid KC law firm to investigate Shepard

Speaking out: Wichita State paid KC law firm to investigate Shepard

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief

October 9, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Joseph Shepard, who completed his second term as student body president in the spring, isn’t known for holding his tongue. In fact, he’s probably best known for always speaking his mind. But there are things about his time as student body president that he has kept quiet, that he hasn’t shared,...

Housing increase proposed for next year, shortage addressed

Housing increase proposed for next year, shortage addressed

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

October 9, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

Last week, the university proposed increased housing rates for next school year. Scott Jensen, director of housing and residence life, spoke to the Student Senate Wednesday, addressing the proposed housing rates and the university’s progress on the housing shortage that resulted from the decision to...