The Sunflower

Despite ICE reversal, some international students still face tough decisions

Sheilja Bhatt, left, is president of the WSU International Student Union. Her sister Divija, right, is trying to transfer to WSU from Rutgers because the school has had confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

Audrey Korte, Reporter

July 30, 2020

Sheilja Bhatt is a Wichita State student from India. Her goal is to complete her senior year with as little disruption from COVID-19 as possible. But being an international student means she has more to consider than what classes to enroll in.  She and her younger sister, Divija, a student at Rutgers Univers...

WSU community a key piece of Wichita mayor’s civil rights council

Students and Wichita community members gathered for a protest against police brutality at the Wichita police station near WSU's main campus on Saturday, May 30. Members of the campus community are working with the mayor's civil rights council to address issues like diversity and police brutality.

Audrey Korte, Reporter

July 23, 2020

Wichita State students and other community members are helping Mayor Brandon Whipple’s new civil rights council find its wings.  The Advisory Council on Diversity, Inclusion, and Civil Rights started meeting biweekly in June — a few weeks after demonstrations began in Wichita and around the g...

125 years of WSU: University to celebrate its history as anniversary nears

A banner celebrating Wichita State University's 125th anniversary hangs on a university sign at 21st and Hillside. WSU is planning a number of events to mark the anniversary.

Lindsay Smith, Reporter

July 15, 2020

Wichita State University is gearing up to celebrate its 125th anniversary — otherwise known as a “quasquicentennial.”  WSU was originally founded as a private school called Fairmount College in 1886 but did not begin hosting classes until 1895, according to the Kansas Historical Society. It tra...

WSU hires new College of Health Professions dean

Dr. Gregory Hand, founding dean of West Virginia University's School of Public Health, will be the next dean of the Wichita State University College of Health Professions. He will take over for interim Dean Steve Arnold on Sept. 7.

Daniel Caudill, Editor in Chief

July 14, 2020

After a months-long search, Wichita State University has a new dean for the College of Health Professions. WSU appointed Gregory Hand, founding dean of West Virginia University's School of Public Health, to serve in the position, effective Sept. 7. Hand, a professor of epidemiology at WVU, was...

UPDATE: US government to reverse guidance blocking foreign students from studying online

Wichita State's Office of International Education, 3203 E 17th St N, is issuing guidance to help international students stay on track to graduate.

Audrey Korte and Daniel Caudill

July 13, 2020

UPDATE: The United States Government agreed in federal district court to reverse its guidance preventing international students from studying entirely online in the U.S., Reuters reports. U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs in Massachusetts said the federal government reached a settlement to void the ruling with Harvard University and the Massachus...

Wichita State cancels fall study abroad program

Sarrah Thornburg is studying international business at Wichita State University. She planned to study in France this semester, but WSU has canceled its study abroad program for the fall.

Hafsa N. Quraishi, Wichita Journalism Collaborative

July 13, 2020

Sarrah Thornburg couldn’t wait to go to Pau, France, this fall. As an international business major at Wichita State University, she is required to study abroad in order to graduate. Thornburg was excited for the change in scenery and the weekend trips she’d take to Spain. That was before COVID-19...

Student Sen. Zachary James named interim SGA treasurer

Student Sen. Zach James is the Student Government Association's new interim treasurer. The Student Senate will vote to confirm his appointment in August.

Daniel Caudill, Editor in Chief

July 10, 2020

Zachary James, a longtime senator in the Student Government Association, will serve as the association's interim treasurer. Student Body President Rija Khan announced James' appointment to the position on Thursday, filling a vacancy created by outgoing Treasurer Colleen Ostermann's resignation. Ostermann, who served in the role since July 2019, is moving away from Wichita and was no ...

Aggravated burglary reported at WSU fraternity house 

Police responded Wednesday night to a report of an aggravated robbery at Sigma Alpha Epsilon house, 1714 N. Fairmount.

Daniel Caudill, Editor in Chief

July 9, 2020

Wichita State University police are searching for two suspects after a reported burglary at a fraternity house near campus.  WSUPD responded at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday to a report of an aggravated burglary at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house, 1714 N. Fairmount. Police say residents noticed two ...

Wichita moves to require masks in public, with some exceptions

Masks are required in public areas in Wichita after the city council approved a mask ordinance Friday. Face coverings are already required on Wichita State’s main campus.

Lindsay Smith and Daniel Caudill

July 3, 2020

Effective immediately, people in Wichita are required to wear masks in businesses and other public areas after the city council issued a new ordinance on Friday.  Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple called a special meeting Friday afternoon to discuss the ordinance with the city council. Whipple said he wanted...

WSU announces plans for the spring semester: No Spring Break and a late start 

Wichita State University's main campus is known for its multicolored tulips, which bloom every spring. The university announced changes for the spring semester on Thursday.

Daniel Caudill, Editor in Chief

July 3, 2020

With the fall semester a little more than a month away, Wichita State University announced its plans on Thursday for the spring 2021 semester.  Spring Break is canceled and the days off will be moved to the break between the fall and spring semesters, which will now run from Dec. 11 to Jan. 29. Spri...

SGA Treasurer Colleen Ostermann resigns

Colleen Ostermann has served as the Student Government Association's treasurer since July 2019. She is resigning her post on July 9.

Daniel Caudill, Editor in Chief

July 1, 2020

Colleen Ostermann, treasurer for the Student Government Association, submitted a letter of resignation on Wednesday. Ostermann, who has been in the position since July 2019, is moving away from Wichita and can no longer remain in the position, according to an SGA statement released Wednesday. She ...

This week’s news in brief (June 29)

This week's news in brief (June 29)

Daniel Caudill, Editor in Chief

June 29, 2020

New sculpture will honor late President Bardo Wichita State will add its 81st outdoor sculpture to campus this summer, The Ulrich Museum of Art announced Wednesday in its weekly newsletter. The museum plans to install the statue Tuesday, Aug. 4 on Innovation Campus. The statue, called "Twister Grande," was created by Alice Aycock and will commemorate the l...