The Sunflower

Nondisclosure agreement limits what Wichita State employees can say about Innovation Campus projects

Nondisclosure agreement limits what Wichita State employees can say about Innovation Campus projects

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief

April 13, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

A nondisclosure agreement signed by President John Bardo limits what Wichita State employees can say about Innovation Campus projects. In February of 2015, Wichita State, a public university; Wichita State Innovation Alliance, an affiliated 501c3; and Wichita State Innovation Alliance Investments...

Wichita State charges $1,605 for heavily redacted public records

Wichita State charges $1,605 for heavily redacted public records

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief

April 13, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Wichita State General Counsel David Moses sent The Sunflower a final bill Monday charging the newspaper $1,605 for emails it requested between university officials. Under the Kansas Open Records Act, public officials’ work emails are open records. In November, The Sunflower requested all e-mail communications between A...

Wichita State charges $1,500 for Innovation Alliance financial transaction documents

Wichita State charges $1,500 for Innovation Alliance financial transaction documents

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief

April 13, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Wichita State wants to charge The Sunflower $1,500 to release financial records tracking incoming and outgoing financial transactions by the closely-held nonprofit handling Innovation Campus projects. Nearly two months before announcing his plans for Innovation Campus to the university community in...

‘No recourse to say no’ — Wichita State faculty question Innovation Campus development

‘No recourse to say no’ — Wichita State faculty question Innovation Campus development

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief

April 13, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

After giving a brief presentation on the nonprofit managing public-private partnerships on Innovation Campus last month, the nonprofit’s attorney returned to Wichita State’s Faculty Senate to answer questions. Stacia Boden, general counsel for Wichita State Innovation Alliance, a closely-held...

LAS dean candidate visiting Wichita State today, holding open forum

LAS dean candidate visiting Wichita State today, holding open forum

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

April 12, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Four candidates have been selected for the position of dean of Wichita State’s Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The candidates will visit campus and speak at a public forum starting this week through early next month. The first candidate, Andrew Hippisley, chair of linguistics...

Sunflower has strong showing at Kansas Collegiate Media awards

Sunflower has strong showing at Kansas Collegiate Media awards

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

April 12, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

The Sunflower took home 40 awards this week at the Kansas Collegiate Media statewide conference. The Sunflower earned first place in every writing category except one. The writing categories The Sunflower earned first place in are: news writing & reporting, feature writing, editorial writing,...

‘It can happen again if we don’t remember’: Wichita State participates in Holocaust commemoration

‘It can happen again if we don’t remember’: Wichita State participates in Holocaust commemoration

Aliyah Funschelle, Reporter

April 11, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

The fear of history repeating itself was a common theme in Tuesday night’s Holocaust commemoration at Wichita State. The theme was ever-present in speeches and participation from Mayor Jeff Longwell, Interim Provost Richard Muma, the Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation (MKJF) and the event featured speaker,...

D.A. decision on rape reported at Flats coming ‘shortly’

D.A. decision on rape reported at Flats coming ‘shortly’

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

April 9, 2018


Filed under Campus, Crime, News

A rape reported to Wichita State police in December remains under investigation by the District Attorney’s office, D.A. Spokesman Dan Dillon said. Dillon said no arrests have been made, and that a charging decision would be made “shortly.” No alert was sent out to the campus by WSU police...

Spirit AeroSystems coming to Wichita State’s Innovation Campus

Spirit AeroSystems coming to Wichita State’s Innovation Campus

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

April 6, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

Spirit AeroSystems will lease space Partnership Building 2 on Innovation Campus, officials from the aerostructures manufacturer and Wichita State announced Thursday. Vice President for Technology Transfer John Tomblin said the partnership aligns with the university’s shift in gears to focus on applied...

Student organizations concerned amid meager budgets

Student organizations concerned amid meager budgets

Matt Cooper, Reporter

April 5, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government Association

For the rest of 2018, Indian Student Association will continue to fund themselves, after being denied for funding from student government. According lines 53 and 54 of the 2018 fiscal year Student Services Budget, a total allotted sum of $50,000 dollars was dedicated to requests for funding of student...

Student Affairs had extra funds available when it requested large student fees increase

Student Affairs had extra funds available when it requested large student fees increase

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief

April 4, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

When Student Affairs requested a more-than-$118,000 increase in student fees for its division this year, it already had extra money in a “shrinkage account” in the division, according to information provided by Vice President for Student Affairs Teri Hall. The extra available money was confirmed...

Thirty new security cameras are coming to Wichita State’s campus

Thirty new security cameras are coming to Wichita State’s campus

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

April 4, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Student Government Association

Thirty 360-degree security cameras will be installed on Wichita State's campus by the end of the summer, Student Body President Paige Hungate announced to the Student Senate. Hungate said Wednesday evening that two of those cameras would be installed by the end of this month, with the other 28 being...