The Sunflower

‘Brew unto others:’ Catholic student center to open coffee shop

‘Brew unto others:’ Catholic student center to open coffee shop

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

August 11, 2017


Filed under Campus, Dining, News

The St. Paul University Parish Catholic Student Center on campus is preparing to open a coffee shop in its basement. Credo Coffee Shop will open Aug. 14. “’Brew unto others’ is our slogan,” Sean Wheeler, a sophomore majoring in exercise science who will manage the new coffee shop, said. Wheeler...

Guns on campus — preparing for the new year

Guns on campus — preparing for the new year

Marissa Campbell and Jessica Green

August 11, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

As the campus spent the 2017 spring semester preparing for the new gun law, the tensions continued to run high for many students, faculty and staff. As of July 1, concealed carry has been allowed in all buildings on campus In 2013, Kansas legislature passed a new law allowing concealed carry guns...

Wichita State water tank gets university’s name wrong

Wichita State water tank gets university’s name wrong

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief

August 4, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

Early arrivals to Wichita State this morning had to do a double-take at the water tank's new paint job. Instead of Wichita State University, the y and e in "State" and "University" are switched. The tank now reads "Wichita Staty Universite." The logo is around 25 feet tall and 35 to 45 feet wide,...

Regents approve WSU lease with regent’s private company, terms of agreement undisclosed

Regents approve WSU lease with regent’s private company, terms of agreement undisclosed

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief

August 2, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

The Kansas Board of Regents gave Wichita State the go-ahead to pay $1 million to a company partially owned by the chair of the board, but did not provide a copy of the full text of the agreement. As part of a lease agreement between Wichita State and MWCB, the university will move more than 300 students from university-owned Fairmount Towers to The Flats, a new private apartment complex on Innovation Campus ...

‘Lyston was a friend:’ Students, faculty commemorate Skerritt on his last day at WSU

‘Lyston was a friend:’ Students, faculty commemorate Skerritt on his last day at WSU

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

July 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, Features, Local, News, Showcase, Student Government Association

Lyston Skerritt summed up his last day at Wichita State in three words. “Today is tough.” Moments earlier, a student left Skerritt’s office in tears. On his desk, students left gift bags, jars of candy, boxes of chocolate, and handwritten notes bidding Skerritt goodbye. He described his ...

Trump appoints Gov. Brownback as religious freedom ambassador

Trump appoints Gov. Brownback as religious freedom ambassador

Evan Pflugradt, Opinion Editor

July 26, 2017


Filed under News, Politics

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been tabbed by President Donald Trump to serve as an ambassador for religious freedom. Trump made the announcement Wednesday evening. Brownback has served as governor of Kansas since 2011, serving previously as a state representative and senator. As a senator he helped...

Lease numbers flat for new private apartment complex, university steps in

Lease numbers flat for new private apartment complex, university steps in

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief

July 24, 2017


Filed under Campus, Local, News, Showcase

An agreement allowing Wichita State to lease an apartment complex from a private company — owned, in part, by the chairman of the board of regents — and run it like a dorm has not been finalized. The Kansas Board of Regents regulates private housing at Wichita State. Regents must directly auth...

UPDATE: Wichita State to use financial aid money to lease from private company

UPDATE: Wichita State to use financial aid money to lease from private company

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief

July 17, 2017


Filed under Campus, Local, News

Wichita State has entered an agreement with MWCB LLC to allow use of students' federal financial aid money to pay for a lease on The Flats, a privately owned apartment complex. According to Vice President of Student Affairs Teri Hall, Wichita State will lease The Flats, which is a privately-owned...

Lyston Skerritt resigns from Wichita State

Lyston Skerritt resigns from Wichita State

Evan Pflugradt, Opinion Editor

July 17, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Lyston Skerritt, Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life will resign from Wichita State, he announced in an email early Monday afternoon. In an email obtained by The Sunflower, Skerritt addressed several students, colleagues and university alumni with an explanation for his resignation. "The...

Wichita State to move students from university housing to private apartment complex, demolish Fairmount Towers

Wichita State to move students from university housing to private apartment complex, demolish Fairmount Towers

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief

July 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

  About 300 students who signed up to live at Fairmount Towers are being moved to the private apartment complex originally planned to fit 280 students on Innovation Campus. Fairmount Towers, built in the 1960s, will be closing. The Flats, a 112-unit apartment complex set to open in the fall...

Wash station installed in RSC

Wash station installed in RSC

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

July 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

After a series of roadblocks, the installation of a wash station that will provide Muslim students a place to wash their feet as part of ritual religious ablution in the Rhatigan Student Center was completed Wednesday. And the university wants to make it clear the station is open to all students for...

Rigg released without prejudice, ‘remains under investigation’

Rigg released without prejudice, ‘remains under investigation’

Jenna Farhat and Chance Swaim

June 29, 2017


Filed under Local

TJ Rigg, an associate producer at KWCH Channel 12 News and former editor in chief of The Sunflower who was on his way to becoming a high school teacher, was released without prejudice from Sedgwick County Jail Thursday. Rigg was arrested and booked into Sedgwick County Jail Tuesday afternoon on...