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Wichita State's independent, student-run news source

The Sunflower

Sen. Victoria Owens pitches to the Student Government Association as to why she should be selected as the next speaker of the senate. Owens was nominated by Sen. Evelyn Lewis and was sworn in for the position the same night.

Victoria Owens selected as new speaker of the senate

Allison Campbell, News Editor April 26, 2024

After more than two hours of presentation, debate and deliberation, Student Sen. Victoria Owens was installed as the new speaker of the senate during Wednesday night’s Senate meeting. Owens was the...

Ashlie Jack, associate vice president for institutional effectiveness at Wichita State, talks to the Faculty Senate on Aug. 28, 2023. Jack told senators about the much talked about program review process and framework.

Women’s, ethnicity and intersectional studies recommended for merger with another program, four other programs put on action plans

Trinity Ramm, Managing Editor April 26, 2024

The women’s, ethnicity and intersectional studies department will no longer stand on its own within the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences if its merge plan is accepted by the Kansas Board...

The Wichita State campus on April 25.

Following threat, bomb devices not found at WSU

Mia Hennen, Editor in Chief April 25, 2024

At 10:33 p.m. on Thursday, Wichita State students and other affiliates received a Rave Alert from the WSU Police Department. Forty minutes later, at 11:13 p.m., Wichita State released a press release saying...

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Two Black freshmen said a white student committed a hate crime against them on campus. Here’s how Wichita State responded.

Courtney Brown, News Editor April 25, 2024

Caden Spaulding, a sports management freshman, regularly played on an intramural basketball team in the Heskett Center at Wichita State. He and his teammates are all Black. On Feb. 28, Spaulding...

Republican Rep. Troy Waymaster, center, discusses with Senate budget negotiators provisions authorizing the state to issue $200 million in STAR bonds to support development of a Mattel themed park in Bonner Springs and a large-scale manufacturing plant in Wichita. (Screenshot courtesy of the Kansas Reflector)

Kansas offers $200 million in bonds to lure theme park in Bonner Springs, ‘car’ plant in Wichita

Tim Carpenter, Kansas Reflector April 23, 2024

This story was reported and published by the Kansas Reflector.  The budget bill forwarded to Gov. Laura Kelly by the Kansas Legislature includes about $200 million in economic development incentives...

Members of the CosmoShox team listen during a meeting to discuss project updates and plans. Students, from left to right, are Yumi Kikuchi-Coronel, Desmond Cockrell, Elliott Chambon, Denae Berry, Marianna Fronciani-Farina and Savannah Denny. (Photo courtesy of Denae Berry)

Wichita State student team develops technology for astronauts on Mars

Loren Amelunke, Reporter April 23, 2024

A team from Wichita State submitted a design proposal that was selected by NASA to be further developed in the NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students (SUITS) competition.  NASA ultimately...

Kylee Hower receives the gavel as the president of the 67th Student Government Association session from the 66th President Iris Okere. Hower ran alongside Matthew Phan as vice president.

118th student body president, vice president installed during inauguration

Trinity Ramm, Managing Editor April 22, 2024

  The room was all smiles and applause as Kylee Hower and Matthew Phan were inaugurated as president and vice president in an official ceremony on Thursday. Along with Hower and Phan, Lesly...

Maria, the vice president of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), sits alongside at least 25 other attendees who came before the Student Senate to again advocate for a ceasefire in Gaza. Maria and other SJP members presented to the Student Government Association on Wednesday, March 27.

Kansas representative criticizes Student Government’s Gaza ceasefire resolution

Courtney Brown, News Editor April 21, 2024

A Kansas state representative criticized the Student Government Association’s resolution, which calls for a ceasefire in Gaza. Rep. Pat Proctor, a United States Army veteran who teaches at Wichita...

Sen. Jay Thompson grins as his fellow senators express heartwarming sentiments about his time and role in Student Government. Thompson was granted emeritus status, meaning he can return to the Student Senate to provide advise and guidance in the future.

Student Government chairperson granted emeritus status

Loren Amelunke, Reporter April 21, 2024

Student Government Association senators and audience members alike clapped and cheered after the bill that grants emeritus status to Chairperson Jay Thompson passed without objection at Wednesday’s...

Members of the Paraguayan Student Association smile for a photo during a general meeting. Photo courtesy of Paraguayan Student Association.

Paraguayan Student Association aims to showcase country culture, welcome international students

Zayd Bakdash, Reporter April 20, 2024

Countless students come from different countries to study at Wichita State, including Paraguay. Groups like the Paraguayan Student Association look to educate people on their culture and people firsthand.  “The...

Photo courtesy of Zane Wallace

Putting the puzzle together: Computer science student creates mobile game

Jacinda Hall, Podcast Editor April 19, 2024

Zane Wallace is a freshman getting used to the transition from high school to college. He came to college knowing exactly what he wanted to achieve — creating his own mobile game. Now a computer science...

Wren Callstrom (Photo courtesy of Callstrom)

Wichita State student reflects on being homeless during high school

Melanie Rivera-Cortez, Sports Editor April 19, 2024

Many students idealize the concept of moving out one day, spreading their wings and taking the world by storm. For Wichita State freshman Wren Callstrom, moving out his senior year of high school was...

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