The Sunflower

WSU releases enrollment numbers

WSU releases enrollment numbers

Sunflower Staff

September 29, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

Wichita State released its fall 2017 enrollment numbers Friday morning. Total enrollment is at 15,081 students for this semester, an increase of 607 students, or 4.2 percent, from the fall 2016 semester. Total student credit hours increased 0.5 percent from to last fall. A university news release ...

Freedom From Religion Foundation sends letter to Bardo

Freedom From Religion Foundation sends letter to Bardo

Ray Strunk, Reporter

September 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent WSU President John Bardo a letter Wednesday, regarding its concerns with a class they say is being held in a religious location. The letter was written by Christopher Line, a law-school graduate who has worked as a Legal Fellow with the foundation since 2015. Lin...

WSU employees can become YMCA members for reduced rate

WSU employees can become YMCA members for reduced rate

Matthew Kelly, Copy Chief

September 28, 2017


Filed under News

Effective Nov. 1, Wichita State employees can join the Young Men’s Christian Association, or YMCA, for a reduced rate, funded in part by tuition and state funds. Employees who opt to join the YMCA will pay either $16.87 a month for an adult membership or $29.07 for a family membership. Standard...

Robert Hinshaw named interim police chief

Robert Hinshaw named interim police chief

Evan Pflugradt, Opinion Editor

September 27, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

Wichita State has named Robert Hinshaw as the interim police chief for the University Police Department. Hinshaw's appointment takes effect Monday. He will lead the 47-person department while WSU searches for a permanent replacement for Sara Morris. Morris is retiring after holding the position since 2013. Her last day...

Student survives earthquake, determined to continue studies abroad

Student survives earthquake, determined to continue studies abroad

Matthew Kelly, Copy Chief

September 24, 2017


Filed under News

Elias West was sound asleep in his Mexico City dorm room Tuesday morning when disaster struck. The political science major studying abroad at Tecnológico de Monterrey was jolted awake by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that ripped through Mexico, leaving at least 273 people dead and some 1,900 injured. “My...

Drive-by shooting details released

Drive-by shooting details released

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

September 24, 2017


Filed under Local, News

Wichita State police officers responded to a report of a drive-by shooting in the Fairmount neighborhood just south of campus Tues., Sept. 19. University police were called to assist Wichita police at the 4100 block of E. Regents, according to the university police crime log. According to an email...

Regents approve new Innovation Campus crash dynamics lab

Regents approve new Innovation Campus crash dynamics lab

Ray Strunk, Reporter

September 24, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

The Kansas Board of Regents gave Wichita State the go-ahead to begin construction of a new crash dynamics laboratory on Innovation Campus. Planning and construction of the new facility are expected to take 18 months to complete. The current 4,500-square-foot facility features a dynamic sled system capable of reaching sp...

Regents address conflicts of interest

Regents address conflicts of interest

Ray Strunk, Reporter

September 24, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

David Murfin, chair of the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR), identified himself as “the biggest problem” during a discussion of conflicts of interest at a KBOR meeting in Topeka on Thursday. KBOR oversees operation of state universities in Kansas, including Wichita State. A conflict of interest...

Drive-by shooting reported at Fairmount neighborhood

Drive-by shooting reported at Fairmount neighborhood

Jenna Farhat, Managing Editor

September 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

Wichita State police officers responded to a report of a drive-by shooting in the Fairmount neighborhood just south of campus in the early hours of Tuesday. University police were called to assist Wichita police at 4000 E. Regents, according to the university police crime log. The report was made...

Hartman: ‘Kansas is nothing more than a big business’

Hartman: ‘Kansas is nothing more than a big business’

Matthew Kelly, Reporter

September 20, 2017


Filed under News, Politics

With over 50 years of entrepreneurial experience in enterprises such as oil, banking, construction, and restaurant franchising, Wink Hartman knows his way around business. This February, the Republican businessman turned his attention to the highest office in the state when he announced his bid for...

Bearth replaces Corrieri as SGA veteran senator

Bearth replaces Corrieri as SGA veteran senator

Matthew Kelly, Copy Chief

September 20, 2017


Filed under News, Student Government Association

The Student Government Association unanimously voted in Michael Bearth as veteran senator Wednesday night, replacing Dan Corrieri who abruptly resigned from the position. At the Aug. 31 SGA meeting, Corrieri vowed to resign if the Student Senate did not approve Brayden Hosman, Student Body President...

Special delivery: Pizza Hut cofounder visits campus for building relocation

Special delivery: Pizza Hut cofounder visits campus for building relocation

Matthew Kelly, Reporter

September 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

Pizza Hut cofounder Dan Carney and his family were on hand Monday to watch the original Pizza Hut building’s relocation by trailer to its new home on Innovation Campus. Dan Carney’s daughter, Karen Carney, said the old building brought back warm memories. “It was jogging all those memories...