The Sunflower

Arkansas River cleaning initiative gains momentum

Arkansas River cleaning initiative gains momentum

Eduardo Castillo, Reporter

April 12, 2019


Filed under Local, News

Nature enthusiasts Anthony Trupia and Mark Hansen have proposed a new initiative to clean up the Arkansas River between the castle on 11th Street and Century II. Trupia originally thought of the idea after kayaking down the river and being discouraged by all the debris on the banks. “What reall...

WSU and Fairmount: A complicated history

WSU and Fairmount: A complicated history

Ben Jacobson, Contributor

April 11, 2019


Filed under Local, News

The Fairmount and Wichita State communities share a rich history together. In fact, for many years, their success was inextricably linked as the creation and expansion of Wichita State served as a launching pad for further development of the area south of 17th street. But as the years pass, the relationship...

Meet Dr. Tompkins: Q&A with Interim President Andy Tompkins

Meet Dr. Tompkins: Q&A with Interim President Andy Tompkins

Matthew Kelly and Andrew Linnabary

April 11, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Andy Tompkins started his term as interim president of Wichita State Monday. Tompkins, who retired as KBOR president and CEO in 2015, most recently served as Fort Hays State’s interim president from 2016-2017. A 2001 inductee into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame, Tompkins was a high school E...

SGA creates government relations committee

SGA creates government relations committee

Kylie Cameron, Editor in Chief Elect

April 11, 2019


Filed under News, Student Government Association

Wichita State’s Student Government Association unanimously passed a bill at Wednesday’s meeting creating a government relations committee. The committee hopes to increase participation in government for students at WSU. The bill also changed some of the responsibilities of the chief of operations...

Here’s how Wichita State pays for separation agreements, settles lawsuits

Here’s how Wichita State pays for separation agreements, settles lawsuits

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

April 10, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

Wichita State has paid out just under $1 million in employee separation agreements and lawsuit settlements from one account over the last three fiscal years. These payments, highlighted by a $495,000 settlement agreement reached in February with a former vice president who was suing WSU for retaliation, are made from the university’s VPFA (Vice President for Finance and Administration) Claims Contingency ac...

WSU’s springtime gardens are rooted in tulips

WSU’s springtime gardens are rooted in tulips

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

April 10, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

There are more tulips than students at Wichita State this spring — more than 19,000 tulips, to be exact. Kari Ossman, Lowell Kaufman, and Tiffany Jehle make up Facility Services’ floral department and are WSU’s main tulip tenders. Between October and Thanksgiving, they and about 15 other Facility...

The Sunflower, editor in chief win top awards at Kansas Collegiate Media conference

The Sunflower, editor in chief win top awards at Kansas Collegiate Media conference

Kylie Cameron, Editor in Chief Elect

April 10, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

The Sunflower received the top overall publications honor from Kansas Collegiate Media on Monday, winning All-Kansas and a Gold Award for print publications. The Sunflower's website earned a Silver Award. For the third year in a row, the title of College Journalist of the Year went to a Sunflower...

Faculty Senate passes First Year Seminar requirement, pending general faculty approval

Faculty Senate passes First Year Seminar requirement, pending general faculty approval

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

April 9, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

Faculty Senate passed a proposal at Monday's meeting that would require incoming freshmen to take a First Year Seminar course during one of their first two semesters starting in the 2021-22 academic year. The proposal, which passed 19-10 after spirited discussion, will now go to a vote at the April ...

UPD officer was suspended last year; no more information available

UPD officer was suspended last year; no more information available

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

April 8, 2019


Filed under Campus, Crime, News

An officer from the Wichita State Police Department was placed on suspension in October, according to a listing on the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training’s website. Officer Bradley Agnew was suspended Oct. 30, 2018 from the WSU Police Department, the suspension listing s...

This is Fairmount: Breaking down the stigmas of the Fairmount community

This is Fairmount: Breaking down the stigmas of the Fairmount community

Kylie Cameron, Advertising Manager

April 8, 2019


Filed under Local, News

Driving around Fairmount, it’s clear that the neighborhood has a vibrant history. With a few Victorian mansions sprinkled between the ranch-style homes built after the 1950s, you can tell that’s what it once was — a “fair mount.” Fairmount, one of the few “hills” in Wichita, once overlooked...

Schlapp on Bardo’s empowerment of executive team: ‘If you bought into his vision and mission, he left you alone’

Schlapp on Bardo’s empowerment of executive team: ‘If you bought into his vision and mission, he left you alone’

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

April 6, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Wichita State Chief of Staff Andy Schlapp reflected on John Bardo’s legacy at Thursday’s WSU Board of Trustees meeting — describing the late president as a visionary who charted a new course for WSU during a tumultuous era of higher education. Bardo put great faith in his executive team, Schlapp said, but ...

Innovation Campus governing board to go a year between public meetings

Innovation Campus governing board to go a year between public meetings

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

April 5, 2019


Filed under Campus, News

Wichita State Innovation Alliance, the nonprofit organization that manages public-private partnerships on Innovation Campus, hasn't held a meeting since Sept. 21, 2018. WSIA's January and April meetings were cancelled, meaning the board will not meet again until Sept. 20 — a full year after their last...