The Sunflower

University issues statement on hate speech, discriminatory behavior

University issues statement on hate speech, discriminatory behavior

Evan Pflugradt, Editor-in-Chief

May 8, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

Wichita State University responded to an alleged incident involving former Student Body President Joseph Shepard and the parents of Student Body President Paige Hungate, condemning violence, discriminatory behavior and hate speech Friday afternoon. The university response came after more than 40 students...

Bird found hung in Azad family’s yard

Bird found hung in Azad family’s yard

Evan Pflugradt, Editor-in-Chief

May 8, 2017


Filed under Local, News

The family of former Student Body Vice President Taben Azad is questioning whether vandalism to their backyard is a coincidence to on-campus events that have happened in the last week. Saima Azad, sister to Taben, shared a picture of a dead bird tied to their family’s porch by a string late Friday...

Student Body President Hungate’s parents subject of alleged racial incident directed at former Student Body President Shepard

Student Body President Hungate’s parents subject of alleged racial incident directed at former Student Body President Shepard

Chance Swaim, Jenna Farhat, Evan Pflugradt, Nicole Byrne, TJ Rigg, and Grant Cohen

May 5, 2017


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

tudent Body President Paige Hungate’s parents — who work at local high schools — are under criminal investigation for battery and anti-black, hate “fighting words” following an altercation at a student government banquet, according to police reports and multiple sources that attended the e...

How Student Senate voted on the student fee increase for YMCA, athletics, wellness center

How Student Senate voted on the student fee increase for YMCA, athletics, wellness center

Matthew Kelly, Reporter

May 4, 2017


Filed under Student Government Association

Yes Kathy Bond Carleigh Camacho Dan Corrieri Timothy Dodd Garin Egerton Haley Ensz Sydney Kalscheur Claire Kirkland Kyle Kopecky Kelvin Lopez Jason McCarty Alex Miller Aleyah Murray Hasan Raffi Greg Rubbert Tommy Rudawsky Jared Santos Ryan Siebuh...

10 seniors awarded Senior Honor Men and Women distinction

10 seniors awarded Senior Honor Men and Women distinction

Chance Swaim, Editor-in-Chief

May 4, 2017


Filed under Campus, Graduation Guide, News, Special Editions

Ten seniors were named Senior Honor Men and Women of the class of 2017. “Being named a Senior Honor Man or Woman is one of the most prestigious honors a Wichita State University student can receive,” according to a university announcement about the awards. Less than one out of a hundred students...

SGA approves student fee, green lights YMCA partnership

SGA approves student fee, green lights YMCA partnership

Matthew Kelly, Reporter

May 4, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Student Government Association

In the final SGA meeting of the semester, the Student Senate narrowly passed a resolution Wednesday night supporting WSU’s venture to bring a YMCA and updated wellness facility to Innovation Campus. The vote, which passed by a count of 23-16 with two abstentions, came less than two months after...

TEDx combines curiosity, creativity, connection

TEDx combines curiosity, creativity, connection

Brennen Smith, Reporter

May 1, 2017


Filed under Campus

Nine Wichita State University students, faculty and alumni presented the theme of curiosity, creativity and connection Thursday evening in the CAC Theater. TEDxWichitaStateUniversity presenters spoke on topics ranging from LGBTQ issues to driverless cars. The event included three hour-long bloc...

‘You’re never too old, it’s never too late’

‘You’re never too old, it’s never too late’

Sam Belsan, Reporter

May 1, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Student Government Association

In early April 82.4 percent of the Wichita State student body voted in favor of adding returning adult senators to the student government association student senate. Kathy Bond, a returning adult student, knew she was interested in the senator position as soon as she heard about it leading up to the...

Remembering ‘Becky with the good hair’

Remembering ‘Becky with the good hair’

Marissa Campbell, Reporter

May 1, 2017


Filed under Campus

After a late night at the Panic! At the Disco concert on April 4 in Oklahoma, sisters Laura and Leah Ratley and siblings Rebecca “Becky” and Ryan Fulcher were in a collision with a semi truck. Both Laura and Becky died in the collision and Leah and Ryan were injured. The aftermath of the wreck...

‘Have you seen this man?’ students ask

‘Have you seen this man?’ students ask

Jenna Farhat, Reporter

May 1, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

More than a dozen posters depicting President John Bardo emblazoned with the message “MISSING: Have you seen this man?” were spotted on a message board south of Lindquist Hall at 8 a.m. Thursday. They were gone within an hour, a source said. University sources said the posters were taken down...

Tomblin gets another raise

Tomblin gets another raise

Chance Swaim, News Editor

May 1, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer John Tomblin received a raise of $67,103 in 2016 — after a $91,741 raise in 2015 — bringing his total salary for the calendar year to $585,394, according to a state payroll database. “Dr. Tomblin’s duties and reporting lines were expanded...