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Wichita State's independent, student-run news source

The Sunflower

Kansas Leadership Center building located in downtown Wichita. The Kansas Leadership Center is holding a listening session on housing in Wichita on Feb. 26.

Wichita residents invited to discuss affordable housing

Ainsley Smyth, Reporter February 16, 2024

Editor’s note: This story comes from the Wichita Journalism Collaborative, a partnership of 11 organizations, including The Sunflower. Are you struggling to find quality affordable housing? Interested...

Decreasing graduate student headcount in the College of Engineering and the College of Health Professions.

Administrators warn faculty, staff that budget cuts loom unless graduate school enrollment picks up

Trinity Ramm, Managing Editor February 15, 2024

President Richard Muma and Provost Shirley Lefever said in an email to faculty and staff on Feb. 5 that Wichita State is facing a $2 million gap in its budget following drops in graduate student applications...

NASA partnership led by Wichita State to increase manufacturing in space

NASA partnership led by Wichita State to increase manufacturing in space

Loren Amelunke, Reporter February 15, 2024

NASA’s new Artemis III mission plans to land the first woman and the second man on the Moon in 2026. Colonizing the Moon is the finish line. Still, there are numerous factors to consider when discussing...

Staff Senate President Jason Bosch (right) laughs at the Class of Colleges event on Aug. 25, 2023. File photo.

Staff Senate president reflects on 17 years at WSU

Genesis Merriett, Reporter February 13, 2024

Jason Bosch enjoys spending time with his family, grilling outdoors on sunny days and coaching young people in leadership, the last of which he will do at his new position at the Kansas Leadership Center,...

This weeks news in brief — Feb. 12

This week’s news in brief — Feb. 12

Jennifer Anima, Reporter February 12, 2024

Ulrich Museum of Art celebrates sculpture collection with help from NEA The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has chosen Wichita State as one of its award recipients for a grant of $10,000. The...

Blake Grimsley, a former intern with the Music Theatre Wichita in Century II in downtown Wichita speaks on The Sunflowers podcast.

Sunflower Spotlight: Theatre student talks internship with Music Theatre Wichita 

The Sunflower February 11, 2024

This week in the Elliott School Studio, we sat down with Blake Grimsley, a Wichita State junior design and technical theatre major, to discuss their experience as an intern with Music Theatre Wichita....

David Miller, the university budget director, presents an outline of how the university takes in and distributes funds to the Student Government Association on Feb. 7. Miller also spoke about Wichita States financial “challenge” regarding international graduate students.

Graduate student applications and enrollment declining university wide, may cause $2 million budget shortfall

Trinity Ramm, Managing Editor February 10, 2024

In an email titled “Enrollment is everyone’s responsibility” sent to faculty and staff, Richard Muma and Shirley Lefever said that Wichita State is facing a $2 million gap in its budget following...

The Wichita State University Police Department (WSUPD) building at Wichita State. The building is one of two locations students can drop off donations for the Food For Fines initiative.

‘Making it more accessible’: Food For Fines makes three key changes to help university population

Jacinda Hall, Podcast Editor February 9, 2024

Food For Fines ran from Feb. 5-9. The program is an initiative to support the Shocker Support Locker. It provides an opportunity for students to pay off traffic and parking citations.  The program...

Mona Nemer gives a speech at the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame induction on Feb. 6 in Wiedemann Hall.

Wichita State alum discusses moving from Lebanon, advising Canada through pandemic

Loren Amelunke, Reporter February 9, 2024

When the pandemic hit Canada in 2020, Mona Nemer was largely involved in the country’s response to COVID-19. The Wichita State graduate put together an expert panel that provided scientific evidence...

Lee Pelton gives a speech at the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame induction on Feb. 6 in Wiedemann Hall.

‘It’s just who I am’: Lee Pelton finds purpose in education and civic leadership

Isabel Ordoñez, Reporter February 8, 2024

It was Lee Pelton’s first day on campus in the fall of 1968. Eager to immerse himself in academia, he made his way to the interest table labeled “Honors Program.” He earned good grades in high school,...

Acting President Sophie Martins and Speaker of the Senate Kylee Hower give the first read of  Retention of the Rhatigan Student Center Bond during the Student Government Association (SGA) meeting on Feb. 7.

Student Government passes resolution supporting distribution of emergency contraceptives

Courtney Brown, Investigative News Editor February 8, 2024

The Student Government Association unanimously passed a resolution supporting the distribution of emergency contraception among students on Wichita State campus. Sexual Health Advocacy Resources and...

Gary Bender gives a speech at the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame induction on Feb. 6 in Wiedemann Hall. Bender graduated from Wichita State in 1962 with a degree in Speech. Bender came to prominence for his work in CBS sportscasting.

‘I’m a blessed man’: Former sports broadcaster recalls passion for life through work

Melanie Rivera-Cortez, Sports Editor February 8, 2024

A former sports broadcaster, Gary Bender began his career at 12 years old on his family’s farm, which, according to him, was on the Kansas-Colorado border about 40 miles away from any town.  “I...

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