The Sunflower

Rick Muma: PA, provost, acting president — and crisis controller

Rick Muma: PA, provost, acting president — and crisis controller

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

January 24, 2019


Filed under Campus, Features, Lifestyle, News, Showcase

It’s 1985 — the hospitals in Houston-Galveston are overfilled with patients. HIV has just been identified as the pathogen that causes AIDs. And a 23-year-old Rick Muma has just entered the physician’s assistant field. Fast forward to 2018. WSU President John Bardo is hospitalized for a chronic...

Bitter cold doesn’t stop the Women’s March-Air Capital

Bitter cold doesn’t stop the Women’s March-Air Capital

Audrey Korte, Reporter

January 24, 2019


Filed under Local, News

Wichita’s third annual women's march took place Saturday despite the winter storm which hit the night before. The WMAC organizers had to find an indoor location for the yearly rally after forecasts for dangerous cold and ice became impossible to ignore. Less than 24 hours before the march began or...

Major changes likely to come for student fees process

Major changes likely to come for student fees process

Daniel Caudill, Reporter

January 24, 2019


Filed under News, Student Government Association

With student fee deliberations only weeks away, Student Government Association approved legislation that will bring major changes to the process. At its Wednesday meeting, SGA passed a student fee reform bill that would combine the Student Fees and Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) committees into...

WSU pays more than $2.5 million to lease The Flats. Now, two Flats’ owners are co-chairing a Republican Senate bid.

WSU pays more than $2.5 million to lease The Flats. Now, two Flats’ owners are co-chairing a Republican Senate bid.

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

January 24, 2019


Filed under Campus, Politics, Showcase

wo major Innovation Campus developers — Ivan Crossland and David Murfin, also a member of the Kansas Board of Regents — are co-chairing a 2020 U.S. Senate bid for Republican State Treasurer Jake LaTurner. Crossland and Murfin are each partial owners of The Flats of Kansas, LLC, the development company Wi...

Ex-boyfriend slaps ex-girlfriend, steals laptop at Shocker Hall

Ex-boyfriend slaps ex-girlfriend, steals laptop at Shocker Hall

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

January 23, 2019


Filed under Campus, Crime, News

WSU police are investigating a battery, theft and criminal trespass incident that occurred at Shocker Hall Monday evening. An ex-boyfriend "slapped [his] ex-girlfriend and took her laptop," WSU's crime log entry said. The ex-boyfriend refused to return it. The ex-boyfriend was violating a No Trespass...

Police respond to ‘aggravated strong-arm robbery’ on campus

Police respond to ‘aggravated strong-arm robbery’ on campus

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

January 22, 2019


Filed under Crime, News, Showcase

University police responded to an "aggravated strong-arm robbery" around 10:30 Tuesday morning in the parking lot near 17th and Harvard. Police Chief Rodney Clark said a man took a female student's backpack from her before fleeing campus. "The story we got is she was exiting her car here in the...

Free Wichita Transit rides for WSU students, staff coming soon

Free Wichita Transit rides for WSU students, staff coming soon

Audrey Korte, Reporter

January 18, 2019


Filed under Campus, Local, News

Wichita State students, faculty and staff will soon have access to free transit services to help them get from campus to other parts of Wichita. A new partnership announced Thursday between Wichita State and Wichita Transit will allow members of the WSU community to ride any Wichita Transit regular fix...

Brinkley asks group at TKAAM to reexamine the term ‘unity’

Brinkley asks group at TKAAM to reexamine the term ‘unity’

Audrey Korte, Reporter

January 17, 2019


Filed under Local, News

When unification rhetoric is used, especially in speeches, the speaker needs to take caution and make sure they define their terms thoroughly otherwise, the word “unity” can become a part of weaponized rhetoric. This was one of the driving points presented by WSU’s Student Body President Kenon Br...

Freshman art student dies

Freshman art student dies

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

January 15, 2019


Filed under Campus

Wichita State freshman Bailey Ramsey died Dec. 28 from heart complications, according to an email sent to fine arts students by Dean Rodney Miller. A graduate of Andover Central High, Ramsey had just completed his first semester of college in WSU's media arts program. The Counseling and Testing Center,...

Five high school seniors win Klose Scholarship

Five high school seniors win Klose Scholarship

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

January 15, 2019


Filed under Campus, Local, News

Five high school seniors won the Doris and Ralph Klose Endowed Scholarship Tuesday. The scholarship, awarded by the College of Applied Studies, is won through a competition between high school seniors who declare a major in math or science education at WSU. Winners receive up to $20,000 in merit...

Golling: Business-specific fee to pay for new business school a ‘very practical option’ if referendum fails

Golling: Business-specific fee to pay for new business school a ‘very practical option’ if referendum fails

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

January 10, 2019


Filed under Campus

The student referendum on a $6 per credit hour infrastructure fee hike will be held from March 4-6, Wichita State Vice President for Finance and Administration Werner Golling announced for the first time at Thursday's WSU Board of Trustees meeting. The proposed hike would allow the university to bond...

Schlapp on Bardo’s recovery: ‘He’s 70 years old and he’s got to make a decision.’

Schlapp on Bardo’s recovery: ‘He’s 70 years old and he’s got to make a decision.’

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

January 10, 2019


Filed under Campus, Showcase

Wichita State President John Bardo remains in the hospital as he recovers from a second surgery to treat a chronic lung condition. At Thursday's WSU Board of Trustees meeting, Chief of Staff Andy Schlapp said Bardo is doing "really well," but hinted that he will have to make a decision as to whether...