The Sunflower

OPINION: My fear is rational

A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest on Saturday outside of the Wichita police station near WSU.

Kamilah Gumbs, Columnist

June 1, 2020

32 hours.  That’s how much time elapsed before I finally reopened Twitter after finding out about the horrific murder of George Floyd by former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t sit down and deal with another conversation about a Black person being murdere...

LTTE: The radicalization of Generation Z

LTTE: The radicalization of Generation Z

Diego Chavez, Political Science Sophomore

May 14, 2020

Around five decades ago, Martin Luther King Jr. uttered a quote that doesn’t get too much recognition. “The problem is that we all too often have socialism for the rich and rugged free enterprise capitalism for the poor. That’s the problem." Generation Z was brought into the world in the midst...

Farewell from Deabler: For all the people who have changed my life at Wichita State…

Madeline Deabler poses outside in Herman Hill Park.

Madeline Deabler, Advertising Manager

May 9, 2020

After five years of college, graduation day is fast approaching — a pivotal day that marks the next saga in my life — and it couldn’t be more anticlimactic.  At least Wichita State isn’t having their graduation ceremony on Roblox, I suppose.  I’ve met so many people at Wichita State ...

Farewell from Farber: News reporting showed me the power of storytelling

Sunflower reporter Austin Farber

Austin Farber, Reporter

May 9, 2020

I first started reporting in January at the end of my senior year.  At the time, I had experience in essay and fiction writing, but I had never written for a newspaper, so I was a little nervous starting out.  The first story I wrote was about a campus speaking engagement with Anthony Ray Hin...

Farewell from Goldsmith: Thank you, Wichita State

Sunflower sports reporter Matthew Goldsmith (second from right) poses with his family.

Matthew Goldsmith, Reporter

May 9, 2020

It is time for my graduation from Wichita State University. It wasn’t the way I planned on ending my undergraduate experience, but it doesn’t take away from all the things I have experienced during my time in Wichita. My time at WSU started in the fall of 2017, when I transferred to the universi...

Farewell from Favela: Photog ready to face future

Selena Favela

Selena Favela, Photographer

May 9, 2020

  I remember the day I took my job application down to The Sunflower’s newsroom as a senior in high school. So much has changed since then. I would say my time at Wichita State has been largely shaped by my job at The Sunflower. Over the last four years, I’ve met many people, lea...

Goodbye from JoCo: Kylie Cameron

Editor in Chief Kylie Cameron works on the last print issue of the 2019-20 school year.

Kylie Cameron, Editor in Chief

May 8, 2020

Oftentimes, we think we know what we want in life. It’s all planned out in our head. We know exactly what classes we need to take for the next four to six years, what internships we want, and our dream job or graduate school after it’s all said and done. And then it all goes flying out the window. I...

Farewell from Kelly: Keep seeking truth, holding power accountable

Managing editor and former editor in chief Matthew Kelly poses outside of Elliott Hall 20 minutes before deadline.

Matthew Kelly, Managing Editor

May 7, 2020

Every so often, I’ll hear a quote and instantly know it’s the kicker for my story. In general, though, perfect endings are hard to come by.  I didn’t anticipate my senior year ending like this, but journalism has taught me not to assume much of anything. Better to appreciate what I know fo...

OPINION: The things they set down

One of the only faces found on campus this week.

Audrey Korte, Columnist

April 2, 2020

“They carried all they could bear, and then some, including a silent awe for the terrible power of the things they carried.” ― Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried It's easy to reject emotional reactions with life interrupted. I find myself avoiding certain topics of conversation, trying to...

OP-ED: Want Congress to be more effective during the next crisis? Support campaign finance reform

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) who was bankrolled by 21-year-old

Neal Allen, Contributing Writer

March 30, 2020

The scene was bizarre in the U.S. House of Representatives last Friday afternoon, where members had to use the upper galleries to observe social distancing guidelines while they approved a massive aid package for American workers and businesses.  Citizens are justifiably wondering how we got to this po...

OPINION: We deserve the right to talk to athletes during the pandemic

Senior Jaime Echenique and sophomore Jamarius Burton wait to load the bus outside of Texas Wesleyan after hearing the news of the AAC Tournament cancellation on Thursday, March 12.

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

March 17, 2020

"At this time we are not conducting interviews." It's the response I've gotten. Since the abrupt end of the winter and spring sports seasons, I've been reaching out to sports information directors at Wichita State to try and tell the student-athletes’ and coaches’ stories. At this time, I am not...

OPINION: Covering the tournament that wasn’t

Marshall Sunner, sports editor for the Sunflower News, sits inside Texas Wesleyan and reports on the AAC Tournament cancellation announcement on Thursday, March 12.

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

March 17, 2020

I was there in Fort Worth. No, I didn’t have inside scoops on what the American Athletic Conference was going to do. I had hunches, but I thought the decision to call off the conference tournament was still a ways in the future. Three of us from The Sunflower made the trip to Texas on Wednesday to cover ...