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Letter to the Editor - Paige E. Hungate

September 15, 2016

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I am not alone when I say that, in this day and age, viewpoints are hushed for not following the progressive way of thinking. Unfortunately, this epidemic plagues the Student Government of Wichita State University. Instead of acce...

On Innovation Campus updates

April 4, 2016

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If you have driven by the Innovation Campus recently, you’ve seen all of the construction that is underway. I thought it would be useful to give you an update.  If all goes according to plan, the campus will be transformed in...

On growing hemp in Kansas

April 4, 2016

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A new era of agriculture is emerging, and Kansas is not among the states embracing it. Under a provision in the 2014 Farm Bill, states are authorized to grow hemp for research purposes.More than half of all states have implement...

Letter to the editor

March 7, 2016

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What a shame it would be if all marginalized groups in America followed the advice offered by Sarah Carlson to those discriminated against by the words “under god” in the Pledge of Allegiance.I share her derision for the constant fight over the phrase. But, the idea that Americans who support a clear division of church and state – or, God forbid, believe in no god – should just grit their teeth and ignore the exclusionary phrase is disconcerting.The very suggestion contradicts the purpose of a pledge. Standing and speaking in unison is a strongly symbolic action designed to bind all Americans together. To ask a significant portion of the population to stand silent for any part of the pledge is to break that bond. The ritual is stained and its purpose defeated.And what a shame it would be if those marginalized in the past had just dropped their causes after running against opposition. The fact that efforts to remove the phrase continue after so much opposition highlights the importance of the issue.I do not believe Carlson meant ill by her writing, but as one of those students who stood silent as my peers continued in unison, I take exception to the idea that those excluded by the phrase are “just beating a horse that’s been dead for a long time.” If we claim to be “indivisible” in our pledge, the language of that pledge should allow us all to speak as a united and indivisible body.-Ken Ward, graduate student in Elliott School of Communications

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