The Sunflower


On growing hemp in Kansas

April 4, 2016

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

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

Letter to the editor: On the Hesston shooting

Travis Edwards, WSU senior

February 29, 2016

I was recently asked my opinion of the shooting in Hesston, Kansas, and I gave a summary of my fears for the future of Wichita State. I think it is important to have this debate about the changing of school policy on open ca...

Letter to the editor: On Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Rachel Cox

November 16, 2015

As human beings, we all share certain innate things in common. Two of those things are: we were all children at one point, and we do not choose the situation of our birth. For these reasons, most of us feel compassion toward ...

Letter to the editor: On Blackboard,

Johnna Crawford

November 16, 2015

Wichita State has awesome athletics programs, a remodeled Rhatigan Student Center, fancy rolling-chair-desk-things and water fountains made for water bottles. So, why is our web presence worse than the first version of MySpace? Hello,...

Letter to the editor: On Planned Parenthood

Junior Marilyn Morton

November 8, 2015

There have been numerous attempts to smear Planned Parenthood in recent months. Some of them have been carefully crafted, others have been on the nonsensical side. One thing missing from both categories is reality. Planned Parenthoo...

On Grace Memorial Chapel

October 19, 2015

As an alumna of WSU, I would like to direct this letter to those students who believe that the recent controversy about the use of the WSU chapel is, as a Kansas City Star writer put it, a “tempest in a teapot.”  Members of the alumni community can care about this issue and at the same time support the change of the chapel to make it a more flexible, more inclusive and better-utilized space.If in the end and into the future the place is not normally used by one faith to the exclusion of others, the donors’ intent will have been satisfied and the university community will have achieved something good.The concern I have is not so much with the changes made but with the response to the alumni who raised those concerns. The implication by some writers is that they are prejudiced, selfish, antiquated, ignorant or hateful.   Muslims and Christians are being killed for their faith, and Grace Chapel, a place which, when built, had lovely pews and artifacts particular to Christian use, has been changed.  The changes may be constitutionally required, fitting with the donors’ intent, and beneficial for use as a chapel, mosque, synagogue and temple.  But the change is no less meaningful for some than taking rugs from a mosque or scrolls from a synagogue would be for others. And it comes at a time when some of the classes that once formed the core of a liberal arts education, such as western civilization, seem under siege or neglected. In this context, why wouldn’t some in the larger community be saddened and alarmed that they are dismissed or belittled for caring about the chapel that is no more?Perhaps the first “interfaith” and heartening lesson we have learned from this controversy is that at least two groups cared very much about their faith. One is the Muslim students who wanted a place to pray and another is the group of alumni who expressed concern.  To neither group was the change a small thing. To both it meant something.  If we understand that and give their individual members the benefit of the doubt and assume they are acting in good faith, willing to share the space in spirit as well as in deed, then we will have a start toward fulfilling its purpose.— Carroll Hoke, WSU alumna, ‘84

Letter to the editor: On Grace Memorial Chapel

October 8, 2015

When I was a freshman at Wichita State, the extent of my knowledge about the chapel was that you could get married there for $70. Although, I believe that rate has increased since then.  In fall 2013, I learned of a project spea...

Letter to the editor: On Kim Davis

October 5, 2015

Dear The Sunflower, I have concern with a column printed in this week’s Sunflower (Monday, September 15, 2015). It was titled “Remember separation of church and state”, by Victoria Hendricks. I find that this column is of...

Letter to the editor: On Sunflower advertising

Matthew Gray

September 13, 2015

It is ironic that Thursday’s Sunflower (Sept. 3) had a front-page article on the “hijab informational discussion” to “increase understanding” and educate “the student population as well as the community about Islam,” while the ...

Letter to the editor: On Donald Trump, Kim Davis

Shannen Crumbliss

September 13, 2015

I rarely state my opinion because I don’t talk politics or whatever the news is finding news-worthy. However, I have come across two issues that I feel it is time to voice my thoughts over. First, everyone seems to be in heated d...

Letter to the editor: On campus safety

Ted Ayres

September 13, 2015

Thanks to the editorial board for the opinion piece in The Sunflower (Aug. 24). I found it to be timely, thoughtful and appropriate. I encourage all students to “seek accountability” and to keep asking questions and pursuing answe...