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Guest column: A letter from Wichita State University President Jay Golden

University President Jay Golden, then president-elect, speaks at a Student Government Association meeting in December, 2019.

Jay Golden, University President

August 17, 2020

Hello, Shockers. Welcome to the fall semester. So far, 2020 has been one for the record books. There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world on its axis. Education – and nearly every part of our daily lives – has been temporarily altered. But with this uncertainty comes the ch...

OPINION: Open your purse  

OPINION: Open your purse  

Kamilah Gumbs, Columnist

June 24, 2020

The chorus of Rihanna’s “Take A Bow” currently plays on loop as I think about the actions of many corporations, politicians and educational institutions over the last month.  Just like the Barbadian singer laments how a former love interest “put on quite a show”, I lament that prominen...

LTTE: Neal Allen, chair of the WSU Political Science Department

LTTE: Neal Allen, chair of the WSU Political Science Department

Neal Allen, Chair of the WSU Political Science Department

June 24, 2020

Like all presidents, Donald Trump talks a lot about the military.  He is campaigning for reelection as a strong commander-in-chief, but his rhetoric undermines democracy. Much of the initial analysis of Trump’s speech at the BOK Center in Tulsa last Saturday was about his 14-minute defense of hi...

EDITORIAL: Students #StoodWithGolden over Ivanka Trump’s scrapped keynote. Let’s hope he remembers that.

Sierra Bonn, who studies engineering technology management at Wichita State, created #IStandWithGolden stickers and t-shirts. She passed out the stickers last week at the food truck plaza.

Staff Editorial

June 16, 2020

If one thing is clear after the controversy that surrounded Ivanka Trump’s invitation and subsequent disinvitation to be a keynote speaker at WSU Tech’s virtual commencement ceremony, it’s that the Wichita State community shows up for what it believes in.  Whether it was denouncing WSU Tech’s origi...

LTTE: Joan (Huff) Minor-Grayson, WSU class of 1971

LTTE: Joan (Huff) Minor-Grayson, WSU class of 1971

Joan (Huff) Minor-Grayson, WSU Class of '71

June 14, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Joan Minor-Grayson, a Shocker alumna, originally wrote this letter to associate professor Jennifer Ray in response to her open letter that said WSU's reputation was "at stake" if Ivanka Trump spoke at WSU Tech's virtual commencement ceremony earlier this month. While Ivanka Trump ultimately was...

LTTE: ‘WSU’s reputation is at stake’ if Ivanka Trump speaks at WSU Tech ceremony

LTTE: 'WSU's reputation is at stake' if Ivanka Trump speaks at WSU Tech ceremony

Jennifer Ray, Associate Professor of Photo Media

June 4, 2020

EDITOR’S NOTE: WSU and WSU Tech officials announced Thursday night that Ivanka Trump will no longer be a commencement speaker at Saturday’s virtual ceremony. The following letter was written before the decision was reversed.  To the Wichita State University administration and faculty leaders: ...

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...