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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 ...

Letter from the Editor: The Sunflower’s COVID-19 response

Tulips bloom by the WIchita State sign at the 17th Street entrance.

Kylie Cameron, Editor in Chief

March 17, 2020

Fellow Shockers, I can’t imagine the range of emotions we are all feeling right now. These are truly unprecedented times — something none of us saw coming.  Some of us went to class last Thursday having no idea it would be the last time we attended a class at Wichita State, that it might ha...

OPINION: Student workers should be offered paid time off

OPINION: Student workers should be offered paid time off

Jeromiah Taylor, Opinion Editor

March 16, 2020

As institutions make tough choices amid Covid-19 disruptions, individuals make even tougher ones. As hard as it can be, social distancing is absolutely vital. All who can practice it should. This is the most reliable method to prevent the spread of the virus, which trends in a curve, meaning that...

OPINION: Is America ready to help Americans?

OPINION: Is America ready to help Americans?

Tajahnae Stocker, Columnist

March 16, 2020

An Individualistic culture is defined as a society that prioritizes the individual over the entire group. The United States is one of those countries. In my opinion, the U.S. is probably the most individualistic country in the world. Americans are likely to put themselves before others or another...

OPINION: Weinstein will die in prison and I couldn’t be happier

Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Olivia Babin, Columnist

March 15, 2020

It’s Women’s History Month and I am exhausted. Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary and suddenly women are incapable of being president — or at least it feels like it. It feels like we are still dealing with sexism that was supposed to be gone when Hillary Clinton...

EDITORIAL: WSU free speech policies need a revamp

Protesters argue with officers about if they have to move from in front of the Law Enforcement Training Center ahead of Attorney General Bill Barr's October visit. Protesters were ultimately allowed to stay.

Sunflower Staff

March 11, 2020

Once again, the topic of free speech has surfaced at Wichita State University. On March 6, The Sunflower reported that Shockers for Life, a registered student organization dedicated to promoting an “active pro-life culture” on campus, extensively chalked the sidewalk in front of the Rhatigan Student Center. Despite the organization’s registered status and t...

OPINION: Ned’s declassified midterm survival guide

OPINION: Ned’s declassified midterm survival guide

Brogan Gillmore, Columnist

March 5, 2020

Congratulations, you played yourself and now you need to survive the midterms. After choosing to do things better than studying, you are now at risk of making that very expensive class into a very expensive F. Not everyone has midterms, and if you count yourself among the lucky few, then go on your m...