The Sunflower

‘There is no passion to be found in playing small’

‘There is no passion to be found in playing small’

Hannah Roberts, Reporter
April 12, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Sparkling eyes and a sassy smile greeted me as I walked up to a table in the Rhatigan Student Center. Rebecca Fulcher, known as Becky, welcomed me warmly. The average observer might have focused on Becky's wheelchair and her slurred speech due to Friedreich's ataxia, a rare form of muscula...

Staff Editorial: Grab your tools, it’s time to rebuild the relationship

April 6, 2017
Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The relationship between the Student Government Association of Wichita State and university administration is not healthy or professional. Tuesday, 19.7 percent of Wichita State’s student body voted in the election with 58.3 percent deciding on Paige Hungate to lead the 60th Session of SGA. All...

Letter to the Editor — Paige Hungate: ‘For transparency’s sake’

Letter to the Editor — Paige Hungate: ‘For transparency’s sake’

Paige Hungate
April 4, 2017
Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

This letter is in response to the recent Sunflower publication, entitled “WSU Decides 2017," on the two SGA tickets and the presidential candidate’s roll call votes in the senate this past session. I have taken this opportunity to explain my WHY, as it was not mentioned in the article. Being a ...

Vote, damn it!

Vote, damn it!

Robert Hite, Reporter
April 3, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

About 12 percent of Wichita State students voted in the last Student Government Association elections. That means nearly 1,700 of the 2016 enrollment figure of 13,519 voted last year. Some SGA representatives criticize university administration, decisions about how money might or might not be spent, and ...

Cohen: Can we believe either SGA candidates’ side on supporting WSU sports?

Cohen: Can we believe either SGA candidates’ side on supporting WSU sports?

Grant Cohen, Sports Editor
April 3, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

During Friday’s Student Government Association presidential candidate debate, a student from the audience addressed the issue of student support not being given the same as men’s basketball. The student wrote on the card, “What plans do you have to resolve this issue?” While both political organiz...

SGA Debates: A disappoinment

SGA Debates: A disappoinment

Chance Swaim, News Editor
April 3, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

What should have been a heated debated about contrasting viewpoints on key issues at a turning point on campus Friday night turned out to be a friendly, positive, amicable and largely apolitical presentation of each ticket’s platform. And it was disappointing. It wasn’t the strength of the questions th...

Editorial Cartoon: Wichita State administration responds to call for transparency

Editorial Cartoon: Wichita State administration responds to call for transparency

Madeline Deabler, Design Editor
March 31, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Madeline Deabler Wichita State President John Bardo responds to students' call for transparency. Vice President of Strategic Communications Lou Heldman thinks he's taken the requests a bit too seriously....

Letter to the Editor — Paul Raymond

Letter to the Editor — Paul Raymond

Paul Raymond
March 30, 2017
Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

There were some events that took place last week that challenged what I believed to be the purpose of any governmental system. During our previous senate meeting a group of students interrupted the meeting and introduced a resolution that called for SGA’s support in a vote of no confidence in University...

Why transparency matters

Why transparency matters

Editorial Board
March 30, 2017
Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Wichita State receives more than $70 million in state funding each year. Several key, unelected WSU administrators make more than twice Gov. Sam Brownback’s salary of $99,636 and vice presidents make more than the vice president of the United States ($230,700) — and with so much public money on the...

‘Everything is made up and the points don’t matter’

‘Everything is made up and the points don’t matter’

Evan Pflugradt, Editor-in-Chief
March 27, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Student Government Association is a game. Feuds are at an all-time high between the Wichita State administration and the Student Government Association. I’m not sure when things took a turn for the worst, but things haven’t been right for a while — a long while.  Students have the right to q...

Letter to the Editor – Joseph Shepard

Letter to the Editor – Joseph Shepard

March 20, 2017
Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

I am scared for Vice President of Student Affairs Teri Hall. Part of me feels she is the change we need, the other part of me feels she will be used by some to do their dirty work.” This is what I shared with many of my friends privately after I heard you would be named the Vice President of Student A...

Pflugradt: Nothing is impossible, Wichita State is 3-0 against No. 2 seeds for a reason

Pflugradt: Nothing is impossible, Wichita State is 3-0 against No. 2 seeds for a reason

Evan Pflugradt, Editor-in-Chief
March 19, 2017
Filed under Bracket Busters, Columns, Men's Basketball, Opinion, Opinion (Postseason), Sports

Wichita State will lose at some point — probably. But it doesn't have to be Sunday. I study a great deal of stats on Wichita State, and come NCAA Tournament time, I spend nearly a whole day analyzing their opponent. When I talked with Wichita State players yesterday, they all knew too much about...