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Beach: Softball beginning to reign supreme over baseball

Beach: Softball beginning to reign supreme over baseball

Nick Beach, Reporter
February 16, 2017
Filed under Baseball, Baseball Guide, Columns, Opinion, Special Editions, Sports

After a 21-37 season and another disappointing campaign for Shocker baseball fans, look no further because there is another squad taking the field this spring. Not to discredit Shocker baseball, the long running tradition will live forever and maybe that’ll even upstart one again this season. But...

Beach: ‘Lego Batman’ full of good laughs

Beach: ‘Lego Batman’ full of good laughs

Nick Beach, Reporter
February 13, 2017
Filed under Columns, Lifestyle, Movies, Opinion

“The Lego Batman Movie” is a great way to escape the Valentine’s Day hype surrounding the dreadful “Fifty Shades” film series. Why go see a poorly written Twilight fan fiction film when you can see two of the world’s greatest wonders, Legos and Batman, on the big screen? Chris McKay...

Pflugradt: The rent is too damn high

Pflugradt: The rent is too damn high

Evan Pflugradt, Editor in Chief
February 13, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Finding the right place to call home is a challenge. Finding a place all your own while in college is a struggle. Trying to find this place on Wichita State’s campus is a burden. The Flats at WSU, a public-private partnership between the developer and Wichita State University, announced absurd leasing...

Cameron: ‘I owe public educators my life’

Cameron: ‘I owe public educators my life’

Kylie Cameron, Reporter
February 9, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Betsy DeVos was confirmed in a vote of 51-50 as the new Secretary of Education on Tuesday. As DeVos was confirmed, I felt the need to share my story in the public education system in hopes that DeVos, a supporter of charter schools, will realize how much public education means to children across America. My...

Rigg: Law would restore teachers’ due process rights

Rigg: Law would restore teachers’ due process rights

TJ Rigg, Reporter
February 9, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a law in 2014 that met the state Supreme Court’s order to restore equalization funding for capital outlay and local option budgets, at the time. At the same time, it took away the right of Kansas teachers to practice due process when facing termination from their jobs. It...

Bothner: ‘La La Land’ left me wanting more

Bothner: ‘La La Land’ left me wanting more

Hannah Bothner, Reporter
February 6, 2017
Filed under Columns, Lifestyle, Movies, Opinion

Yes, the cinematography was gorgeous, the score was beautiful, and the direction was great. But I have so many bones to pick with ‘La La Land.’ The Sunflower’s Nick Beach reviewed the movie, and I’m writing to provide more clarity. Despite all the positives this movie brings, I thought it...

Beach: ‘La La Land’: The most polarizing film in recent memory

Beach: ‘La La Land’: The most polarizing film in recent memory

Nick Beach, Reporter
February 6, 2017
Filed under Columns, Lifestyle, Movies, Opinion

“La La Land” is the most exciting and most talked about film to be released in 2016, and for good reason. The film is directed by 32-year-old Damien Chazelle, the mind behind 2014’s excellent “Whiplash,” which I thought that was one of the decade’s best films. “La La Land” just might b...

Campbell: Latest releases end in disappointment

Campbell: Latest releases end in disappointment

Marissa Campbell, Reporter
February 6, 2017
Filed under Lifestyle, Music, Opinion

“The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit” by Dune Rats Released: Feb. 3 Genre: Pop-punk Australian natives Dune Rats aren’t very well known in America, but are stars outside. With their carefree surfer vibes and raspy screeches, the band remains fairly monotone, similar to the American band The ...

Rigg: Senators should change vote on DeVos’ appointment

Rigg: Senators should change vote on DeVos’ appointment

TJ Rigg, Reporter
February 6, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

A critical vote on the future of public education in the United States is expected as early as Monday. The vote would confirm or deny Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. It’s a vote that has caused a stir throughout the country, including in Wichita. Saturday, a group of protesters gathered...

Shirk: Patriots redefine Super Bowl LI

Shirk: Patriots redefine Super Bowl LI

Tanner Shirk, Reporter
February 6, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Sports

  The moment Tevin Coleman secured an eight-yard pass from Matt Ryan to extend the Falcons’ lead to 28-3 over the New England Patriots, you knew the Patriots were going to make a comeback. There was no way Tom Brady would let his squad go down in blowout fashion. No way. The Patrio...

Beach: The Shockers have room to breathe

Beach: The Shockers have room to breathe

Nick Beach, Reporter
February 5, 2017
Filed under Columns, Men's Basketball, Opinion, Sports

There has not been a season where the Shockers’ tournament fates have driven as much skepticism in recent years. Sure, there was last season. But realistically, with a notable win against a then-ranked Utah, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi never had a doubt. The Shockers squandered when it mattered. Against...

Linnabary: Twenty One Pilots soar, but dude, where’s my guitar?

Linnabary: Twenty One Pilots soar, but dude, where’s my guitar?

Andrew Linnabary, Managing Editor
February 4, 2017
Filed under Columns, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Music, Opinion

Twenty One Pilots' chart-topping "Blurryface" LP is an album about alienation, a beacon of hope for estranged youth that says, "Hey, you're not the only one." It's fitting, then, that togetherness was the theme of Friday's explosive, sold-out show at Intrust Bank Arena.  Togetherness was apparent from the moment early in...