The Sunflower

Unpopular parking opinion: The meters are fine

Unpopular parking opinion: The meters are fine

Austin May, Columnist

August 29, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The fight to park on campus has become even more aggressive this school year. For many commuter students returning to school this semester, the urge to turn off of Perimeter Road into the garage is ever-present, but most of us resist on a daily basis. The second and third floors of the parking...

Leaving (Your) Room for Art

Leaving (Your) Room for Art

John Darr, Culture Editor

August 29, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

If you’re familiar with The Office, then you probably know the scene where Michael Scott goes to Pam’s art show. After failing to answer a college student’s questions about the future of his industry, Michael’s faith in his company — and job — has been shaken to the core. Meanwhile, almost...

Kelly: We promise another year of seeking truth, providing forum

Kelly: We promise another year of seeking truth, providing forum

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

August 15, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Welcome to Wichita State. If you’re new, here’s the rundown. WSU is on a mission to redefine higher education by championing the ideals of public-private partnership, applied learning, and community engagement. The Sunflower, WSU’s independent student newspaper since 1896, is here to present t...

Guest column: A letter from the student body president

Guest column: A letter from the student body president

Kenon Brinkley

August 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Shockernation, I’m a student, and, like many of you, I’ve been one for some time now. Many of you are the first in your families to take your academia this far. Many of you are traversing the seas and putting your best foot forward on foreign land. Many of you are buttressed by scholarships or...

Guest column: WSU Police Department welcomes students

Guest column: WSU Police Department welcomes students

Bob Hinshaw

August 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Dear Students, Welcome back to WSU, perhaps for the first time! Your WSU Police Department has two primary goals: One, providing quality law enforcement services; and two, helping you enhance your educational experience through guidance and support whenever possible.   While you can always rea...

Guest column: A letter from President John Bardo

Guest column: A letter from President John Bardo

John Bardo

August 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Hello, Shockers, welcome to fall semester. Whether you’re a recently graduated high school senior or a senior citizen enrolled to broaden your knowledge, we’re glad to have you here. Our campus is a dynamic environment, meaning that change is always part of it. Some of those changes are visible...

Allen: Supreme Court justices should have term limits

Allen: Supreme Court justices should have term limits

Neal Allen, Associate Professor of Political Science

July 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Life tenure for Supreme Court justices, combined with increasing partisan polarization, is a toxic combination that is poisoning our democracy. It is time to find a better way that preserves judicial independence while reducing the level of conflict over nominations.  A move to a non-renewable 18-year...

Column: Questions about conflicts of interest on Innovation Campus set the tone for this year

Column: Questions about conflicts of interest on Innovation Campus set the tone for this year

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief

May 15, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

As my time with The Sunflower ends, I feel it's important to share the interview that essentially started my year as editor in chief. Wichita State had just announced it would move about 300 students from Fairmount Towers to The Flats on Innovation Campus after four out of five beds in the expensive...

Farewell from Swaim: I don’t do goodbyes

Farewell from Swaim: I don’t do goodbyes

Chance Swaim, Editor-in-Chief

May 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

If I’m not going to see someone again, it’s probably for good reason. This bunch at The Sunflower — I’ll be seeing them around. I’m thankful for a lot of different people who have come into my life at Wichita State, and I will make sure they all know it before I leave. To the readers...

Farewell from Byrne: Love into livelihood – Be proud, be brave, believe

Farewell from Byrne: Love into livelihood – Be proud, be brave, believe

Nicole Byrne, Digital Editor

May 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s weird to realize the past seven years of my life have led up to writing a farewell column for The Sunflower, especially when I’ve only been on staff at the newspaper for two. But it’s impossible for me to consider the conclusion of my time at The Sunflower without reflecting on the past...

Farewell from Yost: Pear-well, Sunny Flowers

Farewell from Yost: Pear-well, Sunny Flowers

Christian Yost, Ad Manager

May 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’ve always wanted a few square inches of each paper to be purely dedicated to the mission of spreading joy. Finally, in my farewell column as the departing ad manager, here’s my chance. Christian’s Top 3 Farewell Facts: In Michigan, Lake Superior State University offers a unicorn-hunting license...

Farewell from Hayes: Sad boi hour starts now

Farewell from Hayes: Sad boi hour starts now

Brian Hayes, Photo Editor

May 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I love this bunch of goons. Let’s get that out of the way right now. Chance, Jenna, Matt, Kelly, Maddie, Kylie, Evan, Nicole, and Ray, thank you. It’s your fault I’m the journalist and person that I am. You’re all an inspiration. I don’t consider myself nearly as talented as any single one...