The Sunflower

Farewell from Garner: My final act

Farewell from Garner: My final act

Matthew Garner, Film Critic

May 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’ve never been too good at writing about myself. In fact, I loathe it. So, when I was asked to write a farewell column for the last issue of the Sunflower, I was initially hesitant. I still am. But, now I see it as an opportunity to say goodbye to Wichita State, a university I’ve called home for...

Farewell from Crow: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Farewell from Crow: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Matthew Crow, Sports Editor

May 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’ve been thinking for weeks about how to write this farewell column. How do I best put into words what working at The Sunflower was like? I’ve never been much of a writer, and I’m having trouble coming up with the words. I could start by talking how grateful I am the opportunities I’ve...

Farewell from Campbell: So long, my friends

Farewell from Campbell: So long, my friends

Marissa Campbell, Arts and Culture Editor

May 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

When I first started at WSU, I didn’t know if I wanted to be an involved student like I was in high school, or just go to classes and work. At the end of my freshman year, I realized I wanted more. I wanted to be a part of something. Being a journalism major, I thought, What better way to get involved...

Where to whoop-diddy scoop poop at WSU

Where to whoop-diddy scoop poop at WSU

Evan Pflugradt, Opinion Editor

May 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I need to right a wrong. For a little more than a year now I’ve been sharing my opinion with you, and I strive to deliver you honest and accurate information. But, I admit, I’ve made a mistake. Before I finish out my time as opinion editor of The Sunflower, it’s only fair to you that I revisit...

#SaveStudentNewsrooms

#SaveStudentNewsrooms

Chance Swaim, Editor in Chief

April 25, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

They lock doors. They steal newspapers from racks. They shoot high school magazines with rifles. They set them on fire. They confiscate cameras. They threaten to pull funding. “They” are censors, and you don’t have to look far to find them. Last spring, administrators locked Hutchinson Com...

Corrigan: Haven’t been to a drag show? Put that on your bucket list.

Corrigan: Haven’t been to a drag show? Put that on your bucket list.

Agnes Corrigan, Columnist

April 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Lifestyle, Opinion

When your boss asks you to cover a drag show, you say yes with every fiber of your being and pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming. I had never been to a drag show before Friday night. I know. What have I been doing with my life? This was WSU’s eighth annual drag show. This is a monumental...

Pflugradt: Austin Reaves’ departure prompts unnecessary comments calling for more oversight

Pflugradt: Austin Reaves’ departure prompts unnecessary comments calling for more oversight

Evan Pflugradt, Opinion Editor

April 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The Sunflower maintains editorial independence, free from oversight. Publishing decisions are those of student editors. This part of our process has come under the scrutiny of outside commenters who have questioned an editorial decision The Sunflower made in March, when it published a column regarding...

Corrigan: What’s in a name?

Corrigan: What’s in a name?

Agnes Corrigan, Columnist

April 18, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I have a weird name. I know it. The median age of the Agnes’s is approximately 83. The weirdness of my name is most apparent when I’m at coffee shops and the barista asks my name for my order. I’ve gotten some pretty interesting spellings. “Anus” was an all-time low. “Haggis” was my...

Pflugradt: Wichita State drives an unreasonably high price for open records

Pflugradt: Wichita State drives an unreasonably high price for open records

Evan Pflugradt, Opinion Editor

April 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

uite possibly the most innovative move Wichita State President John Bardo and his league of executives have done this year is charging The Sunflower big money for heavily redacted documents. Under the Kansas Open Records Act, public officials’ work emails — like those of President Bardo, Student Body President Paige Hungate, or any WSU vice presidents — are open records. In November, The Sunflower requested all email c...

Corrigan: Life’s greatest mysteries

Corrigan: Life’s greatest mysteries

Agnes Corrigan, Columnist

April 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Sometimes I forget that the world is a magical and mysterious place. That sentence makes me want to barf, but bear with me. I get so caught up in my day-to-day routine that I forget to be curious and wonder about my surroundings. I was flipping through channels the other day, procrastinating, when I...

Letter to the Editor — From the history department faculty

Letter to the Editor — From the history department faculty

April 12, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

The faculty of the history department write to express our dismay at the decision to cut The Sunflower’s budget. The funding reduction represents both a threat to the independence of the newspaper and a basic misunderstanding of The Sunflower’s purpose at Wichita State University. Furthermore, the...

Cooper: The Flight 100.5 Offers Glint of Rock Radio Hope

Cooper: The Flight 100.5 Offers Glint of Rock Radio Hope

Matt Cooper, Columnist

April 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

A new addition to the Kansas Airwaves is shaking things up. Thurs. Dec. 28, 2017 — KVFW Frequency 100.5 FM The Flight went live to the greater central Kansas region with its opening track: “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty. The song decision was nothing if not poignant in the wake of Petty’s...