The Sunflower

OPINION: Why is everyone obsessed with AOC?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Olivia Babin, Columnist

November 7, 2019

It seems rather odd for the whole country to be taken by storm with a young Latina congresswoman who was just a bartender only a year or so ago, but here we are.  From her huge fan base to her several conservative critics, no one can ignore Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But what is it ...

OPINION: Golden’s secret sauce: What the new prez could bring to athletics

Jay Golden, the new president of Wichita State University, answers questions from members of the press on Thursday, Oct. 31 in the Rhatigan Student Center. Golden previously served as the vice chancellor for the Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement at East Carolina University.

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

November 5, 2019

Last Thursday, the campus community was introduced to Jay Golden, the university’s 14th president. Golden, who comes from East Carolina University, stated in his opening press conference that the university’s secret sauce will be continuing “the legacy of late President John Bardo.” Golden...

OPINION: We’re getting better, for you

Members of The Sunflower show off their “Best of Show” awards with Laura Widmer, executive director of Associated Collegiate Press.

Kevin Benavides, Opinion Editor

November 4, 2019

Over the weekend, several of The Sunflower’s editors were given the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. for the 2019 Fall National College Media Convention. The convention is hosted by the Associated Collegiate Press and the College Media Association. With over 275 different sessions, several...

Editorial: We’ve heard the talk. Let’s see the walk.

Jay Golden speaks to the presidential announcement attendees about his selection as the new president of Wichita State University on Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Rhatigan Student Center. Golden previously served as the vice chancellor for the Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement at East Carolina University.

Staff Editorial

November 4, 2019

At a press conference on Thursday, just minutes after he was named Wichita State University’s 14th president, Jay Golden acknowledged that he may have to put in some work to earn the campus community’s trust. “I hope that moving forward, whether it was an open or confidential search, I would hope that I work har...

OPINION: What’s the big deal with Halloween?

Young fans line up to get signatures from the members of the baseball team after the annual Halloween Screamage held at Eck Stadium.

Kamilah Gumbs, Columnist

October 31, 2019

Having lived here for more than a year now, I thought I’d be ready to embrace all the American traditions. But there’s one American holiday that, no matter how hard I try, I just can't get into. That holiday feels like it’s everyone’s favorite time of the year – Halloween. Halloween is so ...

OPINION: Kanye’s lost the plot

Kanye West's latest album,

Kevin Benavides, Opinion Editor

October 31, 2019

The only thing more inherent to humans than their ego is the ability to breathe. Every person has some level of ego. This concept has been studied and observed by the likes of Sigmund Freud and other top psychoanalysts, and they agree that the ego is one of the fundamental traits of human beings. In...

OPINION: Chosen name changes a good start

OPINION: Chosen name changes a good start

Kevin Benavides, Opinion Editor

October 25, 2019

I used to not like my first name. It’s not a bad name. There are plenty of Kevin’s around the world who I’m sure are proud of the name they have. The references to Kevin Bacon, AKA apparently the only semi-famous person named Kevin, got a little old after a bit though. What I had a problem wi...

Editorial: A new president deserves to have their own vision

Morrison Hall on the campus of Wichita State University.

Sunflower Editorial Board

October 25, 2019

The search for Wichita State University’s next president is coming to a close. The Kansas Board of Regents is in the process of choosing the best candidate for the job from a shortlist of finalists. They’re looking for someone who, according to board chair Shane Bangerter, will “fully implement”...

OPINION: History is to be learned, not whitewashed

File photo, courtesy of White House

Tajahnae Stocker, Columnist

October 24, 2019

Lynching is defined as a form of violence in which a mob, under the pretext of administering justice without trial, executes a presumed offender, often after inflicting torture and corporal mutilation. It was used as an intimidation tactic in the South against civil rights advocates or anyone deemed...

OPINION: Cheap food alert


Olivia Babin, Columnist

October 23, 2019

As college students, we all know the value of cheap food. It’s the hallmark of the college experience; finding the free and super cheap food around campus.  There are several different food options on campus, but they are fairly unchanging and the prices can vary.  Here’s the tea — the best...

OPINION: No, you still can’t say it

Gina Rodriguez on Instagram saying the n-word in a video she later deleted. Photo courtesy of ET Canada.

Tajahnae Stocker, Columnist

October 21, 2019

Twitter has been in an uproar since Jane the Virgin star, Gina Rodriguez, made headlines (yes, again) for recording and posting herself singing the n-word on her social media platforms. I can only imagine the frenzy her PR team is going through trying to fix and cover up yet another Gina mishap. ...

OPINION: In pursuit of the right path

FILE PHOTO: Wichita State student Evan Pflugradt blissfully scoots his way into graduation.

Easton Thompson, Photo Editor

October 21, 2019

Graduate high school, go to college, earn a degree, hate your job, go back to college, get a master’s degree and, maybe, then you’ll know everything you need to reach the life milestones that your friends, family and teachers have always said will bring you happiness and success in life. But, th...