The Sunflower

OPINION: Don’t sit in someone else’s unassigned assigned seat

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Eduardo Castillo, Multimedia Editor

October 21, 2019

We humans are still animals. Because of parts of our brain left over from when we were simpler creatures, we have a tendency of being territorial.  We have a strong sense of possession — what’s “mine.” My house, my car, my room and all of my belongings are tied to my identity and domain, a...

OPINION: LeBron is more than an athlete — in a bad way

Cavaliers at Wizards 2/6/17

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

October 18, 2019

In recent months, China has been in an uproar. Pro-democracy protesters are fighting not only for their rights in Hong Kong, but their lives. Earlier this month, a peaceful protester was shot and killed by a Chinese police force. The people of Hong Kong simply want more rights. The protests, which started five ...

OPINION: Fall into fall

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Brogan Gillmore, Columnist

October 17, 2019

The crisp crunch of the fallen leaves, the early setting of the sun, the weather being just cool enough for a hoodie and all the pumpkin spice that you can get a hold of. Although that may be a deal breaker for some people, fall is the season where everything seems just right. Fall, or how I like t...

OPINION: Social media has completely lost sight of its original purpose

FILE PHOTO: Country music singer and song writer, John King, records a video for his Instagram story during his performance.

Lindsay Smith, Columnist

October 17, 2019

Social media was originally created as a way to connect society. By posting videos, photos, and thoughts onto our social media feeds, we can almost instantaneously share what’s going on in our lives with acquaintances, distant relatives, and friends who have moved far away.  What a great thing,...

OPINION: Don’t culturally appropriate this Halloween

Katy Perry sporting cornrows in the music video

Aileen Rueda-DaCosta, Columnist

October 17, 2019

Halloween is fast approaching, and here’s your annual reminder that other people’s culture is not your costume. This goes for absolutely every ethnicity and culture.  Now, this is in no way meant to limit you in having your fun. Halloween is about dressing up and playing other parts than your own...

OPINION: Who really won the Cold War?

OPINION: Who really won the Cold War?

Kevin Benavides, Opinion Editor

October 17, 2019

Everyone on Earth is touched by war in some way. From the soldier on the front line to the mother raising her child on the other side of the world, war is omnipresent, even when the general population is unaware. Most people would have little trouble defining what war is, but the issue is that they would l...

LTTE: Scott Schwab, Kansas Secretary of State

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October 11, 2019

In this busy harvest season, we want to remind Kansans to vote in the November 5 election. Municipal elections play a key role in determining leadership in your community, but voter participation is at disturbingly low levels. As part of the election, voters will be asked to approve eliminating the...

Walter’s Pumpkin Patch is every fall lover’s dream

Walter’s Pumpkin Patch is located off of Highway 77 in Burns, Kansas.

Lindsay Smith, Columnist

October 10, 2019

It’s fall. It’s time for pumpkin spice lattes, scary movies, big scarves, oversized sweaters, and my personal favorite: pumpkin patches.   When it comes to choosing what pumpkin patch to go to every year, it’s always the same for me. Walter’s Pumpkin Patch is my do or die. When I was in ...

OPINION: Why I’m not walking

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Kevin Benavides, Opinion Editor

October 8, 2019

I am graduating in December. That feels good to type out. A bachelor’s degree can open doors for people. After three-and-a-half-years, at least one more door will be open to me. As soon as I cross that stage and get that scroll, a world of opportunities will be unveiled and the magic of the baccala...

OPINION: Traffic is a nightmare

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Brogan Gillmore, Columnist

October 7, 2019

Traffic is the curse of the commuter. Sitting for hours in our cars as we try to get from point A to point B — sometimes in the morning, sometimes at night, but always in a rush. Therefore, when traffic turns into a jam or someone cuts you off, it can feel like one of the most infuriating things ...

OPINION: Quit making fun of girls for existing

FILE PHOTO: Fans sing-along during The Cavves' performance at Riverfest.

Olivia Babin, Columnist

October 7, 2019

I used to be a massive fan of One Direction. I am not ashamed to say that anymore. When I first fell in love with One Direction, I was 13 years old and insecure (don’t know what for). “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction's first mega-hit, just really resonated with me and made me feel good...

OPINION: Down, not up

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Kevin Benavides, Opinion Editor

October 3, 2019

At the ripe age of 18 years old, I voted in the 2012 general election. That same year, I visited cigar shops and hookah bars, but only on a rare occasion. Only a year later, I joined the United States Air Force. I was given the great honor of being able to serve my country the only way I knew how at the ...