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WSU: Trump executive order threatening federal money for violating free speech won’t affect university

WSU: Trump executive order threatening federal money for violating free speech won’t affect university

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

March 24, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Politics, Showcase

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday that would withhold federal grant money from colleges that fail to promote free speech and follow federal rules guiding free expression. Wichita State officials say the university is committed to free speech and will not be affected by the order...

Haynes-Jones hits late 3-pointer, advances Wichita State to NIT quarterfinals

Haynes-Jones hits late 3-pointer, advances Wichita State to NIT quarterfinals

Evan Pflugradt and Marshall Sunner

March 24, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Showcase, Sports

Wichita State isn't done yet. The Shockers advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Invitational Tournament after beating No. 2-seed Clemson in the second round on Sunday. Wichita State will play at top-seed Indiana on Tuesday for a spot in the semifinals in Madison Square Garden. "It's March...

Student Fees Committee prioritizes student organizations during deliberation meeting

Student Fees Committee prioritizes student organizations during deliberation meeting

Andrew Linnabary, Digital Managing Editor

March 19, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase, Student Government Association

The Student Fees Committee prioritized student organizations over university departments during Monday’s deliberation meeting, including doubling The Sunflower’s budget to restore the paper to nearly pre-2017 funding levels. The committee settled on a 2.5 percent increase to Wichita State’s stude...

Back in Kansas, Secretary Pompeo talks journalism, public-private partnerships with The Sunflower

Back in Kansas, Secretary Pompeo talks journalism, public-private partnerships with The Sunflower

Matthew Kelly and Audrey Korte

March 18, 2019


Filed under News, Politics, Showcase

Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State and former Kansas congressman from Wichita, spoke with The Sunflower and several other student publications Monday — addressing public-private partnerships in higher education, immigration, and the role of student media in our democracy. Pompeo, who was in Overland Park for the Glo...

Wichita State President John Bardo dies

Wichita State President John Bardo dies

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

March 12, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Wichita State President John William Bardo died Tuesday at the age of 70. Bardo was hospitalized in November with a chronic lung condition and had been in rehabilitation. He returned to Wesley Medical Center last weekend. Funeral services will be private, according to the release, but a public Celebration ...

‘Where do we go from here?’: Shock the Future conversation circle addresses referendum outcome

‘Where do we go from here?’: Shock the Future conversation circle addresses referendum outcome

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

March 7, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Four students and a handful of Wichita State officials and community members turned out Thursday for a Shock the Future conversation circle the day after students narrowly voted down a proposal to raise fees by $6 a credit hour to support campus facilities upgrades. Associate Vice President for Student Affairs...

Referendum fails by 107 votes; students narrowly reject fee increase for campus upgrades

Referendum fails by 107 votes; students narrowly reject fee increase for campus upgrades

Matthew Kelly and Daniel Caudill

March 6, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

The Shock the Future referendum has failed by 107 votes, with 51.5 percent of students voting against a $6 per credit hour student fee hike to support campus facilities upgrades, according to a Wichita State press release. Referendum voting closed Wednesday at 5 p.m., with 3,469 students turning out...

Kellen Marshall is keeping an open mind on his future

Kellen Marshall is keeping an open mind on his future

Marshall Sunner, Reporter

March 5, 2019


Filed under Men's Basketball, Showcase, Sports

Kellen Marshall had a decision to make. It was his junior year of high school, and Kellen, the son of Wichita State’s winningest basketball coach Gregg Marshall, had to choose whether or not to play high school basketball. That aspect of his life was normal of a kid his age. His skill was good eno...

New business building would house Koch-funded Institute for the Study of Economic Growth

New business building would house Koch-funded Institute for the Study of Economic Growth

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

March 3, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

If this week’s Shock the Future referendum passes, $20 million in student fees from students across all six of Wichita State’s academic colleges will go towards Woolsey Hall, the $50 million business building set for construction on Innovation Campus. Donors have already raised $30 million for t...

As voting begins, catch up on all The Sunflower’s referendum coverage

As voting begins, catch up on all The Sunflower’s referendum coverage

Sunflower Staff

March 3, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Voting on a $6-per-credit-hour student fee increase — mainly to fund a new business building — begins tomorrow. Here's all of The Sunflower's coverage for you to catch up on before you vote. Feb. 28 - Department head worries clinical mental health counseling program could lose accreditation if referendum fails Feb. 28 - Muma, Hall address referendum concerns at SGA meeting ...

WSU reaches $495,000 settlement with former VP; explicitly forbids contact with The Sunflower

WSU reaches $495,000 settlement with former VP; explicitly forbids contact with The Sunflower

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

February 27, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Wichita State has reached a $495,000 settlement with a former university vice president who sued WSU for retaliation in 2016. Wade Robinson, who served as vice president for student affairs until 2015, alleged that WSU and President John Bardo demoted him and eventually terminated his employment after...

Source of information or WSU public relations? Steering committee members weigh in on their role

Source of information or WSU public relations? Steering committee members weigh in on their role

Matthew Kelly, Editor in Chief

February 25, 2019


Filed under Campus, News, Showcase

Wichita State’s Shock the Future steering committee has taken the lead on informing students about the upcoming student fee referendum, scheduled for March 4-6. The committee, made up of student representatives from each college, University Libraries, the Student Government Association, the Institut...