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Behind the gameday music: Basketball DJ leads fans in celebration and song

Behind the gameday music: Basketball DJ leads fans in celebration and song

Audrey Korte, Reporter

November 15, 2019

Wichita State has the best men’s basketball arena atmosphere in the American Athletic Conference, according to a 2018 survey of veteran coaches around the AAC. The crowds at Koch Arena are notoriously raucous. Last year, WSU invested in a new deejay, DJ Bearfoot, who purposefully avoids the sam...

SGA appoints 7 members to the Student Fees Committee 

SGA appoints 7 members to the Student Fees Committee 

Lindsay Smith, Reporter

November 14, 2019

At Wednesday night’s Student Government Association meeting, the Student Senate appointed seven members to the annual Student Fees Committee. The Student Fees Committee is responsible for hearing budget recommendations from organizations funded by student fees each spring, as well as making its own recommen...

Not her first rodeo: Student drag queen Enigma sees drag as an outlet, inspiration

Not her first rodeo: Student drag queen Enigma sees drag as an outlet, inspiration

Kylie Cameron, Editor in Chief

November 14, 2019

Growing up in Texas and going to a Catholic school, Thomas Sutherland knew next to nothing about drag. It wasn’t until he came to Wichita State four years ago to study vocal performance that he was introduced to the drag scene. “Throughout my first year, I started having my first real gay friends...

Clark: No women, at least 1 person of color among presidential finalists

Clark: No women, at least 1 person of color among presidential finalists

Matthew Kelly, Managing Editor

November 6, 2019

After a months-long closed search process, Jay Golden became the 14th president of Wichita State University last week. Like the 13 university presidents before him, Golden, who most recently served as a vice chancellor at East Carolina University, is a white man. This homogeneity is not unique to WSU. Seventy-nine ...

Whipple victorious in hard-fought mayoral contest

Whipple victorious in hard-fought mayoral contest

Audrey Korte and Matthew Kelly

November 5, 2019

Come January, the City of Wichita will have a new mayor. Kansas State Rep. Brandon Whipple, a Wichita State alumnus and adjunct professor, bested incumbent Mayor Jeff Longwell in Tuesday’s election. Whipple garnered 46% of the vote to Longwell’s 36%, as almost 20% of eligible voters turned ou...

Meet Jay Golden: Q&A with WSU’s new president

Meet Jay Golden: Q&A with WSU’s new president

Daniel Caudill, News Editor

November 1, 2019

Hours after being named Wichita State's 14th president, Jay Golden was busy Friday morning meeting with campus stakeholders. Golden, a vice chancellor at East Carolina University, will move to Wichita with his wife, Dina, in January — when he will take over as president. Before joining ECU in...

Jay Golden named Wichita State University’s 14th president

Jay Golden named Wichita State University’s 14th president

Daniel Caudill, News Editor

October 31, 2019

The wait is over. After a months-long closed search process, the Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday selected Jay Golden, 55, to be the 14th president of Wichita State University. Golden most recently served as a vice chancellor at East Carolina University. In his first address to the university,...

‘We’re human too’: HalloQueen Story Time draws awareness to LGBT+ community, educational efforts

‘We’re human too’: HalloQueen Story Time draws awareness to LGBT+ community, educational efforts

Morgan Anderson, Reporter

October 31, 2019

During the Halloween season, kids and parents from the Wichita community are invited to attend the annual HalloQueen Story Time event at the Wichita Advanced Learning Library to listen to drag queens and kings read children's stories. This year, the event showcased Krystal Williams and 2019 Wichita Pride Your H...

Campus will be covered in American flags as part of veteran suicide awareness project

Campus will be covered in American flags as part of veteran suicide awareness project

Nathan Schale, Reporter

October 31, 2019

To bring awareness to veteran suicide, the Student Veterans Organization on Monday began placing 22 United States flags per day across Wichita State’s main campus. The daily rate of 22 flags is meant to represent the average number of veteran suicides per day. Once the SVO stops placing flags on ...

No 24-hour study room available at Ablah during construction 

No 24-hour study room available at Ablah during construction 

Lindsay Smith, Reporter

October 29, 2019

Construction on Ablah Library’s 24-hour study space began Monday and is expected to be finished by December. But in the meantime, students will be without an all-night study area.  Ginger Williams, associate dean for academic engagement and public services, said providing an interim 24-hour stud...

Through fire and flames: Tyson Etienne’s winding journey has him poised to be a breakout star

Through fire and flames: Tyson Etienne’s winding journey has him poised to be a breakout star

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

October 28, 2019

Basketball goes into limbo from late June until the end of October, and not just at the professional level. Basketball in America comes to a halt during that time — or at least that’s what people think. Portland Trail Blazers’ superstar CJ McCollum dribbled up the court in late August. He’s...

Full transcript: Q&A with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Full transcript: Q&A with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Matthew Kelly, Managing Editor

October 25, 2019

  During his campus visit Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down for a seven-minute interview with The Sunflower. Topics included Ukraine, how the secretary navigates difficult conversations with President Trump, and whether or not Pompeo would ever entertain a White House bid. ...