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WSU students use app to organize around Democratic frontrunner

WSU students use app to organize around Democratic frontrunner

Noah Merrell, Reporter

February 23, 2020

With the 2020 election year in full swing, some students are finding creative ways to get involved and do their part for the campaigns they believe in. “We downloaded the BERN app,” junior theatre performance student Emily Graves said. The app, affiliated with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’...

‘You’re forced to make a decision’: Here’s why Jaime Echenique is a problem for opposing teams

‘You’re forced to make a decision’: Here’s why Jaime Echenique is a problem for opposing teams

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

February 21, 2020

Without a doubt, the game of basketball has changed in the last decade. With the change, the traditional post player has seemingly disappeared. Players that resemble or model their game after some of the all-time greats, such as Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal, or even recent all-stars like Lamarcus Aldridge,...

1 in 8 new WSU students complete sexual assault prevention training required at KU, K-State

1 in 8 new WSU students complete sexual assault prevention training required at KU, K-State

Matthew Kelly, Managing Editor

February 19, 2020

Many universities, including Kansas State and the University of Kansas, require incoming students to participate in some form of sexual assault prevention training. Wichita State does not. So far this school year, just one in eight new WSU students (444 of 3,549) have watched the two-hour “Not Anymo...

President Golden’s starting pay roughly $86,000 more than Bardo ever made

President Golden’s starting pay roughly $86,000 more than Bardo ever made

Kylie Cameron, Editor in Chief

February 12, 2020

In his first year as president, President Jay Golden will make $450,000, according to records obtained by The Sunflower. Late President John Bardo, in his last full year at the university in 2018, made $364,322 – almost $86,000 less than Golden is set to make in his first year at Wichita State. Bardo’s starting pay in 2013 was $330,000. When asked on Tuesday if Golden was being paid more than Bardo due to ...

And you thought you were busy: Sophomore mayor of Geuda Springs embraces the ‘balancing act’

And you thought you were busy: Sophomore mayor of Geuda Springs embraces the ‘balancing act’

Matthew Kelly, Managing Editor

February 10, 2020

On Jan. 6, while most Wichita State students were busy giving up on their New Year’s resolutions, sophomore Neil Terry was taking his oath of office. Most students visiting their hometown over winter break don’t do so to be sworn in as mayor. But Terry, elected at just 19 years old, is the exception....

Living the yo-yo life

Living the yo-yo life

Brogan Gillmore, Reporter

February 10, 2020

A yo-yo may not be something you’ve given much thought to since you were a little kid. Like most kids, you might have played with it for a bit before getting bored or wrapping the string around it so tightly that it can’t be undone. But Julian Chee, a senior aerospace engineering student, never put ...

Shining a light on Title IX

Shining a light on Title IX

Matthew Kelly and Kylie Cameron

February 6, 2020

Editor’s note: Some content in this story may be sensitive for some readers.   Title IX can seem like a daunting bureaucracy for vulnerable students, faculty, and staff processing the trauma of sexual violence and harassment. The federal civil rights law prohibits sex-based discrimin...

Wichita State spent roughly $129,000 on presidential search

Wichita State spent roughly $129,000 on presidential search

Kylie Cameron, Editor in Chief

January 31, 2020

Wichita State spent roughly $129,000 on the presidential search that ultimately led to the hire of now-President Jay Golden. That’s $34,000 more than the baseline $95,000 the search was estimated to cost. According to the original contract between Wheless Partners and WSU, the university would spend roughly $95,000 on the se...

Student’s book encourages young girls to pursue their ambitions

Student’s book encourages young girls to pursue their ambitions

Karen Galindo, Arts and Entertainment Editor

January 29, 2020

In July 2018, Sierra Marie Bonn chose to compete in the Miss Kansas pageant. When asked about her platform, Bonn, now a Wichita State senior, immediately thought of her passion: empowering young women to pursue careers in STEAM. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics....

Dean Bibb’s sudden resignation leaves lingering questions

Dean Bibb’s sudden resignation leaves lingering questions

Matthew Kelly, Managing Editor

January 27, 2020

More than a week after College of Health Professions Dean Sandra Bibb resigned from Wichita State, the university has provided no information to contextualize her abrupt departure. The Sunflower filed an open records request for Bibb’s separation agreement with the WSU General Counsel’s Office,...

Ralliers take to the streets of downtown Wichita for 4th annual Women’s March

Ralliers take to the streets of downtown Wichita for 4th annual Women’s March

Brogan Gillmore, Reporter

January 27, 2020

Signs and chanting filled Old Town Square Saturday morning during the fourth annual Women’s March. The square became a sea of people as they joined in chanting catchy phrases such as “no means no, I’m not your baby,” and “women’s rights are human’s rights.” The marchers’ signs varied ...

Grand opening showcases Steve Clark YMCA and Student Wellness Center

Grand opening showcases Steve Clark YMCA and Student Wellness Center

Matthew Kelly, Managing Editor

January 22, 2020

The two-story, 77,000-square-foot Steve Clark YMCA and Student Wellness Center had its grand opening Tuesday afternoon on Innovation Campus. The $18 million facility is named after the former Greater Wichita YMCA president and Wichita State alumnus who chaired the capital campaign for the campus facili...