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Wichita State's independent, student-run news source

The Sunflower

Photo courtesy of the Babcock twins.

‘Just like a machine’: Debate twins share inner workings of college collaboration

Genesis Merriett, Reporter May 4, 2024

The debate-team duo Thomas and Travis Babcock describe their partnership as a scrappy, unique team of underdogs. The Babcocks are twins, and both are political science majors. They do a lot together,...

Using a microscope, Maria Martino focuses in on cells in a students dental swab. Martino teaches microbiology whenever the department has a need.

Retirement is only the beginning for biological sciences adviser

Trinity Ramm, Managing Editor May 4, 2024

Wichita State’s last print course catalog, an old darkroom sign and not one but two places reserved for snake skins are some of the few things that remain in the increasingly empty office of Maria...

Photo courtesy of Olivia Malanchuk.

‘I wanted to keep spinning’: Olivia Malanchuk reflects on competing in winter guard in Kansas

Maleah Evans, Reporter May 4, 2024

Olivia Malanchuk is part of the ICT Independent Winterguard, the only competitive winter guard team in the Kansas area, according to Malanchuk.  Malanchuk, a senior studying integrated marketing communications,...

Melanie Rivera-Cortez

Rivera-Cortez: You are in the room because you belong there

Melanie Rivera-Cortez, Sports editor May 3, 2024

After almost three years of writing for The Sunflower, I have done everything from covering news and sports to writing opinion pieces and reviews and even taking an occasional arts and culture story. I...

Senior Lauren Vuytecki speaks during her first in-person class on April 24. Vuyteckis English course is called Technologies of the Book.

Senior English major talks pros and cons of remote learning

Salsabila Attaria, Arts and Culture Editor May 3, 2024

Currently finishing a degree in English, senior Lauren Vuytecki’s academic experience had so far been limited to an online education before her final semester at Wichita State. “I only came to campus...

Dancers perform Clear Elevation (World Premiere) by guest choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie at the Wichita Contemporary Dance Theater on April 25. The show was held in Wilner Auditorium from April 25 to 28.

From musical theatre to dance theatre, senior faces the final curtain

Lydia Steeby, Reporter May 2, 2024

Behind a vibrantly colored background, dancers performed in contemporary and cultural styles inspired by abstract ideas. The Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre performance began with senior Gavin Tanner...

Wren Callstrom (Photo courtesy of Callstrom)

Wichita State student reflects on being homeless during high school

Melanie Rivera-Cortez, Sports Editor April 19, 2024

Many students idealize the concept of moving out one day, spreading their wings and taking the world by storm. For Wichita State freshman Wren Callstrom, moving out his senior year of high school was...

Aubany Russell poses for a photo. (Photo courtesy of Russell)

Black Student Union President is prioritizing ‘community and unity’

Ainsley Smyth, Reporter March 25, 2024

Aubany Russell, a junior mechanical engineering major, said she’s “arguably, too involved.” Russell is president of the Black Student Union (BSU), is in a sorority, interns at the National...

Sapphie, a student drag performer, ends her first performance of the evening at Spectrum: LGBTQ & Allies Winter Drag Show on Dec. 9.

Theater major channels sewing, drag skills in stage performances

Courtney Brown, News Editor March 18, 2024

From splits to somersaults to flips, Seferino Ramirez Jr. designs his performance as a drag queen in more ways than one. Long before he steps onto the stage, he has choreographed his routine and handmade...

Aaron Valentine poses for a photo. Photo courtesy of Valentine.

Graduate student shares Osage knowledge, Native American history with honors students

Allison Campbell, News Editor March 14, 2024

From plastic tubs and engraved wooden chests, Aaron Valentine unpacks the precious pieces of regalia passed down by his ancestors — soft leather moccasins, intricately beaded bandoliers and a heart-shaped...

‘You’re crushing all of our dreams’: International student speaks on challenging post-graduation job search

‘You’re crushing all of our dreams’: International student speaks on challenging post-graduation job search

Jacob Unruh, Assistant Sports Editor March 13, 2024

Emma Siddarth, an international student from India, said coming to Wichita with the opportunity to work in engineering was “always a dream to me.”  Siddarth, who graduated from Wichita State with...

Cecillia Rivas, an exchange student from Paraguay, goes through items at Shocker Support Locker.

Shocker Support Locker staff discusses resources available to Wichita State students

Shelby DuVall, Reporter March 13, 2024

For low-income Wichita State students or those without easy access to transportation, food deserts can pose a serious problem. To help combat food deserts, the Shocker Support Locker has aimed to address...

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