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Wichita State's independent, student-run news source

The Sunflower

Wichita State's independent, student-run news source

The Sunflower

Tom Tanguma pours grenadine into a glass before shaking a drink.

Creative writing student Tom Tanguma navigates cocktail of identities

Trinity Ramm, Managing Editor March 12, 2024

Tom Tanguma said his identity has always been a little “complicated.”  Growing up with a white mom in the Midwest, Tanguma said he always felt like “a white suburban kid,” but that people always...

Black Student Union members pose for a photo. (Photo courtesy of BSU)

Black Student Union fosters professional development through events, workshops

Loren Amelunke, Reporter March 12, 2024

Black Student Union leaders aim to instill feelings of safety and community in its members. “We’re just trying to create a safe space for African American students and identifying student allies...

Katie Dakan poses for a photo. (Photo courtesy of Dakan)

Communications alum finds joy in ‘helping people tell their own stories’ via memoirs

Courtney Brown, News Editor March 11, 2024

Katie Dakan has always been drawn to reading memoirs — and now she gets to edit them. Dakan, a Wichita State graduate, works as an editor on contract for Quiet Storms Services, a Wichita-based hybrid...

Yuki To poses for a photo. Photo courtesy of To.

Student Vietnamese interpreter breaks down language barriers in medical field

Avery Gathright, Reporter March 11, 2024

Yuki To moved to the United States from Vietnam when she was 7 years old. Now, she studies health science at Wichita State and uses her cultural background to help others as a medical and legal interpreter. Growing...

Members of the African American Faculty Staff Association pose for a photo.

African American Faculty and Staff Association wants to ‘sit at the table’ for university collaboration

Taliyah Winn, Assistant News Editor March 11, 2024

The African American Faculty and Staff Association (AAFSA) has existed at Wichita State since the 1980s, but after the COVID-19 pandemic and university-wide staff retention issues, the group is restructuring...

Dimitri Seneviratne poses for photo in his Iron Man suit. Photo courtesy of Seneviratne.

Engineering student applies passion for robotics to career in medicine

Fatima Touffaha, Reporter March 8, 2024

With a passion for engineering and robotics, Dimitri Seneviratne has embraced a unique pre-med path. Seneviratne is a senior studying product design and manufacturing engineering and has recently...


OPINION: Turning the volume up on queer artists’ music

Piper Pinnetti, Reporter March 7, 2024

With diversity month on the horizon, the spotlight turns to the voices that collectively shape our world and various communities. As we celebrate a kaleidoscope of identities, it is important to recognize...


OPINION: Too white, too black: Growing up in the middle ground

Maleah Evans, Reporter March 7, 2024

I first realized I was different in kindergarten, though the reality of it didn't hit until second grade.  Growing up, there was always a subtle thought that I was different from my white grandparents...


OPINION: What white people can learn from Malcolm X

Sascha Harvey, Opinion editor March 6, 2024

When thinking of influential figures in the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr. probably comes to mind. Malcolm X, too, but to a lesser extent. Because, from what we’ve been taught, Malcolm...

Mystic Ross poses for photo writing in notebook on Feb 22. Ross is a creative writing student at Wichita State. She hosts and performs for open-mic poetry nights across the city.

‘Comfort in the words’: Poet Mystic Ross shares magic of writing

Monique Bever, Reporter March 5, 2024

Mystic Ross has been writing ever since she could. After creating her first story at 6 years old about a rabbit using construction paper and markers, Ross knew she’d continue telling stories for the...

Destiny Masters does a practice jump at Wilson Invitational on Jan. 25.

Track and field’s Destiny Masters motivated to place at nationals

Taliyah Winn, Assistant News Editor February 19, 2024

Track and field redshirt junior Destiny Masters draws motivation from setting goals, and this year her goal is to place in the top three at the NCAA nationals. “I know that's where I want to be,”...

Photo courtesy of Nick Flynn / Wichita State Athletics

Meet Caden Favors, the senior leader for Wichita State baseball

Owen Prothro, Reporter February 19, 2024

Towering at 6-foot-3-inches, Caden Favors is a goal-driven, soft-spoken student who gets right to the point. On the field, the senior left-handed pitcher shows his true colors as a competitor and leader. “When...

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