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Wichita State's independent, student-run news source

The Sunflower

Wichita State's independent, student-run news source

The Sunflower

The Wichita State softball team gathers together before the match against McLennan Community College on Sept. 16.

Softball gears up for a different season with conference newcomers

Melanie Rivera-Cortez, Sports Editor February 9, 2024

Wichita State softball has a long history of success in conference play. Now, the 2023 regular season champions are gearing up for their spring campaign, and this year’s new additions to the American...

A couple of Wichita Statestudents practice  a Brazilian jiu-jitsu technique.

WSU, say hello to jiu-jitsu

Genesis Merriett, Reporter February 9, 2024

Jiu-jitsu is an art that changes who you are as a person, according to Kael Laselva. “It brings out the person you really are, and then it fixes it,” Laselva, a freshman business major, said. “After...


OPINION: Are NFL games scripted?

Owen Prothro, Reporter February 8, 2024

In early 2023, on the “Macrodosing w/ PFT & Arian Foster” podcast, former National Football League player Arian Foster explained that everything — every game, every stat, every injury — in...

Sami Hood (#14) runs past the bases to home plate after hitting a home run. The freshman is a common starting player, and hit her fourth home run of the season.

Sami Hood strives to improve her leadership skills as shortstop

Courtney Brown, Investigative News Editor February 8, 2024

Sami Hood has been around softball since she was born. With all her siblings playing baseball and softball, she was on the field as a baby. She started tee-ball at age 3. “Ever since then, I've never...


OPINION: Karma is Taylor Swift at your Chiefs game

Piper Pinnetti, Reporter February 7, 2024

In 2023, Taylor Swift went on tour for the first time since the Reputation Stadium Tour in 2018. During her ongoing The Eras Tour,, she’s performed in 151 different concerts across five continents. Toward...

Senior outfielder Addison Barnard practices her hitting in the batting cage at Wilkins Stadium. Barnard and her younger sister, Avery Barnard, both play for the Wichita State softball team.

Wichita State softball leader prepares for final season

Salsabila Attaria, Arts and Culture Editor February 7, 2024

Entering her final season on Wichita State’s women’s softball team, senior outfielder Addison Barnard is actively working on being a more vocal leader for her team and her sister.  “I've always...


‘Have respect for the refs’: Student Officials Association trains Shockers for thankless but necessary job

Jacob Unruh, Assistant Sports Editor February 6, 2024

When Trent Koehler played basketball in high school, he said he would sometimes “poke the bear” by taunting the referees. Fast forward five years later, and Koehler is the head of the Wichita State...

Joey Wise prepares to throw his first disc at tryouts on Jan. 27. The Wichita State Disc Golf Club is a recreational sport at the university.

Wichita State Disc Golf Club has nationals in sights

Ainsley Smyth, Reporter February 6, 2024

When Connor Lancaster, an engineering major, transferred to Wichita State during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, he said he struggled to make friends. Then, he joined the university’s disc golf...

Wichita State dancers do turns and kicks during their Shocker Madness routine in Charles Koch Arena.

Diving into game day with Wichita State’s Spirit Squad

Genesis Merriett, Reporter November 15, 2023

To an untrained eye, both the cheer and dance teams that make up the Spirit Squad at Wichita State may look similar; they both carry pom poms and stand on the sideline at basketball games, yet they are...


The student section in Charles Koch Arena needs serious revamping

Tyler Guthrie, Reporter November 10, 2023

Anytime I or any student go to Charles Koch Arena to see our men’s or women’s basketball team play, we are required to sit in the student’s sections. As a student, I have only sat in Koch Arena twice,...

Scot Pierce announces at the womens basketball game against Presbyterian on Nov. 8. Pierce announces games for both Wichita State and Friends University.

‘Worth a million dollars’: WBB announcer Scot Pierce reflects on four seasons at WSU

Ainsley Smyth, Reporter November 10, 2023

If you attend a women’s basketball game at Charles Koch Arena, there’s a good chance you’ll hear the voice of Scot Pierce.  Pierce has been a public address (PA) announcer for Wichita State women’s...

TreZure Jobe talks about her return to the shockers. On Oct. 16, WSU hosted a press conference for the womens basketball team for the upcoming season.

Tre’zure Jobe returns to home after persistent recruiting by coaching staff

Melanie Rivera-Cortez, Sports Editor November 10, 2023

Tre’Zure Jobe has earned herself the nickname of “grandma” for being the oldest player on the Wichita State women’s basketball team.  For her sixth and final year, Jobe decided to come back...

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