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Wichita State's independent, student-run news source

The Sunflower

DJ McCarty talks about her return to the Shockers basketball team. On Oct. 16, WSU Athletics hosted a press conference for the womens basketball team for their upcoming season.

‘We’re putting ourselves out there’: Senior player outlines goals for season

Isabel Ordoñez, Reporter November 6, 2023

As she stands on the threshold of her last season of Wichita State women’s basketball, DJ McCarty shared goals for her team this season as well as for the future of her career beyond basketball.  McCarty,...

Sophomore center Quincy Ballard tries to get open on offense. On Dec. 3, Wichita State traveled to Manhattan to play against K-State, losing 55-50.

‘Buys into his process’: Quincy Ballard returns from injury

Courtney Brown, Investigative News Editor November 6, 2023

Junior center Quincy Ballard missed several games last basketball season due to a lingering back injury, but after he returned this season, teammate Kenny Pohto said it doesn’t appear like he was even...

Kenny Pohto, a junior forward, enters the arena during the team presentation at Shocker Madness on Oct. 7.

After two years, Kenny Pohto steps into leadership role at last

Salsabila Attaria, Arts Editor November 6, 2023

When junior Kenny Pohto speaks, the team listens.  At least, that’s according to Wichita State’s head men’s basketball coach, Paul Mills. In a recent press conference, Mills made a point of highlighting...

School board candidates Melody McCray-Miller, Stan Reeser and Ngoc Vuong attend Wichita States school board candidate forum on Oct. 25. All were elected to the school board in the Nov. 7 election.

USD 259 school board candidates discuss teacher shortages, classroom content, more at forum

Jacob Unruh, Reporter October 29, 2023

Three USD 259 school board candidates came to Hubbard Hall on Wednesday evening to take questions and discuss their plans to improve Wichita public schools, if elected. Melody McCray-Miller, a former...


OPINION: How to talk politics with children: you don’t

Cheyanne Tull, Reporter October 22, 2023

Growing up, I think most of us heard our parents discussing politics at some point, or we heard about it from somewhere. Should those conversations be had in private by adults or should children be educated...

A look at voter turnout at Wichita State.

Voter turnout on the rise at Wichita State

Jacob Unruh, Reporter October 21, 2023

Wichita State student voter turnout has been on the rise in recent elections. The Shockers Vote! Coalition hopes to continue to mobilize students to the polls for the upcoming election on Nov. 7. According...


OPINION: The problem with being ‘raised in a different time’

Sascha Harvey, Opinion editor October 20, 2023

My grandmother has been known to say some pretty unsavory things over the years, things I don’t want to (and can’t) repeat. Mostly, her opinions can be linked to ignorance – ignorance about race,...

Kitrina Miller-Taylor poses for a photo. (Photo courtesy of Kitrina Miller-Taylor.)

‘Busiest I’ve ever been’: Former WSU student body president reflects on lessons learned in office

Isabel Ordoñez, Reporter October 20, 2023

Former Student Body President Kitrina Miller-Taylor found her career where social work meets social media. Miller-Taylor, who served as Wichita State’s student body president in the 2019-2020...


OPINION: Rampant voter fraud exists to force agendas

Loren Amelunke, Reporter October 20, 2023

Many news organizations and think tanks that tout overwhelming evidence behind voter fraud claims are accompanied by paragraphs with emotive language. Before introducing their evidence, they stir the pot...

WSU history professor Jay Price said that balancing different levels of identity, from individual to state to national, was one of the challenges in planning for the semiquincentennial. Modeled after AASLH’s field guide.

‘Balancing the pluribus and the unum’: Kansas prepares for America’s 250th anniversary

Trinity Ramm, Managing Editor October 20, 2023

In 2026, America commemorates its 250th anniversary, and according to Jay Price, if you’re planning for the semiquincentennial – if you can say it – on Jan. 1, 2026, you’re already behind. Unlike...

Brandon Whipple and Lily Wu debate at a mayoral forum at Wichita State on Oct. 18 (Photo illustration)

Whipple, Wu visit Wichita State for debate

Courtney Brown, Investigative News Editor October 19, 2023

From inclusivity to food deserts, mayoral candidates Brandon Whipple and Lily Wu shared their stances on various issues and gave pointed remarks regarding each other’s policies during a mayoral forum...

Six individuals are running for school board positions in USD 259. (Photo illustration)

USD 259 school board candidates answer Q&A centered on student concerns

The Sunflower October 19, 2023

In general, school boards are charged with the responsibility of managing all aspects of local public schools, from hiring superintendents to budgetary issues. Because of a rule change in 2022, voters...

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