The Sunflower

Evan Pflugradt
Kevin Pflugradt is the Opinion Editor and former Editor-in-Chief of The Sunflower. Pflugradt graduated from the Elliott School of Communication in spring 2017, and was recognized as the Elliott School's Most Outstanding Journalism Graduate for the 2017 graduating class. Pflugradt graduated from Wichita State with a bachelor of arts in communication — journalism. He's enjoyed covering sports, opinion, news and features. He's an avid fan of Shocker basketball and the Green Bay Packers. Pflugradt is a relative newcomer to Wichita after transferring to Wichita State from Johnson County Community College in Overland Park in 2015. Currently, he's pursuing a master's degree from the Elliott School.  

Evan Pflugradt, Opinion Editor

Feb 18, 2018
#JusticeForBrian opens dialogue on the parking garage’s odd class of rules (Story)
Feb 08, 2018
Editorial: We stand with The Lantern (Story)
Feb 05, 2018
Former Shocker turns ball-spinning hobby into career with Harlem Globetrotters (Story)
Feb 01, 2018
Pflugradt: When the world slows down (Story)
Feb 01, 2018
Pflugradt: Time for Terrible Tom to meet Father Time (Story)
Jan 29, 2018
Grading Wichita State at midway through conference play (Story)
Jan 28, 2018
Frankamp ends three-point streak at 40 games (Story)
Jan 24, 2018
Pflugradt: Wichita State’s emphasis for online-only degrees is moving too quickly (Story)
Jan 22, 2018
Pflugradt: In-game promos are crowd killers, detrimental to Shockers’ home success (Story)
Jan 22, 2018
Pflugradt: Wichita State, Oklahoma slide in latest poll (Story)
Jan 20, 2018
Tacko Fall to miss remainder of season (Story)
Jan 17, 2018
Wichita State’s Shamet, SMU’s Emelogu among best from three (Story)
Jan 15, 2018
Pflugradt: Trae Young delivers, Oklahoma jumps to No. 2 in latest poll (Story)
Jan 11, 2018
Wichita State commits nominated to McDonald’s All American team (Story)
Jan 11, 2018
Landry Shamet named Wooden Award midseason finalist (Story)
Jan 08, 2018
Pflugradt: Two Big 12 teams jump into the top 5 amid major weekend shake-up (Story)
Dec 26, 2017
Kansas Board of Regents approve online degree in homeland security (Story)
Dec 09, 2017
Shamet saves Shockers in Stillwater (Story)
Nov 29, 2017
Pflugradt: C’mon with the custard—Wichita State needs a Freddy’s (Story)
Nov 28, 2017
Samajae Haynes-Jones scores career-high as Shockers battle injury-plagued backcourt (Story)
Nov 28, 2017
Savannah State continues laborious road schedule at Wichita State (Story)
Nov 26, 2017
Pflugradt: Examining the tax provisional that could bankrupt graduate students (Story)
Nov 20, 2017
The Sunflower picks the Maui Jim Maui Invitational (Story)
Nov 20, 2017
Shockers stay at No. 6 in AP poll (Story)
Nov 20, 2017
Pflugradt: My walking tour of Innovation Campus (Story)
Nov 15, 2017
Pflugradt: AP voter drops Wichita State 11 spots after winning 109-57 (Story)
Nov 12, 2017
Liberal Arts and Sciences needs a hero (Story)
Nov 09, 2017
Shamet named to Naismith Trophy watch list (Story)
Nov 08, 2017
Pflugradt: Conference realignment—How do teams typically fare in their inaugural season? (Story)
Nov 08, 2017
Pflugradt: Will Gregg Marshall ever leave Wichita State? (Story)
Nov 08, 2017
Two stress fractures won’t define Shocker point guard Landry Shamet (Story)
Nov 08, 2017
5 players poised for a breakout season (Story)
Nov 08, 2017
Shockers score four-star point guard Alex Lomax, five others in early signing period (Story)
Nov 02, 2017
Optimism is hurting Tobacco Free Wu & Me (Story)
Nov 01, 2017
NCAA Tournament favorite? ESPN’s BPI probability rankings say so. (Story)
Oct 29, 2017
Cross country finishes middle of the pack in Shockers’ first AAC Tournament (Story)
Oct 29, 2017
The Sunflower recognized as second in Best of Show by Associated College Press (Story)
Oct 25, 2017
Tobacco Free? Maybe. (Story)
Oct 25, 2017
Shockers appear in top 5 of ESPN, CBS preseason polls (Story)
Oct 22, 2017
Greeks can slide through the cracks with a little loophole (Story)
Oct 22, 2017
Shockers tabbed No. 4 in Ken Pomeroy’s rankings (Story)
Oct 18, 2017
One-year-old LeBron James didn’t win MVP; three-year-old Innovation Campus isn’t the nation’s leader in innovation (Story)
Oct 18, 2017
Expect metal detectors, bag policy enforced at Koch Arena for Shocker Madness (Story)
Oct 18, 2017
Markis McDuffie included on Forward of the Year watch list (Story)
Oct 12, 2017
Dining disaster: Students who live at The Flats next year will be required to purchase a meal plan under housing proposal (Story)
Oct 05, 2017
Why The Sunflower is livestreaming (Story)
Oct 02, 2017
KBOR, Wichita State need to be mindful of conflicts of interest (Story)
Sep 27, 2017
6-8 forward Morris Udeze picks Wichita State (Story)
Sep 27, 2017
Robert Hinshaw named interim police chief (Story)
Sep 25, 2017
Why can’t WSU figure out The Flats? (Story)
Sep 25, 2017
Squandering the First Amendment is inappropriate (Story)
Sep 21, 2017
Not accusations, just stating the claims (Story)
Sep 15, 2017
Multiple Wichita State campus art pieces vandalized (Story)
Sep 15, 2017
UPDATE: Hut relocation will affect Monday traffic (Story/Photo)
Sep 14, 2017
I’m not in love with your signs (Story)
Sep 14, 2017
Stop letting the cable companies screw you (Story)
Sep 07, 2017
You like that?! Sunflower editors give their picks for the 2017 season (Story)
Sep 07, 2017
Response: Concerning free expression and a bulletproof vest (Story)
Aug 31, 2017
Want to be a good roommate? Just do the damn dishes (Story)
Aug 28, 2017
Wichita State names new Associate VP for Student Affairs (Story)
Aug 28, 2017
Pflugradt responds: Chick-fil-A, you can stay (Story)
Aug 24, 2017
New RSC tenant has a queso problem (Story)
Aug 24, 2017
Don’t blink on this free ink (Story)
Aug 18, 2017
Kamron Doyle leaves Wichita State, joins pros (Story)
Aug 09, 2017
Is worth it to be ‘All American?’ (Story)
Jul 29, 2017
Shocker point guard Landry Shamet injured in summer camp, will undergo surgery Monday (Story)
Jul 27, 2017
Thank Trump for ridding us of Gov. Brownback and his ‘real live experiment’ (Story)
Jul 26, 2017
Trump appoints Gov. Brownback as religious freedom ambassador (Story)
Jul 17, 2017
Lyston Skerritt resigns from Wichita State (Story)
Jul 14, 2017
Wichita State to move students from university housing to private apartment complex, demolish Fairmount Towers (Photo)
Jul 14, 2017
Wash station installed in RSC (Photo)
Jun 27, 2017
Adiós, Doritos Locos: New food options coming to Wichita State (Story/Photo)
Jun 03, 2017
Fresh off a camel, Brian Regan heads to Wichita, preps for Netflix specials (Story)
May 10, 2017
Student Body President Hungate issues statement of response, protestors continue sit-in (Story)
May 10, 2017
Students protest Wichita State Student Body President Paige Hungate (Story)
May 10, 2017
Letter to the Editor — ‘Diversity is more than just a pamphlet’ (Photo)
May 08, 2017
Shepard to press charges for alleged discriminatory incident (Story)
May 08, 2017
University issues statement on hate speech, discriminatory behavior (Story)
May 08, 2017
Bird found hung in Azad family’s yard (Story)
May 05, 2017
Student Body President Hungate’s parents subject of alleged racial incident directed at former Student Body President Shepard (Story)
May 04, 2017
The Sunflower year in review (Story)
May 04, 2017
There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things (Story)
May 01, 2017
Where is President John Bardo? (Story)
Apr 27, 2017
President John Bardo discusses shared governance, campus changes (Story)
Apr 21, 2017
Best of Wichita: Do not miss out on these doughnuts (Story)
Apr 20, 2017
Daishon Smith announces transfer from Wichita State (Story)
Apr 20, 2017
Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappé is a thing of beauty, until you drink it (Story)
Apr 19, 2017
Wichita State student named Collegiate Bowler of the Year (Story)
Apr 18, 2017
NCAA selects Wichita to host NCAA Tournament in 2021 (Story)
Apr 17, 2017
Wichita State signs on with Under Armour (Story)
Apr 15, 2017
Two Shockers to test NBA Draft (Story)
Apr 13, 2017
Gov. Brownback signs bill to join WSU, WATC (Story)
Apr 07, 2017
Wichita State ticket prices expected to increase with AAC move (Story)
Apr 07, 2017
Boatright: ‘We expressed a desire to go now and avoid the lame duck round around the Missouri Valley’ (Story)
Apr 07, 2017
American Athletic Conference unanimously approves Wichita State to join league (Story)
Apr 06, 2017
Results of the 2017 SGA election (Story)
Apr 05, 2017
Hungate elected Wichita State Student Body President (Story)
Apr 04, 2017
With conference realignment pending, Wichita State waits on final word for AAC (Story)
Apr 04, 2017
‘There has been no invitation offered’: Wichita State awaits probable invitation from American Athletic Conference (Story)
Mar 30, 2017
Wichita State could make AAC move ahead of 2017 season (Story)
Mar 29, 2017
Election Commission settles on debate moderator (Story)
Mar 29, 2017
Sophomore Eric Hamilton granted release from Wichita State (Story)
Mar 27, 2017
‘Everything is made up and the points don’t matter’ (Story)
Mar 23, 2017
Sources report Wichita State leave for the AAC could be pending (Story)
Mar 19, 2017
Landry Shamet blocked at the buzzer, Wichita State falls to Kentucky (Story)
Mar 19, 2017
‘We are trying to be elite one day too’: Wichita State’s development compared to Kentucky’s one-and-done system (Story)
Mar 19, 2017
Seeking validation, Gregg Marshall prepares for personal battle Sunday (Story)
Mar 19, 2017
Pflugradt: Nothing is impossible, Wichita State is 3-0 against No. 2 seeds for a reason (Story)
Mar 19, 2017
Wichita State looks to stay undefeated against No. 2 seeds (Story)
Mar 18, 2017
‘I don’t know anything about that’: Kentucky players tout success, shamelessly ignore Wichita State (Story)
Mar 18, 2017
In the battle of the mid-majors, Wichita State comes out on top (Story)
Mar 17, 2017
Wichita State rallies, upsets Dayton (Story)
Mar 17, 2017
Halftime: Wichita State trails No. 7 seed Dayton (Story)
Mar 17, 2017
Vegas oddsmakers have No. 10 seed Wichita State projected to upset No. 7 seed Dayton (Story)
Mar 17, 2017
Man who goes 0-16 in bracket challenge has Wichita State winning it all (Story)
Mar 17, 2017
Arizona head coach Sean Miller doesn’t have advice for Dayton’s Archie Miller in planning for Wichita State (Story)
Mar 17, 2017
Breaking down the Dayton Flyers (Story)
Mar 17, 2017
How Gregg Marshall transformed Shaq Morris to be NCAA Tournament ready (Story)
Mar 16, 2017
Dayton’s frontcourt isn’t as settled as their veteran backcourt (Story)
Mar 15, 2017
Gregg Marshall may give Dayton head coach Archie Miller the sweats (Story)
Mar 15, 2017
President Bardo issues response to sit-in (Story)
Mar 12, 2017
‘We’re definitely underrated’: Wichita State selected 10-seed in South region (Story)
Mar 12, 2017
Bracket released: Wichita State earns a 10-seed in the South region (Story)
Mar 12, 2017
Accuracy check: Joe Lunardi’s ‘Bracketology’ success (Story)
Mar 11, 2017
Seeding conundrum: Gregg Marshall’s notorious battle with the selection committee (Story)
Mar 09, 2017
Sleep easy, the Shockers are in the NCAA Tournament (Story)
Mar 09, 2017
Cash and advance (Story)
Mar 09, 2017
Pflugradt: If you’re reading this, student fees affect you (Story)
Mar 08, 2017
Students protest student fees increase for YMCA (Photo)
Mar 08, 2017
Experiential Engineering Building floor cracking, GoCreate set to open (Photo)
Mar 08, 2017
Shocker Safe Ride teaming up with Uber (Story)
Mar 02, 2017
We’re a nation divided on hate crimes (Story)
Feb 28, 2017
Shamet named MVC Freshman of the Year (Story)
Feb 28, 2017
Shamet, McDuffie land on All-Valley first team (Story)
Feb 27, 2017
A Valley First (Story)
Feb 20, 2017
Koch Arena nears funding goals (Story)
Feb 20, 2017
Pflugradt: Give up the damn seats (Story)
Feb 17, 2017
Ron Baker living NBA dream, relishing in rookie season (Story)
Feb 13, 2017
Pflugradt: The rent is too damn high (Story)
Feb 11, 2017
Rematch with Kansas? ESPN thinks so. (Story)
Feb 10, 2017
Former Shocker reaches nationally televised bowling championship (Story)
Feb 10, 2017
The Flats at WSU announces leasing options, students weigh in on prices (Story)
Feb 02, 2017
Farewell, friend. (Story)
Jan 30, 2017
Want to break ground on Braeburn Square? Here’s what it takes. (Story)
Jan 30, 2017
Wichita State prepares for immigration ban (Story)
Jan 25, 2017
How Brownback’s higher education budgets affect Wichita State (Story)
Jan 23, 2017
Wichita State’s porcelain thrones: The top spots to poop on campus (Story)
Jan 19, 2017
SGA campaign spending cap proposed (Photo)
Jan 17, 2017
Experiential Education building opens at Wichita State (Story)
Jan 14, 2017
Illinois State claims top spot, Shockers suffer first MVC loss (Story)
Jan 14, 2017
Halftime: Shockers trail Illinois State, hot shooting numbers fall in final minutes (Story)
Jan 11, 2017
Could Wichita State run the table in conference play? An answer could come this week. (Story)
Jan 07, 2017
Baker, VanVleet secure guaranteed contracts (Story)
Dec 20, 2016
Pflugradt: Billy Willson challenged college. Here’s what we can learn from his viral social media antics. (Story)
Dec 17, 2016
Pflugradt: Wichita State’s winning recipe left buried in the snow (Story)
Dec 12, 2016
‘They want everyone to get along and work for the common good’: Race relations discussed from all sides (Story)
Dec 09, 2016
Jyar Francis transfers out of women’s basketball program (Story)
Dec 09, 2016
University Police Chief releases statement on controversial chalk drawings (Story)
Dec 03, 2016
Pflugradt: Daishon Smith is Wichita State’s only true point (Story)
Nov 17, 2016
Teri Hall named Vice President of Student Affairs (Story)
Nov 15, 2016
Brown, McDuffie compete for starting role (Story)
Nov 15, 2016
Meet Austin Reaves: The freshman who ‘catches a lot of people off guard’ (Story)
Nov 15, 2016
Family support guides Landry Shamet for take two (Story)
Nov 15, 2016
Meet Rauno Nurger: Gregg Marshall’s do-it-all forward (Story)
Nov 14, 2016
Pflugradt: It’s time we unite; accept the results (Story)
Nov 14, 2016
‘America was always great’: WSU students and local activists protest President-elect Donald Trump (Photo)
Nov 09, 2016
Donald Trump elected 45th president of the United States (Story)
Nov 07, 2016
Campus going tobacco-free in 2017 (Story)
Nov 03, 2016
Five tips to vote the right way (Story)
Nov 03, 2016
Pflugradt: ‘You’re all gonna die’ from boredom watching horror movies (Story)
Nov 03, 2016
Donald Trump: From media-centric business mogul to presidential frontrunner (Story)
Oct 27, 2016
‘There’s been challenges’: Assistant superintendent discusses Wichita Public Schools (Photo)
Oct 22, 2016
VanVleet scoops final roster spot (Story)
Oct 21, 2016
Zach Brown: new season, new dew (Story)
Oct 10, 2016
‘It’s part of the heart’: grieving takes time (Story)
Sep 25, 2016
Monday’s debate expected to polarize nation (Story)
Sep 22, 2016
Peyton Allen announces departure (Story)
Sep 22, 2016
Online student on a road to rave (Story)
Sep 22, 2016
Cleared for takeoff (Story)
Sep 15, 2016
Campus braces for leaky structures; community shares concerns (Story)
Sep 12, 2016
Young claims Gold in Rio (Story)
Jul 11, 2016
No fireworks yet, Wichita State ready to start talking football (Story)
Apr 28, 2016
Campus closes Tuesday in advance of threatening severe weather (Story)
Apr 21, 2016
Professional experience prepares Wesley Low, Wichita State for bowling’s national spotlight (Story)
Apr 19, 2016
Players receive postseason awards in farewell ceremony (Story)
Apr 11, 2016
Shocker Sound tuned out of student fees budget (Story)
Apr 01, 2016
Campus printers victim of off-site hacking (Story)
Mar 31, 2016
Freshman guard Ty Taylor transfers from Wichita State (Story)
Mar 19, 2016
Angel Rodriguez steals second half comeback, seniors reflect on career end (Story)
Mar 18, 2016
Don’t call it an upset (Story)
Mar 18, 2016
VanVleet, team-defense eliminates Arizona, Shockers advance to Round of 32 (Story)
Mar 17, 2016
Baker, VanVleet block out thoughts of possible college finale (Story)
Mar 17, 2016
Baker matches up with Pan-American teammate in Providence (Story)
Mar 17, 2016
Adrenaline rush fuels WSU, players quickly prepare for Arizona (Story)
Mar 17, 2016
VanVleet ready to play now, players quickly prepare for Thursday game (Story)
Mar 16, 2016
Nurger sparks new life in Shockers’ post play, Shockers thrash Vanderbilt in Dayton (Story)
Mar 16, 2016
Nurger sparks new life in post-play, Shockers thrash Vanderbilt in Dayton (Story)
Mar 15, 2016
Shocker fans make 800-mile journey to Dayton (Story)
Mar 15, 2016
Shocker fans go the distance (Story)
Mar 15, 2016
Big men to challenge Shockers in First Four (Story)
Mar 15, 2016
Gregg Marshall’s thrill of defying the odds carried into First Four (Story)
Mar 10, 2016
Bubble Watch: Shockers’ hope of making field of 68 may rely on eye test (Story)
Mar 05, 2016
Shockers fall in semifinals of Arch Madness (Story)
Mar 04, 2016
Shockers draw Northern Iowa in semifinals (Story)
Mar 04, 2016
Baker leads second half rally, Shockers survive quarterfinals (Story)
Mar 04, 2016
Bring on the madness, Frankamp ready for favorite month (Story)
Mar 04, 2016
Shockers get Ramblers in Arch Madness (Story)
Mar 03, 2016
VanVleet named Player of the Year, McDuffie Freshman of Year in Valley awards (Story)
Mar 03, 2016
Shockers head to Arch Madness (Story)
Feb 28, 2016
Seniors raise trophy, jerseys in emotional farewell (Story)
Feb 25, 2016
Seniors prepare for emotional finale (Story)
Feb 25, 2016
Baker, Grady lead as Shockers roll past Loyola in final road game (Story)
Feb 22, 2016
Shockers claim back-to-back-to-back MVC titles (Story)
Feb 19, 2016
Sophomores post career-highs; Shockers slam their way to victory (Story)
Feb 18, 2016
Missouri State Bears to battle Wichita State on Thursday (Story)
Feb 16, 2016
Shockers’ improved shooting numbers hold off New Mexico State (Story)
Feb 14, 2016
Eck Stadium adds luxury scoreboard; more upgrades on the way (Story)
Feb 14, 2016
Sam Tewes tips his cap to Wichita State loyalist (Story)
Feb 13, 2016
Panthers break nation’s best home winning streak at Koch Arena (Story)
Feb 12, 2016
Balanced offense ignites, Shockers down Bulldogs (Story)
Feb 08, 2016
Redbirds break the streak, Shockers record first conference loss (Story)
Feb 08, 2016
NFL closes half-century of football, Broncos win Super Bowl 50 (Story)
Feb 04, 2016
Marshall eclipses program milestone, Shockers stay undefeated in the Valley (Story)
Feb 01, 2016
The Sunflower’s Missouri Valley Conference mid-season awards (Story)
Feb 01, 2016
Wichita State survives defensive battle, VanVleet leads with career night (Story)
Jan 28, 2016
Shockers blast Ramblers for 10-straight victories (Story)
Jan 25, 2016
Student upgrades his ride after hitting miracle shot (Story)
Jan 25, 2016
Student upgrades his ride after hitting miracle shot at halfcourt (Story)
Jan 25, 2016
Shockers capture first conference win, victorious in back-to-back home games (Story)
Jan 23, 2016
Shockers trounce young Braves, stay undefeated in Valley (Story)
Jan 20, 2016
McDuffie leads second-half rally in UNI road game (Story)
Jan 17, 2016
VanVleet shows off scoring versatility in win over Indiana State (Story)
Jan 07, 2016
Anton Grady revitalizes post-play as Shockers outlast Evansville (Story)
Dec 14, 2015
Shockers topple Utes at Intrust Bank Arena (Story)
Dec 04, 2015
Anton Grady recovering from spinal concussion (Story)
Nov 29, 2015
Grady to be released from hospital (Story)
Nov 27, 2015
Grady sidelined with spinal concussion; fans to celebrate ‘Grady Day’ Saturday (Story)
Nov 27, 2015
Alabama hands Shockers second straight loss; Anton Grady hospitalized (Story)
Nov 26, 2015
Shockers stunned in Orlando (Story)
Nov 23, 2015
Marshall earns 400th win as Shockers trounce Hornets (Story)
Nov 19, 2015
Hurricanes top Shockers in road loss (Story)
Nov 16, 2015
Cross country ends season with two top 10 finishes (Story)
Nov 12, 2015
Nonconference play opens with game against Charleston Southern (Story)
Nov 11, 2015
Coaches look for ‘diamonds in the rough,’ character (Story)
Nov 11, 2015
Evan Wessel: Essential to the winning formula (Story)
Nov 11, 2015
Young team lands women in fifth (Story)
Nov 11, 2015
How the men will shape up in the MVC (Story)
Nov 08, 2015
Freshmen showcased in 91-57 exhibition win (Story)
Nov 08, 2015
Shockers rally fourth-quarter exhibition win (Story)
Nov 05, 2015
Men’s, women’s bowling teams travel to Lawrence for weekend tournament (Story)
Nov 02, 2015
Cross country finishes on top in conference tournament (Story)
Oct 29, 2015
WSU cross country to compete in MVC conference tournament (Story)
Oct 26, 2015
Shocker Madness kicks off official start for men’s, women’s basketball (Story)
Oct 19, 2015
Cross country teams compete in Pre-National Invitational (Story)
Oct 15, 2015
They’ve made it this far: Royals win ALDS game 5 (Story)
Oct 05, 2015
Cross country surpasses school record at Chile Pepper Festival (Story)
Oct 01, 2015
Shocker cross country to kickoff first all-team event this weekend (Story)
Oct 01, 2015
Westar Energy CEO talks internships, employment (Story)
Sep 23, 2015
Sports Management alumni take center stage in NFL (Story)
Sep 23, 2015
Students find success with internships (Story)
Sep 21, 2015
Shockers take first in Nebraska cross country tournament (Story)
Sep 09, 2015
Shocker Safe Ride provides peace of mind (Story)
Sep 06, 2015
Men’s, women’s cross country finish first in J.K. Gold Classic (Story)
Aug 30, 2015
Large crowds turn out for weekend cricket tournament (Story)