The Sunflower

Matthew Kelly
Matthew Kelly is The Sunflower's current managing editor and former editor in chief.  Kelly is a senior majoring in political science and minoring in communication.  He was born in Wichita, Kansas, is a strong proponent of the Oxford comma, and plans to pursue a career in political journalism after graduation. Please send story tips and feedback to [email protected]

Matthew Kelly, Managing Editor

Sep 16, 2019
Sigma Lambda Beta files bias report after ‘racially motivated’ incident (Media)
Sep 16, 2019
Honors College opens doors to renovated space in Shocker Hall (Story)
Sep 16, 2019
This week in brief (Sept. 16) (Story)
Sep 10, 2019
Faculty Senate hears proposal to drop gen ed credit hour minimum from 42 to 33 (Story)
Sep 09, 2019
This week in brief (Story)
Aug 28, 2019
WSU settles for $50,000 with former professor candidate who sued for pregnancy discrimination  (Story)
Aug 26, 2019
WSU moving forward with Ablah 24-hour study room expansion, select referendum projects (Story)
Aug 20, 2019
‘This is about the students’: Tompkins says WSU presidential search should prioritize higher ed proficiency (Story)
Aug 20, 2019
Construction to begin on Innovation Campus hotel next week (Story)
Aug 14, 2019
New business dean sold on Wichita State’s mission (Story)
Jul 17, 2019
Longwell seeks second term, leans on track record of spurring development (Story)
Jun 19, 2019
Experiential Engineering Building to be renamed John Bardo Center (Story)
May 16, 2019
YMCA namesake Steve Clark will chair second straight WSU presidential search (Story)
May 15, 2019
New Sunflower leaders assume positions (Story)
May 12, 2019
Tragedy prompts cycling trio of alumni to ride from Wichita to Winnipeg for eating disorder awareness (Story/Media)
May 09, 2019
Larisa Genin named new dean of the W. Frank Barton School of Business (Story)
May 03, 2019
Secretary of the Navy highlights partnership with Wichita State (Story)
May 01, 2019
WSU faculty give final approval for First Year Seminar requirement (Story)
Apr 30, 2019
Closed search means next WSU president will be named without publicly announcing candidates, finalists (Story)
Apr 28, 2019
Private donations almost completely funded KU and K-State’s new business buildings. WSU plans to pay for 40% of Woolsey Hall. (Story)
Apr 21, 2019
As development ramps up, Fairmount stakeholders weigh in on community investment, gentrification (Story/Media)
Apr 21, 2019
Regents currently identifying candidates to chair search for next WSU president (Story)
Apr 11, 2019
Meet Dr. Tompkins: Q&A with Interim President Andy Tompkins (Story)
Apr 10, 2019
Here’s how Wichita State pays for separation agreements, settles lawsuits (Story)
Apr 09, 2019
Faculty Senate passes First Year Seminar requirement, pending general faculty approval (Story)
Apr 06, 2019
Schlapp on Bardo’s empowerment of executive team: ‘If you bought into his vision and mission, he left you alone’ (Story)
Apr 05, 2019
Innovation Campus governing board to go a year between public meetings (Story)
Apr 05, 2019
Gandu promoted to assistant VP of strategic enrollment management (Story)
Apr 02, 2019
WSU awards $10.4 million construction contract to company founded by Regent, run by son (Story)
Mar 31, 2019
SGA voting runs Monday through Wednesday (Story)
Mar 29, 2019
Second business dean candidate presents at public forum Monday (Story)
Mar 28, 2019
KBOR names Andy Tompkins Wichita State’s interim president (Story)
Mar 28, 2019
Business dean candidate visiting campus Thursday and Friday (Story)
Mar 28, 2019
Student fees already paying operating costs of campus YMCA not yet operating (Story)
Mar 27, 2019
Faculty Senate hears proposal to make First Year Seminars mandatory (Story)
Mar 24, 2019
WSU: Trump executive order threatening federal money for violating free speech won’t affect university (Story)
Mar 22, 2019
Sen. Moran says he doesn’t have enough information, authority to address potential conflicts of interest at WSU (Story)
Mar 22, 2019
WSU lands $2 million grant from U.S. Economic Development Administration (Story)
Mar 22, 2019
WSU, YMCA signs vandalized Thursday (Story)
Mar 21, 2019
Director Larry Burks settles in, ensures student veterans receive GI benefits (Story)
Mar 18, 2019
Back in Kansas, Secretary Pompeo talks journalism, public-private partnerships with The Sunflower (Story)
Mar 12, 2019
Wichita State President John Bardo dies (Story)
Mar 07, 2019
‘Where do we go from here?’: Shock the Future conversation circle addresses referendum outcome (Story)
Mar 06, 2019
Referendum fails by 107 votes; students narrowly reject fee increase for campus upgrades (Story)
Mar 05, 2019
SGA tickets talk Shock the Future (Story)
Mar 04, 2019
Bottled water ranked from nice to absolutely disgusting (Media)
Mar 04, 2019
Referendum voting open Monday morning through Wednesday afternoon (Story)
Mar 03, 2019
New business building would house Koch-funded Institute for the Study of Economic Growth (Story)
Mar 03, 2019
WSU maintains No. 1 national ranking in industry-funded aeronautical R&D (Story)
Feb 27, 2019
WSU reaches $495,000 settlement with former VP; explicitly forbids contact with The Sunflower (Story)
Feb 26, 2019
Fund the Present fliers not affiliated with The Sunflower (Story/Media)
Feb 25, 2019
Source of information or WSU public relations? Steering committee members weigh in on their role (Story)
Feb 22, 2019
WSU promised donors $20 million for business building would come from ‘university funds.’ Now, they need students to vote ‘yes’ on raising their own fees. (Story)
Feb 21, 2019
Which colleges get the best and worst deal out of the Shock the Future referendum? (Story)
Feb 20, 2019
Natasha Stephens out as WSU Title IX coordinator (Story)
Feb 13, 2019
Student Fee Committee hearings postponed until March (Story)
Feb 13, 2019
Kenon Brinkley resigns as student body president, will be replaced by Shelby Rowell (Story)
Feb 12, 2019
Brinkley accuser shares her story, intentions behind coming forward (Story)
Feb 11, 2019
SGA cabinet responds to sexual assault accusations against Student Body President Kenon Brinkley (Story)
Feb 10, 2019
After 30 years of service, military spy finds second career as parking services officer (Story)
Feb 08, 2019
Regent’s company corners the market on student housing at Wichita State (Story)
Feb 06, 2019
Wichita State cancels Thursday classes (Story)
Feb 04, 2019
Business students weigh in on referendum, new building on Innovation Campus (Story)
Feb 01, 2019
Heldman: Bardo in and out of hospital; ‘absolutely’ expects to return as president (Story)
Jan 31, 2019
Town hall tackles fee questions, what comes next if referendum fails (Story)
Jan 29, 2019
‘Artificially growing the state of Kansas’: Expanded in-state tuition offering aims to grow workforce, fill student housing (Story)
Jan 29, 2019
Fire from chemical spill reported in McKinley Hall; university gives all clear (Story/Media)
Jan 28, 2019
John Tomblin made almost $800,000 in 2018 — more than twice as much as President Bardo (Story)
Jan 24, 2019
What you missed: WSU news from over break (Story)
Jan 24, 2019
WSU pays more than $2.5 million to lease The Flats. Now, two Flats’ owners are co-chairing a Republican Senate bid. (Story)
Jan 22, 2019
Police respond to ‘aggravated strong-arm robbery’ on campus (Story)
Jan 15, 2019
Freshman art student dies (Story)
Jan 10, 2019
Golling: Business-specific fee to pay for new business school a ‘very practical option’ if referendum fails (Story)
Jan 10, 2019
Schlapp on Bardo’s recovery: ‘He’s 70 years old and he’s got to make a decision.’ (Story)
Jan 08, 2019
Voter turnout could be an uphill battle for infrastructure referendum (Story)
Jan 07, 2019
Professor candidate claims WSU withdrew job offer after she said she was pregnant (Story)
Dec 20, 2018
Campus YMCA hits fundraising goal, will be named after Steve Clark (Story)
Dec 19, 2018
After semester of mixed messages, international students will continue paying more for health insurance (Story)
Dec 19, 2018
Metallica gives WSU Tech $100,000 grant (Story)
Dec 17, 2018
Brinkley on infrastructure fee hike: ‘They’re going to push through with it one way or another’ (Story)
Dec 17, 2018
Chance Moore to transfer from Wichita State (Story)
Dec 12, 2018
$12 million oilman donor to receive honorary WSU degree (Story)
Dec 11, 2018
2 Wichita State students die in separate incidents (Story)
Dec 06, 2018
Innovation Rebranded: WSU’s public relations push to change the image of Innovation Campus (Story)
Dec 05, 2018
Sunflower Archives: 1989 Shocker baseball team pays President Bush a visit (Story)
Dec 04, 2018
Presidential day of remembrance upends finals prep (Story)
Nov 28, 2018
Former UPD sergeant sues WSU for discrimination, retaliation (Story)
Nov 27, 2018
President John Bardo hospitalized for chronic lung condition (Story)
Nov 26, 2018
Student fees, tuition increase steadily as state funding fluctuates (Story)
Nov 16, 2018
Meet your student reps on the infrastructure steering committee (Story)
Nov 15, 2018
Deans talk student input on infrastructure proposal (Story)
Nov 13, 2018
Kerry Wilks named interim dean of Graduate School (Story)
Nov 09, 2018
Shocker women look to avenge 81-point loss when UConn comes to town (Story)
Nov 08, 2018
WSU rolls out ‘student-driven’ plan to raise student fees, upgrade campus infrastructure (Story)
Nov 07, 2018
Haynes-Jones embraces senior leadership role (Story)
Nov 07, 2018
Jamarius Burton credits his game to his mother (Story)
Nov 06, 2018
Sunrise freshmen share bond that runs deeper than basketball (Story)
Nov 02, 2018
Election Commission calls off SGA special election (Story)
Nov 01, 2018
Laura Kelly bolstered by moderates (Story)
Oct 28, 2018
Cargill, Capitol Federal donate $1.75 million toward new business building (Story)
Oct 26, 2018
After false starts, Innovation Campus will get a hotel (Story)
Oct 22, 2018
Former WSU assistant volleyball coach charged with child sex crimes (Story)
Oct 19, 2018
Orman denies rumors, says he will not drop out of governor’s race (Story)
Oct 17, 2018
International students will soon have cheaper health insurance options, Brinkley says (Story)
Oct 08, 2018
Moore: The interest for badges in higher education is growing (Story)
Oct 05, 2018
President of local NAACP chapter named WSU director of Military and Veteran Services (Story)
Oct 01, 2018
WSU reports 1.6 percent enrollment increase (Story)
Oct 01, 2018
Intoxicated student with firearm apprehended on campus last week (Story)
Sep 27, 2018
Trump to rally in Topeka on behalf of Kobach (Story)
Sep 27, 2018
WSU professors weigh in on Kavanaugh, the burden of reporting for sexual assault survivors (Story)
Sep 26, 2018
History comes to life at Old Cowtown Museum (Story)
Sep 23, 2018
Freshman brings energy, enthusiasm to new marching band (Story)
Sep 23, 2018
Regents: ‘Changing student profile’ prompted enrollment metric switch-up (Story)
Sep 21, 2018
Wichita State Innovation Alliance expands, adds new directors (Story)
Sep 20, 2018
Dean of university libraries: Ablah doesn’t have the resources to stay open 24 hours (Story)
Sep 20, 2018
Regents ditch 20-day headcount enrollment metric (Story)
Sep 13, 2018
Private Wonder school opens its doors at Wichita State (Story)
Sep 09, 2018
Vizzini will be paid as much as Mike Pence to teach engineering at WSU (Story)
Sep 03, 2018
Fans reminisce, speculate on last day of baseball at Lawrence-Dumont (Story)
Aug 29, 2018
Family effort leads to medallion hunt victory, $500 prize (Story)
Aug 29, 2018
FirePoint student employees research for U.S. Army’s ‘highest-priority programs’ (Story)
Aug 18, 2018
Muslim student says Papa John’s mistakenly gave her sausage pizza, hung up on her when she said she was Muslim (Story)
Aug 15, 2018
Kelly: We promise another year of seeking truth, providing forum (Story)
Aug 14, 2018
Health insurance cost rising for international students across Kansas (Story)
Aug 14, 2018
Q&A with President Bardo (Story)
Aug 10, 2018
Student Senate fails to meet quorum, cancels special session (Story)
Aug 08, 2018
Campus YMCA will house urgent care center (Story)
Aug 05, 2018
Kobach to college voters: Tuition hikes directly related to undocumented students (Story)
Jul 30, 2018
Monk-Morgan, Shaw to fill academic affairs positions (Story)
Jul 28, 2018
‘It’s very difficult to spoil a rotten system’: Orman seeks governorship as independent (Story)
Jul 25, 2018
Kansas primaries attract national political attention (Story/Media)
Jul 23, 2018
Swaim, Sunflower win Betty Gage Holland Award (Story)
Jul 19, 2018
New marching band will play basketball halftime shows (Story)
Jul 18, 2018
WSU to host 2022 women’s NCAA tournament regional rounds (Story)
Jul 09, 2018
Assistant/associate VP for academic affairs finalists named (Story)
Jul 06, 2018
Sunflower Archives: Armstrong settles in as WSU president (Story)
Jun 30, 2018
PHOTOS: Lucas Hernandez memorialized (Story)
Jun 26, 2018
Student struck by vehicle on campus (Story)
Jun 24, 2018
Bardo: ‘Solid’ fall enrollment likely means more tripling in student housing (Story)
Jun 21, 2018
Regents president to get raise (Story)
Jun 20, 2018
Regents approve tuition, fees increases for Wichita State (Story)
Jun 20, 2018
Wichita State seeks approval of tuition, fees increases (Story)
Jun 13, 2018
Grant will pay for students to relocate to Wichita, attend WSU Tech (Story)
May 29, 2018
University of Kentucky linguistics chair named LAS dean (Story)
May 26, 2018
Kelly promises to investigate Innovation Campus if elected governor (Story)
May 17, 2018
Svaty rolls out pro-choice running mate despite anti-abortion voting history (Story)
May 16, 2018
Wichita State receives $12 million gift from oilman, wife (Story)
May 16, 2018
Shocker softball back in NCAA tournament (Story)
May 14, 2018
Asbestos removal begins at Fairmount Towers next week (Story)
May 11, 2018
Muma named Wichita State’s provost (Story)
May 03, 2018
‘Damaged goods’ editor speaks truth to power (Story)
Mar 15, 2018
Kelly: Innovation—A concept or a mindset? (Story)
Feb 26, 2018
Kelly: Follow the governor’s lead on transparency (Story)
Feb 15, 2018
President Bardo talks innovation with U.S. Congress (Story)
Jan 29, 2018
Kelly: Vizzini’s paid leave isn’t in Wichita State’s best interest (Story)
Jan 17, 2018
Jeff Jarman: from national champion debater to leader, ‘not just for the Elliott School, but for the community and the university’ (Story)
Dec 19, 2017
Survey measures Fairmount neighborhood’s response to Innovation Campus (Story)
Dec 07, 2017
Student focus group discusses YMCA plans with architects (Story)
Dec 06, 2017
Students can offer input on YMCA at Thursday’s focus group (Story)
Nov 29, 2017
Graduate students protest tax bill (Story)
Nov 16, 2017
Students’ Advisory Committee address multicultural students’ issues with WSU (Story)
Nov 16, 2017
WSU finalizes merger with WATC, will move closer to enrollment goal (Story)
Nov 12, 2017
Rod Brown to take redshirt season (Story)
Nov 12, 2017
Strategic planning chair elected to city council (Story)
Nov 08, 2017
‘All is new here’: Freshmen bond over international student experience (Story)
Nov 05, 2017
Wichita State: ‘asking a legislative intern to serve as a designated driver isn’t illegal or immoral’ (Story)
Nov 02, 2017
Interns acted as designated drivers for state rep, WSU lecturer in capital (Story)
Oct 29, 2017
A day in death: Campus cadavers educate physical therapy students (Story)
Oct 19, 2017
How Wichita State boosted enrollment leading up to the official headcount (Story)
Oct 18, 2017
Student provides relief for earthquake victims in Mexico (Story)
Oct 14, 2017
Ward: ‘I want to be the boring governor.’ (Story)
Oct 12, 2017
O’Malley enters governor’s race as “consensus builder” with leadership experience (Story)
Oct 05, 2017
Wichita State officials decline interviews, defer to letter about enrollment (Story)
Oct 05, 2017
Chris Lamb: Volleyball’s best-kept coaching secret (Story)
Oct 02, 2017
Headcount Padding: Wichita State reports largest student increase in state (Story)
Oct 02, 2017
One year later, Schlenker weighs in on accessibility (Story)
Sep 28, 2017
WSU employees can become YMCA members for reduced rate (Story)
Sep 25, 2017
Student survives earthquake, determined to continue studies abroad (Story)
Sep 21, 2017
Hartman: ‘Kansas is nothing more than a big business’ (Story)
Sep 21, 2017
Bearth replaces Corrieri as SGA veteran senator (Story)
Sep 21, 2017
Special delivery: Pizza Hut cofounder visits campus for building relocation (Story)
Sep 18, 2017
Sculpture defacing detracts from dialogue (Story)
Sep 11, 2017
Suspicious notes allegedly left for Shocker Hall residents (Story)
Sep 07, 2017
Consistency is key in student affairs (Story)
Aug 31, 2017
Student reports knife, pistol magazines, and ammo found in backpack on move-in day (Story)
Aug 28, 2017
Brewer hopes time as Wichita mayor helps bid for governorship (Story)
Aug 21, 2017
Kelly: Parking permits — the commuter student fee (Story)
Aug 19, 2017
Former Wichita mayor and high school student among those vying for governorship (Story)
Aug 14, 2017
Wichitans gather to stand in solidarity with Charlottesville (Story)
Aug 11, 2017
YMCA partnership moves forward on ‘good faith’ without agreement (Story)
Jul 14, 2017
Rundstrom relishes time at WSU, accepts position at Savannah College of Art and Design (Story)
Jul 01, 2017
Art show rallies community around refugees (Story)
May 14, 2017
WSU’s late-inning surge seals series win over Evansville (Story)
May 12, 2017
Lewis’ three-hit gem propels WSU to victory over Evansville (Story)
May 04, 2017
How Student Senate voted on the student fee increase for YMCA, athletics, wellness center (Story)
May 04, 2017
WSU challenge coins — Vizzini’s gift to seniors (Story)
May 04, 2017
SGA approves student fee, green-lights YMCA partnership (Story)
Apr 30, 2017
Shockers top Illinois State in waterlogged slugfest (Story)
Apr 26, 2017
Linnabary voted in as SGA’s Director of Public Relations (Story)
Apr 22, 2017
60th Session of SGA begins, Shepard receives emeritus status (Story)
Apr 19, 2017
National YAL member makes case for WSU chapter (Story)
Apr 16, 2017
Shocker women assert dominance in final day of K.T. Woodman (Story)
Apr 13, 2017
Hall: WSU to install floor basins, may be used as foot-washing stations (Story)
Apr 13, 2017
Emotions still high in SGA as Supreme Court overturns decision, recognizing YAL (Story)
Apr 08, 2017
SGA’s decision not to recognize Young Americans for Liberty group creates national backlash (Story)
Apr 06, 2017
SGA votes against recognizing controversial Young Americans for Liberty group (Story)
Mar 30, 2017
Shepard: ‘I want to give the administration an opportunity to respond to these demands’ (Story)
Mar 25, 2017
Shockers fall to Texas Tech despite Lewis’ strong outing (Story)
Mar 23, 2017
Azad suspended as Student Body Vice President (Story)
Mar 23, 2017
Shocker offense goes silent in loss to Sacramento State (Story)
Mar 18, 2017
Shockers sweep projected Valley winner to open conference play (Story)
Mar 16, 2017
SGA passes vote of no confidence in President Bardo (Story)
Mar 15, 2017
Seven-run inning propels Shockers past Northern Colorado (Story)
Mar 12, 2017
Kelly: Brownback would leave behind battered legacy (Story)
Mar 09, 2017
SGA takes stand against YMCA partnership (Story)
Mar 07, 2017
Heldman addresses student concerns about potential YMCA partnership (Story)
Mar 02, 2017
SGA hears proposal to build YMCA on Innovation Campus (Story)
Feb 27, 2017
Bohm’s away (Story)
Feb 23, 2017
SGA passes parking citation forgiveness quiz resolution (Story)
Feb 20, 2017
SGA passes resolution to increase students’ game day parking options (Story)
Feb 16, 2017
Kemnitz embraces next chapter of WSU legacy (Story)
Feb 13, 2017
‘SNL’ political spin-off will add to saturated satirical culture (Story)
Feb 09, 2017
SGA takes stand against Trump’s travel ban (Story)
Feb 09, 2017
Pompeo’s vacancy creates special election buzz (Story)
Feb 02, 2017
SGA formally opposes Sedgwick County resolution (Story)
Jan 30, 2017
Brownback’s ambitious undergrad proposal will challenge state universities (Story)
Jan 23, 2017
Passion and persistence—one student’s road to working in the NFL (Story)
Jan 19, 2017
SGA campaign spending cap proposed (Story)
Dec 21, 2016
How to ‘Unfriend’ fake news (Story)
Dec 21, 2016
Gift Theft Poses Threat to Online Shoppers (Story)
Nov 17, 2016
Kelly: Media niches — the real problem with political coverage (Story)
Nov 15, 2016
Basketball manager embraces the grind (Story)
Nov 03, 2016
Jill Stein — The Green Party’s alternative (Story)
Nov 03, 2016
Jack O’ Lantern hacks (Story)
Oct 29, 2016
Scandal ignites as FBI reopens Clinton case (Story)
Oct 27, 2016
Kelly: Trump’s ‘rigged’ rhetoric is dangerous (Story)
Oct 16, 2016
College Republican, Democrat square off on state politics (Story)
Oct 16, 2016
Kobach’s voter restrictions border on unconstitutional (Story)
Oct 10, 2016
Trump’s Tax Loophole — Ingenious Yet Hypocritical (Story)
Oct 09, 2016
‘When you’re a star they let you do it’ — Trump’s sexual harassment scandal (Story)
Sep 26, 2016
First presidential debate could set tone for election (Story)
Sep 22, 2016
Birther aftershocks still being felt in 2016 (Story)
Sep 22, 2016
Broomsticks and broken noses (Story)
Sep 15, 2016
Series of Clinton missteps make for miserable weekend (Story)
Sep 15, 2016
Tipping the scales of U.S. Justice: Trump and Clinton on Supreme Court opening (Story)
Sep 08, 2016
Governor’s new education proposal leaves something to be desired (Story)