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Flats developers to co-chair Senate bid as company brings in millions from WSU BY MATTHEW KELLY

Two major Innovation Campus developers — Ivan Crossland and David Murfin, also a member of the Kansas Board of Regents — are co-chairing a 2020 Senate bid for Republican State Treasurer Jake LaTurner. Crossland and Murfin are each partial owners of The Flats of Kansas, LLC, the development company Wichita State is leasing The Flats apartment complex from. WSU is paying Crossland and Murfin’s company a base rate of $1.96 million plus 70 percent of gross rental revenue. Based on university occupancy projections, WSU expected to pay The Flats of Kansas, LLC more than $2.5 million this year, but Vice President for Student Affairs Teri Hall said The Flats is above occupancy,



meaning WSU is paying more. Director of Housing and Residence Life Scott Jensen was unable to provide The Sunflower with exact occupancy rates. WSU will pay Crossland and Murfin’s company even more next school year when university-owned Shocker Hall becomes a freshman-only facility, meaning upperclassmen who want to live on campus will be directed to The Flats or The Suites, a lower-priced Flats of

Major changes likely to come for student fees process


With student fee deliberations only weeks away, Student Government Association approved legislation that will bring major changes to the process. At its Wednesday meeting, SGA passed a student fee reform bill that would combine the Student Fees and Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) committees into one. If signed by Vice President of Student Affairs Teri Hall, the bill would also potentially increase the number of student representatives involved in the student fees process. The Student Fees Committee is responsible for hearing budget recommendations from organizations funded by student fees every year, as well as making their own recommendations to the Student Senate. If passed by the senate, recommendations are then sent to the university president for final approval. In years past, a separate committee was responsible for deliberating over the Educational Opportunity Fund, which is a fixed-line item in the student fees budget. The fund is primarily used to provide financial assistance to students by supporting programs that offer scholarships, need-based grants, or salaries for those working in service programs. Under the bill passed Wednesday by SGA, the Student Fees Committee would take on the EOF committee’s responsibilities, as well as one of its members — the director of finance. The Legislative Journal, which acts as a constitution for SGA, currently outlines the Student Fees Committee to include the vice president of student affairs, vice president for finance and administration, and SGA’s president and treasurer. Under current bylaws, four seats are reserved on the committee for student representatives nominated by the student body president and approved by the senate. Instead of four student representatives on the committee, the bill proposes one representative from each of the 13 Student Senate voting blocks, which correspond to fields of study such as business and fine arts. Also recommended in the bill is a significant change to the Student Senate’s level of input on the overall budget. Previously, senators could vote to change funding allocation for non-fixed line items once the overall budget was brought to the Student Senate for approval. The new legislation allows senators to only vote “yes” or “no” on the overall budget and not to delve into specific items. “Essentially, what it means is every [budget item] is fixed,” Student Body Vice President Shelby Rowell said. SEE SGA PAGE 3

Kansas-leased residence hall set to open this fall. “Our decisions for Shocker Hall’s residents (1st year only) is not related to the agreement with the Flats/ Suites and does not impact our agreement with them,” Jensen wrote in an email. Jensen said he did not wish to comment on Crossland and Murfin’s political activity. Hall said she was unaware of it. “I was not aware of what you mentioned in terms of the campaign and all those other kinds of things,” Hall said. “The reality for us here is we need more housing on campus, and I don’t know how else we would have got more housing on campus if not for the arrangement that we currently have.” When asked via email if

placing upperclassmen exclusively in Crossland and Murfin’s private housing facilities — thereby financially benefiting two political actors with clear agendas — poses a conflict, WSU Chief of Staff Andy Schlapp responded with one word — “No.” Schlapp did not respond to a follow-up email asking for elaboration. WSU’s current lease agreement for The Flats was approved by the Regents in December 2017. “If the Kansas Board of Regents approves it, to me, that means it must past the smell test with them, right?” Hall said. “I don’t want to get into if it’s politically right or not to do it, but if it’s seen as a legal function and the Kansas Board of Regents approves it, then I’m going to be okay with it.” In his capacity as a regent, Murfin abstains from votes that involve his

company’s finances at WSU. Regents spokesman Matt Keith did not respond to The Sunflower’s email inquiries Wednesday. Katie Austin, marketing and outreach coordinator for Housing and Residence Life, said WSU operates The Flats just like Shocker Hall — complete with RAs and a full-time residence life coordinator who lives in the facility. “You wouldn’t be able to tell a building like Shocker Hall that we operate apart from The Flats,” Austin said. “[The Flats of Kansas, LLC] are not involved in the day-to-day. They’re just like a property manager — or, not even a property manager, because we do all the facilities work.” SEE FLATS PAGE 3

Rick Muma: PA, provost, acting president — and crisis controller INTERESTS Books Recently read this year’s common read, “Just Mercy.” Likes biographies. Movies Recently saw “The Green Book” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” — “both were great.” Music Listens to all kinds of music — classical, pop, new age. No hip-hop. Big on Lady Gaga and George Winston. Other interests Spends what little free time he has gardening and going on walks through his neighborhood.



Provost and acting President Rick Muma speaks during an interview with The Sunflower Friday, Jan. 11.

Rick Muma has been at WSU over 20 years. In that time, he has gone from a physician’s assistant to, currently, acting president of the university. Here’s how he got to that point.



t’s 1985 — the hospitals in Houston-Galveston are overfilled with patients. HIV has just been identified as the pathogen that causes AIDs. And a 23-year-old Rick Muma has just entered the physician’s assistant field. Fast forward to 2018. WSU President John Bardo is hospitalized for a chronic lung condition. It’s a situation the university has never dealt with. And a 56-yearold Rick Muma has just become provost. On Jan. 2, he was named acting president. Dealing with crisis has defined Muma’s career, in many ways — though being provost pales in comparison to taking care of terminally ill patients, Muma said on a winter break Friday afternoon. Muma was a few minutes late to the meeting, held in the provost’s office in Morrison Hall. That’s because he was running there from another meeting during another 14-hour day.


Walking quickly but not hastily, he apologized for being so busy, offered a drink, and settled down to talk. PICKING A PROFESSION

A middle child with two sisters, Muma was born in Wichita but grew up in Houston. His dad’s family was given land by the federal government to homestead in Maize. That’s where his parents met. He moved to Houston at the age of two with his dad, an electrical engineer. Anatomy and physiology interested Muma as a teenager. At the time, being a physician’s assistant was a relatively new profession, started in the mid-60s. His high school choir teacher set him down that path. His teacher came into class one day and

Rick Muma and Rick Case, district director for the Farm Services Agency of the USDA in Wichita, have been partners for 13 years. In 2012, they created WSU’s first scholarship to benefit gay students — the Richard D. Muma and Rick A. Case Equality Scholarship. “When we were students in college, we didn’t have any support like this,” Muma said to the WSU Foundation in 2012. “There were no groups that supported gay people and there was not any kind of financial support for them.”

said he was going back to school to become a PA. Muma decided he’d give it a go too. Muma graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston. His first job was in oncology. Once he started his practice, it was largely made up of patients with HIV and skin cancers, which he began research on. The problem-solving, analytical diagnosing skills he learned in the medical field are central to what he does now as provost — and as acting president, Muma said. Muma practiced as a PA up until 2010. FROM PA TO PROVOST

Muma joined the university in 1994 as a PA program professor. He was named associate vice president for academic affairs in 2011. In 2016, he was promoted to senior associate vice president for strategic enrollment management. SEE MUMA PAGE 4

Muma and Case met at College Hill United Methodist Church, where they both are active members. Their first interaction was during a church service — “I turned around said ‘hi, how are you doing?’” Muma said. They were married in Quebec City, Canada. Case, scared of conforming to his parents’ expectations, spent 20 years in denial of his sexuality before telling his wife. When Case opened up to her about it, they agreed to end their marriage, which had produced two sons. Those two sons are now Muma’s step kids.


Earned Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston Earned MPH in Community Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston Earned PhD in higher education administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis






Wichita women bundled up for the third annual Women’s March Saturday.

Here’s everything you need to get through the January drudgery.

Kirby’s Meat Fest drew the crowd in with sounds and smells.

Is the NFL’s OT coin-toss rule outdated? The Sunflower sports team debates.






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Above, women marched in Wichita for the third annual Women’s March - Air Capital. Luisa Taylor (right) spoke at the rally after the march. Far left, protestors carry signs down Main St. at WMAC on Jan.19 PINK. Left, hundreds of Wichita women marched — as well as some men. Attendance was down by 50 percent because of the weather.


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WSU students, staff get free Wichita Transit rides



ichita State students, faculty, and staff now have access to free transit services to help them get from campus to other parts of Wichita. A new partnership between Wichita State and Wichita Transit announced last week allows members of the WSU community to ride any Wichita Transit regular fixed-route bus for free during normal operating hours. All that’s required is a valid Shocker ID card. Also, students, faculty and staff from the university can now travel to and from downtown through a new Q-Line Connector shuttle. The free shuttle runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with rides every 10-15 minutes during the spring semester. The shuttle will pick up at Braeburn Square, Shocker Hall, and The Suites at WSU. The Shuttle then goes to a stop on

Hillside and Douglas, which connects to a Q trolley that goes into downtown and Old Town. This will give students access to downtown for events on the weekends and could also help discourage drinking and driving by offering people an alternative way to get around. In addition, there is a new bus route, Route 202, that will run between the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, the WSU main campus, and WSU South. The route will go north and south on Oliver without connecting to the Wichita Transit Center. This service runs hourly Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until just after the end of WSU evening classes. Route 202 will be open to the public and stop at bus stops along Oliver. It will cross six other fixed-transit routes, giving riders access to many connection points. Complete route and schedule information is available at


Route 202 connects WSU to the rest of Wichita’s bus routes.

What you missed: WSU news from over break BY MATTHEW KELLY


Provost Rick Muma was named Wichita State’s acting president on Jan. 2. President John Bardo, 70, has been moved to a rehabilitation facility. He was hospitalized in November, and is currently undergoing physical therapy after a second surgery to treat a chronic lung condition. Chief of Staff Andy Schlapp said Bardo is eager to remain involved in university operations but needs to focus on his recovery. “The difficulty is telling Dr. Bardo his job at this point in time is to get better and take care of himself,” Schlapp said. “That’s got to be his goal and his focus. I don’t know if he’s accepted that that’s his goal and focus.” Schlapp hinted that Bardo will have to make a decision about whether or not he continues to serve as president. “He wants to come back to work but he may decide that he — I don’t know. He has that right to determine that time,” Schlapp said. STUDENT FEE REFERENDUM DATE SET

The student referendum on a $6 per credit hour infrastructure fee

hike will be held from March 4-6, WSU Vice President for Finance and Administration Werner Golling announced for the first time at a WSU Board of Trustees meeting. The proposed hike would allow the university to bond $38.6 million — $20 million of which would go toward the construction of Woolsey Hall, the new business school on Innovation Campus. State law requires WSU to hold a referendum before raising student fees, but Student Body President Kenon Brinkley told The Sunflower last month that students can expect to pay for facilities upgrades even if the initial referendum fails. “They’re going to push through with it one way or another,” Brinkley said of the fee hike. “Now, the way that they push through with it is subject to change.” University administrators have signalled that they will likely reassess infrastructure priorities and put forward another student fee proposal if the referendum fails. Golling said a program-specific business school fee would be “a very practical option” if the referendum fails. CAMPUS YMCA HITS FUNDRAISING GOAL, GETS NAME

The Greater Wichita YMCA

announced last month that it has achieved its fundraising goal to build a facility on WSU’s Innovation Campus. For a second year, students are paying a tiered Health and Wellness fee to fund the operating cost of the facility, which will be named The Steve Clark YMCA and WSU Student Wellness Center. Clark, a former Greater Wichita YMCA president and current board member, co-chaired the year-long fundraising project to pay for the construction. A WSU alumnus who received the WSU Board of Trustees Award for outstanding service to the local community in 2007, Clark also chaired the 2012 search committee that selected John Bardo as a finalist for the WSU president job. In 2015, when The Flats was meant to be a university-owned and operated residence hall, Clark was listed as a member of its development team. His name was later removed. OILMAN DONOR RECEIVES HONORARY DEGREE

Wayne Woolsey, the Wichita oilman who gave WSU its largest-ever cash donation in May, received an honorary degree at WSU’s fall commencement

ceremony in December. It’s against state policy to award honorary degrees for “philanthropic activity,” but the university maintains that Woolsey’s generosity was not a motivating factor in bestowing the honor upon him. Woolsey donated $12 million with a lead gift of $10 million towards the construction of a new business school building on Innovation Campus. The building will be named Wayne and Kaye Woolsey Hall, in honor of the 87-year-old and his wife. “Mr. Woolsey’s gift to WSU rightfully is not one of the considerations for being awarded an honorary doctorate,” WSU Director of News and Media Relations Joe Kleinsasser wrote in an email. “Making a generous donation, however, does not eliminate Mr. Woolsey or anyone else from being eligible to receive such an honor.” President Bardo’s nomination letter lauds Woolsey for introducing hydraulic fracturing techniques to Kansas. Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” is an effective but controversial practice that has a long-lasting negative impact on the surrounding environment.


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FROM PAGE 1 “With this proposal, when the student fees proposal comes to senate, [senators] are voting on the total amount and the percentage change, if there is a percentage change.” Business Senator Anisia Brumley said she felt the old system of voting on non-fixed line items was “counter-productive,” and the changes would prevent the Student Senate from doing the same work as the committee. “It may feel like a freedom or a right being taken away from the senate,” Business Senator Anisia Brumley said. “But as long as the committee is doing its job — which includes . . . getting not only the senators’ but their constituents’ opinions on it — [the budget] shouldn’t be as highly contested as it has in the past.” The journal calls for the associate vice president of finance and administration to serve as an ex-oficio, non-voting member of the committee. Under the recently passed legislation, the student body president and all non-students on the Student Fees Committee would be ex-officio, non-voting members. The student body vice president would serve on the committee as a tie-breaker under the bill.


FROM PAGE 1 Austin said that since she started working for Housing and Residence Life in 2012, public-private partnerships have become an increasingly common student housing solution for universities. In July 2017 — just a month before move-in day — WSU announced that university-owned Fairmount Towers residence hall would close. Before receiving Regents approval, WSU announced that the roughly 300 students who had signed up to live in Fairmount would be relocated to The Flats, which at that time only 48 students had signed up to live in. “They were looking for a good time, place, and way to [close Fairmount Towers],” Austin said of the university administration. “The Flats was built by a private


Shocker Hall is the only university-owned student housing option on campus.

Ex-boyfriend slaps exgirlfriend, steals laptop DANIEL CAUDILL/THE SUNFLOWER

Kenon Brinkley, student body president, speaks during his officer report at Wednesday’s SGA meeting. The Association passed a student fee reform bill at the meeting.

Once formed, the Student Fees Committee will host open hearings over two days, followed by one day of deliberation. The hearings will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 13 and 14. Deliberations will follow on Feb. 15. Student Body President Kenon Brinkley will host a livestream

from SGA’s official Facebook page at 4 p.m. on Jan. 25. He said the livestream will primarily focus on fielding questions about the student fees process from students. Applications for Student Fees Committee positions will open Thursday on the Student Government Association website.

developer, and they decided that that was a good time.” “The decision was made maybe a little later than some of us with our boots on the ground would like at that point in semester, but the call was made, and so the shift happened.” Austin, who lived in Fairmount Towers as a student, has seen WSU’s housing situation evolve drastically. “It’s been really cool to see — we had, back when I started back in 2012, Brennen, Wheatshocker, and Fairmount, and now we have none of those and we have three brand new buildings.” Hall said that, due to increased focus on out-of-state recruitment, WSU may need a new long-term housing solution in five years. “The Suites and the Flats have helped us in the short run, and they’re always going to be important housing options for us, but longer-term, we need more beds

than what we’re going to be able to get from those low buildings,” Hall said. “We need a 500-800-bed dormitory like what we have at Shocker Hall.” She said there have been talks of adding another wing to The Flats, but that expansion would only add 150-200 beds. Crossland and Murfin are both partial owners of MWCB, LLC, another development company with the same ownership arrangement as The Flats of Kansas, LLC. That company and BGC, LLC, another of Murfin’s companies, have completed a number of other projects on Innovation Campus, including Airbus, Starbucks, Partnership Buildings 1 and 2, and the Law Enforcement Training Center. A Crossland company, Crossland Construction, is the general contractor for many Innovation Campus projects.


WSU police are investigating a battery, theft, and criminal trespass incident that occurred at Shocker Hall Monday evening. An ex-boyfriend “slapped [his] ex-girlfriend and took her laptop,” WSU’s crime log entry

said. The ex-boyfriend refused to return it. The ex-boyfriend was violating a No Trespass order by being in Shocker Hall. The battery occurred around 11 p.m. Monday. Police Chief Rodney Clark was not available for more details Wednesday afternoon.

Man steals backpack in ‘aggravated strong-arm robbery’ BY MATTHEW KELLY

University police responded to an “aggravated strong-arm robbery” around 10:30 Tuesday morning in the parking lot near 17th and Harvard. Police Chief Rodney Clark said a man took a female student’s backpack from her before fleeing campus. “The story we got is she was exiting her car here in the parking lot and she was approached — the male did take her backpack from her,” Clark said. “I don’t know the extent of the level of force used, but he did remove the backpack from her.” The WSU crime log entry for the incident says the student “was hit on the side of the head with a possible handgun.”

Clark said she is unharmed. “The suspect fled in the direction away from campus, so he didn’t stay on campus, so there’s no immediate threat to the university,” Clark said. “We’ve conducted a search of the area. It’s unfortunate, things like this happen. It’s the first day back to school and everything, but our officers did conduct a security sweep — not only here, but a little bit off campus too.” A university alert describes the suspect as a 40-year-old black man between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot6, wearing a black shirt, black pants, and a black facemask. The alert asks anyone with information on the crime or identity of the suspect to contact the university police at (316) 978-3450 or

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street speak

What are your goals for the spring semester?

“For the spring semester, I hope to stay on top of my grades and stay active on campus while becoming closer to my local community.” — SANDRA CARLO, honors baccalaureate, junior

“This is my last semester, and I graduate in May. I am a graduate student in the EECS department. I am working on my graduate project right now under Doctor Sawan. I am getting good experience, and my professor is very nice. I have really enjoyed my journey here in Wichita.” —RANANPSECT KAUS, electrical engineering and computer science, graduate

“This spring I am a junior in biomedical engineering. I hope to succeed in my prerequisite courses so that I can go further. Also, I am working with a trainer to improve my health.” —FATAMH ALHAMNAD, biomedical engineering, junior


FROM PAGE 1 Last year, following Provost Tony Vizzini going on paid leave, Muma became provost. Now he’s taken on the additional responsibilities of acting president. Muma’s salary is $280,000, according to WSU’s budget book. Taking on the acting president role didn’t come with any additional compensation — which Muma said he’s fine with. “I’m not concerned about it,” Muma said, soft-spoken but resolute. “I took the provost job knowing that these kinds of things could possibly happen.” With Bardo out of the hospital but still recovering in a rehab facility, Muma and Chief of Staff Andy Schlapp are juggling extra responsibilities. Schlapp, who rarely provides comment or interviews, is handling the day-to-day things that happen in the president’s office, Muma said — the nuts and bolts of office life. “And I’m providing leadership, guidance, decision-making,” Muma said. “[I’m] making sure we’re hitting the goals of the university.” Muma said “about 70 percent of the university functions fall under the provost.” That’s before the additional acting president responsibilities. So, he said, he’s working a lot of 14 hour days. His day starts at 4 a.m. He and his partner, Rick Case, begin each morning with a 4:30 a.m. workout at the Y. “You never know what’s going to happen here at work, so you better get started before it’s too late.”

Muma: Infrastructure proposal ‘manageable and palatable’ This March, Wichita State University students will vote on a proposal to raise their own fees to finance improvements in classroom, laboratory, library, and student services space across the campus. These changes, to be completed within three years of the start of construction, will touch every college in the university and improve the educational setting for many thousands of students. This will be the first student fee referendum since the passage of one in 2012 that led to the highly successful expansion and renovation of the Rhatigan Student Center. In the weeks between now and the start of voting on March 4, students will have many opportunities to learn more about the plan and voice their opinions at a series of town halls held in every college and across the campus. I’d like to explain why this new initiative is so important to our students and the future of the university. It would be ideal if the University could take care of these improvements with existing resources, but it’s just not possible. The State of Kansas does not fund capital improvement projects like those we’re proposing. This leaves us with raising funds through donations

LETTER TO THE EDITOR and borrowing money through bond initiatives. The bonds require a guaranteed source of revenue to pay them off. This means using student fees. The proposed $6 per hour credit hour increase is the same amount devoted to paying off the Rhatigan bonds. As provost, I’m responsible for working with faculty and many others to provide excellent academic opportunities for our students in the best possible environment for learning. When I began the job last spring, one of the first initiatives I undertook with the deans was an assessment of their college facilities. As we all took pride in the new buildings going up on the new east side of campus, I felt it was important to consider what needed to be upgraded on the traditional campus. Based on discussions with students, faculty and staff, the deans identified the highest

priority items, including the significant needs of historic Henrion Hall; the need for updated biology labs; clinical space improvements driven by accreditation requirements; centralized space needed for all undergraduate and graduate student services in a renovated Clinton Hall; restrooms for the library’s 24-hour study space; and, a long-planned new building for the Barton School of Business. Some of these upgrades are decades in the making. Quite honestly, they should’ve been taken care of years ago. But they haven’t and we just cannot continue to push them into the future. In doing so further weakens our campus. We risk being less attractive to students and faculty considering WSU as a place to learn and work. The new student fees will provide $20 million for the new business building and $18.5 million for new and renovated facilities across campus. The new business building, known as Woolsey Hall, will be open to, and have facilities that benefit all students. About $30 million, which is 60 percent of the cost of the building, has been raised through private donations. All students will benefit from the conversion of the current

business building, Clinton Hall, to a completely renovated central student services center. I know we are asking a lot of students, especially in a time when increasing fees is hard to manage financially. But spreading this across all colleges and students makes it more manageable and palatable for everyone. Because all of the renovation projects are scheduled to be completed within three years of the start of construction, many current students will enjoy the benefits of new and renovated spaces. Those graduating sooner will be a leaving a legacy for future Shockers, just like their predecessors did by approving funding for the Rhatigan Renewal. The WSU Foundation is providing opportunities for university faculty and staff to contribute to these construction projects, and I’m planning to support them. If you have questions, message me on Twitter @WSU_Provost, or email me at provost@wichita. edu. I encourage you to learn more about these initiatives. For more information go to: http://

­— Rick Muma Wichita State provost, acting president

TOP 5 WAYS TO SURVIVE UNTIL SPRING BREAK If you have yet to look at the academic schedule for the spring semester, I would suggest that you stop reading here in order to save yourself a severe disappointment. For those of you who have continued on, there are a grand total of zero vacation days between now and March 11, the first day of spring break. That’s 32 weekdays of uninterrupted education from the date of publication. How can a college student be expected to survive? With the Sunflower’s (un) official guide, of course. DISHONORABLE MENTION: TAKE A FEW DAYS OFF IN MID-FEBRUARY

The easiest way to fall behind in your classes is to not go. Even if you’re just completely mentally drained, as we all will be, at least go on the off chance that you accidentally learn something. In fact, don’t take a mini-vacation at any time during the semester, if at all possible.

While he works long days, he’s in bed early — by 9 or 9:30 at the latest, most days. He’s on call with his “patients” at all times, though. If something happens at the university, he’s ready to respond at any hour, he said. From provost to (acting) president Becoming president full-time is not on Muma’s mind, he said. “I’m not having any kind of thoughts about being a president here or elsewhere.” Muma clarified that going for the presidency isn’t out of the realm of possibility, but that it’s not something he’s thinking about “right now.” But he was able to compare his leadership style to Bardo’s — he says they’re “a lot different.” Bardo is all about the vision, Muma said. Muma is about vision and execution. “I’m much more into, not just the vision of how we move things forward, but also how we make that work,” Muma said. “I’m looking at both of the issues. You can’t just move forward with vision, you have to move forward with execution. That’s where I am right now. “Doesn’t mean President Bardo was never there. But again, I have to make the vision work.” Whatever the vision or idea may be, Muma said he’s making his own decisions and analyzing the data — he’s not a “yes man.” “I’m not rubber stamping.” Every decision he has made or been involved with has been about “what’s best for the university,” Muma said. “Have there been difficult decisions? Absolutely. But that’s part of making change on campus. If we’re going to move

semester in college, I worked way ahead in all of my classes, and the result was the first and only 4.0 that I had achieved since elementary school. If you put in the work now, it’ll be easier later on.



I get it. No one wants to start doing their assignments for the end of the semester now, but just think about how much easier you can make it on yourself later on. If you have all of your assignments for the semester, work ahead. If not, read the next section out of the textbook. For anyone who knows me on a personal level, this sounds completely against my nature. I tend to be a hardcore procrastinator, except for one semester in my entire school career. My first

forward, we’re going to have those kinds of situations.” MUMA’S TRIAL-RUN

With President Bardo’s health waning, a Muma presidency could happen. And “he’s getting a trial-run right now,” one Morrison Hall worker said. That decision comes down to the Kansas Board of Regents and a search committee — but a provost who has served as acting president certainly wouldn’t be out of the running. “He’s definitely demonstrated his abilities,” said Stephen Arnold. Arnold is associate dean for the college of health professions and has worked with Muma in various capacities. “People on the inside — they know the institution, they know the people, and they know the processes. I consider that a big plus.” From an outside perspective, Muma’s ascension in administration has appeared rapid. Arnold said that ascension is unusual, but not unheard of. “It doesn’t happen often, but Rick is really — I don’t know if ‘earned’ is the right word, but he’s definitely demonstrated his abilities,” Arnold said. What sticks out about Muma is “he really cares,” Arnold said. “I don’t care if you’re another president or provost, or a faculty member or staff member, or the guy that mows the lawn. He’ll talk to you the same way. You can tell he’s really listening and really cares.” Linnea GlenMaye, associate vice president for academic affairs, began working with Muma in the provost’s office within a year of each other.


There’s no better way to improve your academic experience than to spend time with your peers — especially outside of class. Go to basketball games. Join clubs. Apply to work for The Sunflower. There are any number of things you can do to socialize, and almost all of them will benefit you in the long run.

good as well, but the opinion section is where it’s at. 2: FORM BONDS WITH YOUR PROFESSORS AND CLASSMATES

This is the perfect time to try to make a personal connection with the professors. Put a face to the name (and the grade), and they’ll probably be more willing to help you out later on — be it in the course or in a job search. Additionally, talk to your peers. I know they’re all beneath you, but make the effort to try and be a nice person. Form study groups and set yourself up for success.



She said Muma is easy to be around because he’s a real person. “There’s nothing pretentious,” GlenMaye said. “He can laugh at himself and laugh along with others. “He’s not the kind of person who has a hidden agenda. You know where you are with him.” Muma is in the acting president

role now because of the experience he gained years ago as a PA, GlenMaye said. “He’s used to dealing with medical issues and staying calm and collected in what may be a crisis in many ways,” she said. “He has the ability to diagnose the situation and figure out what needs to be done to fix it.”

If you’re reading this, you’re already well on your way to a great semester! Our opinion pieces are second to none, and will help you throughout the semester (or at least provide a nice distraction from your problems). The rest of the paper is supposedly pretty

I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly not perfect — academically or otherwise. Of the things on this list, I regularly do exactly zero. Set goals for yourself and strive to hit them by the time you go home for break. New semester, new you.





THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2019



“Celeste” is a 2D platformer set in a snowy environment.

WINTER ESSENTIALS Warm art for snow days


hether you’re loving the nip of Wichita’s winter wind or find yourself weathering seasonal depression, a good piece of art can warm your heart this season. Our writers are here with some of their favorite frosty picks. Bundle up, make some cocoa, and dive in.




“Celeste,” set in the snowy environment of a literal and figurative mountain, is the perfect — yes, perfect — game for winter. By some miracle, “Celeste” manages to be delightful to play, gorgeously designed, and heart-wrenching all at the same time. In other words, it’s an instant classic. It makes most videogames look like a waste of time. It’s not just me who feels this way — just search “best games of 2018” and you’ll see what I mean. Like old-school Mario games, “Celeste” is a 2D platformer with dead-simple controls. You jump, dash, and climb your way across

levels. Why play a game in a genre that’s thirty years old, you ask? The simple truth is that “Celeste” takes every element of similar games and makes them better, then integrates them into an incredible story of the main character’s struggle with her mental health. As Madeline, you climb Celeste — a mountain with mysterious, legendary properties — and the difficulty of your mental fight is mirrored in the toughness of each level. The difficulty of the game would cripple a game that wasn’t

so thrilling to play. A gorgeous, heart-pounding soundtrack accompanies you as you soar through dangerous levels that are as dynamic as they are rewarding. “Celeste” will enchant you into pushing past the ceiling of your limitations. As its story becomes your own, you might just find the ceilings outside the game becoming more and more within reach. MUSIC: ‘FUNERAL’ BY ARCADE FIRE

“And if the snow buries my, my neighborhood / And if my parents are crying / Then I’ll dig a tunnel from my window to yours.” Over a bed of strings, the opening track of “Funeral” builds its own word, a landscape of childlike wonder and heartache. The gorgeously arranged, twinkling record soars as it navigates a torn universe. In the piling snow and tragedy that wracks the record’s characters, they reach out for each others’ love and warmth. “Funeral” is an ode to survival through companionship.

Chock full of compassion and astounding melodies, it often feels like “Funeral” is a musical companion in and of itself. The members of Arcade Fire wrote their debut album in a state of devastation after a series of family deaths. Grief and a sad suspicion permeate the record, appearing through powerful images throughout that flip clichés with grace and find beauty in the chaos of death. Power ballads explode into upbeat dance tunes and aggressive guitar riffs give way to glockenspiel melodies. “Funeral” thrives on the emotional friction of its subject matter. Sparks fly as Arcade Fire strikes love against loss. The resulting flames are strong enough to carry the listener through any pain — sometimes just sitting by something warm and moving is enough. LITERATURE: ‘IF ON A WINTER’S NIGHT A TRAVELER’ BY ITALO CALVINO

In one of the most wonderful

pieces of meta-art out there, Italo Calvino tells the story of you, the reader, trying to read “If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler.” Calvino’s isn’t one of those Onion articles with a great headline and a phoned-in article to back it up. Instead, it’s an absolute blast from beginning to end. Full of surprising twists and delicious ideas that are introduced at lightspeed, “If On a Winter’s Night” is a rare book that’s as fun as it is smart. Calvino’s book clocks in under three hundred pages. Each chapter seems to introduce a new genre and setting to the table, resulting in a kaleidoscopic reading experience. The waves of new content, characters, and ideas eventually form into a more cohesive narrative that would be frustrating if it wasn’t so enjoyable. “If On a Winter’s Night” is the type of book that will have you exclaiming, “I can’t believe this sort of thing exists!” as you’re reading it. There’s no better time to start this literary adventure of a lifetime.

Weekly Preview Jan. 24 STUDENT INVOLVEMENT OPEN HOUSE Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: RSC 216 (Student Involvement) Cost: Free! Jump ahead of the curve this year by involving yourself early on. Student Involvement is the epicenter of opportunities for engagement, and their open house this Thursday provides a great opportunity to get your foot in the door. There will both snacks and information to feast on, so don’t miss it!

Jan. 25 MAGICIAN DEREK HUGHES Time: 7 p.m.

Location: CAC Theater Cost: Free for students! $3 for WSU faculty/staff, $5 general admission Few things go together better than humor and magic. Derek Hughes, who’s been featured on outlets from MTV to Comedy Central, will be bringing both to the CAC Theater this Friday. This excellent act is free to students, so grab some friends and prepare to be charmed!


Spring Exhibition Opening Party & Teacher Preview Thursday, January 24 | 5:00 - 8:00 P.M. The Ulrich Museum of Art | Free Admission | Public Welcome In the Wake | Polk/Wilson & Amsden Galleries Frederick Judd Waugh: Waterscapes | Beren Gallery Solving for X: Acid Mine Drainage | Grafly Gallery

Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Location: RSC 142 Cost: Free! What’s better than food and fun together? Nothing! Grocery Bingo brings the fun of Bingo with the practical prize of groceries for a night that will have you feeling both productive and funtastic. There will be winners each round, so stick around and enhance your chances.

January 24 – March 31 Solving for X: Acid Mine Drainage is the first project from our new initiative Solving for X = Sustainability which features research from university scholars across campus. We encourage WSU students, faculty and staff to join members of the community in shared discovery and exchange. Opening parties feature art, music, refreshments and fun.

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For additional information call (316) 978-3664, email or download the Ulrich app from the App Store and Google Play today!

CHILDREN’S DANCE FESTIVAL 2019 Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Location: Wilner Auditorium Cost: Free for students! $8 general admission In what’s sure to be the cutest event of the year, young dancers from studios all around Wichita are coming together for a performance at Wichita State. Prepare to be in awe of the talent at this performance, and grab your free student ticket ahead of time – the festival is a hit every year. INFORMATION COMPILED BY JOHN DARR

@ulrichmuseum | | Free Admission | 316.978.3664 | 1845 Fairmount Street | Wichita, Kansas | 67260-0046


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A plate of grilled bologna, smoked sausage and liver and onions basks in its deliciousness outside the show at Meat Fest.

Kirby’s Meat Fest brings the rock, but mainly the meat


aturday night was the high point of the annual Meat Fest at Kirby’s Beer Store, the bar just across 17th Street from WSU. At the yearly food extravaganza, dozens of bands turned out to rock Kirby’s for four nights straight. Audiences come out to Kirby’s to feast on a deluge of cooked meats, provided by donation. Wichita locals Karen and Dave Hinz braved the cold Saturday evening through the wee hours of Sunday to keep all the hungry punk rocking stomachs soothed. “It’s really a labor of love, and it’s all about the benefit,” Dave Hinz said while slaving over the patio grill. All the proceeds from Meat Fest go towards the Steve Schroeder Scholarship for the arts at WSU. “It helps with the endowment,” Dave Hinz went on. “It’s good people and it’s a good time. People donate all the meat and we bring enough supplies to meet everyone’s needs.” Rock veterans False Flag were among the dozens of bands on-tap


during Meat Fest. False Flag drummer Rhea Sewell has been playing at Meat Fest since its inception in 2000. “This is my favorite,” Sewell said. “This is why we are in rock and roll.” Wichita local Les Allen commented on the personality of the shindig. “There are lots of bands and cool people here,” Allen said. “And lots of interesting stories.” Another local chowing down so voraciously that he neglected to give us his name, had this to say: “Just look at all that meat.”


Local Wichita punk veterans False Flag blow through a set at Saturday evening’s Meat Fest.


Old Mill Tasty Shop serves up simple winter delights With original 1930s-style soda fountains and a classic 50s style bar, one restaurant is chefing up simple foods to please the stomach this winter. Old Mill Tasty Shop opened in 1932 at the hands of Wichita’s Otto and Erma Woermke. Apart from closing down once in the 80s, Old Mill has been a Wichita staple. And there’s a reason for that. Part-time waiter Nathan Kitwanga commented on Old Mill’s appeal. “Nice people, nice customers, nice food,” Kitwanga said. “You can meet new people almost every day here and it’s not like McDonalds or any fast food places like that around town.” Old Mill Tasty Shop is about ten steps away from Barleycorn’s Bar. It’s the perfect place to grab a peanut butter and banana sandwich before catching a show and a beer. The employee turnover rate, according to manager Dustin Cox, is surprisingly quite low. “We are a family,” Cox said of the


staff and clientele alike at Old Mill. “I think it’s that we are a staff and one where people know that.” As for the clientele loyalty, Cox attributes it to the simple foods offered. One star on the menu is the chicken salad sandwich. “This kind of thing is what’s most popular,” Cox said of the sandwich. “It’s the food. It’s all homemade and

people know that.” On the day The Sunflower visited, the restaurant was characteristically busy. “It’s awesome,” patron Amy Bokma said of her meal. “We are never disappointed, for sure. The portions are good and it’s much better than fast food.” Terrie Mayta, a local resident who has frequented Old Mill since for decades, reminisced about her visits to the restaurant. “I’ve been coming here since the 70s as well as my kids,” Mayta said. “They always loved the peanut butter and banana sandwiches.” Now, she watches her granddaughter sip an Old Mill vanilla shake at the other side of the table. Smiling, she flags down her check, all the more likely to return to Old Mill again in the future.



Opened in 1932 by Wichita’s Otto and Erma Woermke, Old Mill has been serving the simple delights for the last eight decades.

Learn To Save A Life Preventing Suicide

From the Counseling & Testing Center

Learn to help your community with the WSU Counseling and Testing Center’s free #WSUWeSupportU Preventing Suicide Training. This hour long training will prepare you to recognize the signs and respond appropriately to at-risk individuals.

Upcoming Trainings Thurs, January 24 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Fri, February 8 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thurs, March 7 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

To Register: Students: Faculty/Staff: myTraining portal in myWSU @wsu.ctc




THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2019


HERE’S WHAT YOU MISSED IN SHOCKER SPORTS The team is losing conference games by an average margin of 20 points per game, but a bright spot may soon approach. WSU’s immediate schedule features mostly teams ranking in the bottom-half of the conference standings, including Temple — also winless in conference play. Keitha Adams and Co. have a month to gameplan before hosting one of the sport’s most prolific programs, UConn, on Feb. 26.



Gregg Marshall said to his team Monday that “you’re no longer freshmen.” The Shockers are continuing to push through a transition period with Marshall’s youngest class in his coaching career. But now, past the midpoint in the season, much of the team has played 300 or more minutes. “At this point, you’ve had enough basketball experience, so you don’t need to wait until next year to say that you’re a veteran,” Marshall said of his players. WSU’s record in December features the worst loss in Marshall’s tenure — a 32-point smoldering by Oklahoma — a three-game non-conference winning streak, a four-game losing streak in American Athletic Conference play, and a win against the AAC’s best team. “We were horrendous in our execution,” Marshall said when the Shockers shot just 24 percent from the field against Oklahoma. WSU’s devastation was met with resolve after beating Central Florida, ending a 28-day drought. “We’ve always been a good team — we just had to get over the hump,” Markis McDuffie said following a game players described as similar to winning a championship. But WSU hasn’t fully gotten over the hump, so to speak. The Shockers have lost five of their last six games. Tuesday’s loss at USF was one of the lowest-scoring games in program history.

Basketball WOMEN’S STANDINGS UConn - 5-0 UCF - 5-0 Houston - 3-1 Tulane - 3-2 Cincy - 3-2 Tulsa - 3-2 JOSEPH BARRINGHAUS/THE SUNFLOWER

Head Coach Gregg Marshall holds his head during their game against UCF on Jan. 16 at Charles Koch Arena.

Chance Moore announced his departure from the men’s basketball team in mid-December. Moore announced his transfer from the program after what Gregg Marshall described as disagreements on playing time. Moore committed to play for Washington State. LATER, BAKER

Knicks waived Baker to sign two-way player Alonzo Trier to the 15-man rotation. Baker was then signed by the Washington Wizards six days later. The Wizards waived Baker on Jan. 7, less than a month after the Knicks cut him. CHANGE IN THE BULLPEN

Pelfrey replaces ex-pitching coach Mike Steele, who announced his departure less than six weeks prior to the start of season. Pelfrey was an All-American pitcher under Head Coach Gene Stephenson, who was inducted into the WSU Hall of Fame over break. Pelfrey was the ninth overall pick in the 2009 MLB draft. He played for 12 seasons in the majors. STILL SEARCHING FOR VICTORY

USF - 2-2 Memphis 2-2 ECU - 1-3 SMU - 1-4 WSU - 0-5 Temple - 0-5

MEN’S STANDINGS Houston - 5-1 Cincy - 5-1 Memphis - 4-1 UCF 4-1 Temple - 4-1


SMU - 3-3 USF - 3-4 Tulsa - 2-4



Ron Baker shoots a free throw during the March Madness tournament. JOSEPH BARRINGHAUS/THE SUNFLOWER

Wichita State’s Chance Moore goes up for a dunk down the court during their game against Catawba on Oct. 30, 2018 at Koch Arena.

Former Shocker Ron Baker is out of a job. On Dec. 13, the New York

Newman University Pitching Coach Mike Pelfrey instructs pitchers during practice. Pelfrey was a pitcher for Wichita State until he was drafted after his junior year in 2009.

The Athletic Department announced that former Shocker ace Mike Pelfrey will take over pitching coach duties this season.


Wichita State freshman Carla Bremaud crosses a defender over during their game against Houston on Sunday at Koch Arena.

The women’s basketball team is yet to win a conference game, five games into AAC play.

ECU - 1-4 WSU - 1-5 Tulane - 0-5 *Updated as of Wednesday afternoon. Does not include Wednesday night games.


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THAT AIN’T IT, CHIEFS Should the NFL change its overtime rules?



he coin toss won it all — at least that’s what people are saying after the Chiefs’ overtime loss to the Patriots in Sunday’s AFC title game. “That’s just the way the coin flips,” Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes characterized the finish. If you’re unaware, under overtime playoff rules, a touchdown or safety ends the game. The Patriots ended the AFC Championship with Tom Brady marching down the field for a walk-off touchdown handoff. I truthfully don’t care about any of the teams in the playoffs (We Dem Boyz), but after this weekend, I’ve become a firm believer that both teams should have a chance on offense in overtime. In my perfect overtime scenario, I want to see each team with the ball on offense, no matter the outcome of the first drive. The Chiefs have the assumed MVP, and he watched overtime on the sidelines. That’s not cool. If both teams score a touchdown and hit the extra point, then have the game go to sudden death. The argument that a team must trust its defense isn’t one I support, and if it is that important, then make both teams’ defenses take the field in OT. CON BY MARSHALL SUNNER

It’s somewhat frustrating that Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs’ prized MVP-caliber quarterback, didn’t touch the ball in overtime, despite leading an impressive

fourth-quarter comeback. But it’s also fair that Mahomes didn’t touch the ball in overtime. It would have been exciting to watch Mahomes work his magic in overtime. But to say a coin toss decided the game is incorrect. Mahomes could have worked his magic, but his defense didn’t give him the chance. People complaining that the coin toss is too much a factor must not have seen it work earlier that afternoon. In the NFC Championship, the New Orleans Saints won the overtime toss and still lost the game. The Rams won the game thanks to itheir defense. With the Super Bowl on the line, the Rams did what they could to put their quarterback on the field. Kansas City didn’t do the same. Overtime is used when regulation can’t determine a winner. This is sports, not ethics class. The NFL isn’t here to create a utopian society where every rule is fair and balanced. Irregularities will occur, bad calls will be made, but the better team will ultimately figure out how to overcome it all and execute winning plays.



Wichita State forward Markis McDuffie gets up after a fall during their game against Baylor on Dec. 1, 2018 in Charles Koch Arena.

Spring Exhibition Opening Party & Teacher Preview Thursday, January 24 | 5:00 - 8:00 P.M. The Ulrich Museum of Art | Free Admission | Public Welcome JOSEPH BARRINGHAUS/THE SUNFLOWER

Wichita State’s Samajae Haynes-Jones fights for ball during their game against Catawba on Oct. 30, 2018 at Koch Arena.

Shockers’ offense was at its worst against USF BY MARSHALL SUNNER

You’ve probably already heard this by now, but Wichita State’s offense against South Florida was ugly. There were few positives. WSU opened the game with eight missed shots, three turnovers, and allowed USF to rebound basically any loose ball. The Shockers never gained tempo, and had more turnovers (11) than made shots (six) in the first half — all of which led to a grand total of 15 points in the first half. The team shot 15 for 53 from the field. Markis McDuffie and Samajae Haynes-Jones had WSU’s only three-pointers. Even free throw percentage stood at a

mere 40.9 percent. McDuffie had eight of his team-high 11 points in the second half, and his production kept the Shockers from making history. WSU scored 41 points in the loss. The Shockers’ output was only five points away from making history as the lowest-scoring game (36) in program history. The Shockers regained some composure in the second half — forcing USF to shot-clock violations and off-balance threes. Eventually, WSU cut the lead down to five points, but couldn’t sustain enough momentum to push past the bulls.

In the Wake | Polk/Wilson & Amsden Galleries Frederick Judd Waugh: Waterscapes | Beren Gallery Solving for X: Acid Mine Drainage | Grafly Gallery

January 24 – March 31 In the Wake features a selection of film and video from the permanent collection with water as a central motif. We encourage WSU students, faculty and staff to join members of the community in shared discovery and exchange. Opening parties feature art, music, refreshments and fun. For additional information call (316) 978-3664, email or download the Ulrich app from the App Store and Google Play today! Dara Friedman, Government Cut Freestyle, 1998. Video still. Museum purchase.

@ulrichmuseum | | Free Admission | 316.978.3664 | 1845 Fairmount Street | Wichita, Kansas | 67260-0046