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Judge orders file release in Title IX case REAGAN EBB Staff Writer
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TOGETHER ATF agents hug each other while their wounded are loaded on a ambulance on Double E Road after the initial raid on the Branch Davidian compound located outside of Waco in 1993.
Waco Remembers FBI chief negotiator from Branch Davidian siege discusses David Koresh, both sides’ mistakes of unorthodox religious views have decided to establish groups and communities of their own, Noesner said, so the Branch Davidians were not a unique group in that sense. Why then, A six-part television series titled “Waco” is set to premiere on Noesner asks, were the Davidians brought to the attention of the the Paramount Network on Jan. 24 and will star Academy Award government? nominee Michael Shannon and Taylor “The difference was the autocratic Kitsch in the leading roles. rule of David Koresh and his Kitsch will portray David Koresh, manipulation of his followers also led the leader of the Branch Davidians them into engaging in some illegal religious cult, and Shannon will activities that brought them under the portray Gary Noesner, the FBI’s scrutiny of the Bureau of Alcohol, chief negotiator on site in February Tobacco and Firearms,” Noesner 1993, when a 51-day standoff said. “That began the concern in the began between the Davidians and government, because weapons were the FBI. The dispute ended with a being converted illegally to automatic fire that killed 76 people and also and there were a number of other ignited nationwide discussions on violations.” government overreach and religious While the FBI had been alerted extremism. by local authorities of child abuse The series is based on two allegations within the compound, GARY NOESNER biographies, “A Place Called what ultimately brought them to FBI CHIEF NEGOTIATOR Waco” by Branch Davidian David Waco in 1993 was the shootout that Thibodeau, one of the nine survivors ensued between the U.S. Treasury of the final fire on April 19, 1993, and Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, “Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator,” by Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Branch Davidians on Feb. Noesner, now retired chief of the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Unit. 28. The Baylor Lariat conducted an unpublished interview with Agents from ATF were attempting to execute an arrest warrant Noesner in 2015 regarding the Waco siege and received an inside for Koresh and a search warrant for the property, Noesner said, look at day-to-day interactions with Koresh and his followers, but the mission was compromised when the Davidians heard that mistakes that were made on both sides of the standoff and factors the raid was going to occur. that made the interactions both difficult and famous nationwide in the decades to follow. FBI >> Page A7 Many individuals across the country who uphold some kind
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Judge Robert Pitman granted a motion filed Wednesday by Jim Dunnam, an attorney representing 10 women in a Title IX lawsuit against Baylor, to clarify the term “sexual assault” regarding the Title IX cases and order Baylor to release certain documents. A plaintiff’s motion, Document 248, was filed in response to Baylor’s behavior throughout the lawsuits. The phrase “sexual assault” is a broad term with multiple implications, and the Jane Does feel it is important to define an exact definition, according to the motion. “Plaintiffs are concerned without specificity, Defendant will use their own interpretation,” Court Document 248 said. The multiple women claiming sexual assault have turned to Title IX for defining forms of misconduct in the past, and the Jane Does wish to use the definitions stated by Title IX policies. On the other hand, Baylor wants to utilize a more limited definition. Baylor defines “prohibited conduct” as all forms of interaction that violate policies laid out by Title IX. According to the document, the plaintiffs believe that all forms of unwanted sexual penetration, unwanted touching, verbal harassment and gender-based harassment should be included in the court’s definition of sexual assault. The document states that without a clear definition the plaintiffs fear Baylor will use its own interpretation of the term. With this motion, the included criminal acts of misconduct will provide clarity for both parties moving forward. Lastly, Court Document 248 said the order of events, including the time of alleged assaults and when Baylor had knowledge of the reports, will be definitive to resolving the cases. Pitman granted the motion, creating Document 2481. It also stated that Baylor must not filter or censor its reporting related to any Title IX case. The order also states that in the data reported, Baylor must include the date of the report and the person to whom the report was initially made. “Baylor University continues to maintain our position of keeping discovery in this case focused on the claims of the plaintiffs who have sued and preventing the disclosure of nonparty student records, such as confidential medical and counseling records,” the university said in a statement Thursday night. In regards to the Title IX office at Baylor, new leadership is on the horizon this year. After former Coordinator Patty Crawford resigned from her position in July 2017, Kristan Tucker was nominated as coordinator. After only a few months, Tucker stepped down from her position. Baylor has not given any reason for her resignation. Baylor announced Maureen Holland will serve as the interim Title IX Coordinator until someone has filled the position. Holland worked as a consultant for the Cozen O’Connor law firm specializing in education law and civil rights investigations. She previously served as a member of the Pepper Hamilton law firm, who led the investigations leading up to the resignation of former university president Ken Starr.
McLennan County flu cases hit five-season peak JULIA VERGARA Staff Writer The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District has reported a high number of flu cases than usual in the area throughout the month of December. In just one week, the number of flu and flulike cases rose from 338 to 1,041 for the week ending Dec. 15. The next week, ending Dec. 22, saw another increase, jumping to 1,541 cases. It was not until the last week of December, ending Dec. 29, that the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District saw a decrease to 1,283 cases — a number that is still unusually high. “For the past five seasons, this would be the highest peak that we’ve had,” Public Health Information Specialist for the City of Waco Kelly Craine said. “The last high peak that we Vol.118 No. 28
had was the 2014-2015 season — that time went to almost 700 cases, but clearly we’ve gone even higher in these past two weeks with over a thousand cases.” Since the beginning of this year’s flu season in October, there have been two flu-related deaths of individuals over 80 years old, Craine said. Craine said the City of Waco receives the flu case numbers from a variety of sources throughout McLennan County, including physicians, hospitals, urgent care clinics, schools and nursing homes. According to City of Waco press releases, flu season does not typically peak until January or February — meaning that there is a possibility flu case numbers will rise yet again this year. The City of Waco monitors the number of flu cases weekly because the virus is difficult to predict, Craine said.
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Recognize hypocrisy of Oprah 2020 Several hashtags were trending following the Golden Globes on Sunday night, among them #MeToo, #TimesUp and #Oprah2020. “Oprah 2020” is a phrase that has been floating around social media and news outlets this week; this movement suggests talk show host Oprah Winfrey run for president of the United States in 2020. The suggestion is hypocritical in a sense – many from opposing parties were quick to criticize President Donald Trump for lacking political background and experience when he first began campaigning, but people with similar political leanings are
...she may appear more qualified to serve as a public figure for Americans to look up to than Trump, but she is similarly ill-qualified to serve as a political leader.”
quick to treat Oprah 2020 legitimately. Winfrey received the Cecil B. deMille Award at the Golden Globes, an award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. Previous winners include Walt Disney, Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn and Meryl Streep. In light of the recent events in Hollywood surrounding sexual assault, many people expected Winfrey to make a powerful speech when accepting her award. She most certainly delivered, and her speech has been a topic of discussion all over the world. Winfrey pointed out that she is the first African American woman to win this award and spoke specifically about #MeToo, telling the story of Recy Taylor, a woman gang-raped by a group of white men in Alabama in 1944. “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have, and I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories,” Winfrey said. “Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story. But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have
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endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They’re the women whose names we’ll never know.” While Winfrey never mentioned Trump or the presidency, her speech sounded strikingly similar to a campaign speech. In Seth Meyers’ opening “Saturday Night Live” monologue, he made mention of Winfrey being a great presidential candidate, suggesting Tom Hanks as her running mate. The next day, CNN reported that Winfrey’s two close friends said she is actively thinking about running for president in 2020. There is no doubt that Winfrey is a gifted public speaker. Given these exceptional communication skills, she may appear more qualified to serve as a public figure for Americans to look up to than Trump, but she is similarly ill-qualified to serve as a political leader. We should not allow Trump to set the precedent of celebrities with little-to-no political qualifications to run for president. This
opens a dangerous door, encourgaing our country’s government and elections to be run by Hollywood. Some people have commented that while Winfrey may not be particularly qualified, she would still be better than Trump, but this is not a standard we should settle for. We need to hold those running for office to higher standards. This is not to say that celebrities should not be involved in politics. However, public figures who want to play a role in the government should first build up their political qualifications. They should run for local office and work their way up to running for president. Ronald Reagan was an actor before he was president, but prior to his presidency, he served as governor of California. The United States presidency is one of the most important positions in the world. We deserve experienced and qualified politicians to run our country, no matter how alluring the idea of Oprah 2020 might be.
New year offers change for Baylor Lariat, beyond BAILEY BRAMMER Editor-in-Chief Welcome back from break, Bears! Whether you are choosing to pick up a copy of the Lariat for the first time or you have been a longtime reader and follower, thank you for choosing to bring our publication into the new year with you. Last semester, the Lariat went through one of the largest changes it has made since its inception in 1900; in today’s digital-based society, journalism has ventured online, and in keeping up with our audience, so has the Lariat. By decreasing our print days from four to two, we have committed to bringing you your Baylor news in a way that appeals to you, while also keeping the tradition of print journalism alive. Change is a natural occurrence, and last fall I shared with our readers the importance of embracing change in all aspects of their lives. Whether that change is moving to a new state to start your collegiate adventure, making new
friends when old ones have failed to see your value or simply switching from being a business major to being a studio art major, change can be refreshing and invigorating at any time in your life but especially at the start of a new year. With a new year come new opportunities for change. Although New Year’s resolutions may or may not work, acknowledging the need for a modification in the way you live can be the first step toward transforming your life. This semester, we are looking to expand upon our own adjustments with two incredible additions to our coverage – an update app and a biweekly newscast. The Lariat is no stranger to change, especially after last fall, and we are anxious to continue developing and improving ourselves to be your very best source for news. Every member of staff of around 40 students has their own visions and passions, and the Lariat gives them a place to pursue these dreams. Our publication not only produces print and digital articles, editorials and columns, broadcast and radio shows, but also offers a resource and outlet for young journalists to publish their work. While most journalists do not write for themselves, the Lariat is as much ours as it is yours, and it changes as much for us and our personal goals as it does for your news
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Embrace foreign language learning RYLEE SEAVERS Broadcast Reporter
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Learning with LUV Internship with Southwest Airlines teaches lifelong lessons, offers new opportunities PENELOPE SHIREY Design Editor Last semester I had the privilege of interning for Southwest Airlines in Dallas. Not only did this give me the incredible opportunity to learn from some of the top professionals in the communication field, but it also taught me lessons that stretched me as a person even outside the office. Living the Southwest way, I learned, does not stop when you leave the walls of headquarters. In fact, some of the my biggest opportunities for growth were not at my desk, but rather while traveling. Interns are eligible for unlimited free flights on Southwest, as long as there are seats available after passengers who paid for their tickets board the plane. Just like Southwest’s advertisements once said, I was “now free to move about the country.” For 14 weeks, that is exactly what I did, taking 38 flights to 16 states and living out my Southwest values as I went. The first part of living the Southwest way is having a warrior spirit. Remaining
calm and flexible when your flight fills, possibly minutes before boarding, takes perseverance and a positive attitude. As a chronic over-planner, releasing the anxiety surrounding unknown plans became one of my biggest goals, and one that I proudly accomplished. Another element of Southwest living is doing everything with a servant’s heart, following the golden rule. While traveling, this meant being gracious to customer service agents at the gates, even in stressful situations. On a few flights, we got to assist flight attendants by passing out the snacks so they could better serve our customers in other ways. Peanuts or pretzels, anyone? One of my favorite parts about Southwest is the undeniable dedication to living with a Fun-LUVing Attitude. LUV, Southwest’s symbol on the New York Stock Exchange, is the company’s standard spelling for the concept that so permeates its culture. When I look back at the memories I made throughout my internship, it is difficult to think of an
experience that does not embody this philosophy. The one I am most fond of involved driving a rented cherry red Chevrolet Camaro down the Pacific Coast Highway at 4 a.m. during a 13-hour layover in Los Angeles. We had planned the trip only hours prior to leaving, and the spontaneity of it all felt like we were truly living life to the fullest and having the most fun possible. The best part of the semester, however, was definitely the relationships I formed by surrounding myself with other people who all believe in living this way. My friends became more like family, growing closer more quickly than I ever thought possible. My coworkers embraced me with open arms and mentored me personally and professionally. I learned the importance of viewing every opportunity as a chance for growth, and I will forever be grateful to Southwest for showing me so much LUV. Penelope Shirey is a senior journalism major from Birmingham, Ala.
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Language classes are often viewed only as a requirement we have to complete to graduate. Baylor’s potential changes to the core curriculum for the College of Arts and Sciences would reduce the language requirement to three semesters. Many students may see this as a good change or more time that could be better spent taking major-specific classes, but I think this would be a loss for students. We live in a large country that is part of an even larger world, in which 7,099 known languages are spoken, according to Ethnologue by SIL International. Seventy-nine percent of Americans only speak English, according to the CIA World Factbook, which is a loss for our country since there are so many cultures we can explore through language. The United States has no official language, so an increased amount of bilingual citizens would only help foster a global community within the United States and allow Americans to be better citizens of the world. As Americans, it’s easy to think that languages are not important, since we live in such a large country, and it’s easy to see the value in being bilingual, but devoting time to learning a foreign language takes time and effort. Learning a new language isn’t something you can do in one semester, it requires constant dedication and commitment. I can say from personal experience that there is nothing more gratifying than standing in line at the grocery store or sitting in a café in another country and hearing a person speak a foreign language that you can understand. The benefits go far beyond a feeling of accomplishment. According to research from the DANA Foundation, bilingual people are better at conflict management than monolingual people, can switch between tasks easier, process information more efficiently and have preserved brain function during aging. But don’t get discouraged if you aren’t bilingual yet, because even just learning a second language has been shown to improve academic achievement on standardized tests, reading skills and ability to form hypotheses in science, according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. I have heard other students say many times that they are unable to learn another language or that they just don’t want to. I used to think the same things, until I found a language and a culture that really intrigued me and made me want to learn as much as I could. As a freshman, I chose to study Russian because it was an eccentric option in comparison to the languages I had studied in middle and high school. But the more I learned, the more I wanted to be able to speak the language well, and before I knew it I was hooked. Spanish and French, probably the two most commonly studied languages at Baylor, are both beautiful languages associated with fascinating cultures, but they are not the only option. Baylor offers courses in Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Swahili, German and so many others. Languages unlock so much about a country, its history, people and culture. Language study can teach you things about a culture that you would not otherwise have known. Rylee Seavers is a sophomore journalism major from Peoria, Ariz.
Local businesses need to cultivate their digital presence DIDI MARTINEZ Digital Managing Editor Local mom-and-pop shops are a beloved staple in nearly every town. Offering a more intimate shopping experience than a corporate franchise, small business is frequently considered “the underdog” as far as commerce is considered. Not afforded the mega-budget and structure of larger enterprises, these businesses appear to have the odds stacked against them if they are not intentional about how they stay at the forefront of consumers’ minds. While the survival rate varies, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Business Employment Dynamics reports that 20 percent of small businesses close their doors after the first year. Even though there are a number of reasons they can fail, a business’s digital footprint, or
lack thereof, can signal troubled times ahead. I see this all the time in my small town of Katy. A new business opens up, and a search for its website often proves to be fruitless for the curious consumer — no such website exists. Even worse, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter say they don’t have a record of an account bearing the business’s name. This, in my opinion, is a costly mistake that can easily be avoided. “But we don’t have the budget,” I hear a small business owner say. Sure you do, and there are a variety of options that would help you gain visibility around the area at a low price. I would even argue that you don’t even need a full-time marketing and advertising person until you see your business grow after the first year. Instead, consider outsourcing your social and web presence. In the same way, magazines and trade publications seek out freelancers and copy editors, so too should businesses entertain the option of hiring out a social media and web specialist. Even if it’s just for the first year, these experts will help brand your businesses, expand
Even if it’s just for the first year, these experts will help brand your businesses, expand your community reach and serve as quality control...
your community reach and serve as quality control when it comes to how you are seen online. While the weekly, monthly or even yearly fee for an expert may seem like an unnecessary use of a business’s budget, allocating a small fund can ultimately save money. To put it simply, it’s
the difference between haphazardly paying for $3 Facebook ads and having an expert grow your reach organically (or when professionals do suggest paid ads, knowing they will reap a return). In theory, business owners can set up and manage their website and social media account themselves. But one of the other issues I see with businesses that do this is that the quality and frequency of posts vary significantly. The truth is, establishing and maintaining an online presence is a lot of work. It requires upkeep and most importantly, time — something many new business owners will tell you they simply don’t have enough of. As a result, time, more than talent, is what business owners have working against them when it comes to DIY-ing their online efforts. A popular business saying goes, “You’ve got to spend money to make money,” and this cannot be any more true when it comes to paying for your online presence. Didi Martinez is a senior journalism and political science double major from Katy.
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Crossfit collaboration gives back to local teens ADAM GIBSON Assistant News Editor
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Keeping up with your New Year’s resolutions MEGAN RULE Staff Writer New year means new you, right? Unfortunately for most, New Year’s resolutions are not as easy as they sound. A Huffington Post study shows that only about 8 percent of people stick with their resolutions past the first week of January, even though almost half the population makes resolutions with the start of the new year. “Many people will self-reflect and say, ‘There’s a part of my life I want to do better in,’” said Dr. Michael Scullin, assistant professor of psychology at Baylor. “The problem is that fewer than 10 percent of people will stick with it.” Many common resolutions include exercising more, eating more leafy greens, being a better person and sleeping more – all of which are results of self actions. According to a recent LiveScience article, we make resolutions to focus on selfimprovement. Columbia, Tenn., sophomore Micaela Freeman has made resolutions in the past, but this year she set her goal to have more self-confidence and relax a bit more when things go out of her control. “I am looking forward to seeing how my building confidence will affect how I run and relate with others,” Freeman said. “I think it’ll help a lot with my running. Confidence is hard, it always has been for me. I often find myself comparing myself with others.” But why do people form such good intentions yet struggle to follow through? Scullin said when we form intentions, we make them too broad. Cognitive strategies show resolutions that are too general are harder to stick with. The implementation intention, a theory
from Dr. Peter M. Gollwitzer, a professor of psychology at New York University, is a way of changing a general goal to a specific one. Specifying the time and place that a resolution will occur makes it more likely to commit to. For example, instead of saying “I will exercise,” it is more effective to say, “When I finish class at 1:30 p.m., I will go to the Student Life Center to exercise.” “It’s not that people forget to work out, but that they come up with excuses,” Scullin said. “Using a time or place intention sets an urge of commitment, and this can be done with a ‘when, then’ statement.” Setting a plan shows dramatic changes in the proportion of people who stick with their resolutions, Scullin said. Form a specific plan to get the resolution done, otherwise it isn’t prioritized. Some students recognize this struggle, and therefore don’t make any resolutions. “I didn’t make any resolutions because I couldn’t think of anything I really wanted to change or do differently. No one ever sticks to it anyway,” said Lorena junior Cody George. “I think people make them to try and change their life. It’s an easy startingover time.” Scullin speculated on the prevalence of resolutions as people get older, saying as we get older, we learn about healthy versus unhealthy behaviors, especially in college. Growing up, many Americans have a structured household, but in college we’re exposed to more unhealthy habits and social pressures, such as staying up late and eating more. This firsthand experience can lead to self-reflection and thus the realization that enough is enough and a change is necessary. “Once people learn how to conceptualize time management, they can make that change at that moment,” Scullin said.
this program will be given an opportunity to engage in private coaching and activities that they may not be able to reduce these barriers and provide the teens with a chance to try something new that can have multiple benefits.” The Cove, one of the program’s locations, is a nonprofit that targets adolescents from low socioeconomic status backgrounds in WISD who experience homelessness, Young said. By attending this program, at-risk youths will be able to see what all The Cove has to offer them, whether that be feeding them or bringing them together. “They [The Cove] are not just helping them graduate, they are also providing basic needs like a hot shower, places for them to wash their clothes and also having a hot meal,” Young said. “They do a family dinner every night, so I think this is one way to supplement the good work that The Cove is already doing by bringing them something they don’t have. They don’t have the
fitness component yet.” Ginty also sees The Cove as a blessing for what it offers to adolescents. “Places like The Cove are amazing in the resources and the support they provide teens,” Ginty said. “We are fortunate to be able to work with them on this project.” Both Young and Ginty will be researching what effect this 12-week Crossfit program will have on the atrisk youth. Despite the short period of time, Young hopes to get enough results to see the true effect of the workout and expects to see changes in many different aspects in the lives of the participants. “We hope to see possible changes in depression scores anxiety but also confidence or even just willingness to participate in something new,” Young said. After the first 12 weeks of the program is over, the trio will look to start the program again next school year, with hopes of having more adolescents involved at the same locations.
Baylor professors are teaming up with a local Crossfit coach to build a pilot workout program for young teens in Waco. The program will last 12 weeks and includes high-intensity workouts that will take place at The Cove in Waco and a Mission Waco location. High school students in Waco ISD will have the opportunity to join this free workout program if they come to The Cove’s after-school program. Other than just working out, the adolescents will also learn about healthy lifestyles that they can implement into the rest of their daily lives. Dr. Danielle Young, fulltime temporary lecturer in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, is one of the professors that will be helping run this program. Young is involved in crossfit and wanted to make an entertaining way for teens to interact with each other and to work out. “My interest is really in at-risk youth,” Young said. “I was a Young Life leader in college and after college for many years. I also am a psychologist in town and work with a lot of atrisk youth and it just was something that we felt very passionate about. So we have a coach from Crossfit, Coach Katie Mitchell, and another professor, Dr. Annie Ginty and I, all do Crossfit and thought it would be a really fun way to reach teens because the movements are really simple and you can make them as easy or hard as you want to.” Dr. Annie Ginty, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, said she wanted to get involved in this program to give young adults something to do that they may have never experienced before, that could also help them. “The benefits of physical activity on physical and mental health are wellestablished. We also know from research that behaviors Lariat File Photo and activities of adolescents CROSSFIT The program for young teens will last 12 weeks and engage in a resustained includes high intensity workouts which will take place at The throughout the life-course,” Cove in Waco and a Mission Waco location. Ginty said. “The teens in
Various religions appreciate Baylor’s holiday efforts THOMAS MORAN Staff Writer Baylor’s student population is becoming more diverse every year, and previously unrepresented minority groups are gaining positive footholds in the student and faculty populations of the Baylor. As an outspoken Baptist institution, Baylor’s campus is characterized by countless Christmas trees, wreaths and ornaments, all to celebrate the Christian holiday. Through these traditions, Baylor outwardly preserves and upholds its Christianity. Arlington religion doctoral student Nathan Hays celebrates Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, with his wife every year. Hays views Hanukkah as both a religious and familial tradition. Lighting the candles of the menorah and preparing latkes, a traditional dish, are among the ways that Hays observes Hanukah. Though Christian himself, Hays says he views Hanukkah as a significant part of his and his wife’s heritage which he foresees celebrating in the future. On a day-to-day basis, Hays actively engages with Jewish culture and history through his studies of the Hebrew Bible and Old Testament in the Baylor Religion Department.
Corinth senior Hurrr Murtaza is a practicing Shi’a Muslim. Upon choosing to attend Baylor, Murtaza was well aware of the religious differences between himself and much of the Baylor community, but recognized his situation as an opportunity to learn and better understand his peers. “I was brought up with the importance of interfaith and how important it is to have an interfaith dialogue and just understanding one another,” Murtaza said. “Going in, I was actually very excited to be in that environment and see devout Christians and see that passion come up. At the end of the day you know, worshiping God is still worshiping God. It was an exciting experience to have the opportunity to come to Baylor.” One of the more prominent religious celebrations in Islam is the end of Ramadan, a month spent in prayer and fasting. “The day starts off with going to prayer, so all the men will gather at the mosque and do a group prayer and then you’ll go back home and usually there’s all sorts of meals will be prepared,” Murtaza said. “And you go house to house to eat meals with friends and family that day.” Regarding annual religious celebrations, Islam is based on a lunar calendar, which means that each
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year, holidays and days of importance occur earlier on than the year prior, Murtaza said. Fresno, Calif., freshman Ashwin Jayakumar was raised in and actively practices Hinduism. Jayakumar says his difference in faith has never incited abnormal challenges for him on Baylor’s campus. “It doesn’t really affect my day to day life except sometimes during Chapel,” Jayakumar said. “The reli-
gious services that occur in Chapel are obviously different from what I’m used to. Especially the benedictions, the prayers, the music, it’s all different from what I have experienced. And it’s kind of something I’m still getting used to.” Apart from this, Jayakumar says Baylor has been a welcoming environment and he appreciates the holiday celebrations across campus. “It was actually nice to see that
much decoration around the entire school,” Jayakumar said. “I know it probably took a lot of effort between administrators and the people who actually put it up. I actually really enjoyed seeing all of that.” Hurr and Jayakumar both emphasized their appreciation of open dialogue and look forward to continuing their undergrad experiences within the Baylor community.
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Wreath-laying ceremony to kick off weekend of MLK events
The second wreath-laying ceremony taking place Monday will be co-hosted by Baylor’s Nu Iota chapter of Zeta The Waco community is offering Phi Beta at the Suspension Bridge and multiple ceremonies and events this Indian Spring Park. Victoria senior Tyra coming weekend to honor Martin Luther Porter, president and treasurer of the Nu King Jr. Day on Monday, starting from Page 1 with a Iota chapter, emphasized the importance wreath-laying ceremony today. of the events this weekend. “This wasaccording what Dr. King envisioned, Echevarria from the Hurricane, to CNN. thatit’s while the storm is “I feelsaid that important forextremely people Asthat of 8allp.m. the ofWashington Post difficult to go and through the rebuilding her town willa boysMonday, and girls different colors to stop reflect on howof far we as reported nine people have died aswalk a resulttogether of the be difficult as well. andthatnationalities would nation have come,” Porter said. “It also storm, while the Associated Press reported that three has created a website for Harvey victims as one,” said Coque Gibson, event Baylor as toa help wayBaylor to really and deaths have been confirmed. thatserves is designed reach outreflect to students coordinator. “That’s what we need to do realize thatcanevents thatinsparked the civil The National Weather Service models showed the about what they do to assist anyway possible. haverising moretopeace be more tolerant rights movement wereasonly a few years BrazostoRiver 59 feetand by today, topping the The website will be updated new information is of each previous recordother. of 54.7” feet. Houston has received 25 given to the aboutare the people status of still our fellow ago anduniversity that there alive wreath-laying ceremony will Baylor inches of The rain minimum with an expected 12 to 24 Bears and their families. that experiences first hand the shift in more take inches.place at noon today at Martin President Linda Livingstone her family the nation. I think itand helps put opened things Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at 300 into perspective and gives people an Martin from LutherPage King Jr. 1 Blvd. The event opportunity to celebrate growth within will feature several guest speakers, society as a whole.” including Baylor President Dr. Linda Gibson has been working with her new step the for me. I think that community service each semester. organization existed for women.ever Livingstone and the First Gentleman husband since firstBut year to focus “I look and pulling think: [CHIS] probably laid together. a ground “I’ve beenLivingstone. to the World Hunger Brad Gibson said back this onis that on the community would and it take to transfer work to get me out of my kind of Reliefthe Farm five annual times nowwreath with what 28th ceremony Gibson said she feels the suspension CHIS,” Hampton said. “I’ve into another university, and to solitary only-childness,” Castello everyone is encouraged to bring a wreath a splitwould in have the said. “It certainly helped them build a shed before begin an organization bridge within yoursymbolizes or flower to the memorial. community. Recently, they wanted to get that was just the bare bones when first year on the floor?” Castello been a way of [showing me] how According to athe Diversity involved with event. said. “There were a lotBaylor of service a group of the people couldGibson come I first went, and now it’s full Baylor and Inclusion website, will also be organizations that men around something, even functioning shed. It’s cool because there said could Baylor together got involved under former you can see how theirlunch projectstoday, are belong to, and it wasPresident just rather Ken something and have take a spaghetti an MLK Day Starr, new, working to itbring than just service developing.” odd march that we’d come Baylor that far officials in off.”toMore of Service Saturday, a peace and the event and aenhance Perhaps one ofwreath-laying the most unique ceremony our growth not that for organization, CHIS is a sisterhood NAACP andto have total community participation. things about the sisterhood is that women.” Almost 60 years later, which connects women long after the annual candlelight vigil on Monday. “I feel that it’s important to keep graduation. it truly gives members a heart for Castello still serves Waco through “We need more peace and we need African-American history and Hampton says thatalive in addition the Gospel Cafe,toa restaurant that life long service. Sherry Castello, to depend eachserves other,free ” Gibson on in theneed minds of the youth we to volunteering at thebecause Gospel Cafe, Class be of able ’58 and member on of the meals to those “All unique people can with come theyabout serve under CHIS alumni affiliated CrossTies Church. hear chartersaid. class of CHIS, remembers seldom the aachievements can a founding of at Keep Waco how the organization together, andstarted. we can solve As all kinds of member African-Americans haveBeautiful, made in and school, CrossTies Church, so this Castello learntofrom their faculty Castello lived ifdown the hall problems we walk together. ” is a way highlight them,”sponsor, Porter from twoGibson students said named Mina recognizes the influence that who was also a member. after visiting Graceland said. “I feel like it helps bring inspiration interested in becoming a Fields and Betsy Pettyjohn. CHIS had on her leadership today. in 1989 and seeing the flowers and to the youth inThose Waco that are of CHIS can minorities learn more At the Gospel Cafe, Castello member Fields, a transfer from Southern memorials out for Elvis Presley, the idea someone theyfrom can volunteerstheyat can their see meeting Wednesday Methodist University, wanted manages a crew of because came to do this for Dr. Luther to doing such great things 6-7 p.m. in the Baines Roomand of every week. “Being anrelate only child to join a service organization at Martin alongthatwith vigil. corporate the SUB. BaylorKing but Jr. learned no the suchcandlelight myself, anything is aa huge making difference on such a large
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Police Blotter Crime records of the past week on campus, according to the Baylor Crime and Fire Log.
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Tuesday, Aug. 22 Offense: Theft Time: Sometime on May Baylee VerSteeg |15 Multimedia Journalist and 4:11 p.m. on this date. BALLIN’ ON A BUDGET Charles, La., junior Elle Simmons Heritage poses at Common Grounds. Simmons saidLocation: she found the House (Bike Rack) located at transition from living at home to living on her own a difficult 1201 D. South University one, but she does her best to keep her finances in check. Parks Drive
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Offense: Narcotics Possession of a Controlled Substance Time: Between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on this date. Location: Bill Daniel Student Center located at 1311 S. 5th Street
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Offense: Burglary of a Habitation Time: Sometime on Aug. “Have 18 andself-discipline, ” 3:30 p.m. on this Potts said. date.“I have many students who come to class Location: Jamestown every day Apartments with a Starbucks located atin 1701 S. 7thfive Streetor six their hand. That’s
A large portion of Baylor students face the growing challenge of funding their dollars everyday … It might Offense: Theft like a lot, but it college educations without not soundTime: Between 5:30 p.m. adds up, ” Potts said. fully sacrificing social and 6:20 p.m. on this date. Maintaining a casual engagements and reasonable Location: McLane mental budget a Center common StudentisLife standards of living. among many at 209 Speight With the cost of attend- practice located However, budgets ing four-year universities in- students. Ave. creasing annually, financial almost always fail unless they Offense: Theft of a Motor are written stress is Vehicle d o w n , becoming Time: Between 3 p.m. and w this e date. l l as prom4:30 p.m. on Location: organized Cashion inent and a located n at d Parking Lot w i d e 1401 S. 4th Street r e a l istic, spread an Potts said. issue as the Offense: Failure to Stop L i k e ac ademic and Identify Accident many stuand social Time: Between Aug. 16 stress that and 1 p.m.dents, on Aug.Lake 22. arles, Location: C 5thhStreet go handLa. located ju-at Parking Garage in-hand 1201 S. 5thnior Street Elle with BaySimmons lor’s comThursday, said the petitive enAug. 24 transition vironment. from her A c Offense: Criminal home to cording to Trespass XBaylor 6 was Dr. FrankTime: 11:51 p.m. on this abrupt and lin Potts, date. profess or Location: becoming McLane financialin the FiStadium located at 1001 S. ly King literate Martin Luther Blvd. nance DeDR. FRANKLIN was a difp ar t m e nt POTTS | ficult to Stop but within Offense: Failure FINANCE e s s e n t B a y l o r ’s and Identify Accidenti a l PROFESSOR Time: Between l e a r5:15 n i np.m. g Hankamer and 5:44 p.m. on this date. process. School of Location: Lot “#36 Dlocated e Bus iness , at 1400 block Street p e S. n 4th din g the solution to this and related finan- on your situation as a stuOffense: of usCriminal are depencial problems facing students dent, many Trespass ownWarning income or is clear—a well-developed dent on our Time: 4:32 p.m. on this are weighed down with the budget. date. idea of having debt or preAccording to Baylor’s Location: 1100 Block S. debt when we website, the cost of atten- venting having 7th Street enter into college,” Simmons dance has exceeded $60,000. “When I started college said. Friday, Simmons hasAug. begun [at Baylor] in 1967, a semes25 imter credit hour was only $25,” plementing a more concrete budget throughout her dayOffense: Narcotics Potts said. of Marijuana and, while it can Having had the to-day lifePossession 1:28 p.m. on this in some ways, she opportunity to teach students be limitingTime: date. of a diverse range of majors said having a budget has ofLocation: (Traffic Stop) and financial and backgrounds, Potts said fered emotional 900 Block Speight peace. that skills associated with Simmons said she plans financial literacy are often Saturday, to the letlost on Baylor students, her expense down Aug. 26 ter including grocery money, regardless of major. and any expenses “Most people don’t have a coffee tripsOffense: Narcotics budget,” Potts said. “They just she has. Possession of Marijuana Living Time: within your spend randomly. Unless you Noon onmeans, this date. Location:unnecessary 1724 S. 12th have a plan for keeping your minimizing Streetand having a expenses below your income, expenditures concrete written budget are you’re generally not going to among the best practices To contact save much of anything.” canPolice, utilize call: to Baylor Some college students that students view their lack of income become more financially said. Financial Emergency: as justification to avoid efficient, Potts wise decision(254)710-2222 budgeting or neglect keeping literacy and Non-Emergency: on can lead to close track of expenditures making early financial security later on in (254)710-2211 during the school year. However, this one of life. many common mistakes, that Potts called fatal, that young people make today.
Unless you have a plan for keeping your expenses below your income, you’re generally not going to save much of anything.
scale.” Gibson said the purpose of these events are to bring people of all colors together in Waco. After President Ronald Reagan made Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national holiday, the candlelight vigil started as a part of the holiday and the rest of the events followed to properly their doors to Rice University’s keep King’s dream alive.volleyball team while it waits“Please out the effects Hurricane comeof out and Harvey. give us your Rice University’s football team, whom was support even if it’s cold,” Gibson said. stranded coming in from a flight from Los Angeles, “Itwelcomed didn’t matter thetheweather, Dr. was with openwhat arms by Baylor football King was forthey us to have rightto team staff andfighting family as could notthe return to vote and be as a whole and for us to Houston. are following suitso by opening their beBaylor ablestudents to walk together I just ask arms to many to other victims everyone come outwho andhave dobeen the displaced. same.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Events Today at noon: Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, 300 MLK Blvd. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Day of Service with Urban Gardening Coalition at Penland Crossroads For more events, visit https://www.baylor. edu/diversity/index. PAST AND PRESENT CHIS may have changed a php?id=940035
lot from the past years, but the sisterhood stays the same.
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COFFEE BREAK McKinney freshman Lauren Hurst makes drinks behind the Starbucks counter as part of her employment as a student worker.
Student Employment rebuilds to aid work-study process JULIA VERGARA Staff Writer Baylor’s Office of Student Employment is in the process of changing its entire structure with the purpose of benefiting students and the university. According to Director of Student Employment and Career Development Julie Veselka, a year ago Baylor decided to create a new, centralized office for student employment in the Career and Professional Development (CPD) offices. The transition to being housed in CPD was made because the university wants a student development focus implemented in all work-study positions in Student Employment. “Right now, it’s just a way to help with loans, help get finances and money,” Veselka said. “The real vision is to take that one step further and to prepare students for real-world experiences.” According to Veselka there are many misconceptions even with students and with supervisors for what it means to be a student employee. Especially with the term work-study, individuals tend to think students are hired to sit in an office and study. “That’s benefiting the student academically, but it’s not benefiting them for after graduation,” Veselka said. With the new office, Veselka hopes to redefine Student Employment at Baylor. “Our vision is to get real experience while they’re here,” Veselka said. “Baylor has such a vast difference of job opportunities on campus that if a student is interested in that area, let’s get them plugged in there.” The Baylor University Press already has a student development focus in their student employee structure, and Veselka said she hopes to make that a university-wide focus. Baylor University Press Director Dr. Carey Newman said their
student employees work on real-life assignments. The students get the opportunity work in a professional setting in positions such as assistant editor, events manager, finance assistant, marketing and publicity assistant, operations assistant and productions specialist. “They’re not firing blanks,” Newman said. “They’re firing reallife ammo.” Houston graduate student Steffi Hoffman works as the events manager and said it is astonishing how many tasks she does for the Baylor University Press that can be applied elsewhere. “Throughout my time here so far, I’ve learned a lot of skills interacting and various programs that are very much going to be helpful and are very necessary for the workplace,” Hoffman said. Brentwood, TN senior Kingsley East said her position as editorial assistant allows her to shadow Newman with all of his acquisitions. Through this position, in a couple of years, East will wind up actually being able to do the work of an editor, Newman said. “You’re getting tons of opportunities that you can’t get in a classroom,” East said. “It’d be great if people in other disciplines have that opportunity.” Veselka said transitioning to this student employment structure university-wide will not only be beneficial to students’ success after graduation but also be beneficial to Baylor’s participating departments. Coming from a human resources background, Veselka said she has seen a lot of departments that do not have the funding and resources to fill in with some of the work needs they have. If a department is not able to hire a new staff member because of a lack of funding or resources, another option is to use students. Students can do some of the work that an entry-level staff member could do, Veselka said. The Baylor University Press already uses student employees to
fill some of their work needs. While a press of their size normally has 12 to 15 full-time employees, they only have five. According to Newman, the student employees are able to do the work of anywhere from five to seven full-time employees. “He has just a handful of full-time staff,” Veselka said. “He’s not only helping students but also not costing the university more overhead in staff.” In addition to the new student development focus, Veselka said Student Employment will also be changing the hiring process. Currently, students have to go to the student employment web page in order to access job listings and contact departments individually to discuss hiring. However, they are now in the process of implementing new software to make the process easier for students. The new software will act like any other company’s applicant management system except this one is customized for students, Veselka said. Students will be able to go in and apply and supervisors will be able to go in and look at the list of applicants just like in a real, professional job. The new Student Employment office will also be serving as a “one stop shop” for students and supervisors, Veselka said. Before the new centralized office, students and supervisors had to go to several different departments regarding payment and positions. “They’ll only have to come to one place,” Veselka said. “They don’t have to go to financial aid, they don’t have to go to payroll, they don’t have to go to HR just to get a job. They only have to go to one place and then we’ll work behind the scenes with those partners.” Veselka said that as of right now, Student Employment is still working out the details for all of these changes. However, students can expect to see jobs posted in the new system by Fall 2018.
Shoot your shot
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POCKETS Early junior Patrick Murphy lines up to shoot the ball during a game of billiards in the Student Union Building. He was participating in a rush event for Beta Upsilon Chi where they invited potential members to play pool and eat pizza.
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FBI from Page A1 “There is contention as to who fired the first shot, but nonetheless a shootout ensued,” Noesner said. “Four ATF agents were killed, 17 wounded and a number of Davidians were killed as well ... and many wounded, including Koresh. It was quite a protracted, running gunbattle very, very serious in nature, obviously.” ATF agents withdrew after a nearly hourlong battle and a ceasefire was negotiated. According to History.com, the operation, which involved more than 100 ATF agents, was the one of the largest ever mounted by the bureau and resulted in the highest casualties of any ATF operation. It was during this cease-fire that the FBI and Noesner’s negotiation team were brought to Waco in hopes of bringing about a resolution without further loss of life. “The crime of assaulting and killing the federal agents falls under the jurisdiction of the FBI, so even though it was ATF agents, who were then part of the Department of Treasury, the fact they were assaulted and killed in carrying out their duties brought in the FBI to manage the incident and try to resolve it,” Noesner said. “I flew out right away, coordinating all the negotiation activities to try to bring about a peaceful resolution.” Noesner and his team of negotiators began to attempt to achieve a peaceful resolution. Difficulty arose in this case, Noesner said, because while a hostage situation will allow the negotiators to serve a purpose and work with the person making demands, the members at the compound that day were there of their own free will in what they considered their home, and the only thing they wanted was for the FBI to leave. “The only demand that Koresh and his followers had on us was to go away and leave them alone, which in the aftermath of the loss of life and carnage, that was pretty much the one thing the government could not do,” Noesner said. “So it was a real predicament, because if people need you and they want something from you, like in the hostage scenario, then you’re able to exert some influence on their behavior and come up with a quid-pro-quo bargaining interaction. But, if the only thing they want you to do is go away and they don’t feel they need you for anything, it’s very hard to exert influence over their behavior.” Aside from the Davidians wanting to be left alone, Noesner said there was also the added difficulty and frustration that came from dealing with a person like Koresh. “Some people on the outside, from what they know about Koresh, might think he was almost a Charles Manson-like figure and out of touch with reality, and that certainly wasn’t our experience,” Noesner said. “He wasn’t a well-educated individual, but he was articulate, he was an all-powerful leader in his group, and I mean, despite his educational limitations and life experiences, he became quite adept at interpreting the Bible and passing a message to his followers that they embraced wholeheartedly, and so they looked at him as quite extraordinary and quite special.” Koresh’s followers believed him to be so powerful, as Noesner said is often the case with unorthodox religious groups like this, that they allowed him to hold sway over them to the point that they surrendered their worldly possessions, husbands surrendered their wives to Koresh who then fathered children with them, and people generally were willing to believe anything and everything that he said. “As most often is the case with these unorthodox religious groups, they revolve around a very strong self-serving leader and David Koresh was certainly that and more, but dealing with him on a day-to-day basis was really a mix,” Noesner said. “There were days where he was very comfortable and casual and even occasionally a bit of humor, and other times where his anger was strongly manifested into anger at the ATF and anger at the government ... He would show many demonstrations of his personality and as negotiators we had to adapt to that. We had some successes with him and we clearly had some failures.” Despite Koresh’s controlling and manipulative nature and the strong loyalty of his followers, Noesner said he found success at the beginning in getting Davidians, mostly women and children, safely out of the compound through a trust-based relationship approach. “While I was there for 26 days we were able to get 45 people out, and we did that through this patience and rapport building approach,” he said. “The problem we ran into was that there were others in the government, the FBI, that were very frustrated with this slow pace of these accomplishments and they wanted things to move in a more rapid way, so there were some actions that were taken to use tactical pressure to compel the Davidians to cooperate
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and this of course ran in direct contradiction to the approach we were taking as a negotiation team.” Noesner said this internal conflict in the FBI began to dissolve the work he had done to build trust and continue to save lives. He said while everyone had the same end-goal –– to see everyone come out alive –– they had very different ideas on how to accomplish it and an appropriate timeline for achieving it. “Law enforcement agencies are used to taking control and when they tell people to do things and comply, they expect to get that compliance,” Noesner said. “So it’s quite frustrating when people do not comply as instructed and offer resistance and often don’t follow through on their promises.” Koresh could be a very challenging guy to deal with, Noesner said, and he would often change his mind or take opposite actions in regard to promises he made, and that began to feed the frustrations of the FBI decision makers. “Oddly enough, as negotiators we are a bit more able to deal with these kind of manipulative efforts, because that’s what we train for as negotiators. We know that people will have ups and downs and periods of cooperation followed by periods of resistance and they will not always do what they say,” Noesner said. “We try to use that knowledge to prevent us from becoming frustrated and overreacting, and I think one of the shortcomings in Waco was that some of our decision makers out there, who were above me of course, didn’t have that same perspective, or that same knowledge and training experience that would enable them to stick it through that difficult interaction we had with Koresh.” From the day ATF agents arrived at the Branch Davidian compound, to the time 51 days later when the compound went up in flames, Noesner said mistakes were made on both sides. “Technically there were violations of the law. Now as a practical matter, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms at the time is a fairly small federal law enforcement agency and they were under serious threat of being disbanded,” Noesner said. “One political party didn’t want them functioning and fulfilling their role in investigating matters related to firearms, and was politically trying to, in essence, do away with that agency.” When the information came to the ATF that the Branch Davidians were converting weapons illegally, Noesner said the bureau saw an opportunity to make headlines in terms of their utility as an organization. “That, I think, compelled them to move forward with what turned out to be a pretty risky operation, and even when it became known right before the raid that it had been compromised, rather than call off the raid they went ahead with it anyway and of course the consequences were pretty tragic,” Nosener said. “So I think you know some years later the FBI dealt with a group in Montana and we decided to arrest the leader when he was away from the others, and I think that would have been a better approach. I know one of the things we would have looked at then, that we do now, is ‘are there other ways to accomplish the goal other than a direct assault on the building? Which even under the best of circumstances comes with great complications and challenges.” With Noesner’s success in releasing members from the building, he still today has frustrations when he imagines a different ending that may have very well been possible. “I think what could have been done differently was, at the expense of sounding selfserving here, was to do what we were doing as negotiators. I’m quite confident that had our
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WACO Top: Branch Davidian Compound with a sheet asking for the press hung outside a window during the seize. Middle: Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agents walk past the front of the Branch Davidian compound on Feb. 28, 1993, following a botched raid that resulted in the death of four agents and six Davidians. The standoff concluded with the death of more than 70 followers of David Koresh after the compound was set on fire. Bottom: Taylor Kitsch stars as David Koresh in Paramount Network’s series “Waco,” which premieres Jan. 24.
actions not been unwittingly compromised by some of the more aggressive tactical moves, we may have had a very different ending and probably would have succeeded in securing the safe release of a great many more individuals,” Noesner said. “If you’re inside the compound and you hear the nice negotiator talking about cooperation and respect and dignity, and then you see a guy in a tank crush your car, are you going to believe what you hear or what you see? I think some of the leadership in the FBI at the time didn’t fully appreciate or absorb the problems that these mixed signals caused us and that certainly didn’t help our cause in trying to create a relationship of trust with the Davidians that would have led to everyone coming out alive.” Following the interactions between the Branch Davidians and the government that year, questions began to arise nationwide as to who the “bad guy” really was. There were people who used the incidents as a symbol of government overreach and to validate their concerns that the government was looking to take their guns and power, while the opposite side argued the Davidians and those like them were dangerous and the government was doing the job they were meant to do.
“There’s a good debate that should take place about ‘What’s the line between individual freedoms and organizational freedoms and complying with government laws?’” Noesner said. “These are serious matters to discuss, but I think people want to simply state that one side or the other was all good or bad.” For Noesner, he realizes that the world isn’t so simple. While he said he believed David Koresh alone held the keys to resolving the situation peacefully the entire time, and blames him ultimately for the end result, he also said that notion does not then translate into the acknowledgement that the government responded the best way they could have. “FBI agents tend to think Koresh was all bad, therefore we did nothing wrong. Some people say Koresh was good and the government was wrong. But, It’s far more complex and nuanced than that,” Noesner said. “Some people like to look at the world in black and white ... Koresh was all good and the FBI was all bad or vice versa. But, the fact is, there were a lot of mistakes made on both sides. It isn’t simple ... The world is a complicated place and It was a tragedy for everybody involved.”
“We do pretty well,” Stern said. “But if you look at it — If we’re giving 1,500 flu shots a year and we have 17,000 students plus a couple of thousand faculty and staff, then you can see that’s less than ten percent. I’d like to see that get a lot higher.” Craine said she often comes across individuals who say the flu shot does not work and her response is “It’s absolutely not going to work if you don’t use it. If it stays in the vial, it will not help you.” Craine said that although the flu shot is not 100 percent effective, it does create a stronger immune response and lessens symptoms. Stern said that from a public health standpoint, it is very important for Baylor to
offer a convenient way for students, faculty and staff to receive the flu shot. Getting the flu shot is protective for the entire community, Stern said. Some individuals who are not able to receive the vaccine themselves rely on others to protect them from the flu. “The most important thing is that students, faculty and staff are welcome to come over and get their flu shots,” Stern said. “It is best if they can make an appointment, but they can try walking over and usually we can get them in pretty quickly but it’s just a nurse visit to get the flu vaccine.”
FLU from Page A1 “We are hopeful that our peak is slowing down, but at any point, it could pop up again,” Craine said. “A lot of times you will see a bit of a drop when the holidays have come along because [for] one thing, school is out and so that slows down the process a lot. Now school is back in so we’ll have to see if there is a rise again.” Craine said people need to be aware that there are many cases of the flu virus in the community, which increases one’s opportunity to be exposed to it. The City of Waco’s main aspect and message is that preventing the flu is key, Craine said. Prevention methods include receiving the flu shot, washing hands frequently and covering
coughs and sneezes. According to the Medical Director of Baylor Health Services Dr. Sharon Stern, students, faculty and staff can receive the flu shot anytime between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the health center, located on the second floor of the McLane Student Life Center (SLC). During the Fall 2017 semester, Baylor Health Services also offered several flu shot clinics in various locations around campus. “We just want to be available for everybody who wants to get the flu vaccine,” Stern said. Baylor Health Services typically orders 1,500 flu vaccines every year and by this January, they only had around 300 doses left, Stern said.
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Captain Danny sails through the streets of Waco on wheels BRANSON HARDCASTLE Broadcast Reporter Waco Pedal Tours opened around Christmas and is already generating interest among the Waco community and tourists alike. Waco Pedal Tours was co-founded by three friends: Cory Dickman, Jake Cockerill and Daniel Abarca, or “Captain Danny.” They founded the company to provide a unique glimpse into everything Waco has to offer. Cockerill said the three friends decided to open their pedal tour business in Waco because it was the perfect time. “I think it was a good time to be in Waco… [Pedal bike tours] are doing really well in nearby communities, and Waco has a booming tourism industry,” Cockerill said. “I think having something additional to do towards the evening time in Waco, once they’ve gone to the silos and done some tourist things here in town, it really provides a fun way to see Waco in a different light...” The two-hour tour begins outside of Waco Escape Rooms at 711 Washington Ave. and primarily remains downtown. The riders are given the opportunity to visit restaurants, shopping centers, scenic locations and other tourist hotspots during the tour. They offer a variety of options that range from family tours
to wine tasting. Dickman said the tours are for everyone, including tourists and locals. “This is a local’s thing, probably even more so, sometimes, than a tourist deal. We really want to engage with the community through Waco Pedal Tours,” Dickman said. “We really want locals to take advantage of this. We are locals that love Waco that want to bring more engagement to the community.” The bike contraptions include 14 seats, 12 of which have pedals. The riders’ pedaling is what makes the bike accelerate, that is, unless it approaches a hill. There is an electric assist that helps with steeper inclines so that the experience doesn’t tire the riders out. Although the electric assist is available, the riders are the bike’s primary source of power. The tour itself is a unique experience, but Dickman said it wouldn’t be the same without their tour guide, Captain Danny. Dickman said Waco Pedal Tours tries to make the tour as fun as possible, and Captain Danny plays a big role in that. “Having Captain Danny makes the tour fun. His personality comes out a lot on this tour and he does a great job of engaging with the customers,” Dickman said. “He is a very big part of the tour itself.” Captain Danny has worked in the tourism industry for about 13 years and prides himself
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THEY SEE ME ROLLIN’ Co-founders Jake Cockerill, Daniel Abarca and Cory Dickman lean on their new Waco Pedal Tours bike.
on giving customers the best experience he can. “I have experience as a tour guide in Mexico... That has helped me here to give customers a great experience and connect with them on the tour,” Captain Danny said. Waco Pedal Tours’ prices range from
$35 on Sunday through Wednesday to $45 Thursday through Saturday. Customers can also book a private tour for $350 Sunday through Wednesday and $450 Thursday through Saturday.
Happy Harvest to open restaurant uptown MEREDITH WAGNER Arts & Life Editor
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YES, CHEF Juanita Barrientos, co-owner and head chef of Happy Harvest, talks about her plans for renovation in her new space at 112 N 25th St.
GATHER AND SHARE Locals gather at Homegrown Farms, an organic farm in Gholson, to enjoy a farmto-table meal prepared by Happy Harvest. Gatherings are occastionally hosted to bring the community together over food.
A formerly quiet portion of Waco is now bustling with noise and new faces. Despite its distance from campus, the area between 11th Street and 27th Street on Austin Avenue, referred to by some as “Uptown” Waco, is experiencing a rapid economic and communal growth. Local favorite Happy Harvest is adding to this growth by opening its first sit-down restaurant at 112 N 25th St. later this spring, where students and locals alike will be able to congregate over kombucha on tap, coffee on drip and unique, homemade health foods already beloved by many Wacoans. Happy Harvest is owned and operated by head chef Juanita Barrientos and her business parter, Toby Tull, both of whom have spent years devoted to the art of preparing quality food. Barrientos began her journey in her kitchen as a young girl. “The love comes from my mom. She was a really good cook,” Barrientos said. Barrientos grew up enjoying her mother’s recipes, which she said always reflected her mother’s knack for eating healthy. At a young age, however, Barrientos’ life quickly flipped upsidedown. “I lost my mom when I was fifteen years old in a tragic accident,” Barrientos said. “I love talking about her. It doesn’t make me sad. It makes me happy. Even still, when I’m trying to think of a menu, I definitely think of my mom.” With the knowledge and love for food her mother instilled in her, Barrientos attended Texas A&M for a bachelor’s degree in nutrition. While in school, Barrientos joined a restaurant club, where she met an instructor that taught at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Austin. She said she wanted to attend culinary school immediately, but her family encouraged her to finish her degree in nutrition first. “Ten days after I graduated from A&M, I moved to Austin to go to culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu,” Barrientos said. “It was one of the best years of my life. I learned technique, I learned how to taste food, I learned that mushrooms aren’t actually gross,” she said, laughing. Happy Harvest co-owner Tull and his family own The Home Grown Farm, an organic small-scale farm in Gholson. Tull also owns Barebucha, a relatively new, small-batch kombucha company in Waco. Barrientos and Tull met at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market, where Barrientos was seeking local produce for her pre-made health
food company, formerly known as “Crave.” The two eventually joined forces and renamed the company. Currently, Happy Harvests’ prepackaged, whole food meals can be purchased from their shop located at 611 Bowden Drive. Happy Harvest products are available throughout town in local small businesses, such as Pinewood Coffee Bar. They are also present at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market every Saturday morning, where they share a booth with Homegrown Farms. Happy Harvest occasionally hosts farm-to-table dinners at The Home Grown Farm, where attendees can enjoy a meal on the same soil their food was grown. “You sit out there, outside, watch the sunset and the farm is right there,” Barrientos said. “It really is an experience.” Happy Harvest also recently partnered with Cultivate 7twelve, a new fine art nonprofit located downtown on Austin Avenue, to host “art-to-table” dinners. During these dinners, Juanita invents edible dishes that represent, either realistically or abstractly, the work of various local artists. “That we know of, we’re the first ever in Texas to do an art-to-table,” Barrientos said. After gaining exposure throughout town for nearly three years, Happy Harvest is ready to launch their own comprehensive restaurant experience in Waco. “Waco is always a few steps behind when it comes to health food, so we really want to impact our community in that way,” Barrientos said. “A lot of people think that healthy foods usually taste like cardboard, and it’s not interesting, but we approach it from a flavor point of view. If it tastes good, anyone’s going to eat it. That’s most important.” Their allergy-friendly, diet-friendly creations are developed through processes that often take longer than those of a typical restaurant. This is because, for Barrientos, “It’s all about the details.” From pre-soaking their grains in order to eliminate phytic acid, to developing alternative sweeteners for their baked goods, to altering their menu to reflect seasonal produce, Barrientos said they place the quality of their ingredients first and foremost. Barrientos said she is excited by the prospect of bringing her creations to a new part of town. “I’m just excited that another part of Waco is being touched and paid attention to,” she said.
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Health food stores help students pop H-E-B bubble, find affordable deals Molly Atchison | Print Managing Editor
BANANAS FOR BANANAS The beloved yellow fruit was listed at 44 cents per pound at H-E-B, making bananas an affordable choice for clean eating.
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SPINACH AND POPEYE The spinach found at local grocery store Aldi looked farm more appealing than that found at H-E-B, and it was available at an exceptionally lower price.
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SHOP TILL YOU DROP Cindy Loutherback sifts through apples at Aldi. Loutherback mentioned that her husband was the founder of Welcome Week at Baylor.
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REACH FOR THE ... MANGOES Fresh produce is a great option for students on a budget. It is often inexpensive compared to packaged items, especially at grocery stores like Aldi and H-E-B.
MOLLY ATCHISON Print Managing Editor For many college students, grocery shopping can be difficult, and without a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s in Waco, Baylor students may find healthy options to be a bit sparse. While on the surface Waco may seem to be lacking in opportunities to eat healthy, there are several under-theradar options that can be outlets for students looking to dive into the world of clean eating. I explored three different Waco food suppliers, and evaluated the prices, the customer service and the quality of the food at H-E-B, Aldi and Drug Emporium. The most common and perhaps the most plentiful option for grocery shopping in Waco is H-E-B. Frequented by college students at all times of day, H-E-B is the obvious choice for finding healthy options. Looking at five different types of food –– fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy and dry food –– there are plenty of fresh and healthy options present at H-E-B. In the fruit section, fresh, ripe bananas were on sale for 44 cents per pound. Perfect as a healthy breakfast or midday snack, these bananas can be a staple for clean eating. Nearby, a display of spinach was priced at $5.98, which appeard lush and ready for mixing with other ingredients. A package of four chicken breasts were priced at $8.29, but they did appear slightly over-frozen. The majority of the dry food section, including the pasta, was stocked well and reasonably priced at $1.28 per box. Healthier choices at H-E-B are well complimented by a wide selection of desserts, including some low fat ice cream options like Halo Top ice cream. With such a wide variety, H-E-B definitely lives up to the hype, and as an eight-year veteran employee, Natalie* said, “We get fresh trucks of food every day, and we constantly rotate produce to provide customers with the best possible options.” A less recognized grocery store name is the international brand Aldi, which is a small food mart located on Valley Mills drive. While Aldi does not offer the same brand names as H-E-B, Aldi has low prices and an assortment of health foods that a large store like H-E-B may not carry. Aldi cashier Brandi had plenty to say about Aldi’s uniqueness as a store. “Because there’s no name brands, we’re able to offer quality product for a much lower price,” she said. “Aldi products come in fresher everyday off the truck, and we don’t leave it out on the stand for days on end like other stores.” In terms of products, the Aldi bananas were slightly more aged than the fruit at H-E-B, but they were one cent less than the price of those at H-E-B. The spinach, on the other hand, looked much more appetizing than even the H-E-B brand, and was at a much more affordable price of $2.49. Likewise, the chicken and other meat was much more affordable, cashing in at $5.98 for three chicken breasts, as opposed to H-E-B’s $8.29, and the chicken appeared much less freezerburned. Aldi carried only one brand of pasta, but had nearly every variety of it, and it was a few dollars cheaper. Similarly, they only carried three brands of ice cream, but the low fat option, Belmont, was also significantly less expensive than any of the brands at H-E-B, ringing up at only $1.99 per pint. Aldi’s products are fresh, their shelves are full and they offer low prices that can’t be beat. While Aldi offers the staples of a college student’s diet for cost-effective prices, there is another nondescript store that offers unique products for students searching for healthy alternatives to everyday products. For those looking to supplement their diets with all natural vitamins and gluten free food replacements, grocery necessities can be found at Drug Emporium, just a short five-minute drive from Aldi. While Drug Emporium didn’t have all of the food staples I sought for in the other stores, it did have the low fat dessert
option at a relatively similar price. They also stocked a spinach-based spaghetti on their shelves, which can serve as a healthy and gluten free alternative for those looking for a pasta fix. What set Drug Emporium apart was the stellar customer service. Lisa, a nine-year veteran employee and manager of the health foods section, shared her pride in Drug Emporium’s selection. “Our prices and selection... is amazing, especially because we’re the gluten free headquarters for Waco.” she said. “We offer plenty of sports nutrition options, and we also have the best selection of essential oils. Drug Emporium consistently has great products, and its a place that should definitely be on student’s radars.” Whether a student is looking for simple, budget-friendly staples, hoping to get a guilt-free sugar fix, or to exploring allnatural options to enhance their lifestyle, stepping outside of the H-E-B bubble can not only be enlightening, but can help you save money too. Aldi and Drug Emporium offer plenty of quality options that can transform a meal into a cheap but delicious culinary experience. *Last names omitted due to company policy.
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TIP THE SCALE An Aldi shopper weighs an apple to calculate the price before making a purchase. Weighing produce before bringing it to the checkout counter can give you a clear understanding of exactly how much your groceries will be, helping you to stay on budget. The “low” prices on produce can be deceiving depending on how much your produce weighs per unit.
Trending book creatively depicts human condition PENELOPE SHIREY Design Editor “Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too” is more than a quaintly-illustrated book; underneath a façade of typos, simplistic drawings and idiosyncratic grammar lies a novel that somehow accurately depicts the human condition without ever introducing a human. Author Jonathan Sun, better known by his penname Jomny Sun, is a Yale School of Architecture graduate and current doctoral candidate in urban studies and planning at MIT. The book, however, is based on his popular Twitter feed @jonnysun, which has more than 500,000 followers and features tweets styled the same way as the book’s text. His Twitter followers aren’t the only ones picking up his book, though. Lin-Manuel Miranda, best known for starring in the Broadway musical Hamilton, offers a glowing review on the back cover: “Read this book only if you want to feel more alive,” he said. After finishing this book within hours of receiving it, I had only comparable praise to offer as well. “Have you ever experienced something so beautiful you’re grateful just to have been a part of it?” I texted one of my friends. “That’s how I feel after reading this book.” While the spelling may be off-putting or considered puerile, many readers connect well with the incredibly accessible personalities of each character introduced throughout the
story. The graphic novel follows the life of an “aliebn” named Jomny, sent to “Earbth” to study “humabns.” Instead, he encounters a variety of earthlings facing existential crises. An egg that wonders if hatching will be the pinnacle of its existence, an introverted hedgehog who wants to make art but is too self-critical and a tree frustrated by the idea of remaining in one location are just a few of the many “friemds” Jomny makes on his adventure. This adventure is brought to life with simplistic illustrations, alternating between black backgrounds for scenes set in space and white backgrounds for those on Earth. Words are sparse, with many pages only containing a sentence or two. Even the typeface, which at times varies to reflect the tone of the character speaking, is often styled to look like handwriting. This creates a disarming effect for subject matter that at times deals with weighty concepts. The life lessons found within the puns, allusions and quotable one-liners are even more profound when juxtaposed with the quirky illustrations. One of the most prevalent themes of the book can be summed up in one quote: “when two aliebns find each other in a strange place, it feels a little more like home.” The ease with which Sun packages such formidable ponderings on life, love, death, identity and happiness into the unassuming musings of a curious alien quickly made this book one of my favorites.
TO THE MOON AND BACK The book “everyone’s a aliebn if ur a aliebn too” follows an alien named “Jomny” on a journey to Earth and back, where he discovers the intrinsic absurdity experienced in everyday life by humans and other objects.
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Congratulations Official Baylor University Ring Recipients! The Official Baylor University Ring is a visible symbol of a graduate’s affiliation with other members of the Baylor family and demonstrates, wherever it is worn, a lifelong link with the University. The students listed below are the latest group that were presented with their rings during the Fall ring ceremony in November. Congratulations! MADELINE ABDALLAH AUSTIN ADAMS RAUL AGUILAR SUNDUS AHMED JON ALEXANDER JOHN ERIC ALVAREZ LAURYN AMY DAVID ANTUNEZ CATHERINE ARNDT MARCO ARREDONDO YAELIS AVILA ASHLEY BARRERA JENNA BARTLEY MARTHA BATEMAN RAYLA BECKFORD EMILY BEGGS ABBY BENNETT BROOKE BENTLEY RYNE BERNAL LUCILA BEUSES ARISH BHERAIYA JILLIAN BIZARRO SAMANTHA BLAND TYLER BLANKE KEVIN BLOUSE MEGAN BOTHA RACHEL BOYLE JENA BRANNON MICHAEL BRENNAN ISABELLE BRESSIER JOHNATHAN BRONSON ANGELIA BROWN AUSTIN BROWN CHANDLER BROWN KYMILLE BROWN MORGAN BRUCE CAYSON BUCHLE MARK BURTON BRIDGETTE BUTLER KACEY BYRNE CATHERINE CAIN ELIZABETH CAMPOSANO MERCEDES CANDILORO SHELBY CANNON JOS… CANT⁄ CHRISTINE CAPILI LAURA CASADONTE ALONDRA CASTILLO COLTER CASTLEMAN JEFFREY CAVANAUGH MELANIE CEPHAS JALON CHAMBERS CHARLES CHENOWETH CALEB CLARK REA CLEMONS CALEB COHEN CALLE COLEMAN ALWIN COLLADO-CINTRON HANNAH COLLINS RYLEY COLLINS LAURA COOK ANDREW COOLEY BLAKE CORDOVA CHLOE CUDE CORY DAVIS JOHN DAVIS MICHAEL DAVIS ZACK DAWSON JEREMY DEAN MICHAEL DELEON
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“God Bless Baylor and all who wear her ring.” SPRING RING WEEK Any student with 75+ semester hours is eligible to take part in the Official Baylor University Ring tradition. Order now to ensure ceremony delivery and special presentation. Only the Official Baylor Rings purchased during Ring Week will be presented at the ceremony.
February 12-15, 2018 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bill Daniel Student Center
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What to do in Waco this weekend: >> Today 11 a.m.-4 p.m. — A Fashionable Past, a new exhibit from Historic Waco Foundation, will feature a look at women’s fashion from 1880 through the 1940’s. $5. Fort House Museum. Noon — The NAACAP Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Free. Dr. MLK Jr. Memorial Park, 100 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. 8 p.m. — Need a laugh? Comedian Raymond Orta will be performing and he’s sure to bring hilarity to the whole crowd. $27-$56. Waco Hippodrome. 9 p.m. — DJ JoJo is sure to brighten up anyone’s night with a wild performance. Free. Backyard Bar, Stage & Grill.
>> Saturday, Jan. 13 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. — From crepes to dogs to natural soaps and lotions, the Waco Downtown Farmers Market is a great way to spend your Saturday morning. Price varies. 5th Street and Washington Ave.
STRAIGHT FROM THE GROUND Vegetables used by Happy Harvest for a farm-to-table meal. Juanita Barrientos, head chef and co-owner of Happy Harvest said she strives to use the best ingredients possible in each dish, usually acquiring local, organic produce that is within season. Happy Harvest co-owner Toby Tull also owns The Home Grown Farm, which supplies Happy Harvest with many of their produce needs.
The sudden growth in this area is widely accredited to Pinewood Coffee Bar for opening its doors to the public September of last year. Pinewood carries Happy Harvests’ baked goods and lunch options, and co-owner Dylan Washington said he is excited that Happy Harvest anticipates opening its doors just down the street. “We were very adamant about getting them over here,” Washington said. “That was our first client at Pinewood,” referring to Toby Tull being Pinewood’s very first customer. Six months ago there was nothing over here. Now, you can eat and talk, have a beer, and get bare ‘bucha to make your gut feel good again after all that.” Washington is one of the hopeful investors in this part of town. “I think here, in about six more months, this is going to be a really happening place,” he said. The excitement and respect for one another was mutually expressed. “Honestly, Pinewood coming here, it has attracted a lot of
people in this area. It’s really exciting,” Barrientos said. At least for the two business, it is evident that Tull and Barrientos’s vision is bringing a community together. “It’s kind of the next step toward what I really want. What I really want is a full-blown restaurant where we are serving beautiful farm-to-table food every single day, but that’s more down the line,” Barrientos said. “This one is more of a causal, comfortable, everyday place where people can go to have lunch or breakfast. We’re hoping to make it a place where you can hang out, read a book, have a cup of coffee.” Plans brewing just beyond the horizon, Barrientos reflected on the reason she entered the industry in the first place. “We’re still going through our growing pains, just like any small business,” Barrientos said. “The restaurant business is one of the hardest jobs you could ever, ever, ever have. Everyone tells me that, but it has never scared me away. There’s nothing else I want. It’s a labour of love.”
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NewYEAR, New RECRUITS Football team inks 15 commits during early signing period BEN EVERETT Sports Writer Baylor football has landed 22 commitments so far for its 2018 recruiting class. Of these, 15 players have already signed national letters of intent to play for the Bears, thanks to the NCAA’s new early signing period, which ran from Dec. 20-22. Baylor has the 17th ranked class, according to ESPN, while Rivals puts the Bears at No. 27 and 247sports has Matt Rhule’s second recruiting class at No. 25. Rhule said this class means a lot to him because they stayed committed despite a 1-11 2017 season. “They will always be a special class to us in that so many of them committed before the season,” Rhule said. “And to go through the year, to not have any de-commit, to have them stay with us, is truly something special ... In the end, these guys are going to do something special. They’re going to be a part of this remarkable turnaround.” Three-star wide receiver Jackson Gleeson is one of the recruits to sign during the early signing period and said he made his decision early on, there was no point in waiting until the regular signing period in February. “I’m very excited because it’s been a long process,” Gleeson told the Waco TribuneHerald. “I would have chosen Baylor whether it would have been this date or February, but it’s
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nice to get it done now and not have to think about it. I’m happy as I can be to pick Baylor. Now I can get ready to come in during the summer and work out with the team.” Three-star defensive back JT Woods is one of a few early signees who is enrolling for the spring semester. Woods said there are a few benefits to getting to Waco a semester early. “Definitely some of the reasons to leave high school early are to get on the field a lot more, learn the playbook and get acclimated to college life,” Woods told the Waco Tribune-Herald. “A lot of it is academic because I get an extra semester. I think the December signing date
gives guys a lot of opportunity to officially lock into the school they wanted.” Baylor’s recruiting class consists of four fourstar players, 17 three-star players and one twostar player, according to 247sports. The top recruit of the class is four-star quarterback Gerry Bohanon of Earle, Ark., who has yet to sign a letter of intent but has verbally committed to play for the Bears. Many of the commits made their decision before the 2017 season, so they closely followed the Bears during Rhule’s first season. Woods said he sees potential in the Baylor program, despite a 1-11 season.
“You could see in November that the players were starting to understand the process,” Woods told the Waco Tribune-Herald. “I know it’s there and they have potential. It will be very exciting to be a part of what turns Baylor around.” Rhule and his staff are bringing in three four-star wide receivers after injuries to wide receivers derailed Baylor’s offense during the 2017 season. BJ Hanspard, Joshua Fleeks and Tyquan Thornton will bolster the depth at the wide receiver position. The Bears look to lock up the rest of their recruits on Feb. 7. Baylor opens its 2018 season against Abilene Christian on Sept. 1.
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TEXAS FOREVER Texas Rangers pitchers Chris Martin, Shawn Tolleson and Matt Bush share laughs while they sit on a panel at the Texas Rangers Winter Caravan Event Thursday at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Tolleson was a member of the Baylor baseball team from 2007-2010.
Former BU pitcher speaks on injury, inspiration at Texas Rangers event NATHAN KEIL Sports Editor Shawn Tolleson last pitched in Waco as a member of the 2010 Baylor Baseball team. He threw 76 2/3 innings, recorded 84 strikeouts for the Bears and earned All Big 12 Honorable Mention his junior season before being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 30th round that summer. Now a member of the Texas Rangers, Tolleson returned to Waco on Thursday and participated in the Texas Rangers Winter Caravan event at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Fellow Texas Ranger relief pitchers Matt Bush and Chris Martin joined Tolleson. Tom Grieve, a former Major League player for the Washington Senators, Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals and current Rangers’ TV Analyst, moderated the event. The event focused on the everrevolving game of baseball, particularly surrounding the use of relief pitchers. Grieve also highlighted how young players like Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Carlos Correa and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first baseman Cody Bellinger and shortstop Corey Seager have found success so quickly, especially in the 2017 World Series.
“The last 10 years the number of for the 2015 American League West strikeouts has gone up every year. Last champion Rangers, tossing 72 1/3 year around 100 batters in MLB struck innings, posting a 6-4 record with 35 out over 100 times. Pitchers are better saves in 37 opportunities while holding than now then they have been,” Grieve opposing hitters to a .239 average. said. “Most every pitcher in every bullTolleson has missed the larger part pen throws 95 miles an hour. Starters of the last two seasons because of Tomhave a wide assortment of pitches and my John surgery, a procedure where the one of the ulnar collatreasons there eral ligament are so many in the elbow strikeouts are is replaced. the pitchers Despite, havare just so ing this surgood.” gery done for Grieve the second added that time in his another life, he said changing he feels good trend in about returnbaseball is ing soon. that starting “I’m compitchers aring off a twoSHAWN TOLLESON | en’t throwing year period TEXAS RANGERS PITCHER, as many inwhere I’m FORMER BAYLOR PLAYER nings before, just trying evidenced by to get back the decreased to where I number of complete games thrown. once was in baseball,” Tolleson said. This means that there is a higher em- “I’m in the middle of rehab. I just startphasis on the bullpen than ever before. ed throwing again, which feels great. When healthy, one of those key I’ve got about roughly five to six more pieces in the Rangers’ bullpen will be Tolleson. Tolleson played a huge role TOLLESON >> Page B6
That’s one of the most valuable things we have at Baylor, is how much time they invested into us as people.”
Every team in the Big 12 has played four games heading into the weekend, so let’s take a look at where each team stands as the conference race begins to sort itself out. 1. West Virginia (15-1, 4-0) The Mountaineers escaped with a home win over Baylor despite a night of poor shooting from arguably their best player, Jevon Carter. With forward Esa Ahmad becoming eligible to play this weekend, WVU can take firm grasp of No. 1 in the conference with a win in Lubbock. 2. Oklahoma (13-2, 3-1) Freshman sensation Trae Young still leads the nation in points per game and assists per game, and the OU offense will need him to continue his impressive play if they want a shot at the Big 12 title. The Sooners are 324th in the country in scoring defense, giving up 80 points per game.
lost at home twice already –– which is an absolute rarity. With two freshman big men still sidelined due to NCAA issues, Kansas is razor thin up front, but they are still able to win games because of their lights out perimeter game. 5. Baylor (11-5, 1-3) There are no moral victories in the Big 12, but Baylor showed poise in a 57-54 loss at West Virginia. The emergence of Mark Vital as a playmaker and Jake Lindsey as a more consistent 3-point shooter should help the struggling offense, but Manu Lecomte needs to get back on track if the Bears want to compete for the conference crown. 6. TCU (13-3, 1-3) The Horned Frogs have yet to play any of the bottom tier teams in the conference, hence the 1-3 record. TCU can rely on its efficient offense (fifth in KenPom adjusted offensive rating) to win games as it looks for the its first NCAA Tournament bid since 1998.
3. Texas Tech (14-2, 3-1) The Red Raiders showed they are a legitimate Top-10 team by blowing out Baylor and snagging their first ever win at Kansas’s Allen Fieldhouse. A loss on the road in Norman showed that Tech is still flawed, but expect Chris Beard’s squad to be in the conference race until the very end.
7. Texas (11-5, 2-2) The Longhorns picked up a nice win over TCU Wednesday night in an emotional game after learning that sophomore guard Andrew Jones was diagnosed with Leukemia. With Jones, their leading scorer and best shooter, likely out for the season, Texas will struggle to find balance on offense.
4. Kansas (13-3, 3-1) The Jayhawks are in the midst of a down year, having
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TAKING HER TALENTS GLOBAL Baylor senior midfielder Aline De Lima battles for possession in a 1-0 loss to Texas on Oct. 20. De Lima is now off to play for the Brazilian National Team.
Aline De Lima to compete on international scale for Brazil NATHAN KEIL Sports Editor In November, senior midfielder Aline De Lima helped lead Baylor soccer to its most successful season in school history. The Bears advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, knocking off Rice, 2016 National Champion USC and Notre Dame before losing to national runner up Duke. De Lima led the Bears in goals with seven, including three game winners and assists with eight in earning AllAmerican second team by the United Soccer Coaches Association. On Tuesday, De Lima’s career entered a new chapter as she received a call up by the full Brazilian Women’s National Team, Confederação Brasileira De Futebol (CBF), where she will train
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months before you guys see me in any type of action.” During his time away from baseball and getting his body right again for competition, Tolleson wasn’t sitting around feeling sorry for himself. Instead, he put his time to use and returned to Baylor to finish his degree. “When I was drafted by the Dodgers, I was this close to getting my degree from Baylor. I lacked about seven hours and two classes,” Tolleson said. “This was the first real opportunity I had to do it. I finished in December. I had to take cell physiology and second-year physics and physics lab. I knocked it out and finally got my degree.” Tolleson’s teammates Bush and Martin also shared their stories of career setbacks. Bush, when first called up, transitioned from shortstop to pitcher and dealt with off the field issues. Martin was out of baseball for five years and played in Japan in order to revive his career before coming back to the MLB. Tolleson credits a lot of his success and ability to overcome obstacles to the coaches that invested him, especially at Baylor. “I had a great time at Baylor. Coach [Steve] Johnigan, he’s a huge reason why. He was an excellent coach and a great role model,” Tolleson said. “That’s one of the most valuable things we have at Baylor, is how much time they invested into us as people. That’s especially neat when you jump into professional baseball where it’s a much different atmosphere.” Tolleson, Bush and Martin will report for Spring Training beginning Feb. 14 with their first Spring Training came coming on Feb. 24 against the Chicago Cubs. The Rangers open the 2018 regular season against the Astros on March 29.
for the Copa Amèrica de Chile, which runs April 4-22. De Lima said she is excited for the challenge and the privilege of getting to play against some of the best players in the world while representing her country. “I’m completely thankful and happy for this opportunity that God is giving me to represent my country and play with great players,” De Lima said. “I’m also thankful for an amazing season and a team that supports me and has helped me achieve one of my biggest dreams.” Baylor head coach Paul Jobson said he believes De Lima will be a great addition to Brazil’s team. “We are extremely happy and proud for Aline to be able to achieve her dream to represent Brazil on the senior national team,” Jobson said. “The player
and person she has developed into will be a great asset to any team.” Training for the April tournament is held at Granja Comary Football Complex in Teresópolis, Rio De Janeiro, which also serves as headquarters for the CBF. De Lima isn’t the only member of Baylor soccer making recent news. On Jan. 3, Baylor announced that junior midfielder Julie James would participate in the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. James scored three goals and had four assists while starting all 24 matches for the Bears in 2017. James’ training began on Jan. 4 and runs through Thursday.
Baylor baseball’s sophomore catcher Shea Langeliers was named a 2018 second-team Preseason AllAmerican by Perfect Game/ Rawlings. After a breakout freshman campaign, in which he hit .313 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI, Langeliers is adding another accolade to an already impressive resume. “It’s a huge honor to be selected as a Preseason AllAmerican,” Langeliers said. “It shows that all the hard work that my teammates and I have put in is paying off.” Langeliers was named to four 2017 Freshman AllAmerican teams for his record-setting rookie season, becoming the first player in program history to earn the honors from three or more different publications (Baseball America, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, Collegiate Baseball, and Perfect Game/Rawlings). His 10 home runs broke the record for Baylor freshmen catchers, and he was one short of the program’s all-time freshman home run record of 11, set by Max Muncy in 2010. Baylor head coach Steve Rodriguez said that it is Langeliers’ non-stop work mentality that helps him be one of the best in college baseball. “Shea is probably one of the best catchers in the country,” Rodriguez said. “He is a tremendous player and his work ethic allows him to be
one of the best in the college game.” The Perfect Game/ Rawlings Preseason AllAmerican teams consist of 17 players, each on a first, second and third team. Langeliers is one of seven players from the Big 12 Conference named to one of the three teams. Players are selected based on their past performance, upcoming expectations and prospective talent regarding the MLB Draft. Langeliers is widely considered a top prospect for the 2019 MLB Draft, especially at his position. D1baseball.com named him the top catcher and No. 8 overall prospect of players that participated in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2017. “Having Shea be recognized by other coaches and publications really emphasizes the success our program is having right now,” Rodriguez said. “Hopefully more will come in the future.” In Rodriguez’s second season, Baylor returned to postseason play for the first time in five years and finished the 2017 season at 34-23. The Bears were the first team eliminated in the Houston Regional after losing to Texas A&M 8-5 and Houston 17-3. “As a program, this shows that our coaching staff is second to none and they won’t stop until they get their players where they want to be,” Langeliers said. Baylor will open its 2018 season on Feb. 16 at home against Purdue.
BIG 12 from Page B5 8. Kansas State (12-4, 2-2) The Wildcats have jumped out to a 2-2 record in conference play, averaging 76 points per game in Big 12 action. KSU’s next three opponents are Kansas, Oklahoma, and TCU. 9. Oklahoma State (11-5, 1-3) Mike Boynton’s team prides themselves on playing tough, aggressive defense, but the Cowboys have not done that in conference games so far. OSU ranks ninth in the conference in adjusted defense, according to KenPom. 10. Iowa State (9-6, 0-4) The Cyclones have weapons, as they always do, on offense. Freshman Lindell Wigginton put on a show in the 83-78 loss at Kansas, and Donovan Jackson showed he can shoot the lights out with a 6-for-14 shooting performance from three.
JUST MISSED IT West Virginia senior guard Jevon Carter drives to the basket while being defended by Baylor junior guard Jake Lindsey during the second half of a matchup between the Mountaineers and the Bears on Tuesday in Morgantown, W.Va. The Bears lost 57-54.
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Big 12 preps teams for March Madness GIANA PIROLLI Sports Writer The Big 12 is one of the most competitive basketball conferences in the country. Five teams are ranked in the AP Top 25, which includes No. 2 WVU, No. 8 Texas Tech, No. 9 Oklahoma, No. 12 Kansas and No. 16 TCU. In a Jan. 8 Sports Illustrated story by Dan Greene, ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla said he believes all teams in the Big 12 have incredible potential. “At this point in time, I don’t think there’s a legitimate Final Four team, but what we have in this league from one to 10 is easily the most competitive, balanced grouping that I think I’ve seen probably since the league was formed in 1996,” Fraschilla said in the story. There is an abundance of mustwatch players, including Oklahoma freshman guard Trae Young, West Virginia senior guard Jevon Carter, Texas freshman forward Mohamed Bamba and Baylor senior guard Manu Lecomte. There’s a wide array of talent that is dispersed among all teams and it goes to show the amount of perseverance, grit, and determination exhibited by all. This is just one reason why Big 12 play is not to be taken lightly. In addition, the coaches in the Big 12 are some of the best. Five of them have led a team to at least one Final Four: Bill Self (Kansas in 2008 and ‘12), Lon Kruger (Oklahoma in ‘16 and Florida in 1994), Bob Huggins (Cincinnati in 1992, West Virginia in 2010), Shaka Smart (VCU in 2011) and Bruce Weber (Illinois in ‘05). While Baylor may only be 1-3 in conference play, it has proven that it can hold its own against any team. WVU underestimated Baylor on Tuesday, winning only by three points in a 57-54 effort. After the WVU game, Baylor head coach Scott Drew said that that type of game was to be expected in the Big 12. “I thought it was another typical Big 12 game,” Drew said. “Great teams, great players, great atmosphere. I was proud that our team competed. We did a good enough job on the glass and defensively to win the game.” After the Texas game on Jan. 6, senior forward Terry Maston shared these same sentiments regarding teams in conference. “We have to grind out every game in the Big 12 because it’s so stacked from top to bottom,” Maston said. “If we play hard like this and eliminate the small mental mistakes, then we will look pretty good. Every game will be a grind, so we just have to come together and get it.” With all this in mind, Baylor –– as well as any other team in the conference –– will be incredibly prepared for March Madness. In the last 10 years, the Bears have gone to the NCAA postseason tournament a total of seven times. Just because they are on a two-game losing streak means nothing, considering how drastically teams can evolve and improve over the course of a couple games or season. Anything can happen. Players are always becoming injured, sick or falling into slumps. In the same Jan. 8 story for Sports Illustrated, Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard reiterated how unpredictable conference play can be. “Life in the Big 12…It’s like a good friend of mine texted me this week: Prince today, frog tomorrow,” Beard said. The biggest takeaway is that basketball is an everchanging sport. One team could be on top one day, but with an upset, the rankings change all over again. If Baylor can stay healthy, take care of the ball better (not commit as many turnovers), and continue to be relentless against any opponent (whether they are No. 2 WVU or Iowa State), it will be ready for the rest of the season and for whatever the post season tournament throws at it. Baylor (11-5, 1-3) takes on Iowa State at 2 p.m. Saturday in Ames, Iowa. The game will air on ESPN News.
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GIVING BACK OVER BREAK A Baylor softball player coaches a young boy in Ghana about the best way to hit a softball. Ten members of the Baylor softball team, along with their family members and coaches, spent time in Ghana over winter break and ran a four-day clinic to teach children how to play softball.
Baylor softball travels to Ghana for winter break mission trip GIANA PIROLLI Sports Writer Twenty-two people, including 10 Baylor softball players and coaches as well as some of their family members, departed on a mission trip to Ghana in December. It was the second time the Baylor softball team had been to Ghana for a mission trip. The softball team has also taken trips to Thailand as well as other stateside trips. Ghana is located on West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea and as of 2016 has a population of about 28.2 million. Of that 28.2 million, 6.2 million are living in poverty. Baylor softball head coach Glenn Moore said the trip was very educational and humbled all those involved. “It makes you appreciate the USA, for sure,” Moore said. “It gives kids the opportunity to see life outside our borders in an area where people have so little. It’s dirty, dusty, there’s people in need. There are also people with big hearts that are very happy. We learned a lot from them.” The team focused on running a fourday clinic teaching kids softball while still loving and building genuine relationships with the people they encountered. This was senior infielder Caitlin Charlton’s second time traveling to Ghana with the team. Charlton said she is grateful for the opportunity to have gone again and believes that the mission aspect of being a Baylor student, specifically a studentathlete, is incredibly important. “We are called as Christians to be a witness of Christ wherever we go and being able to go to Ghana and spread His word and really live out that Baylor mission overseas is just an awesome opportunity,” Charlton said. Freshman catcher Ashley Marchand had never been on a mission trip before, but was touched by all those she encountered while there. “It was life-changing to see all the different ways of life there,” Marchand said. “A picture doesn’t even describe what it’s like standing there and seeing what’s happening. We actually got to go out into the slums of villages and experience family life, and it’s a whole new world.” Of the 10 student-athletes that traveled to Ghana, five were freshmen. The team said the trip provided an opportunity for the older players on the team to bond and get to know the younger athletes a little bit
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MISSIONS WORK (Above) A Baylor softball player colors with a girl from Ghana. (Below) High-fiving a young boy while teaching softball to a group of children, a Baylor softball player aims to give back to the country of Ghana.
better. Moore, Charlton and Marchand all agreed that team chemistry is crucial to the game of softball. “Team chemistry is one of the biggest components that you can have as a team, and after this trip I think we’ve gotten so much closer,” Charlton said. “Even with girls who haven’t gone, just being able to share in prayer and preparing for the trip has just been a team bonding experience.”
Marchand had similar thoughts. “This just adds another element to Baylor softball that makes us different from almost every other program out there,” Marchand said. The Bears will be able to take the life lessons that were experienced in Ghana and apply them to the softball field, as their season starts at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 against Northwestern State at Getterman Stadium.
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