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Arts & Life | 6 Love you a latte Latte art competition draws competitors from across the state.
Snow day shows concern for student safety.
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Men’s tennis hosts doubleheader Saturday, opens dual play.
Shine So Bright Moody lights restored for 50th anniversary Jessica Hubble | Multimedia Editor
JULIA VERGARA Staff Writer The “Bring Back the Light at Moody Memorial Library” event brightened up Baylor’s campus with 92 new LED lights in celebration of the building’s 50th anniversary. Students, faculty and staff came together Wednesday night and watched as Baylor President Dr. Linda Livingstone led the countdown to the relighting of Moody’s exterior. “It’s so exciting to see such a great group
coming together around this opportunity to really highlight the academic excellence of this place and the academic excellence that flows out of our library system,” Livingstone said. Moody first opened its doors to the Baylor community in 1968, according to a University Libraries press release. The library’s exterior lights created a “lantern-like effect,” serving as a beacon on the northern edge of campus. However, over the years the lights became inoperable and remained that way for decades. “You can go back generations of alumni and they all remember Moody,” said Beth Farwell,
Baylor, plaintiffs continue to file motions in Title IX lawsuit KAYLYN STORY News Editor Baylor filed a response Monday to the latest motion in a Title IX lawsuit brought against the university by multiple women. Last week, Waco attorney Jim Dunnam, representing women using the pseudonyms “Jane Doe 1-10,” filed a motion in a pending Title IX lawsuit against Baylor. The motion requests a comprehensive list of reported assaults not filtered based on any determination by Title IX, Judicial Affairs or Student Conduct. He also requested in the motion that the term “sexual assault” be clarified. Initially, the Lariat incorrectly reported that U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman signed the proposed order specified in Document 248 when in fact it had not been ruled on. Baylor’s response to Dunnam’s motion says the information requested by the plaintiffs is not necessary for the case. “While couched as a motion to clarify, plaintiff’s proposal seeks to modify and expand the scope of the court’s order regarding counseling and medical information,” Baylor’s response states. Baylor argues that the plaintiff’s request to expand the scope of information gathered to include sexual and gender-based harassment, including verbal harassment and non-physical conduct, would lead to the release of information that is not relevant to the case. Baylor did agree to the plaintiff’s request to use the definition of sexual assault that is in Baylor’s current Title IX policy, although that was not the definition in place when the plaintiffs attended Baylor. However, Baylor did not agree to use the definition of sexual and gender-based harassment, including nonphysical conduct. “If the plaintiffs cannot prove their theory using sexual assaults, then their claim will not succeed, and no amount of discovery of unrelated incidents can fill the gap,” Baylor’s response states. Dunnam filed a motion Wednesday in response to Baylor’s filing, claiming the lawsuit should include sexual and gender-based harassment. “From the inception of this case, plaintiffs have maintained repeatedly that this is not just a rape case,” their motion states. “Plaintiffs have complained that Baylor failed to protect them from harassing behavior that
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director of Central Libraries. “We have close to a million students that enter this building every year and so it’s already lit up, it’s already a beacon, it’s already a center. This is just another way to make the building really beautiful.” Bringing back the light at Moody has tied in perfectly with Baylor’s newly launched campaign, “Where Lights Shine Bright,” which is meant to highlight the university’s commitment to its unique academic and Christian mission. Livingstone said Baylor is aspiring to be one of the top-tier research universities in the country while maintaining
the integrity of its mission. “It’s really fortuitous — They had actually started this project before we launched the Lights Shine Bright campaign,” Livingstone said. “And for the timing of being able to relight the library at its 50th anniversary while we’re also talking about the many, many ways at Baylor that our lights shine bright — It’s just a wonderful confluence of events that brought us all here tonight.”
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Waco named 2018 trending
tourist location JULIA VERGARA Staff Writer The amount of tourism in Waco has increased rapidly in the last few years, landing the city a spot on TripAdvisor’s Top U.S. Destinations on the Rise for 2018. Waco was second on TripAdvisor’s list, appearing just after Kapa’a, Hawaii and before Wilmington, N.C. Carla Pendergraft, director of marketing for the Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau said when Magnolia Market opened in 2015, visitor totals rose from 606,093 to 789,140. “We [Waco] went from almost 800,000 visitors to 2 million to 2.5 million in three years,” Pendergraft said. Pendergraft said the Waco Convention & Visitors
Bureau receives monthly attendance figures from all of the major attractions in Waco then adds them all together to calculate the city’s visitor total. While some visitors
may be double-counted due to visiting multiple places, the
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OUTBREAK People mingle at the Magnolia Silos downtown
Bureau use this information to monitor tourist growth from year to year. Currently, Waco has the second-highest hotel occupancy in Texas after Austin, Pendergraft said. Tourism is at its highest in the months of March, July and October. March is the number one month for tourism in Waco — mostly because of spring break –– Pendergraft said. In March 2017 alone, Waco had over 300,000 visitors. “People who have families are off and available to travel [during spring break] and Waco’s attractions are really family-oriented,” Pendergraft
said. “So Six Flags might not be perfect for your really young kids, but the things that Waco has are good for pretty much any age.” Pendergraft said some of Waco’s biggest attractions include the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, the Waco Mammoth National Monument, the Dr Pepper Museum, the Mayborn Museum and the Cameron Park Zoo. Many of those attraction’s visitor totals range from 100,000 to 200,000, with the exception of the Cameron
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Fitness classes support student goals VIVIAN KWOK Reporter Stay strong in achieving your New Year’s health resolutions with free fitness classes. Baylor’s Department of Wellness offers students, faculty and staff without a FitWell membership a week of complimentary classes from Jan. 16 to 22. “FitWell classes are the best way to get active and stay active,” Charlotte, N.C., senior Annalise Franchina, a Bear Cycle instructor, said.
The FitWell Program includes various group exercises through its F45 and Group X classes to maintain physical, mental and emotional well being. F45 classes are 45-minute sessions with high-intensity circuit training, according to the FitWell class description. Classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday focus primarily on cardio but also include exercises using light weights, said Danville, Calif.
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STRETCH Members of a yoga class hold a pose demonstrated by their instructor. Classes are held throughout the week.
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Better safe than sorry Calling for snow day demonstrates proactive concern for student safety Baylor students and staff observed a snow day Tuesday despite the lack of a rather essential element: Snow. This has lead to sarcastic remarks about the tempestuous weather conditions that resulted in a four-day weekend. Besides just being thankful for an extra day off from school and work, we are also thankful to the Baylor administration for exercising prudence when it comes to the safety of Baylor students and staff. “Please know that we do not take the decision to close campus lightly, particularly this early in the semester. We consult with various state and local emergency management officials as well as the National Weather Service to make a prudent decision for your safety and security,” Baylor President Dr. Linda A. Livingstone wrote in a Presidential Perspective email to the Baylor family Thursday afternoon. Central Texas was put under a Winter Storm Warning from midnight to 6 p.m. Tuesday due to a cold front expected to bring freezing rain, sleet and snow, according to an email from Baylor sent to students and staff at 4:25 p.m. Monday. At 9:43 p.m. Monday, Baylor announced it would be closing the campus Tuesday “because of winter weather conditions.” In places such as the East coast or the Midwest, these frigid temperatures can be expected, and as a result, they are often well planned for. However, in Central Texas, wintry conditions don’t often amount to icy roads and snow flurries. In fact, Waco experienced temperatures nearing and sometimes breaking record lows Tuesday and Wednesday. Due to Central Texans’ general lack of experience with icy roads and winter storms, Baylor made the right call in being overly-cautious. It is better to be proactive than reactive when faced with potentially fatal risks. Local news outlets had predicted inclement weather conditions and dangerously icy roads. After most people experienced a snow-free snow day, local meteorologists were quick to admit their mistake. “Believe me, all of the local TV weather folk are the recipients
of a number of criticisms today. I, for one, accept them. I am most sorry for workers, who are paid hourly wages, and whose employer elected to close down today. And the families whose local day care decided to shut down for fear of an icy threat, leaving Moms and Dads scrambling for an alternative,” KWTX evening weather anchor Rusty Garrett wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday afternoon. Despite the inconveniences the weather reports incited, we strongly believe it is better to err on the side of caution. “Some snow did fall across our area, but it wasn’t as bad as what it could have been … I would rather be wrong, and people are safe, than the other way around,” KXXV chief meteorologist Matt Hines wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday morning. In fact, according to Time Magazine, extreme cold weather has been responsible for at least nine deaths this year across the country, and has caused other injuries, accidents and a frozen water tower in Iowa. Time Magazine also reports that a few weeks ago, the local police chief in Abilene, Texas said “more than three dozen vehicle crashes were reported in 24 hours.” Maybe the snow day seemed unnecessary to those of us who commute to Baylor by walking to class from our dorm or biking from our off-campus apartments. Some professors and students, however, have a much longer and likely more treacherous journey to campus. In 2016, road surface conditions resulting from cold temperatures accounted for a total of 860 vehicle crashes statewide, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. While it is true that rain can also contribute to the likelihood of car crashes, Central Texans are more experienced with the caution required to navigate wet roads. Icy roads, particularly black ice, is not as easily seen by drivers, and ignoring its dangerous potential can have fatal consequences. When people’s lives could be in danger, it’s much better to plan ahead and be wrong, than to do nothing and deal with the consequences.
ONLINE THIS WEEK EDITORIAL: Humanitarian aid fails to meet long-term objectives “Changing the world “for the better” can be subjective, but when it comes to the fight against poverty specifically, there are measurable indicators that tell us what is effective, and what has proven to merely mask the symptoms of suffering.”
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One of the greatest shows of all time, “The Office,” has a rumored reboot in the works. This may or may not be a good thing. “The Office” has landed a spot in the hearts of many people as a favorite TV show, including mine. I use quotes from the show daily, love a good laugh session over a specific scene from the show, take pride in my Kevin Malone impression and am on my seventh viewing of the series. When rumors surfaced that NBC was considering rebooting the series, I found myself at a crossroads. On one hand, I would love to see how my favorite characters are doing and how the lives of these characters have changed, but on the other hand, many reboots of TV shows have mixed results, meaning the show I hold dear would have a not-so-great part to it. Rebooting has become a popular trend today in media. From the awakening of The Force with the new Star Wars trilogy or simply re-making shows like the new Teen Titans Go series, although many reboots have been made well, many have flopped. I decided to let the idea soak. Surely the former directors and producers of the series would not let me down. After all, these are the same people who provided nine full seasons of laughter and emotional investment. As time went by, I started to think about what the reboot could possibly be about. Jim and Pam could be living successfully in The Lone Star State, or maybe they traveled on as Jim’s business grew. Dwight and Angela may be happily married, or not. There is no way of telling how the producers will take this reboot. Thinking about the reboot left me with one main problem: I am perfectly happy with how the original series ended. I know that every character in the show ended the series happy and with the people they love, no matter where they were. With this reboot, I worry that will change or that I will get invested in a whole new problem that arises between these formerly happy people. After discussing this dilemma with other fans of “The Office,” I realized that many of them feel the same way I do. They also felt that there is no need to change a perfectly positive ending to a fantastic show. Although this may seem a common consensus, this most likely will not affect NBC’s decision to start the reboot project.
I do not want the world of Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company to be changed”
“The Office” that I know and love is one precious thing that I hope does not get ruined with the reboot. I do not want the world of Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company to be changed or altered and change what I expected the characters’ lives to become at the end of the series. Another reason the reboot may not succeed is the lack of ideas for the plot line and characters that viewers would want to watch. I am sure many viewers, including myself, would love to see the return of Michael Scott and hear his take on emojis and missile rumors, but he is not expected to be in the reboot. I want to like the reboot, and hopefully it will be made to the liking of viewers everywhere. This would only further my love for the series and the characters that exist in it. Nobody knows what this revival will look like, but we can only hope for one thing – that the writers will reignite our passion for “The Office” and show us the aspects of Scranton, Pennsylvania that we all know and love. Michael Karr is a freshman journalism major from Waco.
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Online oral history workshop registration opens REWON SHIMRAY Cartoonist Internet fanfiction archives and the National Parasite Collection both use a common practice: Oral history. The “Getting Started with Oral History” workshop is open for registration until Jan. 31. For a fee of $100, the course includes two threehour classes on consecutive Wednesday’s, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m on Feb. 7 and 14. Each class contains three microsessions, focusing on a different skill for oral history. Participants complete assigned readings, a design project and ultimately their own interview. Upon completing the course, students are given a certificate of completion. In addition to the certificate, participating Texas K-12 teachers who complete the course are eligible for ten CPE credits because Baylor is a certified provider of Continuing Professional Education through Texas Education Agency. Oral history analyzes events and historic trends using interviews from people with firsthand experience with the subject. The online course is open to all interested, a member of academia or not, according to Steven Sielaff, Baylor Institute of Oral History senior editor and collections manager. “With our online workshop, you could literally take it in your pajamas if you wanted to,” Sielaff said. Sielaff said people from “all walks of life” and professions take the workshop. According to Stephen M. Sloan, Baylor Institute of Oral History director, workshop participants on campus use oral history for anything from projects to theses. “More people are embracing forms of qualitative research like oral history,” Sloan said. “These different groups are trying to understand the history of whatever they’re in, or the story of whatever they’re in. They’re turning to oral history to do that.” Conducting oral history is like creating a primary source, Sielaff said. Sielaff said the workshop introduces a methodology of research to students of in all fields. In addition, he believes it “looks good on a resume if they’ve taken a course, or conducted some interviews themselves.” Adrienne Cain, Baylor Institute of Oral History assistant director since 2016, initially took the “Getting Started with Oral History” workshop in 2013 when she was a librarian conducting and preserving interviews. Cain now teaches a microsession in the workshops. “It really helped in my career starting out as an oral historian, because the basics you learn,” Cain said. “There’s so much you learn in the workshop, not only for newbies, but also for people who have been at it in a while and need a refresher.” Sloan said the Baylor Institute of Oral History has the largest collection of interviews in Texas and one of the leading programs in the country. The Baylor Institute of Oral History receives requests for workshops. “My thought in developing an online workshop is that we can consolidate a lot of those requests, but also we can touch people in areas that there’s never going to be a large enough group,” Sloan said. Since starting the online workshops in 2009, Sloan said his team has worked to increase interactivity. Last year, the Baylor Institute for Oral History transitioned from using Blackboard to Cisco WebEx. The program provides a microphone and chat box for students to engage and ask questions. For the first time, Sloan will dedicate a time in the beginning of the class for participants to share the focus
of their oral history projects. “A lot of these folks are working in isolation on oral history, and they may not have networks of support,” Sloan said. “I think they’re looking for what a lot of people are looking for online. They’re looking for a community of others that can understand and engage and inform the kind of research they’re doing.” Baylor Institute of Oral History staff challenge students to host a public event to share the findings of their final research project. “I’ve seen a lot of writing about how we need more
people out there doing history, and promoting history, instead of just staying in their own little library,” Sielaff said. Sielaff encouraged the idea of “public history,” where historians, much like scientists, can hire lobbyists and other efforts to make their work better understood by the public. “It’s a wonderful intersection when it comes to what we call ‘spreading the gospel of oral history’ of informing not only them of their opportunities, but also the people around them to learn what they’re researching,”
Sielaff said. Cain said oral history amplifies less circulated perspectives, providing the public with a more complete history. To Sloan, oral history is a democratic form of answering questions and telling history. Sloan said oral history “levels the playing field and lets everyone speak into history.” “They [oral historians] are trying to grasp something that is not permanent,” Sloan said. “It’s not going to be preserved unless oral historians work to make sure that it’s captured.”
STORYTELLING Baylor Institute for Oral History polled workshop participants on their occupation.
What’s Happening on Campus? Sundown Weekend Friday, Jan. 19 U Break Pop Up Brunch Bar
10 a.m. to noon Come by the Union Board Office on the first floor of the Bill Daniel Student Center for free brunch and a cup of coffee, on us!
Sundown Sessions: Mockingjay Part 2, Blacklight Bowling
9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Join us in Barfield Drawing Room for showings of Mockingjay Part 2 at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Blacklight Bowling available all evening in the Baylor Gameroom.
Saturday, Jan. 20 Sundown Sessions: Laser Tag, Blacklight Bowling
9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dress in black and prepare your strategy as you head to Barfield Drawing Room for Laser Tag. Blacklight Bowling all evening in the Baylor Gameroom.
Saturday, Jan. 20 Design Den: Glow
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Explore the science of light through experiential activities at Design Den: Glow at the Mayborn Museum.
Monday, Jan. 22 Robert P. George
4 p.m. Learn from Dr. Robert P. George of Princeton University as he shares “Why the Humanities Matter: Intellectual Freedom, Self-Mastery and the Liberal Arts” in Alexander Reading Room of Alexander Residential Hall. Presented by Baylor ISR.
Monday, Jan. 22 Inside the Hearing Machine
5 p.m. The School of Music presents a documentary film by Steven Maes that chronicles Beethoven’s attempts to alleviate his growing deafness by the attachment of physical amplifiers to his pianos. The screening will take place in Meadows Recital Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building.
Monday, Jan. 22 Men’s Basketball v. Kansas State
8 p.m. Cheer on the Bears as they take on the Kansas State Wildcats and join in a remembrance of Baylor’s Immortal Ten at the Ferrell Center.
Tuesday, Jan. 23 #BaylorLights Mosaic Build
11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Show your Baylor spirit and join in building the #BaylorLights mosaic, a mural built from photos of the Baylor Family, in the Den of the Bill Daniel Student Center.
Tuesday, Jan. 23 #BaylorLights Dr Pepper Hour
3 p.m. Enjoy a Dr Pepper float in a special edition LED light-up cup while supplies last in Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center.
Tuesday, Jan. 23 Konrad Schmid Lecture
3:30 p.m. The Department of Religion presents Konrad Schmid, author and professor of Old Testament at the University of Zurich, for “How God Becomes a Lawgiver: The Torah’s Place in the History of Ancient Near Eastern Law” in Draper Room 152.
Wednesday, Jan. 24 Lattes and Resumes
12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the lobby of Moody Library or the Baylor Sciences Building and talk with a career advisor about resume tips and interview strategies. Free Common Grounds coffee or cider for all attendees.
Wednesday, Jan. 24 through Saturday, Jan. 27 Baylor Opera Theatre presents A Little Night Music
7:30 p.m. Stephen Sondheim’s tuneful 1973 musical tells the story of a tangled web of romance among the upper crust elite of Sweden. Showings are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in HooperSchaefer Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $20, available at baylor.edu/theatre.
Thursday, Jan. 25 Confessions of an Entrepreneur: Blake & Kimberly Batson
12:30 p.m. Local entrepreneurs Blake and Kimberly Batson, owners of Common Grounds, will share about their business ventures in Foster 143/144. Free pizza and Common Grounds coffee for all guests. Register at baylor.edu/business, first 50 registrants will receive a free treat from Heritage Creamery.
Thursday, Jan. 25 Women’s Basketball v. Texas
6 p.m. Cheer the Lady Bears on to victory against the Texas Longhorns at the Ferrell Center.
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New Mayborn Museum exhibit features 19 women in STEM fields JULIA VERGARA Staff Writer The Mayborn Museum Complex is currently featuring 19 women who have made significant contributions to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The exhibit “Find a Way, Not an Excuse: Women in STEM” was an original idea from former Baylor museum studies graduate students Courtney Berge and Valencia Johnson, according to exhibits manager Trey Crumpton. Crumpton said Berge and Johnson came up with the concept, conducted research, picked which women to focus on and spoke to Mayborn Museum administration about making it an exhibit. “We said, ‘Yes!’ And so we took their ideas and kind of reworked it to fit into one of the spaces at the museum,” Crumpton said. Emily Carolin, Baylor graduate student and former exhibit intern for the Mayborn Museum, said the title of the exhibit comes from the fact that many of these women were told “no” from their superiors. One woman featured in the exhibit is Ellen Ochoa, the current director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. She chose to major in physics as an undergraduate after being told engineering is not a field for women. However, she switched to studying engineering in graduate school. According to the exhibit, Ochoa was also rejected
from NASA’s training program three times before being accepted in 1990. “They [women in the exhibit] chose not to let this get in their way, but instead forged ahead to make a difference in our world,” Carolin said. Crumpton said this exhibit highlights some individuals who did not get the recognition they deserved for their achievements. The exhibit is also a way of connecting Baylor to the museum, Crumpton said, as it features five women with strong connections to the university: Dr. Cornella Marschall Smith, Dr. Allene Rosalind Jeanes, Ruth Maxwell Sanders, Dr. Hallie Earle and Dr. Beverly Griffin. According to the exhibit, Smith entered Baylor’s pre-medical program in 1915 and returned to Baylor from 1943 to 1967 in order to serve as the Chair of Biology and the Director of the Strecker Museum, what is now the Mayborn Museum Complex. Jeanes, a Baylor alumna from the class of 1928, was recently inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for her discoveries in the science of mass production of polysaccharides. “This exhibit is very important to bring to the Mayborn Museum audience because it demonstrates that with determination and a lot of hard work, women around the world have the power to do things that have never before been accomplished,” Carolin said.
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WINTER WONDERLAND A Massachussetts resident attempts to shovel snow in the midst of a storm dubbed the “Bomb Cyclone.” Wind chill temperatures dropped to -45 degrees in some parts of the state.
Northern students’flights disturbed by winter storm REAGAN EBB Staff Writer
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WOMEN IN HISTORY Sophomores Jonny Schneider and Nathan Smith explore the “Women in STEM” exhibit at the Mayborn. The exhibit presents the lives of 19 women and their contributions to STEM fields.
Professor nominated to national educators board “We know how important clinical experiences are to keep [students] in the profession,” Rogers said. Dr. Rachelle Rogers’ influence reaches beyond Amanda Packard, head of the mathematics her students at Baylor University; she helps raise department at Midway Middle School, interned future educators, publishes extensive research with Rogers and said it was a great experience for and has been recognized as a Baylor University her career. Fellow. “I feel like I would not be even half the teacher Rogers is a clinical assistant professor in the I am today without her guidance and experience,” Baylor University School of Education and is the Packard said. university liaison to Midway Prior to her involvement Middle School Professional with ATE, Rogers worked Development School. with Midway Middle She was recently elected to School as a Professional serve on the national board of Development school, and directors of the Association served other districts in the of Teacher Educators Waco community. For six (ATE). Rogers was voted by years Rogers worked with membership nationwide, and Waco ISD through the Texas will take office in February GEAR UP state grant to put where she will serve for three on week-long summer math years. intensives. “Professionally, it is “We started with students one of the most honored in Waco ISD, and we followed recognitions I have received; them through their senior to be elected by colleagues is year of high school,” Rogers an honor,” Rogers said. said, “to give them insight to Through her new position them being successful and with ATE, Rogers said she coming to Baylor, I have been strives to give more power to able to see the impact on these Dr. Rogers state organizations in teacher kids.” education. Over the course of her “I want to be an avenue for career, Rogers said that it the smaller organizations. I want them to have is still the most satisfying to her when former more voice,” Rogers said. students come back to say, “I’m the teacher I am Rogers served in leadership positions in because of what you did.” other organizations such as the Texas Council She has always strived to make a positive of Teachers of Mathematics, and presented 25 impact on her students, and in her community. research papers at national meetings since 2013. “The most rewarding thing I do is being an Rogers is an advocate for clinical practice educator. I hope I portray that to my students. in education, putting future teachers in the Am I doing my very best? Am I educating them? classroom working environment as opposed to Can I share it all? It is the most rewarding thing I having student teachers observe or merely sit in can do,” Rogers said. the back to observe what the best practices are.
New England students experienced troubles at home during the brutal winter storm dubbed the “Bomb Cyclone” which hit at the middle of winter break. East Winthrop, Maine, senior Rebecca Richards experienced the New England storm firsthand. “Bomb Cyclone made my break longer, so that was fun, but also stressful,” Richards said. Because of the storm, most airlines shut down all outgoing flights, leaving everyone stranded in New England. Many students struggled to find a flight to Texas in time for spring semester to begin. “If the airline hadn’t given a free rescheduling, it would have been a lot worse,” Richards said. Up in Maine, the weather was much more extreme than Texas weather. In some parts of Portland, Maine, the ocean froze over. Richard said her house received more than 3 feet of snow and temperatures stayed in the negatives. “We actually gauged it by these lawn chairs, before the storm you could see the legs but they were covered by the end of the day,” Richards said. To stay warm, Richards said her and her sisters cuddled around a space heater with Italian ice and watched Snoop Sisters, a detective show from the ’70s. Taunton, Mass., junior Maggie Sheehan said her storm experience was more stressful than fun and that the temperatures were so cold her car wouldn’t start. “I have never experienced weather like this,” Sheehan said.
Slightly less than the 36 inches of snow in Maine, Taunton received 17 inches of snow, with temperatures remaining around 10 degrees Fahrenheit. “That’s not including wind chill,” Sheehan said. In more central regions such as Worcester, Mass., wind chill temperatures dropped to -45 degrees. Sheehan said to keep from boredom from being stuck inside, she and her family spent time playing board games and re-watching Fixer Upper. Farmington, Conn., junior Mike Ambrosio said his Cyclone experience wasn’t notable. From the Eastern side of the state, Connecticut did not receive as brutal weather conditions as the other northern states. “I was kind of hoping it would be cold enough to freeze the ponds to play ice hockey,” Ambrosio said. While Connecticut did have a foot of snowfall and temperatures in the singles, the cold was not enough for thick enough ice to form. “My garage doesn’t have insulation, so we pretty much used that as our refrigerator,” Ambrosio said. He said Connecticut had no problems with airlines. There were more customers than usual but nothing was canceled. The Bomb Cyclone winter storm hit New England students unexpectedly. Luckily for New Englanders, frigid weather is not unknown. Although the storm may have caused delays for students traveling back to Waco, Northerners still managed to find ways to enjoy the storm.
Music for the Soul
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SING IT LOUD, SING IT PROUD Jordy Searcy performs a cover of “Ultralight Beam,” made famous by Kanye West, on Thursday evening. at Balcones Distillery. Searcy typically performs at open mic nights around Waco.
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‘Spro-down Throw down 1, 2, 3 POUR Left: Co-owner of Pinewood Coffee Bar, Dylan Washington, holds up a playing card. The cards were used to determine the size of the drink and the design to be poured during each round. Photo by Jessica Hubble | Multimedia Editor Below: Panel of three judges unanimously point to a winning cortado. Photo by Jessica Hubble | Multimedia Journalist
Latte art event sparks competition, connection at Pinewood Coffee Bar MEREDITH WAGNER Arts & Life Editor A crowd of about 50 gathered over fresh espresso and steamed milk Thursday night. Despite the tempting aroma of ground coffee in the air, the beverages were not prepared for consumption. Pinewood Coffee Bar, located at the intersection of 23rd and Austin Ave., hosted their first latte art competition, referred to by baristas as a “throw-down,” in which 36 hopeful contestants poured their hearts and souls — and the best tulip they could conjure — into porcelain blue cups. A tournament bracket was gradually composed as interested coffee lovers paid the $5 fee and added their names to the list. Beginning at 8:15 p.m., contestants would face head-tohead — more accurately, pitcher-to-pitcher — basking in the glow of Pinewood’s shiny La Marzzocco espresso machine. The first round ensued in a frenzy of shouts and excitement. MC and co-owner of Pinewood, Dylan Washington, announced the rules with enthusiasm. The bracket would progress slowly because only one espresso machine would be used; thus, opponents would face each other one-on-one, one pair at a time. Playing cards were drawn as each duo approached the machine. The numbers and suits on the cards determined the size of cup used and the design to be made for each round.
Heart cards required a pour of the foundational “heart” design. Hearts serves as the base for more complicated designs; however, for some baristas, it was a challenge to get back to the basics when they had already excelled to higher ground. Spade cards called for a “tulip” design, which is essentially the same motion used to create a heart, but repeated multiple times. Club cards called for a “rosetta,” and diamonds for “barista’s choice,” or a freestyle round. Additionally, the numbers on the cards determined the size of the drink. For an ace, baristas would pour a traditional macchiato, which was composed of a single shot of espresso and two ounces of steamed milk. Cards numbered two through four signaled a cortado, a single shot of espresso and four ounces of milk. Five through 10 cards beckoned a cappuccino, which bears six ounces of milk, and finally, the face cards signaled a latte, which traditionally has eight ounces of milk. To ensure a fair competition, all shots of espresso were pulled by other co-owner of Pinewood, JD Beard. Thus, the competitor was responsible for two things: steaming the milk (which, if executed poorly, can greatly affect the outcome of the design), and pouring the steamed milk into the espresso in a controlled yet creative fashion. A panel of three experienced judges determined each person’s fate. To many dedicated baristas, latte art is
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STEAM ROLLER Baylor student Mit Ghuge steams whole milk during the first round of Pinewood Coffee Bar’s latte art competition Thursday night.
exactly as it is described: an art form. Throw downs are a common reason for gathering for coffee connoisseurs in more coffee-friendly cities like Austin and Seattle, but Waco’s growing coffee scene has created the space and interest among the community to make events like this a success. Whitney senior Joseph Brower has been the Head Barista just shy of two months at local coffee shop Common Grounds. Brower said this competition has been on his mind for quite some time. “On shift [at work], every opportunity that I had, I would pour and analyze my weak points,” he said. Brower also expressed gratefulness for the coffee scene’s recent expansion. “Waco’s coffee [scene], with the addition of Pinewood, has created a really good community,” Brower said. “It’s a bonding thing for everybody.” Common Grounds employee and Waco native Sam Evans also expressed feelings of competitiveness, especially being surrounded by his peers. “I don’t really care that much, but since it’s a Waco-specific [competition], I want to do well because I know all these people on a personal level,” Evans said. “And there are certain people that I really want to beat.” Baristas from local shops, including Dichotomy, Common Grounds and Pinewood, all competed. Some even traveled for the event
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LATTES OF LOVE One competitor pulls a pitcher of milk across the almost-finished latte, the final touch for most latte art designs.
in order to compete, making the trek from nearby areas like Temple, Denton and Belton. In contrast to Brower and Evans, Pinewood barista Natalie Ramirez hadn’t been preparing for the competition at all. “I just learned how to steam milk and pour it last week,” she said. “And I would say that I feel very proud to at least have competed and put myself out there.” As rounds ensued and contestants were dealt their fate, the task at hand seemed to evolve into something slightly more tense. Nearly thirty minutes into the event, Washington chimed in — “You’re probably wondering if we’re going to play this song all night. The answer is no. This is just the first round. During the second round, we’ll put a different song on repeat.” A light-heartedness reestablished in the packed, tiny space, the chaos ensued effortlessly. DeRidder, LA senior Aimee Bennett, also a Common Grounds employee, said she was glad to see how the competition was bringing everyone together. “I think it’s cool that all these people are coming together representing different businesses,” she said. If one thing was evident, it was the cherished commodity’s function as a tool for connection. Coffee is a staple in American culture, but more so, the gathering it often inspires can be the beginning of a lasting memory.
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AND THE WINNER IS Judges Cassie Spivey (left), Jeff Davidson (middle) and Michael Suttle (right) point to a winning latte.
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New nonprofit unites Waco cultural arts scene MEREDITH WAGNER Arts & Life Editor When Los Angeles native Rebekah Hagman drove into Waco for the first time on July 4, 2017, she intended to plant her feet there. How she would go about doing so, aside from moving her and her spouse’s personal belongings to a new home, she wasn’t exactly sure. “We took a big leap of faith,” Hagman said. A handful of months later, that leap of faith turned into Cultivate 7twelve, a collaboration of multiple artistic parties, including nonprofit organizations, yoga instructors, filmmakers and independent artists, located at 712 Austin Ave. Hagman, director and owner of Cultivate 7twelve, said that, among many purposes, Cultivate exists to be a space for the creative individuals and organizations in Waco to gather and connect. With a background in communications, marketing and nonprofit work, Hagman said her vision stems from a desire to witness, for example, an interior designer and an aspiring sculptor find common ground, learn from one another and ultimately create a diverse artistic community. “Let’s put those dots together,” Hagman said. “That’s my passion. I think when those connections happen, it’s just a testimony for the need of a physical space. In so many ways, it doesn’t matter how many classes we have, or if we have ten pieces of art on the walls or 50 — It’s really the fact that we’re here downtown, and that we keep our doors open, and we have a spirit of invitation here.” Downstairs, the well-lit venue extends far beyond the towering front doors and storefront windows. Upon entry, visitors are greeted by a retail space, where locals and tourists can purchase the work of various Waco artists. Beyond the storefront, a grand piano and a tucked-away staircase, is the art gallery that changes every first Friday of the month. Currently on display is the work of nationally recognized Waco native Charles Wallis. The gallery, titled “World of the Empath,” is a collection of years and years of his work. “World of the Empath” explores Wallis’s coming to terms, so to speak, with his own personality — the realization and ultimate acceptance of being an “INFJ” and an “empath.” INFJ, which stands for ‘Introversion, Intuition, Feeling, Judging,’ describes a personality type often characterized by highly intuitive, empathetic and compassionate personalities. The term “empath” generally describes a “paranormal ability to apprehend the mental or emotional state of another individual.” These traits combined often lead to a strong emotional capacity when interacting with the world, which Wallis describes in detail on the placards accompanying each of his pieces. “This exhibit is really celebrating his own revelation and the freedom it’s given him to kind of make sense of his own journey,” Hagman said. Many of the gallery’s viewers have related to the exhibit on a personal level. “On our opening night, we had six or seven people crying openly,” Hagman said. “This exhibit could [alternatively] be called, ‘How to understand your artist friends better.’ I think for anybody that has a love of art, or friends that are artists, this is a show that is well worth your time.” Upstairs, a long hallway of studios and desks line the walls sporadically, creating a sense of organized chaos. More intriguing than your average cubicle, sections of the open space are brimming with cushioned seating, easels, an assortment of lighting and walls that somehow abstain from creating a sense of divisiveness, as would be expected.
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ART IS ALL AROUND Cultivate 7twelve aims to be a space for creative people and organizations in Waco to connect and create a community.
Among the organizations that make up the open-office spaces is Creative Waco, a nonprofit that seeks to support Waco’s growing creative community. Creative Waco hosted a pop-up shop called “Waco 52” during last August in the same location, which inspired Hagman’s interest in the location and sparked her vision of what soon would come to be. Also located upstairs is Central Texas Artist’s Collective, Deep in the Heart Film Festival, the Art Center of Waco, and five local artists who have planted their studios in the lofty open air of the downtown building. According to Hagman, the space has served as a launchpad for the careers of multiple local artists. “It’s not that artists weren’t succeeding before,” Hagman said. “But now they’re succeeding in a way that people can actually feel invested in — that, I think, is making a huge difference.” In addition to the expansive office space, one room at the end of the long hallway serves as a studio for figure drawing courses, additional artistic displays and — interestingly enough — yoga classes. Houston junior Atalie Wu has been instructing yoga in the studio space upstairs since last October. Teaching classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, at a cost of $8 per class, Wu said she would encourage every Wacoan to try it for themselves. “I think yoga should be in everyone’s lives,” she said. In addition to practicing yoga at a local studio, Wu encouraged Wacoans to practice at Cultivate supplementally because of its safe and inspirational atmosphere. There are often pieces of art lying around or posted on the walls in the yoga studio, which Wu said can allow students to deepen their yoga practice and be more reflective. “[The art] makes this even cooler because it contributes to the class,” Wu said. As for Cultivate’s vision as a whole, Wu said the space serves as a community for starting important conversations. “[Conversation] doesn’t have to be about art. It can start off as art, but lead up into something
What to do in Waco this Weekend: Jan. 11 - Jan. 22 — Even though nominations have not yet been released, Oscarfest exposes you to the movies that are getting the most buzz this year. The Florida Project will be playing from Jan. 11 - Jan. 17 and Lady Bird from Jan. 18 - Jan 22. Waco Hippodrome. Nov. 16 - Jan. 21 — Erika Huddleston’s Waco Creek Art Exhibit will no longer be available for viewing after this weekend. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children. Mayborn Museum Complex.
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MAKE IT COUNT Rebekah Hagman, director of Cultivate 7twelve, stands in the main foyer of the nonprofit at 712 Austin Ave.
else,” she said. “I think it’s a really great place to meet new people.” Hagman’s visions for the space and the future are plentiful. For the next first Friday of the month, Feb. 3, Hagman plans to add more of Wallis’s work to the current exhibit and open a new exhibit upstairs called “Meet the Oswalds,” which will be a collection of work from married Waco artists Sean and Hillary Oswald. In the moe distant future, specifically May of this year, Cultivate 7twelve and Creative Waco have joined forced to bring in a work of art by Banksy, a world-renowned artist, political activist and film director –– making it the first time a Banksy piece has been featured in a Texas gallery. Banksy’s piece will be on display for an exhibit titled, “This is Where I Draw the Line.” Street artists are invited to submit their work and potentially be featured alongside one of the modern art world’s most talked about names. Hagman encouraged Baylor students to explore their city and stop by for the coming events.
“It’s really easy to feel like nothing is as important the next test, or the next … assignment or the next party. And that’s true. It’s an important time in your life for all those things to be a priority. But, I think we all grow exponentially when we step outside of ourselves and look around,” Hagman said. Reflecting back on her own experiences stepping outside of her comfort zone, Hagman recognized the importance of being challenged and called for students to do the same. “We may be boxing ourselves in in ways that we don’t even realize … I guess that would be my … pull for students. Come and be challenged. Come and let yourself — your ideas — be challenged.” As for long-time Wacoans, the opportunities for connecting to the fast-growing city are more plentiful than ever before. Just as Hagman planted herself in, and ultimately came to love, an unfamiliar city, she said locals should learn to rediscover the uniqueness of their surroundings.
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Baylor responds to DACA developments; clinic to reopen
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REOPENED The Baylor Law Immigration Clinic will resume assisting with DACA renewals in February after halting in September.
CORRIE COLEMAN Reporter The past week has been eventful for DACA negotiations. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was brought to a halt in September by President Donald Trump. However on Tuesday, Judge William Alsup ordered the Trump administration to resume the program. Alsup said that Trump’s decision to halt DACA was improper and the program must resume accepting applications for renewals. This was seen by many immigration advocates as a significant step in the right direction. After DACA was halted in September, the clinic came to an end. As a result of this week’s developments however, the Baylor Law Immigration Clinic will resume assisting with renewals in February. DACA was established in 2012 by the Obama administration and sought to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. The program allowed for these children to lawfully work and pay taxes without fear of deportation. In 2012, Laura Hernández, professor of law, helped found the DACA Immigration Clinic through the Baylor Law School. At the clinic, law student volunteers help
clients complete the required paperwork to apply for status renewal. “[Clients] left with a completed application and all they had to do was put it in the mail,” Hernández said. “It’s helpful when you can get lawyers to do [the paperwork] because there are some questions that are trickier than you think,” Hernández said. “If you misinterpret what the question is asking, you can actually get yourself into trouble.” Only hours after DACA was resumed on Tuesday, Trump allegedly used vulgar language to describe Haiti and some African countries, causing outrage from both Republicans and Democrats. The president has since denied these remarks but negotiations for the future of DACA have become unstable. On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted “DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military.” Despite the uncertainty surrounding immigration law, Baylor’s policies regarding students under DACA remain unchanged. Dr. Liz Palacios, Dean for Student Development, said that although Baylor will comply with the law, the University’s students come first.
“We just want to make sure our students are not operating out of fear,” Palacios said. “We have these kids who are in our undergraduate colleges, who are being trained as lawyers, who are being trained as doctors, who now can’t practice those occupations,” Hernández said. “If they are discovered, [they] will be deported back to their home country just at the time that they are the best situated to give back to our country.” Palacios urges all students to continue participating in conversations about immigration law. “It’s going to be important that all of us ... whether you’re DACA or not, understand what’s going on in our political realm … We know that … many of our DACA students are already contributing to our society. They’re part of the fabric of our society,” Palacios said. “Whatever the outcome, we need to be aware and to be involved and we need to use our voice.” She reminds students under DACA that counseling is available to them as they deal with anxiety or any of the emotions that may be affecting their well-being. “Emotionally, spiritually and physically, we want to make certain that our students are in a good place with supportive resources,” Palacios said.
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LEAD President Dr. Linda Livingstone speaks to the crowd before the lights atop Moody were lit.
“Bring Back the Light at Moody Memorial Library” served to kick off a year-long celebration of Moody’s 50th anniversary, Farwell said. In addition to a “big birthday party” for the library in September, Baylor Libraries will be hosting contests, social media campaigns, giveaways and more throughout 2018. One art contest called “Moody Through Your Lens” will be ongoing throughout the Spring semester, encouraging
students to submit artwork that showcases what Moody means to them, Farwell said. Submissions will be evaluated on creativity and originality, relevance to the theme and artistic quality. The top three winners will have their artwork displayed in Moody throughout the Fall 2018 semester. Students, faculty and staff should watch out for Baylor Libraries’ news releases to know about other upcoming events, Farwell said.
LIST from Page 1 as a safe, fun place for the family but is also gaining international recognition for their conservation work. For the past couple of years, 60 percent of the zoo’s visitors have come from places 50-plus miles away, McGregor said. Most visitors have been coming from places such as the Austin area, the Dallas area and the Killeen-Fort Hood area. “I think Waco has always had a lot to offer but people have always kind of viewed it as a gas stop on 35 and now that they’re coming and discovering all the things Waco does have, I think they’re really liking what they see,” McGregor said.
Park Zoo which receives over 300,000, Pendergraft said. “In terms of attendance, if you get about 100,000 a year, you’re a pretty big attraction for any town,” Pendergraft said. On TripAdvisor’s website, the Cameron Park Zoo is listed as number one on the list of top things to do in Waco. Duane McGregor, marketing and public relations manager for the Cameron Park Zoo said that the zoo’s attendance has been constantly growing since they opened the Brazos River Country exhibit in 2005. McGregor said the Cameron Park Zoo has not only grown their reputation
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OUTBREAK Las Cruces, NM senior Tai Yasuda leads the class through a yoga flow at the SLC on Thursday night.
sophomore Madi Jeha, a Bear Cycle instructor. Tuesday and Thursday sessions target resistance by using heavier weights and less reps, she said. Master Trainer for the Department of Wellness Bill Siddiq said he thinks many people would enjoy an F45 group workout setting. “You don’t have to be in great shape to go. It’s set at your own pace,” Siddiq said. “You can stop. You can breathe. F45 is a workout for everybody.” The FitWell Program’s Group X sessions include spin, step and yoga classes among others. They are also open to people from all fitness levels and people with various intensity preferences. Bear Cycle instructors prepare music and the spin routine while making sure
riders use the correct form and are being safe, Jeha said. The instructors will provide a range of gears for each exercise to allow their students to tailor the workout to fit their personal needs. “It’s your workout,” Jeha said. “If you ride in a pack outside, you have to keep up with the pack. In spin it all matters on your own workout. It’s about what you want to do and what you feel comfortable doing.” Instructor Susu Taylor leads another type of Group X workout, “Step it up with Susu.” She said her classes are like a combination of boot camp and dance fitness. About 30 to 45 minutes of the class will be cardio done with a step, and she ends with circuit training. Taylor said she wants
her step classes to be fun for her students. She wanted a leadership role where she would have a chance to give positive energy. “I love to empower people,” Taylor said. Group X also offers gentle yoga and regular yoga classes. The wellness department’s graduate student and yoga instructor Leah Gagnon said she believes stress relief is a big need especially in an academic setting. Gentle yoga during the Monday 12:15 p.m. sessions allow you to disconnect with your schedule and connect with yourself, she said. No matter the type of yoga class, Gagnon said that she keeps her approach friendly to all levels. Many of the instructors also said that the social aspect of
group exercises motivates and encourages the class. Creating a community for everyone is one of the instructors’ and the department’s chief goals for the FitWell Program. F45 and Group X membership are $50 each or $75 together for the semester. Students, faculty and staff may register online. The FitWell program also offers personal training, nutritional education and a program exclusive for Baylor faculty and staff at discounted rates. “It’s a steal,” Siddiq said. “It’s a phenomenal deal. You can’t beat that.” Find yourself in one of the free FitWell sessions this week. “All you have to do is bring yourself and a water,” Jeha said.
Wednesday for documents from the plaintiffs. The university is requesting 97 pieces of evidence, including all social media posts or blog posts made by any plaintiff regarding sexual assault, any alleged assailants and/
or any plaintiff’s interactions with Baylor after the alleged assault. The plaintiffs have 30 days to respond to that request. Meanwhile, Pitman is considering his ruling on the sexual harassment motion.
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TITLE IX from Page 1 followed their rapes. Several plaintiffs experienced both rape and harassment.” The motion argues that if this clarification is not accepted, cases where Baylor failed to protect students from their accused rapists before
and/or after the rape could be classified as harassment by Baylor but not assault. Therefore, Baylor would be able to withhold that information from the case. Additionally, Baylor filed its first set of requests
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From Underdogs to Top Dogs? Men’s basketball plays a different role this season BEN EVERETT Sports Writer
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LIGHT UP THE FERRELL CENTER Sophomore guard Jake Lindsey holds off an OSU player during Monday night’s matchup in the Ferrell Center. The Bears won 75-65.
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Baylor men’s basketball entered the 201718 season with high expectations after a Sweet Sixteen run and the program’s first-ever No. 1 ranking propelled the Bears further into the national spotlight. Last season, Baylor was favored in 14 of 18 conference games, according to OddsShark. They won 12 of those games and finished in a three-way tie for second place in the conference. The Bears currently sit at 12-6 on the season with a 2-4 record in Big 12 Conference games. They have been favored in three of six conference games, but top-10 ranked opponents Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Texas Tech still lie ahead. According to KenPom, a college basketball analytics website, Baylor has only three conference games remaining in which they have a greater than a 50 percent chance of winning. The team that was picked fifth in the Big 12 preseason poll and ranked No. 24 in the preseason AP poll finds itself hitting the brick wall that is Big 12 conference play. After getting clobbered 77-53 by Texas Tech in the Big 12 opener, the Bears returned home to face rival TCU looking to get back on track in conference play. They weren’t favored, but playing at home, it had the feel of a must-win for the Bears. A backand-forth battle resulted in the Horned Frogs
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Members of Lady Bears’ extended family battle cancer diagnoses GIANA PIROLLI
Men’s basketball: Immortal Ten Game 8 p.m. Monday in the Ferrell Center vs. Kansas State Lariat Radio play-by-play will be available during the game by Max Calderone and Andrew Cline at www.mixlr.com/baylor-lariatradio or on the “Mixlr” app under “Baylor Lariat Radio.”
Women’s basketball: 6 p.m. Saturday in the Ferrell Center vs. Kansas State Lariat Radio play-by-play will be available during the game. 6 p.m. Thursday in the Ferrell Center vs. University of Texas Lariat Radio play-by-play will be available during the game. 6:30 p.m. January 31 in the Ferrell Center vs. Oklahoma State University
Sports Writer The Baylor family is praying for Andrew Jones and Chameka Scott, who have both been fighting an opponent that isn’t on the basketball court. On Jan. 10, the family of Texas sophomore guard Andrew Jones announced that he was diagnosed with leukemia. Andrew Jones’ sister is former Baylor guard Alexis Jones. Andrew has many accolades, including averaging 11.4 points per game as a freshman at Texas. Also as a freshman, Jones played in all 33 games and started 23 of them. He was a serious NBA prospect and went through the NBA Pre-Draft Combine last May, but decided to withdraw his name from the draft pool and return to play at UT. As a sophomore, Jones was leading Texas in scoring at 15.3 points per game before a wrist injury in December sidelined him. His sister Alexis was a standout player on the women’s basketball team at Baylor after transferring from Duke University. Some of her accomplishments include being named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in 2016, AllBig 12 First Team in 2016, while averaging 15 points, four assists and four rebounds in the 2015-2016 season. She also scored 1,278 career points (708 at Duke and 570 at Baylor). Jones now plays in the WNBA for the Minnesota Lynx. During the WNBA offseason, Jones plays for the Elitzur Neve David Ramla in Israel. As an extension of the Baylor family, the Lady Bears Twitter account tweeted support for the Jones family on Jan. 10. “Our thoughts and prayers are with @ DrewdotCash, Lady Bear @Lextoo_shifty & the entire Jones family at this difficult time. #BaylorFamily” Lady Bears head coach Kim Mulkey touched upon Jones’ diagnosis. Jones was playing overseas in Israel when the news about her brother broke. “I reached out to her dad and Alexis and just you know when you’re a parent, it’s an unspoken language that you have that you don’t want your children sick or hurt in anyway and you just tell them ‘I’m here, we’re here, what can we do? Don’t hesitate to ask,’” Mulkey said. “Alexis is overseas playing and I texted her, and she texted back, and I just told her to be strong and to take care of herself over there. I’m sure Andrew is in great hands at Texas.” Chameka Scott, who played for the Lady Bears when they won their first national championship in 2005, has also received the diagnosis that her cancer has returned.
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FIGHTING ON AND OFF THE COURT (Above) Former Baylor guard Alexis Jones dribbles the ball down the court in a game during the 2016-17 season. (Below) Former Lady Bear Chameka Scott looks for an open teammate to pass the ball. Jones’ brother, Andrew Jones is a sophomore guard at University of Texas and is fighting leukemia. Scott was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2015 and received the news recently that her cancer had returned.
In 2015, Scott was diagnosed with colon cancer. Mulkey acknowledged the severity of Scott’s diagnosis and the support the women’s team is sending her way. “The cancer is back. It’s a very aggressive
form,” Mulkey said. “She’s in the Anderson taking radiation treatment and has more to take, and then she’ll be released from the hospital. She just needs a lot of prayers. It’s tough.”
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Men’s tennis looks to solidify rotation in doubleheader NATHAN KEIL Sports Editor Baylor men’s tennis is set to open its dual season on Saturday. The Bears participated in the Sherwood Collegiate Cup last weekend in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The opening tournament consisted of a singles and doubles bracket, but did not feature a team result. Head coach Matt Knoll said the tournament has been a great opener for Baylor because it provides an opportunity for great competition and helps ease the team’s way back into the season after a break over the holidays. “That tournament has been a godsend for us. It’s great competition and we get to go out in the spring and play some rust off. Most guys go home for the holidays and don’t play much, so it’s fantastic,” Knoll said. Junior Jimmy Bendeck said the most important part about playing the Sherwood Collegiate Cup is that it helps the younger players rid themselves of nerves and provides good experience heading into the dual season. “Going to California is important because it gets the nerves out even though the first dual match, there are still some nerves. But it’s just last week so it was recent, so you get some matches under your belt. Everyone plays a lot of matches because no matter what, you have to play matches,” Bendeck said. “It was a really good experience for the guys, you get to travel and play in an environment that isn’t perfect or comfortable so it helps a lot.” One of the key questions facing Baylor heading into this weekend’s doubleheader will be the rotation and lineup. Four seniors graduated from the team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16, and the Bears welcome four freshmen to this year’s roster.
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leaving the Ferrell Center with a 8178 overtime win in their pockets, a result that didn’t sit well for senior forward Jo Lual-Acuil. “I’m disappointed we lost. We just got to move on to the next one,” LualAcuil said after the game. Moving on is the only thing the Bears could do after a dismal 1-4 start to conference play that included a 75-65 loss to 9-6 Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. Last season, the Bears won big games and wanted to prove to the nation that they were deserving of a top-10 ranking. This season, the Bears are clawing for wins and trying to keep their NCAA tournament streak alive. A convincing 76-60 home win over Oklahoma State on Monday helped their cause. Cowboys’ head coach Mike Boynton said he could sense the underdog mindset the Bears are playing with now. “Congrats to Coach Drew and his team for playing really well especially in the second half,” Boynton said. “You could tell his team played with a sense of hunger, urgency, backs against the wall.” ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi currently has Baylor on the outside looking in, per his most recent NCAA Tournament bracket prediction. If Baylor wants to make its way onto that bracket, it will need to pull off some upsets down the stretch. The Bears hope to harness that sense of urgency as they face No. 10 Kansas at 5 p.m. Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.
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ALWAYS CAUSING A RACQUET Baylor junior Jimmy Bendeck readies himself for a serve. The men’s tennis team will open its dual season on Saturday with a doubleheader at home.
This weekend will give Knoll a chance to see who emerges from an even playing field and to see who fits into the singles and doubles rotations heading into the more competitive matches. “We’re trying to figure out who our guys are.
We’ve got a little bit of depth and we have to figure out the guys that we’re going to go with once the competitive matches come,” Knoll said. “We’ve got some guys that have some experience that we kind of know what we’re going to get with, but we also have some young guys that
are very talented and are going to contribute for sure, but figuring out who they are and at what position they’re going to contribute.” Depth to the roster and uncertainty of the rotation has helped spark competition among team members during practice. Bendeck said that this competition forces everyone to continue to up their level of play, but in the end, the ultimate goal is supporting one another as a team. “Competition is important, it definitely fuels us during practice, it fuels us to get better everyday because we might lose our spot,” Bendeck said. “What’s important is that our team is competitive but in the end, we are a team that went into match day, whoever plays we are going to support them full blast.” One of the players that Knoll and Baylor will rely on is junior Johannes Schretter. Schretter is coming off a successful sophomore campaign where he went 21-4 overall in singles and 13-2 from the No. 3 position. In the fall, he went 8-6 and with two wins over ranked opponents, bumping his ranking to No. 11 entering the spring season. Knoll noted that his individual workouts have been excellent this spring and that is a sign that he is ready to step into a new position for the Bears. “That’s him maturing and getting more comfortable where he is and more honest about where he needs to be with his game,” Knoll said. “He’s starting to make a lot of progress. I’m excited about him taking on a role of playing higher in the lineup and being out there on court one.” No. 11 Baylor will take on the University of Missouri-Kansas City twice on Saturday. The first match is set for 2 p.m. with the second one beginning at 6 p.m.
Women’s tennis to hit the courts this weekend BEN EVERETT Sports Writer Baylor women’s tennis opens the season at 11 a.m. Sunday as they travel to Houston to take on Rice. The Lady Bears are ranked No. 20 in the preseason national poll and were picked to finish fifth in the preseason Big 12 poll. Baylor boasts a young lineup with five freshmen, three sophomores, one senior and a total of three returning players. Senior Theresa Van Zyl and sophomores Angelina Shakhraichuk and Jessica Hinojosa return after lettering last year. Freshmen Livia Kraus, Katelyn Parker, Kristina Sorokolet, Dominika Sujova, Giorgia Testa and Italian transfer sophomore Camilla Abbate join the Baylor program. Head coach Joey Scrivano said he hasn’t coached a team this young in almost 10 years, but that Baylor team was one of the best in school history. “Its been a long time since we’ve had a team this young,” Scrivano said. “This team has a lot of the characteristics of that 2008 teamyoung, but a lot of potential.” The 2008 Baylor women’s tennis team went 32-3, including an undefeated conference schedule and a trip to the NCAA Tournament Finals. Van Zyl said the freshmen on this year’s team have one extremely valuable quality: competitiveness. “They love to compete, which is an awesome thing because tennis
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NEW SEASON IN SIGHT Senior Theresa Van Zyl looks on in anticipation of her opponent’s serve. The women’s tennis season begins at 11 a.m. Sunday in Houston, where the Bears are set to take on Rice University.
is about competing and making the opponent quit and I see the freshmen doing it very well,” Van Zyl said. The Bears graduated two of their top three players from last season, Blair Shankle and Rhiann Newborn, while the third, Elizabeth Profit, transferred to Tennessee. Van Zyl, the lone upperclassman on the team and likely the No. 1 player, said she has improved her game drastically from last year. “The most improvement I’ve seen in my game is being more mentally tough, being more relaxed on the court and making better decisions,” Van Zyl said. “Learning
how to play more strategically and also improving my fitness a lot.” The other two returning players, Hinojosa and Shakhraichuk, often played at the No. 5 and No. 6 slots during the 2017 season. Scrivano said the two sophomores need to stay consistent and keep improving as players. “Angelina [Shakhraichuk] and Jessica [Hinojosa] were a big piece of the puzzle last season,” Scrivano said. “Our expectations of them is keep doing what they’re doing. Keep being rock solid and steady. As long as they keep learning and growing, they’ll be fine.” Rice is unranked, but they have
more experience with three seniors and a junior to lead them. Scrivano said the Owls are a tough out, especially on their home court. “We have a lot of respect for Rice,” Scrivano said. “This is going to be a really, really tough match. They definitely have more experience than us. This is going to be an incredibly good opportunity for us to see where we stand.” Following the match against Rice, the Lady Bears return home to take on Western Michigan and New Mexico in a doubleheader at 11 a.m. on Jan. 26 at the Hurd Tennis Center.