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Baylor hosts Texas Collegiate Model United Nations conference Illustration by Jessica Hubble | Multimedia Editor
KAYLEE GREENLEE Reporter Over the weekend, Baylor hosted the Texas Collegiate Model United Nations conference put on by the Osgood Center. Over the last 11 years, the Osgood Center has trained students from around the world in Model United Nations and Model Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. The Osgood Center sponsors Model United
Nations programs of various kinds in Washington, D.C., Texas and China while striving to provide students experiential learning opportunities. “Just think, most of your academic preparation as an undergraduate student is in the classroom; it’s just you and the material. In your work life, it’s all about interacting with others and trying to make decisions. Model UN trains you how to do that,” Dr. Shelton Williams, former professor of political science
and international studies at Austin College in Sherman, said. Williams founded the Osgood Center in 2006 after moving back to Washington, D.C. He was the faculty adviser for the Model UN program at Austin College and also ran the Washington, D.C., internship program, the leadership program and taught international politics. The conference was held from Feb. 2 to 4, and University of Texas at Austin, University
of Texas at Dallas and several Texas A & M campuses were also in attendance. It was composed of a General Assembly First Committee, which deals with disarmament and economic issues; the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO), which represent cultural heritage and education; AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation (APEC); and the Security Council which oversees international security issues.
Before the conference, students are assigned to represent a UN member state and therefore take on the persona of that member state. In order to accurately present the nations positions, they are required to research the pre-assigned issues from the perspective of those nations to figure out what position the nation would take. Student teams research and prepare position papers which consist of a short statement of their nation’s
position and priorities during the conference. Topics are set by the conference committee, in advance so that the position papers can be presented to the body of nations. Dr. Rebecca Flavin is a senior lecturer in the department of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is the faculty adviser for Baylor Model United Nations.
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INTIMATE Shelene Bryan speaks with students Saturday night in the Stacy Riddle Forum.
Author motivates students to focus on compassion THOMAS MORAN Staff Writer Philanthropist and bestselling author of “Love, Skip, Jump” Shelene Bryan met with a group of students Saturday night in the Stacy Riddle Forum to talk about her spiritual journey and to challenge attendees to be more proactive and intentional in their own faith . Bryan’s daughter-in-law, Los Angeles, Calif., junior Grace Bryan, organized the event, titled “Ridiculous Faith.” A variety of Greek and non-Greek students attended, Grace Bryan said. “It was pretty intimate, which I think was nice,” Grace Bryan said. “She doesn’t have that a lot. Like, normally she’s speaking to a couple thousand people.” Shelene Bryan, who has been featured on notable media platforms Vol.118 No. 34
like TED, highlighted the moment that altered the trajectory of her life from successful Hollywood producer to philanthropist. After an off-color comment from a friend regarding the legitimacy of world hunger relief organizations, Shelene Bryan flew across the Atlantic to a small village in East Africa to meet the two children her family sponsored through Compassion International. Struck by the low cost necessary to improve the lives of the two children, Shelene Bryan founded Skip1, a world hunger relief organization with a unique business model. “Skip one thing and feed a child,” Grace Bryan said. “You skip buying a coffee or getting your nails done or whatever, and then you donate the money that
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Favor, a delivery service, announced recently that it will be extending its services to Waco and the Baylor community. The service will deliver crowd favorites such as Common Grounds coffee, Schmaltz sandwiches, Dr Pepper and flowers. The delivery service prides itself for delivering fresh food to a person’s doorstep and offering personal assistance such as an errand, picking something up, or grabbing a cup of coffee. Favor is currently Texas-based and will be expanding to over 25 cities in 2018. Favor will extend its services to the Waco on Feb. 12, including Baylor’s campus. The company is looking forward to expanding to Waco because Favor wants to be able to offer its services to students without cars on Baylor’s campus. The company, founded in 2013 in Austin, has delivered 1.5 million items to people. However, the question of what distinguishes them from Uber Eats or GrubHub is popular among new users of Favor. CEO Jag Bath, who is originally from London, found it to be the most convenient and the most easy to use. Originally a Favor user, Bath joined the Favor team in 2013 after cofounders Zac Maurais and Ben Doherty approached him about the opportunity. “What stood out about Favor to me was the convenience factor,” said Bath to Paste Magazine in 2016. “I had gotten used to living in New York City and having everything delivered to me, and that didn’t exist when I moved to Austin. Coming from London, I suppose it was a bit gullible of me, as I assumed all Americans lived like they do in New
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York.” The Austin-based company has a list of goals it wants to accomplish, including expanding its services and featuring local economy. Austin Communications Manager Catherine Nissley has been with the team since April 2016 and hasn’t looked back since. She is thrilled with her experience and is eager to expand to Baylor and Waco. “It’s been an incredible experience; I started back in 2016. Last year, in July, we were the first company to achieve profitability in scale. It’s such an exciting thing to be a part of and we get to help local companies. We just love to help
other businesses grow,” Nissley said. The delivery service will allow students to get groceries, restaurant style food and much more without a car or leaving campus. Nissley is excited that Favor is going to be offered on Baylor’s campus and she praises the company for catering to students without a car. “We are all about for making things easier, and being able to help is huge for us. We even do grocery delivery,” Nissley said. “We are in a lot of cities with colleges, and it’s really meaningful. We are able to get [students] anything. It really convenient for [them].” © 2018 Baylor University
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Drug abuse requires multi-layered solution There were 28.6 million people abusing illicit drugs, including prescription pills and marijuana, in the United States in 2016, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s 2016 Survey on Drug Abuse and Health. This is nearly 8.8 percent of the U.S. population, a number that is staggering, yet sadly unsurprising. With such an out-of-control drug presence in the United States, cities have taken different approaches to addressing health and safety concerns regarding drug users. Philadelphia was the most recent city to adopt a somewhat progressive technique of preventing drug overdoses by implementing safe drug injection sites. Many are up in arms about the implications of allowing addicts to have access to their illegal drug of choice without repercussions. However, the internationally recognized opioid epidemic that has plagued our country for years may be fought if the national and international community changes its mindset. According to a Jan. 24 CNN article, Philadelphia reported 907 drug overdoses in the city in 2016, and Pennsylvania was reported to be the state with the highest number of drug-related deaths in the country that year. In an attempt to be proactive, Philadelphia has decided to allow private organizations to set up monitored drug injection sites, which will observe and assist in the application of proper dosage and safe disposal of illegal drugs. These sites are being implemented after a delegation of city officials traveled to Seattle to observe the effects of supervised drug injection on the communities in that area. The results included research in the possible prevention of blood and fluid-transmitted diseases such as Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS, according to a report presented by the delegation. The goal of these sites is not just to observe and assist individuals looking for a high, however. The city of Philadelphia stressed that it is also a way to provide struggling addicts with the resources and tools to get help in overcoming their addiction. The sites will provide pamphlets and offer services where people who want to get help can be escorted to rehabilitation facilities by authorities. While the city of Philadelphia may be taking a step toward lowering the risks involved with drug abuse, and thereby lowering the use of illegal drugs, is it possible that safe injection sites could do more? One area where there has been a massive shift in the mentality surrounding illegal drugs is in the music festival community. According to the Los Angeles Times, there have been 29 recorded drug-related deaths at California music festivals since 2006. What many music festivals have done in the past few years is coordinate with city governments to create organizations such as the Los Angeles County Music Festival Task Force, which monitors and provides services for festival-goers to protect those who choose to ingest or inject. One recommendation has been the creation of “amnesty boxes.” An amnesty box is a place where
people who want to dispose of their drugs can do so without fear of repercussion, as users have been known to ingest all of their drugs at once in order to avoid being found with any on them, subsequently overdosing, according to a Vice article on drug use at festivals. Similarly, the amendment of Good Samaritan Laws in Washington to protect anyone seeking medical help due to a drug overdose or a bad batch may help with the prevention of death. While all of these are beneficial steps, as are the safe injection sites in Philadelphia, it is not enough to simply prevent overdoses from happening — the use of illegal drugs must stop altogether. Changing the mentality around the conversation about illegal drugs is a good move, but there needs to be more movement. Safe injection sites need to not just be regulated dispensaries but also should incorporate detoxing resources on site. Perhaps having therapists and doctors on-site to speak with users about getting help and assisting in a slower detox as opposed to coldturkey — reducing the amount of drug injected or ingested until eventually reaching full detox — would help substantiate the validity of the sites. Also, Philadelphia is researching the possibility having temporary stay rooms for homeless or at-risk populations in the event they do choose to get help, much like a rehab facility but without the high costs. Similarly, music festivals need to do more to encourage ditching drugs, as opposed to simply passing out flyers and providing resources to protect drug users in life-or-death situations. Follow the lead of festivals such as Austin City Limits, which implemented a sober space area in Austin’s Zilker Park last year, allowing those trying to stay sober or avoiding temptation to have a quiet place to decompress when they felt urges. Have medical professionals on site to assist with any drug-related incidents that may occur and to sit down and talk about recovery with anyone who may want to get help. This isn’t just a black and white situation — with drug addiction, it never is. So instead of treating it like something that is right or wrong, legal or illegal, we should treat the opioid epidemic as a problem with a long-term solution. One that many people are working to accomplish, but that cannot be addressed until everyone settles on the same page, and agree that sometimes progressive choices are the ones that will change the way we see the world. Baylor students are just as much affected by this issue as people in Seattle, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, and Waco has a drug user population that needs assistance. The BARC and Mission Waco’s Renewal Recovery Program are both excellent examples of steps the Baylor and Waco communities are taking to assist in the transformation to a drug-free city. But Baylor students are still at risk for drug abuse at festivals, Waco residents still shoot up on the streets and until we address the opioid crisis is a major issue in our community, we cannot fix it.
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Preparation is key for career fair success VIVIAN KWOK Reporter Baylor’s Office of Career and Professional Development will be hosting their Internship & Career Fair from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday on the fifth floor of the Cashion Academic Center. Students who have not yet planned to attend or who have never attended a career fair still have time to prepare. Employer relations specialist Desiree Foley said students should take advantage of the resources the Office of Career and Professional Development offers.
about that organization and then later decide where to apply. She said students should still come prepared with resumes to provide the recruiters. “We definitely encourage students to bring multiple copies of their resume, especially if they know what tables they want to visit,” Foley said. “The recruiter can leave with information about the student, and they can remember their face and who they are.” Foley also recommends that students have their resumes reviewed before attending the fair.
This is really meant to be relevant for basically every major at Baylor. DESIREE FOLEY | EMPLOYER RELATIONS SPECIALIST
“We definitely recommend students to do research in advance to prepare for the fair,” Foley said. “So we have a workshop on Tuesday about Prepare for the Fair.” Foley said today’s Tuesday Talks workshop will feature an employer recruiter who will share how students can do research before stepping into a company’s recruitment booth so they seem informed about the organization, their mission and their opportunities. “We also encourage students to get online, to take advantage of our system Handshake,” Foley said. She said students can view the list of employers who are coming to the Career & Internship Fair on Handshake. “They can actually see what jobs they posted on Handshake, they can view information about job titles, what the employer is looking for,” Foley said. “That can spearhead their research.” Studying the list of organizations and companies that will be present at the fair may help students maximize their experience there. Students can develop a list of recruiters with whom they would like to meet and allocate their time spent at each table. Director of employer relations Adam Kaye said students should plan to be at the fair for about an hour. “The longer your list, they longer you would expect to be there,” Kaye said. “You don’t want to be in a rush. Block as much time as you can to be there.” Foley said students are welcome to come and just talk to the recruiters, ask questions
Students wanting to have their resume reviewed can schedule an appointment or stop by during the Office of Career and Professional Development’s drop-in hours. “We also have mock interviews,” Foley said. “That’s another good way to prepare for their career search in general but also for the fair.” Foley also said the Office of Career and Professional Development enforces business professional attire but business casual attire would also be acceptable. The office has a closet available for students who do not own professional attire. “We will have our Career Closet on the Go, and if students don’t own any professional attire we can help them,” Foley said. “Hopefully that won’t hold students back.” Foley said students often think the career fairs may not cater to their specific major, which discourages attendance. However, Kaye and Foley both said the fair is open to all majors and there will be a variety of organizations. Kaye said over 60 organizations are currently registered to attend. “This is really meant to be relevant for basically every major at Baylor,” Foley said. Foley said students can also approach the fair as a more exploratory event to find out more about their interests. “I would hope that [students] leave there more confident about themselves and about their job prospects and also feeling like they have a little more direction as far as what they would like to do,” Kaye said.
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SERVANT’S HEART The Christian Business Leaders organization set out food drive donation boxes on Monday morning in the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation for students to donate to Shepherd’s Heart.
Business student group hosts food drive for local ministry CORRIE COLEMAN Reporter Baylor’s Christian Business Leaders are sponsoring a food drive this week to collect canned goods for Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry. From Monday to Friday, collection boxes will be placed near the main entrances to the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. Christian Business Leaders was established at Baylor in the Spring 2016. The organization seeks to empower business students to remain rooted in their faith as they enter a primarily secular workplace. They sponsor events throughout the year such as service projects, guest speakers and prayer meetings. Shepherd’s Heart, the organization that will be receiving the food, is a nonprofit that works to serve the Waco community by providing resources such as a food pantry and a clothing resale shop. According to their website, one in four children in Texas do not know where their next meal will come from. Shepherd’s Heart works to change these statistics, helping feed over 2,500 food-insecure families each month. Plano junior Kyle Taylor is a chairman for the Waco Outreach Committee of Christian Business Leaders. He explained that this committee works to help Baylor’s business students serve the people of Waco. The food drive is a new
tradition that the Waco Outreach Committee began last year. “We’re all about service and growing in Christ,” Taylor said. “We want to be a positive Christian influence on the business school and on Waco.” Spring senior Rebecca Rodriguez, president and founding officer of Christian Business Leaders, hopes that the food drive will show Baylor students that they can make an impact on their community. “We really want to empower the business school in seeing that they can make an impact in our community and the importance of reaching out and serving our neighbors,” Rodriguez said. “[The food drive] is a tangible way to do that.” “The mission of Christian Business Leaders is to develop and equip a Christ-centered community of business students dedicated to embracing their call as Christian leaders with business as their vocation,” the organization’s website says. Rodriguez said that, to her, the purpose of Christian Business Leaders is to redefine what success looks like in the business world by developing Christ-centered leaders who are marked by their love and service for others. Christian Business Leaders will be hosting events throughout the semester that are open to all students. Every Thursday morning at 7:30, they host a prayer meeting on the second floor of Foster. They will also be hosting lectures from business professionals and faculty about what it means to be a Christian in the business world.
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COMPETITION The equestrian team started off their 2018 season Friday with a 9-1 win against Auburn University.
AUTHOR from Page 1 you would have spent on that item.” The charitable organization focuses on building facilities both domestically and in developing nations. “We take 100 percent of all public donations for the acquisition and distribution of food projects here in America and around the world,” Shelene Bryan said. “We are able to build kitchens and orphanages and schools in third-world countries and put in wells so kids can have lunch every day now.” Since its creation in 2009, Skip1 has grown tremendously and continues to impact countries all over the world,
UN from Page 1 “The UN operates on consensus basis or strives for consensus, so [the students] want to formulate solutions that are going to generate as much support as possible,” Flavin said. There are two main parts of the conference, a formal session and an unmoderated caucus. The formal session is generally held in a board room setting where students follow Robert’s Rules of Order, a guide for conducting meetings and making decisions as a group, which dictate the conduct of the meeting. The latter consists of splitting into committees where they try to build broad support and consensus around a resolution. “Model United Nations is really a wonderful opportunity for students to think about both approaching things from the perspective of a particular member state and how to strive for consensus through seeking common ground with other nations that may have a dramatically different perspective,” Flavin said. Students on Baylor’s team represented the countries of China, Vietnam, Japan, Belgium, Iceland and the Ukraine. They won numerous awards at the conference, including first and second place position papers for China and Japan, respectively. The Ukraine, Japan and China took first, second and third respectively in Security Council. Japan and Vietnam took first and second in APEC. Japan and Vietnam also took first and third in General Assembly First. The team also received several best delegate awards. China and Japan both received the outstanding delegate award, the highest delegation award, for their representation in all committees. Ukraine and Vietnam both received distinguished delegation awards. China received the best delegate award for APEC; China and Ukraine tied for the Security Council; Japan and the United Kingdom, represented by the University of Texas in Dallas, tied for the UNESCO delegate.
including Uganda, Rwanda, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Peru, India, the Philippines and many other countries. Shelene Bryan emphasized the importance of students prioritizing the important things in life, such as spiritual growth and relationship with God, rather than earthly things. “At the end of the day, there is only one thing you all need to get right,” Shelene Bryan said. “It’s not your degree or your doctorate or who’s going to hire you after you get all those pieces of paper, but if you really know God and are known by God.” Shelene Bryan encouraged attendees
to abandon their own goals and instead focus on God’s vision for their lives. Ashburn, Va., sophomore Jennifer Throne attended the event and found the message to be moving and impactful. “Actually hearing her speak really moved me,” Throne said. “I really loved it just because it kind of reminded me of why I’m here and what a Christian is in a world full of secular things … I thought she was super honest and personable.” Grace Bryan hopes to organize more events with Shelene Bryan for Baylor students in the future.
Waco Independent School District police chief Ken Boatman resigned effective immediately on Friday. In December, the Waco ISD human resources department received two complaints regarding hostility in Boatman’s work environment and negative interactions with several co-workers. The allegations are not of a criminal nature, but human resources is looking into the complaints, Waco ISD spokesperson Kyle DeBeer said. Boatman was on administrative leave with pay on Jan. 19. He submitted his resignation letter on Jan. 30, only two weeks after being suspended. After investigations opened, a flood of complaints came to light about Boatman’s work ethic, ranging from sexual harassment, engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a co-worker, toxic leadership and many more. Waco ISD director of human resources’ employment services Sue Pfleging released both Boatman’s resignation letter and a summary of the allegations against him on Jan. 29. “We will move forward with an investigation into these new matters. As part of that investigation, you [Boatman] will be given an opportunity to respond to the complaints/ allegations,” Pfleging wrote. Boatman’s said in his resignation letter that he was disappointed with the actions of Waco ISD. He said in his
more than 21 years of service, he brought a department “facing disbandment” to the No. 1 rated service department in the district. Boatman refuted all accusations, but still decided to resign. “It is disheartening of what I have been accused of and such accusations are entirely false,” Boatman wrote. Boatman’s said in his resignation letter that he was unwilling to keep a position he feels unsupported in, and will not put his family through any more grief. “It has become apparently clear, at this point, that individual and/or individuals want my removal as chief of police and will resort to any means necessary,” Boatman said. Waco ISD spokesman Kyle DeBeer stated in the release that human resources could not find any evidence supporting the claims. DeBeer said Waco ISD takes employee complaints seriously and the district is committed to providing a healthy work environment. “While we determined that the initial anonymous allegations were unsubstantiated, when additional concerns emerged, we moved quickly to investigate them and to notify Chief Boatman of those allegations,” DeBeer said. Lt. David Williams, who acted as interim police chief while Boatman was suspended, will serve in place of Boatman following his resignation. Williams has 15 years of law enforcement experience.
Bear Briefs BearID password change requirement extended
The Baylor community will no longer be required to change their BearID password every 180 days, but instead, just once a year. The current policy of 180 days is no longer required because of how effective the Duo two-factor process is, Baylor Internal Audit and ITS decided. Since it is so effective in providing enough security, there is not a need to have the password changed as often. Starting with the next time you are required to change your password, the password you set can remain the same for one year before you are required to change it again. If you would like to or have any need to change the password sooner, you can visit their website.
Baylor adds BU-Guest wifi network
In the past few days, a new wifi network was added to the Baylor campus. BU-Guest is the new sponsored guest network. The network is for University departments who are hosting short-term guests who may require access to different Baylor resources. The guests are required to have a sponsorship from a department on campus. The sponsor will then approve the guest and grant them access to the guest network for two days. This new network will give more access to the internet for a limited time. Since the sponsor will have to approve this access, it will help maintain the safety of the network. If the guest does not have a BearID, the departments can arrange a temporary BearID for guests.
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Baylor School of Church Music to host youth festival
Baylor’s School of Church Music will host its 13th YouthCUE Baylor Festival from Feb. 9 to 11. Youths from the Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston areas will participate in the weekend under the direction of Dr. Randall Bradley. The YouthCUE Baylor Festival is geared to provide spiritual formation, choral excellence and leadership for all attendees. The festival will close with a Grand Concert at 3:15 p.m. on Feb. 11 in Jones Concert Hall and will feature a variety of wide variety of Christian choral music.
Law school hosts interactive law classes
The Baylor Law School will be hosting People’s Law School from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday at the law school located at 1114 S University Parks Dr. Baylor Law will be offering a variety of free, interactive classes — making the law “user-friendly” to help participants understand their legal rights. According to Baylor Law’s website, the classes will be led by volunteer attorneys and legal experts. Participants will be able to choose three classes out of 19 options. The topics will cover a variety of events such as Privacy and Social Media, Sexual Harassment and the Workplace, The Immigration Travel Ban, The New Tax Bill and What It Means for the Ordinary Taxpayer and more. Registration for this event will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and classes will begin at 9 a.m. To submit a Bear Brief, email email@example.com.
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Monthly event illuminates bustling streets of Waco MEREDITH WAGNER Arts & Life Editor The streets of downtown Waco bustled Friday with hungry and excited Wacoans, anticipating a night of surprises, conversation and free gimmicks of all sorts. The nighttime hung in the warm air, illuminated by lights pouring from businesses that remained open well beyond 5 p.m. Every first Friday of the month, businesses lining the streets of downtown Waco open their doors to passersby crowding the sidewalks, many of which post discounts or specials on their products and prepare spreads of food and drink and interactive activities. One of the participating businesses last Friday was Wildland Supply Co. at 712 Washington Ave. Wildland owner Kate Duncan said enjoys spicing up first Friday and exercising her creativity in the process. “I go all out,” she said over the speakers, which were momentarily blaring ‘I Will Survive’ by Gloria Gaynor. “It’s an experience,” she added. Duncan said she likes to build a theme for each First Friday event. In the past, she has hosted a nighttime brunch, for which she served breakfast food as the sky blanketed Waco with darkness. Duncan’s Valentine’s Day-inspired theme on Friday was meant to inspire self-care and habits that promote positivity. “Our theme is ‘Get Happy’,” Duncan said. “Everything in here is designed to make you happier.” In one corner lay fruit kabobs and kale chips, the accompanying placeards explaining the happiness-promoting properties of the foods. In the other corner, a holistic aesthetician who specializes in reflexology administered free hand massages using essential oils and body oils that Wildland sells in the store. Beyond the central seating, illuminated in front of the allwhite walls, was a station for creating Valentine’s Day cards because, again, “Sharing positive feelings with other people makes you happy,” Duncan said. Not all businesses create themes for First Friday. Each business is entitled to host an event or a special offering of their choice, which makes walking around downtown Friday night an exciting and suspenseful endeavor. One will
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likely feel surprised by what they find. Next door to Wildland, Houston native Sara Martin welcomed passersby into her own specialty store called Gather, which sells a creative compilation of various products meant to inspire connection and creativity in the home. Gather has had an open storefront for nearly four months at 719 Washington Ave. Martin said Gather’s inventory is selected to match a central theme. She described her products as unique, high-quality items that are both locally and American-made. “It’s everything to entertain at home, to compliment the dishware, to inspire a lifestyle where you’re letting people in your house and making beautiful things.” Martin’s First Friday featured water colorist Shelby Pipken, a Baylor graduate who created
Valentine’s cards at an extensive table standing proudly in the storefront window. If shoppers bought one of Pipken’s cards, she inscripted a calligraphic note of their choice on the inside. Gather also featured a spread of Valentine’s Daythemed food and drinks. Sara’s husband Johnathan Martin owns Black Oak Art, a Waco business that creates large-volume, wholesale pottery and ceramics for local businesses including Magnolia and Common Grounds, and other retailers around the country. According to Sara, Gather serves as a space for herself and her husband to sell their own line of dishware. Sara also owns an event planning business called Kindred Event Studio, which specializes in weddings, in addition to planning galas and fundraising events. “This was kind of the marriage of both of our
businesses – his line of functional art, and my line of entertaining,” Martin said. Martin said she chooses what to do for First Friday based upon the season, usually trying to bring in creative people to do something interactive that her customers can enjoy. For Martin, First Friday is a unique event that brings those from the community together to slow down and enjoy one another’s company. “During the day, people are in and out. They want to shop,” she said. “But this is more – they come, they stay, they talk. It really gets people to make the rounds and go to businesses that they might not go to.” One street over on Austin Avenue, a live jazz band blared through the open doors of Cultivate 7twelve, local art gallery and event space, drawing passerby in to munch on snacks and enjoy the debut of their new exhibit, “Meet the Oswalds.” “Meet the Oswalds” is a compilation of artwork by Sean and Hillary Oswald, local married artists who together pursue careers as artists but separately develop their own styles. Sean and Hillary met in art school at Miami University in Ohio. They have since lived in New York and Cincinnati and were drawn to Waco just one year ago when Hillary was offered a job at Magnolia as a display artist. Sean said that although neither of them are exactly interested in being “gallery” artists, they both have created pieces that fit into the gallery scene. When owner of Cultivate 7twelve Rebekah Hagman reached out to them with the idea for the gallery, they couldn’t pass it up. Sean and Hillary’s work includes still life oil paintings, pastel drawings of trees and multimedia work including thread, paint and ink. A hand-stitched fabric display illuminated by twinkling lights stood in the corner. Sean said Hillary was not present for their First Friday debut because she was taking care of their 4-month-old daughter Beatrice at home. Sean said he had never explored downtown on First Friday because he and Hillary are usually home caring for Beatrice. “Friday nights, we just go to bed,” he said laughing. One of Sean’s charcoal drawings, a frontal view of Beatrice’s face leaning against his shoulder, hung near the doorway. Now that the collectiong has been debuted, “Meet the Oswalds” is on display in the upstairs gallery at 712 Austin Ave. for viewing. Many other businesses kept their lights on and their doors open First Friday night, welcoming interested guests to their after-hours events. The next ‘First Friday’ is scheduled for March 2. Updates can be found on the event’s Facebook page, @FirstFridayWaco, or their twitter @FirstFridayWaco.
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DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY Cultivate 7twelve, local art gallery and event space, featured a live jazz band on First Friday this year, in addition to debuting new art gallery “Meet the Oswalds.”
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COLORS OF THE WIND Watercolor artist and Baylor graduate Shelby Pipken paints Valentine’s Day cards at Gather on First Friday. Pipken said she spontaneously decided to start making cards one day and has loved it ever since.
FEELIN’ THE LOVE Three women make Valentine’s Day cards at Wildland Supply Co. on First Friday. Wildland’s First Friday theme this month was “Get Happy,” for which owner Kate Duncan set up stations that promoted positivity and self-care.
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‘She Sang Freedom’ to kick off Black History Month JP GRAHAM Reporter Dr. Tammy Kernodle, professor of musicology at Miami University, is set to perform at 7 p.m. Thursday in Baylor’s Bennet Auditorium, where she will kick off Black History Month by covering such artists as Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples and Roberta Flack. Kernodle was recently elected president of the Society for American Music, which makes her the second female African American president in the organization’s history. To round out her resume, Kernodle was invited to speak at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this past fall about her work involving the Gospel Blues and the four artists mentioned above. Thursday’s event will celebrate Black History Month with a combination of performances and lectures that display the importance of music during the civil rights era. Robert Darden, professor and founder of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, said Kernodle’s knowledge of the history of these artists, in addition to being able to recreate their work, is no less than impressive. “It’s just a great, joyful combination of this person who can write a book with 2,000 footnotes and then turn around and entertain and educate 2,000 people,” Darden said. “Not many people wear both hats.” Darden said Kernodle was the university’s first choice for the celebration of Black History Month because of her ability to sing songs with the impact they were originally written to carry, in addition to her ability to share with others about her areas of expertise. Darden had no trouble finding support from other departments for the event. In fact, Darden said he had to stop requesting partnerships because he had received so many positive responses. Kernodle is the author of the biography “Soul on Soul: The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams.” Kernodle has also served as associate editor for the three-volume Encyclopedia of African American Music and senior editor for the revision of the New Grove Dictionary of American Music. Her extensive knowledge and appreciation for Gospel music helps round out
her performance, in which she expresses the impact each artist made on the civil rights era. Mobile, Ala., sophomore Everett Coleman, a political science major with a musical background, addressed the importance of celebrating Black History Month. “It’s important to recognize and celebrate the positive impact that African Americans have had on American culture,” Coleman said. “Black history is as much American history as the history that we read in text books.” Coleman emphasized the role music plays in getting listeners through tough times. He said music allows people to escape adversity, helping relieve anger and providing hope. “Music comes from struggle and expression,” Coleman said. “For black people, music tells a story of hope for the future and understanding of the past.
Darden said the impact African American music places on the music industry can be directly observed in the music Americans listen to today. “At the foundation of all American popular music is African American music,” Darden said. “You hear it today in Kendrick Lamar just like you hear it today in Kings of Leon. It’s still there based on these forms.” The event is sponsored by The Pruit Symposium Endowment Fund, American Studies, Communication Studies, Department of History, Department of Journalism, Public Relations & New Media, The Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, The College of Arts & Sciences, Baylor School of Music and Truett Theological Seminary. A reception with Kenodle will follow the concert Thursday, which is free and open to the public.
Timberlake’s halftime show satisfactory, not perfect KAITLYN DEHAVEN Social Media Editor Not even the now-famous #SelfieKid could diminish the feeling Justin Timberlake brought to the 2018 Super Bowl halftime performance Sunday night. Fans all around the world had been anticipating the performance, ready for Timberlake to bring his dance moves and soulful singing to center-field stage. Based upon
the outcome of the show, they were likely not disappointed. In the past three years, the Super Bowl stage has seen colorful performances from Katy Perry, Coldplay and Lady Gaga. As the halftime show took off with a slow pace, I worried Timberlake would have a difficult time competing with past performances. Timberlake gradually warmed up to the stage, showing few signs of picking up the pace. While the dancing was smooth and exacting,
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Timberlake’s microphone was definitely too quiet, and I struggled to hear what song he was singing. The laser light show made up for his quieted voice, spicing up the slow opening song and leading into what would turn out to be a performance to remember. As the act continued, Timberlake was joined by backup dancers. The music shifted into a more upbeat sound, and it only continued to improve as a jazz band graced the stage. “Sexyback,” a Timberlake classic, was executed with a twist as the jazz band belted out the familiar tune. The brassy sound gave the song a whole new feel. The middle of the act took a turn downward, as Timberlake let the audience sing along, taking a break himself and simply walking across the stage. While this might have been exciting for members of the audience, it lost my attention as a TV viewer. My favorite part of the performance happened at the end of “Cry Me a River,” when Timberlake and his crew spread across the field to perform a crisp dance number. Its succinctness and energy made me want to get out of my seat and join them. Timberlake kept the surprises coming as immediately following the dance routine, an entire band joined him on the field to
accompany Timberlake for well-known song “Suit and Tie.” The band added a classy touch to the popularized tune. Following thisnumber, Timberlake sang “I Would Die 4 U” as a tribute to Prince. While this was emotional for the audience, the tribute seemed to come out of the blue. To me, it didn’t really flow well with Timberlake’s performance. The most visually appealing part of the performance came at the end during Timberlake’s hit “Mirrors.” Hundreds of mirrors on the field shimmered throughout the stadium as Timberlake executed the silvery melody. The act concluded with an upbeat rendition of “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” At this point, #SelfieKid showed up and will now live on forever as the 2018 Super Bowl meme. Overall, Timberlake executed a commendable performance, with a wide range of songs and a meaningful tribute; still, something was missing. The flow of the performance from one song to the next didn’t seem to fit quite right, and, understandably, Timberlake appeared winded after the 13 long minutes of action. Perhaps there should have been another vocalist to split the act with him. Nonetheless, Timberlake will go down in Super Bowl halftime history for a stellar performance.
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Lady Bears squeak by Sooners 74-65 BEN EVERETT Sports Writer
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REACH FOR THE STARS Senior forward Dekeiya Cohen goes for the basket while fighting off Sooner graduate guard Maddie Manning and freshman guard Ana Llanusa
No. 3-ranked Baylor women’s basketball defeated Oklahoma 74-65 on Monday night at the Ferrell Center, remaining undefeated in Big 12 Conference play. The Lady Bears (22-1, 120) held the Sooners (12-12, 7-6) to just two points in the final three minutes to hang on for the win. Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey said Oklahoma was just as driven to win as Baylor. “It was just two competitive teams playing their best,” Mulkey said. Sophomore forward Lauren Cox led Baylor with a career-high 24 points on 12-for-17 shooting while senior guard Kristy Wallace contributed nine points, six rebounds and 12 assists. Junior center Kalani Brown and Cox scored eight of the team’s first 10 points as the Lady Bears jumped out to a 10-4 lead at the 4:41 mark of the first quarter. Oklahoma senior center Vionise Pierre-Louis showed off the range on a jumper before taking Brown in the post to score back-to-back buckets for the Sooners to cut the Baylor lead to 16-12 at the end of the first quarter. The jumpers started falling for the Lady Bears with Cox nailing two from mid-range and Wallace draining one of her own to extend the lead to 28-19 with 5:05 left in the half. Pierre-Louis continued to go right past Baylor’s post players, scoring nine points in then final five minutes of the half to cut the lead to just five, but Lady Bear freshman guard Didi Richards scored an andone in transition to make it a 38-30 Baylor lead at halftime. The Sooners came out firing in the second half with senior guard Gabbi Ortiz knocking down two threes and senior guard Maddie Manning also hitting one as Baylor held on to a 49-43 lead with 6:04 remaining in the third quarter. Cox continued her hot
shooting night with six more points down the stretch of the third quarter to give Baylor a 59-51 advantage heading into the final quarter. Oklahoma held Baylor to just one point in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, mounting a comeback and making it a small 60-58 Baylor lead with 5:43 left in the game. With the Lady Bears up just one point, Brown was called for an offensive foul in the post, but Baylor got the ball back after a missed three and senior forward Dekeiya Cohen gave the Lady Bears a three point lead with a driving layup at the 2:13 mark. Wallace and Richards each got to the free throw line and converted in the final two minutes to ice the game for Baylor at 74-65.
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Brown was held to 10 points and was held to just nine in the team’s previous matchup against the Sooners. Mulkey said the Sooners had no special game plan for Brown, they just played good defense. “I never saw a complete double to triple team,” Mulkey said. “But I guess just one-onone basketball down there.” The Lady Bears stay at home to face No. 24 TCU at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ferrell Center.
Goose McGlaun ready to lead Baylor softball MAX CALDERONE Sports Writer May 28, 2017: For most Baylor students, it was just another summer evening. But for Shelby “Goose” McGlaun and the rest of her softball teammates, it was no ordinary Sunday. The Lady Bears were trailing 5-3 in the deciding Game three of the Tucson Super Regional against Arizona. Momentum was not on their side. Baylor needed to score three runs to keep its 2017 Women’s College World Series hopes alive. Senior second baseman Ari Hawkins got things going with a double. Then junior first baseman Shelby Friudenberg was intentionally walked. And then Goose happened. “It was awesome,” McGlaun said. “Just thinking about it now, it reflects all of our hard work as a team last year. Individually, I think it could be something to set the tone for the rest of my career here at Baylor.” The freshman infielder McGlaun blasted a three-
run shot over the center field wall, putting the Lady Bears ahead 6-5. Baylor was able to close out the victory over the Wildcats and move on to the Women’s College World Series for the fourth time in program history. Now a sophomore, Goose McGlaun will be a main cog in the Baylor machine attempting to reach the WCWS in backto-back years for the first time ever. McGlaun hit .251 last season and tied for the teamhigh with 11 home runs. She drove in 35 runs and also appeared in the pitching circle 19 times, posting a 6-2 record with a 2.43 ERA. She is the only two-way player listed on Baylor’s roster, playing both as a pitcher and hitter. “I don’t know if I prefer one or the other,” McGlaun said. “I think I’d rather be in the position to help my team win, whether that’s pitching or hitting, wherever Coach Moore needs me in the lineup. I’ll just do my job.” Head coach Glenn Moore, now in his 18th season at Baylor, said McGlaun is as
valuable as they come. “She’s a coach’s dream,” Moore said. “She’s just a hard worker and talented. She’s a great teammate and she really checks all the boxes.” McGlaun’s power at the plate and prowess as a pitcher will be essential to Baylor’s long—term success in the 2018 season. But there’s something else that fans adore the most. “I think it’s cool that she has desired to keep her nickname from when she was young,” Moore said. “It’s catchy, the fans like it, the young girls like it. I think it’s neat that she has a little bit of personality.” McGlaun prefers to go by Goose, rather than her birth name of Shelby. Her parents used to read her the bedtime story, “Time for Bed”, and began calling her “Goose.” The nickname has stuck ever since. “It said ‘It’s time for bed little goose, little goose. The stars are out and on the loose.’” McGlaun said. “They read it to me every night.” Though it began as a childhood nickname, “Goose” stuck throughout her years playing softball. Upon coming
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SHINING MOMENT Shelby McGlaun takes a swing against Oklahoma in Baylor’s first game of the College World Series on June 1 in Oklahoma City.
to Baylor and learning there was another Shelby on the roster, McGlaun and her teammates found an easy way to differentiate the two. The nickname is a clear reflection of her personality, evidenced by the “Space Jam” theme song that will blare out of the loudspeakers every time McGlaun comes up to bat this season. “When I think of a goose, I think of something goofy,” McGlaun said. “I think I’m pretty goofy myself. It’s just something that describes me.” All jokes aside, Moore had even more praise for his star
player and her persona off the field. “She’s the definition of what anybody would want their daughter to be,” Moore said. “She’s not only a great person, but a great Christian young lady as well.” Baylor will open its 2018 season on Friday against Northwestern State in Waco. McGlaun has high aspirations for the year as a whole. “For this season, I think we definitely want to get back to the World Series and win some more ballgames there,” McGlaun said. “Winning the Big 12 first would be a big step in getting there.”
With all eyes on her, McGlaun isn’t feeling any pressure. She’s ready to lead her team back to another postseason berth. “I think there’s enough people in this lineup that help set the table and can produce as well,” McGlaun said. “There’s no pressure. I’m just ready to have some fun.” McGlaun and Baylor open the season at 6 p.m. Friday against Northwestern State. The Lady Bears will then play a doubleheader Saturday with first pitch slated for 2 p.m and the second one set to start at 4:30 p.m.
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Acrobatics and tumbling wins season opener ELISABETH THARP Broadcast Reporter
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WINNING START During their meet against Alderson Broaddus on Sunday, freshman Base/Back base Morgan Celum, junior Base Gigi Mendoza and junior top Ashley Echelberger form a pyramid.
The three-time defending national champions and preseason No. 1 Baylor acrobatics and tumbling team opened their 2018 season by hosting No. 8 Alderson Broaddus on Sunday at the Ferrell Center. With a sturdy start in the compulsories, earning 37.7535.40 lead, the Bears were able to keep up their momentum secured a win in the acro event 29.30-28.50. With a falter in the pyramid event, the Bears scored 94.95-92.25 — keeping their lead into halftime. Proceeding from their strong first half, the Bears won all three events in the second half and walked away with a win over the Battlers with a score of 267.435–251.360. Baylor head coach Felecia Mulkey said the pyramid they had issues with in heat three was weird, because that was their go-to pyramid. “We had actually planned to compete a different pyramid in that heat. It wasn’t hitting like we wanted it to hit,” Mulkey said. “So we put that pyramid in as a sure thing, we wanted that pyramid to be the sure thing. That was the first disappointment of the day.” Ashley Echelberger, Gigi Mendoza, Kati Horstmann and Allie Steele’s team earned stat of the day, posting a 9.95 in heat two of the acro event. “Expect that we are going to get better every meet. Today was just a starting point and I think it’s going to be a great season,” Echelberger said. There aren’t many sports
where both teams cheer for one another. Senior base Lauren Sturm said it’s great to be in a sport where you don’t look down on each other. “You want the best for every team. We want the best for them and they want the best for us. It’s really cool to go across the mat and say, ‘You really deserved it,’” Strum said. Along with both teams cheering each other on, the crowd who came to support the Bears added even more energy. “We absolutely feed off the crowd. If the crowd is loud, then we’re just going to do better naturally because we know they’re here supporting us,” Echelberger said. The Bears have now won a consecutive nine meets, including those last season, and move to 4-0 in season openers under Mulkey. “We try to get better every meet,” Mulkey said. “We left a lot of room for improvement today, but you’ll see a better team on February 10th and an even better team in March.” Mulkey said there will have to be constant improvement if the Bears want to earn their fourth championship “We always see that with us, we always try to get better at every meet. I told the girls that we just left a lot of room for improvement,” Mulkey said. The Bears will be hitting the road to Concordia, Wis., to take on No. 11 Concordia for their next match-up on Saturday.
Dynamic Duo Kalani, Cox feed off each other on court BEN EVERETT Sports Writer Baylor women’s basketball head coach Kim Mulkey found herself frustrated after the Lady Bears’ 77-64 win over Oklahoma State on Saturday night. Baylor’s post duo of sophomore forward Lauren Cox and junior center Kalani Brown had been exposed on the defensive end by the Cowgirls’ versatile bigs. Oklahoma State went 7-for-13 from threepoint range in the loss, exploiting Brown and Cox’s inability to guard on the perimeter. Mulkey said watching the three-point barrage was disheartening to watch, but only temporarily. “You get frustrated at Kalani [Brown] and you get frustrated at Cox,” Mulkey said. “But I sure am glad they’re on our team.” Brown finished with a monster doubledouble of 19 points and 18 rebounds while Cox poured in a game-high 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. That kind of production has been the recipe for success as the Lady Bears find themselves atop the Big 12 once again with a No. 3 ranking in the AP poll. Mulkey said she is hard on Brown and Cox because she knows they can be great. “I tell them all the time,” Mulkey said. “To whom much is given, much is expected. I stay after them because I want them to be just so dominant. As good as they are now, they’re just a junior and a sophomore.” Brown averaged 15.4 points and 8.2 rebounds
as a sophomore and made it a goal this year to bump rebounds up to double digits. “It was one of my goals to average a doubledouble this year. I was close last year, averaging 15 [points] and eight [rebounds],” Brown said. “Having the dominance is what coach wants me to do, so I’m going to continue to keep doing it.” So far this season, Brown is putting up 20.7 points and 9.8 rebounds on 67.3 percent shooting from the field. Cox has seen an even bigger jump in her offensive contribution. She went from averages of 7.6 points and four rebounds per game her freshman year to 15 points and 10 rebounds this season. Cox said her offseason conditioning has contributed to her dominance this season. “I’m definitely in better shape,” Cox said. “I spent numerous hours in the weight room during the offseason just trying to get that weight down and trying to get in better condition, and I think it’s really helping me.” Cox has more pressure on her defensively playing the power forward position, because she may be forced to guard more perimeter oriented players. Despite being 6-foot-4-inches, Cox said she is comfortable guarding on the perimeter. “I’m pretty comfortable out there,” Cox said. “I think that’s one of the things I’ve really improved at.” The Lady Bears are undefeated this season when both Brown and Cox play, and one of the two has been the leading scorer for the Lady Bears in 15 of 20 games.
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