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Isaiah Austin has made a smooth transition from high school to college and expects the same in the NBA

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The Lariat goes behind the scenes, giving a glimpse into all things Sing 2013

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Kappa Sigma members, from left: Travis Parker, Tucker Brackins, Stephen Harrison and Tanner Cobbs, execute one of their signature moves in the finale , “This is War,” of their American Revolution act “United We Stand.”

Quality, energy separate good from great Sing debut—have fun and give it your all. “At this point, there’s no need to stress about things to fix because it’s

show time. If you’re having a great time and can commit to what you have rehearsed, not only will you have a good time but the audience and the judges will have a good time too.”

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hance that mood, the higher they will score,” Mathis said. Baylor alumna Kim Turner, assistant director of student activities at TCU, judged last year and said judges notice the attention to detail and professionalism displayed in many Sing acts. “I think professionalism, polish and energy on stage separate the great from the really good,” Turner said. “You can tell when they are enjoying what they’re doing. As a judge that energy is contagious and that makes you score them higher.” Turner said judging can be challenging and scores can be close with many talented performers and creative shows. “Being a student and having family that have participated, I have probably been to Sing 20 years now,” Turner said. “Judging is hard because we know how much time and energy students put into it. People may not realize how difficult it is to judge when every year there are so many high quality groups.” Mathis offers one piece of advice for students getting ready for their

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There’s a trick to making it to Pigskin Revue, and no, it’s not bribing the Sing judges. When asked about the secret to making Pigskin, Cheryl Mathis, assistant director of Campus Programs, said that there is no one special formula for success. “It’s up to the judges’ opinions on what they think is best,” Mathis said. “I saw acts in years past that I thought were pretty good, and it was shocking to see some of the ones I thought could use a little extra work make it. It’s impressive to see how many different acts are seen differently by the entire audience.” Judges come from four main backgrounds: dance, theater, music and higher education/student affairs. Mathis said judges follow strict policies and procedures and are chosen carefully to avoid biased opinions. “I know it can often get rumored that things aren’t fair and that we prefer groups over another,” Mathis said. “But the way the scoring is set up, the

reaching back to the 1960s. way we invite judges and the Mathis said this organizaway the final tallies are cretion, along with other repeat ated is very intricate and Pigskin groups, have reit’s quite tedious. I want people to know that ceived high scores at Sing because of their work the scores they are to keep the tradition given are honest alive. and true.” “These groups Performing organizations that are the traditional wincan receive a ners hold that maximum very dear and score of 100 are proud of points. Points are it,” Mathis said. awarded based “They want to conon entertaintinue that tradition of excellence and ment value, want to live up to musical quality, creativity, chowhat past alumni reography and have experienced.” theme develMost of all, Mathis says that comopment. The top eight mitment from all peracts are invited to formers within a group can separate the good Sing acts perform at Pigskin in the fall. from the great Sing acts. Kappa Omega Tau “Whether happy and has the longest history cheerful or slow and dramatic, of attending Pigskin, Matt Hellman | Lariat Photo Editor the more they can en-

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Baylor, Moody Library cater to breast-feeding mothers By Josh Day Reporter

Moody Memorial Library is now the first of any facility on campus to have private rooms for breast-feeding. The two rooms on the second floor of the library include a chair, side table, lamp, changing table, clock, trash can and an electrical outlet, according to the Baylor Central Libraries website.The keys to each room are available to be checked out at the main circulation desk and require a Baylor I.D. card. There is no time restriction for the rooms’ usage. Beth Farwell, associate direc-

tor for Central Libraries, said the spaces came out of a need that Baylor had not yet fulfilled: a need for privacy and security for nursing mothers among Baylor’s oncampus faculty, staff and students. “There’s not a really good place for you to do that on campus, because that really has to be private,” Farwell said. “Even the faculty that have an office, they may or may not share an office, sometimes their doors have windows in them, sometimes they can’t lock the doors. A student could just walk in.” The rooms are considered by the library as a “pilot” project. This means the staff of the library

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will be following the rooms’ usage in the coming months and determining if the nursing rooms should continue to exist. Although the library staff is “hopeful”, Farwell said the project is a pilot because of the possibility of the rooms not being used or needed. “What if it doesn’t get used at all? What if people just don’t want to do this on campus? What we’re hearing is that they do,” Farwell said. Along with the rooms for the new mothers, Moody has also installed baby-changing stations in its garden-level bathrooms and added to the Zeta Children’s and

Young Adult Collection. The initiative to create the rooms began last fall with Tiffany Hogue, Baylor’s chief of staff to the provost. Hogue said the idea came from graduate students who needed a space to breast-feed or pump on campus, but didn’t have one. “As a working mother who loves Baylor, I was honored to have a small role in the conversations that led to the creation of these rooms,” Hogue said, “Our provost, Dr. Davis, was very supportive of this initiative as well.” Dr. Elizabeth Davis, Executive Vice President and Provost, and Hogue decided to contact Pat-

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staff who were also new mothers, consulted about what the rooms needed in order for them to be comfortable. Filgo was also aware of the problem of privacy for nursing mothers on campus. “I have an office with a door that closes, so I’m really lucky,” Filgo said. “I could have some private space, but that’s not the case for everyone.” Filgo said she was glad that the central libraries were providing for nursing mothers. “I think it’s great that we’re providing a space, because there isn’t anything else like that on campus,” Filgo said.

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Facebook crosses line with Graph Search Editorial Thanks to Facebook’s new Graph Search feature, you can run, but you can’t hide your pictures. Graph Search, which is currently being tested, is a Facebook search engine that allows you to find information based on specific search word combinations, for example, “people who like dogs and live in Waco.” Other information apart from pictures is available — a search for a specific person based on information they’ve shared with you will yield results, for example, as will a search for “restaurants my friends have been to.” This new feature turns popular phrase “Facebook stalking,”usually taken to mean looking at the pictures or information on a Facebook profile without talking to the profile holder, into actual stalking. So if you’re worried about privacy with Graph Search, your concerns are valid, but not in the way you might think. According to Graph Search’s privacy statement, each person will see different results based on the individual privacy settings chosen by the searchee. You might see different results for your mom, for example, than the boss you beFacebook-friended. So you have the option to take much of your information out of the equation by manipulating your

own privacy settings — if you can figure out how — but as navigating Facebook’s confusing-at-best privacy settings is difficult, information you may not want available might be available. Take the example of Randi Zuckerberg, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg’s own sister, who was unpleasantly surprised when a private family photo was shared by a friend’s friend without her knowledge. This was with Facebook’s new mobile app “Poke,” which allows photos to be deleted after seconds, a measure supposedly implemented to increase privacy. If Mark Zuckerberg’s own sister has an issue, think of the damage Graph Search could do to those without the inside track to Facebook privacy. Furthermore, according to the statement, it is also possible for others to see “any photos they can see on Facebook, including photos hidden from timeline.” Graph Search represents danger not for those who want complete privacy, but for those who hope to hide information or photos by allowing them to remain obscure. Remember, hiding doesn’t mean deleting ­— so while those embarrassing photos you hid won’t show up on your timeline, they will be searchable on Graph Search. Or let’s say you post a status about a bar that you trust your colleagues won’t see because it’s hidden from your timeline (but not deleted)? Searchable.

Furthermore, what about photos you’re tagged in, but didn’t post yourself? “Photos that are untagged but not deleted can still be discovered by others on Facebook,” according to Graph Search’s page. This means your ability to hide those photos depends on someone else’s actions. Even if you’ve untagged yourself, the photo is still searchable, and you’re still visible, even though it’s not your photo and you have untagged yourself. The problem here, like in the case of Randi Zuckerberg, is that

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Pitts misuses logic in his column In his recent column (appearing in the Lariat on Feb. 8), columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. uses the word “logic or illogical” three times. Yet, he then engages in a few serious logical fallacies that must be noted.

“Dismissing the other side’s points as “irrelevant” to the discussion, as many Democratic congressmen have also done, does not encourage “healthy discussion.” He argues that we should have a “serious discussion” about gun control, that the existing discussion has descended into “ridiculousness.” The premise of Pitts’ argument is that the conservative side of the gun control discussion is the side that is “ridiculous,” “fantastical” and “farfetched.” In leveling these accusations against those “rabid gun advocates” with whom he disagrees, does Pitts not contradict his own thesis, that the gun violence

debate is too extreme and full of overreactions? As far as I can tell, we are having a national, serious discussion on gun control. Dismissing the other side’s points as “irrelevant” to the discussion, as many Democratic congressmen have also done, does not encourage “healthy discussion.” Instead, Pitts commits the straw man fallacy when he attacks the conservative position, arguing that the Republican position leads to no restrictions on owning “Stinger missiles” or “tanks.” He engages in an ad hominem attack on Gayle Trotter, senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Institute, by insinuating her paranoia through sarcastic comments: “Trotter has apparently had too many viewings of Jodie Foster in ‘Panic Room’... A ‘scary Predator drone’ would rout Trotter’s imaginary bad guys even faster than a ‘scary gun.’ Not to give her any ideas.” In his final paragraphs, Pitts commits a fallacy of insufficient statistics by citing anecdotes of gun violence in Chicago as a reason to support the new gun control laws. He conveniently leaves out the fact that Chicago already has the strict-

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If Pitts wants to have a “serious discussion” on gun control, he should take part in the existing debate, rather than declaring himself the arbiter of truth and logic while concurrently breaking those standards. A serious discussion allows free sharing of ideas on both sides. Danny Huizinga is a sophomore Baylor Business Fellow from Chicago. He manages the political blog Consider Again.

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Graph Search puts the privacy of your information in the hands of others. Furthermore, what are the limits of what you can search? The tumblr blog “Actual Facebook Graph Searches” lists some examples that could lead to trouble, such as “Islamic men interested in men who live in Tehran.” Homosexuality is manifestly illegal in Iran and can be punishable by death. An extension located on the side of the page by the search lists the places where the unlucky search victims work.

The possibility that Graph Search will be used for malicious purposes exists. And as Facebook privacy options can’t evolve fast enough to keep up with alreadyreleased Facebook features, this can only lead to disaster, like in the case of Randi Zuckerberg. In all likeliness, the danger won’t be intentional — however, negligence, when it leads to the harm of others, is still a crime. While we hope Facebook will reconsider releasing Graph Search, as it is already being tested, we realize this is unlikely.

Tea party doesn’t understand US Constitution adequately Recently, while chatting with an old friend and enjoying a cream cheese bagel at a student-filled, bustling Panera Bread, school, sports and other noteworthy events of the sort worked their way into our conversation. This normally happens with college students trying to impress the other about what they’ve learned or read in their spare time. Somewhere in between Lance Armstrong and predictions for President Obama’s State of the Union Address, the discussion geared toward one of my favorite subjects: economics. As I walked out of the café trying to dismiss the statements my friend made about Obama and his “band of liberals” (in which category I’m sure I had been placed), I concluded he had joined the “dark side”: the tea party, a group who often seems to confuse pre-Constitution sentiments with the Founding Fathers’ actual intent when creating the Constitution. Furthermore, the tea party has created an entire faction of illeducated conservatives who have taken the founders’ intent entirely out of context, which has historically been a key component in interpreting the Constitution. Elizabeth Wydra, chief counsel to the Constitutional Accountability Center, said a number of tea

party leaders, from Herman Cain to John Boehner, have quoted preConstitution documents such as the Declaration of Independence while referencing the Constitution,

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giving many followers the false sense that the Founding Fathers and the Constitution are against a strong national government. Texas Gov. Rick Perry went so far as to call Ben Bernanke’s actions at the federal reserve “near treasonous,” all while states were busy filing suits against the federal government for Congress’ passage of universal healthcare, which was for the most part, ruled constitutional and supported by Chief Jus-

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connection to the National Eating Disorders Association. “I actually got involved as someone Two Baylor students have united in a receiving treatment from NEDA,” Jostad said. stand against eating disorders. For the first “Afterwards I wanted to raise awareness about time in Waco, their stand will become a walk. eating disorders and funding for them.” Bean said she also has a connection to Fort Collins, Colo., senior Brooke Jostad and Plano senior Jillian Bean, in partnership the mission of the National Eating Disorders with the Baylor University Counseling Association. “An eating disorder touched someone in Center, will host the first National Eating Disorders Association walk in the Waco area. my own family and that gave me a passion for “I volunteered at one in Dallas and Brooke the issue,” Bean said. However, a lack of a personal connection coordinated one in Colorado. Then we thought, goodness, why not have one here at to eating disorders shouldn’t keep people Baylor,” Bean said. “There’s definitely a need from getting involved, Jostad said. “I’d like students to know that this event for it.” Jostad and Bean are both social work isn’t specific to people who have eating majors and both said this walk relates to their disorders,” Jostad said. “I think people can future career plans of creating community take something from this regardless of who they are and what their awareness and serving experiences have been.” people. “Some students might Jostad said through her “The purpose of this recent partnership with the walk is to raise awareness not be suffering from Baylor Counseling Center, and funds for the treatment full-fledged eating her eyes have been opened and prevention of eating disorders, but body to problems on campus. disorders,” Bean said. “Some students might The walk will take image issues, selfnot be suffering from fullplace 6 p.m. on Feb. 28 in image issues, especially fledged eating disorders, Fountain Mall.Registration surrounding young girls but body image issues, for the NEDA walk is $15 for students and $25 just entering Baylor, is self-image issues, especially surrounding young girls for non-students. Those common.” just entering Baylor, is looking to participate common,” Jostad said. can register through the Brooke Jostad | Senior Both Jostad and Bean National Eating Disorders said media is playing a Association’s website by major role in the effects of selecting the Waco walk, or individuals can register on the day of the eating disorders. “Its crazy that we place our value in these event. At the event, information will be available external things, in what society says of us, in for all in attendance and questions will be what the media says of us and our body shape taken by on hand counseling staff, Jostad said. or size. It’s crazy because it’s not where our Licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Emma true identity is. Our true identity is in Christ,” Wood of the Baylor Counseling Center, will Bean said. The National Institute of Mental Health be the guest speaker and will address the supports Jostad’s comment, citing on their crowd before the event begins. So far, Jostad and Bean have raised website that the average age of on-set for $1,950 from registration fees and member eating disorders, specifically anorexia fundraising. The target amount is $5,000. All nervosa, is 19. “We wanted to put on this walk not only proceeds raised will go toward awareness, prevention, service and treatment programs to raise awareness about eating disorders, but for eating disorders, according to the National to explain that they’re not a fad, they’re not a choice, they’re real life threatening illnesses,” Eating Disorders Association’s website. Jostad, who in 2011 hosted her first walk said Bean. in her hometown said she has a personal

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Cardinal Angelo Scola named Italian papal possibility Italy Cardinal Angelo Scola attends a meeting with young Catholics Thursday at the Malpensa Airport in Varese, Italy. A frequently named Italian papal possibility is Cardinal Angelo Scola, the 71-year-old archbishop of Milan. Scola is considered to hold conservative views on social and family issues. But he also has built a reputation as compassionate toward problems such as poverty — seen as influenced by his working-class upbringing in northern Italy. Scola, too, is seen as comfortable with the public persona needed for the modern-day papacy.

Student government passes water bill By Dan Henson Reporter

Student government passed a bill during it’s weekly meeting Thursday to add five more water bottle refill stations to three buildings on campus. Senior academic affairs chair Cody Orr explained the bill’s specifics in its second reading before the Student Senate. “There are currently two water bottle refill stations on campus,” Orr said. One is in the Bill Daniel Student Center and the other is in Moody Memorial Library. Both of these refilling stations

have seen a substantial amount of use from students, as the Lariat previously reported. Orr’s bill would appropriate $5,328.75 from the Student Government Allocation Fund to purchase five more water bottle refill stations. Three of these stations would be placed around the McLane Student Life Center. One station would be placed in Moody Memorial Library and another would be placed in Jones Library. “We are promoting student hydration,” Orr said. Orr also said they do have plans to add more water bottle refilling stations in Baylor’s academic buildings over time.

All 36 members present at the Student Senate meeting voted in favor of the bill. Student government is also looking into a comprehensive tobacco ban on campus. This bill would ban the use of any form of tobacco on campus. “If you can smoke it, you can’t do it on campus,” Orr said. This bill is currently scheduled to be voted on by the Student Senate at it’s weekly meeting on Feb. 28. Student government also unanimously confirmed both Houston senior Michelle Singleton as a Student Senator and McKinney senior Kristen Eastland as student sovernment’s graphic designer.


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After 20 years of sharing news, telling corny jokes and providing McLennan County with a wide variety of country music, local disc jockeys of Waco 100 country radio station Zack Owen and Jim Cody are throwing a party to tell their listeners “thank you” for all the years of tuning in. Zack & Jim’s 20th Anniversary Blowout will take place at 6 p.m. this Saturday at the Extraco Events Center, featuring a concert including A-list country stars Easton Corbin and Dustin Lynch. The event is free and open to everyone, and floor seats to the concert are $6. Owen and Cody have been working with Waco 100 for 20 years as of January. Owen is the station’s program director and is a regional programming manager for Clear Channel, a national company that owns radio stations such as Waco 100, for the surrounding areas. Cody is the morning show producer. Both men DJ the station’s morning show together. Waco 100 was tied for about second or third place in ratings when Owen first arrived, Owen said. Owen hired Cody to the station shortly after arriving at Waco 100, and within the first few months of the two working for Waco 100, the station’s Arbitron ratings set Waco 100 as No. 1 radio station in McLennan County, and Waco 100 has been No. 1 ever since, Owen said. “Unless it’s brand new, every song you hear on Waco 100 was a hit,” Owens said. Waco 100 is considered a “mainstream country station,” which means it is one that plays about 45 percent current music, which is music that is on the charts now, and 55 percent gold music, which consists of songs that have been hits anywhere from around

1989 to the present, Owen said. “I’ve been in this business a long time,” Owen said. “There have been a lot of radio stations all over America: in Texas, in Dallas, in Houston, that have put on what they call ‘classic country,’ and that’s all they play. They don’t play any new artists. They’ve failed – they’ve all failed. It’s like rock music. There’s classic rock, and there’s people that like classic rock, but it’s a very small niche. It’s a small audience. What we want to do on Waco 100; we want to play stuff from the 90s, 2000s on up, so we’re trying to give you a wide variety of new and old. And we will throw

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some of the old stuff in.” Waco 100 plays a wide variety of country music and carries one of the largest playlists. Most American radio stations play fewer than 400 songs total, Owens said. Waco 100 plays around 2,600 songs on a regular basis and has a daily lunch hour period dedicated to playing music from the 1960s, 70s and 80s, Owen said. Allison Sorley, local Wacoan and Zack and Jim morning show listener, said she loves listening to Owen and Cody, and has attended their anniversary blowouts ever since she graduated high school in 1999. She still listens to them a few times a week while driving in her car. “They’re really fun characters to listen to,” Sorley said. “They’re not full of themselves. They’re huge names in Waco and have been

around for a long time.” A lot of morning shows don’t play a lot of music, Owen said, but they function more like talk radio. Waco 100 plays at least 10 songs every hour on the morning show. “We realize that we need to be entertaining – at the same time, I try to think about me as a country listener,” Owen said. “I want to hear music. I don’t want to hear all talk. I don’t want to hear all music. We try to come up with a good balance.” Owen and Cody have been to Iraqi war zones twice for their show. Owen has been to Afghanistan for the show. Owen and Cody try to have some humor, Owen said, and also to provide information like weather, sports and news, and include stories from their lives. “For 20 years our lives have been an open book,” Owen said. “Personal stories can be funnier than anything, so we tell about ourselves and make fun of ourselves. We’ve had a crazy life. If you’re in radio for 36 years, you meet a lot of people, you do a lot of stuff – a lot of crazy stuff.” Sorley said her dad was always playing Waco 100 as she grew up, which she said shows good local support of the station. “It’s a good station for Waco and they’re good representatives of it,” Sorley said. Even though Owen is Cody’s boss, they still are best friends and are like brothers, Owen said. The two hang out together, and there are times they don’t want to see each other, which is just like being a brother, Owen said. They have a very similar sense of humor, Owen added, love to party, have been married multiple times, and been in radio, as the blowout celebration suggests, a long time. Doors open at 6 p.m. and floor seat tickets can be purchased in advance at the Extraco Events Center.

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Zach Owen and Jim Cody will celebrate 20 years as disc jockeys of Waco 100 country music station Saturday.

Zach and Jim Anniversary Blowout includes headliners Dustin Lynch and Easton Corbin By Taylor Rexrode Staff Writer

Zack Owen and Jim Cody will celebrate 20 years with Waco 100 as Central Texas’ longest-running No. 1 morning team. Zack and Jim’s 20th Anniversary Blowout will take place from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Extraco Events Center off Lake Air Drive and Bosque Boulevard. Box and balcony areas at the event center are free. Floor festival tickets are $6 and the proceeds will go to local charities. Tickets are available through the Extraco Events Center. Past charities include The Ronald McDonald House, Meals on Wheels, Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children and Waco Goodfellas, but the station continues to seek out other charities in the area. The station has given nearly 500 thousand dollars to charities over the past 20 years. This year’s blowout will feature headliners Easton Corbin and

Dustin Lynch as well as special guests Bonnie Bishop, who Owen said has a “Janice Joplin kind of raspy voice,” and Kayla Ray, a Texas native who has opened for artists like Deryl Dodd and Whiskey Myers. Owen, who has been on the radio for 36 years, expects about 6,000 people will attend but will be happy to enjoy the fun no matter the size of the crowd. “I’ll be happy with anything,” Owen said. “I tell Jim, ‘Even if no one shows up, we’ll still be there partying!’ We’re excited to have Corbin and Lynch because they’re out with the big boys. It’s a great opportunity with the economy today to go to a concert of this size for so inexpensive.” Corbin has toured with Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton and is best known for singles like “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It.” His hit “I Can’t Love You Back” was a Top 15 hit and Billboard named Corbin the Top New Country

Artist of 2010. Euless junior Megan Stewart likes Corbin’s music and the country music scene. “It’s the lyrics and the feel of Easton Corbin’s music, which is kind of old and new mixed together,” Stewart said. “I like the culture of country music. I like how much fun everyone has.” Lynch is a country singersongwriter known for his two hit songs “She Cranks My Tractor” and “Cowboys and Angels.” He recently started touring with Justin Moore and has written hundreds of country songs in his career. The Zack and Jim Show, which broadcasts from 6 to 10 a.m. during the weekdays on 99.9 FM, has been on the air since January 1993. Owen says this blowout event originally started as a way to say “thanks” to the loyal fans that have kept Waco 100 “Texas’ No. 1 Country”. “We know there are other stations,” Owen said. “It’s our way of saying thank you for listening.”


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Student studies embolisms to help heal afflicted soldiers, vets By Kara Blomquist Reporter

A Baylor student was the first to conduct a research study on the subject of military venous thromboembolisms (VTEs) that considered 10 years of data. “VTEs had not been looked at in the military population,” said New Braunfels sophomore Tara Hutchison, the student who conducted the research. This was the first study of military VTEs that took place over such a large time period. Injured military personnel are six times more likely tosuffer from venous thromboembolisms, blood clots Hutchison located in veins, than those injured in the general population, based on studies of military personnel injured in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001 and 2011. These clots, which can result from wounds, injuries and other conditions, are excruciatingly painful and dangerous. The clots not only cause the patients extreme suffering but can lead to death. Hutchison is conducting research to find ways to prevent these clots from occurring in military members. This research is still in its early stages and she is still working on setting up the parameters for her analysis, Hutchinson said. She said she is currently determining which patients to include in her analysis. She is considering limiting her data to those military members admitted to only one military hospital. Hutchison conducted research in the summer of 2012. She conducted an analysis using the Joint Theater Trauma Registry, a database containing records of all military personnel admitted to a military hospital, and ran statistical tests comparing the patients who developed a VTE with those who didn’t. Hutchison, a cadet in the Baylor Army ROTC, conducted the study through a research fellowship with Lt. Col. Christopher White, M.D., at the San Antonio Military Medical Center in the summer of 2012. Hutchison found that military patients with amputations were more likely to have these clots. Venous thromboembolism includes pulmonary embolisms, blood clots in the lungs and deep vein thrombosis, blood clots in a deep vein. “The pulmonary embolism is a more serious disease that’s more likely to kill you,” she said. Hutchison then focused her research on the more dangerous blood clots in the lungs. She ran another statistical analysis using data of military personnel with amputations and found

that multiple amputations and leg amputations above the knee made soldiers more likely to fall victim to the painful clots in the lungs. Hutchison said she hopes the results of her study make doctors more attuned to the risks amputees face. “I want the doctors to be more aware that the amputees are more likely to develop a VTE,” she said. “They’re the population that should be more closely watched.” Maj. Santos Arroyo, assistant professor of military science at Baylor, said he has high hopes for Hutchison’s research. “It’s hard to keep continuity of care, at least in my experience, and having this data and this research probably will help with that continuity for veterans,” he said. Arroyo said this common knowledge about venous thromboembolisms could make the care found at the various military hospitals become even more uniform. Hutchison presented her research at the Academic Surgical Congress on Feb. 7 in New Orleans. She said she was the only undergraduate student at the meeting. “That was actually the first time, besides when I just presented to groups of doctors at the San Antonio Military Medical Center, that my research was made public,” she said. Hutchison said she enjoys working on the project. “I really liked this one because it was my own project, my own baby,” she said. “I could figure out all the statistical tests and answer questions from it.” Hutchison said she would like to use this research in her future career. She said she wants to be a trauma surgeon in the military. “It’s definitely a topic that I’ve taken a loving to and would love to continue to do, answer multiple questions on it and really become the expert in the field,” she said, “so that when I get practicing I’ll know more about it and people will be able to ask me questions.” Three Rivers junior Jacob Moran, president of Baylor’s Medical Service Organization, met Hutchison in the fall of 2011. He was a community leader in Kokernot while she was living in the residence hall. He also went on a mission trip to Belize with Hutchison in the spring of 2011 with the Medical Service Organization. He said he realizes Hutchison’s passion for her research. “I know that she’s been working on it for a really long time,” he said. “And so I know that she’s really dedicated to it, and she really knows a lot about it, which is really neat.” Hutchison said she hopes to be stationed at San Antonio Military Medical Center. “Just from my research fellowship at the San Antonio Military Medical Center, I absolutely love it,” she said. “Hopefully, one day I will be stationed there and be able to be a trauma surgeon and continue to research also.”

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In this Dec. 21, 2012 file photo, The National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre speaks during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting in Washington. “Law-abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals,” he said.

NRA to fight Obama on guns By Erik Schelzig Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre renewed his call Thursday for armed guards in schools and urged gun owners to “stand and fight” for the Second Amendment. In a speech billed as the NRA response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union call for new gun regulations, LaPierre noted in remarks to the National Wild Turkey Federation in Nashville that the speech didn’t mention school security. He dismissed Obama’s calls for background checks for all firearms purchases and bans on assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. “We will not be duped by the hypocrisy in the White House or the Congress who would deny our right to semi-automatic technology, and the magazines we need to defend ourselves and our families,” he said.

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LaPierre said the proponents’ real intentions would be to “ban every gun they can, tax every gun sold and register every gun owner.” George Thornton, the CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation, said his group agrees with LaPierre’s positions, even though not all of the gun-control proposals would directly affect hunters. “You really don’t need large clips for hunting,” he said. “However, I have a very strong belief when you start to limit things, that the limits continue to chip away.” LaPierre also said a universal background check would not stop criminals or the mentally ill from getting firearms. “Even when prohibited people are flagged by the system now, they are almost never stopped,” he said. Mark Kelly, husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in 2011, said in a statement that background checks are a simple and fair way to keep children safe.

“If a dangerous criminal can’t buy a gun in a store, they shouldn’t be able to buy a gun at a gun show or on the Internet,” he said. “That’s just common sense.” While LaPierre was critical of the president in the speech, the remarks were milder than sentiments he expressed in an opinion piece published this week by The Daily Caller, a conservative website, in which he predicted the president’s financial policies will lead to chaos. “Nobody knows if or when the fiscal collapse will come, but if the country is broke, there likely won’t be enough money to pay for police protection. And the American people know it,” LaPierre wrote. “Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face — not just maybe,” he said. “It’s not paranoia to buy a gun. It’s survival.” Don Robinson, a turkey hunter from Dyersburg who attended the speech, said he supported LaPierre’s call for armed school security

and agreed that universal background checks wouldn’t catch the target people. “Mentally ill folks that have no right or reason to have firearms in their hands, we should have a system in place to prohibit that, rather than a law-abiding person having whatever they need to protect themselves and their country,” he said.” Fellow hunter Steve Gage of LaGrange, Ind., said he’s concerned that politicians “don’t have a full understanding of the weapons that are being discussed,” which he said could lead to unintended consequences for recreational firearms. “As an example, my shotgun that I carry for turkey hunting would be illegal in New York because it has a pistol-grip stock,” he said. “So the laws they’re talking about passing have an effect on the guns that we’re using.” Associated Press writer Kristin M. Hall in Nashville contributed this report.

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Hagel appointment stalled Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., left, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., right, confer as they leave a GOP caucus at the Capitol Thursday. Senate Republicans stalled on the nomination of former GOP senator Chuck Hagel as the nation’s next secretary of defense when a vote to end debate on Hagel fell short of the required 60 yeas.

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The museum comes to life as the men of Phi Kappa Chi perform their 2013 All-University Sing show titled “When The Lights Go Out.”

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Everything is upside-down as the ladies of Kappa Kappa Gamma party in their act titled “Topsy Turvy Day.”

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In their act titled “Going for the Gold,” the ladies of Kappa Alpha Theta attempt to earn themselves a gold medal and the ultimate prize during the 2013 All-University Sing held in Waco Hall on Thursday evening.

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The men of Pi Kappa Phi are holding a tournament. Get ready to rumble in their act titled “Fight Night.”

Hundreds of students. 18 acts. One dream. To win All-University Sing.

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Creatures come out at night when the ladies of Alpha Chi Omega perform their show titled “Bound by Moonlight.”

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Sing Alliance is really going back to school in their 2013 All-University Sing act titled “A Class of Their Own.”

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Check out the ladies of Pi Beta Phi as they take a trip to paradise in their act titled “Tacky Tourists.”

Dive into a grandmother’s memories with Zeta Tau Alpha’s act titled “Old Familiar Places.”


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his week marks the beginning of All-University Sing, and the students involved have been hard at work preparing to perform in front of thousands of people. Preparation for Sing involves thousands of hours choreographing, practicing and perfecting, but students involved in Sing must still attend classes and participate in many other activities. Allen junior Stephanie Cappellano is only involved in Sing Alliance part time, but she still had to adjust her schedule to fit her Sing duties. Being involved part time means Cappellano only attends two practices a week, rather than the four practices a week required for full-time Sing Alliance members. “It’s definitely busy,” Capellano said. “I was actually looking at my schedule and I have practice or a performance every day until Sing is over. Prioritizing is definitely something big. I obviously put school first. I have to go to my job and go through my classes.” Capellano said her involvement in Sing has forced her to be efficient in her learning. “I do get a little less sleep than normal,” Capellano said. “Making sure I’m understanding things in class instead of learning outside is big for me, getting things done and not dilly-dallying and making sure I’m focused and getting things I need to get done, done.” Capellano, who is also a member of the LEAD Core team, a part of the LEAD Living & Learning Center, said throughout her activities she makes sure to take care of herself. “I skipped a meeting yesterday because I need to

know my limit,” Capellano said. “It’s important to take care of myself.” Spring junior Jessie Heck, one of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sing chairs, said time management is one of the most important skills students need. “It’s really tough, but it’s a lot of time management,” Heck said. “I’ve kind of figured it out since it is my second year with Sing when is the best time for me to study. You kind of figure it out.” Heck said her professors have been very helpful throughout her involvement in Sing. “I had to talk to my O-Chem professor and explain to her,” Heck said. “She met with me a couple days she didn’t have office hours. That was fantastic.” Heck, who is preparing to take her Medical College Admissions Test in April, said her other Sing chairs have also been very understanding of her schedule. “I don’t know how to explain dealing with time management and the different meeting times for organizations and my MCAT course,” Heck said. “I make sure my other Sing chairs understand they need to be lenient with my time and I try to work with them. I lean on them as well.” Heck said, however, that being a part of Sing makes her sacrifices worth it. She said she enjoys teaching her Greek sisters and helping them prepare for the performance. “Seeing them work hard and finally understand the movements and seeing all the choreography, it’s not even having to go to Pigskin, though that would be great,” Heck said. “Just Sing, all of it put together and knowing that we’re going to be watched by thousands of people makes it all worthwhile.”

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PoliSci lecturer weighs in on State of the Union By Madison Ferril Reporter

Rebecca Flavin is a lecturer in the political science department who joined Baylor in 2010. She graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University and earned her master’s from the University of Notre Dame. She is currently working on her doctorate through the University of Notre Dame. She has done research and teaching in constitutional law, and the history of political philosophy and American politics, with emphasis on politics and religion. Q: In his State of the Union address, the president kept emphasizing the bipartisan element of government and the need for both parties to work together. Is this even possible? A: I absolutely think it’s possible. I think they need to put the concerns of the country and their constituents ahead of their agendas. No one wants to raise taxes, but they need to think in the long term. Q: Why is the middle class such a major battleground for both parties? A: The easy answer would be that that’s where the votes are. And if you poll the people the vast majority of people will say that they’re middle class. People who most would not consider themselves middle class self-identify as middle class. This can be people who make anywhere from $20,000 to $200,000. The practical answer is that’s where the majority of the country is and that’s where the need is. Q: Some say that Republicans chose Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., to try to appeal to Hispanics and young voters. Why the sudden concern for these demographics? A: They’re concerned about these demographics because in the polls these are the demographics they lost handily to Obama. Also looking forward, people in your

generation tend to be socially liberal and fiscally conservative. So the question is which set of issues are going to trump in an election, because you may be put in a position where neither party really appeals. They typically tend to pick someone who is an up-andcoming start. They always try to pick someone to give them the national spotlight so that you get the name and face recognition with the American people. Q: Would gun control laws proposed by the president actually violate the Second Amendment? A: It all depends on how you define the Second Amendment. How the Supreme Court defines the Second Amendment in Mc-

“People tend to look at the Second Amendment and see any regulation as a violation [...], but the truth of the matter is that none of our rights are absolute.” Rebecca Flavin | Lecturer

Donald v. Chicago and DC v. Heller is they recognized that predating the Constitution and the Second Amendment, it was always assumed you had the right to individual gun ownership. It’s a very politically and emotionally charged topic. So people tend to look at the Second Amendment and see any regulation as a violation of the Second Amendment, but the truth of the matter is that none of our rights are absolute. For example, speech rights. The United States has some of the most liberal speech laws in the world, but you still can’t say anything you want. The proverbial example being you can’t shout fire in a crowded theater. Then there is a

whole other group of people who are arguing that it’s not getting to the heart of the problem. You have all these arguments about what’s going to be effective, what the real heart of the matter is and it makes this issue difficult to legislate. There’s not an easy fix. Q: Job creation has been a major concern since the start of the recession in 2008. Is it the responsibility of the government to provide jobs for citizens? A: That’s the million dollar question: Who ultimately should be responsible for creating jobs, and even more complicated is what can the government do to help prompt people to create jobs? One of the phrases that got tossed around a lot was “job creators.” In terms of government involvement, there’s a fundamental disagreement about whether or not tax cuts, which is something that the government would do, is going to lead to job creation, or if government investment would create jobs. Q: Was the State of the Union an effective speech? A: I think so. I think what he’s proposing has the potential to be effective because now he’s a second- term president. He doesn’t need to think about his own reelection. He can focus on getting things done. You saw him on Tuesday night bringing up some of the issues that Democrats have criticized him for forgetting, in particular the environment. He alluded to rights for gays and lesbians too and that’s something he’s been criticized by people in his own party for. He has more leverage to try and work on those issues than he did before. The primary focus in his first term of office was really the economy. Not that it isn’t a focus now or isn’t important now, but when you’re in an economic crisis sometimes some of the other issues have to take a back burner.

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A different kind of singing

Members of the Brazos Knights Barbershop Quartet serenade a recipient of their “Valentunes Visit” with a rendition of “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” at the Texas State Technical College Waco campus on Thursday. The quartet consists of Art Reinking (from left), Terry Ermoian, Jim Ferguson, and Dick Belanger.

Professional school reps to speak to pre-health students By Linda Nguyen A&E Editor

Pre-health students will have the chance to meet and talk to influential people at the professional schools they have to gain admissions to. Alpha Epsilon Delta is hosting its 40th annual Pre-Health Day Saturday. This event was previously known as Pre-Med/Pre-Dent Day. Sign-in for Pre-Health Day will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Baylor Sciences Building atrium. There will be sessions during the morning for participants. Registration is closed. “Pre-health day is a day where deans and admissions reps from

health professional schools will hold informational sessions about a variety of topics like interviews, applications, what the profession looks like and what it takes to be a doctor,” said Thuy Nguyen, one of the Pre-Health Day Chairs. The goal of Pre-Health Day is to help and guide pre-health students through deciding if a professional school is the direction they want to go and if it is, to guide the students through the application process. The event this year was changed from Pre-Med/Pre-Dent Day to Pre-Health Day in order to appeal to more students. “We changed Pre-Med/PreDent Day to Pre-Health Day this year because we wanted to make

it better and consider all students who are pre-health,” Nguyen said. Nguyen said the Pre-Health Day chairs have been preparing for this event since October. “It’s been a year-long process,” Nguyen said. “We’ve been calling all the health professions schools, corresponding with them by email, getting AED members to volunteer to help set up, host the representatives, help with tear down.” Nguyen said she thinks PreHealth Day is an important event for pre-health students. “I am one of many students who are pre-health, and I want to help other students get the information they need to succeed and achieve their goals,” Nguyen said.

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Entrepreneurship takes center stage at Baylor By Kate McGuire Staff Writer

Entrepreneurship may become the next big degree for students to pursue on college campuses. Alex Wallace, who graduated from Baylor in 2008, has become a major businessman in the success of The Grounds Guys, a fullservice commercial leading lawn care company. He received his master’s degree in business in 2010 and specialized in entrepreneurship. Wallace said he first found an interest for business when he started selling candy bars as a child. He then started his own lawn care business in high school. Knowing what he wanted to do from an early start in life, Wallace said he enrolled in the Hankamer’s

School of Business classes and finally graduated with a double major of professional selling and Wallace management in 2008. Wallace said he believes his classes encouraged him to follow what his dreams were but with a sense of reality. “We focused on having the motivation which gives you a hard sense of reality yet a good dose of reality. Its practical experience,” Wallace said. In one of his undergraduate

classes, Wallace paired with other business students to develop and sell an idea. Students were given $5,000 from the business department to design, produce, market and sell a product, Wallace said. David Allen, director of the John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship, said the class allows students to gain real-world experience with their business. “Classes allow students to start their own business. It involves realworld stuff that potential business students need to know,” Allen said. Some of Wallace’s graduate classes included working with undergraduate engineer students to help them sell their product to potential businesses in which they acquired revenue from the product.

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“Baylor’s Business School gave me a good chance to start getting to know the business world, despite having a good idea or product, there is much more to starting a business.” Alex Wallace | Alumni businessman

by pursuing his master’s degree in business and specializing in entre-

preneurship. One of Wallace’s past professors, Doctor Greg Leman, director of University Entrepreneurial Initiatives said, “Entrepreneurship is more than a skill set, its a mindset. A mindset to take what you see in the world and enable you to make a change.” After helping to establish his lawn company three years ago, Wallace decided to leave the corporate office to manage the businesses’ Dallas location. With 85 franchises across the U.S. and Canada the company offers basic lawn care, fertilization, weed elimination and similar services. Their services include installation systems, landscaping and design, outdoor lighting, yard care, snow and ice removal, commercial

ground care and pesticide spraying. The number of students enrolling in Baylor’s Business School is increasing, according to the Baylor Institute Research and Testing. In 2004, there were 2,653 undergraduate students enrolled in Baylor’s Business School. From 2004 to 2012 there was an 11 percent increase in students who enrolled in Baylor’s business school. “Baylor’s Business School gave me a good chance to start getting to know the business world, despite having a good idea or product, there is much more to starting a business,” Wallace said. Wallace said he plans on pursuing his own personal goals of owning a restaurant or service-type companies in the future.

Baylor business owners get the chance to show their stuff in San Antonio By Brooke Bailey Reporter

Baylor entrepreneurs can pitch their business stories in San Antonio as a part of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards competition. The Entrepreneurs’ Organization Round-Up Regional Conference in San Antonio gives students from Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma a chance to receive a $10,000 in cash prize and win more than $150,000 in business products and services. The competition will be held

Sanderson Farms to open facilities in Anderson Associated Press

Sanderson Farms notified the city of Palestine and Anderson County today of its intent to build a poultry complex in the region. The announcement immediately followed the completion of the company’s annual stockholders meeting in Laurel, Miss. Sanderson Farms plans to build three facilities in the area, two of which will be located in Anderson County and one in Freestone County. The company will invest approximately $92 million on the construction of a hatchery and processing plant that will be located in Anderson County, and an additional $32 million on the feed mill in Freestone County. Once the hatchery and processing plant are open, the company expects to employ up to 1000 people. “This project is a long-term, capital investment and will be the third complex of this nature built in Texas,” said Wendy Ellis, economic development director for the city of Palestine Economic Development Corporation. “Sanderson Farms has a reputation for being an outstanding corporate partner wherever they are located” Ellis said. “ The leadership in Waco and McLennan County has enjoyed an outstanding relationship with them and has seen positive impacts in their area from the complex that was built there. Along with the relationship with Sanderson Farms, we look forward to putting together a collaborative effort with our neighbors in Freestone County to provide what the company needs to build in this area.” The new big bird deboning complex will consist of a feed mill, hatchery, poultry processing plant and waste water facility, all located in and near Palestine This facility will compliment the company’s existing operations located in Bryan and Waco.

April 4 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Riverwalk. To participate in the competition, students must own a business that produces revenue. Student entrepreneurs can find the 2013 Round-Up Conference application online at www. gsea.org. The deadline to apply is March 14. Competitors are graded on a 100-point scale in four areas. Judges will look for entrepreneurs with determination, sound business fundamentals, application of lessons learned and plans for the future.

The regional and national finalists win an all-expense paid trip to the global finals in New York. Despite its international reach, the competition is looking for more applicants. This global competition has been going on for years, but it’s always a challenge getting the word out to student entrepreneurs, Peters said. “Our goal is to get as many entrepreneurs to apply,” said Brian Peters, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization Austin Global Student Entrepreneur Awards chair and CEO of Red Carpet Tickets.

Baylor students have been nominated to apply in the past, but none have participated. “We’d love to get some Baylor students competing,” Peters said. No harm can come from applying, Peters said. Networking with hundreds of business owners is one of the best benefits for students. Tim Hamilton, who is the founder and CEO of Astonish Design, said getting together with students who had similar trials and tribulations was rewarding for him. Hamilton competed in 2007

and joined Entrepreneurs’ Organization in 2011. “A big hurdle of growing a business is not having the knowledge of what is possible,” Hamilton said. Participating in the competition helped Hamilton take risks and face fears in order to grow his business. “The cash prize is not the biggest benefit,” Hamilton said. The mentoring and networking young business owners receive is one of the best advantages in competing, Hamilton said. The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards connects students to

successful business people in the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. The program was founded at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University in 1998. Entrepreneurs’ Organization sponsors the annual competition. The organization is a global network of more than 8,000 business owners in 38 countries that aim to support entrepreneurs in growing their companies. Members of the organization are founders, co-founders, owners or controlling shareholders of a company that grosses over one million dollars annually.


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ROUND ROCK — Dell’s fiscal fourth-quarter report is expected to show why the struggling personal computer maker wants to end its 25-year history as a public company. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The results, due out after the stock market closes Tuesday, are being released two weeks after Dell Inc. announced it plans to sell itself for $24.4 billion to founder and CEO Michael Dell and a group of investors led by Silver Lake. Michael Dell and his backers are betting the Round Rock, Texas, company will be better off trying to diversify its business beyond the PC market without facing Wall Street’s pressure to boost earnings from one quarter to the next. The numbers for the three months ending in January are expected to show Dell’s revenue declined from the previous year for

the fourth consecutive quarter. The latest drop could be the biggest so far, based on analyst forecasts calling for a 12 percent decrease. The slump stems from weakening demand for PCs as more technology spending shifts toward smartphones and tablet computers. The challenges caused by that shift caused disillusioned investors to dump Dell’s stock, which stood at about $24 in early 2007 when Michael Dell returned for a second stint as the company’s CEO. Dell’s shares sagged to as low as $8.69 three months ago. By then, Michael Dell had already approached the company’s board about his interest in engineering a buyout with other investors. The board set up a special committee last August to explore the possibility and negotiated with three suitors before settling on a proposal that will pay existing stockholders $13.65 per share. Michael Dell is contributing

about $4.5 billion, including his 14 percent stake in the company, to get the deal done. The rest of the money is coming from Silver Lake and about $15 billion in loans from Microsoft Corp. and a consortium of banks. Although the proposed sales price is a premium from where Dell’s stock had been stuck at, the company’s two largest shareholders behind Michael Dell don’t think it’s high enough. Southeastern Asset Management and T. Rowe Price, which combined own a nearly 13 percent in the company, already have vowed to vote against the proposed sale, and other shareholders are expected to join the uprising. Southeastern maintains Dell is worth $23.72 per share. T. Rowe Price hasn’t publicly shared its appraisal of the company. At least one analyst thinks Michael Dell and his investors will need to raise their offer to $15 per share to win over shareholders, although the com-

pany maintains it the current bid is fair. The company’s conference call to discuss the quarterly earnings will mark Michael Dell’s first public remarks since the terms of the sale were announced. Michael Dell already has been trying to boost the company’s revenue by expanding into more lucrative niches such as business software and technology consulting while also trying to develop an attractive line of tablet computers to compete against Apple Inc.’s trend-setting iPad. WHY IT MATTERS: Despite its struggles, Dell remains one of the world’s biggest and bestknown technology companies whose products and services are still widely used. The company’s proposed sale and brewing shareholder rebellion against it will also affect the values of millions of stock portfolios. WHAT’S EXPECTED: After

subtracting certain accounting charges, analysts polled by FactSet predict the company will earn 39 cents per share on revenue of $14.1 billion. LAST YEAR’S QUARTER: HP earned $764 million, or 43 cents

per share, on revenue of $16 billion. If not for certain accounting charges, Dell would have earned 51 cents per share during this period.

when people make generous contributions, they are rewarded,” Irwin said. “Recently though, some studies have shown people who make generous contributions are punished. There’s some level of resentment. Those individuals are ostracized. We thought it’d be interesting to ask why. It’s called antiIrwin social punishment.” Irwin said he defines norms as typical behavior: how people talk, how they dress and what people normally do. “What we argue is that when there are strong norms for the way people should act, when people

break those norms, they will be punished,” Irwin said. “They can do less than the norm prescribes or more than the norm prescribes.” Irwin said what they were really interested in understanding is why the community would punish those who go above and beyond what is asked. “Let’s say you have to do a lit review,” Irwin said. “You decide everyone should do one review and you show up and someone has done all four reviews. On one hand, maybe you really like that person or maybe you really resent that person for doing something that was against the norm.” Irwin and Horne examined their questions by conducting a public goods study where individuals were randomly assigned to a group and were asked to decide how to divide their given resources. Their goal was to maximize the amount of points they have. They

all started with an equal number of points. They had the option to contribute to a group pot which could be doubled and then divided among the group members regardless of how much they originally contributed. In each group, there was a deviant who would either contribute generously or sparingly. Afterwards, the participants were given the opportunity to punish the deviant by taking points away. “What we find is when norms are strong and everyone’s doing the same thing, the deviant giving way above is punished stronger,” Irwin said. “Norms are motivating people to punish this generous person even if their contributions benefit everyone in the group. In the case of a free-rider, the norm makes no difference, everyone is frustrated. That’s universal across conditions.” Irwin said previous research has mainly shown the effects of anti-social punishment, but this

study is the first to present an argument as to why people are punished for doing and giving more. “Maybe those who do more are considered do-gooders,” Irwin said. “The other people might feel inadequate, but that wasn’t one of the reasons. In every case, still the only predictor is norms even controlling for that other stuff.” Horne said the most intriguing thing about the study was finding that people punish goodness. “What is typical seems to be important,” Horne said. “In some ways, people valued conformity more than contribution, which we would not necessarily expect.” Horne said she thinks these findings may discourage individuals from doing something that is beneficial because it is atypical. “You can imagine this applying to a work group,” Horne said. “If the work group is made of people who tend not to work very hard,

the person who works hard, even if it improves the output, will be punished by the other workers. It discourages people from excelling or from being altruistic.” Horne said this is contrary to what groups would encourage. “You can have a society where people are discouraged from doing things that would help the group,” Horne said. “We would want to encourage people to do things to benefit the group.” Irwin and Horne are currently conducting another experiment to explore other possible explanations as to why people punish those who break the norms in a beneficial way. “Kyle and I have different strengths so we complement each other well,” Horne said. “It was a very successful collaboration.”

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Doing is everyone what to conform to tendency the have people. The sentence above breaks a social norm by being written in reverse. According to a study by Dr. Kyle Irwin, assistant professor in the department of sociology, and Dr. Christine Horne, associate professor at Washington State University, people tend to look unfavorably upon and even socially punish people who break social norms even if they are benefiting society overall. Irwin said the study, which was published in the journal Social Science Research, provides an explanation as to why individuals who do more than what is expected and benefit the community are punished by others in society. “Lots of research has shown


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Baylor baseball ready for new season By Daniel Hill Sports Writer

Last season, the Baylor Bears baseball team had a 49-17 record and won the programs third Big 12 championship. With 49 wins, the 2012 squad ended just one win shy of the Baylor record. On the diamond, the Bears also won a schoolrecord 24 games. They also had four Louisville Slugger All-Americans and had six players selected in the 2012 MLB draft. The 2013 Baylor baseball team has a tough act to follow, but they are confident that they are up to the challenge. “We didn’t lose everything,” head coach Steve Smith said. “We did take obviously some significant hits. You can choose to focus on that or it’s kind of worthless. What I’m trying to focus on, particularly on the pitching side, is that a year ago two of the guys that started for us in the rotation are back, Brad Kuntz and Max Garner. A year ago, Trent Blank and Tyler Bremmer were in the bullpen and their success was a surprise to many. I don’t know who I would expect it out of on this team, but I believe that we will have guys that do things positively that we will scratch our heads at the end of the year.” The starting rotation preliminarily has junior left-handed pitcher Kuntz as the number one starter. Kuntz will be followed by senior right-handed pitcher Garner. “I expect when we roll it out the first weekend to go Kuntz, Garner and [Dillon] Newman,” Smith said. “Then we’ll just see how it evolves

from there.” Tonight, Baylor opens up a three-game series against University of California, Irvine. The Bears will take on U.C. Irvine tonight and on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. “We’re ready and very excited,” senior outfielder Nathan Orf said. “The weather has been baseball weather lately. It’s just that time of the year and we’ve put a lot of work in to get to this point and I think we’re all ready for the next step.” Orf had off-season Tommy John surgery on his elbow and will most likely start the year in the outfield, even though his home position is usually catcher. “I had surgery in June, so it’s been a lot of just getting healthy and getting the strength back and really just preparing the same way kind of we always do. Know yourself, learn yourself and get better at what you’re good at. So for me, it was about becoming more athletic and more quick, better speed, more strength and just be a better overall player.” Orf will be a key returning player for the Bears. Orf was the 2012 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. Orf played in 65 games last season and started in the top three spots of the lineup in every game. “Yeah, I think we have a lot of question marks, but I think a lot of the guys that stepped up last year weren’t really expected to do what they did,” Orf said. “{Josh} Ludy had 16 or 17 home runs and no one saw that coming. He had never been a steady starter so I think we have a lot of the same this year and a lot of young guys that have been

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waiting for their shot and you can see it in their approaches this fall that they saw how we were grinding last year and they really took that into how they were playing this fall. I think they’re ready for their shot.”

“We have our goals set,” Orf said. “The goal is to win a national championship and we fell short of that last year. I think we’re going to go the same way we did last year with our approach, one day at a time, one game at a time. Today

is about getting better at our first practice today. Our goal is to win a national championship, to win the Big 12, to win our regional, host superregional and all that but it all starts today so we’re pumped for that.”

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Baylor soccer player earns invitation to pro camp By Larissa Campos Reporter

After a weekend of competitive and mentally taxing tryouts in Portland, Ore., senior soccer player Carlie Davis was relieved to finally be landing in Dallas on the way back to her home at Baylor University. As the plane taxied, Davis noticed a missed call from an unknown number on her phone and held the phone to her ear as the voicemail played. On the other end of the phone was Cindy Parlow, former national-team player and head coach of Portland Thorns FC. She was inviting Davis to join the team on March 11 for their first preseason practices. “It took a while for our conversation to sink in, “ Davis said. “I guess it took me a while to actually let myself believe that it was actually happening. That I was actually getting a chance to play professionally.” Portland Thorns FC is part of

the newly formed National Women’s Soccer League. The league has eight teams throughout the United States and is expected to open up play sometime this spring. After the folding of Women’s Professional Soccer in 2012, the NWSL was created in its place in attempt to establish a long-lasting league. The NWSL looks to expand to at least 10 teams across the nation in the future. To prepare for preseason in March, Davis has decided to put her “classes on hold” to continue preparing for the physical demands playing at a professional level requires. The regular season will begin in April. After a weekend on the field with high-caliber players, Davis realized she would be pushed to her limits physically and mentally playing at a professional level. She decided that she needed to dedicate herself entirely to this opportunity. The tryout took place last Sat-

urday and Sunday at JELD-WEN Field, home of MLS team the Portland Timbers. More than 80 women’s soccer players showed up to battle it out on the field in attempt to catch Parlow’s eye. The first day was spent playing a series of eighton-eight games. The second day the players were able to showcase their skills in multiple games of 11-a-side. “I was not only surprised by the numbers that we had at the first Thorns FC tryouts, but also by the quality,” Parlow said. “There were some quality players. So many, in fact, that it will be difficult for me to choose which ones to bring into our preseason training camp.” Davis played left back for the entirety of the tryout and did enough to gain an invitation to the club’s preseason training camp starting on March 11. While the invitation does not ensure a spot on the final roster, Davis said she was more than happy with having the chance to play in the presence of top women’s soccer players such as United States

National Team forward Alex Morgan, and also push herself outside her comfort zone. “I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t scared out of my mind,” Davis said. “This experience is challenging me like nothing I’ve ever experienced but it’s a chance for me to glorify God and keep playing soccer so I’ll take it.” Davis was a major factor in Baylor soccer’s historical season this past fall. Her speed and hard-nosed tackling led the team to a 19-1-5 record, the best in program history. Davis started all 25 games for the Bears. The team is sad to say goodbye to Davis in such a hurry but is proud to have a member of their family representing them at a professional level. “Carlie is the type of player you dread defending you in practice,” freshman forward Bri Campos said. “She was a key part of our success last season and it’s exciting for me as a younger player to see her succeed at the next level.”

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Senior defender Carlie Davis will go to training camp for Portland Thorns FC. Davis started all 25 games this season for the Bears.

No. 1 Baylor to play TCU By Parmida Schahhosseini Sports Writer

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Junior guard Odyssey Sims drives the lane and takes a layup against the Kansas Jayhawks on Feb. 6. Baylor is 13-0 in conference play and will next play TCU on Saturday.

The No. 1 Baylor Lady Bears will face off against TCU for the second time this season in the “Sic’em for the Cure” game at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ferrell Center. Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awaremess. TCU is coming off a heartbreaking 76-75 loss against Kansas as they continue trying to get their first conference win. While it hasn’t won a game in 2013, Baylor will keep their focus knowing that each game is important to become Big 12 champions. “I talked to them today at shoot around about maintaining their focus,” head coach Kim Mulkey said. “We went over specifics with a few of them individually, just to keep them focused. How much do you do, how much do you not do, how much do you get on them. You just have to talk to them sometimes and say, ‘Do you still want to win a national championship?’” TCU struggled against Baylor the first time they played, as they could not get into any kind of

rhythm. They only shot for 21 percent, making only 13 field goals of the 62 they attempted. The 3-point shooting was also a problem as they made five of the 32 shots attempted for 15.6 percent. During the game, Baylor left TCU scoreless for 13 minutes due to the pressure they put on defense. “This was a kicking; this was a painful lesson,” TCU’s head coach Jeff Mittie said after the loss on Jan. 2. “We struggled to score and struggled to get any offensive flow whatsoever. Junior guard Odyssey Sims controlled us from the start of the game, and our point guards had a really rough night.” Baylor has dominated most teams because they are fundamentally sound on both sides of the ball. They have an average 26-point scoring margin due to the fact that their defense puts pressure on opposing teams to keep up with the second-ranked scoring offense in the nation. Opposing teams try to think of different ways to stop the Lady Bears, but it is easier said than done.

Baylor leads the country in assists at 21.2 per game because they play unselfish basketball and everyone can score. While senior center Brittney Griner is a huge part f the Lady Bears’ success, everyone contributes. “We are just out there having fun. I think when we came out with intensity, like we did when we played them the first time, we never let up,” Sims said after the game against Texas Tech. “We got on them from the jump and it is always exciting when you are up by a lot and you can share the ball and have fun with it at the same time.” TCU needs to play its best game in order to keep the game competitive, but Griner, who has the NCAA career blocked shots record at 693, makes that a tough task. TCU has been outscored 1,392 to 1,493 and has a scoring margin of -4.4. TCU (7-16, 0-12 Big 12) has also been out-rebounded 879 to 1002. Baylor (23-1, 13-0 Big 12) currently holds the nation’s largest home win streak at 52 games, hoping to get to 53 games with a win against TCU.


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Softball looks to continue success into next tourney By Parmida Schahhosseini Sports Writer

Baylor softball (5-2) will compete in the Miken Classic from today to Sunday after winning its seventh Getterman Classic this past weekend. The Lady Bears continue their 12-game homestand and they are 12-4 all-time in the Miken Classic. The pitchers have started the Getterman Classic strong. Junior left-handed pitcher Whitney Canion has started the season strong with a .38 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 18.1 innings. Freshman righthanded pitcher Heather Stearns has shown great promise in her three starts, which included a nohitter against Northern Illinois on Saturday. She was the sixth freshman in Baylor history to have a nohitter. Stearns has a 1.65 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 17 innings. “I thought our pitching was terrific once again,” head coach Glenn Moore said. “We have to start being more aggressive at the plate, but I am proud of this team’s effort.” After winning their first game of the season, Baylor lost to putting them at 1-2. The Lady Bears bounced back after realizing that something needed to be done. The leadership stepped up, giving Baylor the edge it needed to finish off the right way. “We had Holly Holl. She called

us into a huddle before we went out and hit that inning and she was like, ‘We need to make a change,’” freshman catcher Bailey Chalmers said. That was enough to get the team going as Baylor responded with a four-game win streak heading into the tournament, but itstill have work that needs to be done. Moore hopes to see more runs scored to help out the pitching. Despite the wins, Moore said the team needs to be more aggressive. He had them work on drills like sliding in the mud to get the team in the habit of sliding for bases. Baylor will begin the tournament playing its first game of the double-header against Northern Colorado at 3 p.m. today at home. Northern Colorado went 2-3 in its opening tournament, hitting .257 as a team. They dropped their last game to South Dakota State, which ended up costing them the tournament win. Northern Colorado pitcher Kelci Cheney leads the pitching staff with a 0.78 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 18.0 innings. As a team, they have an ERA of 2.58 and 28 strikeouts. Baylor’s pitching staff combines for 1.15 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 48.2 innings. The key to winning this game will be for Baylor to continue its work on defense, but improve the offense. The pitching will also need to be strong, but Baylor has the ex-

perience, returning three pitchers for a combined 135 career wins. Stearns has also improved from her first start. “I felt much more comfortable in the circle tonight,” Stearns said. “I just concentrated on each pitch and what I needed to do.” In the second game of the double-header, Baylor will face off Pacific, who has a perfect 3-0 record. Pacific’s pitching staff combined for 0.33 ERA, 13 strikeouts and two shutouts. In the three games they played, they had 27 hits, seven doubles and 17 runs. On Saturday, Baylor will play in another double-header, but itsecond game depends on how it finishes. Their first game will be against Texas A&M Corpus Christi (1-4) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at home. Their pitching staff combined for 5.82 ERA and 35 strikeouts in four games. In five games, they had 24 hits and 11 runs. Baylor will finish off the day playing in bracket play depending on where every team finishes. The top-ranked team will faceoff the fourth-ranked team at 3 p.m. and the second-ranked team will play against the third-ranked team at 5:30 p.m. The tournament will finish off on Sunday with the consolation game at 9 a.m. and the Championship game at 11 a.m. to determine the tournament winner.

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The Baylor men’s tennis team is defined by hard work, discipline and excellence, and sophomore Mate Zsiga lives up to them all. He was born in Germany and went to high school in the small city of Szeged, Hungary, and tennis was a pivotal part of his life from the very beginning. “My whole family played tennis,” Zsiga says. “Both of my parents played at a high level. My dad became a coach and was coaching my brother, and I was there too.” This homegrown coaching led to quick results, as he found success in the junior level circuit for players under the age of 18. Zsiga played at the French Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon, as well as the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. His Hungarian team also won the European Team Championships twice, making it the first victory for the Central European nation. Following Zsiga’s early successes, the opportunity to play tennis at Baylor wasn’t one to pass up for him. He was specifically influenced by the environment and by head coach Matt Knoll, who has

led Baylor to 10 Big 12 titles in the last 13 years. “We talked a lot and I really liked his personality,” Zsiga said. “It’s a great place. The campus is beautiful and the facilities are firstclass. I think I made the right decision and I would not change it.” The decision paid off quickly. Zsiga’s freshman year was full of victories. He finished with a 36-9 singles record and was 22-5 in dual matches in the No. 1 spot. His most memorable victory of last year came against the 5thranked player in the nation. “In Kentucky I won against Eric Quigley in straight sets,” he says. “That was probably my best win of the season. As a freshman against a senior, who was a three-time AllAmerican already, I won against him. It was a very important win for us because we won 4-3.” Victories such as this one led to Zsiga’s own All-American status, which he doesn’t take for granted. “I just couldn’t dream of anything better than that,” he said. “It was just an honor for me to be a part of that group of great guys who were All-Americans at Baylor here before.” Despite all of the wins and accolades, Zsiga remains humble and is constantly inspired by his family.

“I talk a lot about my family,” he says. “They inspire me a lot. We talk about how things are going, if I should do this or do that. My brother is probably my greatest supporter and talks to me all the time. He’s really interested and excited about my whole career.” He is also inspired by NBA superstar Kevin Garnett, who is known for his passion on and off the court. Zsiga also has plans to play professionally after his time at Baylor. “I enjoy these four years and try to improve as I can and we’ll see what happens after that,” he says. “I’ll try to turn pro after that, but it’s still the future.” In his free time, Zsiga prefers to spend time with his teammates and build even more team chemistry. “We’re really like a family and I enjoy all my time with them,” he says. “They are the first choice. When you have free time, you always try to organize things and spend time together.” Zsiga takes on this leadership role and realizes the importance of not only playing tennis well, but bonding as one unit. “This is a part of Baylor. We are really a team. We are a family, we have to stick together and we do that.”


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“I’m just ready to get started again, especially after the way last year finished,” Towey said. “It’s the best thing to get back on the field and just have fun and grind out all the games and enjoy them all.” With Josh Ludy playing professional baseball in the Philadelphia Phillies minor league system, the Bears are going to have to find somebody to replace the production that Ludy posted last season. That doesn’t necessarily mean replacing his home runs, but playing a different style of baseball consisting of more bunts, steals and aggressive base running. In other words, the Bears are looking to play more small ball this year. “Yeah, there’s a lot of guys that are going to step up,” Towey said. “Not necessarily to try to replace Josh [Ludy] with all the home runs and all that, but just a different style of baseball. Probably a lot more stealing and aggressive stuff like that, not a lot of home runs.” Last season, the Baylor baseball team relied on taking every game one pitch at a time and not getting

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too caught up with the big picture. “I’d say we’re fighters,” Orf said. “I really think the competitive attitude that we carry and the way that we grinded out games last year and the way that we won games last year is just really set into our program and that’s going to be the way we play and that’s going to be the way we win. I don’t think we’re going to blow any teams away with 15 runs a game but we’re just going to have to grind-out wins.” The Bears lost in the NCAA Super Regional in heart-breaking

fashion as Arkansas defeated them in games two and three. “We still ended up losing,” Towey said. “We didn’t get the result we wanted even though we had a great season. We didn’t end up being winners. There’s only one team that ends up being the winner. I’m just ready to get started again, especially after the way last year finished. It’s the best thing to get back on the field and just have fun and grind out all the games and enjoy them all.” With the loss of several key players from last year, this year’s squad does have a few holes to fill. Some of the question marks lie at catcher, first base and center field. “There’s really three {question marks} for me,” Smith said. “One is behind home plate, the other is first base and another is center field. I think we have answers for those. One that I think is the grayest right now is probably at first base. Max [Muncy] played virtually every inning of that for about three years. How we line up over there right now remains to be seen and I suspect that will probably change from time to time. Behind the plate, it’ll be a little bit the same way and potentially in center field. The other places, we’re fairly set. We’re fairly confident in what we’ve got but there are those questions that will remain. There are some questions on the mound in terms of the back end, especially the bullpen situation, but I think we’ve got answers there. I really think we’ve got good players and good kids.” With the breakout season a year ago, the Baylor program is trending upwards. The program is adopting a new mindset and the expectations are to win. “Honestly, from the culture of our program and the way that we played the game last year, particularly the whole aspect of playing the whole game just one pitch at a time and all of the things that that involves, we are trying to continue those not just with this team but with all teams in the future. It’s just the way that we want to play the game. As coaches, we have learned better ways to get that message across and I think we’re just doing a better job of preparing our guys. ”

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Olympic star charged in slaying By Gerald Imray, Jon Gambrell Associated Press

Oscar Pistorius, the doubleamputee sprinter dubbed the Blade Runner, was charged Thursday in the Valentine’s Day slaying of his girlfriend at his upscale home in South Africa, a shocking twist to one of the feel-good stories of last summer’s Olympics. Pistorius buried his face in the hood of his workout jacket as officers escorted him from a police station after his arrest in the shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp, a 30-year-old model. Police said she was shot four times in the pre-dawn hours at Pistorius’ villa in a gated community in the capital, Pretoria. Officers found a 9 mm pistol inside the home and arrested Pistorius on a murder charge. What sparked the shooting remained unclear, but police said they had received calls in the past about domestic altercations at the home of the 26-year-old athlete, who has spoken publicly about his love of firearms. A police spokeswoman, Brigadier Denise Beukes, said the incidents included “allegations of a domestic nature.” Pistorius made history in the London Games when he became the first double-amputee track athlete to compete in the Olympics. He didn’t win a medal, but he did make the semifinals of the 400 meters and became an international star. On Thursday, companies quickly removed billboards and advertising featuring Pistorius, a national hero in South Africa who also inspired fans worldwide with the image of his high-tech carbonfiber blades whipping through the air. Kenny Oldwage, Pistorius’ lawyer, told reporters the athlete was “emotional” after his arrest, “but he is keeping up.” Pistorius has had troubles in the past in his personal life, which often featured fast cars, cage fighters and women. A spokeswoman for Pistorius at

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South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius starts in the men’s 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Pistorius was charged Thursday with the murder of his girlfriend.

Fast Track, an international sports marketing agency in London, said the athlete was assisting with the investigation and there would be no further comment “until matters become clearer.” The sprinter’s former coach, Andrea Giannini, said he hoped the shooting was “just a tragic accident.” “No matter how bad the situation was, Oscar always stayed calm and positive,” Giannini told The Associated Press in Italy. “Whenever he was tired or nervous, he was still extremely nice to people. I never saw him violent.” Firearms captivated Pistorius, the subject of an online Nike advertisement that featured him with the caption: “I am a bullet in the chamber.” In Nov. 2011, he posted a photograph on Twitter of himself at a shooting range, bragging about his score. “Had a 96% headshot over 300m from 50shots! Bam!” he wrote. Linked to a number of women by the South African media, Pistorius and Steenkamp were first seen together publicly in November. She

was named one of the world’s 100 Sexiest Women for two years running by the men’s magazine, FHM. The leggy blonde with a law degree also appeared in international and South African ads and was a celebrity contestant on “Tropika Island of Treasure,” a South African reality show filmed in Jamaica. Her tweets also focused on Pistorius, with one of her last messages noting her excitement over Valentine’s Day. “What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow?” she wrote. “It should be a day of love for everyone.” Police have not publicly named Steenkamp as the victim, saying only that a 30-year-old woman was killed. Steenkamp’s publicist, however, confirmed in a statement that the model had died. “Everyone is simply devastated,” the publicist, Sarit Tomlinson, said. “She was the kindest, sweetest human being; an angel on earth and will be sorely missed.” Police arrived at Pistorius’ home after 3 a.m., and paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive

Steenkamp, police spokeswoman Lt. Col. Katlego Mogale said. Officers later took Pistorius to a hospital so doctors could collect samples for DNA testing and check his blood alcohol content. Pistorius had both legs amputated below the knee before his first birthday because of a congenital condition, and campaigned for years to be allowed to compete against able-bodied athletes. He was initially banned because of his carbon fiber blades — which critics said gave him an unfair advantage — before being cleared by sport’s highest court in 2008. Shock rippled across South Africa, a nation of 50 million where nearly 50 people are killed each day, one of the world’s highest murder rates. U.N. statistics say South Africa also has the second highest rate of shooting deaths in the world, behind only Colombia. “The question is: Why does this story make the news? Yes, because they are both celebrities, but this is happening on every single day in South Africa,” said Adele Kirsten, a member of Gun Free South Africa.


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Austin moving on up in the basketball world By Greg DeVries Sports Editor

The ability to adapt to a changing environment is essential to survival. This principle is true in nature, the business world and in sports. In the age of national recruiting and high school power rankings, there is more pressure on 18-year-old kids to walk into a college gym in front of tens of thousands of fans and compete at a high level. Freshman center Isaiah Austin knows this first hand, and his journey has only just begun. Once upon a time, even the best college players would stay until at least the end of their junior season. Even the great Michael Jordan played three years at the University of North Carolina. The last three No. 1 picks in the NBA draft have all been players that chose to leave school after just one year. In 2010, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Kyrie Irving from Duke despite the fact that he only played 11 college games due to injury. Austin is in the middle of step one of his journey: jumping from high school basketball to col-

lege basketball. According to Austin, the transition has had its ups and downs. “It has definitely been a crazy transition from high school here to college,” Austin said. “The strength is way more physical. The speed is way faster. Just the knowledge of the game is on another level… In high school, you can get away with driving into the paint crazy a few times. People really aren’t going to step over and take charges like that, but in college, if you don’t step over and take a charge, then you’re going to be sitting on the bench.” Despite being a dominant shot blocker in high school, Austin is still considered an offensive player. His 7-foot-1-inch frame helps him shoot over defenders, and his rare combination of height and handles make him a nightmare matchup for opposing centers. Because of the matchup issues that Austin creates, the offensive transition from high school to college has been relatively easy. “Offensively I would say it’s really not that big of a change,” Austin said. “The only change is the speed of the game and the strength. I stick to my skillset. I know what I can and can’t do on the offensive end.” While Austin has recorded nine double-doubles on the season, head coach Scott Drew wants him to improve his rebounding. Rebounding in high school is very different than it is in colleg Austin said. In high school, Austin would use his height to get to rebounds first. In college, rebounding is more physical. “I really didn’t have to box out [in high school]. The ball came off the rim and I just went and got it,” Austin said. “I was so much more athletic and taller than everybody. In college, everybody is an athlete. Everybody is strong. Everybody has that ego saying that they want to be the best, so everybody is out there giving 110 percent each and every play.” With this more level playing field comes a fundamental difference in how players go about cleaning the boards. Instead of reaching, players have to get a low center of gravity and push other players out of the way. When the ball comes off the rim, the paint turns into a war zone. “If you’re not being the one out there that’s doing the hitting, you’re definitely getting hit,” Austin said. “Especially if you’re trying to crash the paint for boards or trying to get an offensive rebound, or even trying to get a defensive rebound. Everybody is in that paint. That paint is a battle area.” In high school, Austin owned that battle area defensively. Where high school guards panicked, college guards know how to handle what they are up against. “They’re way smarter than in high school,” Austin said. “In high school, they would go and just flip the ball up and I would just go get it. Here I have to play my percentages. Either I can go get it or I can’t. If I can’t go get it, then I need to hit my man and try to rebound.” Earlier this year, Austin went toe-to-toe with a man that owns the paint in college, Kansas senior center Jeff Withey. Austin finished that game with 15 points and 11 rebounds, but Baylor lost the game 61-44. “He’s an outstanding player. He’s a future NBA player,” Austin said. “Playing against him, he’s a senior now and I’m a freshman. It was a little nerve-wracking, but I have all confidence in my own skills. I just went out there, and I didn’t want to play timid.” Withey is currently third in the nation in blocked shots with 4.08 blocks per game, but what makes him special is his ability to stay on the floor. Shot blockers can sometimes get into foul trouble because they leave their feet more often than other players, but Withey has recorded fewer fouls than everyone else in the top 30 in blocked shots. Austin said that he surprised himself in his first college game. The Bears were taking on Lehigh, and Austin finished with 22 points on 10 of 22 shooting. “Our chemistry that game was just amazing,” Austin said. “Lehigh is a tough team. They beat Duke last year and [C.J.] McCollum, he’s a handful to handle with. We definitely set the standard high for that game because we knew that was going to be a tough game.” Austin had to leave that game after rolling an ankle, but senior guard Pierre Jackson and head coach Scott Drew liked what they saw out of the freshman.

“Isaiah, unfortunately he rolled his ankle, but he probably would have kept killing like he was. I just hope they keep it up,” Jackson said. Drewwas also pleased with how austin played. “I don’t think you can be any more efficient than he was, so we will have to get him healthy and now the rest of the world is going to know about him,” Drew said. “People probably didn’t know that he could hit the three as effectively as he did and for as athletic he is for his size.” NBA scouts are seeing what Austin is doing, and a lot of NBA mock drafts predict that Austin will be selected in the lottery. Austin expects the transition to the NBA to be much like the transition that he is currently going through. “The high school game is way different than college and college is definitely way different than the NBA,” Austin said. “In the NBA you have the defensive threesecond rule, so the floor is always more spaced out than in college. In college, you can sit in the paint as long as you want as a defender. I think the transition is going to be just like going from high school to college. It’s going to be a brand new game.” One former Baylor basketball player that is making that transition into the NBA is Perry Jones III. Jones was selected 28th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder, and his skillset is similar to Austin’s. “He’s definitely more athletic than me. He’s a freak athlete,” Austin said. “I think I probably have

a little bit more offensive skill than him. I think I’m a little bit more aggressive than him, but he is an NBA player. I’ve talked to him a couple of times. He said the transition is crazy. They have you traveling each and every day. You’ve got to keep your body right. There’s 82 games in a season, so it’s tough” For Austin, the NBA is another test for another day. For now, he just wants to make this season a success. “I just aim for trying to do the best I can for my team. We’re having a rough kind of season a little bit. We’ve lost a few games that everybody knows we shouldn’t have lost. So now people are looking down on us. Whenever we’re out there, we go out there as a team and everybody tries to do their part,“ Austin said. “Right now I’m just focused on college basketball and trying to help my team out, but I think my skillset can help at any level.”

Austin, Baylor to take on K-State Wildcats The Baylor Bears basketball team is right in the midst of contending for a possible Big 12 championship. The Bears will take on No. 10 Kansas State Wildcats in hostile Fred Bramlage Coliseum at 6 p.m. Saturday in Manhattan, Kan. This is arguably the most important game of the regular season for the Bears. A win on the road against a top-ranked team would undoubtedly be the highest quality win of the season thus far. A win would also result in the Bears moving one step closer to the top of the Big 12 standings. The Wildcats are tied atop the conference standings with an 8-3 record alongside both Kansas and Oklahoma State. Just one game behind the leaders, the Baylor Bears have a 7-4 record, which ties them with the Oklahoma Sooners. Essentially a win against Kansas State will certify that the Bears belong in the upper-echelon of the Big 12. “I think the best thing that we can do is just to focus on the next game,” Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. “For today, just getting better in practice. No matter what league you play in, the next game is going to be a tough one. With us, we’re just getting better each and every day. If you look ahead you tend to get yourself in trouble.” Kansas State senior guard Rodney McGruder leads the Wildcats in scoring with 15.2 points per game. With his 6-foot-4 frame, McGruder is a

The tallest Baylor starting guard is senior A.J. Walton, who stands 6 feet 1 inch tall. Walton will most likely be assigned to guard McGruder and the winner of this individual matchup could determine the outcome of the game. “We just have to get after it,” senior guard Pierre Jackson said. “Just in case we get blew by on defense, we’ve got Cory [Jefferson], Isaiah [Austin} and Rico [Gathers] down there to protect the rim. Coach has been making us play a lot of defense in practice and put us in a bunch of game situations to help us out.” One area where Baylor should have a sizable advantage is on the interior with freshman center Isaiah Austin and junior power forward Cory Jefferson. Austin, at 7 feet 1 inches, and Jefferson, at 6 feet 9 inches, have a chance to dominate the paint in this game. Kansas State prefers to start a smaller lineup and then bring in size off the bench if it is needed. Sophomore Adrian Diaz and senior Jordan Henriquez are the two biggest players on the Wildcats’ roster. Diaz is 6 feet 10 inches and Henriquez is 6 feet 11 inches. While the duo is certainly tall, they don’t receive too much playing time for Kansas State. Henriquez only plays 14.7 minutes per game and Diaz plays for less than a quarter of each game. Baylor’s unique size on the frontcourt could force the hand of Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber to play a different lineup than usual. “Playing in the Big 12, every game is physical,” Jefferson said. Freshman center Isaiah Austin is the key difference maker in this contest. Austin accounts for almost one-third of all of Baylor’s blocked shots this season. He also has more than one-fifth of the team’s rebounds on the year. In 14 games this year, Austin has posted a positive plus/minus differential. In the six games where Austin has been negative or neutral in plus/minus differetial, Baylor has lost five of those contests. Austin’s performance on Satur-

guard with valuable size and the Bears have shown that they are vulnerable this season against guards with elite size. Iowa State senior guard Will Clyburn, who stands 6-foot-7, torched Baylor with 28 points on Feb. 2.

day is the perfect thermometer to gauge Baylor’s chances of pulling off the upset win in Manhattan, Kan.

By Daniel Hill Sports Writer

Team

Big 12 Record

Games Back

Overall Record

No. 14 Kansas

8-3

0

20-4

No. 17 Oklahoma State

8-3

0

18-5

No. 10 Kansas State

8-3

0

19-5

Oklahoma

7-4

1

16-7

Baylor

7-4

1

16-8

Standing Reach: 9-3

Iowa State

6-5

2

16-8

Points per game: 13.6

West Virginia

5-6

3

12-12

Texas

3-8

5

11-13

Field gol percentage: 47.5%

Texas Tech

2-9

6

9-13

3-point percentage: 32.3%

TCU

1-10

7

10-14

Isaiah Austin Height: 7-1 Weight: 220 lbs. Wingspan: 7-3

Rebounds per game: 9.3

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Kappa Omega Tau’s (KOT) performance of The Ghosts’ Call is the No. 1 Lariat pick for its daring choreography, acrobatics and great vocals. This act was the Lariat favorite.

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Omega Chi & FIJI’s act, Cut Loose, gets second place from the Lariat for bold song choice. This act was the runner-up for the Lariat favorite.

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) wins third place for The Secret Service. This act was the Reviewer’s Darling.

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I’ve seen a lot of Sing acts — 6 or 7 years’ worth of them to be precise. I have a very strong idea about what makes a “good” Sing act. I look at song choice, creativity, story, execution and, to an extent, cleverness. I appreciate novelty and new-ness, as well as risk-taking. I’m going to try to reward acts when they are good, but I’m not going to hesitate to criticize them when they miss opportunities (or notes during a solo). This year, we will be working on a 5-point-scale. A 5 is near perfection and a 1 is barely showing up. Since Chamber is actually competing this year, no zeroes will be given. Phi Kappa Chi When the Lights Go Out

Phi Kappa Chi took the audience on an above average rehash of the “Night at the Museum” film series. Above average seems the best way to describe this group. The vocals were solid, the choreography was okay, but there wasn’t enough “pop” to really set the group apart. On top of that, the funk song midway trough was a little odd. On the whole, the biggest disappointment though was that the high level of performance they had during the final song, Party Rock Anthem, didn’t really show up in the rest of the act. Kappa Alpha Theta Going for the Gold

I’m going to use this time to state one of my biggest beefs with Sing performances — only using the front part of the stage to sing. With a theme like the Olympics, the ladies of Kappa Alpha Theta could have been a lot more creative in their staging. The tumblers do, however, deserve the lion’s share of credit for making this act stand out. Apart from that, nothing really set them out from the pack. Also, it was difficult to keep an accurate count, but

I’m pretty sure only about 6 people sang in the whole thing. Although there weren’t too many problems, the whole thing felt average. Better luck next year. Delta Tau Delta The Final Frontier

that, however, the dancing was a little sloppy. That would be forgivable if the choreography look particularly complex, but — even if it was — it didn’t. Nothing that I saw made me think that this was anything other than an average Sing Act. Alpha Tau Omega “Flirtin” with Disaster

Until I saw Delta Tau Delta’s performance, I had no idea that “The Final Countdown” had words. Now I know there’s a reason nobody ever sings the words. I ’m also not sure if the astronaut with his collar unbuttoned was supposed to look drunk, but if he was, the illusion was perfect. The scant moments of humor were appreciated, but on the whole the act took itself to seriously and was too rough around the edges to be very good. Also “We Can Work It Out” is a pretty transparent song choice for a scene about reconciliation. I did enjoy the “Rocket Man” bit, though. Phi Beta Phi Tacky Tourists

This act started as well as any act like this can. I actually briefly enjoyed the incredibly unenjoyable experience of being crammed on a tour bus full of tacky people. But unfortunately it lagged after the first song. I thought the beginning harmonies were good, but after that nothing really wowed me until “Land of 1000 Dances.” The choreography there was great, and the solo dancer was the most memorable part of the act. On the songs before

ATO’s act is an act of contradictions. I don’t think they know what the song “Poker Face” is actually about, but I thought they nailed “Ballroom Blitz.” I didn’t like most of the singing, but I thought everything fit well. Sometimes the dancing was absolute chaos and sometimes they nailed it. I have to give it an average score because I’m convinced that it could have been better, but I’m not sure it would have felt right if it were flawless. Either way, piano-man and barrel-dude deserve some mad props. Also I hope that one guy’s nose gets better. Keep rockin’ ATO! Kappa Chi Alpha/Brothers Under Christ Road to the Races

If my judging was based on the first minute of each act, Kappa Chi Alpha and Brothers Under Christ would be my favorite. I thought the opening was great, definitely the best harmonies out of the whole show. Unfortunately it seems like those people had an unfortunate accident after their part in the act and couldn’t return to stage for the rest of it. This is, as I said, very unfortunate because if the act had continued from that high note or gotten better it would have been

among the top acts. Congratulations to the BYX on their first sing, though. You guys looked sharp, just don’t go to Derby Day without a hat or jacket next time. Chi Omega/Phi Gamma Delta Cut Loose

This act is basically what I mean whenever I say creativity. The opening song choice was absolutely stellar, and it wasn’t even the high point of the show. The act loses points on execution in the middle, and the “You Really Got Me” crossover didn’t quite work like it was intended, but it was a bold choice. What really made the act was the final song “Footloose,” which is quite a thing for me to say since I hate Kevin Bacon. However, it had some dynamite choreography and probably the best trio of the night. I cannot say enough how much I enjoyed the vocals on the last number. Sigma Alpha Epsilon The Secret Service

With SAE, it’s all about the little things. The fact that they’re all wearing Baylor socks with their suits and short shorts, the giant, crying Bald Eagle with an American flag painted in it’s eyes, the presidential fight scene and the twostepping were all just perfect. That’s even before the act starts to get really funny. The act is supremely weird and just about the funniest thing I’ve seen all year. The whole time I didn’t know whether or not to laugh or shout “MURICA” at the top of my lungs. To quote the poet “It’s like George Washington marching down your throat to fight the Redcoats and the British.” These five stars are essentially meaningless, but here you go.

Chamber of Commerce Workin’ For the Honey

Really Chamber? Really? I’m a “B?” That’s the best you could come up with? Did you think it was clever? It wasn’t. The sad part is that that was probably the best dancing in the whole act right there. The two best parts of the show were the fact that we didn’t have to suffer through another rendition of “Welcome to All-University Sing” and the fact that everyone died at the end. No, honestly I thought that was a clever touch. It was also very satisfying, but it was a clever touch. If you want to compete with the big dogs, Chamber, you should expect to get bitten every now and then. Kappa Kappa Gamma Topsy Turvy Day

I liked this act, but I’m not going to pretend I understood it. If I had to guess I’d have to say that it was about Diadeloso, but I can’t be sure. Other than that, the vocals were good, the choreography was fantastic, and I really enjoyed the performances by the two head clowns. My only issue was that I had no idea what was going on, but I have a feeling that it was kind of meant to be that way. Alpha Delta Pi Ultimate Grand preme

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competitive I’ve see ADPi in a long time. Between the little cowgirl with the massive voice and the girl that sang “Dancing Queen,” they had some of the finest vocals of the entire night. If it had maintained that level of excellence the whole time, it would have been one of the best acts. As it stand, they will have to settle for top of the middle. Kappa Omega Tau The Ghosts’ Call

This act absolutely blew me away. From the first second it’s mesmerizing. The spot on choreography, the consistently good male vocals and the daring acrobatics really put the whole act together for me. When I first saw the makeup, I was excited for perhaps a similar act to last year’s “Zombies” act by Pi Kapp. What I got was both completely different and infinitely better. It had nearly everything I look for in a great Sing act. Congratulations KOT, if there is any justice in this world you’re set for a top spot. Delta Delta Delta Checkmate

Tri-Delta’s chessthemed act was incredibly colorful, in spite of the fact that everyone was wearing black and white. The song choice was solid, the choreography was sharp and the act brought out a lot of the inherent drama that often escapes casual observers of chess matches. I especially liked the big, instrumental dance number and the vocalists on “Black Horse and Cherry Tree.” Unfortunately, all of this act’s strength centered on group talent and sometimes a strong individual performance is what makes an act truly great. SEE

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Pi Kappa Phi “Fight Night”

I was a little disappointed with Pi Kapp’s performance this year. Instead of something original and exciting, it was standard and poorly executed. It felt like the guys on stage spent more time at the gym preparing for the act than in rehearsal. Most of them looked the part, but the whole thing wasn’t sharp enough. Also, in a singing and dancing competition you cannot blow the intro on a song and expect not to get a point deducted. I didn’t entirely hate it, but it could have been a lot better. Zeta Tau Alpha “Old Familiar Places”

Zeta’s performance was absolutely heartwarming. When you do these sorts of obvious plays to the heart-strings of every alum in the audience, there’s a danger that you will overdo it and cross the border into sappiness. Zeta didn’t, fortunately. Instead it was a charming tribute to all the memories we will collect at Baylor and beyond. The choreography was also very sharp when I was watching, but to be honest I didn’t watch it the whole time because I was so engrossed with the actress who played the old woman. She was fantastic. Great job Zeta. Sing Alliance “A Class of Their Own”

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Sing Alliance yet. It was fantastic, especially during the “Saved by the Bell” bit. Also the vocals were consistently high quality. The one part that I didn’t like was the middle when the “bullies” came out. It didn’t read well and nothing happened with them. As the theater kids I recognized in the cast will remember, conflict breeds excitement. There wasn’t enough of either to make this act great. Alpha Chi Omega “Bound by Midnight”

This act opened very well. The free-form ballet dance was beautiful and really fit the magical forest theme. Additionally, the first two vocalists were phenomenal, especially the girl in green. Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Know” was a powerful song choice for the finale and it paid off. The one glaring unfortunate part was in the middle when the fairies in black came out to dance. It was a poor song choice for the act, considering the vocal range of the participants. Apart from that one point the act was stellar, but that one point sticks out. Kappa Sigma “United We Stand”

Kappa Sig, I’ll forgive you once, just this once, for singing a Civil War song in an act about the Revolutionary War. I’m doing this solely because “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” was so incredibly awesome. I also found it delightful that a woman in soldier’s clothing was dancing in the front while the song from Mulan was playing. The choreography was sharp and the acrobatics were spot-on. There were some minor vocal and execution issues that kept you out of the top spot, but if you sharpen up there’s no reason you can’t be on top.

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Travel through time and history back to the American Revolution with the men of Kappa Sigma in their act titled “United We Stand.”

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Kappa Alpha Theta practices the synchronized swimming stunts for their Olympics themed Sing act in their Chapter room.

Obstacles, rewards await those in Sing By Ashley Davis Copy Editor

Nothing consumes and defines Baylor life in the spring semester so much as All-University Sing, a marathon of Broadway-style shows put on by Sing Alliance, Baylor Chamber of Commerce and various Greek organizations every year in front of family and alumni from all over the country as part of a 61year tradition. When the curtain rises, all the audience sees is the glare of stage lights against dramatic make-up, flashy costumes and newly painted props. This year, 18 acts are performing, including paired acts and Sing Alliance, which consists of students who are not involved in Greek organizations but still want to participate. This event is perhaps the most prolific tradition in university history, but the complexity of such a large gathering can be lost on the audience viewing the final product. The long process of production begins with the election of Sing chairs. Each Sing chair is appointed by their respective organizations soon after the previous year’s Sing premier event. The Sing chair is in charge of organizing a theme, designing a backdrop and props with group members as well as planning the choreography and music selections for the act. Some organizations design their own backdrops and props while others commission art or other special effects. Fraternities and sororities have been known to hire older members who have participated in Sing or professional choreographers. The

groups are given a budget from Student Activities to fund their production. Throughout the spring and summer. Sing chairs plan and organize every minute detail of the act and in the fall, practices begin. The groups are expected to have the entire act together by November to be reviewed by the Student Productions Committee. Full technical rehearsals begin the week before Sing. Regular practices are held throughout the school year while technical rehearsals involve the coordination between all of the groups to fine-tune soundchecks, microphone placements and the timing between each act. The technical rehearsals ensure that the show as a whole will run smoothly. Student Productions selects the judges for Sing based on their involvement or knowledge of theater, dance, music and campus life/ student administration. The judges must also have never witnessed Sing before. There are 12-16 judges each year and they grade each performance based on: entertainment value (30 points), musical quality (20 points), choreography (20 points), creativity (15 points), and theme development (15 points). Katy senior, Aimen Majeed, said Sing is one of the biggest amateur productions in the country on the university level. Majeed is a member of Student Productions committee and a Sing act producer for Alpha Tau Omega and Phi Kappa Chi fraternities. he said preparation for Sing takes a massive amount of energy

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and time from everyone involved, but the Sing chairs take the worst punches. “It’s a testament to how dedicated the members of Sing are. We don’t get scholarships and we don’t get paid, but we are at every rehearsal and every meeting. Sing unifies us into a family within each fraternity and sorority,” Majeed said. “I think being Sing chair is one of the hardest jobs to have. But the legacy they leave is very important to Baylor tradition.” Majeed worked in the ticket office in the Bill Daniel Student Center last year and could often be seen selling will-call tickets for Sing long before the event. Though Majeed is a biology pre-med major, as a film and digital media minor, she said she was fascinated by everything that went into Sing and the hustle and bustle of backstage. Last spring, she decided to apply for the Student Productions Committee and landed an interview. “They were looking for people who were passionate about Sing and other Baylor traditions. It’s very important for the people in StuPro to have respect for the traditions and honor the secrecy,” she said. Majeed said a major part of the Sing tradition is to keep the groups’ themes for their acts secret until the premiere. Each organization spends months rehearsing and fine-tuning every element of their act, making the final unveiling all the more surprising for the audience. As a producer, Majeed said she has helped her groups with various aspects of the entertainment

–making process. The producers coordinate with the Sing chairs and give helpful suggestions about themes, props, special effects, music and costumes. The producers are there to ensure the groups follow the performance regulations outlined by Student Productions, make sure the acts are Baylor appropriate and that deadlines are met as well providing support for the Sing chair during practices. Austin senior and Phi Kappa Chi Sing chair Chris Watkins said the event has been a major part in his life ever since he was appointed. Watkins said he got involved in Pigskin, the homecoming performance of the top eight acts from Sing, during his sophomore year. He found he loved the choreography and was good at it. This, above all, induced him to become more involved. “I played baseball in high school. I wasn’t involved in any kind of theater or dance,” Watkins said. “After I did Pigskin I decided to apply for Sing chair and I got it.” As the Phi Kappa Chi Sing chair, Watkins can attest to the hardships and rewards these organizations get from Sing. Watkins said the hardest thing about leading his organization is getting a group of guys motivated to sing and dance on stage when they aren’t used to it. However, Watkins said the group’s unifying values always help the show come together. “Our motto is ‘One body, one life,’ and we try our best to incorporate our Christian values into the act as well as an entertaining show,” Watkins said.

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Members of the band Savion including Jasper junior Savion Wright (Front Right), Coopersberg, Pa., sophomore Jake Cermak (Back Right), Shingle Springs, Calif., sophomore Jeremy Ashburn (Front Left) Stephenville freshman Jeff Traylor (Back Left) gather around the piano in the Barfield Drawing Room at the Bill Daniel Student Center on Monday.

Band hopes to break the standard, succeed in industry By Ryan Daugherty Reporter

If you have ever passed by Common Grounds, odds are that you have heard Savion Wright singing. Wright, a junior from Jasper, is a multi-talented musician and singer who said he has always had music in his life. “Music is a big part of my family,” Wright said. “All of my brothers and sisters sing and play at least one instrument. I kind of had to outdo them all and play every instrument that they played plus one more.” Wright plays seven instruments including the saxophone, guitar, piano, accordion, mandolin, ukulele and harmonica. He is learning an eighth instrument as well: the

cello. Wright, who writes and composes his music, is often accompanied by three other musicians. Stephenville freshman Jeffrey Traylor plays the guitar, Shingle Springs, Calif., sophomore Jeremy Ashburn plays the keyboard and piano, and Coopersberg, Pa., sophomore Jake Cermak plays the drums. Together, they form Savion Wright and The Standard. They play an alternative style of music, which is also categorized as New Wave music, a type of pop/ rock music. Wright tells stories through his songs with a sound that he defines as soul etched with a hint of edge and alternative rock. Savion and The Standard has one big goal - to get their music out to the world. “We all have a goal where we

want to go in music and it seems like we are all far centered in that same place,” Wright said. “We came together, thought of things we wanted and it seems like it’s starting to work out. We’re excited for things to come.” As talented and outgoing as Wright is, he said it wasn’t until he came to Waco that he knew the path he wanted to go. “I actually really grew out of my shell when I came to Baylor so I’d say my freshman year was when I really wanted to perform in front of people,” Wright said. “I’d say that it’s been a big impact on me, just Baylor in its aspect.” A big part of getting people to know an artist’s music is performing in public places, which is how Wright gained much of his popu-

larity. Wright has performed at popular locations on Baylor’s campus including the Baylor Bookstore, Waco Hall during Chapel and Common Grounds. “I played at the bookstore a couple of times, especially during the fall because it’s during football season,” Wright said. “When a lot of parents and alumni come, they ask me to come out and play. I usually play about six or seven times there a semester.” Although he said he is a busy student, Wright is constantly writing songs for his band to play. Cermak has been around Wright long enough to know exactly what happens when he writes a new song. “I’ve had conversations with him where he starts singing a song and you have to wait until he fin-

ishes the whole song to continue,” Cermak said. Wright has big aspirations for himself and his band. Last year, one girl asked Wright why he thought he could actually go on a world tour and he said to her, “It’s not that I dream too big, it’s that you dream too small. I really want us to go places. That’s the main goal. It’s hard work but I think we can do it. These guys are talented and if we get our stuff together, we can go places.” Traylor summed up the group’s goal best. “I’d say together with all of that, we’re just trying to make a name for ourselves,” Traylor said. Wright said he is running a campaign on IndieGoGo.com to raise money for his band. IndieGo-

Go is a website where aspiring artists put their names out for people to donate money to help them in their journeys. Wright is trying to get an album set up for his band. “I already have the songs ready,” Wright said. “I just need them to be in the studio. We’re trying to get that out so we can actually show the world what we have to offer. Not just in Texas, but the United States and even Europe.” Wright’s IndieGoGo campaign ends on March 8 and donations of any amount are accepted. Savion and The Standard next perform on March 23 during Baylor’s annual Bearathon. They will also be opening for pop-rock artist Ty Mayfield at the Common Grounds concert in Waco on the same day.

The Baylor Lariat: Sing Issue 2013  

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