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Diversity on the rise for BU Baylor professor links diversity with retention rates as both increase By Shannon Barbour Reporter

The university achieved an unprecedented 96.2 percent retention rate last semester, passing a previous retention record set in the spring of 2014. In addition to rising retention rates, diversity rates have also increased among the undergraduate population to 35.5 percent, according to the Baylor Institutional Research and Testing. According to the Baylor Institutional Research and Testing, Baylor’s growing rate of diversity increased to a record of a record 35.5 percent in fall 2014 and is expected to rise this spring. Diversity rates are calculated using racial, ethnic, gender and religious minority enrollments, while retention rates are based

on the number of students who choose to return to Baylor each semester and year. One of the biggest causes of the increase in retention are programs started by the university to help minorities feel more connected to campus, said Courtney Pace Lyons, assistant director of student success. Programs and events like Kaleidoscope help students feel socially connected and make them aware of Baylor’s resources, Lyons said. “Kaleidoscope is purposefully designed to attract students who are in minority groups,” said Lyons. “And it’s very intentional. There’s a lot of encouragement to connect with parents at the event too, to help them understand the college process.” In addition to making the student body more diverse, Lyons said Baylor intends to

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make faculty and staff more reflective of the student body. “That is something Baylor is very com-

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Let’s do the time warp, again Members of Pi Kappa Phi shows what they’re made of during a performance of “A Wrinkle In Pi Kapp Time” in All-University Sing on Thursday at Waco Hall. Their act included shiny suits from the future, ninjas, cowboys, cavemen and a dinosaur.

It was Jan. 8, 2014, one of the biggest days in the young life of Davion Hall. The sun was only just coming out, but the Hall family was already hard at work ensuring Davion was fully packed and ready for the next step in his journey. He tweeted: “Got everything packed & ready to GGGOOO!!!! #OMW,” and began the long drive to his new home. Little did he know, he had started a firestorm. Davion Hall was just like

Auction for alum raises funds, hope By Rachel Leland Staff Writer

Baylor alumna Julie Prater discovered unexpectedly she was pregnant with her second child in the summer of 2014. Eight weeks into her pregnancy, Prater had her first full-body seizure while tending to her screaming son. Family and friends are hosting an auction to raise money for Julie Prater, who was diagnosed with a stage four brain tumor last summer. At the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where she worked as a labor and delivery nurse, doctors alerted Prater that she had a brain tumor in her Vol.115 No. 70

motor strip, the part of the brain where movement is controlled, and would need additional tests at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. At the medical center, Ms. Prater was diagnosed with a grade four brain tumor, which has a median survival time of 14 months. Prater and her husband Luke Prater, who is also a Baylor alumnus, had to take time off of work and Julie is now on disability. “Because they had to take so much time unpaid, I was over at her house one day and I said maybe we could do a fundraiser with her church,” said Prater’s sister-inlaw Ashley Judd. Judd spoke with Prater’s obste-

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any other high school kid excited to travel for his first day of college, but with one key exception: he was a five-star football recruit, high school All-American and had offers from such schools as Alabama, Texas A&M and a whole host of others. While he tweeted his jubilation and sped to his destination, Baylor and Texas A&M fans argued about where he was going. Some pointed to Hall signing financial aid agreement at both schools, an unusual yet not unheard of situation that gives recruits a SEE

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Student government will commemorate 100 years as the voice of the Baylor student body beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at McLane Stadium. Arlington senior Dominic Edwards, student body president, said he plans to look toward the future by celebrating the past. To do so, they are bringing in past student government members and will discuss ways to improve student government as a whole. “Are we where we want to be right now? Sure,” Edwards said. “Could we do more to really achieve optimum point of student voice and optimum point of shared governance? Yes, but everything that they’ve done has been so helpful for me specifically this year.” The mission of the student government is to represent the student body, with respect to the Christian commitment and the ideals of Baylor University. The association was founded on December 17, 1914, and recognized as an official student organization a few weeks later in 1915. “Just because of logistics and that sort of thing, we decided to host the celebration for the centennial year in February 2015,” Edwards said. Several generations of student government are attending the celebration Saturday not only to commemorate and pay homage to predecessors, but also to look toward the future to continue the tradition of leadership and service, Edwards said. Although Austin junior Catherine Booth cannot attend the events on Saturday because of All-University Sing, she said student government is always building on the past. “We take what worked and what didn’t and use that to help us improve campus,” said Booth, who is class president of the junior class. SEE

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Turkey, US to help Syria train for war against IS By Desmond Butler Associated Press

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Julie Prater and her family celebrate Christmas in 2014 at their home in Dallas, following the birth of their second son.

trician-gynecologist nurse about creating an auction to raise money for Prater and her husband. “Instead of doing a church auction it grew to an online auction,” Judd said “It’s been amazing how people have reached out to help them financially afford her care.” Prater was a Chi Omega and a member of the Baylor Riding

Association, where she met her husband Luke. The couple dated while at Baylor and married in 2007. “It was such a poor diagnosis, it made things become pretty clear for us...we didn’t have a lot of choices when they said ‘she needs surgery now,’” Mr. Prater said. SEE

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ISTANBUL — Turkey and the United States signed an agreement Thursday to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State group, said the U.S. Embassy in Ankara. The two countries have been in talks about such a pact for several months. The deal was signed Thursday evening by U.S Ambassador John Bass and Turkish Foreign Ministry undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu, said Embassy spokesman Joe Wierichs. He gave no further details. Sinirlioglu called the deal “an important step” in the strategic partnership between Turkey and

the United States, according to Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency. The Turkish government has said the training by U.S. and Turkish soldiers could begin as early as next month at a base in the central Anatolian city of Kirsehir, and involve hundreds of Syrian fighters in the first year. The U.S. has said the goal is to go after the Islamic State group, but Turkish officials have suggested that the trained rebels could also target the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad. With its 750 mile border on Syria, Turkey is a key part of the U.S.led coalition against the Islamic State group. But negotiations with the U.S. over what to do about the SEE

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more information than ever before and yet, seem to know less. Indeed, in the Internet Age, it can be fairly said that nothing is ever truly, finally knowable, authoritative testimony always subject to contradiction by some blogger grinding axes, some graduate of Google U, somebody who heard from somebody who heard from somebody who heard. And let us pause here to cast shame on would-be presidents Chris Christie and Rand Paul, who both said last week that vaccinations should be a matter of parental choice, a particularly craven bit of pandering that ignores a simple principle you'd think we'd all support: your right to make irresponsible decisions about your child ends at my right to safeguard my child's health. But in an era of designer facts and homemade truth, maybe there are no simple principles any more. As a disease once thought over and done with comes back like some '90s boy band, this much seems obvious: The Secret Knowledge is just ignorance by another name. Leonard Pitts Jr., winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, is a columnist for the Miami Herald, 3511 N.W. 91 Avenue, Doral, Fla. 33172. Readers may write to him via email at

look at business plans and true profitability of an endeavor in a given area is vital to ensuring the optimal situation for success. While selling trinkets may seem like a good idea on the surface, don’t underestimate the level of economic development in a given area. As with any form of charity, there does need to be an understanding that money does sometimes get wasted and there will be individuals who run away with the funds. However, don’t be turned off from a beneficial idea by the minority. Baylor has a wonderful tradition of charity to the needy, but there is question about how successful simply giving basic supplies is to attacking the root of issues. However, acclimating people to the global economic condition is not only a way to invest in the present, but create adults who can teach their children about how to succeed in the future. That’s something the entire global market can get behind.

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I call it the Secret Knowledge. Meaning that body of information not everyone has, that body known only to those few people who had the good sense to go off the beaten path and seek it. It is information you'll never see in your "newspapers" or "network news" or any other place overly concerned with verifiable "facts" and reliable "sources." It will not come to you through a university "study," peer-reviewed "article," renowned "expert," government "agency" or any other such traditional bastion of authority. No, the Secret Knowledge is the truth behind the truth, the real facts behind the facts "they" want you to believe. It unveils the conspiracies beneath the facade suckers mistake for real life. Not incidentally, the Secret Knowledge will always confirm your worst fears. I don't know when the mania for Secret Knowledge began. Maybe it was when King and the Kennedys were killed and some of us could not shake a gnawing suspicion that the stories we were told were not the whole truth. Maybe it was when a man walked on the moon and it was so amazing some of us refused to believe it had happened. Maybe it was when Watergate shattered public trust. Maybe it was when "The X-Files" fed a shivering unease that we inhabited a world of lies within lies. But if we can't say for certain when the mania began, the fact that it's here is beyond dispute. Indeed, it has spread like, well ... measles. Ay, there's the rub. Also the scratching. As you have no doubt heard, that highly contagious and sometimes deadly disease, which this country declared eradicated 15

term to describe financial services to low-income individuals or to those who do not have access to typical banking services.” In practice, microfinance is investing in the productivity of individuals rather than being bound by the financial. Contrary to many other forms of foreign investment, microfinance provides the ability to be held accountable for funding instead of simply receiving money. People can use money for whatever reason they propose; it could be anything from investment in a business to home improvement. However, the idea is that they are able to better their situation and eventually repay the loan with a small interest. Perhaps the most legitimate complaint of the program is that you could create a debt bubble in already destabilized areas. However, this is where the charity portion of microfinance comes into play. Rather than destroying the economic future of a disadvantaged person, the debt can simply hurt their ability to borrow again. In addition, when investing in these programs, take a hard

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Campus Kitchen Project receives grant to help support hunger relief initiative By Dane Chronister Reporter

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks Dec. 3 , 2014, at Georgetown University in Washington. The Clinton Foundation has been raising money in recent months with a $250 million goal.

Clinton charity defends fundraising practices By Kent Thomas Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The charity founded by former President Bill Clinton defended its financial support from foreign governments on Thursday and said it would continue “appropriate” policies and practices if former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton runs for president again. The foundation run by the Clintons and their daughter, Chelsea Clinton, has come under scrutiny for its practices of raising money from foreign governments as Hillary Clinton considers a presidential campaign in 2016. The Wall Street Journal reported the foundation received money in 2014 from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Oman. The Washington Post found the foundation had raised nearly $2 billion since the former president launched it in 2001. About one-third of the foundation’s donations of $1 million or more came from foreign governments or entities based outside the United States, the Post analysis found.

The Clinton Foundation said in a statement Thursday it receives support from “individuals, organizations and governments from all over the world” and that its programs improve the lives of millions of people. “Should Secretary Clinton decide to run for office, we will continue to ensure the foundation’s policies and practices regarding support from international partners are appropriate, just as we did when she served as secretary of state,” the foundation said. The foundation stopped raising money from foreign governments in 2009 when Hillary Clinton became President Barack Obama’s secretary of state amid concerns the foundation’s dealings with foreign entities might present a conflict of interest. The foundation resumed fundraising among foreign governments in 2013, after she left the administration. The foundation also agreed to disclose its donors online and noted in the statement that it has a “record of transparency that goes above what is required of U.S. charities.”

The Campus Kitchens Project announced that director and kitchen manager Alexandria Woo and Baylor University’s Campus Kitchens Project was one of 10 universities selected to receive a grant for their efforts in reducing the problem of food insecurity on Wednesday. The American Association of Retired Persons gave Baylor $3,000 to help the university alleviate local hunger. A three-year budget from AARP, which invested $625,000 in the Campus Kitchens Project, will be spread among schools to help their local Campus Kitchens reduce hunger. Ten schools were selected nationwide to receive aid to go towards ending hunger in local areas for the next three years. The Community Engagement and Services also helps fund the Baylor program. “The whole purpose of the Campus Kitchen Project is to empower student volunteers to fight hunger in their communities,” said Erica Teti-Zilinskas, associate director of communications for the Campus Kitchens Project. The Campus Kitchens Project is a nonprofit foundation that was established in 2001 and is run primarily by students who make use of their entrepreneurship and leadership skills to feed the hungry in their cities. The project has extended to 42 Campus Kitchens nationwide. Aramark partners with Baylor’s Campus Kitchens Project to help collect food from the dining halls and provide the Waco area with meals. “Every community, we know, is unique and different, and rural ar-

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Students volunteer Jan. 21, 2013, at the Urban Training Farm in East Waco. The Campus Kitchens Project partnered up with the Heart of Texas Urban Gardening Coalition to make lunches for the volunteers.

eas have different challenges than certain urban areas, which require access to fresh products and grocery stores,” Teti-Zilinskas said. The executive committee consists of 12 members and numerous volunteers that the project relies on to help their cause. As far as Baylor’s Campus Kitchens Project goes, students stockpile a surplus of groceries and ingredients from on-campus cafeterias, food at the faculty dining halls, local gardens and restaurants. “Everything that we pick up from the dining halls is what they are serving that day,” Woo said. “We take it straight to Salvation Army, where they can repurpose it

or put it straight on their line.” Started by the nonprofit organization D.C. Central Kitchen, located in Washington, D.C., The Campus Kitchens Project is considered a sister organization to the D.C. Central Kitchen. With the same plan as the D.C. Central Kitchen in mind, the Campus Kitchens Project recovers unused foods from farms, wholesalers and other area supporters. The ingredients from these sources are used to create 5,000 meals for local residents. “One of my main experiences that has shaped and molded me in the nutrition field is Campus Kitchens, which has been awesome because food service is a

huge part of the nutrition industry,” Woo said. The Campus Kitchens Project has a simple three-part mission: strengthen bodies, empower minds and build communities. According to its website, the Campus Kitchens Project hopes for students to take pride in the improvement of their city’s food insecurity efforts. The site states, “If we give young people the ability to use the existing resources of their schools then they can create an effective national network of cooperative and adaptive antihunger programs, and in the process, develop as leaders for social change.”

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Professor searches to discover link between seizures, autism By Amanda Yarger Reporter

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Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma, left, attends a meeting Oct. 27, 2009 in senate chambers, in Brazilia, Brazil. Opposition leaders in Venezuela are reporting that Ledezma was arrested Thursday.

Venezuelan opposition mayor suspected to have been arrested By Fabiola Sanchez and Hannah Dreier Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela — Men in camouflage uniforms smashed into the office of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma on Thursday and carried the opposition figure away. An aide said some of the officers wore the uniform of the national intelligence service police. Reports of the arrest set off protests around the city, where people spontaneously banged pots from their windows or tapped rhythms on their car horns amid rush hour traffic. Hundreds gathered in front of the headquarters of the intelligence service police to vent their anger. The government did not respond to calls seeking confirmation of the arrest and it was unclear what the mayor would be charged with. Last week, President Nicolas

Maduro named Ledezma among a laundry list of government critics and Western powers he accused of plotting a coup to bring down the South American country’s socialist government. Tensions have been running high in Venezuela this week, with the one-year anniversary of antigovernment street protests that rocked the country and resulted in more than 40 deaths. The government arrested several other mayors and former mayors during last year’s unrest, including Leopoldo Lopez, who is considered by human rights groups as Latin America’s most high-profile political prisoner. Ledezma has long opposed the socialist leadership and a hunger strike he staged after federal authorities stripped his office of most duties made him a symbol for what the opposition calls the government’s efforts to punish

elected officials who do not fall in line. His arrest was captured on surveillance video. Men in black and gray camouflage can be seen pushing the middle-aged politician from the building. A member of Ledezma’s security team, who was not authorized to give his name, said 10 men wearing the uniform of Venezuela’s national intelligence service entered the building carrying guns and a hatchet. They used their weapons to break the door to Ledezma’s office, and then a dozen other men, wearing masks, came in and dragged the mayor away, he said. Hector Urgelles, a spokesman for Ledezma’s party, the Fearless People’s Alliance, told The Associated Press that the uniformed men did not identify themselves or give a reason for the arrest.

Dr. Joaquin Lugo, Jr., assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, received news late January that he earned a prestigious grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the neurological mechanisms that might connect developmental seizures and autism. The $415,000 award, spanning three years, will help Lugo’s research team in discovering the effects of seizures on the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway — a neurological pathway involved with regulation and communication between neurons, Lugo said. The National Institutes of Health presents awards to research proposals that demonstrate projects of high scientific caliber. Lugo’s research proposal had to provide the questions his study would cover and the process his team would use to identify the link between developmental seizures and autism. “I think there’s a lot in the epilepsy community that can benefit the autism community and vice versa,” Lugo said. “I think they’re looking at them in isolation and I think they should look at them together. People can see the link, but they haven’t put them together.” Lugo has studied epilepsy and autism during his graduate and post-doctoral work. He said the link between the two has not been fully researched and he hopes to clarify the link. “Maybe we should think about this in the epilepsy field,” he said. “I think by this study if someone has a child who is epileptic and they’re very young, they might want to monitor to see if there’s autistic behaviors, to see if that’s

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Dr. Joaquin N. Lugo, Jr., professor of psychology and neuroscience, studies the link between seizures and autism Thursday in a lab.

something that happens.” Although Lugo’s study will be performed on mice, the results of the study can eventually be translated to humans. Discovering how the research can impact real patients often intrigues students to join the research team. “It’s fine to look at it in mice, but does it give them new ideas on how to think about patients?” he said. “Is this something that we’re seeing there? Should we be watching for it? Maybe there is a better connection than we thought there was.” Lugo will lead a team of researchers that includes graduate and undergraduate students. Because he teaches upper-level neuroscience courses, his pool of candidates generally includes juniors and seniors who have a dedication to the neuroscience field and who are willing to have a time commitment to the lab — including summer vacations and school days. “If they can come in and dedicate the time, they might be a good choice,” he said. “If they’re a hard worker and willing to do the work, I’m likely to choose them.” Houston senior Tileena Smith is one of the undergraduate lab assistants in Lugo’s lab. She said she

joined his team in fall 2014 because he was her favorite professor and she had a personal connection to Lugo’s research subject. “I had a friend named Mary and she had a son who was a functioning autistic,” Smith said. “There are a lot of people who have connections to this.” She said she enjoys assisting Lugo because of his calm demeanor in the classroom and lab, as well as the fact Lugo allows students to explore their interests in the lab while working side by side on his projects. “He’s so calm and doesn’t get mad when we do something wrong,” she said. “He explains why it was wrong and how to improve.” Waco senior Conner Reynolds said he joined Lugo’s research team last June because of a personal connection as well. “My sister has Asperger’s Syndrome,” he said. “At first I thought I was just getting into a lab that would help me out and show me the ropes, but what’s really made me stay is [Lugo’s] unparalleled mentorship. He doesn’t just want you to come in and work in the lab. He wants you to come in and be a collaborator.”


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Global LLC to move, change name By Shannon Barbour Reporter

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In this Feb. 10 file photo, Lee Anderson adds to the pile of snow beside the sidewalk in front of his house in Somerville, Mass.

Weather breaks heat records despite snow By Seth Borenstein Associated Press

WASHINGTON — It may be hard to believe for a country that’s shivering from Maine to Miami, but 2015 has gotten off to a rather toasty start. Last month was the second warmest January on record globally, behind 2007, with temperatures 1.4 degrees above the average for the 20th century, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Meteorologists calculated that the United States in January was 2.9 degrees warmer than normal, making it the 24th warmest January since 1880. In America, January and the entire winter so far has been a tale of two nations: record hot in the West, bone-chilling cold to the East. While Boston is buried in more than 8 feet of snow, parts of Pacific Northwest that depend on winter snow have gotten next to nothing. California is having its warm-

est winter on record for a second consecutive year. And for the first time, San Francisco had no rain in January. What’s happened is that high pressure — nicknamed the ridiculously resilient ridge — has parked just west of California with unusually warm ocean water, preventing storms and cold from sneaking into the West, according to NOAA climatologist Jake Crouch. Then the jet stream dips south from Canada, bringing the cold to the Midwest and East and the cold in the East combines with the warm water of the Atlantic to provide big snow in the Northeast, he said. And while it had been chilly in the East and Midwest, up until this week it hadn’t been too record breaking, especially compared to what’s been going on out West, Crouch said. There were 3,499 daily warm temperature records broken in January, compared to 775 cold ones.

Next fall, North Russell Residence Hall will open its doors to both women and men who wish to live in the new Baylor and Beyond Living-Learning Center. The Baylor and Beyond LLC will replace the Global Community LLC housed in Brooks Flats, and will require upper-level students who live in the Global Community LLC to move to North Russell. The revamped residential hall will be separated into wings for women and men, just as Brooks Flats is. “We decided to transform global community from being solely focused on all things international to more of a freshman specific hall, because North Russell is going to be 90 percent freshman and 10 percent upperclassmen,” Holly Joyner, program director, said. This new program is focused towards freshman and students who are interested in the topics the LLC is devoted to: studying abroad, international students, different cultures, civic engagement and social justice issues. “There’s a community of people who have similar interests right from the beginning and the program supports the interaction of that community,” said Jennifer Good, current faculty-in-residence at the Global LLC. World cinema, international sports, global politics and events and languages are some of the focuses of Baylor and Beyond LLC. “I’ve learned to have a global outlook on life, and to realize that there are people and cultures beyond where I’m at now, which is something that is said to you often, but you never quite understand it,” said McKinney sophomore Jasmine Moss, a Global LLC resident.

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Members of the Global Community LLC carry the flags they walked with in the Homecoming Parade Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.

Joyner described the new LLC as suites divided into themed “neighborhoods.” Romantic languages will be one of the neighborhoods encompassing French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Joyner said Baylor and Beyond will focus on getting freshmen connected to Baylor and encouraging them to look beyond Baylor for their education and future. “The beyond piece would be pushing our students to think about study abroad and different cultures,” Joyner said. Because the new LLC will be located in North Russell, it will be cheaper than Brooks Flats for incoming freshmen, as well as the few upper-level students who choose to make the move and visiting international students.

While the new LLC still emphasizes global issues, it takes some of the focus away to concentrate on first-year experiences of freshmen. In addition to the few upperlevel students, the current facultyin-residence, Good, will also follow the LLC to North Russell. Good has been involved with the Global LLC since the beginning stages, where she helped propose having an LLC that focuses on different cultures and the community. “As a language teacher, I know how important language and culture are, regardless of your major,” Good said. To help students afford the new LLC, scholarships of up to $3,000 are available to students based on

Lawyer asks to move Boston bombing trial L ariat C By Denise Lavoie Associated Press

BOSTON — A lawyer for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pressed a federal appeals court Thursday to move his trial out of Massachusetts, citing “saturation publicity” about the case and the large number of people in the state who were personally affected by the deadly attack. In arguments before the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, federal public defender Judith Mizner said the local jury pool is “connected to the case in many ways” and cannot be counted on to be fair and impartial. “This attack was viewed as an attack on the marathon itself ... and an attack on the city of Boston,” Mizner told a three-judge panel of the appeals court. Mizner said media coverage

But Assistant U.S. Attorney of the marathon continues unabated — nearly two years after the William Weinreb said the judge bombings — as news organizations has been conducting thorough cover the recovery of the victims. questioning of prospective juThree people were killed and more rors to weed out people who have than 260 were injured when twin formed opinions on Tsarnaev’s bombs exploded near guilt. During that process, known as voir the marathon finish dire, the judge has proline. Tsarnaev could face the death penalty visionally qualified 61 people he believes are if convicted. capable of being fair Mizner said many and impartial jurors. of the prospective juThey will move on to rors who have been questioned individuthe next stage of jury selection. ally by U.S. District Judge Juan TorruCourt Judge George Tsarnaev ella, the only judge on O’Toole Jr. have cited the three-judge appeals close personal ties to the case, including a man who said court panel to grant Tsarnaev’s rehis wife is a nurse who treated vic- quest for a hearing on the changeof-venue motion, peppered Weintims the day of the bombings. If the trial is moved out of state, reb with questions about the “people won’t come to it with the defense’s claim that a large persame set of emotions and feelings,” centage of the 1,373 people called for jury duty in the case believe she said.

Tsarnaev is guilty. Torruella quoted excerpts from juror questionnaires, including one from a prospective juror who wrote, “Why waste time on this guy? You know he’s guilty.” Another juror suggested a “public execution” of Tsarnaev by a bomb at the marathon, Torruella noted. Weinreb said those excerpts, culled by Tsarnaev’s lawyers, are not representative of the jury pool overall. He said that during individual questioning, prospective jurors who have strong opinions have “unhesitatingly admitted” them, allowing the judge to rule them out as jurors. Chief Judge Sandra Lynch noted that prosecutors have argued that asking the appeals court to intervene now and order the trial relocated would be an “extraordinary” move and that typically the trial location issue is raised on appeal after a trial.


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financial need and merit, such as fluency in specific languages and experience abroad. “Because there’s an application process, it attracts those students that really want to be involved in it,” said Moss. “You have people signing up to participate and give back to their community, their Baylor community, their global community and the outside community outside of the Baylor Bubble.” Baylor and Beyond will help freshmen and international students with the transition into college life and help connect them to the campus and opportunities abroad, Joyner said. “We’re not leaving it behind. We’re taking it to a new place,” Good said.


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Baylor mourns passing of respected law professor By Carly Laucella Staff Writer

Renowned Baylor Law School professor, lawyer and beloved family man Matt Dawson died Tuesday. He was 98 years old. Born March 20, 1916, in Waco, Dawson was tied to Baylor and the city of Waco from the very beginning. His father, Baylor alum J.M. Dawson, was the pastor at Waco’s First Baptist Church for 32 years. Dawson’s mother, Willy Turner Dawson, devoted her time in Waco to make sure girls attending Baylor had an acceptable place to live. She is the namesake for Dawson Residence Hall. Dawson grew up on Fifth Street, attended Waco High School and later graduated from Baylor University and Baylor Law School. After moving to Longview

post-graduation with a fellow Baylor Law School graduate to start up a law practice, Dawson eventually returned to Waco and Baylor. After another break from practicing law during a stint in the Navy, Dawson returned to Texas and worked as a trial attorney at his brother’s law firm. He became known around Texas as an extremely dedicated and effective lawyer. “His career in the courtroom also was a testimony to the wisdom of our jury system when a passionate and talented lawyer is the steward and protector of it as an advocate,” said Brad Toben, dean of Baylor Law School. After 35 years working in the Texas legal system, Dawson took his love for law and became a professor at Baylor Law School. It was at this time he earned the nick-

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Baylor Law Professor Matt Dawson stands with current law students. Dawson was the director of Baylor Law’s top-ranked Practice Court program for 13 years.

name of “Mad Dog,” attributed to his drive and passion. As a faculty

member at the law school, his involvement with Baylor Law’s Prac-

tice Court program and his mock trial teams earned the school many accolades. Dawson is known by his peers as a man blessed with craft of practicing law. “I admired him deeply for who is was, how he lived his life, and for the example he set for all of us in the profession,” Toben said. “The likes of him will not pass this way again.” After retiring from teaching in 1983, he continued as a trial attorney for 20 more years. He received many titles and honors, including the Texas Bar Foundation’s Outstanding 50-Year Lawyer award, and was named one of Texas Lawyer’s 100 Lawyer Legends of the 20th Century. As a tribute to Dawson’s work and dedication to Baylor, a life-sized statue was built in his honor outside a Practice Court classroom at the Sheila and Walter

Umphrey Law Center in 2009. Gerald Powell, director of the Practice Court program and professor at Baylor Law School, described Dawson’s most memorable trait as his fearlessness. Dawson’s wife of 60 years, Princess Louise, died in 1999. He is survived by his five children and their spouses: Donna and Dr. Robert Fisher; Rebecca and Jon Brumley; Mark Dawson; Carol Dawson; and John and Allie Dawson. He also is survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends. When asked about his fondest memory of Dawson, Powell said, “watching him testify as an expert witness for a case I tried in Dallas. He did a beautiful job. He was very impressive.” Services are at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Waco.

Netherlands’ tolerant traditions tested after terror attacks By Mike Corder Associated press

AMSTERDAM — As Rotterdam’s mayor and a former government minister, Ahmed Aboutaleb is a voice of mainstream liberal Dutch values. As a Muslim immigrant from Morocco, he is also a prominent member of a community that many Europeans increasingly see as being in conflict with those values. So when Aboutaleb spoke up after last month’s Paris terror attacks — telling Muslims who can’t stand humorists to “Get lost!” — it was a shout heard ’round the world. The Netherlands has deep traditions of tolerance, which long extended even to the intolerant. Accepting people who don’t share your values was seen as a badge of a true democratic society.

But many of the Dutch are questioning whether it makes sense to embrace all viewpoints and all ways of life. The fact that a prominent Dutch Muslim repudiated that view in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks made waves as a powerful expression of this shift in the Netherlands and throughout Europe, from a live-and-let-live society to one in which new arrivals are pushed to embrace Western customs and values. Aboutaleb is among a group of European mayors visiting Washington this week to take part in a White House-sponsored conference on countering radicalization. He has won an international audience by going to the heart of a key question Europe is grappling with: whether to continue embracing multicultural traditions long espoused by Britain, Germany and

the Netherlands, or turn sharply toward the French way, insisting that newcomers assimilate. In the Netherlands, changes in attitude began with the 2004 murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh — who was shot and stabbed to death in broad daylight by a Muslim fanatic angered by a film that criticized Islam. The slaying prompted many in famously liberal Holland to declare that the age of tolerating intolerance must come to an end. Many Dutch today see striking similarities between the slain cartoonists of weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo and Van Gogh. Both thrived on hard edged provocation, breaking taboos and challenging sacred cows in a way that could make even supporters uncomfortable. The Charlie Hebdo cartoonists depicted the Prophet Muhammad in lewd poses; Van Gogh’s movie

“Submission” featured scenes of near-naked women with Quranic texts on their flesh. And both were ultimately mourned as champions of free expression whose lives were cut short by extremist forces. The terror in France has made the Dutch again look at their policies of integration, causing leaders to promise fast-tracking a package of measures aimed at curbing Muslim youth radicalization. Among the moves are plans to strip people who go to fight overseas of their Dutch nationality, and do more to prevent them leaving in the first place; block jihadi propaganda from the Internet; and provide more support for families, schools and other organizations that deal with vulnerable youngsters. Leen Jongejan, a 68-year-old pensioner in The Hague, has seen Dutch tolerance ebb in recent years

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Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb as Biden arrives to speaks at the White House Summit on countering violent extremism Tuesday.

and supports the shift. Immigrants “used to come here and be pampered,” he said. “If you look at attacks happening overseas,

I don’t think it is strange that attitudes are changing. If it could help to prevent an attack here, it’s a good thing.”


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Same-sex couple marries in Texas By Eva Ruth Moravec and Paul J. Weber Associated Press

AUSTIN — Defying Texas’ longstanding ban on gay marriage, a lesbian couple wed in Austin immediately after being granted a marriage license on Thursday under a one-time court order because one of the women has cancer. Texas’ attorney general immediately appealed to the state Supreme Court, which later agreed to block other gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses, but didn’t address the Austin marriage of Suzanne Bryant and Sarah Goodfriend. Attorney General Ken Paxton said he considers their marriage void, but a court hasn’t ruled on that issue. Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir, whose office issued the license, said she still considers the marriage valid. The women were granted a license in the liberal-leaning county after basing their request on a ruling issued earlier this week by a local judge who deemed the ban unconstitutional in an unrelated estate case. Bryant said Thursday that being legally married to Goodfriend, who has ovarian cancer, would ensure inheritance and allow them to make medical decisions for

each other should one of them become critically ill. “Financially, now we’re intertwined, and we will have community property that we will share,” Bryant said shortly after the marriage ceremony outside the county clerk’s office, where the couple was flanked by a rabbi, friends and their two teenage daughters, whom they both legally adopted years ago. State District Judge David Wahlberg sided with the couple Thursday, directing DeBeauvoir to stop relying on “the unconstitutional Texas prohibitions against same-sex marriage as a basis for not issuing a marriage license.” Courts in Indiana made a similar exception for a lesbian couple in April because one of the women was dying of cancer and wanted her partner’s name on her death certificate. A federal appeals court overturned Indiana’s ban in September. Paxton, a Republican who took office in January, said the emergency stay was needed to “to make clear to all county clerks that Texas marriage law remains enforceable until there has been final appellate resolution.” A federal judge last year overturned the ban, which was overwhelmingly approved by voters in the fiercely con-

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Suzanne Bryant shows off her wedding license certificate as she walks out the Travis County clerk’s office with Sarah Goodfriend on Thursday in Austin. Travis County spokeswoman Ginny Ballard said the marriage occurred Thursday, though it wasn’t immediately clear if the license has legal standing.

servative state in 2005, but the judge put the ruling on hold while the state appeals to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “We are all waiting for a final decision on marriage equality,” Debeauvoir said. “However, this couple may not get the chance to hear the outcome of this issue because one person’s health.” Goodfriend, policy director for state

Rep. Celia Israel, said during a news conference that her last chemotherapy treatment was four and a half months ago. She added: “All of us wonder if the cancer grows back along with the hair growing back.” Before the state Supreme Court ruling, two same-sex couples had inquired about getting a marriage license in Travis

County, chief deputy clerk Ronald Morgan Jr. said. But after the ruling, some gay rights activists predicted that couples wouldn’t flood courts with similar requests for exemptions. Equality Texas Executive Director Chuck Smith said “it would seem that the window for that has again temporarily closed.”

Half-million of Wal-Mart’s US workers to get raises By Anne D’Innocenzio Associated Press

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — WalMart Stores Inc. is hoping its decision to boost workers’ paychecks will help it boost its bottom line. The nation’s largest private employer announced on Thursday that it’s giving a raise to about halfmillion U.S. workers as part of a $1 billion investment that includes changes that Wal-Mart says are aimed at giving workers more opportunities for advancement and more consistent schedules. The changes come as the company has faced increased pressure to pay its hourly employees more. But Wal-Mart, which has been criticized for its messy stores and poor customer service, says it’s also focusing on recruiting and retaining better workers so that it can improve its business. The company has struggled with disappointing sales for most of the past two years, even though it posted better-than-expected results during the most recent holiday season. Wal-Mart hopes that taking better care of its workers will lead to better-run stores, more satisfied customers and an increase in sales and profits.

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“What’s driving us is we want to create a great store experience for customers and do that by investing in our own people,” Doug McMillon, Wal-Mart’s CEO, told The Associated Press during an interview two days ahead of the wage announcement at the company’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. “A better store experience results in happier customers, resulting in stronger sales.” Wal-Mart’s changes indicate that it is moving beyond relying on its hallmark everyday low prices to make it stand out in an increasingly crowded and competitive retail landscape and moving toward investing in its workers. The company had previously cut back on staffing in stores two years ago in an effort to be more efficient. But the moves have backfired. Morale among workers was hurt at stores, employees weren’t able to quickly restock items on shelves and shoppers came to expect unkempt stores. Wal-Mart’s U.S. business, which accounts for 60 percent of its annual net sales of $482 billion, had declines or little growth for eight straight quarters before the latest holiday period. And an annual survey by the American Customer Satisfaction

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Index, which polled 70,000 customers, found that Wal-Mart’s customer satisfaction fell to the lowest level since 2007. “The stores are understaffed,”

said Anthony Rodriguez, who has been pulled to do different jobs from being a bike assembler to sales floor associate at the WalMart Rosemead, California, be-

cause of low staffing. “Often, there is nobody in a department. A lot of customers get upset.” McMillon, whose first job at Wal-Mart was an hourly position loading trucks during college, acknowledged that some measures the company took to cut staff and other moves to increase productivity may have gone “too far.” But he says Wal-Mart has learned from its mistakes. “We want to make it really clear that working at Wal-Mart is a great opportunity,” he said. “Time will tell what the significance of the decisions will be.” In focusing on investing in workers, Wal-Mart follows other big retailers that have announced plans to increase pay recently as the national debate over raising the federal minimum wage has reached a crescendo. Swedish home furnishings retailer Ikea this year gave thousands of workers at its U.S. division a 17 percent average raise to $10.76 an hour. And clothing chain Gap Inc. raised its minimum hourly wage to $9 last year and to $10 this year. But Wal-Mart’s changes are likely to have a bigger impact because it employs 1.3 million U.S. workers. Among the changes, Wal-

Mart is raising entry level wages to at least $9 an hour in April and to at least $10 an hour by February of next year. That includes the less than 6,000 workers who make the federal minimum wage. With the changes, the average full-time wage at Wal-Mart stores will be $13 an hour, up from $12.85. For part-time workers, the hourly wage will be $10, up from $9.48. In addition to raises, Wal-Mart is also doing things like offering hands-on training for new workers in areas including teamwork, merchandising, retail fundamentals and communications. It’s also rolling out a program that offers some workers fixed schedules so they can be able to choose the same hours each week. The program is being tested in Wichita, Kansas. Some industry watchers say that Wal-Mart’s move to treat workers better will lead to sales growth. “There’s a nice connection to highly satisfied customers and happy employees,” said David VanAmburg, managing director of the American Customer Satisfaction Index. “Employees who are better paid and treated better by management tend to go the extra mile for the customer.”

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Student senators discuss campus surveillance and security at a meeting Thursday. They unanimously approved a bill to increase the number of cameras on campus.

Student Senate bill approved to add security cameras on campus By Rachel Leland Staff Writer

Student Senate unanimously approved a bill to increase the number of security cameras on Baylor’s campus on Thursday. The bill was introduced by McKinney freshman Senator Jessica Porter at last week’s senate meeting. Currently there are approximately 600 cameras on Baylor’s campus. Porter won a senate seat her first semester and has already introduced her first bill called “Security Cameras.” “This was something I was really passionate about and one of the things I came into student government and wanted to get done,” Porter said. Porter, who lives close to Eighth Street, said she noticed there weren’t any surveillance cameras in the parking lots near there.

“I started thinking I see a lot of girls in sororities who are going to the Stacey Riddle Forum, and I was like ‘That’s not safe!’” Porter said. “I think as college students we can be sometimes a little naive and we are not thinking about our safety all the time.” Students in sororities are also concerned for their safety when walking to the Stacey Riddle Forum at night. “It’s definitely a place we are encouraged to study at and it’s unsettling to walk there at night and I’m glad it’s being addressed,” said Dallas freshmen Alison Gage, who is member of Alpha Chi Omega. Some of the buildings don’t have surveillance that is up-todate, Porter said. “I think campus safety is an important issue, especially to young women here. We have to watch out for each other and as Baylor students, we have to have each other’s back,” Porter said. Faculty and members of staff

will also benefit from more security cameras, especially staff, who often work late at night. “Some of the members of staff who clean the residence halls, they get off pretty late and I see them waiting for their ride and someone could do something to them, too,” Porter said. “Once you’re here you have to think about other people and not just yourself and kind of be selfless in that way.” Porter met twice with Vice President of Campus Safety and Security Mark Childers to discuss increasing the number of security cameras on campus. Childers indicated that Baylor wanted to increase the security on Baylor’s campus by doubling the number of security cameras to 1,200, Porter said. While Childers couldn’t give Porter a definitive date for when the project would be completed, Porter hopes the cameras will be installed within two years.

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DENVER — Colorado already is being sued by two neighboring states for legalizing marijuana. Now, the state faces groundbreaking lawsuits from its own residents, who are asking a federal judge to order the new recreational industry to close. The owners of a mountain hotel and a southern Colorado horse farm argue in a pair of lawsuits filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver that the 2012 marijuana-legalization measure has hurt their property and that the marijuana industry is stinky and attracts unsavory visitors. The lawsuits are the first in a state that has legalized recreational or medical marijuana in which its own residents are appealing to the federal government to block pot laws. “It is a bedrock principle of the United States Constitution that federal law is the supreme law of the land,” said David Thompson, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs. The lawsuits are also the first to claim that federal racketeering laws allow them to win damages from pot businesses that flout federal law. The plaintiffs have not specified amounts they would seek. Experts say the racketeering approach is a new one. “If these lawsuits are successful, it could be devastating for the industry,” said Sam Kamin, a University of Denver law professor who helped craft Colorado’s pot regulations. “But it will be very difficult for the plaintiffs to prove damages directly attributable to the marijuana industry.” Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman released a statement saying she would “defend the state’s marijuana laws and our cli-

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ents” if the lawsuits go to trial. Marijuana legalization supporters say that states are free to stop enforcing certain drug laws, as long as they don’t try to overrule the federal Controlled Substances Act. “Colorado has every right to stop punishing adults for using marijuana,” said Mason Tvert, who ran Colorado’s legalization campaign and joined about a dozen other legalization supporters who marched to the state Capitol on Thursday. They carried signs saying, “Regulation Works!” One legalization backer, Democratic state Rep. Jonathan Singer, said the pot industry has boosted tax coffers and hurt the black market. “The sky hasn’t fallen. We’re doing the right thing,” Singer said. Technically, federal law making pot illegal for any purpose remains in effect in the 23 states that have authorized its use for people with certain medical conditions. However, it’s not clear how far the federal government can go to compel states to enforce drug laws.

For nearly 20 years, the U.S. Department of Justice has said that marijuana is illegal and that the federal government can enforce even small-possession crimes. However, U.S. authorities have left most enforcement to the states, saying they focus on larger drug crimes. One of the lawsuits came from the owner of a Pueblo County horse farm, Hope Reilly, who said Thursday that she’s “been horrified” to see a marijuana cultivation facility go up next door. “This land means a great deal to me,” said Reilly, who says the pot facility mars “spectacular views” of the Rocky Mountains. Also suing is the owner of a Holiday Inn, who argues that a pot shop opening nearby is keeping away families. “Marijuana businesses make bad neighbors,” the lawsuit says. “They drive away legitimate businesses’ customers, emit pungent, foul odors, attract undesirable visitors, increase criminal activity, increase traffic, and reduce property values.”


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‘Superbug’ outbreak raises questions about procedures thin, flexible fiber-optic tube that is inserted down the throat to enable a doctor to examine an organ. It typically has a light and a miniature camera. LOS ANGELES — A “superbug” outbreak suspectDoctors first discovered the problem in mided in the deaths of two Los Angeles hospital patients December when a patient underwent an endoscopic is raising disturbing questions about the design of a procedure and developed an infection that couldn’t be hard-to-clean medical instrument used on more than treated with antibiotics. half a million people in the U.S. every year. An investigation was launched and At least seven people — two of whom doctors employed high-tech techniques to died — have been infected with a potenfind other cases — a process that took sevtially lethal, antibiotic-resistant strain of eral weeks, said Dr. Zachary Rubin, medibacteria after undergoing endoscopic procal director of clinical epidemiology and cedures at Ronald Reagan UCLA Mediinfection prevention. cal Center between October and January. It was determined that CRE infections More than 170 other patients may also had been passed on from one “source have been exposed, university officials case” patient between Oct. 3 and Jan. 28, said. Rubin said. The infections may have been transThe hospital has notified potentially mitted through at least two contaminated exposed patients through letters and Rubin endoscopes that were used to diagnose phone calls and is offering free testing and and treat pancreatic and bile-duct probtreatment options. lems. The instruments were found to have Attorney Kevin Boyle said Thursday “embedded” infections even though they had been that one of his clients, an 18-year-old student, was sterilized according to manufacturer instructions, said among those infected after he entered the hospital for Dr. Robert Cherry, UCLA Health System’s chief medi- a procedure that involved using an endoscope to excal and quality officer. Five other devices were cleared. amine his pancreas. Hospital officials said they immediately removed “After he had the procedure he was released. Then contaminated medical devices blamed for the out- he came down with his illness, and when they studied break and adopted more stringent sterilization tech- him and noticed he had the CRE bacteria in him they niques. quickly put two and two together,” he said. At a news conference Thursday afternoon, health Boyle declined to release the teenager’s name or say officials sought to reassure the public that there is no where he attends school but said he spent 83 days in broad danger. the hospital at one point and was released but recently “This outbreak is not a threat to public health,” said relapsed and is currently hospitalized. He said the Dr. Benjamin Schwartz, deputy director of acute com- family doesn’t blame UCLA but is considering suing municable disease control and prevention for the LA the endoscope’s manufacturer. County Department of Public Health. Health inspectors visited UCLA after being notiInfections of carbapenem-resistant Enterobac- fied and found “no breaks and no breaches” in its disteriaceae, or CRE, have been reported at hospitals infection process, said Dr. Benjamin Schwartz of the around the country, and some have been linked to a county health department. type the endoscopes at UCLA. The duodenoscope is a By Alicia Chang Associated Press


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about the Islamic militants have been fraught with disagreement — with Turkey insisting that the coalition needs to also target the Assad government. On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a press conference that Turkey expected that the trained rebels will also fight the Syrian regime. Turkey is already training Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in Northern Iraq, who have been battling Islamic State militants. It is not clear who will decide which rebels will re-

ceive the training. U.S. and Turkish officials have not always been in agreement about which of the disparate rebel groups in Syria should be considered moderate. On Wednesday, the U.S. Defense Department said that the U.S. has screened about 1,200 moderate Syrian rebels to participate in training in Turkey, Saudia Arabia and Qatar. The U.S. Congress passed legislation authorizing the training and providing $500 million for training about 5,000 rebels over the next year.


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verse faculty and staff to better serve a diverse student body.” Dr. James Sorelle, history professor and co-chair of the Campus Diversity Committee, said the committee is devoted to promoting diversity once students and faculty are members of the Baylor community. Sorelle said the committee does so by organizing and funding events and organizations that relate to promoting and continuing diversity. One of the events that the committee organizes is the Cultural Connections Banquet held every spring. Sorelle said he has seen Baylor’s diversity improve from when he first came to Baylor. “When I came here, I bet [the


in their families to go to college. Lyons said the goal of this new program is to encourage new students to feel connected to campus through academic and personal success, which will help improve retention rates. This program will be held during this summer’s second session with a 50 percent tuition discount. The session will offer variety of classes including introductory courses in religion, sociology and speech. “First-generation students are a higher percent minority than the traditional Baylor student,” said Lyons. “I do think that it will help us improve our diversity on some level.”

wards said. “I sit in my role today standing on the shoulders of so many past presidents because of what they’ve done.” Edwards looks to his predecessors for places to build and go forward. The website states that the essence of the mission of the student government would not be present without the hundreds of influencers and decision makers who spent time in student government. “I am looking forward to a more engaged alumni base,” Edwards said. “As we look toward this idea of commitment at the university, it is all about getting them in front of current students,

it is all about connecting them.” Edwards said he believes that by having the alumni back on campus for this event, they can impact the lives, hearts and mind of the alumni. “People don’t realize the impact of student government,” Edwards said. “It is by design, not by default.” Booth said she loves the people involved in student government. “They are so dedicated to serving the student body and there is so much heart in all of them,” Booth said.

daughter, June Lane, Julie Prater began the most aggressive type of chemotherapy possible. Julie struggles daily with the cancer she found out she had less than a year ago. In addition to using a walker, Julie has one to two seizures every day. Friends and family help take care of her children and monitor her seizures. Local Dallas businesses and friends have contributed items to the auction, which Judd hopes will bring more than $20,000 to pay for the family’s expenses. The auction, which can be

found at, will take place on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 and contains a Disney package, a cabin stay in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, sunglasses, purses and salon packages. Donations can be made until the Wednesday before the auction begins. Both Julie and her husband have sought counsel at their church, First Baptist Wylie, and with Luke’s father, who is also a chaplain. “Our hope is for a miracle,” said Luke Prater.

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Edwards is expecting about 50 alumni to return to the celebration. All events will take place in McLane Stadium. “After rolling up the sleeves a little bit, we will head up to the president’s suite in McLane Stadium,” Edwards said. “And then we will go to the Lady Bears game and cheer them on as they hopefully beat TCU.” Some of the notable attendees include Justice Don Willett and Russ Sullivan, the 1982 student body president. “The past is such a good indication of where we can go in terms of the relational authority that student government has,” Ed-


diversity percentage] wasn’t 15,” Sorelle said. “That’s a pretty significant change. It does reflect the intentionality of the university to broaden its appeal to a wide range of backgrounds.” Baylor and the Paul L. Foster Success Center are working to continue the trend among retention rates even more by introducing a new summer program. “This summer we’re debuting the First In Line Summer Advantage program, where students can actually earn six hours of college credit,” said Lyons. “Incoming first-generation students will be part of a summer learning community program.” The program was created to help students who are the first

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Julie Prater did not want to terminate the pregnancy and chose to carry her daughter to term. “We are of the Baptist faith and we felt there was no reason to terminate the pregnancy,” Luke Prater said. Because Prater was concerned chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which are recommended to stop tumors from growing, could hurt her baby, she declined radiation therapy until 8 weeks before her delivery date. Two weeks after she gave birth to her

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backup plan. Others pointed to an Aggie mouth guard that he wore while practicing for the U.S Army All-American game. Everything is on the table. Even insiders such as 247Sports Texas A&M recruiting analyst Taylor Hamm added fuel to the fire. On the same day that Hall said he was leaving, Hamm claimed that Hall still hadn’t made a decision yet between Baylor and Texas A&M. When looking back, Hall couldn’t help but show his amusement at the circus. “I mean it was mostly all rumors,” Hall said. “I kind of considered Texas A&M later in the process, but I wanted to stay through with my commitment. Obviously it worked out.” The recruiting world has changed. *** For years, only coaches and boosters had extended access to the top recruits in the country. Perhaps a transcendent high school star such as Marcus Dupree or Eric Dickerson’s recruitment would be covered by mass media, but most high school kids arrived on campus with only some mention by their local newspapers. Since the arrival of recruiting sites such

as Scout and Rivals, high school recruiting has taken a big step into the public eye. Now, elite players are getting attention from colleges before ever setting foot in a high school, and the world is watching. “Recruiting was a lot of fun, but I kind of wanted to get it over with because it did get tiresome,” junior left tackle Spencer Drango said. His top schools were Baylor, Stanford and Texas. The Austin native picked up added interest from Texas late in the process, which added pressure from many people around him. “It was right in my backyard and all my friends were UT fans,” Drango said. “[Former Texas fullback] Chet Moss graduated from my high school, he brought a bunch of players by to see me.” Social media is also changing the game. “Fans are tweeting at them all day, it plays in their head,” Baylor Scout recruiting analyst Kevin Barrera said. “Kids are getting caught up in the spotlight. You saw with Gilmer cornerback Kris Boyd, he changed his top five several times between Christmas and signing day.” “It’s a hassle because you don’t know

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No. 1 sophmore wide receiver Corey Coleman plays against Oklahoma on Nov. 8 in Norman, Okla. The Bears defeated the Sooners 48-14 for their first win in Norman.

who’s telling you the truth and who’s trying to manipulate you,” sophomore wide receiver Corey Coleman said. “After a while, I talked to my high school coach and said I don’t want to talk to any other schools, tried to keep it honest. I had to make my decision based on me.” Drango also said it is important to blocking out distractions throughout the recruiting process. “My parents helped a lot with that,” he said. “If it was letters or phone calls, they screened them. Everyone tried to give me their opinion.” For many top athletes, the opportunity to build and be a trailblazer is an attractive position. Drango said the other contenders for his services were Texas and Stanford, but Baylor provided a unique challenge. “Baylor was just starting to build, and I wanted to build, not jump on,” he said. Hall said he agreed that the opportunity to build into the future outweighed what a school has done in the past. “I really didn’t look too much at history,” Hall said. “I just wanted to grow at a school that’s coming up, that’s starting from the bottom, which Baylor was. We’re trying to prove a point.” *** During the summer of 2014, Baylor held a camp to work with many high school athletes hoping to pick up an offer. In the middle of the camp, Baylor picked up a commitment from Silsbee offensive tackle Patrick Hudson, already a five-star prospect. Soon afterward, word came out Baylor had offered and picked up a commitment from an unknown prospect named Tren’Davian Dickson. The Navasota wide receiver was not rated by any scouting group and held zero collegiate offers. Since then, Dickson has blown up. The high school junior caught 90 passes for over 2,100 yards and broke a national record with 39 touchdown receptions on the way to leading his Navasota Rattlers to the 4A-D1 state championship. Now, he has offers from 11 schools, including Texas, LSU, TCU and Texas A&M. He is also now rated Scout’s No. 3 wide receiver in the nation and No. 21 overall nationally. He eventually opened back up his recruitment, but Baylor is still considered to have an excellent shot at signing him. What has made Baylor’s recruiting and coaching staff among the best in the coun-

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Head coach Art Briles flashes a smile on Aug. 21 during pre-season practice. Briles’ leadership guided the Bears to their second Big 12 championship in 2014. His committment to recruiting top-notch athletes allows the Bears to compete on a national level.

try is the Bears’ ability to evaluate talent early in the process. “The star rankings don’t mean anything to us,” Baylor offensive coordinator Kendal Briles said. “We want to get him in camp and put him through our drills. We can teach them and talk to them one-on-one to see how coachable they are.” After find an elite football recruit, building connections is the key. “I think the first thing is relationships, try and get to know the kid,” Kendal Briles said. “We have to figure out their goals and aspirations, so that we can figure out and present the best way for them to accomplish that.” Before coaching at the college level, Art Briles was one of the most heralded high school coaches in Texas history, winning four state championships during an 11year tenure at Stephenville High School. Kendal Briles attributes the staff ’s trust among high school coaches and administrators to his dad’s background in Texas high school football. *** Evaluating talent and building positive relationships can only get a program so far. To reach the next step, the message is very clear: win. “We can only start talking about these top recruits when we start winning foot-

ball games,” Kendal Briles said. “You’re not going to get recruits if you don’t win, they won’t believe in what you’re doing.” Since Robert Griffin III won the Heisman Trophy in 2011, things have taken off. Baylor football has become only the second team to win back-to-back Big 12 Championships and were only votes away from being included in the first College Football Playoff. “When we walked into a high school in 2008 with a Baylor shirt, we didn’t get many looks. It’s just completely different now,” Kendal Briles said. With the changes has come new life for Baylor football. The two-time defending Big 12 champions has never been a “location,” but head coach Art Briles is changing the game. Baylor is already off to a quick start to the 2016 class. The Bears have five commitments, four of whom are in either in Scout or ESPN’s Top 300 athletes. “It’s all different. It’s different because of McLane Stadium. It’s different because of the proactivity of Baylor University and because of Waco as a city,” Art Briles said. “And you can’t forget the production on the football field. All this a feel; you feel that as a parent and a student-athlete. That makes a huge difference.”



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If there are two things I really missed in this year’s All-University Sing acts, it’s story development and ATO’s biceps. I felt a definite dip in creativity and innovation from last year’s showdown, and only one act—Phi Kappa Chi—showed the most willingness to think outside the box. Alas, eight must go through to Pigskin, and I’m sure happy I don’t have to choose from this lackluster group of acts. I have a few thoughts in general. After consideration from this and previous year’s productions, it’s imperative to pick a story rather than a general theme on which to base a Sing act. Therefore, the performance lends itself to development and depth—granted no easy task to complete in less than seven minutes. Next, some of the best acts of the night utilized Broadway show tunes to supplement the theme. Its lyrics are storytellers themselves—it’s a billion dollar industry for a reason. Lastly, enough—I repeat—enough with the cheer stunts and tumbling. Not one act this year required them, and more than half of them featured a basket toss. No more. BETA THETA PI “Magic Show”

Beta’s magically charming spectacle is light-years beyond a children’s backyard party but not quite ready for Vegas. With a simple set yet with enough character to entertain, the A capella “I’ve Got the Magic in Me” a la “Pitch Perfect,” though expected, was a sweet addition. Despite a Jess Schurz | Lariat Photographer strong start, though, the story lulled in the middle, which should have lent itself to a few more tricks. Some fixable requests: sharpen the choreography, commit to the movements and give a little more emotion from the ensemble. Thumbs up for choosing a Broadway tune from “Pippin” as the opener — they’ve got the voices to make it happen. Please, for the love of God, don’t let the redhead graduate. KAPPA ALPHA THETA “Beneath the Floorboards”

Thanks, Theta, for ruining more of my childhood again. Inciting nightmares for the second year in a row (not the good kind), Theta whipped out the same makeup from last year and created a less-than-stellar performance. The execution was fine, but the theme seemed really safe and close to last year’s vibe. The song choices were fitting, except for Maroon 5’s “Animal” toward the end—not at all. Perhaps a few more props to indicate the set was even a basement would help the situation. There was an obvious storyline, but it honestly felt like Theta found out they had a ballerina among them and built a theme around it. It just doesn’t add up. This wasn’t creepy—just cringe-worthy.

ALPHA CHI OMEGA “Brand New Ballgame”

ALPHA DELTA PI “All on a Mardi Gras Day”

ALPHA TAU OMEGA “Into the Darkness”

Take me out to the ballgame, but leave AXO in the dugout. What’s this group’s strategy? A glorified dance recital number with a few featured singers and a tired theme slapped on it. Solid. It’s evident they have plenty of girls with dance backgrounds to Skye Duncan | Lariat Photo Editor showcase, which is a major strength they play up heavily. Although the music arrangement was themeappropriate (except “Shake It Off ”), I have a hard time believing they’d ever dream of dirtying those baseball dresses…er, uniforms. Where’s your storyline, AXO? I’d much rather watch “A League of Their Own.”

For ADPi, choosing Mardi Gras for a theme should have been a “no geaux.” Twenty bucks says not a one of these ladies has actually been to NOLA for Fat Tuesday. With a total lack of story and a chorus of girls singing two octaves too high, this group gave us the sugary-sweet PG-rated version of Bourbon Street. Nothing about the performance truly screamed, “Throw me something, Mister,” except the tri-color décor and ratted-up hair. And yet, my biggest confusion was the role of the cubist folks on the backdrop. Your sign says “Parade Today”—did the floats already pass?

Beware: ATO’s performance requires its audience to be a little knowledgeable in literature. Influenced by the dystopian world of “Lord of the Flies,” ATO is a group of students in survival following a plane crash on a deserted island. Exceptional choreography—specifiSkye Duncan | Lariat Photo Editor cally in the Kanye West riff section—paired with their macho demeanor was intense as they descended into savagery or madness (you decide). The song choice, however, played a huge part in the storytelling, even when it was a bit unclear exactly what the struggle was. The survival-of-the-sanest theme was entertaining. Very well done.

CHI OMEGA “All’s Fair in Love and War”

If one thing’s for certain, Chi O knows how to give a good stink eye. But what’s the situation here? Two Grecian goddesses that hate each other? Who wins in this prissy mess? There’s not enough story development or information here to say. Choreography was solid, the singing was on point, but it might help to choose an arrangement that isn’t completely full of chick favorites. Although, I do have to give them props. Unlike last Sing, they settled on one cohesive theme this year instead of a hodgepodge of three. However, it looks like they took too many notes from TriDelt’s “Take Me to the Pyramids.” But that’s none of my business. KAPPA CHI ALPHA & BETA UPSILON CHI “Drafted”

G.I. Joe and Rosie the…Rapper? Surprisingly, this teamed-up group pulled off a creative theme, which was dynamic and sweet to boot. The song choices gave a wide variety of genres, from 1940s swing to a Disney classic to top 40 hits. The beginning dance scene dragged on a little lonJess Schurz | Lariat Photographer ger than necessary, but it steadily gained momentum from there with a haunting version of “Carry On Wayward Son,” later expertly collaborated with “Titanium.” The choreography wasn’t a strong point as it seemed too easy in some parts which should be cleaned up quite a bit, but it had an excellent end and momentum with the partner work.

DELTA DELTA DELTA “Beyond the Rainbow”

Wonderful costuming and high energy provided yet another awesome number from TriDelt. The group had plenty of talent to choose from for their leads, including the sassy Wicked Witch. Clean, impressionable transitions on and off stage were eye-catching. A helpful hint for this Jess Schurz | Lariat Photographer group: lead singers—especially in the “Walk this Way” scene—should enunciate a little louder. Though I’m a lifelong lover of “The Wizard of Oz”, TriDelt’s lack of creativity in finding a unique theme, however, kept me from giving them a higher score. It’s so hard not to think back to their amazing Egyptian routine from last year and ever wonder how they could top it. Perhaps next year. Final question: why aren’t Dorothy’s shoes red? KAPPA OMEGA TAU “The Grand Hotel”

These Kings of Sing know the recipe for an entertaining act, but this year, they proved their comedic chops too. Using unique elements like the hyper speed opener and a creative goofy theme to work with, KOT’s signature commanding set of vocals and athletic choreography excelled yet again. Though it was one of the stronger performances of the night, I was slightly disappointed with KOT. They prove year after year that they are master storytellers, yet their message seemed to fade somewhere between after “I Wanna Be Like You.” I didn’t feel the grit and obvious story development as last year’s Jekyll and Hyde-inspired “The Battle Within.” Good thing the bell hop antics on the carts remedied the problem.

DELTA TAU DELTA “The Delta Brothers”

What a band of (blues) brothers. To a “Saturday Night Live” junkie like me, this group had so much material to work with from the jazzy music—and a Justin Timberlake bonus—along with a pattern for a storyline to follow. However, the execution wasn’t a strong as the SNL sketch and movie from which it draws. They very clearly evoke the effortless cool of the Akroyd/Belushi duo, but unfortunately, the backdrop wasn’t exactly a fair interpretation of the Windy City. A few suggestions: clean up the choreo and sharpen the arms. It’ll go a long way. The cops didn’t seem interested, pouty even. Stop fiddling with the handcuffs. KAPPA KAPPA GAMMA “Weird Science”

Weird? Not so much, but KKG certainly can entertain. Once again, KKG brings it down with the choreography, which strayed away from the girly sashays their competitors tend to perform. From the beginning, the theme is evident with a killer set Jess Schurz | Lariat Photographer and kooky characters. The first half of the production is stellar with its storytelling and song picks, but once the monsters take over, any sort of story left flat lines—but never in dance. I also was a bit thrown by the not-so-scary monster costumes that were more alien than Frankenstein. Final suggestion: keep your tongues in your mouths. SEE

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It’s Sing season once again By Allie Matherne Reporter

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Phi Kappa Chi’s “Dust Bowl Days” is just one of the 18 acts that are part of All-University Sing this year. The 62-year-old tradition kicked off Thursday.

Students are showing up to class with hairspray locked in, tapping their feet to the beat of their performances. All-University Sing, a tradition that has captivated Baylor for 62 years, kicked off Thursday in Waco Hall. Each year groups create a unique act to catch the attention of the judges and the audience. There are 18 acts this year. Preparation begins early for the four-hour show. Student Productions and the organizations begin collaborating in March of the year

before, said Patrick Kendrick, executive producer of Sing, in an email to the Lariat. “It’s been so cool – we’ve been working on this act for almost a whole year now,” said Austin junior Natalie Crane. Student Productions and the organizations participating work collaboratively on the show. Student Productions is responsible for making sure the show runs smoothly and it is as excellent as expected, while the Sing chairs focus on the creativity of their acts, Kendrick wrote. “My favorite aspect of Sing is seeing how a simple idea or theme

comes to life on stage,” Kendrick said. “Sing Chairs are so creative and work extremely hard on their acts. I really love seeing the dedication they have for creating a great act for their organization.” Picking a theme, developing it and keeping it a secret are all challenges the Sing chairs face, said Crane, Chi Omega’s executive sing chair. It is a huge undertaking that requires a lot of practice, Amarillo junior Chase Thompson said. Thompson is the Phi Kappa Chi Sing chair. “We do have one group that is back in Sing this year, Fiji, after

taking a year off,” Kendrick said. Each group has worked tirelessly to create an impressive act, Kendrick said. Each group has had various practices during the weeks leading up to the event. “They’ve showed up with their game faces on,” Crane said on her organization’s work. “I hope that guests leave with a great appreciation for the work all the groups have don,” Kendrick said. “I love the great tradition that is All-University Sing and hope people really feel like it was well worth four hours of their time. I believe it will be.”

Bob Dylan still keeps his tunes fresh at 73 By Jonathon S. Platt News Editor

In 1963, director Otto Preminger independently brought “The Cardinal” to theaters.

Music REVIEW Antheming the production was Frank Sinatra’s iconic voice to the tune of “Stay With Me,” a song written specifically for the film. Half a century later, these lyrics slyly slipped off the lips of legendary artist Bob Dylan and onto the most dynamic record of his career. Always a game changer, Dylan recorded this latest record “Shadows in the Night” (Capital Records) in a sophisticated style that mimics Sinatra in all the right ways. After living, seeing and shap-

ing so many decades, Dylan, at the age of 73, proved that he can still do what few artists can at much younger ages: reinvent himself. Zimmy’s signature nasally tone and singer-songwriter rhythm is rarely found in any of the album “Shadows” 10 tracks. (“Full Moon And Empty Arms,” “Some Enchanted Evening” and “Where Are You?” do incorporate traditional Dylan, though.) Instead, jazzy, slow dance tunes make up most of the album. And while Dylan’s Sinatra-esque vocals are the heart of the album, the wide-ranging crescendos of Donny Herron’s pedal steel guitar are the soul. While first time through it does seem like a tribute to the late Sinatra, examining the moan of horns, such as in “I’m A Fool To Want You,” proves the record is instead an extension of Dylan’s adventures

into the blues – a corner of the industry he rarely overtly touches. It makes sense that The Bard would produce such a deep and dynamic album in the latter part of his career. Dylan has done everything and helped to build the gigantic music house that so many of today’s popular artists live in. His influence reaches into every section. Who hasn’t heard of Bob Dylan? But, like always, Dylan doesn’t like to stay in the predictable. It also makes sense that Zimmy chose to cover “Stay With Me.” Like Stephen Fermoyle, Tom Tyron’s Catholic priest character in “The Cardinal,” Dylan rose from lower levels of society to the prestigious princehood in almost ordained manner. In the beginning, Fermoyle, a Boston priest, has little more than

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Former president Jimmy Carter, left, presents Bob Dylan with the award for 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year at the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year show at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Feb. 6 in Los Angeles.

a small parish to look forward to, but ends up being made a cardinal on the eve of World War II. In the same way, Dylan likely never anticipated the breaks he would receive to be the become a defining voice of multiple generations. Concluding the album is Dylan’s rendition of the iconic ballad “Lucky Old Sun,” by Beasley Smith and Haven Gillespie, origi-

nally recorded by Frankie Laine in 1949. Since its release, this instant classic has been covered by huge recording names from Aretha Franklin to Willie Nelson, whose duet with Kenny Chesney is my personal favorite. While originally a majorly acoustic and echoey tune, Dylan’s cover incorporates a darker and fuller accompaniment of horns,

strings and kettle drums. “Shadows In The Night” has something for everyone. From the classic Dylan, to Sinatra, to hints of Blind Willie, to the Dylan of the ’90s, the deeply resonating, soundly calming and progressively reflective tone crosses generational and cultural boundaries seamlessly. One thing is absolute: This era of The Bard will be interesting.

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The level of detail used to produce the character “Rocket Raccoon” in “Guardians” was complicated and may win the film an Oscar.

Live raccoons may secure ‘Guardians’ visual Oscar By Gina McIntyre Los Angeles Times (TNS)

Early in the making of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” visual effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti invited a raccoon named Oreo to spend a few hours in his London office. He was looking for inspiration for one of the movie's central characters, the mouthy wiseguy Rocket Raccoon, and the natural world seemed like a productive starting place. “They touch everything. They're very tactile animals,” Ceretti recalled in a phone interview last week. “We spent a lot of time filming the way he moved so the animators could reference that. “Even though it's a raccoon that can walk and talk, we just want to make him look as present in the image as possible so people don't question it.” Ceretti's intensive study sessions paid off. “Guardians” is one of five films vying for the Oscar for outstanding visual effects at Sunday's 87th Academy Awards, a contender in a strong field that includes another Marvel outing, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” as well as “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “Interstellar” — or, respectively, the second, fourth, ninth, 11th and 16th highest-grossing movies of 2014. While each is long on visual scope and impressive digital artistry, "Guardians" might rank as the only contender to liberally pepper its alien landscapes and expansive star fields with goofy, euphoric comedy.

It could easily be considered this year's most offbeat double-Oscar nominee (it also was nominated in the makeup and hairstyling category). Adapted from a relatively obscure 2008 comic book series, the outre space opera brings together a petty outlaw who calls himself Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) with a green assassin, a literal-minded brute and a pair of truly unusual animals — Rocket Raccoon and his pal Groot, a sweetnatured sentient tree — to stop a cosmic villain. Rocket is voiced by Bradley Cooper, a lead actor nominee for his role as Chris Kyle in "American Sniper" and Groot by action star Vin Diesel. The camaraderie between the duo helped win over moviegoers and critics; the $170-million production took in nearly $775 million at the worldwide box office, earning a 91 percent fresh rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes and spawning a planned sequel due to arrive in 2017. Ceretti, who shares his nomination with "Guardians" FX collaborators Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould, said that even before filming began, director James Gunn repeatedly emphasized the pivotal importance of the two CG characters. "James was afraid that having a raccoon and a tree in the middle of other human people would be a little bit odd," Ceretti noted. "He kept saying, 'I really don't want them to look like Bugs Bunny in the middle of the Avengers. I want them to look real, I want them to feel real.'" Starting with early concept de-

signs, Ceretti and his team (roughly 200 animators worked on the character) studied Oreo and other raccoons to help gain a better understanding of how the animals move and behave in nature. They then made strategic alterations to bring Rocket to life. In the film, the creature is a product of genetic testing that leaves him with unresolved anger issues, a wicked sense of humor and a fondness for automatic weapons, and his screen posture needed to reflect those characteristics, said Ceretti, a native of France and a first-time Oscar nominee whose previous credits include “Batman Begins,” “X-Men: First Class” and the time-traveling literary adaptation “Cloud Atlas.” “He needs to be funny at times, he needs to be annoying, he needs to make us cry sometimes,” he said. “We had to change a little bit the way the raccoons are built in terms of in their legs and the size of their shoulders. Raccoons don't have shoulders. We had to create a character with a bit of shoulders so he could emote, so we could get some nice poses out of that.” After digitally building the character's skeleton, the technicians layered on his musculature and skin, then his fur and finally his wardrobe. To help provide additional nuance and texture, “Guardians” costume designer Alexandra Bryne produced actual garments for Rocket, which were scanned into the computer. Accurately creating fur remains a challenge. “It takes quite a lot of time to

render, especially with the level of detail we wanted for Rocket,” Ceretti said. “Raccoons have different colors along each hair, and there are moments in the film when he's wet, and that's another level of complication.” Gunn's actor brother, Sean, performed as Rocket on the “Guardians” set — the movie was filmed in England in 2013 — shooting most of his scenes seated to approximate Rocket's rather diminutive stature. (A mime was hired to stand in for Groot, Ceretti said.) Having an actor physically present for the scenes helped the other cast members deliver sharper performances, Ceretti said ­— rather than staring at, for example, a tennis ball on a stick holding the place in the frame where Rocket would be inserted digitally in post-production, they could actually look at, and interact with, a person. “I think the fact that we didn't have any technology getting in the way made it more fluid in terms of the acting," Ceretti said. "We had lots of funny moments, comedic moments, and we felt it was good not to get too much technology into that and let it flow as much as possible. We tried to help the process by not being too invasive in a way.” Cooper's performance as Rocket became the final component. The actor was filmed during his voice recording sessions so that the animators could incorporate his facial expressions and body language into Rocket's movements. “We told him, ‘Just act as if you were there,’” Ceretti said.


JERUSALEM — When Jennifer Teege stumbled upon a book in a Hamburg library seven years ago, the biracial German woman who was given up for adoption as a child was stunned to discover a deep family secret that shook her to the core. Her maternal grandfather was the brutal SS Commander Amon Goeth, who ran a concentration camp in Plaszow, Poland, in World War II and whose cruelty was so chillingly portrayed by actor Ralph Fiennes in the 1993 Oscar-winning movie “Schindler's List.” “It really turned my world upside down,” said Teege, who has written a memoir about her soul-searching experience titled “My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me” — a reference to the Nazis' racist ideology. An English version of the currently Hebrew book is coming out in April. In Israel, her story resonates on many levels. The country is home to the world's largest community of Holocaust survivors. Discovering that she traced her lineage to a man described as “the symbol of evil” sent Teege into intensive psychotherapy. “It was very difficult for me to deal with this because I have a very unique relationship to Israel and with the Jewish people,” said the 44-year-old Teege. Goeth was notorious for shooting Jewish inmates for sport at the concentration camp in Plaszow, a Krakow suburb. The German industrialist Oskar Schindler saved more than 1,200 Jews by bribing Goeth and other Nazis to have them work in his factories rather than be sent for extermination. Goeth was convicted as a war criminal and hanged in 1946. Teege's astounding revelation and the book that followed were just the latest chapters in her troubled biography, from a childhood spent in foster homes to a prolonged estrangement from both her biological parents, to her struggles with prejudice in Germany because of her dark skin and the suicide of her grandmother, with whom she was very close. Teege's maternal grandmother, Ruth Irene Kalder, was a secretary in Schindler's factory and it was he who introduced her to Goeth, whose wife remained in Austria while he ran Plaszow.

Their affair produced Teege's mother, Monika Hertwig, whose memoir “I Have to Love My Father, Right?” was the book Teege found in the Hamburg library that set her on her journey. Teege's mother had a brief affair with a Nigerian student but was already in another relationship by the time Teege was born in 1970, and she was sent to an orphanage as an infant. Much later in life she tracked down her biological father in Africa.

Teege sees a physical resemblance between herself and Goeth but believes he would turn over in the grave if he learned he had a black granddaughter with close ties to Israel and Jews. She Teege said one of the things that motivated her to write her book was reading an interview with the grandniece of Nazi leader Hermann Goering, who told the AP in 2008 that she had herself sterilized to end her blood line. Teege rejects the premise of such an extreme measure. “You decide who you want to be. It is your character and you set an example that you can be different. It is not connected to genes,”she said. The hardest part for Teege was reconciling how Goeth, a killer of Jews, was also the man her grandmother deeply loved. “I cannot understand how she could have loved him. I think this was the biggest problem that I had,”she said. In Israel, Teege met with one of the few people left in the world who came face-to-face with Goeth. Rena Birnhack, an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor who was on Schindler's list, remembers being confronted by Goeth at the "selection" line after the Krakow ghetto was liquidated. Under a blanket, Birnhack held two puppies and offered them as a gift. Goeth let her live. Decades later, reading Teege's book, Birnhack found out Goeth kept the puppies and Kalder raised them in their home inside the Plaszow camp. She asked her granddaughter to track down the author and they met in the Israeli city of Haifa last week. “All the memories came rushing back,” an emotional Birnhack said of the meeting. “Among the hundreds that he killed, he kept me alive ... I can't forgive the Germans for what they did to us but I have sympathy for Jennifer.”

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KAPPA SIGMA “The World Will Know “

Filthy hobbitses…oh wait, it’s Robin Hood. My every hope was crushed when I realized it wasn’t Frodo singing “Welcome to the Black Parade.” However, “men in tights” will work just as well. This group’s signature bravado carried over from last year’s routine, but instead of fully Jess Schurz | Lariat Photographer developing a story as action-packed as “How We Roll,” we’re left with something to be desired. I could tell there was a setup for a bit of development at the start, but that light flicker of a storyline died out around the middle section. But what it lacked in an interesting storyline it made up for in athleticism. Did you see those flips off the cart? Impressive. SIGMA ALPHA EPSILON “SAE Wars: The Rebel Alliance”

SAE’s Han Solo and Princess Leia: still a better love story than last year’s Romeo and Juliet. Always a favorite yet never surprising, the irresistible SAEs bring another comic relief to the stage. This year’s, however, proved to have much more plot than most of its competitors. Just once, I’d like to see them move on to Pigskin. The five-star rating is just my opinion: we both know this rating is as pointless as riding a tauntaun on Tatooine.

PHI KAPPA CHI “Dust Bowl Days”

PI BETA PHI “Back in the Habit”

PI KAPPA PHI “A Wrinkle in Pi Kapp Time”

Step aside: Phi Kap was the best thing that happened to Sing this year. Setting a surprisingly high bar for the rest of the acts, this Oklahoma-esque number proves a moving story can, in fact, be told in just seven minutes. With an expert genre mix of songs, their repertoire put a twang on everything from Mumford and Sons to Avicii. And the choreo? Flawless. I was sucked in from the start, but my arms hurt with chills as the refreshing rain fell accompanied by my favorite hymn “How Great Thou Art” sung acapella. At that moment, I knew Phi Chi was here to win. For the future performances, watch the pitches on the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” section. Don’t you dare change a thing more.

This holier-thanthou group is taking the term “sisterhood” to a whole new level. Loads of energy, appropriate costuming, and a striking backdrop made for an irreverent trip to church all wrapped up nicely in a pious “Hand Jive” finale. Yes, the hand chimes made me chuckle, but Jess Schurz | Lariat Photographer there were so many missed opportunities for religious hilarity without offending. Other than “Miss Independent” (really?), the song choice was spot on and cheesy in the best way. The singing could use a little touch up, as could the lost nuns bobbing about in the back, but Pi Phi’s strong dance sections saved their shortcomings Amen to that.

G.I. Joe and Rosie the…Rapper? Surprisingly, this teamed-up group pulled off a creative theme, which was dynamic and sweet to boot. The song choices gave a wide variety of genres, from 1940s swing to a Disney classic to top 40 hits. The beginning dance scene dragged on a little longer than necessary, but it steadily gained momentum from there with a haunting version of “Carry On Wayward Son,” later expertly collaborated with “Titanium.” The choreography wasn’t a strong point as it seemed too easy in some parts which should be cleaned up quite a bit, but it had an excellent end and momentum with the partner work.

SING ALLIANCE “Let the Games Begin!”

Once again popping their caffeine pills, Sing Alliance are nothing short of an energy fest, and oh, is it fun to watch. Though it was a safe theme, the tunes matched the plot as the audience ventured into an arcade full of cheesy smiles and black-lit dance scenes. It’s important to note Jess Schurz | Lariat Photographer that while the costumes attempted to each portray a different video game, all together the outfits clashed, making it a little harder to enjoy the big finish. It didn’t quite hit the mark for me in terms of creativity, but my biggest question: who is that fellow on the back of your coin? Ken Starr?

ZETA TAU ALPHA & PHI GAMMA DELTA “The City That Never Sleeps”

If I were thankful for one element of the performance, it’d be the tapping section. A lost art that should be used more in Sing. It was a delightful stroll through the highlights of the Big Apple from hustle of Times Square to the grunge of the subway below. The singing chops were probably one of the worst of the night, unfortunately. Aside from the gobs of Zeta/Fiji propaganda slapped on Times Square, I loved the obvious movement from scene to scene. However, costume coordination is key. For example, it was probably a poor idea to have Beetlejuice pants, eggplant suits and red gingham in the same breath. Choices, people. Zeta, it was kind of you to take Fiji under your wing; please consider otherwise next year.

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Sing-sational Phi Kappa Chi in “Dust Bowl Days”

Kappa Alpha Theta in “Beneath the Floorboards”

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Kappa Chi Alpha & Beta Upsilon Chi in “Drafted”

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Kappa Omega Tau in “The Grand Hotel”

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Pi Kappa Phi in “A Wrinkle in Pi Kapp Time”

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Kappa Sigma in “The World Will Know”

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Kappa Kappa Gamma in “Weird Science”

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Zeta Tau Alpha & Phi Gamma Delta in “The City That Never Sleeps” Sigma Alpha Epsilon in “SAE Wars: The Rebel Alliance”

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Sing Alliance in “Let the Games Begin”

Beta Theta Pi in “Magic Show”


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Alpha Tau Omega in “Into the Darkness”

Delta Delta Delta in “Beyond the Rainbow”


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Pi Beta Phi in “Back in the Habit”

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Chi Omega in “All’s Fair in Love and War”

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Delta Tau Delta in “The Delta Brothers”

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Alpha Delta Pi in “All on a Mardi Gras Day”

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Alpha Chi Omega in “Brand New Ballgame”

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Lady Bears can clinch outright Big 12 title with win over TCU By Jeffrey Swindoll Sports Writer

The No. 3 Lady Bears have the chance to complete something special this season. When TCU comes to town on Saturday to face Baylor at the Ferrell Center, the Lady Bears can secure the Big 12 regular season title with three games still remaining in the conference. “These players came here because of the tradition of the program,” Mulkey said. “When they put that Baylor uniform on, they know the expectations are to go win and not just win games. They came here to win Big 12 championships and get to the NCAA tournament and let the chips fall where they may. Baylor has been on a tear of wild success in the Big 12 this season, shattering the expectations projected upon them before the season began. The Lady Bears were certainly in consideration nationally of winning of the conference title. However, the Lady Bears may end up doing so undefeated with a team mostly consisting of freshman and sophomores leading the way. Several players in Baylor’s lineup are turning in top-notch performances. Everyone can contribute in some way – rebound, points, assists and even some things that do not necessarily show up on the statistics sheet, Mulkey said. Sophomore forward Nina Davis has soared all season long as one of the nation’s best players. Davis has yet to hit any serious low-point this season. She consistently scores in double figures and often accumulates rebounds in double digits as well. Junior guard Niya Johnson has had her best season for the Lady Bears yet. She leads the nation in assistto-turnover ratio and is in the top five of total assists. Johnson scored a season-high 17 points in the Lady Bears’ win over Texas Tech on Wednesday. Davis and Johnson are Mulkey’s most consistent players in an ever-changing lineup from night-tonight. Mulkey saw quality production from several of her players other than Johnson and Davis. Senior post Sune Agbuke and junior Alexis Prince, Baylor’s core veterans group, scored nine points apiece on Wednesday. Mulkey’s guards, as much as three strings into the roster, each provide something stylistically differ-

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Baylor Lady Bears basketball huddles up before the game against West Virginia on Feb. 15. The Lady Bears clinched a share of the Big 12 last week against Texas Tech.

ent to the offense. Mulkey has often touted herself as “defense-first” coach, but she has never had a lack of offensive firepower in her lineup either. Sophomore guard Imani Wright and freshman guard Kristy Wallace have traded moments of brilliance with their timely jump-shots both on the road and at home this season. Wright has matured and im-

proved her composure, eventually earning a starting role and never looked back. Wright is a threat with her mid-range game, something that was not necessarily existent in her debut season (2013-14). Wright scored 8 points against Texas Tech on Wednesday. TCU had their hands full in their first meeting with the Lady Bears, before Baylor had really reached

further toward its full potential as a team. Now, with the Lady Bears firing on all cylinders as Mulkey said following their destruction of West Virginia on Sunday, TCU may want to consider ducking for cover at the Ferrell Center on Sunday. It may get ugly. With a championship in closing distance, the Lady Bears smell blood. When they smell blood, the Lady Bears do not pass up the chance to pounce like a predator, Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale said. TCU (15-10, 7-7) rely on the speed and tenacity of its guards to confuse teams offensively and defensively. “We like a physical game, especially on defense,” TCU guard Zahna Medley said. “We have Chelsea ball pressuring, when she can do that, our other guards deny their players. So I think that physical play benefits us on defense.” The Lady Bears dealt with the Horned Frogs’ occasional five-guard set in their previous meeting. Baylor beat the Horned Frogs 89-67 in that game, tying the largest deficit by which the Horned Frogs lost this season. Medley and senior guard Natalie Ventress lead the team with the scoring load this season. In TCU’s previous game, which the Horned Frogs won 73-67 over Kansas, scored a team-high 19 points, shooting 9-for-17. Ventress posted her sixth-straight doubledigit scoring performance with 14 points against the Jayhawks. “She is a confident shooter,” TCU head coach Raegan Pebley said after the Kansas game on Tuesday. “That is what you want your shooters to be. She took some great shots, even when she had missed she knew it was the right shot. It definitely created momentum, but I felt like momentum was created more for us when we were able to get some rebounds and get some hustle plays and loose balls. You saw multiple players on the floor fighting, that kept our momentum going more than just a big shot.” Senior forward Chelsea Prince will likely matchup with Davis on both ends of the floor. Her production is similar to that of Davis in terms of rebounds and defensive stops, but her scoring is not up to Davis’ standard. Prince looks to keep Davis quiet, but few Big 12 teams have been able to do that this season.

Stoudemire will sit first two games with Dallas By Cliff Brunt Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — Amare Stoudemire's debut with the Dallas Mavericks will have to wait a few days. President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said Thursday the newly signed forward would probably play Sunday against Charlotte. That means he will miss the Mavericks' return from the All-Star break Thursday night at Oklahoma City and a home game a night later against Houston. "With Stoudemire being new, it's two or three days of getting him acclimated and maybe retooling things just a bit," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said before the Oklahoma City game. "It goes by fast, then you get there and you get in the games, and before you know it, you've played a lot of games." Stoudemire signed with the Mavericks on Wednesday, two days after agreeing to a buyout of the final year of his contract with the New York Knicks. He made the trip to Oklahoma City and was on the court for Thursday morning's shootaround. Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Stoudemire is a good addition for the Mavericks. "He brings toughness, he brings a guy that can score," Brooks said. "He can hit the mid-range shot, he can pick-and-pop, he can pick-and-roll. His low-post game has improved over the years. It gives them experience, and it gives them another big body that they can throw out there." Nelson said there weren't any health issues with Stoudemire, who missed significant time during

five seasons in New York with a variety of injuries. But he said the decision to delay his debut came after the 32-year-old spent some time with the medical and training staff. "He needs to get his legs under him a little bit, get comfortable with the system," Nelson said in Dallas a few minutes after the trade deadline passed without any deals involving the Mavericks. "It's not something that we want to rush, given where we want to go in the playoffs." Stoudemire will back up center Tyson Chandler and forward Dirk Nowitzki, restoring some depth Dallas lost by sending Brandan Wright to Boston in the trade that brought point guard Rajon Rondo. Stoudemire, a six-time All-Star, signed for the veteran minimum. "He adds a dimension that we currently don't have in our front line and certainly solidifies physicality, and that's important come playoff time," Nelson said. "He knows how to win playoff games." Rondo was expected to start against the Thunder after missing the last six games before the break with a broken bone near his left eye. Chandler also planned to play after spraining his ankle in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers and missing the last game before the break against Utah. Carlisle said he doesn't see a problem with so many players being thrown into the mix at the same time. He said their talent level will allow them to adjust quickly. "Depends on how good the players are," he said. "We're talking about good players here, really good players, so it shortens the time."

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Three Bears head to national team tryouts

Sophomore middle hitter Tola Itiola, freshman outside hitter Katie Staiger and junior outside hitter Andie Malloy will all head to Colorado Springs, Colo., to try out for the USA volleyball program. The tryout places athletes on both the national and collegiate national teams.

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Junior designated player Linsey Hays gets a hit during No. 7 Baylor’s game on Thursday against the Oregon Ducks. The Bears fell for the first time this season on Thursday.

Softball falls to No. 2 Oregon By Cody Soto Sports Writer

No. 7 Baylor softball held its own for six innings against No. 2 Oregon on Thursday night. However, the Ducks pulled together a three-run seventh inning to put the game out of reach as the Bears dropped the 4-1 loss at Getterman Stadium. Junior pitcher Heather Stearns had seven strikeouts during the top 10 matchup, but the starter allowed 10 hits before being pulled three batters into the seventh inning. Sophomore pitcher Brooke Seneshen took the mound shortly thereafter and gave up one hit in the Thursday night brawl. This is the first loss of the season for the Bears (9-1) while the Ducks (11-0) remain perfect heading into the remainder of the 2015 Baylor Invitational this weekend. “We knew they were a good team coming in,” head coach Glenn Moore said. “I thought our girls were prepared, played hard. We played head-to-head with them for six innings, but they’re a very good team. We grew up a little bit tonight and we’ll get better from it.” In front of 1,455 fans sporting black T-shirts, Stearns struck out the first two batters at the plate before Oregon’s Jenna Lilley batted a double to get on base. Junior first baseman Sarah Smith bobbled in the final out for the Bears to end the top of the first inning, but the Bears experienced its own share of difficulties at bat. Stearns started out the second inning the same as the first, striking out the first two hitters before allowing a single to put a Duck on base. Smith came to the rescue again, giving the Bears another chance to crack open the game. “When you get past the fifth inning and you’re headto-head with them, then we could have had a chance,” Moore said. “You can’t make many mistakes; Oregon will make you pay for them.” Junior designated hitter Linsey Hays and Smith both ended their run at first base before sophomore second baseman Ari Hawkins pounded a single to keep the of-

fense alive. Hawkins was caught stealing second base and sent the Ducks back to the dugout, leaving the game scoreless through the first two innings. In the top of the third inning, senior shortstop Jordan Strickland made a crucial throw to first base after the Ducks loaded the bases with a player at bat. The team dodged a bullet, but the Bears still couldn’t develop an offensive rhythm at the plate for the quick 3rd inning. “My only play was at first base, so I did everything I could just to get it there,” Strickland said. “I didn’t know her speed but I was trying to get that out.” Things got exciting in the fourth inning. Oregon’s Hailey Decker slammed the ball across center field for the solo home run to give the Ducks the 1-0 lead over Baylor. The Bears quickly answered the score with a run of their own after sophomore left fielder Lindsey Cargill batted a triple to make her way around the bases to put the Bears into scoring position. Hays brought in Cargill for her 17th RBI of the season to tie up the game 1-1 heading into the top of the fifth inning. Both teams would not budge for two innings, but the tide quickly turned after a home run from Oregon’s Janie Takeda brought in three runners ultimately to decide the game. Baylor’s efforts in the bottom of the seventh inning wasn’t enough to put a runner on base, and the Bears were retired in order for the ballgame. “This is a game to build off of,” Strickland said. “We did a lot of great things, and sometimes you get knocked down, but that’s just to build you up even higher. We’ll be fine.” The No. 7-ranked Bears will quickly get back into action in the Baylor Invitational at 4:15 and 6:30 p.m. today as they host North Texas and No. 25 Tulsa at Getterman Stadium. To finish the weekend, Baylor faces the No. 2-ranked Ducks for the second time and Abilene Christian at 4:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday respectively.

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Johnson leads by example By Jeffrey Swindoll Sports Writer

The Lady Bears started the season with a huge question mark about them. Two players were perhaps the only shoe-ins to the starting five -- sophomore forward Nina Davis and junior guard Niya Johnson. Both played immensely valuable roles to Baylor’s conference championship run last season. Davis was the newcomer on the scene and Johnson was second fiddle to the all-American Odyssey Sims on that team. Everyone in the lineup played a role catered around Sims’ superior athleticism on defense and offense. Johnson was subjected to this just as the rest of the Lady Bears were last season. At the onset of this season, Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey said she had pieces that could fit just about any style of play. She has height, speed, technical skill and power all in one roster. Understandably so, Mulkey did not have a set plan on how she would tactically shape her team. No single play jumped out at her, signaling her to forge the team around that one player’s skillset. Mulkey had blank canvas this year, looking for who could be the brush to the masterpiece. Slowly but surely, Johnson solidified herself as the centerpiece to Mulkey’s lineup. Davis, the Lady Bears’ leading score, arguably would not have had the season she had (so far) without Johnson’s work.

“I would definitely say Niya is one of the best point guards in the country,” Davis said. “We just have a team where nobody is selfish. If you have the open shot you take it. You have teammates who go rebound for you and get the ball right back to you if you're on. We're like a family and it's great to be a part of it." Johnson exemplifies the spirit of this Lady Bears team -- selflessness, as Davis said. Any player can have an impact on the game for the Lady Bears. If Johnson finds them, she’ll put them through, Mulkey said. It took its fair share of time and trials for Johnson to really take form as Mulkey’s primary playmaker. Baylor’s one loss on the season was Johnson’s lowest point in the year. It’s a long ways away now, but the Lady Bears once did not have a set identity for their playstyle and struggled in forming chemistry. Johnson was pivotal to Baylor’s meshing together this season. "In our only loss to Kentucky, I got on [Johnson] pretty hard, but I also told her in the middle of their run in Kentucky that she is one of the best point guard in the country and she probably doesn't remember that, but I told her that in a timeout and I haven't changed my mind about it,” Mulkey said. “She leads the country in assists. She leads in assistturnover ratio. She makes the extra pass, but she can score if she needs to. You know she is just having a great year, because she is having a great year we are having a good year."

You can take the statistics Mulkey said at face value. They are all spot on. In Baylor’s game against Oklahoma a week ago, Johnson totalled 17 assists, one assist shy of the school-record for most assists in a game. Furthermore, Johnson did not commit a single turnover in that game. "She's quiet but deadly,” Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale said. “You have some point guards who are all flash and dash, but she just gets the job done. She is probably one of the most underrated point guards in the country. People don't know her name, but her numbers are unbelievable. The way she feels the game is exceptional. She really has a great nose for it and plays within herself and knows how to get the players around her in the right place at the right time with the ball in a place where they can do something with it." Before that same game, Johnson was also honored with a commemorative basketball, honoring her earning of her 1,000th-career assist for Baylor this season. She’s not the most vocal player on the court by any means. She just quietly works her magic, Mulkey said. "Honestly, I don't know how I do it,” Johnson said. “I guess I just get it there at the right time. I couldn't have this many assists without my teammates making the shots so I'm just thankful for them making the shots and making our team look good."

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Junior point guard Niya Johnson dribbles the ball up the floor during Baylor’s 6658 win over Kansas on Feb. 1. She leads the nation with 8.7 assists per game.

Texas Rangers go to spring with new manager and hope By Stephen Hawkins Associated Press

The Texas Rangers go to spring training with a new manager, a few new pitchers, some healed hurlers and a couple of big-money bats they hope can stay healthy this time. After an AL-worst 95 losses last year, their most since 1985, the Rangers are ready for the fresh start that comes with spring training and a new season.

“We talk about establishing an identity or a cohesiveness. I think there is going to be a lot of that this spring,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “Even a core group that just hasn’t been on the field together. I think establishing roles, staying healthy, and establishing what we want to be about, it’s going to be big this spring.” Jeff Banister takes over as manager after 29 seasons in Pittsburgh’s organization, from being drafted in 1986 to the past four

years as bench coach for Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. “I think you can make a pretty strong case the biggest addition we’ve made this winter was Jeff,” Daniels said. Even when losses were piling up during an injury-plagued season, Daniels had no intention of changing managers until Ron Washington’s sudden resignation for personal reasons with three weeks left. Bench coach Tim Bogar went 14-8 as interim manager,

but Banister won over Rangers officials during the interview process. Slugger Prince Fielder and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo were the big additions before last season. Fielder had missed only one game the previous five seasons but played only 42 games in his Rangers debut before neck surgery in May. Choo dealt with nagging injuries much of the year and hit .242 before operations late on his left elbow and left ankle.

Ace Yu Darvish, who didn’t pitch after Aug. 9 because of elbow inflammation, has already been throwing off the mound in Arizona. The right-hander was 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA and 182 strikeouts in 22 starts in his third season since leaving Japan for Texas. Lefty Derek Holland missed five months due to left knee surgery after being tripped by his dog on the stairs of his home last winter. He got back at the end of the season, going 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA

in 37 innings over six appearances. Yovani Gallardo, acquired in a trade from Milwaukee, is expected to be the No. 3 starter, ahead of Colby Lewis. Newcomers Ross Detwiler and Anthony Ranaudo are expected front-runners for the fifth spot. With the Rangers set for the first workout for pitchers and catchers Saturday in Surprise, Arizona, five days before the first full-squad workout, here are a few things to watch:


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Baylor MBB looks forward to KSU By Cody Soto Sports Writer

It hasn’t been an easy road for the No. 20-ranked Baylor Bears, and the strength of the Big 12 is proving itself to be the deepest conference in the nation with less than three weeks to go in the regular season. After a five point win over Texas Tech on Tuesday night, the Bears (19-7, 7-6 Big 12) host unranked Kansas State on Saturday afternoon in one of their final games at the Ferrell Center. The team has proven to be one of the most complex teams through several statement wins but have also tripped up a few times for rough losses. One of their blemishes in their 7-6 conference record is the team’s 63-61 loss to unranked Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan. last month. Baylor just took a thrilling 74-73 win over then-No. 11 Iowa State on Jan. 14, but three days later, the Bears couldn’t put up a last minute shot with four seconds to go for a chance to win the matchup in overtime. The Bears held as much as a 12-point lead over the Wildcats in the Jan. 17 meeting, but Kansas State stormed back to take the lead with six minutes to go in Manhattan. Senior guard Kenny Chery made the game-winning basket against the Cyclones but couldn’t get his shot to fall against the Wildcats a few days later. However, that wasn’t the only problem for the Bears during the late game stretch. “We definitely played hard, but we let the game get away from us in the end,” junior forward Taurean Prince said. “We weren’t finishing out plays, we weren’t rebounding. Our turnovers from the entire game definitely made a difference.” Chery finished the game with 21 points, followed by Prince with 20 points. The rest of the team made six points or less in the two-point loss, falling to 2-3 in conference play at the time. The Bears had a poor shooting performance in the second half against the Wildcats, and fans saw a glimpse of that again on Tuesday. Baylor went from a 48 percent first half percentage to only making five shots

At a Glance A quick look ahead to this weekend in Baylor athletics.

Softball invite

Baylor softball is hosting the Baylor Invitational this weekend, with games scheduled for 4:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 4:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at Getterman Stadium.

Moving forward

Baseball plays a three-game series against Kent State this weekend, with start times at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday at Baylor Ballpark.

Tennis’ big weekend

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Junior forward Taurean Prince drives down the court during Baylor’s 74-65 loss to then-No. 21 Oklahoma State on Feb. 9. Prince led the way with 20 points. The Bears now prepare to take on Kansas State at home on Saturday.

in the final 20 minutes. However, the Bears aren’t going to be discouraged by that. In the end, it’s the win that matters, Prince said. “We’ve just got to make shots and focus,” Prince said. “You miss 100 percent of the shots that you don’t take, so don’t be afraid to shoot the ball. Shoot it comfortably and shoot high percentage shots.” Baylor returns home to play three of its final five conference games before postseason play, and the last time the Bears and Wildcats clashed at the Ferrell Center, fans were treated to a 87-73 double overtime Baylor win.

Former player Brady Heslip made a game-tying three pointer at the buzzer to send both teams into overtime, showing that every shot counts in the Big 12. “At the end of the day, if things come down to the last shot, you’re going to win some and you’re going to lose some,” head coach Scott Drew said. “Our job is to try to not get into that situation if there’s anyway possible. Especially in the Big 12, it comes down to the last shot.” With five games left before the Big 12 tournament, every game is a big opportunity to win for Baylor, and it all starts with

the home court advantage, Drew said. “[In Manhattan], Kansas State fed off their fans and got some timely shots from guys who statistically made big plays,” Drew said. “We’ve bounced back successfully so far this year, and that’s what we need to keep doing because we all know how tough it is on the road. The key is to protect our home court, and fans are a lot more important than they may realize.” No. 20 Baylor faces Kansas State at noon on Saturday as part of the final home stretch at the Ferrell Center. The game will be aired on ESPNU.

Baylor plays two ranked teams as No. 55 Purdue and No. 12 UCLA come to Waco. Matches will be played at 3 p.m. Friday and noon on Sunday at the Hurd Tennis Center.

Key basketball

Both Baylor men’s and women’s basketball play key Big 12 game as the season winds to a close. The men play at noon against Kansas State and the women play at 7 p.m. Both games take place on Saturday at the Ferrell Center.

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No. 5 Baylor tennis grows as full unit

Rangers’ Profar to have surgery By Schuyler Dixon Associated Press

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The faces change, but the headlines stay the same. The No. 5-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team has a lot of hardware in the trophy case entering this season with 20 Big 12 titles in the last 18 years, including 17-straight NCAA tournament appearances. Baylor has experienced major success under head coach Matt Knoll, and with the team chemistry this year, the team doesn’t expect anything to change. “The guys are pressing,” Knoll said. “They have unbelievable commit, more than I think we’ve ever had.” For senior Mate Zsiga, this year’s teammates have built the best chemistry with each other, stemming from people of different backgrounds bonding over the game of tennis. With a primarily older team, the newest players have quickly taken to the leadership of Zsiga and the other upperclassmen. “We’ve got a great group of new guys here who are really talented, and they really listen to the older guys. It makes it a lot easier,” Zsiga said. Teamwork and good sportsmanship have allowed each player to understand his role while participating in different matches. Zsiga has jumped in and out of the lineup so far this season, but it’s not bothering him. “Throughout these last three years, I’ve learned that playing for the spots is not the way to go. You just have to go out there and play where Coach puts you,” Zsiga said. “Whatever my job is, whether I’m playing at spot one or filling up water bottles for the guys, I’m excited to do that and help the team. I just want to enjoy it, and I’ve found out how to do that.” While the team is busy bonding through demanding workouts and 6 a.m. morning runs, Knoll doesn’t want that to affect any part of the team’s game. As a coach, it’s an interesting dynamic to deal with, he said. “This is the closest team I remember us ever having,” Knoll said. “I don’t know if that creates a softness and doesn’t make us any good, or if it’s the type of unity and spirit that makes us really good. I hope it makes us resilient and tough and causes us to play for each other.” The depth of the team is noticeable in the constant changes of the singles and doubles lineups. Knoll has shuffled around each player with confidence, so each man

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Senior Tony Lupieri high-fives teammate, senior Mate Zsiga, after winning a point during Baylor’ 4-3 loss to Illinois on Jan. 21. The Bears have bounced back and upset No. 6 Duke and No. 3 Virginia in the ITA Indoor Championships.

knows he is capable of getting the job done against their opponents. “It’s a great position to be in, and the guys can manage the fact that we have a lot of good players,” Knoll said. “We are going to have the right six guys in the lineup at the end of the season. We don’t know who those are going to be right now, but everybody is going to get a chance.” Tennis is strenuous on both the body and the mind, but BU has kept their teammates invested in the program. Just recently, Baylor played three matches in three days to advance to the semifinals of the ITA National Indoor Championships. Even after a disappointing 4-2 loss to No. 1 Oklahoma who went on to claim the title, the team looks at it positively. “If you’re not going to win it, then it’s good to walk away from the table a little hungry, and that’s how we are right now,” Knoll said. “We learned that you have to be able to bring in the energy day in and day out. On the final day, we weren’t able to sustain our focus and energy level like we needed to against Oklahoma, but sometimes you’ve got to go through that process sometimes and learn it and we’re going to be better.” En route to the national semifinal finish, the Bears knocked off No. 6-seed Duke and then No. 3-seed Virginia. Both are quality wins under the team’s belt and have

given the team a lot of confidence, senior Diego Galeano said. “Sometimes we need to get those wins to realize how good we are and how good we can be in the future,” Galeano said. “In whatever we do from here to May, it will affect our results along our way. We can beat the best teams in the nation.” The Bears will have the opportunity this year not only to raise the Big 12 tournament championship trophy in their own home court, but the national championship trophy as well. Baylor will host the 2015 Big 12 and NCAA Championships this spring at the Hurd Tennis Center. The game site can serve as extra motivation for the Bears, who are looking for their second national title under Knoll. For Zsiga, Galeano and two other seniors, this is a big deal. “It’s a dream come true. I remember people were talking my freshman and sophomore year about the possibility, and right now we have it,” Galeano said. “It could be a great way to finish our careers at Baylor in the best way possible.” No. 5 Baylor is back at the Hurd Tennis Center for the first time since Jan. 29 and host four straight home matches in Waco. The Bears face No. 55 Purdue today at 3 p.m. and return to action against No. 12 UCLA Sunday at noon.

ARLINGTON — Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar could miss his second straight season because he needs right shoulder surgery, an operations he had tried to avoid through rest and rehab. Texas general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that doctors recommended surgery in September, when Profar was told to stop playing for the third time since he aggravated a 2010 injury during spring training last year. Profar, who turns 22 Friday, won't be cleared for baseball activities until the summer. There won't be a timetable for his return until after surgery Monday. The procedure will be performed by team physician Dr. Keith Meister. "I think part of his thought process in that was that there's a chance if he had surgery back in the fall that he could miss most of this season," Daniels said. "I think he wanted to give himself every chance to come back. Unfortunately, it played out this way." Once the team's top prospect, Profar spent most of 2013 with the Rangers in a utility role. Profar had started a throwing program while getting an MRI every three weeks. He was throwing at 105 feet, the same distance before his previous setback in September, before an MRI on Tuesday revealed the same strain to a shoulder muscle. Daniels said doctors discovered that instability in the shoulder related to Profar's older injury was likely causing the strains to recur. The surgery will repair the older injury and determine whether other work is needed. "Obviously we all wish we maybe had seen that earlier or put two and two together," Daniels said. "It just wasn't what any of them expected." The Rangers weren't concerned about his .231 average in 94 career big league games because he had yet to get a shot as an everyday player.


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