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Sex culture documentary comes to Waco MICAELA FREEMAN AND JP GRAHAM Staff Writers The movie documentary “Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution,” which debuted on April 22, 2017, at the Newport Beach Film Festival, will have a free screening and panel discussion at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Waco Hippodrome. Directed by Benjamin Nolot, “Liberated” is a story about the unraveling of masculinity and femininity in today’s culture, especially regarding the sex culture young adults experience. The documentary answers the question of how culture affects the sexual interactions college-aged adults have and the violence that comes with sexual relationships. Dr. Sarah Jane Murray, associate professor in Baylor’s honors college, is the executive producer, and Morgan Perry, producer with Exodus Cry, is the film’s producer. Murray said the process began in 2006 with the idea of bringing light to human trafficking and sex culture in current society. The documentary was motivated by the raw reactions both Murray and Perry had to the sex culture within the ages of 18-30 at Panama City Beach, which compelled them to investigate further, Murray said. They returned the next year to film the truth behind the culture. Both Perry and Murray felt compelled to highlight the dangers behind the culture of sexual freedom and within Generation Z. They said the goal was to point the camera at the truth behind what was really going on. “We had no idea that were going to be lifting back the veil on what was going to give us insight of this incredible swell of sexual assault and sexual violation in America,” Murray said. Murray feels the timing of the movie is important because it reflects the #MeToo and the It’sOnUS movements as well as an image of this culture. “You can see in the film the journalists saying, ‘How could this happen and where did this come from?’ and we happened to be there,” Murray said. “We believe that it was important enough toward our integrity as storytellers to shed light on what was happening and to hopefully provide an anecdote to motivate and inspire people to think about choosing a different path.” The movie encourages the idea that young adults should not only be aware of their surroundings but also conceptualize the dangers and factors of the “Sexual Revolution” and gives the realistic image of why Liberated was created.

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The Baylor Public Deliberation Initiative held a forum Tuesday afternoon in the Bobo Spiritual Life Center. Titled “Coming to America: A Public Deliberation Forum on Immigration,” the event was designed to promote conversation among students regarding the complex social issue of immigration in the United States. Erin Payseur Oeth, associate director of the Office of Community Engagement and Service, is closely involved with Civic Learning Initiatives at Baylor and helped establish the Baylor Public Deliberation Initiative with a colleague in 2014. “The premise is that we have competing positive values. We aren’t looking at good versus evil,” Payseur Oeth said. “We are looking at lots of good options, but we are also breaking down the binaries so that we can have a different kind of conversation about it.” The attendees were provided with a list of rules for the forum. Maintaining an open and respectful atmosphere, intentionally listening and speaking, considering all opinions fairly and looking for common ground were among the regulations outlined on the ground rules sheet. Students were also provided with an outline of three distinct arguments within the discussion of immigration. Each of the three included a summary of the position, a list of actions that might be taken in pursuance of that objective, and a list of potential drawbacks of those actions. The first position highlighted a very pro-immigration perspective. The option specified actions like providing undocumented individuals with a

clear path to legal status, employment opportunities and legal residence. The next position described a far more strict perspective on immigration and suggested deportation of undocumented individuals, prosecution of their employers and securement of borders. The final position offered a more neutral view and supported reduction of illegal immigration, preferential treatment toward English-speaking undocumented immigrants and welcoming of refugees and persecuted individuals. Participants were asked to read each individual option, its actions and drawbacks and engage in discussion with other attendees about their sentiments and thoughts toward the position. After sufficient discussion and examination of the position, the group moved on to the second and third options. This is the normal structure for Baylor Public Deliberation Initiative meetings which happen several times a semester and cover a wide variety of complex social issues. Since its inception, the forums have promoted student deliberation about many complex issues including, human trafficking, climate change, campus carry, the role of higher education, the economy, racial tensions on college campuses and more, Payseur Oeth said. In her view, Baylor’s Public Deliberation Initiative forums provide the ideal environment for students to both see multiple sides of complex issues and find common ground in a safe environment — even when considering highly divisive issues. “For example, with campus carry, that conversation is often pitched in terms of either pro-gun or anti-gun, but

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South Korea study abroad emphasizes importance of travel CORRIE COLEMAN Reporter Houston sophomore Timothy Tateossian has been in South Korea for 20 days and has already watched an Olympic medal ceremony, seen a holographic PSY concert, celebrated the Lunar New Year with a Korean family and played coin karaoke. Tateossian is studying abroad in Seoul this semester, where he is attending Yonsei University. Tateossian, who already speaks English and French, said he chose to study in Seoul because he hopes to become proficient in Korean. “I want to gain fluency. I had already been studying the language since 2013, so I really viewed this as an opportunity Vol.118 No. 39

to call it my third language,” Tateossian said. “Hopefully by the end of the semester I can, without a doubt, call myself fluent.” In South Korea, the school semester begins on March 2 and continues into late June. During the time leading up to his classes, Tateossian has been living with a host family, giving him an opportunity to practice his Korean. Tateossian visited the “Olympic City” with his host family, an area near the Olympic facilities where people from across the globe gather between sporting events to experience things like virtual reality and holographic Associated Press

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FINISHED Fireworks explode over the Olympic flame during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea Sunday. Timothy Tateossian watched a medal ceremony earlier this month.

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Food stamps in a box? SNAP addresses necessity, not luxury Several headlines in past weeks incorporated the acronym SNAP alongside criticisms of President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for 2019, which included major changes to the hunger-fighting federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. More commonly referred to as “food stamps,” compensation provided by SNAP credits some of America’s poorest families with the ability to purchase food at eligible grocery stores. This ability is administered within limits based on the need of each household and is commonly praised for fighting hunger and criticized for administering “handouts.” The fabric of the SNAP program was recently threatened by the president’s proposed budget plan, which, according to page 128 of the plan, is “aimed at strengthening the expectation for work among able-bodied adults and preserving the benefits for those most in need.” The new plan would place a number of American families currently eligible for benefits at risk, in addition to threatening the ability for families to choose for themselves which foods to purchase. According to the budget plan, part of SNAP aid would come to recipients in the form of a “Harvest Box” full of preselected food, “which would include items such as shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit, vegetables, and meat, poultry or fish.” The budget proposal claims the chosen foods would “improve the nutritional value of the benefit provided” and says that “states will have substantial flexibility in designing the food box delivery system.” The idea of retracting recipients’ freedom to choose which food products to purchase exemplifies Trump’s limited understanding of poverty. Taking away the option for struggling Americans to choose what they put in their bodies can easily feel like being denied what little autonomy they are allotted in life. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., told the New York Times that “the administration was painting ‘a distorted picture’ of the poor and ignoring the fact that most SNAP recipients are employed and more than a quarter are disabled and unable to seek work ... The majority of people in the program are children and seniors and people working in jobs that pay too little to feed their families.” Perhaps more troubling than the proposal itself was Office of Management and budget director Mick Mulvaney’s explanation of the proposed changes,

which he described to be “a Blue Aprontype program where you actually receive the food instead of receive the cash.” The first problem in Mulvaney’s statement is his boldness to compare SNAP, a federal welfare program, to a highgrossing, private business like Blue Apron. The home delivery service sends perfectly proportioned, fresh ingredients to middleand upper-middle class buyers’ doorsteps, while, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “The average SNAP recipient received about $126 a month [in food stamps] (or about $4.20 a day, $1.40 per meal) in fiscal year 2017.” In fact, The Washington Post reported that 40 percent of Blue-Apron subscribers dropped the program because of cost: “A recent report by the market research firm Datassential found that four in 10 lapsed meal-kit [Blue Apron] subscribers dropped their service because they were too costly.” Making this comparison clearly demonstrates the administration’s misguided understanding of poverty and inability to relate to hunger and food insecurity. Other opponents of the program criticized the Blue-Apron-themed media attention because of its potentially distracting content; in aiming criticisms at the logistics of the new program, which largely strays from its current structure, many claim citizens are being distracted from the heart of the issue — that the program will lose 30 percent of its funding. According to Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the ranking Democrat on the agriculture committee, “This isn’t a serious proposal and is clearly meant to be a distraction.” Stacy Dean, vice president for food assistance policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, agreed. “I don’t think there’s really any support for their box plan. And, I worry that it’s a distraction from the budget’s proposal to cut SNAP by some 30 percent. That’s the real battle,” Dean said. McCulvey also claimed that the proposed program reform “lowers the cost to us because we can buy [at wholesale prices] whereas they have to buy it at retail. It also makes sure they’re getting nutritious food. So we’re pretty excited about that.” The “nutritious food” cited in the budget proposal, however, includes “shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit, vegetables, and meat, poultry or fish.” There is no mention of produce

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or anything fresh, and besides that, the notion that the government should choose which foods a family can or cannot receive is deeply problematic. Finally, the proposed plan states that, “This cost-effective approach will generate significant savings to taxpayers with no loss in food benefits to participants.” Many critics point to the financial issues that will arise from this new plan, such as the cost of implementing an efficient system to distribute goods to the doorsteps of those in need. Additionally, the latter part of this statement implies that no loss of benefits will ensue, when in fact, the administration foresees large cuts in the number of households eligible to receive aid, on top of partially retracting the freedom of choice current food stamp recipients are able to exercise. Yes, those who “take advantage of the system,” as many argue is the case for recipients of federal aid, do exist. But in making this statement in response to federal aid programs like SNAP, Americans look beyond the fact that many of the families on food stamps come from households of working families, and that many others are disabled or unable to work. Likewise, minimum wage is, in theory, supposed to be set at the bare minimum needed for an individual to survive in society, but as soon as another member is added to the family, it becomes impossible to adequately support additional persons. In fact, a release from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in 2017 said, “Almost 81% of SNAP participants [in Texas] are in families with children.” Similarly reported, “22.7% of children live below the poverty line.” If the government does not intend to set higher standards for making the minimum wage a living wage, then they need to maintain the integrity of programs like SNAP. Idealistic at best, the proposed changes to the SNAP program are not practical. The administration has overlooked the true implications the new food stamp system will have on impoverished homes and families, and the justification for the changes is grounded in a privileged perspective; Trump and the administration are understandably incapable of grasping the realities of poverty, given their salaries and job security. This is nonetheless an invalid excuse for ignoring the needs and the dignity of the American people.

When I feel stressed, lonely or even just bored, I reach for my phone. But somehow, as I scroll through dog videos and vacation photos, I feel myself becoming even more discontent. It’s exhausting to try to keep up an online presence that is cool, funny, pretty, consistent and “genuine.” When I forget my phone at home, I get severe FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). I find myself being distracted while talking to friends or wondering how many likes my photo has gotten while I’m in class. In the online world of comparison and competition, I almost never measure up. In short, social media is exhausting. I’ve learned that it’s OK, even healthy, to take a break from social media. When I feel myself becoming too dependent on Instagram or Pinterest to resolve or silence my inner conflicts, I often delete the apps from my phone or block the websites on my laptop. As I put some distance between myself and the internet, I feel more connected with my friends, my surroundings and my own emotions. Don’t get me wrong: I believe social media serves an important role in our society. It gives us access to instant news and communication, allowing us to share experiences and opinions. It gives a voice to people groups who have historically been silenced, leading to greater awareness of injustice and the ability to organize social change. But, like anything in life, it can be dangerous in excess. A Forbes article argues that excessive social media use can actually cause loneliness. The article quotes a study done by the University of Essex in 2009 that says, “Simply having a phone nearby caused pairs of strangers to rate their conversation as less meaningful, their conversation partners as less empathetic and their new relationship as less close than strangers with a notebook nearby instead.” By breaking our dependence on our phones, we are able to build stronger, more meaningful relationships. When we engage with the people around us instead of checking for likes, we can actively listen and love well. When we look up at our surroundings instead of down at a screen, we see and experience our life more fully. When we confront our negative emotions instead of numbing them with tweets and pins, we can take steps toward healing. Corrie Coleman is a senior journalism major from Dallas.

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O’Rourke makes Waco stop in latest primary push DIDI MARTINEZ Digital Managing Editor Just in time for this year’s primary elections, Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke stepped into Heritage Creamery on Saturday night ready to make his case for the Senate seat — namely, that of incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. O’Rourke took his place atop a wooden chair in the middle of the ice cream shop and began to speak to the crowd, freshly-adorned with the “Beto for Texas” buttons, most of them nearly half his age. Hosting his fourth town hall event of the day, the 45-year-old made no show of waiting to share what was already on his mind. “How f---ed up is it that PTA [Parent-Teacher Association] meetings are now being conducted to help parents tell their kids what they’re supposed to do when some guy with an AR-15 walks into their classroom?” said the El Paso congressman. Adding to the resurgence of gun control conversations that have taken place since the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting, O’Rourke said he wants to see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) studying gun violence, an absence he pinned on the National Rifle Association (NRA), and universal background checks. But the lawmaker also proposed a measure he said may not fare well with some of his would-be voters. “What if we decided that no one should be able to buy an AR-15?” O’Rourke said. “It may not poll well, it may not be popular, it may lose us some votes from some people in this state, but I don’t care. ‘Cause I’ve got to look myself and my kids

in the eye and account for what I did when I had the opportunity.” Hands moving rapidly and his muddied shoes pivoting with each point, O’Rourke’s answers to questions about net neutrality and immigration laws were met with the occasional “mmms,” “yeas” and “whoos.” But the crowd, like many in other town hall events, broke into applause at O’Rourke’s pledge to deny Political Action Committee (PAC) money to fund his campaign — all in favor of individual donations. “We need a change in our representation in Washington and in Texas, not wealthy corporations,” said crowd member and Democrat Bruce Allen. Indeed, O’Rourke positioned his decision to refuse PAC money as a freedom of choice. “The best thing is, I don’t know who they are,” O’Rourke said. “No one can call me and say, ‘I gave you a bunch of money, I want you to listen to me or vote this way or do that thing.’ ‘Cause what I can say is, ‘There are 67,000 other people who also contributed 5 or 10 or 15 or 25 bucks and there are 28 million Texans, and every single one of them is just as important as you are.’” And so far, the move is working for the Democratic lawmaker — at least when it comes to pre-primary donations. From the beginning of this year to Feb. 14, Federal Election Commission filings have O’Rourke raking in $2,307,212 in campaign contributions beating out Cruz’s $803,076. Ultimately, however, Cruz has the financial advantage on O’Rourke this season with $6,025,231 cash on hand compared to his opponent’s

Bear Briefs Federal agencies to visit campus The Office of Career & Professional Development (CPD) will host Federal Day from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday on the second floor of the Bill Daniel Student Center. CPD’s Federal Day invites students and alumni of all majors interested in career paths with the government, giving them the opportunity to meet with various federal agencies. According to CPD’s website, there will be presentations from different agencies throughout the day with time for questions and networking. A full list of the schedule can be found on Handshake.

Learn more about human trafficking prevention The Women’s Medical Association will partner with the International Justice Mission to host the Rally4Freedom: Human Trafficking and Medicine from 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today in Baylor Science Building room C105. The event will feature a physician from the family health center who will share signs of human trafficking and ways to combat the issue in the medical field. All interested students are invited to partake in the event and other Rally4Freedom events taking place this week.

Baylor professor shares her creativity with Waco Baylor professor Winter Rusiloski, will be showcasing her work from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Waco Winery, 708 Austin Ave., tonight. Rusloski is a professor of painting and has had her exhibits showcased internationally, nationally and is in numerous collections all over the United States. Rusiloski will discuss her work and talk about the blend of abstract and natural images in her art pieces. The exhibit is free for the public.

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LOCAL FLAVORS U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke points out all the Texas ice cream flavors to his Facebook Live followers. The senate seat hopeful gathered community members on Saturday night for a town hall event at Heritage Creamery.

$4,938,475. Outside the event, one can see why O’Rourke’s grassroots movement has become a convincing appeal for some voters in Texas. Stationed outside the ice cream shop, the congressman took pictures with attendees reintroducing himself as “Beto” and engaging in long of conversations with people until his logistics director reminded him of the time. But there is also a push for candidate visibility that hangs over the campaign as O’Rourke repeatedly asks each individual to share their pictures online. “Promise me you’ll share the photo online,” O’Rourke

told various event-goers. “Tell people why you came out.” Past the primaries, the race to the November midterm elections continues and those watching the senate race know that defeating an incumbent in a Republican state is no easy feat. Still, by traveling county to county (more than 221 and counting), the congressman believes he has a winning strategy. “It’s both the right thing to do, the only way to serve and the best way to win,” O’Rourke said.

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concerts. He also watched an Olympic medal ceremony in which America was awarded a gold medal and South Korea a bronze. “It was rather special,” Tateossian said. “I wanted to just enjoy the moment because I don’t know the next time that will happen.” Tateossian said although he has only been in South Korea for a few weeks, he has already become aware of significant cultural differences. He explained that schedules are much more subject to change in Korea than in the United States. “I have to be super flexible here. At the last minute things could just change,” Tateossian said. “Just say ‘OK’ and then let it go … It takes a little bit of getting adjusted to because it’s definitely not what we’re used to in the States.” However, Tateossian is not bothered by cultural differences. In fact, he enjoys them. He believes that experiencing another culture is giving him opportunities to mature and become more selfaware, while also teaching him to empathize with people whose culture he does not understand. “I think it helps you grow,” Tateossian said. “You get to experience things that you wouldn’t otherwise.” Tateossian acknowledges that traveling abroad can be stressful. He encourages students to face their fears and learn to work through them. “It’s okay to be scared,” Tateossian said. “Don’t run from fear but learn how to overcome it.” Tateossian said as he builds relationships with people from other nations, he finds that people have more in common than it may initially appear. “We can travel across the ocean and see people whose culture is so different and yet, in the end, people are pretty much the same,” said Tateossian. “We’re all humans.” Dr. Mark Bryant, director of international student services at Baylor, agreed that living in another culture can be transformative for students. Bryant lived in Peja, Kosovo for a year, teaching in a university and running an NGO. He said as he interacted with people from other cultures, his desire to travel and experience new places grew. “Everybody has their own version of the adventurous spirit,” Bryant said. “I think once you tap into that, it gets nurtured and you realize … ‘Oh my gosh, I can really do anything.’” Bryant emphasized the impact that living in another country can have in students’ lives. “[Living abroad] just changes everything. It really does,” Bryant said. “There are job reasons, there are personal reasons, there are faith reasons, but if you want a game changer for your life, go live overseas … You just need to go and see for yourself.”

MOVIE from Page 1 “If you’ve ever been to a dance club and someone turns the lights on, and it kind of kills the mood … it can be a real party foul moment,” Perry said. “That’s what we tried to do with the film ... turn the lights on and see if that’s something they still want to be involved in.” Elizabeth Wellinghoff, a training and prevention specialist in Baylor’s Title IX Department, said the documentary was a shock to the system for some, showcased the harsh realities in current day hookup culture and yet is considered an accurate representation. “I watched the first half of the film and it can be pretty shocking, you know, stark, in your face, blunt, all those things, even disheartening, right?” Wellinghoff said. “In other ways, it was, ‘Wow, I feel like this is a real accurate depiction.’” The documentary touches on many different aspects of the “Sexual Revolution” in Generation Z and the key factors that create current hookup culture, such as drugs and alcohol. Wellinghoff said she believes the movie offers Baylor students a visual


in deliberative forum, we talk about what it means to feel safe in community,” Payseur Oeth said. “What makes some people feel safe is having a weapon to protect themselves and others. What makes other people feel safe is not having weapons in an educational environment. But when we can talk about our shared need to feel safe, that’s a whole different conversation and it goes way beyond whether or not to have guns on campus.” During the immigration deliberation forum, participants with differing views on the topic were encouraged to share their thoughts and to hear the thoughts of those with opposing views. Rather than sparking a heated argument, the environment promoted critical discussion instead. One of the Baylor Public Deliberation Initiative ground rules states that deliberation is not debate, but rather congregating to consider tough questions together. This format of discourse allows students to consider the intricacies of complicated subjects in new ways and to discover how interconnected

seemingly dissociated social issues often are, Payseur Oeth said. Public deliberation has three goals: issue awareness, building democratic skills and attitudes and institutional decision making. Payseur Oeth has found that students leave Baylor Public Deliberation Initiative forums with a better understanding of the impact of issues on other people, how they fit into the discussion, and a desire to be more proactive in addressing the issue, regardless of perspective. “In this forum, we are unlikely to change immigration policy, but we can come away with a sense of what we can do as individuals and what our communities can do,” Payseur Oeth said. “How can I respond differently? What might we do as a community at Baylor about how to best support undocumented students? It opens up new creativity, new possibilities for working together and moving forward in that topic.” Jesse Lee Pyle, a graduate student studying higher education and student

affairs, is apprenticing with Spirituality and Public Life at Baylor. Pyle helped lead the event and recognizes she has reaped notable benefits through participating in the Public Deliberation Initiative forums. “We are going to face a lot of tough issues in our lives personally, nationally, on a community level, just in a lot of different areas of our lives,” Pyle said. “We need the tools and practices that help us to effectively talk about these issues while respecting everyone’s perspectives, while respecting everyone’s voice.” Student opinions and thoughts shared during the event remain anonymous, but students had the choice to fill opinion sheets to be used in the National Issues Forum’s lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C. The next Baylor Public Deliberation Initiative forum will be held in April. Students looking to participate or get involved in the initiative can find more information on their site. Jessica Hubble | Multimedia Editor

Student-led tours explore Baylor history JULIA VERGARA Reporter Student Learning and Engagement launched the very first student-led Baylor History Tour Friday, engaging its guests in the rich history of a university older than the state of Texas itself. Baylor History Tour’s route starts at the bear habitat and moves through some of the oldest areas of Baylor’s campus, including Fifth Street, Carroll Library and Burleson Hall. Tours are offered on Fridays and those interested can register on the Student Learning and Engagement website. Sacramento, Calif., senior Kaitlynn Plaskett and Warsaw, Ind., Ph.D student Jeff Strietzel serve as co-coordinators for Baylor History Tours. “We’re not just the oldest, continuously operating university in Texas. There have been some really cool things that have happened here and there’s so much that people just don’t know about,” Plaskett said. Strietzel said his favorite Baylor history fun fact is that the Bill Daniel Student Center opened with a shooting range built in the attic. The shooting range had wood frames and a piece of lead so when students would shoot through the paper target, it would hit the lead and then fall into sawdust. Even though Baylor stopped using the shooting range in the ‘60s, all of it is still up there. “We’re not using it anymore, but there’s a shooting range in the attic of [the Bill Daniel Student Center],” Strietzel said. “There’s still some targets with people’s names and dates on there.” Plaskett said her favorite Baylor history fun fact is that an all-female literary society is the reason football started at Baylor. Georgia Burleson, Burleson Hall’s namesake, had a

representation of the consequences that hookup culture creates. She hopes the sobering reality of the documentary will help students develop their own voice. “There is another option,” Wellinghoff said. “[And] I’m really excited to hear too what Baylor students specifically have to say about, ‘Yeah, there’s another way that you can live your life and that you do have that choice and how the culture and what you’re inundated and living around, how that affects you and how you behave.”

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NEW BECOMES OLD The Student Union Building, now the Bill Daniel Student Center, opened to campus Sept. 16, 1948. The building once housed a rifle range in the attic.

literary society that was the first to sponsor a football team at the university in the late 1800s. “So the Georgia Burleson literary society, who the hall was named after, basically started football fever here, and look at where we’ve grown to and how big the program is now,” Plaskett said. Strietzel said Dr. Jeff Doyle, dean of student learning and engagement, came up with the idea for Baylor History Tours, and it was a project he had been thinking about for a time. Plaskett and Strietzel then came on board, along with another student, Glen Rose first-year law student David Anaya, who created the tour’s script.

The lengthy process, according to Murray, has been a smooth one because Baylor supported her work. “Baylor has championed this screening from the beginning,” Murray said. The documentary also showcases lessons on prevention and safety concerning sexual violence and relationships. Wellinghoff placed herself in a student’s shoes and presented questions that should be asked during the screening of the documentary. “And so that again is my hope when we’re looking at not only the film screening but

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also just our prevention efforts in general, there’s a lot of what not to do, right?” Wellinghoff said. “How do you have a healthy relationship? What would be a healthy sex life?

As of now, Baylor History Tours are offered at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Fridays. Plaskett said this is because there are currently only two tour guides — Strietzel and herself. However, there are plans to grow the team and Baylor History Tours is currently hiring students to serve as tour guides. Strietzel said in order to apply, students can email Baylor History Tours at BUHistoryTours@ to receive the application. “This was the idea of Jeff Doyle, but this is a student-led organization,” Strietzel said. “We hope students will catch on to it and continue to engage with Baylor’s rich history.”

How are you respecting that other person in all of those aspects? And so that’s my hope for not only this screening that we can bring to the table for students but also just our

prevention efforts in general.” Nolot and the “Liberated” documentary continue their tour Thursday at the University of Texas and will make their London debut April 21.



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THE RES ULTS ARE Saturday night wraps up 2018 Sing season MOLLY ATCHISON Print Managing Editor Baylor’s 2018 All-University Sing season came to a close this Saturday in Waco Hall with its final round of performances and the announcement of Sing results. The competition featured 17 individual acts, each of which were in the running for several “people’s choice awards,” as well as the opportunity to be one of eight acts to perform again in the fall for Baylor’s homecoming event, Pigskin. However, only three acts can claim bragging rights of being in the top three: Delta Delta Delta sorority took home third, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority placed second and Pi Beta Phi sorority and Phi Kappa Chi fraternity took home the coveted trophy for first place. At the beginning of the night, each of the Sing chairs — who plan, design and choreograph their acts — were presented to the audience and recognized for their accomplishments on stage. Kappa Alpha Theta sorority’s Sing chairs were specifically honored for their hard work and cooperation by receiving the “Sing Chair of the Year” award. For the first time this year, this award was presented to a group of Sing chairs as opposed to a single Sing chair. After Sing chairs were introduced to the audience, they were sent to the wings to await the rest of the award announcements. The list of people’s choice awards, which the audience voted on during the course of two weeks of Sing performances, went as follows: Best Backdrop was given to Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority,


Best Choreography to Delta Delta Delta sorority, Best Theme Development to Pi Beta Phi sorority and Phi Kappa Chi fraternity, Best Song Selection to Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, Best Costumes to Delta Delta Delta sorority and Best Vocals to Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. As soon as each of the people’s choice awards trophies were handed out, the ceremony transitioned to the 2018 Pigskin nominees. The eight acts invited to perform at Pigskin this year were Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) fraternity, Chi Omega sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, Kappa Omega Tau fraternity, Delta Delta Delta sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and the paired act featuring Pi Beta Phi sorority and Phi Kappa Chi fraternity. The Sing chairs for the eight acts chosen to advance to Pigskin patiently awaited the placement results for first, second and third places. Before this was revealed, the announcer shared with the audience a new landmark in Sing history — the creation of a new Sing trophy. The trophy, which weighs about 50 pounds, was created by Waco company Stanton Studios and is composed of glass, wood, gold leaf accenting and part of Waco Hall’s original stage at the base. All 66 former Sing winners’ names are inscribed on the base, as well as the 2018 winner. Delta Delta Delta sorority won third place with their act “Back to Our Roots”, which was recognized for its sharp choreography and adorable costumes. Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority’s “Workin’ at the Carwash” won second, and dazzled audiences with shiny costumes and flashy vocals. Finally, Pi Beta Phi sorority and Phi Kappa Chi fraternity were presented with the first place trophy for their group act “The Tortoise and the Hare.” This act, with their over-the-top choreography and booming vocals, will be closing out the 2018 Pigskin show, and will forever be branded on the new trophy.

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An in-depth look into your favorite flicks MOLLY ATCHISON Print Managing Editor Following the recent release of Marvel’s “Black Panther” and in anticipation of the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War” release, it is the perfect time to revisit the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Over the next six weeks, leading up to the May release of the longawaited “Infinity War,” I will be breaking down a group of movies in the MCU based off’s Best Way to Watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe list, so sit down, grab your popcorn and your reading glasses, and prepare to have your Marvel-loving minds blown. According to, the best place to begin when interpreting the MCU is at the beginning. The first Avenger introduced to the public was Iron Man, which was released in the U.S. on May 2, 2008, as an independent movie. Being the first of

its kind, Marvel Studios worked to gauge audience reactions to the movie in order to determine whether they should pursue a long-term plan. Clearly, the audience loved the idea of a superhero series, and shortly thereafter, on June 13, 2008, the Incredible Hulk smashed into theaters, officially beginning phase one of the MCU arc. The first three movies in the arc are Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2, and each has its own relevance to the series and to the universe.

Iron Man (2008):

“Iron Man” is dedicated to introducing tech-genius and billionaire bachelor Tony Stark (Played by Robert Downey Jr.), who creates his alias “Iron Man” after a near-death experience inspires his changed view on the world.

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Comedians were given only five minutes to draw a laugh from an audience of more than 40 people on Saturday night at Pinewood Coffee Bar. Wacoans and Baylor students filled the enclosed courtyard in front of the raised wooden stage to support the 12 brave performers willing to step up to the microphone. From scarring parental encounters to joking about one’s own weight, nothing was off limits for these comedians. Baylor graduate Mitchell Heffington hosted the standup comedy open mic night for the Waco community. Heffington frequently visits his friends in Waco, and during a recent visit, Heffington went to Pinewood Coffee Bar and organized the open mic night with co-owner Dylan Washington and venue manager Thomas Csorba. Heffington said Pinewood has hosted poetry readings and concerts before, so comedy seemed to be the logical next step. Heffington graduated from Baylor in 2016 and works in the finance industry in Austin. When Heffington moved to Austin, he said he began performing at open mics across town and enjoying stand-up comedy as a hobby. As his passion for comedy grew, Heffington’s performances increased in frequency, but Heffington said he still feels somewhat nervous on stage. “I enjoy being in front of a crowd, but it is still equally exciting and terrifying,” Heffington said. “There’s uncertainty with your jokes and with the audience, but there is the confidence that you’re funny, and those meet somewhere in the middle on stage.”

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MARVEL from Page 5 Series Relevance: “Iron Man” is crucial in setting the stage for the MCU. It sets up a consistent plot line for the first few movies to follow, all the while revealing the nature of the superheroes who will be represented later. Introducing the MCU with Stark was definitely a smart choice, because he’s considered slightly more atypical than some of the other Avengers. The movie adeptly displays Stark’s transition from infamous playboy to disciplined hero, but it also sets up an internal struggle that will be present in movies to come. “Iron Man” is brilliant, but his brilliance and his rebellious nature clash with his deep desire to make a lasting impact on the world. The disconnect between his desire to inspire positive change and his hot-headed personality make Stark one of the more complex of heroes, and simultaneously one of the most revered. Entertainment Value: This was the perfect opening to a massive series. Not only was the casting perfect, but the sass and snark of Tony Stark combined with an interesting storyline left audiences wanting to buy the comics to find out what happens next. Not only does Robert Downey Jr. perfectly portray Stark, but the supporting roles were an equally perfect juxtaposition to help with Stark’s character development. Several of these supporting parts are necessary in rounding out the “Iron Man” arc. For instance, the loyal assistant/love interest Pepper Potts (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) softened Stark’s near-obsessive creative drive. Jeff Bridge’s “Obediah Stain” was a less-than-perfect villain, but his connection to Stark’s past was a logical instigator for the creation of “Iron Man.” The movie was definitely entertaining enough to ignore some serious plot holes. Cultural/Political Value: Contrary to popular belief, MCU has always tackled political issues in their movies. Superhero comics are built around the concept of righting the wrongs of society; each character in the Marvel Universe has its own unique reason for becoming a hero and fighting injustice. “Iron Man” has a uniquely clear political agenda: Tony Stark owns a company that profits from the sale of weapons to military operations all over the world. Throughout the movie, Stark discovers that his company’s weapons are being sold under the table to terrorists and insurgent groups. Stark’s realization that his work in weaponry has caused death and destruction on both sides of the war on terrorism, on top of the understanding that his creative genius is not enough to right the wrongdoings in the world, is one of his primary motivations for creating the Iron Man suit. In what is perhaps a naive goal of single-handedly preventing the death of innocent people, Stark decides to take the law into his own hands. The commentary surrounding war, technology and the influence private companies have on politics is loud and clear.

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“The Incredible Hulk” was designed to bring scientist-byday, monster-by-night Bruce Banner into the mix. Decidedly the biggest flop of the series, Edward Norton’s Hulk was widely criticized for its lack of clarity, coherence and entertainment value, and it’s not surprising that Marvel replaced Norton with actor Mark Ruffalo in the rest of the Hulk’s appearances. Series Relevance: Unfortunately, “The

Incredible Hulk” is incredibly important to MCU. At its core, the movie doesn’t simply set Left:, Right: MovieWeb up the Hulk’s backstory — It is also the first film that connects Marvel heroes together. Other than a half-hearted attempt to bring Stark into the last 15 minutes of the movie, there was no connection between Banner and the rest of the Marvel universe, and the movie gave no breathing room for Marvel to connect the two. In addition to gaping plot holes that are less-than-adequately explained at the beginning, the characters and their motivations did no justice to the brilliantly written comic book hero. In the comic books, Bruce Banner is the victim of a faulty nuclear-radiation experiment and a desperately depressed fugitive on the run from the government. All Banner wants to do is die, which is the one impossible thing for him to do given the immortal manifestation of the Hulk hiding inside him. However, the movie dumbs down this impressively unique character into a socially awkward hero whose two-dimensional love interest and unconvincing acting does not do the Hulk justice. Entertainment Value: To be blunt: there’s absolutely no entertainment value in this movie. Unless one is looking to be bored to sleep for two and a half hours by Norton’s monotone voice and Liv Tyler’s ridiculously flighty decision-making, there’s no reason to see this version of “The Incredible Hulk.”

If one is looking for more background on Bruce Banner, just read the comics, because even a cursory synopsis of the Hulk series is enough to understand how he fits into the MCU. Cultural/Political Value: Aside from the movie’s attempt to villainize the government and its selfish abuse of scientific knowledge, there isn’t much discernible cultural or political value to this movie. It’s simply too convoluted of a plot line to support any larger messages.

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While the value of this movie in regard to the MCU is unparalleled, it is one of the least-developed movies of the three. Series Relevance: “Iron Man 2” is the only sequel included in Phase One of the MCU Avengers arc. Most of this is due to the fact that “Iron Man 2” introduces Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson), the mysterious director of S.H.I.E.L.D., the agency that helps build the Avengers team. It also introduces a new avenger, The Black Widow, otherwise known as Natasha Romanoff (played by Scarlett Johansson). While these characters are touched upon, the movie spends far too much time creating a red herring villain in mad physicist Ivan Vanko and his malevolent benefactor Justin Hammer. By spending too much time on meaningless characters, Marvel delayed the construction of core characters such as Fury and Black Widow, meanwhile stunting the growth of Iron Man’s best friend Rhody as a main contributor in the movies. Iron Man 2 does set the base for incorporating the S.H.I.E.L.D. agency into MCU, and it does help show Stark’s character growth, but it’s overshadowed by a winding and nonsensical plot. Entertainment Value: The primary entertainment value in “Iron Man 2” is the growth of Tony Stark as a character. The movie furthers his internal struggle between his personality and his aspirations. Stark seems to spiral downhill when he faces a life-or-death situation, and the movie ultimately reveals Stark’s reliance on his support network of Rhody and Pepper. In the end, “Iron Man 2” is entertaining but lacks the wittiness of the first movie. Cultural/Political Value: Although the creators touch on a bit of cultural insensitivity on the part of Stark’s father, this movie is significantly more devoid of outside meaning, perhaps because the first movie leaned so heavily on politicism. The introduction of Romanov as the only female Avenger is interesting; while the audience is not yet sure of her role in the Avenger initiative, it is clear that she will be overshadowed by her male counterparts and boxed in as the sensible, motherly character who will clean up after her cohort. While feminism has never been one of Marvel’s strong suits, this is an impressively belittling representation — one that is not truly righted until later in the series.

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Heffington said most of his jokes come from some of his weird and random thoughts. During his act, he animates his delivery to mimic the emotions he felt as he experienced those thoughts. By the looks of the audience’s reactions, Heffington’s delivery made listeners feel as if they had just experienced similar thoughts. Sugar Land junior Rabbnawaz Bhatti was one of the other comedians that signed up to perform Saturday night. Bhatti said his upbringing ultimately influenced his sense of humor. “I’m the youngest of three children. Growing up, I was able to make my sisters and parents laugh, and I didn’t mind making fun of myself,” Bhatti said. “My parents and my sisters are all funny and made sure I grew up to have a good sense of humor.” In high school, Bhatti said he frequently made his friends laugh, and they often told him he would be good at stand-up comedy. When Bhatti arrived at Baylor, he said he took advantage of an early opportunity to perform in a talent show hosted by his dorm. Bhatti said his jokes were well received, and the positive feedback motivated him to perform in the variety show “After Dark” during parents weekend that fall. Since Bhatti’s first positive experience on stage, he said he has developed his own routine for coming up with material and preparing himself for performances. “I always keep a yellow legal pad in my backpack, and I have a notes page on my phone where I jot down any ideas [that] I come up with,” Bhatti said. “Before I perform at an event, I’ll look over my notes and figure out what I want to use for material.” As a Baylor student, Bhatti said he enjoyed networking with the other comedians and performing outside of the “Baylor Bubble.” Bhatti said he prefers an audience that doesn’t know what he is going to say before he performs, and that he appreciates Pinewood bringing people together through comedy. “Waco doesn’t have a very large comedy scene, so it was great to see Pinewood host an event that brought together comedians and an audience that was made up of both Baylor students and the Waco community.” Bhatti’s delivery Saturday night kept the crowd laughing, particularly because of the way he made ridiculous incidents sound like everyday life. His calm and comfortable demeanor created a relaxed atmosphere, as if each member of the audience had been friends with him for years. Singer/songwriters Jaimee Harris and Brody Price are scheduled to perform on the Pinewood stage at its next event March 23.


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Landrum, Ursin step up for Lady Bears Teammates lead the way to 8th straight regular season title despite Wallace injury BEN EVERETT Sports Writer No. 3-ranked Baylor women’s basketball finished conference play undefeated for the first time since 2013 and for the third time in school history. The Lady Bears (28-1, 180) defeated West Virginia 8054 Monday night at the Ferrell Center behind 17 points, 16 rebounds, and a career high four three-pointers from sophomore forward Lauren Cox. Senior forward Dekeiya Cohen and senior guard Kristy Wallace were honored at halftime of the game, but Wallace did not play in the second half due to an apparent knee injury she suffered in the second quarter. Cohen said Wallace is a fighter and will do everything she can to get back on the court. “We know that she might be out for a little bit,” Cohen said. “She’s a good spirit. She’s a fighter. We know that if she has anything to do with it, she’ll be back.” Freshman guard Moon Ursin played a career-high 30 minutes in Wallace’s absence. Neither freshman forward

Didi Richards or guard Alex Morris played, due to what was described as a “violation of team rules,” so head coach Kim Mulkey was left with just five players at her disposal. The result was that four of her starters — Brown, Cox, Landurm and Cohen played all 40 minutes for the Lady Bears. West Virginia senior forward Teana Muldrow started the game on a 5-0 run with a put back and a three to propel the Mountaineers to a 5-4 lead at the 6:57 mark of the first quarter. Cohen knocked in backto-back jumpers and Wallace drained a 3-pointer to help the Lady Bears end the first quarter on a 16-5 run to take a 16-10 lead into the second. West Virginia cut the lead to 18-16 early in the second quarter, but sophomore guard Juicy Landrum drove the lane for a layup and Cox connected on two 3-pointers to give Baylor a 26-19 lead with 4:19 left in the half. Ursin came in at point guard and scored on a driving layup to extend the Baylor lead to nine and junior center Kalani Brown powered through a defender to convert an and-one to give the Lady

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CHAMPIONS Senior forward Dekeiya Cohen, senior guard Kristy Wallace, sophomore guard Juicy Landrum and sophomore forward Lauren Cox celebrate Cohen and Wallace’s Senior Night along with their eighth straight season title.

Bears a 36-22 lead at the break. Baylor dominated on then defensive end in the first half, holding the Mountaineers to a season-low 22 points and to 26 percent shooting from the field, and forcing seven turnovers. West Virginia drained back-to-back threes to cut the lead to 14, but Cohen and Landrum responded with aggressive moves to the basket to extend Baylor’s lead to 4930 at the 4:42 mark of the third quarter. Muldrow knocked down her third three-pointer of the

game to make it 57-41, but Cox responded with her third three, knocking it down with three seconds left on the clock to give the Lady Bears a 60-41 advantage heading into the final quarter. Baylor started the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run, but the Mountaineers rolled off a 7-0 run of their own capped off by a three-pointer from junior guard Katrina Pardee to make it a 68-48 game with 4:47 left. The Lady Bears ended the game on a 6-0 run to take their biggest lead and win the game 80-54.

The seniors have led the Lady Bears to three straight Elite Eights and four straight Big 12 regular season championships, compiling a 130-11 record during that stretch. Cohen averaged a careerhigh 12 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game this season and has started every game she has played. Wallace averaged a careerhigh 13.1 points, 5.5 assists and 5 rebounds per game this season and this season became one of three Lady Bears to ever record at least 500 career

assists. West Virginia head coach Mike Carey said he is hoping that Kristy Wallace’s injury is not as bad as it looked. “I hope Kristy Wallace is not that bad,” Carey said. “Let’s hope for the best for her. She’s had a great career here. I felt sick to my stomach when I saw her holding that knee.” The Lady Bears look to capture their ninth postseason Big 12 Tournament Championship starting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Oklahoma City.

Weekend Sports Update NCAA tweaks Baseball drops series Men’s Basketball falls Baylor baseball dropped two out of three games against No. 12 UCLA in Los Angeles over the weekend. The Bears allowed 10 walks and allowed four runs in the eighth inning to turn a 2-1 lead into a 5-2 defeat on Friday. Sophomore third baseman Davis Wendzel went two for four with a double. Junior second baseman Josh Bissonette added an RBI single. On Saturday, Wendzel and junior outfielder Cole Haring each had home runs, helping Baylor tie the game at six in the eighth inning. It was a tworun bullet way over the fence in left off the bat of sophomore catcher Shea Langeliers that gave Baylor the 8-6 win. Senior closer Troy Montemayor pitched a perfect ninth inning. On Sunday, Baylor sophomore Hayden Kettler went toe to toe with freshman Zach Pettway with neither allowing a hit until the sixth inning. Pettway was too strong, as the Bruins scored runs in the first on an error and then added runs in the seventh and eighth innings to get the 3-0 win.

Softball stays perfect

After a week of rain, Baylor softball cancelled its Baylor Invitational Tournament and traveled to Abilene for a Sunday doubleheader. The Lady Bears remained perfect, taking care of ACU 3-0 in the opener and 13-2 in game two. Senior outfielder Jessie Scroggins delivered two hits and two RBIs for the Lady Bears. Junior outfielder Kyla Walker, senior first baseman Shelby Friudenberg and sophomore second baseman Nicky Dawson each added two hits as well. In game two, senior catcher Carlee Wallace went four for four at the plate, hitting for the cycle, including a threerun triple and a two-run home run in a seven-run fifth inning for Baylor. Wallace finished with 6 RBIs. Scroggins tallied two more hits and two more RBIs while scoring three times. Walker scored three times as well. Junior Regan Green went four innings to get the win, scattering one run on three hits with five strikeouts.

Baylor men’s basketball dropped its second straight game on Saturday, falling 82-72 to TCU in Fort Worth. Senior forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. led the way for Baylor with a team-high 22 points, while knocking down nine of his 14 shot attempts. Freshman forwards Tristan Clark and Mark Vital each finished in double figures in the scoring column as well. Clark had 14 while Vital added 12 for the Bears. Baylor fell behind early and was forced to play catch-up the rest of the game. The Bears would continue to battle throughout the second half and cut the lead to five at 70-65, but TCU was able to hold off Baylor down the stretch. TCU junior guard Alex Robinson led the way for the Horned Frogs with 22 points and six assists.

Women’s tennis wins

Baylor women’s tennis split a pair of weekend matches out west over the weekend. The Lady Bears fell 4-3 at No. 17 Oregon on Friday and then knocked off No. 32 Washington 4-2 on Sunday. Against Oregon, sophomore Angelina Shakhraichuk got Baylor on the board in singles with a 6-3, 6-1 win. Fellow sophomores Jessica Hinojosa and Camilla Abbate were each victorious in singles as well, with Hinojosa winning 6-4, 6-3 and Abbate winning 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. In Sunday’s match with Washington, Baylor earned the doubles point and took a 2-0 lead after Hinojosa notched a 6-3, 6-0 win on court No. 5. Shakraichuk picked up another victory, 7-6, 6-1 and Abbate was also victorious in three sets, 1-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Men’s tennis prevails

Baylor men’s tennis posted a pair of 7-0 victories over Abilene Christian on Saturday. In the first match, all three doubles teams posted 6-1 victories over ACU. In singles, junior Johannes Schretter, sophomore Bjoern Petersen, freshmen Sven Lah and Roy Smith, sophomore Constantin Frantzen and junior Jimmy Bendeck all posted straight set victories. In the nightcap with ACU, all three

Baylor doubles teams were victorious and then in singles, Petersen, Schretter, Frantzen and Bendeck all picked up wins. Freshmen Matias Soto and Akos Kototorman earned singles victories as well.

Equestrian drops meet

The Baylor equestrian suffered its first loss of the spring season. The Lady Bears fell 14-4 at Texas A&M. In the fences event, junior hunt seat Shannon Hogue earned Baylor’s point with an 83-77 victory against the Aggies. Senior hunt seat Rachel Van Allen earned Baylor a point in equitation. Freshman western Carly Salter and senior western Charlotte Green each earned points for Baylor in reigning, but that is all the Lady Bears could muster. Baylor will take on South Carolina at 10 a.m. Friday and Delaware State at 10 a.m. Saturday in Dover, Del. as part of the Delaware State Tournament.

Acro & Tumbling remains on top

The top ranked Baylor acrobatics and tumbling team stayed perfect by knocking off No. 2 Oregon 284.725280.830 Saturday night at the Ferrell Center. The Bears held a 98.55-87.40 lead at halftime after taking slim victories in the compulsory, acro and pyramid events. Coming out after intermission, Oregon was able to draw a tie in the toss event, but Baylor then responded by winning the tumbling event. The Bears finished off the Ducks with a 100.7897.53 win in the team event.

Track & Field travels

The Baylor track and field team placed 26 Bears on the all-conference team after competing in the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Ames, Iowa over the weekend. The women finished seventh in the conference with a point total of 70.5. The men finished in eighth with a point total of 50.5. Compiled by Nathan Keil. For full recaps of last weekend’s events, visit

review system for volleyball NATHAN KEIL Sports Editor The challenge review system in NCAA volleyball is getting a minor makeover during the 2018 season. The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel voted Feb. 22 to approve a change that would combine in/out and touch calls into one reviewable challenge. During the first two years of the review system, in/out and touch calls have been the two most reviewed plays in the sport, as well as separate challenges. Since they have been separate, some calls have not been able to be overturned because a challenge has fallen under one or the other. Baylor head coach Ryan McGuyre said the new legislation was a no-brainer, because it makes the job easier as well as focuses on the main goal of getting the call right. “The goal of all instant replay is to get the call right, so as you look across other sports that have instant replay, the goal is to get it right. So sometimes touching the player, not touching, in or out,” McGuyre said. “It combines it and makes it easier for coaches so we no longer have to choose when we know it was close and it’s a pivotal part of the game.” In 2018, coaches will also be able to challenge threemeter attacks, a rule that has been difficult for officials to monitor due to the varying degrees of athleticism from the student-athletes. McGuyre is also in favor of the three-meter attack change because it serves as a point of

accountability the same way monitoring foot-faults on serves does. “Three-meter line makes sense if you’re going to do foot faults on serves; you basically have to do that on the back row attack,” McGuyre said. “I think most officials do a good job watching for them, but sometimes those happen quickly and its definitely an advantage if it’s not being watched and measure.” With the change, coaches will be able to challenge the three-meter attacks. Coaches will also be granted an additional challenge in the match extends to a fifth set. If a coach does not use his/her challenges from previous sets in the match, they will also carry over into the decisive final set. The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel also simplified rules regarding libero jersyes, stating that each team’s defensive specialist must be recognized immediately from all places on the court based on the difference in their jersey. It also reduced the intermission time between the second and third sets from 10 minutes to five minutes, in hopes of improving play pace. In April, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel will be voting on key issues of recruiting, including moving the official visit day a year ahead to Sept. 1 of the athlete’s junior year as well as voting on a bill that will outlaw all recruiting conversation prior to Sept. 1 of the junior year. McGuyre said he supports moving the official visit date

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NCAA from Page 7 to Sept. 1 because it remedies some of the pressure of early recruitment. However, he added that he is against not having any recruiting conversation because it diminishes the atmosphere of visits. “We want girls to be able to come to games and hang out with the girls afterwards and be a part of the community,” McGuyre said. “I hope that one doesn’t pass and that one’s a little bit too restrictive.” Baylor volleyball is coming off its best season under McGuyre. The Bears went 24-7, finished second in the conference with a 13-3 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round for the second straight year. Baylor will start its spring season with a March 24 tournament. The tournament will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and will feature the University of Texas, Texas State, University of North Texas and several other Texas schools to be determined.

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GOING FOR THE GOLD United States’ curlers Joe Polo, John Landsteiner, Matt Hamilton, Tyler George and John Shuster celebrate their gold medals Saturday during the men’s curling venue ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea.

MAX CALDERONE Sports Writer Team USA finished up its run at the 2018 Winter Olympics with two more medals, moving the country’s total to 23 for this year’s games. The Americans brought home nine gold, eight silver and six bronze medals. Of the gold medal wins, the United States perhaps rallied most passionately behind the men’s curling team, which won gold after defeating the tournament favorite Sweden 10-7. The Americans completed a five-point end, a rarity in the sport of curling, to clinch the victory over Sweden. Team Shuster, led by captain John Shuster, was made up of a bunch of self-proclaimed “rejects” because many of the team members had been cut from previous teams. Shuster said they are no longer rejects now that the

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Americans are wearing the gold medals around their necks. “It’s starting to sink in a little bit,” Shuster said in an interview with NBC following the win. “This is pretty darn incredibly special.” Team USA had to come back from the brink of elimination after losing four of its first six matches. Kyle Mack claimed the final medal for the Americans in the men’s snowboarding big air competition, where he took silver behind Canada’s Sebastian Toutant. Great Britain’s Billy Morgan won bronze, and two Americans finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively. The United States’ performance was highlighted by snowboarder Shaun White’s gold medal run in the men’s halfpipe. He gave viewers what many considered to be the most emotional moment of the 2018 Olympics, as he

embraced his parents at the bottom of the slope after his final score was announced. Burleson sophomore Blake Boatright said it was amazing to watch White’s triumphant return from not medaling in Sochi, Russia, at the 2014 Olympics and being injured in a scary crash in fall 2017. “He killed it this year,” Boatright said. “Seeing him come back from a fourth-place finish in 2014 to winning it this year was awesome. His runs in the finals were so fun to watch.” Team USA was also represented this year by some bright young stars in the action sports world, including 17-year-old snowboarders Red Gerard and Chloe Kim, who both won gold in their respective events. Sugar Land junior Michelle Dang said she was impressed by the skill of the teenagers all throughout the games. “I really loved how young

some of our best athletes are,” Dang said. “It’s exciting because they’ll have a good two or three more Olympics left in them, which puts the U.S. in a great position to win gold again in those events.” While some Baylor students watched the Olympics to cheer on American athletes and witness historic moments, others paid close attention to new sports and the fashion of this year’s games. Shreveport, La., junior Madelyn Greenleaf found an interest in an unlikely winter sport, one that has plenty of speed and nail-biting results. “I’ve really enjoyed watching the men’s luge,” Greenleaf said. “It’s so fun to watch and I love their outfits.” Americans will have to wait another four years for the next edition of the Winter Olympics when Beijing will host the 2022 games. The next Summer Olympics will begin on July 24, 2020, in Tokyo.

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