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Opinion | 2 Domestic violence Do your part to end abuse and support victims.


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NATHAN KEIL Sports Editor Monday evening in the Ferrell Center’s Stone Room was all business for Baylor women’s basketball. The Lady Bears gathered with friends, family and the Baylor community to find out where their road toward the Final Four begins. Baylor, which posted a 31-1 record, claimed both the Big 12 regular

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season and conference tournament championship and was looking to nab a top seed for the third straight season. The Lady Bears were rewarded the No. 2 seed in the Lexington, Ky., region. Connecticut claimed the No. 1 seed in Albany, N.Y., while Louisville gpt Lexington, Ky., Notre Dame got Spokane, Wash., and Mississippi State got Kansas City, Mo. The Lady Bears will take on No. 15 Grambling State (18-15), winner of


the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament. Despite missing out on a top seed in the tournament, for Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey and the Lady Bears, it doesn’t take away from the excitement in the journey that begins this week. “You’re just excited. You’re happy for Baylor University. Baylor’s name is out there in a positive light again

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Waco among first for AT&T 5G CORRIE COLEMAN Reporter AT&T has announced that they will be bringing 5G broadband to three cities in the U.S.: Dallas, Atlanta and Waco. The Dallas-based network provider plans to release 5G service by Vol.118 No. 41

the end of 2018. AT&T stays that it is the only carrier in the nation that has publicized plans to launch 5G service. 5G will be the fifth generation of wireless broadband technology. Bob Hartland, Director of IT Servers and Networking Services at Baylor, said

each time a new generation is released, the service speed increases. “In the cellular world, you started off with the brick phones. That was 1G. Then you went to 2G, which was your flip phones, and now you have the

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POWER UP Fair Oaks Ranch senior Ellen Coulter welds a theftproof frame for a solar panel in Haiti during spring break.

Serving on Break Discipline-specific teams visited seven countries CORRIE COLEMAN Reporter This spring break, Baylor Missions sent students and faculty to seven different countries: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico and United States. Each team’s mission project was disciplinespecific, allowing students to use skills they are developing in their classes to serve in other cultures. Lubbock senior Chloe Bell traveled to Panajachel, Guatemala, to serve with nutrition majors and faculty in rural villages. Guatemala is in the midst of a nutrition crisis. This means that, although food is usually available, it often lacks the nutrients necessary for growth and brain development. Through an organization called Mission Guatemala, the team helped lead feeding programs for children and mothers, teaching nutrition and healthy cooking skills. The meals the team helped cook involved “Nutriplenty,” a rice blend enriched with vitamins and minerals. “In the mornings we would go to elementary schools and help the moms prepare whatever meals they were going to serve

the kids that day,” Bell said. “In the afternoons we would go to a rural middle school … and do cooking demonstrations with them. We talked to them about what carbohydrates are and proteins and vitamins are … Then we would spend a couple hours cooking and preparing a meal with them.” Bell believes her experiences teaching nutrition in another culture will benefit her future. She said her time spent in Guatemala will impact her decisions about her career as well as give her a unique asset in the eyes of employers. “As I’m transitioning out of college, this an experience that’s super important and as people interview me, it’ll stand out,” Bell said. “They’ll see that I have experience working in other cultures.” Brian Thomas, Baylor senior lecturer in engineering, led a missions team to Haiti over spring break. The team of STEM students worked to install solar panels on a hospital. “There’s a new hospital that was built and it’s out in a place where there’s no access to electricity so they use a generator … but it’s costing them a fortune,” Thomas said.

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Baylor student dies in plane crash REWON SHIMRAY Reporter Bruni sophomore Robert Christopher Marshall died Thursday in a plane crash in Laredo. Baylor University sent a campus-wide email statement Monday announcing Marshall’s death. According to the email, Marshall transferred to Baylor

this spring semester and studied aviation sciences. The statement said the Office of Spiritual Life, Counseling Center and aviation sciences faculty will assist Marshall’s classmates and friends this week. The email said services are not scheduled at this time, but urged in the meantime to “please continue to keep

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Work to end domestic violence Look for the signs of abuse, get involved with local organizations It’s not uncommon to read or hear stories of women and men who have been victims of domestic violence. While domestic violence may seem like a far-off issue to some, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reported in 2010 that “on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.” As if that wasn’t enough, in 2013 it was also recorded that one in three women and one in four men have been victims of some type of physical violence by a partner during their lifetime. Odds are you, or someone you know, will experience domestic violence in some way or another. These statistics are heartbreaking,

Along with getting involved and assisting victims, it’s important to keep an eye out for signs of abuse in your own relationship, as well as for your friends and family.

though not permanent. There are many ways you can do your part to end this abuse, as well as in help victims’ families piece their lives back together and get a fresh start. For those unfamiliar with what domestic violence entails, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence defines it as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control

perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats and emotional abuse.” Spotting domestic violence can sometimes be difficult, but the National Domestic Violence Hotline lists numerous forms of abuse, spanning from physical actions like hair pulling or hitting, to controlling every aspect of a partner’s life from access to money to eating habits. Along with getting involved and assisting victims, it’s important to keep an eye out for signs of abuse in your own relationship, as well as for your friends and family. Leaving a situation that involves domestic violence can be dangerous and challenging, and having the support of a loved one could save someone’s life. In Texas alone, there are more than 50 domestic violence programs, one of which is located right here in Waco: The Waco Family Abuse Center. According to its website, this program aims to “eliminate domestic violence in Central Texas by sheltering victims of domestic violence and by preventing abuse from occurring through intervention and education.” Families affected by domestic violence can stay for free at the Waco Family Abuse Center for as long as their specific situation requires, and there are mental, legal, financial and other forms of assistance available for the center’s residents. The Waco Family Abuse Center has plenty of opportunities for people to get involved, offering volunteers the option to work with children, operate the telephone hotline or even assist with meal preparation. Certainly, there is a bit of training involved, but it’s important to note that domestic violence isn’t something you have to travel far away to see; It occurs right here in Waco. And just as you don’t have to go very far to see the effects of domestic violence, you also don’t have to go very far to make your own impact in the fight against domestic violence. If volunteering isn’t quite your thing, organizations like the Family Abuse Center also accept donations of food, money, clothes and other items a family might need. Some domestic violence centers are nonprofits and rely solely on donations to continue offering their services. Even donating $5 every once in a while can make a difference, as some families have had to leave their situations abruptly, unable to take any of their personal belongings with them.

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Many of these programs also host outreach events to raise awareness for their services and to promote to domestic violence in general. These events have even been held on Baylor’s campus in the last few years, such as Alpha Chi Omega’s Block Party last October, from which all proceeds went to the Waco Family Abuse Center. Attending these outreach events can be fun and ultimately bring more awareness to this issue that affects more than 10 million women

and men each year, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. One of the Waco Family Abuse Center’s mottos is “Love shouldn’t hurt.” Domestic violence has become all too common in the United States. By doing your part by volunteering or donating, you can make a difference in ending domestic violence and help redefine love as something beautiful, not something painful.


Tourists should resist the Magnolia Bubble redoing the Elite Cafe, they would’ve kept its name. The name of the Elite Cafe was already recognizable, but the Gaineses decided to shift the focus away from the history of Waco and onto themselves. Visitors would have flocked to the restaurant regardless, in hopes of seeing Joanna’s touches and snapping countless pictures for their Instagram stories. But by changing the name of the historic cafe, the Gaineses are able to profit off the Magnolia name even further. Ken Brittain, chairman of the McLennan County Historical Commission, and other commission members are not pleased that the local Texas Historical Commission was not consulted regarding the changes made to the landmark. “I would have fought very strongly against it,” Brittain told the Waco Tribune-Herald. “The Elite name was part of the historical ambiance.” Clearly, the Magnolia name has changed Waco’s reputation. Before, most people only associated Waco with the Branch Davidian standoff.

BROOKE HILL Copy Editor With the recent soft opening of the restaurant Magnolia Table, the Chip and Joanna Gaines takeover has been more evident than ever across the Waco community. If I had seen one more picture of Magnolia Table on my Instagram story the week it opened, I would have screamed. There’s no doubt that the Gaineses have contributed significantly to the Waco economy, but the focus on Magnolia and Magnolia Table has turned Waco into a tourist trap and shifted the focus from what Waco truly is: a small town with local charm. If the Gaineses truly cared about keeping the charm of Waco while

Coincidentally, the soft opening of Magnolia Table occurred during the week of the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the Branch Davidian standoff, giving Wacoans something new to be excited about instead of remembering Waco’s darker days. However, tourists should not come to Waco simply to snap a few pictures at the Magnolia Silos and then leave. If they’re going to make the trip, they should get to explore the quaint vibe of Waco and discover what made Chip and Joanna themselves fall in love with the city. Businesses such as Waco Tours shift the focus to the city of Waco by leaving all Magnolia-related stops off of their tours, assuming people will already be making that stop on their own time. There’s Spice Village, the Waco Suspension Bridge, Health Camp, the Waco Hippodrome and Lula Jane’s – all gems that seem to shrink in the shadow of Magnolia. Most Baylor students don’t mind this because we get to keep these treasures for ourselves, unlike Common

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Grounds and Heritage Creamery, which, thanks to their appearances on Fixer Upper, are becoming less of a study spot and more of a tourist must-see. If Waco visitors really want to get a feel for what the town is like, they should go all-in and explore local favorites. The home goods hiding in The Findery and the warm homemade biscuits at Lula Jane’s are part of what makes Waco, Waco. Church Under the Bridge is something else that makes Waco what it is. The glamour of Magnolia tends to underscore the vast numbers of homeless and poverty-stricken individuals that Waco encompasses. The way the community comes together during Church Under the Bridge to bond over love is something that makes Waco truly special. Don’t steer clear from the struggles that Waco is enduring – embrace them. See them with your own eyes. Experience the trials that the city is going through and become passionate about them. Help Waco and its community members spread

its story and make the public aware that Waco is not just filled with glamorous Magnolia. A whopping 29 percent of the population in Waco lives below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 14.7 percent. And yet the public only sees Waco as the home of “Fixer Upper,” with many claiming they’d love to move to Waco and live in one of the Gaineses’ houses without knowing anything about the city itself. People have always said students need to get out of the Baylor Bubble. Now it’s time for the visitors to get out of the Magnolia Bubble. Go see Waco for what it is: not a city filled with beautiful homes and restaurants fixed up by Chip and Joanna Gaines, but a city full of local businesses and everyday people who are being overshadowed by the glory of Magnolia. Brooke Hill is a sophomore journalism and English double major from Garland.

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Package bombs in Austin likely tied to earlier blast, injure two WILL WEISSERT AND PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press

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JULIA VERGARA Staff Writer Key: January (green), February (red), March (blue) According to the BUPD Crime Log, Baylor and surrounding areas have experienced 167 reported crime cases since the beginning of the semester, Jan. 8. Out of the reported crimes, 112 occurred on-campus and 55 occurred off-campus. The most frequent crimes overall were theft, burglaries and alcohol-related cases. There were 45 reported cases of theft. Out of those reports, 34 occurred on-campus and 11 occurred offcampus. There were 27 reported cases of burglary, and 21 were reported as a burglary of a motor vehicle. Out of the reported burglary cases, nine occurred on-campus and 18 occurred off-campus. There were 21 reports of alcohol-related cases. This includes public intoxication, minor in possession and minor consumption. Out of the reports, 18 occurred oncampus and three occurred off-campus.

Two package bomb blasts a few miles apart killed a teenager and wounded two women in Austin on Monday, less than two weeks after a similar attack left a man dead in another part of the Texas capital. Investigators said the bombings are probably connected, and they are looking into whether race was a factor because all of the victims were minorities. The blasts unfolded just as the city was swelling with visitors to the South By Southwest music festival. The first of Monday’s attacks killed a 17-year-old boy and wounded a 40-year-old woman, both of them black. As Police Chief Brian Manley held a news conference to discuss that attack, authorities were called to the scene of another explosion that injured a 75-year-old Hispanic woman. She was taken to a hospital with potentially lifethreatening wounds. Authorities suspect that both of Monday’s explosions were linked to a March 2 attack that killed a 39-year-old black man. All three blasts happened as the packages were opened, and officials urged the public to call police if they receive any unexpected packages. “This is the third in what we believe to be related incidents over the past 10 days,” Manley said while briefing reporters near the site of Monday’s second explosion. He at first suggested that the blasts could constitute a hate crime, but later amended that to say authorities had not settled on a motive. “We are not ruling anything

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BOMB BLASTS A woman in her 70s was injured in the second reported explosion at a home in Austin on Monday, Austin-Travis County EMS said. The incident was the second reported explosion on Monday and the third in two weeks.

out at this point,” said Manley, who said the intended targets were not clear since multiple people live in the homes where explosives were placed. “We are willing to investigate any avenue that may be involved.” The police chief refused to provide many details about how the explosives were packaged, citing the ongoing investigation. But he said they were an “average-size letter box” and “not particularly large.” In all three cases, he said, the packages did not appear to have gone through the U.S. Postal Service or private carriers like UPS. They were left on doorsteps without a knock or ringing of doorbells. The explosions happened far from the main events of the wildly popular festival known as SXSW, which brings about 400,000 visitors to Austin each year. Manley urged visitors to “be aware of what’s going on.” “Enjoy yourself. Have a good time,” he said. “There’s no reason to believe that you are at any greater risk other than be aware, look for things that

are suspicious.” In a tweet, organizers of the festival said “SXSW is heartbroken by the explosions in Austin,” and they urged visitors to stay safe. Gov. Greg Abbott offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Four years ago, a driver plowed through a barricade and into festival-goers, killing four people and injuring many others. Extra security measures were taken, including additional policing, tougher security checks and brighter street lighting. The three explosions occurred in different parts of east Austin, which is east of Interstate 35, the highway that divides the city. The east side has historically been more heavily minority and less wealthy than the west side, although that has changed as gentrification has raised home prices and rents throughout the capital. Monday’s first blast happened at a home in Springdale Hills, a leafy neighborhood of houses

mostly from the 1960s and 1970s. After the attack, officials in hazardous materials suits came and went regularly. That was about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the home where the March 2 package bomb killed 39-yearold Anthony Stephan House. House’s death was initially investigated as suspicious but is now viewed as a homicide. Monday’s second explosion occurred around the Montopolis neighborhood, about 5 miles south of the day’s first blast. Joanna Samarripa, who lives around the corner, said she saw a woman slumped in the doorway of the home after rushing over moments after the explosion. “The cops were running and telling everyone ‘Get out of the house! Get out of the house!’” Samarripa said. “I’m still scared. I’m still shaking. I don’t even want to leave my daughter no more.” The victims in Monday’s blasts were not immediately identified.

What’s Happening on Campus? Tuesday, March 13 Basketball v. Wagner, NIT Round One

6 p.m. The Bears will take on the Wagner Seahawks in the Ferrell Center for the first round of the 2018 National Invitation Tournament. Free admission with Baylor ID.

Tuesday, March 13 - Friday, March 16 12th Annual Global Business Forum

Various times This year’s Global Business Forum, “The Automated World” will cover topics about artificial intelligence and robotics in today’s evolving global society. Sessions will take place in the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. Visit business/globalbusinessforum for a full schedule of events.

Tuesday, March 13 - Friday, March 16 Brain Awareness Week 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Mayborn Museum will provide daily hands-on activities and presentations from psychology and neuroscience students and professors. Visit for a full schedule of events.

Tuesday, March 13 Roundup Yearbook Portraits

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Head to the den of the Bill Daniel Student Center to take your Roundup Yearbook portrait. Sign up for a time at using school code 03545. Walk-ins welcome.

Tuesday, March 13 Semper Pro Musica Organ Competition

7:30 p.m. Organ students from the School of Music will compete in the final round of competition in Jones Concert Hall, Glennis McCrary Music Building, for a chance to perform in New York City’s Carnegie Hall in May.

Wednesday, March 14 through Thursday, March 15 Bear Faire for May Graduates

Noon to 6 p.m. May graduates should visit the Fifth Floor of Cashion Academic Center to take care of all graduation needs, including purchasing a cap and gown, verifying name pronunciation, taking Roundup Yearbook portraits and filming a Shout Out video to express support to family and friends that will air during commencement.

Thursday, March 15 Sharing Her Story: Spotlighting Women’s Collections at Baylor

3 p.m. Baylor Libraries, the Institute for Oral History and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies present a panel discussion highlighting the stories of women featured in Baylor’s collections in Armstrong Browning Library.

Thursday, March 15 Science Thursdays: Stress and Your Health

7 p.m. The Mayborn Museum’s Science Thursdays presents Annie Ginty, PhD, for a discussion about how the brain links psychological stress with cognitive, biological and behavioral changes that matter for health.

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Relationship Status How computers and humans really relate to each other Baylee VerSteeg | Multimedia Journalist

God vs Party

Professors research how religion influences political views THOMAS MORAN Staff Writer According to recent Baylor research, an individual’s perceptions of God might influence one’s political views. Baylor sociology professor Dr. Paul Froese and Rice University postdoctoral fellow Dr. Robert Thomson used the Baylor Religion Survey for their research and the writing of their two published academic papers. The two worked on the papers together while Thomson completed his doctorate in sociology, which he earned last year. Froese and Thomson set out to find how individuals navigate situations in which political and religious beliefs come into conflict and how they determine which perspective to prioritize. “On issues of economic justice, the democratic party and the republican party definitely have different approaches to addressing justice, equality, economic equality, that sort of thing,” Thomson said. “Religious organizations also have a variety of approaches.” The first paper, published last year in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, is titled “God Versus Party: Competing Effects on Attitudes Concerning Criminal Punishment, National Security, and Military Service.” The paper discusses the relationship between one’s understanding of God and one’s political beliefs regarding punitive policy and related matters. Capital punishment, strong military and strict punishment for crime are normally associated with a more conservative and, consequently, republican political perspective, according to the GOP. However, data from the survey shows that democrats who perceive God to be more judgmental, dissociated or stern tend to have far more conservative views on these political issues than other democrats. “Partisanship … doesn’t necessarily always predict your policy preferences because you might not know what your party thinks about a certain issue,” Froese said. “But what we’re finding is image of

God is as predictive of policy preferences as your party affiliation. So if somebody has an image of God as being quite judgmental and wrathful, they might have this kind of eyefor-an-eye tooth-for-a-tooth morality.” The second paper, published in the Sociological Forum this past January, is titled “God, Party, and the Poor: How Politics and Religion Interact to Affect Economic Justice Attitudes.” The paper examines the relationship between one’s understanding of God’s nature and one’s beliefs regarding economic equality and related issues. Democratic policy regarding economic justice is often more liberal and are geared toward income equality through social welfare taxation and similar programs. According to data from the Baylor Religion Survey, republicans who view God as a kind and intimately involved entity often have a far more liberal perspective regarding economic justice issues. “What we’re arguing is that conservatives that have this very loving benevolent God image, will tend to have a morality which is about caring for others, so they then in turn are more likely to support social welfare programs,” Froese said. Fort Worth senior Sierra Sears was not surprised that perceptions of God can lead people away from their partisan ideals. “I think religion is kind of a system in itself,” Sears said. “So, if your religion talks about how God is kind and forgiving and accepting, I’m sure you would

want to be the person that stands up for things like gun control and say ‘this is wrong,’ … I think it [religion] has the ability to sway people’s beliefs even if they are democratic or republican.” Froese and Thomson agree there are common misconceptions regarding religion and political belief. For example, religiosity is often equated with conservatism. Likewise, a liberal point of view is often viewed as completely non-religious. “I think it is sort of a misconception that the political right and left represent religion versus nonreligion,” Thomson said. “In fact, there is religion on both sides, on the left and the right. What we were interested in is how do these two sources of moral authority speak to each other and when one comes into conflict with the other, which one wins?” In his view, whether religiously influenced beliefs or party affiliations “win” depends on the issue at hand. The research is significant from a statistical perspective because one would expect a person’s image of God to be predictive of policy attitudes, Froese said. Party affiliation and loyalty toward that party would be more logical predictors of policy attitudes. “You’d think that [party affiliation] essentially would explain almost all of that person’s political views,” Froese said. “But what we’re finding is that it doesn’t. You can show that religious beliefs, like your understanding of God, can influence your policy preferences.”

SAMANTHA AMARO Reporter There are constantly studies being published that using computers is detrimental to a person’s health due to the amount of time spent in front of a screen, but are these effects something to really worry about? The Department of Computer Science at Baylor has several ongoing research projects within its department. One project is called Human-Computer Interaction Research, which is conducted based on interactions that occur between humans and computers. Dr. Michael Poor is the faculty member in charge of the research group. Poor, a computer science assistant professor, specializes in humancomputer interaction and has been with this research group for the past six years. “At this point right now there are two projects of where the lab is going in terms of the overall idea of the lab,” Poor said. One of the other projects is on pain interaction, in which the participants suffer from disorders that cause chronic pain. In its third year of research, the project is continuing to investigate new ways people can use computers. The second project is a front-end development for water reclamation, which is being worked on through the Department of Energy. This research helps find different ways to deliver information to people who often interact

with machines and need information delivered to them very quickly. This water reclamation project is going into its second year of ongoing research. These two projects are not the only ones being worked on, as there are also two or three master’s projects being conducted at the same time. The lab is packed full of ideas with a few different projects at a time.

Poor Since fibromyalgia causes chronic pain in the hands, people with the condition have trouble typing and using the mouses connected to the computers. The pain research is based off of different ways that a person would be able to interact with computers. An example of this research like this can be shown through experiments that compare whether using a normal keyboard or a touch-screen keyboard would alleviate pain. Archer City junior London Steele said she became involved with this research in two ways — first as a participant, then as a paid intern her sophomore year, during which she

helped to test the software. Though she is no longer an intern, she still assists with the research work. Her tasks as an intern consisted of recruiting participants to test the software and also helping researches test said software. Participants would come into the lab, where she would set up the simulation and instruct them on what to do while the students conducting the experiment would take notes on their behaviors and responses. She was brought in Poor’s research project on alternative input methods for computers to see whether the use alternative input methods would be of use to alleviate pain for people with fibromyalgia. “Instead of traditional keyboard and mouse,” Steele said, “it was using a technology kind of like the Kinect for the Xbox so it tracked your hand motions and things like that.” Steele is particularly interested in this research because she herself can reap the benefits of these examinations. Steele has an autoimmune disease, a condition that results in two different kinds of arthritis. She is a chronic sufferer and was a participant in the study before helping the research. Her autoimmune disease is classified as rare, meaning only one in 200,000 people have it. “I’ve seen what kind of treatments I have for myself and I just feel like this is my calling,” Steele said. similar position.”


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SPARKS FLY Covington, La., junior Ben Stogner cuts steel during the engineering mission trip to Haiti over spring break.

“So we put in some solar panels in the hospital to help offset their energy expenses.” Thomas explained that the team hired a local welder to finish building the solar panel frames. “Not only did we built some [frames] but we hired a Haitian man … who’s going to continue

the work and build the remaining units that we need,” Thomas said. “We want to avoid being paternalistic and doing things that they can do just as well or better than us. So whenever possible, we want to hire Haitian people to do those kind of tasks.” Thomas said although

the team had translators, he encouraged students to try to learn the language. “We learned a lot of their language, Haitian Creole. We work on it very intentionally,” Thomas said. “We have translators that can help us but we want to learn the language as an illustration of our attempt to try to

engage with their culture.” Thomas hopes students return home from mission trips with a greater awareness of global poverty and a deeper understanding of their faith. “We’re not just coming in to do our thing and then go out. We want to get to know them, we want to

learn their language, we want to ask them questions about their lives,” Thomas said. “Everyone has inherent value because they’re made by the same God. We’re all made in God’s image and different cultures are just different expressions of that.”

CRASH from Page 1 Robert’s parents, family, friends and his fellow aviation sciences students, faculty and staff in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.” The aircraft crashed at Laredo International Airport in South Texas, according to NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth. Laredo

Morning Times said both people on board, Marshall and Dr. Kelle David Hein, preacher at the Family Baptist Church in Laredo, were pronounced dead at the scene. San Antonio Express-News reported that the Laredo police and fire departments were notified


of a downed plane at 10:39 a.m. Thursday. They also said smoke was reported to be coming from the left engine as the twin-engine Piper PA-31 attempted to land. Robert R. and Amy Marshall, parents of Robert C. Marshall, are the registered owners of the plane and Robert R. Marshall is the




CEO and president of Marshall Aviation, which provides ondemand passenger and freight services, according to San Antonio Express-News. San Antonio Express-News said the National Transportation Safety Board will be leading the investigation.


ability to text. Each generation, they’ve been able to add features mainly because they’ve been able to add speeds,” said Hartland. “Each generation, they’re getting faster and faster and faster. The 5G is supposed to … be as much as 200 times faster than 4G.” Dave Wolter, assistant vice president for radio technology and strategy at AT&T, said the speed offered by 5G will create opportunities for new technologies, such as self-driving cars and advances in virtual reality. “It’s going to do quite a bit of reduction on latency, which is a delay between the time information is requested, goes through the system and comes back,” Wolter said. “It can handle a lot of different types of applications from handling moisture sensors in a farmer’s field to 8K 3D video virtual reality.” Many expect 5G to drive the development of “the internet of things,” the concept of everyday items like toasters and cars being connected through the internet. “Everything today is being connected and that’s only going to accelerate over the next few years,” Wolter said. “At some point, that’s going to become too much and too high a density for current technology to handle. So this technology will greatly expand the ability to make sure everything is connected … It’s going to open up whole new areas that were not possible before.” Wolter said Waco was chosen partially because of its convenient location between Dallas and Austin. Additionally, the presence of Baylor students and Magnolia Silos make Waco an attractive choice. “You’ve got the big university there and some other customers like the Silos,” Wolter said. “It seemed to be a good place to try it out.” According to Wolter, 5G will require new devices that are compatible with the new system. “The devices you have today won’t support it,” Wolter said. Some buildings on Baylor’s campus have already been equipped with 5G antennas. “AT&T has some cellular service on campus and they approached us last year saying they want us to put up some 5G antennas at some sights,” Hartland said. “We have got two departments on campus that said that they would be willing to help test.” Hartland thinks that eventually, the majority of people will have 5G devices. “When you hear the difference in magnitude and speed of data, it’s staggering … The consumers are an informationhungry group,” Hartland said. “Buckle up. That’s where things are headed.”


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arts&life BEAT THE SPRING STUDY BLUES Check out these 4 study spots for enjoying the weather while staying focused. pg. 8

WHAT TO DO IN WACO THIS WEEK Everything you need to know about what’s happening in Waco. pg. 7



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I would definitely recommend the restaurant to someone looking for brunch with a smile.” Kaitlyn DeHaven | Social Media Editor

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Magnolia Table lives up to high expecations REVIEW KAITLYN DEHAVEN Social Media Editor BZZ. BZZ. BZZ. I reached over to shut off my alarm. 6:45 a.m. on a Friday might be outrageous to some, but I had high hopes for my destination — The Magnolia Table. The week before I visited the restaurant myself, I had seen countless pictures of friends who had already made their way to the Table. The experiences I had heard were all positive, and my own experience in the restaurant did not fall short. From the moment I arrived around 7:45 a.m. to the moment I was seated, the wait was about 30 minutes. While this is a bit longer than Waco is used to, I didn’t think it was bad for an extremely popular brunch restaurant. While I was waiting, I observed the “take-away” section of the restaurant, which is a little store you can stop by if you don’t have two hours to spare. Pastries, jams and mugs filled the shop; it was fun to look around and take it all in during my wait. As I was escorted to a tiny table in the back, I took note of the attention to detail in each of the elements surrounding me. From a high-quality napkin with a cursive inscription of the restaurant’s name to the inspirational quotes scattered on the walls and the mugs, each piece of the restaurant looked like it had been attended to with great thought and care. I noticed the music immediately; it was old-timey and happy but nostalgic and calm at the same time — perfect for a brunch atmosphere. I

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EGGS N’ BACON A group of friends snaps a photo of their brunch spread at Magnolia Table. The Table is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

was expecting to be crammed in my seat, fighting to hear my friend’s voice over the swarms of visitors also eager to get a taste of Chip and Jo’s newest addition to Waco, but the atmosphere was surprisingly peaceful and quiet. As soon as I was seated, a very kind waitress took our drink order. I ordered a hot vanilla latte, and it was promptly brought out to me. I was pleasantly surprised with the flavor, which was not too sweet, but rather had a rich espresso flavor with a hint

of vanilla. Needless to say, my latte didn’t last very long. Scanning the menu, which was printed on a light blue folder that complemented the aesthetic of the restaurant, the French toast plate caught my eye, and I decided to order it. The wait for my food was much longer than the wait for my coffee, which is expected, but my waitress was kind and continued to check in and see if I needed anything. As

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MENU RENDEZVOUS Scottsdale Sophomore Katie Pricer holds a menu at Magnolia Table. The Table includes meals like french toast, eggs benedict and classic bacon and eggs.


soon as I finished my latte, she even came by and filled my cup with some complimentary coffee, apologizing for the wait. When my food finally arrived, I was ravenous and excited to taste what I had heard so much about. Two full plates were brought to me. The first held scrambled eggs, crispy bacon and round hash browns in a cast iron pan. The second plate held the main course — four steaming half-slices of toast with syrup and

strawberry butter. I tried the hash browns first. They were rolled into balls and had cheese sprinkled on top. These were my favorite part of the meal, as they were crispy, salty and altogether addicting. The bacon and the eggs were also delicious, but they weren’t really anything to write home about. They tasted great to me, but similar to what I could find anywhere else. Next, I tried the French toast. The bread was soft and flavorful, and the strawberry butter was to die for. The butter added its own element to the French toast. It was unlike any French toast I have ever eaten. I couldn’t finish my plate because the meal included so much food, but the waitress kindly gave a to-go box so that I could finish my meal home. I had a delightful experience at the Magnolia Table. The combination of atmosphere, food and service felt like what I would experience at a Disney restaurant; the brunch felt like an experience, and it seemed the staff honestly cared for their customers and wanted them to have a pleasant time. It was as if I had been taken to a different world for a couple hours. Overall, the experience took about two hours, and the only things that posed as a problem were the comparatively hefty prices and the extended wait for the food, which was solved with a steaming cup of coffee. Although some may find the Table cliché, given the excess social media coverage among Baylor students, I would definitely recommend the restaurant to someone looking for brunch served with a smile.

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SAY CHEESE Plano Freshman Brittany Griffith smiles in front of one of the many quotes posted around the new restaurant. Multiple Baylor students have frequented the Table since its opening.


Tuesday, March 13 Ceramics Exhibit: Come at your leisure to enjoy this ceramics

exhibit by Carl Block. Free | 10 a.m. ­– 5 p.m. through Friday at the Community Services Center at McLennan Community College, 1400 College Drive Brain Awareness Week: Enjoy daily hands-on activities provided by professors and students from Baylor University’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. This global campaign brings attention to brain science advances and advocates for science funding. Exhibit included in admission price, free for students and faculty | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. through Friday at Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S University Parks Drive

“Earned History — Houston Astros’ 2017 World Series” exhibit opening: The Texas Sports Hall of Fame will unveil its

Houston Astros exhibit, inlcuding a presentation by Authentication Manager of the Houston Astros Mike Acosta. Acosta will discuss the 2017 World Series and how he worked to preserve baseball history as it was happening in real time. Free. RSVP to | 7 - 8 p.m. at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, 1108 S. University Parks Dr. Gene Watson: Gene Watson is coming to the Waco Hippodrome Theatre with special guest Jake Penrod. Watson re-recorded his classic hits in a 25-song collection titled “The Best of the Best.” $25-60 | 7:30 – 9 p.m. at the Waco Hippodrome, 724 Austin Ave. Baylor Music Competition: Final round of the Semper Pro Musica Organ Competition, where Baylor students compete for a chance to appear at the Super Pro Music Recital at Carnegie Hall. Free and open to the public | 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building, 110 Baylor Ave.

Wednesday, March 14 Jazz/Funk Night: Dichotomy is bringing back jazz night each

second Wednesday this spring for a little live jazz from Sebastian Fotouhi. | 7:00 p.m. at Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits, 508 Austin Ave.

Thursday, March 15 Waco Charity Open Disc Golf Pro Tour: The Waco Charity

Open has been around for over 20 years. The Brazos Park course, which meanders along the riverfront, challenges both distance and accuracy in the open nine holes in the tight woods. | 8 a.m. at Cameron Park, 2601 Sturgis Rd. Spring at the Silos: Artisans from across the country will be gathering at the Silos for a vendor fair. The free Downtown Trolley will have extended hours and a temporary route to and from McLane Stadium. Free / No tickets necessary | Three-day event from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Saturday at Magnolia Market, 601 Webster Ave. Eli Young Band: Live music at the Backyard Bar, Stage & Grill. $2530 | 7 p.m. at the Backyard Bar, Stage & Grill, 511 S 8th St.each week. GRIT: Girls Raised in Texas: Adrian Johnston, Jackie Darlene, and Holly Tucker in concert $10 | 7 p.m. at at the Waco Hippodrome, 724 Austin Ave.

Ongoing Art Exhibition: Art exhibit by Texas Fine Artists. | Times vary

through April 8 at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Woodway, 9001 Bosque Blvd.


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Beat the spring study

Four study spots for enjoying the weather and staying focused MEREDITH WAGNER Arts & Life Editor

While other schools around the country close their doors and release their students into the approaching spring weather, Baylor students are doing just the opposite. Returning from a much-needed week off is especially difficult as the Texas sky turns from gray to blue and the grass from brown to green. While the warming weather is known to distract students from their studies, it can simultaneously help students harness positive energy and study in comfort. To remain on track during the coming months, here are four hot spots for studying in the sun:

Cameron Park

With plenty of green and fresh air to go around, Cameron Park meets all of your outdoor study needs aside from internet connection. If you need to read a novel for an English class, write a paper without doing much online research or refresh your mind on hand-written notes, do so outdoors. On a nice day, the atmosphere will give you your fill of the outdoors without hindering your productivity. Lay out a blanket on one of the expansive, grassy fields, or hang your hammock on one of the park’s many sturdy trees. If you don’t have proper transportation to make it to Cameron Park at your leisure, catch a ride from a friend or ride your bike on Waco’s bike-friendly streets. Yes, studying without wifi can prove difficult in today’s world, but disconnecting for a while and being in nature can greatly benefit your health and your studies.

Pinewood Coffee Bar

If you’re not much of an outdoor person and you find yourself needing a little caffeine pick-me-up, Pinewood is your answer. The booths lining the back wall are surrounded by expansive

windows, providing a spacious and bright space for enjoying the sunshine. Each of the booths is accompanied by an outlet, their wifi is reliable, their choice of music is always spot-on and the outdoor patio is perfected by a beautiful tree with far-reaching branches, taking you to another world without going too far into nature at all.

Armstrong Browning Library Garden of Contentment A favorite to many, Armstrong Browning’s Garden of Contentment is a perfect combination of outdoor and “indoor” studying. Connecting to the wifi from the library itself, students can enjoy studying outdoors with the same benefits provided by a library or coffee shop. Baylor even went so far as to install electrical outlets on many of the trees, allowing visitors to plug in outdoors if need be. The garden’s tables are spread out and spacious enough for multiple books or multiple study partners. The birds are almost always singing, which makes for pleasant background noise paired with the trickling water of the nearby fountain.

Jones Library Moody has carried thousands of students through long study sessions and late nights of wiping expo marker residue off of dry erase boards. However trustworthy of a library, one can only stick with Moody for so long before growing tired of her echoing chambers and crowded halls. Luckily, through a long corridor past the technology desk on the first floor, Jones library provides additional space and a refreshing environment to those who frequent Moody. Jones is well decorated with potted plants, and the tables tucked away behind the rows of books are surrounded by vast windows.

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS Gig Harbor, Wash., sophomore Erika Lane reads for class in a hammock at Cameron Park.

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SERENITY Armstrong Browning Library’s Garden of Contentment is right next to the Library & Museum on Speight.

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MR. JONES Austin junior Leah Geohring studies in Jones Library on Wednesday afternoon.

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Bears miss chance at big dance After losing NCAA tourney bid, Baylor takes No. 1 seed in NIT BEN EVERETT Sports Writer

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MISSED IT BY THAT MUCH Redshirt freshman forward Mark Vital puts up a shot during the first half of the Big 12 men’s tournament game against West Virginia, in Kansas City, Mo. The Bears missed out on the NCAA March Madness tournament but were seeded No. 1 in the NIT.

Baylor men’s basketball has been selected to compete in the 2018 National Invitation Tournament after missing out on a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Bears (18-14, 8-10) were listed as one of the NCAA Tournament committee’s “First Four Out,” resulting in a No. 1 seed in the NIT. Baylor head coach Scott Drew said not making the NCAA Tournament field was a letdown, but the Bears still have a chance to win a championship. “It’s obviously disappointing not having chance to be in the NCAA Tournament,” Drew said. “But it’s a great opportunity to be a No. 1 seed in the NIT. There’s a lot of quality teams and great players in the field.” Baylor is one of just three teams in the Big 12 Conference not to receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament this season, along with Oklahoma State and Iowa State. The Bears finished the season with the fourth-toughest strength of schedule, according to ESPN, prompting Drew to wonder why Baylor missed out on a chance to compete for the National Championship. “I don’t know if I really understand it all,” Drew said. “We didn’t have any losses in quadrant three or quadrant four. We only had one loss to a nontournament team and that was at Iowa State which, according to KenPom, is the second toughest place to play in the country.” Baylor will take on No. 8-seeded Wagner at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the

Ferrell Center and will have the chance to play two more games in Waco if it wins. Junior guard Jake Lindsey said being able to play postseason basketball at home is the silver lining in missing the NCAA Tournament. “Any opportunity to play basketball is a blessing,” Lindsey said. “We get to do it at home. Nothing beats a home crowd. No senior wants to lose their last game on their home court.” With a win, the Bears will face the winner of the No. 4 seed Mississippi State and No. 5 seed Nebraska game. A win in the second round could result in a matchup against No. 2 seed Louisville or No. 3 seed Middle Tennessee. Drew said the NIT field is as stacked as it’s ever been. “This year it seemed like there were more quality teams on the bubble,” Drew said. “Lots of big name players and key programs.” The NIT is experimenting with rule changes that could be used in the future for all NCAA basketball games. The three-point line will be moved back almost two feet, the lane will be wider and the game will be divided into four 10-minute quarters. Lindsey said he is excited to play under these revised rules, but that shouldn’t change the outcome of games. “I’m looking forward to it,” Lindsey said. “It’ll be fun, but at the end of the day it’s still players making plays and the better team will win.” The Bears’ game against Wagner tips off at 6 p.m. tonight at the Ferrell Center.

Spring Break Sports Update Softball

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ALL THEY DO IS WIN The No. 1 Baylor acrobatics and tumbling team performs in the Ferrell Center on Monday night against No. 7 Fairmont State. The team won 284.835-266.410 and remains undefeated.

Acrobatics & tumbling extends win streak to 14 BEN EVERETT Sports Writer Three-time defending champion and No. 1 Baylor Acrobatics & Tumbling team took down No. 7 Fairmont State 284.835-266.410 Monday night in the Ferrell Center to remain undefeated on the season. The Bears (6-0) notched their season-high score to hand the Falcons (3-1) their first loss. Baylor head coach Felecia Mulkey said she is proud of the team but that improvements can still be made. “I’m really proud of them,” Mulkey said. “We’re in the right mindset, but we still need to make some changes.” In the compulsory event, Baylor took the crown 38.85-37.05. The Bears held the edge in all four heats, winning the acro heat 9.60-9.20, the pyramid heat 9.85-9.55, the toss heat 9.90-9.80 and the tumbling heat 9.50-8.50. Moving on to the acro event, the Bears edged out the Fighting Falcons in each heat, winning 9.95-9.55 in heat one, 9.95-9.80 in heat two and 9.90-9.80 in heat three to win the event 29.80-29.15 overall. In the pyramid event, the Bears were bested in heat two 9.70-9.60, but outscored Fairmont 9.90-9.85

in heat one and 9.80-9.65 in heat three to win the event overall 29.30-29.20 and take a 97.95-95.40 lead into halftime. After the break, the Bears dominated the toss event by an overall score of 29.25-27.30, winning heat one 9.80-9.30, heat two 9.70-9.00 and heat three 9.75-9.00. Mulkey said she was surprised by how well the Bears performed in the toss event. “Today I was really proud of our toss event,” Mulkey said. “Usually toss is hit or miss and its not one of our strengths.” Fairmont State freshman Caitlyn Faint collapsed at the end of her open heat tumbling pass and had to be carried off by her teammates resulting in a score of 7.450. Baylor senior Lauren Sturm tied her career high with a 9.825 in the Bears’ tumbling open pass. The Bears outscored the Falcons 9.350-8.450 in the duo heat, 8.800-7.850 in the trio heat, 9.0508.200 in the quad heat, 9.700-9.425 in the aerial heat and 9.900-9.475 in the six element heat to win the tumbling event 56.625-50.850. In the team event, Baylor scored 101.01 to Fairmont State’s 92.86 to win 284.835-266.410 overall. The Bears look to remain undefeated as they face Azusa Pacific at 7 p.m. March 24 in the Ferrell Center.

Baylor softball (17-3) returned home after going 8-3 in its 11 games in 10 days Spring Break road trip. Baylor finished 3-3 on its West Coast trip in the Judi Garman Classic, after a 5-2 win over No. 21 Long Beach State before flying to Lynchburg, Va., to participate in the Liberty Spring Classic. Baylor capped off a perfect 5-0 performance in the Liberty Spring Classic, using a dramatic five-run seventh inning rally to knock off Delaware 5-3 in their opener and then defeated Liberty 9-0 in six innings. The Bears will host Texas State at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Getterman Stadium.


The Bears started out on a slow note, dropping two of three games in the Frisco College Classic. Baylor dropped an 8-2 decision to Cal and a 5-4 game to No. 9 Texas A&M to open the tournament. Baylor then salvaged a 6-1 win over Louisiana Tech. Baylor then defeated UT-Arlington 9-1 to get .500 on the season. Freshman infielder Nick Loftin had three hits and junior outfielder Richard Cunningham drove in three runs while sophomore Ryan Leckich picked up the win. The Bears then swept a three-game series with George Washington, winning 6-3 on Friday, 6-1 Saturday and 5-1 on Sunday. Baylor will host Sam Houston State today at 6:35 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark.

Women’s Tennis

Women’s tennis was redhot over the break, winning four matches, including three at home in Waco. The Lady Bears defeated Ohio State 4-1 on March 2, swept Rice 4-0 in Houston on March 6 and took both matches over Incarnate Word and Michigan on March 9, 6-1 and 4-0 respectively. On Monday, Baylor traveled to Lawrence, Kan. to take on the No. 15 Kansas Jayhawks and were defeated 4-1. The Lady Bears only point was secured by sophomore Camilla Abbate as she took down Kansas’s Janet Koch in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. The Lady Bears will take on Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan. today beginning at 1 p.m.


Baylor equestrian was in action on March 2 and 3, splitting two tournament pairings against South Carolina and host Delaware State. The No. 7 Lady Bears defeated the Gamecocks 7-5 to open the action. The fences portion of the competition against South Carolina was cancelled due to snowy conditions, but Baylor picked up points in reining to lead 3-1. The Lady Bears record fell to 5-5 after losing to host team Delaware State by a score of 8-6. It was the Hornets’ first win of the season. Equestrian will host Oklahoma State on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Waco.


Baylor soccer’s junior

midfielder Julie James was called to return to the U.S. Under-23 squad as they prepare to compete in the Thorns Spring Invitational. James is one of 23 players on the United States team and the only representative from the Big 12 Conference. James anchored this year’s Baylor side that reached the Elite 8 in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. She was named to the Big 12 Soccer Championship AllTournament Team thanks to strong performances in the Bears’ three games. James will return for her senior season in the fall. The Bears spring campaign will continue on March 24 in Denton as they take on North Texas at 2 p.m.

Track & Field

Baylor track & field’s junior sprinter Kiana Horton was named an Indoor AllAmerican thanks to her performance at the NCAA Indoor Championships. She placed eighth overall in the 400 meters with a time of 52.82 seconds. Junior sprinter Wil London was unable to qualify for the finals in the men’s 400 meters, placing 11th in the semifinals with a time of 46.32 seconds. This was Horton’s first individual All-American honor, her second overall after she was a member of Baylor’s 4x400-meter relay team last year. She is the fifth Bears sprinter all-time to have won this award. For full recaps of spring break sporting events, visit


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Roger Bannister’s legacy lives in BU track community NATHAN KEIL Sports Editor The winds were swirling all around the track on May 6, 1954, in Oxford, England. The conditions were less than ideal, but Sir Roger Bannister was not going to let the weather prevent him from making history. Bannister walked toward the starting line at Iffley Road cinder track. As he prepared for the challenge of defying the impossible and braced for the moment he had been waiting for his entire life, Bannister had only one thing on his mind: break the four-minute mile barrier. 3:58.08 minutes later, Bannister collapsed in the arms of his supporters, celebrating his triumph and imprinting the sport of track and field forever. Bannister described these final moments as he approached the finish line in his autobiography “Twin Tracks.” “With five yards to go, the finishing line seemed almost to recede,” Bannister wrote. “Those last few seconds seemed an eternity. The faint line of the finishing tape stood ahead as a haven of peace after the struggle. The arms of the world were waiting to receive me only if I reached the tape without slackening my speed. If I faltered now, there would be no arms to hold me and the world would seem a cold, forbidding place. I leapt at the tape like a man taking his last desperate spring to save himself from a chasm that threatens to engulf him.” This historical moment on the track, even though it was broken just 46 days later, is still held in high regard by the running community. Memories and inspiration of this moment have been recently dusted off as Banister died on March 3 of natural causes in his home in England, according to the New York Times. Bannister was 88-years old.

For Baylor head coach Todd Harbour, a sub-four-minute club member himself while at Baylor, and collegiate record holder with a time of 3:50:34, said Bannister’s feat is one of the greatest in all of sports. “It means he set the standard as far as one of the greatest achievements in sports was doing anything that people, scientists say is physically impossible,” Harbour said. “Physiologists and the scientists of the day said it couldn’t be physically be done and that you’d die because your heart would rupture. They said it was easier to climb Mountain Everest –– and no one had done it at that time –– than someone running a four minute barrier.” Bannister evaded death when he crossed that Oxford tape, his accomplishment creating an allure of immortality for Bannister. No matter how fast, no man or woman can outrun time. So when news of his death spread, it had a profound impact on much of the running community, including Harbour and freshman distance runner Devin Meyrer. “He was such a role model for so many people in the running community. I think I was one of the thousands of not hundreds of thousands that grieved his death,” Meyrer, who holds a personal record of 4:10, said. “He went down as a legend. It feels weird not to have that person here with us anymore.” Bannister may have been the first to break the fourminute barrier, and many have done it since. But Bannister didn’t view it as an individual accomplishment. Instead, it was a team effort and Bannister was not shy about giving his teammates the recognition they deserved. “I think in athletics, the part of the team is, that’s the part you remember,” Harbour said. “Yeah, he did this great thing, yet his teammates that

ran it with him, and helped him, set the pace for him and did a beautiful job of pace setting, setting him to do it. You remember the victories and the records, but you remember the guys you spent it with and that’s what it’s all about.” Bannister recruited friends Chris Brasher and Chris Chataway to help set the pace for him. Bannister recorded 58 seconds in the first lap, 1:58.3 after two and 3:01 after three, meaning he would have to be less than 59 seconds to set the record. Bannister’s barrier-breaking, odds-defying, physicalchampioning race became a reality as he refused to believe anything it was impossible. This mindset has made way for runners to continue to push the physical boundaries on the track, including Meyrer, who is still hoping to one day join this elite four-minute club. “I think the biggest thing is that mentality, every single day, I’m going to be the best I can be and not only that but I’m going to take a step further and be something nobody has ever been before — that is a sub-four-miler,” Meyrer said. “I think that influences runners as well as coaches just to be the best they can be no matter what.” Bannister was a trailblazer, but there are other major barrier that runners have their minds set on as well. “Right now, the big one is the two-hour marathon,” Harbour said. “To me, that’s mindboggling. Someone running that fast for 26 miles, I can’t fathom it. I was a runner and an elite runner, but the pace they have to run, that’s incredible.” The closest is Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, who fell just short with a time of 2:00:25, a pace of 4:36 per mile. As Bannister’s heroic tale in Oxford 64 years ago tells us, however, these barriers are meant to be broken.

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BREAKING BARRIERS In this May 6, 1954, file photo, Britain’s Sir Roger Bannister hits the tape to become the first person to break the four-minute mile in Oxford, England. Sir Roger Bannister died in Oxford on March 3 at age 88.

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RACING TO THE FINISH Baylor’s Devin Meyrer competes in the men’s 5000-meter run at the 2018 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Ames, Iowa.

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BU men’s tennis gets revenge on No. 11 Columbia at home

SECOND from Page 1 from the women’s basketball program. You’re always excited to play at home,” Mulkey said. “We won a national championship as a No. 2 seed. We’ve won it as a No. 1 seed, and really, what does it matter? The No. 1 has to play the No. 2. Mississippi State was a No. 2 last year, and they played for a national championship. We were a No. 2 seed in 2005 and we played and won the national championship. You want to be one of the top seeds so that your fans can stay home the first two rounds and see an NCAA tournament on your home floor. That’s what’s most important.” With senior guard Kristy Wallace’s absence in the lineup due to an injury, freshman guard Alexis Morris will continue to play a key role for Mulkey’s team, something she has proven that she is more of capable of doing, having scored a career-high 19 points and committing just one turnover in a 77-69 win over Texas in the Big 12 Tournament. “I’m not surprised Alexis does that. Alexis does that every day in practice,” Mulkey said. “The mistakes she makes in games are typical freshman mistakes that you may not see, but I have to work extremely hard myself as a coach to stay focused, because I took for granted that Kristy would do it for me. And now I’ve got to help her, if it’s a quick inbounds, change of plays, if it’s a different play in the middle of the game. Those types of things, she’s going to make me stay on my toes more.” After locking up the No. 2 seed, Baylor will host the first two rounds of the tournament. Alongside Grambling State, No. 7 Michigan and No. 10 Northern Colorado will be welcomed to the Waco regional. For senior Dekeiya Cohen, getting the chance to play up to two more games at the Ferrell Center is a great honor and something she and her teammates are looking forward to. “It’s definitely exciting. It’s good to play at home, at the beginning of the tournament, and having our fans there will mean a lot to us,” Cohen said. “Having home court advantage and the atmosphere, we’re definitely looking forward to it. Hopefully we’ll give y’all a show.” The first opponent for the Lady

BRANSON HARDCASTLE Broadcast Reporter The No. 24 Baylor men’s tennis team (12-3) upset No. 11 Columbia (8-2) 4-2 on Monday night in Waco in a close match. This was a chance for the Bears to get revenge on the Lions as Baylor lost to Columbia 4-2 on Feb. 17 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship. Baylor head coach Matt Knoll said this was a great win for the team. “Well we’re getting better. I think that is what’s so gratifying, because they beat us pretty good when we played them a month ago,” Coach Knoll said. “To see that we are getting better against a top team is really gratifying.” Baylor started off hot by snagging two doubles wins. On court three, freshman tandem Sven Lah and Roy Smith defeated Columbia’s Adam Ambrozy and Michal Rolski 6-2. Soon after, Baylor’s freshman Akos Kotorman and sophomore Constantin Frantzen took down the No. 23 doubles team, Jack Lin and William Matheson, 6-3 on court two, securing the doubles point for the Bears. Baylor remained hot in singles play as No. 42 Johannes Schretter cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 win over Columbia’s Jack Lin on court three to extend the lead to 2-0. Baylor’s Smith applied more pressure on the Lions with his performance on court five. Smith easily won the first set over Austen Huang 6-2. The second set was a back-and-forth affair, but Smith was able to gain control and defeat Huang 7-5 and take a 3-0 lead over Columbia. Columbia stole the momentum after that by taking the win on court four to gain its first point of the match. Baylor’s Sven Lah had control early in the first set with a 4-2 lead, but Columbia’s Adam Ambrozy mounted a comeback and defeated Lah 6-4 in the first set. Ambrozy carried that momentum into the

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JUMP FOR IT Baylor freshman Sven Lah serves the ball at an opponent during Monday night’s matchup against No. 11 Columbia in Waco. The Bears won 4-2.

second set to take down Lah 6-4 to give cut into the Bears lead, 3-1. On court two, Baylor freshman Matias Soto took on No. 38 Jackie Tang. No. 123 Soto started off the first set strong, but Tang tied the set at 6 games apiece to force a tiebreaker. Tang and Soto were in a heated game with neither player able to gain an advantage until Tang squeezed out a 10-8 win. After Tang stole the first set, Soto ran out of gas and was never able to get back on track, losing the second set 6-0. With the score at 3-2, No. 66 Baylor sophomore Bjoern Petersen was locked in an intense match against No. 9 Victor Pham on court one. Petersen started the first set on fire taking an early lead over Pham. Pham staged a comeback to force a tiebreaker at 6-6. In the tiebreaker, Petersen took control with his powerful serve and forehand. He forced Pham into a few mistakes, allowing him to take the win 7-5. Pham controlled the second set


beating Petersen 3-6 tying the match at 1-1. In the third set, Petersen regained the momentum to take a 5-4 lead. On the final play, Pham and Petersen had a small rally until Petersen hit a strong forehand to Pham’s left. Pham’s backhand went wide left giving Baylor the upset win over No. 11 Columbia. Schretter said he believes the team is in a good place right now heading into the BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge. “I feel like now, it’s the pieces just coming together. We are starting to win close matches like today,” Schretter said. “I’m looking forward to the next couple of matches. I think we are going to be in good shape for Indian Wells. I feel good about it.” The Bears will travel to Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., from Friday to Sunday to participate in the BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge for their next matches.

Bears is the Grambling State Tigers. The two schools are very familiar, having played just two years ago, a 96-42 win for Baylor at the Ferrell Center. For Louisiana natives Mulkey and junior center Kalani Brown, the ties run much deeper than that. “It does [mean a little extra]. I have a few friends, AAU teammates, that play for Grambling, so I’ll get to see them. We’re still going to be cool after it,” Brown said. Mulkey added that she might be more familiar with Grambling than she is with Waco. “I think I’ve been to Grambling probably more than Waco,” Mulkey said. “Shakyla Hill, you guys probably read about her, the quadruple-double. She was MVP in their conference championship game. They beat Southern, and in our state of Louisiana, Grambling vs. Southern is a big deal. Southern won the league. Grambling won the tournament.” Elsewhere in the Lexington Regional, No. 1 Louisville will meet No. 16 Boise State, No. 8 Marquette will battle No. 9 Dayton, No. 5 Missouri will take on No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast and No. 4 Stanford will meet No. 13 Gonzaga. On Baylor’s section of the bracket, No. 6 Oregon State takes on No. 11 Western Kentucky, No. 3 Tennessee meets No. 14 Liberty and in Waco, No. 7 Michigan faces No. 10 Northern Colorado. After seeing their season come to an end in the Elite Eight three straight years, Cohen said the team is ready to finally overcome this final obstacle. “I’m very motivated. I think I’m as motivated as I possibly can be really, because right now, it’s now or never for us,” Cohen said. “Especially for me, and now that’s Kristy’s out, it would be a nice gift for her, for us to make it to the Final Four, for her to be able to come back and watch us play. And ever since I’ve been here, the Elite Eight has been a hurdle, and this year I think we can cross that obstacle.” No. 7 Michigan will meet No. 10 Northern Colorado at 4 p.m. Friday with No. 2 Baylor and No. 15 Grambling State tipping off at 6:30 p.m at the Ferrell Center. Both games will air on ESPN2.

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