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“We usually think of money o ot as being something Ph that ... has at least relatively predictable value,” VanHoose said. “With [cryptocurrencies’] value fluctuating so wildly from week to week … the likelihood that it will be used as money right now is very small.” While Bitcoin is the cryptocurrency generating the most buzz, there are other “altcoins” up for sale such as “Dash” and “Monero.” Sacramento, Calif., junior Robin Vo bought stock in the cryptocurrency company, Ethereum. Vo said she bought stock in Ethereum when a friend told her the investment was a good idea. After investing $2,500 for about a io n

In January 2009, a company named Bitcoin released its first units of decentralized “cryptocurrency”: in essence, digital cash. Since then, over a thousand cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin have been created, leading to speculative conversations about the purpose and practicality of this new form of currency. Simply understanding what cryptocurrency is can be puzzling. There is no coin or physical dollar bill changing hands. Instead, it is a long string of numbers that can be printed or stored on a flash drive to keep safe from hackers. Dr. David VanHoose, Baylor professor of economics, said one potential benefit of a cryptocurrency is that it is not controlled by any



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month, she sold her stocks for $7,500. Vo said she wanted to invest in a cryptocurrency because she wanted to make money to help pay for her tuition. She said she was looking for a way to help her mom with the cost of Baylor.

For the first time since World War II the College of Arts and Sciences is getting a new core curriculum. The new curriculum, officially announced this week in a letter from Dr. Lee Nordt, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will take effect in fall 2019. There are currently four different lists of core requirements for the various degrees, but in the new vision, all four degrees would share the same list of requirements. The five common courses that the degrees currently share are Chapel, U.S. Constitution, Christian Scriptures, Christian Heritage and Thinking and Writing. With the new core, there would be eight common courses: Chapel, U.S. Constitution, Christian Scriptures, Christian Heritage, Thinking and Writing, U.S. History in Global Perspective, Cultural Events Experience and Civic Engagement Seminar. Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees currently require up to 79 hours in core courses, so the change to a 49/50 hour requirement may make it easier for students to pursue multiple majors, minors or electives. It is also intended to eliminate some of the difficulties pre-med students face if they decide to major in humanities or social sciences later on. The current core curriculum had not been assessed or re-evaluated in decades and had grown somewhat haphazardly through the years, Nordt said. The current core, which has increased to around 70 credit hours, is one of the largest in the nation. “We couldn’t even find the last time anyone had ever looked at our core,” Nordt said. In 2012, the College of Arts and Sciences re-evaluated the current core and found that it did not provide a sufficiently “transformational education,” one of the five tenets listed in Baylor’s official vison document, Pro Futuris. Dr. Blake Burleson, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, played an integral role throughout the past six years and will continue to do so until the new core curriculum’s enactment in 2019. One primary issue that he and many other contributors found with the current curriculum is its inconsistency across the BA, BS, BFA, and BSAS degrees. “Each of these degrees have different cores,” Burleson said. After establishing that change was necessary, Dean Nordt appointed a select group of faculty, each individual representing a different field of study, to

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“In terms of cryptocurrencies, generally, I can say with almost certainty that they will come to a bad ending.”

— Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, told CNBC

government or backed by a third-party financial institution. Cryptocurrencies are traded directly from one individual to another. This concept, called “decentralization,” means that there is no central authority controlling exchanges. Cryptocurrency works by creating an open database called a “blockchain.” A blockchain

CORRIE COLEMAN Reporter is a chronological list of all the transactions ever made. The information from the previous transaction, as well as the current transaction, is run through a secure code. This creates a new block, which is then added to the chain, forming a long, unique series of numbers. Network operators are constantly verifying each transaction, making it virtually noncounterfeitable. Although the prices are volatile now in their infancy, these currencies in the future will potentially not be as affected by issues like inflation or taxation. “One of the problems with many government currencies, including our own … is inflation erodes their value,” said VanHoose. “A dollar buys you a whole lot less today than it did when I was young.” Cryptocurrencies are less subject to this kind of devaluation. On the other hand, there are drawbacks. For instance, the prices of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin have fluctuated dramatically. Last week, Bitcoin lost 20 percent of its value. The demand for cryptocurrency changes depending on the buyers’ perceptions of its value, something that can shift quickly and unexpectedly. As the demand rises and falls, so does the price. “With Bitcoin’s value fluctuating so wildly from week to week, month to month, there’s no predictability of value,” VanHoose said. “It could fall just as fast as it rises.” According to VanHoose, this unpredictability means that cryptocurrencies are difficult to use as real money. Instead, it is mainly traded for profit, like a stock. Despite this instability, some businesses like Reddit and even KFC Canada have started accepting Bitcoin as payment — hoping to cash in on the cryptocurrency boom.


“Cryptocurrencies have the potential to change how money around the world works from the ground up. ” — Baiju Bhatt, co-founder and co-CEO of Robinhood, told CNN Money

Waco teacher arrested for child porn possession REAGAN EBB Staff Writer Waco Independent School District elementary school teacher Jeremy Luke Adler was arrested Thursday morning and charged with possession of child pornography. Adler, 37, teaches fourth grade at Cedar Ridge Elementary School. He began teaching at Cedar Ridge in April 2017. Vol.118 No. 31

Adler was taken into police custody while the Texas Attorney General’s Office issued and preformed a search warrant at Adler’s home in Woodway. This is not Adler’s first offense. Sgt. J.D. Newlin of the Attorney General’s office executed a search warrant earlier this month on Adler’s computers, discovering multiple internet searches for child

pornography. “The affiant knows that these types of searches are indicative of someone attempting to locate child pornography,” Newlin wrote in the search warrant. Adler caught the attention of law enforcement when a Cybertipline Report from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children alerted them that Adler supposedly

uploaded images of naked children on Dec. 9. According to the search warrant, the photos reportedly depicted a nude young girl around 8 to 10 years old. Waco ISD said in a public statement that they have no reason to believe the incident involved Waco ISD students. After reviewing the findings of the search warrant, Newlin subpoenaed

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Counseling Center has room for improvement Baylor’s Counseling Center has made some great improvements and grown over the years, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Mental health is a touchy subject that needs to be addressed, and mental health in college can carry even more of a stigma. Some students may brush off their anxiety or depression as just due to stress or being busy. Students, teachers and parents may make excuses, thinking, “of course college is supposed to be stressful.” But is it supposed to be this stressful? Colleges across the country need to do a better ­­­job supporting students’ mental health needs and fighting the stigma. A 2015 survey from the American College Health Association found that while students report suffering from significant anxiety and depression, only 12 percent went to counseling. About 15 percent of students who commit suicide, the report found, got counseling on campus. The study also found that in 2010, 23.8 percent of college students had considered suicide, and in 2015, that number jumped to 32.9 percent in 2015. It is time for radical work to be done to combat mental health issues on college campuses. Baylor can start by utilizing and expanding the counseling program to offer more long-term counseling options

to students. In 2016, Baylor announced a $5 million plan to expand the Title IX Office, Counseling Center and Department of Public Safety. As part of this expansion, the Counseling Center removed its strict 12 sessions per year limit. However, some students, including members of our editorial board, have found that while ending students’ treatment at 12 sessions may not be written policy anymore, students are sometimes encouraged to end their treatment at the counseling center and/or seek other forms of treatment after a certain period of time. We understand that Baylor cannot offer long-term counseling to every student that needs it, but we do believe it can offer help to some students by expanding its longterm counseling treatment options. In the cases where students do need more extensive help and are referred to counselors in Waco, there needs to be a much more systematic process to ensure students still have easy access to counseling. In addition to giving students the names of independent counselors, the center should offer supporting in navigating the insurance/payment process and helping students set up reliable transportation to sessions. Not all students

have cars or the money to pay for outside counseling, but those students may need extensive treatment. Baylor should be able to help them, too. The Counseling Center has greatly increased its staff in recent years, and the growth should continue. Baylor students have demonstrated a great need for counseling services; it has not been uncommon for students to have to wait two weeks to make an appointment to see a counselor, especially during busy times. One great improvement Baylor has made is allowing walk-in first-time appointments, ensuring that students don’t need to wait more than a day to see a counselor for an initial appointment. Baylor should continue working to decrease wait times by adding more staff. No one should ever feel embarrassed for seeking professional help. In fact, even students who do not particularly struggle with mental health should be encouraged to receive counseling every so often to talk through stressful situations with a trained professional. Baylor’s Counseling Center has made great strides, and we urge them to continue improving their services to meet student’s needs.

I get it: talking to professors can be scary. I know that going to office hours or even answering questions in class is intimidating for many students. However, I also know that pushing myself to do these very things has shaped my time at Baylor in ways I never anticipated. The relationships I have built with my professors have impacted the way I view my education, my career goals and even myself. All students can benefit, both academically and personally, from making the extra effort to build relationships with their professors. The first reason you should get to know your professors is that they’re engaging and knowledgeable people who have had interesting experiences. Many of them have published books, done research or worked for successful companies. For example, my design professor created the Waco “W” you see on hats, T-shirts and even manhole covers. My videography professor helped make the special features on “Finding Nemo.” Take the time to hear about their lives and passions. Their enthusiasm is contagious. My professors have also helped me find jobs, scholarships and internships. They have written letters of recommendation and character references for me every semester. Because I take the initiative to get to know them, they are able to write more personalized recommendations. Instead of just talking about me as a student, they are able to provide a more full picture of me as a person. When I apply for internships or scholarships, these details add a human element that can make my application stand out. These relationships don’t have to end when the semester does. I still visit some professors’ offices to ask them questions or just to catch up. It is critical to have mentors in the field you are pursuing. When professors know you well, they can help you develop your goals and achieve them. My photography professors have helped me discover my skills and pinpoint my weaknesses. My English professors have shown me new ways of thinking that impact my understanding of the events and people around me. Conversations with my business professors have cultivated in me confidence and determination. I hate to think what I would have missed if I had been too shy or too busy to build these relationships. I get it: talking to professors can be scary. But it’s so worth it. Corrie Coleman is a senior journalism major from Dallas.


Celebrity baby names are none of your business GIANA PIROLLI Sports Writer

The Kardashians have always been at the foot of controversy, largely stemming from their reality TV series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Kanye West, husband of Kim Kardashian, is not afraid of the spotlight either. Kanye has been critiqued for his music videos, getting into fights with paparazzi and for storming VMA Award Ceremonies. Recently though, there has been chatter about the Wests naming their third child, who was born on Jan. 15, Chicago West. Kim has made it clear

Chicago’s nickname would be Chi, pronounced “Shy.” The Wests have two other children, North and Saint. Both the names North and Saint received backlash over their uniqueness, with North West being compared to the airline “Southwest.” Chicago is not that weird of a name. People shouldn’t be too quick to judge. Chicago is where Kanye was born, so it clearly has some significance to the family. Besides, many people are named after cities (Sydney, London, Madison and Phoenix) or even states (Georgia, Virginia and Carolina), and they aren’t ridiculed or mocked. The fact that people are criticizing Kim and Kanye for naming their child Chicago is absurd, and while they are in the spotlight, it’s a decision that does not concern anyone else.

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Although the Wests are celebrities, people don’t have any right to criticize others for what they name their children. While some may want their children to have traditional names such as James or Sarah, others may want their children to have names like Blue Ivy (Beyoncé and Jay Z’s daughter) or Cricket (Busy Philipps and Marc Silverstein’s daughter). We may not agree that these names are practical or modest, but it doesn’t concern anyone else. If we all liked the same names, how boring would the world be? Names that are unusual all have interesting stories to tell and can serve to make great conversation. I think Chicago West will grow up to love her name and embrace the reasons why she received it. This holds true for both Saint and North. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s

daughter, Apple, will come to admire her name as well, and this holds true for Bronx, Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz’s daughter. Maybe the talk surrounding Chicago’s name means nothing, but it just seems like a waste of conversation. There are other things happening in the world that are much more important than celebrities naming their child after a city. We should be following what is happening in politics or educating ourselves on social justice issues rather than spending so much time talking about Chicago. So, your opinion on whether you like “weird” celebrity baby names is not going to change anyone’s decisions, and I doubt Kim and Kanye care whether people think Chicago is too unique. Giana Pirolli is a freshman journalism major from Lebanon, Conn.

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BARC off to successful start for second semester VIVIAN KWOK Reporter The Beauchamp Addiction Recovery Center (BARC) is celebrating its second semester inside the East Village Residential Community. The BARC fosters a safe community for those in recovery, and its numbers have grown since the fall. Regent Bob Beauchamp and his wife, Laura, gifted Baylor $2.5 million for the BARC, which was to provide support services for students who are in the initial stages of identifying an addiction. Houston senior Will Havens, who is in longterm recovery with over three years of sobriety, said the Beauchamp’s donation provided more than just a room. Havens said the BARC has helped him not feel ashamed telling his teachers that he is an alcoholic. “This is such a great place,” Havens said. “The Beauchamps are great people for donating this place, which is a godsend.” Havens said that he did not feel comfortable with his addiction when he first arrived at Baylor because there were not resources like the BARC for people in recovery. “Now that they have the BARC, I have a community of people that have gone through the same struggles,” Havens said. “Seeing that other students are going through what I’m going through has made me feel a lot more comfortable.” Dr. Meg Patterson, director of wellness, said national statistics show that 9 to 10 percent of incoming college students have experienced addiction and are in recovery. Patterson said the data at Baylor is supportive of the findings. Patterson said that college is an especially hard setting for students who struggle with addiction. “You don’t have the accountability that you used to have and the support that you used to have,” Patterson said. Patterson also said according to the literature, stress levels and opportunities to act out an addiction can be especially impactful to students with an addiction. Patterson said she believes college campuses are a breeding ground for both of these factors. “With college, you already have a high opportunity to act out,” Patterson said. “It’s pretty easy to get your hands on alcohol or other drugs, and then 90 percent of college students say they’re stressed on a regular basis.” Lilly Ettinger, senior coordinator for recovery services, also said students’ GPAs increase once they are in recovery or are seeking help. “These are not problem students we’re trying to house and hide,” Ettinger said. Ettinger said the number of students in recovery has easily tripled this year. She also said the BARC has helped combine the different recovery communities into one hub open to all recovery. “I used to never see walkins,” Ettinger said. “Maybe one or two walk-ins a semester, and now we get more than that a week.” The BARC’s location may have also helped with its growth because students do not need to swipe their ID. Ettinger said its location is less intimidating than the Recovery Program’s old location in the McLane Student Life Center, where students must sign in to enter. Ettinger said she believes a lot more students are willing to walk in and seek help now. Patterson also said the BARC’s new location has helped with anonymity, especially for meetings. “The BARC is open. You don’t have to identify yourself when you come,” Ettinger said. “Your identity, both your name and what you’re going through, is taken very seriously in the BARC.”

Ettinger said she has received support from every level of administration at Baylor. “I think that students need to know that I view and Baylor views students in recovery as an asset to campus,” Ettinger said. The BARC also has other events open to other Baylor students. New Braunfels junior Morgan Pettis encourages students to attend events and join the BARC community even if they are not recovering from an addiction. “It’s a pretty judgment-free zone. We’re all really friendly

to each other,” Pettis said. Pettis is starting the Peers Allied Coalition. It is a group of students, significant others or children who support people in recovery. The Peers Allied Corporation also helps promote BARC events especially during high-stress times. “There is such a big need for it,” Patterson said. “It could be a topic that a faith-based institution may shy away from. I’m really glad that Baylor’s really embraced it and been willing to expand on it and be excited about it.”

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HOME AWAY FROM HOME Houston senior Will Havens has found a very supportive community at the BARC , a place that has been very helpful to him since its opening.

What’s Happening on Campus? Sundown Weekend Friday, Jan. 26 Sundown Sessions: Spider-Man: Homecoming, Blacklight Bowling

9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Join us in Barfield Drawing Room, Bill Daniel Student Center, for showings of Spider-Man: Homecoming at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Blacklight Bowling all night in the Gameroom.

Saturday, Jan. 27 Sundown Sessions: Vintage Arcade Games, Blacklight Bowling

9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Test your skill with vintage arcade games in Barfield Drawing Room. Blacklight Bowling all night in the Gameroom.

Friday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27 Baylor Opera Theatre presents A Little Night Music

7:30 p.m. Stephen Sondheim’s tuneful 1973 musical tells the story of a tangled web of romance among the upper crust elite of Sweden. Showings are at 7:30 p.m. in Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $20, available at

Friday, Jan. 26 through Saturday, Jan. 27 Religare: Interfaith Leadership Conference

Friday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us for a weekend-long opportunity to learn more about civic, intercultural and interfaith skills at the Mayborn Museum Complex. For registration information visit

Sunday, Jan. 28 Semper Pro Musica Chamber Music Competition

1 p.m. Semper Pro exists to inspire students within the School of Music toward musical excellence. Enjoy a variety of musical stylings in Roxy Grove Hall as students compete in the semifinal round for a chance to perform at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

Monday, Jan. 29 Ministry and Nonprofit Fair

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Head to Barfield Drawing Room to learn about opportunities for internships and full-time positions. Bring a resume and prepare a 30-second introduction. Business casual dress is encouraged.

Monday, Jan. 29 Movie Mondays: Behold the Earth

7 p.m. This film re-examines our natural world and explores the community of US environmentalists charting a course for a brighter future. The film will screen downtown at the Waco Hippodrome Theatre; free tickets available at the Hippodrome box office or BDSC ticket office with a valid student ID.

Tuesday, Jan. 30 Writing a Winning Resumé

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Take the guesswork out of writing your resumé and join Career and Professional Development to learn how to make your resumé stand out in Marrs McLean Science 301.

Tuesday, Jan. 30 Baylor Symphony Chamber Orchestra

7:30 p.m. Join us in Jones Concert Hall, Glennis McCrary Music Building, as the Baylor Symphony Chamber Orchestra performs with winners of the Dallas Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition.

Wednesday, Jan. 31 “The Multivalent Genre: Ancient Fiction and Society”

3:30 p.m. Edmund Cueva, PhD, professor of classics and humanities at the University of Houston, will present in Draper Room 152.

Wednesday, Jan. 31 Women’s Basketball v. Oklahoma State

6:30 p.m. Cheer on the Lady Bears as they take on the Oklahoma State Cowgirls in the Ferrell Center.

Thursday, Feb. 1 The Chisholm Trail – Cattle and Crossroads of History

10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. In collaboration with the Texas Historical Commission, the Mayborn Museum presents conversations, music and a panel discussion on how the Chisholm Trail affected our state and its history.

Thursday, Feb. 1 #BaylorLights Founders Day Scavenger Hunt

8 p.m. Celebrate the day Baylor University was founded in 1845 with a scavenger hunt around campus, starting at BDSC. Prizes include Baylor Lite Brites, SING tickets, basketball jerseys, dining dollars and more.

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Nutritionists encourage diet, healthy goals VIVIAN KWOK Reporter Many people equate physical fitness with health. However, the wellness department recognizes physical health as only one area of wellbeing, and suggests making room for diet and nutrition goals in your New Year’s resolutions. Bill Siddiq, master trainer for the Department of Wellness, said he believes that when it comes to getting healthy, exercise is only 20 percent of the equation while diet and nutrition is 80 percent of it. “One thing I always stress to my clients is get interested in your nutrition,” Siddiq said. “A lot of the general population thinks that exercise alone is enough. I used to think exercise alone is enough.” He said one of his current clients, Baylor President Dr. Linda Livingstone, saw the greatest results when she fixed up her diet at Baylor. He said that dieting was not on Livingstone and her husband’s minds at first. “They’re in phenomenal shape,” Siddiq said. Still, he said it was after they made dietary changes and cut out sweets for a semester that she lost about 15 pounds and her husband lost 25 pounds.

“When they got their diets in check,” Siddiq said, “that is when they saw the greatest results.” The FitWell Program through the Department of Wellness offers Nutrition Education in addition to their group exercise classes. According to assistant director of wellness Van Davis, nutrition education sessions are one-onone consultations with senior nutrition education majors. “You come in and go over your goals, your objectives, your history and what you’re doing,” Davis said. “The educators are trying to help you reach your goal.” Houston senior Alexandra Vrettos, liaison of nutrition educators, said she does not want people to think nutrition education is a scary step to take or that the educators would have judgment toward their clients’ eating habits. “It’s more for us to let people know it’s OK to eat french fries. It’s OK to eat a burger. It’s just about moderation,” Vrettos said. Vrettos also said she would like to see more students register for nutrition education sessions because making changes may help them become better students in school. “We’re doing all the worst things to our body in this time

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LUNCH BREAK Baylor women’s volleyball assistant coach Sam Erger moves through the salad bar at Penland Crossroads for a late lunch Tuesday afternoon.

of our lives,” Vrettos said. “It’s best to learn these things.” Nutrition educators develop plans according to their clients’ goals that they voice in an initial consultation, Vrettos said. Goals could range from losing weight, to gaining weight or to gaining muscle. “Before every session we always have to prepare a lesson plan on what we’re going to discuss with the client for them to get to where they need to,” Vrettos said. Educators could develop

tailored meal plans, provide information on certain food groups or give tips about cooking or how to eat in the dining halls. Vrettos said educators must first complete the Nutrition Education course that is part of their degree plan. The information the nutrition educators give to their clients are science-based information that they have researched through their classes. “It would always be science-based, always backed

up,” Vrettos said. Vrettos also said the nutrition educators are paid for their work experience and most are seniors, but the program is open to bringing in lowerclassmen as well. “These are top of the top students that we have in the field,” Davis said. Nutrition Education is $10 for three one-hour appointments. Register here. According to Vrettos, information given during a session would normally

cost hundreds of dollars at a dietitian. Baylor also has a Weight Watchers program and dietitians through the Counseling Center or through Aramark. All are open to Baylor students, faculty and staff. “If you can fix your diet, you’ll be amazed at the results that come as opposed to just exercise alone,” Siddiq said. “If your diet’s in line, everything else will fall in line.”

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BROWSING THE SHELVES The Waco-McLennan County Library will host a storytelling event at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Central Library in honor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day inspires library to celebrate RIDER FARRIS Reporter The Waco-McLennan County Library will host a storytelling event at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Central Library in honor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day. The event was created to help celebrate and encourage diversity and will include various cultural groups from Waco. Following story time led by volunteers from within the community, arts and crafts for children will begin. It is a family event designed for children ranging from toddlers to upper elementary, but everyone is welcome. “We wanted to show that the library is not just cut-and-dry for a certain group,” said Angela Lightfoot, Children’s Associate at the Central Library. “It’s for everyone. I’m hoping it opens up the worldview to a lot of the kids.” Multicultural Children’s Book Day is a national event that started in 2014. Lightfoot read about the event in 2017 and began planning this event for the people of Waco. The library has been trying to diversify its collection in anticipation for the event and has a multicultural book display up in the children’s section.

“With our goal to diversify our collection, this seemed like a really good fit because we’ve gotten in so many new books recently and there’s only so much we can do to hand them out to the kids,” Lightfoot said. “They need to see it. They need to hear it.” Four groups from Baylor will make an appearance at the event, of which three are multicultural organizations and one is Greek. Individuals are also welcomed to volunteer to read, do crafts and interact with the kids. Houston sophomore Gabriela Fierro, member of the Hispanic Student Association, has decided to volunteer at the event. She heard about the event on OrgSync and decided to contribute. “Being from a Latino/Hispanic background, I’ve always seen the necessity of investing in children’s lives,” Fierro said. “I think it matters a lot for them to establish role models and to look up to people.” Fierro will journey to the library Friday to choose the books she wants to read to the kids. Following her performance on Saturday, she will guide the kids through crafts and simply interact with the children. But, she says that this

event is not just intended for children of a multicultural background. “These events don’t have to be necessarily for people that are Hispanic or that are involved in multicultural organizations,” Fierro said. “It’s important for people that maybe come from places that aren’t very diverse to be involved in these things, because it is part of the real world.” The event will showcase some new authors and new types of stories. All of the event’s featured books either have a minority or person of color as the main character, offer ideas or stories about another culture or enable the reader to open up his or her view of the world. All of the books will work to help expose children to other cultures. “Every kid deserves to come to the library and see people that look like them in their books, and a lot of people don’t know about all these awesome books we have,” Lightfoot said. “We put out a lot of books and I hope that none of them are there when we leave because we have so many good stories that I want these kids to take away.”

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Girl Scouts to partner with Barnett’s for dinner JULIA VERGARA Staff Writer The Girl Scouts of Central Texas and Barnett’s Public House partnered up to bring a Girl Scout Cookie Specialty Dinner to Waco. The event is set to take place from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Barnett’s Public House, located at 420 Franklin Ave. “The moment we announce it [the dinner], it almost sells out,” Marketing Director of Barnett’s Public House John Hodges said. “Everybody loves this event because everybody loves Girl Scout cookies.” The dinner costs $25 for a fourcourse meal that includes dishes made with Lemonades, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich and Caramel deLites. The Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies will be used to make Korean Glazed Pork Tenderloins and the Lemonades will be used to make Lemon Crab Crostini. “It’s really difficult to work such a sweet item into a savory meal. However, lots of really good flavors come out of the Girl Scout cookies,” Elizabeth Pannabecker said.

It gives them opportunities they may not be able to afford otherwise.” MELISSA GREEN | MENTOR SPECIALIST

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LITTLE ENTREPRENEURS The Girl Scouts of Central Texas will host a dinner at Barnett’s Public House from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight.

Pannabecker said she has been in the cooking business since she was 15 years old and has had a lot of experience writing menus and creating new dishes. In order to make the menu for the specialty dinner, she draws on her experience and relies on the feedback she gets from people she works with. Program and Teen Mentor Specialist for Girl Scouts of Central

Texas Melissa Green said she was blown away at last year’s Girl Scout Cookie Specialty Dinner. “My least favorite cookie is the Lemonades,” Green said. “But she —the chef at Barnett’s— had created this dish where she basically crushes the cookies and wraps goat cheese in the cookies, then puts it with a light salad and it’s so delicious because you have this crunch that you like in the salad, but then it just has this fresh lemon taste. It just makes the salad

so fresh and really made me enjoy the cookies a lot more.” While this is the second annual Girl Scout Cookie Specialty Dinner, this is the third year Barnett’s Public House has partnered with Girl Scouts of Central Texas, Green said. “This whole partnership started with a friend asking a friend, ‘Hey, do you want to try to do something to help out our girls?’ and they said, ‘Absolutely’ and it’s just grown and blossomed from there and it just

keeps getting bigger and better every year,” Green said. The first year, the two partners hosted Cookies on Tap, which offers Girl Scout Cookies and beer pairings. Since then, Barnett’s had hosted the Girl Scout Specialty Dinner and a Girl Scout Cookie brunch buffet. “The entire weekend is to raise awareness and money for the Girl Scouts of Central Texas,” Hodges said. “A portion of all proceeds from the dinner and Cookies on Tap and

the brunch buffet will go toward Girl Scouts of Central Texas.” Green said the events with Barnett’s Public House help the Girl Scouts of Central Texas reach a different audience. “A box of cookies is more than just a fundraising item—It really helps these girls,” Green said. “It helps our girls go to camp, travel the world — It gives them opportunities that they may not be able to afford otherwise.”


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CG owners talk success MICAELA FREEMAN Staff Writer The Hankamer School of Business launched their three-part speaker event “Confessions of an Entrepreneur” Thursday, which will feature local entrepreneurs and is open to the public. The series will offer Baylor students the opportunity to hear local entrepreneurs speak about how he or she became successful. Each local entrepreneur will also speak about the unconventional path he or she took in becoming a successful businessman or woman. Each speaker event of the series is at 12:30 p.m. in Foster 143 for each speaker event. Two of the speakers were the owners of Common Grounds and Heritage Creamery, Blake and Kimberly Batson of Waco. They began their talk by addressing their challenges, and how two Baylor graduates came back to their small college town to open two successful businesses. Kimberly Batson spoke about the route she and her husband took to become successful entrepreneurs and the nontraditional path they took as Philosophy and English majors at Baylor. “ S o m e t i m e s , disappointments open doors to what is truly the best for

you and serving underneath someone else’s dream is what is going to equip you for what you’re passionate about. It taught me to be a learner,” Kimberly said. The Batsons, originally hailing from Waco, both came back to their hometown to pursue the goal of owning a local business and contributing to the culture of Waco. While studying at Baylor, Blake Batson fell in love with the culture and life of Common Grounds and the up and coming city. After graduation, he felt moved to become a bigger part of Common Grounds and in 2012 Batson purchased the coffee shop Kimberly Batson played an active role in the ownership of both and announced she will be opening a bookstore called Fable Books in the city in the upcoming years. “We have fallen into this passion for hospitality in Waco. I think there is a great need for new things happening in Waco, and we want to do that,” said the Kimberly Batson. As advocates of investing in a local economy, the Batsons were thrilled to share their journey of becoming staple business owners in their community. “We’re ‘grown here’ because we’re passionate about promoting the local economy by supporting our farmers and vendors, sourcing locally whenever possible,” Blake

Baston said. The event offered Shorty’s pizza and Common Grounds coffee and students were able to interact with the Batsons and ask questions following the speaking. Albany, N.Y. freshman Payton Czupil was thrilled about the opportunity the event had to offer. “The speech given by the Batsons really opened my eyes to how entrepreneurship works and showed me the dedication that they have for their company and its customers,” Czupil said. “I also learned that there are nontraditional ways a person can take to become effective in their local economy.” Upwards of one hundred Baylor students and Wacoans attended the event, and were excited to not only hear a story of success, but also ask questions and enjoy pizza and coffee. The Batsons explained what it meant to be where they are while sharing their journey of owning a business. “Being able to share our story and talk about and think through all the things that have happened the last six or seven years ... this charity is really amazing and fun,” Blake Baston said. The next speaker event of the series will be Feb. 22, featuring Brent Bankston, the owner of Bankston’s Sport Memorabilia, Comics & Collectibles.


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I don’t think you have to be an art major to appreciate and grow and learn from these pieces.” Dorothy Spears | Baylor alumna pg. 6


A City of Fine Art Exhibition places Baylor art faculty in the spolight PENELOPE SHIRLEY Design Editor The Baylor Art Faculty Exhibition at the Martin Museum of Art highlights the continuing professional practice of the department’s faculty. The exhibition, which is open to the public and runs through Feb. 25, is an opportunity for students to engage with their professors’ creations. “If we didn’t have this show, our students could potentially go through their entire career here and never see anything that we do,” said Greg Lewallen, former commercial insect collector and lecturer of 2-D design and drawing courses. This is important, he said, because it allows students to understand that their professors can struggle with similar challenges in the creative process. One of the pieces Lewallen selected to be on display in the exhibition took two years to complete. “It almost ended up in the bonfire,” he said. Titled “Euchroma Gigantean (Maricela’s Story),” the piece is part of a series of almost 50 works of art that he calls “Insect Narratives.” Each piece features a portrait of a specimen from his insect collection. Surrounding the bug, a handwritten,

unplanned story about the adventure he went on finding the bugs, fills the background. At 4 by 8 feet, the piece is the largest of the series, and he said the size choice was deliberate. “I needed the physical space to write the story,” he said. “The scale of it was part of emphasizing the importance of that story to me, because it was deeply personal.” Lewallen said each of the bugs in his collection bring back specific memories, almost like photos in an album. One of the reasons it took him so long to create the piece was because he was wrestling with writing the story. “I can’t even tell that story without crying,” he said. “I had to file it away and ruminate on it a bit.” He said he was focused more on the story than the bug in this piece, which is the opposite of his usual approach. According to Lewallen, it’s an important story because it shares a message of hope. “I enjoy sharing grace with people, and it is a big part of who I am,” he said. For Dr. Mary Ruth Smith, professor of fiber arts and fabric surface design, art is also a way of expressing who she is. The pieces she chose to display are

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LET’S GOGH The works of 19 professors are featured in the Biennial Art Faculty Exhibition at the Martin Museum of Art from Jan. 18 to Feb. 25 this year. Featured in the foregroud are woodfired stoneware bowls by director of the ceramics program professor Paul McCoy. Behind them is “Maricela’s Story,” a drawing by professor Greg Lewallen.

hand-stitched designs that showcase fashions from her and her mother’s young adulthoods. Smith agreed with Lewallen that it is important for professors in the art department to create their own work in addition to teaching. “You’ve got to be making art if you’re going to teach it well,” she said. With multiple series in progress simultaneously, she said the pieces displayed represent a bigger picture of her artistic process. It is her hope, she said, that the variety of mediums allows students

to comprehend the diversity and strength of the faculty within the department. “We each work in a different way. We work with different techniques, but we all have the same goal… to allow the viewer to go away with something important,” she said. Elisa Crowder, gallery attendant at the Martin Museum of Art, said she learns something new with each exhibition that rotates through the space by reading the artists’ statements hanging adjacent to each piece.

“I think you can find pieces relevant to any field and see how [the artist] put them together,” she said. Crowder said she encourages students of all kinds to visit and learn from the faculty display. “I don’t think you have to be an art major to appreciate and grow and learn from these pieces.” Despite being located on campus, the exhibition is not exclusively for students. Admission is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Hooper Schafer Fine Arts Center.

Mom-and-pop art supply shop stands the test of time MEREDITH WAGNER Arts & Life Editor Given their spacing and cohesiveness, it is fairly easy to overlook a house or two driving southwest down Washington Avenue in Waco. Being built as close together as they are, the buildings pass as quickly as they appear – though one stands out as Waco’s primary stop for fine art supplies. The only indication that the house is a business rather than merely a home is a large sign in the front yard reading “MC Art Supplies.” The shop serves as one of many mom-and-pops in Waco that have stood the test of time. MC Art Supplies has been operating for over 50 years out of the home-turned-business at 2025 Washington Ave. When MC’s existence was threatened by retiring owners Rose and Clyde Bush, current owners Aaron and Jessica Williams were living out of an Airstream travel trailer in Waco. On their third wedding anniversary, Aaron and Jessica signed the papers to their new home in the back of an art supply store, embarking on an adventure they expected in the least. “I never would have in a million years thought I would be owning a retail business like this, and here we are,” Aaron said. “I love it, though. I wake up and walk 10 feet that way, and I’m at work.” Having lived with his wife in a

small trailer for three years, the transition into the store was no problem. “Not everyone would do it, but this is totally enough for us,” Aaron said about living in the back of the shop. Compared to the airstream trailer, “This feels like the Taj Mahal.” Aaron said his and Jessica’s differing talents and abilities complement one another’s, making for an ideal partnership both in business and in life. “I love her so much,” he said. “She’s a good mix of left and right brain. She’s definitely the brains and the beauty behind the operation.” As for himself, Aaron accredited his social and entrepreneurial personality to his contributions to the business. “I like to make the connections and be that person that people can pop in and say ‘hi’ to,” he said. As a business owner, Aaron said his priority is to ensure customers feel at home, which is exactly what he said sets them apart as a store. “People can walk in and feel comfortable, like we’re not just trying to up-sell them or anything,” he said. Aaron also said they make the shopping experience less overwhelming by offering an assortment of products in a smaller space. “Hobby Lobby and Michaels — they carry a lot of the stuff we do too — but if you go there, you probably won’t find everything you’re looking for right off the bat,” Aaron said. “We’d like to be that go-to spot that they can say, ‘Oh, everything you need is over there’.” In addition to providing supplies for the professional artists living in Waco, MC operates in conjunction with B a y l o r ’s art department. When art students need supplies at the beginning of the semester, they make their way down Washing-

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BECAUSE YOU LOVE IT Owner Aaron Williams ringing up Colleyville freshman Alyssa McCarn at MC Art Supplies on 2025 Washington Ave.

ton Avenue toward the tiny blue home, where Aaron and Jessica have spent hours assembling packages of supplies for each studio class and instructor. The packages include everything students will need throughout the semester. This, Aaron said, not only benefits himself and Jessica as business owners, but the students as well; MC functions as a reliable resource should students need anything for their classes. “If a student needs something for class, they should never feel hesitant to reach out to us,” he said, adding that he is passionate about helping artists in general. “I just love the clientele. Even though I don’t call myself an artist in that way, I really care about like their process and like what they put into it,” he said. “It’s just interesting to contribute to that side of happiness.” Waco junior Mack Williams first heard about MC through the art department. As a fine arts major, she quickly developed a relationship with the former owners. When Mack heard the previous owners were retiring and likely closing, she reached out to

her brother Aaron and his wife Jessica with the information. “I thought it would be special for them because they’re already a couple, they’re very entrepreneurial, they’re staying in Waco,” Mack said. Even though Aaron has a degree in music and Jessica in marketing, to Mack, they were a great fit for the store because of their enthusiasm and passion for their city. “Aaron is really passionate about Waco,” she said. “His contribution to the art scene will be special.” This is exactly what Aaron said he hopes for himself and his wife. With Waco growing in all directions, Aaron said they are excited to be right in the midst of it. “We really jumped in at the right place at the right time,” he said. “Of course there’s bigger cities that have more to offer, but I very much am happy to be [in Waco]. It’s not just a fad. I’ve been here, and I love this place. There’s a lot of charm that people don’t realize.”

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WHAT TO DO IN WACO THIS WEEKEND • Today 7:30 p.m. — Live Music: Corey Kligannon & Special Guest Davis “Corey will be playing songs from his new album, The Hollow II. Supporting him will be Texas favorite and native, Davis.” Pinewood Coffee Bar, 2223 Austin Avenue 8:00 a.m. — Magnolia Market Warehouse Sale: Corey Kligannon & Special Guest Davis “They will have steep discounts on home decor, furniture, rugs and lightly damaged products. Bring your own shopping bag to make stocking up easier.” Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. Courtesy of John Sung

MR. NO REGRETS John Sung, a well-known Baylor musician, plays at Buttoned Bears’ annual pop-up shop in November.

Baylor musician strays from major to pursue true passion JP GRAHAM Reporter He’s a management information systems major, the founder and president of Baylor Intellectual Property Organization, the son of missionaries, and somehow finds the time to produce and write music. Philippines senior John Sung has been surrounded by music since he was young, and his familiarity with it has only grown over time. He wrote his first song with his brother at the age of 6, though he admits it wasn’t any good. Despite having picked up many instruments over the years, including the drums, the guitar and the piano, his true passion lies in songwriting and producing. What started out as a hobby quickly became an opportunity to record and pursue music professionally. John Sung released his EP “John Sung” in 2015, which is available on Spotify and Apple Music. His first song, titled “Lost Young,” was part of that EP. He cited this as the moment he realized he could

professionally make music. “The feedback from that song pushed me forward,” he said. Sung described his music as a mixture of indie, pop and folk, but he said he doesn’t want to be restricted by labels. “I want to transcend all the genres,” Sung said. “I feel like every song has its own genre, has its own voice.” An artist’s favorite musician is often reflective of the artist themselves, their influences often bleeding directly into their own productions. Sung was quick to relay his favorite artist, as if he didn’t have to think twice. “My favorite musician of all time would have to be Ray Charles,” Sung said. “He’s just a genius. The way he sings, writes his music ... He owns it. It’s so unique and it’s so expressive.” As for Sung’s music, he said songwriting is the purest form of creativity, and that he’s happiest when making music. Calif. senior, fellow musician and “jam partner” Kevin Kupfer has performed at Common Grounds with Sung.

“As a musician, it’s really cool to have someone who’s constantly trying to create,” Kupfer said. “He’s got a lot of really good ideas as far as what kind of music he wants to make and how he wants it to sound.” Sung said he takes pride in the work that he has created, but none compares to his song, “Mr. No Regrets.” Sung said this is his most genuine recording. Sung said he plans to record more songs in the near future and has at least five songs up his sleeve, ready to be recorded. Sung is not lacking in experience in the professional world, either. In 2014, Sung was offered the opportunity to write a song for Hollywood movie “The Remaining.” Sung said working with producer Steven Stern was one of the most memorable moments of his musical career and helped guide him toward his goals for the future. “I’d like to record songs that could be placed in movies,” Sung said. “I’ve always wanted to win a Grammy. Whether it’s songwriting for another artist, or producing, or performing my own music.”


7:30 p.m. — Theatre Performance: Hands on a Hardbody “A performance inspired by the true events of the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name” Waco Civic Theatre, 1517 Lake Air Drive

• Saturday, Jan. 27 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. — Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market “A variety of vendors featuring the best local agricultural producers and artisan vendors within 150-miles of Waco. Join the fun every Saturday.” Parking lot at intersection of 5th St. and Washington Ave. 8:00 a.m. — Miracle Match Marathon “A 5K, 10K, relays and Kids Marathon. All of the proceeds from the Miracle Match Marathon go to Be the Match, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, to help people who need lifesaving marrow and stem cell transplants.” Indian Spring Park, 1517 Lake Air Dr.

• Ongoing 10:00 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday — Biennial Art Faculty Exhibition See page 5. Martin Museum of Art, Hooper Schafer Fine Arts Center


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Frank Erwin Center Thursday, June 7, 2018

Stubbs Friday, February 2, 2018

Hall & Oates

Bowling for Soup

Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Frank Erwin Center Saturday, July 28, 2018

3TEN Austin City Limits Live Friday, April 20, 2018

Scoot Inn Thursday, May 17, 2018

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons:

Brass Concert Hall Thursday, May 10, 2018

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CYBER from Page 1 “I think it would be a good idea [for others] to invest,” Vo said, pointing out that the dramatic fluctuation of value is what helped her make a 300 percent profit. “It’s been totally worth it.” Coppell senior Surbhi Todi invested in Bitcoin a few months ago because she predicted that the prices would rise. She initially invested $200 and has now made thousands of dollars in profit. Her method for investing involves very little risk. “As soon as I hit the price that I’ve invested, I take that much money out,” Todi said. “So if I invest $100, and I make $100, I take out my original $100 and with the [remaining] money, I reinvest.” Even if the value of Bitcoin falls, Todi is assured she will never lose her initial investment.

“I’m less risky of an investor,” Todi said, comparing herself to others who invest thousands into cryptocurrencies only to see the prices fall before they can make a profit. In the coming months, Todi wants to invest more of her money in smaller cryptocurrencies in case Bitcoin’s value plummets in the future. Todi said she plans to use her investment profits to travel to India this summer. Vo and Todi use websites like GDAX, Bittirex and Coinbase to buy, sell and track the prices of cryptocurrencies. Nevertheless, the future of Bitcoin and other such companies is uncertain. As its value rises and falls, even experts cannot predict its fate. “It’s kind of taken a life of its own,” VanHoose said.

CLASS from Page 1 construct a vision statement for the new core curriculum. Over a year later, the document was presented to the chairs of the 25 departments and there was unanimous agreement and support for the vision.

“What we are hoping is that it will actually encourage students to do more exploration outside their field.” DR. STAN DENMAN | CHAIR, THEATRE ARTS DEPT.

Written in the vision statement and affirmed in its emblem, the new core supports scientific reasoning, critical thinking, civic engagement, creativity, and Christian tradition for the purpose of helping students to become leaders in faith and better citizens of a democracy, Burleson said. With the vision in mind, a 40-member pandepartmental task force held meetings for over a year to determine the size and content of the new curriculum based on the vision statement. “It was the most extensive kind of process that I have ever seen during my 30 years at Baylor,” Burleson said. “It was very demanding and very difficult.” As chair of the theater arts department, Dr. Stan Denman said it was challenging to develop a core that takes into account the needs of each department,

while also providing an education that was up-todate and progressive. “[We were] trying to look at how education has changed, trying to look at how our world has changed, how Baylor has changed, and taking all those things into consideration to make a new curriculum,” Denman said. “Change is scary. I think there were a lot of people that were scared of the new curriculum because there are a lot of questions, legitimate questions.” Ultimately, Denman said he is pleased with the finalized curriculum plan and is proud of the dean’s office for its constant commitment to developing a core that is best for the students. The final stage of the seven-year process, currently underway, is to retune courses and to implement the core in 2019. Nordt, Burleson and Denman all foresee a positive future with the new core curriculum in place. “What we are hoping is that it will actually encourage students to do more exploration outside their field,” Denman said. Like most students, Telluride, Colo., junior Marygrace Greene is excited about the smaller 50 credit hour curriculum, and mourns only the fact that it was not enacted during her time at Baylor. “Honestly, I think that’s a much more beneficial idea considering the fact that it would allow for more hours spent in your field of study,” Greene said. “I really wish they would have changed it earlier so it would apply to us. I’m interested to see how it plays out.” The college has yet to decide whether or not the new curriculum will apply to current students or only to students matriculated in the fall of 2019.


Outdoor Adventure offers trips to Grand Canyon, Pecos River Registration open for spring break trips JULIA VERGARA Staff Writer Baylor’s Spring Break Outdoor Adventure Trip registration is officially open, offering the chance to explore the Grand Canyon, the Paria Canyon, Colorado or the Pecos River. Jeremy Yarbrough, senior coordinator for Outdoor Adventure, said these trips provide participants with an opportunity to challenge themselves and share this experience with other Baylor students. “You know, it’s school, school, school and to be able to take four or five days just to relax — It just kind of helps rejuvenate and recharge students for the rest of the semester,” Yarbrough said. The options for the Spring Break Outdoor Adventure Trip are very different from each other. However, they all offer an incredible time to get away, to unplug and to be able to have a real break, Yarbrough said. Yarbrough said the Grand Canyon trip includes four nights and five days of hiking down into the basin, camping there and then hiking back up. Initially, there will be one big group that will then split up to take two different routes into the basin. The Paria Canyon is considered a “slot canyon,” or a very narrow canyon, Yarbrough said. On this trip, students will start off in the narrow part of the canyon, hiking along the Paria River, which feeds into the Grand Canyon. “The walls can be as wide as your shoulders and 200 feet tall and as you get closer and closer to the Grand Canyon, it widens up and you’re in that same typography as the Grand Canyon,” Yarbrough said. In Colorado, participants will be going snowshoeing and ice climbing, Yarbrough said. The ice climbing portion will take up two days in the Ouray Ice Park, a man-made, world-renowned ice climbing park. Students will spend the first day on a “beginner wall”

then move on to much larger ice climbing pitches down in the canyon. Those on the Colorado trips will be spending a day snowshoeing out onto a lake and two nights snowshoeing out to back-country huts, Yarbrough said. “So they’ll actually take their backpacks, sleeping equipment and food and they’ll backpack to a backcountry hut, spend the night, come back out and then do that another day,” Yarbrough said. While there is no prior experience necessary to go on any of the Outdoor Adventure trips, Yarbrough said they ask that students registered for the backpacking trips — the Grand Canyon, Paria Canyon and Colorado — are able to run the Bear Trail’s 2.25 miles in under 25 minutes. The Pecos River trip is going to be a 60-mile canoe trip in what is known as one of the last real wildernesses in Texas, only about 40 people go on this section of the river every year, Yarbrough said. Devan Mayer, graduate assistant and Outdoor Adventure guide has been on the Pecos River trip several times and said it is a unique experience. Not only do participants get to run rapids, but there is an abundance of wildlife along the river. Mayer said that she has seen wild horses, deer, cows, birds and other animals seeking refuge in a desert. Yarbrough said that there are also a lot of Native American pictographs, carvings and rock art along the canyon walls. “We basically load everything we have in our backpacks, plus a few extra luxuries that you can’t take backpacking, and then we put it in dry bags and paddle down the river for 60 miles through a part of Texas that not a lot of people get to experience,” Mayer said. As of Tuesday, spots for the Colorado and Paria Canyon trip are filled up; however, students can still be put on the waitlist. The Grand

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ADVENTURE Dan Jepson, former Outdoor Adventure graduate assistant, and Devan Mayer, graduate assistant and Outdoor Adventure guide, portage their boats over rock waves in the water.

Canyon trip has eleven spots open and the Pecos River trip has eight spots open. The registration deadline is Feb. 23. Yarbrough said that in order to register, students just have to go to the Student Life Center’s front desk to pay and get set up. The Grand Canyon, Paria Canyon and Colorado trips all cost $550. The Pecos River trip costs $500 due to being a day shorter. “I think students look at the price and go ‘$550, that’s a lot,’” Yarbrough said. “Well so this morning, I Googled ‘What would it cost if you wanted to go ice climbing?’” Yarbrough said going ice climbing for two days would cost about $440 and one of the routes in the Grand Canyon would cost about $1400. “So for $550, that’s food, transportation, lodging and all the equipment needed,”

Yarbrough said. “It’s really a valuable experience costwise.” Yarbrough said all of the trips will be led by one professional staff member or graduate assistant. There will also be two or three undergraduate student guides that have been trained with Outdoor Adventure for many semesters. Mayer said as a guide, her favorite thing about the trip is receiving a group of people that have never met in their entire lives and watching new friendships form. “You go into a wilderness setting, complete strangers and you come out some of the best friends,” Yarbrough said. “There’s something about facilitating this new friendship that is awesome about being a guide.”

release that if the charges are true, then they are “disgusting.” Atkins said the school will not tolerate any employee engaging in child pornography. “I appreciate that the administration moved swiftly to remove Mr. Adler from his teaching position,” Atkins

said. As of Thursday, Waco ISD does not believe charges against Adler involve any students. Waco ISD are working closely with law enforcement in their investigations, and will continue investigating Adler.

ARREST from Page 1 records that confirmed the images were sent from an IP address located at Adler’s home. Waco ISD spokesman Kyle DeBeer said officials are “looking into it.” Adler’s faculty information has been removed from Cedar Ridge website. DeBeer said Adler

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SIC ‘EM LADY BEARS (Left) Senior guard Kristy Wallace looks to make a free throw shot in Thursday night’s matchup against University of Texas in the Ferrell Center. The Lady Bears won 81-56. (Top right and bottom right) Baylor’s strong defense held off the Longhorns, helping the Lady Bears secure the No. 1 spot in the Big 12.

Lady Bears beat down UT 81-56 NATHAN KEIL Sports Editor The letters CS were visible in matching emblems on both sides of the court in the Ferrell Center Thursday night. A tribute video ran before the National Anthem, commemorating the life of former Lady Bear Chameka Scott, who died Sunday after a battle with cancer. With Scott’s family and former teammates in attendance, Baylor was determined to play with the toughness that Scott was known for on and off the court. That toughness was on full display from the opening tipoff to the final whistle. The Lady Bears used a ferocious defense that held Texas to 31 percent from the floor as they took firm control of the Big 12 with an 81-56 win over No. 6 Texas. It was the Lady Bears’ defense that set the tone early. Baylor was able to cut off the driving lanes for the Longhorns’ guards and force the posts into difficult, contested shots. Texas not only couldn’t find much room going to the rim, it couldn’t the range from distance, failing to

connect on a three-pointer until the 3:04 mark of the third quarter. Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey said the defense was the catalyst for the Lady Bears’ success against Texas. “Our defense was pretty special again tonight. Against a team that is that talented to hold them to 31 percent from the field,” Mulkey said. “That’s listening to the scouting report, helping your teammates, altering shots, keeping them in front of you on transition defense. We emphasized that all week long.” Texas senior guard Brooke McCarty, who averages nearly 14 points a game, was frustrated all night, finishing with 16 points, but was just five of 19 shooting from the floor, a testament to the defense by Baylor senior guard Kristy Wallace. It wasn’t just Wallace’s defense that was on display against the Longhorns, her offense was clicking on all cylinders as she finished with a career-high 27 points on 11 of 16 from the floor. She chipped in with seven rebounds and four assists as well, further showing her playmaking ability and versatility. Wallace,

the Queensland, Australia native did it all — transition layups, three-point shots, midrange jumpers and finishing strong through contact. The Longhorns had no answer for her. Wallace said she was looking to be aggressive, but it was the work of her post players that helped open things up for her. “I think I was looking to attack. Our bigs were doing a great job inside and they started helping out,” Wallace said. “I thought that I could attack from the perimeter, knock down a few shots and it all started to open up.” It was Wallace who got the Lady Bears going early. She went coast to coast twice in the opening minutes against the Longhorns for two early buckets. When the Longhorns did get back, Wallace and the Baylor backcourt looked eager to feed its bread and butter — junior center Kalani Brown and sophomore forward Lauren Cox, who despite Texas’ matching size, still finished in the post as the Lady Bears jumped out to an early 14-11 lead. Baylor continued to feed the post, as Cox continued to show off her footwork, finishing at

the rim and making a living at the free throw line. Cox converted all five of her first quarter attempts as the Lady Bears ended the quarter on a 6-0 run in grabbing a 28-18 lead. Baylor kept its foot on the gas pedal, using a 12-1 run in the second to extend the lead to 42-21 before taking a 44-27 lead into the break. In the second half, it was too much Brown in the post for Texas to handle. The Longhorns’ interior defense was unable to keep her out of the lane, as Brown repeatedly finished with ease at the basket, tossing in nine points and grabbing four rebounds in the third quarter. Even with a 22-point lead heading into the fourth, the Baylor defense never lit up, holding Texas scoreless for the first three and a half minutes and without a field goal for the first five minutes of the final quarter. Baylor controlled the paint, outscoring Texas 44-22 and outrebounding the Longhorns 49-34. Brown finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out, while Cox finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

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From Australia to Waco: Wallace plans future moves outside support. “The people are so lovely and nice to you and that’s Senior guard Kristy really helped me especially Wallace is the only out-of-state with homesickness being so recruit for the Lady Bears, and far away from home,” Wallace traveled more than 8,200 miles said. “Everyone has been so to attend Baylor. supportive and nice — such a After making the decision good family culture here. to move to Waco to further Trading in the Great her academics and continue Barrier Reef for the Brazos her basketball career, Wallace River, Wallace said Australia is is getting ready to graduate in just a tad different than Waco. May. “I definitely miss the During the recruitment beach,” Wallace said. “But I process her senior year in high am going to miss the people a school, Wallace said she didn’t lot and the community here in really consider attending Bay- Waco.” lor. However, after just one Bevisit, i n g Wallace so far said she f rom had a h e r good home g u t in AusCheck out our feeling, tralia, fell in broadcast feature on Wallace l o v e s a i d Wallace online at: and deoutside cided support to beh a s come help e d a Lady w i t h Bear in 2014. her home sickness. “I just loved the Christian “Everyone has been so atmosphere and the successful, supportive and nice, it’s such winning program,” Wallace a good family culture here,” said. “I’m so glad I picked Wallace said. Baylor. They have been so During her time at Baylor, supportive and helped me Wallace has made many grow a lot.” achievements, including Being a student-athlete playing in three straight at Baylor, Wallace said it’s trips to the Elite Eight and definitely been an interesting experience with so much

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HOOP! THERE IT IS Sophomore guard Jake Lindsey looks to get past a Kansas State opponent in Monday’s matchup in the Ferrell Center. The Bears lost 90-83. Baylor will take on No. 20 Florida as a part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge at 11 a.m. Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.

Baylor, Big 12 look to keep upper hand against SEC in non-conference challenge NATHAN KEIL Sports Editor Baylor men’s basketball will look to keep its Big 12/SEC Challenge record blemish-free as the Bears travel to Gainesville, Fla., to take on No. 20 Florida at 11 a.m. Saturday. The two schools have only met once before, with Baylor earning a 72-71 win as part of the Cabrillo Classic in San Diego in 1981. However, the teams got a look at each other in the 2017 Sweet Sixteen, with both schools falling victim to South Carolina. Baylor head coach Scott Drew said he knows the Gators will pose a significant challenge. “The Big 12/SEC Challenge is a special weekend for both conferences,” Drew said in May following the news of the matchup. “Our teams got a chance

to see each other in New York during the Sweet 16 last year, and we know that they’re a great team. Coach White has done a tremendous job at Florida, and we’re excited about another great matchup in this series.” The SEC/ Big 12 Challenge presented by Sonic was established in 2013, highlighting the two conferences in the weekend before the Super Bowl. Despite the opportunity to showcase the conferences in a football offweekend, not all coaches have been supportive of challenge’s timing. In a Jan. 27, 2017 story in USA Today, Kansas head coach Bill Self said that as important as the non-conference schedule is, the conference schedule should take precedence and having this challenge in January takes away from the importance of conference play.

“The conference season trumps your nonconference season, big time,” Self said. “I mean we’re happy to go. We’re excited. We’ll go there and let it ride. But the bottom line is I think the only reason we’re doing it (in late January) is for exposure for our respective leagues.” For the first two years of the challenge, the games spread out over a two-day span, but in 2016 the two leagues decided to make the challenge a one-day event in attempt to bring more attention to it and the matchups it presented. Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl told USA Today that the move to make the challenge the weekend before the Super Bowl was a brilliant decision by the two conferences and he thinks other

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10 Bissonette’s Beats Friday, January 26, 2018 The Baylor Lariat


Music impacts Baylor second baseman on and off the diamond MAX CALDERONE Lariat Radio Director Ray-Ban sunglasses hold the slicked-back hair of Josh Bissonette in place as he walks across campus. Standard white headphones peek out of his shirt, right above the letters on his chest that spell out Baylor Baseball. It’s rare to see the headphones ever out of his ears. “I have tunnel vision when I’m on campus,” Bissonette said. “I just want to be listening to music all the time. I love music.” That passion for music has played a huge role in his life. Hailing from Anaheim, Calif., Bissonette has experienced quite the change in scenery since coming to Texas to play baseball. But the move went smoothly, as he is one of six players on the Baylor roster that call California home. “It’s really comforting, honestly,” Bissonette said. “Being a California kid, the lifestyle out here is so different, but one thing I’ve noticed is that everyone here is so welcoming and nice.” Fitting in with the large population of Texans at Baylor hasn’t been an issue for Bissonette, but you’ll never find him in a pair of cowboy boots or Wrangler jeans.

“I’m still a California kid at heart. I still like to have a decent sense of fashion,” Bissonette said. A diehard Dodgers fan among the masses of Rangers and Astros enthusiasts, Bissonette remains grounded in his roots, evident in his preference of In-N-Out to Whataburger and strong dislike of the seasonal cold weather. Bissonette has brought his flavorful western charisma to Baylor both on and off the baseball diamond. He is known for his flashy defense at second base and catchy walkup songs that break away from the mainstream. His music taste has garnered a lot of attention from the Waco faithful, who have reached out to Bissonette through social media to express their approval and learn the names of such tunes. “I love it,” said Zach Peters, associate director for athletic communications. “I think he makes all his own stuff too.” In fact, Bissonette is a self-taught DJ who likes to create his own beats in his spare time. He is currently involved in a group called True Myth, along with two of his neighbors who share a similar taste in music. “I’ve always been interested in making music,” Bissonette said. “It’s always been one of my main hobbies

WALLACE from Page 9 surpassing the 1,000-career point milestone. Wallace also earned Big 12 Conference All-Freshman honors in 2015, 2017 Gulf Coast Showcase Tournament Most Valuable Player and was part of the 2017 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team. The Lady Bears stomped out University of Texas Thursday night in the Ferrell Center 81-56, with Wallace pushing the team with a successful defense. “Kristy can score. She just has been a great distributor for our team this year,” said Kim Mulkey, head coach. “When she’s got 6’7 and 6’4 inside and they’re having a great year, she doesn’t have to score. Tonight she just had some openings, felt them. I ran some quick hitters for her off the dribble. She did what Kristy is capable of doing night in and night out. She just doesn’t have to do it all the time.” For her last season as a Lady Bear, Wallace said she just wants to enjoy it all. “I just want to play hard and work hard,” Wallace said. “For the team, hopefully we can get as far as we can. Obviously, we’ve got Final Four goals set, but that’ll come in time, we’re just working towards every game and focusing on each

game that’s coming.” Wallace said right now, her favorite part of being a Lady Bear would have to be the trivia before each game, among other things. “I’m losing in the score tally so that’s not great,” Wallace said. “We get to play it with our trainer and he always asks us fun questions, so that’s my favorite part right now.” With a different team each year, Wallace said it’s been good to be part of a group of women that’s really close and gels really well. “This year is just a really fun team to play in,” Wallace said. “I’m really going to miss them, it’s been such an awesome opportunity to play with these girls and experience a great season so far.” After graduation, Wallace said she wants to continue playing basketball for as long as possible. Career-wise, Wallace is deciding between nutrition or becoming a personal trainer. “I’ve always wanted to be an astronaut,” Wallace said. “It’s probably not going to happen, but we’ll see.” Wallace will be on the court with the Lady Bears as they battle West Virginia at 2 p.m. Sunday in Morgantown, W. Va.

CHALLENGE from Page 9 conferences who do similar events may look to do the same in the future. “To be able to have (it on) this weekend when the NFL is off was just brilliant by the SEC and Big 12,” Pearl said. “I would think if I was another conference, I would say, ‘Gosh, the SEC and Big 12 have really done something here.’ Everyone’s going to be paying attention to these matchups now.” Other Big 12 and SEC schools have voiced their support of the move of the challenge to late January, including Florida head coach Mike White. The Big 12 has established its dominance in the history of the series. The league has a combined 25-15 while going 3-0-1 in its first four seasons. The two conferences spit 5-5 in 2017. Baylor is the only Big 12 school yet to lose since the challenge’s inception. The Bears earned a neutral court 62-62 win over Kentucky in 2013, a 66-63 win over

Vanderbilt in 2014, an 83-73 win over Georgia in 2016 and a 78-75 win over Ole Miss in 2017. Florida is 3-1 in the challenge, including 2-0 under Mike White and wins over West Virginia in 2016 and Oklahoma last season. However, due to the unbalanced number of teams in each conference, four SEC teams do not participate each season. The four teams left out of this year’s challenge are LSU, Auburn, Missouri and Mississippi State. Baylor (12-8, 2-6) and Florida (14-6, 6-2) will tip from Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center at 11 a.m. Saturday with the game airing on ESPN. Other matchups on Saturday will include Oklahoma at Alabama, Georgia at Kansas State, Texas Tech at South Carolina, TCU at Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State at Arkansas, Kentucky at West Virginia, Ole Miss at Texas, Tennessee at Iowa State and Texas A&M at Kansas.

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BATTER UP Baylor junior second baseman Josh Bissonette looks for a pitch to hit in an April 13 game against Texas.

outside of baseball. I’m working on making either one or two more walkup songs for this year.” Bissonette notes that getting yourself hyped up is important, but everyone takes a different approach when selecting a song. “It really depends on the person,” Bissonette said. “For me, the biggest thing this year is just being relaxed and not trying to speed the game up. The walkup song I had this fall was very relaxing and chill to get me focused and get me right.” His music selection translates to his play on the field, evident in his laid-back demeanor but fiery on-field persona.

“There’s a quiet calmness and intensity about him,” said Rockland, Mass., junior Cameron Stuart, a member of the Baylor Lariat Sports Radio staff. “He sees the finer points in his game, much like in his music.” As an upperclassman, Bissonette is starting to mature and take on a leadership role with the Baylor team. Whether that means staying late after practice to hit in the cages or going to play catch on an off day, he is willing to put in the work to make it to the next level. “Plan A is to get drafted and hopefully play after college,” Bissonette said. But if that doesn’t work out, he wouldn’t hesitate to

pursue a career in music. “If music were to present an opportunity, I would want to pursue it,” Bissonette said. “Either being an at-home producer or part of a group like True Myth, I just want to be involved with music.” No matter where his path is headed— either on a baseball field or in a music studio— Bissonette’s future is sure to shine as bright as the California sun. Baylor will open its 2018 season on Feb. 16 in Waco against Purdue. Bissonette is projected to start at second base.

LADY BEARS from Page 9 The Lady Bears also got strong efforts from freshman guards Alexis Morris and Didi Richards, who made their first appearance in the rivalry. Morris finished with eight points and four rebounds while Richards finished with eight points and eight rebounds. For Texas, junior guard Lashann Higgs finished with 13 points and senior guard Ariel Atkins chipped in with 11

points and nine rebounds. Texas drops to 15-4, 6-2 in the conference. Texas head coach Karen Aston said the Longhorns can’t afford to let their effort against Baylor beat them more than once. “We have to move on. We got to get on the bus, go home and lick our wounds and get ready for Iowa State,” Aston said.

“The hard thing about a league loss is you can’t let it turn into two or three. We can’t do that. We’re too good of a team to let one bad performance turn into two or three bad ones.” Baylor improves to 18-1, 8-0 in the conference. The Lady Bears have now won 16 of the last 17 games against Texas. No. 3 Baylor will take on West Virginia at 2 p.m. Sunday in Morgantown, W.Va.

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