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In Print >> Baylor scores highly Fiske Guide to Colleges names Baylor a “Best Buy” for the fifth consecutive year
New president assembles team, cites endowment, research and sustainability as key issues
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Within days of taking office as Baylor’s president on June 1, Judge Ken Starr found himself lobbying to keep the Big 12 athletic conference intact. But with the Big 12 troubles behind him and the conference still functioning as a whole, Starr began work during the summer to address other university issues and goals. “Judge Starr, in the first several months, has been on what he calls his listening and learning tour,” Dr. Karla Leeper, chief of staff to the president, said. “I think he
wants to hear from a lot of different constituencies and is trying to get a handle on what things are important, what challenges are ahead. And he came in at a really nice time. This year we are going to begin really thinking seriously about the next strategic plan, the next strategic vision for the university, because it is nearly 2012.” With the creation of two vice president positions and the appointment of Dr. Elizabeth Davis as Baylor’s first female provost, Starr expanded his leadership team. The team will focus on increasing the university’s endowment funds, with an end target of
$2 billion as a part of Baylor 2012, and building a larger support base for the university, among other goals. The increase in the endowment would help to increase scholarships available to students. “We lag behind where we need to be in terms of endowment levels per student and that prevents us from doing all the things that we would like to do,” Starr said. “Another key goal is to expand the base for participation. We want the Baylor nation, which rose up beautifully in connection with the Big 12, to now rally around the
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President Ken Starr sits down for an interview with Lariat reporters in Pat Neff Hall. Starr will be inaugurated as president Sept. 17.
Starr forms task force By Caty Hirst City Editor
Move-in multimedia Watch interviews and footage of students and parents as they arrive on campus during Move-In Day
Viewpoints “Students don’t complain that there are not enough places to lie in the grass; they complain when there is not a spot for their car despite the $225 fee they paid to bring it on campus.” Page 2
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Picnic with the president Students gather at the President’s Picnic on Thursday in the Burleson Quadrangle. President Ken Starr mingled with new students and their families, who enjoyed free food and Dr Pepper floats.
Mynar’s Bar faces TABC sanctions 5 arrested after review of Navarro College sophomore’s death
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Welcome back! Celebrate the new semester with free food and entertainment sponsored by Spiritual Life from 6 to 9 p.m. today on Fountain Mall. Intramural fun Registration for intramural dodgeball, volleyball and ultimate frisbee begins today at the McLane Student Life Center Late Night at the SLC More than 130 organizations will be on hand to talk to students from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Friday at the SLC; live music, games and free food are also on the agenda
By Nick Dean Editor in chief
Five people were arrested and a local bar will face administrative sanctions after the death of a 19-year-old Navarro College student on March 21. Megan Helal was found unresponsive at the Arbors apartment complex at 7 a.m. March 21. Helal was in Waco visiting her boy-
friend, Dallas sophomore John Whitfield. An autopsy released on June 15 found that Helal died of cardiac arrhythmia because of myocardial fibrosis of undermined origin and that alcohol was not a factor in her death. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission began an investigation of possible alcoholic beverage code violations during the Baylor Sigma Chi fraternity party that Helal had attended the night of her death. The party was held at Mynar’s Bar on March 20, located at 121
Oak Street in West. The investigation concluded that Helal and other minors were illegally provided alcohol during the party. The TABC issued arrest warrants for the owner of Mynar’s, Linda McWillliams, 66, and two bartenders, Carol Baker, 45, and Amy Free, 35. The owner and the two bartenders turned themselves in on July 1 and were released the same day after individually posting $1,500 bonds, according to local news station KWTX. Arrest warrants were also is-
sued for Baylor students Matt Crowe, 20 years old when the warrant was issued, and Brandon Bingham, 21. Crowe turned himself in on July 2 and was charged with purchasing, furnishing or making an alcoholic beverage available to a minor, according to KWTX. He was released after posting a $1,500 bond. Bingham faces the same charges, though according to the TABC, it was for events prior to his arrival at the fraternity party. SEE
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Ivy Square demolished in beautification efforts By Carmen Galvan Staff Writer
“In the early days of Ivy Square, it was the ‘in’ place to go,” said Frank. “There was a theater there and the 7-11 at the other end, and in the middle was a Baskin-Robbins. Above all these were apartments, and I thought it would be the coolest place to live. My wife and I were always utilizing the Ivy Square, and as all things do, with time things changed.” Baylor purchased the 4.5 acres of Ivy Square in 2002, but waited before the business and apartment leases expired before beginning demolition.
Baylor students will soon have a new place to study, relax and enjoy the Baylor scene. The Ivy Square shopping center, located between Interstate 35 and Baylor campus, has been demolished and will be replaced with a grassy area. The area will serve students as a safe, outdoor study and social area and as an unofficial intramural field. Originally built in 1974, Ivy Square was the place to be, said Kent Frank, a Baylor alum and budget manager for the HankaSEE mer School of Business.
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Baylor President Ken Starr announced an Institutional Advancement Task Force this summer, with the purpose of gathering information to formulate recommendations for university advancement. “I wanted a very quick look at high-impact actions and to make a set of recommendations within a two-month period as to what this university can do to have the biggest impact, to move the university forward in the shortest possible time,” Starr said. Some of the areas that task force members are focusing on include development, endowment, tuition, alumni, academics, faculty, athletics, branding and potentially the health care area. Kathy Wills Wright, former regent, senior vice president for strategic initiatives and partnerships and co-chair of the task force, said task force members are still in the first step of the process. “Right now, the phase we are in is the asking questions phase and obtaining information,” Wright said. “The next phase we will move into will be to analyze the information, discuss the information, prioritize the information.” Tommye Lou Davis, associate dean of the Honors College, associate professor in the classics department and task force member, said the Baylor community is contributing ways to make these areas more effective. “We get input from various interested people,” Davis said. “A task force announcement was sent out broadly throughout the university and I heard from various [people] SEE
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Students arrive from across globe By Meghan Hendrickson Staff Writer
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The Ivy Square shopping center, located at the intersection of University Parks Drive and Dutton Avenue, was torn down in July. The area will be replaced by a patch of grass as part of a campus beautification project.
This year Baylor is welcoming about 450 international students, despite arduous requirements for students attempting to study in the U.S. This is the largest number of international students Baylor has enrolled. According to Michael Morrison, director of the Center for International Education, a primary reason for the influx of international students is a steady SEE
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Ivy Square’s potential underrated in new plan Editorial When driving through Waco, all frequenters of I-35 will now be able to see the Dutton Avenue Office and Parking Facility, affectionately known as the Garage Mahal, with more clarity thanks to the recent demolition of Ivy Square. The area will now be grass; green, healthy-for-the-environment grass. It is a step meant solely for the advancement of Baylor 2012, and current students’ needs and thoughts were never taken into consideration. After the destruction of the buildings, Baylor officials are working to erect a fence around the
former Ivy Square area and have said their intention for the space is an “unofficial intramural field,” with benches and grass. It is to be a place for students to study or throw a Frisbee. In an admirable way, the new grassy area is supposed to benefit students by providing another place to work on studies and bond. However, Ivy Square’s locale is pitiful for those intentions. The area sandwiched between a major interstate, University Parks Drive and Dutton Avenue will not foster any significant amount of studious activities. That is not to say that some students would not benefit from the creation of an ‘unofficial intra-
mural field,’ but that pressing issues facing current students — such as parking and the depletion of nearcampus stores — provide more compelling and effective options for the newly cleared land. Across the street from the soon-to-be field is George W. Truett Theological Seminary. The proximity to the seminary made Ivy Square prime real estate for the cars of seminary students. The plans to create a space for students to study and play take those parking spots away from seminary students. In turn, the university created a Silver Route that buses riders from their parked cars in the Ferrell Center parking lot to the front of Truett Seminary.
Rather than spending the money to create a larger, useful and perhaps attractive parking lot that would maintain the seminary students’ current spots and increase the amount of near-campus parking significantly, officials chose to create a field. The current plans do not benefit as many people—student, staff or visitors—as other options had the potential to. It should be made clear that this project was in the works for years previous to the recent administration and is not a direct action on the behalf of President Kenneth Starr. With that, this project should be a clear sign to our new president that students’ actual needs should take precedent over a university’s
goal from eight years ago. The section of campus behind Brooks College that was transformed into green space in 2009 was an effective use of that land in our eyes. It was a small plot of land and would have only further cluttered its surroundings as anything but a grassy area. Imperative VIII of Baylor 2012 seeks to “construct useful and aesthetically pleasing physical spaces.” However, a goal of Imperative VIII listed on the Baylor 2012 website is to “build parking garages where needed on the periphery of campus.” Ivy Square is the prime example of a peripheral area to campus that needs parking. Prior to the demolition, students used the lot regard-
less of the Garage Mahal proximity. Students’ voices and concerns are not being heard. If they were, more things would be decided with student input and from a student perspective. Students don’t complain that there are not enough places to lie in the grass; they complain when there is not a spot for their car despite the $225 fee they paid to bring it on campus. The university should realize that students’ actual needs could have been met in an easy manner and that Baylor 2012, though admirably intentional in many areas, should not be followed blindly without regard for the needs of Baylor’s current trustees—the students.
Editor: Year’s staff will live up to mightier standards By Nick Dean
Editor in chief
We are all back — back in the Wack. Some are still unpacking boxes and painting rooms; others just living with the fact that they will live out of boxes until midterms. While unpacking one of my boxes of books I came across the textbook “Mightier than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped American History.” The wise Doug Ferdon teaches from it during his History of American Journalism class. The book tells the stories that have created America; from the abolition of slavery and the fight for women’s rights to the Fourth Estate’s defeat of New York politician William “Boss” Tweed and the invention of ugly yellow journalism during the Spanish-American war. Rodger Streitmatter, the author, chronicles major American events and tells of news media influence during each happening. He con-
cludes his book with 10 “recurring traits” that tell how the news media have successfully shaped America. Some of his findings, like the fact that the news media has historically ignored minorities, are packed with unsettling truth and are mistakes from which young journalists like we Lariat staffers should learn. However, two of Streitmatter’s recurring traits are admirable and should act as moral pillars for the Lariat staff. Streitmatter said the seventh recurring trait of effective journalism he found was that “the news organizations that have taken leading roles in shaping this country have consistently recognized that the pen, as well as the visual image, can be mightier than the sword— and mightier than tyranny or bigotry or demagoguery or political corruption.” College papers — actually, all papers looking to be wholly successful — are supposed to push for cutting edge designs and websites that make you realize the power of
the Internet is still highly underrated.
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However, the most important part of any paper will always be the content. Always. The content reins supreme because nothing can change for the better in any sphere — political, social or collegiate — without the
backing of a well-informed society. Only the informed members of society truly understand the ramifications, both good and bad, of making decisions that affect the general public. A newspaper holds much integrity in being a reliable source of information because, in the eyes of the masses, that is its most important role in society. If we as a staff put our goal for an aesthetically pleasing paper over polished, well-researched and necessary articles — we will tank. Fast. As our staff pushes to increase the ways we enhance our coverage we are not going to forget to increase the quality of our written and photographed content because we, as students, understand what our audience wants to read about. We know your concerns. Another of Streitmatter’s traits concludes that “throughout its long history, journalism has remained an endeavor in which a person — if endowed with talent, determination, and wherewithal — can make a difference, though not always a
positive one.” Journalists have one essential tool: credibility. Without credibility, journalists are nothing. I want to take this opportunity to tell readers that The Lariat staff is committed to remaining the credible source for campus news. We realize that the amount of daily newsreaders in our age bracket is tiny. But, we also know that you, as college students, need to be informed because you often take vested interests in various issues both on a national and local level that older generations don’t initially pick up on. We are here to cover those interests. To investigate those stories that incite anger and stir passion within the select few. We are a unique publication because we are staffed by students only — students that strive to work in journalism and students that don’t; students that enjoy writing and those that have a photographic eye. We are a microcosm within
Baylor. We know our personal interests don’t reflect university-wide interests and we try our hardest to understand what students want to know. Our goal is to inform students and to let their voices be heard. From dancers to mathematicians and students to alumni — we are here for you. Notice our new tagline: We’re there when you can’t be. As aspiring journalists, we want nothing more than to be the first on a story. We want to be the ones you turn to in print and on the web to know exactly what is going on. When The Lariat was named the best collegiate paper in Texas by the Houston Press Club, one of the judges said we operated like a national paper. I think he said that because we, like the paper giants USA Today or The Wall Street Journal, recognize what nation we are working for. Major US papers work for the American people; The Lariat works for something better — the Baylor Nation.
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Textbook law gives choices to students Caty Hirst
Makenzie Mason | Lariat Photographer
Welcome Week games build friendships Baylor freshmen participate in small group activities during Welcome Week on Thursday at Fountain Mall.
Baylor education deemed ‘Best Buy’ by jade Mardirosian
For the fifth consecutive year, Baylor has been named a “Best Buy” in the 2011 Fiske Guide to Colleges. The annual book is a best-selling companion for college-bound students and their parents. The “Best Buy” honor is given to only 45 public and private universities in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. Baylor is one of two Texas universities to be named and is in good company with Iowa State, the only other Big 12 school listed. “We are flattered that the Fiske Guide recognizes Baylor as providing outstanding educational value in the United States, Canada and Great Britain,” said Baylor President BTS2010_BaylorLariat.pdf Ken Starr. “While we
are committed to providing students an outstanding educational experience, we are also very sensitive to the cost of higher education. That is why we are dedicated to increasing the level of scholarship support that we are able to provide our students and their families.” Dr. Reagan Ramsower, vice president for finance and administration, echoed the same sentiments as Starr. “One of the most important decisions a family will help their son or daughter make is where he or she will attend college,” Ramsower said in an e-mail to the Lariat. “We are pleased that Baylor is being recognized again for providing students and families an outstanding value in higher education. Our goal is always to offer students a top quality 8/11/2010 11:27:11 AM
academic experience, while remaining very aware of the costs associated with a Baylor education. President Starr, himself, is committed to investing significantly in scholarships that will make attaining a Baylor education possible for families who want to send their children to Baylor.” The Fiske Guide to Colleges retails for $23.99. The Fiske website describes the guidebook as “helpful, honest and straightforward” while delivering “an insider’s look at the academic climates and the social and extracurricular scenes at the ‘best and most interesting’ schools in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.” Universities must meet many expectations, which include maintaining a high quality of academic offerings and campus
lifestyle in relation to the cost of attendance. Many students say they are believe Baylor is an educational best buy. . The Woodlands junior Laney Horton feels privileged to attend a university that is nationally ranked among other reputable schools such as Cornell. “Academics are challenging and students are required to take an array of classes, including four semesters of a language,” Horton said. “Student life offers so many unique activities like Dr Pepper hour and Steppin’ Out. It’s so easy to understand why Baylor would be constantly named an international Best Buy.” She also cites the close-knit community as a contributing factor in the overall effect Baylor has in creating a well-rounded and affordable institution.
City Editor Congress passed a new law in an effort to make textbooks more affordable to students in the Higher Education Opportunity Act, which went into effect July 1. The law states that every institution of higher education that receives federal assistance must make the ISBN and retail price information of textbooks available for each course listed for preregistration and registration purposes. Elio Distaola, director of public and campus relations for Follett, believes the new law will make shopping for textbooks easier and cheaper for students. “Before you decide to spend X amount of dollars on a course, you want to know how much more you will have to spend for course materials before you even enroll,” Distaola said. “Really the aim of it, is through transparency, to equip students to make better educational decisions.” In order to follow the requirements of the law, Baylor set up a link under the course listing page, allowing students and potential students to view the ISBN and textbook information before they register for classes. Billy Nors, director of the Baylor Bookstore, says one of the biggest advantages for students is being able to price each section of a course and decide to take a certain professor based on textbook information. “With the implementation and utilization of online BookLook textbook information, students, who choose to, can be better prepared to make a more informed purchasing decision that ultimately can positively impact the total cost of their
Source: www.baylor.edu Students can find textbook information on the course listings website
course materials and, as a result, likely reduce the overall cost of their education,” Nors said. In addition, when publishers provide textbook information to professors, they must send a description of substantial content revisions from previous editions. Distaola said this might encourage professors to use older editions that may be offered in used condition, making it cheaper for students. Although the law does not limit professors in their textbook selection, it does provide them with more information when choosing textbooks. Nors said it was too early to notice if professors have altered their habits in shopping for textbooks. There is a possible drawback to the law, and that is a lack of enforcement, Distaola said. “The major gap is some kind of measuring stick,” Distaola said. He said there could be amendments to the law in the future, but for now the Government Accountability Office report will take place in 2013 to gauge the success of the law and the intuitions’ compliance.
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Baylor’s Poverty Summit and Campus Kitchens Project, a national service organization dedicated to hunger relief, are joining together this October to increase awareness about hunger, poverty and social justice issues through a joint poverty and leadership conference, Hungry for Justice: Social, Economic, Environmental. “[The conference will] deal with hunger and poverty, but also social and human rights issues that affect those living in poverty,” said Rosemary Townsend, director of business affairs and community partnerships at Baylor. A few of the issues the conference will focus on are human trafficking, ways to develops
self-sustainability and distributing resources to those in need, Townsend said. The conference is Campus Kitchens’ first leadership conference at Baylor University and the first time Poverty Summit has reached a national level. The idea of a co-sponsored conference began at a training session held in 2008 for Campus Kitchens chapters. Maureen Roche, director of the Campus Kitchens Project, learned about Baylor’s Poverty Summit through Amanda Allen, Baylor’s Service Learning liaison. Soon after, Roche approached the university with an idea to hold the annual Campus Kitchens leadership conference at Baylor during Poverty Summit. Both sides were enthusiastic about the idea. “There is really a benefit in
partnering; we can do something really extraordinary together,” Roche said . The conference will focus “on food policy and hunger and how that intersects with poverty and social justice,” said Marianne Magjuka, coordinator for Service Learning at Baylor, who is playing a major role in planning the Hungry for Justice conference. Magjuka, who largely planned the first Poverty Summit held three years ago, did not anticipate that the summit, originally organized by Baylor students in 2008 to highlight international poverty concerns, would reach a national level so quickly. “I had no idea it would expand to something so large,” Magjuka said. “I am really excited about the possibilities this year and I feel
the students have been involved with planning on every level. It is so exciting to see students talking about poverty and social issues.” The 26 university affiliates of the Campus Kitchens Project, the Big 12 schools and a majority of Texas universities have been invited to participate and attend the conference. Speakers at the conference will include prominent national and international leaders, including Robert Egger, founder and president of DC Central Kitchen, and Shannon Sedgwick Davis, a prominent Baylor alumna dedicated to social justice issues. Davis currently sits on The Elders, an international social justice advisory board that also includes Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela, former President Jimmy Carter
and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Those who attend the conference will have the opportunity to take part in service projects around the community, as well as participate in a hunger banquet, which is “a simulation for students to learn about world hunger,” Magjuka said. Students will have the opportunity to exhibit different campus organizations that focus on poverty and social justice issues, and conference participants may browse through and purchase fair-trade goods. The conference will be held Oct. 8-10 at the Bill Daniel Student Center, and the registration fee is $20 for Baylor students and $40 for all others. Those interested in attending may register at www.baylor.edu/PovertySummit
until Oct. 1. As proof of registration, each participant will receive a hand-beaded and signed bracelet, handmade by Kenyan women fundraising for AIDS clinics. Roche hopes the conference will instill a sense of unity and initiative among students. “As diverse a country as we are, we face the same issues in our own community,” Roche said. “We want to add a sense of unity to the anti-hunger and poverty movement. Each community is unique, but there are some things that happen everywhere, regardless of where you are in the United States. There is hunger in your community and realizing there are people to call on to help really reinforces student commitment in solving local issues, and will eventually have a national impact.”
ing a top-tier research university.” Dr. Benjamin Kelley, dean of the The School of Engineering and Computer Science, said the school is looking forward to having more room and to the joint projects that the BRIC will allow them to facilitate. “We’ve been talking about this for years,” Kelley said. “Certainly the Baylor engineering and computer science program is growing in size and research venues and we’re excited to have expanded space, new facilities [and] avenues to reach out to colleagues across Baylor for joint projects. We’re excited to take that next step.” Phase I is slated for completion in the first quarter of 2012, with Phase II beginning immediately after or possibly just before Phase I completion, Hyde said.
Lariat from London. “We submitted a Major Strategic Proposal under President [John] Lilley, but were unable to move forward at that time because of inadequate funding for graduate stipends. The board of regents has now approved the program, and we will do our best to locate donors and other resources to help cover the expense that the university has committed to meet at the outset.” Until now, Baylor was the only Big 12 university lacking such a program, Hamilton said. “We are excited about the opportunity to create a new, dynamic intersection of teaching and learning for both faculty and students, and we look forward to increased involvement with other departments on campus, as well as, historians at other institutions,” Hamilton said.
bins Jr. and Dr. Ronald L. Wilson. “All five of our regents have a heart for the Lord, have demonstrated passion for Baylor University and have skill sets that are important for the types of issues the board has to deal with,” Dary Stone, chair of the board of regents, said. “We’ve got people who are very skilled financially in both budgeting and strategic planning, and all who have been demonstrated leaders in their churches, communities and careers. They’re all five great leaders.” Stewart is the president and a partner of Terravista Corp. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Baylor. Reeter works as a managing partner for The Texas Financial Group of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. He is a former chair of Baylor’s development council and former Dallas Bear Club president. Willis is an operating partner for Advent International and the president of SFC LLC. He received his business degree from Baylor. Robbins is the CEO and board chair of North American Corp. He received an undergraduate and law degree from Baylor, and has provided
funding for various campus projects such as Robbins Chapel in Brooks College. Wilson works at the Brazos Kidney Disease Center as a physician. Wilson and his wife both attended Baylor. Stone said he hopes the new regents’ varied backgrounds and viewpoints will help them to further Baylor’s vision as they make plans for the university’s future. “We are in the midst of the strategic planning process for the university,” Stone said, “and my hope is that their unique perspectives from the various business, medical and legal worlds that they come from will help craft a continuation of the exciting vision of Baylor University.”
Umphrey Law Center, the George W. Truett Theological Seminary and athletics. A $13.8 million increase was also made in personnel costs in order to support new faculty and staff positions and raises. Funds for student workers and graduate assistantship stipends were increased, as well. Dr. Reagan Ramsower, vice president for finance and administration, said the operating budget increases indicate growth in various programs at Baylor. “The operating budget reflects the overall level of operation in a university and while we have not experienced a lot of inflation, the university has aspirations to continue to grow in certain programs and areas, and some growth in the operating budget reflects through to growth in university programs,” Ramsower said. “If you had no growth in the operating budget, you would pretty much operate at the same level that you did the previous year. So, if possible, I think continued growth and expansion in selected programs is our desire, and an increase in the operating budget provides that.”
Regents approve funds for BRIC, history doctoral program by sara Tirrito Staff Writer
The Baylor Board of Regents’ approved the final portion of the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative’s Phase I funding and a new history doctoral program while on retreat in July.
The $7.14 million for the BRIC will be used to replace the General Tire facility’s exterior and complete the common use areas, parking areas and landscaping. Dr. Truell Hyde II, vice provost for research, said the completion of $32 million of Phase I funding is an exciting step because the BRIC will help Baylor reach its Baylor 2012 goal of gaining a top-tier research university status. “This is sort of a kick-start toward that goal,” Hyde said. “It’s going to provide research space that we currently don’t have for our engineering programs and it provides a collaboration with local and regional industry. All of these things taken together are making it a very important stepping stone toward becom-
History doctoral program The history doctoral program proposal approval came after a lengthy struggle to find funding. “The Ph.D. proposal has been in the works for at least the last six years,” Dr. Jeffrey Hamilton, chairman of the history department, wrote in an e-mail to the
New regents elected In May, the regents also elected five new members to the board and approved increases in Baylor’s operating budget. The new members are Philip W. Stewart, Jeffrey D. Reeter, Richard S. Willis, William K. Rob-
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Budget increase The university’s new operating budget was also approved at the meeting. At $403.3 million, the budget increased by 3.55 percent from the 2009-2010 budget. The regents increased funding by 17.4 million for graduate assistantships, merit- and need-based scholarships, as well as scholarships given to the Sheila and Walter
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MONDAY | AUGUST 23, 2010
Adolescent to serve 10 years in prison by jade Mardirosian staff writer
A Waco teen was sentenced to 10 years in prison on July 15 for the armed robbery of a Baylor student last spring. The convicted, Donaile Jerome
Green, 18, pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated robbery. Late one evening, Green approached the victim in the parking lot of Common Grounds, where he solicited the student for a cash handout and a ride. Once in the car, Green revealed a gun, demanding the money the student had on hand and that the student withdraw even more from an ATM. The victim escaped and con-
tacted police after they stopped at a local H-E-B. Days later, Green was arrested walking near the Baylor campus. The victim of the robbery declined to comment. Green will not be eligible for parole until he has served a minimum of five years in prison. His defense attorney, Scott Peterson, could not be reached for comment regarding Green’s plea or sentencing.
Green was sent to the Texas Gurney Transfer Facility in Anderson County on Aug. 18, according to Waco Police media liaison Officer Steve Anderson. Baylor Chief of Police Jim Doak warned students against offering money and rides to strangers. “Simply put, there are no conditions acceptable to give money or rides to people. We are in a different time. Don’t give money; we don’t know what that money is go-
ing to be used for,” Doak said. He went on to explain that students should instead direct people to local places such as Mission Waco or the Salvation Army, which offer assistance. Doak said that panhandlers in the campus area prey on students in search of a cash handout, with incoming freshmen being especially susceptible. Doak said it is important to keep in mind that incidents where
Baylor students are put in immediate danger are not common. He characterizes the situation from last year involving Green as being “an exception,” citing a lack of history where panhandlers have attacked students. As for Green, Doak believes his sentence was appropriate and helpful for Baylor students and the community. “We don’t want him here,” Doak said.
Regents approve the funds to complete Phase I of BRIC by nick Dean editor in chief
The work to establish the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative required exactly what it seeks to create in Central Texas: research and innovation. In July, the Baylor Board of Regents approved an additional $7.14 million in university funds for the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative’s first phase of development. Announced last October, the BRIC is the cornerstone of a region wide effort to create the Central Texas Technology and Research Park, meant to foster advanced knowledge in areas such as alternative fuels, complex materials manufacturing and aviation. The $7 million paired with an original $10 million from Baylor, $9.5 million from Texas State Technical College, $5 million from McLennan County partners and $500,000 from the City of Bellmead amount to the $32 million necessary to complete the first phase. With funding in place, the first phase of construction has already begun, including the clean-up and enhancement of the former General Tire facility on South Loop Drive, a 300,000-square-foot building donated by Baylor alum Clifton Robinson, owner of the Waco Tribune-Herald. The progress toward an innovative research park has only been
public for 10 months, but Dr. Truell Hyde, vice provost for research, has spent nearly 10 years working toward the first research park in Central Texas and said the response to the park was supportive. “I will admit I was surprised at how easily we got the money and how excited people were about the project,” Hyde said. The Central Texas Technology and Research Park will incorporate educational facilities, such as 45,000 square feet for a TSTC advanced workforce training facility and private business ventures and business planning programs. “We are going to have in it a lot of different elements that will hopefully provide critical mass for the success of the overall endeavor,” Hyde said. Baylor President Ken Starr said the BRIC is an anomaly in Central Texas and provides collaboration that has yet to be seen in the region. “We are determined to make BRIC work and use all of our energies to keep it on schedule. It is very exciting for all of the reasons inherent in the nature of this kind of collaborative partnership that will bring private industry and very much enhance the research agenda,” Starr said in an interview with the Lariat. “I think this has the potential to be a tremendous generator of research activities, of educational activities and partnerships with the business community that are unprecedented in Central Texas.”
opportunities to begin actual research with professors outside of course work. “Undergraduates and graduate students that are involved in pure research will be working from that building and I am a very strong believer that you ought to incorporate students in your research as early as possible,” Hyde said. The research park will provide Baylor with the opportunity to incorporate the research and discoveries at the BRIC into commercialization opportunities. “Up until now, we have done research for a long time but we have not been focused on how we turn that pure research into something that can impact the local economy. That is one of the Courteousy Photo A conceptual photo next to a current photo shows the potential of The Baylor Research and Innovation Collab- reasons the donors are so interorative. The BRIC will provide a space for graduate research for Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer ested,” Hyde said. He said private businesses in Science. Central Texas have shown support for the research park because Hyde said the General Tire a major factor in the success the a new future. building that the first phase works park could have. “All this time seeing that build- it is focused on commercialization to restore has special sentiment “It will be restorative to a build- ing lying fallow has evidently been more so than any other venture of within the Waco community. ing that has been moth-balled for niggling at people. When we had Baylor. Hyde said he is already work“I think the town is very sup- a very long period of time and tak- a plan to bring it back to life and portive of Baylor; it always has en to a kind of level that has been affect the community in a positive ing on funding for the second been,” Hyde said. unparalleled in Central Texas. We way, people were very excited,” phase of development of the research park. “Everyone I have spoken with will work to make this happen on Hyde said. The architectural firm Perover the past six years about doing schedule,” Starr said. Academically, future students something with General Tire says Hyde said the building has a stand to gain a new facility that kins & Will will develop plans as things like: ‘Oh, I worked there or spot in the hearts of Wacoans and will allow easy access to research the first phase nears completion so that an accurate cost estimate my dad worked there.” that the BRIC’s goal to refurbish projects and research innovation. Hyde said the Association of and enhance the once booming Hyde said students would have for the second phase can be deUniversity Research Parks re- factory will allow a currently di- all classes and labs for course cred- termined. The initial phase of the viewed the plans for the facility. lapidated building with signifi- it still in the Rogers Engineering BRIC should be completed by the The association highlighted Bay- cance in the eyes of the commu- and Computer Science Building first quarter of 2012. lor’s strong base of supporters as nity to shine once again and begin and that the BRIC offers students
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MONDAY | AUGUST 23, 2010
Animal-friendly ELG welcomes freshmen By Carmen Galvan
Animals have now become part of Baylor’s society through a new Engaged Living Group for freshman students. Animals and Human Society is Baylor’s newest ELG and will be taught by four diverse faculty members. Dr. Heidi Marcum, director of the program, specializes in wildlife management and animal behavior. Dr. Susan Bratton, chair of the environmental science department, is an ecologist with additional specializations in humanities and Christian stewardship. Also teaching the class are Dr. Lynne Baker, a conservation biologist who studies African primates, and Dr. Brad Bolen, pianist and senior lecturer in the music department. “The first semester is very much culture,” Marcum said. “And so, during this semester we will talk about the history of animals and humans, animals as
symbols, animal in art, animals in music and animals in religion. We are going to do a little bit of domestic animals versus wild animals. We are going to introduce aspects of using animals, a lot of the controversies, in the second semester.” An ELG is a community of students focusing on a certain issue or topic that does not have a home in a traditional academic unit, according to Ian Gravagne, director of the ELG program. Because of animals’ integral part in society and culture, Marcum wanted to create a program centered on the relationship between animals and humans. Such a topic does not fall under one distinct discipline, so Marcum collaborated with Bratton to offer Gravagne a new ELG proposal. Animals and Human Society is one of four new Engaged Learning Groups Created. The other three are Pre-health, Christian Narratives and Unlocking the Imprisoned Mind with the Digital Key.
The four-semester Pre-health ELG allows students to experience working in the health profession as a physician, dentist or pharmacist. The class provides an overview of health care, medicine and ethical issues that ends in a student internship. The Christian Narratives ELG presents the opportunity for freshmen to earn the university required hours of religion in three semesters through an engaged study of the Old Testament, New Testament and the Christian heritage. Unlocking the Imprisoned Mind with a Digital Key is a seminar designed for students with the community in mind. Its purpose is to serve prison institutions by introducing the incarcerated to great literary works, which studies suggest lowers the rate of an additional arrest. As part of the ELG community experience, 47 freshmen will live together in Kokernot Residence Hall for the first two semesters.
“It’s one thing to gain journalistic skills around the events that occur on a college campus, but another altogether to contribute to a paper that acts like a national newspaper. The knowledge and skills they gain will be valuable as they go out into the ‘real world.’” Paul Carr, director of student publications, said the Lariat staff works to cover events outside of campus, as well as campus events. “The judges’ comments indicated that they are impressed that our students not only cover the campus, but are also able to cover important news stories off campus – such as the massacre in Fort Hood and the inauguration in Washington, D.C,” Carr said.
“One of the benefits is that the ELG offers a small ready-made community when you get here,” Gravagne said. “We want as many freshmen to be a part of the [Baylor] community right away.” Each ELG lasts a minimum of three semesters, and students interested in subject-related research may consult with faculty
in order to continue through a fourth semester. Students accepted into the program will receive one hour of social science credit per semester. Any incoming freshman may apply for an ELG, and each program reviews and selects students based on their applications. The Animals and Human Society program selected students from a variety of majors, including biology, environmental science, art and elementary education, but their common denominator is their passion for animals, Marcum said. Along with attending their regular classes, students will meet once a week for their ELG session in the Baylor Sciences Building. Animals and Human Society, however, is more than just a class. “We will have activities, field trips and events. We will do service, hopefully with the zoo and some of the local animal shelters,” Bratton said. Students will take Saturday
field trips to several animal-related events and places, including the local fair, horse shows, dog shows, rodeos and animal shelters. Students will also be required to take part in at least one service day each semester, and opportunities to volunteer at the Cameron Park Zoo, local veterinary clinics, the Waco Humane Society and other organizations will be available. Marcum is looking forward to the excitement the new program brings. “[Animals and Human Society is] thrilling and exciting,” Marcum said. “We are going to get to know the students. They are not just students that are attending classes, they are students that are experiencing along with us the ELG opportunity. We have to live up to the students’ expectations, so we have to provide them with a very quality experience. And it takes a lot of work and commitment on our part. It is going to be the best and hardest class we’ve ever taught.”
Carr also mentioned that recently, the Lariat sports writers followed the men’s and women’s basketball programs to the Elite 8 and Final Four. Dean said that writing about events off campus helps students understand what is happening globally. “[The judges] said we act as a national paper because we don’t think about news that is affecting students on just the college level — we think about news around the globe that affects students because we are the up-and-coming leaders and have a stake in what’s happening,” Dean said. The Houston Press Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated
to promoting and defending the First Amendment freedom of the press. Carr said it is an honor to receive an award from the organization. “It is the premier city press club in the largest city in the state, so recognition from the professionals in the market is a prestigious honor,” Carr said. “It is a top 10 media market — to get this kind of recognition from professionals in a top 10 media market is an outstanding compliment to the Lariat staff.” Jenna DeWitt, president of the Society of Professional Journalists at Baylor and the arts and entertainment editor for the Lariat, said
awards are a way of highlighting the quality of student publications at Baylor. “[The award] definitely shows how legitimate our student publications are and our professional quality, and it gives us a standard of measurement with other student publications nationwide,” DeWitt said. Carr said the Lariat, however, is not focused on winning awards. “The goal is not to win awards the goal is to allow our students to gain valuable experience,” Carr said. “Whenever possible, we will continue to cover off campus events, but our primary focus is the university.”
“One of the benefits is that the ELG offers a ready-made community when you get here. We want as many freshmen to be a part of the [Baylor] community right away.” Ian Gravagne | Director of the ELG Program
Lariat wins award for best student newspaper in Texas By Olga Gladtskov Ball Assistant City Editor
The Baylor Lariat earned the Houston Press Club Lone Star Award for best student newspaper in Texas on June 25, 2010. “They gave us the award because we worked as a team, we had the personal drive and motivation from the people who worked with us professionally,” Nick Dean, editor-in-chief of the Lariat, said. “Those two things are crucial in continuing the high level of product that years previous have published.” Comments from the judges stressed that students receive
“They gave us the award because we worked as a team, we had the personal drive and motivation from the people who worked with us professionally.” Nick Dean | Editor in Chief
valuable skills while working on the Lariat. “What a valuable journalism education experience these students must have,” the comments released with the award said.
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New doctoral programs earn high national rankings by Sara Tirrito Staff Writer
Four of Baylor’s newest doctoral programs received high national rankings by Academic Analytics, a company that ranks universities based on faculty productivity. The School of Education’s exercise, nutrition and preventive health doctoral program received a ninth-place ranking, the philosophy program ranked at No. 18, and the sociology and political science doctoral programs were both ranked in the top quartiles of their divisions. Baylor 2012 changes include giving greater support to faculty to allow them to increase publishing, and hiring faculty with experience as active researchers. These policies helped the doctoral programs to rank well, Dr. Larry Lyon, vice provost for institutional effectiveness, said. “This wouldn’t have happened before Baylor 2012, but now the faculty have many more opportunities to do research than they had before,” Lyon said. The religion and physics doctoral programs, which have been established longer at Baylor, were also well-ranked in their division. Religion ranked at No. 18 and the physics doctoral program was ranked in the top 40 percent of physics programs. In a search for more frequent and upto-date doctoral program rankings and data, Baylor began using Academic Analytics in 2008, in addition to data from the National Research Council. The Academic Analytics data will be released each year with a lag time of two years, Lyon said. “We will still use the NRC rankings. They’re a massive multimillion-dollar project supposed to come out every 10 years. However, this time a number of problems emerged and it’s been slow getting started; now it’s slow getting finished. When it’s released probably this fall, that data will be five years old,” Lyon said. “Especially for relatively small, rapidly growing and changing departments like we have at Baylor, waiting five years just isn’t as useful. [Academic Analytics] is a much more useful policy tool because we can keep track of the changes that are occurring in our doctoral programs.” Academic Analytics uses four factors to measure faculty productivity: awards earned by faculty, faculty publications,
citations and external funding. Lyon said that although Academic Analytics uses fewer factors to rank programs, the frequency with which it publishes data will make it beneficial to Baylor because of the numerous changes that occur in departments between NRC data releases, such as retirement of faculty. Provost Elizabeth Davis said Academic Analytics’ per capita assessments would make rankings among small and large schools more comparable. Having highly ranked doctoral programs will benefit Baylor both internally and externally, Davis said. “Internally when you think about the fact that our students, and not just the doctoral students, get to study with faculty who are on the cutting edge of issues that are important in the discipline, that improves the education that’s going on at Baylor,” Davis said. “When you think about it from an external point of view, it brings recognition to Baylor that helps the reputation of Baylor, which helps our graduates and the value of their degree. It helps with the notion that we can be a serious university and hold to our Christian distinctives. Too many people think that’s incompatible.” Exercise, nutrition and preventive health Dr. Jon Engelhardt, dean of the School of Education, said he believes the exercise, nutrition and preventive health doctoral program stands out from other similar graduate programs because it has a focus on the relationship between nutrition supplements and human performance. “That’s what’s unique about that program. There are very few, if any, programs around the country that do that,” Engelhardt said. “Texas A&M has just begun to give some attention to that subject.” Although Engelhardt was pleased with the program’s ranking, he doesn’t believe the quantitative measures used by Academic Analytics are enough to gauge a program’s success. “The recognition is not about its focus nearly so much as it is about some things around faculty productivity: the amount of research that’s done by faculty and students, the number of students that graduate from the program—it’s that sort of focus, it’s a quantitative basis,” Engelhardt said. “It’s nice to be recognized, but it shouldn’t be your sole judge of how well things are going, which is why we’re con-
tinuing to press, to keep moving the program forward.” Improvements such as decreasing the program’s faculty-student ratio are currently being considered. “There are discussions under way about broadening the areas of emphasis that are available to students,” Engelhardt said. “What we’re trying to do is broaden that out so we have more faculty involved in the program and therefore lower the faculty-student ratio. ” Sociology Progress made in the sociology doctoral program in recent years began with its expansion in an effort to meet Baylor 2012 goals. This involved creating one track for applied sociology and another for the sociology of religion, and expanding the faculty base accordingly. “What you see in the Academic Analytics rankings is the result of the kind of faculty that have been recruited here since about 2000,” Dr. Charles Tolbert, chairman of the sociology department, said. “The nice thing about the Academic Analytics rankings is it’s all based on productivity and not prestige. It’s actually what you do on the field so to speak and [because] it’s measured that way, we do quite well.” With only 12 faculty members in the department, Baylor’s sociology program is competing with many larger ones. “We are still quite small and our goal and our strategic plan is to be one of the best small departments,” Tolbert said. “We can’t disclose who the people are in the rankings around us, but right around us are really big-time programs. Everyone should be proud to know that Baylor’s competing at the same level with very well-known programs that have large faculties.” Tolbert said the ranking was justified because the program has highly productive faculty. “I think it’s commensurate with what we do and the fact that we went from the third quartile a few years ago to the top quartile is remarkable, but if you knew the cast of characters you can understand why,” Tolbert said. “It’s a very productive group of people.” Although the program’s faculty has been strong in book publishing per faculty member, journal articles per faculty member and citations, they recently had
a “breakthrough” in receiving federal grants when the National Science Foundation awarded a team of researchers $394, 654 last year, Tolbert said. Tolbert still hopes to see improvements in another facet of productivity: the number of awards faculty members receive. “That’s one thing we’re going to focus on is getting our people nominated,” Tolbert said. “We have to work on award nominations and then we’ve got to keep pushing on those other measures we do well on so we don’t slide backwards. Annually there may be a little slippage from one year to another, but we want to keep pushing up.” Political science Dr. Mary Nichols, director of graduate studies and former chair of the political science department, said the political science doctoral program at Baylor stands out from other similar programs because it is a mixed program with specialties in the history of political philosophy, international relations theory and constitutional studies and because of its teaching apprenticeship program. The Baylor Board of Regents created the doctoral program in 2005. In December 2009 the program had its first graduate, followed by three more in May. The graduates all received job offers. “All of our students on the job market received at least one tenure-track offer,” Nichols said. “One student even received two and had to decide between them.” Nichols said although she is pleased with where the political science doctoral program is, her contentment is based on factors other than scholarly productivity (the factor that Academic Analytics used to give the program its top quartile ranking). Nichols said factors such as the quality of the doctoral students who apply, the quality of the dissertations done by the students in the program, and the types of job offers those students receive should be considered in judging a program. “Those factors are more important in measuring how a doctoral program is doing,” Nichols said. “They [Academic Analytics] are limited in measuring the power of a doctoral program.” Academic Analytics is also limited in its measurements because although it considers citations as a factor in deter-
mining faculty productivity, it does not consider most book citations. “Many of our faculty demonstrate their research by writing books. Our books are cited by other authors who write books and our books are cited in journal articles,” Nichols said. “That’s two major deficiencies: they don’t look in books for citations and they don’t collect citations to books. Until they do that, it is not an accurate measure of the quality of a doctoral program whose faculty members publish books.” In most cases, this would leave all programs disadvantaged equally, provost Davis said. The Baylor political science department, however, is more humanities oriented than most, making its publication habits slightly different. “The only time it would put our faculty at a disadvantage is if they are publishing in a medium that’s different from what everyone else in their discipline is doing. She [Nichols] is right about that particular case,” Davis said. Philosophy The philosophy department’s sevenyear-old doctoral program ranked 18th out of 112 programs across the nation. Dr. Anne-Marie Bowery, former director of graduate studies in philosophy, attributes the program’s speed in reaching this ranking to the hiring of qualified faculty and staff. “We hired very qualified and competent people, many of whom already had strong publication records. We have three distinguished professors in our program; we’ve hired younger faculty with lots of potential,” Bowery said. “We just have reached a critical mass of people who are doing a lot of publishing.” Bowery said the program is unique because it places emphasis on educating the students to become good teachers, and also because of the atmosphere within the program. “I think what students say [is unique] about the program when they come to visit and when they graduate is the incredibly strong sense of community that our graduate students have with each other,” Bowery said. “Many philosophy graduate programs are extremely competitive and we have been able to create a philosophy context that’s more friendly and communal than intensely competitive.”
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Professors granted 1 million reasons to continue research By Meghan Hendrickson Staff Writer
In June, two Baylor professors were awarded a $1.46 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. This subcontract was awarded to them to further their research regarding compounds that can hopefully be used to fight cancer tumors. Dr. Kevin Pinney, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and Dr. Mary Lynn Trawick, associate professor of chemistry, serve as principle investigators for the NIH grant. “This five-year grant funds
research into finding if vascular disruptive agents act as a potential treatment for cancer,” Pinney said. Pinney and Trawick have been teamed up in cancer research for 10 of the 17 years that Pinney has been at Baylor. “Dr. Pinney and I have had a long-term collaboration and he’s had a long-term interest in vascular disruptive agents that target tumor blood vessels,” Trawick said. The grant provides the financial means for the team to continue their research to treat cancer. “Everything is outlined in the grant,” Trawick said. “This is all expensive – certainly the imaging. We will be looking to see several
things: compounds acting as vascular disruptive agents and their interruption of blood flow, and which compound is most effective at inhibiting tumor growth. We would be unable to do any of this without the grant.” There are three groups collaborating to perform research under the NIH grant. Pinney’s group is involved in designing molecules and developing pathways of synthesis of molecules. “Dr. Pinney has synthesized a number of what looks like very effective vascular disruptive agents,” Trawick said. “We need to figure out what compound would be best. Before they go to clinical
trial, we need to investigate the compounds. In my lab we carry out biochemical testing and cell biology of compounds. Now we are looking at the action of cellular agents.” In addition to the two research groups from Baylor, there is a third group at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. “Their group is responsible for tumor imaging studies to determine how effective the vascular disruptive agents are at shutting down blood flow to the tumor. They will do this by performing something called bioluminescence imaging studies,” Pinney said.
“The team hopes to find a compound that will serve as a vascular disruptive agent to starve the tumor’s oxygen and nutrients by stopping blood flow,” Pinney said. “Trying to create a new compound that might someday become a drug in people is a task that requires a lot of people working together. We are blessed to work with a lot of people from Baylor, Texas and around the world.” There are also options for Baylor students interested in research. Justin Tidmore, a chem and biochem grad student who is comentored by Pinney and Trawick, advises that students just go ahead and do it.
“Undergrads: if you could get research done with one of the professors here at Baylor before you graduate, the chances of you finding a job or getting into the graduate or medical school of your choice would be increased significantly because of your experience and references,” Tidmore said. Professors also greatly appreciate student involvement in research. “The students are really the foundation of what we are doing,” Pinney said. “They make this happen. They come up with ideas and move things forward. They are really the cornerstone for our research.”
ply for a visa. The actual interview may only last 30 seconds, and if students don’t prove themselves, their visa is denied. “These students spend months and months preparing themselves, documents and finances, and then in less than a minute it’s decided,” Hall said. “Certain countries are more difficult than others depending on what’s going on politically and economically.” Finally, approved students make travel arrangements to come to Baylor and attend international orientation. “As much as we want international students to assimilate into the Baylor community, they are different,” Burke said. “They cannot go out and get a job as a wait staff at restaurants. That is a serious breach of their immigration status and will result in deportation. They can work on campus ,though. They usually have a lot of questions. They come into our office, and we can advise them.” Hong Kong sophomore Evan Choi received a full-ride scholarship from his home country to complete his undergraduate studies at Baylor. “When this scholarship opportunity came, it was really an opportunity to me,” Choi said. “I asked God if He allowed me to go and I still remember how I prayed to God that I really wanted to go to
the States for college. At last, well – I am here.” Choi looks forward to his Baylor experience. “I want to gain friends, experiences, knowledge, good memories and most important of all, a more intimate relationship with God,” he said. “I want to do something for God, anything that God calls me to do; as for now, I want to further study in psychology and maybe one day I can help people that God loves so much with my profession.” Baylor offers a program that allows students to have an international experience right here in Waco. People Around the World Sharing (PAWS) is a program offered by the Center for International Education that partners an American student with an international student for a semester to help welcome them to Baylor. Burke said there is a need for American student involvement in PAWS. The application can be found online. The Center for International Education wants international students to know that they are welcome to visit their office anytime if they have any questions – and that goes for all of the Baylor family. “We are open to creating new programs,” Morrison said. “If students or faculty have programs they are interested in or relationships they would like to see developed, they are free to stop by.”
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continuation of international recruitment. Another cause for the increase is Baylor’s involvement in the USSino Pathway Program. The USPP is a program developed by Kaplan to provide a way for achieving students in China to be guaranteed admission into an American university. “We have engaged with three other universities – the University of Utah, the University of Vermont and Northeastern University in Boston – in the USPP,” Randy Benson, assistant director of the Center for International Education, said. “The foundation of this program is in China. We will be getting another 41 students through the program this fall.” Students involved in the USPP spend one year at one of the study centers in China with about 15 other students. They study English and substitive programs to build up their college credit hours. After one year, those students spend their summer in the Bridge Program at Northeastern University to polish their English and receive sufficient hours to transfer as a sophomore to the college of their choice in the fall. “It is unbelievable how popular and appealing Baylor was [to international students] in comparison to other universities – Baylor stands on its own,” Morrison said. “How-
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Kyusyu, Japan, senior Shinichi Nonaka; Saigon, Veitnam freshman Hanh Nguyen; and El Paso freshman Jennifer Betancourt gather for the CIE Volunteer and International Student Appreciation Dinner on Wednesday, at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. This year marks Baylor’s highest number of incoming international students.
ever, not all of the international students who want to come to study at Baylor will be able to come, due to requirements.” There are many obstacles that students living overseas face in order to study in the U.S. “When international students get accepted to Baylor, their work just begins,” Alexine Burke, international student adviser, said. Burke said international stu-
dents have to meet the same requirements for admission as all Baylor students, but they also have to provide numerous forms and documentation proving they are financially capable of meeting all of the expenses they are expected to face for one year as a Baylor student - approximately $43,000. But the journey doesn’t end with documentation. “Once they provide all the
forms, then we issue documents and mail them to their home countries, and they apply for an F-1 student visa,” Treva Hall, Student and Exchange Visitor Information System coordinator, said. “But then they have to have an interview with their local embassy to determine if they will receive a visa.” Depending on the embassy, there are different issues that visa officers look for when students ap-
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university and help the university.” The newly appointed members of the leadership team include Davis; Dr. Dennis Prescott, taking on the new role of vice president and special adviser to the president for advancement; and Kathy Wills Wright, filling the new role of senior vice president for strategic initiatives and partnerships. Each member was appointed by Starr. Although it was suggested by some that a nationwide search should take place to find a new provost, Starr said he felt that choosing one of Baylor’s own would help the university to move forward more quickly. “It became clear to me that there was a very keen interest on the part of our faculty and others in the community for stability and certainty,” Starr said. “After all, a national search would take many months, [and] the result might very well be that one year from now Dr. Elizabeth Davis would be named the next provost were she willing to be considered, so this was part of my interest in moving forward in a very solid, strong direction as quickly as possible. I’m impatient.” Prescott’s new role was created to aid the president in raising resources.
“I need all the help I can get,” Starr said. “I have never had the responsibility of organizing a capital campaign and I was not eager frankly to go out and hire an expensive consulting firm when I felt we had the expertise right here in our own back yard. I think he [Prescott] is extremely well-positioned to help me daily come to be as efficient as I can in getting my arms around the entire process of raising the resources for the university.” In her capacity as senior vice president for strategic initiatives and partnerships, Wright will focus on building far-reaching relationships and strategic partnerships. “She has operated for a long time at the national level and will be able to introduce us both to individuals and organizations that we can partner with and who I’m confident will come alongside Baylor University and help Baylor in a very significant way,” Starr said. Although Starr plans to involve the leadership team in working to increase the endowment, he said the increase to $2 billion would be one Baylor 2012 goal that would be difficult to achieve. “The imperative of reaching the $2 billion endowment will be diffi-
cult,” Starr said, “but other dimensions of 2012 I believe have been very significantly and substantially reached, and great progress has been made with respect to all the imperatives except the endowment— there we have languished.” Dr. Reagan Ramsower, vice president for finance and administration, said the university is behind in reaching the endowment goal because fewer gifts have been given to the university than were anticipated, and because the economic recession has stunted endowment growth across the board. “It was an aggressive goal that anticipated a number of large gifts, and in fact we did announce a large gift in the spring,” Ramsower said. “And then I think the other [reason] is just the overall market condition of the last years. Nobody’s endowment has had correct growth since the recession.” Starr said to further Baylor 2012 this year, there would be “intentionality with respect to our Christian commitment and the integration of faith and learning.” Dr. Burt Burleson, university chaplain, said one change that is being made in the hopes of integrating ongoing campus life with spiritual life is the creation of a daily vespers service. The 20-min-
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The project began in June, and Karl McNair, director of Real Estate Services, expects the grass and irrigation system to be in place by today. A fence built along the parameter of the area is also expected by early winter. The final cost of the project, including the demolition and construction, is approximately $500,000. The demolition of Ivy Square has been widely applauded by faculty and students, Frank said. As part of Imperative VIII of the Baylor 2012 vision to “construct useful and aesthetically pleasing physical spaces,” the demolition and construction will allow drivers on I-35 to see the beauty of Baylor without obstruction. Although the majority of Baylor is pleased with the change, George W. Truett Theological
ute service in the spiritual life center chapel will incorporate prayer, scripture and singing. The service can replace chapel for upperclassmen or make up for underclassmen’s missed chapel sessions. Burleson said he was also encouraged by Starr’s actions early on. “What was really encouraging to me was that right off the bat he invited me to his office, and for me, as busy as he was, that was his way of saying ‘this is going to be very, very important to me,’” Burleson said. “I think there’s a spirit of wanting to become aware of Baylor’s tradition here, and those connections to Baptist life.” Additionally, Starr said he hopes to see continued increases in the strength of the science departments through “intentionality with respect to deepening and increasing the range of our research agendas” and also continued increases in the strength of the Honors College, which attracts students from across the nation. Sustainability efforts will also continue as a part of Baylor 2012. These efforts will include the continued use of LEED certified construction as buildings are built or
Seminary students and faculty have raised some concerns over parking since Ivy Square served as overflow parking for the seminary students. “The main resistance is the Truett parking,” McNair said. “Whenever parking is taken away, we will receive some resistance.” Matt Penney, director of Parking and Transportation Services, offers a parking solution to affected students: “We’re working with Truett Seminary to find ways to alleviate parking congestion in that quadrant of campus,” Penney said. “One of the things we will be running this fall is a new university shuttle route.” Starting today, the Baylor shuttle will run the Silver Route directly to and from the Ferrell Center and the seminary. Parking at the Ferrell Center is free, and the shut-
tle will run Monday through Friday, every 10 minutes, from 7:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. “We’re pleased that the school has designed the new silver line for the seminary,” Dr. Dennis Tucker, associate professor and associate dean of George W. Truett Theological Seminary, said. “Every student I’ve spoken with is excited; I think they’re OK about it. There was some concern initially, but I think most of the students have realized that this is what it means to be part of a large university.” Penney said he is looking forward to a more beautiful campus, and he thinks the new shuttle route will provide a great solution for the limited parking. “We’re about to make an impression on hundreds of thousands of people on I-35 daily,” he said.
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remodeled, the addition of green spaces on campus and continued energy and water conservation, said Smith Getterman, sustainability coordinator. Getterman said he hopes to see Starr continue on the same track of supporting the sustainability program as former interim president Dr. David Garland . “We’ve had a lot of interaction and he [Starr] knows a lot about what’s going on in our program,” Getterman said. “He’s a great champion of what we’re doing.” In working to meet the Baylor 2012 goals and planning for the university’s future beyond 2012, Leeper said the leadership team hopes to gain input from others within the Baylor family. “I think we are going to do a lot of listening,” Leeper said. “I think there is a real commitment to having broad participation and thinking about what the next big plan is. I don’t think any of us on the Executive Council would pretend that we have all the answers or the best answers. “So we really want to hear from faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends; and based on all of that input sit down and put together something that lays out a real roadmap for the university.”
The TABC is now in negotiations with Mynar’s Bar about the administrative sanctions the establishment will face from the commission, Sgt. Victor Kuykendoll said in an interview with The Lariat. Kuykendoll said the TABC has made a field recommendation of sanctions that should be imposed on Mynar’s Bar. The substance of the proposed sanctions is not available because of ongoing negotiations. Kuykendoll works at the TABC Waco district office and deals with possible code violations such as underage drinking, illegal purchase and illegal supplying of alcohol for 17 Texas counties. He said the case investigation of the events surrounding Helal’s death is closed unless additional complaints of illegal activity during that time frame surface. Baylor Police Chief Jim Doak said the events surrounding Helal’s death were unfortunate and that Baylor Police will continue to be available and “help how we can.” “We are not doing anything differently,” Doak said. “We are saddened by the events that took place and we are going to continue our work to help.” Staff writer Jade Mardirosian contributed to this story.
force. “It is not designed to be a negative activity, but rather a very positive look at what can be done to improve the university and advance the university and make these various areas more effective,” Davis said. Starr said one motive for creating the task force is to learn about Baylor issues from those experienced with Baylor. “I, as a newcomer, new to the Baylor family, just needed, frankly, the wisdom of those who knew this university literally for decades,” Starr said. “And then could say, with great efficiency, here are 10 or 15 things that could be done.” Davis believes the task force could be very helpful to a new president at Baylor. “I just feel that President Starr is doing a good job talking to people and learning about the university
and really doing the research that needs to be done for his learning and broad view of the institution,” Davis said. “I feel like he is doing a really good job of that and I think [the task force] is just one means out of many that he is using to get to know Baylor and all of her constituencies.” The 11-member task force includes members from the Baylor faculty and family, but students were not included. “Student voices are going to be very important,” Starr said. “I felt that because this was a summer project, and a very intense project, that I was going to have to rely on those who had the vantage point of vast experience and the ability to be focused on this over the summer. I think this would have been an imposition to ask students.” The other co-chair of the task force is former Regent Joseph B. Armes.
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about some things they would like to see initiated by Baylor that would advance the university.” The task force is set to provide recommendations for improvement in early September, before Starr’s inauguration Sept. 17. “We will then bring those recommendations to the Executive Council, the EC, at the next regular meeting and begin the process of evaluating and assessing the recommendations,” Starr said. “We then will be focused, in a more public way, on the next phase. So this is the first time that we have talked about this outside of the board of regents. The task force is aware that their work will promptly help inform the strategic planning process.” Wright said all of the areas being addressed have a sense of urgency, and all subjects are being studied carefully by the members of the task
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And Then There Were 10 Realignment Rewind
How Baylor’s conference nearly perished
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President Ken Starr talks with students during the President’s Picnic Thursday, August 19, 2010, in the Burleson Quadrangle. After almost seeing the Big 12 disintegrate this summer, Starr has encouraged support of the athletic program through public speaking and e-mails to the Baylor family.
Mid-May: Sources believe the Big Ten will invite Nebraska and Missouri.
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June 3: Orangebloods.com reports the Pac10 is ready to invite Texas and a “number of Big 12 schools.”
Nebraska, Colorado leave conference while Baylor remains
June 4: President Ken Starr e-mails “members of the Baylor family,” voicing Big 12 support. June 6: The Baylor Proud team cites the Dallas Morning News, saying Baylor’s “stock is rapidly rising” as Pac 10 talk continues. June 10: Colorado joins the Pac 10. June 10: The Baylor Proud team e-mails faculty and students with ways to help promote Baylor’s reputation. June 10: Chet Edwards publishes his advising of Texas Legislature hearings regarding the Big 12’s possible end. June 12: Nebraska signs on with the Big Ten. June 15: Texas elects to remain a Big 12 member, as do the other suspected Pac 10 invitees.
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What started as speculation and found its way to Baylor students and staff through numerous e-mails finally came to a resting point in mid-June. Though Colorado and Nebraska will leave the Big 12 within the next one to two years, the 10 remaining Big 12 teams have agreed to stay together as a conference, much to the content of Baylor administration. “The factors that we can control have to do with our culture, our culture supporting all of our athletic teams. We have a tremendously successful athletic program and our student athletes at every turn fill us with great pride,” president Ken Starr said in an interview with the Lariat. Until Texas’ decision, an exodus of six Big 12 teams to the Pac 10 seemed imminent, enough so for ESPN.com’s Joe Schad to report that statement in an article backed by four anonymous sources. No formal, written agreement has been drafted or signed to legally bind the
remaining teams for any period of time. But once Texas, whom many believed would be the catalyst for the Big 12’s extinction, decided to stay, Starr and much of the Baylor community took a collective sigh of relief. Rumors, which included a May 10 Kansas City Star article, began swirling about Nebraska and Missouri receiving offers from the Big Ten, who was seeking financial opportunity and at least a 12th team to meet the NCAA’s requirement for a football conference championship game. Adding to the plot was the Pac 10, as numerous media outlets like ESPN.com and Orangebloods.com speculated the conference would invite six Big 12 teams following Nebraska’s departure. The day after Orangebloods.com published that report, Starr e-mailed “Members of the Baylor Family” regarding the situation. “(Baylor athletics director Ian McCaw) and I have made our case clear: Baylor emphatically supports the Big 12 Conference and wants to see it prosper,” the e-mail read. But at the time, the Big 12 looked all but finished, and Baylor began its campaign
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No. 10 quarterback Robert Griffin and No. 11 quarterback Nick Florence talk between plays at the Allison Indoor Facility. It appears both will finish their careers playing in a major conference.
for a Pac 10 invitation that included a new website dedicated to highlighting Baylor’s strengths. The Texas Legislature also involved itself in Baylor’s attempts to earn a Pac 10 invitation. “If you’re going to have an exported commodity involved in this, do you think we’re going to allow a school
from outside the state of Texas to replace one of our schools in the Big 12 South?” said an unnamed, high-ranking Texas Legislature member to Orangebloods.com. Colorado officially joined the Pac 10 on June 10. Among the Big 12 teams left, all rumors and analysis pointed to five teams - Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State
and Missouri - being left to find other conferences as the Big 12 permanently split and the other six aforementioned teams bound for the Pac 10. That same day Starr responded via another e-mail to faculty and students, noting some Texas Legislature members were still fighting to keep the Big 12 alive. SEE
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Rejuvenated backfield runs around, through opponents Finley, Salubi, Ganaway give Briles options on every down By Matt Larsen Sports editor
Three backs, two running styles, one goal: move the chains or find the end zone, whichever comes first. Rounding out the bottom of the conference in total first downs last season and scoring only eight times amongst three backs, Baylor looks for a more productive ground attack from its three running backs this season. “We’ve got guys that can play. What we have to do is make sure we put them in a position to be
successful,” coach Art Briles said. Briles added that the running game is not a cause for concern. Eyes look first in the direction of Corsicana senior Jay Finley, who two years ago led the team with 865 yards rushing off 149 carries and seven touchdowns. The 5-foot-11,205-pound tailback looks to run past and around tacklers more than over them in his search for the end zone, but last season he found his ability limited by a high ankle sprain that he thinks is buried in the past. “It’s a little frustrating because I’d like to do more, but it’s healing. It’s on time,” Finley said. If Finley can’t find his groove,
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the Bears have another option in sophomore Jarred Salubi. The Waco native picked up 298 yards off 50 carries as a redshirt freshman last year and has an elusive running style similar to Finley. Currently listed as No. 1 on the depth chart at halfback, the Bears will need Salubi to develop into a consistent threat to help keep opposing defenses from locking in on quarterback Robert Griffin. “Being my first year, I was kind of nervous in some games. I was just trying to see where my comfort level was. Hopefully this year I’ll show a lot more poise,” Salubi said. Salubi does have the ability to pick up yards, especially on the outside, as he averaged 6.0 yards per carry last year. The trick will
be making sure those six yards result in the Bears moving the chains. With the return of Griffin as a second threat in the backfield to scramble for first downs, Salubi and Griffin could pose a nice tag-team effort on the ground. However, that would be forgetting BU’s third force at tailback, Dekalb junior Terrance Ganaway. The short-yardage specialist loves to run people over, and he did so to find the score five times in 2009. The only fine print on those five TDs was three of them coming on Ganaway’s career high, three-touchdown performance against Northwestern State. The Bears will be looking for more consistent numbers out of
Ganaway as well as a demonstration of his ability to pick up first downs on “third-and-short” situations.
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Baylor was second to last in the Big 12 in total third down conversions, succeeding only 60 times out of 167 attempts for a 35.9 percentage. “I’m not working like I’m fourth string or third string.
I’m working like I’m a starter,” Ganaway said. “I think that’s the biggest thing, to be confident in who you are.” Though overshadowed by the loss of Griffin, Finley’s ankle injury had a significant impact on the Bears running game in 2009 as it put a question mark at a position that had previously seemed locked up. In the long run, though, it opened the door for younger backs to have a go against Big 12 defenses for the first time. If Sept. 4 finds Finley ready to run, the fifth-year back will have the support of his coach. Now he must lead the trio of tailbacks to provide a ground attack that finds orange first down markers and orange pylons almost at will.
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Offense welcomes back Griffin, Finley; revived unit ready for 2010 By Chris Derrett Sports Editor
string offense in fall camp and could see playing time this season.
After welcoming head coach Art Briles in 2008, fans waited to see his offense meld the next year with break-out quarterback Robert Griffin III leading the way and a stable of running backs, led by then junior Jay Finley, sharing the load. The dreams shattered quickly as Finley suffered what proved to be a nagging ankle injury in Baylor’s loss to Connecticut and Griffin tore his ACL the next week. Briles called on quarterbacks Blake Szymanski and Nick Florence, who ran the offense in Briles’ second consecutive 4-8 campaign. Meanwhile rushing went from third in Big 12 in 2008 to last place with 2.0 yards per carry. Returning both experience and health to the offensive side in 2010, Briles has all he could ask for as the team strives toward the university’s first bowl game in 16 years. “I really think, without a doubt, it will be the most complete team we’ve put on the field since I’ve been here,” Briles said.
Offensive Line Last year, left tackle Danny Watkins shared a room with center J.D. Walton and right guard James Barnard, watching how both seniors led the offensive line on and off the field. Watkins’ role has reversed, as he is now the line’s lone senior. Two years removed from junior college football at Butte (Calif.) College, Watkins has little time to lament over the departures. “I try to share my experience with the (younger guys),” Watkins said. “(We) have to pick it up; (we) don’t have an option.” The Canadian former fireman says he has gained some valuable knowledge and wisdom from being around Barnard and the NFL-bound Walton. “Danny’s proven. Danny’s not a concern; he’s definitely a plus,” Briles said. Junior Philip Blake hopes his performances are as identical to Walton as his 6-foot-3, 305-pound stature. The new center started all the Bears’ games at right tackle last year and moved to center last spring. Sophomore Cameron Kaufhold and junior John Jones landed the starting guard spots, and sophomore Ivory Wade lines up opposite Watkins at right tackle. Other first-year players, Cyril Richardson and Navarro College transfer Robert T. Griffin, have taken reps with the first
Now up to 217 pounds, the speedy Griffin III returns after receiving a medical redshirt in 2010. The Copperas Cove product underwent ACL repair surgery and has made what Briles believes is a full recovery. “Everything he’s done since his injury has been a structured atmosphere. So in that structured atmosphere, he’s really in great shape,” Briles said at the Big 12’s media day in July. This season gives Griffin, named to the Davey O’Brien Trophy quarterback watch list, a chance to lead his team and silence questions that arose following his 2008 success. As teams no longer suffered from the element of surprise, analysts wondered if Griffin could sustain his rushing threat to the same degree that hurt teams during his freshman year. In Baylor’s first innersquad scrimmage, Griffin had a chance to show the general public that he has not lost any running or cutting ability. Despite still sporting a knee brace and a red, non-contact jersey, he made several jukes on a few snaps before the whistles blew the plays dead. Because he sat out the Bears’ spring game and has not seen live action since beating Northwestern State, the biggest test still remains for the signal caller. “Football’s football; you’re going to get hit. I never want to shy away from getting hit. Just like I did my freshman year, my first full season, I’ll go out there and play fearless like I always have,” Griffin said. At No.2 on the depth chart stands Florence, whose 62 percent pass completion rate was good for fifth in the conference. Both he and Griffin have sophomore eligibility, which could create more options against future opponents. Running Backs Comparing 2009’s team rushing output at 1,207 yards and 2008’s effort totaling 2,345, the ground game left much to be desired. Three running backs take the bulk this year, each with a distinctive style Briles can use at his disposal. Like his quarterback, Jay Finley approached 2009 with excitement only to lose his health early in the season. His 79 carries, though a team high, were down from 149 in 2008.
He says the ankle pain has subsided, and among other things, conditioning the ankle has taken priority. With his starting job sealed, Finley has used the offseason and fall camp to slowly regain his burst and prime running form. “When I’m running out there, I can tell I have another gear, but I really can’t use it right now,” Finley said. “I can cut pretty good right now.” Finley is not alone, either. Junior Terrance Ganaway will also receive rushes from the tailback position, while thirdyear sophomore Jarred Salubi took the No. 1 slot at halfback following spring football. The two give the running game a nice onetwo punch. Ganaway’s 6-foot, 240-pound frame pounds the ball downhill, which helped him toward five touchdowns last season. Salubi measures 2 inches and 50 pounds fewer, making life difficult for opponents trying to tackle the agile Waco High graduate. A flexible back, Salubi also caught 19 passes for 153 yards. “We’re not concerned with the running game. We know we can be productive, run the football when the situation presents itself, so that’s not an issue,” Briles said. “We’ve got good people up front, good schemes, good running backs.” Receivers Graduation took 44 percent of the Bears’ receiving yards between 2009 and 2010. Bidding farewell to two wide receivers and a tight end, though, Kendall Wright and the receiving corps gladly accept the challenge. “Besides his parents and coaches, I was one of the people that was hurt just like him,” Wright said of Griffin, his original quarterback. “It’s like we’ve never lost anything. It’s the same out there with us.” Wright has led his team for the past two seasons in receiving, creating space after catches and eluding defenders for crowdpleasing gains. As a quarterback-receiver duo, Griffin and he make two hard-tocatch, harder-to-tackle targets. The Bears have two new starters at wideout. In David Gettis and Ernest Smith’s absence, Lanear Sampson and Terrance Williams look to provide the deep threats incorporated into Baylor’s spread offense. What the sophomore wide receivers lack in experience they recover in physical ability. Sampson, who caught 29 passes and two touchdowns last year, brings a 4.34 40-
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No. 10 quarterback Robert Griffin warms up during practice Thursday inside the Allison Indoor Practice Facility. Griffin and the Bears kick off the season Saturday, Sept. 4 against Sam Houston State at Floyd Casey Stadium.
yard dash. Williams proved his quickness as a kick returner, especially once Mikail Baker’s torn ACL ended Baker’s season. “We do have a talented group of receivers and we’re really deep at that position,” Briles said at the innersquad scrimmage. “It’s going to be interesting to watch them throughout the season, because we’ve got a lot of guys that can make plays.” Tight end Justin Akers exhausted his eligibility last year and left a 6-foot-4, 255pound hole in the offense. Between Brad Taylor, Jerod Monk and
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There is only one way for Baylor’s defense to go in 2010: up. At the end of the Bears’ 2009 season they stood last in conference rushing defense (186 yards per game) and eighth in pass defense (257 per game), and the team’s 31 points allowed per league game finished ahead of only Texas A&M and Kansas. As Robert Griffin and the offense work to keep their defensive teammates on the sidelines longer, new starters bring new abilities to the field when their numbers are called for key stops. With linebackers Joe Pawelek and Antonio Jones, safeties Jordan Lake and Jeremy Williams and multifaceted defensive lineman Jason Lamb graduated, improvement will rely on these fresh faces in addition to a few returners overtaking core leadership roles. Defensive Line Highly touted defensive lineman and Penn State transfer Phil Taylor, expected to lead the Bears with his disruptive blend of speed and strength, came away disappointed from his 2009 effort. He enters this year anchoring the line on a short leash. “I really - and rightfully so - really thought Phil would have an outstanding year,” coach Art Briles said. “So like I told him this year, we’re going to pass judgment after
six ball games.” Taylor failed to crack both the Big 12’s top 10 sacks and tackles for loss lists, managing 0.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. But Taylor says his new focus and physical conditioning should yield better 2010 results. “My weight was up to about 360 pounds during the season last year, but now I’m down to 335,” Taylor said. “It’s just making sacrifices. To make a team great, everybody has to make sacrifices.” Next to Taylor, Zac Scotton brings 11 career starts to the defensive end position. Scotton recorded 22 total tackles in 2009, and his 6-foot-6, 275-pound physique may allow a similar hybrid ability that made Lamb such a dynamic player last year. Junior Tracy Robertson takes the starting other defensive tackle spot. A Houston native, Robertson appeared in all 12 games last season, starting seven and matching Scotton’s tackle total. He moved from end to tackle during the offseason, saying he has gained the weight and knowledge needed to create trouble with Taylor. Gary Mason Jr. earned the remaining defensive end slot. Mason Jr. has never started a Baylor game, though Briles has lauded the Waxahachie sophomore’s physical ability and development. Linebackers For a brief time each year, the Baylor Bears’ athletics website fea-
tures an intro page highlighting a representative of the football team’s leadership. Last year it was middle linebacker Joe Pawelek; this year Antonio Johnson takes center stage commanding the linebacking corps. Johnson saw 12 starts as outside linebacker in 2009. He speed helped him to 77 total tackles. While critics may question Johnson’s guarantee of Baylor beating “Oklahoma and/or Texas,” few will contest his assessment of the Bears’ defense. “That’s a guarantee, that we have a lot more speed than we’ve had in the last couple of years,” Johnson said. “I think we’ve done a good job filling the holes.” Replacing Pawelek’s position is senior Chris Francis. Francis finished seventh in team tackles with 45 as a reserve linebacker and played each game last season. The 6-foot, 235-pound former Sporting News’ All-Big 12 freshman packs enough strength to squat more than 600 pounds and bench press 400. Elliot Coffey and Earl Patin, both of whom participated throughout 2009, will also share time as outside linebackers. Coffey holds the No. 1 spot on the post spring depth chart. In a league containing highoctane running backs from each team, Briles says his linebackers have no plans of being continuously gashed like last season. “We had to gain weight, get a little bigger, play a little more
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No. 98 defensive tackle Phil Taylor rushes No. 54 center Stefan Huber during practice Thursday at the practice field behind the Simpson Center.
physical, increase speed. We had the players and ability to do that, so there’s not going to be too much running on us this year,” Johnson said. Defensive Backs This year’s secondary may comprise both veterans and youth before the season is over. Given the injuries that occurred last year and Baylor’s depth, any of those players could make big plays for the Bears. As it stands, seniority rules. Seniors Tim Atchison and Byron Landor respectively share free safety and “hero,” or strong safety, duties. Fans may recall Atchison
from last year as he donned a clublike cast protecting an arm injury, while Landor racked up 46 total tackles. Atchison made his 42 total tackles from the cornerback position before switching to safety during spring football, a position he played his 2007 freshman season. Freshman Prince Kent is listed under Landor at “hero” and is the only true freshman to make the post spring depth chart on defense. Whether they were ready or not, cornerbacks Clifton Odom and Chance Casey were called upon to cover the Big 12’s best receivers in the wake of early season injuries. Odom likes what he has
seen from the defense as a whole between seasons. “We’ve worked so hard this summer, as far as getting better footwork, better breaks, building knowledge of the game. We’re more athletic and faster (than we’ve ever been) in my last four years,” Odom said. The sophomore Casey saw considerably more action after Antareis Bryan went down with a season-ending broken foot. Last spring Casey took fifth place as a 400-meter hurdler at the Big 12 track and field championships. Odom, broke up a team-high six passes and intercepted a pass against Nebraska.
Local product Johnson brings leadership, versatility to defensive side By Rachel Roach Sports Writer
Returning at linebacker for the Bears, senior Antonio Johnson has a leg up this season with his experience of 22 career starts. According to Baylor defensive coordinator Brian Norwood, Johnson’s attitude makes him a great benefit as a starter. “He’s going to work hard, and he’s going to make plays. He’s an aggressive player, a talent and skill set that needs to be on the field. He really does a nice job,” Norwood said. The third-year starting outside linebacker is one of the top returning tacklers for Baylor with 77, including 37 solo stops, in the 2009 season. Johnson’s defensive skills as an outside linebacker have been mod-
ified since his days as a defensive end at Waco High School, where he helped lead the team to a 13-3 record. “He was tenacious pass rusher, and he had uncanny ability to sack the quarterback,” said Johnny Tusa, Johnson’s high school coach. Tusa added that Johnson could have played many other positions with his speed, but he best fit the Lions at defensive end. Along with contributing to an impressive team record as a senior, Johnson earned the Waco TribuneHerald Super Centex Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 as well as the District 16-4A defensive MVP. “He came in with a natural ability but has really worked to play a lot of different defensive positions for us,” Norwood said. After being recruited and receiving offers from schools like
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No. 7 linebacker Antonio Johnson breaks through the offensive line during a special teams drill Thursday at the practice field behind the Simpson Center.
Kansas State, Johnson made a decision to stay near home and attend
Baylor University. It was a “decision that allowed
him to play in the Big 12 and stay home,” Tusa said. Since first playing for the Bears in 2007, Johnson has continued to improve each year. As a freshman Johnson totaled 16 tackles, increasing to 72 as a sophomore and 77 as a junior. Each year his total tackles for loss have gone up as well from .5 as a freshman, 5 for 15 yards as a sophomore to 6 for 24 yards as a junior. Not only has Johnson raised his tackles, but he has also grabbed two career interceptions, one being the 54-yard return in last year’s season finale versus Texas Tech. “The only way you can be confident is to be productive. (Johnson)’s been a productive player for a long time. When he talks, we listen, and everybody pays attention because he backs it up with play,” coach Art Briles said.
Johnson’s work-ethic and energy have contributed to his leading the team in a unique way. “I’ve been ready to take this on. I’ve been already considering myself a leader since I was starting as a sophomore. Now it’s a role that I love, just to be a part of the team, knowing they look up to me,” Johnson said. The hard-working senior has had a successful athletic career, and Norwood believes he has a bright future. In regards to the NFL, “He definitely has the potential for that,” Norwood said. “Right now his focus is to his team, getting things going and turned around for Baylor. If he’s able to keep progressing, opportunities are definitely still there–but like anything it’s finding the right fit, the right team,” Norwood said.
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Schedule presents challenges, winning opportunities By Matt Larsen Sports writer
With a healthy team in his third year at Baylor, head coach Art Briles leads his squad with plenty of chances to notch the six-win season that has eluded the university for 16 years. Sam Houston Baylor’s season opener Sept. 4 against Sam Houston State University should be the least of Coach Art Briles’ worries… should be. The Bearkats returned none of their top offensive producers, and head coach Willie Fritz enters his inaugural season. This NCAA Division I-AA squad appears to provide a less demanding start for the Bears after the last two season openers. Buffalo Kansas University coach Turner Gill took the Buffalo team from winning one game to winning the Mid-American Conference and the school’s first bowl game in just three seasons at the helm. The Bulls return 13 starters, 12 of whom are upperclassmen who remember the sweet taste of bowl victory and will want second helpings under new head coach Jeff Quinn. TCU
The Bears remain on the road Sept. 25 against the Rice University Owls. The Owls finished 2-10 last season but will look to a pair of backfield transfers in running back Sam McGuffie (Michigan) and quarterback Taylor Cook (Miami) on whom the Baylor defense should key. Kansas Three weeks after taking on Turner Gill’s former team, the Bears will open up conference against his current Kansas squad. Fresh off a disappointing 5-7 record in 2009, the Jayhawks will be looking for offensive playmakers and will look first to a duo of stout running backs: sixth-year senior Angus Quigley and sophomore Toben Opurum. It could take a while for the Jayhawks offense to get though, so facing them early in the season could play right into Baylor’s hands. Texas Tech Next, the Bears seek revenge against another team with a first-year coach, Tommy Tuberville’s Texas Tech. Tuberville has vowed to keep the runand-gun offense, but it’s tough to say just how similar the Raiders’ offense will look. Baylor’s defense will need to shut down senior running back Baron Batch as well as once again contain whichever gunslinger Tech has under center. If the Bear’s defense can hold the Raiders’ offense under three touchdowns again, the rejuvenated offense should be enough to notch a “W” this time around.
B ay lor ’s first away matchup Sept. 18 takes them up the road to Fort Worth to take on senior quarterback Andy Dalton’s explosive TCU squad that narrowly missed a chance to play for the national title in 2009. Dalton threw Colorado for 2,756 yards, notched 23 touchdowns last season and Andy Dalton A trip to Boulder, has plenty of dependable targets to throw to. Baylor’s young second- Colo., comes next as head coach ary will need to grow up in a hurry to Dan Hawkins looks to turn the program around after going 16-33 the handle this athletic receiving core. Robert Griffin will need his own past four seasons. Baylor’s new addireceivers to step up as well. TCU’s tions in the box should look to exploit defense has finished No. 1 in the nation an offensive line that gave up 44 sacks in fewest yards allowed per game for two last year, the most in the Big 12. However, Bears beware. Baylor basketball can straight years. attest after letting one slip last season that
wacky things can happen in Boulder. Kansas State
Kansas State University comes to Waco for Baylor’s homecoming Oct. 23, and it made noticeable strides last season, going 6-6, after head coach Bill Snyder reclaimed the reins. The Wildcats will rely on the ground game, putting the ball in the hands of All-Big 12 senior back Daniel Thomas. If the Bears can put a halt to Thomas and keep the homecoming crowd a factor for whichever inexperienced Wildcat quarterback is under center, Baylor should be celebrating more than just the parade this homecoming. Texas The second half of the conference season could pose more difficulty for the Bears, however. Traveling to Austin is never easy, and with Oklahoma and Nebrask a ea rl ier on in Texas’ schedule, the L onghorns Garrett Gilbert m o s t likely won’t be caught looking past the Bears. If Baylor wants an opportunity to surprise Mack Brown’s squad on a rebuilding year, though, this might be it. The Longhorns need an answer for the loss of dynamic duo Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley, and sophomore quarterback Garrett Gilbert has yet to prove hims e l f . Still, Baylor’s defense must account for more than just Gilbert to give its offense a chance to outscore Texas in this one. Oklahoma State The Bears then head north to Stillwater, Okla., looking to avenge a 34-7 homecoming loss to the Cowboys last year. The Cowboys, also on what looks to be a rebuilding year compared to the last two ninewin seasons, have a new offensive Brandon Wheedon
coordinator that makes it tough to predict what the run-pass balance will look like come November. A new quarterback in junior Brandon Wheedon will provide another question mark for the Cowboys offense that returns just five starters. Regardless of exactly how many touches he gets, though, senior running back Kendall Hunter, who was named an AllAmerican with 1,515 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore, will need to be stopped if the Bears want to snatch one from the Cowboys on the road. Texas A&M
Baylor football returns home for its final two contests. Texas A&M senior Jerrod Johnson is the closest match for Robert Griffin’s speed at the quarterback position in the conference and he can throw, which should make this matchup an intriguing one to watch. As if the fact that it’s a rivalry game and that the schools split the last two years were not enough, both teams need this win in order to establish legitimacy in the Big 12 South. Oklahoma The Bears have the opportunity to close the conference schedule with a bang unlike any other during the season. Oklahoma, forecast at No. 5 in the nation by Athlon, is picked to w in t he Big 12 and contend for the national cha mpionship. Time will tell if Landry Jones can grow into the Landry Jones massive shoes left behind for him by the No. 1 pick in last spring’s NFL draft, Sam Bradford. That remains an “if,” though, as Jones threw 14 interceptions as a redshirt freshman in the wake of Bradford’s injury. The Bears defensive line will need to be huge, though, pressuring Jones and containing senior running back DeMarco Murray, to derail the Sooners this late in the season.
2010 Schedule Sept. 4 - 6 p.m. vs. S.H. State
Sept. 11 - 6 p.m. vs. Buffalo
Sept. 18 - 3:30 p.m. at TCU
Sept. 25 - 7 p.m. at Rice
Oct. 2 - TBA vs. Kansas
Oct. 9 - TBA
vs. Texas Tech
Oct. 16 - TBA at Colorado
Oct. 23 - TBA
vs. Kansas State
Oct. 30 - TBA at Texas
Nov. 6 - TBA
at Oklahoma State
Nov. 13 - TBA vs. Texas A&M
Nov. 20 - TBA vs. Oklahoma Photos by Associated Press
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Clemens indicted, continues to deny steroid use By Pete Yost Associated Press
A federal grand jury’s indictment of pitching great Roger Clemens for allegedly lying to Congress about his use of steroids deals a further blow to baseball, reinforcing the game’s image as a sport where the use of performance enhancing drugs was widespread. The six-count indictment alleges that one of the most dominant pitchers of his era obstructed a congressional inquiry with 15 different statements made under oath, including denials that he had ever used steroids or human growth hormone. As he did when he testified to a House committee in 2008, the seven-time Cy Young winner denied using the substances again Thursday and said he will fight to clear his name. “I never took HGH or Steroids. And I did not lie to Congress,” Clemens said on Twitter. “I look forward to challenging the Governments accusations, and hope people will keep an open mind until trial. I appreciate all the support I have been getting. I am happy to finally have my day in court.” Clemens is just the latest superstar to be ensnared in baseball’s steroid scandal. All-time home run king Barry Bonds is scheduled to go on trial in March on charges of lying to a federal grand jury when he said he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs. Slugger Mark McGwire admitted earlier this year to using steroids. Clemens, who turned 48 this month, ranks ninth on the career list with 354 victories and was an 11-time All-Star. During a 23-year career that ended in 2007, he played for the Boston Red Sox, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees and the Houston Astros and struck out 4,672 with a lifetime 3.12 ERA. The rampant use of performance-enhancing drugs in the 1990s and early 2000s has been one of baseball’s worst scandals. The indictments against Clemens raise new questions about whether the superstar will ever be enshrined in the sport’s Hall of Fame — and might instead spend time in prison. Clemens also used his lawyer Thursday to insist that he was telling the truth. “Roger is looking forward to his day in court,” the athlete’s
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Rep. Chet Edwards, Starr referenced, lobbied for public hearings regarding the impact of a possible Big 12 disbandment, as did state representative Jim Dunnam. “Long-term decisions about the future of our state’s universities and their respective cities should be made in public,” Edwards said in a website release published June 10. Nebraska officially made its move June 12. To many it marked the Big 12’s termination, but Texas had other ideas. As soon as the Longhorns elected to remain in the Big 12, other potential Pac 10 transfers followed suit. Reasons for Texas’ decision may have included the possibility of its own television network and the $20 million the school will earn under the conference’s current Fox and ESPN television deals. Oklahoma and Texas A&M also get $20 million annually, while the other schools earn between $14 million and $17 million as ESPN.com reported. Baylor earned between $7 million and $10 million last year. With the dust settled, head coach Art Briles has been focused on the same thing all along. “It’s my job to get Baylor out there and make them a force in this league that we’re in and do whatever is in my power to at least get us bowl eligible,” said Briles. “So that’s really where all my time and energy is at.” Starr now encourages the Baylor family to back its teams and show the country that Baylor can compete in terms of fan support. “The ties are very deep, and now we need 40,000 plus people in the stands, every week,” Starr told The Lariat. “I would love for us to move to selling out. I would like for folks to be saying, ‘Oh my goodness, I didn’t order my tickets soon enough.”
lawyer, Rusty Hardin, told a news conference. “He is happy this has finally happened. We have known for some time this was going to happen. We’ll let everything get taken care of in court.” Hardin said federal prosecutors made Clemens a plea offer but he rejected it. Hardin declined to comment on details of the proposed plea deal — which ordinarily involves admitting to a crime while avoiding the scenario of a multiple-count indictment as happened in the Clemens case. Clemens’ case was assigned to U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, who presided over the perjury and obstruction trial of Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. No
date was set for Clemens’ initial court appearance. The former pitcher faces a combined maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine if convicted on all charges. However, under U.S. sentencing guidelines, he would probably face no more than 15 to 21 months in prison. Hardin said that although many have argued that Clemens should simply admit he took steroids, “the problem is nobody ever talks about what he should have done if he didn’t do it.” “And he didn’t do it and he’s adamant about that and always has been. Today is just another continuing part of that saga,” Hardin said.
Clemens had been prominently mentioned in the Mitchell Report, Major League Baseball’s own accounting of its steroid problem, and he went to Capitol Hill on his own to clear his name in 2008. “Let me be clear,” he told lawmakers. “I have never taken steroids or HGH.” What once seemed to be a hesaid vs. he-said dispute between Clemens and his former trainer, Brian McNamee, once the New York Yankees’ strength and conditioning coach, escalated into a federal case. Clemens and McNamee testified under oath at the 2008 hearing before a House committee and contradicted each other about whether the pitcher had used
PEDs. The grand jury heard testimony from McNamee, who gave federal authorities syringes he said were used to inject Clemens with drugs. McNamee has said he injected Clemens more than a dozen times with steroids and HGH from 1998 to 2001. Clemens says McNamee was lying. “As far as we’re concerned, it’s vindication,” Earl Ward, one of McNamee’s attorneys, said of the indictment. Clemens was singled out by name 82 times in the 409-page report, compiled by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell and released in December 2007. Much of the information on Clemens came from McNamee.
Former MVP Jose Canseco, who has admitted his own steroid use and accused others, was the most-mentioned player in the Mitchell Report with 105 references. “I am saddened to hear of the indictment of my friend and former teammate, Roger Clemens,” Canseco said in a statement through his attorney. “I am not aware of any use of steroids by Roger.” Major League Baseball did not comment on the indictment.
AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker and AP Sports Writers Mike Fitzpatrick, Ronald Blum and Beth Harris contributed to this report.
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Cowboys OK with 2 backups blocking for Romo By The Associated Press
OXNARD, Calif. — On the opening drive of their last preseason game, the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive line missed enough blocks to get Tony Romo sacked three times. Now the Cowboys are about to face a San Diego defense that just blitzed Chicago so often and so well that the Bears pulled starter Jay Cutler earlier than they’d planned. And Dallas will play the Chargers on Saturday night with two backups starting on the offensive line. “I stayed up all night and worried about Romo,” coach Wade Phillips said. “But I think he’ll be all right playing behind a makeshift offensive line.” He was being sarcastic. Very. Phillips said Friday that he expects to use his starters for “pretty close to a half ” against the Chargers. That includes Montrae Holland at left guard and newbie Robert Brewster at right tackle. And Romo at quarterback. “Romo needs to get ready to play,” Phillips said. “He doesn’t
need to sit out the whole preseason. Neither one of those (starting linemen) is going to be back in the preseason so the theory of don’t put him in there because those two guys are gone, well, then he doesn’t play. He just sits out. That’s the silly part to me.” Kyle Kosier and Marc Colombo were lost this week to knee injuries. Colombo had arthroscopic surgery and is expected back within two weeks; certainly by the season opener. Kosier doesn’t need surgery but could miss up to the first three games. With neither starter back this preseason, Dallas has little choice but to plug in the replacements and hope for the best. The Cowboys certainly need the work. They haven’t scored a touchdown in either of their preseason games. The starters have played only 32 snaps, mounting several good drives but failing to finish them. Of course, there’s a fine line between the benefit of live action and the risk of losing Romo to injury. So the Cowboys will take precautions. Romo will have fewer sevenstep drops, more handoffs and an
extra tight end or fullback helping Brewster on the right side when they do pass. Sure, that means they won’t get a true test of their offense, but Dallas wasn’t planning to dig deep into the playbook anyway. Phillips said how long the starters stay in will depend on how they’re doing. The better they play, the quicker they can have the night off. Romo’s health will be considered, too, if the Chargers are finding their way to him with ease. The Cowboys have allowed 11 sacks this preseason. Holland hasn’t played because of a hamstring, but he should be OK considering he’s made 48 career starts and played 74 games. Brewster is essentially a rookie because he was injured all of last season, his first. Rookie linebacker Sean Lee and rookie safety Akwasi OwusuAnsah are expected to make their preseason debuts. Owusu-Ansah also will be the primary returner on punts and kickoffs. “I think it’ll be important to see both of them,” Phillips said. Tight end Martellus Bennett also is expected to play for the first time this summer.
Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Doug Free, right, blocks against offensive tackle Will Barker (73) during drills at the NFL football team’s training camp Wednesday, July 28, 2010, in San Antonio.
Kempf ascending through minor leagues By Rachel Roach Sports writer
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Willie Kempf tosses a pitch for the Class-A Rome Braves. In his Aug. 18 start at Charleston, Kempf held the RiverDogs scoreless in 5.0 innings while striking out eight batters and allowing only two hits.
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Recent Baylor graduate from Castroville Willie Kempf has been doing big things while pursuing his career in professional baseball. The Atlanta Braves drafted Kempf in the 27th round last June. He began pitching for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Braves June 21, and was quickly promoted to the rookie-level Danville Braves after pitching three games for a total of 11 innings with no earned runs. “He needed to be challenged more at a higher level,” said Derek Lewis, Danville pitching coach. While pitching for the Danville for five games and producing a 1.91 ERA, Kempf was promoted again on July 31, and he now plays for the Class-A Rome Braves. “It’s been an incredible ride so far. This is the third team [the Rome Braves] I’ve been to in the last month and a half; just as I learn
everybody’s names I move,” Kempf said laughing. “It’s been fun and great experience so far and I love everything about it.” Kempf has been a productive and stand-out pitcher for most of his career. He has a 6-2 record, 1.94 ERA, and a 0.88 WHIP in 60.1 innings between the GCL Braves, Danville and Rome. However, this isn’t the first time Kempf has been turning heads with his pitching ability. While playing for the Bears last season the right-handed pitcher earned a 9-2 record, 3.02 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 83.1 innings. The three-year letterman and two-year team captain was a benefit to the Bears and a comforting talent while participating in the NCAA tournament last June. Kempf ’ says he tries to “go as hard as you can go all the time, [and] work hard for everything you want to do, [because] if not there’s someone out there working
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harder.” That work ethic has not only played a role in his success as a player, but in his motivation to be a role model for others. Kempf viewed his experience as a Baylor captain and starter as a fond one, stating, “That was something I loved. I remember when I came in, looking up to the older guys thinking how much I respected them and how much they meant to me, and then growing into that role was something that was very special for me.” Kempf hopes to continue to encourage and support his fellow teammates in the professional league as well. Even though “professional baseball is a lot different,” Kempf says. “I plan on going about my business the right way” and “just helping guys out whenever I can.” Baylor baseball coach Steve Smith had only good things to say about Kempf. “He’s just a good
model,” Smith said. “We were fortunate to have Willie for four years, and when you get a guy back like that its really something hard to put a value on.” Looking back at Kempf ’s collegiate statistics and comparing them to his recent output with the minor league teams, one thing is consistent: his ability to maintain a low ERA. Having a low ERA is critical for pitchers and their success, and it has no doubt benefitted Kempf and his teams. “He showed up well schooled. He was very intelligent about his plans. He came with a game-plan (he brought) from college,” Lewis said. It has been a whirlwind experience for Kempf thus far, but he stays appreciative for the opportunity. “It’s a dream come true for me. It’s something I’ve worked hard to achieve,” Kempf said.
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Student actors shine in ‘Dani Girl’ By Lela Atwood
A 9-year old girl hauntingly sits on her hospital bed singing requiems to a bunny who she said died from disease. Dani, played by theater performance major Rachel Brown of Keller, has leukemia and wants to believe with all her might that she will conquer the disease.
THEATER REVIEW Then her hair falls out and she is forced to question “Why cancer?” with the help of her imaginary friend and guardian angel, played by Matt Tolbert, a Rowlett senior. When Marty, played by Huntsville junior Joshua Gonzales, becomes her roommate, they set off to explore the why bad things happen and come face-to-face with the personification of cancer itself. “Dani Girl” was directed by Kelsey Ervi, a Waco senior, and performed by the Greyman Theatre Co. with support from the Wacoan. The independent, student-run theater company gave three per-
formances on Aug. 13, 14, and 15 in Theater 11, a small auditorium nestled in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts building. Somehow, the smaller theater brought an especially close connection between the audience and the performers. All seats were close enough for the audience to read the actors’ eyes and see their tears. I found the play stunning. It brought up questions about God’s role and why tragedies like childhood leukemia exist, but left the audience to come up with their own answers. Mature beyond the years of her short but challenging life, Dani asks her mother, “What is the difference between believing and make-believing? They both make you feel better.” The characters seemed so genuine in their questions, and the mother’s cries are especially moving as her world falls apart. I left the production with a rock in my throat as I forced myself to hold back tears. I was not the only one. Sniffing could be heard throughout the audience, and the director was kind to disperse Kleenex to the teary-eyed.
No one could bear to see Dani suffer as she cradled her teddy bear in her lap. A mother sitting in front of me clutched her daughter, who had a stuffed animal strangely identical to Dani’s. During a question-and-answer session the actors held after show, some of the audience members expressed concern about some of the scenes in the play. Several strong words are also used in some of the more intense scenes, which I found understandable due to the nature of the situation. Even though the main character is a young child, the fliers distributed around Baylor’s campus stated that the play was for audiences 12 and up. The Greyman Theatre Co. was created this year by Baylor students under the leadership of artistic producer Matt Tolbert and managing producer Joshua Gonzales. Its purpose is to perform modern plays and to give new writers the chance to see their works come to life. Seamless and professional in their work, a performance by this group is not to be missed. Grade: A
Salsa festival heats up H.O.T. fair complex on Saturday evening By Jenna DeWitt Arts & entertainment editor The Heart O’ Texas Fair Complex is getting spicy this weekend with a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation and the Heart O’ Texas Scholarship Fund. The 15th annual Margarita and Salsa Festival will feature salsa and guacamole competitions as well as live music by Texas Renegade, Wade Bowen, Eli Young Band and Randy Rogers Band. Around 7,000 to 10,000 are expected to attend from across Texas and Oklahoma. “It is our biggest event,” said Rachel Martinez from the Arthritis Foundation. “We started in the parking lot of Crickets. It has developed into a huge event for
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Waco.” Martinez said the foundation is particularly concerned with the issues that arise with childhood arthritis. According to the foundation, there are more than 300,000 children affected by the condition. “There are only 200 pediatric rheumatologists nationwide. The closest is in Dallas or Austin. Some have to travel to a different state,” Martinez said. Proceeds from the event are split between the foundation and the Heart O’ Texas Scholar-
ship Fund. Event organizers said each organization receives about $80,000 to $120,000 from the event. Martinez urges those interested to arrive early, as the salsa goes fast, “usually an hour to an hour and half after the doors open”. General admission tickets are $27 through Ticketmaster at www. ticketmaster.com or the box office at the fair (254-776-1660) until midnight Friday, and will cost $32 at the door. Parking will cost $5. The doors will open at 5 p.m. and the music starts at 6 p.m. V.I.P. tickets are also available for $150. The V.I.P. section will be Caribbean-themed, including Caribbean food. It will also feature an additional band, Kristen Kelley and the Modern Day Drifters.
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Interested in being an Uproar artist? -Visit the Uproar website (www.uproarrecords.com) or the Student Productions website (www.baylor.edu/ studentproductions) to register for the Uproar Network -Submit an audition request by signing up in the campus programs office or e-mailing Taylor Pfeiffer at Taylor_Pfeiffer@baylor.edu -Audition on Sept. 25 or 26. New artists will be announced Oct. 1
Uproar artist David Dulcie and his band will be at Wac’d Out, a concert on Sunday for Waco college students.
Uproar prepares for future By Jenna DeWitt
Arts & entertainment editor Throughout college, students take their dreams and turn them into careers, whether they are planning on becoming social workers, educators, lawyers, accountants or even rock stars — at least for musicians performing with Uproar Records. Uproar is Baylor’s recording label run by and for students. The organization gives both aspiring artists and music and entertainment marketing majors a place to practice their future careers. This experience is not just the kiddie version of the recording industry. According to Uproar president Taylor Ashcraft, the label is much like a major record label. The senior from Humble said Uproar “is very hands-on and timeconsuming but you get a very real view of what it is like to work in the music industry.” “I’m interning at Columbia Records right now,” she said earlier this month. “What we do at Uproar is really similar to Columbia.” Other student officers and artists also voiced support for the label’s resemblance to the professional world.
“We are doing what we love before we graduate,” said vice president Lincoln Faulkner, a Rockdale junior. “This program stretches you beyond your limits and encourages you to take initiative and learn how to work in the fast pace of the entertainment industry.” Emory sophomore Brin Beaver signed as an artist with Uproar last year after performing in After Dark, the student talent show during Parents Weekend. Beaver said the organization provided opportunities for growth as a performing artist. “I’m able to see what it is like being a real artist in the industry,” she said. Beaver said that through Uproar, young artists “learn to embrace the time you have onstage” and risk “playing your own stuff in front of people and seeing how they respond to it.” Uproar artists met with major record label EMI Records over the summer in Nashville. “That was probably the best experience of all. It’s not every day that you get an opportunity like that,” Beaver said. Two other 2009-2010 Uproar artists, Zoo Studio and David
Dulcie and the Ragtag Army, will be performing at Wac’d Out from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Heritage Square. The event, advertised as “Waco’s Back to College Music Bash,” will also feature Speak, Bright Light Social Hour and the James Curlin Band. The event is free and open to all students from Baylor, Texas State Technical College and McLennan Community College. Wac’d Out will also include free food and door prizes. The event is a collaboration between Uproar and the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. The label hopes to sign new artists after their fall auditions, held Sept. 25 and 26. New artists will be announced Oct. 1. Potential artists must be Baylor students, but can perform in any genre. “If you want to get involved as an artist, do a little bit of selfpromotion on your own and have a following. Be willing to put in as much as we do,” Ashcraft said. Beavers said those auditioning should not be afraid to dive in. “As a freshman, I just took a step of faith and it got me here,” she said. “If it is in your heart and you love to do it, there is never a reason to stop.”
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By Jenna DeWitt
Arts & entertainment editor At Baylor’s talent show, there are no eliminations, judges or competition. That’s what the auditions are for. After Dark auditions are serious business for those eager for a chance to perform onstage at Waco Hall. Last year, More than 70 acts auditioned for 16 spots. Those 16 went on to perform for more than 4,000 audience members, including their fellow students, alumni, professors and parents. “We traditionally have about 100 acts audition. It always proves difficult to judge because the talent is just so good,” student productions coordinator Keith Frazee said. “We generally take 12 to 20 acts each year. That depends on the length and flow of each act as well, so that number can vary.”
After Dark is one of the first traditions during Parents Weekend. This year the show will be held at at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 10 in Waco Hall. Tickets are sold for $10, $12, $14 or $16, depending on the seating area. Auditions are right around the corner for those preparing for the show. Auditions will be held Aug. 30 and 31 in Waco Hall. As the first major performance of the school year for the Student Productions committee, After Dark means back-to-school is crunch time to prepare for the show. Student Productions handles everything from judging the auditions to building the sets. Houston senior Sarah Pullin, serving on the committee for her second year, said the committee has been working on this year’s show since last spring. “When the show gets closer, we watch all the rehearsals and make sure everything looks good from
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center stage. Sky Sailing does rely more heavily on guitar and piano — sounds that add down-to-earth elements — but it doesn’t go quite far enough to hit the ground running. I got my money’s worth out of the new Sky Sailing album as Young walked me through his pre-Owl City dreams, but the album can fall flat after a while. Overall, the album is a great compilation of Young’s work and provides for an awesome low-key background for studying, but I don’t see any of the tracks hitting the top of the charts. If you are a lover of technopop, you won’t stop listening. But, if you are searching for a new twist on a style reminiscent of Relient K’s “Mmhmm” album you’ll be disappointed.
Adam Young’s Owl City album “Ocean Eyes” composed of unimaginable story lines about relationships submerged in love and millions of fireflies sky rocketed to popularity. Now, the 20-something from Minnesota is back and this time his music takes you from foaming waves to puffy white clouds. Young’s side project, Sky Sailing, is still a one-man show but this time the acoustic guitar takes a prominent role and listeners accustomed to Young’s music get a different timbre than normal. The album, titled “An Airplane Carried Me to Bed,” is a compilation of songs the young master mixer wrote in 2006 before hitting the charts with Owl City last year. I was skeptical of Young creating an entirely different band for songs that echoed the sentiments of off-the-ground highs of love and below-the-sea blues of despair. However, the distinction between the two is big enough for me to be fine with separate bands. Released on June 13, the album captures a part of Young that has been evident since he hit the scene — he has always been a dreamer. Sky Sailing leaves the rhythmic synthesizers and picks up the piano and guitar and spells out his childhood dreams of love, friendship, exploration and adventure. I know I can’t be the only one
who tired of Ocean Eyes after being on a electro-pop high for two or three weeks and, unfortunately, Sky Sailing has done the same. Young’s recent release doesn’t stray far enough from technology not to bore me after a few weeks. If every one of Sky Sailing’s new songs moved as far from electropop as the album’s fifth track, “A Little Opera Goes A Long Way” does, the album would actually take
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where the performer is on stage to the lights used,” Pullin said. “We also make sure everything sounds perfect. When it comes time for the show, we are just there to make sure everything runs smoothly.” Since After Dark is a variety
“Each individual Baylor student has been given so many different talents.” Sarah Pullin | Houston senior
show, being unique is important. Standing out among the other 99 students auditioning can be hard, but the diversity in the acts contributes to the show’s entertainment value. “We have several auditions of people singing. We love that, but
After Dark is a variety show, so we can’t have half of the acts be a student sitting on a stool playing the guitar and singing,” Frazee said. “My advice would be: do something different. There is a much higher chance of making the show if you’re the only person auditioning with that specific talent.” Pullin echoed Frazee’s call for uniqueness. “Each individual Baylor student has been given so many different talents,” she said. “Bring us something you think we have never seen before.” Past auditions can be viewed on the After Dark web page at www. baylor.edu/studentproductions. Auditions will be filmed. Those interested in auditioning can sign up at the Campus Programs on the first floor of the Bill Daniel Student Center or call Student Activities at (254) 710-2371 for more information.
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MONDAY | AUGUST 23, 2010
Alumni’s music tells ‘Stories’ of hope
By Jenna DeWitt
Baylor alum Ryan Gregg, lead guitarist and vocalist for Addison Road, shares his perspective on its new release, “Stories,” and the band’s long list of joys and storms over the past two years.
Q: Is your new album, “Stories,” more like your independent album “Some Kind of Spark” or like your more recent self-titled album? A: We are hoping “Stories” is a good combination of both. Keeping the pop side but being more artistic and creative. That’s what we are hoping for, somewhere in between and not have the exact same sound but trying to expand on it. Q: How much of the album did you guys write yourselves? A: We actually wrote all of it except for one song. TobyMac wrote the first song, “Fight Another Day.” It was really cool because in the song it talks about when the fire gets hot, will you walk away, and when we recorded we really liked the music and what it is saying, but then two months after we finished recording it, we went on tour with Sanctus Real in an RV and it caught fire. We had to play a concert that night after we lost everything and here’s that song. Actually a lot of the songs on the album felt like they were directly speaking to what we ended up going through. I felt like it was also a chance to give us some credibility to what we are saying. God’s given a whole new spin on these songs than when we had written them. They have a whole new meaning for us. Q: Is “Don’t Wait” based on a true story of losing a friend? A: It is, actually. We were kind of going back and forth. We had a couple versions of it done, but we totally changed it. When we first started writing it I thought, “This song is going to be so dark.” I thought it would be hard to put a light into it, maybe. But we thought it was something important to talk
about with what the song is saying — “don’t wait” and “live for today” and stuff. It was based on a true story and by the time we got done with it, we were happy with how it turned out.
us, has a hand in what we are doing and is taking care of us. In a dark world, we have to trust in God. With these songs, God was speaking that back, “I’m going to take care of you” and trust God with the whole situation. I feel more sturdy now and better in my faith. Q: You’ve just had a baby, Lila Kate. How has life been as new parents? A: She’s two months old. She is great. She is actually wearing a Baylor outfit today.
Q: Did all the songs you wrote for this project come from real experiences? A: Yes, we always try to be as genuine and real as we can. I just don’t know how to tell a story unless I really believe in it or am dealing with it. I just have to say what I’m thinking. We want to be real, for better or for worse. Q: After the crazy last two years See The Lariat’s blog at
for more coverage of “Stories” and Addison Road. that your band has had, how do you deal with the hard times? A: Something that seems really crazy for us, like the fire, but at the same time, there are so many people going through so many things. We just felt reaffirmed over and over that we were just in a tough spot going through tough times. Especially through the fire, God took care of us and the body of Christ reached out to take care of us. It was actually one of the most encouraging times I remember us having. In the midst of it, it ended up being a really cool thing. Q: How have these experiences changed you personally? A: It made me question if I needed to keep doing it, which I did. God obviously has a plan for
Q: Addison Road has come a long way since the fall of 2007, when Baylor’s senior class saw you perform at our first Chapel our freshman year. You’ve had top ratings on iTunes and Billboard; your songs have gotten consistent play on Christian radio stations like KLOVE; you’ve been nominated for Dove awards and CCM Readers’ Choice awards. How do you stay grounded in the midst of all this? A: We aren’t thinking, “Wow, we are doing so good.” We are always thinking, “What can we do better?” We are very grounded. While it’s cool, that stuff doesn’t get to our heads. There is nothing glamorous about being in a band. We have been very blessed with radio and people are enjoying our stuff. Q: Do you see the band staying mainly in the Christian market or crossing over to the mainstream as well? A: Especially starting out early, we wanted to write songs that could be both, but it came to the point where we had to be one or the other. We decided to be very honest with faith in our lyrics, but crossing over isn’t something we are trying to do. We are just doing our thing. Q: As alums, what advice would you give to current Baylor students? A: Try to do something that you enjoy to help people. Remember who you are and what God has done for you. Go and make the most of it.
Ryan Simmons, Jenny Simmons, Ryan Gregg and Travis Lawrence released their newest album, “Stories.”
Album reveals true emotion, life lessons By Jenna DeWitt
Arts & Entertainment editor Alanis Morrisette has nothing on Addison Road when it comes to “ironic.” Over the past few years, the band faced the same monumental test multiple times: whether they lived the beliefs they present in their songs. Especially when their RV was consumed by flames just one week into their spring tour, they had to ask themselves the same questions they sang on their new single, “Fight Another Day,” written by Grammy-award winner tobyMac. “Will you step aside when it all falls down, and watch it burn away? … Will you walk away when the fire gets hot? Or fight another day?” the song asks. The band had to make the choice not to walk away from their ministry, even as the literal fire consumed everything they had with them on the road. The past two years since their
self-titled label debut have been a roller coaster of change for the band. They have been on a search for a new drummer. A car accident totaled their van. Their trailer and equipment has been stolen twice, once by a convicted murderer. With these times of testing has come joy as well. Their sophomore release has seen the tops of the charts, including No. 2 on iTunes’ Christian Music Store. Three of the band members are new parents. Add in Dove and reader choice award nominations, and these alumni seem to be doing a pretty great job of spreading their green and gold afar. But is it any good? From the moment these “Stories” begin, they proclaim a message of hope even bolder than before, with undeniable witnesses to the band members’ faith. The lyrics reveal a vulnerability that goes deeper than the feel-good clichés of all too many songs released in the Christian market. These songs do not stray from all that made the band
lovable in the first place. This is still a collection of fun pop tunes that will undoubtedly be on constant repeat on the radio with all of the album’s earworms and positivity. Since they are so relatable for anyone who has gone through hard times, these songs quickly become old friends. On paper, the lyrics can seem far too emo for the poppy music, but in reality, the combination works oddly well to make the songs more raw and relevant. Plus, with all Addison Road has endured, it has real situations to back up their testimonies. The frank “Won’t Let Me Go” states the band’s response to these trials quite gracefully: “Welcome to my latest disaster/Same book just another chapter/I never thought it could be worse than last year/But here I am again today/I laugh ‘cause it hurts when I scream/But I’ll make it through ‘cause I believe” Grade: A