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Extravaganza, Friday Night Flashback and Pep Rally:

Location change to the Waco Convention Center located at 100 Washington Avenue in downtown Waco. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The Pep Rally begins at 9 p.m.


Football Game:

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The game will be held at McLane Stadium, and kickoff will be at 11 a.m. and televised on ESPN for viewers at home.

LEGACY CONTINUED A generous $8 million gift from Dr. Thomas Rosenbalm, made way for the new renovation to Fountain Mall, the Rosenball Fountain. The fountain was completed and fences were removed Wednesday in preparation for homecoming.


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As storm approaches, Baylor alters schedule to 106-year-old tradition HELENA HUNT Staff Writer Since its inception in 1909, Baylor Homecoming has welcomed alumni and guests to a weekend of bonfires, parades, reunions and football. This year, rain will prevent several of these festivities from continuing as planned. Saturday morning’s parade has been canceled, although floats will be put on display at a later date. Tonight’s Extravaganza and Pep Rally have been moved to the Waco Convention Center on Washington Avenue, and the bonfire and fireworks show have been canceled. The football game against Iowa State University at 11 a.m. Saturday will continue as planned. “We have a number of contingencies in place that we’re working through with the program planners. We really start having

substantive conversations about four days out,” said Matt Burchett, director of Student Activities. “We pull together all the impacted areas and departments. We talk about what the weather looks like today. We obviously have some experts on campus that are able to help us talk through what’s reality and what’s not, as far as weather goes.” Despite these changes, Baylor hopes to preserve the spirit of homecoming for its current and former students. “Our goal is to recreate what the original foundation of Homecoming was to accomplish. The old line was ‘Renew former associations and catch that Baylor spirit again’, in the original invitation. Really, when you talk about all the events that we host, the thing that really strikes me is the cluster of friends at the bonfire, or the people introducing a new child or a new spouse, or seeing an old friend

for the first time in a long time,” Burchett said.

“Our goal is to recreate what the original foundation of homecoming was to accomplish.” Matt Burchett | Director of Student Activities

Burchett said the wide range of homecoming events is meant to give all visitors a chance to revisit their own niche at the university. Pigskin, Singspiration, the football game, and

the diverse array of other events offer something for guests of all ages and backgrounds. For every student, both past and present, there are the teas and receptions hosted by the English department, the Honors College, the Department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media and many others. There is a home in every corner at Baylor for those who ssearch for their niche this homecoming. In addition to the traditions that have long made Baylor’s Homecoming so distinct, there are several additions to the Homecoming festivities this year. On Friday afternoon, the Rosenbalm Fountain on Fifth Street will at last be dedicated. Another new campus addition is a sculpture by local artist Bryant Stanton to house the Eternal Flame. “We will be introducing a new

Eternal Flame. It’s a sculpture that’s been done by local artisan and Baylor grad Bryant Stanton. He has crafted, which will be unveiled at Mass Meeting, a 9-foot-wide by 13-footlong sculpture that will house the eternal flame during Homecoming,” Burchett said. The idea of a new Eternal Flame, even if it is a bit of a paradox, represents what makes Homecoming so special to so many. It is always new, with new people and new traditions coming each year. But it keeps going, the same as it has been in the past, far into the future. “I remember coming to homecoming when I was little, and it was always one of my favorite weekends,” said Dallas senior McKinley Freeman. “It’s a really great way to come together.” Students and visitors can find the homecoming contingency plans on Baylor’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

>>WHAT’S INSIDE opinion Editorial: West Fertilizer Co. should be held responsible for the 2013 explosion. pg. A2

news Pigskin Preview: With the opening of Pigskin Revue be sure to check out photos from Club Night. pg. A4-5


Baylor Football: Baylor looks to stay undefeated going up against Iowa State for homecoming. pg. D1

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Active shooter protocal to keep students safe ERIC VINING Contributor With an increasing number of shootings at colleges and universities across the United States, university administrators and officials across the country are working harder than ever to make sure their students, faculty and staff remain safe on college campuses. Some of the most notable events have occured in recent weeks at Umpqya Community College in Roseburg, Ore., and Texas Southern University in Houston. Baylor is no exception, and administrative officials constantly improve plans already in place to take care of such emergency situations. “We’re constantly evaluating, assessing, reassessing and implementing counter-shooter strategies,” said Mark Childers, associate vice president for campus safety and security. “We work very closely with our partners here in Waco, the Waco Police Department, McLennan County Sheriff ’s Office … all working collaboratively. We meet and plan and almost train together.”

As a department, Baylor PD provides more training to its officers than many officers at similar universities. Baylor’s Department of Public Safety provides drill, tabletop, functional and fullscale exercises to prepare its staff for emergency situations on campus, according to Baylor’s

website. “Its really a partnership between the community and the Baylor Department of Public Safety to keep the campus safe,” Baylor Police chief Brad Wigtil said. Wigtil also discussed the in-depth training Baylor PD’s 34 commissioned peace officers go through as members of Baylor’s

Department of Public Safety. “We’re definitely out in front as far as tactical training,” Wigtil

said. “We basically do real-life exercising where we use s i m u l a t i o n that’s as close to real life as you can do.” For security reasons, Wigtil could not give details about specific counter-shooter strategies. However, the department officials could go into some detail about the actual training their officers receive. “There’s some tactical movement that has to happen when we respond [to active shooter

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There’s justice to be served West Fertilizer Co. should be held responsible for 2013 explosion’s deadly damage Two and a half years ago, The Occupational Safety and Central Texas changed forever. Health Administration had The West Fertilizer Co. not done a survey of the plant building exploded on April since 1985, but cited the plant 17, 2013, killing 15 people, for serious violations of storage injuring more than 160 and of anhydrous ammonia at the destroying dozens of buildings time. in the vicinity. In addition to OSHA, In the aftermath of the the Texas Commission on case, seven Environmental civil lawsuits Quality and were filed for the U.S. “Unfortunately, damages in Department of Texas and the the deaths federal government Transportation’s and injuries Pipeline and have been eerily of these Hazardous quiet when it citizens. The Materials Safety first of these comes to how they Administration settled out plan on preventing fined the plant of court on nearly $10,000 another West Oct. 11, but combined explosion. This is a for failing to two rounds of cases are responsibly time to act.” still pending store the for 2016. ammonia. While civil cases are a “The fire and explosion tool for families to receive a at West Fertilizer was financial compensation for preventable,” chairman of the their loved ones, the state of Chemical Safety Board Rafael Texas and federal government Moure-Eraso said at the time. missed an opportunity to “It should never have occurred. get justice for these first- It resulted from the failure of a responders after irresponsible company to take the necessary action by the plant’s steps to avert a preventable fire owners caused unthinkable and explosion and from the consequences. inability of federal, state and An initial investigation local regulatory agencies to attributed the explosion to identify a serious hazard and the plant’s store of ammonium correct it.” nitrate, which is one of the key The West Fertilizer Co. was ingredients in fertilizer. told of the risks and chose to Multiple regulatory bodies simply pay moderate fines. have gotten involved with Through their inaction, the the West plant over the years, company put hundreds of and most for ammonium. lives at risk. Fifteen people lost

their lives, but the explosion also took out an apartment building, West Rest Haven nursing home and West Middle School. All were in the line of fire. Unfortunately, Texas and the federal government have been eerily quiet when it comes to how they plan

on preventing another West explosion. This is a time to act. There is very little purpose to having regulatory bodies if they do not have any ability to interfere with wrongdoing that puts innocent people in harm’s way. Texas needs to ensure it prioritizes the safety of the public when making decisions

like these. The Texas Legislature has not been completely lax when it comes to this issue. On June 16, HB 942 became law, which increased regulations on storage of hazardous chemicals. There were a couple of other bills pertaining to the issue that were proposed in the

legislature. But the fact remains, Texas is still susceptible to a similar incident any time an old fertilizer plant catches on fire. If the death of this many individuals and extreme loss of property is not enough to cause action, it’s hard to say anything will.

Lariat Letters We Don’t Need a Reason to Text Back [In response to “Not interested? Then don’t give him your digits”, published Oct. 21 and written by a dear friend whom I have known for several years, Thomas Mott.] I am approaching this piece with an open mind, knowing it may not be well-received by some — particularly men — as Mott’s piece was ill-reviewed by women. In his article, Mott talks about the hurtful impact of a girl giving a guy her number, but never responding when he texts her. Mott continues by offering a solution: Don’t give a guy your number if you are uninterested. I’m not going to counter-argue with the statistics of men being rejected and the violence that occurs as a result. I’m not going to argue men can be forceful and women are fearful. I’m not going argue anything other than my personal reasons (reasons I don’t owe anyone) for not texting back. Men have asked me for my number at bars, in class, at parties and even in the grocery store. There are differing scenarios that played out when I chose to give a guy my number. Scenario #1: I was genuinely interested in the guy. Gave him my number. He texted me. I responded. Cue dating. Scenario #2: I was slightly interested. The kind of interested where I think he’s cute and

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Technology has only made relationships more difficult. If a girl doesn’t text you back, oh well, there will be others. Don’t lose heart; you’ll learn more often than not we never get the answers we want or the closure we need. Leigha Faulkner Recent Texas A&M graduate Political Science and Journalism major

Mott’s column misses the mark In “Not Interested? Then Don’t Give Him Your Digits,” [published Oct. 21] Thomas Mott told women he would prefer if they were blunt with men. In that spirit, perhaps he will appreciate this analysis: Mr. Mott’s opinions are ill-informed and sexist. It seems he has made the unfortunately common mistake of pontificating on why women behave certain ways while failing to consult women. While women have made great strides in our society, many women (including myself) have found that we cannot tell a man “no” without fear of consequences. If women are too nice, as Mr. Mott claims, it’s because we have been taught all our lives that we are expected to be nice, and to be anything else invites pushback. Many women have, at one point or another, attempted to tell a guy no only to have that no disrespected. That disrespect may be subtle, such as a

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I’m having a great hair day – so why the heck not. Afterwards I realize I’m happy without the complications of a relationship. Or I lose interest. Two people can be in a relationship for years then one day it’s over. Same goes for two people who just met. Scenario #3: I meet a guy and we have a fun, friendly conversation. I assume we’re just friends exchanging numbers and he assumes it’s more than that. We start texting and I quickly realize he has no idea he’s been friend-zoned. I do my best to explain the misunderstanding and that’s that. Friends. The third scenario is where things get tricky. When trying to explain to a guy that I’m uninterested, it almost always causes more trouble than if I had just cut off all contact. It’s the few guys who can’t handle the truth that lead girls to avoid being upfront and honest from the start. Even if I gave a guy a million legitimate reasons or made-up excuses for not responding — rejection is still going to hurt. As someone who has been on both sides, I know it is just as hard to be the one doing the rejecting as it is being rejected. So, is it OK for a girl to give a guy her number, then never text him back? Yes, it’s perfectly OK. Just like it’s OK if a guy decides to never text a girl back. It happens. To my dear friend, Thomas, this may not be the reply you wanted from a girl, but you asked for bluntness. Dating is frustrating. Relationships are awkward at first.


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man telling a woman that she should just give him a chance. It may be more bold, ranging from calling her a “b****” to yelling at her. In extreme circumstances, it may even involve criminal behavior such as stalking or physically harming her (the Tumblr “When Women Refuse” documents instances of this kind of abuse). Most women would love to let a guy know she’s not interested and have that be the end of it. Contrary to Mr. Mott’s opinion, he is not initiating the idea of honesty in dating (as if it never occurred to women that being blunt is an option). However, our personal experiences have taught us being blunt may not go well for us, and we can never be positive what kind of reaction our bluntness will get. So many of us play it as safe as we know how: we give out fake numbers, we text just enough so that the guy believes we “gave him a chance,” we try to let him down easy. We don’t enjoy doing it, but we’re more concerned about our safety than the guy’s feelings. If Mr. Mott wants the status quo to change, he should discuss how to eradicate sexism and male entitlement. It is a waste of his time to lecture women on how to behave in a dating world where men are avoiding hurt feelings and wasted time, while women are avoiding harassment and physical harm. Shaney Swift Class of 2012

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Homecoming kicks off with the annual Pigskin Revue, the top eight acts of All-University Sing 2015

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1. The sisterhood of Pi Beta Phi entertains the audience with an encore performance of “Back in the Habit.” 2. Lake Oswego, Ore., senior Meredith Dana was announced as the homecoming queen Thursday evening during Pigskin. 3. Sing’s second place winner Kappa Omega Tau performs antics in “The Grand Hotel.”


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4. Robin Hood and his crew prove “The World Will Know,” by the men of Kappa Sigma. 5. At this year’s Pigskin, the orchestra needed a little more cowbell. 6. Kappa Kappa Gamma gets crazy on stage in the group’s performance, “Weird Science.” 7. Alpha Tau Omega’s “Who We Are” let the beast get the best of them again. 8. Chi Omega battles for dominance in “All’s Fair in Love and War.” 9.The women of Delta Delta Delta took the audience back to greener places with their performance, “The Emerald City.” 10. Sing’s acclaimed first place winner, Phi Kappa Chi, lift the audience’s spirit with their number, “Dust Bowl Days.”

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Newcomb will remain External VP EMMA KING Staff Writer The Baylor Student Senate voted not to impeach External Vice President Steven Newcomb during its weekly meeting Thursday night. If the charges were upheld, Newcomb could have been removed. The Senate deliberated and voted on a course of action while in executive session, which requires all non-Senate members leave the room, including student body officers. Arguments presented in executive session, the exact tally of the votes and the charges against Newcomb were not released to the public. “It’s a difficult process,” Internal Vice President Lindsey Bacque said. “It requires a three-fourths vote to remove the member, and today I can tell you that it wasn’t met.” The charges against Newcomb were brought before a smaller group of senators in the Senate Executive Council on Monday. Newcomb

was asked to resign, but according to student government process, any member who does not agree with their disciplinary sanctions may appear before the full Senate to discuss the situation. Newcomb decided to appear before the full Senate. “Basically, a group of senators called into question my commitment to the office,” Newcomb said. The Student Senate looked into governing documents and created a democratic environment during their executive session, according to a release from Student Government. “If it weren't for the Senate checking the actions of the seven members of the SEC, Steven Newcomb would no longer be our EVP,” said senior senator Chase Hardy, speaking individually and not as a representative of the entire senate. Hardy said it is important for the Senate to remember that Newcomb ran for his office unopposed. He said the senators that are

complaining about the job Newcomb is or isn't doing could have run against him during elections, but they chose not to. Hardy also said that impeachment should have been a last resort. “Impeachment is the maximum penalty provided by the SEC,” Hardy said. “They could have done any number of things. As far as I can tell, without warning, in a single action, they kind of clumped all the things they had been building up against him, that they failed to discuss with him, and they just pushed it on him.” The Senate member who filed the initial charge against Newcomb and began this avalanche remains anonymous to the public and the Senate. “I was very disappointed by this, but as a result, students have believed me to be committed and I look forward to serving this illustrious university for the rest of the year,” Newcomb said. “I'm really excited to continue working as EVP and for Baylor.”

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IMPEACHMENT AVERTED Student Senate brought charges against Steven Newcomb during its meeting Thursday.

Texas serves subpoenas at Planned Parenthood clinics WILL WEISSERT Associated Press AUSTIN — Health investigators served subpoenas requesting hundreds of pages of patient and staff records at Planned Parenthood clinics across Texas on Thursday, as officials move to halt Medicaid funding to the organization that has been repeatedly targeted by the state's top conservatives. Planned Parenthood said investigators visited clinics in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, and a health center that does not provide abortions in Brownsville, on the Mexico border. They asked for patient health records and billing documents dating back to 2010, as well as personnel files that included the home addresses of staff members, Planned Parenthood said. The officials showed up "looking for an excuse to take health care away from thousands of women and men who rely on Planned Parenthood for preventive care — but what they will see is professional, compassionate and quality health care," Yvonne Gutierrez, executive director of the Planned Parenthood Texas Votes political action committee, said in a statement. At a subsequent news conference in Austin, Ken Lambrecht, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, called the request for documents "unprecedented and unnecessary." A spokesman for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission declined comment. The agency's investigative

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arm said it could not "provide comment on any oversight or investigative activities." The visits came three days after Texas health officials sent a lengthy letter to Planned Parenthood clinics statewide saying

they were being kicked out of the joint state-federal Medicaid program. That will likely set off a legal fight similar to one in neighboring Louisiana, where Planned Parenthood — which doesn't offer abortions in Louisiana — filed a lawsuit to stop the same severing of Medicaid funding there. Gov. Greg Abbott ordered state health officials to investigate after anti-abortion activists released undercover videos they allege show Planned Parenthood officials talking about the illegal sale of fetal tissue for profit. One of the videos was filmed at a Planned Parenthood in Houston. An investigation also is ongoing in Congress. Planned Parenthood has denied the claims, saying the videos were deceptively edited. It also notes six states that investigated in the wake of the videos found nothing. Texas alleged Planned Parenthood had misused Medicaid funding by scheduling abortions so as to best procure fetal tissue for medical research. Planned Parenthood provides abortion at some clinics, but also medical services that include cancer screenings and health exams. Its Texas facilities saw nearly 13,000 Medicaid patients in 2013 alone, Lambrecht said. This year, Planned Parenthood clinics statewide have received more than $3 million in Medicaid funding, but 90 percent of that was federal. The group's Texas affiliates have 30 days to respond to efforts to remove it from the Medicaid program.

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Fountain Mall gains a fountain, finally STEPHANIE REYES Reporter The new Rosenbalm Fountain that was built on the heart of Fountain Mall will be dedicated at 4 p.m. today. Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for media communications, said having the new fountain on Fifth Street and Fountain Mall will bring more meaning and unity to the center of campus. “[Fountain Mall and Fifth Street] is where the Baylor family gathers to celebrate our most cherished traditions such as Homecoming, Christmas on Fifth Street and Diadeloso,” Fogleman said. “To have this beautiful fountain brought back to the heart of campus and to have Fifth Street restored and rejuvenated brings us a great sense of pride

and gratitude for Dr. [Thomas] Rosenbalm’s vision.” Rosenbalm, Baylor alumnus and physician, created the opportunity for this project with his $8 million gift in memory of his father and mother. Fogleman said the fountain will also be a place for many people to gather and celebrate Baylor’s various traditions. “The new aesthetic and infrastructure improvements to Fifth Street and the addition of Rosenbalm Fountain bring new life to a place on campus that is central to many Baylor experiences,” Fogleman said. JD Dethrow, Baylor Construction Services senior project manager said it was a great experience working on the construction of the fountain, which started in mid-April and was substantially completed and open to

the public on Oct. 9. “The landscape architect and the contractor both came together and worked with us on reducing the scope where we could in order to get the cause down into budget,” Dethrow said. “They started construction on time, which was extremely important because it was a pretty aggressive schedule. We had to be finished in time for homecoming.” Dethrow said since the construction stayed on schedule, workers were even able to go back and add features back to the project, such as additional planting. In addition, the fountain can hold approximately 17,450 gallons of water and has a storage basin that can hold 13,700 gallons. This allows the fountain to have a low water feature and allows


for reuse of the same water over and over again. There is a bowl that is always full, 12 jets around the dome that can shoot up into the bowl and four jets in the bowl, that can shoot up and a center jet that can shoot up even higher. “You can run all the jets or some of the jets. It’s got lighting elements,” Dethrow said. “You can run different light shows at night. We’re working on different lighting shows for Christmas, Fourth of July and after Baylor wins.” Dethrow said the new fountain and all of Fifth Street has dramatically changed the whole landscape and dynamic in the heart of campus. “It makes it a much more inviting place for students as they go up and down campus,” Dethrow said. “For the students, you got the fountain

area where you can gather and enjoy the features of the fountain. When alumni come back to campus, it’s going to be a change for them and for visitors.” Los Angeles, junior Rachel Moore said she enjoys the new fountain. “I love it. I think it’s beautiful,” Moore said. “I think it brings a new life to the middle of campus, which is really nice.” Moore also said that she has been watching it be made over the past several months and finally viewing it complete is a sight to see and quite an experience. “It’s really nice to finally see it going,” Moore said. “When I saw it being built, I had this feeling I really want to be the first one in the fountain.”

New rules meant to crack down on illegal dumping in Houston KATHERINE DRIESSEN Associated Press

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Jim, a 19-year-old grizzly bear, enjoys a Halloween pumpkin treat at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill. The polar bears, grizzly bears, western lowland gorillas, sloth bears and pygmy hippo seemed to thoroughly enjoy their treats. Some of the pumpkins were decorated with goodies like raisins and peanut butter.

HOUSTON — Halfway down the industrial Old Genoa Red Bluff Road in deep southeast Houston, a “no dumping allowed” sign serves only to signal the problem ahead — dozens of ripped tires and rusted rims stacked haphazardly along the perimeter of a landfill fence, some sunken in ditches that collect rainwater. City officials are hoping to clean up such public hazards with an updated ordinance that tightens rules and boosts staffing to combat companies that illegally dump thousands of scrap tires in vacant lots and along curbs throughout Houston. The Houston Chronicle reports the City Council unanimously passed the rules Wednesday, adding two full-time tire disposal inspectors, requiring a paper trail for all tires in Houston and imposing annual permit fees on tire transporters, among other regulations. Officials hope the new rules will chip away at the roughly 12,000 dump sites that the Solid Waste Department cleans up each year, amounting to about 70,000 illegally disposed tires the city pays to have processed at licensed

facilities. Scrap tires that are not properly disposed can create both an eyesore and a breeding ground for mosquitoes. It is a problem that particularly plagues Houston’s poorest neighborhoods and industrial areas on the outskirts of the city where vacant lots and open fields make for easy dumping, according to Solid Waste Department records. “We know we have problems with individuals who, for whatever reason, choose to change their tires at home and dump tires,” Mayor Annise Parker said. “But we have a big problem with folks who take the money that you pay when you go into a shop and have your tires changed; you have to pay a fee for disposal, they take that money, they hire a company to take those tires to the appropriate recycling facility or depository, and instead they just go and dump them so they don’t end up paying fees at the other end, and then we have to pick them up.” Most importantly, Hayes said, all tires must be logged every step of the way, both in storage and when transported. Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and face fines of up to $2,000.


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situations], and we train on that every month,” Wigtil said. “I’m not aware of any departments that do that every month.” Childers said the DPS also puts its officers through a series of tactical firearms trainings so that they can sharpen their skills further, which can help officers better respond to active shooter situations if they occur. Officers perform these exercises annually, according to Childers. When an emergency situation occurs on Baylor’s campus, the university’s communication officers utilize a wide variety of tools to keep the community up to date. “We have a multitude of communications vehicles,” said Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for media communications. “We use internal and external loudspeakers, as well as text and email…it’s important to have redundancy in any kind of communication.” In an emergency, this plan ensures that all students are informed of the evolving situation. Baylor officials also discussed training opportunities for university faculty, staff and even student organizations that want to be better prepared for emergency situations. “[Crime prevention specialist] Kandy Knowles for several years now has done active shooter training,” Wigtil said. “We’ve targeted some very important groups, like Campus Living & Learning staff…because in our residence halls it’s very, very important for us to have mechanisms in place to keep our residents safe.” Knowles, who is a commissioned peace officer at Baylor PD, has also provided training seminars for maintenance and ground keeping staff as well as oncampus Aramark employees as well as emergency building coordinators. “Her training…is pretty extensive,” said Leigh Ann Moffett, director of emergency management at Baylor. “If there’s a group who’s interested in getting that training, there’s a simple request online.” According to Baylor’s law enforcement officials, the most important thing students and faculty can do to prevent emergency situations is to be aware of one’s surroundings at all times. “I think we all are guilty at times of being so focused on whatever’s weighing on us or looking at our devices,” Moffett said. “We’re just not aware of the environment we’re in and we’re not taking into account what that means for our individual safety. “Faculty, staff, students…all have an individual responsibility to be aware of what’s going on and to have a plan.” Wigtil also encouraged students to report suspicious behavior when they see it. “Research shows that active shooters were engaged in some type of behavior that was disconcerting to people around them,” Wigtil said. “It’s critical that everybody in the community…have the moral courage…to go ahead and call and get the person who is in crisis the help they need.” For additional information on how to stay safe on campus, or to report suspicious activity, members of the Baylor community are encouraged to visit emergency or contact Baylor PD at (254) 710-2222.


Woman faces up to 99 years for 1977 Texas slaying ASSOCIATED PRESS EL PASO — A 76-year-old former school teacher in West Texas faces up to 99 years in prison after being convicted of killing her Green Beret husband in 1977. The sentencing phase for Lisbeth Garrett was underway Thursday, a day after a jury in El Paso found her guilty of murder in the death of Fort Bliss Army Maj. Chester Garrett. His body was found in an abandoned vehicle in the desert near El Paso. He suffered several blows to

the head and multiple stab wounds. Trial testimony focused on a blood stain found in the home where prosecutors say Chester Garrett was killed. Prosecutors also argued that Lisbeth Garrett stood to benefit financially from her estranged husband’s death, the El Paso Times reported. Roger Garrett, the son of Lisbeth Garrett from another relationship, was convicted of murder in 2013 in the major’s death and sentenced to 40 years in prison. Authorities had reopened the cold case when Roger Garrett’s

stepbrother, Patrick Garrett, provided new information. Patrick Garrett testified against his mother during her trial, telling jurors that at the time of his father’s death he and his stepbrother used acid to clean a “giant red Kool-Aid stain” in their garage, the newspaper reported. Authorities have said that he previously told them that Robert Garrett confessed in 1990 to the killing. Defense lawyer Richard Esper said it was “absurd” to believe Lisbeth Garrett would kill her husband. “There is no evidence that this

5-foot woman beat her husband with a bat or stabbed him,” Esper said during closing arguments. Court records show Roger Garrett told his stepbrother that on Jan. 3, 1977, he struck Chester Garrett with a bat on the back of the head and that their mother stabbed him several times. Then they took the body from the kitchen to the garage, where they loaded it inside the victim’s 1972 Volkswagen, and drove to a dump. Investigators say Chester Garrett, who had served several tours in Vietnam, was stabbed more than 10 times but died of a skull fracture.

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Golden Girls twirl for a cure EMMA KING Staff Writer Baylor Golden Girl Caroline Carothers, a San Antonio Freshman, and her fellow twirlers have raised $3,150 for Twirling For The Cure by making and selling their own rhinestone hairpieces. With the help of the Golden Girls Instructor Lynn Dell Harrell and online orders, the Golden Girls have sold 286 hairpieces, all over the nation. “It’s just kind of exploded, definitely so much more than we expected, considering our original goal was like 50,” Carothers said. Twirling For The Cure is an organization that travels to national and worldwide twirling competitions and raises funds and awareness

for breast cancer victims, according to its website. The pink ribbons have even reached into other organizations. This week, the 16 color guard members in Baylor’s Golden Wave Band and the 60 members of Baylor Spirit will also be wearing the hairpieces, but on their uniforms instead. “They’ve had to work really hard to get it all done,” Harrell said. Each hairpiece was sold for $20, and cost $9 to make. Carothers said her family donated the money for shipping online orders, so more of the profit could go to Twirling For The Cure. “We did labor and everything for free, and so I was able to share the resources with the other twirlers and they helped make them,”

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THE GOLDEN GIRLS Carothers said the team has an excellent team dynamic that makes even going to practice fun,

Carothers said. Carothers said the twirlers wore pink BUs in their hair last year for breast cancer awareness month. This year, they wear gold BUs, so Carothers and her mother came up with the idea to make a pink ribbon for the other side of the girls’ heads. Carothers and her mother then contacted the founder of Twirling For The Cure, John Mitchell, to get involved with them. Carothers said what they’re doing with the headpieces isn’t about the Golden Girls, it’s about the cause. She said they plan on making more of these headpieces throughout the year. “They’ve done really well with it, and we’re hoping we can continue it a few more months,” Harrell said. “Not everybody has one yet, and we’re hoping they will.” Twirling For The Cure will also be selling the hairpieces at the national twirling competition this summer, which is open to twirlers of all ages. “There’s always thousands of twirlers there every year,” Carothers said. Thanks to those kinds of competitions, Carothers said when she came to Baylor as a freshman Golden Girl last year, she already knew two of the other girls pretty well. This year, two of the 2014 twirlers remain, and two others have joined. “We love going to practice and having all that time

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ON GAMEDAY, WE WEAR PINK Caroline Carothers, a Baylor Golden Girl, wears a pink rhinstone hairpiece in support of “Twirl for the Cure.”

together. We definitely grow close,” Carothers said. “We have an awesome team this year. I truly believe that we’re one of the main faces of the school and we always have to remember we’re representing.” Carothers said colleges like University of Texas and Southern Methodist University only have one twirler, but that Baylor gives the girls a chance

to work as a team. “We’re the Golden Girls during pregame and then halftime we get to be our own feature and do what we like best,” Carothers said. “It’s really unique and something cool that Baylor can do.” Carothers said three of the four Golden Girls will continue performing in competitions this year. She said it’s nice to

have people to practice with or go to the gym with. “We have such an appreciation for each other and the time and dedication that we’ve put into it,” Carothers said. “We are just here to have fun and perform in front of 45,000 people every single week. College twirling is by far the best part of anybody’s twirling career.”

Clinton testifies on Benghazi attack BRADLEY KLAPPER & MATTHEW DALY Associated Press Hillary Rodham Clinton strove to close the book on the worst episode of her tenure as secretary of state Thursday, battling Republican questions in a marathon hearing that grew contentious but revealed little new about the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. She firmly defended her record while seeking to avoid any mishap that might damage her presidential campaign. Pressed about events before and after the deaths of four Americans, Clinton had confrontational exchanges with several GOP lawmakers but also fielded supportive queries from Democrats. In the end, there were relatively few questions for the Democratic presidential frontrunner about the specific events of Sept. 11, 2012, which Clinton said she continues to lose sleep over. The hearing ended at 9 p.m., some 11 hours after it began, with some of the fiercest arguments of the day as Clinton and the House Benghazi Committee’s Republican chairman fought over the private email account she maintained as President Barack Obama’s chief diplomat. “I came here because I said I would,” an

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exhausted Clinton told Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, her chief interrogator. “I tried to answer your questions. I cannot do any more than that.” Gowdy declared after the end of the session: “We keep going on.” He portrayed the investigation as a nonpartisan, fact-finding exercise although fellow Republicans recently described it as designed to hurt Clinton’s presidential bid. Democrats have pointed out that the probe has now cost U.S. taxpayers more than $4.5 million and, after 17 months, lasted longer than the 1970s Watergate investigation. When Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, said the hearing wasn’t a prosecution, Rep. Adam Smith, a Washington Democrat, bluntly disagreed. He told Clinton: “The purpose of this committee is to prosecute you.” The appearance came at a moment of political strength for Clinton. A day earlier, Vice President Joe Biden announced he would not compete with her in the presidential race. She also is riding the momentum of a solid debate performance last week. For Clinton, the political theater of the hearing offered both opportunity and potential pitfalls. It gave her a high-profile platform to show her self-control and command of foreign policy.

But it also left her vulnerable to claims that she helped politicize the Benghazi tragedy. In one tense moment, Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio accused her of deliberately misleading the public by linking the Benghazi violence at first to an Internet video insulting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. Clinton, stone-faced for much of the hearing, smiled in bemusement as Jordan cut her off from answering. Offered the chance to comment, she said “some” people had wanted to use the video to justify the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, and that she rejected that justification. The argument went to the origins of the Benghazi saga and how Obama and top aides represented the attack in the final weeks of his re-election campaign. And it reflected the raw emotion the deadly violence still provokes, something Clinton will face over the course of her White House bid even if the Republican-led investigation loses steam. As the hearing neared its conclusion, Republican questions became increasingly aggressive. Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama, however, drew laughter from Clinton by asking

if she was alone “the whole night” of the attacks after returning home. Challenged that she didn’t care enough about the victims, Clinton choked up while recounting a conversation with a wounded Benghazi guard. “Please do everything you can so that I can go back in the field,” Clinton said he asked her. “I told him I would. He was determined to go back, to protect our diplomats, to protect you when you travel,” she said, directing the last part to lawmakers. Clinton made no gaffes. And she never raised her voice in the manner she did at a Senate hearing on Benghazi in January 2013. Then, she shouted: “What difference, at this point, does it make?” Republicans campaigned off that oft-repeated sound bite, and she was careful to avoid leaving a similarly indelible image Thursday. She said perfect security can never be achieved, drawing on attacks on U.S. diplomatic and military installations overseas during both Democratic and Republican administrations. “In Beirut we lost far more Americans, not once but twice within a year,” she said of the 1983 attacks in Lebanon that killed more than 250 Americans and dozens of others while Ronald Reagan was president.


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Making room for no-kill Waco animal shelter expands facilities, services to decrease euthanasia KATIE GROVATT Reporter The city of Waco has new building plans to renovate the Humane Society of Central Texas. The plans are part of the initiative to make Waco a nokill city, or one that does not need to euthanize animals. The project is a $2.5 million job and includes much larger and roomier kennels, a veterinary clinic, a remodeled cat room and an exclusive puppy house. Boerne sophomore Nicole Cutler used to spend much of her time volunteering at the old shelter. As she began to notice how quickly the shelter would fill up and how many animals never found homes, she left her position at the shelter, she said. “It’s just so hard for me to see them in the shelter and not having homes. It’s too much of an emotional toll for me, as pathetic as that sounds,” Boerne said.

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Renovations began at the shelter two months ago, said Jose Arroligas, the rescue coordinator at the shelter. Officials are expanding the quarantine center and building a new parking lot. Within the next couple months, the shelter will begin renovations on its kennels. This will include tearing down the B and C kennels, and replacing them with improved facilities that will hold an estimated 20 more dogs in each section. “Since we will have more kennel room, we won’t have to euthanize as much any more,” Arroligas said. The renovations will also include a new play yard and adoption center. “We’re pretty excited about that. We’re hoping, with the increased kennel space and the improved facilities, we will be able to help our adoptions out more and get ourselves out to the public more,” Arroligas said. The new shelter renovations will

be a huge success for Waco, said Mayor Malcolm Duncan. They were able to raise much of the money from local foundations, private and county supporters. Duncan said all city council members supported the improvement of animal life throughout the city. “We are very close, if not there, to being a no-kill city,” Duncan said. Roswell, Ga., junior Peyton Thomas has been actively involved with the Humane Society of Central Texas since she has been enrolled at Baylor. She fostered a dog for almost two months last year and fell in love. “The time I spent with her was short, but it was probably the best time of my life,” Thomas said. “It’s rewarding to know that she has a great home now and that I could provide love for her so that she wouldn’t have to be tucked away in a shelter.” Thomas is also very excited about the new shelter, and agrees with the mayor that this is a huge step for Waco. She said she hopes Waco’s step forward will encourage other shelters around the country to follow. “The fact that the people of Waco are concerned about this issue shows a great deal of character and compassion in the city,” Thomas said. “The new shelter is going to be wonderful, and I cannot wait to see the impact it has on the population of homeless animals. This type of recognition to the shelter will hopefully increase the number of rehomed pets.” In December 2012, Waco entered into a partnership with the Humane Society of Central Texas to help manage and improve operations. Since the partnership, live-exit rates, or adoptions, of animals have increased to 88 percent. Much of this success is attributed to increased efforts to educate and provide affordable spay and neuter options, especially through the Animal Birth Control Clinic of Waco. The clinic and the city have worked hand-in-hand to increase live-exit rates. “The city of Waco felt so strongly about providing an affordable way for people to be compliant with the Pet Responsibility Ordinance, that they funded free spay and neuter microchips for city residents to the tune of $100,000,” said Carrie Kuehl, the executive director of the Animal Birth Control Center. “Last year we did over 1,800 surgeries. This year we did over 2,100 surgeries just with that funding.” The city of Waco has also had success launching an outreach group

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WOOF, AMIRITE? Zeina, a foster dog available for adoption at the Humane Society of Central Texas, plays with a tennis ball in a play area at the shelter. Waco plans to renovate the shelter in effort an to make Waco a no-kill city, foregoing animal euthanasia.

called SpayStreet Waco. The group offers free microchips and lowcost spay and neuter options for low-income citizens of Waco. The outreach group enacted by the city is all part of Waco’s continued effort to becoming a no-kill city. SpayStreet is the middleman between the public and the Animal Birth Control Clinic, Kuehl said. When volunteers for SpayStreet travel door-to-door in the community, many people see the SpayStreet logo and end up calling to ask how to get their animals spayed or neutered. They are then referred to the birth control clinic. Clinic officials are excited about the advancement towards becoming a no-kill city, the expansion of the shelter and the increased number of animals being spayed or neutered. However, Kuehl said the excitement goes beyond just the statistical depletion of animal deaths and increased adoptions at the shelter. The ultimate joy lies in seeing the improvement of health in the animals, Kuehl said. “Not only do we want to affect the shelter and the intake and euthanasia over there in a big way, what I love and what not everybody gets to see is the quality of life and the health boost that every dog or cat gets from getting

Effects of spay/neuter programs

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IN THE NUMBERS The graph above shows the Animal Birth Control Clinic’s results from recent spay and neuter initiatives in Waco. The shelter has since experienced a decrease in the numbers of animals acquired and euthanized, as well as an increase in adoptions.

spayed or neutered,” Kuehl said. The city still needs the public’s help if it is going to succeed in its mission. As renovations are being made to the current animal shelter, space for animals will be temporarily limited. The shelter is expected to be under renovations until midway of next year, Arroligas said. “We need your help. If you can foster a dog or cat and help us through this interim period, it would be really good. We are very short on space in

the interim,” Duncan said. The Animal Birth Control Center could also use volunteers, Kuehl said. Many of the clinic workers are citizen volunteers who spend Saturdays knocking on doors and informing citizens of the benefits of getting their animals spayed or neutered. “Any time we have volunteers, whether it’s one or two or a team of 30, if we can campaign in a neighborhood like that, that leaves a huge impact,” Kuehl said.

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Downtown area seeks grant to enliven, decorate KATIE GROVATT Reporter The Cultural Arts District of Waco is applying for a grant to fund the installation of artistic street signs to decorate and light up the downtown area. Creative Waco is partnering with the city of Waco to make an application possible. If successful, the grant will allow for five or six pieces of directional street art. These pieces would be distributed on or within a block of Elm Street and Austin Avenue. “The goal is to transform places in which people do not want to spend time into places that people do want to spend time,” Creative Waco executive director Fiona Bond said. The artistic signs would also include an online component where spectators would be able to access information about the specific destination. “The online component would bring the stories of these piece to life,” Bond said. These Artistic Wayfinding signs are about creating a sense of place that is not just about directional signs but about public art. The goal of the signs is to create a common theme that joins all the different signs around downtown Waco but also keeping a distinctive identity, Bond said. This allows people to find their way around town in a unique way than usual and standard street signs. “Wayfinding and connectivity have been some of the things that have been identified in the Imagine Waco plan, and in the various plans that represent our community,” Bond said. “This is a good way to access funding that might not otherwise be available to our community, and to do something that helps to bring to life some of the areas of our downtown.”

IN THE ART OF WACO (Above) This rendition of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” stands out against the plain brown brick building it was painted on. The piece doesn’t feature the name of an artist. (Left) This mural is located at on the side of 40 Thieves Hookah Lodge at 7th Street and Franklin Avenue. (Below) This mural is located on the side of the Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry. Photos by Trey Honeycutt | Lariat Photographer

A big hope for the artistic signs is the connection of the east and west sides of Waco. Creative Waco sees the signs as a potentially good way to join the communities of either side of the river. Waco assistant city manager Cynthia Garcia shares this same vision. “We really want to connect both sides of the river,” Garcia said. “That is something that we have seen in the Imagine Waco plan. We really want to connect them.” The grant is known as OURTOWN and has been utilized in cities like El Paso and on East 7th Street in downtown Austin. The grant requires a partnership between a local government agency and a non-profit art organization. It would include up to $200,000 in funding for these artistic signs. If the city is successful, it will be awarded the grant in April 2016. It will begin public meetings and site selections in August 2016. It would then draft a plan in September, share it with the public in October and hold proposals with the community in November. Final decisions will be put into place in December, and the execution would begin from January to August 2017. “We really want to have the community input to tell us if this is the right location or not,” Garcia said. “That is why we have planned so many community meetings, because it could be maybe that’s not where everyone wants them; maybe they want them somewhere else.” Though it is following in the footsteps of other cities like Austin by implementing more creative art into the downtown area, the city wants to make it clear the Artistic Wayfinding signs will be completely original. “We don’t want Austin’s; we want something that’s Waco,” Garcia said.

Texas sues federal government over Obamacare fee ASSOCIATED PRESS AUSTIN — The state of Texas sued the federal government Thursday, challenging the legality of a fee associated with the Affordable Care Act. It was the latest in dozens of lawsuits the state has brought against the Obama administration in recent years. Attorney General Ken Paxton, joined by his counterparts in Kasnsas and Louisiana, asked a federal court to reject the law’s Health Insurance Providers Fee, paid by insurance companies to underwrite subsidies provided to low-income Americans under the health care

law, coloquially known as Obamacare. The fee cost Texas $86 million in 2013 and about $120 million in subsequent years, Paxton said. Paxton and his fellow attorneys general said the fee amounts to an “unconstitutional tax” that, if left unpaid, could result in the federal government withholding millions in Medicaid funding. The U.S. Supreme Court in June for the second time upheld the constitutionality of the health care law, declaring the subsidies were legal even in states that had not established their own exchanges. Now Paxton is trying a new tactic to overturn the law. The state must

reimburse insurers that participate in the Medicaid program. “This threat to cut Medicaid funding to Texans unless the state continues to pay hundreds of millions in taxes to Washington amounts to the very ‘gun to the head’ the Supreme Court warned about in earlier rulings on Obamacare,” Paxton said in a statement. He added, “This represents yet another huge overstep of authority for this administration, which once again has demonstrated their willingness to circumvent the Constitution in order to achieve their policy goals.” One in seven, or around 3.7 million, Texans receive Medicaid services, according to the

lawsuit. Medicaid funding accounted for around 28 percent of the state’s total biannual budget in 2015. These federal dollars also fund health care for around 368,000 uninsured children in Texas,the suit states. Paxton and his predecessor, Gov. Greg Abbott, have a long history of suing the federal government. As of July, the state had sued Washington 34 times at a cost to taxpayers of around $5 million, according to the Texas Tribune. Texas won six of these cases, lost 10, withdrew seven and is waiting on rulings in the remaining 11.




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Drill team takes pride in presenting flags STEPHANIE REYES Staff Writer For members of the Air Force ROTC drill team, presenting the flags at Baylor football games is more than just standing in the middle of the field when the national anthem plays. For members, it gives them the opportunity to display their love for the country and their American pride. Tucson, Ariz., junior and drill and ceremonies officer and drill team commander Austin MacDonald said he decided to join the drill team because he saw it as an opportunity to become excellent in drill. He added that drill is a large part of the evaluation process at officer training camp, also called field training by members. “I just really love drill, and it looks super cool when you do it well,” MacDonald said. “[Drill] is a way to train cadets in discipline, in following orders and acting on a dime.” To become part of the drill team, members must first be part of the ROTC’s drill team and go through an eight-week process, which ends with an evaluation. Throughout the process, members learn how to use a rifle, march and how to do drill team events, among other things. Baylor’s drill team currently has 18 members consisting of sophomores, juniors and seniors, MacDonald said. The drill team duties range anywhere from presenting the flags at football games, doing saber arches at weddings, doing funerals and presenting the colors at various events throughout the Waco community. Four members hold the flags on the field, which includes one member holding the American flag, one holding the Air Force flag and two holding rifles on the side. “[At Saturday’s football game], rain or

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PRESENTING THE COLORS Baylor Air Force ROTC’s drill team walks the flags out onto the field before Baylor’s game against Rice on Sept. 26 at McLane Stadium.

shine, we’ll be out there presenting the colors,” MacDonald said. “It will be harder for our guys to hold the flags in a rain storm, but they’re gonna do it.” MacDonald said holding the flag is important to him because by holding the American flag he is able to show his patriotism to others. “Being able to hold it and have it above all other flags and just present it to people at the stadium is amazing,” MacDonald said. “It just makes me really proud to present the flag.” Vacaville, Calif., sophomore and drill team member Shane Anthony said he decided to join

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FBI opens hate crime probe in Indiana attack


ASSOCIATED PRESS BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The FBI has opened a hate crime investigation into an attack on a Muslim woman in which police say an Indiana University college student shouted racial slurs and tried to remove her headscarf. FBI Special Agent Wendy Osborne said Thursday that there is no deadline for concluding the investigation into Saturday's incident in Bloomington, Ind. She said the FBI became aware of the incident Monday and started the investigation Tuesday. "The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence and ensure the investigation is conducted in a fair, thorough and impartial manner," she said. "We will conduct the investigation as expeditiously as possible." Triceten Bickford, 19, of Fort Wayne, Ind., has been charged with multiple felony charges, including intimidation, strangulation and battery, in the attack on the 47-year-old woman outside a Turkish cafe. Bloomington is 50 miles southwest of Indianapolis. According to a probable cause affidavit, the Muslim woman was sitting at a table with her 9-year-old daughter when a man later identified as Bickford emerged from a nearby alley shouting "white power," anti-black racial

the drill team because he wanted to get involved within the Air Force ROTC. “Joining the drill team is a very prestigious organization,” Anthony said. “I wanted to get really good at marching.” Anthony said the reason members present the colors is so people have a visual representation of the American flag. “We want to give [people] something to look to other than the flag that is always there [in the stadium], so that they understand that it is a special occasion that we’re doing the presentation of the colors,” Anthony said.

Anthony said holding the flags at the football games is important to him because it is a prestigious position and it gives him the opportunity to hold himself to a higher standard. “It’s definitely an honor because I’ve always held a great respect for the American flag and this country,” Anthony said. “Being able to present the colors is definitely an experience. It was a really big deal for me because it was in front of a lot of people, and it was kind of scary at first but then as we we’re doing it, my butterflies disappeared.” Clyde Hill, Wash., junior and drill team member Katherine Matthews said decided to join the drill team because it is a great way to show the community that the military has a presence and purpose even within student life at Baylor. Matthews that being part of drill team allows members to build confidence, character and their drill abilities. “I really like how precise all the drill movements are and everything we do with presenting the colors, or even with the rifles, how we walk and stand, how we wear our uniforms is all very precise,” Matthews said. Matthews said holding the flags is important to her because it is a huge responsibility and it gives members the opportunity to honor the American flag properly. She added that she wants readers to know that its important that when the American flag is being presented its time to remove your hat, put your hand over your heart and stand quietly and respectfully. “We’ve had a lot of people tell us that they’ve never seen the colors presented in that way or they didn’t know that’s proper flag procedures,” Matthews said. “It’s neat to be able to show people that and share my knowledge and expertise with them in order to honor the flag.”

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HATE CRIME This photo provided by Bloomington PD shows Triceten D. Bickford, 19, an Indiana student who faces multiple charges including intimidation, strangulation and battery in the Saturday attack on a Muslim woman in a cafe in Bloomington, Ind.

slurs and "kill the police." Bickford grabbed the woman by the neck and forced her head forward, restricting her breathing as he tried to remove her headscarf, police say. Indiana University expelled Bickford following reports of the attack. He was released Sunday from Monroe County's jail on $705 bond and other fees and is scheduled to appear in Monroe County court Friday. Bickford has said he has no memory of the incident and that a combination of drinking alcohol and not taking his anti-anxiety medication caused him to snap. Messages seeking comment were left for Bickford's attorneys. He didn't respond to email and phone requests for comment. The federal statute sets a maximum 10year prison sentence for a hate crime in most cases.

Steppin’ Out, one of Baylor University’s longest-running traditions, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Registration day is right around the corner after homecoming from Monday to Thursday. Steppin’ Out is a program where students provide service to the Waco community through volunteer service days that are held once each semester. Baylor students have the opportunity to serve homeowners, major organizations and businesses in Waco. There will be about 50 sites available, which include Family of Faith Worship Center, Hillcrest PDS Magnet School, North East Riverside Neighborhood Association, Animal Birth Control Clinic, Family Abuse Center, World Hunger Relief and many others. “A lot of people really like that it’s just a one-day commitment where you go and serve,” said Jamie Wong, internal director for Steppin’ Out. “Even though you may only physically be going out for one day, we want to create relationships that last longer.” Wong said it’s important for Baylor students to step out of their bubble and interact with families, business owners and churches in the Waco community. “It was fun for me to see students of

different majors and classes unite together to achieve a common goal,” Paris senior Laynee Fulgham said. “Most of the people I was working with I had never met, but we all got along and helped each other out like we had been doing it for years.” Many students who participate in Steppin’ Out are there to represent their organization, club, sorority or fraternity. Individuals are also encouraged to participate. Steppin’ Out also encourages organizations to serve together at one site to interact with other groups within Baylor. “It’s a great chance for students at Baylor to interact with the community that makes our time at Baylor so unique,” Alvin senior Ryan Gutierrez said. “It also helps students to get out of their comfort zone and learn lessons that can’t be taught in the classroom. I would encourage every student to volunteer.” Steppin’ Out is Baylor's one big push to participate in the Waco community. It starts Nov. 7 with a kickoff celebration in the morning where students can get prepared for the day and enjoy live entertainment. “I think people in Waco do know what Steppin’ Out is, and a lot of them have appreciated what we’ve done, but at the same time there is so much room for us to continue to foster relationships and really just not have it be on one day,” Wong said.


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Behind the Tradition Baylor Chamber of Commerce prepares annual homecoming festivities HALEY MORRISON & ELLA KIMBERLY Reporters Baylor Chamber of Commerce has been carrying out Baylor traditions since 1919. Although Chambermen help with and organize many activities on campus, homecoming is their shining moment. Chamber’s mission is to keep the Baylor spirit alive by preserving traditions such as homecoming, Family Weekend and Diadeloso. Chamber also ensures that these events meet the needs and standards of the current Baylor community. “We are very service oriented, but very humble about it,” said San Antonio senior Emily Knaub, the Chamber of Commerce history chair. “We do something very unique.” In February of 1919, Baylor Business Men’s Club was put together by students hoping to open a business school, according to the Baylor Chamber of Commerce’s website. Knaub said this group of men petitioned to the president at the time, Samuel Palmer Brooks, to organize this club. “A year later in 1920 it was changed to Baylor Chamber of Commerce. We had ties to actual Chambers of Commerce in Texas, East Texas and Waco,” Knaub said. “We don’t have those affiliations anymore. Over time they just kind of dwindled away.” Homecoming became Chamber’s responsibility in 1937. “Homecoming is the best time to showcase Baylor in all of its glory while promoting a future existence,” Knaub said. “We put our heart and soul into everything we do, but I think even more with homecoming, because we want everybody: alumni, students and future students to really understand what Baylor is, what we stand for, and what we’ve been.” Homecoming is Chamber’s biggest event of the year and, perhaps, what they are most well known for. “Chamber does the planning and orchestrating the little events that go into the big thing. We work with Student Activities and [Baylor] marketing,” San Antonio senior and Chamber President Annelise Ingram, said. Homecoming events start Thursday, but it is Chamber’s job to get students excited before the celebration begins. This includes taking over

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GAME READY Members of the Baylor Chamber of Commerce hold back the Baylor Line before Baylor football’s 61-58 win over TCU on Oct. 11, 2014 at McLane Stadium. Chamber helps lead chants for the student section during each home football game, along with coordinating the Baylor Line.

chapel on Wednesday to promote the day and surrounding events. Chamber also helps with ticket sales for Pigskin and is in charge of Freshman Mass Meeting and the Homecoming Court. The events continue with Friday Night Flashback. Knaub said this occasion allows Chamber members to contribute pieces to the showcase. “The SUB gets turned into a mini museum of past history, and the Texas Collection opens up a lot of their collection to us so we can showcase it,” Knaub said. Friday’s festivities continue with the Extravaganza at the Waco Convention Center. However, due to severe weather forecasts predicted for the weekend, there will be no

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bonfire this year. Baylor also announced that the parade was canceled on Thursday at 10 a.m. While these traditions are not a part of this year’s homecoming, the Baylor vs. Iowa State football game is still slated for an 11 a.m. start at McLane Stadium. For Knaub, one of the best parts of Homecoming is seeing the freshmen run the Baylor Line. “To see the excitement and smiles on students faces right before they run the Baylor Line, they are so exicted for Homecoming, maybe their first time running it, it is just so great,” Knaub said. “I love when we have the exclamation point done, and it’s like ‘we did it!’; we finished it; we completed it; we did our best.

It’s really cliché, but its everything that makes it worth it for me.” As Chamber nears its 100 year anniversary, Chambermen have high expectations for the future. Ingram said outreach and working with other organizations are priorities. Knaub also hopes to see Chamber doing even more for the university. “I really hope to see it continue to be as service oriented as possible,” Knaub said. “Chamber is a great organization and it will continue to be great, but each one of us the reason we are in Chamber is because the first thing we want to do is serve. Whether that be a fellow man, a fellow student [or] a faculty member. We are really driven to do something bigger than ourselves.”

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Police records say Lamar Odom likely overdosed in brothel date. Kardashian has been by Odom’s side since he was found Associated Press in extremely critical condition at LOS ANGELES — Lamar the brothel. Odom is believed to have Brothel officials have said overdosed on cocaine and other workers saw Odom drink alcohol drugs before he was found and take supplements sold as unconscious in a Nevada brothel, “herbal Viagra” but no employees according to search warrant saw him take illegal records. drugs. The Food and The court Drug Administration document includes issued a warning testimony to a Nevada in 2013 against one state judge from brand of supplement Michael Eisenloffel, a they said he took, Nye County sheriff ’s Reload, after it was detective, on Oct. found to contain 13 after the former sildenafil, the NBA star was found active ingredient in at the Love Ranch in prescription Viagra. Crystal. A six-page Odom “I believe that transcript of the Mr. Odom may be detective’s request for — or may have been — under the search warrant said Odom was the influence of a controlled seen by witnesses and on security substance,” Eisenloffel told Fifth video taking an unidentified pill Judicial District Judge Robert from an unmarked plastic bag in Lane. his pocket, and two prostitutes The document was obtained told police they had “vague Thursday by The Associated Press. knowledge” that Odom was using Odom was hospitalized in illicit narcotics. Las Vegas and transferred to Los The court document said the Angeles, where his family said women told police they believed Thursday he was undergoing Odom snorted cocaine in a therapy and is showing bathroom while they were in the improvement. adjacent bedroom. “He is beginning to gradually Love Ranch owner Dennis Hof flourish both mentally and has said Odom arrived Oct. 10 for physically,” said a statement a four-day stay and spent $75,000 from Alvina Alston, publicist for on two women who accompanied Odom’s aunt JaNean Mercer. “His him in a VIP suite. use of speech has increased, and The Nevada judge issued a he’s more cognitively responsive.” search warrant authorizing police Alston called Odom’s therapy to obtain a blood sample from regimen “aggressive” but did not Odom after he was taken to the elaborate. Las Vegas hospital but test results On Wednesday, Odom and are pending. reality star Khloe Kardashian Authorities have not ruled out filed a court petition dismissing the possibility of taking action a divorce filing from December against the brothel or Odom. 2013. A clerk granted the request Odom spent most of his 14in such a way that the divorce year NBA career in Los Angeles papers can be refiled at a later with the Lakers and Clippers.


Associated Press

ONE TRUE CHAMP Bill Keller, editor-in-chief of the Marshall Project; President Barack Obama; Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck; and John Walsh, U.S. Attorney, District of Colorado participated in a forum on criminal justice reform Thursday in the Old Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. During the forum, Obama voiced support of the Black Lives Matter movement, urging Americans to take it seriously.

Obama shows support for #BlackLivesMatter DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON — Defending the Black Lives Matter movement, President Barack Obama said Thursday the protests are giving voice to a problem happening only in African-American communities, adding, “It’s not just something being politicized. It’s real and there’s a history behind it and we have to take it seriously,” he said. Obama said the movement, which sprang up after the deaths of unarmed black men in Florida, Missouri and elsewhere, quickly came to be viewed as being opposed to police and suggesting that other people’s lives don’t matter. Opponents have countered that “all lives matter.” At the conclusion of a White House forum on criminal justice, Obama said he wanted to make a final point about the nexus of race and the criminal justice system

before launching into his defense of the movement. “I think everybody understands all lives matter,” Obama said. “I think the reason that the organizers used the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ was not because they were suggesting nobody else’s lives matter. Rather, what they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that’s happening in the African-American community that’s not happening in other communities. “And that is a legitimate issue that we’ve got to address.” Police relations with minority communities and the deaths of unarmed black men have been topics of great interest since the shootings of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012 in Florida and 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Those deaths, and others of black women, have inspired protests around the country under the “Black Lives Matter” moniker. Obama paired his defense of

the Black Lives Matter movement with praise for police and other law enforcement officials. Some police groups have been unhappy with Obama’s response to the deaths of the unarmed black men. The president lately seems to be making the extra effort to publicly praise police officers for willingly taking on a dangerous assignment. He did so while participating in a forum on drug abuse Wednesday in Charleston, W. Va., and next week he’s scheduled to address the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The president said people should also “understand the overwhelming majority of law enforcement’s doing the right thing and wants to do the right thing” and “recognize that police officers have a really tough job and we’re sending them into really tough neighborhoods that sometimes are really dangerous and they’ve got to make split-second decisions.”


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arts&life b ay lo r l a r i at.c o m HOME SWEET HABITAT

BEST LAID PLANS Don’t know what to do off campus? An itinerary of a day in Waco is ready on pg. C2

The history of having live bears on campus is un-bear-ably cute pg. C3

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If you grow the art ... you’re going to grow the things that make it a place that people want to live.” Art gallery owners talk about their belief in Waco’s artistic community pg. C4

ON-THE-GO >> Happenings: Follow @BULariatArts and look for #ThisWeekinWaco for updates

ON THE MARKET Magnolia gears up for next week’s grand opening

This week(end) in Waco: >> Today 4 p.m. — Rosenbalm Fountain Dedication and Fifth Street Unveiling MOVED: 6-10 p.m. — Pep Rally/Extravaganza, Waco Convention Center 6:30, 10:30 p.m.— Pigskin Revue, Waco Hall 8 p.m. — Dueling Pianos, Waco Hippodrome

Richard Hirst | Photo Editor

SOFT OPENING Customers have been pouring into the market since the announcement of their soft opening last week. The official grand opening kicks off on Oct. 30 with a JohnnySwim concert and food trucks.

KATIE GROVATT Reporter Tourists are expected to flood to Waco on Halloween weekend as Magnolia Market is having its grand opening at the downtown silos at 601 Webster Ave. The city has estimated this event will attract almost as many people to Waco as Baylor football game days. “Magnolia is estimating in the neighborhood of 5,000 people per Saturday. I’m sure there will

be Saturdays that are fewer than that, but we’re talking about maybe 10,000 people a week,” said Megan Henderson, executive director at the downtown development corporation. Dori Helm, communications manager for the city of Waco, said due to the enormous amount of out-of-towners flooding into city limits, leaders are working diligently to find ways to show off Waco’s best attractions to the newcomers. “Nobody knows how many people are coming. I don’t think it will be bigger than Baylor game

days, but definitely a constant stream of people,” Helm said. City officials are hoping that the new extended Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) system will catch on and successfully guide tourists through Waco’s finest parts. Henderson has worked hard this past summer to establish a new route that will provide the rider a highlight of downtown Waco. The shuttle


We’ll all float on all right Parade halted by rain, judging continues on normal schedule

8-10 a.m. — Book signings, Baylor Bookstore 9 a.m.-1 p.m.— Downtown Waco Farmers Market 11 a.m.— Baylor Football vs. Iowa State, McLane Stadium 7 p.m. — Pigskin Revue, Waco Hall

>> Sunday 7 p.m. — Patio Jams, Waco Hippodrome

Irregular hours:


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CANCELED — Baylor Homecoming Parade begins, Reaches campus around 7:30 a.m.

8 p.m. — Trannie Stevens, Common Grounds

SARAH JENNINGS Although the Baylor Homecoming Parade has been canceled due to weather conditions, the creative, extravagant and quirky floats will be judged at their regular times as tradition prevails. Houston senior Kelsey Petrie, former float chair for Alpha Chi Omega, said the judges will still come to each float site this morning, despite the canceled parade. At this time, the judges will check for completion and decide on rankings. A showcasing of the floats will be announced at a later date. “It really is a team effort,” said Richardson senior Maelyn Schramm. “It’s cool to see the end product, and think every Tri Delta and ATO member put something towards this, whether it’s creativity or physical work. It’s cool to know we all built this together. It wasn’t easy all of the time. But it is definitely worth it in the end to look at the final

>> Saturday

>> Today Freshii, open 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Einsteins, open 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Panda Express, open 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. BSB Atrium Starbucks, open 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Baylor Sciences Building Food Court, open 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Law School, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. East Village Bakery, open 7:30-3 p.m. Moody Library Starbucks, open 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Lariat File Photo

A BIT OF A DAMPER Although the homecoming parade is canceled, judges will be evaluating clubs’ floats per normal schedule. Last year, Kappa Omega Tau was awarded first place for the class A floats.

Zoës Kitchen to open Tuesday on Valley Mills MATT DOTSON Reporter

Richard Hirst | Photo Editor

FRESH OPTIONS Zoës Kitchen will give the Waco community with a fast, freshfirst dining experience. The location is directly across H-E-B on Valley Mills Drive.

Zoës Kitchen will open a new location in Waco on Tuesday. The new restaurant is undergoing finishing touches at 1810 South Valley Mills Drive. Zoës Kitchen serves mediterranean-style cuisine and prides itself on using fresh ingredients. Some dishes they serve include salads, chicken or salmon kebabs, steak rollups and hummus. Dr. Melanie Nogalski, program and admissions manager of Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, said she is excited about the opening.

“I ate at Zoë’s Kitchen in Austin recently and love the food,” Nogalski said. “It is like a Mediterranean Chipotle with fresh ingredients and healthy new choices. As soon as the Waco Zoës opens, I’ll be there.” Jeff McGrory, regional operator of Zoës Kitchen, said he’s ready for the store to be open in Waco. “We are thrilled to become a part of the Waco community and expand our presence in Texas,” McGrory said. “At Zoës, our mission is to deliver goodness from the inside out.

ZOËS >> Page C6

>> Saturday Freshii, closed Einsteins, open 6 a.m.-Noon Panda Express, closed BSB Atrium Starbucks, closed Baylor Sciences Building Food Court, closed Law School, closed East Village Bakery, closed Moody Library Starbucks, open 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

>> Sunday Freshii, closed Einsteins, closed Panda Express, open 2-8 p.m. Atrium Starbucks, closed Baylor Sciences Building Food Court, closed Law School, closed East Village Bakery, closed Moody Library Starbucks, open 2 p.m.-1 a.m.


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Through the lens in Waco Pictures taken by residents proves that the city has much to offer

GOING AROUND TOWN Far Left: Instagram user @el_lobo_supremo snaps a picture of a man standing on a cliff during sunset at Cameron Park; Top Left: @sashaisms enjoys a cup of coffee at Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits; Top Right: @annen2014 stops by the Magnolia Market; Bottom: @bonfurg enjoys a sweet treat at Lula Jane’s.

SARAH JENNINGS Reporter For many students, life revolves around Baylor’s campus. When parents and family come to town, it can come as a welcome opportunity to eat out, try some local venues and explore Waco. However, planning a whole weekend can be overwhelming as families often expect their students to know Waco and take the lead. Here are some suggestions for a day in the life of a cultured Wacoan: 1. Kick off Friday downtown with brunch at Lula Jane’s on Elm Avenue. This homey, local bakery features mainly breakfast foods made from scratch, a garden on

site and coffee starting at 50 cents. Lula Jane’s doesn’t waste anything, so go early for the best selection of that day’s menu. Writer’s pick: baked oatmeal with all the toppings. Other delicious Waco breakfast joints are Café Cappuccino and the Olive Branch. 2. Following breakfast, drive across the Brazos River and turn right to explore Cameron Park. Jacob’s Ladder, Lover’s Leap and the disc golf course are popular stops. The shady River Trail, which is easily accessed by parking at the Redwood Shelter pavilion, allows walkers to admire both the cliffs and water. 3. There’s approximately seven miles of pavement around the Brazos, forming

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the Waco Riverwalk. Though the Waco Suspension Bridge certainly must be revisited at night, this walk shows off the interesting bridges crisscrossing the river and can be followed all the way from Cameron Park to McLane Stadium. 4. Hit up Austin Avenue for a little downtown shopping. This historic area comes alive with a little help from the Waco History app. After looking through the antique shops and tucking away some dinner ideas like Portofino’s and Sergio’s, stop by Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits. The view of the mural on the rooftop, which kicked off the Wacotown mural movement, is even better with a Sergio breakfast burrito and the unique “1885” drink in hand

— a combination of espresso and Dr Pepper over ice. 5. Magnolia Market, a new development at the silos on Webster Avenue, is worth a ramble. Shoppers will also enjoy Spice Village and vintage shops along LaSalle Avenue. 6. If the weather holds out, drop by the Baylor Marina for sand volleyball, paddleboarding or kayaking. The marina will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday. The ROCK in the Baylor Student Life Center will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. Guests must complete a liability waiver and pay a small guest fee. 7. For dinner, try a local restaurant. The food trucks on University Parks Drive—such as Xristo’s, Greek food, or the brand-new Tandoori Trailer, featuring Indian cuisine—are a

great dinner choice for a pretty day. Other Waco favorites are Bari’s for Italian food, Bangkok Royal for Thai, George’s for American, Sergio’s for Mexican and Vitek’s for BBQ. The more adventurous foodies may enjoy Vietnamese food at the Clay Pot. 8. On Saturday morning, consider some breakfast at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market before heading off to the football game. It opens at 9 a.m. and features goods and food from local vendors. 9. On Saturday at 8 p.m., the Waco Hippodrome presents the Bill & Phil Show— a live acoustic band playing hits from the 70s, 80s and beyond. Also check out movie showings for some Halloween favorites. 10. While downtown,

Pokey O’s is must. Dream of this: a divine pairing of homemade cookie and ice cream. Check their Instagram @pokeyoswaco for that night’s location and special flavors. 11. Family game nights are always fun. If the Hippodrome doesn’t suit you, U-swirl is a great hangout space, complete with board games and frozen yogurt. 12. Of course, a walk around the ever-growing Baylor campus should not be overlooked, especially with new additions like the fountain on Fifth Street and the new Hankamer School of Business building. However, as the popular Instagram hashtag says, #wacoisawonderland. It’s time to break out of the bubble.

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SARAH JENNINGS Reporter Many students fell in love with Lady and Joy on their first visit to campus, but otherwise, Baylor University’s live mascots are an oft-forgotten part of regular campus life. In the midst of Homecoming and a week of traditions, it’s time to reveal the unique history of the Baylor bears—the furry, four-legged ones. In 1996, Eugene W. Baker, Baylor University Historian from 1981 to 1995, published “Here Comes the Bears” discussing the history of the bears. With the help of the Baylor Chamber of Commerce, he compiled a collection of charming pictures and quirky stories of the bears’ escapades from 1914 to 1996. On December 17, 1914, a Lariat article announced the newly chosen mascots, saying “And the Baylor Bears it shall be hereafter. Perchance it will be the Bruins or the Grizzles but anyway the designation of the Baptists will be some form of the cognomen of the carnivorous, fearless Orsus.” According to Baker, World War I affected campus life greatly and slowed efforts to obtain a live bear. Nevertheless, Baylor finally received her first mascot, Ted—often called Bruin, from the 107th Engineer Battalion. Responding to a plea in the Lariat, students raised money to provide for the expenses. The bears that followed were credited with the success of the football team, due to the enthusiasm created when the early mascots marched with the Baylor band. Joe College was one of Baylor’s most notable bears. Formally introduced to the student body in 1932, he was known across America and enjoyed fishing and swimming with his caretakers, the Baylor Chamber. He rode in the back of their Model T Ford, was arrested on Congress Avenue in Austin, and got tricked out of going into winter hibernation with hot pads and warm water bottles before the December football game against the University of Texas. Joe College set a precedent for mascots. Through the 1970s, the bears would hold and drink from a Dr Pepper bottle at football games. “With the Pepsi invasion on campus, I think we should bring the bears to McLane and relive the tradition of them drinking Dr Pepper,” said Temple senior Molly Montgomery. This tradition was stopped due to health concerns, according to the sign by the bear habitat. Still, students have expressed interest in more inclusion of the live bear mascots in campus traditions and football games.

Courtesy Photo

GOVERNOR FOR A DAY Baylor Bear mascot Chuck II sits at the desk of Texas Governor Mark White during a trip to the Texas State Capitol to promote White’s appearance in the 1983 Baylor Homecoming.

Baker wrote Baylor students often caused a stir, using the mascot as the main actor. In 1946, mascot Chita was sent to Waco jail in order to be protected from the Texas A&M threat that they’d steal the cub. Mascots Linus and Lucy often swam in a small fountain which was on Fifth Street in the 1960s. Mascot Delilah beat out Baylor candidates as a write-in for the 1971 Diadeloso Queen contest. The year 1981 marked the entrance of a new kind of bear. Basketball season featured a “human bear” in a costume donated by Wendy’s Family Restaurant. Student Andy Spencer became Mr. Bear when he added a double zero jersey to the costume. Students may borrow “Here Comes the Bears!” from the Texas Collection, located in Carroll Library on Burleson Quadrangle. It is recommended to email the Librarian and Curator of Print Materials before visiting at Amie_ More photographs and links to archival materials on the bears can be found on the Texas Collection, Baylor University Flickr page.

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DR. PEPPER HOUR A Baylor Bear mascot drinks Dr. Pepper on campus in 1971.

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Drawing Together Studio to participate in homecoming through Wacoan art exhibit LAUREN FRIEDERMAN Reporter To escape from the elements and feast your eyes on art, wander into the Creative Art Studio and Theater during what would have been the duration of the homecoming parade. The CAST, located at 605 Austin Ave., will open its doors at 7 a.m. Saturday. The gallery, featuring local Waco artists’ work, will be open for people to peruse the impressionistic and surrealistic art, as well as the photographs and pottery on display.

Games, such as chess and corn hole, will be set up for people to play. Hot chocolate and coffee will be available for 50 cents per cup. A Baylorthemed still-life station will be set up and those who draw still-life will be entered in a drawing for a free art prize pack. CAST opened early for last year’s homecoming and will do the same this year. Coowner Beth Richards said it is important for them to open early for the community.

LOCAL TALENT ONLY The art showcased at the CAST homecoming event will only feature artists from McLennan County.

All photos by Trey Honeycutt | Lariat Photographer

COMING HOME TO ART (above) The Creative Art Studio and Theater will host a homecoming event with art, games and refreshments at 7 a.m. on Saturday at its downtown location at 605 Austin Ave. THE FINISHING TOUCHES (below) The owners of the Creative Art Studio and Theater gather on Monday to talk about the gallery’s homecoming event that is set to take place at 7 a.m. Saturday.

“We want to show our support for Baylor,” Richards said. “We want to introduce ourselves to the crowd that comes out to support Baylor as well.” Co-owner Terry Stevens said the CAST is a place for local artists to connect and display their work. He said there is a lot of talent in the area and whether or not the artists have had their work displayed or marketed previously, they’re offering a place for it at the CAST. “Our mission is to help artists in the Central Texas area develop and explore marketing opportunities to showcase their art,” said Monica Shannon, co-owner of CAST. The CAST showcases all different types of artists, from pottery to paintings, Shannon said. “The interesting thing about our artists is that we have people that are very high- level professional artists that do this for a living and we’ve got guys who are kitchen contractors that do it on the side and are just as amazing,” Shannon said. Only artists residing in McLennan County are allowed to showcase their work in

the CAST. All of the owners said they agree showcasing local art is important for the community. “We need to keep the people here and keep the dollars here. If people are thinking the only place they can go to get good quality art or good quality entertainment is Dallas and Austin, then those are dollars that are leaving our community,” Richards said. In addition to keeping

revenue in-city, Stevens stressed the importance of fostering creativity within the community because she said it adds vibrance. “You have a creative person that can come up with a new business or something, that’s the same kind of person that comes up with art,” Stevens said. Richards said when she moved here 11 years ago, downtown Waco was deserted.

She said it was a much different downtown than it is now. “If you grow the art, you’re going to grow business area, you’re going to grow job opportunities, you’re going to grow the things that make it a place that people want to live,” Stevens said. For information on more events happening at the CAST, check them out online at www.

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Diners, Drive-By’s and Dives A look into the overlooked, underappreciated eateries in Waco : Revisited for homecoming CUPPS REBECCA FLANNERY Arts Editor

El Pollo Palenque

Helena Hunt | Staff Writer

Happiness is a diner mug filled with fresh coffee intermittently between sips. Happiness is Cupp’s Drive-Inn. For those who have driven by and wondered if their food is worth the cramped space, rest assured it is. Sitting down next to a regular at the bar, I could tell I was well out of my league. The place was scattered with those who called the cooks by their first names – Freddy and Sherry Johnson. As I was conversing with the customers, I began to understand Cupp’s

had just as much history and charm as those sitting around the place. Carl Rice has been coming to Cupp’s since 1955. He said he comes about three times a week with his brother, and that the food never disappoints. “When I was coming here in ’55, the only thing that was different about the place was that the burgers cost 25 cents,” he said. As I got down to the risky business of picking a meal from the tried and true menu, I couldn’t help but think how nice toast sounded. Somehow I knew it would be better than any piece of bread I could put in a toaster at home. It came accompanied with an egg and three pieces of bacon – which

were brilliantly executed in all of their diner glory. Cooked straight in butter. And breakfast isn’t even what they’re known for. Customers started ordering burgers and hand-cut fries as soon as the clock hit 11 in the morning – the time Cupp’s stops serving breakfast. Rice advocated the delicacy. He said no where else in Waco serves a better burger or cares as much about fries to actually cut them by hand each morning. Oh, and the onion rings, he said we can’t exclude those. Overall, this diner exceeds the expectations of my Guy Fieri-spirited embodiment. There’s a reason this diner has been open for 86 years. Raise your diner mug to 86 more.

ROLL ON El Pollo Palenque stands at 1400 LaSalle Ave. in the parking lot of a gas station. Although it has wheels, the truck remains stationary throughout the year.

“EL POLLO” HELENA HUNT Staff Writer El Pollo Palenque operates out of a food truck at 1400 LaSalle Ave. El Pollo, as I shall call it, is hard to miss: painted red and yellow, it loudly proclaims itself and its “mobil” status to the indifferent passersby of LaSalle. I arrived to El Pollo alone, my only company a man in dusty jeans riding a purple bike in circles through the gas station parking lot. Three cars parked at the gas pumps by the food truck reassured me that this was a hopping place, but no one was pumping gas or sitting in the cars or anywhere at all, except for

Dusty Biker. After parking my car I mounted the wooden steps to El Pollo’s window. It slid open to reveal a smiling teenage girl, a reassuring sight in the sometimes dystopia-esque landscape of LaSalle. I pulled a Rachael Ray and asked the local what I should get. A cook emerged from behind my cashier friend and told me most people ordered tacos with Al Pastor, steak or barbacoa. Well then, I would have two tacos, one Al Pastor and one barbacoa! After a wait much shorter than any I have ever endured at Torchy’s, I received my bounty. Festooned with cilantro, onions, a bright orange pepper, and their respective meats, they looked very money. I ate my Al Pastor first.

Al Pastor, I later learned, is pork marinated in chili pepper, pineapple and spices before being served to the unsuspecting customers of El Pollo Palenque. When I bit into the taco I was greeted by a burst of fruity, juicy flavor. A rush of heat followed; I’d bitten right into that orange pepper, and tears flowed from my eyes. I followed up the Al Pastor with my barbacoa taco. The barbacoa had a smokier flavor than the al Pastor, with less of the first taco’s juicy flavor. I must say that the al Pastor and all the drama it brought to my life was my favorite of the two tacos. El Pollo’s cook craned out of his little window to ask me how I liked my meal. “I loved it!” I told him, and thought, “I just rode that trailer to flavortown.”

WISE GUYS REBECCA FLANNERY Arts Editor Being a self-proclaimed connoisseur of all things “hot dog,” driving by Wise Guys: A Chicago Eatery every time I jet down Valley Mills had become quite painful. Yesterday was different. Y’all, I’ve had my fair share of ‘dogs before. Considering this was the only hot dog eatery I’d seen advertised in Waco, you better believe I had high expectations. I walked up to the counter and scoured the menu for the only thing on which you can actually judge a hot dog stand – The Chicago Dog. This allbeef dog traditionally comes with sport peppers, a pickle spear, celery salt, tomatoes,

Wise Guys

Rebecca Flannery | Arts Editor

CHICAGO DOG Famous for it’s Chicago-style food, Wise Guys is located on 579 North Valley Mills Drive.

onions, mustard and relish, all on a fresh poppy seed bun. Sitting down, relishing the moment (pun intended) of sitting in a quaint Chicago eatery in the middle of Waco, Texas, I took the bun in-hand and took a bite into the sweet, salty and tangy grouping that is The Perfect Chicago Dog.

In a matter of mere moments, my lunch was gone and I was left longing for more. For just $4, another dog wasn’t the worst decision I’ve ever made. Needless to say, the Chicago-bred owner knows what she’s doing bringing a taste of Illinois to poor ol’ Texas.



Armstrong Browning Library Open House Cox Reception Hall 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Homecoming Tent at The Texas Collection 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Enjoy light refreshments and explore the latest exhibit: “A World of Their Own: Children’s Literature at the Armstrong Browning Library.” Dennis Campbell Innovative Learning Space Dedication Jones Library, Second Floor 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Come to this gathering held in memory of a special Baylor colleague.

Take in the parade just outside Carroll Library with refreshments and friends. Then, step inside and see a great Homecoming exhibit and the pottery of Texas ceramist Harding Black. Alice in Wonderland Exhibit Moody Memorial Library 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Travel “Down the Rabbit Hole” through this exhibit that explores the imagination of Lewis Carroll.



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MAGNOLIA is currently running in a pilot project where it runs on Saturdays and also on days where Baylor University is out of session. The city has raised enough money for this route to run on these days up until the end of January. The route is 20 minutes and free to ride. “As a marketing tool, it takes people passed the Hippodrome, it takes people passed the interesting things going on at River Square; [on] Saturday mornings the busy farmers market and food trucks on University Parks,” Henderson said. The new route connects many of the going areas of the downtown, she said. “If we are going to have a lot of extra people in town, we certainly want to expose those people to lots of businesses and not just a few,” Henderson said. City council board member Dillon Meek is in full support of the shuttle and believes in the importance of showcasing Waco to visitors. “A large number of people are estimated to come to Magnolia on Saturdays. Patrons of that facility will likely utilize a facility like this, which will likely funnel some people to the rest of our local businesses,” Meek said. Waco city mayor Malcolm Duncan, Jr. hopes the DASH services will encourage outof-towners to utilize public transportation. “There’s going to be a lot of people here that don’t have any bias against public transit,

this will be a great way to orient people to use it,” Duncan said. The grand opening begins on Thursday, Oct. 29, with a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. Friday and Saturday include a concert by Johnnyswim. The concert has already been sold out with Magnolia selling two thousand tickets for each night. Other big events in Waco are also happening that same weekend. There will be an event at McLane Stadium called Spooktacular, the Saturday downtown Farmer’s market, and the Wine & Food Festival that supports the local animal shelter. With all the excitement, Waco officials will be preparing for a busy Halloween weekend. Helm said that the city has been working on many procedural things to prepare for the grand opening such as sidewalks, curbs, trashcan issues and blockage of streets. They have been in touch with the general manager at Magnolia and their PR people. Helm said they have connected Magnolia with their convention center, and talked with them about showcasing Waco attractions in their stores. “We are looking for ways to put our best foot forward,” Helm said.

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PREP TIME The market is in its final phase of completion. The grand opening is set for Oct. 30 and 31. While the tickets to attend the JohnnySwim concert are sold out, the market will still be accessible to anyone who comes.


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THROWBACK Baylor University Dining Services sponsored a float in the 1970 Baylor Homecoming Parade.

product. You’re like ‘Wow, we made something that we really appreciate, and people can appreciate as well.” Bossier City senior Christine Reddy said the minimum required hours per member vary by organization, but on average, students involved give an hour a week. Float construction begins within the first three weeks of the fall semester. Float chairs sacrifice a huge amount of work, time and energy. “If you’re a float chair, it’s an everyday thing,” Reddy said. “They’re there four to five hours every day.” Petrie said float chairs from every participating fraternity and sorority are elected in the spring semester and begin meeting as early as March. Organizations pair up based on mutual selection -- a process that helps float chairs choose a partnering organizations. Float committees are limited to choosing organizations within their same class, which is

determined by budget. Monetary guidelines for Homecoming 2015 required maximum expenditures of $1,750 for Class C floats and $2,250 for Class B floats. Tradition dictates extreme secrecy around the float themes and location of the warehouses where construction takes place. Themes, including a diagram and detailed description, are due to Baylor Chamber on the morning of Diadeloso from the previous semester. Since themes from the last four years can’t be repeated, competition runs high to get first choice of theme. Thus, float chairs begin lining up in the early hours of the morning. For the average Greek life student, the week approaching homecoming requires more time, even in addition to commitments like Pigskin, midterms and recruitment. “It’s really fun the night before,”

Schramm said. “Everyone’s like ‘Alright, let’s finish it.’ People will bring food, and we’ll play music. Everyone’s there. We’re working hard, but we’re having fun. I love the night before; it’s like a big party.” Overall, Schramm said she found the time and effort worthwhile because of the bonding of working alongside others. She said her group tries to maintain a standard of excellence and put forth their best in all they do. “They park the floats outside of Waco Hall for everyone to come by and see,” Petrie said. “So that’s really cool, because the community can gather around Waco Hall, around Judge Baylor and Pat Neff—the most picturesque place on campus. It’s really fun to see alumni come. They’ll take pictures with their kid outside your float.”

ZOËS We look forward to delivering Zoës goodness to the Waco community.” In addition to Zoës Kitchen sit-down environment, they will also provide a catering service. According to their website, “Zoës Kitchen party pack serves up to 10 and are filled with their own unique combination of fresh

fruits, veggies, good-for-you proteins, and grains.” Since 1995, Zoës Kitchen has created 160 locations in 17 states across the United States, according to their website. The restaurant was founded by Zoe and Marcus Cassimus in hopes of providing people with fast, fresh Mediterranean food.

LOCATION IS EVERYTHING Waco’s newest fast-casual restaurant is located in the new shopping center across Valley Mills Drive from H-E-B.

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Stance socks make the break hillside, smack in the middle of a sockless stretch of Southern Tribune News Service California coastline better known SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. - as the stamping grounds of the surfRihanna designs them, Jay Z sings and-sandal board sport brands. The location isn’t the brand’s only about them and the rest of the world can’t seem to get enough of Stance connection to the surf/skate world. Several of the five co-founders have socks. The company’s comfortable, roots in the action sports industry, colorful and well-made take on including the company’s president humble hosiery is turning the sock John Wilson (who had stints at into the next pocket square and Reef and Oakley), chief creative becoming a pop-culture status officer Aaron Hennings (who spent a decade at Billabong) and chief symbol along the way. In just five years since the first marketing officer Ryan Kingman Stance socks hit retail, they’ve earned (Element). Rounding out the a shout-out in Jay Z lyrics (“This ain’t founding quintet are chief product gray sweat suits and white tube socks officer Taylor Shupe and chairman / This is black leather pants and a pair and chief executive Jeff Kearl. It was Kearl, a venture of Stance”), attracted a constellation of celebrity investors (including Jay Z capitalist and self-described “serial and Will Smith), brand ambassadors entrepreneur,” who had come to San (the bands Santigold and Haim), and Clemente to punch out for a few years now its first celebrity designer in after one of the start-ups he’d worked Rihanna, tapped to collaborate on a with was acquired by Hewlettline of socks and help shape the fall Packard in 2007. By 2009, Kearl says he was itching for another project. 2015 advertising campaign. At the same time that Stance’s “I was the chairman of the board fashion-brand approach of employing of (headphone maker) Skullcandy,” seasonal inspirations and designer Kearl said, “and one of the lessons collaborations has made the label I’d learned from the founder of that company was a hit in the to look for lifestyle arena, categories its line of suffering performance from what he “What we need now socks for called ‘benign runners, is reach. We’ve got the neglect’ golfers and where there the like has cool kids, we’ve got the was a lot of attracted the influencers. We need potential.” attention of H e the sporting reach to get to the remembers crowd, leading masses.” walking the to a deal with aisles of a the National Clarke Miyasaki | EVP of Business Target store in Basketball Development San Clemente, Association., considering which will products like make Stance sunblock, the league’s jewelry and official onluggage. “Then we came to the sock court sock starting on Oct. 27 when aisle,” he said. “And it was literally the 2015-2016 season tips off. Perhaps the only thing more black, white, gray and brown. The improbable than what Stance has crazy argyle patterns were on the done in such a short time is where bottom rack, and most of the socks it’s done it from - a nondescript were in these big value-packed plastic industrial park on a San Clemente baggies.” Over the next few months,


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ROCK THE SOCKS From left, Clarke Miyasaki, EVP of Business Development, Aaron Hennings, Jeff Kearl and John Wilson talk at Stance’s offices on Oct. 1 in San Clemente, Calif.

Kearl dove deep on socks, paying attention to how they were displayed in stores, how they were priced, how sales associates reacted. He says he bought hundreds of pairs on his way to the realization that that this was exactly the sleepy, overlooked, under-valued category that had serious potential. Stance was officially founded by the end of 2009, with the first pairs of socks hitting retail in late 2010. The first three accounts were specialty surf shops: Surfside Sports on the Costa Mesa/Newport Beach, Calif., border, and Jack’s Surfboards and Huntington Surf and Sport, both in Huntington Beach. Stance socks are now sold in more than 40 countries and at major retailers, including Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s. Although the privately held company doesn’t disclose specific sales figures, Kearl and company say they sold 15 million pairs between the late 2010 launch and the end of 2014 and estimate they’ll sell more than 12 million pairs in 2015. Prices range from $10 for near-invisible socklets to $40

for premium pairs, with most socks falling in the $12 to $15 range. Timing has played no small part in the brand’s meteoric rise since it hit the market at the same time men were changing the way they dressed. The rising popularity of socks “goes hand in hand with the kind of pants guys are wearing,” explains Caleb Lin, vice president and buying director at L.A.-based American Rag, which stocks Stance socks. “Guys are showing their ankles a lot more in general. A lot of guys are wearing cropped pants and (sweatpant-style) joggers. Whereas before it didn’t necessarily matter as much, now it becomes a part of your statement. It’s definitely an accessory that’s become more meaningful for our consumer.” This season also marks the first time a company has been allowed to put its own logo on a game-worn sock. “We were serious about having the logo (visible),” said Clarke Miyasaki, Stance’s executive vice president of business development, who helped broker the deal. “If there

wasn’t a logo on there you’d just have well-designed socks, but what would that do for our brand? What we need right now is reach. We’ve got the cool kids, we’ve got the influencers. We need reach to get to the masses. And this - millions of eyeballs every night - is going to do that.” Stance is already poised to leverage the halo effect of the NBA deal in two ways - beyond just selling a Staples Center full of socks (which it almost certainly will). One is the company’s first product extension: the launch in mid-November of men’s underwear (in three silhouettes including a boxer short that could be mistaken for a pair of board shorts) and the opening of the brand’s first flagship store, 2,000 square feet of retail space in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood, in late November or early December. So where does Stance go from here? “We’re just getting started,” Kearl says. “If we can do men’s underwear (right), we could probably take a fair crack at doing women’s.”


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ALL SMILES, ALMOST Baylor fans cheer on the Baylor football team during a game between Baylor and Lamar University on Sept. 12 at McLane Stadium. The game against Lamar was Baylor’s home opener for the 2015 season. Baylor won 66-31.

Incomparable Homecoming and McLane make unbeatable pair JOSHUA DAVIS Sports Writer The No. 2 Baylor Bears take on Iowa State for Homecoming this Saturday, where they are the best team in the country at winning at home. Under head coach Art Briles, the team has won 19-straight home games in Waco, the longest active FBS winning streak. “It’s impressive and I think it says a lot about who we are as a fan base, how we play as a team and how we protect our turf,” Briles said. “That’s all good, but I think that just shows you how hard it is to consistently win.” Baylor’s premier win streak started nearly three years ago on Homecoming against the Kansas Jayhawks. Since that time, it’s been nothing but home cooking for the Bears as they’ve rattled off win after win. The Bears have won their last five homecoming matchups. The past three


games have been especially advantageous for Baylor as it has won those by an average margin of 45.3 points. “We have a point to prove every time we step out on that field,” said junior wide receiver Corey Coleman. “We can’t tolerate anything, so we have to put our foot down and just be at our best. We have great fans, and we don’t want to let anyone down.” Sophomore linebacker Taylor Young said he always looks forward to the excitement of homecoming and playing for a large crowd. “It’s always a big deal at home,” Young said. “Seeing everybody in that green and gold, and other people that haven’t been able to come to the games is exciting. It’s a big deal to celebrate homecoming.” Homecoming just has a different feel, senior left tackle Spencer Drango said. “At homecoming, there’s a lot more people around Baylor, which is a really cool atmosphere to be around,” Drango said. “It’s electric, not just at the game, but the campus is electric. It’s a really fun environment to

No. 2 Bears host Iowa State TYLER CAGLE

HEAD COACHES Briles vs ISU (4-2) Rhoads vs BU (2-3)

TEAM RECORDS Baylor – 6-0, 3-0 Iowa State – 2-4, 1-2

OFFENSE Baylor – 719.7 ypg Iowa State – 487.3 ypg

DEFENSE Baylor – 381.5 ypg Iowa State – 461.8 ypg

[take part in].” Baylor was one of the first five schools to ever celebrate Homecoming and Drango recognized the significance. “I think we have [one of] the longest Homecoming traditions in the United States, so it’s a big game for Baylor and the University as a whole,” Drango said.” “We have a lot of alumni coming back, but for us it’s just another game on the schedule.” Junior quarterback Seth Russell admitted that the 92nd playing of the homecoming game represents a lot for the fans and alumni coming back to support the team, but agreed with Drango, saying it’s just like any other game. The Bears will take on the Cyclones at McLane Stadium at 11 a.m. Saturday. The game will be televised on ESPN. Baylor notified fans planning to attend Saturday’s game at McLane Stadium to participate in the annual #StripeMcLane game.

Sports Writer For the Baylor Bears, homecoming is a special time of the year. Families get together and celebrate their Baylor pride, reuniting for Pigskin Revue and football game during the weekend. This year’s homecoming game will see the second ranked Baylor Bears host the Iowa State Cyclones. However, the pageantry of the homecoming season isn’t affecting the Baylor football team as much as the normal student body. “I think we have the longest homecoming tradition in the United States, so it’s a big game for Baylor and the university as a whole,” said senior tackle Spencer Drango. “We have a lot of alumni coming back, but for us it’s just another game on the schedule.” While the game may be just another game on the schedule for the Bears, it begins

one of the toughest six game stretches in America to round out the season. Although perennial cupcake Iowa State enters the game with just a 2-4 record, the Cyclones have played tough games against strong opposition. “They’re good; they’re a good football team,” said head coach Art Briles. “You can ask Toledo; they went to double OT in Toledo and Toledo is the number 19 or 20 team in America. TCU is the No. 3 or No. 4 team in America, and it was 24-21 TCU at half.” The Cyclones would eventually lose both of those referenced games yet their play has been noticeably improved in 2015. Offensively, the Bears are playing their same old song and dance, torching the nation yet again. The Bears rank sixth in passing yards per game and second in rushing, the only


It’s 2 p.m., and defensive coordinator Phil Bennett is preparing for Wednesday practice in his office overlooking Baylor’s outdoor facility. From the second you walk into his office, Bennett oozes intensity and fire. As we begin speaking, he opens letters and answers questions with the same voracity he exhibits on the sideline at McLane Stadium. He knows the criticism his defense has gotten since he’s been at Baylor. He knows Baylor is perceived as an “offensive” school that can’t stop anyone. He knows head coach Art Briles is beloved while he at times is maligned. He knows the days of a No. 1 overall defense may be behind him with the way the game is shifting. But from the moment he begins speaking, it is clear: Phil Bennett could not care less what anyone else thinks. And he’ll let you know it. “I know what we do here and I know that it works,” Bennett said. “Anyone who wants to b--- about two Big 12 championships can go jump in a lake.” In many ways, Briles and Bennett are perfect complements. Both were born on the same day: Dec. 3, 1955. Briles has roots in West Texas. Briles is an offensive guru who has led seven top-10 offenses. Bennett is a defensive

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Soccer faces TCU and UT MEGHAN MITCHELL Reporter Baylor soccer is back on the road after beating Oklahoma and tying with the No. 17-ranked Texas Tech team at home last weekend. “It was a really physical weekend for sure,” said head coach Paul Jobson. “We got a little banged up.” “Two game weekends are tough, but the reality is, that’s normal. That’s what we are usually doing,” Jobson said. “I think the physicality of the two games were probably tougher than the fact that we are playing two games. It’s something most of these girls are used to. We were fortunate to have a few weeks where we didn’t have that, and I think it has helped us to be healthy this far into the season.” The Bears (8-5-2, 3-1-1) will first head to Fort Worth in a Friday match-up against the strong TCU (8-7-0, 2-3-0 Big 12) team. The Bears defense is going to have to shut down junior forward Michelle Prokof, who has scored nine goals this season. “She’s a really good player, but we’re great defensively,” Jobson said. “We are one of the best

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Better Than Ever Baylor reaches new heights halfway through season TYLER CAGLE Sports Writer At the midway point in the season, Baylor has shown it is one of the best programs in the nation. After going 6-0, securing bowl eligibility and soaring to the No. 2 ranking in the polls, spirits are high for the Bears. Offensively, the Bears are the nation’s top offense in both points scored per game and yards per game. A major factor of that success is the play of the offensive line, led by 2014 All-American left tackle Spencer Drango. “As an offensive line, we’ve reached one of our goals – six wins after six games. We’re bowl eligible, which is great, but we know we still have a lot of work to go,” Drango said. For Drango individually, his season has been terrific up to this point. A preseason candidate for the Outland Trophy and Wuerffel Trophy, Drango has not disappointed on or off the field. Earlier this week, the Outland Trophy announced their top 25 rankings and Drango led the pack with a score almost 18 points higher than second place. Individual accomplishments have come across the board for Baylor players this season. One huge standout for the Bears is junior wide receiver Corey Coleman. Coleman has already broken the school record for touchdown catches in a single season, previously set by Kendall Wright. It took Coleman only 6 games to catch 16 touchdowns, an astounding feat. “[The record] means a lot. Like I’ve said time and time again, [Kendall] is a great football player, arguably one of the best receivers that came through Baylor. It’s exciting to be mentioned with his name,” Coleman said. With his play this season, Coleman has received high praise from numerous coaches and analysts, most recently West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen. Holgorsen called Coleman the best player in the country. “Let’s talk after 12 games,” head coach Art Briles said. “We knew he’s a special player. It’s

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MASTERMIND Head coach Art Briles walks to the sideline after a timeout discussion with his team during the game between West Virginia and Baylor on Saturday at McLane Stadium.

not earth-shattering news to us. We’ve been around him for four years, so we know what he brings to the table.” It’s only been six games and people have been talking an awful lot. While Coleman gets a ton of praise for his performances, junior quarterback Seth Russell has also performed at an extremely high level. After initially looking a bit rusty against SMU and Lamar, Russell has settled into his own, leading the nation in passer efficiency. The dual-threat Garland native recently had a record setting performance of his own. Against West Virginia last weekend, Russell become only the second Baylor quarterback to throw for 300 yards and run for 100 yards. Russell torched the Mountaineers for 380

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yards and five touchdowns through the air while also running for a team high 160 yards and another score. Russell’s performance earned him numerous player of the week awards, but Russell’s mindset is clear. “It’s nothing really right now,” Russell said. “It’s not until we get the national championship, and then we can look back and reminisce. We have that focus and we have that goal, and that’s win another Big 12 championship, and then have an opportunity to hopefully play for a national championship,” Russell said. Defensive linemen Shawn Oakman and Andrew Billings were billed as top NFL draft prospects coming into the season, and they have not disappointed so far. Oakman, who became an Internet sensation

for his imposing stature, has recorded 17 tackles, 7.5 of which are for a loss. He has also recorded 3 sacks on the season, bringing his career total to 16, which is the most in Baylor school history. In the interior, Billings has been as equally dominant, recording 21 tackles and eight tackles for loss, including a sack. Billings has been the victim of numerous double and triple-teams but that has not stopped the junior defensive tackle. “You can’t double-team me all the time, you have to worry about what he’s [Billings] doing. He’s just as capable of making plays in the backfield as I am. If he does things the right way, it makes it 10 times easier,” Oakman said. of Billings’ ability. The duo was the Big 12’s best statistical defensive line tandem last season, and that success has continued on to 2015. The Bears have earned their No. 2 rank in the nation with no doubt and dominant play across the board. With the second place rank a school high, continue to watch the Bears this season. With their game against Iowa State, the Bears start one of the toughest remaining schedules in the nation. The Bears will begin by traveling to Manhattan, Kan., to face the Kansas State Wildcats. They then will host No. 17 Oklahoma Sooners before heading on a two game road streak, facing No. 14 Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. After their game against the Cowboys, the Bears will play the game everyone has been waiting for: the long awaited game against No. 4 TCU. The Horned Frogs have had to endure an entire year of 61-58 chants after the Bears pulled off an improbable comeback last season. The Bears will then end the season against Texas at McLane Stadium. If the Bears can come out of that stretch unscathed, they should not only have secured a playoff spot but also the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

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BENNETT from Page D1 mastermind who has led seven top-10 defenses. The two played against each other in 1976, with Briles’ Houston squad beating Bennett’s Texas A&M powerhouse. The two went at it again in the mid-2000s while Bennett was coaching at SMU and Briles was coaching at the University of Houston in Conference USA. “We had some great games. Great games,” Bennett said. “I thought we played them pretty well, but I said to myself, this was the best offensive playcaller and offensive guy I have ever coached against. He didn’t care whether he ran or passed, he would find a way to take advantage. That’s the kind of guy I wanted to be around.” Eventually, Briles took the head-coaching job at Baylor in 2008, while Bennett was let go after a disappointing 1-11 record in 2007. After only two years at the helm, Briles led a revitalized Baylor squad to its first bowl game in 16 years. The Bears played at Reliant Stadium in the Texas Bowl. Among those in the crowd? Phil Bennett. Bennett’s stepdaughter, Katie White, is a Baylor alumna and former varsity soccer player. At the time, Bennett was the interim head coach at Pitt and would coach the Panthers to a BBVA Compass Bowl win less than two weeks later. During his time off, Bennett sat in the end zone and watched the Bears give up 38 points and 533 yards of offense in a 38-14 upset loss to Illinois. Bennett traveled back to Pittsburgh, Penn., after the game, and received a phone call when he got back. Art Briles was on the other end. Briles told Bennett that he was thinking about making a change at defensive coordinator and Bennett was at the top of his list. “It was like destiny,” Bennett said. “He said ‘with my offense and your defense, we’d win this thing.’ I’m sure at the time, not many people believed him, but I believed him.” Briles did not get technical about why he decided to bring Bennett in. “He’s a dang good defensive coordinator, one of the best in the country,” Briles said. “If Baylor’s one of the best programs in the country, why not have the best coaches? From top to bottom, Baylor defensive goals are perfectly set out. Force turnovers. Limit red zone opportunities. Force three-and-outs. Don’t allow points. Limit big plays. “You have to have a system and you can’t just change it from week to week,” Baylor linebacker coach and defensive recruiting coordinator Jim Gush said. “You can make tweaks, but you have to stick with your system. When you show

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UNSETTLED Defensive Coordinator Phil Bennett looks onto the field during the Baylor vs. Lamar game on Sept. 12. Baylor defeated Lamar 66-31.

players that you have a system and you want to do the same thing every week.” These are easier said than done, especially against some of the most high-powered offenses in college football playing in the Big 12. The first season Bennett arrived in Waco, things began to change. Robert Griffin III swooped in and won the Heisman Trophy during Bennett’s first season, and the entire tenor of the program began to change. While the effect was there, the defense statistically was worse than it was under former defensive coordinator Brian Norwood. “Art never lied, he never told me he was going to change his offense,” Bennett said. “Right from the very beginning, it was about finding someone who could compromise and

succeed.” Under Norwood, Baylor’s defense held opponents to 412 yards per game and 29 points per game. Bennett’s defense allowed 493.4 yards and 37.2 points per game during his first two seasons in Waco. The struggles came to a head during the first half of the 2012 season. Coming off a 10-win season, the Bears limped out to 3-4 start, with bad losses against TCU and Iowa State. At that point, Baylor was on pace for the worst defense in the history of college football. “We struggled, it shakes your confidence at times,” Gush said. “But we never lost faith in what we were doing.” The results finally began to show themselves over the next few weeks.

Baylor lost to Oklahoma in their next game, but finally showed a spark on defense. The next week against No. 1 Kansas State, Baylor dominated from the opening whistle and made a huge turn. Over the last five games of the season, Baylor held its opponents to 462.2 yards per game, nearly 100 yards less than the previous seven games. The Bears played four ranked opponents over that stretch, going 3-1. “I still very much believe defense wins championships,” Gush said. “And we have consistently gotten better since Coach Bennett has gotten here.” The real difference has come since the beginning of the 2013 season. Bennett’s defenses have held opponents to 373 yards per game and 24.6 points. The Bears have outgained opponents by 250 yards per game and outscored teams by four touchdowns. Most importantly, Baylor football has posted a 28-4 record with two Big 12 championships over that three-year stretch. “Some people like to do what they do, they really struggle with change. Phil has embraced it,” Gush said. “I’ve only been anything but a defensive coordinator under Phil Bennett. I think he’s the best defensive coordinator in America.” Baylor football brought back 18 of 22 starters this season, including nine on the defensive side of the ball. The Bears came into the year ranked No. 4 in both polls. The Bears might have the best team in college football, but expectations are as high as they have ever been in Waco. Bennett acknowledged that at times, the start to this season has been difficult. The Bears allowed a combined 52 points to one-win SMU and FCS Lamar the first two weeks of the season. “I mean think about it, we lose Shawn [Oakman] and Orion [Stewart] right before the first game. Then the first throw, the first play of our season, we allowed a 46-yard touchdown,” Bennett said. Since then, the Bears have found their stride. Baylor is holding teams to only 3.1 yards per rush and helping the Bears beat teams by an average margin of 41 points per game. Even with the success, Bennett isn’t bothered. “I didn’t have to come to Baylor to prove myself as a defensive coordinator,” Bennett said. “A lot of people who come here forget where they’ve been. I’ve had No. 1 defenses before. With the way we play, I’ll probably never have one again. “But here, I might get the ultimate goal, that team prize. That’s what it’s all about.”


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Men’s basketball looks to build on success JOSHUA DAVIS Sports Writer Baylor men’s basketball was ranked No. 21 in the 2015-16 USA Today Preseason Coaches’ Poll, marking the ninth straight year the Bears have been ranked to start the season and the fourth time BU has been listed in the preseason coaches’ poll. The No. 21 selection in the coaches’ poll is the fourth-best in program history. Last year, Baylor tied for fourth in the Big 12 and earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive season, giving the program its first-ever back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. Head coach Scott Drew is hopeful that the team can get back to the NCAA Tournament after a heartbreaking loss in the opening round last season. With nine returning playera, including AllBig 12 first-team selection, senior Rico Gathers, and Big 12 Sixth Man Award winner, senior Taurean Prince, the Bears look primed to reach March Madness. “I think coaches remember those losses for a lifetime,” Drew said Tuesday at the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Media Day. “When I’m 80 and 90 years old, I’ll probably still remember that game and other big losses because they just stick with you … I think coaches remember those things. But when the players have that burning desire and they’re the ones that have that experience, that’s even more beneficial. Hopefully, at the end of this year, that’s something that will have helped us.” Both returning forwards were named to the Malone Award Watch List, which recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s basketball. While the two seniors were selected onto the same preseason watch list, their play styles couldn’t be more different. Gathers, a native of Laplace, LA, has been described by many as a bruiser. His overpowering 6-foot-8, 275-pound frame allowed him to lead the Big 12 Conference and break Baylor’s single-season rebounding record with 394 boards. He was the only Power-5 conference player to average more than 11 points and 11 rebounds per game. Following his impressive 2014-2015 campaign, Gathers was named as a secondteam All-American for his energetic playstyle. Even with the noteworthy statistics last season, Gathers has made a point to make improvements at the free throw line, knowing that he will get there a lot, Drew said.

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COME ON AND JAM Senior center Rico Gathers slams dunks the ball during an NCAA tournament basketball game between Baylor and Wisconsin on March 27, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. The Bears lost 52-69.

“First and foremost, if he can become a 75 to 80 percent free throw shooter, his production is going to go way up,” Drew said. “Second thing, because we have a lot of length in practice, him finishing over length every day is something that will help. His jump shot has improved; it’s a lot softer, a lot better rotation.” Prince, on the other hand, relied on his quick first step and three-point accuracy (.395 last season) to average 13.9 points in just 26.3 minutes per game. His efficiency on the court gave him a second-team All-Big 12 honoree selection. The 6-foot-7, 220 pound senior raised his level of play whenever it mattered most last season. He ranked third in the Big 12 with 15.6

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points per game in conference play. Following the season, his production at Baylor earned him a spot on Team USA for the 2015 Pan American Games, where he started every game and helped the team win a bronze medal. “I think this summer really took his game to another level,” Drew said. “Having an opportunity to be one of eight college players on the USA/Pan Am team, and just the confidence he was able to gain from that [was huge]. The way he’s approaching each and every day at practice, it’s great to see.” This will be the 13th season for Baylor’s alltime wins leader, Scott Drew, but the first season with a 30 second shot clock. Drew said he believes the new timer will have its challenges, but ultimately, it will make

the game quicker and more exciting. “I think a quicker clock will help with that,” Drew said. “Officials are going to call it closer this year, which will give more freedom of movement, which will help with the scoring as well. Our football team scores a lot of points, and it’s fun to watch. I know our basketball players like to score, so hopefully the tweaks this year will help.” Baylor will look to get its season started on a positive note when it opens the 2015-16 season on Nov. 13 against Stephen F. Austin at the Ferrell Center. That game will tip off at 8:30 p.m. and be televised on FOX Sports Southwest-Plus.

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#HeismanWatch: Week 7 Top 5 improve stock after dominant weekend Baylor’s Corey Coleman.

JOSHUA DAVIS Sports Writer We’re getting to the point in the college football season that Heisman contenders are finding it difficult to move up in the rankings. After a week of botched punts and heartbreaking losses for teams that appeared to be on the rise, none of my Heisman standings changed. Every contender turned in a solid performance to retain their previous ranking. As conference play continues, I expect at least one player from the second tier to break through and challenge for the No. 1 spot. Here’s a look at my Week 7 rankings:



For the fifth week in a row, Fournette is on top of my Heisman standings. He has proved to be unstoppable and absolutely embarrassed a touted defensive team in the Florida Gators (No. 18 against the run). The running back from New Orleans churned up yards all game to help the No. 5 LSU Tigers remain undefeated. At the rate he’s going, Fournette looks powerful enough to lead LSU to a national title game, while also claiming Heisman honors. His 180 yards and two touchdowns against Florida last week give him 1,202 yards and 14 touchdowns through six games this season. His 14 touchdowns are the second-most in the country behind Baylor’s Corey Coleman. The 6-foot-1, 230 pound RB will face an easier opponent this week in Western Kentucky before heading into a bye week to get ready for the Alabama Crimson Tide. That game will be a true test of Fournette’s greatness. If he can run the Tigers to victory in Tuscaloosa in a couple weeks, we may as well hand him the Heisman Trophy. 2. QB TREVONE BOYKIN (TCU)

Boykin continues to be right on the outside of the No. 1 spot. As I mentioned before, I believe the Heisman to be a two-horse race at this point, and Boykin is gaining momentum. The Horned Frogs’ quarterback has put up some astounding

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UP AND OVER Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott hurdles Penn State defender Trace McSorley during an NCAA college football game on Oct. 17, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio.

numbers through his first seven games. He currently ranks second in the nation in total offense per game (425.6) and touchdown passes (25), and fifth in the nation in passing yards per game (362.7). Despite the early struggles for TCU in the game last weekend versus Iowa State, Boykin was nearly perfect from start to finish. The Dallas native collected 510 yards of total offense and five touchdowns, while completing 84 percent of his passes. Next up for the Horned Frogs is a bye week before a home game against West Virginia. At this point, the TCU quarterback just needs to keep up his level of play and hope Fournette slips up. As long as Boykin keeps TCU fighting for a playoff spot, he’ll remain at the top of this list. 3. RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT (OHIO STATE)

Elliott ran his streak of 100-yard rushing games up to 12 after last weekend – an impressive feat. However, his dominance is muted due to the lack of flashy numbers. Sure, Elliott continues to pile up yards, but not in the way that some other running backs have been putting up colossal stats. The junior’s rushing totals in the last two games combined don’t equal Elliott’s breakout 274-yard output against Indiana on Oct. 3. The problem for Elliott is that if he wants to move up the Heisman standings, he’s going to have to put up those mind-blowing numbers. Otherwise, he will remain a consistent No. 3 or No. 4 on this list all season. This week, Ohio State plays Rutgers (who ranks No. 30 in the nation against the run). This would be a good time for the 6-foot-1, 225 pound RB to make a statement and up his stock in the Heisman race. Otherwise, he will drop a spot behind

Despite Coleman just now making an appearance on many national Heisman Watch lists, he’s been on mine for weeks. The Baylor receiver is undoubtedly the best best wide out in the nation. After last week’s performance (10 catches, 199 yards and three touchdowns), West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen called Coleman the best player in college football. Elliott may have edged out the 5-foot-11, 190-pound receiver this week, but I expect Coleman to move up to No. 3 next week. His Heisman status has continued to rise and he’s got the most momentum out of the contenders on this list. In four of his six games, Coleman has caught three or more touchdowns. Additionally, the junior wideout has gone over the century mark in yards, all six games. On the season, Coleman has 877 yards and 16 touchdowns (an FBS best). Next up for the Bears is a home game against Iowa State. The Cyclones secondary has been suspect all season, and I expect Coleman to take full advantage. If he puts up another three-touchdown effort, it would give him 19 on the season, making the NCAA record very reachable (27 receiving touchdowns). 5. RB DALVIN COOK (FLORIDA STATE)

After suffering a hamstring injury against Louisville, Cook fought to display his dominance and carry the Seminoles in the second half. The efficiency of Florida State is night-andday difference when the sophomore running back is on the field. Last week, Cook’s effort helped solidify his claim to the No. 5 spot by totaling 223 yards and two touchdowns. The Miami native has 955 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns through six games. His most impressive stat is his yards per carry (8.7). This week, Florida State travels to take on Georgia Tech in an ACC matchup. Last season, Cook amassed 177 yards and one touchdown against Georgia Tech. I’d say it’s a safe bet to predict a big game from Cook.


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Cagle’s Corner: Rankings Baylor tops the list after seven weeks of college football and strength reside in Salt Lake City. While the Utes rank just 49th in terms of total defense, they are 26th in allowing only 19 points per game and rank 13th in rushing yards allowed per game. Utah is a grindhouse, the Memphis Grizzlies of college football and if you don’t come to play, you will be beaten down. With a remaining schedule that does not feature a single ranked opponent, Utah’s physical and consistent play could carry them all the way to the fast with games against Michigan State and Michigan looming at the end of the season. For now they hold a top four spot simply out of respect and potential but eventually, the miscues could get them knocked out.

TYLER CAGLE Sports Writer While the college football playoff committee will not release their official rankings until after the ninth week of the season, hypotheticals are always fun. As a college football fan, you build your own rankings week after week, hoping that the committee will get a clue and know what you know. After the midway point in the 2015 season, I’d say it’s about time for some rankings. Here are my top four if the season ended right now: 4. LSU TIGERS

LSU is 6-0 and they have the best player in the nation in running back Leonard Fournette. They have won close games against Mississippi State and Florida and the magic of Les Miles is rolling in full force. The aforementioned Fournette, who is reigning supreme on just about everyone’s Heisman ballots, leads the Tigers’ offensive force. The man is simply unstoppable right now and his rare combination of speed, power, and agility has helped him gain a nation-leading 1202 rushing yards along with 14 touchdowns. Fournette may be the best SEC back since Darren McFadden (yes, better than all of Bama’s legends) and he could run this team to an SEC championship. LSU has played well on defense so far, ranking 15th in the nation in terms of yards allowed per game. If they can continue that play and Fournette can continue to stay healthy with his workload, the Tigers will win a playoff spot. 3. OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

This pick might take a lot of heat but the rankings are all about who is the best team that week and while the Buckeyes are undefeated, they have not been consistent. When the season began, we all wondered how Urban Meyer would work with having three potential Heisman quarterbacks.


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UNDER THE RADAR Utah quarterback Chase Hansen looks to throw during a scrimmage at Rice-Eccles Stadium on April 11, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Since then, Braxton Miller has been explosive at the hybrid H-back position with Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett struggling as quarterbacks. Jones was the season starter and has not played even remotely close to what he showed off during last season’s playoff run. Meanwhile, Barrett has received limited time but has also struggled. Barrett has been announced as the new starter for the Buckeyes due to his better efficiency through the air (barely) and his mobility. While the Buckeyes have remained unbeaten this far, the meat of their schedule is coming fast with games against Michigan State and Michigan looming at the end of the season. 2. UTAH UTES

SOCCER from D1 defensive teams in the conference. I know our girls are up for any challenge, but she’s a very good player.” The only edge the Horned Frogs have is being fresh, Jobson said. “Talk about being beat up and fresh. They haven’t played a game in two weeks,” Jobson said. “They had this last weekend off, so they should be pretty fresh and probably antsy to play. Where as our girls are recovering after a tough weekend, but I think it will be a great match up.” With just a day of rest, the Bears will travel to Austin on Sunday, where they play the No. 2 ranked team in the Big 12, Texas (7-3-4, .41-1 Big 12). The Longhorns have a very strong defense, Jobson said. “They have a great defense and part of it is their goalkeeper. She’s one of the best in the country,” Jobson said. “Abby is a great player.” “For us, if we play a great defensive team or not, we’ve been able to create opportunities. Not any discredit to them, but I just think

we are good enough to create opportunities. It will just be a matter of being able to get one behind her because she is a really good goalkeeper.” The main thing that the Bears have being focusing on in training is being prepared physically for the tough matches the team will face in conference play, Jobson said. “Our main thing this week has been recovery,” Jobson said. “Trying to get our bodies back where they need to be. We went over little details.” “For us, it’s always been about what we are able to do, and right now being fresh and being recovered is going to be the main thing for us to give us the best chance in the two games this weekend.” “Kind of where everybody is in this conference, there’s a lot on the line. Everybody wants the championship.” The Bears play 7 p.m. Friday at the GarveyRosenthal Soccer Stadium in Forth Worth and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Mike A. Myers Stadium and Soccer Field in Austin.

With the rest of the PAC-12 in shambles, Utah has risen up and played tremendously in 2015. The Utes have four wins against quality opponents in Michigan, Oregon, Cal, and Arizona State. While the Ducks and the Sun Devils have been relatively disappointing this season, they are still loaded with talent and the Utes have shut them down. Utah, traditionally known as a power school that doesn’t look to outscore opponents, has been incredibly finesse in its attack this season on offense. Running back Devontae Booker and quarterback Travis Wilson form an incredible tandem in the backfield, with Booker emerging as a true Heisman dark horse. Defensively, the same Utah spirit of power

Now you’re probably thinking of course Baylor is at the top, this is Baylor’s newspaper after all. But the fact of the matter is that the Bears have been the most dominating team in the nation and it’s not even close. The Bears lead the nation in scoring offense by almost 14 points and they are the only team in the nation to rank in the top ten in both passing and rushing (6th passing, 2nd rushing). Quarterback Seth Russell is a legit Heisman candidate and his number one target Corey Coleman is as well. Russell leads the nation in passer efficiency and yards per attempt while Coleman is third in receiving yards and first in touchdown catches. This could be the best offense college football has seen since Oklahoma in 2008, with the Bears already besting that Sooners squad on the ground. While the Achilles Heel for Baylor will be the inconsistent play of its defense, the Bears have improved with each game so far in the season, ranking 62nd in the nation in terms of average yards allowed. Baylor also has one of the toughest remaining schedule in the nation, with three games against ranked opponents. With the Big 12 gauntlet looming for the Bears, if they can weather the storm and win out, they should top the rankings.

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FUTURE BEARS Two Baylor fans cheer on the Bears with pom-poms during a football game between Baylor and Lamar on Sept. 12 at McLane Stadium. The Bears won 66-31.


START ‘EM YOUNG A young Baylor fan holds up his hand to do a “Sic ’em” during a football game between Baylor and SMU on Sept. 4 at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas.

FOOTBALL from Page D1 team in America to hold top ten ranks in both. A huge part of that offensive firepower last week was junior quarterback Seth Russell’s duelthreat ability. Russell torched the West Virginia Mountaineers last weekend for 380 yards passing and 160 yards rushing, earning numerous player of the week awards. “Nervous wouldn’t be the correct way to describe my feelings,” Briles said. “I think we just try to be intelligent with him. We realize it’s a position that if you want to see grandma while she’s knitting get up and scream, it’s usually when they’re tackling the quarterback.” Protecting Russell is the first key in Baylor’s gameplan as the junior quarterback is first in the nation in passer efficiency. Along with Russell, junior wide receiver Corey Coleman has gained a huge following this season.

The Richardson native has caught a school record 16 touchdown passes, which is also top in the nation. Following a 10 catch, 199-yard and three-touchdown explosion against West Virginia, Mountaineers’ head coach Dana Holgorsen called Coleman the best player in the nation. “I 100 percent agree,” Russell said. “What has he done not to prove that? He’s proven it every day he steps on the field.” While Coleman and Russell hold all the hype in the passing game, junior running back Shock Linwood has also developed into a top running back in the country. Linwood has gained 803 yards on just 94 carries, averaging an astounding 8.5 yards per carry. “Shock is one of those backs who’s always going to be there,” Drango said. “He’s very consistent and he’s always improving. One guy is almost never going to take him down. He’ll

bounce off guys or spin off guys or jump over guys. He’s almost always going to get positive yards, so he’s a great back for us.” While the Bears are scary good on offense, sometimes their defense is just plain scary. The Bears have been suspect to blown coverages and missed tackles all season, especially in the first half. However, the Bears have played noticeably better as of late, forcing turnovers and punts even after the offense gives them short rest. While the Bears returned nine starters on defense this year, linebacker Bryce Hager’s departure left an obvious hole. Senior linebacker Grant Campbell has filled the hole so far this season very well, playing consistent throughout games. “He’s been a really good leader, makes all the calls defensively, gets the guys in the right spots, makes the right plays, and has done a really

steady job. I think he’s exactly what Coach [Phil] Bennett is looking for on that side of the ball at that position,” said Briles. Campbell’s leadership and instinct on the defensive side of the ball will be key against a solid Iowa State offense led by freshman running back Mike Warren. Warren has played very well for a freshman this season, rushing 93 times for 652 yards and three scores. With a homecoming crowd expected to fill McLane Stadium to capacity and the Iowa State defense allowing almost 462 yards of offense, expect the Bears to do just as they please. Don’t expect grandma to get up and scream while she’s knitting anytime soon this weekend; the Bears should take of business just fine. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday and television coverage will be provided by ESPN.


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homecoming weekend play by play #BaylorHomecoming

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Friday, Oct. 23

Friday, Oct. 23



4 p.m. Fountain Mall. Join members of the Baylor family as we celebrate the legacy of the Rosenbalm family and a beautiful fountain. (Inclement weather: McMullen-Connally Faculty Center)


4-7 p.m. Barfield Drawing Room, Bill Daniel Student Center


5-7 p.m. Baylor Club, McLane Stadium for the classes of 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955 and 1960

7-11 p.m. Enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities, see the new eternal flame, gather with friends and cheer on the Baylor Bears. Pep Rally begins 9 p.m. New location: Waco Convention Center



Saturday, oct. 24

7 p.m. Seventh and James Baptist Church. Join in fellowship, worship and praise with the Baylor family, featuring the alumni choir.

5-7 p.m. Baylor Club, McLane Stadium for the classes of 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010


8 a.m. All Honor Classes will enjoy a come-and-go picnic at the stadium (located in the Baylor Alumni Network Tailgate tent).

Saturday, oct. 24 PARADE The parade has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Watch for information on parade float displays in the coming weeks. FOOTBALL

11 a.m. Iowa State vs. Baylor

PIGSKIN REVUE 7 p.m. Waco Hall. Enjoy the final performance of Pigskin.

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Meritorious Achievement Awards Baylor alumni around the globe reflect the very best of Baylor University. The recipients of the 2015-2016 Baylor Meritorious Achievement Awards are: Chip and Joanna Gaines Alumni of the Year Victor Boutros Young Alumnus of the Year Billy and Dawn Ray Pro Ecclesia Medal of Service Sue Mayborn Pro Texana Medal of Service

Dr. Michael Attas Contributions to the Professions in Medicine & Healthcare

Special thanks to Baylor Chamber of Commerce for the many hours of work that have gone into preparation and execution of events for this very special weekend in the life of the University. Your dedication to Baylor and the Homecoming tradition truly reflects your motto: “Anything for Baylor.”

Dr. Harry “Fred” Tibbals III Contributions to the Professions in Research Grant and Donell Teaff Legendary Mentor Award George and Martha Chandler Baylor Legacy Award David and Shirley Lake Baylor Legacy Award Matt and Dot Miller Baylor Legacy Award Winston Wolfe Baylor Legacy Award Louise Herrington Ornelas Baylor Founders Medal baylorproud bayloruniversity baylor

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