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Statistics show increased rape reports KALYN STORY Staff Writer Baylor’s 2016 Annual Fire Safety and Security Report shows a 360 percent increase in reported rapes on campus in 2015.

Baylor’s 2016 Clery Crime Statistics report recorded five oncampus rapes in 2014 and 23 in 2015. The Clery Crime Statistics report defines rape as, “the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object,

or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim. This definition includes any gender of victim or perpetrator.” The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, passed in 1990,

requires all colleges and universities who receive federal funding to share information about crime on campus and efforts to improve campus safety, according to The Clery Act’s website. “Under Title IX and the Clery Act, institutions must provide specific

information, options and resources to survivors in cases of sexual violence. Institutions must have a prompt and equitable process for resolving complaints. This information is to

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Baylor extends transfer agreement MEGAN RULE Staff Writer Baylor University and South Texas College announced the creation of a Baylor Bound Transfer Agreement Monday, which allows students to transfer easily to the private institution. “Students have an opportunity to save a tremendous amount of money on tuition,” said Dr. Shirley A. Reed, president of South Texas College. “The way this helps most students is the money they’re going to save and the hassles they’re going to save regarding transferring. They won’t be dealing with the issue of ‘that course isn’t on your career plan’ or ‘it isn’t accepted here.’” The purpose of this program is to serve motivated students from South Texas College who will transfer to Baylor to complete their baccalaureate degree, as long as they meet the program’s criteria, according to a press release. Students at South Texas College may state their intent to transfer to Baylor by submitting the Baylor Bound application either before enrolling at South Texas College or while enrolled as a full-time student. Admission is determined by the Baylor Office of Admission Services, as students have to meet the same admission guidelines as any other transfer students. The program does not guarantee acceptance to Baylor. “As we celebrate our 10th Baylor Bound agreement and reaching this institutional milestone, we are deeply grateful for the opportunity to

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HOME SWEET COLLINS Frisco freshman Will Clemons, Sugar Land freshman Ashley Dinges and Monticello, Ark., freshman Maddie Busby study in the Collins Residence Hall lounge. Collins' scheduled renovation has been postponed.

Pressing Pause Renovation of Collins Residence Hall postponed KENDRA PELL Reporter Collins Residence Hall has housed over 600 freshmen women each year since 1957, and Baylor’s plans to refurbish this longtime campus staple have now been postponed. Tiffany Lowe, director of Campus Living & Learning, said the plan for 10 residence halls on campus to be refurbished

in eight years began in May 2013 but has been delayed two years. However, the order of the building upgrades will remain the same once renovations start back up. According to Lowe, the plan is for Collins to begin undergoing refurbishment May of 2019, followed by Memorial Hall and Alexander Hall combined, then Allen Hall and Dawson Hall together, and lastly Kokernot Hall.

One of the reasons for the stalling the improvement to Collins and the other dorms is the rise in construction costs in Waco, Lowe said. “It is the largest residence hall by far, so the projected costs of the renovations have gone up since the construction costs in Waco have almost tripled because of the

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Early voting begins, polls open near campus BROOKE BENTLEY Reporter Early voting has begun in Texas and the polls are coming to life, but many students still remain unaware of how the voting process works and consider voting a hassle. Local officials such as Mary Mann, president of the Texas Democratic Women of Central Texas,

seek to show students just how easy the process can be. The first step is to be informed, Mann said. “If students are already registered in McLennan County, they can go ahead and vote any time between now and Nov. 4,” she said. “Otherwise, students can still request an absentee ballot for their home county by mail until Oct. 28 and fill that out, but it

has to be received by their home county’s office no later than 7 p.m. on Nov. 8.” The early voting process in Texas began Oct. 24 and ends Nov. 4. Any student who is already registered to vote in McLennan County can go to the polls and vote at any early voting location in McLennan County until Nov. 4. Baylor’s student political

organizations also want to encourage students to have their voices heard in this election. “It is important for students to vote so their voice is not only heard, but so that they then will have the right to complain about the issues they care about,” said Longview senior Marivious Allen, the Baylor College Republicans co-chairman. “Students are very open to disagree

Home2Suites brings business to Waco MEGAN RULE Staff Writer The new Home2Suites in Waco had its grand opening celebration at 11 a.m. Thursday at 2500 Bagby Ave. “Short-term, we’ve just been really happy with the reception that we’ve gained within the community and the success that the team has had,” said Mark Ricketts, president and COO of McNeill Hotel Company. “We’ve been open three months, and in terms of guest satisfaction scores we’re the No. 2 rated Home2Suites in the entire brand, which says a lot about the team.” Vol.117 No. 32

The grand opening celebration featured catering from local favorites such as Potbelly Sandwich Shop, George’s, Clay Pot and Starbucks Coffee. McLennan Animal Rescue Coalition had a table set up as well, and K&S Entertainment served as the DJ for the event. The celebration also included room tours and door prizes. The process of building the hotel took less than two years, Ricketts said. He hopes the construction of this hotel will add to success of nearby businesses and restaurants. “This is absolutely going to help the

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with a wide range of issues but will not always act to change them.” Voters must present a valid photo ID at the polling location. Baylor student IDs do not count as one of these valid forms of identification, but students may provide their Texas driver’s license, a U.S. passport, a Texas election identification

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>>WHAT’S INSIDE opinion Point of View: The lives of art students are often misunderstood. pg. 2

arts & life Q&A: Brady Toops sits down before his Common Grounds concert. pg. 5

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GRAND OPENING Home2Suites in Waco hopes to bring traffic to local businesses through its centralized location.

Student-athlete advisers help in multiple ways. pg. 6

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Being an art major is harder than you think TIMOTHY HONG Lariat Photographer There have been countless times when my friends would told me they wished they had my life. I often see my friends studying hard for their classes while I rarely have anything to study for. Since it appears that I have a lot of free time outside of the art building, many of my friends think that I’m cruising through college. I just want to clarify that being an art student comes with many challenges of its own. I believe each field of study has its own difficulty and shouldn’t be compared to one another. Instead of studying textbooks like my friends, I spend most of my time completing projects. To start things off, all Baylor art students face the challenge of not being able to work on their projects past 11 p.m. inside the Lewis Art Building because it closes. I know many of us want to stay late at night to finish our projects before deadlines, but we physically can’t. In addition to that, a lot of the times we can’t take it home either because the materials we need have to remain inside the building, so we’re confined to the time Baylor permits their facilities to stay open. Trying to balance other school work and extracurricular activities often leaves us cramming a lot of work into the limited hours we have in the building. At times we don’t have the pleasure of taking our time and making sure our projects are perfect.

Just like every other field of study, the art world is very selective and competitive

Apart from the hands-on aspect of art, it is mainly conceptual and based on individual creativity. There isn’t one set way to approach an assignment. Since there are multiple ways to accomplish the same task, there's no way to “study” for it. We are expected to perform and execute the task at hand to the best of our ability. It’s difficult to be innovative and to create something different from everyone else. We are taught to push beyond the boundary of being basic and to come up with an original idea. It’s very obvious when a student works on a project the day before it's due or when a student doesn't put much effort into their work. Although art is subjective, it is also objective in the basic principles of design. Starting from the fundamental courses, each and every course builds upon each other. I must admit that a lot of the work we have to do is enjoyable and relaxing; however, it can also be stressful. Students need to understand that art isn’t just about creating cups or drawing still life. Art is an extension and reflection of the artist. An artist’s reputation is mainly based on their body of work. Just like every other field of study, the art world is very selective and competitive. We are dependent on how well we can communicate through our work rather than a grade on a transcript. Pursuing the art field is scary and comes with a lot of risk. It takes a lot of passion and dedication to make it through, so let’s have some respect for students majoring in the arts along with all other fields of study. Timothy Hong is a senior fine arts major from Las Vegas, Nev.

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Focus on the small issues in this presidential election With the constant media coverage of this season’s presidential candidates, it’s almost impossible to forget that elections are rapidly approaching. In just a matter of weeks, the nation will elect a new president, and media outlets will most likely shift from reporting on the most recent scandalous comment or debate debacle to examining each candidate’s reactions to the vote. Reporters will begin to write about what a Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump presidency will look like and newscasters will converse about potential early decisions and what will happen when the president elect takes office. Meanwhile, the new president will begin taking the first steps in making a series of decisions that will affect this country’s trajectory for the foreseeable future. At the risk of sounding self absorbed, though, this is not just national issue; America’s presidency is a global issue. The president will make decisions that will have ripple effects worldwide for long after

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of the federal government. They are joined in this by other executive agencies such as the CIA and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the heads of which are not part of the Cabinet, but who are under the full authority of the President.” Though this may seem trivial, presidential appointments to large federal agencies such as the EPA have the power to affect real change in how things work both in the United States and around the world. For example, the head of the EPA, known as the administrator, has the power to shape how the EPA functions in America. The administrator has the power to decide if the EPA will continue to enforce increasingly strict regulations on issues such as emissions and the disposal of potentially hazardous products, which can decrease pollution but make it more difficult for certain businesses to thrive. The other option for the EPA is to relax restrictions, giving more freedom to businesses in both established and emerging

industries. The administrator has the power to affect environmental legislation and regulations nationwide, as well as environmental relations globally, the consequences from which could continue to be seen far into the future. Americans, voters: We have the ability to choose a president who can affect positive change, who can improve conditions both nationally and worldwide. But with this power, we also have the responsibility to do our research. Pay attention to the smaller issues, not just the hotbutton topics featured heavily in articles, on news broadcasts and late night commentaries. Be informed about the president’s lesser-known duties and what he or she will have the power to effect post election, because while the candidates’ stances on heavily debated issues such as immigration and abortion are certainly important, how they plan to handle seemingly insignificant issues can effect just as drastic a change.

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from Page 1 be made publicly accessible through the university’s annual security report,” according to The Clery Crime Statistics report provides the number of reported crimes on and around campus. These crimes have not necessarily been investigated and confirmed. Reports of drug or alcohol violations are an exception and an arrest does need to be made for it to be included in the report. In February 2015, Baylor hired its first full-time Clery Act Specialist, Shelley Deats. Deats attributes the spike in sexual assault reports on campus to increased education and training of students and staff on the importance of reporting and how to report. “We have made a huge push to make it easy to report crime on campus,” Deats said. “We probably do need to continue expanding education to students about Clery.” Baylor also saw an increase in reports of fondling, going from one reported incident in 2014 to three in 2015. Dating violence also increased from two reports to six, and stalking reports increased from three to 21. In the report, fondling is defined as, “the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/ her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.” This year, more than 750 campus security authorities have been trained on Clery and are reporting crimes on campus. “In training, I stress that I don’t expect students and staff to understand Clery,” Deats said. “I want everyone to be aware of what resources are offered and let them know we are here for them. It is extremely important for everyone to know that you can report and still remain confidential.” Deats believes a full-time Clery specialist is vital to a university’s effort in following Clery. She said it is not uncommon for the Clery Act to be a secondary thought and priority for a university, but Baylor is helping to change that by having a full-time specialist. “Baylor has realized how important Clery is,” Deats said. “I can’t even imagine a university not having a fulltime person in this position. It’s scary." In January of this year, Baylor formed a Clery Act Compliance Committee to review Clery geography and new policies. Clery geography includes crimes that occur on campus, in student housing, noncampus non-contiguous areas and public properties. The Clery Crime Statistics report includes crimes committed on and around all of Baylor‘s campus. Baylor’s 2015 numbers are close to other similarly-sized universities’ Clery Reports, although the Department of Justice suggests that Clery Reports nationwide are far lower than the actual number of assaults. The Department of Justice reported in 2015 that, statistically, 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted during their college careers.


COLLINS from Page 1 City of Waco booming,” Lowe said. “We have completed four buildings so far, and Collins is projected to be the fifth.” The Board of Regents meets periodically and makes all the final decisions for projects such as these. “Every year, you’ll notice if you go back through the Board of Regents’ decisions, every year the Regents have to put their stamp of approval on any changes first before it’s official,” Lowe said. Despite the already remodeled halls throughout campus, Lowe says many incoming freshmen still want to live in Collins for various reasons such as a student wanting to continue the legacy of one of her family members formerly living in the dorm. “In the last few years since

renovations have begun, we have noticed that it’s not always the most requested building,” Lowe said. “It’s not the most updated building, but students will still be drawn to Collins.” On the other hand, the older conditions and postponement of refurbishments of Collins Hall has little to do with what some past and present residences feel about the dormitory. “As a freshman last year who lived in North Russell, which was brand new, and then moving to Collins, my experience had been better as far as community goes, and the facility being older doesn’t affect how I feel about it," said Frisco sophomore Katy Stockton, current community leader in Collins Hall. Dallas sophomore Stephanie

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RENOVATE Collins Residence Hall, located on Eighth Street, remains a community for Baylor freshman women, despite its postponed refurbishment.

Wofford, who lived in Collins last year, has a similar opinion about her former residence hall. “The community is the whole

experience of Collins,” Wofford said. “It may be older, but that’s part of the bonding experience for all of the girls living there."

What’s Happening on Campus? Hang out with friends and get connected at these fun and free* events

Thursday, Oct. 27 | Bear Faire for Winter Commencement Noon. Calling all December grads! Make your way to Bear Faire and check your diploma name, purchase your regalia, order graduation announcements and record a “Shout Out” to family and friends in the Stone Room at Ferrell Center. Learn more at

Thursday, Oct. 27 | Men for Change

5:30 p.m. Join Men for Change every Thursday in the Bobo Spiritual Life Center Chapel to meet and discuss ideas of spirituality and masculinity in a brave space.

Thursday, Oct. 27 | Scary-oke

8 p.m. Bring your friends and sing your heart out at Scary-oke! FREE snacks and drinks will be provided. Don’t miss this ghoulishly good time in the SUB Den.

Friday, Oct. 28 | UBreak

10 a.m. Take a break from your busy schedule for a free breakfast, a cup of coffee and community in the Bill Daniel Student Center, UB Room. Be sure to B.Y.O.M. (bring your own mug) and we’ll store it for you for the year!

Sunday, Oct. 30 | Festival of Faiths

2 p.m. Join the Mayborn Museum and the Greater Waco Interfaith Conference for a Festival of Faiths. Guests will experience various Waco-area faith traditions through food, interactive activities, displays and discussion at the Mayborn Museum Complex.

Monday, Oct. 31 | Fitness Halloween Bash

5:30 p.m. Wear your costume and come enjoy a great workout, led by several of our Group X trainers at the SLC Gym. Learn more at

Monday, Oct. 31 | Movie Mondays at the Hippodrome: Ghostheads 7 p.m. Ghostheads is a documentary that explores the extreme side of Ghostbusters fandom and looks back at the worldwide impact of the franchise over the past three decades. Through interviews with key cast and crew, including Dan Aykroyd, Ivan Reitman, Ernie Hudson and many more, as well as with Ghostbusters fans all over the world, Ghostheads presents countless humanizing stories about camaraderie and overcoming obstacles.

Tuesday, Nov. 1 | Dr Pepper Hour

3 p.m. A Baylor tradition since 1953, enjoy a Dr Pepper float and catch up with friends in the Barfield Drawing Room or at Robinson Tower on the 6th floor.

Tuesday, Nov. 1 | Cross Cultural Neighbor Night

6 p.m. Join us for dinner and a lively and informative panel discussion with Korean Student Association members sharing personal stories about their culture, faith traditions and experiences in the Bobo Spiritual Life Center.

For more, join Baylor Connect at

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TRANSFER from Page 1 partner with high-quality institutions such as South Texas College,” said Baylor Interim President Dr. David E. Garland in the press release. “It is through these strong Baylor Bound collaborations that we are able to expand educational opportunities for students in Texas.” This is the 10th Baylor Bound agreement made. The previous partnerships are with McLennan Community College in Waco, Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Blinn College in Brenham, Collin College in McKinney, Temple College in Temple, Alamo Colleges in San Antonio, Midland College in Odessa, San Jacinto College in Pasadena and Tarrant County College in Fort Worth. “This agreement ushers in a beneficial working relationship to meet the educational needs of the students of the Valley,” Reed said in the press release. “This agreement with Baylor creates a seamless pathway that will allow South Texas College students to move from an associate degree to a bachelor’s degree as efficiently as possible.” The program operates through major academic planners (MAPs) which serve as road maps for the

students at South Texas College. Students will identify a major and complete the preliminary coursework at South Texas College. If they maintain the necessary grade point average, they can transfer to Baylor. Dr. Wesley Null, vice provost for undergraduate education, said the MAP will show students which courses to take that will transfer seamlessly as equivalent courses. “For students who live in that area, I think they should be excited that now they’ve been handed an opportunity to follow a pathway that is without any ambiguity as far as what courses they’ll have transfer to Baylor,” Null said. “They’ll know from the beginning and can start planning before they start their first semester.” Kelli Davis, university relations transfer and articulation center officer, said the program looks to recruit students from South Texas College that have the academic quality of Baylor students. Davis said the agreement has no set number of students who have to be accepted, although the goal is to accept five to six a year. Davis also said that transferring from one public university to another

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is easier because the core courses match up. This Baylor Bound program makes the process of going from a public school to a private school a bit easier. “We’re really excited about this ,and we’re going to be turning from additional agreements to focusing on the ones we have in order to make as strong a partnership as we possibly can,” Null said. Baylor has been working on

Baylor Bound for about three years, Null said. The transfer program started with McLennan Community College and expanded from there. Baylor hopes to reach out to two additional schools. Baylor is committed to having a diverse student body, and Reed expressed interest in the agreement, as the South Texas College student body is 96 percent Hispanic. “It really is saying to students

at South Texas College that Baylor University has a great deal of confidence in them as future students. It’s also saying that Baylor has a great deal of confidence in how prepared these students are going to be,” Reed said. “It is a vote of confidence in our faculty for preparing these students. Baylor has high academic standards, and we feel quite honored that Baylor chose to participate with us.”

“Hopefully, students will realize sitting at home is simply not an option come Nov. 8.” Students can take the Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH), which serves the downtown Waco area and Baylor

campus, from campus directly to this polling location. The DASH route map and bus tracker can be found at Early Voting Location No. 5 will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday through Friday this week and will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. A complete list of hours for all local early voting polls in Waco can be found at

VOTING from Page 1 certificate or other forms of identification listed on A list of early voting poll locations can be found on the McLennan County website; the closest location to campus is Early Voting Location

No. 5 in the basement of the McLennan County Records Building Suite 300. “Millennials are now the biggest voting block, and we have the power to change the election,” Allen said.

HOTEL from Page 1 business,” said Rachel Palmer, store manager of the Starbucks on the Jack Kultgen Expressway. “Everyone in the parking lot has come together to help, and we’re really loving it.” Ricketts, who has worked with McNeill Hotel Company since its conception about two years ago, emphasized the importance of the location of this hotel. He said his business is all about the college markets because the need for extended-stay hotels in areas like Waco is in such high demand. The growth of Baylor as well as local attractions such as Magnolia Market help to make the location of this hotel so significant, Ricketts said.

Home2Suites is surrounded by restaurants such as Zoe’s Kitchen and Chili’s. HEB is right across the street, easing the option for guests staying longer to buy groceries. The visibility of Home2Suites right off I-35 helps as well because tourists driving through can see it and note its proximity to Baylor, two highway exits away. “We’ve added roughly 35 to 40 jobs,” Ricketts said. “As these customers come, its a place to stay, so hopefully as more people look in Waco they look to stay longer – eat at the restaurants and visit Magnolia or all the different places. We think it’s a nice win-win.

We’ve added some jobs to the community, and we’re bringing tax revenues in.” The development of Home2Suites adds jobs to the economy, according to Ricketts. This new hotel also helps the Waco economy because tourists visit restaurants and shops unique to Waco while staying at the hotel. This location will also help for major weekends such as family weekend, homecoming weekend and graduation weekends. The hotel remains committed to not only helping the local economy in these ways, but also through its community outreach program, Your2Hands, according to the Home2Suites

website. Each Home2Suites hotel chooses a local charity to support its surrounding community. The local branch has not yet chosen a charity in Waco. Short term goals are to maintain the guest satisfaction and success that the hotel has had up to this point, Ricketts said. Long term, Ricketts would like the location to remain an economically viable area. As long as the city grows and tourists continue to come to Waco and enjoy the city, the need for long-term stay will be there, Ricketts said.


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This week in Waco: >> Today 11 a.m. - 1p.m. — Zeta Tau Alpha’s annual Think Pink Week. Cupcakes for a cure. Vara Martin Daniel Plaza 8 p.m. — Scary-oke. Free drinks and snacks are provided. Bill Daniel Student Center

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CONNECTING WITH FANS Brady Toops performs at 9 p.m. Thursday at Common Grounds. Toops is releasing a new album in 2017 titled “Tried & True” and is looking forward to revealing a few of his new songs at the concert as well as connecting with his listeners.

Brady Toops to perform songs of love, heartbreak at Common Grounds BRADI MURPHY Arts & Life Editor Independent artist Brady Toops is performing at 9 p.m. Thursday at Common Grounds. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $7-$10. Tickets can be purchased at Toops has performed at Common Grounds a few times before and looks forward to returning. His recent experience on ABC’s “The Bachelorette” has helped him create songs filled with love and heartbreak in his new album “Tried & True.” Have you ever been to Waco before? Yes, I’ve actually played twice at Common Grounds so far. I love playing in Waco. Common Grounds has been such an advocate, I think, for me as well as a bunch of other up and coming/indie artists. I’m grateful to be a part of it. How do you hope to connect with your audience? I love to look out at a concert and see people stop in their tracks. You can almost

Q &A tell they are taken to another place or [a lyric] has hit them real deep, and they can’t escape that moment. That’s my goal in any live show. My favorite shows are the ones that turn into a conversation. Is finding and losing love through your journey the kind of message you want to convey through your lyrics? I don’t know if it’s necessarily a certain message I’m trying to convey as it would be trying to display the sacredness of every moment. The message of the new record, if there is one, is that all of life is sacred and that this moment is just as sacred as the next. I think all moments, and all experiences are an invitation into something really beautiful. What influenced you to write these songs? I feel like most of my songs almost demand to be written. The last couple of years for me have had a lot of peaks and

valleys in different ways. From being a small indie artist to appearing on a reality show, “The Bachelorette,” that was watched by millions of people. How has being on “The Bachelorette” influenced you and your songwriting? I’ve definitely written more love songs and more breakup songs after being on “The Bachelorette,” he said laughing. That was a big catalyst for me, actually, because when we filmed the show and it aired, there was about a two and a half month delay and … a few months where I couldn’t share anything with anyone. It can be really, really difficult to bottle everything inside, especially when millions of people are interested in it. The way that felt the most cathartic was disappearing in my house and making music. Is there anything you regret about going through that experience? No, not at all actually even in the midst of some of the most crazy times. In a lot of ways, the show gave me an invitation to really grow

and evolve as a human and understand myself better. Coming out of it, I definitely felt myself shaken to the core, but that season has been so worth it on so many levels, and I am so grateful for that experience. What work goes into making a new record? The most important work that goes into making a record that I’ve found is living - really living life, and then taking time and space to put that life down into words and melodies. It takes a lot of work, but for me, I wouldn’t do anything else. I heard a guy say, “You should try to do something in life that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning,” and then I think [it should] also [be] something that you can fall asleep to at night. You can lay your head down on your pillow and still feel good about it. That seems like a pretty big gift in itself. What pushes you to continue performing when challenges or obstacles arise? I think what continually inspires me is when a

stranger… sends a Facebook message or an email … or shows up to one of my shows and walks up to me and says, “your music has meant so much to me, and it’s gotten me through this really hard season.” Music has such a way of giving meaning to so many experiences in life ... and when I look into the eyes of my listeners, … I say to myself, “‘of course it’s worth it.” The doubt of the journey only leads to sweeter moments of encouragement along the way. What are you most looking forward to with your performance this Thursday? I’m just really looking forward to making music with my friends and making a bunch of new friends. Toops also gives his fans the opportunity to listen to one of his new tracks before the album is released by texting 320-300-4355. After filling in their information, fans can continue using the number to text Toops personally, and he can respond. Toops hopes this will reduce the gap between the artist and the listener.

8-11 p.m. — Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and Baylor Activities Council hosts Fright Night Haunted House. Fountain Mall 7:30 p.m. — “Sweeney Todd” performance. Waco Civic Theatre

>> Friday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. — Zeta Tau Alpha’s annual Think Pink Week. Who do you wear pink for? Vara Martin Daniel Plaza 8 p.m. - Midnight — Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and Baylor Activities Council hosts Fright Night Haunted House. Fountain Mall

>> Saturday 5-8 p.m. — Stadium SPOOKtacular presented by Lowe’s of Waco. Event includes Trick or Treating, games, face painting, costume contest and Haunted Tunnels. Go to for ticket information. McLane Stadium.

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Across 1 Dench of “Philomena” 5 Alternative strategy 10 “Ladies First Since 1916” sneakers 14 Tourney format, briefly 15 Secretary Thomas Perez’s department 16 Chicken vindaloo go-with 17 Sister of Rachel 18 Jazz pianist Blake 19 Logician’s word 20 Sasquatch, for one 22 Rub the wrong away 24 Head covering 25 Walk of life 29 Home of the Oregon Ducks 32 Limited portions of 34 L.A. commuter org. 35 German coal region 37 New York Harbor’s __ Island 38 Large pears 41 Sing-along syllable 42 Colonial hero Silas 43 Home of the Imagination! pavilion 44 Cookout choice 46 Animation sheet 47 Extremely focused 49 Promising performers 52 Carpentry tool 53 “That’s so __!” 54 With 57-Across, negotiate ... and what needs to be done to make sense of this puzzle’s circles 57 See 54-Across 61 Poet Angelou 64 Dry up 66 Sing in the shower, say 67 Fivers 68 Bored with it all 69 Fingerprint feature 70 Skin condition 71 Sasquatch kin 72 Mid-month time Down 1 Crystallize

2 Film beekeeper 3 Laptop screen meas. 4 “Anybody around?” response 5 Certain campus newbies 6 Renowned ‘70s-’80s batting coach Charley 7 French friar 8 Roulette bet 9 Chicken serving 10 Desk space 11 Whisperer’s target 12 Hammarskjöld of the UN 13 __-Caps: candy 21 One with a habit 23 Spotted 26 Wrap around 27 “This Is Spinal Tap” director 28 Motown flops 29 War zone journalists 30 Ideal setting

31 Lawn maintenance accessory 32 __ to go 33 Sleek horse 36 Abruzzi bell town 39 Payment required of known deadbeats 40 1943 penny metal 45 Grain cutters 48 Pay a call 50 Awe-ful sound? 51 Breakfast mix 55 Word with bake or fire 56 Logician’s “E” 58 Yummy 59 70-Across application 60 Boston __ 61 Spoil 62 Esq. group 63 Assent 65 CBS series with a N.Y. spin-off


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Sports advising surpasses academics SHAYLA KELLEY Reporter Student-athletes at Baylor University have a lot of responsibility. Not only do they have to work hard on the field or on the court, but they also have to work hard in the classroom. At Baylor, the “student” part of a student-athlete is strongly emphasized. Without the organization and work from the athletic academic advisors, studentathletes would not be able to flourish both in their sport and academically. Kendal Jarrett, assistant director of Student Athlete Services, has worked for Baylor University for six years. She currently advises women’s basketball and acrobatics and tumbling athletes. “My job as an academic adviser requires me to meet with and advise my group of student-athletes: acrobatics and tumbling and women’s basketball,” Jarrett said. Jarrett spends a lot of time with the student-athletes and said she makes sure they are academically taken care of so they can perform the sports they love. “I do four-year planning with them so they are able to see what the four years of college will look like for the major of their choice,” Jarrett said. “I register them for classes during priority registration, and I am constantly checking grades so eligibility is never a concern.” Sophomore acrobatics and tumbling team member Makenah Cotner said Jarrett does everything she can to help students, and Cotner loves that she can go to Jarrett for more than just academic advice. “[Jarrett] is beyond helpful when it comes to making my class schedule work around practice,” Cotner said. Jarrett must stay in compliance

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ACADEMIC SUCCESS The Simpson Athletic and Academic Center is home to student-athlete advising and private study rooms. It also houses the athletic training center.

with all NCAA guidelines and academic requirements for each student-athlete she works with. This means she not only has to make sure student athletes follow Baylor’s academic rules, but also rules set by the NCAA. She also must stay in contact with Baylor faculty. “I speak with professors constantly to have a good relationship with them knowing that we support and

appreciate their efforts to help out student-athletes,” Jarrett said. Senior acrobatics and tumbling team member Alexa Crumpton said Jarrett has been very helpful in her academics at Baylor. “[Jarrett] does the dirty work of class registration for studentathletes,” Crumpton said. “We get advised on campus and then take our suggested and advised classes to her,

then she spends the time piecing all of our classes together in a way that accommodates our hectic schedule as athletes best.” Jarrett acts not only as an academic adviser, but also as a counselor. She said she really cares about each athlete’s current and future success. “I counsel them on major and career choices and help with post-graduation preparation

as far as helping write letters of recommendation, resume writing, preparing for graduate school exams and interview preparation,” Jarrett said. “I will also help set up the tutors and learning assistants StudentAthlete Services has hired to provide help to those student-athletes.” This job is challenging at times, especially if the athlete is not doing well in a particular class. “The most difficult part of my job is having the difficult conversations with student-athletes about grades and their major choices,” Jarrett said. “Sometimes due to low grades or not meeting prerequisite requirements, students have to change their major. Having that conversation can be difficult to have.” Although confronting the athletes on poor grades is tough, Jarrett said she enjoys helping them overcome this particular roadblock. “The most rewarding part of my job is getting to instill the encouragement in student-athletes after they have failed a test or done poorly on an assignment,” Jarrett said. “Their spirits are crushed, and they have often given up. Helping them find their joy again and faith in themselves can be so rewarding. “ Jarrett said she loves that she has the opportunity to a play a part in student-athletes’ college careers. “For many of them, college was a dream, and this is just the beginning,” Jarrett said. “Some are bound and determined to start a great career. Some could’ve never imagined being able to come to Baylor, play what they love and leave with a degree. I get to play a small part in that. Watching them graduate is by far the best gift. I may have helped and guided along the way, but they did it.”

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Men’s golf strokes ahead JORDAN SMITH Sports Writer The Baylor Bears golf got its first win of the season at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate Golf Tournament at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas on Tuesday. Baylor won the tournament with a final score of -31, which was 32 strokes better than the second place University of Houston Cougars who ended the tournament with a total score of +1. Head coach Mike McGraw said he was shocked to see how well the team handled one of the hardest courses on their schedule. “I think it’s just a glimpse of who you could really be. I didn’t expect yesterday – not in a million years. This is a hard golf course,” McGraw said. “It’s a golf course that will expose you. To play as well as we did yesterday was a pleasant surprise, but I also felt like these guys had something really special in them. Now we get to go into the offseason with a great memory and excitement and energy for the spring.” Junior golfer Matthew Perrine and sophomore golfer Braden Bailey were named co-champions at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate after they both scored 10 under par for a score of 203. They were both roommates on the trip up to the tournament and during the tournament. After a commanding lead over the other teams, McGraw told his team to continue doing what they were doing early on. “Coach just said to build on it,” Perrine said. “No reason to go out there and just limp your way in. We

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AHEAD OF THE REST The Baylor men’s golf team holds the trophy after the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate Golf Tournament at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas. The Bears finished the day 31 strokes under par.

know this golf course and we’re all playing well, so we might as well go on and keep the pedal to the metal and go for it.” Bailey said he is excited about having these really great opportunities

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in his golf career. “I’ve put myself in position to win quite a bit starting this summer, and I guess this was my second time this fall that I’ve had a good chance,” Bailey said. “It feels pretty good to get

the job done. It’s also a cool feeling tying with Matthew, just sharing the win with a teammate. Especially after the way the team played, winning by as many as we did, I feel like it’s a fitting end to the week.”

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The Bears are done with the fall segment of their season and look to continue on top in their next tournament on Feb. 17 at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble. The tournament will last until the 19th.


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SCHUYLER DIXON Associated Press FRISCO – Tony Romo is participating in throwing drills at practice for the first time since the Dallas quarterback broke a bone in his back in a preseason game at Seattle in August. The 36-year-old worked in several individual drills Wednesday in shorts and a T-shirt with his teammates in full pads. While he almost certainly won’t play against Philadelphia on Sunday, it’s the biggest step in his return. The Cowboys (5-1) have won five straight with Dak Prescott, who is set to face fellow rookie starter Carson Wentz of the Eagles.

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BACK UP Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo injured his back on Aug. 25 against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle.

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Romo was the third quarterback for each drill behind Prescott and veteran backup Mark Sanchez. Romo appeared to be throwing at full velocity, and also dropped back and threw a few passes on the run.

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