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FEBRUARY 16, 2018



INSIDE: A2- Opinion: Gendered marketing is a cheap ploy

A4- Campus

perspectives: Black history is more than February

A6- Generation Z is

more atheistic than any before

B1- Sing Reviews: read them here first!

B2- Former Sing

Alliance member returns as Club Night judge

C1- Weekend sports previews: baseball, softball and tennis

C4- Photo highlights of basketball before March Madness

Jessica Hubble | Multimedia Editor

Fixer Upper makes properties hot commodities CORRIE COLEMAN Reporter When Cameron and Jessie Bell bought a tiny, dilapidated shotgun house, they paid $28,000. Today, they have the same house listed for sale, asking nearly $1 million. What’s the difference? The house was featured on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” and has been remodeled by Waco’s Chip and Joanna Gaines. People Magazine recently reported that seven Fixer Upper homes from the show’s five seasons are currently on the market. However, even more have been sold or rented in the past. While many families sell their homes for unexpected reasons, such as children or job transfers, the widely popular show has offered many clients the opportunity to make a profit. In addition to selling homes, many owners have listed their properties on Airbnb or VRBO, popular vacation rental sites. Currently, 10 properties from the show are listed on Airbnb and mostly fall between $250$350 per night, while others cost even more. For example, the “Chicken House,” a 1949 ranch-style home in Waco, and the “Barndominium,” a renovated barn in LacyLakeview, cost $750 and $649 per night, respectively. Even homeowners that have not been featured on “Fixer Upper” understand the value of being associated with the show. While only 10 properties on Airbnb have actually been on the show, many more include buzzwords like “Magnolia” or “Silos” in their descriptions in order to draw more traffic. One property called the “Before They Were Famous Bungalow,” claims to be a Vol.118 No. 36

former home of the Gaineses. Another home was shown briefly on the show but was not chosen to be remodeled. Although it was never renovated by the Gaineses, it is still listed as “Fixer Upper’s Hilltop House” and is booked for most weekends. Krisi Bass, who owns two properties that have been on “Fixer Upper,” bought both homes from families who were featured on the show. Bass lists both of her properties, the “Barndominium” and “Little House on the Prairie,” on Airbnb and VRBO, where they remain popular vacation homes for fans of the show. “I pretty much am booked all the way up into summer, and then I have a few bookings up into next year,” Bass said. Bass believes that, although the media has said otherwise, the Gaineses are supportive of the re-selling or renting of homes they have remodeled. “They just didn’t want their show to be made into a commercial end result,” Bass said. “They didn’t want [profit] to be the primary reason that people were on the show.” In an article by the Waco TribuneHerald, Magnolia spokesperson Brock Murphy explained that while Magnolia is understanding toward those who choose to sell or rent their homes, they want to respect the original purpose of “Fixer Upper.” “We have no problems with our

clients’ interest in using sites like VRBO and Airbnb to rent out their homes. In fact, we get it. But we are going to be more strict with our contracts involving ‘Fixer Upper’ clients moving forward,” Murphy told the Waco TribuneHerald. “We want to honor our national viewing audience. We want to do remodels for clients’ homes. That’s the true intent of our show, and we want to ensure that does not get lost in this new vacation rental trend. What started off with perfectly

understandable intentions could cast a shadow of a doubt on the much bigger picture, and we are going to do our best to protect that moving forward.”

Lacy McNamee and her husband Doug were featured on the pilot episode of Fixer Upper in 2013. Although the McNamees eventually sold the house, the family received offers for their home even before it was put on the market, but they refused. “We got the distinct sense that they were looking to buy it to turn it into an Airbnb, and I didn’t like

that,” Lacy McNamee said. “We have a really sweet neighborhood and really great relationships with our neighbors, and I just kind of thought, ‘If I was the nextdoor neighbor to that house, I wouldn’t want it to be turned into that.’” After living in the home for two years, the couple had a child and moved to Woodway. When they put the house on

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Baylee VerSteeg | Multimedia Journalist

SHOTGUN HOUSE This one-bedroom, one-bathroom 1,050-square-foot home at 624 S 7th St. was remodeled on Fixer Upper and is listed for sale for $950,000.

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The snack stereotypes back Advertisers should not reinforce regressive gender roles “Show her it’s a man’s world.” “Indoors, women are useful – even pleasant.” “Keep up with the house while you keep down your weight.” “Is it always illegal to kill a woman?” These statements trigger a repulsive response to today’s consumers, but only 50 to 70 years ago, they were used in advertising to appeal to their audience’s values and beliefs. Companies benefited from marketing based on gender stereotypes, a practice that is still found in media today. Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo chair and chief executive officer, alluded to the future production of “female-oriented Doritos” in an interview with Freakonomics in January. The so-called accommodations for women would create a crumb-less, crunch-less and dustless chip packaged in a bag small enough to fit into a purse. Nooyi’s logic is that women withhold their behavior (such as getting crumbs from the bottom of the bag, crunching on their food or licking their fingers) due to public perception; women are more peculiar about dirtiness (that Dorito dust may create); women’s everyday belongings are constrained to the size of their purses. Marketing such trivial, demeaning product features to a target-gender consumer audience supports regressive stereotypes. Luckily, in this case, a spokeswoman for PepsiCo shot down the rumors, claiming “The reporting on a specific Doritos product for female consumers is inaccurate. We already have Doritos for women–they’re called Doritos, and they’re enjoyed by millions of people every day.” However, this type of gender-specific marketing is anything but novel. Research shows that people instinctively gender things. The Journal of Consumer Marketing found that products are perceived to have a gender in order to mentally categorize things into groups based on perceived masculine and feminine traits. The Journal of Consumer Marketing explained that consumers “develop gender identities for themselves and products; abetted in part by gender images communicated through the mass media.”

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While people gender products independent of media influence, the media still acts to inform, influence and reinforce gender assumptions. Multinational, billion-dollar companies such as PepsiCo have immense power and liberty in shaping gender stereotypes in their marketing strategies. The Advertising Standards Authority in the United Kingdom announced the launch of efforts toward a “stronger regulation of ads that feature stereotypical gender roles or characteristics which might be harmful to

people, including ads which mock people for not conforming to gender stereotypes” on July 18, 2017. While the U.S. does not have an American equivalent of the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority, we do have a platform to let our opinion be known – social media. In reaction to offensive marketing, such as Pepsi’s Black Lives Matter commercial and Dove’s racially insensitive advertisement, people took to social media to criticize these companies’ tactics. In response to public backlash, Pepsi

and Dove pulled their ads and issued an apology within than 24 hours of the ads’ releases. When a corporation exploits a feature of society to forward its economic ambitions, we should act as a collective whistleblower. Media matters, because it depicts more than the independent marketing decisions of a corporation. It reflects popular culture. By taking a strong stance on the types of messages we accept and reject, we have the power to cultivate a more progressive media.


What to do when they just aren’t that into you you’re trying to let someone know you are not interested romantically. This issue isn’t for the blunt spirits that say whatever comes to mind. Blunt spirits seem to have no real interest in protecting the feelings of the other person. Sure, if they aren’t completely selfish, they may feel bad for telling the truth, but they’re simply acting within their character. It’s the nice souls who struggle. The people who want to spare the feelings of others. The individuals who wish to remain friends instead of just ripping off the Band-Aid. People are simply no longer able to decipher when someone is uninterested. This lack of awareness is the reason why the uninterested party must say something. Dr. Jeffrey Hall, a professor of communications at Kansas University, said in his research that if there is an overarching feeling of doubt with someone being interested, they most likely aren’t. However, these thoughts seem to go over people’s heads. Either they know and don’t want to admit what they see, or they really just can’t

COLLIN BRYANT Columnist It’s imperative to be clear when you are not interested in a person. As college students, it’s rare to have romance down to a science. We’re busy with changing lives that can be difficult to manage while single, let alone with a significant other. It’s far from uncommon to figure out you and another person just won’t work out. Long-term, however, it’s better to be straightforward and honest about those feelings – especially considering that the other person will be faced with the same reality sooner or later. We live in a world where communication skills are slowly eroding. Blame television, social media, technology – people just don’t understand others anymore. Nowhere is this more prevalent than when

take the hint. This lack of awareness becomes a hindrance to both parties involved. The interested party puts themselves in a position to only be more upset when the cords are

We are all young, busy and just trying to find our way romantically. It isn’t abnormal to figure out while getting to know someone that you aren’t really interested.

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finally cut. The uninterested appears to be that much more the “bad guy” in the situation. In reality, if both parties were completely open and honest, they’d avoid most of the miscommunication altogether. People seem to shy away from this transparency for the sake of “playing hard to get” in most instances. Playing hard to get can be a successful tactic, but if done incorrectly, it can lead to a communication haywire. Dr. Jeremey Nicholson of Psychology Today said in an article that it takes a certain level of tactfulness to properly utilize the method of playing hard-to-get. “Some of the behaviors and tactics associated with playing hard to get succeed in making someone more desirable as a date or relationship partner,” Nicholson said. “They can also be a way to test a partner’s level of interest and commitment. Nevertheless, for those interested in playing hard to get, it takes some finesse, the right timing, and the proper balance.” Without the balance Nicholson described, the lines become blurred,

creating a gray area that can lead to some real hurt in the end. This principle goes hand in hand with people enjoying the chase when they’re pursuing someone. People like going after someone new. It’s fun, different and exciting. Once again, if not properly balanced, it turns into someone uninterested being chased by someone that feels very differently. This unhealthy situation can quickly breed resentment and disdain from the unlucky one, causing issues for both individuals. We are all young, busy and just trying to find our way romantically. It isn’t abnormal to figure out while getting to know someone that you aren’t really interested. Yet for the sake of yourself and the feelings of the other person, it would be beneficial to just tell them the truth. Because in the end, they have to find out one way or another. So why not do them the courtesy of letting them down honestly instead of easily? Collin Bryant is a senior journalism major from Montgomery.

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Sing should be on DVD CHRISTINA SOTO Broadcast Managing Editor All-University Sing is one of Baylor’s most popular traditions and has been around for the last 65 years. Sing is unique every year, and if you miss it, you will never be able to watch and experience that show again. Parents, students, faculty and alumni all make their way to Waco to watch the performance. The demand for Sing tickets is so high that this year, the first round of tickets sold out the day they went on sale. Sometimes people are not able to make it to Waco to watch the show and therefore will never be able to experience a complete Sing performance for that year. Those people would only be able to watch the top eight performances if they attended Pigskin Revue in the fall. I believe Sing should be recorded and sold on DVD. This way, parents and alumni who can’t make the show will be able to watch their loved ones’ performances. Selling the performances on DVD also provides an opportunity for performers to own a lifelong memory. Participants work extremely hard on their performances, and it should be an experience they are able to tangibly cherish forever. These performances can be archived and historically documented for people to watch and learn from. Sing chairs are constantly looking back to see what themes have been executed in the past. Having an archive of all past Sing performances would be beneficial for Sing chairs to learn from. Several years ago, Student Productions did sell DVDs, but they discontinued distributing them to avoid copyright issues. Student Productions claims it cannot sell DVDs because it would potentially make a profit off of something that that does not belong to them. Since Baylor does not own the songs used for the show, it is unethical for them to sell the performance and make a profit off of songs that are not theirs. Student Productions should look further into this dilemma because it will allow more people in the Baylor community to enjoy a beloved tradition. I would recommend contacting schools who have performances like Sing and see how they address this issue. I would also recommend getting in contact with a copyright lawyer who may have insight and suggestions on what to do in a situation like this. Perhaps the price of DVDs could exclusively cover the cost of producing the disc itself so as not to turn over a profit. should be an experience they are able to tangibly cherish forever.”

Selling Sing on DVD would not only allow more people to enjoy the show, but would also create more revenue for Student Productions. Given the high demand in ticket sales for Sing, it is rational to think there would be a similarly high demand for DVDs. Senior Alpha Chi Omega Sing Chair Yasmin Laird said she would love to have Sing on DVD. “I usually watch videos of Sing over and over again on YouTube. So I would definitely buy the DVD because it will allow me to cherish the memory forever,” Laird said. Although several people watch performances on YouTube it is not the same quality as if their were several cameras recording the show. The videos that are posted on YouTube are videos that people in the audience take and many times they are very far away. The videos on YouTube don’t give you the full experience of actually being there. Also, during Sing you are not allowed to take videos or photos during the show, so the videos that are posted are against the rules. Selling Sing videos on DVD is a practical way for students to relive college memories for years to come. Christina Soto is a senior journalism major from Miami.


TWITTER TALK @MARYROSETANSEY “I’m morally opposed to repeating outfits in Instagram posts but like... that’s the whole premise of sing”

@AJJJIZZZLE “The year is 2050. Sing performances are now 10 weeks long. Ticket sales are Baylor’s primary source of income. Broadway has been canceled.”

@EMILYMERTENS1 “sing weeks are showing up to the library way later than usual in false eyelashes, hair curled, and slippers, and no one can judge you!!”

@BE_MORG “waiting for the two weeks of Sing to be a university holiday”

@GODADDIO “It’s inconvenient when scheduled at the same time as the @ BaylorMBB game. #MoveSing”

Consider your online health BAYLEE VERSTEEG Multimedia Journalist In 2008, the internet company Cisco released a new marketing campaign called the Cisco Human Networking Effect. This campaign was designed to reflect the way the internet has changed how the world communicates for the better. Cisco altered its entire company’s image around the gamble that the internet would bring people together, promote unity and be the step toward a better, more empathetic humanity. The discussion of whether or not that has actually been the case so far in internet history can go both ways. Was Cisco’s prediction right or wrong? More than anything, it has highlighted a diverse but segmented audience. Whether we like it or not, the internet is here to stay. I believe that the overall outcome of this falls on us: the consumer. Our online decisions bear consequences for ourselves and for our world. Twitter offers a great example of these choices. It is a platform where users can choose the input they want and avoid what they don’t, creating a sort of alternate reality where people sit in a virtual room agreeing with each other. Other sites work the same

way: Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc. It is easy to build an online world of people exactly like you, while subconsciously training yourself to avoid the uncomfortable but healthy ideological diversity needed to remain in a place that regards all people as human. Use this tailored exposure to your advantage. Remember that the sites that allow you to tailor your feed also make it easy to expose yourself to foreign input. Follow accounts that teach you something or make you belly-laugh. Unfollow accounts that remind you of what makes you angry or cause you to regard yourself in a negative light. Social media helps families and long-distance friends remain connected. Memes especially remind us that we are all the same: We all love avocados, and Mondays are pretty much the worst. We are unified in our humanity, and thanks to the internet, we all know what it looks like when a deployed spouse comes home, a puppy cuddles a kitten and, yes, heartbreaking things too, like a starving child clutching a doll in a dusty refugee camp. This platform begs us to fight with our relatives over politics or share angry fake news articles. But if we teach ourselves to be conscious everyday when we are online, we will see more of the good stuff.

The online market presents yet another ethical obstacle course. Any book, movie, ugly Christmas sweater or obscure kitchen item comes your way in droves with the quickest online search. Whether you choose to support the local bookstore in Seattle or the monolith that is Amazon is up to you. Your responsible buying convictions are put to the test when you choose between the ethically-sourced jewelry and seven-day shipping or the corporate monster and two-day shipping. You think, “Does my purchase really matter?” It does. Use your money to vote for things that make the world a better place. Seven days really isn’t that long to wait. The decisions we make regarding food derive from a few factors: taste, health, cost and ethical responsibility. Let’s consider our online choices the same way. Pick healthy entertainment the same way you reach over the Skittles for a grape. No one is watching (probably). Your online health is up to you. Baylee Versteeg is a senior professional writing major from Denver, Colo.


Why I choose to run before the morning sun PENELOPE SHIREY Design Editor Running has always been a part of my exercise routine. In high school, I was fortunate to have a 55-mile trail system run directly through my backyard, and I ran it as far and as often as I could. In college, however, I was repetitively sidelined by a seemingly endless string of lower body injuries that left me frustrated and seeking other outlets. Working at the Lariat requires long and sometimes late hours. This schedule necessitated finding alternate times for exercise, and I was drawn again to running due to the flexibility of scheduling. Unlike the set schedule of barre and yoga classes that had filled my time while recovering, all I needed to run was a pair of sneakers and an open road. On the days before the print edition is published, I am in the newsroom until 11 p.m. or later. It was working around this schedule that pushed me to discover my love for running in the morning. Running in the morning has its own specific set of challenges. Setting an alarm for before sunrise can be a mental hurdle all on its

own. When I am curled up in my warm bed the night before and in the morning, the thought of lacing up and facing the outdoors can be daunting. Thankfully, Texas’ mild winters are considerably warmer than anything I ever faced while living in Michigan, so the early morning temperatures are not as much of a deterrent for me. The most crucial adjustment for me was learning to prepare. Laying out my clothes, preparing my breakfast and planning what I wanted out of my run the night before all became critical factors in me feeling ready to go. Once I am out of bed, warming up is absolutely essential. Running right after waking up means that muscles are stiff, metabolism is slow and lung capacity is not what it would be if running later in the day. A study by a doctor from the Southern California Center for Sports Medicine even found that morning runners are at a greater risk for injury than people who typically run later in the day because of these factors. However, for me, the benefits outweigh the risks. Running in the morning has become an automatic part of my routine, and I am more consistent with these runs than I was when I tried to run in the afternoon instead. Getting an early start means there are fewer things demanding that same time. I am less likely to put it off in the morning than if I wait until the end of the day when I am tired and want to relax after class. Additionally, the sense of accomplishment I feel after finishing my daily mileage before

most people are even awake motivates me throughout the day. The endorphins after running are often the boost I need to kickstart my day, setting me up for success later on. I am more likely to be productive, having already accomplished this task, than if I had just rolled out of bed in the morning. My absolute favorite part of running in the morning, though, is the serenity I find at that time of day. While I had to sacrifice some of my routes in favor of those better illuminated and with less automobile traffic, it was completely worth it to me. When the road stretches out ahead of me with the moon above and not a single other person in sight, all of my other thoughts can fall away. I enjoy the quiet, which I mentally absorb as a buffer to the loud frenzy that can sometimes find its way into college life. The sun rising when I am making my way back home is just one final refreshing element that is often the quickest to put me in a good mood to start my day. However, even with all of these factors to consider, the most important one is knowing that any exercise is better than none. The morning run has become a key part of my fitness regimen. That does not mean it is the best option for everyone, but I do think that everyone should consider making the switch. Penelope Shirey is a senior journalism major from Birmingham, Ala.


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Limited adjunct professors expand Baylor’s horizons REWON SHIMRAY Reporter When registering for classes, students often reference and crossreference the professors listed. When the professor’s name doesn’t come up on BUbooks or Rate My Professors, students proceed with caution. More likely than not, the people teaching the class are what Baylor calls “adjunct lecturers,” also known as contingent faculty. Adjunct lecturers are part-time workers selected by the department and approved by the administration. These part-time positions can be filled by many different types of people, such as graduate students, business professionals with a full time job on the side, a Baylor employee working fulltime in another department, etc. In 2016, the American Association of University Professors analyzed trends in higher education between the mid-1970s to 2011. The study found that the hiring of full-time tenuretrack faculty increased by 23 percent and part-time faculty by 286 percent. Research conducted by College Factual, a college informational website, shows that Baylor has one of the highest utilizations of full-time staff in the U.S. with 79 percent full-time, as opposed to the national average of 49 percent. Director of Undergraduate Studies Doug Weaver said Baylor’s shift toward being a research institution has created “a push to focus the current faculty base toward more research and written production.” To fulfill research demands, fulltime faculty have sabbatical, a paid leave granted to university professors to conduct research. Along with research requirements, full-time professors are expected to have administrative responsibilities (such as committeework, advising, service, etc.) and may consequently get course-load reductions so that they teach one to two

classes. Both of these factors contribute to a decreased number of classes taught by full-time professors and the growing need for adjuncts. Weaver also said “it might be less expensive to have adjuncts.” He said there is a greater investment put into full-time staff, because besides being paid more, they are also given health benefits. Forbes reported that more than half of adjuncts make less than $35,000 a year, even with working an additional job outside of academia. Henry Wright, adjunct lecturer and civil attorney, said that because of the hours it takes to prepare for class, adjunct work is “not an economically advantageous thing.” He said it is “a labor of love.” Dr. Ginny Brewer-Boydston works part time at both Baylor and MaryHardin Baylor. While she started to teach at Mary-Hardin Baylor as a way to get more teaching experience, she said she now continues to do it because of “salary issues.” “The frustration for me, is I’m doing ... what qualifies as full-time work, across two universities. I’m doing all of this work that normally full-time faculty do,” Brewer-Boydston said. “The reality is that I make a third of what full-time instructors would make as an adjunct, and that’s not counting the benefits that would come with it, like insurance and retirement.” Financial instability for adjuncts may also be caused by call-back uncertainty. Weaver said departments make judgments on the need of adjuncts largely based on the size of the student body. After calculating the number of classes needed based on the incoming class, the registrar is posted. Eric Eckert, adjunct lecturer and assistant director of media communications for faculty development, started teaching one class per semester in 2013, two years after beginning work in Baylor’s

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Black History Month highlights need for inclusive education REWON SHIMRAY Reporter

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communications office. He said he finds out what classes he will be teaching the following semester when the registrar is posted. “I never know; I always wonder each year if this will be the year they kick me out,” Eckert said. “That’s the other thing, you never know. You’re hopeful that they keep hiring you.” Brewer-Boydston said the passing nature of adjuncts is detrimental to building relationships with students. “I don’t think universities think about the benefits students get when they have a familiar face who’s always around, who’s always able to help them and walk them through the process, when there’s nothing I can do but help you with the class you have with me,” Brewer-Boydston said. Eckert and Wright said their full-time professions outside of the classroom allow them to provide their students with knowledge of their field. As an attorney, Wright said he is able advise students about law school, tell “war stories” from the courtroom, and “give them a little insight to what is going on outside the world of Baylor.” Wright said there is an “intermix” between his career and class. Eckert said his students write in his evaluations that they learn from his stories from his 20 plus years of fulltime journalism work.

“The use of adjuncts enhances the work of a particular department,” Weaver said. “We would tell you, you’re paying to come to our school to get us to do what we know best. So when we hire adjuncts, we also want that adjunct to teach something related to them.” Wright said he would not want students to think that having an adjunct professor meant “they have an inferior professor who’s less capable.” “I think it’s the responsibility of the university to make sure that the adjuncts are integrated with the departments in which they’re working so that, the students, through the adjunct, still have the same amount of access and communication with the department,” Wright said. “One of my concerns is that adjuncts are less involved in departmental issues, less involved in relationships between faculty members in the department, and that can be a barrier of access to other faculty members who could be of great benefit to the student.” The inclusion of adjuncts into fulltime staff varies on the individual department. Brewer-Boydston said she feels as though she “hangs off to the side” and gets the “feeling of being divorced from the school.” Eckert said he feels “like a full-fledged faculty member.” The Academy for Teaching and

Learning (ATL) is the “singular institute dedicate to teaching development at Baylor,” according to Dr. Lenore Wright, ATL Director. Lenore Wright said ATL hosts workshops to help all Baylor educators improve their teaching skills and feel more integrated into the Baylor community, to achieve the ultimate goal of enhancing student learning. Two weeks before fall classes begin, ATL hosts an all-day Adjunct Teaching Workshop for part-time faculty. Along with reviewing new policies surrounding Title IX, Human Resources and Pro Futuris, the workshop provides “training for essential elements of course design,” Lenore Wright said. Lenore Wright said some past workshop participants will return to the ATL to receive oneon-one help, then come back with improved evaluations and higher rubric grades to show for the progress they and their students have made. “I think it’s essential that all people who teach at Baylor, who have any instructional role whatsoever, see themselves as Baylor people,” Lenore Wright said. Lenore Wright said it is important that all professors, despite what other profession they may have outside academia, are equals in the classroom.


While black history is emphasized in the month of February, historians call for the inclusion of African-American stories into the broader American dialogue. Although few students would voluntarily do extra school work than is required, Round Rock senior Nuri Hubbard said she is glad her mom assigned her book reports growing up. “I used to hate it then, I really did. My mom used to have me do a report once a month on a prominent African-American figure,” Hubbard said. “Looking back, it’s like, wow, she was really trying to teach me about our history and where we are now and how far we’ve come.” Dr. James M. SoRelle, professor of history, said students’ knowledge of African-American history is “relatively limited.” That is most likely due to a lack of attention to the subject in elementary to high school curriculum, he said. SoRelle specializes in African-American history, 20th century U.S. history and Urban American History. He first began to gain interest in African-American studies while at the University of Houston in the late ‘60s through the early ‘70s, a time when studies of people of African descent “The historical record should be fuller in terms were just beginning to be integrated into higher- of what it talks about than, frankly, a group of level education institutions. dead white males — who, because of the world Decades later, schools still struggle to include in which they lived, were always going to be the African-American history in the curriculum. leaders,” SoRelle said. “It’s not that you dismiss The Southern Poverty those leaders, but you Law Center evaluated understand that if you inclusion of core want a full picture of concepts on the civil American history, you rights movement have to go beyond in state education that.” Baylor offers interdisciplinary standards. According He said there is a courses relating to black history and to the study, 20 states challenge in balancing relations. Some courses offered in received an “F” in between what is left fall 2018 include: 2014, five of which from the traditional — Alaska, Iowa, history and what • HIS 3371 - History of Black Maine, Oregon and should be added to Americans Wyoming — did not create a more inclusive • HIS 4368 - Civil War/ require coverage of the record. Reconstruction movement at all. SoRelle said • PSC 3320 - Minority/Ethnic SoRelle said Texas providing “the best Politics continues to have education in history” • PSC 3325 - Ethnopolitical “routinely battles” requires history to be Conflicts over what should and “far more inclusive • SOC 3311 - Sociology of Race & should not be included than generations prior Ethnicity in history textbooks. to us have been.” • JOU 4305 - Gender, Race & SoRelle said “We do Black Media focusing on the History Month, then small percentage of we push it aside and the population that get down to business. “shaped all of the What I think has policies and laws” does not represent the whole always been overlooked is that the history of population and “gives you a truncated picture of African-Americans is American history,” SoRelle history.” said.

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Hubbard said Black History Month helps her recognize significant figures in the AfricanAmerican figures, that empower her. For example, she said she knows African-Americans are educators, but she did not have a black professor until her senior year at Baylor. Hubble said Black History Month specifically provides a time to daily “recognize prominent black figures on social media.” Founder of Black History Month, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, lived in the early 19th century and observed a lack of reverence toward and interest in professional historians who studied the history of people of African descent. SoRelle said Woodson established the Journal of Negro History in 1916 as a scholarly quarterly publication to provide a platform to get those unfavored historians’ works published. The context of this journal, SoRelle explained, was President Woodrow Wilson, who segregated White House offices, announcing entry into World War I in order to make the world safe for democracy. “Who’s democracy? There were AfricanAmerican intellectuals who would ask that question,” SoRelle said. “If we’re fighting for democracy abroad, why aren’t we fighting for democracy at home?” A decade after releasing the first issue of the journal, Woodson established Negro History Week in February, which eventually grew to be a month. “Woodson himself insisted that the significance of celebrating a negro week or month

was to build cooperation within racial lines. It was to have an integrative function,” SoRelle said. “It was focused on American school children. You put this information into the schools, and it gives all American children, regardless of their racial background or socioeconomic background, and gives them an opportunity to obtain information about some other group.” According to the NAACP History, Woodson was hopeful for a time when “all Americans would willingly recognize the contributions of Black Americans as a legitimate and integral part of the history of this country” and the commemorative week would no longer be needed. “[Black History Month] did not derive from this separatist notion that black people need to know about black people,” SoRelle said. “It’s designed to do what historical education is supposed to do, and that is to educate people in a much wider understanding of how people live, how they have lived over time, the experiences that they have had. Woodson argued that that was the path to democracy.” Hubbard said today’s hostile society sees everything in black and white, which makes it even more important to “broadcast” black history. SoRelle said he thinks Woodson would be happy to see more recent integrations of the stories of different social groups in the course curriculum, but “there’s still work to be done.” “We’ve all seen the news stories over the past couple of years and it’s very clear that racism still does exist,“ Hubbard said. The New York Magazine reported a continuation of significant increases in the murder rate in the U.S. since 2015. While the number of both white and black homicide victims and offenders are increasing, the New York Magazine reports different causes for each demographic. To explain the increasing violence among the black population, the New York Magazine cites the “Ferguson effect,” which postulates that police, “worried about getting sued or speaking social unrest or otherwise upsetting the delicate relationship between police departments and black communities,” are less likely to engage in aggressive police work that would prevent these incidences. SoRelle said the concern over the interaction between minority groups and law enforcement can be traced back into U.S. history. He said “those problems, whatever their origins are, have not been successfully addressed.” “We don’t live, in my opinion, in a post-racial world. We don’t live in a post-civil rights world,” SoRelle said. SoRelle said while an understanding of history can help understand what has been done in the past, “we can’t call upon our ancestors to solve these issues,” so it is the responsibility of people living in the present to act.



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Generation Z is the most atheistic generation yet THOMAS MORAN Staff Writer New research shows the percentage of Generation Z, people born between 1999 and 2015, that identifies as atheist is double that of the general U.S. adult population. The Barna group conducted the study in partnership with the Impact 360 Institute and found that six percent of the adult population identify as atheist, compared to 13 percent of teens. According to the study, Generation Z is considered the first “post-Christian” generation because fewer and fewer individuals identify as Christian or religiously affiliated. While spirituality has not been altogether abandoned, organized religion is losing traction rapidly. But what is causing the change? Baylor sociology professor Dr. Paul Froese specializes in sociology of religion, culture and politics. He said there are many variables encouraging the trend, but a few stand out as a highly probable factors. Younger generations are normally less religious, Froese said. In their youth, people tend to drop out of the church and are more inclined to be nonbelievers. As time goes on and those people start families, they tend to return to religious belief. Additionally, Froese said modern society is becoming too busy for organized religion. As the world becomes more fast-paced and interconnected than ever before, organized religion has taken a place on the back burner. “One thing that it often comes down to is that there is less time to be religious in the modern world,” Froese said. “With all kinds of activities and groups to belong to and internet to search, people are finding that they don’t have the time or they don’t think it’s important to put the time into organized religion.” Princeton junior Olivia Haskin has noticed the speed of the modern world detracting from time

Percentage of atheists among the U.S. population

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Council hosts free ethnic food showcase RIDER FARRIS Reporter The organizations of the Multicultural Greek Council will host a Food Showcase event at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center. The event was created with the hopes of spreading awareness and understanding for different cultures through ethnic foods. The event is free to all Baylor students and will feature ethnic foods made by the member organizations of the Multicultural Greek Council, such as alpha Kappa Delta Phi and Beta Kappa Gamma. Students will have the option to sample Arabic, Mexican, Cajun and Asian food, among others. Participants will also be able to learn more about the organizations that make up the Multicultural Greek Council. Houston sophomore Marion BuBose, Multicultural Greek Council executive board member, said the event will operate similar to a Dr Pepper Hour with food, live music and the ability to mingle with the event’s hosts. “We just want to spread cultures and spread diversity and try to get people to understand that we’re all here for a cause and we’re all here to make a difference,” DuBose said. This is the third year that the council is holding the event. Many members of the council, including Lambda Phi Epsilon and Sigma Iota Alpha, will be in

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attendance and offering samples. Amman, Jordan, senior Abdullah Ghali, Multicultural Greek Council executive board member, said the event will enable members to promote the Multicultural Greek Council. The event will allow students from all backgrounds to learn more about the organizations in the Multicultural Greek Council, as well as learn more about the cultures providing the foods. “It’s a sort of hospitable environment where we welcome our guests and engage in conversation with them over good food,” Ghali said. “We tell them who we are and hope to spike their interest.” DuBose said students from all over the world attend Baylor and that attending the food showcase is a good way to become more culturally literate and learn more about students from different cultural backgrounds. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about cultures vastly different from their own. “Multicultural Greek Council is trying to expose different people around Baylor that we are here to make a difference and also show that we have a lot of stuff to offer,” DuBose said. Students from all cultures are welcome to attend the event. DuBose said by learning more about other cultures, people are more likely to understand each other and come together. “The biggest thing that brings people together is food and music, right?” DuBose said.

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dedicated to religious activities amongst her age group. However, she said another potential factor is that young people no longer feel the need for a God due to societal advancements. “I think it can be partially attributed to the fact that people don’t feel a need for God anymore,” Haskin said. “There are so many answers to problems that people used to look to God to answer. There’s medicine for diseases now, and there’s technological solutions for other hardships ... I think young people just don’t care as much anymore.” However, Generation Z’s decreased involvement in religion cannot be solely attributed to emotional apathy, Froese said. It is not a matter of not knowing or not caring to know but instead a matter of critically-considered belief that God does not exist. It is not so much the absence of belief, but the belief in an absence, Froese said. An increase in public discourse and academic reports on atheism might also be a factor in the decrease of religious affiliation among younger generations, Froese said. Atheism has become far more socially acceptable, and there is less negative stigma associated with identifying as a non-believer. “Atheism now an option in a way that it wasn’t before,” Froese said. “It allows people to openly be atheist.” Atheism has limits that religions do not, Froese said. Atheism cannot offer the sense of peace or security that religion has offered the human race for thousands of years. “One constant in human history is that humans are always creating new religions,” Froese said. “That is a constant. There is something about those beliefs or beliefs in the supernatural that provide humans with a sense of solace, a sense of meaning, a sense of purpose ... so, I don’t think you’ll ever see a time when atheism is the majority.” Only time will show whether the trend toward atheism will continue or if the younger generation will return to religion as they age.

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Business schools to host Spring Business and STEM career fair Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business will be holding its Spring Business and STEM career fair from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. Business attire is required and the career fair is open to all Business and STEM majors. A Student ID is required. Many of the companies represented will be available for on-campus interviews preceding and following the career fair. Students are advised to research the companies they are interested in prior to attending. Some employers that will be at the career fair are AT&T - Technology, Baylor Scott & White Healthcare System, Coca-Cola Supply Chain, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Southwest Airlines. Baylor African Student Association to host fashion show The Baylor African Student Association is hosting a fashion show. Titled “A Night in Africa,” the event will take place Feb. 25 in Barfield Drawing Room in the Bill Daniel Student Center. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 6:30 p.m. The tickets are $10 and dinner will be provided.

The Mayborn Museum to host Engineers Week The Mayborn Museum will be hosting “Engineers Week” Monday through Friday in order to celebrate and inspire future engineers in Waco. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, participants will get the chance to join individuals from the Engineering School at Baylor for a variety of hands-on activities. At 2 p.m. Tuesday, the museum will be showing the film “Dream Big: Engineering Our World,” which is meant to transform how people think about engineering. Directly following the film, there will be a panel discussion, which will be led by Rick Tullis, president of Capstone Mechanical, and will feature several engineers from the local community. From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the museum will host “Girl to Engineering Day” or “Girl Day.” This event will feature several activities throughout the museum, as well as a special screening of “Dream Big.” Showings of the film and all “Engineers Week” activities are included in the price of admission.

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Waco history bursts ‘Baylor Bubble’ REWON SHIMRAY Reporter While student housing on the other side of I-35 and La Salle offers more engagement with “the broader landscape of Waco,” Dr. Stephen Sloan, Baylor Institute for Oral History director, said few students have interacted with the history of Waco. Sloan said this may be due to the “transient nature” of college, as a “waiting time between where you used to live and where you want to live.” Sloan said the popular understanding of Waco’s history is “very narrow.” “I think oftentimes, because our society can be present-obsessed and future-focused, we don’t think as much about where we are and what that means,” Sloan said. “It’s about good citizenship to have a broader sense of the community you live in. If you live in a place, I believe it becomes a part of you. By having a richer understanding of the character of that place, you have a fuller understanding of where you’ve been and who you are.” Waco graduate student Camille Plemmons said it can be easy for students to avoid interacting with the Waco community because Baylor is a comfortable environment to stay in. She said this pattern creates a “Baylor Bubble” that is “very real.” In the pursuit of helping Baylor students, along with the broader Waco community, historians have made efforts to make Waco history more accessible to the everyday individual. Historians like Sloan have been a part of the conversion of traditional history forms (textbooks, theses, etc.) into interactive and digital mediums for the community, also known as public history. Tulsa, Okla., PhD student Skylar Ray, also said public history is “distinct from an academic history, where maybe you’re doing research for writing that’s geared toward an academic audience;” that is instead “made to connect with the everyday individual, with the community, to be very accessible to them.” Waco History App Two Baylor programs, the Institute for Oral History and The Texas Collection, developed the Waco History app in reaction to Sloan finding there was no “functioning museum that interpreted Waco’s history.” The app launched on March 1, 2015 — the anniversary of the Waco village’s founding in 1849— as what Sloan calls a cutting edge way to make history accessible to the community. The app features a map of Waco and surrounding suburbs filled with geolocation pins. Each pin features oral history interviews, archived photos and a 400- to 600-word blurb about the historical significance of the location. Some indicate historic figures or organizations. Since May 2017, Ray has worked under Sloan to contribute app entries, which she said helped her better settle into and appreciate Waco. “I feel like I’m more invested in the community, and I know more about the history of the place around me,” Ray said. “It’s really fascinating, and so I would love for students who live here, especially that aren’t from here, to be able to know more about that.” Ray said the app guides walking tours for those wandering downtown and offers information for those who would rather stay in the comfort of their own home. The first 100 or so entries covered “places that were more historically obvious,” so by the time she began to work on the app, Ray said she had to “dig a little bit further to identify further places.” She said she discovered establishments no longer in existence through oral history interviews, newspaper records and everyday conversations. “The very fact that they don’t exist anymore means they’re at risk of — their stories and the voices behind the stories — being forgotten,” Ray said. “That’s one of the main benefits of oral history and public history is that it’s kind of giving voices to individuals whose voices wouldn’t be heard in a historical record or narrative.” The Legacy of Wilton Lanning Jr. Waco historian and prominent community figure Wilton Lanning Jr. died Jan. 10. Stephen Sielaff, Baylor Institute for Oral History senior editor and collections manager, interviewed Lanning for the archive at the Baylor Institute for Oral History. He said Lanning’s grandchildren listen to his oral history records to hear Lanning’s voice and stories. “There’s a saying in oral history that says, ‘Every time an older person dies, a library burns down.’ Just that there’s these unique sets of stories, and Mr. Lanning had an impressive library,” Sloan said. “He was a storehouse of local history and local stories, and so it’s a loss when that happens. I’ve consoled just a little bit by that loss, because of his contributions either through institutions he helped create, his writings or his contributions to oral history.” Lanning owned Waco’s longest operating business, Tom Padgitt, Inc., and founded the Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute. He held several leadership positions as the executive director of the Waco Business League, president of the Rotary Club of Waco and chairman of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. Lanning served on the boards of the Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, Waco Industrial Foundation and the Waco Mammoth Foundation. B.J. Greaves, architect and president/CEO of ARCHITEXAS, was close friends with

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STEP OUT Waco history includes much more than the Waco Suspension Bridge and “Fixer Upper.” The Waco History app, local museums – like the Dr Pepper museum pictured here and Baylor Institute for Oral History work to make Waco’s history more accessible and engaging to the public.

Lanning for over 30 years. He said every time they parted ways, Lanning would shake his hand and say, “Thank you for your friendship.” Because Greaves’ father worked for Dr Pepper in sales and later in management, he remembers running and playing around the plant as a 10-year-old. Growing up around the building, Greaves slowly developed a friendship with Lanning. Lanning invited Greaves to join the Dr Pepper Museum project, first as an associate, then as the head. Ever since, Greaves has been the only architect at the museum. “I don’t know what to say about Wilton, other than that he was just an amazingly gracious human being, and he was a real civicminded person in that I never knew him to say no to anyone that needed his involvement in something that was bettering the community,” Greaves said. “Any kind of fundraising drive, any kind of community enterprise, he was involved in it somewhere. His involvement always seemed to be crucial to the success of the enterprise.” Sloan said people like Lanning “remind a place of its character and educate new people on the character of that place.” Plemmons has worked at the Dr Pepper Museum for five years. She said Lanning was constantly engaging with visitors. “He was full of little Dr Pepper jokes all the time,” Plemmons said. Plemmons said Lanning would count down 10-2-4 (the times of day recommended to drink a Dr Pepper, according to their 1920s and 1930s ad campaign) when he saw people taking a picture. He would also joke that the museum was “holy ground” as the location where Dr Pepper was invented. Sloan said the Dr Pepper Museum is a “physical reminder of [Lanning’s] contribution.” “He’ll have the enduring contribution with the Dr Pepper Museum. It’s those sorts of places that give a place character. It’s an unusual thing that we have. It’s a remarkable thing that outsiders want to see,” Sloan said. Like the Waco History app, the Dr Pepper Museum acts as a Waco history interpreter for the community. Plemmons works in interpretations at the museum, which entails educating visitors. Plemmons leads architecture tours, in which she tells the over 100-year-long history of the original Dr Pepper building – the museum building was originally a Dr Pepper bottling plant until it moved to another location in Waco in 1965. The Dr Pepper Museum, along with the ALICO building, is among the few buildings left intact following the Waco tornado of 1953, according to Sielaff. The differentiation in brick color on the exterior of the museum reveal a bite-like impact from the tornado. Sielaff said people reference the Waco tornado as “not only a huge historical event, but something that changed the nature of Waco.” In the museum tours, Plemmons takes visitors outside to point out the existing signs of the tornado on the downtown infrastructure. “There are so many parking lots because the tornado devastated so many buildings,” Plemmons said. “Waco was projected to be as big as Dallas by now, but the tornado destroyed most of downtown, and that really held it back.” Looking Back at Waco History Sielaff said Waco was a hub for educational, religious and commercial activity during the World War 1 era. Following the tornado, many of the wealthy families who could afford to move did so, leaving a poorer working class behind, Sielaff said. Greaves said while growing up in Waco, the city “seemed like a community that seemed somewhat poor” with “a really large lower and lower-middle class.” “There was a time when Waco was sort of complacent,” Greaves said. “You know, the way things were was fine: culturally, socially, economically. But that really has changed, and that has changed slowly over a few years, and

now it’s really changing quickly. There’s so much influence from entrepreneurs to the people associated with ‘Fixer Upper.’ It’s like the town is waking up or coming out a cocoon, and it’s just doing so with such force and grace. It’s exciting. It’s an exciting time to be in Waco.” Greaves said Waco is growing at steady pace, but not “at the expense of losing its history.” In his architectural field, he has seen more interest in the preservation of older buildings and homes. “There are enough people in town, there’s enough influence in town, that the history of Waco is not being just pushed aside and forgotten,” Greaves said. “I think that’s good for the roots of Waco to be remembered in that way.” Ray said history is distinct from the past in that history is the interpretation of past events which helps societies evaluate themselves and their role today. History, Ray said, cultivates “humility and empathy toward yourself and

others.” “If you’re going to look into the past, and try to understand someone or their life, you have to be able to step outside of yourself and understand that person in their time on their own terms. As historians say, ‘The past is like a foreign country, and they do things differently there,’” Ray said. Sloan said he challenges Baylor students to “get out. Go learn something new. Find something to appreciate.” Outlets for Waco history exploration include Waco walking tours, Institute for Oral History interviews, Baylor Texas Collection Archives and the Waco History app. “If they’re not the type that’s going to go on and look through interviews, or go to the archives, or even download the app, I think even a lot you can pick up on if you just open your eyes around you,” Ray said. “That’s something anyone could do.”


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Spring break mission trips serve around the world CORRIE COLEMAN Reporter This spring break, Baylor Missions is sponsoring 14 mission trips. From building music centers in Mexico to teaching nutrition in Guatemala, nearly 200 students will serve in seven countries as well as throughout the United States. The Hunger in Texas trip will highlight food insecurity through community service in Texas, specifically in communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. Students will learn about the impact of hunger on families while working in Rockport, an area struggling to recover from the hurricane. They will also spend time in Austin, speaking with policy makers about food insecurity in Texas. Grace Norman, Baylor government relations manager and trip leader for the Hunger in Texas trip, explained that lower-income families often experience food insecurity after a natural disaster. “[Hurricane Harvey] was and still continues to be a disaster that affects everyone equally regardless of socioeconomic [level],” Norman said. “Are the impacts disproportionality going to affect families that were previously struggling with food insecurity?” Norman said food insecurity is important for Baylor students to understand because it affects a large portion of the population, especially in Waco. She said, because hunger impacts so many communities, knowing how to address the issue is critical. “There’s that growing disparity that gap, chasm really, between the haves and have-nots,” Norman said. “How do we meet communities where they are and how do we invest where we live?” A civil rights tour, another mission trip trip taking place over spring break, will lead students on a tour of major sites and landmarks in the civil rights movement such as Selma, Birmingham and Memphis. Students will have the opportunity to walk across the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma as well as meet staff at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Holly Tate, assistant director for missions at Baylor, encourages students to recognize the value of the communities they are visiting. “It is very unrealistic to think you’re going to change the world in a week,” Tate said. “[So students need] to

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the market, they received immediate responses. “We put it on the market, and it sold in 24 hours,” McNamee said. “The offers and attention we got for sure were because of the show.” McNamee thinks that, while many families on the show sell their houses for legitimate reasons, Airbnbs or VRBOs can be harmful to neighborhoods. “Everybody has their own reasons that they do stuff,” McNamee said. “But when you live in a residential neighborhood, you want it to be homes of families and people that you know and that live there.” Although “Fixer Upper” is finishing up its last season, the Gaineses’ work in Waco is far from over. The couple is opening a restaurant, Magnolia Table, in the coming months, and Magnolia Market at the Silos remains extremely popular. Magnolia Market at the Silos was expected to draw 1.6 million visitors in 2017 according to the Waco Convention and Visitors bureau, more than the Alamo.

be open to learning from the communities they go to visit and realize that ... different cultures bring a lot of value to the table.” Tate said she hopes students will return from these trips with a new understanding of their own communities. She said effective mission trips prompt students to serve not only in other countries but also in their own cities and neighborhoods. “I think it’s engaging for students to be able to do something like this for a week ... and then be like ‘Why can’t

I do this the rest of the year?’” Tate said. “I want students to walk away … thinking about what can they do while they’re here in Waco or when they go on to their professional career.” Tate said the high number of students going on mission trips speaks volumes. “We’ve got almost 200 people going on spring break trips. That’s a lot of people who are willing to give up their spring break.” Tate said. “It says a lot about our students and what they think is important.”

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LIFE OF SERVICE Baylor Missions is sponsoring 14 mission trips, including locations such as Greece, Mexico and hunger relief in Texas. The 2017 hunger relief in Texas group is pictured above.

What’s Happening on Campus? Sundown Weekend Friday, Feb. 16 U Break Pop Up Brunch Bar

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Come by the Union Board Office on the first floor of the Bill Daniel Student Center for free brunch and a cup of coffee, on us!

Sundown Sessions: Matilda, Blacklight Bowling

9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Join Student Activities in Barfield Drawing Room for showings of Matilda at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Enjoy Blacklight Bowling all evening in the Baylor Gameroom.

Saturday, Feb. 17 Sundown Sessions: DIY Night, Blacklight Bowling

9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Come ready to craft at “Do It Yourself” night in Barfield Drawing Room, featuring tie dye, terrarium making, paper flowers, edible bubbles, jewelry and more! Blacklight Bowling all evening in the Baylor Gameroom.

Friday, Feb. 16 John Bodel Classics Lecture

3:30 p.m. Brown University’s John Bodel, PhD, will present “The Botany of Death in Ancient Rome,” Morrison Hall, Room 120.

Celebrate Black History Month Friday, Feb. 16 Faculty, Staff and Student Social 2:30 p.m. Grab a bite to eat and grow your network of familiar faces on campus in the SUB Den.

Black Panther Movie Night

8:15 p.m. Baylor’s NAACP invites you to opening night of Black Panther at AMC Classic Galaxy 16. Carpooling available, purchase your ticket online or at the theater today.

Thursday, Feb. 22 Nothing But Love in God’s Water

3:30 p.m. Bob Darden, PhD, will speak about his recently published work on the history of black gospel music in the Guy B. Harrison Reading Room in Carroll Library. A reception and book signing will follow.

Black Heritage Banquet

7 p.m. The 31st annual Black Heritage Banquet will take place in Cashion, fifth floor. Student tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the BDSC Ticket Office. Ticket sales end Friday, Feb. 16. For a full schedule of events, visit

Saturday, Feb. 17 Basketball Double Header

1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The Lady Bears will take on Kansas at 1 p.m. and the Bears will take on Texas Tech at 6:30 p.m., both in the Ferrell Center.

Monday, Feb. 19 through Friday, Feb. 23 Engineers Week at the Mayborn Museum

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the Mayborn any day this week for hands-on activities including projectile physics, 3-D printing, catapult science and more. 2 p.m. Tuesday Watch the film Dream Big: Engineering Our World in SBC Theater, followed by “Hidden Heroes” a panel discussion of community engineers that will highlight engineering contributions to Waco. Visit for a full schedule of the week’s events.

Monday, Feb. 19 “Discover a Career in Publishing”

2:30 p.m. Baylor University Press is proud to host Niko Pfund, president of Oxford University Press, USA, for a discussion about the career possibilities in publishing in Castellaw, Room 245.

Tuesday, Feb. 20 World Cinema Series: Closely Watched Trains (Czech)

6 p.m. Closely Watched Trains is a Czech film about a young man working at a train station in Germanoccupied Czechoslovakia during World War II. The film will screen in Bennett Auditorium, Draper Academic Building.

Wednesday, Feb. 21 Reimagining Global Christian History: Fresh Insights Symposium

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ISR presents a symposium to address the global dimensions of Christian history, with a special focus on the medieval and early modern worlds, in Cox Lecture Hall of Armstrong Browning Library. Visit for a full schedule.

Thursday, Feb. 22 Confessions of an Entrepreneur

12:30 p.m. Brent Bankston of Bankston’s Sport Memorabilia, Comics & Collectibles will speak about his entrepreneurial success through non-traditional means in Foster 143/144. Free pizza for all attendees.

Thursday, Feb. 22 Women’s Choir Festival Concert 4:30 p.m. Women’s choirs from eight area high schools will perform in Jones Concert Hall, McCrary Music Building.

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With an unexpected, entirely original theme, Fiji pulled off an absorbing performance as a personified foosball table. Sharp wit and lots of laughter rectified mediocre song and dance execution.

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sigma chi Pi Phi and Phi Chi revived a classic tale with their high energy and enthusiasm. The most breathtaking element of the performance was easily the costumes, but the singing and danging didn’t disappoint in the least. Even still, we think Baylor expected much more out of such a creative theme.


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Tri Delt radiated happiness in their garden-themed performance. They were altogether fun, creative, organized and theatrically impressive. Their hard work absolutely blossomed into a performance to remember.


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Sigma Chi performed with raw emotion in an attempt to portray the Alamo. Better than average vocals carried a performance that felt dull at moments. Slightly contradicting was the lighthearted dance moves that contrasted a somber theme.

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BAYLEE VERSTEEG Multimedia Journalist After months of hard work and countless hours its time for those polished Sing acts to shine. The curtain rose Thursday night, opening a new year of All University Sing, one of Baylor’s most cherished traditions. The Lariat staff knows the dedication and time each member of every act has put in to put on these performances while still being committed to academics, working jobs and participating in extracurriculars. Nonetheless, these Sing reviews intend to highlight the superb acts. This is a place where innovation and vitality are recognized.

Kappa hailed from the 1960’s sporting jumpsuits, platform heels and glittery eye shadow in a car was performance that was bubbly from start to finish. Although the dancers on stage gushed with energy, they didn’t get much attention from the crowd.

alpha delta pi Beta Theta Pi invites you to its “five-star” Beta Bistro, but you might find yourself being stingy with the tip. Dressed for the role, but otherwise unprepared, Beta engaged the audience with recognizable songs and creative sequences of choreography.

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Theta bowled a Turkey with their endearing enthusiasm and creative execution of their theme. Despite drawing laughter from the crowd, Theta could have spared themselves some criticism with cleaner dance moves.

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KOT’s act was truly a dream, as they rocked the stage with scary-good choreography. Noticeably subpar music quality was the only thing that darkened this otherwise clean show.

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Delt pulled off a “Harry” performance, and it was clear the audience had as much fun as the performers did on stage. They were anything but magical when it came to choreography, but it was no “Cruciatus Curse.”

ALPHA TAO OMEGA The schoolgirls of ZTA were characteristically preppy, bringing a powerful energy to their overall performance. Of all the dream sequences presented in Sing 2018, however, Zeta’s seemed particularly unimaginative.

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CHI OMEGA shiny teeth and me

The Chi-O tooth fairies flashed their pearly whites in near perfect synchronization. Their opening sequence was professional and their vocal performances never fell short. However, despite their upbeat songs, the Chi-O tooth fairies missed out on a great theme.

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Equipped with vests, fannel and fanny packs, ATO was undeniably adorable. Although their singing and dancing were a little off at times, they executed their theme with no risk of rocking the crowd to sleep.


alpha chi omega Crisp song selection and hot costume design helped Pi Kapp channel their inner “greaser” all too well. Sloppy dance moves, however, made us wonder if the floor was as greasy as their hair.

ADPi pulled off a very clean performance that featured an excellent tap dancing number and adorable umbrella props. The lemonade stand missed a mark by being all sweet and no sour, as ADPi executed a too-easy performance and took no risks.


Alpha Omega Chi definitely shot for the stars with their out-of-this-world depiction of human-alien contact. However, glittery costumes and a consistent storyline did not make up for undistinguished vocal and dance performances.

A little rain didn’t keep these brightly clad ladies from leaping with joy. Spot on vocals and peppy choreography made up for an otherwise uninteresting performance due to a humdrum theme choice.

SING ALLIANCE sweatin’ with sing alliance

Sing Alliance channeled just about every ‘80s workout trope. They were energetic, colorful and just the right amount of quirky to win the hearts of the audience. Unfortunately, like any work out video would, their dance moves were a little too repetitive.


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Accomplished author, editor, former Sing performer returns to Waco Hall as Club Night judge MEREDITH WAGNER Arts & Life Editor A passionate All-University Sing enthusiast to this day, Baylor alumnus Ryan Brinson’s former participation and perpetual love for the production has led him to a multilayered creative career, and ultimately right back to the stage where it all began. Brinson, who is a former Sing Alliance member and former editor-in-chief of the Baylor Roundup yearbook, made his debut as a club night “judge” Thursday night for Sing. And rightfully so – Brinson’s accomplishments both in Sing and in life are plentiful. Brinson’s achievements can be summed to a single character trait which he seems to exercise and embody both in his career and his everyday endeavors. Positivity is the foundation upon which Brinson has established himself in life and in work, which brought him to the conclusion some months ago that he, unashamedly, really likes his hands. Brinson moved to New York after graduating with a master’s degree in communications from Baylor in 2010. “I do have a regular nine to five, which is just a necessity living in the city,” Brinson said. “I just moved here because it was my favorite place in the world.” With the financial security from his marketing job at a law firm, Brinson said he is able to live and thrive in a community he deeply cares for, undertaking work in his free time that he, given his passion and enthusiasm for it, hardly considers work at all. “I’m a writer by trade,” Brinson said. “I just wanted to be able to remember it all, so I started writing it down.” Writing it all down turned into more than a hobby. Brinson recently self-published a book titled “I Really Like My Hands Today,” which is a compilation of essays he has composed over the years. The book shares its title with the final essay in the collection and captures the essence of his work – perhaps even the sweeping, overall theme of his life. “When I was putting it all together, I realized everything I wrote was about finding the stuff about myself and my life worth celebrating,” Brinson said. “Through a really silly story about a pair of gloves, I somehow landed on that concept.” Brinson said this concept ultimately derives from a sense of appreciation for the mundane. “I just think the little stuff in life, a lot of times, matters a lot more than the big stuff,” Brinson said. Brinson applies this attitude to another of his accomplishments, BLEEP magazine, for which he shines a spotlight on all things arts and life in New York City and beyond. When Brinson founded the online publication in 2011, he knew little of what it would become, except that he loved doing it. “It’s never been a big money-maker. It’s never been any sort of status-maker. It just kind of naturally evolved,” Brinson said. With a spirit and love for writing and design, BLEEP was born from the few hours Brinson had to himself after clocking out of work each evening. Similar to Sing, Brinson said the spirit of his magazine revolves not around concepts of achievement or attention, but learning from and connecting with those around him. “If I’ve learned anything from the people that I’ve interviewed, it’s that you don’t do it for the applause,” Brinson said. “You don’t do it to get the trophy. If that’s the reason you’re doing it, it will become hollow. It’s about connecting with people, which is the same thing with Sing.”

More than anything, BLEEP is a tangible expression of the positivity Brinson tries embody in his everyday life. “All sorts of magazines in general have a tabloid slant to them now, and I have no interest in any of that,” Brinson said. When Brinson interviews creative thinkers and doers for his magazine, including individuals such as model, actor and musician James Maslow and NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, he said he thinks to himself, “How can I promote this person in a completely, 100%, obnoxiously positive light?”

Thursday as a club night “judge,” for which he hopes to combine his positive outlook and his past Sing experiences to be critical yet constructive, analytical yet understanding. Brinson’s duties as a Club Night judge don’t carry weight when it comes to determining the overall winner of Sing. Rather, Club Night judges provide constructive feedback to the groups before they are truly examined by a different panel of judges Friday and Saturday night. “I remember getting those sheets back from the [club night] judges. Some of those judges didn’t do so great at giving feedback,” Brinson said. “I know what they need to hear as a group, as opposed to giving random comments.” Ultimately, Brinson said, “I am determined to be as obnoxiously optimistic as I am for the magazine when it comes to judging these groups.” Brinson recalled his experiences on the same stage organizations performed on Thursday night. “I was the first person who sang a word in our act. I remember stepping out there; that spotlight hit me. It was a rush of adrenaline that I had never really experienced,” Brinson said. “There were so many of those kinds of moments in the acts that followed. You just can’t steal those away.” Transferring to Baylor from a small private school after completing three years of his undergraduate degree, Brinson said Sing makes Baylor truly special compared to other schools. “[Students] don’t realize how one-of-a-kind it really is. I came from another school and I had this other experience to compare it with. It’s just not comparable,” Brinson said. “Other schools say they have a version of [Sing], but it is not anywhere close to the caliber of what Baylor produces and expects of their students.” More than allowing Brinson to indulge in his creative tendencies and love for performing, Sing served as the binding force for his group of similarly talented and passionate friends. “My best friends that I met specifically in Sing Alliance are my best friends today,” Brinson said. Through weddings and children and everything in between, Brinson said with confidence, “the biggest takeaway from my Sing experience, despite my Mario costume covered in sequins – as it should be – are those friendships.” Brinson said the lessons he learned and the leadership experience he gained from Sing helped equip him for a successful creative career. His only hope now is that students currently participating in the tradition will grow in a similar direction and understand what truly matters through the process. “It’s not if we placed. It’s not if we made it to Pigskin. It’s not if everything went right,” Brinson said. “It’s the people. Photo Courtesy of Ryan Brinson It’s the friendships that have lasted the test of time. It’s the feeling of being on that stage, the stage that so many groups In the end, if Brinson can help “see a new light through,” he said in years past have performed on.” he will. This is not to say that Brinson distorts his interviewees’ As emotions, tears and fury flood the Waco Hall stage in stories in order to appeal to his readers, but rather captures the the coming weeks, Brinson calls to performers to additionally essence of being a creator in today’s world, highlighting the understand their ability to spread joy. “You’re bringing people joy, and that emotion is just as viable triumphs that derive from a succession of failures and recoveries. “They’re talking about their hustle, their drive, their focus, the and just as meaningful as any other,” Brinson said. “I hope the way that they’re able to zone out criticism and disappointment,” guys and gals performing this year can realize that.” Brinson said. “That’s the part of it I love. I’ve interviewed people Between his nine-to-five marketing job, his self-started online who are considered established – people with trophies on their magazine and his self-published book, Brinson recalled time and shelves. I’ve interviewed people who are just getting started. again that Sing has been a grounding force in his life – one he There’s insight to be found in most everyone.” appreciates to this day, especially as he visits from New York to To internalize this insight, Brinson said he asks himself, “What watch yet another year’s performances. is it about them as an artist that relates to [myself] as a writer?” “It’s been a wild ride, and I feel lucky to have been on it.” Brinson said he intends to draw from these lessons learned

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Previous Sing winners tackle 2018 as group act BAILEY BRAMMER Editor-in-Chief Members of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and the Phi Kappa Chi fraternity are no strangers to Baylor’s All-University Sing, and they’re also no strangers to winning. Pi Phi took home first place in 2016 for its performance “Meet Me in Ze Alps,” and Phi Chi won first place in 2015 for its act “Dust Bowl Days,” in addition to placing second in 2017 for its performance of “Fool’s Gold.” An organization that participates in Sing is given the opportunity to pair up with another organization every four years to produce a group act. This year, Pi Phi and Phi Chi have combined their winning experiences to put on the largest Sing act in history, “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Overton senior Morgan London, Pi Phi Sing chair, said she and the other Sing chairs in her sorority tossed around the idea of partnering with Phi Chi because the two had already paired up in 2014 for the act “Romeo and Juliet.” “We knew that if we wanted to pair, we could,” London said. “We met with Phi Chi Sing chairs to discuss how the process might work if we did decide to pair and get a feel for how it would be. After the second meeting, we decided that it would be beneficial for both organizations to pair, and here we are now.” While putting together a Sing act with just one organization can be tough, Fort Worth junior Zach Purczinsky, Phi Chi Sing chair, said producing the largest Sing act in the show’s history with more than 260 participants makes for a challenge of its own kind – a challenge, nonetheless, that nine Sing chairs have happily embraced. “Wrangling that many people has been a challenge, but since we

have nine Sing chairs, it has been manageable,” Purczinsky said. “Triple the people we are used to also means triple the amount of costumes. Since we hand-dyed and hand-altered all of our costumes this year, it was a long, strenuous and stressful costume designing time. It has been rewarding because we are able to pull something off that we have never been able to do before.” The Texas Zeta chapter of Pi Phi at Baylor began as the Alpha Omega club, which was one of the participating groups in the first AllUniversity Sing in 1953. The club was the first act to take the stage in Waco Hall and performed three songs: “I Believe,” “It’s You That I Love, Just You” and “Baylor Forevermore.” Each Sing act must also overcome the hurdle of choosing a theme. London said when the groups first met, they tossed around ideas, but they didn’t finalize their theme until they had confirmed they would be partnering. London also said there are certain aspects of the performance that Pi Phi and Phi Chi do completely differently, but that they’ve made their partnership work to produce an act that everyone involved can be proud of. “We have made it a point to keep all traditions active and available to the entire group throughout the process,” London said. “There have also been times where one group’s strategy works better than the other’s, so we change things up so that it’s most beneficial. We also have collaborated and made unique decisions since our situation is different from any in the past.” Aside from the challenges of producing an act of such volume, Purczinsky said he’s seen passion from both Phi Chi and Pi Phi, and that he’s confident their act will wow

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BREAKING OUT OF THEIR SHELLS Phi Kappa Chi and Pi Beta Phi paired together this year for “The Tortoise and the Hare.” The groups are both usually Sing front-runners.

the audience. “We definitely had more involvement from both groups this year,” Purczinsky said. “Our groups told themselves that we’re going to do something special. They saw the potential and immediately ‘hopped’ on board ... win or lose, I can’t wait to perform for my fellow students and

alumni and do something that I love.” It is typical for only one or two partner acts to take the stage each year. In 2017, Alpha Chi Omega and Pi Kappa Phi paired up for “The Art of Espionage,” and while the group did not place in the top three, it did move on to Pigskin Revue. “The Tortoise and the Hare” is the

only group act this year. Phi Kappa Chi and Pi Beta Phi took the stage Thursday night to debut the largest group act in Sing’s history and will be performing at 6:30 p.m. today and Saturday, as well as on Feb. 22, 23 and 24.


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Photos by: Jessica Hubble

Kappa Chi Alpha in “Singin’ in the Rain” (top)

Alpha Chi Omega in “Sky Full of Stars” (top)

Pi Kappa Phi in “Greasers” (top)

Pi Beta Phi and Phi Kappa Chi in “The Tortoise and the Hare” (top)

Delta Tau Delta in “Wizard School” (top) Zeta Tau Alpha in Desktop Daydream (bottom) Kappa Omega Tau in “Sweet Dreams” (Top) Alpha Tau Omega in Life Ain’t Half Dad (bottom)

Alpha Delta Pi in “When Life Gives You Lemons” (top) Chi Omega in “Shiny Teeth & Me” (bottom)

Beta Theta Pi in “Beta Our Guest” (top) Sigma Chi in “Texas Revolution” (bottom)

Delta Delta Delta in “Back to Our Roots” (right)

Kappa Kappa Gamma in “Workin’ at the Carwash” (right)

Sing Alliance in “Sweatin’ with Sing Alliance” (right)

Kappa Alpha Theta in “Alley Kats” (right)

Phi Gamma Delta in “Foos’n Around” (right)


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Generations of Theta family passes down Sing traditions BROOKE HILL Copy Editor Baylor is a school of family traditions, and All-University SING marks one of the most elaborate of them all. For Dallas junior Madison Wachel, Sing has been passed down in her family through generations; her grandmother, mother, aunt and older sister have all participated at one point or another. “Sing has just always been a part of my life,” Wachel said. “I grew up coming to Pigskin for homecoming, and then I would always come down for Sing, especially when my sister was in it, and she was a chair. I kind of just grew up watching the show. It’s really special that now I get to perform in something my mom was in and my friends’ moms were in.” Madison’s older sister Meredith Wachel said Sing was integral to her Baylor experience and that it allowed her to connect with students that performed in the past and would perform in the future. “Sing is kind of the thread that holds my Baylor story together,” Meredith Wachel said. “From the first memories of Baylor to all the time I spent in college practicing and planning Sing acts, to the times I now come back to Baylor, it’s what connects most of my Baylor experiences together.” Sing is unique in that it is an event that almost every student on campus has a connection to, whether they are personally in an act, know someone in an act or just enjoy watching the show. “I think it’s an important tradition because it’s something that unites so many Baylor students together. Sing is an experience that’s similar for all of its participants across many generations and groups. It is one of the experiences that was the same for my mom and aunt in the ‘80s, and for my sister and me now.” Meredith Wachel participated in Kappa Alpha Theta’s 2012 performance “What Goes Bump in the Night” and 2013 performance “Go for the Gold” as a backdrop chair, whose job is overseeing the painting and creation of the backdrop and props that accompany the dancing on stage. Madison Wachel has been a Sing chair for Kappa Alpha Theta for two years. For its 2017 act, “Miss Spectacular,” she was the backdrop chair. “I think my favorite Sing memory is probably making Pigksin last year with all of my Sing chairs,” Madison Wachel said, “watching our hard work [pay] off and hearing our name get called, because they called our name first.” For Theta’s 2018 act “Alley KATs,” Madison Wachel is the choreography chair, which means she oversaw the creation of all of the dance moves and formations. She said Sing chairs begin discussing the following year’s act almost immediately after Sing comes to an end, submitting their

themes and song preferences no later than the due date in May. Once Sing season comes around, the Sing chairs dedicate countless hours each week, working on their respective jobs. “I don’t think I would have been as involved in it if I didn’t have the legacy for it, just because it is such a time commitment. It’s special to me, so that’s why I’m OK with the time commitment,” Madison Wachel said. Madison’s mother Linda and her sister Meredith’s history with Sing set them up to encourage Madison in a unique way. “It’s really cool to have that support system because I think my mom and my sister really understand what’s going on and how much work goes into it,” Madison Wachel said. In addition to participating in Sing during her time at Baylor, Linda Wachel is now able to relive her experiences as she watches her girls perform. “It’s fun to hear the concepts for the themes in the early stages of planning and to be trusted to keep the secret,” Linda Wachel said. “Then to watch these ideas develop over months and months of preparation is truly fun. Seeing my girls in their element, doing what they love, is the very best memory a mom can have.” Over the years, Linda Wachel said Sing has progressively improved in content and in size. She noted that the stage makeup has especially taken a turn for the better. When she participated in 1982 act, “Desperado,” and 1983 act, “Waiting for the Train,” the performers would draw fake eyelashes on their faces using eyeliner, whereas now, performers are able to simply purchase fake eyelashes from the store. “I think the Sing acts get more and more professional each year,” Linda Wachel said. “I would say the process seems to be more organized now... the meetings, the budget, the guidelines, all seem to be more formalized, similar to that of a true Broadway show.” Linda Wachel said Sing provided her family members with the opportunity to continue to show off their love for dancing and performing during their college years. “Sing is special to me because it is something my whole family enjoys,” Linda Wachel said. “My girls and I were all active in drill team in high school, so Sing provided an opportunity for us to dance and perform in a college setting. It was really neat to see both of my daughters, Meredith and Madison, share their love for Sing and find something that they are so passionate about.” Madison and Meredith Wachel’s grandmother, Kay Gean Whitaker, performed in Sing in the late 1950s as a member of Delta Alpha Pi, the local club that later became Kappa Alpha Theta. Though Whitaker passed away 10 years ago, one of Whitaker’s friends recently reminisced with Linda Wachel about the acts they had participated in together, such as “Annie Get Your Gun” and “South

Photos Courtesy of Linda, Madison and Meredith Wachel

BLAST FROM THE PAST TOP: Linda Wachel (left) with friend Nancy Roundree Fuller (right) smile in their costumes from Theta’s 1983 act “Waiting for the Train.” BOTTOM: Meredith Wachel (far right) poses with her frineds for Theta’s 2013 Olympics act.

Pacific.” “When you think about the acts that my mother participated in, they used to just re-enact parts of a professional show rather than start from scratch and develop a theme or concept with a variety of songs and dance moves like we will see this

week,” Linda Wachel said. “Today’s Sing performances require so much more creativity.” The legacy that Whitaker started for her family members still holds a special place in their hearts today. “I know my mom would be thrilled to have had the opportunity

to see both of her granddaughters singing and dancing and following in her footsteps on the Sing stage,” Linda Wachel said. Linda and Meredith Wachel said they are looking forward to seeing all of Madison’s hard work pay off in Baylor’s 2018 production of SING.

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THIS WEEKEND FRIDAY, February 16 McLane Stadium Tours: “A 90 minute

guided tour of the stadium with stops in featured areas such as the Baylor locker room, President’s Suite, on the field and more” • 12:00 p.m. at McLane Stadium, 1001 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Common Grounds Concert: Noah

Gunderson with Aaron Gillespie. “Live acoustic/folk music.” Tickets are $22 the day of the show. • 7:00 p.m. doors, 8:00 p.m. show at Common Grounds, 1123 S. 8th Street.

Live Music at The Grape, Wine Bar & Bistro: Live music every Thursday and Friday • 7 — 10 p.m. at 2006 N Valley Mills Dr. Photo Courtesy of Thomas Csorba

AMERICANA Houston native Thomas Csorba performs with his guitar. Despite extensive experience creating and performing music, Csorba recently had his first guitar lesson.

Local musician to embark on American tour, finalist in contest player and understanding music theory a bit better will inform my songwriting in ways I haven’t yet experienced.” After five years of playing music in various states and sharing Despite three records, millions of listens on Spotify, hundreds his creations with family, friends and strangers, music has become of concerts, and playing guitar for over five years, Houston native more than just a hobby to Csorba – it has evolved into his career, Thomas Csorba just had his first guitar lesson. his passion and his life. Csorba is one of Texas’s young rising artists but said he feels Song writing did not simply propel Csorba into the music like he is just now getting good at industry; it is also his passion and playing guitar. prowess. The imagery his lyrics paint “It’s a weird feeling. I’ve been in “Harvest,” the vivid story-telling playing shows and making records for captured in “Leaving This City” and five years, but I’m just now learning the emotional pull of “Blank Yellow how to play guitar well,” Csorba said. Sheet” usually leave the listener feeling “I have to unlearn a lot of bad habits a strong connection to Csorba and and take a few steps back in order to his lyrics. However, the young artist get better.” thinks his new songs are the best he Although Csorba is always seen has written to this date. on stage with a guitar, serenading “There are some songs that I’m audiences with his sharp voice, his excited to play for people that they desire to play music stems from haven’t heard yet. I think the stuff that elements other than melody and I have been working on for the last six rhythm. months is the best that I have worked “I didn’t really want to play music on,” Csorba said. if I didn’t get to write lyrics,” Csorba The key to Csorba’s approach to said. song writing is simple: literature – After deciding he wanted to write lots of literature. His song “Murmur music, Csorba looked to the artists of Yearning,” which has yet to be that inspired him growing up – Willie released, was inspired by one of his Photo Courtesy of Thomas Csorba Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Merle favorite poets, Walt Whitman. Csorba Haggard and Townes Van Zandt – and said poetry is one of his favorite forms chose to pick up a guitar to accompany of literature, but he tries to read a variety of publications. his lyrics. He sat down by his computer, pulled up his sleeves, and For example, the occasional agricultural themes Csorba simply typed “guitar tutorial” into YouTube. His journey began applies to his lyrics, especially in his song “Harvest,” derive from with a few basic chords. Wendell Berry’s printed thesis “The Unsettling of America,” which “Today, it’s so accessible,” he said. “Anyone can play guitar. examines agriculture and agribusiness. To Csorba, musicians That’s why it’s not as big of a shocker now when someone says they know how to play guitar. So I think being a better guitar THOMAS >> Page B8

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SATURDAY, February 17 Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market:

“A variety of vendors featuring the best local agricultural producers and artisan vendors within 150-miles of Waco.” • 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at intersection of 5th and Washington Ave.

Zack & Jim’s 25th Anniversary Blowout: “Entertainers for the evening are

Mike Stanley Band, Roger Creager, Koe Wetzel and Saints 11.” Floor tickets are $8, Balcony is free. • 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. at the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd

Cultivate 7twelve Sound Sessions: “Dave Wild plays solo piano.” • 8 p.m. at Cultivate 7twelve, 712 Austin Avenue.

SUNDAY, February 18 Baylor Concert Band: “The concert

band, a 74-member ensemble of woodwind, brass and percussion players, will present their annual winter program Sunday afternoon.” Free and open to the public. • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building

Mardi Gras Celebration! “Mardi Gras

will kick off Thursday, February 15th and end Sunday February 18th! Everyone will receive a set of beads at the door.” • 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Skate World Waco, 401 Towne Oaks Dr.

INTELLIGENT LIFE Right A comic strip featured weekly on our pages. >>

CROSSWORD PUZZLE Below Also featured on each issue of the Lariat is our weekly crossword puzzle. Answers can be found under “Puzzle Solutions” under the drop-down Arts & Life tab at



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from Page B7 are unable to produce quality content unless they are wellinformed. “You have to read a lot, listen a lot – not just to music, but also to people. You’re putting out a social commentary,” Csorba said. “To critique something, you kind of have to remove yourself from the thing you’re critiquing – to take a step back and look at the world and the situation from a more objective perspective.” After keeping from the stage for over a month, Csorba said he is eager to be on tour again. Csorba has a total of eight concerts booked throughout the southern United States in the month of February. “When I write a good song, I think, ‘Man, I can’t wait to go share this with people because I think this is going to mean something to them,” he said. Csorba played 66 shows in 2017 but is breaking new ground in 2018. On his February tour, he is returning to cities like Austin, Dallas and Fayetteville, and traveling to new cities like Birmingham, Ala. and Chattanooga, Tenn. Though he was born and raised in Houston, Csorba said Waco feels like home. He first came to Waco to study at Baylor but said he can see himself living in Waco for at least a few more years. “I see myself being here a while,” he said. “I want to be a part of building the music culture here in town. Playing in new venues and stuff like that is really helpful.” Csorba is scheduled to play next Friday at Balcones Distillery in Waco. Csorba said this is one of his most adventurous shows because Balcones does not have a builtin sound system and is not considered a traditional music venue. However, he said he’s excited by the opportunity. “When good people are involved, you can put on some really, really great shows. These shows are all about the people – not the size of the room,” he said. Likewise, Balcones is excited to host Csorba’s concert, according to Casey Hooper, Balcones Distillery’s Creative and Merchandising Director. “We love supporting local musicians and artists,” Hooper said. “Waco is still a small community, and we enjoy working with those who are as passionate about their art as we are about our whisky.” Although Csorba has played a vast majority of his shows with just his guitar, he said he thinks the full-band setup is going to be more common for him, especially on this upcoming tour. “The manner in which I have been writing recently is much more conscious about how I’m going to play [my songs] live, which is something new,” he said. “And I want to play as many full-band shows as I can, so I’ve been writing in a way that will be more fun for the listener and the band.” Csorba was selected as one of five finalists this week in Southwest Airlines’s “On the Rise to Luck” competition. The winner will get to play a show at Luck Reunion, a music festival hosted by one of Csorba’s idols, Willie Nelson. The rest of the lineup at the festival includes some of the greatest Folk/Americana acts in the country. The contest lasts until Feb. 23, and you can vote for Csorba once per day on thomas-csorba. Csorba’s career is the perfect example of why one’s passions should always be pursued. He illustrates, through his story and his music, that you don’t have to be a child prodigy to become successful, that you can wait to pick up a guitar until you are 15 years old and that you need not be afraid of the unknown. Thomas Csorba’s ability to capture the hidden truths of life in a chord progression and a lyrical stanza make clear to his audience the uniqueness of his talent, the flair of his imagination.

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Men’s tennis looks to capture ITA Championship in the country, and each school is guaranteed at least three matches. Despite the team’s youth, Baylor is Baylor men’s tennis looks to confident heading west to participate. build off its 2-0 weekend as the Bears According to sophomore Bjoern travel to Seattle this weekend for the Petersen, it’s the trust the Bears have Intercollegiate Tennis Association in the team mentality that has them (ITA) Indoor Championships. playing high quality tennis at the The Bears defeated Purdue 5-2 and moment and makes them a threat this South Florida weekend. 4-0 over the “We are a weekend, really young creating team, but s o m e I think we mome ntu m trust in each that head other. We’re coach Matt all super Knoll hopes committed,” will carry Petersen over. said. “I think “It’s hard we have a to get better good chance without BJOERN PETERSEN | to win the p l a y i n g ,” SOPHOMORE tournament, Knoll said. so that’s the “Tennis is a reason we’re competition going there. sport, so we need to get out and play It’s the best 16 teams in the country: we as many matches as we can. Two great don’t want to go there just to be a part matches, we got to play a lot of tennis of it. We want to go and win matches and it gives us great momentum and do our thing. So far we’re doing a heading into this tournament.” really good job. We’re really young, but The ITA Indoor Championship we all know to win matches.” tournament features the best 16 teams Baylor features three freshmen that

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So far we’re doing a really good job. We’re really young but we all know how to win matches.”

have contributed on a daily basis for the Bears this season. The first is Matias Soto, who is 5-1 overall, 3-0 in dual matches and 2-1 on tour. The other two are Sven Lah and Roy Smith. Lah is 6-5 overall, but is 5-0 in dual matches this season and has been a big lift for the Bears. Smith is 10-2 overall, including a perfect 4-0 record in dual matches. The two have also teamed up to form a potent doubles pairing, taking a 5-1 record to Seattle. “They’ve been great. They’ve been very committed and trusted the process and worked. They’re making a difference, and we need them to,” Knoll said. “We need to continue to get better. We need everyone to be the best self if we are going to try to achieve what we want to achieve.”

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FOR THE LOVE OF TENNIS Tulsa, Okla., senior Will Little works on his serving form during practice.

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BRING IT ON Senior pitcher Gia Rodoni throws out a pitch on Feb. 9 in a game against Northwestern State. The Lady Bears swept the Lady Demons in their opening series, and Baylor will head to Hattiesburg, Miss., to take part in the Black and Gold Tournament this weekend.

Lady Bears softball ready for Top 25 showdowns in weekend tournament NATHAN KEIL Sports Editor After a sweep last weekend over Northwestern State at Getterman Stadium, the road gets a lot more difficult for Baylor softball. The Lady Bears travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., for four games in three days as part of the Black and Gold Invitational hosted by Southern Mississippi. This is the first of 11 road trips that Baylor will make this season, so the Lady Bears will have to get used to travelling and playing away from Getterman Stadium. However, the heavy travel isn’t deterring the team’s mindset, according to sophomore pitcher Goose McGlaun. “We’re excited to get going. First road trip is always nice and see how everything plays out,” McGlaun said. “We’re excited to get to know each other better on this road trip and of course on a bus; it’s always fun to hang out with each other.” The Lady Bears will square off against two teams ranked in this week’s USA Today/ National Fastpitch Coaches Association Poll. Baylor will take on No. 24 McNeese State

today and No. 9 Alabama on Sunday with a doubleheader against Mississippi Valley State and Southern Miss sandwiched in between. Baylor head coach Glenn Moore said the tournament is the perfect opportunity to test his team early on and see what its capable of. “It’s an elevation in talent, RPI and strength of schedule here for the most part,” Moore said. “We will certainly get tested. We’re in the process of growing this team, so it will be a great weekend to see where we are and where we need to go from here.” Taking on the McNeese State first means that Baylor will face off against a familiar face in its opener. Dani Price, who worked on Moore’s staff as the volunteer assistant coach for four years, now coaches for her alma mater, the Cowgirls. On Saturday, Moore will take on the host Golden Eagles, led by his former player at William Carey, Wendy Hogue. Moore said that he will change the signals for the games, but only as a confidence boost for his players and not for fear of sign stealing. “We have a signal system that there’s no way to pick it. So we’ll probably use that,” Moore said. “Dani [Price] isn’t about that anyway.

We’ll do more so for our confidence than for hers. Dani is a fine coach and a fine person, and you don’t have to worry about any of that. But psychologically for your team, I think you change the signals anyway.” Baylor will look to keep its offense swinging at a high rate. The Lady Bears put up 20 runs, pounded out 30 hits and hit .411 as a team. Junior leftfielder Kyla Walker led the team with six hits, while senior centerfielder Jessie Scroggins had five while each scoring five runs. Senior first baseman Shelby Friudenberg drove in a team-high seven runs, and McGlaun was responsible for five. McGlaun credited Walker and the top of the lineup for setting the stage for the middle of the lineup to produce runs. “I thought we came out hard, our table setters set the table, and our power hitters were able to bring them in,” McGlaun said. “I think that’s something we’ll build on for this weekend.” From a pitching standpoint, nobody in the country was better than junior Gia Rodoni. Rodoni tossed a five-inning no hitter and


It was a long four years for the Baylor baseball team without an NCAA Tournament appearance between 2013-2016. But in 2017, the Bears made it back to the postseason for the first time since 2012. With much of the core roster returning, Baylor hopes to build off last year’s success. Third-year head coach Steve Rodriguez said he has been excited since August to get the new season underway. “We have a lot of returning guys, which is really exciting. There’s just a few spots for us to fill in from last year,” Rodriguez said. “But the excitement started back in August.” When players returned from their summer vacations, it was back to work, undergoing strength and conditioning programs. Some players gained as much as 20 pounds of muscle in preparation for the new season. One of those players is sophomore lefthanded pitcher Cody Bradford, who will be tabbed the ace of the pitching staff in 2018. He sported a 5.52 ERA last year, picking up five wins in over 73 innings of work. Bradford said he has gained up to 12 pounds over the offseason. “I worked a lot in the offseason, putting on more weight,” Bradford said. “We all worked hard, we’re always out here improving our craft.” Bradford’s battery mate and fellow sophomore will be catcher Shea Langeliers, one of the most highly-touted college players in the nation. Langeliers was named to four preseason All-American lists, becoming the first Baylor player in over 20 years to be honored by three or more publications. After a breakout freshman campaign in which he hit .313 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI, Langeliers will look to live up to the surrounding hype. He is considered a top prospect for the 2019 MLB Draft by Perfect Game. Langeliers said it’s an honor to garner such attention, but wants the media to focus on his team, too. “Just being a big team guy this year,”



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PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics USA Medal Count*



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GOING FOR GOLD Mikaela Shiffrin raises the American flag in celebration after winning gold in the women’s giant slalom Thursday. Shiffrin won her first gold in 2014 in the women’s slalom event and became the youngest Olympic slalom champion.

Team USA superstars shine MAX CALDERONE Sports Writer Through eight days of events, Team USA currently sits in fifth place overall in the latest medal count for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Americans have tallied eight total medals, winning five gold, one silver and two bronze. Superstars were on display this week, as Shaun White claimed his third career Olympic gold medal in the men’s halfpipe and Mikaela Shiffrin picked up a gold of her own in the women’s giant slalom. White was the last snowboarder to come down the hill, needing to beat Japanese snowboarder Ayumu Hirano’s score of 95.25 to take the gold. Sure enough, White threw down a massive third run, earning him a 97.75 and putting him in first place. After a scary injury in October 2017 left White needing 62 stitches on his face, the comeback was complete for the 31-year-old American after not reaching the podium in Sochi, Russia in 2014. “I didn’t go home with a medal, but I learned so much and I just feel like I’m such a better person for having that happen to me,” White told NBC before the Olympics began. “Maybe that’s something that needed to happen on the path to getting here.” White’s back-to-back 1440’s won him the 100th gold medal for the United States in Winter Olympics history. Boerne junior Lee Deckard said it was good to see Shaun White doing well again. “I liked seeing Shaun White make a comeback and win the gold medal in snowboarding,” Deckard said.

Shiffrin took home the gold in the women’s giant slalom after posting a time of two minutes and 20.02 seconds. This was her first Olympic win in the GS event. Expectations were high for Shiffrin after becoming the youngest Olympic slalom champion in 2014. She told NBC’s Keir Simmons that with her confidence came feelings of doubt, but relief that she won another gold medal. “I risked everything that I could,” Shiffrin said. “It’s an incredible feeling right now.” Shiffrin was unable to land a spot on the podium in what was considered her best event, the women’s slalom. Also making her 2018 Olympic debut was snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis. Famous for falling in the 2006 Olympic games and settling for a silver, Jacobellis was searching for her first Olympic gold in women’s snowboard cross. Her bad luck continued as she finished in fourth place in the event in 2018. Additionally, Team USA sent three men to the ice Thursday to compete in the men’s short program portion of figure skating. Adam Rippon, Vincent Zhou and Nathan Chen all competed, but all were knocked off the podium by the time this paper went to print. The American men’s hockey team was also in action, attempting to rebound after an opening game loss to Slovenia by a score of 3-2. Team USA defeated Slovakia 2-1 Thursday night. Medals were also handed out in the men’s skeleton and men’s super-G. South Korean Yung Sung-Bin won gold in front of his home fans in the skeleton and Austrian Matthias Mayer placed first in the skiing event. The 2018 Winter Olympics continue through Feb. 25. All events can be watched on NBC’s family of networks.




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NBA All-Star game leaves out underrated stars NATHAN KEIL Sports Editor In October 2017 the NBA announced a new format for its All-Star game and the way it selects its participants. The process remained mostly the same with 12 players from each conference being chosen by a combination of fan, player and media votes. The leading receivers of votes at each position in both the Eastern and Western conferences were selected as the starters. However, in a new twist, the top vote receivers from each conference, LeBron James from the Eastern Conference and Stephen Curry from the Western Conference, served as captains and selected their teams from the remaining players who were voted in. The NBA decided to not televise the draft, but on Jan. 25 the rosters for Team LeBron and Team Stephen were announced. Joining James on Team LeBron are New Orleans center Anthony Davis and forward DeMarcus Cousins, Golden State forward Kevin Durant, Boston guard Kyrie Irving, San Antonio forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Washington guards Bradley Beal and John Wall, Oklahoma City guards Russell Westbrook and Paul George, New York center Kristaps Porzingis, Indiana guard Victor Oladipo, Miami guard Goran Dragic, Detroit center Andre Drummond, Charlotte guard Kemba Walker and Cleveland forward Kevin Love. However, Love, Cousins, Porzingis and Wall will all miss due to injuries. Team Stephen will consist of two of his teammates in Golden State, guard Klay Thompson and forward Draymond Green, Toronto guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Houston guard James Harden, Philadelphia center Joel Embiid, Minnesota guard Jimmy Butler and center Karl Anthony Towns, Boston forward Al Horford and Portland guard Damian Lillard. The two teams will also be playing for either a local or national organization, with donations directed toward outreach efforts in Los Angeles. The two organizations have yet to be announced, but the winner will get a $350,000 donation with the losing team getting $150,000. On the outside this looks like an incredibly innovative and new take on All-Star Weekend — and it is, and I am all for fresh, innovative takes on the annual narrative. But there is a deep flaw within the system when it comes to selecting the players themselves. I have no issues with allowing NBA fans to be allowed to vote for their favorite players. However, fans were allowed to vote once per day, every day while the voting window was open, drastically skewing the votes. This isn’t the voice of hundreds of thousands of fans, this could be the voice of a few select fans, dedicated to their dcomputers and seeing their “stars” on the court.

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ALL-STAR WEEKEND Golden State Warriors teammates (from left) Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry recieve their All-Star game jerseys Monday night before a game against the Phoenix Suns in Oakland, Calif.

Secondly, there are 30 teams in the NBA and 12 of them are not represented in the All-Star game, while Golden State boasts four players and six other teams boast two. Detroit, Charlotte and Miami are only represented because their players filled injury roster spots. How is this a celebration of the world’s best players and the league itself if not all 30 teams are represented in the game? This is truly a shame, because there are plenty of All-Stars in the NBA not playing on Feb. 20 who deserve the opportunity to showcase their talent to the world. It is an unjust system that favors big-time players, like James, Harden, Westbrook and Curry — big-time markets such as New York, Washington, Boston and the greater Bay Area — and success of the team in Golden State and Cleveland. These are the teams that get the biweekly nationally televised games on ESPN and TNT. These are the teams and the players that get the exposure and, therefore, get the fan support. Yes, the NBA is a business, and it has its TV deals, but why shouldn’t it look to celebrate all 30 of its teams in 29 different markets? Why shouldn’t it allow some of the underthe-radar superstars more opportunities to impress NBA fans like

Phoenix’s Devin Booker, the Clippers’ Lou Williams, Denver’s Jamal Murray, or Chicago’s Lauri Markkanen? These All-Stars continue to perform night-in and night-out and don’t get the appreciation they deserve. Major League Baseball has all 30 teams represented in its All-Star game, why can’t the NBA do the same? I realize that the NBA rosters are smaller, but it could expand the roster to 20, allowing for all 15 teams in each conference to be represented and then give five additional spots to other fan favorites. I won’t make a push for a minutes limit on players, but the games are long enough, and with no defense played whatsoever, there’s no reason why all players can’t make the court at one time or another. If the NBA continues to keep the roster sizes as is, and puts all the power in the hands of the fans, the same players and teams will always be the All-Stars, leaving those less seen, but every bit as worthy, players from smaller markets left to watch the game from home. The 67th NBA All-Star game will air at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18 on TNT and will be played at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Training to take on the Toughest Half in Texas VIVIAN KWOK Reporter Take your training to the track by registering for the Student Foundation’s annual Bearathon. Its fundraising efforts for scholarships and scenic course of campus and Waco attracted over 2,000 registrants across Texas last year, according to its webpage. The Bearathon earned its nickname as “The Toughest HalfMarathon in Texas” with its challenging course. However, the race also brings runners other rewards in addition to the physical feat. Overcoming the mental obstacle and receiving support from the running community are two more aspects of finishing a half marathon. Woodlands senior Katherine Barron, coach for the Bearathon training program, said wrapping your mind around the idea of the 13.1 mile distance can be a difficult aspect for any runner. “I have been running since junior high, and I still struggle with the mental aspect sometimes,” Barron said. Barron said she listens to music or podcasts as she runs and that training with a partner is also a great way to help avoid the boredom of long-distance running. “It kind of gets your mind off the repetitiveness of running,” Barron said. Danville, Calif., sophomore and Bear Cycle instructor Madi Jeha is another runner who understands the mental

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BEAR IN TRAINING A student runs around the track in the McLane Student Life Center (SLC).












taxation of marathons. She said she was a very competitive track and cross country runner in high school. Like Barron, she also recommends training and running with a friend. “The running will feel a lot shorter if you have somebody who’s running with you,” Jeha said. Jeha also said she sometimes plans out her day at some point during her long runs. “You need to concentrate on the running, but at the same time, it’s such a long race,” Jeha said. “Think about other stuff, too.” Strengthening your marathon mentality could also help push you physically as you train and on the day of the race, Jeha said. “It really is mind over matter. You really just have to tell yourself, ‘you can do this,’ because you can do it,” Jeha said. “Even if you don’t think you can, your body definitely can do it.” Jeha said finishing a half marathon is a feat even if you ran at a slower pace than you intended, needed to walk three miles or had to walk the entire course. She said a half marathon is about you and your achievement. “That’s why you always see those 13.1 stickers on the back of people’s cars,” Jeha said. “Because they’re proud of what they’ve achieved.” Jeha also said the community of runners and supporters the day of the race maintain a high level of morale, which can continue to push you mentally. She said the running community is one of the best you can be part of. “Even going into it, you’ll know you’ll be able to do it, because you have all these people around you,” Jeha said. “You’re not doing it by yourself. You’re running with other runners who are going to encourage you.” Jeha said the people on the sidelines help spur the atmosphere of support for the runners and said she runs for them. “I think people don’t realize how fun of an atmosphere a half marathon really is because you have all these people cheering you on who just want you to finish, too,” Jeha said. “When you have all these people around you, it makes everything better. It really does.” Jeha and Barron both encourage people to participate in the Bearathon or any half marathon. Barron said it has helped with her personal growth, self-esteem and confidence. “You never know what your body can do,” Barron said. “Your body can do so much more than you realize and it’ll only make you stronger mentally.” Jeha said you will enjoy the experience and may even find a new community of people. “Keep going. Keep going because you’ll absolutely love what you’re about to do,” Jeha said. The Bearathon will take place March 24.

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TENNIS from Page C1 Petersen, who got off to a rocky start this season, has been excellent his last two times out on court, allowing himself to recapture the confidence in his groundstrokes. “I was playing really well in the preseason and the first tournament and then I changed to a new racquet, which probably wasn’t the smartest decision,” Petersen said. “Two days before the matches, I decided to switch back, and I trusted my forehand again and my serve again. Those are the two most important parts of my game.” Petersen is 6-4 overall, with a 3-2 record in both dual and tour matches. He also boasts a 3-1 record with both sophomore Constantin Frantzen and junior Jimmy Bendeck in doubles. “He’s not really getting any favors in terms of the competition for him and he’s not going to get any moving forward,” Knoll said. “I don’t think he’s a guy who’s going to go out and win every match. That’s not what he needs to do. He needs to go out and improve and appreciate

the level of completion he’s playing and make that a real positive.” Frantzen enters with a 12-6 record overall. Junior Will Little has been playing at an exceptionally high level, boasting a 12-4 record overall, including 5-0 in dual and 7-4 on tour. Junior Johannes Schretter currently sits at 14-8 overall and Bendeck 10-9 overall. Knoll said his expectations remain high for his team this weekend, but when it’s all said and done, it’s about continuing to grow and get better moving forward in the season. “What’s great about this tournament is you get such great competition in a condensed period of time. We’re going to play a tough match, tough match, tough match, and it’s going to teach us a lot,” Knoll said. “That’s the best thing about making this tournament. Winning it is great, but it’s more about the process of getting better.” Baylor (6-1) earned the No. 12 seed in the tournament and will take on No. 5 Stanford at 5 p.m. Friday.

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CONTINUING TO GROW New Haven, Conn., freshman Roy Smith returns a hit against UNLV Saturday Jan. 27 in Waco. The Bears defeated the Runnin’ Rebels 4-0.



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Dishin’ and Swishin’


Men’s and Women’s Basketball Highlights

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FASTBREAK On Jan. 22 Senior guard Manu Lecomte dribbles past Kansas State junior guard Barry Brown. Jr. to make a basket, putting the Bears ahead. Baylor lost 90-83.

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TURNOVER On Dec. 2, 2017 Senior guard Manu Lecomte lunges for a ball as it is knocked out of bounds, causing a Wichita State turnover. Wichita State won 69-62.

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POWER MOVE Junior center Kalani Brown makes a power move past K-State defense to make a layup to put the Lady Bears ahead. Baylor beat Kansas State 75-50 on Jan. 28.

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THREE-POINTER Sophomore guard Natalie Chou makes a three-point shot against Kentucky senior forward Chayla Cheadle. Baylor beat Kentucky 90-63 on Nov. 30, 2017.

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GUARD Junior guard Jake Lindsey takes on University of Kansas junior guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk in an attempt to make it to the hoop. Baylor beat Kansas 80-64 on February 10.

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LAYUP Senior forward Nuni Omot attempts a lay up as senior forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. holds Oklahoma State back. Baylor beat Oklahoma State 76-60 on Jan. 15.

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SWISH Senior forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. makes a layup against a tough Kansas state defense as they double up on him. Baylor beat Kansas State 90-83 on January 22.

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JUMP SHOT Senior forward Dekeiya Cohen makes a jump shot while being defended by Oklahoma State junior forward LaTashia Jones. Baylor beat Oklahoma State 77-64 on Jan. 31.

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DRIBBLE Senior guard Kristy Wallace beats University of Texas sophomore guard Alecia Sutton down the court during a fast break. Baylor beat Texas 81-56 on Jan. 25.

FOUL Senior forward Dekeiya Cohen attempts a layup and is fouled by University of Oklahoma senior center Vionise Pierre-Louis. Baylor won 74-65 on Feb. 5.


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U.S. snowboarding transcends age, experience in Olympic competition MOLLY ATCHISON Print Managing Editor Of the sports included in the 2018 Winter Olympics, snowboarding has been one of the most exciting and rewarding for the United States. So far, men’s slopestyle, women’s slopestyle, women’s halfpipe, men’s halfpipe and men’s snowboard cross have all finished, and there’s still five events left in the category. The U.S. has won gold in four of the five completed events, but what is perhaps the most impressive part is the wide age gap in the participants. The two men’s winners, Redmond Gerard and Shaun White have a 14-year age gap, and the women, Chloe Kim and Jamie Anderson have a 10-year gap between them. Team U.S.A. has an incredibly diverse team, and each placing member has had ample reason for their success. 17-year-old Summit County, Colo. native Redmond Gerard has dominated the slopes since he was just two years old, and continued to do so on an Olympic level on Feb. 11 in the men’s slopestyle final, bringing home the first U.S. gold with a comefrom-behind upset, finishing with a score of 87.16. Gerard delivered more than anyone expected, and pulled off his tricks (including a ridiculous triple cork 1440 at the finish) with a unique flare only he could offer. Although this might have been the most entertaining adventures Gerard has given us yet — complete with a hilariously shamble-y pre-run story about late nights and missing jackets — Gerard has been conquering slopes since his 2015 Snowboarding World Cup debut in New Zealand. Gerard has always had a flare for the dramatic, using his incredible balance to pull off backside moves that even the most experienced boarders would cringe at, such as the switch backside 1260 he threw in on the slopes last week. Perhaps the only boarder who could compete on Gerard’s level this run was Canada’s Mark McMorris, who’s talent for big backwards tricks earned him second place in this year’s Olympic games. Not only does he bring major chops to the Olympic stage, but Gerard

also brings a level of youthful humor to a team that has been dominated by veterans for years. Not to be out shined by, well, anyone, 31-year-old Shaun White earned his third Olympic gold this year in the men’s halfpipe event. Prior to the games, many argued that White had lost his edge, being one of the oldest members of the U.S. snowboarding team — he proved everyone wrong by absolutely slaying his event. White took on the halfpipe with a characteristic elegance and ease, and instantly, all the competition went away. When he hit his first two tricks, the world held its breath, because he had never attempted a double cork 1440 and a cab double cork 1440 together, and the last time he attempted the cab he crashed and burned. After successfully landing those two, he finished off with a slick trick, and proceeded to throw a fit at the bottom after earning a 97.75, and subsequently the gold. White’s antics at the bottom may have been slightly overdramatic, but when it’s the third Olympic gold medal you’ve won, I think there’s a bit of

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SNOWBOARDERS TAKE THE SPOTLIGHT 17-year-old Chloe Kim finishes in 1st and takes gold after her halfpipe run Tuesday.

room for over-celebration. The two snowboarding masters who truly stole the show, however, are the women. Chloe Kim is also a 17-year-old halfpipe boarder, but the California native’s raw skill put her as a frontrunner from the very start. Earlier in 2018, Kim placed first in the X-Games, and has been a finalist there since 2015, when she matched White’s record of a straight 100 halfpipe run. In these Olympic games, there was no competition for Kim on the pipe, and she drew a strong fan base as well, including the local South Korean community. Kim’s family are first generation immigrants from South Korea, and she still has a large extended family presence in the area. With a support group in the area, it’s not surprising Kim came in first, but her McTwist and her flawlessly executed frontside moves might have helped a bit. And like her male counterpart Gerard, Kim’s animated social media presence and her relatable humor has made Last, but certainly not least, Jamie Anderson took the stage in the women’s slopestyle. Anderson, a 27-year-old from South Lake Tahoe, CA, made history this year, being the first female snowboarder to win two gold medals in any category. Anderson, who’s talent for taking calculated jumps landed her in first. Only such an experienced snowboarder would be able to correct for the strong winds that blasted many of the slopestyle competitors, causing contestants to fall all over the place. Perhaps due to the wind, or simply an off day for women’s slopestyle, Anderson managed gold with only an 83.00 run, comparatively low for a slopestyle event. Anderson, who played it safe during her run, still managed to execute some impressive tricks, and more importantly, landed them despite weather conditions. Her experience in the field, including her impressive X-Games record and her first Olympic run, gave Anderson a leg up, and allowed her to adjust her tricks in the air. With five events to go, including difficult group events such as cross and speed-based events like slalom, the U.S. snowboarding team faces some strong competition. However, where other teams are carried by heavily experienced boarders, the U.S. team has a variety of old and new, and their selections for each event have proven solid so far. Sometimes, experience can save the day, but never underestimate the fresh-faced and fearless approach of young blood on the Olympic circuit.


Olympic hockey mediocre without NHL players KALYN STORY News Editor For the first time since 1994 the NHL did not send its players to the Olympics. This was a decision based largely on money and is negatively affecting NHL players, hockey fans and the sport as a whole. Before the 1998 Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the NHL agreed on a deal that would bring NHL players to the games with their costs and insurance covered by the IOC. As reported in the National Post in 2016 the IOC had paid for the travel, insurance, accommodations and other costs for NHL players in previous Olympics, but refused to continue to do so for 2018. The NHL also cited reasons such as not wanting to pause the season or risk injuries to players as reasons for not participating in the games. Covering insurance was an obstacle for the IOC; insurance for NHL players cost the organization $7 million during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, according to the New York Times. The NHL has been said to be a business first and a sport second, and that has never been more clear than in it’s decision to not participate in the 2018 Games and it is time for that notion to change. The National Hockey League Players’ Association put out a strong statement against the decision in April. “The players are extraordinarily disappointed and adamantly disagree with the NHL’s shortsighted decision not to continue our participation in the Olympics,” the statement

said. “Any sort of inconvenience the Olympics may cause to next season’s schedule is a small price to pay compared to the opportunity to showcase our game and our greatest players on this enormous international stage.” The United States Olympic Committee responded to the decision with a statement posted on its website: “We’re disappointed that the N.H.L. has decided not to participate and feel for the players who were looking forward to the Games. That said, we’re confident U.S.A. Hockey will build the best-possible team to compete and win in Pyeongchang.” One of the most outspoken proponents of playing in the Olympics is Russian star Alex Ovechkin. Originally, Ovechkin said he would leave the Washington Capitals to play for Russia even if the NHL did not break for the Games. However, he has since said he would stay with the NHL this season. “I see the news this week and I am very disappointed that IOC, IIHF and NHL put me and all NHL players in this position when some of the best players in world do not have chance to play in the Olympic Games,” Ovechkin said in a statement released in April. “This is not just about me but all the NHL players who want to play and have a chance to win Gold for their country. Our countries are now not allowed to ask us to play in the Olympics. Me, my teammates and all players who want to go all lose. So do all the fans of hockey with this decision that we are not allowed to be invited. NHL players in the Olympics is good for hockey and good for Olympics. It sucks that will we not be there to play!!” ESPN asked several players in March 2017 if they wanted the NHL to participate in the Olympics and players overwhelmingly said yes, they want to play. Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks and two-time Canadian Olympic gold medalist told ESPN there is no better hockey to be part of than at the Olympics.

“As a player, the level of hockey there, when you’re in a one-game-takes-all and you’re on Canada playing the U.S., there’s no better hockey you’re going to be a part of,” Keith told ESPN. “As a competitive guy, I want to be part of those games. And obviously I want to represent my country again and bring home the gold. On top of all that, it’s good for hockey to have the best players in the world at the Olympics. Otherwise, what is it, really?” Although pausing the season to participate in the Olympics may not be the best immediate financial decision for the league, it is the best decision in the long run. The appeal of playing for one’s country can be an intensely powerful thing, and not just for the athletes. If the average fan is given the choice between watching Team USA face off against Canada or a meaningless game 40 of an 82-game season, even for their favorite NHL club, the league may struggle to hold viewers. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was a big proponent of getting NHL players to participate in the 1998 Games. In an interview with the New York Times in 1997 Bettman stressed the importance of exposer during the Olympics. He related the potential benefits of the NHL going to the Olympics to the international fame the NBA received after the Dream Team participated in the 1992 Olympics. NHL players participating in the Olympics puts over a hundred of the world’s elite hockey players on an international scale, playing with pride for their countries. Bettman said NHL players in the Olympics would give the world a compelling hockey tournament of high magnitude, without them the quality of the game plummets. The future of the NHL’s participation in the Olympic Games is unclear. The NHL’s refusal to participate so far only applies to 2018. In the NHL’s statement announcing that they would not participate in the 2018 Games they

said the the IOC made it clear that the NHL’s participation in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing was contingent on its participation in PyeongChang. China, the most populous nation in the world, used to be one of the poorest nations in the world, but this is no longer the case. China is finally reaching a level of economic development that would allow hockey to exist and thrive in China, making the NHL very interested in sending it’s athletes to China. The question going forward is: will the IIHF and by extension, the IOC cave and improve the quality of the 2022 games by allowing the NHL to participate? Only time will tell, and the answer likely depends on the success of the NHL-less 2018 Olympic tournament. If no one cares about or watches the 2018 Olympic hockey tournament without the best players in the world, the IIHF will want to increase it’s revenue by allowing the NHL to participate in 2022. But if the 2018 games are a business success and if the IIHF determines that the additional profits of allowing the NHL to participate in the Olympics are not worth the headache of collaborating with the NHL, we may not see NHL players in the Olympics for the foreseeable future. The NHL has missed it’s shot at sending players this year, but they need to do whatever it takes to get players back in the tournament as soon as they can. Each country should send it’s best athletes in every sport to the Olympics. Sometimes that is going to be professional athletes, sometimes it will be a mix, but professional athletes should not be denied the opportunity to compete for their country. Ovechkin said it best, there is nothing like the Olympics, but until the NHL allows its athletes to participate, Olympic hockey will be sub-par.

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Sports BASEBALL from Page C1 Langeliers said of his expectations for himself. “We’ve been getting after it all fall and all spring in the weight room and on the field, so the big expectation is just to go further than we did last year.” Baylor was eliminated from the 2017 Houston Regional after dropping two games to Texas A&M and Houston. But with key players like Bradford, Langeliers and preseason All-American senior closer Troy Montemayor returning, the expectation is to pick up right where they left off. “Now that we have that experience and the leadership, we just have to finish,” Montemayor said. One of the best finishers in the nation, Montemayor racked up 12 saves last season in addition to a team-best 2.10 ERA. He will anchor a strong Baylor bullpen that includes senior set-up men Joe Heineman and Drew Robertson. Sophomore lefty Ryan Leckich will also take on an increased role after appearing in just seven games in 2018. Also on the mound, sophomore righty Hayden Kettler, junior Kyle Hill and sophomore transfer Jacob Ashkinos are all expected to have a shot at making the weekend rotation. Rodriguez said the competition was exactly what he hoped to see in the fall. “They did exactly what they’re supposed to do. They came out, they competed, they’ve really transformed their bodies to look like professional pitchers,” Rodriguez said of the trio. “It’s a good problem for a coach to have. It means I get to use all of them, which is great.” Senior right-hander Alex Phillips will be another name in the mix of pitchers. He gave the Bears a 4-3 record in eight starts in his first season back from an arm injury. New to Big 12 baseball this year will be the addition of two 15-second pitch clocks that will be installed at Baylor Ballpark. With no runners on base, pitchers will have 15 seconds to begin their windup, otherwise a ball will be called. If the batter is not in the batter’s box inside the allotted time, a strike will be called. Though the pitching staff will be a strength for Baylor this season, it is the wealth of returning position players that will provide depth and experience for Rodriguez’s team. “We’ve got some names in our lineup that people look at and have to go ‘Oh my Lord’,” said fourth-year junior outfielder Richard Cunningham on the Lariat’s sports podcast “Don’t Feed The Bears.””You’ve got Shea Langeliers, you’ve got Davis Wendzel, you’ve got All-American closer Troy Montemayor. You look at our lineup and say ‘that’s someone we do not want to run into’.” Wendzel, a sophomore third baseman, had a terrific second-half of the 2017 season, boosting

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Saturday Women’s basketball vs. Kansas 1 p.m. in Ferrell Center Lariat Radio play-by-play will be available during the game. Women’s tennis vs. Ole Miss 1 p.m. at Hurd Tennis Center Baseball vs. Houston Baptist 3:05 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark Photo Illustration by Jessica Hubble | Multimedia Editor

his total batting average to .301 and hitting eight home runs along the way. The power-packing duo of Wendzel and Langeliers will be a force in the middle of Baylor’s lineup. The Bears also boast an athletic outfield that brings back two of their three starters in Cunningham and junior T.J. Raguse, providing speed and a knack for getting on base to the top of the batting order. The pair combined for nine stolen bases last year. McLennan Community College transfer Cole Haring will also see action in the outfield for Baylor. Up the middle, junior second baseman Josh Bissonette flashes a talented glove in a smooth defensive unit with senior shortstop Tucker Cascadden and freshman Nick Loftin, who is projected to contribute right away. “I think he has an opportunity to come in and do something real special,” Rodriguez said of Loftin. “He’s a freshman who I really have high hopes for.” At first base will be the platoon of sophomore catcher/first baseman Andy Thomas and senior

SOFTBALL from Page C1 struck out 11 in the Lady Bears’ 8-0 opening win. She also pitched an inning of relief, striking out the side while allowing an unearned run. Behind Rodoni will be junior Regan Green and McGlaun, who both got victories in their opening starts against Northwestern State, but Moore expects both to elevate their games this weekend. “I want to see them working ahead in the count, fewer three-ball counts, just probably relax a little bit more especially with Regan Green. She’s got a game under her belt, relax a little bit more. Clearly we felt that everything that was lacking is something she’s shown before and she can do. So it’s just a matter of getting comfortable for her,” Moore said. “[McGlaun’s] got to get the off-speed. She throws as hard as most anybody we’ll see this weekend and the ball goes down well. But if you time it, you’re just going to let that speed help you to hit the ball a long ways. Off-speed is the key to keeping the hitters’


timing off, and she’s got to develop that.” With some familiarity from a coaching standpoint and ranked opponents in the other dugout, Baylor will learn a great deal about itself and the team it can be moving forward. But with all the team’s experience, including that of senior third baseman Caitlin Charlton, the Lady Bears aren’t afraid of a challenge— they embrace it. “It’s always good to play those top ranked teams. It shows you where you’re at, what you need to get better on and it’s just great to have some good competition,” Charlton said. Regardless of the competition, the expectation remains the same—win every game. “We’re looking to win all our games there, hopefully go out, have a strong showing and come out undefeated after this weekend,” McGlaun said. No. 11 Baylor (3-0) will meet No. 24 McNeese State (4-1) at 4 p.m. Friday.

utility man Tucker Johnson, who will serve as the Bears’ top pinch-hitting options off the bench as well. Also back this year is senior outfielder Levi Gilcrease, mostly used as a defensive replacement in late-game situations in 2017 thanks to his cannon for an arm. Baylor will face a tough schedule in 2018 that includes road trips to UCLA, Memphis and a packed Frisco College Classic tournament that features games against California, Texas A&M and Louisiana Tech. The Bears get to play Big 12 favorites Texas Tech and TCU at home this year, but will travel to take on Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., and Texas in Austin. Due to travel complications, Baylor will no longer open with Purdue. The Bears will now open the new year with a three-game series against Houston Baptist this weekend in Waco. First pitches are scheduled for 6:35 p.m. on Friday, 3:05 p.m. on Saturday and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.

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