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Club hockey team maintains a winning season; members talk on benefits of staying on the ice

Ken Starr assumes presidential role By Caty Hirst Staff writer

Jed Dean | Photo Editor

Judge Kenneth Starr speaks to Baylor students, staff and faculty on Feb. 16in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center. Starr began his tenure as BU’s 14th president on June 1.

Judge Ken Starr, dean and professor of law at Pepperdine, was unanimously elected as Baylor’s 14th president by the Baylor University Board of Regents and assumed the position on June 1. “I am very excited and honored to be here,” Starr said. “I will do my very best to help Baylor move in the direction it is moving, which is ever upward.” In an interview with the Lariat, Starr said he is honored and humbled that he was elected Baylor’s president. “It’s a great university with a proud tradition of 150 years, plus,” Starr said. “And standing for great principles of integrating faith and learning. And happily situated in my native state.” Starr was Solici-

tor General of the United States from 1989 to 1993 and was appointed to serve as the independent counsel for the Whitewater investigation of former President Bill Clinton and most wellknown for his investigation in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. He was the author of the Starr Report, which provided evidence to impeach Clinton. He argued 25 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, until he moved on to a career in academics. Starr was born in Vernon and raised in San Antonio and moved to Waco from Malibu, Calif. “I’m a fifth-generation Texan so it was a call to the heart to come home, but especially [to] a great renowned Christian institution,” Starr said. The search for a president took more than a year and a half after Dr. John Lilley was forced

out of office in July 2008. Dr. David Garland, dean of George W. Truett Seminary, served as interim president from August 2008 until Starr took office. “We had well over 100 names that we considered,” said Joseph Armes, Baylor regent and chairman of the Baylor presidential search committee. “We had conversations with approximately 25 people and interviewed 10. And we narrowed the field from there. It has been a very comprehensive process.” “We were patient and we are thrilled with the outcome,” Armes said. Dary Stone, chairman for the board of regents, said Starr is a perfect fit for Baylor. Stone said the committee looked at many traditional candidates who had strictly see STARR, pg.

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Weekend for BU parents set for Sept. 10, 11 By Sally Moyer R eporter

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Hey! Sic ’em Bears A Baylor student and members of the Golden Wave Marching Band cheer on the Baylor Bears football game during a home game at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears will play their first game of the season against the Sam Houston State Bearkats on Sept. 4.

Baylor Bears push toward improvement By Justin Baer Sports editor

The Baylor men’s basketball team will enter its summer workouts with a yearning desire to outperform what it accomplished this season, but the task won’t be simple. The Bears, whose historic tournament run concluded in the Elite Eight to eventual national champion Duke, won as many games in the NCAA tournament this season than all of Baylor teams past. “This is the team people will talk about,” said John Morriss, voice of the Baylor Bears. “This elite team of 2009-2010 is the one we will always remember.” The year had an abundance of firsts and records broken. The Ferrell Center attendance record was shattered in the final game of the season when 10,562 fans witnessed Baylor’s shellacking of the University of Texas.

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The Bears also set the Ferrell Center record for most wins at home (15). “How we win all but one game is very simple, and that is you have great, great fans,” head coach Scott Drew said. “I think everybody saw just how impressive Baylor nation was when were down there in Houston (for the South Regional semifinals).” Additionally, the team set the school record for most wins in program history (28) and had its best record in the Big 12 since the conference was established in 1996. All of that was unexpected, though. The team scripted an improbable story to the season after finishing with a 5-11 record during conference play last season. The Bears lost three 1,000-point scorers and were predicted to finish 10th in the see BEARS, pg.

Parents and families of many students will visit campus Sept. 10 and 11 for Parents Weekend, an event hosted by Baylor’s Chamber of Commerce. “Parents Weekend is a 50-year-old tradition started in 1960 and it is an opportunity where Baylor parents and families come on campus to experience the Baylor environment and Baylor atmosphere, different programs,” said Cypress sophomore Daniel Haddad. Haddad is the Parents Weekend 2010 chairman. “A lot of it is so that [parents] can come and feel welcome at the university that they support.” Every year, about 3,000 people come for the weekend. “For the most part, the events haven’t changed very much. They’ve just gotten better,” said Dallas sophomore Edie Todd.

Todd is the Parents Weekend general assistant for this year. “You’re not going to find a weekend like this on the UT campus or on the A&M campus,” Todd said. “We really try and make it special.” Parents Weekend will begin the night of Sept. 10 with a reception and a traditional event called Baylor Then and Now. “It highlights Baylor’s past, our present, and where Baylor’s looking to go in the future,” Haddad said. Following that, the Waco Visitors Bureau will host an introduction to Waco. “On Friday night we also have Dessert Party, a classic event that’s a very popular event,” Haddad said. “[Students and their families] get to enjoy desserts, coffee and ice cream while listening to jazz music.”

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No. 13 center Ekpe Udoh shoots over Iowa State No. 21 forward Craig Brackins Feb. 3 at the Ferrell Center. The Bears won a record 28 season games and made it to the Elite Eight this year.

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At Baylor, fall is more than just a season; it’s an experience. Swirling leaves are not all that are carried by cool winds, but also the greetings of friends who haven’t seen each other since the past spring semester, the cheers of football fans as they hope this is the year the Baylor Bears make it to a bowl game, the nostalgic feelings of seniors who are nearing the end of their college experience and the anticipation of freshmen just beginning their own journey. These are all elements of a Baylor school year’s beginning, but they also provide the backdrop for one of Baylor’s oldest and most beloved traditions of the season — homecoming. The celebration takes place over the course of a weekend in late October or early November and includes events that range from musical performances like Pigskin Revue to pep rallies like Extravaganza – the lighting ceremony of the annual bonfire. Some elements such as these

stay the same from year to year and contribute toward homecoming’s traditional qualities, but other things change, giving each year a sense of singularity and freshness. For example, several special events including a firework show and a museum exhibit, were added to last year’s celebrations to commemorate the 100th anniversary of homecoming. While it might seem difficult to follow a centennial celebration with something equally exciting, Sarah Carrell, the 2010 homecoming chairman, said a great deal of work is being invested into this year’s Homecoming. “We are working hard to make sure that the campus comes to life by creating an atmosphere that captures the essence of homecoming through traditional decoration and school spirit,” said Carrel a San Antonio native who has been a member of Baylor’s Chamber of Commerce for two years. see PARADE, pg.

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OPINION Natural, artificial beauty reflective of Baylor blessing

Point of View

By Claire taylor

‘Baylor Experience’ transcends generic notion of BU traditions “The Baylor Experience” is a phrase that has been thrown at incoming students in many different fashions. We hear from Campus Living and Learning how having a new roommate is a part of this experience, how attending Line Camp is part of the experience, and how joining an organization will add to this “Baylor Experience.” What makes a Baylor Experience different from the common college experience? What makes Baylor University a special place? A Baylor education has a deeper meaning. It has roots that are covered by grace and founders that were guided by God. The quintessential difference between a college experience and a Baylor Experience is the history, the involvement of the faculty and the environment worthy enough to grant personal discovery. The Baylor Experience can mean a plethora of ideas. It could be stepping out into new territory and discovering new talents. It could be experimenting with different classes to uncover the direction of life. Though none of these things compare to what an actual Baylor experience can be. As former university president Dr. Samuel Brooks once said, Baylor students are the “new trustees” of the university, and in that we should all take pride. The duty of the class of 2012, and those that follow, comes with responsibility to nurture the history and meaning behind one of the first chartered schools in Texas and to protect the legacy of our green and gold, while at the same time uncovering our own ways to leave a mark in the

Point of View

By Nick Dean

community we live in. Our ability to both treasure the past and venture toward the future is a special privilege. A “Baylor Experience” cannot be defined and molded into an exact cookie-cutter experience because the school promotes individual adventure. Part of my challenge to the class of 2012 is to holistically utilize these resources and begin discovering the purpose behind life. Do not simply acknowledge the treasurers hidden within Baylor University — engage in becoming a part of the riches. We can be challenged to nothing more than the pursuit of personal discovery while developing professional skills in the academic realm. Academics shouldn’t be secondary, but rather, education should be all-encompassing. Mark Twain has been quoted an almost sickening number of times as having said, “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” The truth behind the statement isn’t centered on stifling academic work. It is centered on promoting actual, legitimate

education beyond curricular content. When I began my college career at Baylor University in August 2008, I came knowing that I wanted to thoroughly enjoy my time at college, but I also wanted to learn more than the basics. I wanted to develop my stances on controversial issues and become a citizen that stood on a foundation well-researched research beliefs. I soon came to realize that I was taking the wrong angle with my goals. Rather than finding my opinions of “hot topics,” I should have focused on developing a personal character that enhances the way I viewed social issues. My hope for the class of 2012 is that we build friendships, communities, and traditions that are eternal and break out of the “Baylor Bubble.” Waco is the 19th poorest city in the nation; that is a blessing in horrid disguise for the students of Baylor. We are directly in the middle of one of the greatest mission fields. Through intentional involvement within the Waco community, we have potential to build relationships within the community while constructing our own “Baylor Experience.” Through growth and adventure, my classmates and I will find true identity, leading to overall character. That pursuit is the essence of a Baylor experience. Nick Dean is a junior journalism and political science major from Austin and the incoming editor in chief for the Lariat. His column was originally published on March 25, 2008.

After weeks of school cancellations due to unpredictable weather ranging from snowstorms to thunderstorms to sunshine, a single day of perfect weather made the wait seem totally worthwhile. On my way to classes, I think to myself how unbelievable it is that anyone on earth, myself included, would be willing to trade such a gorgeous day for the monotony of the classroom. Once a my professor greeted me with, “It is a beautiful day outside. Thank you all for coming anyways.” My thoughts exactly, professor. Honestly, though, call me awestruck, artsy or easily impressed, but I’ll never get caught being called unappreciative of the beauty that is Baylor University. On a day like yesterday, (or today for that matter) it’s impossible to overlook the enchantment of the lovely little campus we call home. Being constantly groomed by teams of landscapers, perfectly trimmed bushes displaying “Baylor” proudly across the lawn surrounded by painstakingly tailored flower beds nearly all seem to be commonplace here. I felt like when I first walked around campus I assumed I was only caught up in the beauty of things because it was new. I thought I’d get used to it, but I never did. No matter how many times I walk by Pat Neff and the afternoon light catches that gilded dome just right, my jaw still drops. Even after experiencing the immensity of what is the Baylor Sciences Building firsthand, I’m still blown away by its powerful presence nearly every time I lay eyes on it. With the outward appearance of buildings like the Mayborn Museum, built with Pantheon-esque architectural style and reverence, to the inward beauty of buildings like the Browning Library or the Memorial Hall Cafeteria, it is obvious that Baylor is not just some typical university. Even the Tidwell Bible Building, itself a monument, boasts hand-carved panels depicting 35 different scenes from the Bible. As if the campus itself were playing a joke on nature, the copper sculptures, now stained a teal green from years of battling the elements, stand as a testament that even what should be a deterioration in condition can in fact end up being more appealing than it

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was before. Baylor itself is an exemplification of the natural beauty in which it already resides. Like a large-scale terrarium, Baylor is just a carefully groomed example of what natural beauty it readily has access to. Being a proud Central Texan, I’d be willing to argue with anyone that this here’s the most beautiful countryside known to man, and y’all can bet on that. With that in mind, I feel this campus may have a slightly unfair advantage to other places in respect to appearance. A Texas sky on a spring day is something worthy of fogging up the eyes. You can look up and see tiny, wispy clouds peeking from around hue changes in the sky, almost like they themselves are embarrassed to be blocking such a view. All things considered, Baylor to me is the apex of these natural aesthetic phenomena, resulting in a campus so refined it demands notice, especially on a perfect day. I’ve been to other campuses before, visited parks and exhibits, but few leave an impression on me like Baylor has. The sheer fact that it is an institution with the purpose of education, and so much emphasis is put on maintaining and enhancing the campus just for our visual enjoyment is grounds for gratitude at least. Walking through this campus is a blessing, and you should consider it so. Next time you’re out there complaining about drainage problems or parking availability, take a step back and appreciate the beauty that is all around you. (Even if you do have to step in a puddle or two.) It’s as if God himself chiseled out a space specifically for us and not a day should go by that we don’t recognize that. A unique place indeed, so much so that we should be eternally grateful for having been given the opportunity to grace its divine territory with our presence. To loosely quote Shakespeare: This other Eden, demiparadise, this blessed plot, this earth - this Baylor. Claire Taylor is a Dallas senior majoring in medical humanities. She is the cartoonist for the Lariat. Her column originally ran on Feb. 13. right to edit letters for grammar, length, libel and style. Letters should be e-mailed to Lariat_Letters@baylor.edu.

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Everybody NoZe Since 1926, secret society has been source of on-campus pranks

By Chris Day R eporter The Noze Brotherhood is a Baylor co-ed secret society known for its satirical publication, The Rope, and performing various pranks around campus. The group was founded in 1926, Dr. William Long, aka Brother Short Nose said. The active members have a different story. “When the very first baby sneezed for the very first time, the booger broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about,” Lorde Mayor Bro. Jesusloves-me-this-I-NoZe said. “That was the beginning of the Noble NoZe Brotherhood. We think this was around 1924.” The brotherhood has its own lore and a way of speaking exclusive to the group. Lorde Mayor is the title giv-

en to the active president and the Cunning Linguist is the title given to the editor of The Rope. Exiles are brothers who have graduated. The Rope has mocked various campus organizations, including fraternities, the Lariat, the Board of Regents as well as faculty and administration. The publication has frequently mocked Christianity and various churches attended by Baylor students. Every semester the brotherhood hosts Unrush, the brotherhood’s equivalent of a fraternity/ sorority recruitment. Unrush involves submitting a humorous essay to the brotherhood and leaving your contact information. If the brotherhood thinks it is funny, the writer will be contacted and asked to perform a humorous task. Such tasks have been dressing up as Bilbo Bagette, a parody of a hobbit from the Lord of the Rings series, or supplying the brotherhood with the first season DVD of “Touched By An Angel,” according to junior Jordan Wilson. If your performance is adequate, the Neophyte process begins, which one must complete in

order to become a brother. “Unrushing is like the opposite of rushing. I can’t say much cause we’re super secret about everything,” Bro. Tickle-me-elmNoZe said. “What I can tell you is that you don’t want to do it. Satisfying your curiosity is the worst mistake you will ever make.” Although their unrushing process is kept secret, the NoZe do offer some insight into their selection process. “We don’t have pledges. We have neophytes. Basically we tromp around Penland two times a year and pick the most pathetic, loneliest-looking kid. You know, the kid that looks like he’d get rejected from TKE,” Bro. Hurricane KatriNoze said. “We take him under our wing and make him funny. Sometimes it works, but sometimes we get brothers like Bro. NoZe Chance in Hell.” Whenever the society appears on campus publicly, they wear masks, which typically feature a fake plastic nose as well as a full costume, but a brother’s costume is up to his or her choosing. “Keeping your identity as a brother secret is encouraged, but

not required,” Bro. Jesus-lovesme-this-I-NoZe said. “However, what is absolutely forbidden is outing another brother.” Over the years, the brotherhood has garnered an impressive resume of pranks, including bringing a donkey to Chapel, putting giant NoZe glasses on Old Main and dumping ping-pong balls on the speaker at Chapel.

“Collectively, our favorite NoZe moment was the moment before we became NoZe brothers,” Bro. Jesus-loves-me-this-INoZe said. “Since then, we live in a daily of cycle of blowing chunks and crying uncontrollably. The pingpong ball thing was pretty cool too.” The brotherhood prides themselves on their comedy, but they

also boast a highbrow taste in movies as well. “‘Muppet Treasure Island,’ ‘The Room,’ ‘Baby Geniuses,’ ‘The Notebook,’ ‘The Exorcist,’ ‘The Lake House’ and ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ are all NoZe classics,” Bro. Tickle-me-elmNoZe said. “We have bimonthly movie nights where we eat ice cream and talk about boys and life and stuff.”

freshman class, giving their fellow Bears encouragement to secure a win and let Pat Neff glow green. So who is at the root of all this Baylor spirit and leading the mass of gold jerseys with their own mass of green jerseys? Baylor Chamber. Not only does Chamber lead one of Baylor’s most well-known traditions, the Baylor Line, Chamber is also in charge of a number of student and family activities throughout the year. Since Feb. 26, 1919, Chamber has been serving Baylor through leadership, service, scholarship and its motto “Anything for Baylor.” “It becomes a part of us. Every

member of Chamber does their part,” said Chesterfield, Mo., senior Justin Kralemann, 2010 president of Chamber. One of the first events of the year that a new student and their family get to experience is Parents Weekend. Chamber puts on the entire weekend. From covering Baylor traditions and history, to the parentfaculty coffee, to After Dark, Chamber members supervise and manage the weekend every step of the way. “To me the best part of being in Chamber is seeing parents hug their students at Parents Weekend and seeing students smile,” said Houston sophomore Daniel Haddad, the 2010 Parents Week-

end chair. In addition to Parents Weekend, Chamber is also to thank for the success of Baylor Homecoming, the oldest and largest homecoming parade in the nation. “If anything, it’s an exciting reason to keep working hard,” said San Antonio junior Sarah Carrell the 2010 Homecoming chair. To some, the pressure to uphold such standards and traditions may be overwhelming, but it is the purpose of Chamber. “It takes a lot of inspiration and encouragement,” Kralemann said. Nicknamed “The Keepers of Tradition,” Chamber is responsible for keeping the Baylor tra-

dition alive and relaying it to all of the incoming freshmen and transfer students. In addition to the Baylor Line, Parents Weekend and Homecoming, Chamber is credited with the successes of Diadeloso, Winter Premiere and the care of Baylor’s mascots Lady and Joy. “It’s a lot of work and very time consuming, but rewarding,” said Harlingen junior Reece Fitzgerald, a bear trainer. This may seem like a lot to handle for one group of students, but for the tight-knit group of leaders that call each other family, the enjoyment of getting to serve the Baylor community is a reward in itself. “We do it because we love it,

not because we have to,” said Pennsylvania sophomore Rachel Pinkerton. This year also marked a historic year for this group, as it was the first time in 14 years it has participated in All-University Sing. Headed by their 2010 Sing chair, Austin junior Dakota Farquhar-Caddell, Chamber, opened the show and set the tone of the evening, though it did not compete. Many Chamber members were in agreement on the impact this organization has brought to their Baylor experience. “Being in Chamber is a way of life; it’s made all the difference,” said Carrell.

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Judge Kenneth Starr dons his new nose and glasses, presented to him by the Noze Brothers on Feb. 16 in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center. Starr is the newly elected 14th president of Baylor.

Chamber member: We do it because we love it

By Amber Owens R eporter

Gathered on the steep concrete ramp of Floyd Casey Stadium, a mass of freshmen class waited in anticipation to feel the soft artificial grass beneath their heels. The upbeat melodies of the Baylor Golden Wave Band filled the ears of the eager freshmen class. Excitement filled their minds as they waited for the thrill of being able to rush the field for another Baylor football home game. B-A-Y-L-O-R is spelled out on six gold flags that cover the football field. Baylor spirit radiates from the


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The Lariat takes home collegiate-realm honors BY TORI LEGGITT R EPORTER

JORDAN WILSON | 2008 STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

This photo by the late Jordan Wilson was recognized by the Region 8 Society of Professional Journalists convention in Austin for his photography skills. Wilson won first place in the feature photograph category.

While the Bears made a name for themselves this year in Baylor sports, three student-run organizations on campus also had success. The Baylor Lariat, Round Up yearbook and Focus magazine all received awards for their hard work. The Associated Press Managing Editors of Texas named the Lariat the Collegiate Newspaper of the Year at a convention held in College Station. Three of the Lariat’s best newspapers from 2009 were judged by professionals in the field. “This is recognition by external professionals that Baylor University has an outstanding journalism department, and that our students can compete with anyone,” Paul Carr, director of student publications, said.

The Lariat, Round Up yearbook and Focus magazine also received 52 awards in total from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association annual convention, held in Kerrville. The Round Up yearbook took home the sweepstakes award, which is best described as the best all-around collegiate yearbook in Texas. The Round Up can add this sweepstakes award to their recent recognition as one of eight 2009 Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker finalists. According to Taylor Publishing, this is the first time Round Up has been named a Pacemaker finalist. “All the accolades, being a finalist for Pacemaker and winning sweepstakes for TIPA, is a real shot in the arm for our book, it solidifies what we have been working on for the last four years to make a book that is both approachable and understandable

for the students here, but that also maintains the integrity of the quality of publication that is upheld through the rest of the state and the nation,” said Ryan Brinson, editor-in-chief of Roundup. “It affirms why we spend so time working on print while the rest of the world is going digital, we are winning awards for what we are doing on paper.” Some students have also been recognized individually for their work during 2009. The late Jordan Wilson was recognized by the Region 8 Society of Professional Journalists convention in Austin for his photography skills. Wilson, a Round Up photographer and Lariat correspondent for Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration, won first place in the feature photograph category. His photograph will now compete in the national competition. Wilson’s photo was also

awarded third in the nation from the Associated Collegiate Press. The Lariat’s online coverage of the tragedy at Fort Hood was also awarded first place by the Region 8 Society of Professional Journalists convention and will now compete in the national competition. “Finishing up my 27th year at Baylor it is really wonderful to see all three student publications receive top recognition,” said Dr. Sara Stone, a journalism professor. “For many years the University of Texas swept the top awards followed closely by University of Texas Arlington, so it is extra special to now win top awards in all three categories.” Two other students also received national Hearst awards for their editorial writing -- alumna Ashley Killough, who received fourth place, and alumna Anita Pere, who received 19th place.

University 1000 quells first-year anxiety for BU students BY LADAWN PENIGAR-MITCHELL R EPORTER University 1000 is a seminar in the department of new student programs that was designated for first-year students to make a successful transition into college and teach them the values that will lead to not only academic excellence, but also personal growth. During summer orientation, freshmen meet with an adviser to register for classes, including the University 1000 course, which may be specified for their major. Upon returning to Baylor in August, students will meet with their groups during Welcome Week and share a dinner or picnic together. Freshmen are required to meet with their University 1000 group for the first six weeks of fall semester and each class is composed of small groups to create an intimate atmosphere while being lead by a faculty member. Normally, a book for new students to read over their summer

break is included in their Baylor orientation package. The common reading was instated to prompt group discussion during the class and touch on important topics within the book that correlate to students’ concerns and questions as they begin their undergraduate career. However, this year the university has decided to end that practice. Lecturer David G. Henry of the Baylor Law School is one of the numerous faculty advisers for the University 1000 program and has taught the class for the past three years. His motivation to teach this class comes from his larger motivation to give back to the school that gave him a chance when he was a young man himself. After dropping out of high school as a junior and going from one dead-end job to another, Henry realized he was throwing his life away. “I realized that my path would

provide no future and that I had become my own worst nightmare – a person who had nothing of

“If the point was to make connections to transition from high school to college, it definitely worked.” Jessica Brooks

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significance to offer others to improve their lives or the world at large,” Henry said. Reviving his lost dream of attending Baylor, he was offered admission after excelling at a junior college. Although he had no financial resources and a weak academic background, Henry was successful and eventually graduated from Baylor and went on to graduate school in law.

“Baylor gave me a second chance when few, if any other universities, would have done so,” Henry said. “Were it not for those at Baylor who believed in me and invested in me with little reason for doing so, my life as I know it would not exist.” This fundamental belief propels Henry to set aside time from his professional life to help and mentor young people just as those at Baylor helped him as a young man. His main approach to leading a University 1000 group is to help students grasp the importance of transitioning from childhood to what he calls the first phase of “real life” in which students have the freedom to make their own choices. “By encountering freshmen at the outset of their college careers, I feel that I have the best opportunity to help set them on a right course of personal success and happiness,” Henry said. Ultimately, he hopes that students leave his University 1000

class with the knowledge that they are at a college filled with people that care about them as students and will help them to succeed in life. Grapevine freshman Jessica Brooks did not always see the purpose of her University 1000 group but acknowledges that she made a lot of good friends through the class. “If the point was to make connections to transition from high school to college, it definitely worked,” Brooks said. Brooks keeps in contact with many people from her group and still appreciates the sensitivity her faculty adviser showed to her class when they were all new students struggling to adapt to college life. Another freshman, Michelle Caunitz from Colleyville, was especially grateful to be put in a University 1000 class that consisted of nothing but biology majors. Her faculty adviser, whom she may have as teacher, enjoyed telling the class stories and talk-

ing about everyday subjects as well as any concerns students would have. Caunitz thinks the class was helpful in encouraging students to get to know one another and having faculty willing to help students in case they were struggling. However, Caunitz wishes the class could have been more relaxed due to the weekly homework assignments and book reading. “I liked it but don’t think it should be so structured because it’s already stressful to worry about classes your first semester,” Caunitz said. Like many other freshmen, Caunitz found University 1000 beneficial in the area of making new friends with the same major. “I did make a lot of acquaintances,” Caunitz said. “I don’t think I would’ve liked being in a random group.” University 1000 strives to help connect new students while allowing them to learn to understand the principles and foundations that will greatly impact their undergraduate experience at Baylor.


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Baylor parents have a league of their own

BY AMBER OWENS R EPORTER

“Within the first few hours after dropping me off at Baylor, my mom called four times to check up on me.” said Milan Wright of her first night at Baylor. Many parents feel the need to constantly contact their children the first time they are dropped off at a University. Often-times the anxiety of their children’s safety as they leave home for the first time leads parents to worry about the many dangers of living away from home. However, to ease this anxiety and worry, there is an organization here at Baylor that helps parents cope. Started in 1968, The Baylor Parents League was created to help keep parents better connect-

ed to what’s going on campus. Since then, the Parents League has come a long way in not only helping parents, but assisting students as well. However, the league’s main focus is still for the parents. In order to keep them involved and aware of on-campus activities, the league sends out a newsletter every few months titled “Perspectives.” In the latest edition of “Perspectives,” The League, headed by Judy Maggard, addressed the issues of the fall 2009 semester and some common issues about which most parents are concerned. Even though the league is primarily geared toward parents, students are not left out of its benefits. When asked, some students had no idea that The Parents

League even existed. A few students had heard of the League, but weren’t sure of its purpose. Students had various thoughts about what The Parents League was, including: a group of parents joining together to prevent students from making mistakes, a group of parents that act as mentors or a group of parents that pray over students. The league does all of these things, including other benefits students were shocked to hear about when informed. “They what? I was not aware they offered these things,” said freshman Natalia Gutierrez about the Parent’s League Student Emergency Fund. The Student Emergency Fund is one of the many things the donations from Baylor parents help students in times of need.

Through this fund, The Parents League is able to offer up to a $500 allotment to any student who may need it based on a financial need. This fund is available to students once every semester during their Baylor career and helps to pay for unexpected expenses. These include, but aren’t limited to: car repair, living expenses when a parent loses their job, medical bills not covered by insurance and, in Adrina Pawlak’s case, books for last semester’s classes. “When my mom told me about The Parents League and what they could do, I didn’t believe her. Like I really didn’t. I thought she was exaggerating. But after actually talking to them, I was really relieved at all the help they could give me,” Pawlack said. There are students like Paw-

lack who know little about the help provided by the league, but who could benefit from it. Freshman Alli Baker said that she would soon be looking into the help offered by the Parent’s League after hearing about the emergency fund and the Endowed Scholarship Fund. Currently, the scholarship is helping provide financial help to 29 students on campus. A lot of students were surprised that these financial opportunities existed and were wondering how they didn’t find out about these opportunities before being asked. The Parents League has numerous ways of informing students know about the offers that are available through the league. “The Parents League organization is introduced to parents of incoming freshmen and transfer

students at summer orientation and at student send-off events in the summer,” Maggard said. “I also serve on a panel of administrators during fall, winter and spring premiere programs hosted by the Office of Admissions to let parents know about our office.” According to some students that have heard of the league, the organization called them numerous at their homes and sent plenty of invitations to events through the mail. The league has always been accessible, just overlooked. Even though the league may not be able to help with all problems, their goal is to help those finish out their college careers. If it seems a financial strain may keep you from continuing here at Baylor, the Parents League has many offers from which students could benefit.

students six hours later, at 8 a.m. However, in an unexpected turn of events, the guarding was ended early at 11:30 p.m., when Baylor police put out the flame and notified Baylor Chamber of Commerce. One student dislocated her knee and another suffered a concussion. In 2008 the curfew was once again set to 2 a.m., but fighting put another two people in the hospital. One was a police officer, who dislocated his finger during the commotion. “It only takes one student,” said Houston senior Tanner Vickers, a Freshman Mass Meeting chair of Chamber. “In this case, it was a group of students and it took their actions and that’s all it really takes. One person gets hurt, so Baylor PD asked us to put (the flame) out.” After the last few years, Chamber knew that changes would be made; it was only a matter of time. “Chamber made the decision to change the tradition before being approached by the university

– that was members of Student Life, along with Risk Management. It was not a telling, it was more of a sit-down type of discussion,” Vickers said. “The university as a whole agreed this is not where we need to be.” After looking into the flameguarding tradition, Chamber was contacted by upper-level administration and told to revamp this tradition or it would be totally lost. “The university had approached us and said we cannot have these dangerous events happening,” Vickers said. “The flame will be shut down. We cannot, as a university, harbor an environment that is dangerous for students.” Others on campus are cheering the decisions of Chamber and the administration. “I think it is a very wise decision,” said Baylor Police Chief Jim Doak. “I salute those in the decisionmaking process. When you look at the recent history, that makes

this a very wise decision.” Vickers said the flameguarding tradition is not about the physical flame itself, but the flame and spirit within the people of Baylor – those on campus and those who have left. “I think that what we have to always remember is that the real flame, the real spirit – that’s not something that burns out on campus somewhere,” Vickers said. “That’s not something that can be physically touched. It’s not even in the buildings. People are Baylor: It’s in our hearts and in our minds.” Vickers also hopes that following 2009’s homecoming, students will better understand this tradition by understanding the story of the Immortal Ten. “The flame is not the most important piece, it’s just a representation. It was never meant to be ‘the’ spirit,” Vickers said. The Freshman Mass Meeting was started in 1927 as a memorial service for the Immortal Ten, a group of students who died after their bus was hit by a train on its

way to a basketball game in Austin. Vickers doesn’t believe that the events of the past few years represent the original memorial to the Immortal Ten. “If we could possibly talk to any of the members of the Immortal Ten and say, ‘Is this what you wanted? Is this respectful of you and your story, who you are and who you represent for the university?” Vickers said. “I would think that we would get a resounding no.” Another change to Homecoming last year will the movement of the Freshman Mass Meeting to Thursday instead of Wednesday night. “For a very long time, it was held on Thursday,” Vickers said. “So it’s not like that is a major change into something that is very foreign for Baylor, when in fact Freshman Mass Meeting traditionally was held on a Thursday for many years.” To overhaul the old fameguarding tradition, Baylor Chamber named ‘torchbearer’ representatives from each of the classes.

These selected members then lit the bonfire. These torchbearers were chosen based on humility, Christian leadership, Baylor spirit, service to the Baylor and Waco community and academic achievements. They were recognized throughout homecoming week. At the same time, some students don’t share the outlook of Chamber. “I think it’s lame that they don’t get to experience the tradition of guarding the flame, but at the same time I understand it was getting a little too violent,” said Frisco senior Rusty Drye. “I feel like the tradition could be continued as long as certain steps are taken to ensure the safety of all participants – taking lacrosse sticks before coming close to the flame, no objects that can cause serious harm to the participants, things like that.” Drye also points out the camaraderie that is built within the freshman class by pulling all-nighters to guard the flame and said it was one of his favorite experiences.

Homecoming‘s eternal flame goes up in smoke

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In the past few years of Baylor’s homecoming, the guarding of the flame has become a news story in itself. After numerous controvercial incidents in recent years, Chamber decided to end the guarding of the flame tradition during Homecoming 2009. In 2005, after recommendations from the Risk Management Department, the decision was made to move the bonfire from Fountain Mall to the parking lot of the Ferrell Center. Then, 2006 saw the first in a string of injuries blamed on the flame. Then-junior Justin Brown said he was hit in the face with a lacrosse stick by the freshmen guarding the flame. He was taken to the hospital with a broken nose. In 2007, the administration took action to prevent injuries by setting a 2 a.m. cut-off curfew. The flame would be returned to

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New choir director: I have really high hopes BY SHIRLEY MOK R EPORTER

With a bright smile and energetic gestures, Dr. Alan Raines’ presence can be felt a mile away. Baylor music students have said enthusiasm is exactly what a choir director needs and Dr. Alan Raines sure fits that. After a two-year search, Baylor selected Raines to be the new director of choral activities. Raines was offered the position in January 2009 and was given the Mary Gibbs Jones Endowed Professorship in Music. Prior to Baylor, Raines was the director of choral activities at Stetson University, a private university in Florida. “I love Baylor. It’s a worldclass university with a strong Christian background, which is exactly what I wanted,” Raines said.“It was a great opportunity to come here.” Raines received his master’s

of music and his doctorate of musical arts in choral conducting from the University of California at Los Angeles. Raines served as the assistant conductor of the Angeles Chorale during his time at UCLA. “I always knew [music] was my gift, ever since I was a little boy,” Raines said. “My mother, father and sister were also wonderful musicians.” He grew up playing the piano, saxophone, organ and loved to sing and was a drum major of his middle school and high school. Raines has conducted choirs throughout the world. His consucting has sent him to Korea, Finland, Canada, China, the United Kingdom and Russia. “My most memorable trip so far has been my recent trip to China this past summer,” Raines said. Raines traveled to Suzhou, China, where he conducted Handel’s “Messiah” on Easter. The concert was in celebration of the

opening of one of five churches of the Du Shu Lake Christian Church. “To see the birth, life and resurrection of Jesus Christ and spread the gospel in a country where Christianity is less than 1 percent is truly amazing,” Raines said. “It was a touching experience because you know that this isn’t a normal routine for people over there.” Raines toured Texas with the Baylor A Cappella Choir this March. “I love my students,” Raines said. “I had the most fun touring with them because they are an amazing bunch of individuals and I learn so much from them.” This was the first year after a long hiatus that the a cappella choir has been on tour. “I think touring is a great way to spread the green and gold afar,” Raines said. “It’s a great way to recruit members and pro-

mote the university.” The a cappella choir toured in major cities such as Fort Worth,

San Antonio and Houston. Raines has plans of expanding the tour next year to Oklahoma, Tennessee and Arkansas. “I have really high hopes with the choir,” Raines said. “In a few years we can even tour out of country to places in Europe.” Besides music, Raines said his proudest accomplishment is his family. “Though I am basically a music nerd and my life is music,

I have not achieved anything greater than my family,” Raine s said. “I love spending time with my wife and our twin boys.” A giant grin could not escape Raines’ mouth when talking about his 9-month-old twins and wife, and he said his wife is the most influential person in his life. When not conducting, Raines also enjoys horseback riding, snow and water skiing. Something that that people may not know about Raines would be that he has an awful fear of heights. “I tried to zip line one time. …It didn’t work out so well,” Raines said. Raines said he holds a special place in his heart for the elderly. “I think they have a lot to say about life,” Raines said. “I respect them very much.” Raines plans to stay with the choir for years to come while teaching and growing with them. Raines has one piece of advice

said. ”On the first day of the class, he asks us why we thought we were there. Most of us immediately answered that we are there to learn history, but we quickly discovered that isn’t Dr. Jewett’s purpose for us.” Jewett’s mentor, Jon L. Wakelyn, Professor Emeritus at Kent State University, said Jewett’s work ethic is amazing. “I believe the secret to his success is that he truly loves to impart his subject matter and he cherishes his students,” Wakelyn said. “Somewhere he learned that students were what education was all about. He is always available and he cares what happens to his students.” Jewett grew up in Friendswood, about 60 miles south of Houston, and attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his bachelors of arts in history. Upon graduation he attended Catholic University of America where he received both his mat-

ters of arts and doctoral degree specializing in Texas history, the Civil War and southern history. Jewett, a seventh-generation Texan, said his deep interest and fascination with Texas and the Civil War were his reasons for pursuing higher education in history. Before coming to Baylor, Jewett taught Civil War and American history at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin. Jewett said he has always had a preference to teach at a private religious institution. “Those types of schools attract a student more sincere about faith and education. That’s the type of student I enjoy teaching,” Jewett said. Jewett said he prefers to teach in a way that gets students to think by encouraging students to debate over critical issues. Woerner siad Jewett’s class forced her to step out of her comfort zone. “I not only feel like I have learned a lot about American his-

tory, but I feel like I have learned a lot about myself. There have been days in his class when I would voice my opinion, and Dr. Jewett would just look at me, and then he would ask me if that was really what I thought. “It might catch me off guard a little, but ultimately it would either make me strengthen my resolve, or perhaps I might reconsider my position,” Woerner said. “Whatever the outcome, I was expected to think intelligently and to make a decision for myself.” Jewett said his experience at Baylor thus far has been as an enjoyable one. In his spare time Jewett serves as the coach of the men’s rugby team. In addition to his reputation as an engaging professor, Jewett has written three books. Jewett has a collection of essays on the Civil War that will be released this year, and he is currently working on a biography of former Texas Governor Pendleton Murrah.

Dr. Clayton Jewett completed his first year as part of the history department staff. He was also the coach for the men’s rugby team.

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on the legacy and history. To make the choir world class.” Dr. Alan Raines

Civil War buff joins BU ranks BY ADEOLA ARO R EPORTER

The history department received a new addition this year — Dr. Clayton Jewett, a professor who is already making an impact on his students. “I think that most people cringe when they think of a history class,” Stephenville sophomore Allison Woerner said. “A professor stands at the front of the room and drones on and on while reading from his lecture notes. His students are expected to memorize obscure names and dates, and then regurgitate them on a test.” Woerner was enrolled in Jewett’s class and recently added a history minor after taking his course. “His lectures almost feel more like a discussion because he is so engaging. He challenges us to think for ourselves and to really understand the underlying themes of the subject,” Woerner

for his students. “To be a giver. There is a prayer ‘It is in giving that we receive, the most will come out if you do work for others,’” Raines said. Raines believes that everyone should try to make the most of everything. “You are not guaranteed tomorrow,” Raines said. Raines said he tells his students: “Don’t ever let a note go by that’s not musical. Don’t ever let any moment pass you by. Every moment counts and is important.” “[My goal is to] continue to build upon the predecessors,” Raines said. “To build on the legacy and history. To make the choir world class.” Raines strongly encourages all students who are interested, even non-music majors, to audition for a choir placement at Baylor. “I want the choir to grow and I believe any student can do it,” Raines said.

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Bears’ newest adventure: wakeboarding

By Lauren Brandom R eporter

The first Baylor wakeboarding team is in its first years, but with all of the team’s ideas, goals and new members, it is planning on placing in nationals for the second year in a row. After the Fall 2009 Collegiate Wakeboard Tournament in Beaumont, the dream of the wakeboard team was born Baylor students Trevor Stewart, Caleb Kaker, Matt Johnson and Patrick Hamner competed as single contestants and won three podium finishes that earned them spots at the National Championship. They soon started riding together every day, eventually building a team that was chartered in February 2010. The small team established officers who began to get the word out for tryouts by making flyers and T-shirts, setting up a boat on campus, and talking to as many people as they could. “We scoured the campus for any kid who looked like he could shred and any girl who was brave enough to get into the 50-degree water,” said Patrick Hamner, president of the wake boarding team. “We have a pretty substantial membership now with over

50 students involved and from the looks of it we are starting out with a strong team.” At tryouts, each person rode for 20 minutes and hung out on the boat for about an hour getting to know the members. “The tryouts went well,” said sophomore Camille Duhon, marketing assistant for the wakeboarding team. “I can tell we got a good group of people who are going to enjoy working hard and having fun on the river with the team.” Future tryouts for the team will be held at the beginning of each semester with a tryout fee of $15 per person. Each person will do a few runs and will find out a few days later. “Not all members have to be able to do tricks on a board. In fact, many riders on the team are beginners,” Hamner said. This is not a problem because the tournaments the team competes in have different divisions: beginner, intermediate, advanced, open, wake skate and separate a division for women. Each semester members pay dues of $100, which include unlimited time on the water when the weather permits it, $10 off of anything the member buys on www.buywake.com, the sponsor of the series the team is part

of, and access to attend tournaments. The first tournaments the newly chartered team competed in were in Beaumont on April 7 and 8 and nationals on April 14 to 18 in Austin. They will be in three additional tournaments this summer in Dallas, Beaumont and Austin. “As one of the founders and president of Baylor Wake, I want to see the team qualify for nationals every year from now on,” Hamner said. “I also want to see the team acquire a team boat by next December. We desperately need one, so hopefully we can come up with $60,000 soon.” Until now, the team has been alternating between Kaker and Hamner’s boats. “Baylor Wake is an organization that isn’t just about wakeboarding,” said Paradise junior Caleb Kaker, captain of the wakeboarding team. “We also respect the chill on the lake aspect of our sport. It is a privilege to get to enjoy the beautiful waters of the Brazos River every day and we always remember to have a good time and that wakeboarding is rooted together by people just looking for ways to have a good time out on the water.”

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Seguin junior Trevor Stewart flips in the air during a run with the Baylor wake boarding team. Stewart, along with several other members of the team, chartered the first wake boarding group at Baylor in February 2010.

BU adds three majors, six minors to repertoire By Michelle Witt R eporter Much thought is put into a student’s selection of a major and with the addition of three new majors and six minors, the possibilities at Baylor are ever increasing. Baylor now offers a bachelor of arts in astronomy and astrophysics and a bachelor’s of science in astronomy, astrophysics and environmental health science. Minors now offered include astronomy, astrophysics, educational psychology, Arabic, Chinese and Italian.

The new majors were decided based on national trends and by what tier one schools are doing said Natalie Terry, an academic advisor. In the past, majors “came about because students were interested. When they proved that there was enough of a desire then the administration took it from there,” Terry said. The process of approving new majors is not a simple one. “It’s not a very quick process, a couple of years normally, from start to finish,” Terry said. Terry said the university has to develop the new curriculum

and professors have to be found to teach the material. The new environmental health science major is offered at two schools in Texas, Baylor being the largest of the two. “A biology, chemistry, environmental science degree wrapped up into one” is how Bryan Brooks, associate professor and director of the environmental health science program, explained the interdisciplinary science degree. “The specialization of the courses and the required courses make it compatible with national accreditation requirements,” Brooks said. According to the

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 13,000 jobs available in this field. “I think it really meets a critical area of national health need, and in fact I think that because that’s what the CDC, Centers for Disease and Control, thinks,” Brooks said. Unlike most science degrees, an environmental health science degree offers the opportunity to enter directly into the work force. “It prepares students to step in right after graduation into a marketable, timely and critically important area of national health need,” Brooks said.

Tolbert saw the potential experience for collegiate students to be a part of a new production to be invaluable. “With a new work, artists can create it as their own. Young people don’t usually get to do that. It’s usually older artists on Broadway that get to create new characters,” Tolbert said. But with a new work comes new challenges. “This show is a musical and for musicals, I usually listen to the soundtrack to learn the music. But we don’t have that. All we have is just sheet music so it’s exciting. It also means we won’t be imitating anyone on a cast album,” Tolbert said. While both Tolbert and Gonzales will be performing in “Dani Girl,” they were aware that the duality of their roles as producers and actors had limitations. “When it comes to final say on design, marketing, ultimately, we have the authority,” Gonzales said. “But for the actual show, we know to take our producer hats off, be the director’s actor and not overstep.” The Director that took the reins of “Dani Girl” is Kelsey Ervi, theater performance major

from Waco. “I was looking for an internship for the summer and was approached for this show,” Ervi said. “It got down to the wire and I decided to do the show. I know it would be a really great experience.” It’s been a new experience for Ervi as she had to cast and prepare the show before rehearsals begin this summer. “This was the first full-length show I’ve casted with auditions,” Ervi said. “I had a blast but it was a really hard decision. It really came down to instinct. I’m looking forward to pulling things out of these actors that I know so well and help to develop them.” Keller junior Rachel Brown and Merritt Island, Fla., senior Sarah Winter round out the fourperson cast with Tolbert and Gonzales and along with Ervi will be working in every aspect of the production from making costumes to building sets to hanging lights. “This show is great because I haven’t really gotten a chance to explore my talent and now I’ve been entrusted with something I can really dig into and find myself more as a performer,” Winter

said. For Brown, the opportunity meant more stage time but also more time to learn. “I’m excited to have a challenge of a big part,” Brown said. “I came in late to the department, so any opportunity I can have to learn more is great.” Now that the actors and director are in place, Tolbert and Gonzales have been putting their energy into getting the word out about the show and while the Baylor theater department has a long history of presenting shows to sold-out audiences, Tolbert and Gonzales emphasized that none of the proceeds are going into their pockets. “What’s neat about it is that is has the potential to raise funds for scholarships each summer as well as being a platform for new work,” Tolbert said. And since the focus of the Greyman is on new work, Tolbert and Gonzales didn’t feel any pressure to choose a popular show that is meant to draw audiences off of name recognition. “New work is difficult, especially now when theater is more difficult to produce. Theaters are into what’s proven to guaran-

Duo starts new theater company By Ryan Brinson Contributor

Rowlett junior Matt Tolbert and Huntsville sophomore Josh Gonzales have spent time in the spotlight on Baylor stages in everything from musicals to “Macbeth” but this summer, they are also stepping into the producer’s seats. The duo have created the Greyman Theatre Co., an independent company that will be producing its first musical this August, “Dani Girl.” While spending time on Youtube, Tolbert and Gonzales discovered, the songwriting duo of Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond and fell in love with their work. After Tolbert saw one of their shows last summer, he and Gonzales headed to New York City and met with Kooman. They worked out a deal to pay for the rights for the show and the revised draft was sent to them. “It’s important to encourage new people to keep writing new works,” Gonzales said. “The world is changing and the work reflects the art of the time. The questions the old art ask are outdated.”

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The national accreditation and strength of the program will provide graduates with a variety of options. “To prepare students to go on to medical school, graduate school, professional schools in public health, to pursue law, there are so many different avenues, medical missions... that’s environmental health,” Brooks said. The department of physics has widened its scope by creating new astronomy and astrophysics majors. “We kept getting more and more interest in astronomy and astrophysics,” said Dr. Truell Hyde, vice provost for research and professor of physics.

Ryan Brinson | Round Up Editor Rowlett junior Matt Tolbert and Huntsville sophomore Josh Gonzales began their own theater company, Greyman Theatre Co., and will open their first show, “Dani Girl,” this August.

tee audience members,” Tolbert said. “We chose this first show on basis of what kind of audience we’re trying to attract. Waco is so conservative as far as the limited amount of theater that comes through and they don’t see a lot

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The astrophysics major evolved from growing attraction to the classes already being offered Hyde said. “We’ve always had a lot of interest in the research of CASPER. Coursework to go along with it is always a good thing,” Hyde said. CASPER stands for the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics & Engineering Research. Hyde predicts an increase in students enrolled in a major in the physics department. “We’ll have a lot of people that are interested because for a long time people have been asking about it,” Hyde said.

of new works like this.” “Dani Girl” will be presented in Theatre 11 of Hooper Schaeffer Fine Arts Building August 12-15. For more information, look for the Greyman Theatre Group on Facebook. McClatchy-Tribune

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The Baylor Bears huddle before warming up for their Elite Eight match-up against the No. 1-seed Duke Blue Devils during the NCAA tournament at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

Dallas sophomore Courtney Janick and Houston sophomore Tristan Hammer (not pictured) start an impromptu snow fight on Feb. 11, the first snow day of the year, outside Moody Memorial Library.

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Members of the Baylor football team gear up for a game on their home turf at Floyd Casey Stadium while members of the Baylor Line cheer them on. The Bears will play their first game of the 2010-2011 season on Sept. 4 in Waco.

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The Baylor Sciences Building was evacuated for more than two hours on Oct. 13 after a hazardous chemical spill occurred in a second-floor chemistry lab. No injuries occurred.

Baylor alum Jay Battles holds his son, Burnie, during the 2009 homecoming parade. Jay was a Baylor Yell Leader as was his dad, Burnie Battles Sr., a Baylor professor for 46 years before his death in June 2009.

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10 THE BAYLOR LARIAT NEWS On the hunt: Students weigh textbook options Summer 2010

BY BRENT SALTER R EPORTER Life is full of choices, especially at the beginning of a semester when students have to decide where to live, which classes to take, which professors are best and how to structure their schedules. One such decision is choosing among places to purchase textbooks, such as the Baylor Bookstore, the UBS bookstores, rental programs or Internet sites. While these options may provide the same product, the wellinformed student knows there are pros and cons to each. Though it could be mistaken as a Baylor affiliate, store director William “Billy” Nors is quick to point out that the Baylor Bookstore at 1201 S. Fifth St. is an independent business. “The store was established in 1986 by Follett Higher Education Group, a company that has 135 years of experience in the bookselling industry and over 900 locations, making it the largest bookstore provider to universities in the U.S.,” Nors said.

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Big 12 by the coaches. But with the blessing of transfer Ekpe Udoh and the astute leadership of players like Tweety Carter and LaceDarius Dunn, the Bears glided through the Big 12, the highest-rated RPI conference. “The coaches didn’t even think this team would make the Elite Eight in the Big 12,” athletic director Ian McCaw said of the Bears, who finished tied for second in the conference standings. “(The team) used this as motivation and as always, took it with a positive attitude, and I just want to congratulate Coach Drew on the great coaching job they’ve done this year.” Two seniors, Carter and Josh Lomers, said their final farewells to the team after playing for four years for Drew. The two constituted the most winning class in Baylor history and both have been looking to play professionally since graduation in May.

The bookstore not only strives to serve students by helping them find the right textbooks, but the business also donates a percentage of its sales to benefit the university and has a $2,000 annual need-based scholarship awarded through Baylor’s financial aid office. Many students said they were upset by the long lines that fill the store at either end of the semester. Nors said this is not exclusive to his bookstore. “I’ve been in this industry for over a decade, and the first days of class are always bad,” Nors said. “I came from a university with 35,000 students. Sometimes there would be 500 kids waiting outside in the summer heat to get into the campus bookstore.” Nors said the lines in his store are similar to those found at Baylor’s Cashier’s Office, the financial aid and parking services at the beginnings and ends of semesters. “The first day of class is pretty much like going shopping on the day after Thanksgiving or making returns on the day after Christmas,” Nors said. “There

However, their impact on the program will never be forgotten. Baylor only won four games during the duo’s freshman year, and the two used determined attitudes to reverse Baylor’s basketball fortunes. “When I first got here, we only won four conference games, and I kind of wondered what I had gotten myself into,” Carter said. “Through all those years, we continued to push ourselves and got better.” As well as losing Lomers, the Bears’ frontcourt will suffer from the departure of Udoh. Udoh, the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, declared for the NBA Draft and has been projected as a lottery pick in the first round. Udoh set the Big 12 record for shots blocked in a season with 133 and helped transition the Bears to a defensiveoriented team. While Baylor loses three of its starters, LaceDarius Dunn will return for his senior year. Dunn

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are going to be long lines.” The average wait during times of heavy business is 10 to 15 minutes, but Nors said students can avoid lengthy lines by coming early in the morning or late in the afternoon and by taking advantage of extended business hours during the first weeks of the semester. Two alternatives to the Baylor Bookstore are the UBS bookstore at 500 Bagby Ave. and the UBS Bookstore and Spirit Shop at 1205 S. Eighth St. Matt Marquez, a sales representative at the Babgy Avenue location, said UBS differs from its competitors because of the stores’ dedication to the customer. “Our prices are better and our staff is very friendly,” Marquez said. “We will even match the prices of the campus bookstore.” The store adds a touch of excitement to the shopping experience at the beginning of semesters by having a prize wheel that customers can spin after making a purchase of $150 or more. “We give away prizes like candy, $10 and $50 iTunes gift cards and Snuggies,” Marquez said. is also likely to break the Baylor and Big 12 scoring record next season and could wind up as a preseason All-American after a successful NCAA tournament performance. The sharpshooter contributed 19.6 points per game and will be relied on even more heavily for the Bears this season. However, Dunn doesn’t feel like he will have to shoulder all of the responsibility with the continued development of players like sophomore Quincy Acy and freshmen A.J. Walton and Nolan Dennis. Furthermore, the Bears will welcome the highest-ranked recruit in school history when Perry Jones comes on campus this summer. The 6-foot-11 forward was ranked No. 7 on ESPN’s top 100 recruit list. “With the newcomers, I feel great about them, and also the players we have coming back. I don’t think we’ll have any (dropoff),” Dunn said.

“We even gave away five iPhones over the course of five days last semester.” These three bookstores are convenient for students, but some students said they are more concerned about price than they are about convenience when shopping for textbooks. “Price was definitely most important to me,” said Emily Tichenor, a freshman from DeLand, Fla. “Saving even $5 on each book adds up when you need 10 or more books.” Bulverde sophomore Jessica Silva said she chose an alternative source for her textbooks this semester. “I bought most of my books on Chegg.com,” Silva said. “You rent them and send them back at the end of the semester. Some books are just ridiculous to buy and then sell back for not even half their price.” According to their website, Chegg is the No. 1 provider of rental textbooks, having saved students more than $175.6 million off list prices of new textbooks since the company’s launch in 2007.

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Saturday morning will include a special parent-faculty event. “Parents have the unique opportunity to chat with their students’ professors at an early morning coffee where we serve coffee, juice and breakfast pastries,” said Dr. Betsy Willis, a faculty sponsor for Chamber. Students will also be able to eat a barbecue lunch with their family on Baylor’s campus during Dinner on the Grounds. “The entire Baylor family comes together and eats a meal under the Texas sky in front of Pat Neff,” Haddad said. The final event of the weekend will be a football game at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears will be playing the University at Buffalo‘s Bulls this year. Chamber members encourage parents and family members to visit during Parents Weekend because of activities Baylor specifically caters to families.

Camden, Ark., freshman Aundrea Payne also used Chegg for her textbooks. “If I would have purchased my books from the bookstore they would have been $996, but I rented them for $195,” Payne said. Renting textbooks online is still a new idea to some students, but students can also rent their books through programs at the UBS bookstores and, beginning this fall, at the Baylor Bookstore. Another service for students who would like to buy textbooks for low prices while supporting fellow Baylor students is BUBooks.com. The website allows students to list their textbooks online without any fee and gives them the ability to sell directly to other students while eliminating the often costly middleman. An additional resource for students who are looking for the best price when textbook shopping is isbns.net, a website that searches 60,000 booksellers including Amazon.com, Half.com, Abebooks.com, Chegg.com and Alibris.com. After the search, a list of the best prices for the de“There are special events planned that you won’t be able to experience any other time during the school year,” Todd said. “It will be really nice to return back to campus.” Parents Weekend also offers students and their guests a different view of campus. “This is a weekend for [students] and their families to see Baylor in a different way and a new way,” Haddad said. “You’re here with people from all over the country and world. If you come on another weekend, although still great, that experience is not there.” Parents Weekend offers the benefit of meeting fellow parents, professors and administrators Willis said. “We invite the entire family, — whoever wants to come — we invite them to come experience what Baylor is and what Baylor represents,” Haddad said.

sired book is made. Faben Cruz, a sophomore from the Philippines, used isbns. com for the first time this semester to find a better price for a science textbook he needed. “At first, I decided to just get a used [Organic Chemistry] textbook from UBS which cost $178.61,” Cruz said. “I was advised to check out ISBNS.net and found that the same textbook was about $17. I was quite surprised.” Though the lower priced book was an international version of the textbook Cruz saw at the UBS Bookstore, he said it worked well for his needs. The website will even show the shipping costs to students’ location beforehand, so they can make an informed decision on which book would be the best buy. As many students have found, sometimes choosing the right place to buy a book is as difficult as trying to find the book in the store itself, but with some guiding help from people who have experience, textbook searching is made easier.

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Callaway talks first-year teaching experiences

BY SHEA GREEN R EPORTER

This spring the familiar sense of the school year coming to a close is in the air, but first-year faculty member Curtis Callaway reflects upon his experience teaching photography in the journalism department. After a career in photography that produced photos and video from everything from underwater photos with French explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau to photos of a live Nine Inch Nails concert, Callaway tested the teaching waters at McLennan Community College. He then heeded his wife’s encouragement to teach on the university level and began the process to join the Baylor family for the 2009-2010 academic year. “They called me on Wednesday, interviewed me on Friday and asked if I could start on Monday,” Callaway said. “I wanted to work at Baylor. I really did. It was a goal, but I had no idea it would come that fast.” Callaway wasted no time. He jumped right into teaching the

curriculum he had developed for the continuing education courses in basic digital photography that he previously instructed at MCC. He found his teaching niche in educating his students about photography beyond the classroom and encouraging them to explore the world around them. “It’s real-world experience,” Callaway said. “I can sit here and lecture you all day and teach you things, but you need to get out there and do it.” It’s this passion for his students to experience the excitement of capturing a story in their photographs that has them singing Callaway’s praises. “He’s a wonderful professor with a big heart,” said Nincy Mathew, a junior journalism major from Garland. “It’s obvious his passion is photography, and there’s so much to learn from him.” Callaway’s curriculum and teaching style catered to all of his students, whether they were seasoned photographers or inexperienced shutterbugs who had never adjusted an aperture, let alone heard of one.

Jed Dean | Photo Editor Curtis Callaway has joined the journalism department, bringing a vast range of photography and film skills, including underwater photography with Jean-Michel Cousteau.

“He makes everyone, journalist or not, capable of capturing a great shot,” Mathew said. Teaching has been a learning experience for Callaway, and he admits that he has actually learned several things from the students that fill his classroom each day.

One of Callaway’s greatest lessons came from teaching a physically restricted student this semester, after the young man had approached him in the fall inquiring about his desire to take photographs despite his limitations. Callaway was moved by the

student’s drive and agreed to help find the appropriate accommodations that would make the request possible, quickly recruiting help from other departments around campus to develop a unique device to compensate for the student’s physical restrictions.

The outpouring of assistance, along with the student’s success in the course, have taught Callaway more than he expected to learn during his first year at the university. “It amazed me about Baylor,” he said. “How quick everyone is to jump in and help. It is not whether or not it can be done, but how to get it done. There are no limits here at Baylor.” Callaway hopes to continue to utilize the resources the university has to offer and expand the photography program to include a new video curriculum, echoing his belief that photojournalism can benefit additional areas of study, like the environmental sciences. With his first year of teaching at the university level under his belt, Callaway is pleased with his experience and the role of teacher that he has come to embrace. “I enjoy teaching,” Callaway said. “I enjoy the entire process, from teaching students how the camera works to their first pictures and putting it all together. I love the excitement that we all get when it all comes together.”

When trying to focus, many find solitude in campus’ quiet places

BY RACHEL ROACH R EPORTER

First you try to study in your room, but realize that watching “Dancing With the Stars” and chatting on Facebook aren’t helping. You go to the library to study with your friends, and that turns out to be a complete social hour, resulting in a failure to study. Everywhere you go there are people, noise and distractions. How can you escape? A division of Student Life put together a reference guide to raise awareness about the spaces on campus available for meditation and reflection, according to Christopher Mack, coordinator for off-campus ministries. Mack said that the tour, titled “Sacred Spaces Quiet Places,” was compiled roughly three years ago by the previous Spiri-

tual formation work team. Mack had a role in the recent revision of the brochure as the facilitator for the work team. He said the goal of project was “to make sure people know we have spaces, where are they, and highlight them.” The revision included an addition of two new locations, as well as modification to the quotations in the brochure to better reflect Baylor’s diverse Christian community. “Sacred Spaces Quiet Places” is more than just a list of mappedout locations on Baylor’s campus. Mack said it is a facilitator for meditation and reflection and “was not intended to be a timed tour, but was meant to be enjoyed.” It is a strategically compiled list intended to benefit the par-

ticipant. There are 12 places suggested on Baylor’s campus that range from a library to outdoor gardens. The brochure features Truett Seminary, Hulme Family Prayer Garden and Whitley Fountain, Milton T. Gregory Memorial Garden, Erica Cummings Memorial Prayer Garden, Robbins Chapel, Student Memorial Fountain, Wilson-Jones Memorial Garden, Bobo Spiritual Life Center Chapel, Miller Chapel, Mary McCall Chapel, Memorial Chapel and the Armstrong Browning Library. While this activity requires time away from homework or other required activities, organizations on campus have actually taken advantage of its design. Last semester, the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core’s examined life professors required their stu-

dents to complete a number of different activities for a spiritual dimension project. One of the choices, as assigned by BIC coordinator Dr. Melanie Nogalski, was to take part in the “Sacred Spaces Quiet Places” activity. According to Dr. Nogalski, the focus of the assignment was to help students not only find God in their own way but to begin formulating spiritual practices through raising awareness of the spaces on campus. Nogalski made this an option to “attempt to help students take the time to enjoy the silence and use it for reflection, a break from studying, or as a spiritually energizing experience.” When Houston freshman and BIC student Tony Morrow chose to do the cross-campus pilgrimage for his spiritual dimension

project and found the serenity of places to be “very calming and allowed for contemplation without interruption.” In one of the featured places, the Armstrong Browning Library, there is the option to read about the poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the inspirational verses along the windows. Lake Charles, La., freshman BIC student, Joe Guillory said he and his friend “went around to all that stations and read the thought-provoking Bible quotations, then reflected through discussion.” “It was a great opportunity to appreciate the reflective places that Baylor’s campus has to offer,” Guillory said. “The best part of my little pilgrimage was that I felt that it was just me and God in our special spot in time. I often visit some of the spots, es-

pecially the [Robbins Chapel in Brooks College], to reflect on how I felt the last time I was there and also to remember the prayers I prayed.” The BIC assignment proved to be beneficial not only from these two students’ standards, but from other students as well. BIC San Marcos freshman Kelsey Henry said that she liked the stained glass in Memorial Chapel. “The assignment told us to think about the imagery, and when I really did I was surprised by how beautiful it was,” Henry said. “Even thinking about those images put me in a mood of worship.” For more information about “Sacred Spaces Quiet Places,” go to the Student Life Office in the SLC to pick up a brochure, or visit the Bobo Spiritual Life Center for additional resources.


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Coach Kim Mulkey and the Lady Bears officially wrapped their 2009-2010 season, reminiscing over good times and bad at the team’s annual appreciation banquet on April 15. The Lady Bears overcame a crippling injury and youthful inexperience to reach the program’s second Final Four in six years. There they lost to arguably the greatest women’s basketball team of all time in the 78 consecutive game-winning Connecticut Huskies. Mulkey used her time at the lectern to describe how her team began with several goals in mind and fought for each win of its 27-10 campaign. All team members received a notebook at the beginning of the season titled “Excuses or Expectations?” There was a picture of Texas and a line connecting Waco to San Antonio, site of the Women’s Final Four. Despite the fact that realistically, a NCAA regional championship was not one of Mulkey’s expectations, she felt that hinting at such an accomplishment would not hurt her players. “You know subliminal messaging? I just wanted (the players) to know how close and convenient it would be for you all to get there,” Mulkey said to the crowd that filled tables spread across the entire Ferrell Center floor. Five freshmen made Mulkey’s job particularly difficult, and an injury to junior guard Melissa Jones forced the team to need even more from its youth for a chance to make the tournament. “Never underestimate,” Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said as part of three lessons he learned from the season. “Think

back to the middle of February, when we were 4-6 in the Big 12, and making the tournament was a question.” At No. 10 on the team rule list created by Mulkey before the season, the words patience, positive and opportunity indicated how much work the team needed to begin turning its raw physical ability into more victories. Players like 6-foot-8 freshman phenom Brittney Griner had to allow themselves to be coached

“[Mulkey] has a gift of making everyone she meets on and off the court better.” Leon Barmore Assistant Coach

for the first time in their careers, which led to the team peaking at the right time. After Mulkey described the incredible feeling of making a Final Four, comparing it to other great life moments such as getting married and having children, she shifted the focus to the Lady Bears’ senior class. Each year the banquet makes a concentrated effort to focus on graduating players, and this year Morghan Medlock was the team’s lone senior. “I’m not sure I can explain what Morghan Medlock has been through, because nobody in this room has had to go through that,” Mulkey said. Last season Medlock played a game at Oregon one day after her mother was found dead at an Arkansas home. Later Medlock courageous-

ly walked through the not yet cleaned crime scene, talking to police and reading the suicide note from the man who killed Medlock’s mother then himself. And driving back to the airport with Mulkey afterward, Medlock told her head coach they had to go back to the scene to collect her mother’s belongings. At that moment, Mulkey realized, “(Morghan) can handle it. (Baylor) is where she was meant to be.” This season Medlock struggled at the beginning of conference play, going 8 of 35 from the field in her first six conference games. She asked Mulkey for help and received three tips: let the game come to her, increase her rebounding effort, and know that the slump would pass. Medlock recorded four more double-digit rebounding games, which led to two consecutive double-doubles against Georgetown and Tennessee in the tournament. “You got me to respond when the world couldn’t, and you loved me when I thought the world didn’t. You figured out how to pull out the best in girls and turn them into women,” a choked-up Medlock said during the banquet. The coaching staff also handed out awards. Melissa Jones got the Lady Bear award for outstanding character. “She has a gift of making everyone she meets on and off the court better,” assistant coach Leon Barmore said. Griner won both the rebound award and the team Most Valuable Player honor. Griner, named the most valuable player of the Memphis Regional, averaged 18.4 points per game and set an NCAA single season record with 223 blocks.


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Club hockey: students’ skills don’t freeze over

Bears leave season with 9-5 record, look for more players BY JOE BYRNES R EPORTER

For Sugar Land freshman Kevin Engelking, hockey has been a way of life since he was 4 years old and a game he wanted to continue in college. Engelking plays center on the Baylor Club Hockey team and helped propel it to an overall winning season, with the Bears skating off the ice with a 9-5 record. While it is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about club sports at Baylor, it is the club of choice for players like Engelking who share a love for the ice. “Just the thrill of scoring…every time it’s the same adrenaline rush; it never gets old,” Engelking said. “It’s so fast-passed when you’re out and it’s just so different,” said Kerrville junior Brian Rolater, the club president. “It’s more of a challenge and I enjoy that.” The team competes in the Western Region at the Division II level of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. The association governs all non-varsity competitive college ice hockey programs in the U.S., playing under NCAA rules. Baylor plays against other teams in Texas, such as Texas A&M, University of Texas, University of North Texas and Southern Methodist University. “We haven’t won everything… but we are winning more than losing, so we finished with a winning season,” said Jimmy Summers, the team’s head coach and faculty adviser. Much of that winning season is thanks to Engelking, a mechanical engineering major. Even as a freshman, he is the team’s lead scorer, making about half of its goals this season. Engelking started playing roller hockey when he was 4 years old, living in Phoenix and

continued playing hockey when his family moved to Houston when he was 5. “There was an ice rink right next to my house and there was no roller rink around so I just learned ice hockey instead. Ever since then I just loved playing it,” said Engelking. When he was 7, Engelking started playing in a competitive league and eventually played on elite-level club teams that traveled around the country for tournaments as well as on his high school team. When he was 16 he played with team Canada in a world cup tournament in Europe against other international teams. He was also captain of his club team since seventh grade and captained his high school team starting sophomore year. Engelking is a prime example of what the Baylor Club Hockey team has to offer. “[The players] want to continue playing hockey at a high level in college. They want to play for the school and represent the school at the same time as getting a good education,” Summers said. “We try to give them the highest collegiate level that we can manage.” Summers is one of the main reasons that Baylor even has a club program. Initially becoming involved with the team back in 1997, he was the program’s first head coach in 1998, the team’s inaugural year. After leaving Baylor for a couple of years, he returned back in 2008 to again be the faculty adviser and head coach of the club hockey team. “He’s more dedicated to the team probably than anybody who I know and he’s actually looking for us to do a lot of stuff and it’s awesome,” said Engelking. The team faces several challenges that do not plague their competitors. Notably is the lack of a ice rink in or around Waco. The team is forced to travel about two hours to College Station, Dallas or Austin in order to get on the ice. On practice days, players have

to dedicate about 7 to 8 hours to travel and time on the ice. On game days they have to set aside around 10 or more hours. “Our players know that pretty much that for that night or for that day, it is for hockey and you’re not going to be able to do much anything else,” said Rolater. Rolater cites the distance and time it takes to get to practices and games as one of the reasons the team is relatively small. The team is often forced to play with a shortened bench, with only some nine to 11 guys showing up to play games, compared to other schools that field about 20 players. “We’ve done more with less than the other teams we compete against,” said Rolater. The distance also makes it hard to get fans to come out to games and reduces the program’s overall exposure. However, the program was not obscure enough to keep longtime players like Engelking from learning about it. Playing at such an elite level through high school with the definite potential to get a Division I NCAA hockey scholarship, Engelking opted not to pursue that route. He says part of the process to being considered for an NCAA scholarship is playing in a special junior league for one year in and out of high school. Having to make a decision his junior year what he was going to do, he decided not to risk possibly either not getting a scholarship and being out of high school a year or getting a scholarship to a less academically challenging institution. “[The decision] was pretty tough too; it was tough to make it that early because you’re like ‘I want to do it and then I don’t know.’ I ended up just wanting to go to college, have fun and have more of a college life than worrying about a NCAA sport,” Engelking said. Looking for schools with an engineering program, as well as a hockey program, he decided Baylor was the place for him, with a

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Daniel Kim, with Jonathan Von Spreecken in the background, are two of the players on the Baylor Club Hockey team. The team ended their season with a 9-5 record.

smaller campus and a more oneon-one atmosphere with professors. “When I came up here for my campus visit, that’s when I was like ‘I’m going to Baylor.’ I just loved it; campus is awesome,” Engelking said. “He’s a phenomenal player. … If we can get more guys like Kevin, we’re going to be an awesome team,” Rolater said. “He’s a great skater. He’s definitely our top offensive man, definitely got talent. You can always count on him to get you a couple goals,” said Sachsy sophomore Jordan Graham, one of team’s goaltenders. This past season was also Graham’s first with the Bears. He started playing hockey in the fourth grade, following the Dallas Star’s Stanley Cup win. He played on travel teams and with his school in the years following. The team has a variety of skill ranges. Some players, like Engel-

king and Rolater, have been playing since they were 4 or 5. Others have just have started in the last couple of years. “We have some really good players. Very high skilled and very capable,” Summers said. Rolater started playing for Baylor his freshman year, entering with the intention of joining. He had played hockey when he was younger and played in high school when he lived in Colorado. “He’s an awesome guy. … He’s easily one of our biggest hitters sends kids flying half the game,” said Engelking. Next season is looking good for the Bears. Though the team will see the departure of a couple of seniors, they already have interest from several incoming freshmen, some of whom played competitively with Engelking. “I’m really looking forward to next season. We’ve got a pretty good schedule coming up for us,”

said Engelking, who was elected the team vice president. “We’re only going to get better.” While they could not make it to the playoffs this season, a bigger schedule next season will put Baylor in a better position to get ranked. Young players like Engelking and Graham represent the future of the team and maintain promise of a vibrant program for the next several years. Rolater says that playing hockey for Baylor is a unique experience and that the team is a close group. “Everyone knows everyone. … We’ve just known each other so well,” said Rolater, “our team is more so family than anything else.” The team is always looking for players and anyone interested is encouraged to contact head coach Jimmy Summers or go to the Hockey team’s website: www.baylorhockey.com.


14 THE BAYLOR LARIAT NEWS ‘Blind Side’ director talks Oscar nominations Summer 2010

BY JAMES BYERS R EPORTER

John Lee Hancock, Baylor alumnus, writer and director of “The Blind Side,” was so excited about the Oscar nominations that he slept through them. One can hardly blame him for missing the Feb. 2 announcement, considering it was at 5:30 a.m. As expected, star Sandra Bullock was nominated for Best Actress. Perhaps more surprisingly, “The Blind Side” was one of 10 Best Picture nominees. “Even though I was fully expecting Sandra to be nominated, I wasn’t expecting the film to be nominated for Best Picture,” Hancock said. “I figured that if it happened, somebody would call me. Sure enough, the phone rang and I was awakened from a deep sleep.” “The Blind Side” was the first film Hancock directed since “The Alamo” in 2004. Based on Michael Lewis’ 2006 bestselling book, the movie tells the true story of Michael Oher, a football prodigy who was adopted off the streets by a Memphis family and now plays for the Baltimore Ravens. “The Blind Side” was the surprise hit of the holiday season, grossing more than $240 million since its Nov. 20 release.

Hancock, who also directed “The Rookie” in 2002, was initially skeptical about directing another sports film. “I swore that I wouldn’t do another sports movie, but when the book came across my desk and I read it, I thought that it was less a sports movie and more an unconventional mother-son story,” he said. Bullock was cast as Leigh Anne Tuohy, the strong-willed adoptive mother of Oher. Her powerful portrayal of Tuohy surprised critics and earned her the first Oscar nomination and win of her career. Hancock said he could sense during filming that Bullock’s performance was special. “I thought she was knocking it out of the park,” he said. “I was hopeful that people would understand what a high-wire act the performance was. It wasn’t something that she’d done before.” If “The Blind Side” is Bullock’s best performance of her career, it’s also Hancock’s most successful film to date. Hancock comes from a talented football family, perhaps preparing him for “The Blind Side.” His father, John, and younger brother Kevin both played football for Baylor. As a student, Hancock’s writing was published in

“The Phoenix,” Baylor’s studentrun magazine. He graduated in 1979 with an English degree and earned a law degree from Baylor three years later. He spent four years in Houston practicing law before giving it up to pursue his dream of writing and directing movies. “I decided that I was going to give Hollywood a shot, so I packed up and moved west,” he said. “I loved movies and plays, and I thought I should just go ahead and do it.” In 1993 he wrote the script for the Clint Eastwood-directed “A Perfect World” and would later work with Eastwood again for “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Hancock said he was honored that both the public and the Academy have responded to the “The Blind Side.” “I always thought the movie would be well-received generally, but you never know what the box office will be,” he said. “It’s made a lot more money than I ever thought it could.” Chris Hansen, director of film and digital media, a division of the communication studies department, said he enjoyed ‘The Blind Side,” which shocked people who wouldn’t expect the film to cater to the tastes of a film

professor. “One of the reasons it works is that it’s very sincere,” Hansen said. “Knowing Mr. Hancock’s background, I can say with relative certainty that he’s approaching the material as someone who actually believes what he’s putting on the screen.” Brian Elliott, senior lecturer of film and digital media, said the success of an alumnus such as Hancock reflects well on the department. At Winter Premiere, Elliott showed prospective students a New York Times article about Hancock and the film. “It absolutely raises our profile,” said Elliott. “People who have come out of Baylor are doing some good things.” As for the Best Picture nod, Hancock admits that “The Blind Side” benefitted from the Academy’s decision to expand the field from five movies to 10, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t savoring the experience. “There are movies that probably wouldn’t have made it into the top five, such as ‘District 9’ and ‘The Blind Side,’ that are a part of it now,” he said. “But I think it’s a really good snapshot of last year’s films. It’s not as if ‘Transformers 2’ made it in.”

Pigskin Revue 2010 will feature first-place Sing winner Kappa Omega Tau, performing “The Toys are Back in Town,” which features members dressed as green plastic soldiers, Raggedy Andy dolls and cowboys complete with pull-strings coming to life (think Broadway meets “Toy Story.”) Bille Bruley, Sing chair of the second-place act, Phi Kappa Chi’s “Good ‘ol Rocky Top” as a day in the life of a mountain man, discovering that even though we don’t have much, we still are blessed. Sing Alliance’s act, “A News Sensation,” which earned third

place this February, features a newspaper, complete with dancing, singing comic strip characters. Also performing in 2010 Pigskin Revue will be Alpha Tau Omega’s swashbuckling adventure “A Pirate’s Life for Me,” Chi Omega in the ultimate bath time fun act “Splish Splash,” Delta Delta Delta’s undersea extravaganza “C’mon and Swim,” Kappa Alpha Theta’s lesson in love “Ring by Spring” act and Kappa Kappa Gamma’s jewelry-themed act “Hey Big Spender.” Some of these groups have a history of qualifying for Pigskin, like Alpha Tau Omega, whose

sing chair Arturo Rodriguez said, “We were chartered six years ago and have made pigskin every year.” However, other groups may go years without participating in Pigskin. “Yes, Kappa typically makes Pigskin, but it’s not something we take for granted,” Kappa Kappa Gamma sing chair Rachel Badders said. “I know there was a time about 10 years ago when we didn’t make it for a few years.” Kappa Alpha Theta sing chair Emily Stone said the sorority had not qualified since 2005. “Prior to 2005 our group had a strong history of qualifying for

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Baylor alumnus and director John Lee Hancock’s movie, “The Blind Side,” was nominated for Best Picture in the 2010 Oscars. Hancock graduated from Baylor in 1979 and from Baylor Law School in 1982.

Sing’s big acts are heading to Homecoming Pigskin 2010

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Sequins, lights and high-energy dancing go hand in hand with the football, fans and school spirit when it comes to Baylor homecoming festivities. Each year, the top eight acts from the spring production of All-University Sing perform on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights of Homecoming weekend in Pigskin Revue. Groups began preparing this year’s Sing acts as much as a full year in advance, and all of that hard work paid off for this year’s Pigskin acts.

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Pigskin, which is a tradition we hope to have started up again,” Stone said. Whether they are Pigskin regulars or not, the Sing chairs said they have much to do in preparation for the revue this fall, from filling in spots left by graduating seniors to polishing the act and keeping morale high. “We will definitely have a hard time keeping everyone excited and motivated about an act that they have already practiced every night for two months,” said Chi Omega sing chair Kelsey Parsons. However, since Pigskin Revue, unlike All-University Sing,

is not judged, the chairs said that practices are not as long or as intense as they were in the spring and the performances are less stressful. “Pigskin is much more relaxed. It doesn’t involve all the jittery nerves, anxiety and overall emotional rollercoaster that Sing brings,” Badders said. “We put in a lot of work to put on a good show, but it is not as intensive as the spring because most everyone just needs a refresher,” Parsons said. Pigskin 2010 will be in Waco Hall, and tickets will be available for purchase in the fall.


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academic careers and they also looked at nontraditional candidates who were in strictly nonacademic fields, such as business and politics. “Judge Starr actually bridged both of those,” Stone said. “Here is someone who had a terrific high profile, highly credentialed private sector career as an attorney and public servant, who also had a more recent, very successful career in the academy.” Tom Phillips, a member of the adviser committee for the presidential search and a retired Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, said he had heard of Starr for more than 30 years. He said Starr started as a clerk for the Supreme Court before working for the Justice Department and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C., Court, the second most important court in the nation. Phillips said he has known Starr for approximately 20 years and said his career in academics was as impressive as his career in the private sector. “I thought he has done a marvelous job as dean of Pepperdine and very much raised that school’s profile,” Phillips said. Stone said Phillips was the energy behind Starr’s election, as he was the first person to encourage Starr to inquire about the position. Phillips said he approached Starr because he thought he would fit in well with Baylor’s mission. “I thought his intellect, his personality and his experience would make him an ideal decision maker for the Baylor campus, an ideal leader for a better way to say it,” Phillips said.

Baptist doctrine part of Starr’s foundation Stone said a Baptist affiliation was an important consideration in the hiring process. “It is important because of the Baptist identity of Baylor; it is who we are,” Stone said. Phillips said he thought Starr would be a good applicant when the presidential office first opened, but said he did not think of Starr as a possible candidate because he did not think Starr

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Phillips said Starr’s thorough understanding of Baptist doctrine will enable him to lead Baylor through disputes. “[Starr is a] leader who could bring all the various factions together,” Phillips said. “And bring them together enthusiastically.”

Starr’s Vision for Baylor 2012 Although Starr he was excited to take over his duties as president and that he needs to adjust to the Baylor rhythm. “I plan to listen and learn before I start suggesting directions,” Starr said. “We are of course in the latter phase of 2012, a very ambitious and bold plan. I applaud that plan. It is now time for us to be thinking, prayerfully and strategically, about what the next step is.” Starr said he plans to follow through with Baylor’s Baptist mission and Baylor 2012. “I applaud [Baylor 2012]. It is very bold,” Starr said. “I believe it to be a noble vision of Baylor remaining true to caring deeply about undergraduate education and yet moving to a level of maturity as a research university, and to be a leading research university with a goal of excellence in all things, including athletics.” Starr said once he has a solid understanding of where Baylor stands in the completion of the Baylor 2012, there might be additional work. Starr talked about Imperative 12, with its goal of achieving a $2 billion endowment, as an example of perhaps needing more work. The progress summary for Imperative 12 says the endowment is behind the projection line. It stands at $1.06 billion, according to the latest figure reported on Baylor’s 2012 website. He said Baylor needs to move forward to bring this goal and others to their fullest completion. “The membership in the Big 12 Conference is just an extraordinary achievement and that is again part of this bold vision,” Starr said. “We want to achieve excellence in all aspects of university life.” Starr said striving for excellence will not end when Baylor

2012 is complete. “But then what is the next chapter in Baylor’s unfolding story? And that is a conversation,” Starr said. “It is a university-wide conversation.” Starr’s desire to fulfill the Baylor 2012 vision aligns with his desire to be involved in the lives of students and faculty and staff.

a voice in the decision to select Judge Starr for the presidency,” Myers said. “I was pleased by the fact that he has a call to the academy inspite of numerous other vocational options available to him.” In addition, Starr plans to be open to the Baylor alumni and Waco community.

Engaging with students, faculty and staff

Starr’s plan to reach out to alumni and the Waco community

Starr said one of his favorite aspects of academia is teaching, mentoring and being involved with students. He does not plan for this to change as president. “I have an open door policy,” Starr said. “That is, I see any student who wants to see me. I ask them to make an appointment... to sit down with them and to hear about their aspirations and dreams. And to perhaps share a little bit of insight, hopefully, drawn from decades of experience. ...That is a very gratifying part of being in higher education.” Starr said he plans to learn and take part in the current traditions to get to know students, such as Dr Pepper Hour and freshmen move-in. “I think it is great when the president of the university and other servant leaders help when the freshmen are moving,” Starr said. “I have got a bad back, but I should do the best I can. Put on a T-shirt and get out and help a little.” He also mentioned creating new traditions. “Perhaps even add a new avenue for engagement with the students, sort of just a sense of connectedness between a particular servant leader and the entire student body,” Starr said. Starr said the president’s house should not be viewed just as a residence, but also as a resource for the faculty, staff and students. He said the president’s house will be open and welcoming to the Baylor community. Dr. Dennis Myers, chair of Faculty Senate, said the faculty needs the opportunity to learn more about his call and commitment to Baylor. “I was pleased that the Faculty Senate representatives had

Starr said he plans to work on what the university can do to build and reconnect with Baylor graduates. “I think the challenge for any university, including Baylor, is to build a sense of community and to restore that sense of community that the alumni had when they were on campus,” Starr said. “That’s a challenge and that is one of the areas that I plan to make a very high priority.” To do this, he said he will focus on ensuring the various alumni chapters are energetic and active. “The president should, to the fullest extent that energy and time permit, be present, help build the alumni chapters wherever they may be, and that means globally,” Starr said. Starr said he was especially excited about the Baylor Global Network. “I love the idea of the Baylor Network and the idea of connecting people who may be living, as the Baylor Magazine recently featured, all over Germany but coming together through the Baylor Network to go across generation lines, brought together by their love of Baylor and their experience at Baylor,” Starr said. Starr also plans to be involved in the Waco community because of Baylor’s interdependence with the Waco community and the Central Texas area. “I want to be very engaged with civic and business leaders, and obviously church leaders in the community,” Starr said. “And I have always been engaged in the community and want to continue that and deepen that in Waco.” He said being involved in the community is a very important role that, as the president of Baylor, he will be very involved in.

of Baylor’s Chamber of Commerce for two years. One special aspect of this year’s homecoming: it will be President-elect Ken Starr’s first homecoming. “We are excited about planning what will be Judge Starr’s first homecoming experience and look forward to acquainting him with one of Baylor’s oldest traditions,” Carrell said. Homecoming brings people together. Some meet for the first time in years; others – like Starr – meet for the first time ever. Established in 1909 by three professors who invited their past students to return to campus to “renew former associations and friendships, and catch the Baylor spirit again,” homecoming has always been a time for people to reconnect with their old friends and to revisit memories of years past. Barbara Elliott, an elementary music instructor in New Braunfels, especially appreciates this aspect of homecoming. “As I started college at Baylor, the [homecoming parade] began to be a gathering place for friends, and current boyfriends, to watch the parade,” Elliott said. “Now that I have been out of Baylor for a while, the parade and our breakfast seem like a family reunion and class reunion in one.” With 150 entries in 2009, includin floats, special entries, bands and dignitaries, Baylor’s parade is the nation’s largest collegiate homecoming parade and one of the most popular events of homecoming weekend. The parade takes place in the early morning and travels along Waco’s downtown streets lined with spectators before arriving at its home on campus where countless students watch from various places. “The perfect place to sit is on the steps of the SUB. You can see the entire parade and you don’t have to worry about people standing up in front of you,” freshman Kasi Kirksey said. “But be sure to bring blankets because it’s cold.” Baylor’s 2010 Homecoming is Oct. 21 to 23. More information can be found at www.baylor.edu/homecoming.

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2010-2011 august 30-31

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