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BREAK A LEG! Kappa Omega Tau performs in “Bein’ Green” (above), Chi Omega performs in “Ice Ice Baby” (bottom left) and Alpha Delta Pi performs in “Swan’s Shadow” at Wednesday’s All-University Sing dress rehearsal in Waco Hall. Seventeen groups are participating in Sing, with five more shows at 6:30 p.m. today, Saturday, and Feb. 23-25 in Waco Hall.
Baylor Line Foundation calls for delayed board vote KALYN STORY Staff Writer The Baylor Line Foundation released a statement Thursday calling on the Board of Regents to delay their vote on whether to accept the recommendations provided by their governance review task force. The vote is scheduled to take place today. The Baylor Line Foundation,
formerly the Baylor Alumni Association, held a town hall meeting Wednesday night to discuss the governance reform proposal and thinks there needs to be continued discussion before an informed vote can be held on the matter. “Clearly, the life of Baylor, as we know her, may depend on this decision,” the Baylor Line Foundation’s statement read.
“Surely those responsible for her future will want additional input before voting on something of this magnitude.” Baylor
spokesman Jason Cook told the Lariat that Chairman Ron Murff was unavailable for comment because of Board committee meetings and related activities. In response to the Baylor Line Foundation’s invitation to the regents to participate in the town hall meeting, Murff said in a letter that, although they are unable to participate in the town hall, they are open to feedback
Professionals reflect on hiring millennials RYLEE SEAVERS Staff Writer
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As millennials have become the nation’s largest generation, making up a majority of the workforce, business professionals weigh in on working with a younger generation. In May 2015, millennials in the U.S. labor force numbered 53.5 million, making millennials the largest working generation, according to the Pew Research Center. Nearly a year later, in April 2016, millennials became the largest living generation in the United States, according to the Pew Research Center. Millennials are “first generation digital natives,” according to the “How Millennials Want to Work and Live” report by Gallup. Seventy-one percent of millennials use the internet
as their main source of information, according to the report. Generation X is close behind, with 51 percent using the internet as their main source of information, but baby boomers and traditionalists (born between 19221943) use the internet for information significantly less, according to the report. Facts like these change the way people function in the workforce. Gallup reported that millennials are looking for bosses who behave more like coaches, appreciating the skills that millennials bring to a business and encouraging them to build their strengths. Millennials also look for constant communication in the workplace, according to the report. They want instant feedback about
from the Baylor Line Foundation regarding the task force’s report. Although they did not actively participate, five regents attended the town hall event: Jennifer Elrod, Mark Rountree, Julie Turner, Wayne Fisher, and Dan Chapman. The Baylor Line Foundation said it was disappointed that they did
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When we started Baylor Lariat Radio, I don’t think we ever imagined how far it would come in just a year. We never imagined the opportunities we would get and the people we would meet. Looking back at last year, all the Lariat Radio had was a simple podcast called "Don’t Feed the Bears," which was just a bunch of people who liked the NFL getting together to talk sports for 30 minutes. "Don't Feed The Bears" was fun and fairly relaxed; we would just huddle around a single microphone in a room and do the show. The Lariat Radio staff has recently won two international awards in the AVA Digital Awards competition, adding to their collection of over seven national and international awards for "Don't feed the Bears." Halfway through our sophomore year, Director of Student Publications Paul Carr approached us with what seemed like a crazy idea: doing play-by-play for Baylor men’s basketball. Following a little research and a few weeks’ time, the athletic department allowed us to use a table just below section 116 in the Ferrell Center to call our first basketball game. We only called four or five games that first semester, but it was incredible just to be there as students doing live broadcasts of big time college basketball together. The next goal was football, and with the 2016 season fast approaching, we worked hard to get the athletic department to give us a spot inside McLane Stadium. That was easier said than done. We were denied multiple times, but after some convincing, we were shocked to find out that they had a radio booth that we could use for every home game. As the season progressed, we continued to gain experience calling football games. Having only done basketball, the sheer amount information and time required to call a football game was a big change. About halfway through the season, we decided it was time to leave the comfort of McLane and try calling an away game. It just so happened our first road game was also Baylor’s heartbreaking loss against the University of Texas. Looking back on the season, we not only broadcast every home game, but we also traveled and called the Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech games inside Cowboys AT&T Stadium. We both agree that the game at AT&T Stadium was our favorite experience. It’s humbling (and really cool) to think we were probably the first 20-year-old college kids to call a Division I college football game inside that stadium. So where are we now? Currently, we are working our way through the men’s basketball schedule. We call every home basketball game live so if you can’t make the game check us out. We still do "Don’t Feed the Bears," although now you can listen live at 6:30 p.m. every Monday on Mixlr. Baylor Lariat Radio is currently in the process of expanding: On top of "Don’t Feed the Bears," men’s basketball and Baylor football, this year we added a radio team that calls the women’s basketball games and, soon, Baylor baseball as well. We hope to continue to grow and gain broadcast experience because calling games takes practice and commitment. We speak for the entire radio staff when we say if you have not listened to us yet, we hope you give us a chance next time you cannot make a game. Or if you are at a game, come find us in section 116 — we’d love to say hi. Thomas Mott is a junior communications specialist major from Spring Ranch. Jakob Brandenburg is a senior journalism major from Georgetown.
It actually is on us, BU Baylor’s Title IX office has made a number of very public mistakes over the course of the past year. Its history of deficiency has been laid out for examination on a public stage, and it has been taken to task not only by students, but also by its own former staff. The organization, which had previously enjoyed relative anonymity, was thrust into an uncomfortable spotlight, but instead of withdrawing into the shadows, Baylor has used the attention as impetus to reform the Baylor’s Title IX office, policies and outreach. Most recently, the office has worked to reach out to students through issuing an online Title IX course to inform students about “healthy relationships, types of abuse and red flags for abusive relationships, consent, bystander intervention and the role of Title IX,” according to an email from the Title IX office. At long last, Baylor Title IX is taking the appropriate steps. It now falls to us, the student body, to support its progress. Students: Be active in the programs the Title IX office puts forth. The online course released through Canvas in November is being grandfathered in as a registration requirement, meaning that the only group required to complete it this year in order to register for summer or fall 2017
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year has shown that, like each of us, Baylor is flawed, but it is our university, and it is up to us to shape it into the university we desire — the university in which we still have pride. Title IX has reached out a hand to students, offering us education and knowledge. Don’t brush it off. Don’t overlook Title IX’s efforts as just one more cumbersome effect of Baylor’s Big Mess. Baylor begins here, with us. Title IX has taken the first step — let’s use it as a building block on which to reshape our university.
Masculine values are outdated SAM CEDAR Guest Columnist Male Classmates, As an education major at Baylor, I have spent a lot of time with students both inside and outside of the classroom. I have formed friendships, stood beside students in their successes and failures and loved every one of my students dearly. Unfortunately, many students are hurting – going each day to rotting schools with no access to books or school supplies and coming home to fear and violence. I have felt their broken hearts, tasted their hunger and experienced their feelings of inadequacy. Furthermore, as a male in education, I have seen a lot of children without dads, most of whom have never had a positive male role model other than LeBron James, Cam Newton or Cristiano Ronaldo. These trends must change, and responsibility for the growth of our children falls upon our shoulders. I chose to become an educator because I want broken students to see that there are men who truly care about them – that they can achieve success in areas other than business, athletics or management. I write to you today as a brother and a friend, urging you to see the cultural chains of masculinity that must be broken if we hope to redeem our children’s futures and our own. The cultural climate on our campus is heavy. While students across our campus have suffered from the effects of sexual assault, racism and institutional failure, we have been quick to pass judgment and slow to think introspectively. We have continually failed to empathize, failed to transcend ourselves and failed to connect with one another on a human level in a season where community is more important than ever – regardless of gender, race or political affiliation. We have rendered ourselves incapable of feeling deeply, and as a male student at Baylor, I cannot help but notice
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seem like common sense, in times of crisis, a return to the basics is often the best course of action. Title IX is making an effort to reach us, the student body, where we are. Students have the power to instigate change on this campus, and by engaging with us, Title IX appears to be sincerely invested in doing its part to encourage change. In doing so, they've passed us the baton, given us the tools to reform not only our university's national perception, but also our campus culture. This is our campus. This past
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courses are this year’s freshmen. Whether or not it is required for you specifically, this course is available to each of us through our Canvas accounts, and we should take advantage of it. The course, which takes approximately an hour to complete, is a series of online, interactive pages that attempt to not only introduce students to issues of relationship and consent, but also help them better understand the purpose and abilities of Baylor’s Title IX office. While much of the material covered in the course may
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that the root of our dry, tepid connection to the world lies in our values. Masculine values are outdated. Stale. Traditional masculinity lacks the depth and spirituality necessary to understand and embody the fullness of humanity in the modern world. I am tired of the lack of emotion in male social groups, of the surface—level relationships and the competitive cultures which subjugate social issues to economic and political gain. I am tired of being told that it is our job to be breadwinners – to lead our households with a dry and impassive stoicism while our partners fill schools, nonprofits and social service positions with love, gentleness and empathy. I fear the impact that the perpetuation of modern masculinity will have on our churches, workplaces and schools going forward if men do not begin to narrow the expansive gender gaps in social service and social activist positions. One cannot question that this gender gap exists. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women account for 83.8 percent of social workers, 71.4 percent of counselors and 73 percent of educators in America today. As a future educator, these statistics are alarming to me. How is it that social service positions have become so gender specific, and since when was caring for the most vulnerable deemed “a woman’s job?” Common masculine values such as selfreliance, social status, the need for emotional control and power over women have undoubtedly contributed to the stratification present in social service positions, and I suspect that they have contributed to the culture of complacency toward social issues at large as well. While women have adapted many of their traditional values to better serve and function in the modern world, we have sat idly by, nurturing a host of traditionally masculine values that matter progressively less. I truly believe that the men on our campus want to live selflessly and serve others without reserve; however, the values that currently motivate our actions are not conducive to these ends. Many traditionally masculine values promote division and egocentrism by their
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nature. The desire to compete for social status, for example, cannot drive our socioeconomic growth independent of the exclusion of others. We hold too much power and too much privilege to spend our lives striving for comfort and money. We have to open our eyes, acknowledge our failure to live selflessly and hold ourselves to a higher standard – for the sake of our neighbors’ lives and our own. As servants, students and humans living in an age of technology and information, the universal adoption of these values is vital to our individual growth and the growth of our culture as a whole; we cannot combat global poverty or work toward socio-economic equality in the U.S. without a deeper spiritual and emotional connection to the world around us. The destigmatization of social service positions as gender-specific jobs would benefit both us and our children, opening the door for men to participate more actively in social activist roles while diminishing institutional sexism in our schools, workplaces and families. I know that men are not cold, heartless people with no regard for others. I know that we care and that we want to make a difference in the world; however, in order to do this, we have to realize that there is more to being servants than stimulating the economy or building a solid portfolio. Does that mean that all of us have to become teachers or social workers? Not necessarily. However, it does mean that we have to go out of our way to change the way that we relate to the world. Our success, whether economic or social, cannot continue to exist at the center of our lives. We have to adapt to the needs of the people around us, and if that means becoming a teacher to fight segregation in our schools or a social worker to house the hundreds of people living on the streets of our city, then we need to put our masculinity aside and do it. Read the full column on our website at www. baylorlariat.com. Sam Cedar is a sophomore University Scholar major from Marion, Ill.
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BU to host 2018 Conference on Black Student Government CHRISTINA SOTO Broadcast Reporter Every year, a university that is part of the Big 12 Council on Black Student Government hosts the Annual Big 12 Conference on Black Student Government. This year will be the 40th Annual Big 12 Conference on Black Student Government and started Thursday and will run until Saturday at the University of Texas at Austin. “Making the Movement Matter” is the theme for the event, according to the conference Facebook page. The Coalition of Black Ambassadors at Baylor serves as a council to provide leadership and assistance in solving community issues. Its members consist of those in Black Student Governments from universities in the Big 12 conference. The council was created in 1977 when black students from other institutions came together because they were experiencing similar problems, according to the Baylor Multicultural Affairs website. Houston senior Hailey Franklin, president of the Coalition of the Black Ambassadors, has been a part of the organization since her freshman year. She said the council has been able to mold its members into leaders. “It has helped me grow as a leader. I was more of an introvert, and it has built the confidence I needed and helped me grow into the person I am today,” Franklin said. The conference is an important event for the organization, Franklin said. “Since my sophomore year, I have attended the conferences. You hear from phenomenal speakers, go to career fairs and meet a lot of new people. It’s a lot to do, but it makes you proud of who you are, and it is the best four days ever,” Franklin said. Over the last year, the Coalition of Black Ambassadors and Dallas junior and chair of Big 12 conference Annette Christie have been working to get the Big 12 Annual Conference at Baylor. Christie said that in the 40 years of the conference establishment, it has never been at Baylor because the university has been seen as too conservative and too small. However, next year Baylor will host the 41st Annual Big 12 Conference. Christie has been working along 40 other members to make this event possible. “We meet weekly to talk about catering, lodging and sponsorships. We have to raise $300,000 in sponsorships to make this event possible,” Christie said. At the conference this weekend, Christie will announce the theme of the 41st Annual Big 12 conference at Baylor. The theme will be “Sankosa, our past, our stories and our future.” “In order to be a productive leader in the future, you have to know how to look on the past. The conference purpose is to develop black leaders from the mind, body and spirit,” Christie said. Franklin said she is so proud of the work her members are doing and is excited to see it come to fruition. “I want to see their vision put out, and their hard work really pays out,” Franklin said.
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WORKING HARD, HARDLY WORKING Canyon senior Brice Boren (left) and Gurnee, Ill., senior Parker Leach work together to build a pinewood derby car Thursday in the Rogers Engineering and Computer Science Building as a part of the Baylor School of Engineering and Computer Science’s Engineering and Computer Science Week.
National Engineers Week challenges Baylor students AMANDA HARGETT-GRANATO “Amazing Reporter The Baylor School of Engineering and Computer Science is hosting ECS Week 2017 next week in honor of National Engineers Week. The week will include several large events, as well as two industry panels, all of which are open to anyone. Kansas City junior Elliott Jost is the chair of the Baylor chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, one of the engineering organizations helping put on the event. “I really think engineering has shaped the way I think about the world,” Jost said. “Engineering is all about problem solving and coming up with intuitive solutions to improve the quality of life of people. I think people who don’t study engineering miss that creative and innovative side.” ECS Week will include creative engineering challenges such as a pinewood derby, an egg drop challenge and an engineering-geared
Race” around Baylor. Those interested in taking part in the challenges can sign up with American Society of Mechanical Engineers at http://asmebaylor.wixsite.com/asme/ ecs-week. There will be two “build days” for the pinewood derby, and help and materials to compete in the race will be provided. The event will bring together several engineering organizations, and Jost said he thinks it will help build up the engineering and computer science communities. “Everybody has this perception of engineering, but we really want to show them what it can be, what it should be and what it is,” Jost said. The industry panels will include several alumni and will discuss useful information for undergraduates and how professionals manage their work and life balance. Houston senior Taylor McCants, president of the Society of Women Engineers, said the events are intended to get Baylor engineers together to collaborate with one another, mentioning that learning
to work with a team is important in the engineering field. “We have such a reputation of just textbooks and studying late, but we have a fun side, and we want to do those fun things too,” McCants said. “So making time and planning these events is always worth it.” In addition to the festivities, several high schools will be touring Baylor on Monday with a focus on engineering and computer science. Engineering students will talk to the high schoolers about the benefits of a STEM major. McCants said she thinks ECS Week will give people a chance to take part in engineering without having to worry about the math. A list of events can be found at http://asmebaylor. wixsite.com/asme/ecs-week. “There’s an engineer in everyone,” McCants said. “The way we see engineering is just problem solving, and people are problem solving all the time. I think it’d be awesome to get more people involved and celebrating engineers.”
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WORK from Page A 1 work, rather than a review once a year. Both are departures from traditional business models, which can cause prior generations to struggle when dealing with millennials. “Millennials are very creative individuals. They want flexibility. They really value the work-life balance, and those are things that employers are trying to figure out how to balance. [Employers] are in the business of being in business and have to meet the obligations of whatever their operations are,” said Kris Collins, senior vice president of economic development for the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. The study also found that 60 percent of millennials are open to the idea of changing jobs, which is 15 points higher than any other generation. Fifty-five percent of millennials are disengaged from the workforce, meaning that they are not passionate about the work they are doing or their companies are not giving them a
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Osborne not participate and that more regents did not attend. “We had a lively discussion regarding the various reform options with concerned members of the Baylor family,” the Baylor Line Foundation’s statement read. “Obviously, the discussion would have been more productive and thorough had the regents’ views been represented.” Peter Osborne, the Baylor Line Foundation’s chief marketing and communications officer, said he thinks it would be difficult for the regents to make an informed decision on the governance review proposals without hearing from their constituents. “There has not been enough conversation surrounding this decision,” Osborne said. “The regents are trying to rush this through and vote on it in executive session. We would love to hear why the regents believe their proposal goes far enough because there hasn’t been any dialogue with the regents about this proposal.” Osborne said he thinks communication between constituents and regents would be more effective in a face-to-face setting or even over the phone. “The regents have talked through press releases and statements but not through conversations with people who love this university,” Osborne said. “We need to have open forums where the regents listen to those invested in Baylor and can hear what they think.” Allen Holt, the Baylor Line Foundation’s executive vice president and CEO, said there is no reason to rush this decision and that all parties would benefit from continued discussion. “We are hoping for a statement from the regents saying they are listening and paying attention to their constituents and they will table the vote,” Holt said. Holt said this vote affects everyone attached to Baylor, and it should not be taken lightly. Holt said, based on feedback and participation from alumni, he knows that members of the Baylor family want their voices heard on the matter of governance of the university. “We must find some way to work together and find a decision that members from all areas of the Baylor family are satisfied with,” Holt said. “The Baylor family is interested in this decision because it affects all of us because we care deeply about Baylor.”
reason to stay, the study found. “The pendulum is swinging in the direction of growing your career, and that might not be with the exact same employer the entire time, but there is room for growth,” said Julie Copenhaver, assistant director of communications for career and professional development. Copenhaver said that millennials’ “job jumping” could be a result of dissatisfaction with a company or lack internal growth, but staying in a job for a year is a good rule. “[Millennials] are always wanting a challenge and they are wanting opportunities for growth,” Copenhaver said. “That can be perceived negatively, but that’s also the challenge, for the employer-to really rise to that occasion and realize that.. Millennials are not going away. Millennials are going to be our bosses and everyone’s bosses soon enough.” Gallup reported that many millennials view
their job as their life and have a strong desire to find a good job. Millennials are asking themselves if their work is being valued in their current positions, and if it is not, they will change jobs until they find one where it is, the report said. “Employers are looking for individuals that really want to be a part of the value proposition of the business. If a business could do a better job of really expressing what the value proposition is, it would probably be more attractive to a millennial,” Collin said. “On the millennial side. They need to understand that flexibility is not always possible. If you are looking at a manufacturer that is operating 24/7, that’s the structure in which their business has to operate. While a millennial may want flexibility in their life, they also have to provide flexibility for their employer.” Collins also said that tempering expectations of what a first job is like could also help
millennials. They need to understand that a top position isn’t always possible, and sometimes you have to work your way up from an entrylevel position, she said. Copenhaver said millennials can help employers by sharing their goals for a job. Communicating to employers what you hope to achieve and how you work gives employers the tools they need to work with millennials, Copenhaver said. “Millennials have an ability to look at things in a completely different way,” Collins said. “Whereas somebody in an older generation may look at something in the format of a flow chart, a millennial is looking at it in a complete matrix diagram which will help transform the workplace in a positive way. Just like any other generation, it’s going to take a little bit of time for things to happen.”
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BACKING AWAY Many companies have found themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place when deciding what relationship to have with the Trump brand name. Movements and campaigns have been started against companies whose leadership openly supports the Trump name as President Trump takes to Twitter to call out those companies against him.
Corporate war launches against Trump name MEGAN RULE Staff Writer With heightened political sensitivity across the country, business decisionmakers are accused of having political motives, and many companies are now stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to their relationship with the Trump brand name, professors say. “It’s a tough situation because it’s a really polarized time in politics and society as a whole,” said Dr. Chris Pullig, professor of marketing and chair of the marketing department. “I think that’s what makes this really difficult for a lot of brands and individuals as well.” Super Bowl commercials that came out two weeks ago created commotion as people rushed to Twitter to voice their opinions about commercials that were seen as anti-Trump. Bleacher Report included some of the Twitter reactions to commercials, and International Business Times cited the advertisement links as well as a few responses. Some controversial commercials included Airbnb and 84 Lumber. Other commercials such as Audi and Budweiser also served as conversation starters. “I would say that some of them were probably a bit more overtly specific about the message that they contained,” Pullig said. “Most of them though probably were more statements about values, and that is not anything new.” Pullig said that over the years, companies have taken a stand for diversity or inclusiveness, and it is a common strategy to represent their values. Pullig cited Audi’s commercial as a good example of something that a few years ago would not have created
the same reactions it created this year. Although he said there were more politically-focused ads this year as a reaction to the political climate, they were not too far off from the type of message a brand might use to stay consistent with core values. “It’s very common for brands to use ads that are demonstrating of their core values,” Pullig said. “They know that, when they express these core values, they align with a certain segment of society and the market. Branding is a segmentation issue, and certain segments of the market will appreciate and respond to an organization’s core set of values being expressed.” Dr. Seul Lee, assistant professor in the department of journalism, public relations and new media, said a lot of responses depend on how the media frames the facts and the consumer reaction, especially if people focus just on political facts as opposed to the economic facts. This can be seen through major boycotting of the Trump brand, in particular the #GrabYourWallet movement, a campaign of people boycotting companies that do business with the Trump brand. “From my opinion, the basic premise for economics is a human being makes a rational decision, but after that people got to realize that their decision does not 100 percent depend on their rational reasoning,” Lee said. “Sometimes people make some kind of emotional decision making. Other times, people make decisions based on their ethical beliefs. Nowadays, I think it has evolved from socially conscious people to politically conscious people.” On Feb. 2, Nordstrom announced that it would no longer be carrying
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the Ivanka Trump brand products due to a decrease in sales. Ivanka Trump footwear and apparel sales at Nordstrom dropped from $20.9 million to $14.3 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. President Trump tweeted on Feb. 8 saying, “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person – always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!” Pullig said it’s impossible to know for sure, but he assumes there are people who are avoiding the Trump products in stores, which could possibly lead to lower sales. Pullig said there are consumers who are not only avoiding Trump brand products but are also voicing their opinions on stores carrying products. Dr. Sara Stone, department chair for the department of journalism, public relations and new media, discussed business decisions such as the decision made by Nordstrom in her Media Law and Ethics class. Stone taught her students that, thinking from a business standpoint, no profit means no business. As a business owner, Stone said, one would want to make a profit and not want to alienate any particular group of people. Pullig emphasized that taking a stand as a business is very risky, and freely expressing core values is different from taking political stands. “I think it’s really dangerous to take political stands, and, in fact, I’d say most businesses will avoid doing that when they can. Taking a political stand is a very, very dangerous thing to do,” Pullig said. “Generally speaking, it’s bad business to engage in political statements.”
The Hispanic Student Association will host the Copa Oso soccer tournament at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19 in South Russell fields. The purpose of the tournament is to start a new scholarship initiative for Latino students at Baylor. There are a limited number of scholarships that are available to minority students at Baylor, said Damian Moncada, Houston junior and president of the Hispanic Student Association. “It’s very important for us to take notice of the under-served communities, especially the minority community here at Baylor,” Moncada said. Moncada said because the expenses of a college education and the lack of scholarships, minorities are often unable to attend private institutions. The group hopes to be a part of Baylor’s initiative to make campus more diverse by providing more opportunities for minority students to receive scholarships in order to improve Latino retention rates. “It is very important for HSA to be a part of unifying the community by making it easier on other students to be able to have other opportunities,” Moncada said. “By providing scholarships, we allow people to concentrate on their educational experience and not have to worry about finances.” The group also wants to raise awareness about the scholarships that are offered to minority students. “I didn’t receive any scholarships that were specifically because I’m a minority. Most of them were academic,” said San Antonio junior Elysse Reyes. “I think if I would have known about opportunities like this, I would have definitely jumped on it.” People who attend will receive a T-shirt and food along with admission to the tournament. The winner of the tournament will receive $300 in prize money. HSA members, members of other student organizations affiliated with Hispanics and soccer intramural teams will play in the tournament. There is an open invitation to anyone who wants to participate. People who are interested in having a team play in the tournament can email Monique_De_La_Lastra@baylor.edu. Part of the Hispanic Student Association’s motto is “Many cultures, One Family.” Moncada said the Hispanic Student Association is made up of a diverse group of members from various countries who are large advocates of being inclusive in the community. Moncada said that by participating, students will expose themselves to people from different countries and become able to broaden their horizons. “As Baylor, we are catered to developing worldwide leaders, and there’s no better way to do that than immersing yourself among students from other countries,” Moncada said.
MONEY BALL The Hispanic Student Association marches in the Baylor Homecoming Parade to display diversity at Baylor. The soccer tournament is aimed to bring awareness to the lack of scholarships available to minority students at Baylor.
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One dead after multiple-car pileup on I-35 RYLEE SEAVERS Staff Writer
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WRECK Three multiple-car pileups led to one fatality and lane closures on both north and southbound I-35 yesterday near the University Parks exit.
A four-car crash, resulting in one fatality, occurred at 3:40 p.m. yesterday on the northbound side of Interstate 35 said Garen Bynum, Waco Police Department public information officer. All three lanes on the northbound side were closed between the 17th street – 18th street and University Parks Drive exits. There were three crashes on I-35 on Thursday. The first wreck caused two vehicles to roll over on the northbound side resulting in minor injuries, Bynum said. The second was a minor collision
on the southbound side, also resulting in minor injuries, which caused traffic to slow on the northbound side. The exact cause of the four-car crash which resulted in a fatality is still unknown, he said. One woman died in the car crash, Bynum said. The female has been identified by the Waco Police Department, but they have not released her identity to the public, he said. There were four others injured in the crash, two males and two females, he said. All of them are in stable condition and are being treated at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest, Bynum said. Baylor Police Department and the Precinct 1 Constable’s office also assisted on the scene of the fatal crash.
Study reveals how universities affect business innovation MEGAN RULE Staff Writer A recent study by a Baylor professor and a University of Bath professor looks deeper into the definition of a university. “As universities get into more things like business creation, does that detract from the main mission?” said Dr. Peter Klein, professor of entrepreneurship and coauthor of the study. “The study forces us to step back and ask bigger questions. What is a university? What is its purpose and what is it supposed to do?” A study titled “The Effects of Academic Incubators on University Innovation” analyzed the impacts of academic incubators on the quality of innovations produced by a sample of United States researchintensive universities. Academic incubators are both programs and physical locations in which people who want to start a business or a company can get help with office space, lab space, advising and consulting, Klein said. Incubators also offer networking events where people can meet potential funders and employees. Basically, the incubator follows the idea that, just like a chick needs the sunlight and warmth to grow, businesses also need to be nurtured to grow, Klein said. The academic incubator is a location that can incubate businesses in the same way. Klein co-authored the
study with Dr. Christos Kolympiris, associate professor at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. “We weren’t hoping to find anything new,” Kolympiris said. “It was a phenomenondriven study.” Klein said the study looked at a question that hasn’t received much attention: “When a university decides to emphasize things like business creation, what happens to other activities on campus that are also geared towards innovation and entrepreneurship?” The study focused on how emphasizing business incubation affects entrepreneurship teaching programs research and specifically, the quality of research done on other parts of campus once incubators are in place. “I found most interesting the fact that universities are placing so much emphasis on these things, that they patent as much as they do and place emphasis on helping entrepreneurs,” Klein said. “I think it’s great, but at first glance you might think it’s odd that they place so much emphasis on those kinds of things. It doesn’t seem like that might square with the traditional mission of universities.” Kolympiris said the study was done to connect the trends in research and incubators on a university campus. This connection was found through looking at the quality of research done and the quality of patents made by
the university on other parts of campus outside the business incubators. Baylor was not one of the universities studied. “I found it most interesting that we found negative relationships,” Kolympiris said. “That the establishment of incubators is correlated with a deduction in licensing income with the quality of innovations coming out of universities, which was not what we were expecting.” Klein said the study does not say that incubators are bad at all, and it certainly does not say that universities should not establish incubators. The average patent quality falls after an incubator, but incubators have lots of benefits besides creating companies, Klein said. These benefits include opportunities for work and internships for students, the educational experience. It benefits the economy, and professors who are scientists would want to work at a university with an incubator because the business start-up is there. “We are not claiming that the effect could be true for every single university in the sample,” Kolympiris said. “There are some universities that will benefit from having an incubator and some that will lose. What we found is the average effect, so on average there is a deduction in licensing. You have to interpret our findings keeping in mind that we focus on a specific sample of universities.”
WALL A Mexican soldier stands guard at a checkpoint near the Mexico-U.S. border fence, on the Mexican side, separating the towns of Anapra, Mexico, and Sunland Park, N.M.
No clear method in measuring border wall effectiveness ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press SAN DIEGO — The United States does not have a way to measure how well fencing works to deter illegal crossings from Mexico, according to a report released Thursday by Congress’ main watchdog as President Donald Trump renewed his pledge to build “a great wall” on the border. The Government Accountability Office said the government spent $2.3 billion from 2007 to 2015 to extend fences to 654 miles of the nearly 2,000-mile border and more to repair them. Despite those investments, the Customs and Border Protection agency “cannot measure the contribution of fencing to border security operations along the southwest border because it has not developed metrics for this assessment,” the agency said in a 75page review. Efforts to better measure success were aborted in 2013 because of a budget showdown between President Barack Obama and Congress, according to the report, which recommends developing new measures to justify more spending.
Trump, speaking at a news conference Thursday, reiterated plans for a wall with Mexico — one of his signature campaign pledges — and promised to negotiate a lower price. Border Patrol leaders have struggled to say with any degree of precision how well fences work, in part because it’s unknown how many people get away. Another unknown is the extent to which fences or other factors such as the number of agents explain why people are caught. The GAO estimated capture rates in areas with and without fencing but cautioned that no cause-and-effect relationship has been established. Construction cost estimates have varied widely. The GAO report stuck with its 2009 estimate of an average of $6.5 million a mile for a fence to keep out people on foot and $1.8 million a mile for vehicle blockades. There are currently 354 miles of pedestrian fencing and 300 miles of vehicle barriers. Republican leaders in Congress have said Trump’s wall would cost between $12 billion and $15 billion. Trump has suggested $12 billion.
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Chemistry professor steps up to new position AMANDA HARGETT-GRANATO Reporter
A familiar face has taken up residence in a brand new office at Baylor. Dr. Kevin Chambliss, professor of chemistry, has taught and performed research at Baylor for 15 years, but his new title has only existed for six weeks. At the beginning of the spring semester, Chambliss became the associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Arts and Sciences. This position is new to Baylor and focuses on facilitating programs for research and graduate students. We sat down with Chambliss to discuss his new position, his personal research and his plans for the future. Tell me a bit about your new job, how did it come to be? This is a new position for me, and it’s also a new position for the College of Arts and Sciences. Having an associate dean for research and graduate education is certainly not uncommon at other universities. We’ve just never had one in Arts and Sciences. This started really as an evaluation by a faculty committee over a year ago. I think Dean [Lee] Nordt asked them to determine if there was there a need within the college for the position like this. The committee ultimately recommended that there be one. They got the approval of the council of chairs, and there was an internal search. I obviously was one of the applicants and was offered the position and said yes.
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NEW POSITION Dr. Kevin Chambliss recently became the associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Arts and Sciences.
How did you end up at Baylor? I grew up in Arkansas, on the other side of Texarkana. I knew both my parents were getting older, and so when I was looking for jobs, the proximity to my folks was something I was interested in. Waco was about the right distance. Close enough that I could be there quickly if I needed to be but far enough away that I still didn’t feel like I was going home. Combined with that, at the time I was hired was sort of at the beginning of the Baylor 2012 initiative about making research and especially graduate students at that level more of their emphasis. I was drawn, I suppose, to the challenge of, ‘Can we do that?’ It’s been fun to be a part of that building process, and that was attractive even then.
between chemistry and physics. One of the big initiatives that I’m working on already in this office was started before I got into this role but has become something that I’m helping push forward, is to extend that interdisciplinary idea to collaborations between faculty in STEM disciplines and faculty in the humanities and social sciences. That’s something that translates to this position but is also something that is near and dear to my own heart and in my own lab. It’s been neat for me to find specific examples, where I can take that model and apply it in a research setting. Increasingly, it is becoming the norm, not just at Baylor but across the nation and around the world. That this is how research gets done.”
Why does Baylor need a position like this? I think historically what we all know we’re good at is being a great undergraduate institution. We’re rapidly becoming more recognized for graduate education and for research on the national scale, and I think it’s a good thing for everybody. Anything we can do to grow the research enterprise at the graduate level, and just faculty scholarship in general, will always have a positive influence on increasing the quality of and numbers of undergraduate research opportunities as well. I’m excited to get the chance to see what I can do in this regard.
What kind of research are you personally involved in? We’ve done a lot of environmental chemistry. I’ve collaborated with Bryan Brooks, who is in environmental science, really ever since we both got here. We studied pharmaceuticals and other emerging contaminants in the environment and that has been a very fruitful line of investigation for us, for a decade and a half. My group has also done a lot of work related to alternative fuels. I suppose most of our funds came with the bioethanol push, but since the price of oil has dropped we don’t just talk about bio-fuel anymore, we talk about bio-based products. But the general idea is, ‘can we use renewable resources to generate fuels and other products that help drive our economy?’ This to me is an interesting academic exercise, it’s also an important human exercise. Petroleum is the cash cow of all of society. We don’t just drive around with gasoline, it’s the precursor to almost every product in our economy. Whether we run out of oil in the next forty years or the next forty million years from an academic standpoint is sort of irrelevant. The bottom line is that it’s a finite resource and at some point, we will no longer have it.
How do Baylor’s Christian identity and research focus fit together? I think they work well together. It’s funny, a lot of my science colleagues outside of Baylor are skeptical of the Christian faith. This is not uncommon, but for me it’s never been anything to resolve. In the 15 years that I’ve been here, I think we’ve merged these two areas really well. One of the exciting things that I’ve been approached with already in this position is whether or not I would be interested in being involved in a science-religion seminar series that’s typically been offered to graduate
How did you get interested in the sciences? It was not something I would have thought of... I had a chemistry professor when I transferred back to Ouachita [Baptist University] who thought I was a good student in his class, and he actually approached me and said, ‘Would you be interested in doing research over the summer?’ I had never considered it. I got involved and learned that not only did it pay pretty well, but it was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed it. When I graduated from college — and I joke when I say this, but it’s kind of true — I said I didn’t want a real job, so I went to graduate school. One thing just kind of led to another. It wasn’t something I had aspired to through high school or my youth or anything like that. It was a relationship that I had with a professor that really pushed me in that direction.
What is your personal philosophy when it comes to research? My philosophy has largely been one of interdisciplinary study, and that really goes all the way back to the professor I worked with as an undergraduate. It got reiterated to me when I was working on my Ph.D. I’ve always worked with scientists who work across boundaries. It was hard to say they were just a chemist or just an analytical chemist. I’m of the opinion that the most effective scientists in the next century will have broad training across traditional academic boundaries. If students can learn to think that way and interact that way with colleagues, I think they have an opportunity to work on some of the most challenging problems that we have in science. They all seem to increasingly occur at interfaces between chemistry and biology or
What is the goal for the associate dean for research and graduate education? The real goal is to try to have someone who, on a daily basis, is thinking about and is a vocal advocate for the research aspirations that are spelled out in both the university’s Pro Futuris strategic plan as well as the college’s Aspire document. At this stage, the job is six weeks old. When I started, Dean Nordt and I both agreed we knew what this job looked like from maybe 40,000 feet. I think now six weeks into it, maybe we know what it looks like at 20,000 feet. But a lot of what initially I’ll be doing is just trying to figure out how can someone advocate effectively on the behalf of faculty and departments in the larger context of growing the research enterprise and graduate programs affiliated with the research program at Baylor.
students. It may have started by saying it’s important for graduate students in the sciences to understand the potential issues that come up in a religious setting that they need to be aware of and what is the right perspective from a Christian standpoint on those issues, but I think our conversation, we’re rapidly recognizing, needs to go both ways. What is the most important thing for people to know about your new position? I think the biggest thing is for people to understand it’s all new. It’s exciting. But how it translates day-to-day is difficult to detail at this point. My job is to be a servant to faculty, to students, to departments. Help me help you. That’s certainly where I’ve been trying to put my focus. I’ve been going out and meeting a lot of department chairs and learning more about their programs and what their needs are. But also asking them how can I, in this role, help you be successful at the things that you’re trying to be successful at. If there was something I wanted people to know, that would be it. [This office] is for the whole college, it’s not just for the sciences. Research is a completely global statement within the College of Arts and Sciences. My greatest hope is that I can be helpful to them achieving their goals.
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arts&life b ay lo r l a r i at.c o m SPORTS TAKE Baylor vs. Kansas this Saturday is the make- or-break game of the season. pg. B10
BEHIND THE SCENES
Step into the life of a “Rail dog” and what they learn during AllUniversity Sing. pg. B2
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We met and it was happily ever after. We had the ultimate Sing experience. Zeta Tau Alpha alumna speaks about her All-University Sing experience. pg. B3
On-the-Go >> Happenings: Visit @BULariatArts to see what’s going on this weekend (besides Sing).
Sing stage home to skill, spies, swans BETA THETA PI “Raiders of the Lost Act”
MCKENNA MIDDLETON News Editor
GENESIS LARIN Assistant News Editor The theatrics of Beta Theta Pi’s performance conveyed a comic and entertaining take on Indiana Jones. While the singing and dancing were not consistent, the detailed stage design was movie-like. Their props from the gold bear to the giant boulder kept the audience laughing throughout the performance.
After months of practice and anticipation, the curtain opened Thursday night on the talent, creativity and determination of sorority and fraternity members in this year’s AllUniversity Sing. On opening night, the stakes were high, but the entertainment lived up to its suspense in this display of Baylor tradition and culture. The performers kept their themes, songs and choreography a secret for months as they toiled away for a chance to wow the audience on Waco Hall Stage.
KAPPA KAPPA GAMMA “Forever Young ”
KAPPA SIGMA “Lewis & Clark: The Corps of Discovery”
Taking it back with retro songs, Kappa Kappa Gamma set the scene for a high school reunion. While the beginning dance moves were slow and unimpressive, they just highlighted the quicker and more complex choreography that took place after a major plot twist in the storyline. Classic song choices were paired with talented vocalists and old school class.
Kappa Sigma set the bar high as the first act of the night. Their interpretation of Westward Expansion was full of energy and patriotism with good vocals and choreography. While the energy seemed a little over-the-top at times, the audience was engaged throughout the act.
KAPPA CHI ALPHA “How To Save a Life”
KAPPA ALPHA THETA “Miss Spectacular”
In a number showcasing the story of a rivalry between two pageant contestants, Kappa Alpha Theta took a more musical approach to AllUniversity Sing. The storyline kept the audience intrigued as contestants moved through the stages of the pageant amid vocally strong songs. The song choices were a bit disjointed but held together the storyline of the musical.
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DANCE IT OUT Kappa Kappa Gamma performs “Forever Young.”
PI KAPPA PHI & ALPHA CHI OMEGA “The Art of Espionage”
PHI GAMMA DELTA “To Lands Beyond”
The deathly duo of Pi Kappa Phi and Alpha Chi Omega joined forces for a spy adventure. Full of energy and adventure, a huge mob of spies danced around a complex stage design. While at times the performance was chaotic and disorganized, particularly during a cringeworthy romance scene, the overall story and execution of theme was anything but top secret.
Phi Gamma Delta gave a Game of Thrones -inspired performance. However, their costumes looked more like medieval peasants rather than Vikings seeking battle and glory. While the beginning of their performance took time to get underway, they came into full sail toward the end. CHI OMEGA “Ice Ice Baby”
Pi Kappa Phi and Alpha Chi Omega perform “The Art of Espionage.”
Kappa Alpha Theta performs “Miss Spectacular”
PI BETA PHI “Bonjour, Paris”
Although usually silent, the Pi Beta Phi mimes made their voices heard with their powerful singing. They danced with energy that matched the power of their vocals. While there were a couple of mishaps, these energetic mimes kept the show going.
It’s a good thing the snow was fake in Chi Omega’s performance because they were on fire! The choreography was as fun to watch as it was well executed. The songs were catchy and delivered by talented vocalists and penguins alike while igloos, a mountain backdrop and foggy snow surrounded them. Complete with a twist ending that provided a positive outlook on global warming, the performance delivered hope and quality entertainment for the audience.
DELTA TAU DELTA “Firefighters”
SIGMA CHI “Bear Bucks”
Sigma Chi’s suits were just as stiff as their choreography and facial expressions. However, their elaborate set design and vocals compensated for their mediocre dance moves. Their performance was not only an entertaining take on the acquisition of wealth, but also a positive message that graduating seniors will take with them.
Kappa Chi Alpha gave a heartfelt performance with a refreshing message about hope. Despite, their inspiring message, their singing was inconsistent and their dancing out of sync. Their costumes also looked like they needed creative saving. The performance included a good deal of acting and centered around the storyline.
Sing Alliance performs “Piece by Piece.”
Delta Delta Delta performs “Sister Suffragette.”
Fireman tropes ran wild in Delta Tau Deltas performance. This act was full of comedic relief which showed they didn’t take themselves too seriously was a recipe for a good time. While the main event turned up the heat with dance moves consisting mostly of pulling on suspenders and flexing, the background was the real show. A firehouse dog, a cat in a tree and firetruck crashes were hilarious but often overshadowed by the dancing firemen. ALPHA DELTA PI “Swan’s Shadow”
SING ALLIANCE “Piece by Piece” Alpha Delta Pi gave a modern spin on the classic Swan Lake. The moving props, intricate choreography and music selection kept the audience intrigued and entertained to see whether innocence or darkness won. The most eye-catching part of the performance was the unexpected costume change, which showed that ultimately darkness won.
Building on creativity and childhood pastimes, Sing Alliance stacked up against Greek life in a Lego-themed number. The talent levels were inconsistent with some strong choreography and vocals mixed with some weaker performances. The group invoked comedy, tragedy and teamwork throughout the clever and colorful show.
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Phi Kappa Chi performs “Fool’s Gold.” Above photos by Liesje Powers | Photo Editor
Pi Beta Phi performs “Bonjour, Paris.” Above photos by Penelope Shirey | Photographer
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SUPPORT FROM ABOVE The “rail dogs,” not only work behind the scenes of All-University Sing, but also learn the moves to the routines and try to mimic them as the women perform. Westlake Village, Calif., freshman Adam Geller (left) dances along with one of the routines, while Fort Worth freshman Grant Tucker (right) makes sure everything is in order before the next act takes the stage.
In the dog house
‘Rail dogs’ learn choreography of Sing acts, popular among performers KASSIDY WOYTEK Reporter
If you listen closely before the curtains rise on a All-University Sing act, you might hear the distant sound of barking from a crew of students up above the stage. They call themselves the “rail dogs,” and their work behind the scenes can help transform a good performance into a great one. Houston junior Jeshua Gonzalez has been working as a rail dog since his sophomore year. He said his favorite part of the job is trying to learn the sororities’ Sing routines during practices. “Whenever a sorority’s act comes on, we try to learn their dances and mimic them as best as possible,” Gonzales said. “The goal is to get sororities to give us a rail call.” Getting a “rail call” means hearing the performers yell their support for the rail dogs before the curtain rises. The
standard response to a rail call is a round of enthusiastic barking, and an encouraging yell back to the sorority. Livingston junior Melanie Moore, a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, said her organization always makes an effort to show the rail dogs some love. “Before every single act, we always yell out, “We love you, rail dogs!” Moore said. ���And they always yell back, “We love you, Tri Delt!” According to Gonzales, the rail dogs already have Delta Delta Delta’s dance moves perfected for this year’s performance. They’re close to mastering Zeta Tau Alpha’s act and are still working on learning the other routines. “They definitely get into the dances,” Moore said. “I think they’re just the type of people that really want to interact with the performers onstage.”
Although the audience can’t see their performances, Gonzalez said he thinks they should get a chance to show off all of the dances they’ve learned. “Every year we always say that the rail dogs should have their own Sing act,” Gonzales said. “But that movement hasn’t taken off yet.” Houston sophomore Adam Kobs said the rail dogs are a close-knit community. During a Sing act, they communicate with each other and with the stage crew through headsets. “We threw a lot of shade at each other through the comms,” Kobs said. After working his first Pigskin performance last semester, Kobs said he was officially initiated into the ranks of the rail dogs. For an initiation ceremony, the new rail dog is knighted with one of the iron bars that supports the backdrops and
given a dog nickname. On the rails, Kobs goes by the name of “Newfoundland,” while Gonzales is known as “Pug.” Although female students are allowed and encouraged to become rail dogs, Kobs said the crew is currently made up of all men. When they’re not busy perfecting their dance moves, the rail dogs work on lighting, audio tech and set building for events in Waco Hall. Besides Pigskin and Sing, the rail dogs also work events like After Dark and Stompfest. Kobs said getting acknowledged by rail calls is a great feeling because the work they do backstage oftentimes goes unnoticed. “Our work is very important,” Kobs said, “considering half of the work that goes into each number is backdrops, signs and props.”
‘Planet Earth 2’ builds on its predecessor’s global success CHRIS BARTON Tribune News Service
FORD In this Jan. 10, 2016, file photo, Harrison Ford arrives at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Harrison Ford evades close call collision ASSOCIATED PRESS SANTA ANA, Calif. — Actor Harrison Ford had a potentially serious run-in with an airliner at a Southern California airport, NBC-TV reported Tuesday. Ford, 74, was told to land his single-engine plane on a runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County on Monday, but he mistakenly landed it on a parallel taxiway, passing over an American Airlines jet holding nearby, NBC reported. “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?” Ford is heard asking air traffic controllers in a recording, NBC reported. American Airlines Flight 1456, with 110 passengers and six crew, departed safely for Dallas a few minutes later. Ford’s publicist, Ina Treciokas, declined comment Tuesday afternoon. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor couldn’t confirm that Ford was piloting the Aviat Husky that overflew the Boeing 737, but he said the pilot received and had read back the proper landing instructions. The FAA is investigating, Gregor said. Ford collects vintage planes and has a long and good record as an aviator. But he has had several close calls. In March 2015, Ford suffered a broken arm and a gashed forehead when his World War II-era trainer crashed on a Los Angeles golf course when it lost power shortly after takeoff. In 1999, Ford crash-landed his helicopter during a training flight in which he and an instructor were practicing auto rotations in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles. Ford and the instructor were unhurt.
A small, scaly baby iguana no bigger than a chocolate bar hunkers down on a beach as a snake glides alongside him. “A snake’s eyes aren’t very good,” a raspy voice explains. The voice is British and immediately familiar. Comforting, somehow. “But if the hatchling keeps its nerve ... “ A low hum of strings rises in the score, and in a moment, the iguana begins a desperate, wild-legged sprint as percussion thunders. One snake becomes three, six, maybe two dozen and the nightmarish reptile chase is on. If the newly born iguana makes it to high ground, it survives. If it doesn’t, well, nature wins. “Planet Earth II” is, at its core, the ultimate thoughtful celebration of life. Yet this frantic chase scene from the forthcoming series, which had the Internet buzzing, is more reminiscent of something out of the “Bourne” franchise. The clip, which was released as a teaser for the series on YouTube in November, has racked up more than 3 million views since it became a viral fixture on Facebook and offered one of the first looks at “Planet Earth II,” which debuts at 9 p.m. Saturday across three networks: AMC, Sundance and BBC America. “The first time I saw (the iguana sequence) I just thought, I wish I had worked on a film where a director had created as exciting an action sequence as that,” said Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”), who provides the series with a score that’s as eclectic as the jaw-dropping scenery. Already having aired in the U.K. late last year, the six-part sequel to “Planet Earth” reunites the voice of veteran naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough with far-flung locales and scenes of wildlife filmed with a startling intimacy that expands upon its 2007 predecessor. “This is probably the most compelling emotional storytelling that I’ve ever been involved in,” said Zimmer, adding that his admiration for Attenborough and his work assured his involvement with “Planet Earth II” from the moment he was asked. “You look at our world as if
it were a science-fiction movie,” said the composer, who also has crafted Oscarnominated scores for, among other films, “Gladiator,” “Interstellar” and “Inception.” “And then, every once in a while, you have to pinch yourself because you realize that everything that is strange and foreign and extraordinary is right here.” It’s that eagerness to provide previously unseen glimpses of the natural world that drove the series’ crew to log more than 2,000 shooting days in over 40 countries over roughly 3 years. Like its predecessor, each episode is divided into geographic themes such as “Mountains,” “Islands” and, in an intriguing look at the frontier between man and nature, “Cities.” With climate change still an ongoing concern amid political upheaval both in Britain and the U.S., “Planet Earth II” feels especially timely. But given the lead time and logistical demands of filming such a mammoth project, its creators had no way of predicting that would be the case. “We were purely looking at the natural world and that sense of connectedness (with humanity),” said producer Elizabeth White, whose “Islands” episode opens the series. “It did feel timely that we wanted to try and reconnect people on a big, kind of global scale.” The first installment of “Planet Earth” offered up-close-and-personal looks at often unfamiliar wildlife and was among the first such documentaries to take advantage of HD video. The sequel ups the ante with 4K video, motion-triggered cameras and the use of drones, which helped deliver many of the breathtaking views: lemurs hopping from tree to tree in the jungles of Madagascar; the battered coast of Zavodovski Island, which a million-plus chinstrap penguins call home. “The challenge there was finding penguins who were happy for us to film around them,” said White, who was on location at the island. “And then there was one who came out with this big, fat belly, and he was so chilled out. Literally, the cameraman kind of walked with him, following him. He’d stop. He’d wait. You find yourself with an animal that seems very receptive to it.”
Those dramatic narratives are what drive “Planet Earth II,” a detail that helped inspire Zimmer. “You can really pour your heart into this. You can pour drama into this,” he said, comparing his approach to “Planet Earth II” to working on the “Lion King” score. “You can tell the most amazing story about the human condition by not talking about the human condition.” The series premiere also follows a regal, pale-gray albatross, which mates for life, waiting for his partner to return after six months apart. While nature documentaries can easily fixate on the most harsh, unforgiving side of nature, this series aims to strike a balance. “It would be wrong to tell that as a ‘she never came back’ story because actually in that case, that was what we wanted, to show this continuing relationship that can go on for decades,” White said. “The film crew in many ways were going through the same sort of emotional journey (as the viewer) of, what happens if she doesn’t arrive?” In terms of attracting an audience, the sequel’s reception has been overwhelmingly positive. The series finale averaged 9.5 million viewers in the U.K., outdrawing the finale of the popular competition show “The X Factor” (“We got something right!” Zimmer crowed). However, the series has drawn criticism for encouraging a sense of complacency about environmental issues. While each episode emphasizes that the habitats it examines are under threat, how dire can the situation be when they look so lush and beautiful? “It’s not a hammer-people-overthe-head, doom-and-gloom message,” White admits. “It’s very much ‘Look at this wonderful place, bear in mind, this is happening, these places are fragile’ ... but it isn’t intended to be a conservation film.” Still, there is a sense of having made a difference. White recounted instances of meeting conservation officers on location who said they chose their career after seeing one of Attenborough’s nature programs. “I think it’s quite hard to quantify what measures people take,” White said. “But if they feel more connected to nature, that’s a really good start.”
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Zeta alumna passes down her crown RACHEL SMITH Reporter
10 a.m.-5 p.m. — OZ and L. Frank Baum in Literature. Mayborn Museum Complex. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Homespun Quilter’s Guild Show: Threads in Red. Waco Convention Center. 10:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m.— Deep in the Heart Film Festival. $5 student admission. Downtown Waco. 6:30 p.m. — All-University Sing. Sold out. Waco Hall. 8-11 p.m. — Wilderado performs. $5. Common Grounds. 8-10 p.m. — Dueling Hearts performs. Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits.
>> Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. — Waco Downtown Farmers Market. 400 S. University Parks Dr. 1-2:30 p.m. — Painting with a Twist. Neon Tutu. $25. 1621 N. Valley Mills Dr. 1-3 p.m. — Design Den: Build. Mayborn Museum Complex.
Baylor graduate and Zeta Tau Alpha alumna Laurie Mershon discusses her memories of participating in All-University Sing as a student. Mershon will watch her daughter, Flower Mound sophomore Emily Mershon, perform in Sing as a Zeta Tau Alpha for the first time this spring.
When did you graduate from Baylor? In ’89. In which group did you perform in Sing? I was a Zeta Tau Alpha, and my husband was an ATO. That’s where we met was doing Sing. How exactly did you meet? At Sing practice. The theme was Motown. He was on stage crew, and I was dancing. We met, and it was happily ever after. We had the ultimate Sing experience. What was the most memorable theme in which you participated? It was only that one because I went to nursing school. It was Motown, it was Motown music, and it was amazing. With guys, we had so much fun. We all became such good friends, and we still keep up, which is really fun. it?
How has Sing changed since you were in
I don’t really know. Emily’s only been in Pigskin. This is her first year to do Sing. Back then, I was 20 or 19, and to me, it’s the same. I think Baylor still puts as big of an emphasis on it as when I was there, maybe bigger. From talking with [my daughter Emily], it seems like they practice a whole lot more. Our practices were at 9 at night at a car dealership. Maybe their dancing is a little more technical. Our dancing was extremely
8-11 p.m. — Eisley performs. $15-17. Common Grounds.
technical with the guys. The costumes are probably a little more upscale than what we did. How does it feel to watch your daughter perform? For my husband and I, we have such fond memories of that time. I think she’s having a good time, but she doesn’t realize the memories she’s going to make. I became so much closer with people I didn’t know that well, and I’ve kept up with them. I made some amazing friends, and it was the same with the ATOs. We can get together, and it’s like we haven’t missed a beat in 30 years. Does Emily also perform with Zeta? Yes. And my sister was a Zeta, so she’s a triple in-house legacy. A lot of my pledge sisters have daughters in Zeta, so we’re getting back together to watch our daughters go through this. It’s a lot of fun.
How has sharing this experience with your daughter affected your relationship? I think we’re a lot closer, and especially seeing David and I, I think she’s starting to realize she’s making lifelong friends. She’s starting to see, “Yeah, my parents met here,” which is pretty neat. And that we’re in the same sorority, I think there’s that connection that we know a lot of the same stuff. It’s an extra special thing. And she can go in the chapter room and see pictures of me, which is kind of crazy. Kind of like “Back to the Future,” a little bit. Regarding your upcoming visit to watch Emily perform, what are you most looking forward to? I’m just looking forward to her having fun, getting to spend that time with her, just being a part of that college experience and see her have a great time.
REVIEWS from Page B1 KAPPA OMEGA TAU “Bein’ Green”
6:30 p.m. — All-University Sing at Waco Hall. Sold out. 6:30-11:30 p.m. — Aaron Watson performs. Free admission. Extraco Event Center.
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PUT A RING ON IT Zeta Tau Alpha’s performs “Can You Hear the Bells” in this year’s AllUniversity Sing. Zeta Tau Alpha alumna Laurie Mershon performed in Sing while she was a Baylor student and now is watching her daughter, Emily Mershon, perform in Zeta Tau Alpha’s act this year.
From ballads to rap, the diverse repertoire of Kappa Omega Tau was matched by its high energy. It was clear they were having a good time and, lucky for those leprechauns, their upbeat tone carried through the whole performance. The overly simplistic dance moves were masked by impressive stage design and incredible vocals.
ZETA TAU ALPHA “Can You Hear the Bells?”
PHI KAPPA CHI “Fool’s Gold”
Ring by spring was definitely in the air in Zeta Tau Alpha’s performance of a bride and a journey that took different twists and turns. The vocals were a heavenly performance fit for a wedding. The simple dancing of the bridesmaid did not upstage the bride’s powerful voice. Despite not having a groom, the bride found one just in time to say, “I do.”
In a dichotomy of highenergy chase scenes and a chilling a cappella finale, Phi Kappa Chi delivered on all accounts. Despite the rocky start with some cultural insensitivity, the end message that God is the true treasure combined with incredible vocals made it a memorable performance. The integration of coordinated choreography and a relatable storyline was pure gold.
DELTA DELTA DELTA “Firefighters”
Delta Delta Delta gave a powerful performance to an equally powerful message. They danced and sang through the journey of getting the right to vote. While the singing and dancing were impressive, the execution of the message left something to be desired.
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6 “Point Break” co-star 7 Vision: Pref. 8 They’re meant for each other 9 Makes beloved 10 Informal discussion 11 Last book of Puzo’s “Godfather” trilogy 12 Bury 13 Alarm 18 “Trophy, Hypertrophied” artist 24 __ Men: “Who Let the Dogs Out” band 26 Follow 27 Rail system that services 20-Across 28 Dahomey, since 1975 31 One at a time 33 Actor Damon 36 OPEC founding member 37 Ring fighter
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SING 1. CHI OMEGA “ICE ICE BABY” 2. KAPPA SIGMA “LEWIS & CLARK: THE CORPS OF DISCOVERY” 3. DELTA TAU DELTA “FIREFIGHTERS” 4. PI KAPPA PHI AND ALPHA CHI OMEGA “THE ART OF ESPIONAGE” 5. PHI GAMMA DELTA “TO LANDS BEYOND” 6. BETA THETA PI “RAIDERS OF THE LOST ACT” 7. KAPPA KAPPA GAMMA “FOREVER YOUNG” 8. KAPPA CHI ALPHA “HOW TO SAVE A LIFE” 9. PHI KAPPA CHI “FOOL’S GOLD” 10. SING ALLIANCE “PIECE BY PIECE” 11. DELTA DELTA DELTA “SISTER SUFFRAGETTE” 12. SIGMA CHI “BEAR BUCKS” 13. ALPHA DELTA PI “SWAN’S SHADOW” 14. KAPPA OMEGA TAU “BEIN’ GREEN” 15. PI BETA PHI “BONJOUR, PARIS!” 16. ZETA TAU ALPHA “CAN YOU HEAR THE BELLS?” 17. KAPPA ALPHA THETA “MISS SPECTACULAR”
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STARING INTO THE FACE OF ADVERSITY Lady Bears basketball head coach Kim Mulkey crouches on the sideline in a game against the Oklahoma Sooners on Jan. 29 in Waco. The Lady Bears won the game 92-58. This game was one of only six games to be nationally televised this season.
Lady Bears receive sparse coverage NATHAN KEIL Sports Writer Seemingly every night from the end of November through March, if you want to watch some college hoops, all you have to do is turn on ESPN or any other station within its family of networks to get your basketball itch scratched. However, if you are looking for women’s college basketball, you might just have to look a little bit harder. Why is this? According to Michael Graber, a sports cinematographer, the way that TV networks decide on which games to air ultimately comes down to money. “In sports TV, the tail wags the dog. The money goes where the audience is,” Graber said in Kelly Wallace’s March 14 2016 article for CNN entitled “The Real March Madness: When
will women’s teams get equal buzz?” “Money will go to women’s sports as soon as an audience wants to watch women, so the best way to support women athletes is by attending women’s sports in the first place.” If fans in the stands and wins on the scoreboard equal television appearances, then why are the Baylor Lady Bears not on national television more? Head coach Kim Mulkey and the Lady Bears are 24-2 overall, 13-1 in Big 12 play, and sit one game behind Texas for the conference lead. They have been ranked in the top 10 the entire season and have an average attendance of 6,088 at the Ferrell Center. The men average about 800 more people per contest, but, more people showed up to watch the Lady
Bears set an NCAA record for margin of victory with a 14032 win over Winthrop on Dec. 15 than showed up when the men’s team upset No. 4 Oregon on Nov. 15. The Lady Bears also drew a larger crowd in their home opener against Houston Baptist University than the men did against Oral Roberts University. And yet there is a great disparity between the number of women’s games on TV compared to the number of men’s games on TV. The Lady Bears have played 10 games this season against ranked opponents. Only two of them, at Tennessee and a home game against Oklahoma, have been broadcast on the ESPN family of networks. Another three games, both games against West Virginia and a home game against
IS 2016-17 THE ACTUAL YEAR OF THE BEAR? Baylor athletics’ current rankings as of Feb. 17, 2017 Football: No. 9 Men’s basketball: No. 1 Lady Bears basketball: No. 2 Men’s golf: No. 13 Women’s golf: No. 23 Equestrian: No. 1 Soccer: No. 68 (out of 334) Men’s tennis: No. 13 Women’s cross country: No. 23 Softball: No. 23
Texas, which saw both teams enter with a combined 37game winning streak, made it on Fox Sports networks. This unbalanced distribution of games did not sit well with Mulkey after her team had just knocked off No. 9 UCLA 84-70 and before her team was about to travel to take on No. 3 Connecticut, with neither being broadcast on ESPN. “I think that it’s really sad that ESPN did not pick up this game [UCLA], and for the most part it was a good game,” Mulkey said. “Thursday is going to be on a New York Station. We are playing two good teams in top 10, and neither game was picked up by ESPN.” It wasn’t just the Baylor games that weren’t being picked up that upset Mulkey. It was other high quality
women’s college basketball games as well. “Ohio State just played South Carolina, and that game wasn’t picked up either,” Mulkey said. “But they did get Texas and Stanford on there.” Even the University of Connecticut, which just won its 100th consecutive game on Monday by beating No. 6 South Carolina 66-55, has only had eight games this season nationally broadcast on ESPN. Even though many of its games have been available to stream via the Watch ESPN app for smart phones, tablets and computers. When the season is all said and done, Baylor will have had five women’s basketball games air on ESPN this season. Comparatively, the men’s team, which has also risen through the rankings and sits at No. 6 right now, will have
had 25 games, including all but one conference game, air on ESPN. The one conference game not airing will be the Bears’ showdown with Kansas, as it will air at noon Saturday on CBS. This does not take into account the Phillips 66 Big 12 championship for the men. The conference tournament for the women will air on the Fox Sports networks, but ESPN does own the rights to the Women’s NCAA tournament. The Lady Bears return to action at 5 p.m. Saturday against Oklahoma State in the Sic ’Em for the Cure game at the Ferrell Center. Baylor will have its last ESPN televised game at 8 p.m. Monday when the Lady Bears travel to Austin for a rematch against Texas.
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Sports Take: Men’s basketball still has much to accomplish JAKOB BRANDENBURG Reporter Baylor men’s basketball is ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll and is off to the best start in program history. However, the Bears have lost three of their last five games. At a time like this, it is important to remember that this team hasn’t accomplished anything yet. The last time a Baylor men’s basketball team won a conference championship of any kind was in 1950. For those of you younger than 67, that was in the old Southwest Conference and occurred 44 years before the Big 12 even existed. Since that last Baylor title, every other school in the Big 12 has won at least six conference championships in basketball, either in the regular season or by winning the conference tournament. However, if that is too wide of a scope of history for you, let’s look just at what Baylor
basketball has done under coach Scott Drew. In 2012 and 2014, the Bears played in the conference championship game. In 2010 and 2012, Baylor made it all the way to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament, losing to the eventual national champion both times. Unless this year’s team at least matches those feats, they will fall short of the expectations the program has created for itself. What this Baylor team does in the postseason is critical, especially due to the embarrassing round of 64 losses the last two seasons. In 2015, Baylor won 24 games and was awarded a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. They were upset in their opening game by 14seed Georgia State. The next year, the Bears won 22 games and were given a five seed. That ended with another firstround loss, this time to 12seed Yale. The 2017 Bears have already
won 22 games and earlier this season rose to the No. 1 ranking for the first time in program history. Joe Lunardi’s “Bracketology” projects the Bears will be a No. 1 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. That all goes down the drain with another early exit during March Madness. To this Baylor team’s credit, they know they still have work to do. Led by the team’s lone senior, Ish Wainright, the Bears have adopted the mantra “We Still Suck.” It serves to remind the Bears that despite their success, they still haven’t earned national respect and that their team goals, namely conference and national championships, are still ahead of them. The Bears have five games left on their schedule. They are still in position to end Kansas’ streak of 12 consecutive regular-season Big 12 Championships, and the Bears will have a big say in that when the Jayhawks visit Waco on Saturday.
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CHARGING IN Baylor sophomore guard King McLure drives the lane in a game against the TCU Horned Frogs on Feb. 11 in Waco. Baylor won the game 70-52.
The Bears have another chance to make their mark at the Big 12 Tournament from March 8-11 in Kansas City. Then the final and most
important test comes when the field of 68 teams is set to battle for the national championship. This team has the potential to not only be the best that
Drew has coached, but the best the school has ever had. We’ll see if they can live up to it, or if they’ll just be another footnote in Baylor basketball history.
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Astros build team, complex for the future of baseball ASSOCIATED PRESS WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Getting to the Houston Astros’ clubhouse at the new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches can be a spring workout in itself. There are dirt roads to traverse, stray nuts and bolts to avoid and paper signs taped to ceilings telling interlopers which corridors they may not take. Once there, though, it’s easy to see why the Astros are so excited to have ended their 30plus year stay in Kissimmee. The half-full clubhouse was oddly quiet Wednesday for the first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers until a member of the construction crew walked with one of the Astros clubhouse managers to the audio/video control unit mounted on one of the walls. Suddenly Queen’s “Bicycle Race” blared from the ceilingmounted speakers. Check another item off the list.
“It’s more than we need,” catcher Brian McCann said. “It’s first class in all sense of the word.” The clubhouse itself is at least the size of the Astros’ locker room at Minute Maid Park, if not bigger. On Wednesday, all of the 10 large flat-screen televisions were either dark or displayed an internal setup menu. Perhaps the most important upgrade? The threehour Grapefruit League bus trips are now a rarity. They share the complex with the Nationals, are a 20-minute drive from the site used by the Cardinals and Marlins, and are 45 minutes from the Mets. The Astros’ side of the $150 million Ballpark of the Palm Beaches features six full practice fields, an additional turf infield, two batting structures with 10 cages each and a new video room, which may or may not be functional at the moment. “We’ve got cameras
NEW BEGINNINGS For the first time since 1985, the Houston Astros will be somewhere other than Osceola County Stadium complex Kissimmee, Fla., for Spring training.
everywhere,” Houston manager A.J. Hinch said before pausing. “Maybe not now. I’m not sure what’s completely done. I ask for patience from our guys.” Hinch made the remarks while standing at home plate of the artificial turf infield, some of his words rendered almost unintelligible by the buzz saw being operated a few
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dozen feet away. That shouldn’t pose much of a distraction considering they are accustomed to tens of thousands of boisterous fans once the season starts. When complete, the complex will allow the Astros to operate more efficiently, Hinch hopes, thereby helping them live up to the lofty expectations for this season.
“We’re going to embrace them,” Hinch said. “It’s not being arrogant or cocky or not respecting the rest of the league. It’s just an admittance that we have a pretty good group and we’ve played some pretty good baseball.” Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers, both of whom missed time last season, lead a talented pitching staff that under-performed last season. Both proclaimed their arms healthy. “I wasn’t the first manager to name the opening day starter — I’m very disappointed,” Hinch joked. “I want to see them on the mound and I want to see them healthy. I think right now distinctions like that are very premature on our particular team.” Hinch plans to push Keuchel, McCullers and crew early in camp. “We’re not going to kill them, but we’ve got to get them sore,” Hinch said. “We’ve got to get them tired. Their legs are going to be heavy. Same way
with the position players when they get here. This is a training six weeks. We’re not going to tip-toe and be careful.” With the complex still technically a construction site, fans won’t be allowed to watch the workouts in person until Saturday. The ballpark will host its first game when its two tenants take the field on Feb. 28. Upon arrival, those unfamiliar with the area will have a tough time discerning that before hosting a spring training complex, the site was once a landfill. “It smells of something a little funny coming in, but we can make due with that if that means a little bit nicer things,” Keuchel cracked. “Not to say anything bad about Kissimmee, because Kissimmee was nice for 30-something years, but we’re now in the 21st century with some of this nice stuff and a little bit better locker room and facility.”
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Oakley thinks Dolan feud can’t be resolved JIM BAUMBACH Tribune News Service Charles Oakley doesn’t expect his feud with Knicks owner James Dolan to ever end, saying “some things can’t be solved.” And the former Knicks forward may have started a new feud of sorts with the NBA by saying commissioner Adam Silver’s meeting with Oakley and Dolan on Monday at the league office was an effort “to make themselves look good.” Oakley’s latest comments, from an interview with Sports Illustrated on Thursday, were
Rangers, Napoli reunited for third stint ASSOCIATED PRESS SURPRISE, Ariz. — Mike Napoli has rejoined the Texas Rangers for the third time, calling it a great opportunity to be back with his first World Series team. The Rangers re-introduced Napoli on Thursday morning. He got an $8.5 million, oneyear contract that includes a club option for 2018, with the expectation to be the primary first baseman and provide a needed big bat. Napoli has played in the World Series for three different teams over the past six seasons. He went to the World Series with Texas in 2011, was part of a championship in Boston in 2013 and helped the Indians reach Game 7 last year in his only season with Cleveland. “I’ve been fortunate enough in my career to be on a lot of winning ballclubs,” Napoli said. “Coming back here is definitely something that I saw was a chance to do that.” Napoli will get a $6 million salary this year from the team that has won the AL West title the past two seasons. The agreement includes an $11 million club option for 2018 with a $2.5 million buyout. In his first season with Texas in 2011, Napoli hit .320 with 30 homers in 113 regularseason games and had 10 RBIs in the World Series. He was the starting catcher for the AL All-Star team in 2012, though he also played first base during that two-year span in Texas before going to the Red Sox as a free agent. He played some left field in 2015. “No intro needed,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “Obviously a guy that has been part of some big moments for the Rangers over the years here, and looking forward to some big moments with him again, and glad to have him back.” Manager Jeff Banister plans for Napoli to be the primary first baseman, with some games as the designated hitter. Mitch Moreland won a Gold Glove as the Rangers’ first baseman last season. He became a free agent and agreed to a $5.5 million, one-year deal with Boston. Despite only being around Napoli for the end of the 2015 season, Banister saw the slugger’s relentless pursuit of wanting to win a World Series. “It was an absolute joy to be around him,” Banister said. “Another part of the glue that puts together, in my mind, when we start thinking about a championship run.” The 35-year-old Napoli, going into his 12th major league season, set career highs with 34 homers and 101 RBIs with Cleveland last year. He is a .252 career hitter with the Los Angeles Angels (2006-10), Texas (2011-12, 2015), Boston (2013-15) and Cleveland.
made three days after Silver summoned Oakley and Dolan together and then painted an optimistic picture of a future reconciliation at Madison Square Garden. But on Thursday, Oakley criticized the league for giving the impression that a single meeting could resolve the issues that he said led to the Feb. 8 altercation with MSG security that resulted in his being dragged out, handcuffed and arrested. “I told them I’d rather go to jail than them saying they did something for me,” Oakley said, referring to the meeting with Silver, Dolan and Michael
Jordan, an Oakley friend, who was on a conference call. “That’s how bad this is for me. I’d rather go to jail.” An NBA spokesman did not return messages seeking comment. A spokesman for Dolan declined to comment. Oakley also didn’t respond to messages Thursday afternoon from Newsday. Silver released a statement hours after Monday’s meeting in which he said both Oakley and Dolan were “apologetic” and also that Dolan “expressed his hope that Mr. Oakley would return to MSG as his guest in the near future.” But Oakley made it clear
Thursday that he’s not ready to move on. “My life is going to change a lot because it’s just like getting a DUI sometime or going to jail for murder,” he said. “It’s something on my record. If you Google my name, it’s going to come up. And that hurts.” And he was bothered that Silver gave the impression that reconciliation is near. “I feel like I was pulled out of the meeting as I was pulled out of the Garden,” Oakley said. Oakley criticized his former teammates who have not yet spoken up on his behalf in the wake of the incident at
the Knicks-Clippers game. He also declined to say whether he will pursue a lawsuit against Dolan or MSG. “I don’t know,” he said. “My team, we’re not going to expose our hand because we don’t have to expose our hand.” Oakley also continued on the offensive against Dolan, who _ in a radio interview two days after the altercation _ raised the possibility that Oakley has a drinking problem. Oakley compared Dolan to disgraced former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was banned for life from the league and forced
to sell the team in 2014 after the revelation of his past racist comments. “This man has been around for a long time,” Oakley said of Dolan. “I ain’t heard nothing good about him.” He also called Dolan “a control freak.” Oakley acknowledged that his comments might bother some people at the league office, but he wasn’t concerned about the ramifications of his comments. “Yeah, I might hear from the NBA about this,” he said. “But I ain’t saying nothing bad.”
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Baylor Bears Baseball vs. Niagara University Purple Eagles Coverage begins at 6:05 p.m.
Baylor Bears Baseball vs. Niagara University Purple Eagles Coverage begins at 11:45 a.m.
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12 p.m. #4 Lady Bears Basketball vs.OK State Cowgirls Coverage begins at 4:45 p.m.
Baylor Bears Baseball vs. Nevada Wolf Pack Coverage begins at 6:15 p.m.
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Friday, February 17, 2017 The Baylor Lariat
Sports Take: BU vs. KU, all or nothing BEN EVERETT Sports Writer No. 4-ranked Baylor men’s basketball hosts No. 3 Kansas this Saturday at the Ferrell Center in a matchup that is arguably the most important game in head coach Scott Drew’s time in Waco. When Drew arrived in 2003, the men’s basketball program was mired in scandal. Nevertheless, he has taken the team to heights never before seen by Baylor basketball fans. With an NCAA Tournament bid this season, which is a lock at this point, the Bears will have made the big dance four straight years, a feat that no Baylor men’s basketball team has pulled off before. However, with two Elite Eights and a Sweet Sixteen under his belt, Drew has seen deep tournament runs. What he hasn’t seen is success against the Big 12’s top dog. Since 2009-10, around the time the Bears rose to national relevance, Drew has had just two wins over the Jayhawks in 15 tries. Additionally, Baylor has yet to win a Big 12 Championship, with Kansas winning the league every year since 2005. This season started out promising for Baylor in terms of obtaining the Big 12 title. In the nonconference games, the Bears looked strong, knocking off multiple ranked teams and garnering media attention. To start conference play, they were able to remain undefeated and reach the No. 1 ranking before falling to West Virginia. However, the race was still on, as the Jayhawks fell in Morgantown, W.Va. as well. The first meeting between Baylor and Kansas happened on Feb. 1 in Lawrence, Kan. Despite a history of losing by a large margin at Kansas, the Bears hung in and almost
IT’S A BLOCK PARTY Baylor sophomore guard Jake Linsey blocks a shot in a game against the Kansas Jayhawks on Feb. 1 in Lawrence, Kan. The Bears lost the game 73-68.
stole a win, losing by only five points. The loss dropped Baylor back one spot in the Big 12 standings, and subsequent losses to Kansas State and Texas Tech have the Bears now two games back from the Jayhawks. The only reasonable way
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for Baylor to fight its way back into the conversation for best team in the conference is by beating the current best team in the conference. Yet the motivation for downing the Jayhawks doesn’t just come from a standpoint of conference championships, it comes from a recent history of
falling short. Earlier this year, a fivepoint loss. In the 2016 season, the Bears fell by eight at the Ferrell Center. In 2015, that margin was just one. That’s why Saturday’s showdown is such an important one. The Bears won in Kansas
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Saturday on the hardwood. The best team, record wise, in Baylor history went 30-8, knocked off the No. 3-ranked Kansas Jayhawks and made it all the way to the Elite Eight. That was five years ago. Let’s see what this team can do.
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