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Park-Tech Waco implements fitness course in city parks through QR codes BROOKE HILL Staff Writer Being on your phone and working out are two activities that normally aren’t associated. If anything, you might use your cell phone for music to work out to. However, that could be changing if you regularly exercise in one of Waco’s many city parks. The QR FIT Trail is a hightech fitness course designed for individuals of all ages. It is composed of a series of signposts placed along the parks, with each sign post or station featuring Quick Response, also known as QR, codes that link a user’s smartphone to workout instructions and instructional videos. Park visitors can use the camera on their smartphones to scan the QR codes on each sign. Each workout station offers four workout options that focus on either core, upper body, lower body or flexibility. For users who may be intimidated by the difficulty of the exercises, the fitness system provides users the option to select beginner, intermediate or advanced levels of difficulty. No additional fitness equipment is necessary to perform these exercises. According to Public Health Education Specialist Sujana Shah, the key partners in this project are the City of Waco, Live Well Waco Coalition, Waco-McLennan County Public Health District , the Parks and Recreation Department and the Texas Department of State Health Services. “At the public health district, one of our priorities is to encourage

people to lead healthier lives,” Shah said. “We want to create healthy living opportunities for the community and one way we can do this is by creating different ways for people to be more physically active.” This fitness course has been installed in 11 parks around Waco — Alta Vista Park, Bell’s Hill Park, Bledsoe-Miller Park, Brazos Park East, Brooklyn Park, Council Acres Park, East Waco Park, Gurley Park, Kendrick Park, Oakwood Park and Oscar DuConge Park. “People will have something different and fun to keep them active,” Shah said. “They can now utilize the parks for a fun and active fitness program besides just talking a walk. Visitors won’t get bored with the same routine since the videos are updated monthly and there are different intensity levels within each exercise.” There are signs labeled Station 1 through Station 5 at every park, with each resulting in a different workout video. Some signs even equate the calories being burned to foods, stating that walking one mile would result in burning off 14 potato chips, while walking four and a half miles would burn off one slice of pepperoni pizza. “People have been very excited about this new addition to the park,” Shah said. “They love the idea of being able to follow someone on their smartphone that can guide them

with different exercises. We have seen children doing the exercises with their parents and having a great time. That is exactly what we were hoping for — for families to stay active and have fun.” Sarah Miller, part time lecturer in the health, human performance & recreation department, said that she experienced many difficulties when trying to use the QR scanner. She had to download three different apps before finding one that worked. “It was really weird,” Miller said. “Once I finally got it where it would scan, it actually never worked accurately. The exercise didn’t match the location. The PARK >> Page video that I

EASY FITNESS Waco is implementing QR codes in 11 city parks to aid individuals in their daily workout routine. The QR codes will link to the user’s phone and give the user workout instructions and instructional videos. Each workout station will offer four different workout options varying from core to flexibility. Rewon Shimray | Cartoonist


Controversial Baylor emails discuss sexual assault response PHOEBE SUY Staff Writer

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SPEAKING OUT Sierra Smith, a senior student, was a keynote speaker on a student panel at the Texas Tribune Festival this weekend. Smith advocates a bill that would mark students transcripts after they have been expelled or suspended from a university.

Student speaks out about sexual assault at Texas Tribune Festival CAMERON BOCANEGRA Reporter Mansfield senior Sierra Smith participated as a keynote speaker on the sexual assault panel at the Texas Tribune Festival over the weekend. She spoke on recent Title IX changes and her advocacy of a bill that would require state colleges and universities that receive public funding to mark the transcripts of students suspended or expelled even after they have transferred. A few months after her assault in April 2016, she said she reported the incident Vol.118 No. 10

because of the weight of the trauma affecting her daily life at on campus. “Federally, Title IX is suppose to take around sixty days to close a report or investigate, but mine took nearly a year,” Smith said. Her case was one of many during the period of Baylor’s sexual assault scandals, but hers focused on protecting the next survivors of her assailant since her assailant was able to transfer before the investigation was complete and start over with a clean transcript. “When you’re accusing someone, you go in feeling like you are going to lose,”

Smith said. “The entire time I was going through the process, I heard something more deterring everyday and it made me even more hopeless towards the end of the investigation.” Eventually, Smith’s assailant was found guilty, but he had already found a new life at another school that was unaware of his past. “It is not fair for his next victim at the next university to go against his word when his word has already been proven to mean nothing,” Smith stated. “Now he

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Emails from former Interim President Dr. David Garland were revealed in a lawsuit filing Wednesday. The prosecution’s lawyer said the wording of the emails speak to a larger picture in which Baylor victim-blames survivors of sexual assault. The emails were exchanged between Garland and vice president for student life Dr. Kevin Jackson, in June 2016 following a rally of sexual assault survivors on campus. “It was heartrending to hear the deeply wounding experiences of the survivors, yet at the same time, the courage each demonstrated was inspiring,” Jackson wrote. In the emails, Garland tells Jackson of two radio programs he listened to on the way from Big 12 conference meetings. “I listened to ESPN rake the president [Ken Starr] over the coals — in my view —justifiably, for his blatantly obvious self-serving attempt to protect himself and his reputation,” Garland wrote. “I then listened to Fresh Air on NPR and the interview with the author of the confessional ‘Blackout,’ which added another perspective for me of what is going on in the heads of some women who may seem willingly to make themselves victims.” Garland went on to discuss the connection between his work on a commentary of the book of Romans and the Pepper Hamilton report. He wrote that the two function similarly, in that they discuss what happened, what went wrong and ways to remedy the situation. “The difference is that God is the one who took the steps to remedy the situation,” Garland said. Waco lawyer Jim Dunnam, who represents the ten

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Kick off our Hispanic Heritage Month by learning about culture It’s time to properly celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, we have 30 days to learn, appreciate and honor the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to culture and society. During Hispanic Heritage Month, Hispanic arts and culture are celebrated for how they have positively enriched our society. This month is important to celebrate because it allows us to look past skin color and country of origin in order to truly see a person and a culture’s collective accomplishments. Notable Hispanic figures such as Sonia Sotomayor, Selena and Cesar Chavez broke barriers and blazed the trail for a generation of young Hispanic Americans. However, despite the size and history of America’s Hispanic population, we are still recognizing a generation of firsts. It is astounding that American society has yet to break through many unseen racial barriers. We do not realize what these racial barriers are until a news outlet announces the first Latina Supreme Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, or the first Latin American to play in major league baseball since 1873, Luis Manuel Castro. These barriers are evident across the entertainment industry, politics and medicine. To move past this generation of firsts, we need to look at contributions of Hispanic Americans and how we can inspire younger generations, beginning with representation. For any child to dream past media-fed images of what success looks like, that child will need to see someone who looks like them achieving and progressing in society. Along with celebrating Hispanic arts and culture, we should celebrate the people who have contributed to Hispanic and American culture. There are many names such as Diego Rivera, who established the Mexican mural movement in Mexican art, and Frida Kahlo, whose art was brutally honest about the roles of women and social classes in society, that gave

Hispanic Americans a different light to stand in. Hispanic Heritage Month started in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson as what was originally “Hispanic Heritage Week;” it was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to a month-long celebration. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a Hispanic or Latino is “a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.” The largest minority in the U.S. is Hispanics, and this is evident in how embedded Mexican, Puerto Rican and Cuban cultures are in American culture. In 2015, the Census Bureau estimated that 17 percent of the U.S. population is Hispanic. The states with the largest Hispanic populations are California, Texas and Florida, each with Hispanic Americans accounting for half of the state’s population. The contributions that Hispanic Americans have made to America extend beyond economic benefits. It is the cultural, creative and spirit that is embedded into the music we listen to, the food we eat and the movies we watch. During this observance of heritage, we are given the headspace to reflect on how empty America would be without the cultures and people sprinkled in from Latin America. If we, as a country, forget or choose to ignore the contributions minorities have made to the majority, it will become easier to have a narrowminded and ignorant view of an entire group of people. We must observe Hispanic Heritage Month in respectful and considerate ways. These 30 days are vital to becoming multi-dimensional Americans. We are all connected to each other as citizens. Our ideas and energies combine to make America. When we recognize the variety and beauty of Hispanic culture and contributions, we recognize ourselves.

Last week, ESPN SportsCenter host Jemele Hill vaulted into the national media spotlight when she tweeted out her views on the current President of the United States. Hill released a string of tweets calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist”. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about Hill in a press conference Wednesday and responded by saying Hill’s actions were a “fireable offense.” Of course, in today’s polarizing political landscape, the public has seemingly taken sides on the matter. Some, like her current and former colleagues, have come to her aide and supported her statements about the president. Others have said a statement made like that against, for example, former President Barack Obama, would have resulted in an immediate firing. I am an advocate of the First Amendment. I believe that the freedom to express an opinion freely is crucial to a functional society and Hill shouldn’t face any backlash. However, ESPN has a rough history when it comes to dealing with its employee’s political antics. There have been a number of instances in the past in which ESPN employees expressed themselves via social media and were reprimanded by their employer for it. Former baseball analyst Curt Schilling was suspended and then subsequently fired for multiple political rants, including a tweet in which he compared Muslims to Nazis. Longtime SportsCenter anchor Linda Cohn was reportedly told to take a day off after she speculated that ESPN’s increasingly political sports coverage was a factor in viewership decline. Former ESPN reporter Britt McHenry further polarized the Hill situation by saying on Twitter that she was reprimanded by the company for favoriting tweets that expressed conservative political views. Former senior writer Bill Simmons, who was suspended by ESPN for three weeks for calling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar, applauded Hill for using her platform to put ESPN in a tricky situation. ESPN seemingly leans left on the political spectrum, so reprimanding an African-American woman for speaking out against Trump would not be received well by their employees or a portion of their fanbase. ESPN has responded by saying that Hill’s actions are a violation of their standards and that they will deal with the issue internally. Hill released an apology on Twitter that was later accepted by ESPN, resulting in no punishment for her. No matter what my political views are, I believe ESPN needs to be consistent with their punishment in these situations, and punish Hill as well. Since the sports media giant has been scrutinized for being too liberal, taking sides in a matter as black and white as insulting the opposite political party would only cause the scrutiny to grow. By not reprimanding Hill in any way, ESPN is taking a side. Ben is a junior Baylor Business Fellows major from Monroe, La.


Divorce can be hard but is not the end of the world MADISON FRASER Reporter “Divorce is hard, especially on the children.” This common phrase is often said by relatives, neighbors, friends, colleagues or really anyone who has heard the news that someone is getting divorced. However, when those children grow to be adults and their parents get divorced, the impact seems more intense. I was beginning my first year as a transfer student at Baylor, thousands of miles away from home when I received the phone call my mom was planning to move across the country, without my dad. This came as such a shock to me because I was halfway through college and my older brother was already three years out of college. We were supposed to have been in the clear. Growing up, I saw my friends’ parents separate or divorce and I always feared my

parents would be next. But of course, they were a strong couple that put the needs of their children first. They hardly fought and they always worked together as a team. My brother and I only saw them as great parents, but missed what their relationship lacked behind the scenes. What I saw from the divorces of my friends’ parents was that young children adapted the easiest. Their schedules were set for them and they knew which parent they would see each day. I, on the other hand, had the hardest time with what came next. Because my mom moved across the country and my dad still lived in our California home, I worried about how the holidays would work and how much time I would get to see each parent. These worries became part of my routine and haven’t gone away. I struggled through my first year at Baylor because of the divorce. In college, there’s so much that constantly changes, and the one thing you’re supposed to be able to count on in your life is your home and who lives in it. What I learned through my parents’ divorce, however, is that they are real people too. I think I wouldn’t have realized that as

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quickly if I were younger when they had separated. While it hurt to go through the pain of my family separating, I saw the need for my mom to have a different life. As a child, I wouldn’t have been able to understand the choices they each made for themselves. Selfishly, I would have rather seen them work through things and reconcile. But being older and arguably wiser, I was able to understand and empathize with them. Today, I still struggle with the uncertainty that came from the divorce. My parents have moved, gotten new jobs and found new partners. Everything that comes from change is frustrating, but I have learned so much about myself, and my family, through this process. Ultimately, you have the opportunity as an adult to handle the difficulties life throws at you in a way that will positively affect your future. I am honored to come from a family that is no longer perfect. It has taught me to fight for the things that better me and be willing to let go of the things that do not. Endings are hard, but changes can be for the better. Madison is a senior journalism major from Berlin, Md.

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Livingstone discusses future plans for university JESSICA BABB Broadcast Managing Editor Dr. Linda Livingstone has surpassed the 100-day mark of her new role as Baylor University’s president. Since coming to Baylor, she has focused on implementing new policies and leadership roles which aim to help the university heal from recent events. In an interview with Lariat TV News, Livingstone discussed an upcoming accreditation review, goals for the university’s endowment and her plans for future growth. This interview has been shortened and condensed, but the full version is available online at Q: Baylor is facing an accreditation review in early October. What steps has the university taken to be ready for this review? I would say even before we got the warning from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC), the university was already well on its way to addressing the issues they ultimately raised in the letter they sent to us. We have made significant progress to put in place the right processes, policies and procedures to ensure the safety, health and well-being of our students. We have enhanced the staffing at the counseling center, we have enhanced staffing at our Title IX office, and we just opened the Beauchamp Addiction Recovery Center. All of those things are important, given that one of those standards is about the environment for students on our campus. I work very closely with Mack Rhoades, our athletic director, [and] he is deeply committed to the athletic program not only being successful athletically, but integrating fully into the life of the university and being a full partner at the university. And I think that when the team comes on campus, they will see the deep commitment that we have to our students, to the policies and procedures and guidelines of the SACSCOC, and we have made tremendous progress there. We have a very extensive document that outlines all we have done related to the 105 recommendations, some of which, not all of which, tie to the areas which SACSCOC is looking at. So we are looking forward to them being on campus, being able to show them all that we have done at this institution and hopefully being an example for others for the ways that you can work through a very difficult circumstance, learn from that and really get to a much better place that we hope will help other institutions to avoid some of the challenges that we had. Q: Remedying these concerns is a slow-moving process. Do students have anything to be concerned about with the upcoming review, or should we feel confident that Baylor will not lose its accreditation in the future? We are confident we will come through this in a positive way. We feel like we are doing all the right things to make progress, and we feel that will be reflected in what the committee looks at. I

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think students can feel confident that we are in a very good place, that we will be working very closely with the accreditation body to make sure we work through this in a way that is positive for our students and is also positive for the accrediting body.

to use those to help us work through the issues we have been dealing with. So, it really has not had a significant impact on the endowment, in fact, last year’s endowment returns were some of the best that we have ever had at the institution.

Q: How important is it to grow the endowment? Growing the endowment is a very high priority for us. Our endowment is about $1.23 billion, which sounds like a lot of money, and it is, but for the size of institution we are, our endowment per student is quite low. In order to fund students at the level we need to ensure they have the financial capacity to go to school, to support faculty research and teaching at the level we need to, it’s really important that [the] endowment grows. So really, we want to at least double that endowment over a period of time so we have a much better foundation and become less dependent on tuition dollars to fund the important priorities of the university.

Q: Can you talk about some of your plans to implement and craft your new leadership team? In a role like this, you only get things done through collaboration of a leadership team at the institution. We are a very large and complex place, and so it takes a lot of people working together to move the institution forward. We are in the process of doing that. We have announced a couple of retirements from positions on the university’s leadership team, and we are now, because of that, looking at how do we then realign the structure of that executive committee or executive counsel as it is called to ensure we have the right people in the right places to move us forward. What we are looking at is how that group of leadership aligns with where we are going in terms of strategic direction of the institution, and so over the next couple of months we will be making some additional adjustments in terms of the positions reporting those kinds of things and be in a very good place to move the institution forward in the coming months.

Q: Was the endowment hurt by the Title IX scandal? Well the university went into the last couple of years in a very strong financial position and had significant reserves set aside, which any institution should have in case issues arise, and so, because of that, because we had reserves in place, we were able

New DACA clinic renews hope in students JULIA VERGARA Staff Writer The Baylor Law Immigration Clinic is taking action to help those affected by the recent rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. A DACA Renewal Clinic will be available starting Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Baylor Law School, which is located at 1114 S. University Parks Drive. Sorsha Huff, second-year law student and student coordinator for the Baylor Law Immigration Clinic, said that an individual has to be a current DACA holder in order to apply for renewal, and their DACA also has to expire on or before March 5, 2018. The clinic is expecting to help five to six clients on Tuesday, Huff said. They will be matched with a law student volunteer to assist them with completing their DACA renewal forms while a paralegal and an attorney supervise. Laura Hernández, professor of law and founder of the Baylor Law Immigration Clinic, said that they are going to fill out the clients’ paperwork and make copies of things that they need to send to the United States government. After the clinic, students will only need to include a picture of themselves and pay a $495 fee to the government. “All they are going to have to do when they

leave our clinic is just insert those things and their package is ready to be mailed,” Hernández said. Unlike some nonprofit legal service providers, Baylor’s clinic does not charge any fees. While other organizations sometimes charge according to the person’s ability to pay, Hernández said that their services are completely free.

We’re just trying to help in some way, and this is the way we’re able to.” LAURA HERNANDEZ | PROFESSOR OF LAW

“Everybody here is pretty dedicated,” Hernández said. “We’re just trying to help in some way, and this is the way we’re able to.”



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The DACA Renewal Clinic is taking place less than a month after the Trump Administration’s decision to end the program, which served to protect young immigrants from deportation. On Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Department of Homeland Security began to “phase out” DACA. “I just think DACA’s so important, and honestly it’s so tragic to see it go,” Huff said. “I’m just really hopeful that Congress is able to establish some kind of more permanent form of relief for non-citizens and DACA recipients.” According to the Law School’s website, Baylor established the DACA Immigration Clinic in 2012 when the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. through no fault of their own could qualify for deportation relief. Since then, it has assisted approximately 300 Waco residents with immigration needs. Baylor President Linda Livingstone released a statement on Sept. 6, assuring the Baylor community that the university is firmly committed to providing continued support for any students affected by the removal of DACA. “As congress considers the future of the DACA program, the university will continually monitor the situation on behalf of our students and will respond to the needs of our community as the situation unfolds,” Livingstone said.

was using didn’t match the space.” Miller said that she feels like the program appeals more to adults than college students or millennials. “I’m 37 and most of my friends are wanting to do it because they don’t want to pay for a gym membership,” Miller explained. A Texas Healthy Communities grant at just under $50,000 covered the costs associated with the project, according to Waco Tribune-Herald. The grant requires that they report back how many people throughout the city are using the system. Bledsoe-Miller Park, which had the highest number of visits, saw 77 hits in June, 104 in July, 55 in August and 26 in September, the Waco TribuneHerald reported. The 11 parks have had more than 1,000 total visits total in the last three months.



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Alpha Phi Omega searches for new members MADISON FRASER Reporter The service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, has been hosting recruitment meetings all week, looking for new students to join . At 7 p.m. Thursday, Alpha Phi Omega hosted an interest meeting in the Beckham Room of the Bill Daniel Student Union Building. Food and games were provided for students that gathered to listen to members of the fraternity share what service opportunities and social events they host. Alpha Phi Omega is a nation-wide fraternity that focuses on serving communities and the campuses they are apart of. At Baylor, the Zeta Omega chapter provides service opportunities for their members to take part in every day of the week. “A really rewarding service project we do is Adult Education,” said Clarendon Hills, Ill., junior Jillian Deboer. “It’s at the Heart of Texas Goodwill and we get to mentor adults looking to work up to getting their GED or learn English. It’s really special to meet people outside of the Baylor Bubble and help them further their education.” While the fraternity’s main focus is volunteering their time to organizations in the community, they also stress the importance of fellowship and brotherhood within the group.

Many members spoke about their desires to be a part of a traditional fraternity or sorority when they came to Baylor, but could not afford it or weren’t able to make the time commitment. Alpha Phi Omega operates like a traditional Greek Life organization, with formal recruitment once per semester, dues at $200 and GPA requirements of 2.5 for non-transfer students and a 3.0 for transfers. The organization also hosts formal dances and establish families within the fraternity to bond the students further. The organization is made up of a diverse group of students from all majors and walks of life. Each student brings something different to the group forming connections and having the focus of service at its core. “My enjoyment of college doubled because of Alpha Phi Omega,” said Argyle junior Matt Davenport. Through Alpha Phi Omega, Baylor students have the opportunity and privilege to connect on a deeper level with the Waco community. Some of the popular places the organization has volunteered at include the World Hunger Relief Farm, the Humane Society, Mission Waco, the Salvation Army and the Cameron Park Zoo. “You’re going to come away knowing not just Baylor, but also Waco, and that’s really special,” said Warner Robins, Ga., senior Ashley Thetford.

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BROTHERHOOD, FELLOWSHIP Alpha Phi Omega is a service fraternity that provides students with the opportunity to serve and experience fellowship.

FESTIVAL from Page 1 is continuing his education free of any consequences. He did something wrong and he was found guilty. There are repercussions that come with it.” During the panel, Smith, Texas Rep. J.M. Lozano, Sen. Kirk Watson, ESPN reporter Paula Levigne and Dr. Wanda Mercer, vice chancellor of the University of Texas System, discussed the recent changes Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has recently made. One of them being the reversal of a Title IX guideline from Obama’s administration. Universities will no longer be required to close sexual assault investigations within sixty

days and survivors will need to present even more proof to give the accused proper due process. “DeVos raising that proof level is going to deter survivors from coming forward even more,” Smith said during the panel. “It is already so hard to say something like this happened and now you are suppose to prove beyond the doubt that it did happen.” These big picture changes are ones Smith cannot battle alone, but she has help from lawmakers such as Lozano and Watson. Lozano has been working to revive her bill since it passed through the committee and

EMAIL from Page 1 anonymous plaintiffs in this lawsuit with Houston lawyer Chad Dunn, said he believes Garland was victim-blaming. “I can’t imagine that anybody would read it and not conclude it was victimblaming,” Dunnam said. “He’s talking about what’s going on in the heads of young women who willingly make themselves victims. If that’s not victim blaming, I don’t know what is.” Garland is currently on sabbatical and was not available for comment.

Pitman ordered Baylor to produce “all materials, communications and information provided to Pepper Hamilton as part of the investigation.” Dunnam said there have already been thousands of documents exchanged and he anticipates there will be hundreds of thousands of documents yet to come as a part of the discovery process. Dunnam said these emails were produced by Baylor in response to discovery requests

I can’t imagine that anybody would read it and not conclude it was victim-blaming.” JIM DUNNAM | LAWYER

Baylor said it intends to file a response to express its position on the discovery. “As stated previously, we will maintain our efforts to keep discovery focused on this specific case while protecting the privacy of our students and their records,” Baylor said in a statement. “This filing is one step in a long process, and out of respect for the legal proceedings in this case, the University will decline to comment further.” On Aug. 11, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman ruled that Baylor waived attorney-client privilege with Pepper Hamilton law firm when it released the findings and conclusions of the Pepper Hamilton investigation.

relevant to his clients’ claims. Dunnam is a Baylor alumnus from the class of 1986 and earned his juris doctorate degree from Baylor Law School in 1987. “To me, the students are the university, the alumni are the university. I believe that I’m representing the real university,” Dunnam said. “I’m embarrassed and appalled by how my alma mater, the leadership, has treated my fellow alumni and students.” The trial for this lawsuit has been set for October 2018. Garland is set to return to teaching at Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary in August 2018.

died in the senate. “I do believe the transcripts bill will move further along and possibly become law next session, especially in light of the Secretary DeVos ruling,” Lozano said. In many universities and colleges, student assailants have avoided repercussions for their actions by transferring to another institute before the investigation is complete. Dr. Mercer researches campus assaults and has reminded schools for years that college students will transfer to avoid disciplinary proceedings. “It grieves me that Baylor failed

to protect Sierra,” Mercer said. “Universities will say, ‘This should not follow an assailant for their entire life.’ Usually, if you are suspended, then the notation is on your transcript. It doesn’t follow them forever, but it follows them for the time that that sanction is assigned, at the least.” Although it is Smith’s senior year and Baylor’s name is gradually moving out of the spotlight, she is thankful for opportunities like the festival to advocate for a cause that will protect the justice of future sexual assault survivors. “At Baylor, I have gotten to watch the change in the community and

culture around this issue,” Smith said. “I have seen a huge switch in the way students react to things like this now. There is a lot of support. I see students really coming together to want to make a difference.” Smith said that every time she speaks out about her experience with sexual assault, her goal is to show other survivors that it is okay to speak openly and shamelessly about what has happened to them. “I never thought I’d be asked to represent a survivor’s point of view on a panel like this, but it is just so important that every survivor knows that they are not alone,” Smith said.


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Pulitzer Prize winner shares untold history of hope and legacy BAILEY BRAMMER Editor-in-Chief During the 15 years Pulitzer prize winning author and journalist Isabel Wilkerson spent researching the Great Migration, she came across appalling examples of segregation. For example, the suspension of a court trial because the hands of a black defendant could not touch the designated “white Bible,” and the illegality of a white man playing checkers with a man of color. While most Americans are familiar with the segregation of seats on a bus and separate water fountains, these examples stuck with Wilkerson and influenced her to share the untold stories of this period in American history. Wilkerson spoke to Baylor students at the Cashion Academic Center Monday afternoon about her New York Times bestselling novel “The Warmth of Other Suns,” as well as on the similarities between the Great Migration and America today. The lecture was part of Baylor’s Beall-Russell Lectures in Humanities series, which was created in 1982 by Muncie, Ind. native Virginia B. Ball. Past speakers include historian David McCullough and poet Maya Angelou. “To be human means at some point someone is going to migrate,” Wilkerson said. “This is the nature of the sacrifice made for all of us somewhere in our background, for us to be here in this moment, and I

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THE HOPE OF MIGRATION As part of Baylor’s Beall-Russell Lecture series, author and journalist Isabel Wilkerson spoke about her New York Times bestselling novel, “The Warmth of Other Suns,” and the Great Migration of African- Americans in the United States in the Cashion Academic Center Monday.

believe that have bequeathed us a beautiful burden.” Bob Darden, professor in the department of journalism, public relations and new media, introduced the lecture by reading passages from Wilkerson’s novel and relating the stories presented in the book to some of the issues facing immigrants today. “It is not about the past, it is about the present and it’s about the future,” Darden said. “And in doing so, it has the power to stir emotions like few books of history of any age.” Wilkerson has spoken at more than

200 colleges in the U.S., Europe and Asia, including Harvard University. While writing “The Warmth of Other Suns,” Wilkerson conducted more than 1,200 interviews to recount the true stories of three people who took part in the Great Migration. “This is our shared story,” Wilkerson said. “We often make the decision to go from one place to another when we need to break free. I’ve discovered through all of this travel that I’ve been doing with this book … is that this book is not about migration. In fact, no migration is about migration. This migration is about

freedom, and how far people are willing to go to achieve it.” Apart from her highly-praised novel, Wilkerson also won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 when she worked as the Chicago bureau chief of the New York Times. She was the first black woman to win the award, as well as the first AfricanAmerican to win for individual reporting. While addressing the importance of the history of the Great Migration, Wilkerson compared the United States to a house. She said that although storms may come, and you may not want to venture into the basement of the house after such horrible weather, not addressing the possible damage can be detrimental. “We may not want to go into that basement, but after the storm, if we ignore it, we are ignoring it at our own peril,” Wilkerson said. “Whatever is in that basement will come back to haunt us, and will only, in fact, be worse for our having ignored it. That is the power of history itself; it is allowing us to see what has gone before in time for us to make corrections and make adjustments now. A house is never finished a house needs constant renovation, constant reevaluation. Our country is very much like a house in that it is constantly called upon to make adjustments and reassess as needed.” Wilkerson was selected to speak at the Beall-Russell Lecture by a committee of Baylor faculty after a suggestion by Kevin Tankersley, full-time lecturer in the department of journalism, public relations and new media. Dr. Kimberly Kellison, associate dean for humanities and sciences as well as co-chair of the committee said Wilkerson was a perfect fit for the lecture series. “I think her story speaks to people in a variety of ways and I’m really happy that we had students, faculty members and staff members who came… and I think there’s some people who came from Dallas and maybe even from further away,” Kellison said. “I think it says a lot about what she talked about as far as the historical narrative of the Great Migration and the story of race in general in our society today.” Wilkerson emphasized that the Great Migration has impacted the entire country in many ways. Had the six million people who sought their freedom not chosen to leave their homes, we may never have known names such as Jesse Owens or Toni Morrison. In light of their journey, Wilkerson believes that we should come together instead of driving each other toward division. “I am convinced that the people who made these various migrations did not migrate only to have their descendants fighting one another and divided, not seeing the humanity in one another,” Wilkerson said. “I would like to believe that they made the sacrifice so that life would be better for succeeding generations, that there would be more of a recognition of how much we all have in common.”

Expert shares how students can execute work-life balance KAITLYN DEHAVEN Design Editor Balancing school, work and life can be a hard task for college students and adults alike. Luckily, Baylor has a resource in Dr. Emily Hunter, an assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship at Baylor, who is an expert on achieving work-life balance. Hunter said that work-life balance is not the same for everyone. Instead, she said that it varies from person to person and it may change many times throughout one’s lifetime. “To me, balanced does not mean equal,” Hunter said. “I think that balance is different for every person and I’m a strong believer that you have to define balance for yourself.” According to a mental health study done by the Associates Press and MTV in 2008, six in ten students have felt so stressed in the past month that they could not do

their school work. In addition, the study also stated that school work is often the cause of this stress. Dr. Jim Marsh, the director of the Baylor Counseling Center, said stress is the No. 2 reason that students visit the Counseling Center. Hunter said that stress is something students deal with a lot while trying to balance a social life and school. She said that while students find time away from schoolwork is vital to their success, they must also make sure that they are making goals in order to experience more positive emotions. “This is all about coping with stress and having time when you’re free from stress to relax,” Hunter said. “If you set goals and then track your progress in meeting those goals, then you can focus on those benefits that you’re receiving, even though you’re experiencing interruptions.” One of those conflicts,

Hunter said, might be when a student stays up late to study for a test, they experience an interruption from sleep, but then meets their goal by making a good grade in the class. In turn, the student experiences a lot of positive emotions and it shows that it’s not always negative to have those interruptions. Hunter also shared that one of the best ways to prevent work and life intermingling to the point of chaos is to use different modes of communication for varying levels of priority. “A phone call at home might be an emergency issue — high priority — a text message might be a lower priority and an e-mail might be something low priority that you could address the next day,” Hunter said. She said if we communicate this to our friends and family, it

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IT’S ABOUT THE BALANCE Dr. Emily Hunter shares the secret to having a healthy work-life balance as college students. While school stress is the second most common reason Baylor students visit the counseling center, having a work-life balance expert on campus is a valuable asset to many Baylor students.


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What to do in Waco this week: >>> Today 7:30 p.m. — Under the waving baton of Stephen Heyde, director of orchestral activities and conductor-in-residence, 95 members of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert in the Jones Concert Hall. Listen for arrangements of Brahms, Beethoven and Stravinsky.

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REVIEW Harold Waite’s Pancake House is located on 941 Lake Air Drive. See what our review says about their famous pancakes.

Don’t wait to try Harold Waite’s Pancake and Steak House PABLO GONZALES Assistant News Editor Tucked away between Lake Air Drive and Valley Mills Drive is one of Waco’s best kept secrets: Harold Waite’s Pancake and Steak House. I stumbled upon this gem when I accidentally took a wrong turn on my way to Target. Hidden behind Uncle Dan’s BBQ, I noticed the Texas-sized mural on the side of the building and I asked myself why I had never heard of this place before. I looked it up online and found that they didn’t have a website. I asked my friends if anyone had heard of the place before, and no one had. Surprisingly, Harold Waite’s is quite unpopular among Baylor students simply because very few people know that it exists. From the outside, the restaurant looks like a simple store-front business. Upon entry, you are immediately taken back in time. The wood

paneling and the simple pictures that adorn the walls give the restaurant a downhome family feel. I sat down for breakfast and noticed that the people seated around me were all Wacoans, without any ties to Baylor. It felt like I was in a completely different world far from what I was

familiar with in the Baylor bubble. Harold Waite’s is about taking breakfast back to the basic staples. As I read the menu, I noticed the lack of

breakfast options. There were the classic eggs, bacon, sausage and ham. Additionally, there was pancakes, omelets and waffles go, but that was it. There was also a lunch menu that had ample choices such as hamburgers and chicken fried steak, for which they are wellknown. I ordered the #2, egg and bacon

combination with pancakes. The food came quickly and was well presented. The pancakes were incredible. You could tell that the batter was made

8 p.m. — Airpark, a new wave pop band, will be giving a free show at Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits. Michael Ford, Jr. and Ben Ford joined together in 2016 to create music using minimal instrumentation. Airpark will be performing their most recent album, “Early Works, Vol. 2,” that was released Sept. 15.

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REVIEW from scratch and they tasted like they came straight from your grandmother’s kitchen. The eggs were fluffy, rich and not too salty. The bacon was warm and crisp to perfection. The decadent flavors all complemented each other. The environment of the restaurant made the food even better. Though the food came quickly, time moves much slower at Harold Waite’s. People take their time to enjoy their food and their conversation. Waco has many great options for breakfast. What Harold Waite’s brings to the table of options is its impeccable customer service, one-of-a-kind atmosphere and incredible food at a reasonable price. Waco has so many hidden gems that are often looked over by Baylor students. If you choose to add Harold Waite’s to your Baylor bucket list, you will not be disappointed.

7:30 p.m. — Baylor Theatre’s opening night of “Crazy For You” will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Jones Concert Hall. Adapted from the Gershwin musical comedy, “Girl Crazy,” the show will pack tap-dancing numbers and comedic takes in several scenes while the main character attempts to save the town and win the girl. This theatre performance will be a re-occurring event until Oct. 1. Admission is $17 with a Baylor ID.

>>> Thursday, Sept. 28 7 p.m. — Internationally acclaimed artists Doug and Mike Starn have been invited by the Allbritton Art Institute to hold an artist conversation with art critic Jason Kaufman. Listen for how the Starns started their career and about the lives they lead in between brush strokes. The artist conversation and free reception that will follow will be in Roxy Grove Hall for free.

BALANCE from Page 5 would minimize interruptions and allow us to be present in the situations we are in. Overall, Hunter said that if she had one piece of advice for people trying to achieve a work-life balance, it would be to find

your own definition of balance. “Find what balance means for you, define that and recognize that it may change over time and that’s OK,” Hunter said. “Set goals for yourself, for the balance you want to achieve and don’t look left and

right to other students to help you define balance because it’s going to be unique to each person.”

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4 Tackle 5 Wood fastener 6 Ringing organ? 7 Physics class topic 8 Cringe 9 Youngest of the “Little Women” 10 Article of faith 11 Arcade giant 12 Exxon follower? 15 Guts 19 Giant in little candy 21 GI’s address 24 Typical Hitchcock role 25 Celestial bear 26 Take from a job 27 Johannesburg’s land: Abbr. 28 Finishes (up) the gravy 32 Former SSR 34 Go ballistic 35 Taking something badly?

36 Unclear 38 Mismatch 39 __ Coast 40 Repeated word in the Beatles’ “She Loves You” 43 National Ice Cream mo. 45 Aids for romantic evenings 47 Hedger’s last words 48 42-Across’ homeland 50 Vietnamese holiday 51 __ Bauer 52 Part of a song 53 Collectively 54 Anne of comedy 59 Director Craven 60 Danube Delta country: Abbr. 61 Drying-out hurdle 63 __-mo replay 64 Taxus shrub


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SO CLOSE, YET SO FAR Sophomore wide receiver and return man, Tony Nicholson returns two punts for a total of 47 yards in 41-49 loss to Oklahoma 5:30 p.m. on Saturday night at McLane Stadium in Waco. This return was his longest return of the game that went 42 yards.

NATHAN KEIL Sports Editor Baylor’s matchup with No. 3 Oklahoma Saturday night was right off the page of a William Shakespeare tragedy. The Sooners, a 28.5-point favorite led by Heisman hopeful senior quarterback Baker Mayfield, were supposed to steal the show. Instead, it was the underdog Bears led by sophomore quarterback Zach Smith who played the lead as the tragic hero, in what was only Smith’s second start of the season. Smith completed 33 of 50 passes for a careerhigh 463 yards, with four touchdowns and zero interceptions, but fumbled on Baylor’s potential game-tying drive in the game’s final two minutes as Oklahoma escaped with a 49-41 road win. After the game, Smith said that the team’s effort showed a glimpse of just how good they can be when they play up to their potential. “I think everybody can see we lost week one here in the same stadium and we came back and

had the ball to get down and score,” Smith said. “[We] couldn’t really get it done, but that was an exhilarating game. It really shows us who we are and how great we can be.” Smith really utilized his arm to step up his game, and he needed to as Baylor failed to gain much traction in the running attack. The Bears welcomed back their leading rusher from 2016, junior running back Terrence Williams, but he was mostly swallowed up by the Sooners’ defense. Williams finished with 26 yards on 11 carries and was mostly a non-factor. Freshman running back John Lovett showed several signs of life, bursting out of the backfield for a 19-yard gain as the Bears found their rhythm early in the third quarter. This was Lovett’s highlight, as Oklahoma held him to 44 yards on 13 carries, forcing Smith to attack the Sooners with his arm. Smith gave Baylor a herculean effort as he broke free from the shadow of his counterpart in Mayfield. After Mayfield put Oklahoma up 14-0 in the

first, following touchdown passes of 24 yards to redshirt junior tight end Mark Andrews and 52 yards to senior fullback Dimitri Flowers, Smith settled into the offense. First, Smith found sophomore wide receiver Denzel Mims for a 19-yard touchdown, their first of three touchdown connections in the game. Following back-to-back rushing touchdowns from the Sooners which gave Oklahoma a 2810 lead, Smith and Mims connected again, this time for a 71-yard score as Mims broke away from the secondary down the left sideline to cut the score to 28-17 heading into halftime. On the second play of the second half, Smith dialed up the big pass play, this time with a 72yard strike to junior wide receiver Chris Platt. Smith then hit wide receiver Tony Nicholson for the two-point conversion to draw within 28-25. Next, it was the Baylor defenses turn to step up. The following two Sooner possessions ended in a punt and a fumble, both resulting in field goals from Baylor sophomore kicker Conner

Martin, the second of which came from 46 yards out and put the Bears in front 31-28. Just as Smith strapped on his game face to guide Baylor back from an early 28-10 lead, Mayfield refused to play the role of understudy. First, Mayfield hit redshirt senior wide receiver Jeff Badet on a wheel route up the Baylor sideline for the 48-yard touchdown strike, putting the Sooners back in front 35-31. Then he turned the ball over to the twoheaded running attack in sophomore Abdul Adams and freshman Trey Sermon, who rushed for 164 and 138 yards respectively while scoring three touchdowns. After a Baylor punt, Sermon broke through the Baylor linebackers and raced to the end zone on 34-yard score. On the next possession, he broke free down the sideline for a 60-yard gain, tip-toeing the sideline in the process and two plays later, walked in untouched from nine


Soccer comes away victorious after overtime thriller COLLIN BRYANT Sports Writer Baylor soccer outlasted Iowa State 1-0 in overtime on Sunday to earn its first conference win. The win came just two days after suffering a 2-1 overtime loss to No. 5 West Virginia Friday night. Junior forward Jackie Crowther said it was great to get the win and to see the progress the team has made and continues to make this season. “It’s definitely rewarding to see all the hard work that we put in this weekend,” Crowther said. “Friday night didn’t go as well as we wanted it to, but it’s really great to be able to see our work just throughout the season, throughout this week, translate into the victory I know we deserved.” The Bears started the match with some physical play that resulted in two early fouls, but the Cyclones were unable to keep up. Baylor controlled possession early in the first half, limiting the Cyclones to zero shots on goal within the first 15 minutes. In the 19th minute, senior midfielder Aline De Lima and Crowther each had shots, but came up empty. In the 30th minute, Cyclones’ junior forward Klasey Medelberg had an opportunity, but her shot soared over the crossbar. The Bears continued to dominate possession, collecting four shots on goal. The Baylor defense was also on its game; Bears’ senior defender Precious Akanyirige, led the way, stopping several Cyclone runs. Near the end of the half, Akanyirige continued her strong defensive plays with a late stop on Cyclones’ mid-fielder Taylor Wagner, as she had an open lane to the goal. The defensive stop helped keep the score tied 0-0 at halftime. Freshman center midfielder Ally Henderson continued Baylor’s physical play, receiving a yellow card in the first five minutes of the second half during a physical transition play. Baylor continued to have scoring chances, tallying three more shots on goal in the first 15 minutes of the second half, but each shot either sailed above or beside the goal post. Baylor kept the offensive pressure up as the half went on. Sophomore forward Reagan Padgett sent a clear shot over the goal late into the second period. De Lima also had several more shots on goal, but couldn’t get one in the net and the match went into overtime scoreless.

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OVERTIME MADNESS Junior forward Jackie Crowther attempts to chorale the ball against two Iowa State defenders on Sunday’s 1-0 overtime win in Waco.

But in the 96th minute, Baylor junior forward Lauren Piercy ended the game with a right-footed goal off an assist from Crowther. Piercy said that Crowther put her in just the right position to make the play. “Jackie served one in, and the entire time I was like, ‘All right, we’ve got to somehow put a shot on,’” Piercy said. “Jackie was even calling for the ball back, just in case, because she knew I was there. I saw the defender kind of reading it like I was about to pass it, so I cut and shot.” Baylor led Iowa State in shots 17-6 and 6-2 on goal while also recording 12 fouls to just three for the Cyclones.

Baylor head coach Paul Jobson acknowledged it was a difficult opening conference weekend, but said it was imperative to get one victory at home. “When you’re at home, you need to get results. Coming out of Friday night, not getting that result, that really put the pressure on today for sure,” Jobson said. “You know we’re looking at the schedules ahead of time and you look at West Virginia/Iowa State in a weekend, that’s tough.” Baylor (7-2-1, 1-1-0) hits the road next weekend for a 7 p.m. Friday matchup with Oklahoma University in Norman, Okla. and then a 1 p.m. Sunday match with Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla.


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TRIUMPH Sophomore Luke Davis carries the ball as a Texas State defender attempts to tackle him in Saturday’s match in Austin. The Bears fought through to a 72-19 victory over the Bobcats.

Rugby proves dominance BRANSON HARDCASTLE Reporter No. 16 Baylor Rugby defeated Texas State Saturday in Austin by a score of 7219. Baylor dismantled the Bobcats on its way to the victory. They started off sluggishly, but after finding their groove, the club never looked back. Baylor drastically improved its margin of victory over the Bobcats, as they only won by 10 last season. Florugby’s website, used by many collegiate rugby teams to stay updated with scores and analysis of collegiate rugby games, predicted Baylor to win the game by 20. Houston junior inside center Stewart Morris said the team used the prediction as motivation for the game. “[Coach Herring] made it known to us what the prediction was before the game. He wanted us to prove the prediction

wrong and win by more than that,” Morris said. Multiple players scored for the Bears, including the entire backline, which consists of seven players, and several substitutions. Houston freshman flanker Griffin Maat scored twice in his first collegiate game and Morris scored three times, which is also known as a hat-trick. The defense contained the Bobcats’ offense, limiting them to only 19 points. Maat said the defense was always supporting each other, sending multiple defenders to tackle the ball carrier and the physical nature of play made the game easier. Austin freshman flanker Kodiak Page said he believes the chemistry of the team was a factor in the win as well. “We all knew what to do. We found a groove toward the end and passed the ball to move up and down the field to score,” Page said. “We played really well together and were in sync for a lot of the game.”

Although the Bears won, Morris and Maat said they believe there are still things the team needs to improve on as the season moves forward. “We had a lot of dropped balls and a lot of little mistakes,” Maat said. “We ended up picking up as the game progressed, but in the beginning, it was very sloppy play. It took us a little bit to get our legs under us and get to our style of play.” Morris said the younger guys need to have a better understanding of the game, which comes with time, and understand the little things such as tackling form. He said they need to start the game strong and play the whole game with intensity. The rugby club plays again Saturday at the University of Oklahoma in the Red River Rugby Conference 7’s North Tournament. This tournament is a sevenon-seven tournament, which is smaller than the standard 15 vs. 15.

Talented golf squad has high hopes for tee time COLLIN BRYANT Sports Writer Baylor women’s golf ’s lone senior Amy Lee hopes to lead the Bears to their first national championship this year. Lee placed seventh in the individual NCAA championships last year and helped lead the team to fifth in the team competition her first year with the university. Baylor head coach Jay Goble said he believes Lee is talented enough to play professional golf, but that there are still things she needs to improve. “Amy wants to play professional golf for a living, so for her she needs to continue to get better every day. There’s a few things that she needs to do, to help her game go to the next level,” Goble said. “She’s very capable. Talentwise we’re talking about one of the best players in the country. When you get to this point it’s the little things, she’s going to get better and she’s going to play well for us.” Lee finished last season with four top-five finishes, seven top-10s and 11 top-25s out of the 12 tournaments she played. She also broke Baylor’s single-season record with a 72.17 stroke average across the 35 tournament rounds she played last season. After last season, Lee was also named a second team All-American after the 2016-2017 season, making her only the fourth person in the school’s history to receive such honors. Lee said she believes her adjustment time

is over, but that after such a great year she feels extremely prepared going into her final season. “I’ve had my time to adjust to Baylor, and had a great year last year on campus and obviously on the course,” Lee said. “Last year was a really good year for me. I played extremely well. I probably had my best year yet in collegiate golf and that just gives me a lot of confidence going into my final year.” Junior Maria Vsega said she was very confident playing this season, knowing that Lee would always be in the line-up for the Bears. “It helps a lot because she’s the number one player on the team. She’s our senior and she’s a great motivator for the team, and we always know we can count on her score.” Vesga said. Lee transferred from The University of Southern California her junior year. During her time at USC, she helped the team to a semifinal match at the 2015 NCAA Championships. Lee went 4-1 in match play events her freshman year, including a win over Stanford’s Mariah Stackhouse in National Championships semifinal match. Lee finished tied for 36th with a four over par 217 in the Schooner Fall Classic over the weekend. She had rounds of 71, 75 and 71. Baylor finished 12th in the tournament, shooting an 18 over par 870. Lee hopes to lead the team to a tournament victory this weekend in the ANNIKA Intercollegiate at Olympic Hills Golf Club in Eden Prairie, Minn.

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LEADERSHIP Senior Amy Lee participates in round three of the 2017 NCAA Women’s Golf National Championship as a junior on May 21, 2017. Lee and the team will be looking for a victory this weekend at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate at Olympic Hills Golf Club in Eden Prairie, Minn.

yards out, putting Oklahoma up 49-31 with less than nine minutes to play. Mayfield said the Sooner’s mindset didn’t waiver once Baylor took the lead, instead they stuck to the game plan and executed it. “That’s just the mentality we have,” Mayfield said. “You’ve got to stay positive and do your job. Trust in the plan and the plays that are called. If you go out there and execute it, good things will happen. You just keep firing.” With the game slipping away, Smith once again reemerged in the spotlight, orchestrating an eight play 57yard drive that resulted in a field goal by Martin. He also led an 11 play, 85-yard drive where Smith scrambled on fourth down and, like an old west gunslinger, fired a bullet to Mims in the back of the end zone, making it 49-41 with 1:41 left on the clock. On the ensuing onside kick attempt, Mims kept Baylor alive by knocking the ball away from Oklahoma and getting Smith one last shot. But like the Shakespeare’s tragic heroes Romeo and Hamlet, Smith’s final prayer went unanswered. On first down, Smith was flushed out of the pocket and forced to throw the ball away. On second down, it was dropped on the outside. On third down, Smith couldn’t avoid the pressure and fumbled it back to Oklahoma, ending Baylor’s upset tale. Baylor finished with 523 yards, 463 in the air. Smith targeted Mims 19 times, coming up with 11 completions for 192 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore wide receivers Tony Nicholson, Pooh Stricklin and Platt all had at least five receptions and 70 yards receiving. Baylor head coach Matt Rhule, after being challenged in practice throughout the week, said the receivers gave a tremendous effort to Smith and the offense. “We really challenged the receivers this week and I thought they came through,” Rhule said. “Denzel just jumped up and made some tremendous plays. I’d like to get the run game going a little bit more, but I think you just saw a true championship effort from a lot of guys. The quarterback found a way to put the ball where he needed to be with those guys.” For Oklahoma, Mayfield completed 13 of 19 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns, while the Sooners pounded out 342 yards on the ground against Baylor’s defense. Although deeply proud of his team’s effort, Rhule made it clear that he doesn’t buy into the theory of moral victories. “People are going to pat them on the back and say, ‘Hey, that was a great game.’ Not good enough. And not for Baylor to have moral victories,” Rhule said. “I don’t care if we’re young. I don’t care if we’re hurt. I don’t care. We’re going to continue to get better and go play a great Kansas State team next week and see if we can’t compete against them at a high level.” Baylor falls to 0-4 on the season for the first time since 1999 and 0-1 in Big 12 play. The Bears will hit the road in search of their first win at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against Kansas State (2-1) at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.

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