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Alumni, parents, students prepare for a weekend of Baylor festivities JULIA VERGARA Staff Writer Baylor will welcome alumni, students, faculty and staff to take part in one of its oldest and most popular traditions: Homecoming. Thursday through Saturday, Baylor will be hosting several events starting with the Mass Meeting and ending with a football game against the West Virginia Mountaineers. The Mass Meeting took place at 10 p.m. Thursday at the Ferrell Center in honor of the Immortal Ten — Baylor students who died in a bus-train accident in 1927. “We start with that event because it’s definitely a huge tradition at Baylor,” Chamber Homecoming chairman Ben Bailey said. “They’re very representative of the Baylor spirit.” Bailey said that the Mass Meeting is the first time a lot of firstyear students get to learn about such a serious Baylor tradition. Not only do they learn what the Immortal Ten means to the university, but they are also invited to take part in the tradition

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of the Baylor spirit. Today, there will be three Alumni Reunions: A 50-year reunion for the class of 1967, a reunion for the heritage classes (classes of 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957 and 1962) and a class reunion buffet for the classes of 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012. All three reunions are meant to bring alumni together to “reminisce and reconnect before the full schedule of Homecoming weekend activities begin,” according to Baylor’s website. Starting at 6 p.m., Friday Night Flashback will be available to anyone who wants to stroll through Baylor’s history in the Bill Daniel Student Center. At 7 p.m., the Extravaganza and Bonfire begin on Fountain Mall. The Extravaganza portion of the evening will include food, music, games and a pep rally with football head coach Matt Rhule. The Eternal Flame has been a part of homecoming since 1947 with the purpose of honoring the Immortal Ten and passing the flame to the incoming class as a “symbolic welcome into the Baylor Family,” according to Baylor’s website. Bailey said that Mass Meeting is the first time Baylor invites freshmen to take part in the


Hippodrome $3 million expansion plan begins HOLLY LUTTRELL Reporter If you love live concerts and eating snacks while watching movies, you’re in luck. Local entrepreneurs Shane and Cody Turner received approval from the downtown Tax Increment Financing Zone board for $226,112 toward a $3 million expansion of the historic Waco Hippodrome. The expansion will add three theaters, a new dining space and a rooftop patio. The TIF board oversees a taxing district that collects a portion of property taxes in downtown and reinvests them as public improvements and business incentives. The board’s recommendations must be approved by the Waco City Council. “We are very happy with the support that we have seen from our community the last few years after reopening The Waco Hippodrome,” Shane Turner said. Community support, he said, is something the Hippodrome is placing their bets on as the venue expands. “One of the main reasons we have decided to move forward with this expansion is because we feel like the community is committed to helping the Hippodrome and downtown be a success. Since reopening, we’ve had time to identify most of the obstacles presented by this 103-year-old building, and we will be addressing them in the expansion. We are extremely excited to have the three additional screens. This is going to free up our main orchestra theater for so many more events, like live music, live theatre, large banquets, comedy shows [and] children’s shows.” The Hippodrome’s expansion comes realizing what movie contracts meant. When the Hippodrome first started showing new movies, they were unaware that the contracts would

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PUMP IT UP Bruiser hypes up the crowd at last year’s homecoming pep rally. This year’s pep rally will begin at 7 p.m. today and will feature the Baylor Spirit Squad and the Golden Wave Band.

Baylor Nation keeps the spirit alive PHOEBE SUY Staff Writer From the massive bonfire on Fountain Mall to the roaring fans at McLane Stadium, Baylor homecoming is an incredible outpouring of Baylor spirit from students, alumni, faculty and anyone who has come to call Baylor home. Being a part of the Baylor family means something different to everyone — from faculty and staff, who consider Baylor a component of their calling; to past and present students, whose life paths were shaped by their time at the university; to President Linda Livingstone, who is leading the university, at a formative time. Homecoming is about finding where each member of the Baylor family fits and celebrating that. It’s about coming home. Members of the good old Baylor Line will be reunited once again in the nation’s oldest

and largest collegiate homecoming parade, but what does it actually mean to “fling our Green and Gold afar” and what happens if the “ways of time” grow dim? For members of the Baylor Chamber of Commerce, active involvement in the university’s traditions and faith keeps the Baylor spirit thriving. Nearly finished with her first semester at Baylor, one freshman student said she believed the Baylor spirit was about putting faith into action. And, for one graduating senior, the Baylor spirit is about shared experiences and education that in turn, empowers people to serve others. Founded nearly 100 years ago, Baylor Chamber was established with the purpose of keeping the university’s traditions alive. In addition to leading the Baylor Line and caring for live mascots Lady and Joy, Chamber organizes homecoming, Diadeloso, Family Weekend and Traditions Rally. “We’ve been a university for a really

long time. We have a rich history and our Christian faith kind of unite us together even stronger,” Missouri City junior and Chamber homecoming parade chairman Audrey Hermes said. For Hermes, Baylor spirit is a genuine and true love for Baylor and its history. Likewise, Sherman senior Ben Bailey, the Baylor Chamber homecoming chairman, said he believes the Baylor spirit first begins with a love for the school. “I think what makes Baylor different is that it definitely includes a large service aspect. A lot of that will come from the Christian faith,” Bailey said. “Not only is it just a love for the school and the community, but it’s that love applied through service.” Bailey has attended Baylor homecoming since he was a little kid, and he recalled that most of his memories from childhood were

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Knowledge outweighs grades Education has become quantified instead of qualified, and this is wrong. We should find value in education based on what we learn, not by numbers like a grade or GPA. Although GPA is important for those applying to grad school or professional schools, the focus of education as a whole can still be shifted. There are definitely better ways to determine if someone is ready for grad school or professional schools, such as essays and recommendations from internships and professors. Acceptance should be based on preparedness to take the next step in career maturity, not the ability to memorize one thousand flashcards that will only be forgotten as the student walks out of the classroom. As midterm season passes and students start to realize the reality of their grades, panic settles in. Stress over scholarships and grade point averages takes over and students let their test scores take over their lives. Jealousy sets in when talking to friends who scored higher or studied a bit more, and worry sets in when talking to a professor and realizing that the next test requires a 99 percent in order to get an A in the class. This is heightened during midterms and finals, but the stress of

school is prevalent year round, with every exam or project. There’s often a big emphasis put on the quantitative aspects of education, but when we graduate, we’re not separated by GPA, but by the quality of what we learned. While still in school, your professors look at the numbers and the scores. However, going for a job interview, human resources representatives tend to ask about skills and lessons you learned that will carry over to success in the job, not GPA. Graduating as valedictorian doesn’t necessarily translate to being the most professional and the most qualified for a career. However, if the focus of education becomes a bit more fine-tuned, students will be able to target their energies on actually learning the material, rather than just trying to get the highest score possible on a test and then forget the information as they begin studying for another. A recent report from two Yale Professors came out showing that students care so much about the score they receive that professors curve the grades so students will be happier. Students are putting so much faith in the grading curve that they don’t actually perform “A” quality material, because the curve fixes all. According to the article, “the curve can

reduce the incentive to study and result in grade inflation.” This grade inflation teaches students that they actually don’t need to work hard and study as hard, because they’ll magically get what they want in the end. This mentality is not healthy to instill because it doesn’t carry to the adult world; work assignments aren’t curved, so grades shouldn’t be either. The issues with the grading curve bring the debate back to the start; making grades the sole marks of academic success isn’t the best philosophy. By putting so much value on the numerical outcome, students are taught to want the grades rather than the knowledge, and it results in excessive amounts of stress. Stress leads to sicknesses like the flu, making students vulnerable to an unhealthy semester. If less emphasis was placed on grades and more emphasis was placed on enjoying the process and learning as much as possible, without the quantification, then students might be less likely to get sick from stress and more inclined to work hard. As a whole, the focus of education should be how much a student learns and how the student will be able to apply that knowledge, not the numbers that bog students down more often than motivating them.


Homecoming should give back too COURTNEY SOSNOWSKI Reporter Homecoming is a time to reflect on traditions. For Baylor, one word that easily fits into our legacy is service, because it’s a part of Baylor’s Christian mission. Greek life invests a lot of time in homecoming. The long hours of rehearsals for Pigskin Revue and endless pomping of tissue paper for a float are part of the joyful agony of this tradition. These things remind the alumni of their time at Baylor and show them who we are today. Greek life also invests a lot of money in homecoming. An organization can participate in one of the three classes of float, depending on the amount of money they want to contribute toward building the float. Class A has a budget of $15,000,

Class B, $5,000, Class C, $2,500; all this money adds up. Of course homecoming should be about celebrating Baylor. But what if it were about more than that? Instead of directing hundreds of hours of planning and thousands of dollars toward the float, why not focus those resources toward another part of the Baylor tradition –– giving back. Baylor alumni have gone on to become public servants, start non profits, pastor churches and have built their careers around a lifestyle of service that they were encouraged to seek out during their time at Baylor. Students are encouraged to have a bigger picture in mind when it comes to opportunities to volunteer in Waco. It’s clear that the Baylor family wants to be good stewards and give back in thanks for the many blessings that we have received. There are several different ways Baylor could go about giving back. Most Greek organizations are involved with some philanthropic work nationally or locally and spend a significant amount

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of time trying to raise money for these organizations. Maybe portions of the float budget could go toward philanthropy, or floats could be themed toward a specific cause to raise awareness. The founders of the first Baylor homecoming wrote on the invitation in 1909: “It is not to be the occasion for the raising of money for any purpose.” The integrity of homecoming should be protected from becoming a big fundraiser. This shouldn’t be a fundraiser for the university, but for outreach in the Waco community. Beyond changing float budgets, perhaps a portion of the Pigskin or football tickets could be donated to a worthy cause. Baylor has taught me about the power of numbers. I have seen the organizations I belong to make a difference in the world because our hearts beat for a common purpose. What better way to extend that passion than to let the whole Baylor family join in? Courtney is a junior University Scholar major from Heath.

Most of us are aware of the impact our personal dietary choices have on our overall health. We hear things about getting our five fruits and vegetables a day and cutting down on refined sugars, and we know to avoid junk food. In our digital age especially, most of us have had plenty of contact with fad diets, or ogled pristine Instagram photos of spiralised zucchini salads and avocado toast. Everyone and their mother seem to be an expert on nutrition; everyone has an opinion, and this sometimes makes it difficult to sort out the pop science from the consensus of health professionals. Social media made healthy eating a desirable goal for a lot of us, and we all should be eating more fruits and vegetables. However, when it comes to a health perspective, it’s best to look at what the credentialed experts are saying rather than food bloggers and Instagrammers. So what are the experts saying is the healthiest diet? Should we go vegan or paleo? Atkins or keto? Should we or should we not detox? The World Health Organization’s (WHO) basic concept for a healthy diet includes a variety and balance of plant-foods with limited free sugars, industrial trans fats and sodium. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans jointly published by the US Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends a “healthy eating pattern that accounts for all foods and beverages within an appropriate calorie level.” Overall, recommendations are similar to those of the WHO, including a variety of vegetables, whole fruits, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy and a variety of wholesome protein sources. Much of the data would suggest that increased consumption of fruits and vegetables improves health and decreases risks for certain diseases. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, plant-based diets have improved health outcomes such as lower levels of obesity, a reduced risk of heart disease and lower blood pressure. It can be easy to get swept up in some of the puritanism of fad diets, but that doesn’t change the science. As long as one focuses on incorporating plenty of fruits and vegetables into daily meals, it’s easy to maintain a healthy diet. Rather than focus on fad diets, there are plenty of good reasons to focus on eating more fruits and vegetables. All of us can appreciate the positive effects it can have on our daily lives and health. Anna is a junior double major in classics and environmental studies from Madison, Miss.

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Forever in the friend zone

Rejection goes two ways

COLLIN BRYANT Sports Writer Almost all of us have been there at one time or another, the dark hole of the friend zone. It’s incredibly deep and extremely difficult to crawl out of. For no rhyme or reason, we all seem to like that one person who just has no interest in us. The cycle starts very young for some –– from the playgrounds of grade school to the halls of high school, all the way to the quads of college. The irony is, with all the education we receive in between, we seem to still use the same basic phrases when friend zoning. “I don’t like you like that,” “You’re like a brother to me,” or sister depending on what side you’re being rejected from, and (*cue the tiny violin) “I just don’t want to jeopardize our friendship.” I always found these excuses to be quite interesting because of their implications. It’s as if when you meet someone, you make the decision right then and there if they are one of three things: dateable, friend or nothing. So, if you’re in category A, congratulations. If not, tough luck. Entertainingly enough, people seem to be more open to gearing their initial actions into a relationship with someone they don’t know, versus dating someone that they’ve actually grown close to and trust. Jeremy Nicholson of Psychology Today said there are several reasons people can fall into the friend zone. Some people are just “not attractive to the other person they desire.” People also tend to find partners “to match in their general level of desirable characteristics.” For me, the irony in these findings lies in

the alternatives. In the case of attraction, for instance, girls and guys would rather drive themselves crazy over some attractive person that might not be worth their time. We seem to be more content with chasing attraction as opposed to really looking at the person we think we are interested in from the inside and out. There is nothing wrong with setting standards for yourself. However, someone that keeps chasing some dream image in their head will get into one of two situations: either forcing themselves into something based solely off characteristics that work only on paper, or nit-picking at everyone they meet to the point where no one has a chance. While understanding the fun of the chase, focusing on not being too friendly seems to be too much of a game. People can’t be themselves, with fear someone will think they are too polite. Why people would prefer someone that was ambiguous about their actual feelings or someone that spent over half the time being disgustingly rude is beyond me. So, I must ask. Are the ones that have fallen prey to the friend zone doomed to remain there for the course of their life? I hope not, because it seems like it would lead to an endless cycle of jaded feelings. There’s no point in wasting your time with someone that is not interested, because in reality there was nothing you could have done or do to change the fact you were friend zoned. With that, I’ll leave you with this thought –– the friend zone sucks. It has always and will continue to suck, but at its core, it’s necessary. Without it, millions of people that really didn’t belong together would be in unhealthy relationships. However, how many healthy relationships have never been because someone didn’t want to give a friend a chance? Collin is a junior journalism major from Montgomery.

MEGAN RULE Opinion Editor The common stigma of the friend zone is a girl telling a guy that they’re just friends. However, as a girl, this stigma is wrong. Yes, there have been guys that I’ve friend-zoned, but I’ve also experienced the flip side of the coin; guys have friend-zoned me too. Just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean I can’t be rejected, and just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean I’m in the wrong for setting boundaries on a strictly-friends relationship. The friend zone, for those lucky ones unfamiliar with it, is a dark and hopeless limbo that you go to when someone tells you, “We’re just friends.” It’s the wall that separates a platonic friendship from becoming a romantic connection. Basically, it’s a sugarcoated rejection saying, “Your personality doesn’t outweigh your appearance enough for me to kiss you without distaste.” Many conversations I’ve had and movies I’ve watched lend themselves to the idea that only girls friend zone boys by saying things such as, “You’re like a brother to me,” or “I wish I could have a cute guy in my life.” Women are stereotyped as leading men on and playing with their feelings, therefore coming off as cold, heartless snakes that are just using men as a shoulder to cry on. Who’s to say that boys and girls can’t be friends? Why do heterosexual relationships have to be romantic? Why can’t I talk to a guy with the sole purpose of being friends? I can enjoy the company of a male and find him

funny and enjoyable to be around without wanting a relationship down the road. Laughing at something funny or introducing myself in a social setting or responding to a social media request doesn’t mean I want anything sexual. And just because a guy has different emotions or different intentions doesn’t make me a bad person or a tease for feeling the opposite. We need to stop shaming women for turning down men and stop shaming women for being honest about their feelings if they’re merely friends. There’s no equality in sympathizing with men who have their hearts broken yet telling women to just get over it. We also need to stop assuming women can’t get friend zoned. Rejection is a twoway street; anyone that has the ability to say yes and desire something more also has the ability to say no and draw lines. Just like I have friend zoned boys in the past, there have been countless times male friends have said, “I wish I could meet a girl like you,” or “Dude, you’re the best friend I’ve ever had.” As I’m sure the guy pining over a girl feels heartbroken, girls’ hearts shatter too. Especially when they punch their ticket for the friendship bus, hoping desperately they can get off soon at “I changed my mind” station. Guys have it hard, but girls have it hard too. Currently, I have a lot of best friends and no romantic pursuers. In some situations, I’ve been the one to put the stop sign up, and some situations, I was sent home crying in search of ice cream. The friend zone works both ways, so stop shaming either side and start remembering girls aren’t completely evil. Megan is a junior journalism major from Stamford, Conn.

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connected to homecoming. As a member, and you come to visit,” Scholz said. now a leader in Chamber, Bailey said it has been Scholz said she believed the Baylor neat creating experiences for others to enjoy. community is one where faith plays an active “You could call it a sacrifice, but it’s not one role. that we’re not giving willingly,” Bailey said. “You can definitely see that [faith] and that “As far as grades, sometimes with the rest of influences how they [Baylor community] act in my Baylor experience they do suffer a bit when other areas of their life. They’re very loyal and Chamber picks up, but that’s a choice I’ve they’re very proactive,” Scholz said. “They’ll made. I think that the experiences I’m getting find something that matters to them and here are worth a couple points off a test here they will go and pursue it. So I’d say they’re and there.” definitely very loyal and caring and kind and Hermes said one of Chamber’s mottos is they’re kind of go-getters.” “Anything for Baylor.” She said it has been Haslet senior Jared DeVries described rewarding to serve the university through his time at Baylor as a puzzle. DeVries said Chamber and to strive to make Baylor a better when he began his freshman year, he thought place for everyone on campus. If one Baylor the puzzle was pretty much together, but soon student realizes realized there were Baylor is home pieces that weren’t because of the fitting. All the pieces work Chamber were there, DeVries put into said, but it was just homecoming, kind of incomplete. then Hermes “The friends I’ve said all the met, the things that work would have happened, the have been experiences, it’s come worth it. together in a way. JARED DEVRIES | SENIOR “ T o Now I’m seeing the us, I think pieces fit perfectly homecoming and now, as a senior isn’t so much graduating I feel like, about seeing ‘alright, now I see the the bonfire and the fireworks and the parade picture,’” DeVries said. as it is making sure everyone else sees it and DeVries said he came to Baylor not really everyone else enjoys it,” Bailey said. knowing what to expect. He said all his While Chamber works diligently to ensure family went to the University of North Texas, that Baylor and Waco communities engage so he wasn’t sure what the “typical Baylor with and enjoy Baylor’s traditions, Bailey said experience” was. DeVries said he has come to he thinks sometimes it is easy to feel apathetic learn that being a part of the Baylor community toward Baylor if the traditions are something means being rooted in a strong foundation. someone feels they have no personal stake in. “I think God plants you in a place where “If you just show up to them, it’s easy to feel there’s good soil, and sometimes it might not like they’re for someone else, but if you can be good soil, but I feel like as long as you are find ways to participate, even if it’s just a small able to work the field and prepare ... you can’t thing, even if it’s just helping with an entry in control the weather, you can’t decide when it’s the parade,” Bailey said. “It doesn’t have to be going to rain or not. It’s going to be cloudy anything big but any amount of involvement I some days, but if you work the field, then when think with any of the traditions at Baylor kind it does rain and when it does shine, you’re going of helps to keep that spark alive.” to grow,” DeVries said. “I feel like when you Hermes said everyone interacts with grow, nothing really stops you from growing. homecoming differently. Whether it’s building That’s what I’ve kind of believed in and that’s a float or participating in the parade, being an what’s helped me get through. At Baylor, you’re Immortal Ten member, attending the bonfire planted in good soil.” or striping McLane Stadium, Hermes said For DeVries, Baylor spirit means seeing homecoming means something different to people you attended Line Camp with three everyone. years later and still smiling at them, knowing To keep the traditions alive, it’s important you have that shared experience and bond. to find ways to invest in them and make them Or maybe it’s those late nights at Moody, personally meaningful. If individuals feel more DeVries said, when you look across the table involved, Bailey believes they’re going to care and see some friends you haven’t spoken with in more about taking part in the traditions. a while from a club or a class and you recognize For those who might equate Baylor spirit that struggle you went through with them. with football program success, Hermes “I feel like community is one main thing reiterated that Baylor’s history and Christian that’s keeping everything together, making sure faith are what unite the Baylor community people are helped and giving them the agency to together. make the choices they’d like to make,” DeVries “Even in times where our football program said. “I feel like Baylor has given me the agency is not successful, I think the Baylor spirit is to make an impact.” alive and strong,” Hermes said. “I think we’re Being a part of the Baylor community is united by more than our athletics program.” special, DeVries said, because it means having Hermes said the football games are still fun confidence your colleagues received the same to attend and that the team doesn’t necessarily education and understand their responsibility to have to win for students to enjoy their time at help and to extend their knowledge to others in Baylor. Besides, there’s still the Baylor Line, a way that benefits everyone. Hermes said. “When you come to Baylor, it’s nice to know Coppell freshman Hannah Scholz said that you become networked into this fraternity Baylor’s caring community was one reason she of like-minded people who want to serve and chose to attend. want to help. I’m encouraged by that daily,” “I know a lot of schools say they have a DeVries said. really close community but with Baylor you actually see it in action. You sort of feel it when

require them to be open seven days a week that you don’t have to travel to Dallas or in order to show them, said Casey Turner, Austin for, that you can just kind of have owner and operator of The Hippodrome. here in town,” Turner said. “I just would like Additionally, the third-floor kitchen is too to see the public really enjoying what the small to serve the Hippodrome has restaurant and the to offer.” dine-in moviegoers, T u r n e r so a larger kitchen pointed out that is being built on the other concert ground floor which venues such will serve a new as Common ground-floor dining Grounds or The area. Backyard are “While we great places like doing the with great movies and we’ve programming, discovered that but one thing that’s been lucrative that sets The and successful, we Hippodrome CASEY TURNER | HIPPODROME really want to do the apart is that it is OWNER AND OPERATOR live events as well, an indoor venue. because that’s what “It really the Hippodrome creates an was originally built atmosphere for and intended for,” Casey Turner said. that you can go no matter what, so when “We are expanding so that we can offer you purchase your ticket you’re safe,” more comfortable seating, better sound and Turner said. “If you purchase your ticket still do live events as often as we’d like normally at any other place, and it’s rained because right now we don’t do as many as out, there’s nothing you can really do about we’d like to do.” that. Obviously, the grandeur of being in One of the main things Casey Turner a 100-year-old theater. It’s just a unique said she is looking forward to an increase in experience since it’s in such an old, beautiful scheduling Hippodrome events and shows. building.” “I want to see as many things that we Construction is already underway and is can get programmed in. Fun shows, shows estimated to be completed by March 2018.

I feel like Baylor has given me the agency to make an impact.

I just would like to see the public really enjoying what the Hippodrome has to offer.

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BIG STEPS Changes are underway for The Hippodrome, a Waco theater and event venue. The Hippodrome is gearing up for a $3 million expansion, which will add three theaters, a new dining space and a rooftop patio.

FESTIVITIES from Page 1 university’s traditions and right after they are given the opportunity to by constructing the bonfire like so many students have before. The last day of homecoming starts off Saturday with the homecoming parade. According to Baylor’s website, the parade will start downtown at 8 a.m. and will arrive at Baylor’s campus around 8:30 p.m. Homecoming parade chairman Audrey Hermes said there are 180 parade entries this year. Some entries will have one or two people while other entries will have over 70 people. “The parade is our homecoming event that most actively reaches out to the Waco community,” Hermes said. “So we very intentionally start the parade downtown and

move through downtown Waco and then onto Baylor’s campus because Waco is so important to Baylor’s campus and Baylor students.” The last event of Baylor’s 2017 Homecoming will be the football game at 7 p.m. — Baylor Bears against the West Virginia Mountaineers in McLane Stadium. Baylor fans are encouraged to “stripe” the stadium in green and gold for the game, and there is a map available online for fans to see which color corresponds to each section. In addition to these Homecoming events, Pigskin Revue will also be showcasing the winners of the All-University Sing competition Thursday through Saturday in Waco Hall.


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SPIRIT AND SWEETS A parade participant and Baylor student hands candy to future Baylor Bears at last year’s homecoming parade.

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Take a walk through Baylor history

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HOMECOMING QUEEN The 1976 Baylor University mascot, Kelli, shines in a tiara with a bow around her neck during the homecoming parade. In 2003, Baylor officials decided to stop allowing the bears at games and big events because veterinarians said the crowd noise could agitate

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ONLOOKERS Family and alumni watch the 1983 homecoming parade. The Baylor homecoming parade is said to be the largest in the nation. The first Baylor homecoming parade and the second homecoming parade were six years apart.

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FLOATING “Miss Davis” rides on the Athenean homecoming float in the 1965 Baylor homecoming parade. The theme of the float was “Expecting a Victory” Baylor lost to Texas Christian University 10-7 that homecoming.

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CHEERS Baylor students cheer and yell as they drive along the parade route during the 1940 Baylor homecoming parade.

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ROLLING IN STYLE This float was part of the homecoming parade of 1928. 1928 was the year the marching band debuted new uniforms and branded themselves as the Golden Wave Band. Baylor had its first homecoming parade at 2 p.m. on November 24, 1909.


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Social media campaign promotes flu shot clinics through the Health Center’s flu shot clinics or at local pharmacies. Student Health Advisory Council members have posted fliers at flu shot The Student Health Advisory Council is clinics around campus. Upon receiving their flu encouraging students to get a flu shot with the shot, either on or off campus, students can take a picture of the flier and post it to either Facebook Flex Your Flu campaign. The Student Health Advisory Council is a or Instagram using the #FlexYourFlu hashtag. student-run organization that raises awareness Anyone who participates will have the potential to win a prize at the end of the campaign. for issues students face “Every year, the Baylor regarding physical and ONLINE EXTRAS Health Clinic runs a mental health. According couple of flu shot clinics to organization’s president Be sure to check out across campus, and SHAC Chris Shin, they partner LTVN’s video on this [Student Health Advisory with the Baylor Health Council] is incentivizing story at: Center. The organization is that,” Shin said. advised by Dawn Chumak, bay lo r l a r i at.c o m Prizes include gift a nurse in the Baylor Health baskets assembled by Center, and Meg Patterson, the director of members. Winners of the contest will be chosen wellness. “We work with the Baylor Health Center to on Nov. 4, giving students a couple more weeks promote the relationship between students and to get their shots. “I think building awareness about the flu the health center. We work with them for events like [Flex Your Flu], where we promote the flu clinic is a good thing, especially since it benefits the Baylor community as a whole,” said Burke, clinics,” Shin said. Students are encouraged to get their shot Va., senior Emily Brennan. “I’m really not a big


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PROTECT YOUR HEALTH Health Services nurse Dawn Chumak administers a shot to Huxley, Iowa, junior Austin Allaire. The Student Health Advisory Council recently started the Flex Your Flu campaign to encourage students to get their flu shots.

fan of needles, but I can see how this program can help remind and urge students to get their shot.” The Baylor Health Clinic is located on the second floor of the Student Life Center. The flu shot clinics are held across campus in locations such as the Paul L. Foster Success Center,

the Baylor Sciences Building, the law school, the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation and the Student Union Building. Clinics will be held twice a week until Oct. 31. A full schedule for the flu shot clinics can be found on the Health Center website.

Activity book brings aviation to children CAMERON BOCANEGRA Reporter Baylor’s Institute for Air Science reached out to Baylor’s School of Education in early February to collaborate in making an activity booklet that would entertain and enlighten children about aviation sciences. The project had dragged on for several semesters, being passed between student workers with the task of finding and creating the activities. Kelley Oliver, the institute’s project coordinator and office manager, expressed her concerns over the dilemma to her assistant director, Tim Compton, who advised she reach out to the education department. A project like this needed multiple minds working together in order to create a kidfriendly and educational tool that still met all of Texas’ educational standards. Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, Associate Dean of the Baylor School of Education and Dr. Sandi Cooper, professor and coordinator of the mathematics education program, are both experts in elementary education as they also included the students from their graduate course, STEM Teaching and Learning with Young Children in the project. “We get a good amount of traffic at our air show booths, but for years the only inexpensive activity we had was building and coloring wood gliders,” Oliver said. “I wanted to find a way to teach kids about aviation while keeping them

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FLYING TO NEW HEIGHTS Sandi Cooper, professor and coordinator of the mathematics education department (left) and Suzanne Nesmith (right), Baylor School of Education Associate Dean, helped create an activity booklet for children about aviation sciences.

excited.” That is where the creativity of the elementary experts came in. They had to create plausible activities that were logical to a child. Between

the educators and Oliver, they were on their way to making a 36-page book that includes interactive coloring pages and information about airplane parts, aviation tools, history and

famous aviators. There were, of course, challenges to putting the creative ideas into a tangible activity form. “It is one thing to say an activity would be great to do in a classroom with a teacher, but it is entirely different when there is a child and expecting them to complete it on their own” Cooper said. “It made us really think.” The team had to consider how to spark the interest of children and their parents in order to show them that caring about science and math does not have to wait until high school. “How do you communicate through a booklet that is just a quick activity for an intrigued kid at an airshow?” Nesmith said. “We really wanted to plant the seed of some early science and math concepts while promoting the idea for young children that they can really like math or science.” It was a long process of editing ideas between the aviation institute and the education department, along with publishers, graphic designers and graduate students. Everyone involved was assigned their own section. An aviation sciences alumnus even provided the cover artwork. Since it was completed, it has been used in elementary schools and airshows. “To make it official, shipment of books were just sent to a school in San Antonio last year,” Oliver said.

School of Education forms students into teachers Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards. For two semesters they do this, and then move on to the second part of the program, For six semesters, Baylor’s School of Challenge Academy, an alternative school Education keeps their pre-service students where they tutor another student, but instead volunteering and teaching in public schools of personalized lesson plans, they are working across rural, urban and suburban settings in with assistive teaching software. “Switching from a public middle school multiple districts. my freshman year The program is to an alternative designed to throw school was a weird education students transition,” said Seal into the classroom Beach, Calif., junior feet-first, to provide a Gigi Mendoza, who genuine experience of is studying all levels what their future will of education. “It look like as educators. really showed me “The School of the different way Education supports alternative schools our students while work.” they learn in the The program environment they rotates students will graduate from through different and work in,” campuses depending said Dr. Rachelle JOEY TAMAYO | SENIOR on a student’s Rogers, a campus concentration. liaison at one of the During the Baylor’s Professional second semester Development Schools of Mendoza’s campuses. “It is one sophomore year, she thing if we have classes here about what it’s like teaching, but it doesn’t make sense to be talking switched to the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities while another sophomore may have about it and not be doing it.” In traditional education programs, field gone to a different campus depending on if they work does not happen until the senior year. At were secondary, elementary, all level, special Baylor, education students are put in a school education or just minoring. “Junior [year] is the real work grind,” setting immediately during their freshman year. They tutor students one-on-one with lesson Brownsville senior Joey Tamayo said. “For two plans personalized according to their student’s to three periods at 8 a.m., you are dressed up scores, personality and the Texas Essential like a real teacher, professional and all.”


It does not treat us like students. It treats us like future and present educators — because we are.”

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LEAN INTO LEARNING Seal Beach, Calif., junior Gigi Mendoza is studying all levels of education at the Baylor School of Education. Students enter the classroom early to ensure that they are ready to become full-time teachers.

The third phase of the preparation is the full year of being a teacher’s assistant, so the juniors spend the first two periods three days out of the week in a classroom to prepare them for a full year as a school intern during their senior year. In the final stage of the program during senior year, Baylor School of Education students start the school year two weeks early coteaching with real educators at public schools. They lead the classroom nine weeks out of the

school year to finalize all six semesters in the classroom that culminate in to their intern year. Many graduates from the School of Education have the opportunity to be hired as a secondyear teacher with higher pay because of their experience. “The thing about the program is it expects us to be teachers,” Tamayo said. “It does not treat us like students. It treats us like future and present educators — because we are.”

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Labs allow students to solve real-world problems MAGDALAYNA DRIVAS Reporter Baylor will offer three lab courses in spring 2018 for students of all majors who wish to develop innovative approaches to some of the world’s most complex challenges. The courses are a part of the Baylor Social Innovation Collaborative (BAY-SIC), a program launched this fall designed to bring together faculty, staff and students to address social problems using a transdisciplinary approach. The spring 2018 courses will address at-risk seniors, food insecurity and child migration. Both undergraduate and graduate students can enroll in the classes and join teams of students and faculty who have already begun research on these issues. Associate professor Debra King is the director of nutrition services at Meals on Wheels of Waco and teaches the Social Innovation with At-Risk Seniors course. King said her course meets once a week and researches ways to improve the quality of life of Meals on Wheels clients. “The classes help with meal

delivery and during the class we have a variety of guest speakers,” King said. “They are currently working on the details of what one project they could do in the community that could make a difference.” King said students from a variety of majors including social work, nutrition and business are currently enrolled in her course. “It’s a fun, diverse group of students and they all have very different backgrounds,” King said. “I hope they’re enjoying the class as much as I’m enjoying teaching it.” Abilene sophomore Jamie Caldwell-Rhodes is a social work major taking King’s course. She said the course is great preparation for her future career. “It’s a good way to get into the community and also get credits for classes,” Caldwell-Rhodes said. “I want to work with old people when I graduate, so this is a good way to get practice for what I’ll actually be doing.” Cara Cliburn Allen, a doctoral student studying student hunger, is assisting Dr. Nathan Alleman, associate professor of higher education, in leading the BAY-SIC course Food, Identity and Society:

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CONCENTRATION Greensburg, Pa., senior Liana Denino extracts soil samples from their capsules in a lab space at the Baylor Sciences Building. This is the final step in the process of testing soil.

The Student Experience. Allen said the course will research and develop solutions to hunger on college campuses. “The class next spring will be about food insecurity generally and about how food and identity are related,” Allen said. “Another part

of that course is going to be talking about student hunger. We are going to expand studying food insecurity in college to the region.” King said the BAY-SIC courses allow students to go beyond campus and have a meaningful impact on the Waco community.

“It’s a good way to see a part of Waco that you don’t usually see,” King said. “A lot of times, we think we need to go on a mission project and leave the country, but some of the things are going on in our backyard.”

Ghana missions trip flourishes with education, health CAMERON BOCANEGRA Reporter Despite the intense African sun, limited resources and culture shock during the annual two-week Baylor mission trip to Ghana, the buzzing talk of upcoming travel has begun. Every May, a small team of 10 to 15students and a few faculty pack suitcases full of notebooks, pencils, markers, books and hygiene products to take to a primary school in Kyerkerom, a small village in rural Ghanda. Dr. Lakia Scott, assistant professor in curriculum and instruction, previously traveled to Ghana with the team as the School of Education’s faculty representative. “The team does not trying to proselytize people,” Scott said. “We are just trying to show our faith and virtues through our actions.

Baylor Missions has crafted quality experiences for students to partake in and opportunities to serve, like walking their faith across various countries like Ghana.” For years, the mission trip only focused on community health involvement because their original host was in the medical field. Their involvement still includes their usual community health fair in the village where the students do ground work that was within their capabilities, such as taking temperatures, checking heart rates, handing out first aid supplies and distributing medications. Annual teams began to develop a relationship with the local school, Kyerekrom Roman Catholic Primary School, so two subteams were created — community health and education. Baylor students were able to bond with the children through science experiments, sports, books and teaching daily lessons in the school

even though there was only air conditioning and electricity in only two rooms, the principal’s office and the technology room. “We had a few education students, but everyone else was spread across different majors,” Lakia said. “We saw a great need to help stock their library and help in the classrooms with lessons and identify with the educational experiences of children in rural Ghana.” The experience offers a culturally humbling experience rather than just a new row on a student’s resume. “Whether you are in education or not, you are in this educational setting of a loosely structured school system with a bit of a language barrier combined with Gandhian time, meaning the children never show up to their lessons on time,” said graduate student Katelyn Hamilton. “The kids were life-changing. I’d never give back the experience.”

For the upcoming mission trip, the focus will be on education, along with the community health aspect still implemented. They will also no longer be hosted by a medical doctor, but Baylor alumn Vincent Asamoah, who is part of a basketball ministry. “We expect a more cognizant experience and deeper connections with the school,” Lakia said. “Right now we are just working in the primary school, but there is a secondary school component we are trying to get into.” Future plans for Baylor Missions’ trip to Ghana are still developing with interests in connecting with universities in Ghana for partnerships, domestic exchange and professional development. Applications for the upcoming minimester in May are currently open, and scholarships are available.


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DOG WALK First gentleman Brad Livingstone takes Bu, the family dog, for a walk at Fountain Mall on Thursday.

Baylor to phase out media business major HOLLY LUTTRELL Reporter Several Baylor students may be adjusting their schedules, as the media business major is beginning to be phased out from the university’s curriculum. According to the Baylor website page of majors and minors, the media business major is no longer going to be offered to incoming students for the 2018-2019 school year. Students who are already enrolled in the program will be able to complete their current media business degree plan. The major is offered through the Hankamer School of Business. The media business curriculum combines business and film and digital media courses.

“It’s basically just like a normal business major,” Katy senior Audrey Mesler said. “You have to take the core classes before you even get accepted into the business school. Once you’re accepted into the business school, you have a little bit more freedom of what you’d like to take.” The media business major allowed students to take core business classes with an emphasis on marketing, while also developing a well-rounded knowledge of film and digital media. The major was created following an entertainment marketing major that was dismantled after the 20132014 academic year. “I’m a senior now, so when I got here a couple years ago they had just disbanded their entertainment major,” said Mesler. “That’s exactly why I

came to Baylor and that’s the major I wanted to do. Then they said they had started this new media business major, so I think it’s interesting how it’s still going through changes.” Houston sophomore Sofie Hernandez is a media business major who is in the final class to have the option to graduate with this degree. She said she has been told the media business major is being phased out to accommodate faculty changes. “I met with my adviser in the business school, who explained to me that media business was being phased out after my year, mainly because the professor running it, who had the most connections between the business school and the film department as well as connections for jobs, had left Baylor,” Hernandez

said. In a few years, students will no longer be able to follow a media business degree plan or graduate with this major. However, the marketing and film and digital media classes that media business students took as part of their major will remain in the Baylor curriculum. “For alternatives, students can just major in marketing and either double major or minor in film and have almost all the same classes, if not the same ones exactly,” Hernandez said. Baylor students may not be able to graduate with a media business degree once the major is phased out, but they will still be able to study the same topics in the same classes, simply with a different major title.

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PARADE The Baylor Homecoming Parade will start at 8:30 a.m. on campus. Student organizations will be walking in the parade showing off the floats they have built and routines they have created.

Pigskin, parade continue traditional weekend events JENNIFER SMITH Reporter Baylor homecoming has been a valued tradition for students and alumni since 1909. Homecoming festivities such as the bonfire, parade, football game and Pigskin Revue offer current and former Baylor bears a fun-filled weekend in Waco. One of Baylor’s most lively traditions is Pigskin Revue. The performances will be at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. in Waco Hall on Friday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. It showcases the top eight AllUniveristy Sing acts from the previous spring semester performed by several Baylor sororities and fraternities. This year’s featured acts are Kappa Omega Tau, which won first place in 2017 Sing, followed by the secondand third-place acts of Phi Kappa Chi and Chi Omega. Joining them will be the sisters of Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma and Pi Beta Phi, along with the only coed act to make it to Pigskin, consisting of sorority Alpha Chi Omega & Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. San Antonio senior Erin McGrew, a Delta Delta Delta member, said her chapter has been very hands-on while preparing for Pigskin. “When homecoming is near, we clean the routine, receive our costumes and learn how to do our hair and

makeup for the performance,” McGrew said. “The Pigskin process is very involved, but it is also a great reward when it comes time to perform with all of your sisters in front of a crowd of friends and Baylor alumni.” The hard work these organizations put in does not go unnoticed by students or alumni. Every year, hundreds of people fill Waco Hall to experience one of Baylor’s most coveted homecoming events. “The best part of Baylor Homecoming is seeing all of our chapter’s hard work pay off,” McGrew said. “We work so hard preparing for homecoming by rehearsing for Pigskin and working on our homecoming float. It’s thrilling to see the finished products and knowing that the Baylor alumni can see all of our hard work.” For McGrew, some of her best memories are from performing in All-University Sing and Pigskin. She said one memory that sticks out to her is performing in Pigskin for the first time; she performed the Delta Delta Delta act, “Over the Rainbow.” “In high school, I never participated in theater or on the dance team. So performing in front of a crowd for the first time, with my sorority sisters, was my greatest memory in Pigskin,” McGrew said.

Among the annual Pigskin attendees is alumna Ashley O’Brien, who graduated from Baylor in 2013. O’Brien said she looks forward to Baylor homecoming all year. “It’s wonderful to come back and see my friends who all live in different cities now. It’s also great to see the excitement of the alumni when they see how campus has changed and attending events like the football game and Pigskin,” O’Brien said.“You really don’t get many opportunities to get together with college friends once everyone moves and has jobs, so homecoming is a special time to reconnect.” Festivities like Pigskin, the homecoming parade and bonfire give Baylor an extra element of community, but what brings most people back to Waco is the traditional homecoming football game. This homecoming, the Baylor Bears will be playing West Virginia at 7 p.m. Saturday in McLane Stadium. Kingwood senior Jordan Feuerbacher, a tight end starter for the football team, said the homecoming game always has a special buzz around it and the players are excited to get out on the field this weekend. “The locker room is always very intense and busy. Everyone is just trying to focus and get themselves

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BE INSPIRED Baylor’s Homecoming Worship Tradition will take place at Seventh & James Baptist Church at 7 p.m. today. This photo is from last year’s Sinspiration on October 14, 2016.

Singspiration sets tone for homecoming events CASSIDY PATE Reporter For those looking for an event to get them in the positive mindset of homecoming, Singspiration is happening at 7 p.m. today in the sanctuary of Seventh and James Baptist Church. This event is free of charge and takes place during the bonfire. Singspiration is a homecoming worship tradition that has been filling up the sanctuary for decades. With music direction by James Kimmel, pastor of music and worship at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, performances by the Baylor Religious Choir alongside its alumni, a worship praise band and an appearance by the Bella Voce choir, this event is meant to introduce homecoming weekend in a Christ-centered way. Weatherford junior Emma Beaird said Singspiration is a great way to start the homecoming weekend festivities.

“It’s also a really cool time to see families and people of all different generations gathering with just two commonalities,” Beaird said. “One: Baylor and two: their love for Christ and getting to incorporate our Christian heritage into our homecoming traditions.” BRH will begin the event with a couple songs, followed by a performance by a worship praise band. Then, one of Baylor’s women ensembles, the Bella Voce choir, will sing and BRH will close the show with a special appearance by the group’s. In an effort to blend decades past with the present, Beaird said BRH will be performing songs through the decades that resonate with people of all ages. Contemporary worship music, hymns and popular worship music from decades past will be included in the Singspiration program, so there is something for everyone, Beaird said.


‘The Front Row of Fashion’ brings streetwear to Waco KRISTINA VALDEZ Arts & Life Editor

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VISIONARY Logan Allison, Baylor alumnus and owner of Noggin Fuel, used his love for fashion to create “The Front Row of Fashion,” showcasing six up-and-coming Dallas designers including himself Thursday night at The Phoenix Ballroom.

Models, up-and-coming designers and a bright red runway brought the fashion scene to life in Waco. The Front Row of Fashion show blended haute couture and streetwear on the catwalk of The Phoenix Ballroom at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in downtown Waco. Baylor alumnus Logan Allison used his love for design and experience in the fashion industry to create a platform where designers and artistic visionaries interacted in a space unique to Waco.

“I think God gives everyone talents and blessings,” Allison said. “This is me using my talents and interests to give something to this community and other people.” Allison graduated from Baylor in December 2013. Originally from Frisco, Allison has had 38 family members graduate from Baylor, so he has always had ties to Waco and the university. Allison played football for Baylor his freshman year in 2009, but after getting seriously injured his first game in the first down, Allison stopped playing football. Since his

injury, Allison has had 10 knee surgeries and eight back surgeries. “At first, I never wanted to do anything else but football, but with my injury God took away much of my pride, and He showed me all of the other things I am capable of doing,” Allison said. After graduating from Baylor, Allison moved back to the Dallas/ Fort Worth area and began modeling with The Clutts Agency, a modeling agency in Dallas. Thirty-five models from The Clutts Agency walked in The

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Baylor alumnus on screen in ‘Jeepers Creepers 3’ — because it was about something greater than themselves,” Breck said. “It was all about how he could serve his country. He served it flawlessly “Jeepers Creepers 3”, the third horror film and that event just happened to happen. I was of the series, released late last month, bringing really inspired and overwhelmed when I met him, and that’s when I felt like acting loyal fans another dose of spooks wasn’t just a film I was doing, it and haunts almost 15 years after was a life experience, a watershed the sequel. experience for my life.” Jonathan Breck is a Baylor As well as being a professional alum who plays the Creeper in actor, Breck also has a godson who the movie. He graduated in 1987 currently attends Baylor. Houston with a Management and marketing freshman Griffin Maat is the son double major, something he says of one of Breck’s best friends, has been invaluable to his acting Owen Maat. Matt said Breck has career. influenced his life by being someone Breck began his acting journey he can look up to and who always in high school, inspired by live Breck told him to keep practicing until he performance theater he took part had reached his goals. in at his school. Once he came “He’s a really easy-going guy, to Baylor, he stopped acting for a while in pursuit of a ‘real’ job, but realized he’s friendly and he knows a lot about what he’s that his unhappiness was insurmountable, and decided to follow his dream to become an actor. “It was a huge risk, but I was at a point in my life where I felt like it was worth it — I wanted to take a chance — and I remembered how much I loved acting, so I quit my job, put everything into a U-haul and drove to California,” Breck said. “I didn’t know one person out there, but I knew I wanted to follow my dream.” Breck said the core values that Baylor strives to bring to their students have guided him since he left school. “I think the foundation that I got at Baylor — in terms of kindness and being accepting of other people — it really forms what I do as an actor,” Breck said. “You never know who you’re going to be playing, so it really helps to have that empathy for other people and I think that’s the core of what they try to impart at Baylor.” Breck shared that his solid foundation has also taught him to seek out roles that will fulfill him, roles where he’s not only acting to please others. He said one of the most meaningful roles he’s ever had was when he played Winston Lawson in the film Parkland. Winston Lawson was the Secret Service agent who planned security for the parade route the day President Kennedy was assassinated. JONATHAN BRECK Breck had the chance to meet the real life Lawson and said it was a profound and honoring experience to play his character in the movie, as well as meet him. “Those guys didn’t make much money. They did it because they were serving their country


The best example you can ever be to the world is to be the kind of leader you want to be. Now, more than ever, we need to accept the roles of leaders and accept the fact that we can inspire people with the way we live our lives.”

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ON THE RECORD Baylor alumnus Jonathan Breck has starred in the horror/thriller “Jeepers Creepers” series. Most recently, “Jeepers Creepers 3” debuted in theaters last April.

talking about. Not only is he an actor he’s also a really successful businessman and a family man,” Maat said. “He’s a really nice, genuine man. He’s always looking out for the good of other people.” Breck said that he’s learned many life lessons from his career in acting, including the fact that if you’re going to act, you have to love it. He said acting is the long haul and you have to be committed to your art form. He said one of the most valuable things that acting has taught him is to be able to have empathy and not to judge others, whether he agrees or disagrees with them. “One thing that acting has really taught me,

more than anything, is to be able to stand in someone else’s shoes and really, honestly, look at things from other people’s points of view,” Breck said. “You don’t have to agree with them but you also don’t have to judge them.” If there is one thing Breck urges readers to remember, it’s to be kind to people and not judge them. “The best example you can ever be to the world is to be the kind of leader you want to be,” Breck said. “Now, more than ever, we need to accept the roles of leaders and accept the fact that we can inspire people with the way we live our lives.”

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Arts & Life LOOKS from Page B1 ready to play,” Feuerbacher said.“But, Baylor has great homecoming traditions prior to the game, and those are always fun. This week the team gets to go to a pep rally, which always pumps us up.” Before the football game commences, the Baylor homecoming parade will trail through the streets of downtown Waco and Fifth Street on campus. The parade, believed to be the largest in the nation, will start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in downtown Waco. Large and detailed floats will highlight the parade, produced by several Baylor Greek organizations that are



continuing the long-standing homecoming tradition. Each year the different chapters work on a semester-long construction project to build a float with a specific theme from scratch. After months of hard work is put into these floats, they are revealed on Saturday morning at the parade. Austin senior Jennifer James is one of the head “Float Chairs” in her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. This year, the sorority is pairing with the fraternity Delta Tau Delta. James said she can’t wait to finally show people what they have dedicated so much time


“These past few days I haven’t gotten any sleep because I’ve either been working on or thinking about our float,” James said. “But it’s just so cool to see a final product come together. Being there from the sketches we made to finishing a massive float, it’s so cool to see. And, of course, I’m proud of my sisters and the men of Delt for making it all happen.” Baylor Homecoming began Thursday, and it will conclude on Saturday with the football game. You can find the full homecoming schedule below.

Kimmel, pastor of music and worship at Columbus Avenue Church and Baylor alumnae, is directing the music for this year’s Singspiration. He said there will not be a sermon, so it is an hour of singing and worshiping together with Scripture readings tossed in between. “I love the event because it’s a time that’s very unique to Baylor,” Kimmel said. “To start homecoming with a worship service is something that others schools don’t do, and it’s a big kind of family reunion every year.”

Kimmel said Singspiration is also unique because of its diversity in attendance. People come from around the world with all sorts of different church backgrounds, places and walks of life, but a love for Baylor and the Lord provides a sense of family for the event. Kimmel added that all of the workers are volunteers, which speaks for the love of Baylor in the Waco community. Derek Stephens, senior director in the Baylor alumni network, Baylor representative for Singspiration and Baylor

and BRH alumnae, said Singspiration is a relaxed atmosphere that embraces homecoming with a 99.9 percent worship rate. “For me, being a part of it, it pulls together a sense of purpose for homecoming of we’re here in community with other people,” Stephens said. Kimmel and Stephens said people usually start arriving at 5:30 p.m. Standing room will be along the backside of the sanctuary, so whether viewers come early or arrive late, Singspiration will be open to everyone.

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Front Row of Fashion. He has since been a part of large campaign ads such as his most recent work with Cinemark USA, Inc. But in 2016, Allison left Dallas to come back to Waco and open his lifestyle shop and health food bar, Noggin Fuel. “Nutrition and fashion are my biggest passions,” Allison said. “Noggin Fuel is a lifestyle shop, and it has anything that feeds your mind, from fashion and art to ‘smoothie’z’ and ‘bowl’z.’” Six designers from Dallas including Allison showed their designs and styles for the spring and summer of 2018. No designers from Waco were highlighted in the fashion show. Allison said he approached many local designers and hoped they would be a part of the show, but they declined. “I don’t think they took me seriously,” Allison said. Allison said his style revolves around high-end streetwear, but he is unafraid to slip on a classic suit from time to time. “I like to dress the way I like to dress,” Allison said. “I want to show the world that I am serious about what I am doing in the fashion industry. You don’t have to be wearing a suit and a tie to be successful, you don’t have to wear a suit and a tie to make things happen.” Allison hopes that this event encourages people to be true to themselves and their passions. “I hope it gives people the OK to say they are good enough to do whatever they want to do,” Allison said. “The most important things in life are not things at all. It’s about being you and being happy. Stop chasing money and chase who you really are and want to be.” Willie Johnson, an influential character in the Dallas fashion scene and mentor to Allison, said he was excited to watch the entire show come together. From the makeup to the mingling, Johnson was the executive producer of the fashion show. “[Allison] is bringing something different to Waco that no one else is doing,” Johnson said. “That is why it is so exciting.” Johnson has worked in the fashion industry for 30 years after first being introduced to the industry as a model in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Allison said that he hopes that after The Front Row of Fashion rolls up its red carpet that Waco can grow in their camaraderie for the arts and fashion. “I want to get Waco to come along and support one another,” Allison said. “I hope this fashion show adds another dimension to Waco.”

homecoming weekend play by play #BaylorHomecoming HOMECOMING MAIN EVENTS FRIDAY, OCT. 20

Note: The Speight Avenue Parking Garage will be open until 2 a.m. to support these on-campus activities.

6-10 p.m. Enjoy this showcase of Baylor’s history in the Bill Daniel Student Center before making your way to Extravaganza and Bonfire.

6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Join us at Waco Hall for a showcase of winning acts from last spring’s All University Sing competition.

7-10 p.m. Enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities, see the eternal flame, gather with friends and cheer on the Baylor Bears – at Fountain Mall and the Bill Daniel Student Center.

7 p.m. Join the tradition and heritage of faith with the Baylor Family at Baylor’s Homecoming worship service, led by James Kimmel of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, the Baylor Religious Hour Choir and other Baylor students and alumni at Seventh and James Baptist Church.


SATURDAY, OCT. 21 8 a.m. Delight in the country’s oldest and largest collegiate parade from Downtown Waco to campus. Enjoy music and food in the SUB Bowl following the parade.

Noon Come out to the Ferrell Center for an exhibition basketball game benefitting the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, minimum $1 donation for admittance with a valid student ID.

1 p.m. Join students from across campus at the tailgate hosted by Student Activities located near the Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village.

2 p.m. Enjoy the final performance of Pigskin Revue in Waco Hall.

4:30 p.m. Arrive early to welcome the team to the stadium and to visit with friends at the Alumni Network Tailgate tent. Free food while it lasts.

7 p.m. Baylor v. West Virginia

4-7 p.m. Barfield Drawing Room, Bill Daniel Student Center

5-7 p.m. Baylor Club, McLane Stadium, for the classes of 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957 and 1962

5-7 p.m. Baylor Club, McLane Stadium, for the classes of 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012

SATURDAY, OCT. 21 3-6 p.m. All Honor Classes are invited to a come-and-go picnic at the Baylor Alumni Network Tailgate tent at McLane Stadium.

HOMECOMING PARKING Gameday parking guidelines in place for Saturday events. Visit


Help us stripe the stadium by wearing the color assigned to your section. Visit homecoming/ stripemclane for your section’s assigned color.



MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS Baylor alumni around the globe reflect the very best of Baylor University. The recipients of the 2017-2018 Meritorious Achievement Awards are: Bill and Pat Carlton Alumni of the Year Aaron P. Graft Young Alumnus of the Year Justice Don Willett Pro Texana Medal of Service Kurt Kaiser Pro Ecclesia Medal of Service Dr. Mark Adickes Contributions to the Professions – Medicine Barbara Walker Contributions to the Professions – Christian Ministry

Special thanks to Baylor Chamber of Commerce for the many hours of work that have gone into preparation and execution of events for this very special weekend in the life of the University. Your dedication to Baylor and the Homecoming tradition truly reflects your motto: “Anything for Baylor.”

Dr. David E. Garland Distinguished Achievement Award Dr. Preston Dyer W.R. White Meritorious Service Award Ron Jones Baylor Legacy Award Dr. John and L’Nell Starkey Baylor Legacy Award Don and Ruth Buchholz Baylor Founders Medal

For the complete schedule of events, visit


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Will Barksdale | Multimedia Journalist


Will Barksdale | Multimedia Journalist

SPIES The ladies of Alpha Chi Omega and the men of Pi Kappa Phi teamed up in their act “The Art of Espionage.” The act featured a day in the life of spies and their confidential adventures.

BONJOUR In Pi Beta Phi’s “Bonjour, Paris” act, mimes and French women dance through the streets of Paris. The mimes are ignored and unappreciated by the town, so they seek joy in a new form of art in singing.

Will Barksdale | Multimedia Journalist

Will Barksdale | Multimedia Journalist

FOREVER YOUNG The ladies of Kappa Kappa Gamma played spirited senior citizens who find a fountain of youth during their high school reunion. They are transported to their younger days of song and dance.

FIGHT FOR THE CROWN In a world of hairspray and gowns, the ladies of Kappa Alpha Theta fight for the crown in their act “Miss Spectacular,” In the end, true sisterhood triumphs over the competition.

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IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN Kappa Omega Tau show the audience what being a leprechaun is really about in their first-place act “Bein’ Green” at Pigskin Revue Thursday night in Waco Hall.

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FOOLS Ph Chi fights for a fortune in their act “Fool’s Gold.” Carpets fly and the heat is intense in the act. In the end they discover that God is the only one they need, not a fortune. The act placed second in Sing 2017, landing it a spot in Pigskin Revue.

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ICE, ICE BABY Chi Omega performs their Sing act, “Ice, Ice Baby,” at Pigskin Revue in Waco Hall. The act featured igloos, Eskimos and penguins in a winter wonderland. The act placed third in Sing in the Spring semester, earning them a spot at Pigskin Revue.

ROCK THE VOTE Delta Delta Delta takes the audience back to when women were fighting for the right to vote in their act “Sister Suffragette”. The act depicts women fighting for the 19th Amendment after 72 years of United States Independence from Britain.


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Bank-safe and fool-proof recipes full of fall flavor

Megan Rule | Opinion Editor

PUMPKIN SPICE Try these Pumpkin Pancakes for a perfectly sweet fall flavored breakfast

MEGAN RULE Opinion Editor Fall is (somewhat) approaching Waco and my taste buds are tingling as I think about fall flavors. Roasted vegetables, warm soups and the smell of pancakes make my stomach grumble in excitement. If you want to unleash your inner fall-filled palate for the season, read on to get a whole day of awesome autumn meals. Breakfast: Pumpkin Pancakes It’s not fall without some type of pumpkin recipe, and this one is super easy to make and yummy to eat. It will make you want to jump right out of bed and get to cooking. Time: 30 minutes Ingredients: Almond flour, almond milk, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, pumpkin puree, egg, chia seeds, olive oil and various toppings (I use peanut butter, strawberries and bananas). Directions: In a small bowl, mix about a half cup of almond flour, half a can of pumpkin puree, one egg, a generous sprinkle of cinnamon and pumpkin spice, a handful of chia seeds and enough almond milk to cover the ingredients. Mix together until the mixture is creamy, adding almond flour and almond milk as necessary (the texture should be a thick liquid that isn’t dripping when you lift the whisk). Set the stovetop to medium heat. Add a little bit of olive oil to

Megan Rule | Opinion Editor

WARM AND SAVORY This savory roasted veggie and chicken bowl is packed with protein

the pan. Put a spoonful of pancake mix on the pan and flip once the sides begin to bubble. Top the pancakes with the toppings you desire. Pro Tip: Putting peanut butter in between pancakes is life changing. Lunch: Vegetable Soup Chilly days make me want to sit inside with a blanket and a warm bowl of soup, and this recipe has both the sweet and the spice to make anyone feel warm inside. Time: 2 hours Ingredients: Vegetable broth, cinnamon, chile powder, ground turkey, diced bell peppers, celery, butternut squash, chickpeas, broccoli, kale and olive oil. Directions: Set the stovetop to medium-high heat and add a little bit of olive oil to the pan. Add the ground turkey and chile powder until fully cooked, slowly adding vegetables to the pan. Set the crockpot to high and add a whole container of vegetable broth. Once the turkey is fully cooked, add the turkey and vegetables to the crockpot, along with the whole can of chickpeas. Add your desired amount of cinnamon and chili powder. Put the lid on and leave cooking for about two hours. When ready to eat, add kale to the bottom of the bowl and pour soup over the kale. This makes about four servings of soup—perfect meal prep for the week.

Pro tip: Don’t add kale to the soup because when you put it in the fridge to store, the kale will get soggy. Dinner: Roasted Veggie and Chicken Bowl Transitioning from summer to fall means transitioning from grilled vegetables to roasted vegetables, which is my all-time favorite. Time: 30 minutes Ingredients: Chicken breast, kale, Brussels Sprouts, broccoli, sweet potato, Himalayan pink sea salt, cinnamon, olive oil, paprika, rosemary, guacamole, sesame seeds and feta cheese. Directions: Set the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. On a cooking sheet, lay down the chicken breast and season them with paprika and rosemary. Cut the Brussel sprouts in half and put those on the sheet along with broccoli, drizzling a little bit of olive oil over them. Massage the kale in a bowl with olive oil and Himalayan pink sea salt, and put them on the cooking sheet as well. Dice the sweet potato into chunks and put that on the cooking sheet, drizzling olive oil over top and adding cinnamon. Cook for about 30 minutes (or until chicken is fully cooked/ vegetables begin to get a little crispy on the edges). In a bowl, add the kale as a base, putting the chicken and vegetables on top. Sprinkle sesame seeds and feta and add a dollop of guacamole for some flavor.

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Birthday Nightmare ‘Happy Death Day’ lives up to murder mystery, suspense genre KAITLYN DEHAVEN Design Editor It’s spooky season, and I don’t know about you, but I’m attempting to watch as many scary movies as humanly possible before the month ends. Luckily, the ghastly film I recently watched didn’t let my scare-seeking-self down. Christopher Landon’s “Happy Death Day,” released Oct. 13, was fascinating to watch from beginning to end. Not only does the movie bring jump scares and suspense, but also brings an element of mystery. Throughout the movie, I was caught up in the story, wanting to discover who the killer was. The film begins with a young college woman, Tree (Jessica Rothe), waking up in a dorm room on a Monday morning with a raging headache. As her day continues, it only seems to go from bad to worse as she tries to avoid the fact that it’s her birthday. Throughout her birthday, Tree’s sour character is prominent, and it’s obvious she has a difficult past. She pushes her way through students and adults alike and refuses to discuss her birthday, even throwing away the cupcake that her roommate had so kindly made her. On her way to a party that night, one she would later find out to be her surprise birthday party, Tree is gruesomely killed by a masked murderer. Once she dies, she awakens once again in the dirty dorm room with the same headache, confused and freaked out. The movie continues with Tree reliving her birthday every day and being murdered by the same creepy person every night. Once she figures out that she is going to continue dying, she decides to solve the mystery of who her killer is, in hopes that she can beat death and live until tomorrow. As you dive further into the movie’s plot, Tree’s background is explained, and the viewer learns why she tries to ignore


What to do in Waco this weekend: >>> Today 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. — For every third Friday and Saturday of the month, the White Buffalo Market brings a trendy and upscale vibe to locals with vintage and handmade items. The market will be at Heritage Square in downtown Waco. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. — The top performances from All-University Sing will be performing Pigskin Revue, which has been a part of Baylor homecoming celebrations from 1958. Tickets are sold out. 7 - 10 p.m. — Going beyond the typical pep rally, music, food and the 2017 Baylor Bear football team will carry the spirited night away for Saturday’s parade and homecoming football game. This free event is at Fountain Mall. 7 p.m. — For another Baylor homecoming tradition, join fellow students and alumni for a night of fellowship and worship with Singspiration. Singspiration will take place at Seventh & James Baptist Church for free. 7 p.m. — In partnership with Waco Hippodrome, Cameron Park Zoo will be streaming “Hotel Transylvania.” Lay out a throw blanket or set out a lawn chair as you watch the animated Halloween movie after hours in the zoo. Tickets are $5. 9 p.m. — The Brazos Theatre will be showing and performing the cult classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 7524 Bosque Blvd. Tickets are $13 - $15. 10:30 p.m. — After the bonfire extravaganza at Fountain Mall, Pigskin Revue will perform again.

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her birthday. (Also, a romance is introduced to the movie to spice things up a bit.) The back and forth between relationships and friendships only intensifies as Tree tries to identify her killer — no one is safe and everyone is a suspect. The use of small details in the movie was well done because it gave the viewer clues to who the murderer is, and I managed to solve the case about halfway through the movie — but that didn’t stop me from hanging onto every scene. The cinematography created unbearable suspense in some scenes, and there were times throughout the movie

where I nearly fell on the floor in a flash of pure terror. Fortunately, the sounds of the movie helped guide me along on an auditory journey of twists and turns, helping me know which direction the movie was headed…or so I thought. As the movie came to a close, there was a scene that absolutely deceived me by giving me false hope with the allure of happy music, but it turned out to be a complete lie that turned my world upside down. Overall, the movie was extremely well done and kept me entertained from beginning to end, but I still

have so many unanswered questions. While the murder was solved, much of the rest of the story lies unanswered, and left me wanting a deeper storyline. I wanted more to be explained and I almost felt like the storyline had a shallower plot than I had expected. The movie satisfied my spooky craving for the night and I would recommend the flick to any of my friends who wanted a good way to spend a Friday night. “Happy Death Day” is currently playing at the AMC Classic Galaxy 16 and the Regal Jewel Stadium 16 in standard showings.

8:30 a.m. — Grab a cup of coffee and make your way to the streets or turn the TV to channel six to watch elaborate and eccentric floats go downtown Waco or 5th Street on campus. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. — The White Buffalo Market continues. 9 p.m. — The Brazos Theatre will be showing and performing the cult classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 7524 Bosque Blvd. Tickets are $13 - $15.

>>> Sunday, Oct. 22 3 p.m. — Soprano Bronwen Forbay will be showing off her vocal strength at McLennan Community College for free.

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GREEN AND GOLD (Left) Freshman running back John Lovett looks to make it past a defender in a matchup between Baylor and Oklahoma University on Sept. 23 at McLane Stadium. The Bears lost 49-40. (Top right) The Baylor Spirit Squad leads the crowd in a cheer before the OU game. (Bottom right) The Baylor Line engages in a “Sic ’Em” before one of OU’s offensive plays.

Homecoming Showdown Bears to face off with strong WVU offense Saturday

Baylor Line now released in two waves




Staff Writer

Baylor football will take on No. 23 West Virginia University for a homecoming matchup at 7 p.m. Saturday in its first home game in nearly a month. The Bears (0-6) are coming off of backto-back losses to both No. 14 Oklahoma State and Kansas State, while the Mountaineers (42) are riding a major 46-35 comeback victory after an 18-point defecit against Texas Tech last Saturday. Baylor head coach Matt Rhule said in his Tuesday press conference that he was impressed with the Mountaineers’ big win and considers them one of the best teams in the Big 12. Rhule also said he expects West Viriginia’s offense to look similar to that of Oklahoma State’s from last Saturday. “This is an outstanding team we’re playing in West Virginia with a great offense,” Rhule said. “It’ll be a tremendous battle and a great opportunity for us, so we’ll see how we bounce back from last week. They have great receivers, just like Oklahoma State has great receivers. They run the football and are rugged up front. This is another one that’s going to take what you give them.” Although Baylor’s defense will need to hold off a strong West Virginia offense led by redshirt junior quarterback Will Grier, the Bears are also hoping to continue to up their run game even more so than they did last Saturday. In Baylor’s 59-16 loss to Oklahoma State, the team still managed to record 219 rushing yards, which was its most rushing yards since its first matchup of the season against Liberty University on Sept. 2, where it recorded 254 yards. Freshman running back Trestan Ebner, who rushed for 37 yards on nine carries against OSU and scored Baylor’s only touchdown in the first quarter, said the Bears want to extend their run

Holgerson added that even though WVU is familiar with players such as sophomore quarterback Zach Smith, the Bears have quite a few new players to look out for, including sophomore wide receiver Denzel Mims, who had 11 receptions for 192 yards and three touchdowns against Oklahoma University on Sept. 23. “I don’t care what their record is. Any time you have everything that is just so new, there’s going to be an awful lot of improvement,” Holgorsen said. “We have to be prepared for a wild homecoming atmosphere, night game. The last time they played there at night they should have beaten Oklahoma. That’ll grab your attention. What they’ve done to us the last two

Did you watch the Baylor Line run at the first football game and wonder why it looked like it was split into two separate groups? You might have even thought to yourself, “If I had to trip and fall and stumble over other people, so should they.” The Line section has actually implemented a new system as of fall 2016. Instead of being released as one big group, the Line is released in two separate waves. “We really took a strong investment in the Baylor Line starting in 2010, which were the Floyd Casey days ... The reason why we did that is because we recognize with the emergence of Line Camp and certainly the traditions surrounding football that was a premier opportunity for us to advance a significant tradition in the campus community,” said Matt Burchett, director of student activities. When they started emphasizing the Baylor Line in 2010, there were about 1,500 students maximum, with around 700 to 800 being the norm for most games. Now, with the help of the Line Camp experience and the new McLane Stadium, there’s 2,400 to 2,800 students wanting to run the line at each game, Burchett said. For the past few years, Baylor has worked with a consulting firm that helps talk though crowd management at larger venues with institutions such as Baylor. One recommendation was


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SIC ’EM FOREVER Members of the Baylor Line ready themselves to run across the field before a game against Oklahoma University on Sept. 23.

game even further in upcoming games. Ebner also said that while Baylor struggled last weekend with the Cowboys, the team is still confident that it can secure a homecoming win. “They beat us, no doubt about it. They outplayed us, but we came in this week ready to practice and just get more physical and this week we have a chance to win,” Ebner said. “We go into each week feeling like we can win, and we know once we put it together as a team, we’ll win. You have guys doing better each week and once we come together as a whole team, we’ll get a win and we’ll keep getting wins.” While Baylor has yet to record a win this season, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said in his Tuesday press conference that he is not at all under the impression that this will be an easy victory for the Mountaineers.

Men’s basketball to host Harvey relief exhibition game NATHAN KEIL Sports Editor Baylor Nation is going to get an earlier look at the men’s basketball team than expected. Baylor announced Tuesday night that the Bears will host the University of Houston at the Ferrell Center on Saturday in an additional exhibition game in order to raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief. According to a press release, Baylor and Houston received an NCAA waiver to play the additional exhibition game. The game will be a standard 40-minute game, but, some rules will be modified to fit exhibition mode. Baylor head coach Scott Drew, who is entering his 15th year with the Bears, said

homecoming is a great occasion to have an opportunity to welcome members of the Baylor family and to do so for such a worthy cause in Hurricane Harvey relief. “This is an incredible opportunity to use the game of basketball to provide relief for our neighbors in need,” Drew said in the release. “We’re thankful to be able to play this game on Homecoming weekend with so many members of the Baylor Family back home, and we encourage everyone to pack the Ferrell Center to raise as much money as possible in support of the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.” Tickets can be bought online for $5 or at the Baylor Athletics Ticket Office inside the Ferrell Center on Saturday. Students can

purchase discounted tickets for $1 at the door with the use of a valid student ID. Parking is free at the Ferrell Center, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m and tipoff coming at noon. However, the parking lot must be clear by 3 p.m. to accommodate football traffic. Baylor returns six key contributors, including seniors guard Manu Lecomte and forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. from the 2017 team that finished 27-8 and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. The University of Houston finished 21-11 overall and hosted Akron in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament. Baylor will open its regular season at noon Nov. 10 against Central Arkansas.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Game When: Noon on Saturday Where: Ferrell Center How much: $5 at either Baylor Athletics Ticket Office or inside Ferrell Center, $1 for students at Ferrell Center


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Shooting for the NCAA Tournament BEN EVERETT Sports Writer Baylor soccer faces No. 10-ranked Texas at 7 p.m. today at Betty Lou Mays Field in the last home game of the season. The Bears (10-3-2, 4-2-1) have won three straight games while the Longhorns (12-1-2, 4-1-2) have tied or lost three of their last four games. Baylor defeated Texas Tech 3-0 at home on Oct. 6 before taking down Kansas and Kansas State 1-0 each on the road last weekend. Freshman goalkeeper Jennifer Wandt said the Bears are always confident in their game and that back-to-back road wins are good for momentum. “I think we’ve stayed steady in terms of our confidence,” Wandt said. “But two wins on the road has helped going into this week.” Baylor head coach Paul Jobson said the Bears have to be careful not to be too confident. “It gives you some confidence, but you also have to be a little bit cautious that you’re not overconfident,” Jobson said. “We’re trying to keep things in check. Things are going really well and you’ve just got to stay sharp and stay healthy and that’s kind of the focus here near the end.” The Bears, who haven’t made the NCAA Tournament since 2012, are currently ranked No. 54 in Ratings Percentage Index. RPI is a measure used by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee to assess the strength of the teams. If the Bears do not win the conference tournament to receive an automatic bid, they hope to be one of the 33 at-large bids selected. Jobson said the game against Texas and the road matchup against TCU could potentially push the Bears higher up the board. “Both of our next games for sure,” Jobson said. “Both have great winning percentages and that will do nothing but pull up your RPI if you can pull out the victory.” The Bears sit at fifth in the Big 12 Conference standings and have already qualified for the Big 12 Tournament. They finished fifth last year and were not rewarded with an NCAA Tournament bid. Jobson said the team has goals beyond making the Big 12 Tournament, but the Longhorns are the teams’ main focus right now. “We’ve got some big goals,” Jobson said. “We don’t talk a lot about them, but we’ve qualified for the [Big 12] Tournament, so we know that. But other than that, forget about it. It’s all about UT right now.” The Bears will have the added support from alumni coming in

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HOME FINALE Junior defender Sarah King wrestles the ball away from a Kansas State player in the Bears 1-0 victory on Oct. 13, in Manhattan, Kan.

for Baylor’s homecoming weekend. Jobson said Baylor tries to approach each game the same way, but with the magnitude of the matchup and the homecoming weekend festivities, its hard not to think this game is special. “We approach the game the same way no matter who the opponent is,” Jobson said. “I do know this one is a little bit special because it is UT. They are a nationally ranked program this year. To have that at home over homecoming with what we think will be a great crowd is pretty special.” Baylor’s biggest strength this season is defense. Since a 2-1 loss to West Virginia on Sept. 22, the Bears have only allowed one goal in six games. Last week, senior defender Precious Akanyirige earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors while Wandt was awarded Big 12 Freshman of the Week. The Bears are led on offense by senior midfielder Aline De Lima who leads the team with four goals and two assists on the

season. Junior forward Jackie Crowther is second on the team with three goals while also contributing two assists, but is out for the season due to injury. The Longhorns went 8-9-1 last season, but are much improved due to younger players leading the way. Jobson said this is a completely different Texas team than a year ago. “They’ve got some great young players,” Jobson said. “They had some success early and there’s been a lot of belief. They’ve got some dangerous players. They are definitely a different team than they were last year.” Sophomore forward Cyera Hintzen leads the Longhorns on offense with seven goals and five assists while freshman midfielder Haley Berg has five goals. Following the matchup with Texas, Baylor faces TCU at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in Fort Worth.

Scoring a second chance through Baylor soccer COLLIN BRYANT Sports Writer Baylor soccer senior midfielder Caitlin Schwartz considers her time at Baylor a second chance that she doesn’t want to take for granted. Schwartz, like many of her teammates, began playing at a very early age. Starting at the age of 3, she said she was originally terrible at it, but enjoyed playing with many of her new found friends. Schwartz went into the YMCA league with friends, transitioned into club soccer and remained on the same club team her entire precollege career. Coming out of varsity high school soccer, Schwartz was going to come to Baylor as a walk on. However, Sam Houston State snagged the senior after offering better incentives, including a guarantee of scholarships and playing time as a freshman. While she felt there was more certainty on the front end of her career as a Bearkat, she said she kind of knew she was going to leave. Schwartz played center midfielder almost her entire life, including her time at Sam Houston until an injury forced to her change positions. She then began playing center back, replacing that injured player, and never moved back. After her freshman year, Schwartz wanted

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LOOKING FOR A CHALLENGE Senior midfielder Caitlin Schwartz brings the ball up the field in a match at Betty Lou Mays Field.

more of a challenge on the field. She said it felt like she was still playing club versus college soccer. So, when she decided to leave Sam Houston State, Baylor head coach Paul Jobson said she still had a place at Baylor. Jobson said that Baylor was lucky to get a second chance to land Schwartz. “I think if she had gone through her career

at Sam Houston State or gone somewhere else, we would have looked at her post career and said, ‘Man, that’s one that got away,’” Jobson said. “So we’re fortunate that we had a second opportunity to get her here at Baylor, because she’s added a lot to our team.” The senior said she got the challenge she desired by coming to Baylor. She said the daily

expectation was to do more than just showing up to practice. It required 100 percent effort every day. Schwartz said she knew both Jobson and his wife Marci’s style and what they expected from her before she joined the team. “I knew Marci and [Paul] Jobson. I knew how their style was — very competitive. You’re going to give everything practice-wise and game-wise,” Schwartz said. She said playing at Baylor has been humbling because the alternative was not playing at all. However, Jobson saw something in her, pushing her to want to be a better player while she was here. Schwartz said playing for Jobson at Baylor has helped her improve her skills on the field and develop leadership skills as well. “Soccer has always made me want to be better, whether it’s a skill or something,” Swartz said. “I think it has put me in leadership roles — like how to work with a group.” After graduation, Schwartz hopes to use her health kinesiology and leisure studies major to become a soccer coach, preferably high school or a club team similar to the one she played on. Schwartz hopes to lead Baylor (9-3-2) to a victory against No. 9 Texas (11-1-2) at 7:00 p.m. Friday at Betty Lou Mays Field.

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the potential splitting of the Line. “What we had determined is that the safest way we can execute the Line is to do in in groups of 1,200 to 1,500 students, which is what we’ve done now,” Burchett said. “There was a variety of reasons why that works, but that’s the reason why we have the two waves. In order for us to ensure the tradition persists for generations to come, we have to create a really safe environment for all who participate in it.” Although this change was implemented last fall, it happened to be extremely noticeable at the first game of the 2017 football season. “It may have been more noticeable in game one because the timing of the wave was little bit off for us and so it looked like it was two separate groups, when in reality we’re supposed to time that out in a way that the second wave is right on the heels of the first wave so it looks like its one big line,” Burchett said. “This puts us in a position that’s a little more manageable.” Houston freshman Catherine Cohen has already experienced being a part of both waves. She said that she felt the Line experience was less safe because of the split. “We are truly running in like thousand degree heat,” Cohen said. “Like, full speed with hundreds of other kids. This is our first time and it’s down a concrete hill. Once we got on the field everything was fine. We got off to the side and everything was good, but that second half is really scary because you’re running full speed down a concrete hill.” Cohen said her experience in the first part of the wave during the second home game was more enjoyable. She felt that being in that first wave was much safer because it cut out the hazard of having to run down the hill. “It’s just really what the Line is supposed to feel like,” Cohen said. “It’s more like you’re with everyone smushed together, which is what you want. That’s kind of the feeling you aspire for. You can kind of see the hype video on the side, you can hear the music playing. Back on the second wave, you couldn’t really see the stadium fully from the section you’re in; you just see the seats. When you’re in the first section standing near the front of the line, you can see where you’re going to run, you see the band, it’s just the experience you thought it would be when you’re in that front wave.” The split wasn’t the only change that was implemented. The addition of the yellow gates outside of the stadium was another safety precaution, in hopes that students would have more space and breathing room while waiting to run the Line. The chamber members also take the very front of the Line down to the 10-yard line before running so that students are able to spread out quicker and run on a flat surface. There are also EMS officials at the top of the Line before students run and in the tunnel that the students go through to access their seats after the running of the Line is over. The concrete in the tunnel has been roughed up as well, in hopes that student’s shoes will be able to get a better grip, reducing trips and falls. “We want them to have a great time, to experience the uniqueness that the Line has to offer running in front of 45,000 folks onto the football field but if it’s not done safely then we won’t be able to continue that kind of tradition,” Burchett said. “There are all kinds of things that we think about that help us to be successful with that experience because it is one of the finest traditions we have and we want to be good

times there will grab your attention. They play hard and they compete hard, so I’m looking forward to the game.” The Mountaineers lead the Bears 3-2 in their all-time record, but are 0-2 in Waco and 0-1 in night games so far this season. In October 2014, West Virginia upset then-ranked No. 4 Baylor, ending its undefeated season with a huge win in Morgantown. Key Baylor players to watch out for include sophomore punter/kicker Connor Martin, who took over for junior punter Drew Galitz during a Sept. 30 matchup against Kansas State and has made nine field goals in the last three games, as well as freshman cornerback Harrison Hand, who had four tackles for loss last Saturday and is tied for the Big 12 lead with sophomore wide receiver Blake Lynch for six passes broken up.

stewards of it.” The Baylor Line will be running for the fourth time Saturday in the game against West Virginia. Burchett said there was a great student ticket turnout and encourages freshmen to come run the Line. “I love the fact that our students continue to be dedicated to our football program and our student athletes in general and it just speaks volumes about the quality of students that we have here,” Burchett said. “We’re fans period, we’re not fans when we’re winning. We’re fans because we love the Bears and want to support them.”

Despite the challenges the Bears will face against West Virginia, Ebner said it’s a relief to be back at McLane Stadium for the first time in almost a month and that he looks forward to hopefully racking up a win for homecoming. “It’s really nice to be home, playing in front of your home crowd, and it makes us want to play harder, especially with it being homecoming,” Ebner said. “We just want to come in and do good for Baylor, and play hard and win at home.” The Bears will face off with the Mountaineers at 7 p.m. Saturday at McLane Stadium. A homecoming bonfire and pep rally will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at Fountain Mall and the homecoming parade will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday through campus.


West Virginia University Fun Facts: Nickname: Mountaineers Location: Morgantown, W.Va. 2016 Record: 10-3, 7-2 in Big 12 Head Coach: Dana Holgorsen Record vs. Baylor 3-2 Record in Waco 0-2


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Jayhawks snap Bears’ home win streak NATHAN KEIL Sports Editor Donning pink uniforms to honor those who have previously battled and are currently battling cancer, No. 24 Baylor had its ninematch winning streak at the Ferrell Center snapped as No. 11 Kansas routed the Bears 2514, 25-22, 25-14. Baylor head coach Ryan McGuyre said that as disappointing as his team’s effort was, Kansas played an incredibly clean match. “Absolutely disappointed — We are so much better than what we did. Kansas was very sharp. They didn’t get away anything or it make it easy for us to do it. It just wasn’t Baylor volleyball tonight,” McGuyre said. “Kansas did a great job mixing up their shots, moving the ball around, really exploited a lot of holes that we gave up tonight.” The Jayhawks put on a hitting clinic against the Baylor defense, hitting .308 as a team and tallying 45 kills in 104 attacks. Senior outside hitter Madison Rigdon led the charge for Kansas with 18 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Jada Burse added 11 and sophomore middle blocker Zoe Hill hit .727, converting on eight of her 11 attacks. The Jayhawk defense was just as disruptive as their offensive attack. Kansas held Baylor to just .088 hitting percentage, 32 total kills, including just eight from redshirt senior Katie Staiger. Staiger was held to a -.034 hitting percentage. After grabbing the first two points of the match, Baylor had no luck finding a rhythm in dropping the opening set 25-14 to the Jayhawks. Kansas kept the Bears on their toes, with a good mix of serves and quality placement on the attacks, running the Baylor defenders all over the court to try to track the ball down. When Baylor was able to handle the pass and get a good look, the Bears were met with strong resistance at the net in the Jayhawks’ block. Kansas limited Baylor to a .029 hitting percentage and forced eight errors. In order to adjust to the block, the Baylor attack looked to hit around the block, but the result was more errors on the attack. McGuyre said that at times Baylor was too aggressive on the attack and those miscues played right into Kansas’ hands. “They sent some tough balls over and we didn’t handle them very well and then gave it back to them and kill it on the next one. We needed to handle those balls a lot better so we can get better swings,” McGuyre said. “On the reverse side, we took some aggressive swings at maybe not the right times, which contributed to

Baylee VerSteeg | Multimedia Journalist

OUT OF SYNC Senior middle hitter Camryn Freiberg and junior outside hitter Aniah Philo combine for a block in the 3-0 loss to Kansas Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center.

their block numbers.” Meanwhile the Jayhawks found great success on the attack, hitting .379 with 14 kills and just three errors, including nine kills in 12 attacks from Rigdon. Baylor got off to a better start in the second, getting kills from Staiger, senior middle hitter Camryn Freiberg and redshirt sophomore Shelly Fanning in building a 6-3 lead. However, the Jayhawks slowly began to chip away with a string of three straight kills to tie the set up at 12. The two would go back and forth with freshman outside hitter and reigning Big 12 Player of the Week Yossiana Pressley’s kill tying the set again at 21. But kills from Rigdon and sophomore outside hitter Jada Bruse, coupled

with a Baylor error gave the Jayhawks set point at 24-21. Staiger’s fourth kill temporarily kept the Bears in the set, but right side hitter Kelsie Payne’s kill down the center of the court gave Kansas the second set 25-22. Kansas looked determined to close out the match in three sets as the Jayhawks raced out to a 5-0 lead to open, taking advantage of three Baylor errors and a point off the block to force an early timeout from the Bears. Staiger and junior outside hitter Aniah Philo did all they could to try to keep Baylor in the match getting several points off the attack, but the Jayhawks kept the pressure and continued to find holes in the Baylor defense for easy points. Philo’s team-leading ninth kill of the match cut the deficit to 21-13, but three kills and a final

Jayhawks block sealed the set and the match, 25-14. Philo and senior libero Jana Brusek each had 12 digs for the Bears defensively. Despite the loss, McGuyre and the Bears are still confident moving forward. “I’m still very excited about our future. I know how much better we can get overall, so we’ll be looking forward to the second half where we can do some things,” McGuyre said. “We got punched in the face tonight. It was a little bit of a character check on what we’ve been doing.” No. 24 Baylor (16-5, 6-2) will now begin the second time through its Big 12 schedule beginning with Texas Tech at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Lubbock.

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Beach volleyball club membership spikes BEN EVERETT Sports Writer Baylor’s beach volleyball club started with only 10 members in March 2017. Today they have over 40 members. The club was started by three students who wanted a place to play beach volleyball in a friendly atmosphere. Wheaton, Ill., junior Eric Reid, one of the co-founders, played volleyball in high school and played for the Baylor men’s club team for one year. After Reid ended his tenure on the club team, he decided that he still wanted to play volleyball, so he helped start the beach volleyball club. Canyon Lake junior and treasurer Jake Merritt, and Wayne, Ill., junior vice president Alyssa Strzalka were the other founding members of the club. “I have known Alyssa since middle school, and I have

been friends with Jake since freshman year. All three of us love to play the sport so we got together to make the club,” Reid said. After only having 10 members in the spring, the club has grown to around 45 this semester. At Late Night, more than 200 students signed up for its interest meeting. Reid said he was worried the club was not going to have room to accommodate everyone who signed up. “We were afraid we were going to have too many people this year. We have two courts, and we are playing four on four. If we had 200 people, we wouldn’t have enough room for everyone,” Reid said. “We have a good number of people right now, but we would love to have more sign up. Fourty-five to 50 people is a great number for us to have in the club.” The club practices every Monday and Wednesday

from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the McLane Student Life Center. Reid said the majority of practice is playing against each other. He said they spend some time teaching the fundamentals, but they mostly work on skills by playing one another. Colleyville freshman Chris Novak said that team camaraderie takes precedent over wins and losses on the court. “It is a group of people who are here to make good friends and have fun playing beach volleyball. When we aren’t playing, we are helping each other get better and improve. We care more about how everyone is doing rather than winning and losing,” Novak said. Reid pushes this idea of community by making the members switch teams after each game they play. He said he wants to make sure

everyone knows each other’s names and by doing so, it allows for players to build a stronger rapport by playing with different people each game. Reid said he believes that beach volleyball is a great sport because it doesn’t take long to learn, and because each play brings a level of uncertainty. “You can be good at it even if are not a natural athlete or if you haven’t practiced for a long time. We have people who have never played on a sand court before, but now you can’t even tell. It is a lot of fun because you can pick it up really quick,” Reid said. “Beach volleyball is a little sloppier, but the chaos of the game is what makes it so much fun. You never know what is going to happen on each point.” As the club continues to grow, it plans on joining beach volleyball tournaments and joining a league.

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BLOCKED Club sand volleyball president, Eric Reid, blocks an attempted hit by a member of the club.

Leading Lady Bears aim to break Elite Eight barrier BEN EVERETT Sports Writer Baylor women’s basketball has reached the Elite Eight in four straight NCAA Tournaments, but only three players on the current team have participated in multiple Elite Eight runs. The Lady Bears, consisting of 10 players, have only one junior and two seniors returning from the 2017 Big 12 regular season Champions roster. If this year’s team is going to be one of the last four standing, junior center Kalani Brown will need to continue her stellar play.

Brown, an All-American selection last year, was chosen as Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year. The 6-foot-7 Slidell, La. ,native was a dominant force last season, averaging 15.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game for the Lady Bears while shooting 67.9 percent from the field. Head coach Kim Mulkey said Brown has established her presence on the block, but she needs to continue improving every area of her game. “She’s proven herself,” Mulkey said. “Now the challenge with Kalani is to make sure you’re not content. I still think she hasn’t touched

the surface of what she can be as a basketball player.” Despite all the attention, Brown insists that her No. 1 priority is team success and making sure the freshmen get acclimated. “I’m just taking it one practice at a time,” Brown said. “Getting better, getting the freshmen better. It’s not about the accolades. It’s about the team.” Senior point guard Kristy Wallace will be tabbed with leading the offense for the Lady Bears. Wallace ended last season on a sour note with a five-foul, seven-turnover performance in the 94-85 overtime loss to

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Mississippi State in the Elite Eight. Mulkey said Wallace can’t seem to let that game go, but that it drives her. “She’s one of our leaders,” Mulkey said. “She’ll never forget that last game because competitors don’t. It wasn’t one of her best ones. You want her to flush it because you don’t want it to devastate her. You want it to motivate her, and I think it will.” Wallace led the team in assists and steals last season, putting up 5.6 and 1.3 averages, respectively. Wallace said the strong relationships built between the upperclassmen are beneficial

for on-court chemistry. “I love going into war with these girls,” Wallace said. “I know they have my back; I’ve got their back. Knowing that out there on the court, it helps us play better.” Senior forward Dekeiya Cohen only played 12.7 minutes per game last season, starting in only eight games. Mulkey said Cohen will start more games and play a significant role this season. “I think Dekeiya Cohen will have a great senior year,” Mulkey said. “More is going to be asked and expected of Dekeiya Cohen at two positions, the three and the four. If Dekeiya can have a

great year I think we’ll have a good team.” Cohen said she is ready to take on that role, having had experience in practice throughout her three years at Baylor. “I think I’m ready to take that on,” Cohen said. “Since I’ve been here I’ve had a lot of experience at both positions. I think my senior year it’s all going to come together and I’ll be efficient at both positions.” The Lady Bears take on Tarleton State in an exhibition game at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Ferrell Center.

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Dodgers give good fight NATHAN KEIL Sports Editor Justin Turner stepped back into the batter’s box. The Dodgers’ third baseman touches the bill of his batting helmet and looks out as Cubs’ pitcher John Lackey gathers the sign from catcher Wilson Contreras. He waits for Lackey’s 1-0 pitch. Turner finds himself in the position every baseball player dreams of growing up: tie game, two on two out and a chance to lift your team to victory. This is Turner’s reality. Fifty-five thousand people stand on their feet at Dodger Stadium, anxiously anticipating what was still to come. Lackey fires a fastball, knee high middle of the plate. Turner swings and almost instantly, Dodger Stadium knows and it erupts into a frenzy as Turner’s home run sails over the center field wall, giving Los Angeles a 4-1 walk-off win over the Cubs Sunday night. This gives the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the best of seven National League Championship Series. On the anniversary of Kirk Gibson’s 1988 walk-off home run against the Oakland Athletics in the World Series, Turner entered Dodgers’ postseason lore forever. This is the magic of baseball in October. The heroes of a successful 162-game stint are replaced with the legends of postseason baseball. This is what the Dodgers are trying to achieve, and they are so close to putting behind their past NLCS demons to bed for good. But the Dodgers seem forgotten in the push for the playoffs. Still finishing with baseball’s best record at 104-58, many experts had Arizona beating them in the division series. But the Dodgers swept Arizona after the Diamondbacks took the season series 11-8. The Cubs survived a thrilling five-game series with Washington and they’re the defending the World Series Champions, but the Dodgers hold a 3-1 lead heading into game five. Somehow the team that went 52-9 in a 61game span over the summer was forgotten as people latched on to the Dodgers’ team that hit a 1-16 patch in August. Which Los Angeles team would show up for the playoffs? Arizona and I believe Chicago is getting the Dodgers’ team that was by far the best team

in baseball for the majority of 2017. Despite losing reigning 2016 Rookie of the Year and two time All-Star shortstop Corey Seager to a back injury, the Dodgers have answered every call and they have done it with the same balance and skill they used to win 104 games during the regular season. Turner played the role of hero on Sunday. In game one, it was eccentric outfielder Yasiel Puig whose two hits, including a home run, helped Los Angeles erase a 2-0 deficit and turn it into a 5-2 win. On Tuesday at Wrigley Field, it was Yu Darvish, the pitcher the Dodgers got from the Texas Rangers at the deadline to help solidify the postseason rotation, who helped lead the charge. After giving up a home run to Cubs’ outfielder Schwarber in the first, Darvish pitched 6 1/3 shutdown innings, striking out seven and even drawing a bases loaded walk to help the Dodgers win 6-1. It has been a collective effort. At times, it’s soon to be National League Rookie of the Year first baseman Cody Bellinger using his bat for power and using his glove to take away hits. Twelfth year veteran outfielder and fan favorite Andre Ethier has contributed with a game-tying home run in game three. Everybody has a role, whether platooning based on if a righty or lefty is on the hill, or coming out of the bullpen to pitch to one left-handed batter. Each Dodger knows their role, they have completely bought into it and that type of mindset is dangerous to opponents in October. Perhaps LA’s deadliest weapon is its bullpen. Long-term relievers in Kenta Maeda and Brandon Morrow. Left-handed specialists in Tony Watson and Tony Cingrini. It all comes to a head in closer Kenley Jansen, who is the best closer since the Yankees’ Mariano Rivera. Jansen, who was 41 of 41 in save chances during the regular season, collected saves in game two and game three against Arizona. He then got the save in game one, the win in game two and closed the door on a potential Cubs’ rally in game three. Jansen’s presence is electric on the mound and he has often been the difference in closing out tight games for the Dodgers. The Dodgers are so close. One more win is all it takes. This team has the echoes of the 1988 World Championship team, but no one can finish the job but them. It won’t be easy, the Cubs are too talented to roll over without a fight. So carpe diem Dodgers. 2017 is your time. Los Angeles deserves it. Dodger fans deserve it. But you deserve it too. Go and finish the job.

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Underdogs show talent MEGAN RULE Opinion Editor Baseball fan or not, the American League Championship Series (ALCS) has been quite a series of games. With the fifth game wrapping up Wednesday night, the underdog New York Yankees are leading the favored Houston Astros 3-2. As a New Yorker, I’ve had a bit of hostility toward me this week as I wear my pinstripes proudly. Beginning last Friday, I had been told that I was “wearing the wrong jersey” and I “should just give up hope now.” But with the turn of events on Monday, what started as jokes turned into me making enemies, because the New York Yankees have a chance now. If the Astros really are “the best team in baseball,” then the Yankees must be real close to taking that title away because they have given Houston a run for its money. Even the first two games that Houston won were not won easily, as both games were only one run victories for the Astros. The final two games of the series will wrap up in Houston this weekend, that is if Houston can force a decisive game seven. Let’s take a look at what has really helped the Yankees and why this team and their lead shouldn’t be discounted. The pinstripe pitchers have really been carrying the team on their backs. Even though Masahiro Tanaka took the loss in the game one, he only allowed two runs in six innings. He pitched again Wednesday night and did not allow a run. CC Sabathia pitched six shutout innings Monday night to help propel the Yankees to an 8-1 victory in game three of the ALCS series, starting the three game winning streak. These pitchers have done exactly what the Yankees needed by pitching like determined fighters in a life or death battle by keeping the Astros off the bases. With each passing run New York put on the board, Houston seemed to lose more and more of its mojo. Momentum matters and just one pitch or one swing can shake things up. Of course the home-stadium advantage

helped; having gone to Yankee Stadium a few times myself, I must admit that energy is toxic and addicting in all the best ways. The Yankees have been putting up good defensive battles, which has proven to help. By tiring out the Astros’ offense and slowing down their hitters, the Yankees have been able to put up an equal battle that has kept them in the series this long. Every single game of this series has been a prime showing of really good baseball, fueling the New York youth and making them hungry for more victory. And what would a re-cap of the series be without talking about the exciting homeruns? Between the third baseman “Toddfather” Todd Frazier, right fielder “All Rise” Aaron Judge and catcher “El Kraken” Gary Sanchez, once the Yankees offense started working, the sparks were flying. Don’t count out the hits from shortstop Didi Gregorius and first baseman Greg Bird either, because their bats helped too. The team that was once doubted is now swinging with reckless abandon with each hit serving as another crack heard around the world. Personally, I’m a big proponent of sticking to your team through the ups and the downs. As friends bantered with me and told me to give up hope on the Bronx Bombers, I held strong in my love for my team. Sure, maybe the underdogs don’t always make it this far. However, victory is not impossible. Fan loyalty is so important to teams. Whether its MLB, NFL, NCAA or a high school team, stay true to your team through the highs and the lows. Only true fans are there through the bumps and only true fans appreciate the sunshine that comes after a rainstorm. Don’t ever discount the underdog. If there’s anything my pinstriped heroes have shown us, besides some really good October fall ball, its the passion and heart that carries true champions through the post-season. This young, starry-eyed team is now one victory away from the potential of being the 41st American League pennant-winning team and collecting a 28th World Series title. Here’s to the underdog making it this far. Here’s to a New York victory this weekend and here’s to a New York appearance in the 2018 World Series. Cheers to October baseball.


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