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NOVEMBER 10, 2017 Opinion | p. 2 Thank you veterans Do more than just thank veterans. Honor, respect them as well.

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Typically, the Final Four refers to the basketball teams that have made it to the semi-finals of the NCAA March Madness tournament. For 1971 Baylor alumna Early Rhodes McWhorter, however, the “Final Four” is a self-coined name for a group of three other women and herself that go on adventures and watch Baylor women’s basketball together. The Final Four’s most recent adventure consisted of McWhorter and her friends, Renae Robinson, Candace Harris and Gwen Winters, driving from Marshall to Waco on Thursday morning to landscape the home of Skipper and Connie Voss, owners of the Riverside RV Park. After the planting was done, the ladies planned to attend the Lady Bears’ opening game tonight at the Ferrell Center. “I look for every opportunity I can to fling the green and gold afar,” McWhorter said. “These are three ladies that not only could come, but would come. They’re hardworking ladies and they’re used to ranching, some more than others, but they all are going to come through. We’re going to have fun and then we’re going to go catch the ball game if we’re still standing.” McWorther has been landscaping for almost 30 years and said she began this career almost by accident. She graduated from Baylor with a degree in elementary education, and said when she quit teaching, she prayed for God to open a new door for her to “use her talents to make the world better and still have free time with her family.” One day, a friend called McWorther and asked her to landscape the restaurant he was


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MESSY Friends Gwen Winters and Early Rhodes McWorther show off their muddy boots as they landscape a house at Riverview RV Park on Thursday. McWorther graduated from Baylor in 1971 and has been involved in landscaping for almost 30 years.

Baylor files petition to block release of student documents KALYN STORY News Editor Baylor filed a petition Tuesday to the Fifth Court of Appeals to block U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pitman’s order that Baylor disclose certain confidential medical and counseling records information under limited conditions. Unless the petition is granted, Baylor

will release 6,200 FERPA notices to students informing them that their records will be submitted in the Title IX lawsuit. The Court signed a Confidentiality and Protective Order requiring Baylor to notify current and former students their records have been requested, and students have the option to consent or object via email. If students object to their records being disclosed, the court would review the records and decide if

they should be produced or not. “You may, if you wish, hire an attorney, but you do not need to do so in order to register an objection via either of the mechanisms described above,” the notice states. Records disclosed would be available to attorneys with the names redacted. In a statement released last night, a


While 73 percent of Baylor students are aware of campus resources for instances of sexual misconduct, according to Baylor’s Social Climate Survey only 53 percent said they believed Baylor would support the individual making the report. Results from the 2017 Social Climate Survey were released last week, offering insight into students’ perceptions and experiences regarding sexual harassment, stalking, domestic violence or sexual violence. “The focus of the social climate survey was to establish a baseline of Baylor’s campus culture in the areas of interpersonal violence, sexual assault and sexual harassment,” said Jason Cook, vice president for marketing and communications. “Now that we have that baseline, we will be able to look at the findings of that survey and tailor our future educational and training programs to specifically address some of these findings.” The social climate survey was sent to 15,754 undergraduate and graduate students and was offered from Jan. 31, 2017 to March 13, 2017. The survey garnered 4,523 respondents — a 28.7 percent response rate — which, according to the report, is above the national average. When looking at the numbers, it is important to consider non-response survey bias and how “individuals who did not complete the survey might bias the survey results, positively or negatively, due to their lack of participation,” the report states. According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s best practice recommendations, schools who conduct their own climate surveys “are better equipped to address campus sexual assault because they have data that specifically describes their community.” The survey examined “peer norms,” statements or actions that a student believed their friends would approve or disapprove of. Over 95 percent of respondents indicated their friends would strongly disapprove of “forcing someone to have sex” or “using physical force such as hitting or beating to resolve conflicts with dates.” Furthermore, 93 percent of the survey’s respondents indicated they strongly agreed or agreed “that consent must be given at each step in a sexual encounter.” As for Baylor’s institutional response, 63 percent of respondents said they believed it was likely or very likely that Baylor would take reports of sexual misconduct seriously. A majority of respondents who indicated

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Panel commits to excellence in institutional research KALYN STORY News Editor President Linda Livingstone, Interim Provost Michael McLendon and Chair of the Board of Regents Joel Allison made it clear during a panel Thursday evening that they are committed to making Baylor a tier one research institution. During the inaugural “Baylor Conversation Series,” a dialogue about Baylor’s progress, Livingstone said she believes the world needs a university that is unapologetically Christian, takes its academic mission seriously and has influence in the world because of that. “We are really the only place across the world that is Vol.118 No. 23

positioned to be able to do that,” Livingstone said. “[Becoming a tier one research institution] is a big aspiration and it will take a tremendous amount of dedication and work.” McLendon encouraged those in attendance to suspend some of the doubt and skepticism born of an earlier era that Baylor is an institution of constraints. “We can simultaneously commit ourselves to growing academic programs the highest level, we can also remain committed to our faith and our Christian commitment and we can remain committed to our undergraduate education and transformational experience,” McLendon said. “The notion

that we can only do one of those things or maybe two, but not all of them together — we need to suspend that kind of thinking because we can in fact do all of those things. We need to be bold and aspirational in order to elevate ourselves into that top tier of research institutions.” Livingstone gave an update about the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) visit on campus in which they reviewed the standards that they previously said Baylor was not in compliance with. SACSCOC placed an accreditation warning

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Hug a vet this week There are many things the public will not understand about what it means to be a veteran of the United States Armed Forces. Service, honor and sacrifice are required of the men and women who we celebrate today. All we can say is thank you, but we can do much more. Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, but it was once called Armistice Day. On Nov. 11, 1918, the armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany, temporarily ceasing the hostilities of World War I. In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson commemorated the day with these words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory.” In 1954, President Dwight E. Eisenhower changed “armistice” to “veterans,” making it a national holiday. An earnest thank you. A firm handshake. A wave to the veterans at your local parade. These are simple ways to show appreciation without shoving a veteran who willingly volunteered onto a pedestal they don’t want. But more valuable than a passing thank you, is engaging in a conversation, donating to a charity for veterans and becoming educated on the role of veterans. Speak, but listen. What do people say when someone thanks you? They say, “You’re welcome.” It’s a flat conversation that doesn’t break the surface. When appropriate, ask a veteran about why he or she chose to serve and how you can better honor them in your everyday life. If you can have a relationship with a veteran, get to know them and the issues they face. Twelve percent of the adult homeless population are veterans, according to Support Homeless Veterans, Inc. Of that 12 percent, 70 percent are suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues such as post-traumatic

stress disorder. Invest in lives and listen to their experiences. Get educated. Even if you aren’t interested in joining the armed forces, to properly thank a veteran, it is important to know more about their training, their lives in active duty and now. There are also different types of veterans and not all have served in combat. Veterans each have different experiences in service like anyone would. Each will be impacted differently by public policies and laws. For example, in 2015, nearly 2 million veterans and their families relied on Medicaid as their primary healthcare provider. Major health care overall can negatively impact veterans and their families. If we want to thank veterans, we need to know how the programs we vote for or against will impact their well-being. Go out and vote. One of the triumphs of our democracy is the ability to vote for our representatives, governors and presidents. Every veteran has fought in some way to protect that enormous right. Our elected officials have a direct hand in our relationships with other countries and decisions regarding war. We are a strong country because of our citizens and the people who make up our military. Having knowledge about laws that affect your community, you can vote. Voting is a power taken for granted and a power that many veterans do not want to see wasted. Invest in charities that support veterans; including charities such as Hope for the Warriors and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America help veterans by supporting their educational, health care and employment needs. However, there are different types of charities that go beyond monetary gifts. For example, United Service Organizations is a nonprofit organization that provides care packages and entertainment to veterans and their families. For our veterans, we need to do more than say thank you. They are worth it.

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In a world of media that caters and coos over silver screen idols, all press is good press. A decision has been made repeatedly over decades. We have decided that a seamless film overflowing with positive reviews about another performance for the ages is more important than an assault report; a report that claims an immoral man we think we know and surely love made sexual advances and does not know how to be rejected. For the better of the Academy and for the better of our personal entertainment, famous actors are excused from responsibility regularly. When you hear the name Woody Allen, it sounds timeless and legendary. What an everlasting memory he must be to his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, who testified that Allen molested her in 1992, but saw Allen win the case without custody or criminal charges. The year after, he directed “Manhattan Murder Mystery,” which was nominated in the 51st Golden Globe Awards, and debuted his return as the beloved celebrity that never did anything wrong for the next 20 years and on. Roman Polanski, another beloved director, admitted to drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977, and fled to Paris. Just two years later in Europe, he released the French film “Tess” (1979) which received several international awards along with three Oscars from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), an American organization that used the loophole of foreign residency to so generously award a rapist’s film. Since then, the AMPAS also recognized

his film “The Pianist” (2002) with three Academy Awards, including Best Director for Polanski. Seven years ago, two women who worked with Casey Affleck in his film “I’m Still Here” (2010) filed sexual harassment reports against him and settled the claims out of court. Only recently has this scandal been addressed after our rugged star won an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Critic’s Choice Movie Award and an AACTA International Award for his film “Manchester by the Sea” (2016). What excuses the assaults and allows these men to continue their careers being glorified in the limelight? Even actors on a smaller scale are welcomed back into the film industry with open arms. Retired boxer Mike Tyson was convicted of a rape charge in 1992, served three years in prison for the crime, got an insensitive tribal face tattoo and broke the box office in the film series “The Hangover” (2009) and “The Hangover Part II” (2011). Instead of his career being buried in the ‘90s forever, he was cast as sweet, clueless comic relief. A rapist that did not earn $400 million in the ring would have a ruined life after being convicted, but celebrities like Tyson are separated from their sexual assaults. Every victim has an assailant and in some terrible cases, they have to see their attacker constantly plastered across the media, movies, tabloids and T-shirts. The glamorous craft of American cinematography proves to also be an art of masking assailants and handing them an award-winning script. Who needs to reference a casting name list when you can flip through People magazine and pick out a rapist who can still woo an audience on a global scale? Cameron is a sophomore secondary education and journalism major from Georgetown.


Texas does live up to hype MAGDALAYNA DRIVAS Reporter

I had never stepped foot in Texas in my entire life before coming to Baylor. Now I never want to leave. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, where we are taught that all Texans have thick country accents, wear cowboy boots with every outfit and love nothing more than Texas itself. I took a chance on the Lone Star State in hopes of finding warm weather and die-hard football fans, but ended up with so much more. From Tex-Mex to barbecue and everything in between, the food in Texas is life-changing. Not only is the food incredible, but it’s also dirt cheap. There are taco trucks and burger joints on every corner offering generous portions of homemade meals for less than $10. When it comes to grocery shopping, H-E-B is like heaven on earth. Aisles of those yellow coupons on top of already low prices seem too good to be true. Texas originals like Whataburger and Blue Bell ice cream make me wonder why anyone would ever want to leave. Texans are some of the nicest people I have ever met. Strangers will smile and strike up a conversation with me for no reason at all. People will compliment me out of the kindness of their hearts. Even a simple

gesture such as having the door held open for you is a luxury you don’t find in most states. Southern hospitality is real, and I miss it the most when I go home to the coldhearted Northeast. As I write this in November, it’s sunny and 85 degrees in Waco. Meanwhile, my friends and family back in Pennsylvania are dealing with freezing fall temperatures. It’s hard not to be happy in a place where you never have to worry about ice storms and being snowed-in for days. The Texas summers can be brutally hot, but I’d take relaxing by the pool over huddling up by a fireplace any day. Also, there is nothing quite like the energy of a football stadium in Texas on game day. High school, college and professional teams alike boast large and loyal fan bases. Football here is like a religion, and you feel an instant connection with someone who has a T-shirt or bumper sticker with your favorite team’s logo on it. The season never seems to last long enough, but that makes it that much more special. There’s a reason more people moved to Texas than any other state last year, and why so many out-of-state students like me flock to Baylor. Texas may not be as perfect as Texans like to think it is, but it comes pretty darn close. No matter who you are, there’s something for you to love about Texas. As the saying goes, I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could, and I’m very, very glad that I did. Magdalayna is a junior journalism major from York, Pa.

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Latinx Coalition fundraises for Festival Latino PABLO GONZALES Assistant News Editor Every week this semester, members of the Festival Latino planning committee have sold Horchata, cinnamon and riceflavored water, and other refreshments to raise money for Festival Latino, a new event that will take place in the spring that celebrates Pan-American culture. Festival Latino is the brainchild of two Baylor seniors Josh Rizzo and Monica Luna. The two have partnered with the Latinx Coalition and Baylor Multicultural Affairs to bring Festival Latino to campus. Dallas senior Monica Luna and Austin senior Josh Rizzo said they wanted to see a bigger event that celebrates Pan-American culture and diversity. The two students came together to plan a week long event of activities that Baylor students could participate in to understand all that Pan-American culture has to offer. Rizzo said the festival is meant to be a deeply engaging experience in Pan-American culture and bring Latino professionals to campus to speak about their experiences in specific fields. At the end of the week, there will be a networking event with Latino Baylor alumni across different fields. “Festival Latino is an immersive experience that is meant to demonstrate the diverse cultures of the people of Latin America,” Rizzo said. “All-in-all, it’s a five-day event full of lectures from Hispanic culture experts in the professional realm, indie film screenings, a carnival-style festival and a networking event with Latino Baylor alumni.” San Antonio senior Elysse Reyes said that not only is she looking forward to the event, but that it also serves as an opportunity for the Baylor campus to open their minds. “I am so excited that we will have an event of this caliber in celebration of Hispanic Heritage,” Reyes said. “Our entire university can come out and learn more about our culture.” Luna said she believes that this event is important for the Baylor community because it is an opportunity for those who

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HOT CHOCOLATE Los Angeles senior Joshua Rizzo, Flower Mound senior Monica Luna, Austin junior Regina Villanueva and Bosqueville junior J. Jackson sell hot chocolate to passing students every Wednesday for the weekly Festival Latino.

aren’t familiar with different Latin American cultures to become educated on them. She believes it is a fun place where people can learn without judgment. “Festival Latino is a student-powered initiative that is aiming to educate the Baylor community about our neighboring cultures,” Luna said. “It’s important to create a space in which we are able to ask questions and learn without judgment, and Festival Latino

will provide that space.” Rizzo and Luna have formed a task force that is in charge of helping them plan and fundraise for the event. Every week, the group has a table in the Baylor Sciences Building atrium where they sell Horchata along with other fruit waters to raise money for the event. They will be set up from 1 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday.

Students struggling with depression can get counseling center help MAGDALAYNA DRIVAS Reporter Students with depression are not alone and can receive free help from the Baylor Counseling Center. College can be overwhelming at times, and it’s not uncommon to feel sad after failing a test or questioning your future, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. For students with depression, feelings of sadness or apathy can be debilitating. “With grief, the sadness comes and goes in waves, whereas with depression it’s going to be pretty consistent,” said Eric Antens, licensed clinical professional counselor. “It doesn’t just go away.” Antens presented ways to identify and treat depression to the Baylor community in an online seminar Wednesday. Antens said more than 20% of women and 12% of men will experience depression in their lifetime. “Although antidepressants are one of the most widely prescribed classes of drugs out there, depression itself is thought to be very much untreated,” Antens said. “Most people with depression don’t seek help.” Antens emphasized the importance of recognizing that mental illness is just as legitimate as physical illness. “Depression is a medical condition. It’s not just something that’s all in your mind or something that’s made up,” Antens said. “It’s not a sign of personal weakness. It’s a biological chemical process in the brain.” Antens said the most common symptom of depression is a persistent sad or empty mood, but physical symptoms including headaches, fatigue and sleep disturbance can also be signs of depression.

“One of the interesting things about depression is that if somebody has a chronic pain disorder along with depression, often times by treating the depression you can substantially impact the illness that’s causing the pain as well,” Antens said. If someone you know has depression, Antens said the most important way you can help is by listening. “Listening and validating feelings of sadness, grief, anger, frustration- it’s acknowledging,” Antens said. “It can be hard, but know that you’re doing them a world of good.” Antens said antidepressant medication is helpful for some, but counseling is the best form of treatment to prevent depression from returning. “You can be on an antidepressant, but you’re not really learning much from that,” Antens said. “With counseling, it’s important because you learn coping strategies and how to recognize depressive symptoms.” Lititz, Pa. junior Mackenzie Chakara said the walk-in clinic is very helpful for busy college students. “It’s such a great service that Baylor offers,” Chakara said. “The staff makes you feel very comfortable and they work around your schedule.” Students can receive counseling on-campus through the Baylor Counseling Center’s walkin clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the McLane Student Life Center, with no appointment necessary. The initial assessment is free and a clinician will determine what level of care is best for the student based on their needs. “If you or somebody you care about has depression, it will go away,” Antens said. “It may take months, but if you treat it aggressively, it will go away.”

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UNDERSTANDING The Baylor Counseling Center offers free help for students struggling with depression, feelings of sadness or feelings of apathy. The clinic has walk-in hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the McLane Student Life Center.

各国の毎年の労働は、当初はそれが毎年消費する 生活の必需品と簡便さを提供するファンドであり、 その労働の即時生産であるか、他国からの生産で 購入されたものである。それゆえに、 この生産物、 またはそれと一緒に購入されるものは、それを消 費する人の数に比例して、あるいはそれに比例し ているので、国は、そのために必要とされるすべて の必需品および手仕事それは機会を持っています 。 しかし、 この割合は、各国において2つの異なる状 況によって規制されなければならない。まずその 技能、器用さ、そしてその労働が一般的に適用さ れる判断である。第二に、有用な労働に雇用され ている人の数とそのように雇用されていない人の 数に比例する。特定の国の土壌、気候、または地域 の範囲が何であれ、その特定の状況では、その年 間供給の豊富さや不足は、その2つの状況に依存 しなければならない。 この供給の豊富さや不十分 McClinton Auditorium さも、後者の場合よりも、 Paul L. Foster前者の方が後者の方がよ Campus for り重要なようです。 Business野蛮なハンターや漁業者の中 and Innovation でも、働くことができるすべての人は、多かれ少な Baylor University かれ有用な労働に雇われており、 人生の必需品や 便利さ、自分自身、彼の家族や部族は、年を取って Waco, Texas 、年をとったり、年を取ったり、狩りや釣りをするの に苦労したりします。 しかし、そのような国々は、単 なる欲望から、頻繁に減少し、あるいは少なくとも 、自分自身を減らし、時には直接的に破壊し、時に は幼児、老人、およびそれらを捨てる必要性がある MODERN LANGUAGES と考えるように、 非常に貧しい人々です。残酷な病 & CULTURES 気に苦しんで、飢えによって滅びる、野生の獣に食 べさせられる。文明国と繁栄国の間では、逆に多く の人々は全く労働しないが、その多くは10倍の生 産物を消費し、労働者の大部分よりも100倍の労 働力を消費する。 しかし、社会全体の労働生産は 非常に大きいので、すべてが豊富に供給されるこ とが多く、労働者は最低でも最悪の秩序であって も、倹約的で勤勉であれば、 必需品や催し物人生 の あらゆる野 蛮 人 が 得ることよりも可 能で す。

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Prosper Waco Initiative Report shows community MEGAN RULE Opinion Editor The 2016-2017 Prosper Waco Initiative Report was recently released, showing improvement in many initiative efforts throughout the community. “I think because our whole role is to convene community partners to come together, just convening everyone together and the consistency of people coming to meetings and seeing how people collaborate is what I continue to get excited about,” said Christina Helmick, director of communications for Prosper Waco. “It’s fun to include a wide variety of the people involved, mixing in health care professionals with businesses and nonprofits shows our community is in great partnership.” This is the second year an initiative report was published, and it looks at the progress that’s been made throughout the year with a community snapshot, Helmick said. According to the report, the initiative is built upon three pre-existing networks created to improve education and health and alleviate poverty in Waco. Helmick said they tend to use the same format each year to analyze data and see what has changed from year to year. Some highlights from the report include 11 active working groups looking to advance the goals of the initiative, and $6.5 million of federal, state and multi-year funding from outside Waco secured through collaboration of initiative partners since 2015. In addition, there has been over 6,000 hours of brainstorming and implementing efforts in the community and over 30 members involved in the Prosper Waco Leadership Council to guide communication and the initiative. Helmick said there’s progress in a lot of efforts, especially when looking at education and healthcare. The school readiness effort and the Waco Independent School District (WISD) Summer Internship Program both saw improvements in participation and people affected. Donna McKethan, director of career and technical education for WISD, also manages the summer internship program. McKethan said last year there were about 20 student interns participating, but this year there were 50 participants. “I think what’s most exciting about it is that our students are finding out, ‘Why do I have to learn this and why is this important?’” McKethan said. “When they go to business partners, they’re starting to see that teachers are right and this is something they’re going to use, so they can put skills in action.” The program is a paid summer internship that focuses on the academy in which the student spends their time in. Juniors apply for an internship and get matched up and selected by different companies in town. This allows students to see if this is the direction they want to go in or if they need to make any changes with their career plans. This year more than 20 local employers provided internships for rising seniors from local school districts to complete an 80 hour internship, according to the report. McKethan said there were more students that applied than internships available this year, and encourages any local businesses that want an intern to contact her to get involved with this program. The report also shows that Waco was one of four cities across the United States to participate in the first-ever City Health Dashboard. The dashboard breaks down various health indicators to the neighborhood level, according to the report. Dr. Jessica Athens, assistant professor at the department of

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populations health at NYU School of Medicine, said Waco was selected as the southwest representative city, in order to get geographical diversity. Athens said the challenges Waco is facing with lead in the water, economics and loss of industry along with urban and economic development made Waco a good choice to include in the pilot. Moving forward, there is funding to extend the City Health Dashboard to the 500 largest cities across the country to allow the program to continue to gather data from cities by using the same benchmarks and providing connection points for city health improvement. “I think that this is something that has been muted for a long time. There have been different initiatives trying to tackle this from different angles,” Athens said. “This is really the first one that focuses on using, for the most part, the same data set across the cities so that there’s no inherent risk of bias or misrepresentation across cities.” Helmick said there is a full-time collector of data collection and research that works with the different community organizations to collect data and put it into the internal system.

With this data, the Prosper Waco Initiative is able to increase participation and put out reports. Helmick said data is looked at before every group meeting to have the reinforced idea that this is a continual process. “No effort will magically achieve its goal because there is always a need to reach out and see how communities are doing, and pulling it back and seeing how it works for Waco,” Helmick said. “Partners look at it all the time. The data is incorporated into all meetings and discussions looking forward.” Prosper Waco is an organization that aims to empower every member of the community to maximize their potential. Prosper Waco works with community partners to build upon the efforts of local leaders in the areas of education, health and financial security to keep moving Waco forward. “The backbone is never Prosper Waco; it’s the Prosper Waco initiative,” Helmick said. “Our role is to convene community partners, so it’s really the work of the community that is doing this, and the initiative staff.”


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TOGETHER IN HARMONY The Baylor School of Music and the University of Texas at Austin will be playing together in “Sounds of Solidarity: A Collaborative Benefit Recital for Hurricane Relief” at 4 p.m. on Sunday in the Seventh & James Baptist Church.

Baylor, UT flute studios unite for hurricane relief CASSIDY PATE Reporter One concert can make a difference, inspire and leave you with hope. The flute studio of the Baylor School of Music is uniting with that of the University of Texas at Austin for “Sounds of Solidarity: A Collaborative Benefit Recital for Hurricane Relief.” This event will be at 4 p.m. Sunday in Seventh & James Baptist Church. In an effort to inspire the audience and continue the support of those affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria through Direct Relief, a nonprofit organization with a focus on natural disasters,

the studios have prepared selections of hope, power and meditation. Dr. Charlotte Daniel , assistant professor of flute, said she and her former professor, Marianne Gedigian, professor of flute at the University of Texas at Austin, have brought their studios together to not only raise money, but to help victims. Daniel said she and Gedigian took the time to sift through organizations but were inspired by Direct Relief ’s mission — to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty and emergencies. “It has the potential to be so powerful,” Daniel said. “To be able to support an amazing

organization while we’re in the process, you know, we just really want to make a difference.” The studios will be performing several pieces as one unit, in addition to separate performances by each studio. Because of the distance between the universities, their first rehearsal with both groups combined will be Sunday morning before the concert. Daniel said each studio has been preparing for this event since the beginning of the fall semester, when the hurricanes hit. She added that one of the most time-consuming aspects was deciding which repertoire would best suit this occasion.

Powerful selections from Johann Sebastian Bach, Irish folk music by London Derriere, a slow movement from a Felix Mendelssohn symphony and a meditative raga, or genre of Indian classical music, will be included in the concert. “We wanted to choose music that’s really beautiful and that’s also really varied …we also wanted to choose music that really inspires and heals and inspires hope and positivity,” Daniel said. Daniel said whether or not people are able to donate, the purpose of this benefit concert is to come together as one and unify ourselves with community and beautiful music. “Music can bring people

together in a way that, in some ways, nothing else can,” Daniel said. “It touches everyone … in such a personal and powerful way where words can’t necessarily.” Coppell sophomore Caleb Estrada Valentín was born in Puerto Rico and had family evacuated during Hurricane Maria. “To me, it’s personal,” Estrada Valentín said. Estrada Valentín said this concert would incorporate great and thoughtful music made with a lot of passion from dedicated musicians. “Our studio is just so diverse and there are a lot of different representations in our studio, so it was great to hear that we can be a part of

something that will benefit all the people who were suffering or trying to recover,” Estrada Valentín said. In relation to Estrada Vlentín, League City sophomore Nicole Matthys said the other half of her hometown was affected by Hurricane Harvey. She said this concert is her and the studios’ means of using a love of the flute to fulfill a desire to help out. “For me, it’s my way to help out everyone that I know back home who lost their house or is still trying to figure out how to make ends meet,” Matthys said. “I’ll do whatever I can.”

Student-run fashion ‘Big Man on Campus’ blog hosts pop-up shop JENNIFER SMITH Reporter Buttoned Bears, a studentrun fashion and lifestyle blog, is having a pop-up shop from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at LL Sams Poolhouse, located at 2000 S. First Street. The pop-up shop will include a variety of local vendors, coffee, Pokey-O’s and live music from Baylor students such as Jacob Hummel and John Sung. Beaumont senior Ariana Coleman, the blog’s editorin-chief said Buttoned Bears formed from the desire to spread the conversation about fashion at Baylor. “Buttoned Bears started with our founders, Hannah Kleinick, Taylor Wong and Abby Thompson [during] their freshman year at Baylor, four years ago. They just wanted to create a place where you can talk about fashion, highlight the fashion at Baylor and talk about trends,” Coleman said. “Buttoned Bears is the first of our kind that we know of. There are other blogs that sort of do lifestyle, but we are the only one centered around fashion.” This is Buttoned Bears’ fourth independent pop-up shop. Coleman said for each shop they form a contract, including a fee, which the vendors sign and pay to be a part of. “It’s a lot of work but it’s completely worth it,” Coleman said. “And, on top of all the other businesses, we have our own booth where we have crafts and snacks. People should expect a fun, cool atmosphere to come chill and see what we have to offer.”

Coleman said fun prizes and goodies will also be given away on Saturday, with one of the biggest prizes being a Polaroid camera. Orange County senior Meredith Nagel is one of the marketing and advertising coordinators. She said she had always followed Buttoned Bears on social media, and finally decided to get involved. Nagel manages their social media accounts and implements strategies to gain more of a following.

Coleman “I’ve had so much fun doing it, I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the team which is filled with such talented people. Although I’m not a fashion major, it’s a really cool thing to be involved with as a hobby,” Nagel said. Nagel said she thinks the blog’s “So Hot Right Now” feature each Monday makes Buttoned Bears unique from other local blogs. “Each week we feature a different Baylor student that has a unique style and we interview and photograph them. This is a lot of people’s favorite part of our blog because it incorporates our audience,” Nagel said. “Also, it’s completely student-produced,

which has been amazing to see all of our members balance their crazy school load and put in all the effort to Buttoned.” Nagel said the team’s number one goal is to create a fun environment for the Baylor community to explore fashion through their platform, while also giving the blog more exposure. She said she’s even inspired by the material posted on their site from other student’s wardrobes. “I think fashion is so important, especially to college students, because it’s a means of self-expression. At Buttoned we love to find unique students across campus showing off what makes them feel best. There are so many creative and self-expressive students and it’s been really cool to hear them describe their own style,” Nagel said. Waco junior Harrison Young is a writer for Buttoned Bears and said he loves the idea of exposing the Baylor student body to new trends. The blog’s fashion aspect was what drew him to apply for the job. His job includes pitching ideas and writing the blog’s articles about whatever is trending at the time. “Baylor can be very narrow-minded when it comes to fashion, which I think a lot of people can agree with. I feel like part of my responsibility is to expose Baylor students to other styles out of their comfort zones,” Young said. “Buttoned is unique because we focus on Baylor students specifically. We feature a different student every week and emphasize their style on campus.”

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PAGEANT MEN The best and brightest men of Baylor competed for the title of “Big Man on Campus” during Zeta Tau Alpha’s annual philanthropy event Thursday night. Mac Paine of Pi Kappa Phi (not pictured) was named the winner, and Grant Gillespie of Pi Kappa Phi (not pictured) was named Mr. Congeniality.

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ strikes viewers with action, laughs, new characters


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BAILEY BRAMMER Editor-in-Chief As someone who enjoys a good superhero movie but doesn’t religiously follow the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s phases and characters, I was a bit worried I wouldn’t be able to follow the third installment in the Thor series,” Thor: Ragnarok.” I was pleasantly surprised, however, to discover that my basic understanding of the Avengers was more than enough to thoroughly enjoy the storyline and humor of Marvel’s newest release. The movie begins with Thor, the god of thunder (Chris Hemsworth), trapped by a fire demon Surtur, who claims he is going to start “Ragnarok,” the prophesied death and destruction of Asgard and its people. Thor defeats the monster in true, superherostyle with his all-powerful hammer, and returns home to Asgard where he finds his supposed-to-be dead brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), posing as his father, Odin. The reluctantly reunited brothers seek out their real father, but not before running into a familiar face on Earth — Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Upon finding Odin, their father reveals that they have an older sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett), who is not only the Goddess of Death, but is also looking to claim the throne of Asgard as her own and destroy anyone who stands in her way. The brothers’ first encounter with their longlost sibling lands them both on a planet of lost things and misfits known as Sakaar, which is run by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). Thor is slated to compete against the Grandmaster’s champion in a gladiator-like challenge in order to escape the planet and return to save Asgard. The champion, to Thor’s delight, happens to be the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). The two Avengers, along with Loki and a former Valkyrie also from Asgard (Tessa Thompson) team up to attempt to take

>> Today 11 a.m. — Austin Avenue opens up its streets, starting on 13th Street and ending at City Hall, to thousands of parade-goers for Waco’s annual Veterans Day Parade. Honor veterans with warm smiles and giant waves. 7:30 p.m. — Americana artist Thomas Csorba will bring life and music to Pinewood Coffee Bar’s outdoor stage. The tickets for the event, “An evening with Thomas Csorba,” are $10. 8 p.m. —Folk artist Tow’rs will be performing live at Common Grounds under their twinkling outdoor lights. Tickets for the Friday night show start at $10.

>> Saturday, Nov. 11 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. — Waco Downtown Farmers Market brings locally grown food for locals and students to stuff their kitchens with. The event is located at Fifth Street and Washington Avenue. 4 - 7 p.m. — Student-run fashion blog The Buttoned Bears will be hosting a pop-up shop with local vendors at LL Sams Poolhouse at 2000 S. First Street. Vendors include Pokey-O’s, Pinewood Coffee and live music from Baylor students. 8:30 p.m. — Americana and country artist Parker McCollum takes the stage at the Backyard Bar, Stage & Grill. Tickets begin at $15. 9:30 p.m. — Brazos Theatre opens up their stage to their Open Mic Night and Talent Show. Cash prizes are available for those who use their talents to help create an interesting night. down Hela and restore peace to the Nine Realms. Although Hela’s character contains a certain dark and powerful beauty, the villain lacks any real connection to the audience through her past — she has no reason for her bloodlust, other than that her father banished her for being too ambitious. Thompson’s portrayal of Valkyrie, however, offers a relatable, comedic and dynamic female character that easily replaces Thor’s previous love interest, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). Thor himself undergoes a few changes in both physical appearance and costume in

this latest release, including a haircut and the loss of his precious hammer. These adjustments, however, lead the God of Thunder to recognize his true power in the face of his murderous sister. The transformations also give Thor a more human feel, which is something previous Thor and Avenger movies have been slightly lacking in. The actors offer a break from the fighting with witty remarks and banter, particularly between Thor and Valkyrie. Their exchanges are awkward but adorable, and the Norse god’s embarrassment with a new crush again adds

to his humanity and relatableness. The music often mirrors the action, with hardcore rock-and-roll punctuating intense fight scenes and battles. Despite the film’s PG13 rating, there was hardly any blood or gore, so the movie would most likely be fine for mature pre-teens. Overall, the fast-paced development of the movie lends itself to be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of whether you’ve grown up reading Marvel comics or just happen to think that Hemsworth and Hiddleston are incredibly dreamy.

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7:30 p.m. — Truelove Bar welcomes professional comedians for their Stand Up Comedy night. A few of the comedians who will be performing include Diane Michelle and Mike Young. Entrance is free.

>> Ongoing Nov. 4 - Nov. 22 — “Ekphrasis : An Exploration of the Mind Body Soul,” the month-long display of artwork from Sixth to Eighth Street, will bring awareness to mental health challenges. The exhibit will be along Austin Avenue and Washington Avenue. Nov. 7 - Nov. 12 — Baylor Theatre’s new play, “This Random World,” will be pulling open the curtains of Mabee Theater at Baylor until Nov. 12. Tickets start at $20.

Waco Veterans’ Day Parade Time 11 a.m.

>> Sunday, Nov. 12

Place Downtown Waco, Austin Avenue

The Waco community will be celebrating veterans with floats, bands and large crowds.

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LANDSCAPING from Page 1 about to open. She said she was nervous to try landscaping because she had never done anything with plants, and said she thought she was “just a schoolteacher.” McWorther said with the help of God, her husband and three children, she managed to pull it off, and ended up meeting some of her closest friends through her new job. “That was the hardest decision I ever made,” McWorther said. “I never planned to be a landscaper. And then I met miss Renae because she called me to landscape her house, and then she referred me to her friend Candace, who lives not too far away on another ranch, and we became best friends through that wonderful experience. They’ve been my friends ever since, and prayer partners –– through life’s ups and downs, I can count on them.” McWorther came across the Voss’s home on a trip to Austin to visit her sister, and said she was more than willing to help the couple cultivate their new house behind the Riverside RV Park. Connie Voss said when they bought the park in 2003, they weren’t all that busy, but ever since Waco has become known for the Silos and Magnolia, their business has increased. “People go 100,000 miles out of their way on vacation just to see the Silos,” Connie Voss said. “There’s so much more to Waco than the Silos, and when they find out how much there is to do and see in Waco, they end up staying for days. The RV park has blessed us, and we have met so

many nice people, including Early.” McWorther said her love for Baylor began at an early age, when her father would wake her and her sister up at 4 a.m. to drive from Houston to Waco to go to Baylor football games. McWorther’s father, Dusty Rhodes, also attended Baylor and graduated in 1929. Along with being freshman class president, Rhodes was also a yell leader during the 1927 basketball season, when the Immortal Ten bus crash happened in Round Rock and 10 Baylor students lost their lives. “He told me the story in my teens about how he over-partied the night before the basketball team left on their trip, and he missed his alarm,” McWorther said. “Because he missed his alarm, he missed the bus, and because he missed the bus, nine of us were able to go to Baylor.” McWorther’s family is full of Bears, including her husband, her oldest daughter and her son, as well as her sister, her sister’s husband and their three sons. Aside from her landscaping business, McWorther also competes nationally in tennis and grew up playing five different sports and with a passion for athletics, particularly at Baylor. “Whenever Baylor does well, I like to invite my friends to see it in case I might send a good recruit there … that’s my goal ... or to send another child who needs a Christian environment,” McWorther said. “Baylor’s the best place I know to do that.”

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GREEN THUMB Gwen Winters, member of Early Rhodes McWorther’s “Final Four” team gathers flowers to lay out before landscaping a home at the Riverside RV Park.

PETITION from Page 1 university spokesperson stated that it is the school’s intentions to protect the privacy of its students and they will continue to fight for the privacy of students who are not involved with this case. “Baylor University continues to maintain our position of keeping discovery in this case focused on the claims of the plaintiffs who have sued and preventing the disclosure of non-party student records, such as confidential medical and counseling records,” the statement said. “We will remain steadfast in protecting the privacy of thousands of our students who are not involved and who may have no knowledge of this legal matter. Baylor’s intent with this filing is to expedite discovery in an attempt to advance the litigation process on behalf of the plaintiffs and the university. The court of appeals has authority to decide whether the records are protected from discovery.” The plaintiffs “Issues of Concern” include all matters within “Conduct code violation,” “Prohibited Conduct under Title IX Policy,” “Sexual Violence” and “Sexual Harassment” as well as the Pepper Hamilton investigation, the Counselor investigation and the BoR Findings of Fact. The records being requested include any student records in the past 14 years related to “sex” or “sexual conduct generally.”

Baylor’s filing points out that they could be required to include a student complaint from 10 years ago to a dorm employee about a roommate’s sexual activity, or a student’s disclosure of childhood sexual abuse to a professor. President Linda Livingstone addressed the court case and the filing at a panel discussing Baylor’s progress Thursday evening. She said this case, which she referred to as the Jane Doe 1-10 case, is raising some interesting legal questions that could impact universities across the country. “One of the really important questions is the request from the attorneys to get information and data from health records and Title IX records of students who are not a party to the case,” Livingstone said. “We feel very strongly that the privacy of our other students who are not part of the case needs to be protected and we are doing everything we can to try to do that.” The lawyer representing the 10 plaintiffs, Jim Dunnam, said the release of these documents will help show the true statistics on sexual assault at Baylor and is vital to understanding the magnitude of the problem. “We are not seeking student identity information other than on the assailants of our clients. The Judge has already ruled that

no counseling or medical records will be released,” Dunnam said. “Baylor simply needs to compile some specific data from those records and in a way that protects student privacy, but that discloses the true statistics on the extent of the sexual assault at Baylor. Baylor apparently does not want this information known.” Baylor’s filing claims that if these documents are released current and future Baylor students will know that they have no true expectation of confidentiality in any report of sexual assault made to counseling staff. “The harm threatened by this order cannot be undone. Baylor was entitled to an order protecting thousands of non-party students and former students from the guaranteed annoyance — and potential for great embarrassment and harm — from being confronted with FERPA notices as to these records for which Plaintiffs have no genuine need,” the document states. Baylor said in the filing that if the court does not consider the filing, or if it rules against the university, that just by asking students to allow the release of their records could cause harm to the students and could even traumatize the recipient.

PANEL from Page 1 sanction on Baylor in February of this year. After a very thorough review, the SACSCOC recommendation is that the warning be lifted. Livingstone said she is cautiously optimistic that that warning will be lifted in December at their annual meeting in Dallas. Livingstone said the external audit of the 105 recommendations by Cozen O’Connor affirming that the recommendations have been completed is important not only for Baylor to know that they have been completed, but that the report can serve as a blueprint for other institutions to follow to prevent sexual assault and sexual violence on their campuses. “It’s important to remember that many of the aspects of that report are not things you check the box and are now done doing they are commitments we have to make every single day to continue to reinforce the culture that we want to prevent sexual violence and to support those that experience it whether on or off our

campus forever,” Livingstone said. “We have to continue to learn and adapt and change and we will never be done with that.” Livingstone said she met with the Big 12 Monday to update them about Baylor’s progress. The Big 12 formed a task force consisting of the Chancellor of TCU, the President of Oklahoma State and the President of West Virginia, to review the work that Baylor has done to determine if Baylor has fully completed the recommendations and that the recommendations are fully embedded sustainably in Baylor’s culture. Livingstone said she hopes that by the Big 12’s board meeting in February that they will reach a conclusion that affirms what Baylor has heard from other external audits. Livingstone addressed some of the headlines regarding Title IX lawsuits and said Baylor has been through the process of resolving some suit. She said they are trying to work with the

survivors and come to a resolution that helps bring them healing. She said for some, that means settlements, which the university has agreed to in some cases, but that some will go to trial. Of the five active Title IX lawsuits Baylor is involved in, there are two court dates set, one set for summer 2018 and one set for early 2019. Livingstone said she expects it to take 18-24 months before all the cases are resolved. In regards to headlines, Allison said it is one of his goals to keep the Board of Regents out of the news. He said the Board has learned over the past few years that they can do a lot better; he said they are continuing to improve their communication within the board and with members outside of the board. Allison said the priorities of the Board are to restore the trust in the Board of Regents and to unify the Baylor family. He said that first and foremost, the responsibility of the Board is

SURVEY from Page 1 they experienced sexual harassment or violence (72 percent) agreed Baylor “did/ would create an environment where this type of experience was safe to discuss.” Fort Worth senior Caroline Grace, who is the president of Title IX’s “It’s On Us” Student Advisory Council, said she believes more organizations on campus are becoming comfortable with talking about issues related to sexual harassment or violence. “I’ve been working more with fraternities and sororities in this aspect and kind of bringing [awareness] into more of an interdisciplinary field, where it’s not just the sexual assault group that’s doing it, it’s everybody as a stakeholder,” Grace said. “I think that is the ideal evolution of ‘It’s on Us,’ that everybody is participating in the discussion and not just people that normally advocate for it.” Among respondents who experienced sexual harassment, stalking, domestic violence or sexual violence, 75 percent agreed Baylor did/would “actively support them with either formal or informal resources.” A majority of respondents indicated they agreed or strongly agreed that they felt safe on or around campus from sexual harassment (76 percent) or violence (77 percent). “While many of the responses demonstrate significant progress and provide hope for our campus community, others have shown that more assistance, training and resources are needed as part of our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement,” President Linda Livingstone said in a statement. For example, 41 percent of respondents indicated they experienced sexist gender harassment by a student and another 31 percent said they experienced the same

Additional Climate Survey Findings • 30 percent of respondents said they experienced “crude gender harassment” by a student. • 13 percent of respondents indicated they experienced “unwanted sexual attention” and 17 percent said they experienced “sexual harassment via electronic communication” by a student. • 81 percent of respondents who indicated they experienced sexual harassment, stalking, domestic violence or sexual violence indicated they told their close friend about the incident, 54 percent told a roommate, 36 percent told a romantic partner. • 57 percent of respondents who indicated they experienced sexual harassment or sexual violence indicated that a community leader or residence hall staff member was “very useful.” • 70 percent said Baylor University athletic department coach or staff were “not at all useful.” • 89 percent of respondents strongly disagreed or disagreed with the statement, “If a person doesn’t physically resist sex, they have given consent.” • 61 percent of respondents said they strongly disagreed or disagreed with the statement, “I don’t think sexual violence is a problem at Baylor University.” type of harassment by a faculty, instructor or staff member. Cook said that over the past couple of years, recent training and educational efforts have been focused on general awareness of sexual assault and resources available to students. He said now that Baylor has the survey’s results, the university will be able to target its actions further. “One thing that we have to consider is we have 17,000 students who all have different backgrounds, different life experiences, different personalities

and different interactions,” Cook said. “[Baylor’s] role is to continuously work to establish a safe and caring campus community. We do that through education and the services that we provide for our students.” The campus climate survey was conducted in response to Pepper Hamilton’s recently implemented “105 Recommendations” for Baylor to “identify challenges in the current campus climate that affect the educational or employment environment or create barriers to reporting, and test for prevalence.”

to hire and fire the president of the university, but after that they are committed to providing fiduciary oversight, strategic oversight and providing foresight for the university. Allison said the board has seen a lot of progress and has made several changes to ensure the effectiveness of the board and stay true to Baylor’s mission. He specifically mentioned hiring a board professional and shortening the meetings to keep focused on what’s most important. Allison said he is confident in Baylor as an institution and a family, and has faith in its mission and work. “We are blessed with the best students in the country,” Allison said. “We are here for the students and the board is here for the students. I challenge anyone who has questions about this university to come and talk to any student on this campus and see how they feel about the Baylor community that they know.”


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NEW SEASON, NEW FACES Freshman guard Alexis Morris looks to shoot a basket during a pre-season exhibition against Washburn University on Monday evening in the Ferrell Center. The No. 3 ranked Lady Bears crushed the visiting Ichabods 117-33, and Morris recorded 13 points.

Men to take on Central Arkansas in first game

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BEN EVERETT Sports Writer No. 24 Baylor men’s basketball opens the season at noon today at the Ferrell Center against the University of Central Arkansas. The Bears yield a veteran team consisting of four juniors and four seniors and are looking to make it to a school-record fifth straight NCAA Tournament. Head coach Scott Drew said the postseason experience from previous years will propel the Bears to success this season. “Having four seniors is a good thing,” Drew said. “Especially coming off of postseasons the last few years where they’ve had games and experiences to get them better. Hopefully that will put them in a position to lead us now like the seniors the last few years have done.” Despite having a surplus of veteran leadership, the Bears will still need to find a way to replace the departures of forward Johnathan Motley and guards Ishmail Wainright and Al Freeman. Motley, the 2017 Karl Malone Award winner for the nation’s best power forward, led the Bears in scoring and rebounding with averages of 17.3 points per game and 9.9 rebounds per game during the 2016-17 season. Senior center Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. said the toughest aspect of Motley’s game to replace will be rebounding because many of the returning players are due for scoring

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JUMP, JUMP, JUMP Junior guard Jake Lindsey looks for an open man in Baylor’s exhibition game against Houston on Oct. 21 at the Ferrell Center. The Bears fell to the Cougars 81-78.

increases. “The biggest thing is rebounding,” LualAcuil, Jr. said. “As far as scoring goes, I think King [McClure] is going to make a big jump, Nuni [Omot] is going to take a jump up in production, TJ [Maston], Tristan [Clark], too.” With Lual-Acuil Jr. and senior point guard Manu Lecomte returning, the likely starters will include junior guards Jake Lindsey and King McClure and senior forward Nuni Omot.

Senior forward Terry Maston and freshman forward Tristan Clark add depth in the front court, but the Bears will be lacking guards this year. Lindsey, Lecomte, McClure and freshman guard Tyson Jolly are the only guards listed on the roster, and Jolly is currently sidelined due to an undisclosed medical reason. Sophomore guard Wendell “Chuck” Mitchell opted to transfer following the season

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The No. 3 Lady Bears finished 2-0 in the preseason and show no signs of slowing down as they prepare to face Lamar University at 7 p.m. today at the Ferrell Center. Both the team’s defense and offense had a stellar outing against Washburn on Monday night, with the defense holding the Ichabods to just 33 points and offense lighting up the scoreboard by putting up 117 points. Even though the Lady Bears won their first two exhibition games, head coach Kim Mulkey said there is still work to be done for her young team going into the regular season and playing a talented Lamar team. “We’re not polished, but the season is here and we play a Lamar team that is quick –– a Lamar team that is picked to win their league,” Mulkey said. “They don’t have the size that we have, but they are a very good basketball team.” The Cardinals went 22-8 overall last season. Junior guard Moe Kinard led the team in scoring with 15.3 points per game. Kinard started in all 30 games Lamar played, was named Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year and earned second-team All-Southland accolades. Having 15 players on the roster, seven being upperclassmen, Lamar will have more experience over the young Lady Bears. With just 10 players on the roster, seven of which are underclassmen, there are going to have to be players that move around to play any position they need filled. Senior forward Dekeiya Cohen is one of

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Bear Pit ready to get rowdy for basketball season BRANSON HARDCASTLE Reporter The Bear Pit Leadership Team, a student organization that helps hype up the crowd at men’s and women’s basketball games, is getting ready for basketball season to begin. The Bear Pit has supported the Bears since 2005. When they first started, there was a fee to join. Now, there is no fee because the entire student section is the Bear Pit, according to Plano sophomore Parakh Jaggi, a member of the game day committee. “The Bear Pit is the students at Baylor University. We all are the Bear Pit,” Jaggi said. “The Bear Pit isn’t just the leadership team. Everyone has a ticket to every men’s and women’s basketball game. If you are a student at Baylor University, you are a part of the Bear Pit.” The Bear Pit Leadership Team is composed

I like seeing us getting into the other team’s head. It makes the other team start to make mistakes and our team feeds off of that energy.” HAYDEN JOHNSON | GAME DAY CHAIR

of 14 members that hold positions in different categories such as events, marketing, game day and social media. The events committee coordinates events, including watch parties and away game trips. The marketing committee provides T-shirts and flyers to raise awareness for the upcoming games. The game day committee is in the stands with other students,

coordinating chants and keeping the traditions of the Bear Pit alive every game. Last year, the Bear Pit started what they hope will be a new tradition: sit in the pit. Sit in the pit is when they bring in a local “celebrity” to sit in the student section and go crazy with the students. Last year, sit in the pit featured Chip Gaines, baseball head coach Steve Rodriguez

and former Baylor forward Jonathan Motley’s mother. This year, they are hoping to bring in more “celebrities” and maybe even some previous men’s basketball stars. Another tradition the Bear Pit wants to keep alive is the newspaper. When students arrive at their seats, they find a newspaper on their chair. The students are supposed to keep the newspaper for when the opposing team’s starters are announced. As the opposing team is being announced, the students act like they are reading the paper and yell “Who’s that?” at every player announced. Then the lights go out and the hype video for Baylor comes on. As the video is playing, the students tear up the newspaper into small strips and get ready to throw it in the air. As soon as the lights come on, everyone throws

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COLLIN BRYANT Sports Writer Baylor football (1-8) is set to square off with Texas Tech (4-5) Saturday in the ninth annual Texas Farm Bureau Shootout. The series between the Bears and Red Raiders will be played in Arlington for the seventh time and the record between the two teams is tied at 37-37-1. Last season, sophomore quarterback Zach Smith started the game, passing for 377 yards. The Bears offense racked up 600 total yards, but committed four turnovers, allowing the Red Raiders to score a 54-35 blowout victory. With Smith still questionable for the game, freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer is slated to make his second start of the season. Last week against the Kansas Jayhawks, the freshman completed 79 percent of his passes, 23 of his 29 attempts. In his weekly press conference, Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury said he feels the Bears coaching staff has done a great job building their young player core and that Brewer presents a stiff challenge as a versatile quarterback. “Anytime you start as many young players as they did this season, which I’m sure was a part of their plan, you see those guys grow week in and week out,” Kingsbury said. “They’ve done a nice job bringing those guys along. Brewer is very elusive, can extend plays. For a young player, he really takes care of the football well.” During his press conference, Kingsbury said the threat sophomore wide receiver Denzel Mims presents on the outside, due to his ability to get out in space and make people miss, is a difficult matchup for his defense. Texas Tech is also an offensive threat in its own right. Last season in the shootout, the Red Raiders surpassed the Bears in passing with 586 yards. The Red Raiders are poised for similar production. Texas Tech senior quarterback Nik Shimonek has thrown for at least 300 yards in five games this season, two of which were in his last two games against the Oklahoma Sooners and Kansas State Wildcats. Baylor head coach Matt Rhule said the Red Raiders are a difficult team to match up with because of their versatility. “Offensively, they’re dynamic,” Rhule said. “They go fast, so they challenge you with tempo. They challenge you, they spread the field. They do everything. Coach [Kingsbury] does a great job.” Red Raider junior wide receiver Keke Coutee also poses a threat. Last year against the Bears, Coutee had a career high in receiving with 221 yards. Last week against Kansas State, he matched his career high in receptions, catching 12 passes for 189 yards. Coutee has been one of Shimonek’s favorite targets, having three games of at least 150 yards receiving. The Bears will look to players like sophomore linebacker Jordan Williams who, Rhule said, is doing a good job at commanding the defense with his aggressive play. “We’ve challenged him to become more physical, and I thought he played really, really physically in that game,” Rhule said. “I think the thing that he did was, when you face those offenses that are so multiple, there’s so many times you have to

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OFFENSIVE SHOOTOUT Freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer tucks the ball and runs during Saturday’s 38-9 win over Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. Brewer will lead the Bears when they play the Red Raiders at 11 a.m. Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

get everyone on the same page. I thought Jordan was so calming out there. He’s got everyone on the same page.” The Bears will rely on senior linebacker Taylor Young, who played a breakout game last weekend against the Jayhawks. Young, who switched to middle linebacker to replace an injured sophomore Clay Johnston, recorded 10 tackles. Rhule said Young had a more than efficient week preparing for the upcoming game and his play showed the work he put in.

“I thought it was really special during the week leading up to it and then to be able to go out in the game and play at that level,” Rhule said. “Not just in terms of the production, 10 tackles, tackle for loss and a sack. Not just that but, the way he played, what it looked like on film.” The Bears look to capture a second win against Texas Tech at 11 a.m. Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Basketball team surprises classes with free Cane’s BROOKE HILL Staff Writer

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GOING FOR SPEED Baylor men’s cross country gets set to race in the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational on Sept. 29 at the Burke Golf Course in South Bend, Ind. Both the men’s and women’s teams will compete in the South Central Regional Championship at 9:15 a.m. today in College Station.

Cross country sprints toward South Central Regional meet BEN EVERETT Sports Writer The Baylor cross country team competes in the South Central Regional Championship starting at 9:15 a.m. today in College Station. The Bears will compete against 28 other teams from the South Central Region, including teams from Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. The men’s team is coming off of a sixth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship, while the women finished fifth at the same event. Sophomore Devin Meyrer earned All-Big 12 honors after placing 12th in the 8,000-meter men’s race at the Big 12 Championships, but it was not enough to place the team in the top five. Meyrer said the team

was disappointed in the performance because he knows how talented the team is. “We had a lot of things not line up that day,” Meyrer said. “Which is a bummer because, according to what Coach keeps telling me, this is one of the most talented teams we’ve had.” The men’s team is ranked sixth in the South Central region, while the women come in at fourth. The top two placing teams in the Regional Championship are awarded an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, along with the four best individual performances. All other teams are subject to atlarge selection by the NCAA Selection Committee. Head coach Todd Harbour said he has confidence in both

teams to compete at a high level. “I like our team and I like the shot that we have,” Harbour said. “We know we’re going to race hard out front. They’re going to have to get after it. We have a good shot at it. We’ve just got to put it together.” All Big 12 performers sophomore Anna West and junior Lindsey Bradley headline the group of seven runners that will race in the 6,000-meter women’s race today. Sophomore Gabby Satterlee, freshman Brooke Gilmore, freshman Sarah Antrich, sophomore Alison Andrews-Paul, freshman Madelaine Johnston and sophomore Hana Marsheck will also compete for the women’s team. Meyrer, senior Eric Anderson, freshman T.J.

Sugg, senior Matt Parham, graduate student Jordan West, senior Sam Sahli, junior Sean McCullough and freshman Jeremy Meadows will compete in the 10,000-meter men’s race. Assistant coach Jon Capron said the men’s team is better suited for the 10,000-meter race, so he is expecting better results than the 8,000-meter race results from the Big 12 Championship. “We’re a built a little bit more (for a 10k race),” Capron said. “I build these guys for this race. We’re hoping for a better performance. The 10K course is a lot more straight forward. You don’t mess around with it. It usually runs pretty true.” If either team qualifies, they will compete in the NCAA Championships on Nov. 18 in Louisville, Ky.

Students have been buzzing all week about the men’s basketball team’s guest appearances in random classes to gift those lucky few with free meals from Raising Cane’s. The basketball team and staff shocked four classes Monday through Thursday with a surprise entrance, and they came bearing gifts. “I was very surprised when the basketball players brought canes into [Michael] Korpi’s class,” said Austin sophomore Jaelyn Galindo. “Korpi had just starting teaching and then a bunch of people just busted in the classroom and starting handing out bags of Cane’s. It was amazing.” Morgan Fleming, associate director of fan engagement & graphic design for the athletics department, was the one who suggested the idea to the staff. “My biggest intention behind this was just to get people talking and get excitement going for basketball season, so we knew this would be a unique way to get people’s attention,” Fleming said. “I knew students have 5000 things on their calendars so we wanted to stand out.” Fleming said another goal of hers was to find a way that the staff and players could interact with the students. “The basketball players and staff, they’re just some of the most fun and charismatic and personable coaches and players that I’ve worked with, and I’m not sure that they get they chance to get seen by students, for students to meet them and see their personalities,” Fleming said. “I want people to see how much fun Coach [Scott] Drew is. I want to make sure everyone knows the players by name and by face and knows [head basketball] coach Drew because they’re awesome and they’re a lot of fun and they want you to be a part of their family.” Fleming explained that the goal was to do something just to give back to the students. The team hoped to brighten students’ day and surprise them, as well as get them talking about the upcoming season. Grapevine sophomore Taylor Wolf was certainly surprised on Monday when the team interrupted her chemistry class. “They just walked in and we’re all looking around at each other like, ‘what is happening?’” Wolf said. “It was surreal, the best start to my day.” Fleming said she worked with the academic performance department to find professors who were known for their support of Baylor athletics and had their syllabus set up in a way that a guest appearance from the team this week wouldn’t conflict too much with their classes. The team showed up to a chemistry class, a mass communications class, an environmental science class and an art class. The men’s basketball team’s season opener is at noon today at the Ferrell Center against Central Arkansas. The men enter the season ranked 24 by the Associated Press.

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Baylor athletics signs 22 recruits BEN EVERETT Sports Writer Twenty-two high school athletes from across the country signed on today to play for Baylor as a part of national signing day for basketball, baseball and softball. Head women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey brings in the No. 1 ranked recruiting class in the country, according to ESPN. Mulkey said the group will help keep the Lady Bears in the national spotlight for the coming years. “I am thrilled to welcome these five talented and well-rounded young ladies to the Lady Bear basketball family,” Mulkey said. “Our program is gaining elite student-athletes, but more importantly, invested parents and families, who were very involved in each of their daughters’ college decision. They will continue to help us keep our program at an elite level, which gives us a lot to look forward to in the future. We are excited to welcome the Fierce Five to Baylor.” The class consists of wing Aquira DeCosta, forward NaLyssa Smith, post Queen Egbo, point guard Honesty Scott-Grayson and wing Caitlin Bickle. DeCosta and Smith are ranked in the top 10 of espnW HoopGurlz recruiting rankings and all five players are in the top 30 with five-star ratings. Mulkey said Smith has the chance to be one of the best players the Lady Bears have ever had. “We’ve been following NaLyssa and recruiting her heavily for the last five years,” Mulkey said. “NaLyssa has the ability to play and defend every position on the floor. She can certainly be one of the most impactful players we’ve had in our program, and keeping her instate was a high priority for me and my staff.” Head men’s basketball coach Scott Drew brings in two players for his 2018 recruiting class. Small forward Matthew Mayer is ranked No. 57 in the ESPN 100 and shooting guard Darius Allen is a four-star junior college prospect from Palm Beach State. Palm Beach head coach Martin McCann said Allen’s relationship with Baylor assistant coach Alvin Brooks contributed to his decision to play for the Bears. “Baylor feels at home for Darius and he’s created a strong relationship with Coach Brooks,” McCann told the Waco TribuneHerald. “He really enjoyed getting to know

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DEVELOPING A FOUNDATION Men’s basketball head coach Scott Drew and his coaching staff coach the team against Oklahoma on Jan. 24, 2015, at the Ferrell Center. Two players signed for the men’s basketball team in the 2018 recruiting class.

some of their players.” While Drew and his staff still have a chance to snag more recruits in the late signing period, these two will provide a foundation for the class. Drew said Mayer will bring offensive versatility to the Bears when he arrives for his freshman year. “Offensively, he’s very talented and he continues to grow,” Drew said. “He’s somebody that is very versatile and can play a number of positions. He’s a great student and he’ll be a great representative for Baylor University.” Head baseball coach Steve Rodriguez brings in a versatile group of seven players- six of whom are Texas natives. Braxton Ashcraft, Logan Freeman, Brooks Helmer, Ricky Martinez, Anderson Needham, Ryan Segner and Branson Wilson are all listed as right-handed pitchers, but Ashcraft, Helmer, Martinez and Wilson can all play multiple

positions on defense. Rodriguez said the coaching staff is excited to bring in the next generation of Baylor pitchers. “We went heavy on pitching to bolster the amount of quality frontline arms that will make an immediate impact to our pitching staff,” Rodriguez said. “Our program is developing a solid foundation for the future and we are very excited about the direction we are going.” Ashcraft could have played wide receiver in college, but he chose to pursue his dream of being a professional baseball player. “In my living room, as a little kid, my dream was to be like Stephen Strasburg and Clayton Kershaw,” Ashcraft told the Waco-Tribune Herald. “Those were the guys I looked up to. To see that dream in front of me is great, but to a degree it’s kind of overwhelming when you think your dreams could actually come true.” The 2017 College World Series participant

Big 12 men’s basketball looks stronger than ever BEN EVERETT Sports Writer


With college basketball starting this week, I took a look at the Big 12 programs and where they stand heading into opening night. 1. Kansas The Jayhawks have won 13 straight Big 12 regular season championships and show no signs of slowing down, even after graduating National Player of the Year Frank Mason. Senior point guard Devonte’ Graham is the preseason pick to win Big 12 Player of the Year as he takes the reins from Mason. Mississippi State transfer guard Malik Newman looks to resurrect his college career alongside Graham while freshman power forward Billy Preston and sophomore center Udoka Azubuike will give head coach Bill Self a formidable front court. 2. West Virginia As long as Bob Huggins is head coach, the Mountaineers will be no fun to play. His “Press Virginia” style of defense has wreaked havoc across college basketball and keeps the Mountaineers near the top of the Big 12 each year. The veteran backcourt, consisting of senior guards Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles, Jr., returns for its final year in Morgantown while junior forward Esa Ahmad will look to take a step forward after averaging 11.3 points per game as a sophomore. 3. Baylor The AP poll voters learned their lesson last year. After not receiving a vote in the preseason poll, the Bears ended up being a mainstay in the top 10 and reached No. 1 for the first time in school history. Defensive stalwart Ish Wainright is gone, as is leading scorer Johnathan Motley, but the No. 24-ranked Bears have much of the same team returning. Senior point guard Manu Lecomte is the best three-point shooter in the conference and senior center Jo Lual-Acuil, Jr. has a chance to lead the Big 12 in blocks in back-to-back years. 4. TCU Every coach in the Big 12 should be afraid of Jamie Dixon. In his first season as head coach of the Horned Frogs, they went 24-15 and won the NIT. Entering his second season, they were picked to finish third in the conference and narrowly missed being ranked in the AP Top 25. Jaylen Fisher will run the show after a strong freshman season and former Texas A&M transfer guard Alex Robinson will provide veteran leadership in the backcourt. Up front, senior Vladimir Brodziansky could be a dark horse candidate for Big 12 Player of the Year after averaging 14 points and six rebounds a game for the Horned Frogs in only 23 minutes per game as a junior. 5. Texas The Longhorns head into the 2017-18 season with high expectations and lots of pressure to succeed. Texas had a highly disappointing 2016-17 campaign, going 11-22 despite being ranked No. 21 in the preseason AP poll. The Longhorns reload despite losing first round draft pick Jarrett Allen by bringing in five-star center Mohamed Bamba, who was

voted Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year. Additionally, freshman point guard Matt Coleman and transfer power forward Dylan Osetkowski should help alleviate some of the Longhorns’ major struggles (shooting and ball handling) from last season. 6. Oklahoma Following a Final Four run in 2016, the Sooners put together a solid season in 2017 behind a group of young, talented players. The majority of the team returns, and with the addition of sharpshooting point guard and Norman native Trae Young, Oklahoma could find itself back in the NCAA Tournament. Sophomore guard Kameron McGusty and sophomore forward Kristian Doolittle will look to build off of stellar freshman seasons and rim protecter extraordinaire Khadeem Lattin returns to Norman for his senior campaign. 7. Texas Tech The Red Raiders return four of their top six scorers from last season, including guard Keenan Evans, who shot a scorching 43 percent from 3-point range last season. Zach Smith could have gone pro, but the athletic forward decided to return for his senior season where he is picked to be first team All Big 12 in the preseason ballot. Head coach Chris Beard will look to guide Texas Tech to its second NCAA Tournament appearance in three years. 8. Kansas State The Wildcats have been inconsistent under Bruce Weber but always seem to yield a formidable team. K-State loses Wesley Iwundu to the NBA and D.J. Johnson to graduation, but a returning backcourt of Barry Brown and Kamau Stokes will ensure the Wildcats stay competitive. Junior forward Dean Wade has averaged nine points and five rebounds a game in each of his first two seasons in Manhattan, but needs to improve if the Wildcats are to make the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season. 9. Iowa State Monte Morris, Naz Long, Deonte Burton and Matt Thomas have all finished their Cyclone careers. Iowa State will be a completely new team this year, and that is not a good thing for Cyclone fans. Freshman point guard Lindell Wigginton is a high-level recruit, but there’s not much else. That being said, the Cyclones always get a couple of upset wins, especially at Hilton Coliseum. 10. Oklahoma State Brad Underwood bolted for Illinois, leaving Mike Boynton in charge of a team that lost Jawun Evans and Phil Forte. Jeffrey Carroll will contend for Big 12 Player of the Year and Mitchell Solomon will beast opponents on the offensive glass, but it’s hard to see the Cowboys winning many games. Additionally, Oklahoma State’s top assistant coach was recently arrested amid the FBI investigations ravaging college basketball.

Baylor softball team will add eight players from the 2018 recruiting class. Head coach Glenn Moore added five players from Texas, one from Oklahoma, one from Kansas and one from Missouri. Moore said the group is very diverse and will be solid foundation for the team in the coming years. “This is a very diverse class and certainly one of the largest we’ve ever signed,” Moore said. “With a transfer and possibly a redshirt we will still have at least six incoming freshmen. We have every area covered with left-and righthanded pitching, catching, infield and outfield.” Outfielders Lindsey Gilbert, Josie Bower, Ana Watson and Casey Shell, first baseman Kendall Cross, catcher Tyler Trott and pitchers Madison Lindsey and Sidney Holman will look to replace production lost from graduated seniors.

This Weekend in Sports: Friday Equestrian vs. University of Texas 10 a.m. at Willis Family Equestrian Center Men’s basketball vs. University of Central Arkansas Noon at Ferrell Center Lariat Radio play-by-play by Thomas Mott and Jakob Brandenburg will be available at or on the “Mixlr” app under “Baylor Lariat Radio.” Baseball in Sic ’Em World Series Tailgate 4 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark Admission is free for all Soccer vs. Rice University in first round of NCAA Tournament 5 p.m. at Betty Lou Mays Field Admission is $10 Women’s basketball vs. Lamar University 7 p.m. at Ferrell Center

Saturday Football vs. Texas Tech 11 a.m. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Lariat Radio play-by-play by Thomas Mott and Jakob Brandenburg will be available at or on the “Mixlr” app under “Baylor Lariat Radio.”

Sunday Women’s basketball vs. Coppin State 2 p.m. at Ferrell Center


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just two seniors for the Lady Bears and is ready to take on any responsibility Mulkey asks of her. “There are definitely times where I have to go inside or out,” Cohen said. “Just depending on where she [Mulkey] wants me I will go out there and just try to fulfill the role that she asks me to fulfill.” The team plays three games in a span of five days. Entering the season with quick turnaround matchups can be difficult, especially for a young team, but Mulkey said she isn’t treating it any differently. For Mulkey, preparing for this stretch of three games is the same as getting ready for any other game during the season. However, this stretch is something that the four freshmen on the team are not used to and have not seen before and will have to play hard for several days in a short time. “[It’s] no different. The roster is going to be what it is and hopefully we will stay healthy,” Mulkey said. “We will prepare a scouting report and go over everything we need to go over. The only difference is for some of the freshmen, this will be new to them. They have to play this hard for this many days.” While it may be composed of younger players, the team has shown its ability to work together to put up veteran numbers. In their final exhibition game against Washburn, the Lady Bears dominated the paint, scoring 80 points while limiting the Ichabods to just 10. Sophomore power forward Lauren Cox played 26 minutes and scored 17 points in Monday’s win. Cox was just one of seven players on the team to score in double-digits. Cox credits this success is to the close-knit relationship the players have with one another. With the Cardinals being ranked first in the

the torn-up paper into the air and watches as the paper slowly floats down and covers the student section. The Bear Pit also has chants just for the opposing players such as “boo game” where everyone boos the opposing team except for one player. When that one player gets the ball, the whole student section explodes with cheers to try to get inside the opposing team’s heads. Port Orchard, Wash., senior and game day chair Hayden Johnson said he believes these small chants and traditions help throw off the opposing teams. “I like seeing us getting into the other team’s head. It makes the other team start to make mistakes and our team feeds off of that energy,” Johnson said. “I like seeing our efforts translate to success on the court which is the Bear Pit’s main mission.” The Bear Pit is still working to better the student section. They know there are things that they need to improve on to make the


from Page 9 and junior guard Al Freeman graduated and decided to play his final year of eligibility at N.C. State, leaving the Bears with a depleted backcourt. Lindsey said the lack of depth means the guards will have to be in peak physical condition. “Obviously losing Chuck and Al hurts,” Lindsey said. “We’ll just have to do a good job taking care of our bodies and be efficient with how we expend our energy. I think we have plenty of talent.” Central Arkansas brings the No. 1 scoring offense in the Southland Conference during the 2016-17 season to the Ferrell Center. Drew said UCA’s strengths lie on the offensive side of the ball as the Bears play at a fast pace and are not afraid to launch 3-pointers. “They had the No. 1 rated offense [in the conference] last year,” Drew said. “Top 50 pace in country, they play fast and play in transition. They shoot a lot of threes.” The Baylor defense will be keen to UCA senior point guard Jordan Howard, an all-conference performer a season ago after averaging 19.5 points per game and shooting 45 percent from 3-point range. Drew said he and his staff tried to enlist Howard’s brother, Markus, who wound up choosing Marquette, so Baylor holds their family with high esteem. “Jordan Howard is a returning all-conference player for them,” Drew said. “He’s a very good player. We recruited his brother Markus Howard, so we have a lot of respect for him and his family.” The Bears stay at home for their second game, facing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. Monday at the Ferrell Center.

Southland Conference preseason rankings, the Lady Bears are going to have to keep up the fast pace and teamwork they have shown during their exhibition games. “I think we have great team chemistry. Just from playing with each other during the summer,” Cox said. “I think we really get along and we know how to play with each other.” After the matchup against Lamar, the Lady Bears will play again against Coppin State at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ferrell Center.

Join the Bear Pit today! Men’s basketball: Noon at the Ferrell Center against University of Central Arkansas Women’s basketball: 7 p.m. at the Ferrell Center against Lamar University student section even rowdier to distract the opposing teams. Vienna, Va., sophomore Camilla Bruce said that attendance for men’s and women’s games need to improve in order to help the Bear Pit accomplish this feat. “We need to get butts in seats as Hayden always says. Raising the attendance will

help make it louder. Also, we need to have more awareness of games,” Bruce said. “The attendance of women’s games is lower compared to the attendance at men’s games, so getting that attendance up as well will be great.” Johnson said that the student section needs to be a more cohesive unit as well, adding that there are times when the chants will be a little off because there is a delay between the students at the front and the students at the back. They will be working to improve that by asking members of the Bear Pit Leadership Team to sit in those areas to improve the cohesiveness. With the men’s and women’s season officially starting on today, expect the Bear Pit to be ready and rowdy and for them to ask students to “get butts in seats.” Both the men’s and women’s teams play at home today. The No. 24 Bears play at noon against Central Arkansas and the No. 3 Lady Bears play at 7 p.m. against Lamar.

What’s Happening on Campus? Sundown Weekend Friday, Nov. 10 U Break Pop Up Brunch Bar

10 a.m. to noon Come by the Union Board Office on the first floor of the BDSC for free brunch and a cup of coffee, on us!

Sundown Sessions: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Blacklight Bowling

9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Join us in Barfield Drawing Room for showings of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Blacklight Bowling available all evening in the Baylor Gameroom.

Saturday, Nov. 11 Sundown Sessions: Cookies & Cocoa, Blacklight Bowling

9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Prepare for the holidays by decorating ornaments and Christmas cookies in Barfield Drawing Room. Blacklight Bowling available all evening in the Baylor Gameroom.

Friday, Nov. 10 Men’s Basketball v. Central Arkansas, Women’s Basketball v. Lamar

Noon and 7 p.m. Support our basketball teams at the Ferrell Center as they kick off the new season.

Friday, Nov. 10 AsianFest

7 p.m. This showcase of Asian culture will feature various student organizations through modern and traditional acts such as dance, music and fashion, in Waco Hall.

Saturday, Nov. 11 Medical Humanities Symposium

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The student-led symposium, located in the Baylor Sciences Building Room D110, will feature the many facets of human experience that affect health beyond the biology of disease.

Sunday, Nov. 12 Jazz Combos

3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Members of the Baylor Jazz Program will perform two shows in Jones Concert Hall, McCrary Music Building.

Sunday, Nov. 12

Disaster Benefit Concert

4 p.m. The flute studios from Baylor’s School of Music and the University of Texas will present a collaborative concert at Seventh and James Baptist Church at 4 p.m. Proceeds will support those affected by recent natural disasters.

Monday, Nov. 13 and Wednesday, Nov. 15 Portal to the Public: Outdoor Recreation

Noon to 3 p.m. Visit the Mayborn Museum for hands-on activities presented by Outdoor Recreation students.

Monday, Nov. 13 and Tuesday, Nov. 14 Charles Edmonson Historical Lecture

3:30 p.m. Ethan H. Shagan, PhD, professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, will present two lectures about “The Problems of Belief in Early Modern England.” Both lectures will be held in Kayser Auditorium, Hankamer Academic Building.

Tuesday, Nov. 14 ISR Presents: Richard Asante

3:30 p.m. The Institute for Studies of Religion will host Richard Asante, PhD, senior research fellow and lecturer in the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon, for “The Role of Religion in Electoral Politics in Ghana and America: The Surprising Similarities” in Cox Lecture Hall of Armstrong Browning Library.

Tuesday, Nov. 14 World Cinema Series: Children Full of Life

6 p.m. This award-winning Japanese film follows the life of a 4th Grade teacher as he shares with his students the most important principle in life. Screening in Bennett Auditorium, Draper Hall.

Wednesday, Nov. 15 All University Thanksgiving Dinner 5 p.m. Join the Baylor Family on Fountain Mall for the annual All University Thanksgiving Dinner. Student ID required.

Thursday, Nov. 16 Japan-Texas Business Forum

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This year’s forum, about connections between Texas and the Japanese economy, will be held in McClinton Auditorium of Foster Campus.

Thursday, Nov. 16 Free Enterprise Forum

4 p.m. Bill Moore, of PacMoore, will present “Faith in the Workspace and Marketplace” in Room 250 of Foster Campus.

Thursday, Nov. 16 Design Den: Serve!

5 p.m. Spend the evening at the Mayborn Museum making cozy fleece blankets to be donated to the Humane Society of Central Texas.

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