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AUGUST 28, 2015

vol. 123 [issue 1]

Baker University Student Media ~ Baldwin City, Kansas

class is
in session

Wildcat Welcome kicked off the semester
with a full week of comedy, bagpipes and
games. The events helped students get
involved, learn about campus and prepare
for the first day of classes.

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Freshman Cole Stallard walks through a tunnel of current Baker students and claps the hands of Wildcat Welcome Orientation Leaders Michael Riddle and Aaron Brooks prior to Playfair in
Collins Center. Photo by Chad Phillips.

This Edition
#BUWiFi is getting a
makeover. High-speed,
gigabit internet will soon
be available on campus.
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The annual tradition
continued as 55 students
participated in Broadway
at Baker, a musical
theater camp.
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Convocation to feature freshmen
Mykaela cross

As the 2015-16 academic year
commences, Baker University is
preparing for an annual university
tradition. With a more active schedule
and a focus on freshmen, Convocation
will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday,
Sept. 1, in Rice Auditorium.
This year features a few changes
so that the event comes earlier in
the school year, is more interactive
and shines a spotlight on incoming
In order to welcome the new class,
Convocation will feature, for the first
time, The Faces of the Class of 2009,
a gallery dedicated to students. This
year’s speakers will be Provost Brian
Posler, Kopke Award recipient Alan


Grant, Student Senate President Aaron
Greenbaum and Baker University
President Lynne Murray.
Convocation is a tradition of
gathering dating back before the
founding of the United States.
According to Posler, the classic
academic tradition has evolved from a
legislative meeting of faculty, alumni
and administration to become a
celebration of new beginnings.
“I think this convocation is
particularly special for Lynne Murray,”
Posler said. “Because we weren’t
able to do the big ceremony for
inauguration last summer, this is one
of her first chances to be in front of
the entire academic community, so I’m
excited for her.”
The ceremony will be livestreamed
in order to include all of Baker’s

campuses. Posler believes that
Convocation is a crucial part of the
university’s yearly cycle.
“It’s one of the key ceremonies
that happen in an academic life of
a university. I particularly like it
when we time it at the beginning
of the year because it completes
the circle,” Posler said. “We have
Commencement where we send a
group of students out into the world
after they’ve been transformed, and
then, with opening Convocation, we
welcome in new students. When you
combine what we do with traditions
walk at Baker and then Convocation,
it makes a nice introduction for
students to what it means to join the
academy and be part of this larger

increase in bandwidth speeds, we
plan to upgrade the access points and
other networking equipment in the
dorms and around campus to utilize
these faster speeds,” Culbertson
said. “Wireless connectivity is one
of the areas where students will see
substantial benefits.”
Senior Director of Admissions Kevin
Kropf believes that since students
are always connected to the Internet
and bring multiple devices with them,
having high speed Internet would
solve problems that have popped up
in the past and potentially help future
student recruitment.
“I am pretty optimistic that it is
going to be a selling point for us,”
Kropf said. “Students complain about
buffering Netflix and slow speeds on
the Internet, and that is not going to be
an issue anymore. I am really excited
about promoting this and moving
forward. It may be the thing that tips
the balance our way, so I am very

excited about this.”
Baker students are also looking
forward to the Internet upgrade.
”I think it is great that we are
making improvements on our
technology,” junior Olivia Beins said.
“We do use the Internet for a lot of
things, and speeding it up will make
our lives much easier. Fast Internet
is also just extremely convenient, so
in general I think that it will make
students happier and more satisfied
with Baker’s technology.”
Last year, Mike Bosch, who is
the co-founder of RG Fiber, and his
associates began plans to provide
a high-speed broadband service to
Baldwin City and Baker University. An
expensive venture, fiber optics cables
are made of glass tubes that send light
instead of electricity and have been
around for 40-50 years.
“[Through fiber, we are] figuring
out a way to help Baker students,
staff and administration,” Bosch said.

“We think Baker is a special place. We
want to make sure that we are a good
community partner and help honor
According to Bosch, standard
wireless Internet is stronger when
it is used to consume content and
is “painfully slow” when uploading
content. Fiber will make consuming
and creating content easier and faster
on both sides.
Bosch hopes that bringing higher
speed Internet will provide new
opportunities for Baldwin City
residents, Baker University included,
to create, generate, produce and
consume content.
“[In Baldwin City], you still get that
peace and quiet, you can still see the
stars, but is it, as some people say, a
bedroom community, just a place to
sleep? Can this be a place where you
can dream, create, build and just be
you?” Bosch said. Smiling, he added, “I
am hopelessly optimistic, I guess.”

a community college, Whittum found
Baker’s to be much more rigorous.
“Even though the classes were
online, they were just as much work
as the ones on campus,” Whittum
said. “They still felt credible.”
As a creative writing major,
Whittum believes that Summer
Away is a great way to catch up on
required classes.
“I really liked it. I got to learn
(using) my own study habits that
worked for me instead of listen to
someone tell me how to learn, and
it’s helping me graduate early,”
Whittum said.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Robyn Long was an online instructor
in this summer’s program. Her
course, Psychopathology, was a
survey of mental illness. Though she
is an advocate for online courses, she

acknowledges the challenges that
can accompany them.
“Summer classes are difficult,”
Long said. “Summer’s a period of
time when students need their rest
and when time management can be
Regardless of its difficulties, Long
believes that programs like Summer
Away offer great opportunities for
“I think [Summer Away] is a
positive. Not only does it make
classes more accessible, but it also
allows students to work at their own
pace,” Long said.
In Long’s experience, even though
the classes are online, the class
grade averages remain consistent
with previous on-ground courses.
Senior Jesse Miller was one of
the 13 students who took Long’s

class this summer. Although he
participated in Summer Away once
before, he said this year’s experience
was better.
“I love the way it was set up,
mostly because it is amazing
when professors are willing to
communicate regularly and readily,”
Miller said. “Since it was based off
of my schedule, it was easier to
maximize both the amount of work
I could do and how much I could get
out of the class.”
Whittum, Long and Miller all
recommend that students consider
taking advantage of the Summer
Away opportunity.
“I would strongly recommend it
to those who would take it seriously,
because it is a lot of work, though
Baker does what it can to make it
easier to handle,” Whittum said.

Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 11 a.m.
Rice Auditorium
Provost Brian Posler
Professor of Business
& Economics Alan Grant
Student Senate President
Aaron Greenbaum
BU President Lynne Murray

High-speed Internet coming to campus
Sarah Baker

Baker University will have superfast Internet service campus-wide
starting this semester. RG Fiber, a
local tech company, is bringing gigabit
broadband service to Baldwin City,
with Baker being its first official
According to Jared Culbertson,
director of information management,
the new system should allow
bandwidth to reach speeds of 1,000
megabits per second, compared to the
old system’s 350 megabits per second.
Baker will still keep the old system
running as a backup, so if anything
happens to either connection Baker
will still be online.
Eventually, the high-speed Internet
will be available in the dorms and all
around campus.
“In conjunction with the proposed

Summer Away considered a success
Mykaela cross

Giving students the chance to
take an increased variety of online
classes is helping the Summer Away
program grow in popularity.
With busy extracurricular lives
during the fall and spring semesters,
some students have a hard time
keeping up with required courses.
With a few new additions, including
sophomore-level Quest courses
and their links, the Summer Away
program is seeing more students
go online to learn as part of their
summer break.
Taylor Whittum is a junior this
year and took two classes over the
past summer: QS311 and Mass
Media and Society. Though he had
taken an online course previously at

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Summer Bridge Program gives freshmen a boost
Sarah Baker

Twenty-nine students took
advantage of BU’s most recent
Summer Bridge Program, getting
a head start on college. The
program, organized by Kauffman
Scholars and Baker University,
allows incoming college freshmen,
regardless of where they intend to
study in the fall, to take summer
classes at BU and get accustomed to
college life.
The director of the Summer
Bridge Program, Carrie CowardBucher, taught the Introduction
to Sociology course. She said the
program is like an “academic boot
Six days a week for five weeks,
students attend classes and study
sessions while acquiring key
learning skills. Coward-Bucher said
that students who participate in the
Summer Bridge Program are more
likely to stay in college and maintain
a higher GPA than their peers who
did not participate in the program.
“[The program] is a boost for
freshmen going into professions that

require a higher GPA from
the start,” Coward-Bucher
said, “like pre-med, pre-law,
pharmacy, and nursing.”
Some of the students
were Kauffman Scholars,
like Diamond Alexander and
Zasher Gary.
“I decided to do this
program, so I could get
a head start, hopefully
graduate early,” said
Alexander, who will be
attending Park University in
Missouri this fall.
Gary said that she wanted
to meet the faculty and learn
the structure of Baker’s
classes before starting
classes this fall.
“I thought that this would Freshman Carody Franklin participates in orientation activities during her summer semester in BU’s Summer
Bridge Program. Photo by Khadijah Lane.
be a good way for me to get
my foot in the door and make
excitement,” Evans said.
Coward-Bucher said. “And you
it easier for me,” she said.
Fifteen of the students were
wish every student was in that
Lahmad Evans was another
enrolled in Human Genetics and
boat, but that’s just not how it is.
student who participated in the
Intro to Psychology, while the other Every student (in the program) just
program before coming to Baker
14 took Intro to Sociology along
decided early on that they were
this fall. He thought the Summer
with Mass Media & Society.
going to be successful … When you
Bridge Program would really help
“Every single day they are
know that they are all committed
him get acclimated to college.
here, they are really investing
to their success, it is easy for you to
“I can’t even express my level of
in themselves to be successful,”
commit, too.”

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Wildcat Welcome eased
students into life as a
Wildcat with a week’s
worth of activities, from
the Involvement Fair to
the traditional class walk.
The events help students
get involved, informed and
prepared for their new lives at
Baker U.
Photos by Taylor Schley.

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We’re all guilty of it – pulling out
our phones in any and every situation.
It used to be uncommon to see anyone
on their phone while hanging out in a
public place. Today it’s sadly the norm
to walk into a room and see nearly
everyone glued to their phone or
another electronic device.
While technology has been a
crucial part of advancing human
experience, it has cut face-to-face
interactions down to an all-time low.
It seems these days people can’t do
anything without looking at their
phone. Whether they’re out to eat,
hanging with friends or even driving,
it appears that nothing can tear
people away from those little, lighted
One study, cited by CNN, found that
on average, people spend almost four
hours a day scrolling away. And while
four hours may not seem like a lot, if









you add that up, over a course of a
week, that is more than a whole day
The same study found that 70
percent of people turn to their
phones when they’re alone in a
crowd to make themselves look
busier and to avoid communicating
with others. More than half of those
surveyed have texted a friend in
the same building as opposed to
walking to go see them. While many
pull out their phones to check the
latest trending topic or Snapchat
their current situation, more than
40 percent of people have reported
using their phones without knowing
why, as if pulling them out has
become second nature.
With each generation spending
more and more time communicating
via technology, or in some cases not
communicating at all, it’s unnerving

to imagine what will become of
face-to-face communication, if it
survives. When students spend
time communicating solely through
text messages or social media, they
deny themselves necessary practice
needed to develop the social skills
required in today’s professional
environments. Because of all of the
time on tech, even simple skills such
as interpreting others’ emotions or
feeling comfortable communicating
are becoming impossible for young
people to develop.
While we are all guilty of it, we
can all admit that it is hurtful and
irksome when we’re trying to hold a
conversation with someone and they
can’t be bothered to look up from
their phone. Not only is it annoying,
but it’s deceptively rude to have
someone staring at a phone when
you’re trying to have a conversation


with them.
Just like alcohol or drugs,
technology can become an addiction,
and like any addiction, the habit
is hard to break. But we must ask
ourselves, is it really that important
to double-tap a picture of your best
friend’s breakfast, or scroll down the
endless feed of mindless tweets and
Facebook posts? Or should we take
the time to look up and acknowledge
the homo sapiens around us?
We should practice our phone
etiquette when we are at the dinner
table, hanging with friends or just
having a conversation. We should put
our phones away for at least a few
minutes of the day. Go for a short walk
and leave your phone behind. You
might be surprised at the things you
see outside the world of social media.
A real smile is worth so much
more than an emoji.

Women’s World Cup provokes activists
The U.S. women’s soccer team made
history this summer. The Americans
defeated Japan in the most-watched
soccer match in U.S. history and became
the �irst women’s team to be celebrated
with a New York City ticker-tape parade.
The excitement of many fans was
clouded by the glaring differences in the
female players’ compensation compared to their male counterparts.
Americans are no strangers to gender pay gaps, as it is the norm in the
workplace for women to make about
77 cents to the male dollar. However,
the pay differences in athletics turned
many on social media into riled-up

Nathalia Barr
After winning the 2014 men’s World
Cup, Germany took home $35 million.
The U.S. men lost in the Round of 16
and still made $9 million. However, the
U.S. women’s team only received $2 million in prize money for �irst place.
These numbers had social media
users raging all over the country, but do
they know all of the facts?
Other sports, like tennis, have closed
the gender pay gap. This year Serena
Williams and Novak Djokovic both

made nearly $3 million for winning
Wimbledon. Soccer is just one of the
few sports that hasn’t caught up yet.
In the case of professional soccer,
men make higher salaries, but women
are more likely to receive endorsement
deals because they are well known.
After becoming MVP of the World Cup,
Carli Lloyd’s agent received more than
200 endorsement offers.
It’s easy to sit back and say, “This is
unfair, and women should make more
money.” However, the World Cup’s prize
money is based off of how much money
it generates. This year’s TV ads for the
women added up to $17 million while
the men’s total was near $529 million.
As a female collegiate athlete, I am de�i-

nitely an advocate for women’s sports,
but when it comes down to it, men’s
sports are promoted and viewed more.
In general, people are willing to pay
more money to watch men than they
are to watch women.
The fact that the women’s championship was the most-watched soccer
game in American history proves that
Americans will watch anything if it
gives them the opportunity to root
for their country and drape a �lag over
themselves. When there’s more money
put into a sport, the players will receive
more compensation.
So instead of griping about the
injustice on social media, go attend a
women’s game and help the cause.

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I still live with my parents, and that’s OK

Once upon a time, the statement
“I still live with my parents” had a
negative connotation. Today, it is
becoming less so. More and more
millennials are either �inding their
way back home, or have simply never
left, after high school.
A 2015 Pew Research Center
study of 18 to 24 year-old college
students shows that despite improved
employment among young adults, the
number of them living at home is on
the rise. The number of people in this
age group living independently – by
themselves, with a spouse or nonrelative – has decreased by 4 percent.
Those who choose to live at home
are not necessarily doing so because
they don’t have a job. This study also
shows that the unemployment rate

among the college students who were
polled is steadily dropping and is now
close to what it was during the Great
I am attending college, working and
still living at home. I help my parents
out as much as I can, whether that is
paying for my expenses the best I can
or just helping out around the house.
I know that I am still leaning on them,
but I made a promise to myself after
my high school graduation that I will
try my best to not become a burden.

I think staying at home (at least for
a while) is typically bene�icial for both
college students and their parents, if
only on two conditions: the student
has to pull his/her own weight and be
proactive in planning for the future.
If students decide to stay home after
high school, they should either help
out while going to college or help their
parents in any way they can while
they try to �ind out what they want to
do with their lives. I happen to know
a few peers who have done the latter
with lackluster effort, making their
loved ones continue to take care of
them even though they are well out of
high school.
While I do not necessarily know
what job I want in the future, I plan
on moving out as soon as I have

sufficient funds to do so. This is
another reason why more people
my age are staying at home. They do
not have the money to live on their
own. Factor in the increasing student
debt each student incurs and it just
deepens the problem.
Advantages to living at home
during college range from saving
money to being in a supportive
environment, while disadvantages can
range from gas costs for commuting
to losing the independence you would
gain by living on campus or in your
own apartment or house.
Students may not want to live
at home during college, but it is a
way to save some money that would
otherwise be spent on a dorm room
and a meal plan.

climbing to the third
�loor of Case Hall.
Another location
that can cause a lot
of confusion is the
science building.
Is it the Ivan L.
Boyd Center for
Collaborative Science
or is it Mulvane Hall?
Mulvane is technically
a part of the Boyd
Center, which is the
entire building. I
guess we’re supposed to call it the Boyd
Center, but I’m going to keep referring
to it as Mulvane because some people,
like myself, don’t like change.
Lastly, don’t be confused by repeated
names such as Collins Library and
Collins House. One of them houses
books and computers, while the other
houses the university president, her

husband, and their two dogs. Adding
one more to the list, the Collins Center
is the home gym for Baker’s basketball
and volleyball teams.
Thankfully, Baker does not have
many buildings, so not too much
memorization is required. Now that we
know how to get around campus, we
can enjoy the trees and squirrels we see
along the way.

Helpful tips for navigating campus

It’s the time of year when back-toschool commercials are on repeat and
people start stressing about how much
they have to pay for their textbooks
for the semester. Yep, it’s time for fall
classes to start.
Another year of school means
another year of confusion for new
students on Baker’s campus. Which
buildings are which? Why do they have
multiple names?
I’m going to help clear up the
confusion so that we can all �ind our
classes more easily during the �irst week.
First, there’s Mabee Memorial Hall.
This building is just really confusing
in and of itself. Have you ever tried to
maneuver your way to Mabee 400?
Yeah. That’s dif�icult. For starters, it can
be hard to �ind it because the building
itself says, “Memorial Hall” on the front
facade. So…let’s just call it “Mabee.”
Returning upperclassmen should do

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their part to help freshmen navigate the
Mabee stairs and hallways during the
�irst week.
Then, there’s the union. Technically
it’s named the Long Student Center, but
the building has a lot more going on.
There is the old name, Harter Union,
not to be confused with Hartley Plaza,
which is the circle area outside of the
union. Also connected are the Daily
Grind, the cafeteria and the Baker
bookstore. To keep things simple, I
think we should all just agree to call
it “the Union.” Besides, it can be hard
to say “Meet me at the Long Student
Center” when you’re out of breath from

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At first glance, Baldwin City, Kansas, or BCK as it is known to college students, can seem like a small town where
there is not much to do. However, Baldwin City has a lot of history and, with a little exploration, can be quite
entertaining. This guide contains our top things do in and know about BCK.



The Midland Railway still
operates excursions.
The Santa Fe Depot was built
in 1906 on a railway that
linked Baldwin City to Prairie
City. The Midland Railroad
operates short excursions
from Baldwin City to just
outside Ottawa. Excursions
have specific themes ranging
from sightseeing trains to
haunted trains.



A Baker professor helped bring electricity to Baldwin City.
William C. Bauer, a young Baker professor, helped bring electricity to Baldwin
City and Baker University in 1906. The city council, after a lot of deliberation,
accepted Bauer’s proposal to create a power plant.
“If the city took electricity into their own hands, they would not fall under the
big corporations that were only trying to gain profit. I believe Baldwin City
could support an electrical plant and be self-sufficient.”
(Baldwin Ledger article about Bauer, 1905)



A Civil War era battle over slavery took
place 3 miles east of town.
On June 2, 1856, the Battle of Black Jack was
fought 3 miles east of Baldwin City between John
Brown’s abolitionists and H.C. Pate’s pro-slavery
forces. The battle lasted for three hours and there
were no casualties.
“I went to take Old Brown and Old Brown took
me.” – H.C. Pate


There are two lakes in the Baldwin City area.
The Douglas State Fishing Lake, which is just northeast of
town, includes camping sites and hiking trails. The Baldwin
City Lake, which is smaller, is just southeast of town.

The Ives Hartley Lumber Co. Building is 101 years old.
Established in the summer of 1914, the building has been
renovated into the Lumberyard Arts Center. The Lumberyard
Arts Center now features an art gallery, classrooms and
exhibition hall.


The Maple Leaf Festival has happened every
October for the past 56 years.
The festival was started in 1958 by Baker professor
Ivan Boyd. He chose the third weekend of October
for the festival because it was the best time of
year to view the changing colors of the maple tree


The brick streets downtown
were hand-laid by a single
Native American man.
Baldwin City’s iconic brick streets
were hand-laid by World Champion
Bricklayer Jim Garfield Brown, an
Oneida Indian. He completed the
streets in 1926. He was said to lay
bricks faster than eight men could
bring them to him and his record
was 50,000 bricks in one day.

In the late 1890s, Baldwin City had its first female mayor and all-female city council.
The women built a bridge on High Street because they were tired of walking into the creek and getting
their skirt hems wet every time they entered town.

Baldwin City began as a stop on the Santa
Fe Trail.
Palmyra was a Santa Fe Trail stop which
eventually became Baldwin City. The first
building, a post office, was built in 1857 and
still stands just behind the Collins Center. A year
later, the Methodist ministers who would later
establish Baker University arrived. The Santa Fe
Trail wagon ruts can still be seen east of town.


Signal Oak and Signal Ridge
offer grand views of three
valleys north of town
During the Bleeding Kansas days,
settlers would hang lanterns and/or
flags from a big oak tree, Signal Oak,
on what is known as Signal Ridge.
The lanterns or flags would signal
Blue Mound, which in turn alerted
Lawrence of any imminent threats.

P.S. Locals typically just refer to Baldwin
City as “Baldwin”


Owned and operated by a local family, the Baldwin
Athletic Club is a 24-hour gym. In addition to regular gym
equipment, it also offers yoga and conditioning classes,
tanning and shakes. Visit the Baldwin Athletic Club at 926
Ames Street for information about memberships.


Geocaching, the modern day treasure hunt, is another way
to get outside and explore. When you download the free
Geaocaching app, several caches will pop up around the
Baldwin City area, including around Douglas State Fishing
Lake and Black Jack Battlefield. Geocaching can be a group
activity and is also a way to find out about the history of
Baldwin City and surrounding areas.



Old Castle was the first home of Baker University. Along with the Kibbee cabin
and the Palmyra Post Office, Old Castle is now open for tours. It holds pieces of
Baker, Methodist and Kansas history. It is located off of Fifth Street, behind the
Collins Center.



“The Signal Oak lookout spot is an enjoyable, peaceful
time when I need to just clear my head and pause life for
a moment,” junior Brittney Harmon said.


“I went to the Black Jack Battle site for a geocaching
class,” sophomore Autumn Sifuentes said. “I found
so many interesting things. It was fun to look for
the cache as well as explore the area and see all the
history it had.”


Hungry college students can find their way to Moose’s
Backwood BBQ located at 522 Ames St. The locally owned
business serves full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.
They also cater a variety of events.


Located on the west side of town, the train travels round-trip
to Ottawa via Norwood, Kansas, on Saturday evenings with a
five-course meal, and Sunday afternoons including a threecourse meal.



Located at 715 Eighth Street, Daylight Café serves specialty
coffee drinks, donuts and pastries. It makes a good study
spot or a place to hang out before or after classes.

“Some friends and I go (to Daylight Expresso) every
Friday morning before class,” sophomore Alec Fox
said. “It’s awesome coffee and super cheap. Plus,
it’s been really nice to get to know the owners.”


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Thirteen Baker teams were recognized for their
scholar athletes for the 2014-15 seasons. Women’s
basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s
and women’s golf, men’s and women’s track and �ield,
men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis,
softball and volleyball earned the NAIA Scholar team
title. This means that each team had a GPA of at least
3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Volleyball took its talents to South Beach at the Athletes
Meals Volleyball Invitational in Miami, Florida. The
team left 3-1 after winning its �irst three matches
before falling in the �inal match to the host St. Thomas
University Bobcats. After an off week the team will play
at the Bellevue Tournament on Sept. 4 and 5 in Bellevue,


A 5K in memory of Zach Kindler will be held on
Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Baldwin City Golf Course.
Support for Cause for Kindler will go toward
pheochromocytoma tumor awareness and a Baker
University scholarship in Kindler’s name. For more
information or to register, go to


Baker added three new coaches to its staff this summer.
Ryan Goodwin is the new head baseball coach. Ryan
Pitts, a former Baker All-American in football and track,
is the new head coach for track and �ield. Wrestling’s
new head coach is Cody Garcia. Austin Hills also joined
the staff as an athletic trainer.


Ziara McDowell
is among the
current crosscountry runners
who will attend
Cause for Kindler



The Heart of America Athletic
Conference has typically been referred
to as the HAAC in the past. Changes
were made over the summer to now
refer to the conference as Heart Sports
or the Heart. With the addition of
William Penn University and Grand
View University, the Heart has never
been so full.

The Wildcats begin their 2015 season against
No. 6 Grand View at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29,
in Des Moines, Iowa. This is the �irst season for
the Grand View Vikings in the Heart of America
Athletic Conference. The Vikings won the national
championship in 2013 playing in the Midwest League.
The game will also be one of two games the ‘Cats play
in that will be broadcast on ESPN3.

Nathalia Barr


The NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll ranked the Baker
football team as No. 15. In the 2015 Heart Sports
Coaches’ Preseason Poll, the Wildcats were
ranked third in the South Division. They are
picked to �inish behind �irst place Mid-America
Nazarene and second place Missouri Valley.

Theresa Yetmar received the 2014-15 HAAC
Athletic Director of the Year. Yetmar is no stranger
to this award as it is her fourth time receiving it in
her career.


The men’s soccer team defeated Ottawa and
Bethany by scores of 2-0 on Aug. 21 and
22. The women’s soccer team also defeated
Bethany on Aug. 22 8-0. Eight different players
scored for the Wildcats en route to their �irst
victory. Both teams play Saturday Aug. 29 at
Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska.

Men’s basketball
players EJ Carter
(pictured left), Cody
Sunderland, Manny
Barnes and CJ Bolton
were awarded
with the National
Association of
Basketball Coaches
Honors Court. These
junior and senior
varsity athletes from
last year had a GPA
of 3.2 or higher.

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AUGUST 28, 2015

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2015 Cross Country Preview
jim joyner & Nathalia barr
The men’s cross country team stepped to the
top of the podium at the Heart of America Athletic
Conference championship last November for
the third time in four years. This was the first
conference title in cross country or track and field
after the death of their former coach Zach Kindler.
In the offseason, head coach Tim Byers was
promoted to director of cross country and track
and field. He begins his second season at Baker
with a veteran group of runners. This same group,
two years ago, was a young team that finished
fourth at the Heart of America Athletic Conference
championship. Now the veteran runners have a
championship ring and plenty of confidence.
“We should be in perfect position to repeat as
conference champions if we continue to work hard
and stay healthy,” junior Jamie Steury said.
Steury, along with Andrew Dare, Andrew
Emanuels, Corey Matteson and Carter Breithaupt,
are the junior class for the men’s team. This will
be their third season running together, and all
have experienced success. Matteson finished a
team-best sixth place at the Heart championships
with Steury in eighth and Breithaupt in 22nd.
Senior Gunnar Hays was strong down the
stretch last season with a ninth-place finish at the
Heart championship and a team-best performance
at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville,
Arkansas. Sophomore Joe Linder will be another
one of the top runners this season. As a freshman
Linder finished in or near the top five for Baker in
almost every race. He also finished fourth in the
10,000 meter run at the Heart outdoor track and
field championships.
“We’re very confident with the guys’
team,” Steury said. “Our distance team vastly
outperformed the other Heart distance teams
during the track season.”
Being with Byers for a second season seems
to have taken some of the stress away from the
upcoming season.
“A lot less stress,” Steury said. “We have more
consistency with knowing what we have to and
what is expected of us.”

The team loses Vinny Tadokoro from last
season as well as would-be sophomore Eddie
Esquivel. Esquivel was the conference’s runner of
the week twice last season.
Breithaupt will be another piece of the puzzle
that the team will be without. The junior will miss
the entire season due to injury. His abilities and
experience will be missed but it may be the team
that Breithaupt misses more.
“The thing I’m going to miss the most about
running is competing and the jokes that are said
with each other at practice,” Breithaupt said.
Even though Breithaupt won’t be able to
compete, he still thinks his team will have another
successful season.
“I believe the team will run very well this year,”
Breithaupt said. “I believe this team has the talent
and potential to finish in the top 25 at nationals
and capture another conference title.”
The top �ive runners for Baker will likely be
Hays, Dare, Matteson, Linder and Steury. Many of
them have personal goals going into this season
as well as team goals. Dare would like to �inish
all-conference and break a time of 26:30 in the 8K,
Hays would also like to �inish all-conference and hit
his personal record on time, and Steury wants to
�inish in the top �ive at the conference meet as well
as setting a personal record for himself this season.
“Yes, the goal is another conference title and
also top 15 at nationals,” Steury said. “Another
goal is to get the top five guys to finish as allconference performers.”
So far this preseason, Steury has been
impressed with the incoming freshman class and
younger runners.
“The newcomers are good, hard-working kids
that are ready to follow the upperclassmen’s
leadership and work hard,” Steury said.

Juniors Amanda Moody and Shelby Stephens
lead the team along with sophomores Caitlin
Apollo, Rachel Campbell, Brenda McCollum and
Ziara McDowell.
Last season Rachel Ash qualified for the 2014
national meet. Jillian Benson was also a strong
asset last season; however, Ash and Benson are
not returning to the team this year. Although these

are big losses, the runners remain focused and are
Three freshman runners joined the team this
year. Emma Grossner, daughter of head football
coach Mike Grossner, from Baldwin City, Madison
Dispensa from Chanute and Jenna Black from
Johnson City are the newcomers.
“Our goal is to win conference and go to
nationals in North Carolina even though we’re
such a young team,” Apollo said.
Both teams open up the
2015 season the way they
start every year with the
Maple Leaf Invitational on
Sept. 5 at the Baldwin City
Golf Course. Baker’s other
races in September will be
the Southern Stampede
hosted by Missouri
Southern State
University on
Sept. 19 in Joplin,
Missouri, and
the Roy Griak
on Sept. 26 in
After that all races
lead to the Heart
championship meet
hosted by conference
newcomer William
Penn University on
Nov. 11 in Oskaloosa,
“The main focal
point has been to
continue to improve
every day and we
realize that the end
goal is to win the
conference,” Steury
said. “But these early
meets are the first
steps in doing that.”

2015 Volleyball Preview
Nathalia Barr

Wildcat volleyball has high
expectations for the 2015 season. With
nine incoming freshmen, two new
sophomores and a new junior on the
team, this year will be a big change
from the past. One change is the team’s
height. Freshman Olivia Brees at 6-3 is
the tallest on the team with four other
players at 6 foot or taller.
Sophomore Jenna Sackman
and junior Kadie Baumgardner
transferred to Baker, and teammates
say their mentalities �it perfectly.
Sophomore Brittney Diehm is also
new to the team, but not to Baker. In
her �irst year at Baker, Diehm played
for the women’s basketball team.
Head coach Kathy Allen is excited
for this new season.
“Although our team has changed,
our drive hasn’t,” Allen said. “We

would always say we want to qualify
for nationals and with a bigger
conference now it may provide more
The ‘Cats are led by seniors
Danielle French, Shannon Bond,
Natalie Minchow and Paige Meader.
Last year, French �inished in the
top 15 in the NAIA in blocks as well
as leading the team with 246 kills.
Minchow �inished just one shy of
French in kills.
Also returning are juniors Kadie
Baumgardner, Elizabeth Arnold and
Haleigh Of�ield and sophomores
Madeline McCrary, Brenna Herdman
and Alisa Becker. Of�ield was third on
the team in blocks and fourth in kills.
The team opened its 2015
season in the St. Thomas University
Invitational in Miami, Florida.
The �irst three matches provided
wins for the ‘Cats. Against Webber
International, French had 13 kills

and a .542 hitting percentage. The
Wildcats also had 12 aces; four of
those came from Baumgardner in
her �irst match in a Baker uniform.
Freshmen Kailin Cordes and Ashley
Sparks as well as Sackman were
strong contributors in the �irst
tournament of the season.
Their single loss came from St.
Thomas in the �inal �ive-set match
(15-25, 25-21, 28-26, 25-27, 10-15).
Baker came within a few points of
winning in the fourth set but the
hosts bounced back to take the fourth
and knocked off Baker in the �inal
set. Sophomore Alisa Becker
said she was happy with the
team’s performance and also
enjoyed the chance to bond
with all the women in Florida.
Next up for the Wildcats is a
tournament hosted by Bellevue
University on Sept. 4 and 5 in
Bellevue, Nebraska. Baker will match

up with
State and
College of
the Ozarks
on Friday and
then face William
Woods and Great
Falls on Saturday.

Senior Shannon Bond

Tim Byers

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2015 Football Preview
Jim joyner

The No. 15 Baker football team
went through one of the most eventful
seasons for any college team in 2014.
The Wildcats jumped to No. 2
in the nation after a 7-0 start, even
with the adversity of their head
coach battling cancer. They overcame
what seemed like endless injuries
to all-conference performers, threeyear starters and senior leaders. The
Wildcats even confronted a death on
the team after week eight.
Even with all of these hardships,
Baker was one drive, 60 yards and a
touchdown away from reaching the
playoffs for the third consecutive
Head coach Mike Grossner enters
his 12th season at Baker after an 8-3
season in 2014 and feels confident
in his young team even after all the
challenges of the past season.
“In the past I’ve questioned going
in, ‘what’s our makeup?’” Grossner
said. “Even talking to our players’
council, ‘what kind of group are we?’
and I don’t have any problem with this
Baker has been blessed with
several candidates at quarterback.
Grossner will have his pick from the
litter with juniors Nick Marra and
Adam Lomenick, sophomores Logan
Brettell and James Valentine and any
other challengers in fall camp. Going
into the season Marra will likely be
the starter in week one.
“I love the kid. I love his heart,”
Grossner said. “I think he’s one of
the toughest sons of guns I’ve ever
Marra started the season in 2014
but suffered an injury in the first
half of the first game against Ottawa.
Marra would end up playing through
the injury in six more games and
started the final two games, nearly
leading Baker to the playoffs on one
leg. Marra threw for 13 touchdowns
and 1,219 yards in his injuryshortened season.
“My knee feels great,” Marra said.
“It feels strong, super strong. It’s been
tough to get that quad muscle back
but I feel better than ever right now.”
As for the rest of the quarterbacks,
Brettell has the second most
experience. Brettell took over the
main quarterback duties with Marra
on the bench but also battled the
injury bug. He will also be fighting for
a spot as the team’s kicker.
The backfield loses two great
running backs, Scott Meyer and
Camren Torneden. Baker does return
a promising back in junior Adonis
Powell. After two seasons of being a
second or third string back for Baker,
Powell will likely be the opening day
“Adonis is going to be great and
he works really well in (our) system,”
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AUGUST 28, 2015

he can get to the line
of scrimmage and
make that cut.”
Senior fullback
Alex Stebbins will be
the lead blocker for
the backs and will also
carry the ball down
near the goal line as
he has 10 touchdowns
in his career. Grossner
also noted that
Stebbins might be
used as the second
or third back or a
tight end in certain

2013 allconference receiver
Clarence Clark returns
after missing all but
one quarter in 2014.
Clark scored on a
54-yard touchdown
during the season’s
first possession but
left the game before
halftime with a
season-ending injury.
Clark caught 40 passes
for 840 yards and 10
touchdowns in 2013
and will look to do the
same in 2015.
Sophomore Ladai-Shawn Boose
filled in for Clark last season as the
team’s leading receiver with 529
yards and five touchdowns. Boose
and senior tight end TJ Holtrop will
be two of the most experienced in
the receiving game. Grossner plans to
rotate approximately eight receivers
throughout the season
“We’ve got competition every day,”
Grossner said. “You better bring your
A-game and catch the ball or you
aren’t going to be playing.”

Baker’s offensive line was a mix of
more than 10 linemen in 2014 due to
injuries. Baker lost four solid offensive
linemen: All-American Sheldon Jacks,
Michael Lisher, Justin McCandless and
Ryan Powe.
“I’m excited about the chemistry
on the o-line,” Marra said. “They all
get together really well. They all mesh
really well. I think that’s a really big
part of them having success this year.”
Sophomore center Kyle Wittman
started in place of Lisher at the end
of last season, due to Lisher’s seasonending injury, and proved he was
worthy of a starting spot in 2015.
After that the line could be a mix of
any of the following: seniors Jesse
Austin, Jess Westmoreland, Tanner
Clark, Cale Nieder or juniors Greg
Snell and Jared Fromm.
One of the strengths of the
Wildcats’ defense over the past two
seasons was the secondary. Baker lost
three of its starting four defensive
backs from 2014. Gunnar McKenna,
Duane Sims and Mike Stevenson

Senior defensive back Avery Parker
started all 11 games last season and
all 13 games in 2013. The Baker pass
defense limited opponents to fewer
than 200 yards per game over the past
two seasons and finished 19th in pass
defense last season at 171.6 yards per
“If you ask me one question on
our football team and I say ‘I don’t
know,’ it’s our secondary,” head
football coach Mike Grossner said. “I
truly don’t until we get through camp
and play the first game when they’re
challenged by a very good football
The lone returning defensive back
is senior Avery Parker. Parker played
in 10 games in 2014 and in all 13
games in 2013. He will be grouped
with a revamped secondary that will
likely feature players like junior Alex
Baird and sophomore Hayden Jenkins,
who both saw limited playing time in

Baker’s defensive front took
some of the worst of the injuries in
2014, but still continued to dominate
the Heart of America. The defense
finished eighth nationally in scoring
defense at 18.5 points per game
and ninth nationally and first in the
conference in rush defense at 110
yards per game. Juniors Adam Novak
and Nick Becker both look to continue
their strong careers in their third
season as starters at defensive end.
“We’re deep up front and we have a
great D-line. I think we’ll be able to get
good pressure on every play,” senior
linebacker Tucker Pauley said. “You’ve
still got to still cover guys, but with
them running around everywhere it’s
going to really help us out.”

In the trenches Josh Kock aided
Baker down the stretch last season
as he emerged onto the scene with
64 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss and
5 sacks. Junior Nick Shondell and
seniors Ben Seybert and Myron Tipton
will also be important pieces up front
after 28 combined tackles in 2014.
Tipton will also serve as Baker’s long

Backing up the defensive line will
be a strong linebacker corps including
Pauley, who led Baker in tackles as a
sophomore with 89. In 2014, Pauley
made 81 tackles, but finished second
behind Keith Loneker Jr. After just
one season at Baker, Loneker decided
to transfer to the University of Kansas
to play for the Jayhawks. Loneker’s
90 tackles will have to be replaced
in the middle of the defense and
that will likely be done with junior
Kharon Brown serving as the middle
“With coach Thoren’s system on
defense, everybody can be replaced,”
Pauley said. “We have good guys
coming up and stepping in.”
The offense will feature a mix
of youth and experience. The one
weakness in the defense over the first
few games may be the secondary.
If the front seven can help the
secondary through the first two
to three games, Baker’s defense
could become one of the best in the
The No. 15 Wildcats open the
season at 11 a.m. on Aug. 29 at No. 6
Grand View in Des Moines, Iowa. The
game can be seen on ESPN3 or heard
on 89.7 FM in Baldwin City or online at

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AUGUST 28, 2015

2015 Women’s Soccer Preview
Jim joyner

The women’s soccer team suffered
an early exit in the opening round of the
conference tournament in 2014 after
�inishing tied for second in the regular
season. The Wildcats won 11 games in
the season and only lost �ive times, with
three of those losses coming to teams
that played in the national tournament.
They won four more games than in
2013 and found ways to win games
down the stretch.
Now, the 2015 squad has to �ind a
way to replace eight seniors and 11
of its 33 goals from last season. This
includes the All-American and 2014
�irst team all-conference defender
Shelby Schiraldi, who played in 78
games over her four years and assisted
on 15 goals, including 8 assists in 2015
and 3 goals. Schiraldi was a four-time
All-American for the Wildcats.
Schiraldi will serve as a graduate
assistant for the team this season
alongside head coach Davy Phillips in
his second season. Schiraldi was known
for her aggressive play, but juniors
Krista Hooper and Keeley Atkin don’t
see the team losing the spark that
Schiraldi brought to the �ield.
“I don’t think feistiness will be a
problem with this team at all,” Hooper
said. “Everyone is pretty aggressive.”
Baker also loses second team allconference and three-year starting
goalkeeper Rachel Theobald, whose
career was highlighted by 18 shutouts
in 67 matches between the pipes. This
defensive group also loses Schiraldi’s
counterpart on the back line, Lesley
Johnson, who played in 70 games for

the Wildcat defense and earned third
team all-conference honors in 2014.
In the defense, Baker was blessed
with veterans over the past two
seasons, but now the experience
is going to have to occur on the �ly
for a few freshman. They will have
junior Taylor Baum returning on the
outside. Baum started every game for
the Wildcats last season and had one
assist. Baker also returns sophomore
Taylor Yates and junior Jessica
Hillebert in the middle of the defense.
Yates started in every game but three
as just a freshman and will look to
be the aggressor in the middle of the
“It’s going to be a young back line
so they’re going to have to get some
experience,” Hooper said. “It’s all
about learning.”
Offensively and in the middle of
the �ield, Baker loses Alexa Fryer,
Ashley Mauck and Bailey Sosa. Fryer
scored 28 goals in her four seasons,
with a team-leading 16 in 2012 and 2
in 2014. Sosa played in 72 games and
assisted on 3 goals this past season.
Mauck played in 76 games and scored
10 goals over four seasons with 3
goals in her �inal campaign.
The Wildcats return lone senior
Jenna Carducci in the attack. Carducci
was a third-team all-conference
performer after tying for the team
lead in goals with 5. Carducci is part
of a trio of returning all-conference
players from 2014. Hooper was a
�irst-team all conference mid�ielder
after scoring 4 goals with 1 assist in
17 starts. Atkin and Carducci were
the only Wildcats to score more than
Hooper last season. Atkin joined

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Carducci with 5 goals and earned
third team all-conference honors as
“We still have some work to do on
our attack,” Atkin said. “We have some
strong players to help so I think our
attack will be pretty good.”
The mid�ield and forwards will be
the most similar from 2014 to 2015.
Atkin will mostly play as a forward
with Hooper playing as a center-mid.
Sophomores Megan Johnson and
Kara Doctor will return to the middle.
Johnson will play more in the attack
with Doctor likely playing as a
defensive-mid. Johnson played in
17 games in 2014 and scored
3 goals with an assist. Doctor
also had an assist and saw the
majority of her starts down
the �inal stretch of 2014.
“I don’t think there’s
going to be anything really
missing,” Atkin said. “I think
this is just a different team
and we have a lot of incoming
players that are �illing roles.”
The Wildcats will have to
�ind a way to put the ball in the
back of the net more than they
have the past two seasons in order
to be successful. The Wildcats did
improve from 2013 to 2014 in goals
scored, but still �inished �ifth in the
conference in goals scored in 2014.
The conference champion Benedictine
College Ravens scored 72 goals in
their road to the national tournament,
more than two times Baker’s 33.
The Wildcats open the season
on Aug. 22 at Bethany College in
Lindsborg and won 8-0 in dominating
fashion with goals coming from eight

different players. The next test for the
women will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday
Aug. 29 at Midland University in
Fremont, Nebraska.

Levine contributed six goals, which
he hopes to double this season.
Senior All-American and
team captain Amer Didic had the
opportunity to play for Team Canada
in the World University Games in
Gwangju, Korea. Last season Didic
was ranked No. 12 in the NAIA in
total game-winning goals. Head
coach Nate Houser expects Didic
to come back from this experience
and be a leader for the team this
year. Houser also said senior
Robert Hoeven should create many
opportunities in the midfield.
Hoeven and junior Spencer Atkin
also had a unique opportunity this
summer training with Sporting
Kansas City. Staying healthy will
be important to the team’s success
this season. Early last year, several
injuries created difficulties for the
‘Cats. However, the team ended the
season strong with three consecutive
victories on the road in the Heart
tournament to capture the second
straight tournament championship.
With the Heart being very strong
this year, Houser is excited to see the
conference match-ups and believes

his team is well prepared to take on
the competition.
The Wildcats captured two
shutout wins in their season-opening
road games. A 2-0 win against
Ottawa University gave the team
the momentum to defeat Bethany
College the following day 2-0. In the
first game with Ottawa, freshman
Austin Halsey came off the bench
and gave Baker the lead, scoring in
the 27th minute off of a deflection.
In the second half junior Alex Brivik
gave the Wildcats some security with
another goal in the 76th minute off
of an assist from Jordan Thacker.
At Bethany, the scoring was done
by seniors. Andrew Meinking put
Baker up 1-0 in the 17th minute and
Hoeven sealed the deal on Baker’s
second victory with a goal in the
56th minute. Over the weekend,
Baker outshot its opponents 59-7
in dominating fashion. Sophomore
Patrick Rydberg received both
shutouts in goal for the ‘Cats.
The next game for the Wildcats
is at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29,
in Fremont, Neb., against Midland

Senior Jenna Carducci

2015 Men’s Soccer Preview
NAthalia barr


Robert Hoeven

The Wildcats are the twotime reigning Heart of America
Athletic Conference tournament
champions. Winning the
tournament last season gave
the team an automatic
bid into the 2014
NAIA Men’s Soccer
National Championship
tournament. The
Wildcats had a lot to overcome in
the Heart Conference tournament as
they were the sixth seed and the final
team to qualify. After only losing one
senior, Preston Phillips, the team has
experience together and hopes the
momentum from the end of the 2014
season will carry over.
There are a large number of
incoming players this year, including
11 freshmen and four transfers.
“Anything less than winning
games in the national
tournament would be a huge
disappointment,” sophomore
forward Blake Levine said. In
his first season as a Wildcat,

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AUGUST 28, 2015

Sarah Baker

Broadway at Baker once again raised
the curtain during the summer and turned
the spotlight on 55 teenagers who have a
passion for theater. The musical theater
camp residents performed two musicals in
July: “Children of Eden” and “The Pajama
Game,” with only a week of preparation for
“The rewards are so great,” Director
Cary Danielson-Pandzik said. “When you
work this fast, you get instant results. The
friendships the kids make are so lasting you
just feel like you’re making an impact in a
very short amount of time and it only takes
one week of your life.”
Baker University, in cooperation with
Music Theatre Kansas City, hosts two
Broadway at Baker camps each summer,
both for 55 particpants ages 13-18, most
from the Kansas City area. The teens arrive
on a Sunday and have a week to audition
for the play, learn their roles, the music and
choreography, all to perform the play on the
following Sunday.
Commenting on how far the students
progressed through the week before
“Children of Eden” opened, Pandzik said,
“They have already memorized all of the
lines, music and choreography. I mean,
it’s amazing what they do in such a short

amount of time. You have to have a really
strong work ethic. They do it for each other,
they support each other. I think that is why
they learn quickly.”
Broadway at Baker began in 1992
after Pandzik was approached by a Baker
administrator who admired the work of
Music Theatre Kansas City and wanted to
bring something like it to Baker. Pandzik has
been directing Broadway at Baker camps
for 23 years. She doesn’t plan on quitting
anytime soon because Baker is like her
second home.
“The show is amazing in its polished
quality,” Broadway at Baker Technical
Director Tom Heiman said. “Many of these
kids will go on to major musical theater
programs and have professional careers.”
The first musical, “Children of Eden,”
featured the book of Genesis with Adam, Eve,
Noah and the Father. It examined the age-old
conflict between parents and their children
and the theme of love and letting go. The
second musical, “The Pajama Game,” focused
on a pajama factory and the struggle for
workers to achieve a 7 ½ cent raise.
As is typical, the plays received great
“I enjoy the energy, excitement and
enthusiasm that these talented young people
bring to our campus,” Music and Theatre
Department Chair Trilla Lyerla said. “And I
am always dazzled by the finished product.”

(top left) After much denial, Eve, portrayed by Abby Cramer, agrees to dance
with the evil serpent in the Garden of Eden. (above) Tony Carrubba, who
played Cain, clutches his bag in song after he and Abel are left stranded in the
wilderness. (below) Eve crouches over her dead son Abel, portrayed by Austin
Ragusin. The exile of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden leaves the family
torn apart at the end of Act I. photos by Khadijah Lane

(above) Actors portray a circle of stones, similar to that of Stonehenge, recognizing the belief that there is life besides their own in the wilderness. (left) Actors
in the summer Broadway at Baker program gather in a line to outstretch like the
trees in the Garden of Eden in the work “Children of Eden: The Musical.”
Photos by Khadijah Lane

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Aug. 29
BU Vs. Grandview Football watch party 11 AM | Union
Football @ Grandview 11 AM
Sept. 1
Opening Convocation 11 AM | Rice Auditorium
Sept. 3
Intersection of Two Lives 9 PM | McKibbin Recital Hall
Sept. 2
Baker Catholics Kickoff BBQ 4-7 PM | 609 8th street
Sept. 9
Truth about suicide 9 PM | Owens AV
Sept. 10
Grocery Bingo 9 PM | Mabee Gym
Sept. 11
Rally Towel Tie Dye 11 AM - 1 PM | Hartley Plaza
Sept. 12
Football vs. William Penn (Family Weekend)
6 PM | Liston Stadium
Sept. 16
CL LindsAy 9 PM | McKibbin Recital Hall
Comedian Collin Moultin hisses like a cat during his performance on Aug. 22, the first
night that most new students were on campus. Photo by Taylor Schley

Sept. 12
Cause for Kindler 5k 10 AM| Baldwin City Golf Course



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Parting Shot
Baker University students participate in an icebreaker activity during the Playfair on Aug. 23. Playfair is an organization that provides teambuilding games and activities for orientations at colleges and universities. This year’s BU Playfair event was a part of Wildcat Welcome
orientation week. Photo by Taylor Schley.