News for Thursday, November 2, 2006

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Enduring love

he words "I do" commonly come out of Baker University students' mouths not long after they are out of school, but some students believe marriage should not even be considered at this particular stage in college students' lives. "A lot of my friends have said, 'People just come to Baker to get married,'" senior Ryan Boyer said.

Leadership lost as roster reduced

The athletic training room has become a far too familiar place for Baker University football players. The Baker football team continues to battle through its season with more than 30 injuries, nine of which are long term and will require surgery. "Typically you have one to two guys who get hurt and need surgery, but I have never seen nine," defensive coordinator Jason Thoren said.

Athlete of the week

Carly Chadick, senior volleyball, outside hitter "Carly continues to come up big for us. She has been playing very well lately. She will be big for us in the HAAC tournament." Assistant coach Emily Grabner

Minimum wage crucial issue

Cyndi Lauper knew what she was talking about in her 1984 song "Money Changes Everything." However, with the elections only four days away, it doesn't seem that money is going to change anything. A number of issues are being heavily debated this campaign season, but I would have to say that little heed is being given to what I would consider one of the most important issues in present politics - minimum wage.

Word around Baker

Kline bad for Kansas

Phil Kline, incumbent in the election for attorney general in the state of Kansas, has faced much controversy throughout his first term. Special attention has been paid to Kline's take on several issues surrounding same-sex marriage, abortion and child abuse.

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Lifting love Repairs to the Shore Weight Room have been completed, allowing students to get back in to their normal workout environment. Virus veto Flu shots are available to students, faculty and staff Monday through Friday through the Baker University Student Health Center.

Wildcats wilt under postseason pressure

The sight of a Raven taking a corner kick wasn't good for the Wildcats as Benedictine College scored two goals that way to beat the Baker University women's soccer team 2-1 Wednesday in Atchison. Head coach Nate Houser said the goals were the result of defensive breakdowns.

Seniors say finale feels bittersweet

The end of the regular season left the Wildcats with mixed feelings as the Baker University men's soccer team dominated the Eagles of Avila University 4-0 Monday in Kansas City, Mo. Senior midfielder Josh Marchbank said the team was happy with the win but disappointed its season ended with a meaningless game against a weak opponent.

Students must cast ballots to ensure values reflected

The final countdown is here, and it is time for eligible citizens to make their voices heard through the vote on Tuesday. It's time to take hold of where you stand on your own values and ideals, and vote with the candidates who you feel will best represent you in your goals.

Editor defends home

Kansas isn't exactly the most exciting state in the country. We have the flattest landscape, the most unpredictable weather and probably some of the most white-trash people you could ever meet. But after growing up here, I've decided it isn't so bad after all.

'Cats to host season opener

With only six returning players, the Baker University women's basketball team will look to newcomers to help share the workload this season. After scrimmaging Johnson County Community College, Neosho County Community College and Fort Scott Community College Saturday, head coach Susan Decker said the team played with much more intensity compared with Tuesday's scrimmages in Collins Center.

Tough schedule to test Wildcats

After losing only two seniors last season, the Baker University's men's basketball team is returning 11 experienced players for what head coach Rick Weaver calls, "the toughest schedule we've had during my 22 years of coaching here." "I think we're going to have a competitive team," Weaver said.

Council approves appeals

After facing the substance abuse council Tuesday, Baker University's spirit squad was approved to compete in the Heart of America Athletic Conference competition in February after being put on probation last spring. The spirit squad was told it was not allowed to compete in any competitions after Baker administrative officials found pictures of underage athletes drinking at nationals in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Transfers at home on Wildcat court

Being the new guy on a basketball team can be a hard transition for some, but that doesn't seem to be the case for the newcomers to the Wildcat men's team. "We have two transfers this year - junior Taylor Parker and sophomore Ryan Highfill," head coach Rick Weaver said.

BU sensational on senior night

A 3-1 win over Culver-Stockton College Tuesday put the Baker University volleyball team at a tie for second place in the Heart of America Athletic Conference with a record of 18-18. Head coach Kathy Allen said her team held strong on the home court. "We were ranked ahead of them," Allen said.

Events planned to support Wood

Through food, fundraising, music and support, members of the Baker and Baldwin communities have stepped up to help Communication Department Assistant Sherrie Wood and her family as she battles illness. Since Wood was diagnosed with the rare illness of ocular melanoma, which has metastasized to her liver, two events including a chili supper and a benefit concert are being organized to help in addition to other support given by the community.

Positions open up due to resignations

Not all members attended, but Baker University Student Senate met quorum on Halloween night and discussed many issues. President Ryan Boyer said the executive secretary position for student senate would be available to applicants next semester. "We as an exec had a resignation," Boyer said.

Haunted Jolliffe returns

Halloween at Baker University is not only about trick or treating, but is also about lending a helping hand in the Baldwin City community. Residence Life Coordinator Allison Scahill said the Jolliffe Hall haunted house raised $500 for the MARS math and reading scholastics after-school program at the Baldwin Intermediate Center.

SAC sets campus entertainment

Student Activities Council has been busy arranging events and attending conferences, as well as getting ready for Baker University's upcoming Senior Weekend. Sophomore Ashlee Cornett, who serves as the recreations coordinator, was among the SAC members who traveled to Little Rock, Ark.

Taskforce discusses general education plan

The taskforce to construct a process to overhaul Baker University's general education system met last week for the second time this year. Faculty senate organized the taskforce to lay the foundation for a potential revision of the general education program with representatives from several academic departments, the schools of nursing and education and two student representatives.

Area colleagues congegrate to celebrate new president

Baker University students, faculty, staff, alumni, former presidents and other dignitaries were all present Oct. 26 at the inauguration of University President Pat Long to welcome her as the 28th President of Baker. After a prelude by the Baker University Brass, a processional led by bagpipe players and a song sang by the Baker University Concert Choir, Robert Honse, Chair of the Board of Trustees, welcomed everyone and recognized special guests.

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Festivities to focus on career education

Baker University students who are confused or undecided about their futures will have the opportunity to find out about life after graduation when alumni come to campus for Career Exploration Week. The event, which is sponsored by the Career Development Center and Alumni Relations, will be held from 11 a.

Poll turnout not top priority for college students

Since 1990, the campaign Rock the Vote has been working to get young adults involved in national, state and local elections, but not all students are singing that tune. Though participation may prove to be high in the upcoming election, past trends have shown college-aged students are one of the least important groups in terms of voting, senior Jaci Kettler said.

Zeno to go from dean to diapers

Associate Dean of Students Mark Zeno announced this week he will be leaving the Baker University family to start one of his own. Zeno, who's been at Baker since June 2005, said he decided to resign in October when he found out his wife, Valerie, is pregnant.

Voter apathy inexcusable

The fact that students need to get out and vote has been identified, mentioned, reiterated and just about bludgeoned into the minds of Baker University community members over the last few weeks. Regardless of how much it's been said, it should be said again - vote.

Take chance to explore future

Have you ever been in a room with people who are talking about what they want to do after they graduate, and all of sudden you realize that everyone seems to have a plan but you? At this point you may begin to panic and think that you're a complete failure who will never figure out what you want to do in life.

Campus losing beauty

As I was eating my favorite snack, fried Spam - it shows in how greasy my hair is sometimes - and reading over a copy of a magazine that one of my professors had given me, I thought of a conversation he and I had a few weeks ago. My professor proposed that the idea of sidewalks was a way of making individuals conform to a set path, rather than letting them walk where they wanted to.

Lawrence ArtWalk attracts area talent

Last weekend artists had the opportunity to display their artwork in locations all over Lawrence. The 12th annual Lawrence ArtWalk, held Friday through Sunday, featured art at 32 locations. Works from about 40 artists included paintings, sculptures, jewelry and woodworking.

Haunted happenings

Buehler belts out Italian tunes

While others were attending haunted houses, Associate Professor of Music Susan Buehler, with the aid of a few students, entertained and educated her audience during her faculty recital Tuesday. Buehler, costumed as a witch, showcased her favorite Italian opera selections from the 16th century to the 1920s.

Alumnus to sing for lumberyard

Baker University alumnus and jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany will return to Baker University to perform at an Artist & Lecture Series event Wednesday that will raise money for the Lumberyard Arts Center Project. "We've had Kevin here a number of times, so we're eager to have him back," John Buehler, co-chair of the advisory board for the project, said.

Wild Bill meets poetic Will

The gun slinging of the Wild West will be mixed with the words of William Shakespeare when the show "A Comedy of Errors" opens Thursday. Senior Brian Berrens, who plays Antipholus of Syracuse, said he supports guest director Beate Pettigrew's decision to set the Shakespearean play in the Wild West.

Election event to give candidate coverage

Members of the Baker University community may go to Harter Union Tuesday for the free food, but they will leave with a greater understanding of the numerous elections. Associate Professor of Political Science Bruce Anderson will hold an "election watch" with two of his courses providing political information and facilitating the acquisition of race information.

Taking issues: Election 2006

Baker University students are taking notice of campaign issues and important political races as they get ready to head to the polls for Tuesday's midterm Election Day. Elections in the state of Kansas bring the prospect for change within the House of Representatives and other statewide official positions such as that of Kansas Attorney General.