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Sara Bell

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What would a diverse campus look like?

As the president of Mungano, BU’s student-run diversity organization, junior Ty Sloan often has trouble finding others who are willing to hold honest conversations about issues of race, politics and sexual orientation.

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Wildcats fall 78-72 in Sweet 16

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The Baker University women’s basketball team ended its record-setting season with a 78-72 loss to Bethel University in the Sweet 16 of the NAIA tournament in Frankfort, Ky.

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Women's basketball advances in NAIA tournament

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The Baker University women’s basketball team advanced to the Sweet 16 during its NAIA national tournament debut with a 74-61 victory over the University of Cumberlands on Wednesday in Frankfort, Ky.

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Wildcats make national tournament debut

The No. 12 Baker University women’s basketball team will make its first NAIA national tournament appearance at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Frankfort, Ky. Baker will face the 23rd-ranked University of the Cumberlands Patriots, who made the national tournament for the 14th time in the program’s history.

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MNU claims HAAC championship in overtime

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Forty minutes wasn’t enough to settle the Baker-MidAmerica Nazarene University rivalry as the Pioneers pulled out a 79-72 overtime victory during the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament Championship on Tuesday in Collins Center.

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Wildcats advance to HAAC championship

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The Baker University women's basketball team advanced to the HAAC tournament championship with a 69-60 victory over Missouri Valley College on Saturday in Collins Center. The Wildcats will host MidAmerica Nazarene University at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the title game.

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Wildcats edge past Evangel in opening round

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The top-seeded Baker University women’s basketball team advanced to the second round of the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament with a 64-54 victory over Evangel University on Thursday in Collins Center.

Women's basketball claims conference title outright

Despite posting a season-high 32 turnovers, the No. 13 Baker University women’s basketball team claimed the Heart of America Athletic Conference championship outright with a 62-50 victory over Missouri Valley.

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Wildcats secure share of HAAC title

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The No. 13 Baker Univeristy women's basketball team improved to 16-1 in HAAC play after an 85-63 victory over Peru State College on senior night.

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Sarna receives nurse emeritus honor

After 25 years of service to Baker University, the Board of Trustees recognized former Director of Health Services Ruth Sarna as nurse emeritus.

BU defense silences Crusaders in 63-32 victory

The No. 13 Baker University women’s basketball team won its 13th-straight contest Saturday with a 63-32 victory over Evangel University in Springfield, Mo.

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Women's basketball snags 46-point victory

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The No. 13 Baker University women's basketball team took advantage of Avila University's lowest offensive output of the season, claiming an 81-35 victory on Thursday in Collins Center.

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Women's basketball grabs 20th win

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The No. 14 Baker University women’s basketball team extended its Heart of Athletic Conference win streak to 13 games with wins against Benedictine College and Culver-Stockton College.

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Long reflects on BU's 156-year history

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During University President Pat Long’s Founders Day address on Feb. 11, the 28th president reflected on the elements that led to Baker’s sustainability since 1858.

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BU guards lead women's basketball team

The No. 18 Baker University women’s basketball team continued its 11-game Heart of America Athletic Conference win streak Saturday, knocking off Graceland University 91-80 in Collins Center.

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Wildcats sit atop HAAC standings

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When the No. 20 Baker University women’s basketball team upset the NAIA’s fourth-ranked team on Jan. 30, the Wildcats knew they had accomplished something special. Not only did the 84-72 victory over MidAmerica Nazarene University push the team’s win streak to seven games, but it also ended a 10-year losing streak to the Heart of America Athletic Conference rival.

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Hannon to step down as head baseball coach

After 14 years of coaching his alma mater, head baseball coach Phil Hannon announced Monday that he will step down from the position following the 2014 season. Hannon will switch to a new role in Baker’s Advancement Office, becoming the assistant director of development.

No. 20 women's basketball upsets No. 4 MNU

The No. 20 Baker University women’s basketball team ended a 10-year losing streak to No. 4 MidAmerica Nazarene University on Thursday, upsetting the Pioneers 84-72 in Olathe.

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University announces new campus minister

Kevin Hopkins, who currently works as the senior pastor for Leavenworth First United Methodist Church, will become the new university minister. He will succeed Ira DeSpain, who has served his alma mater since 1992.

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Men's basketball falls to .500 with loss to C-SC

The Baker University men’s basketball team fell to Culver-Stockton College 65-60 on Saturday in Collins Center.

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Wildcats post 29-point victory over C-SC

The Baker University women’s basketball team improved to 4-1 in conference play after outscoring Culver-Stockton College 41-22 in the second half on Saturday in Collins Center.

Women's basketball goes 1-1 in Tabor tournament

After opening the Tabor College Post Holiday Classic with a 15-point victory over Sterling College on Friday, the Baker University women’s basketball team fell to host school Tabor College, 79-76, Saturday.

Men's basketball takes two in McPherson Classic

The Baker University men’s basketball team opened 2014 on a two-game win streak, sweeping the McPherson College Classic on Friday and Saturday in McPherson.

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Murray ‘natural fit’ for university presidency

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For Lynne Murray, the 29th president of Baker University, her new role as the university’s chief officer is an opportunity to pay tribute to the individuals who made a difference in her undergraduate life.

Murray announced as 29th university president

The Baker University Board of Trustees announced Thursday that Lynne Murray has been selected as the 29th president of Baker University.

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Wildcats advance in NAIA playoffs

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The Baker University men's soccer and football teams advanced to the second round of the NAIA playoffs. The men's soccer team will take on Ashford University on Dec. 2 in Montgomery, Ala., while the football team hosts Morningside College at Liston Stadium on Saturday.

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Volleyball team falls to MNU in tournament final

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The Baker University volleyball team fell in four sets to MidAmerica Nazarene University during the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament championship.

Volleyball secures spot in tournament final

The Baker University volleyball team advanced to the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament final after defeating No. 2 seed Evangel University in five sets on Wednesday.

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Candidate brings ‘well-rounded’ experience

Carolyn Stefanco, the third finalist for the 29th Baker University presidency, met with various university constituencies on Monday and Tuesday. The current vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college for Agnes Scott College was the final candidate to visit campus.

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Applicant stresses importance of community

Charles Taylor, one of three finalists in the university presidential search, only applied for the presidency of one institution -- Baker University. Taylor, who serves as the vice president for academic affairs for Drury University, met with various constituencies on the Baldwin City campus Thursday.

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First finalist provides fundraising background

After growing up in a town much like Baldwin City and spending her undergraduate years at an institution similar to Baker University, Lynne Murray was immediately interested in the university’s 29th presidency.

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Presidential candidates to visit campus

The Presidential Search Committee announced Tuesday it has identified three final candidates for the 29th presidency of Baker University. The finalists are scheduled to visit campus separately on Nov. 4-5, 7-8 and 11-12.

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Pioneers outlast BU in five-set victory

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The Baker University volleyball team had its eyes set on one thing Tuesday -- staying perfect in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. The only problem: No. 6 MidAmerica Nazarene University had the same goal in mind.

Wildcats fight off OU for fifth straight win

The Baker University volleyball team pushed its win streak to five games Thursday against Ottawa University at Wilson Field House in Ottawa. With the 25-19, 25-21 and 25-19 sweep, the Wildcats improved to 16-6 on the season.

Jaqua leads all runners at ESU Invitational

Since joining the Wildcats in 2010, senior Lauren Jaqua has been a leader on the Baker University women's cross country team. That tradition continued Friday when the standout sprinted past 153 runners at the Emporia State Invitational, taking home yet another individual title

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Wildcats sink Vikings' undefeated season

The Baker University volleyball swept Missouri Valley College 25-19, 25-21 and 25-22 on Tuesday, improving to 2-0 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

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Convocation addresses university changes

University President Pat Long addressed her three main goals for her final year at Baker University during the 2013 Convocation on Tuesday.

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Restaurant owner returns to family business

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El Jacal, the Mexican restaurant located at 711 High Street, opened its doors on Sept. 9. Its menu includes many freshly prepared plates such as homemade tamales, fajitas and other traditional dinners.

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Wildcats push win streak to seven

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The Baker University volleyball team entered the Baker Invitational on a three-game win steak, and BU built on that momentum by going 4-0 in its home tournament.

Volleyball wins three at Bellevue tournament

The Baker University volleyball team opened the Bellevue University tournament on Friday with a 3-1 loss to the University of Jamestown but bounced back, sweeping its next three opponents.

Volleyball team splits opening tournament

The Baker University volleyball team went 2-2 in its opening tournament Orange City, Iowa, on Friday and Saturday. The Wildcats found success against Doane College and Hastings College.

Versatility will be key to BU’s volleyball success

After finishing fourth in the Heart of America Athletic Conference in 2012, the Baker University volleyball team made strides during the offseason. The Wildcats are receiving votes in the NAIA preseason poll and are picked to finish second in conference play.

Orange continues monthly publication, online-first philosophy

Online Editor Sara Bell discusses the changes the Baker Orange has undergone over the last few years and what readers can expect from the student-led paper in 2013.

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Gathright wins national championship

Senior Jeremy Gathright became a national champion in the 400-meter dash during the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships on Saturday in Marion, Ind.

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DeSpain announces retirement for June 2014

Minister to the University Ira DeSpain announced he will retire after the conclusion of the 2013-2014 school year. The 1970 Baker alumnus and has served as the university minister since January 1992.

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Track teams repeat as conference champions

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The Baker University track and field teams captured two more conference banners Saturday and Sunday at Liston Stadium as the Wildcats repeated as Heart of America Athletic Conference champions. The men's team claimed its fifth-straight title, while the women took home their fourth consecutive championship.

Wildcats prepare for HAAC Championships

The Baker University track and fields teams are scheduled to host the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championships Saturday and Sunday at Liston Stadium.

Athletic department hires new head wrestling coach

The Baker University athletic department announced Tuesday that it has hired Pete Di Pol as the Wildcats' new head wrestling coach. Before accepting the position at BU, Di Pol served as the head coach at Gloucester County College in Sewell, N.J., since 2011. He coached 19 national qualifiers during that time, including one national finalist.

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Track teams host back-to-back meets

In their first of back-to-back home meets, the Baker University track and field teams won nine individual championships and improved on national-qualifying marks during the Wildcat Open Saturday at Liston Stadium.

Wildcats hit standards in KU Relays, Tabor Invite

With the end of their outdoor season quickly approaching, members of the Baker University track and field teams saw some of their toughest competition yet during the Kansas Relays Thursday-Saturday in Lawrence.

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