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DIY: Dyed Denim Shorts


As part of the Baker Orange do-it-yourself series for arts and entertainment, managing editor Taylor Shuck explains how to create dip-dyed denim shorts.

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Junior class presents gate blueprints

After 123 years, plans are finally in the works to build a campus gate for the House of Hanover.

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Family moving in search of medical marijuana

At nine weeks old, Otis Reed was diagnosed with intractable epilepsy, a disease resistant to any form of treatment. In May, the 2-year old and his parents will be moving to Colorado to seek medical marijuana treatment for Otis' regular seizures.

Newly-hired faculty find right fit

During the fall 2014 semester, Baker will welcome five new professors to the Baldwin City campus. The university has already hired a professor of biology to replace retiring professor Cal Cink and added a new professor to join the Mass Media & Visual Arts Department.

Students shouldn't rely on passive philosophy

Managing editor Taylor Shuck believes a go-with-the-flow philosophy does not always work.

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Marijuana debate ignites local viewpoints

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Now that Colorado residents are free to walk into marijuana dispensaries every day, the debate about legalization has spread to other parts of the country, including Baldwin City.

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Senior selected for international conference

Senior track and field athlete Katie Thurbon has been chosen as the U.S. female representative for student-athletes at the International University Sports Federation forum.

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Music students prep for Ireland performances

Sixteen Baker University music students will be leaving the country on Thursday and traveling to Ireland to learn from and perform with students in Dundalk, along with gaining other concert experiences.

Taylor's Top 10 - Things your mother shouldn't do for you anymore

Managing Editor Taylor Shuck discusses how college is a time to gain independence, not to keep leaning on parents for help.

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Review: Kings of Leon Concert

Entertainment Editor Taylor Shuck, a self-professed Kings of Leon fan, reviews the band's concert March 5 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

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BU students ready for spring break


Many Baker University students are making travel plans for spring break March 17-21.

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Retiring biology professor serves as mentor

Professor of Biology Cal Cink will be retiring at the end of the school year after 38 years at Baker.

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Baldwin City adds disc golf course

The Baldwin City Recreation Commission recently added a disc golf course located at 1825 N 100 Rd., near the Baldwin City Lake.

Twitter distracts from real-world experiences

Managing Editor Taylor Shuck tells the story of how she broke social norms and deleted her Twitter account.

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Mother-daughter pair bleed orange

For 14 years, Chief Human Resources Officer Connie Deel and her mother Ann Fothergill, or “Pud” as she is lovingly called, have traveled to all Baker women’s basketball games.

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Travel interterms enhance learning

Some students took this interterm as an opportunity to explore more than just their hometown--they went abroad. Three groups of students took different travel interterm adventures to Spain, Yucatan and regions of Europe in what senior Shelby Equels says was a “fun experience before going back to school.”

El Patron provides college-friendly atmosphere


Although it started out as just a Mexican Restaurant, El Patron has turned into what owner Beto Aguilar calls "Mexican food with a bar atmosphere."

Taylor's Top 10 - Reasons to consider legalizing marijuana

Managing Editor Taylor Shuck collected a list of 10 reasons why the topic should at least be discussed, if not used to influence a policy change.

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FDA should investigate e-cigarettes

Tobacco companies are creating and marketing electronic cigarettes with claims that the products are therapeutic and safe, but this is unsubstantiated.

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Students nominated for theater scholarships

Three Baker students were nominated by their parts in BU productions to compete for scholarships from the Irene Ryan Foundation.

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Baker to honor Martin Luther King Day

The Baker University chapel will hold a service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and in appreciation for him as “a national hero” at 11 a.m. on Jan. 30 in the Osborne Chapel.

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From football helmet to Kevlar helmet

Sophomore Richard Alexander came to Baker University on a football scholarship, but he left that sport to become a cadet in the University of Kansas ROTC program.

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Taylor's Top 10: Things I thought at the Kanye West concert

Taylor Shuck shares her top 10 thoughts about the Kanye West/Kendrick Lamar concert

Criminology course gives students new perspective

One group of Baker University students is taking its education out of the classroom and to a new site: the Topeka Correctional Facility.

Student Senate strives to fix campus issues

The Baker University Student Senate had its last meeting of the semester on Tuesday. Members addressed their accomplishments of this semester and what they hope to achieve next semester.

Taylor's Top 10 - Ways to procrastinate for finals

With the looming cloud of upcoming finals casting shadows on students, everyone is looking for ways to procrastinate. Here are the best ways to do that.

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Students embrace No-Shave November


Sophomore Levi Blaylock and junior Ryan Good share their views on facial hair, No-Shave November and life in general.

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Junior chases performing dream at Oklahoma's Rodeo Opry

Junior Jessica Prather performed at the Rodeo Opry in Oklahoma City. She is a member of the Baker dance team, a marketing major, and a hopeful country performing artist.

Why Should I Care About ObamaCare?

Launched Oct. 1, the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare, is projected to provide the almost 44 million uninsured American’s with health care coverage.

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Zombies take over 'Terror Train'

Entertainment Editor Taylor Shuck volunteered as a zombie on the Terror Train for the Midland Railway Train Depot in Baldwin City. This is her account of the experience.

Taylor's Top 10 - Halloween DIY

As college students, it’s hard to find the money to spend on a well-made Halloween costume, but it isn’t that hard to make your own. Here are 10 easy Halloween costumes that you can do yourself.

Absence of Wildcat Café upsets some students

Entertainment Editor Taylor Shuck addresses why the removal of the Wildcat Café is an inconvenience for some students.

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Jazz musician shares ‘Baker experience’

Kevin Mahogany came to Baker to be a chemical engineer, but when he failed his chemistry class, he returned to his roots to study something he had been doing professionally since he was 12 -- music.

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Baldwin City band to perform at Bottleneck

Baldwin City’s homegrown band, Sweet Ascent, which takes inspiration from bands like Blink 182, has a concert at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the Bottleneck in Lawrence.

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Town Galleria provides variety

The Town Galleria certainly doesn’t lack variety. The unusual shop, located at 715 Eighth St., caters to those with creative interests and a love for donuts.

Taylor's Top 10 - Pieces of vital information

Remember the show "All That"? It was a classic for our generation. There was a lot to be learned from the cast, but none of the skits were more informative than “Vital Information” with Lori Beth Denberg.

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Beloved nurse leaves lasting legacy

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In her 25th year at Baker University, Director of Health Services Nurse Ruth Sarna has announced that she will be retiring at the end of the fall semester.

Taylor's Top 10 - The worst people to follow on Twitter

Entertainment editor Taylor Shuck lists the top 10 worst types of people to follow on Twitter.

Homecoming week to promote school spirit

After losing 14 straight football games to MidAmerica Nazarene University, the Baker community is hoping to “Party like it’s 1999” with a win over the Pioneers during the homecoming football game Oct. 5 at Liston Stadium.

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Exhibit illustrates story of the Bible

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Open through July 2014, the Quayle Bible Collection exhibit “Illuminating the Bible: Woodcuts and Engravings” tells the story of the Bible through illustrations.

‘Unique’ musical tour expands boundaries

Flutist Kristin Hayes and percussionist Eric Peterson will hold a guest recital at 7:30 p.m on Sept. 24 in McKibbin Recital Hall.

Students unappreciative of liberal arts education

Junior Taylor Shuck discusses the benefits and opportunities of a liberal arts education.

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Musical duo finds peace through performing

It was love at first song for the musical duo Sweet Serenity, made up of senior BriAnna Garza and junior Adriane Dick.

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OWEN LEWIS - Student Senate President

Student Senate President Owen Lewis hopes that students will use him as a resource for anything they need to be successful at Baker.

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Theater honors 9/11 victims

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'New York' follows 14 individuals on their journey to come to terms with the events of 9/11. The show will open at 7:30 pm on Sept. 11 in Rice Auditorium.

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RUTH SARNA - Director of the Student Health Center

Ruth Sarna, the director of the Student Health Center, has been helping students lead a healthy life on Baker’s campus for 25 years.

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KELLY GARRISON - Director of Mail and Copy Services

The Mail and Copy Center is a bustling place full of smiling and helpful faces, like Kelly Garrison, director of mail and copy services.

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ANNIE HANNON - Financial Aid Assistant

Work-study is an opportunity available to a number of Baker University students, and Financial Aid Assistant Annie Hannon can help students obtain a position.

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BRUCE SKOOG - Bookstore Manager

The first step in being successful in the classroom is having the right supplies, and Bookstore Manager Bruce Skoog is the guy to see in this field.

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KATHY WILSON - Academic Success Coordinator

Academic Success Coordinator Kathy Wilson, whose office is located on the bottom floor of the library, offers many resources to students, especially incoming freshman.