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Maple Leaf Festival brings huge crowds to city

Maple Leaf Festival brings huge crowds to city

Story by Justin Toumberlin and Alex Fortuna

October 24, 2018


Filed under Galleries, News, Uncategorized

The 61st annual Maple Leaf Festival brings thousands of visitors looking to enjoy the many vendors that come and show off their goods. The Festival is always held on the third full weekend in October in hopes to capture the perfect blend of fall colors that cover a majority of Baldwin City. The weekend...

Baker 360° takes over SPGS

Baker 360° takes over SPGS

Story by Sarah Day, News Editor

October 17, 2018


Filed under News, Uncategorized

The Baker University School of Professional and Graduate Studies (SPGS) is experiencing a new form of learning this year through the Baker 360° Program. This program was piloted last year and has now fully launched at the SPGS campus after collecting data from students and researching various publi...

New policy aims at preventing academic misconduct

New policy aims at preventing academic misconduct

Story by Sarah Day, News Editor

October 15, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Baker’s Academic Integrity policy was changed in the middle of the Fall 2016 semester through the actions of a faculty and student board. After the trial run, the policy saw its first year in full effect during 2017-2018 with the impact now being seen by faculty and students. Assistant Dean of College...

Pocket Points offers benefits to students

Pocket Points offers benefits to students

Story by Jenna Black, Managing Editor

October 7, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Professors constantly remind students to put phones away during class in order to pay attention and not have the distraction of a phone buzzing keep them from learning. Now there is a reward if you decide to put your phone aside and push away the distractions that come with it. The mobile app, Pocke...

Burglars break into cars on and near campus

Burglars break into cars on and near campus

Story by Lily Stephens, Multimedia Editor

October 7, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Auto break-ins have begun hitting the Baker community again, near student housing on and off campus. Last fall break-ins and car damage were an issue as well. Dean Cassy Bailey sent out a campus email on Aug. 18 warning students of the break-ins. “This time of the year when all of your items are ...

Campus takes on JUULing

Campus takes on JUULing

Story by Lily Stephens, Multimedia Editor

October 5, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Chances are if you are a college student you not only know what a JUUL is, but you might be a habitual user or have taken a hit off of a friends at a party. The JUUL was originally created to help smokers find an alternative to cigarettes, according to their website. However, JUUL found another market in...

Semester welcomes new professors to campus

Semester welcomes new professors to campus

Story by Sarah Day, News Editor

September 26, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

This semester Baker welcomed five new professors to campus in the theater department, biology, mass media, in the Dean's office and at the Baker Wetlands. Emily Kasprzak, a new professor in the Theatre Department will be leading classes about acting, costuming, directing and movement. Kasprzak said...

Remembering Jeremy Portlock

Remembering Jeremy Portlock

Story by Elizabeth Hanson, Editor

September 24, 2018


Filed under News

Baker University Director of Physical Plant and Facility Operation Jeremy Portlock died on June 23 at the age of 40. Portlock was an esteemed Baker employee who worked in the Facilities and Operation Department on campus. His responsibilities on campus ranged from keeping students and faculty safe du...

Universities attempt to implement ‘free speech zones’

Universities attempt to implement ‘free speech zones’

Story by Sarah Day, News Editor

September 24, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

America — frequently synonymous with the word “freedom.” Citizens of our nation enjoy liberties not extended to much of the rest of the world. One of the most necessary and enjoyed of these advantages is the freedom of speech. However, some colleges are signing legislation and enacting school policies that...

Ocean cleanup begins this month

Ocean cleanup begins this month

Story by Sarah Day, News Editor

September 24, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

A giant cleanup of waste in the ocean will begin in the Pacific on Sept. 8. The Ocean Cleanup is a project created by Boyan Slat that has been five years in the making, has seen 300 scale models and plans to launch a 2,000 foot floater that can collect roughly five gallons of trash per month. Slat,...

Russell obtains dean position

Russell obtains dean position

Story by Sarah Day, News Editor

September 24, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

On July 1, Darcy Russell began her new position as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. This decision was made after a rigorous interview process that began with eight candidates. Russell said it felt odd to be interviewed by people who she considers to be her friends. “The faculty weren’t easy on me ev...

Fraternity recruitment changes set in place

Fraternity recruitment changes set in place

Story by Lily Stephens, Multimedia Editor

September 18, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

This 2018 recruitment year fraternities had a change to their regular recruiting schedule due to sports schedules. While no rules changed, the structure of events created buzz around campus and confusion for initiated members in the four fraternities at Baker.   Traditionally, recruitment has started on...