The Baker Orange

Sandcastle design: Larger than life

Freshman Max Hovorka has been building castles in South Padre Island, Texas since he was 6- years old. Hovorka teaches others the art during the summer.

Story by Maya Hodison, Staff Writer

May 7, 2019

Sandcastle building is on a whole other level for freshman Max Hovorka. The sandcastle building that this Baker student indulges in is not the average beach-side leisure sandcastle. Hovorka was born and raised in McAllen, Texas. Some of his best childhood memories were spent  around an hour away in ...

Student Senate sees active campaigning: Two students race for student body president

Student Senate sees active campaigning: Two students race for student body president

Story by Isabel Ashley, Staff Writer

May 7, 2019

For the first time in several years, two Baker students actively campaigned for the student body president position this April, reflecting a renewed enthusiasm for school politics. The candidates, junior Caroline Birt and sophomore Jasmine White, each took their own campaign approach. Birt stated that he...

Quest course influences student writing

Quest course influences student writing

Story by Sarah Day, News Editor

May 7, 2019

Most college courses would not consider books written in the comic style to be literature. However, Associate Professor of English Joanne Janssen incorporates this into her Quest 212 course. She said she made this decision so that students would be more excited about the assigned reading throughout th...

Student volunteers with special needs children through SOAR

Sophomore Tarren Bingham works with special needs children on a regular basis through Grace Church. He will be running the SOAR program during the summer and weekends.

Story by Sarah Day, News Editor

May 7, 2019

Sophomore Tarren Bingham spends a portion of his free time volunteering with the special needs population through Special Opportunities Abilities and Relationships (SOAR) at Grace Church with campuses in Overland Park and Olathe. He became connected through his mother’s career as a special needs parap...

Letter to the editor: Facts missing on Day of Giving piece

Freshman Caitlyn Baker calls donors to thank them for their support of Baker's 2018 Giving Day. 282 donors contributed to the $62,000 raised in the 24-hour event.

Story by Rachel Shuck

May 2, 2019

April 16, 2018 Dear Editor, I am writing today in response to the latest staff editorial “Day of Giving faces mixed reviews.” As the staff member charged with planning this event, a Baker University graduate with a mass media degree, and the former editor-in-chief of the Baker Orange newspaper,...

Baker adds eSports team

Baker will add an eSports team to the list of scholarship eligible sports this fall.

Story by Jenna Black, Editor in Chief

April 22, 2019

The athletic department announced the addition of an eSports team to enter Baker’s Fall 2019 sports roster. eSports is a relatively new, up-and-coming sport where athletes compete against each other in video games. It will be offered as a co-ed varsity scholarship-eligible sport just like any other...

Billionaire pledges to protect the environment

Billionaire pledges to protect the environment

Story by Sarah Day, News Editor

April 17, 2019

Hansjörg Wyss, an 83 year-old Wyoming resident born in Switzerland, pledged to protect 30 percent of Earth’s surfaces by the year 2030. Wyss made this pledge in November 2018, but it has recently been gaining large amounts of attention from media sources. Wyss plans to target the globe’s most dama...

Campus safety videos in the works

Freshman Adam Cook aims the camera at video participants. An average of 15 students were involved with each campus safety short film production.

Story by Maya Hodison, Staff Writer

April 15, 2019

Baker University is producing its first-ever safety training videos created by students and featuring student actors. Student Senate kick-started the production in late January of this year. A team of students will be making three videos to demonstrate campus safety, including fire evacuation, tornad...

Susan Wade leaves Career Services

Director of Career Services Susan Wade is set to retire from Baker's Baldwin City campus in late June. Wade will be working part-time at the SPGS campus as the Community Outreach Specialist. Wade also plans to use the extra time for some of her favorite hobbies.

Story by Sarah Day, News Editor

April 10, 2019

Director of Career Services Susan Wade has been a part of the Baker community for 16 years. Wade will be retiring at the end of June and will be off campus several weeks prior to that. She said there were a variety of factors that influenced her decision, including friends, family, finances and energy. ...

Mungano hosts women’s panel

Mungano hosts women's panel

Story by Sarah Day, News Editor

March 19, 2019

Mungano hosted a Women’s Panel on March 4. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Darcy Russell, Instructor of Business and Economics Paulette Schwerdt, Admissions Counselor Deeva Sharma and Associate Director of Admissions Delynia Brown regarding the pos...

133 Coffee creates a gathering place

133 Coffee opened next to Cranberry Market at 106 6th Street on Feb. 16. The owners hope that students and members of the community are able to use their new coffee shop as a place to gather over coffee.

Story by Jenna Black, Editor in Chief

March 19, 2019

A gathering place and second home for Baker students and members of the community is what the owners of Baldwin’s newest coffee shop, 133 Coffee, aim to create. “We view coffee as a way to gather and bring people together,” Owner and Baldwin City local Maggie Swanson said. Swanson, 20, owns the qu...

Lawrence High School confiscates guns

Lawrence High School confiscates guns

Story by Sarah Day, News Editor

March 19, 2019

A gun was found in a bookbag at Lawrence High School on Feb. 12. This was the second time in less than a week that LHS administration found a pupil in possession of a firearm. USD 497 saw four other incidents involving weapons at school during the academic year, one of which involved the sale of fi...