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Coming soon: an enrollment headache

Coming soon: an enrollment headache

Story by Whitney Silkey, Assistant News Editor

February 22, 2017


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Every weekday I wake up and walk to class, admiring the beauty that is Baker University. The beauty is easily recognizable, especially in the fall when campus is surrounded by leaves changing colors. But the beauty of Baker University is not always as readily apparent when you wake up at 7 a.m. to enroll...

Millennials suffer from phantom vibration syndrome

Millennials suffer from phantom vibration syndrome

Story by Abigaile Roorda, Writer

February 22, 2017


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Ever have the feeling that your phone is vibrating, but when you look down, there’s nothing there? This is a phenomenon known as phantom vibration syndrome. One study of undergraduate students at Indiana University-Purdue University found that 90 percent of undergraduates experienced phantom vibration ...

Professors and students share responsibility for grade inflation

Professors and students share responsibility for grade inflation

Story by Spencer Brown, Assistant News Editor

February 15, 2017


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When enrollment time comes each semester, students look at the list of available classes and ponder the different paths they may take. They start with the ones they need in order to graduate and then often supplement them with a few easy A's that will balance out their grade-point average for the semester. These...

A coffee a day keeps retirement away

A coffee a day keeps retirement away

Story by Lauren Freking, Columnist

February 6, 2017


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Some events are so blatantly wrong that they can make my jaw drop. Examples include Frappuccinos, fraternity guys who try to pursue two girls at once, and the coaching decision that led Justin Houston to covering Antonio Brown in the Chiefs’ playoff game last weekend. Recently, I was most flabbergasted...

Millennials face less prosperous financial future

Millennials face less prosperous financial future

Story by Lauren Freking, Columnist

January 26, 2017


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Most of us college students expect that we will eventually make as much or more money than our parents. The American ideal for an average 22-year-old such as me is to acquire a degree and have a career that will allow me to live a life as comfortably as the way I grew up. According to research recently...

Editorial: Students struggle to connect with interterm

Editorial: Students struggle to connect with interterm

Story by The Baker Orange Editorial Board

January 25, 2017


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After a winter break with family and friends, returning to school can be difficult for students. Explaining to those family and friends that you’re leaving them either to scuba dive in Honduras or to watch movies in a campus classroom for three hours a day can be even more challenging. While interterm...

Looking for balance between college athletics and academics

Looking for balance between college athletics and academics

Story by Spencer Brown, Assistant News Editor

January 11, 2017


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There appears to be more of a nationwide emphasis on college athletics than ever before. Universities that pride themselves on their athletic success, however, may indirectly be undervaluing academics at the same time. After all, students are scholars before they are athletes. Never having been a...

Reinventing the millennial New Year’s resolution

Reinventing the millennial New Year’s resolution

Story by Lauren Freking, Columnist

December 28, 2016


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At the end of each calendar year, college women speak for the masses by posting Instagram pictures with captions detailing the highlights of 2016 and containing inspirational quotes they hope will foreshadow 2017. College dudes are liking those pictures and thinking about all the #gains that are about...

Jim Joyner’s final farewell

Jim Joyner’s final farewell

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

December 21, 2016


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After three semesters at Baker, I was ready to graduate as quickly as possible. Honestly, I wasn’t happy with school and I wasn’t happy with myself in general. But something changed in me that fourth semester in Baldwin City, and everything became clear to me that I was exactly where I was supposed...

Could drones ever deliver Chipotle burritos to BU students?

Could drones ever deliver Chipotle burritos to BU students?

Story by Lauren Freking, Columnist

December 12, 2016


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I always joke about how I need a personal assistant for when I study. The amount of times I get sidetracked because I decide to search for a snack, get a drink, talk to a friend, or even make a to-do list is ridiculous. At least one of these interruptions could be solved by a new technology that Alphabet,...

Editorial: looking through a local lens

Editorial: looking through a local lens

Story by The Baker Orange Editorial Board

December 2, 2016


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There’s no place like home, and in this humble and historic little town, we are capable of creating memories we will carry throughout our lifetimes – memories that are unique to us here in our college home in Baldwin City. However, many students often forget that small, local businesses can help...

#Blessed: being thankful for Baker

#Blessed: being thankful for Baker

Story by Lauren Freking, Columnist

November 16, 2016


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In honor of Thanksgiving break next week, or maybe in honor of my quarter-life crisis due to impending graduation, it is time to appreciate all of the things we are grateful for here at Baker. We all chose to go to this tiny school in the middle of nowhere, and even though we sometimes complain, we made...