The Baker Orange

Editorial: Campus still needs a larger facility for big events

Editorial: Campus still needs a larger facility for big events

Story by The Baker Orange Editorial Board

November 9, 2016


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Baker administrators have been planning a renovation project in Rice Auditorium that now has funding behind it. The renovation is possible due to the Sunderland Foundation which, according to President Lynne Murray, has had a “long-standing history” with the school. At $300,000, this is the largest...

The 15-minute typewriter challenge

The 15-minute typewriter challenge

Story by Dory Smith, Multimedia Editor

November 9, 2016


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Dear Typewriter, Let me take a moment to thank you. You’ve contributed so much to technological history and advancements. You’ve helped inform and create for generations, and I’m sorry if we millennials forget about you, but honestly, I gave up. Fifteen minutes into attempting to teach myself...

Slacktivism: Are you really making a difference on Facebook?

Slacktivism: Are you really making a difference on Facebook?

Story by Lauren Freking, Columnist

November 9, 2016


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Earlier this week on Facebook I noticed many of my friends checking in to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation location through the social media site. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is suing the government due to “not being properly consulted” over construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which...

Mental health: a silent illness

Mental health: a silent illness

Story by Brenna Thompson, News Editor

November 1, 2016


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The student who missed class three times last week may not be lazy, immature or irresponsible. That student may be a prisoner inside his or her own mind, trapped in the drowning darkness that leaves a thin film of sadness on everything. That student is too depressed to get out of bed. At Baker University...

Get Involved: You’ll thank yourself later

Get Involved: You’ll thank yourself later

Story by Abigaile Roorda, Writer

October 31, 2016


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College can be a scary time. Students often have to make important decisions for the first time. Who they are? What do they want? Who they want to be around? What do they want to do? The things students do in college likely will determine who they will be in the future. Involvement is key in college,...

Candidates mostly waste our time with negative political ads

Candidates mostly waste our time with negative political ads

Story by Lauren Freking, Columnist

October 31, 2016


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I am counting down the days until Nov. 8, mainly because I think I will be physically sick if I have to endure the pain of many more political ads on television. I am so over politicians’ lame 30-second attempts to roast one another for an audience that is tuned out regardless. Political ads have...

Taking pride in school color(s)?

Taking pride in school color(s)?

Story by Spencer Brown, Assistant News Editor

October 26, 2016


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Baker University, one of only two schools in the nation to have orange, and only orange, as its recognized school color, right? Maybe. Looking on Wikipedia today will give you a slightly different answer, stating that Baker's school colors are "Orange & Navy Blue." So where does the truth lie? My...

The Whistleblower and the Watchdog: Why Snowden deserves a pardon

The Whistleblower and the Watchdog: Why Snowden deserves a pardon

Story by Sarah Baker, Editor

October 25, 2016


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Sitting in front of his webcam in a studio in Russia, Edward Snowden gave a speech to a group of young aspiring journalists at the Associated Collegiate Press National Convention on Oct. 22 in Washington, D.C. As Snowden appeared on the screen, all in attendance applauded and cheered loudly at seeing...

Free college for all is a bad idea

Free college for all is a bad idea

Story by Lauren Freking, Columnist

October 19, 2016


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Have you ever had an idea that seemed perfect at the time but later turned out to have some negative consequences? One example for me was deciding to spend the night in a McDonald’s in Greece in order to save money. After a night lying under bright lights, listening to loud techno music and having...

Stressed students are singing the midterm blues

Stressed students are singing the midterm blues

Story by Lauren Freking, Columnist

October 17, 2016


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It seems like just last week we were frolicking around campus throwing our syllabi in the bottom of our backpacks to collect dust. We would go to the Mine on Tuesdays and Sigma Phi Epsilon on Wednesdays. A healthy diet and lifestyle seemed attainable. Now, as the cool air of autumn has begun to set...

Editorial: We want you … to vote!

Editorial: We want you … to vote!

Story by The Baker Orange Editorial Board

October 10, 2016


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On Sept. 26, President Barack Obama made a proclamation declaring Sept. 27, 2016, as National Voter Registration Day. In a White House press release, President Obama stated, “I call upon all American citizens to observe this day ensuring they are registered to vote.” It seems like everyone...

Do safe spaces and trigger warnings belong in college?

Do safe spaces and trigger warnings belong in college?

Story by Lexi Loya, Editor

October 3, 2016


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About a week ago I was sitting in on a presentation about consent, and right before it started we received a “trigger warning.” The presenter said that if anything we discussed made us uncomfortable, we could zone out on our phones because we were in a “safe” space. I paused. I had never actually...