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Division grows between millennials and baby boomers

Division grows between millennials and baby boomers

Story by Lauren Freking, Columnist

March 22, 2017


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Some of the worst feelings a human can experience involve being ignored or misunderstood The United States is currently experiencing a time of multiple internal divisions rooted in race, gender, and perhaps the most overlooked, generational differences. My fellow millennials sometimes sense that...

Advising program: Is it time for a change?

Advising program: Is it time for a change?

Story by Mykaela Cross

March 22, 2017


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Why did I choose Baker? What could possibly have compelled a scholarship student to attend a university with the private-school price tag? The answer is simple: I wanted community and support. At Baker, I knew I was being offered a helping hand at every turn with familiar faces that would guide me throughout...

The unwritten rules of Baker University

The unwritten rules of Baker University

Story by Lauren Freking, Columnist

March 1, 2017


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Humans are creatures of habit, and in general most of us crave structure in our lives. If our routines are broken, it can disrupt an entire day. These unwritten rules become important to the way we live and thrive in daily life. Here at Baker, we have more than a few unwritten rules. 1. Regardless of addr...

Editorial: Don’t rely on ‘mom friends’ this spring break

Editorial: Don’t rely on ‘mom friends’ this spring break

Story by The Baker Orange Editorial Board

February 27, 2017


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No one plans to be a mom friend in college. Every group of students seems to have one friend who plans outings, constantly looks out for others and always seems to have Germ-X on hand. This also tends to be the friend at parties who brings the overly drunken friends home safely, tucks them into bed and...

You can’t be friends with a black girl?

You can’t be friends with a black girl?

Story by Dory Smith, Multimedia Editor

February 22, 2017


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When Silvia and I became best friends, it was a little strange for me. Up until sixth grade I had only befriended black kids because those were the type of people in my environment. I connected with them culturally. We had similar hair textures, listened to the same music and had similar family circumstances....

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...