The Baker Orange

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Freshman Cole Stallard walks through a tunnel of current Baker students and claps the hands of Wildcat Welcome Orientation Leaders Michael Riddle and Aaron Brooks prior to Playfair on Aug. 23, 2015, in Collins Center. The start to the school year is always an exciting time for everyone, and I think Cole’s reaction captures this excitement perfectly.

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December 1, 2017
President Barack Obama speaks to a packed house on Jan. 22, 2015, at the Anschutz Sports Pavilion at the University of Kansas. He used the speech to elaborate on his State of the Union Address from a few days prior and opened his speech by saying Its good to be back in Kansas! Looking through my camera lens at who was at the time the most powerful man in the world was truly remarkable. Similar to the football game at Arrowhead, I remember thinking how incredible Baker is for providing so many opportunities like this one.

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December 1, 2017
Orange and red trees reflect across a pond as the sun rises on Oct. 22, 2014, a few miles north of Baldwin City. The Maple Leaf Festival occurs every year around this time, as it is the ideal time to see trees change color. The delicious food and perfectly cool temperatures of the Maple Leaf Festival make it one of my favorite weekends of each year.

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December 1, 2017
Sun beams glow over the ocean on the morning of Jan. 15, 2014, during the winter travel interterm in Yucatan, Mexico. Associate Professor of History Leonard Ortiz led the 10-day trip for the group of students, who visited ancient Maya cities of Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba. Travel interterms are one of the greatest opportunities at Baker. I was fortunate enough to attend this trip during my freshman year, which sparked my love for travel. This inspired me to participate in another travel interterm to Morocco and later study abroad for a semester in London.

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December 1, 2017
Prospective Baker students pose for a selfie with Sporting KC star Dom Dwyer at the game against the Colorado Rapids on April 9, 2017, at Childrens Mercy Park. The School of Professional and Graduate Studies hosted an event prior to the game to launch a new degree in Sports Management. Current Sporting KC staff members held a forum to discuss their jobs and then attendees had a private stadium tour afterward. Seeing Sporting KC behind the scenes was a fun experience and I’m sure it greatly impressed those prospective students thinking about attending Baker.

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December 1, 2017
Alumna Gloria Atanmo poses with a new marketing photo and with President Lynne Murray on Feb. 25, 2016, in the Long Student Center. Atanmo is now a world-renowned travel blogger and photographer with readers in every country of the world. Spending time with Glo was very special, as I have been one of many to follow her adventures for the past few years. It’s always great to see Baker alumni doing amazing things, and Glo might top the list.

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June 15, 2017
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders receives cheers from the audience at the end of his rally on Feb. 24, 2016, at the Kansas City Convention Center. Even though he didn’t go on to become the Democratic party nominee, photographing a presidential candidate’s rally was a fascinating experience.

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June 15, 2017
Kansas City Royals General Manager Dayton Moore discusses leadership ethics to a class on Feb. 10, 2016, at Bakers SPGS campus. The course is a part of Bakers new Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program that started the previous August and features multiple guest speakers from the community. Because the Royals had just won the World Series the previous November, hearing their GM speak was fascinating and again reinforced how Baker consistently provides once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for its students.

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June 15, 2017
Baker alumna Ashley Henry points to the sky and to the ZK logo on her shirt in memory of former track and field and cross country coach Zach Kindler as she crosses the finish line on Sept. 5, 2015 during the annual Maple Leaf Invitational. Kindler passed away from cardiac arrest just prior to the fall 2014 season, and now this annual cross country meet as well as an annual track and field meet are held in his honor. This photo captures how adored he was by his athletes during his time as their coach.

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June 15, 2017
Baker faculty shovel soil during a memorial tree planting ceremony after a chapel service on April 23 in memory of Sione Maumau who passed away the previous semester. Documenting this event, as well anything else surrounding this tragedy, was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in my career as a photographer. Nobody wants to be the one to photograph something like this, but at the same time I felt like it was my duty to showcase how the Baker community came together and came back stronger than ever before because of it.

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June 15, 2017
Senior Aundre Allen is comforted by a teammate after losing the last game of his college career to Missouri Valley College on Nov. 15, 2014, at Liston Stadium. Baker fell 27-24 after a late field goal, eliminating the Wildcats from qualifying for the playoffs. Taking photos after a tough loss is never something I want to do, but sometimes it results in even more powerful moments than after a win.

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June 15, 2017
Freshman Juan Rivera attempts to pin Missouri Valley Colleges Todd Brackett while the crowd cheers him to victory on Nov. 15, 2014, in Collins Center. Baker upset No. 4 ranked MVC 28-13 in the HAAC Quad. Photographing wrestling almost always ensures several passionate and emotional photos, and this match did not disappoint.

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June 15, 2017
Fans cheer on the Baker football team at Arrowhead Stadium on Oct. 11, 2014, during the NAIA Gridiron Challenge. The Wildcats defeated rival Benedictine 27-21 and improved to a perfect 6-0 record on the season, ensuring a winning season for the eighth consecutive year. Many people think going to a small school limits you, but this game at Arrowhead is just one example of how Baker excels at providing amazing opportunities that you never think could happen.

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June 15, 2017
Wichita State University sophomore guard Ron Baker drives to the basket against University of Kentucky freshman guard Andrew Harrison on March 23, 2014, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The Shockers lost the game by two points, as sophomore guard Fred Van Vleet missed the potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer, and the Wildcats would go on to make it to the national championship game. This game was often regarded as the best, most thrilling game of the entire tournament. The local Wichita magazine, Splurge! Magazine, gave me the opportunity to photograph the first and second round games of the 2014 March Madness tournament because all three Division 1 Kansas schools competed in St. Louis that weekend. I will never forget being on the sidelines alongside ESPN and Sports Illustrated photographers. I was able to photograph so many great college players like Andrew Wiggins, Perry Ellis, Wayne Selden, and Joel Embiid (although he was injured) from Kansas, and Willie Cauley-Stein, Julius Randle, and the Harrison twins from Kentucky. While I didn’t cover this for The Baker Orange, I did publish a gallery and article about my unbelievable experience.

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June 15, 2017
The volleyball team celebrates winning a point during the Pink Out game against rival MNU on Oct. 15, 2013, in Collins Center. The proceeds from the game benefited Baker volleyball alumna Katie Jaschke, who had been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The rowdy crowd made this one of the most entertaining events to cover, and it was incredible to see the Baker community rally together to help a former player.

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June 15, 2017
Lightning strikes on Oct. 4, 2013, near the Douglas County Fishing Lake. While most people run inside during an infamous Kansas storm, I’m typically the one who chases it with my camera to once again show how beautiful Kansas can be.

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June 15, 2017
The sun sets over a field and paints the sky on Sept. 13, 2013, approximately 5 miles south of Baldwin City. Outside of documenting sports and activities on campus, I thoroughly enjoy landscape photography. Many people say Kansas isn’t a pretty place, but I continuously try to showcase why that isn’t true.

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June 15, 2017
Senior Andy Griffin celebrates with sophomore Amer Didic after Didic scored the game-winning goal in the 81st minute to upset No. 6 Concordia University Irvine on Sept. 6, 2013, at Liston Stadium. This was one of my first assignments as a photographer on staff and it has continued to be one of my favorite sports photos I took while at Baker. What makes this photo even better is that Amer Didic is now playing for Sporting KC.

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