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Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey on Texas A&M

Baylor Womens Basketball coach Kim Mulkey has some tough words for Texas A&M and on the prospects of Baylor playing A&M in any future non-conference games.

“My feeling is this … If a man wants to divorce me and says our relationship has no value to him, and then asks if he can sleep with me, the answer is, ‘No!’

Thanks to the Texas Insider for reporting this first.

Bob Bullock’s Ghost is Lobbying for Baylor University

The number one reason Baylor will be invited to join the PAC-10 expansion is that state officials, school officials and PAC-10 officials are scared that former Lt. Governor of Texas Bob Bullock will come back from the grave and take revenge on those that crossed his beloved Baylor University in a way that only Bob Bullock could get away with.

Then Lt. Governor Bob Bullock and then Governor Ann Richards along with a host of other powerful Baylor alumni helped secure Baylor’s place in the Big XII when it formed.

If Bob Bullock’s ghost does not work, this list of Baylor Alumni that are leaders in business and politics might.  Hopefully they will join Buddy Jone’s All Star Baylor Lobby Team in fighting for Baylor University’s inclusion in the PAC-10 expansion if the Big XII dissolves.

Buddy Jones Heads Powerful Baylor University Lobby Team

One of the many reasons you should not count out Baylor being invited along with the rest of Big XII Texas team to join the potentially expanding PAC-10 is the high powered Austin lobbyist and Baylor University Board of Regents Neal “Buddy” Jones.  First what a great name for a lobbyist to have.  Second Buddy is a very powerful lobbyist in Austin who has friends on both sides of the aisle.  Just look at the all star lobbying team he has put together to fight for Baylor’s inclusion in the PAC-10 if the Big XII dissolves.

Buddy’s lobby team is made up of Texas State Representatives and Senators that have ties to Baylor, from living in the Waco Community to obtaining an undergraduate, masters or law degree from Baylor.  For a small university enrollment wise compared to the state schools Baylor has a large number of elected officials.

According to the Dallas Morning News the all star Baylor Lobbying team consists of Rep. John Davis, Rep. Bryan Hughes, Rep. Ken Paxton, Rep. Larry Phillips, Rep. Larry Taylor, Rep. Diane Patrick, Rep. Linda Harper-Brown, Pre. Jim Dunnam, Rep. Craig Eiland, Rep. Mark Shelton, Rep. Allen Vaught, Rep. Valinda Bolton, Rep. Carol Kent, home town Rep. Doc Anderson, Rep Kelly Hancock, Senator Kirk Watson and Former SD-22 Senator David Sibley and current candidate for his old seat.

This lobby team consists of powerful Democrats and Republicans.  Both party caucus chairs are accounted for, Democratic leader Rep. Jim Dunnam who happens to represent Waco and Republican leader Rep. Larry Taylor.  The list has members who have been in office for years and freshman like Rep. Carol Kent.  The list represents almost every major metro area of Texas.

The Dallas Morning News released Buddy’s email to the All Star Baylor Lobby Team.

Date: June 4, 2010 10:49:12 AM CDT

To: ADDRESSES REDACTED

Subject: Baylor Alert

To: Baylor grads in the 81st Legislature:

I have a critical issue that directly affects Baylor and it is very time sensitive. The Big XII and PAC 10 are both meeting separately today. According to a recent newspaper report, the PAC 10 may well issue an invite to all the Big XII South schools to join the PAC 10 – WITH THE EXCEPTION OF BAYLOR. In our stead, the PAC 10 is rumored to substitute Colorado. In this scenario, Baylor gets left out and this would be a major, major setback for our University. Perhaps a setback of immense proportion. The mere rumor of Baylor being left behind is harmful.

We cannot let the other schools in Texas (A&M, U.T., Tech) leave the Big XII WITHOUT BAYLOR BEING INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE. Long and short – if U.T., A&M and Tech demand that any move to any other conference include ALL TEXAS BASED TEAMS from the Big XII, we are golden. We need to be in a PACKAGE DEAL!

Here’s what I am asking you to do today.

Please call the following:

1. Bill Jones – Former Chairman, A&M Board of Regents

2. Bill Powers – President, University of Texas at Austin (If unavailable ask for Nancy Brazzil, his E.A.);

3. Morris E. Foster – Chairman A&M Board of Regents of Salado, TX

4. Larry Anders – Chairman, Texas Tech Board of Regents

5. Kent Hance – Chancellor, Texas Tech

6. Dr. Mike McKinney, Chancellor, Texas A&M and

7. Colleen McHugh – Chairman, U.T. Board of Regents.

Here is the message to deliver:

• The four Texas schools in the Big XII conference have decades (if not a century) of history as being a family. The continuation of this almost sacred relationship is important to our State and to higher education in Texas.

• As the Big 10, PAC 10 and Big XII discuss re-alignment, the best possible scenario for these four schools (U.T., A&M, Tech and Baylor) is to stay in the Big XII Conference as it currently exists. That is the absolute BEST THING FOR ALL OF US – KEEP THE BIG XII INTACT.

• However, if some schools in the Big XII North feel compelled to go elsewhere (we hear rumors of Colorado, Missouri and Nebraska looking toward the Big 10), the next best scenario is to KEEP ALL SIX SCHOOLS FROM THE BIG XII SOUTH AS A PACKAGE DEAL. Do not leave Baylor out.

• There was a report today that the PAC 10 might extend an offer to invite five of the South schools to join the PAC 10 (Texas, A&M, Tech, Oklahoma and OSU). The report said Baylor would be replaced with Colorado. This is Armageddon for our University.

This would be devastating to Baylor and to the state of Texas. WE MUST STICK TOGETHER.

• Baylor is superior to Colorado academically. Baylor has athletic facilities superior to Colorado. Colorado doesn’t participate in the number of sports that Baylor does. Baylor’s overall record in all collegiate sports dwarfs that of Colorado. Our football, basketball (women’s and men’s), baseball, softball, track, tennis, golf programs are vastly superior to Colorado’s. The Baptist church base extends across the country and certainly trumps the University of Colorado’s local base limited to a small town in Colorado.

• I am asking you to commit to me to keeping all six schools from the Big XII South together if we can’t keep the whole Big XII intact. BAYLOR MUST BE INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE. Make it clear that when it comes to our four Texas schools, IT IS ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL!!

Please DO NOT BREAK UP the history and working relationship we have nurtured over the decades.

Will you commit to including all Texas schools in any scenario that arises? Will you commit to include Baylor in any package you consider?

Please put these calls in today if at all possible. We need to stop any bleeding that this PAC 10 offer might have caused for Baylor quickly.

Many, many thanks for your assistance. This could be a pivotal moment in Baylor’s history.

Warmest regards,

From: Buddy Jones

Lets hope that this all star lobby team can be called on in the future on Baylor’s behalf on issues other than football…

Baylor Professor Gayle Avant Joins Race for Averitt’s SD-22 Senate Seat

Baylor Political Science professor Gayle R. Avant has jumped into the race to replace retired Senator Kip Averitt in the upcoming special election that Governor Perry called for May 8th, 2010.  So far Professor Avant is the only Democrat to jump into the race.  For more information on his candidacy check out the Waco Tribs story.

The announced Republicans are former State Senator David Sibley, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Brian Birdwell and Tea Party favorite Darren Yancy.

Having been a student of Professor Avant’s I can vouch for his depth of knowledge of constitutional law and the political process.  I can also vouch for the fact that he thought it was hilarious that the infamous Baylor satirical newspaper The Rope always honored him and his unique mustache with articles like the one below.  When ever he was bestowed one of these “honors” he would proudly bring it up in class and show off the article.

Lets hope he brings his sense of humor with him on the campaign trail.

From The Rope. Note that The Rope is a satirical newspaper and is no way shape or form to be taken seriously, so don’t take this article too seriously….

Professor Avant: Proud Mustache Aficionado

Gayle Avant, 69, of Waco, has spent decades at Baylor teaching  courses on the U.S. Constitution, American government and economics. He  plans to retire this summer.
Photo courtesy of the Waco Trib
For a look at the Baylor co-eds behind The Rope check out this profile by The Baylor Magazine on the student group that published The Rope, The NoZe Brothers.
The NoZe Brothers ‘Undressed’
The NoZe Brothers, a group of about 25 male and female students, are to Baylor what cockleburs are to a field of bluebonnets – irritating, prickly, sometimes even a little painful. And despite periodic eradication, they keep coming back, tenacious and tough as any weed must be to survive.

But then, a weed to one naturalist may be a beautiful flower to another. How does one characterize the NoZe, a self-proclaimed (and self-acclaimed) satirical, countercultural group whose mission is to poke fun at Baylor, to put the “pie” in piety, the “pun” in punctilious?

Full Article here.

March Madness Bracket Challenge

Join Governor Perry’s March Madness bracket challenge

College basketball season is upon us, and seven of Texas’ world-class universities have made the 64-team national championship tournament. Join Governor Perry’s March Madness bracket challenge to compete against Governor Perry and other Texans.

http://govperry2010.mayhem.cbssports.com/e – group password: victory2010

The top three participants will have lunch with the governor. In order to be eligible to win, you must be a RickPerry.org registered supporter. Check your registration status at http://rickperry.org/user/login and if you are not already registered, get signed up here http://rickperry.org/user/register

I have Baylor winning the whole thing!  Optimistic…maybe.

Baylor University Receives Anonymous $200 Million Gift

From the Waco Trib today, looks like Baylor has a new fan.  Nice PR by the Baylor team to leak this out after the basketball incident earlier today, see video below if you do not know what I am talking about.

Any guesses on who the donor is?

Baylor University receives anonymous $200 million gift

By Tim Woods Tribune-Herald staff writer

Thursday March 4, 2010
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Baylor University has received an estate gift that is the largest donation in the school’s history by a wide margin. It is the second-largest gift to a Texas university.

The gift, estimated at $200 million, is to be directed toward medical research in the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Social Work and other university programs.

The donor asked to remain anonymous, and Baylor officials honored that request Wednesday.

According to a list compiled by the Chronicle of Higher Education of the largest private gifts to higher education institutions since 1967, the $200 million windfall is second in Texas only to a $232 million gift to the University of Texas at Austin, given by John A. “Jack” Johnson in 2002.

The money will be given to Baylor when the donor, a Baylor graduate, dies, Dennis Prescott, the school’s vice president for university development, said. At that point, a foundation will be created to house the funds.

Prescott said the school’s largest previous gift was $22 million from the estate of Alwin O. Highers Jr.

Baylor officials would not say whether the recent hiring of Ken Starr, currently dean of Pepperdine Law School, as president had anything to do with the gift.

Interim President David Garland said, “We signed the agreement (for the gift) last fall.” Starr was approached by retired Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court Thomas Phillips in November about the school’s presidency.

Former Baylor regent Chairman and Houston Astros owner Drayton McLane, who was named regent emeritus at the Baylor Board of Regents’ meeting last month, recently said he and other donors have been inclined to hold off on giving until they saw stability at the school’s top leadership position.

“All the turmoil in the leadership in the past 10 years (at Baylor), it’s just a proven fact that people who are going to give to a university are not going to give until they see a stable, consistent leadership and can buy into what the university wants to become,” McLane said. “And the president is the person who does that.”

‘An endorsement’

Regardless of the impetus for the donation, Baylor officials say they hope it creates momentum among their donor base, even attracting new donors.

“As much as we’re blessed and grateful for this game-changer gift, we have reason to hope that it will beget significant other philanthropy to Baylor,” regent Chairman Dary Stone said.

“It’s no different than someone seeing Warren Buffett buying up 30 percent of the shares of a company,” he added. “It’s an endorsement of the mission of Baylor and an affirmation of what Baylor’s all about. . . . So, that gives other people confidence to invest, as well. It’s incredibly synergistic.”

‘Thrilling’

Diana Garland, dean of Baylor’s School of Social Work, could hardly describe the possible benefits the donation can bring to her program.

“It’s almost unimaginable what this can do,” she said. “Social work is not a profession where students are going to make millions, so the opportunity of endowing scholarships to make it possible for students who feel called to some of the most difficult work in the world to come here and get an education is thrilling.”

Lee Nordt, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said there is “no detailed plan on (how the money will be spent) yet.”

However, he pointed to seven or eight departments in the College of Arts and Sciences that are conducting research related to health sciences and health care advances.

For example, chemistry professor Kevin Pinney has been working for years to develop “vascular disrupting agents,” which cut off blood flow to tumors, thereby killing them.

Nordt said the effect of the donation will be felt from the top to the bottom of the college, though. The money will enable the college to hire additional accomplished faculty, who will bring new and exciting research opportunities to both graduate and undergraduate students, Nordt said.

Additional research faculty equates to additional research funding, as well, Nordt said, from sources such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Nordt said he was unsure, at this early stage, how the donation might affect work done at the Central Texas Research and Technology park, a Baylor-driven research park slated to open in 2012.

‘A world of good’

Nordt said about one-third of Baylor’s incoming freshmen enter some sort of pre-health track.

“So, anything we can do to keep on the cutting edge and enhancing what we’re already doing in the sciences, particularly related to pre-health, is going to do a world of good,” Nordt said.

Stone, effusive in his gratitude for the gift, said he looks forward to more of the same, even if not of the same magnitude, simply because of what Baylor stands for.

“Baylor is not merely an alma mater to a lot of people, but it really, truly is a mission and a cause,” Stone said.

“What we do at Baylor is turn out kids who go out and make the world better, and that touches sections of people’s hearts above and beyond just a nostalgic alma mater piece.

“When you invest in Baylor, you’re investing in making the world better, and that’s a pretty strong calling.”

twoods@wacotrib.com

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There Is An App For That: Baylor Grads Drive Car with iPhone App

Some Baylor University grads put their degrees to work in the ministry, business, politics, teaching and social work among many other professions.

These Baylor grads have gone mad scientist and are creating some awesome iPhone Apps….

Engineering grad sharpens skills by modding car to run on iPhone app

Posted by The Baylor Proud Team in Alumni, Just for Fun, Research

When Apple’s iPhone commercials say “There’s an app for that,” it seems they’re not kidding. From gaming to business, it seems there really is an application for everything — including one that can drive a car.

Recent Baylor graduate Hunter Smith (BS ‘08) is part of a small team of engineers from Austin-based National Instruments that has made headlines recently for designing, yes, a system that uses an iPhone app to pilot a late ’80s Buick. The app controls steering, the gas pedal, brakes — everything you need to drive a car. Their work, and the accompanying video (below), has been covered by mainstream outlets like CNN.com and BBC Radio as well as tech-focused sites like CNET, Gizmodo, Wired UK and CrunchGear.

Of course, the big question is: Why design a car to be controlled via iPhone? The engineers, who collectively go by the name of Waterloo Labs, simply enjoy testing the limits of their own abilities while having fun with do-it-yourself-type projects — an admirable (and enjoyable!) way of sharpening their engineering skills, including what Smith learned right here at Baylor.

Sic ’em, Hunter!