Category Archives: Baylor University

Baylor Teams & Student Athletes Up for Six ESPYs

Following the “Year of the Bear” Baylor athletic teams and athletes are up for six ESPY Awards.  As ESPN says, “It’s an election year, but this type of voting crosses party lines. Cast your vote in all 33 categories, including best team. Winners will be announced at The ESPYS.”

Go vote for Baylor and its student athletes for their respective ESPY awards!

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Baylor University Recognized for Social Media Excellence

Baylor has been recognized as being the fifth most influential institution of higher education on twitter and as number 30 for overall social media presence.

On twitter Baylor reigns over all other Texas based and Big 12 schools.  Baylor is beat out by Stanford, Syracuse, Harvard and Wisconsin, for now.  The ranking is known as the Klout Score is based on “the size of your engaged audience, the likelihood that your content will be acted upon and the influence level of your engaged audience.”  In short Baylor has a large, active and engaged interactive audience on twitter.

StudentAdvisor.com ranks Baylor’s overall social media presence as number 30 due to its “two large social media directories – for students and alumni.”  Baylor is beat out by fellow Big 12 schools UT, Texas Tech and Kansas.

Student Advisor makes its ranking based on “information on how active and effective each school is at engaging their audiences on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media tools, such as iTunes and podcasts. The ranking methodology also takes into account the size of each school’s population, as well as other metrics, to gauge overall reach and effectiveness. The team then produces a strictly quantitative score for each school based on this information, and updates the findings regularly.”

Check out Baylor’s award winning twitter account here, www.twitter.com/baylorproud.

The Fourth and Last President of the Republic of Texas

The fourth and last President of the Republic of Texas Anson Jones signed an act of the Republic of Texas Congress on February 1st, 1845 establishing Baylor University.

Here is some history about the founding of Baylor University for my fellow Baylor Bears out there!

In 1841, 35 delegates to the Union Baptist Association meeting accepted the suggestion of Reverend William Milton Tryon and District Judge R.E.B. Baylor to establish a Baptist university in Texas. The Texas Baptist Education Society then petitioned the Congress of the Republic of Texas to charter a Baptist university in the fall of 1844. Republic President Anson Jones signed the Act of Congress on Feb. 1, 1845, officially establishing Baylor University. Reverend James Huckins, the first Baptist missionary to Texas, was Baylor’s first full-time fund-raiser and the third founding father of the university. Although these three men are credited as being the founders of Baylor University, there are many others who worked to see the first university established in Texas.

The university community annually celebrates the founding of Baylor University on the anniversary of its charter. In 1995, Baylor celebrated its sesquicentennial anniversary, and in 2005 turned 160 years old.

Party in the 254

For those of you not associated with Baylor University just skip this post.  For those of you that are associated with Baylor you are in for a treat.

Over the summer we have not heard much out of Baylor or Baylor related news, other than that little hit piece in GQ about Rand Paul’s time “attending” Baylor and his activities as a NoZe Brother and YCT member.  Oh yea, lets not forget that whole Big 12 thing too.

But now that the students are coming back to Waco to start the new school year we are seeing some action and finally have some real news to report!  Baylor Guys have released a new video “Party in the 254” starring our very own Baylor President Ken Starr and pop sensation Miley Cyrus!

Rand Paul, Baylor University, YCT and the NoZe Brothers

After winning the primary in Kentucky Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul, son of current Texas Congressman and former presidential candidate Ron Paul, is facing some weird accusations.  Since when did Kentucky politics become as dirty as South Carolina politics?

Why is this of any interest to Texans?  Ran Paul attended Baylor University from 1981 through 1984 and was a member of the kinda sorta secret society the NoZe Brothers and the Young Conservatives of Texas.

Notice I said Rand Paul attended Baylor, not graduated from Baylor.  After he was accepted into Duke Medical School he left Baylor early before graduating to start at Duke Medical School where he graduated from.  Some people are trying to make an issue out of this, where there is none.  Rand Paul’s campaign has never said that he “graduated” from Baylor, only that he “attended” Baylor.  Our main stream media outlets including some major national publications took “attended” to mean “graduated” from, and thus the perception was put out that Rand Paul graduated from Baylor.  Once again our main stream media fails us and can not do some simple background checking, isn’t that the real story here?

The even weirder allegation is laid out in this GQ article.  But this post is going in a different direction.  Within said GQ article it is revealed that Rand Paul was a member of the NoZe Brothers and Young Conservatives of Texas while attending Baylor.  Looking at his membership in these two groups brings light to the TEA Party/Republican/Libertarian political path he has chosen.

The Noze Brothers are a kinda sorta secret society of men and women on the Baylor campus.  They publish a satirical newspaper, The Rope, and enjoy mocking stereotypical Baylor culture and the Baylor Administration.  I say they are a kinda sorta secret society because they gather in public disguised with fake noses, glasses and wigs as the picture below of Paul and his fellow NoZe Brothers shows.  The picture is from the GQ article mention above.

Rand Paul as a Noze Brother, middle right with a black coat and a straw hat

The Baylor Magazine has this to say about The NoZe Brothers.

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.

The Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) is a nonpartisan group made up of college students in Texas who proudly and at some times loudly fight to uphold the conservative principals they believe in.  They are very active politically on and off campus and are known for their provoking political events and commentary on campuses across Texas.  My favorite one is “Coming Out of the Closet Conservative” event that has been held on the ultra liberal UT campus.  On a side note YCT is also know for bath tubs full of beer at their annual state convention, I wonder how that plays into Rand Paul’s political beliefs.

Rand Paul’s membership with the Noze Brothers shows that at an early age he was not afraid to voice his opinion against the status quo and the powers that be, aka the Baylor administration and the majority of Baylor students who were too “stereotypical” for Paul and his fellow brothers.  Paul’s YCT membership shows that he was not afraid to stand up and fight for his conservative beliefs, and that he had no love for the moderates in the Republican Party.

Paul was not afraid to dance to his own beat (which was not allowed on the Baylor campus when Paul attended Baylor) when he was in college and that is still evident today in his political beliefs.  He was standing up to an overbearing administration as a NoZe Brother and now he is standing up to the perceived Republican Establishment that as a YCT member he must of though were too moderate.  Although now Paul has wisely left his fake nose, glasses and wig at home.

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.

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.