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Movie Magic

Gracie’s movie collection plays important role within Treasure City Flea Market Story by Cole Niles | Photos by Andi Risk It’s a cold Saturday morning in Waco, Texas. Gracie Shelton pulls her car into the lot of Treasure City Flea Market with a few boxes in her passenger seat,...

Coffee Art

New wave coffee shop owner makes a print on local art scene Story and Photos by Bradi Zapata For Andreas Zaloumis, owner of Third Space Theory coffee cart, “THRST,” each day introduces new community, adventure and destinations. Thursday through Saturday, he puts on the hat of a coffee guru...

Driving for Joy

Bus driver comes out of retirement to continue doing what he loves Story by Megan Rule | Photos by Bevin Mairura Freddie Buhl, a bus driver for the Waco Transit System, walks into the Waco Transit Center after a long day of driving around Baylor University’s campus, with a...

I Moved to Waco and Opened a Mosque

Local family finds home in faith Story by McKenzie Oviatt | Photos by Emma Bakke Practicing your faith in America looks vastly different to practicing your faith in other parts of the world. When Southern Baptists worship in the religious stronghold of Waco, there is an added social pressure...

FROM THE ASHES

Story by Brennen DiMarzo | Photo by Clarissa Pompa Samantha Sanchez has battled her whole life—through addiction, prostitution, the death of her father and prison. She turned these challenges into triumph when she recovered from her past and founded UMatter in 2011, a street ministry that provides shelter, the...

NAPKIN TO NATIONALS

Story by Jazzi Plews | Photos by MJ Routh “There’s always going to be a reason why you can’t do something. Your job is to constantly look for the reasons why you can,” said Shannon Lee Miller Falconetti, member of the historic “Magnificent Seven” gymnastics team that took home...

A LETTER FROM THE EDITORS

It’s rare, if not impossible, to transcend the human experience of fear. We believe the individuals and families featured between these pages do, in fact, feel afraid from time to time. This magazine is about those who refuse to let fear control them. They are trailblazers, innovators and pioneers....

BEST IN CLASS

Story by Cameron Bocanegra | Photos by Michaela Schirra When you walk into Baylor freshman Bryan Lizano’s dorm room, the first thing you will notice is an American flag hanging proudly above his bed with a Costa Rican flag pinned next to it. Lizano’s desk is bare aside from...

BUT THERE’S ALSO HOPE

Story and Photos by Corrie Coleman On Wednesday, Aug. 16, Baylor freshman Rylie York moved into the second floor of Collins Residence Hall to begin a new chapter of her life. On Thursday, Aug. 17, she underwent surgery to remove the cancerous tumor in her neck. On Sunday night,...

GROWING UP TOGETHER

Story by Bradi Murphy | Photos by Aadil Sheikh and Will Barksdale Toys scattered across the floor, dirty fingerprints on the wall, homework laid across the table. Despite the chaos, beaming grins fill the homes of four college students studying at Baylor and McLennan Community College. Fulfilling their joint...

EDUCATED.

Story by Emily Starr | Photos by Emilee Powell Laura Bassi became the first professor in the modern world in 1731. Since then, women have been rocketing through glass ceilings in higher education, and Waco has a rich history of women doing exactly that. Many female academicians on Baylor’s...

THE BLUE BETO MOVEMENT

Story by McKenna Middleton | Photos by Meredith Wagner & Claire Gilbreath Before El Paso Congressman Robert “Beto” O’Rourke took the Common Grounds stage on Oct. 5, a thick crowd of Baylor students and community members sang along to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” awaiting the arrival of the 2018...

RISKY BUSINESS

On any given weekend, pedestrians can be spotted crisscrossing their way through the streets of downtown Waco. They often come for the local businesses, art scene and live events, but this hasn’t always been the case. Waco’s rapidly growing economic landscape was built on the backs of fearless entrepreneurs—individuals...