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Recipe Calls for Kindness

Story by Caroline Yablon Photos courtesy of Nightlight Donuts Illustrations by Trong Mai “Kindness, not sugar or flour or a special spice, is our secret ingredient and the thing that we believe so strongly in.” Even during a global pandemic, one local Waco business was able to uphold this...

Surviving the Mind

Written by Kaitlyn Clink and Trong Mai Illustrations by Claire Teng It is no secret that 2020 will go down in history as a year of change, struggle, and overcoming what seems like endless obstacles. Coronavirus took the world by surprise and showed its resilience, leaving countless issues in...

Faith in Times of Fear

Story by KJ Burkley Photos by Kaitlyn Clink Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church of Waco has stood the test of time, continuing to support the community as a place of worship and a place of service for Waco. Greater Ebenezer has called 919 Dutton Ave. home for over a century....

Landscapes in Lockdown

Story by Emma Whitt Art by Claire Gustafson No movies, no galleries, no museums, no concerts—quarantine felt eerily like it could be the death of the arts. But for Claire Gustafson it was just the opposite. In spite of many businesses struggling through the pandemic, Gustafson actually found a...

Students Take a Stand for Change

Story by Rebekah Carter Photos by Brittney Matthews “Black Lives Matter means simply that my life and the lives of other people that look like me matter,” said Spring senior Lexy Bogney, president of Baylors NAACP chapter. “If you replace the word Black in this statement and put the...

Polarizing Politics

Written by Rebekah Carter Illustrations by Emma Whitt Over the course of 2020, major political issues began to unfold. After footage of George Floyd being arrested and killed by police was shared with the public, the Black Lives Matter movement was kicked into full gear; there were protests and...

Home Away From Home

Written and Reported by McKenzie Campbell Co-written by Emma Whitt Illustrations by Emma Whitt “It’s like, you think you’re one step ahead, but you’re actually two steps behind,” said Amber Neal, a college freshman from Abu Dhabi, talking about the struggles of being an international student amid constant change...

A LETTER FROM THE EDITORS

Emma Whitt and Trong Mai The fact that 2020 was a turbulent year is no controversy or secret. From a global pandemic to political unrest to a sharp economic downturn—as a society many of us have struggled. However, in this issue of Focus we wanted to draw attention to the way that individuals have persevered, and the community...

MURALS PAINT THE CITY OF WACO

Story & Photos by Camille Rasor A nonprofit organization encourages culture and creativity to thrive in Waco Eye-catching murals have come to be an iconic feature of life in Waco, most of them depicting both the good and bad aspects of the city’s history. Among the groups adding to...

A NONPROFIT FOR NONPROFITS

Story & Illustration by Trong Mai Photos by Wilson Hui and Audrey La Waco Foundation supports long-term success for other nonprofits Among the numerous nonprofits working to create a better Waco, the Waco Foundation prides itself in working behind the scenes rather than taking the forefront. The organization was...

DEATH IMITATING LIFE

Story by Paige Phillips & Photos by Audrey La The Legacy of Waco’s Taxidermists  It’s hard to drive though Waco without noticing the numerous taxidermy shops. This certainly makes sense in a rural area with plenty of ground for hunting, but the climate in Waco is changing. Since becoming...

JOURNALING FOR GENERATIONS

Story & Photos by Camille Rasor Daily reflection can establish a written legacy Almost as a response to the pressure to succeed that can come from our parents, our mentors, society at large or even sometimes ourselves, the typical American adult books their calendars so full that there is...

PAVING NEW PATHS

Story by Anna Tabet & Photos by Ryan Feller Children of immigrants know all too well the need to make their parents’ struggle for a better life worth something, and that doesn’t stop when they get to college. As students, their desire to carry on their parents’ legacy manifests...

CHANGES IN THE CAPITAL

Story by Kyle Desrosiers & Photos Courtesy of JP Hayworth Photo of JP Hayworth John-Paul “JP” Hayworth, a 2001 Baylor graduate, is working with a large network of Baylor alumni and students to push for adequate resources and support for LGBTQ students at Baylor.  Justice and inclusion are values...