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...

HOPE FOR IMMIGRANTS

Story by Rewon Shimray | Photos by Olivia Haskin Hope Mustakim grew up in a Louisiana home and prosperity gospel church. Until 2011, her exposure to immigration policy and its effects was limited. Mustakim’s first experience with immigration policy was that of her husband Nazry Mustakim, when four Immigration...

ONE TRAIL AT A TIME

Story by Darby Good | Photos by Corrie Coleman Many cyclers describe their sport as “having the courage to not let life pass them by.” After leaving his career as a professional golfer, Baylor cycling professor William “Ray” Lamb picked up a bike and quickly fell in love. Since...

BEYOND BAYLOR

Story by Mac Oviatt | Photos by Molly Atchison Baylor’s international community contributes diverse narratives to the city of Waco. Originally from China, Baylor junior Wen Dou is a thriving business student, but his journey to the U.S. was no less than challenging. Dou described his experience leaving China...

EXPRESS YOURSELF

Story and Photos by Meredith Wagner Harsh light casts shadows on the curves of his hips, chest and legs. The surrounding room is dimly lit. Twenty sets of eyes study his every detail. He felt he was perfect for the job, in exactly the way, shape and form he...

On the Streets

Wacoans, waiting for breakfast outside the Salvation Army, briefly share some thoughts and stories. Here’s a glimpse into their lives....

A Different Shade of Blue

In the Kate Ross government housing complex, there is The Blue House, an after-school childcare center sponsored by Baylor Missions and Crossroads Fellowship Church. ...

Enabling Brighter Futures

The Baylor University School of Education is extending its reach and connecting with the Waco community through their mentor program EnAbled for College. The program consists of Baylor graduate students mentoring local at-risk and/or disabled high school students. ...