Me & Her

Story by Cameron Bocanegra | Photo by Aadil Shelkh Getting sick is supposed to come in waves. You wake up with a stuffy nose and the next day, a scratchy throat. It is supposed to be subtle. Now what if this sickness were sleeping in your genes, waiting for...

Battles We Still Fight- Sean

Story and Photo by Hannah Neumann Sean Donnelly deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 as a sergeant and team leader in the Army, conducting over 100 missions in his first eight months at war. On one of these missions, Donnelly’s vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device, or IED....

Battles We Still Fight- Ernesto

Story and Photo by Hannah Neumann Ernesto Hernandez hears a pop. In an instant, he is posted back in Afghanistan and running through a minefield, risking his life to pull to safety an injured mine sweeper, who appears to have just lost both of his legs to an explosion....

Pain, Shame and Perseverance

Story by Hannah Neumann | Illustration by Rewon Shimray “The nightmares were always the worst for me. I think it took me six years to sleep through the night without having a nightmare or without waking up in tears, or waking up screaming,” said Baylor graduate Chelsea Bryant, who...

Dark Days and Summer Shine

Story by Kristina Valdez | Photo by Trey Honeycutt “It is the deepest, darkest hell,” Shine said. “It is like you are trying to crawl out of a tunnel that has slime all over the walls. You can’t catch a grip to pull yourself out. It is awful.” Addiction,...

Power of Potential

Story by Lauren Friedman | Photo by Andrew Church For Emily Faulk, getting tattoos is not just a form of rebellion. Her tattoos are not just pretty drawings or significant words she chose to have permanently engraved on her body. Her tattoos are a daily reminder of her struggle...

Holy Smokes

Story by Palmer Brigham When Joe Slack, owner and pit-master of Red Wagon BBQ, couldn’t find the kind of barbecue he wanted in the local area, he found himself traveling to places like Austin and Dallas for what he was looking for, a barbecue place that treated its business...

Growing Pains

Story by Meredith Wagner; Photos by Maggie Malone Interstate 35’s significance within the Waco community stretches beyond concrete and yellow lines. For many, it is the primary bridge between home and work, residence and extended family, one opportunity and the next. People from all walks of life utilize its...

Derby Days and Derby Nights

Story by Maitlan Wade; Photos by Ellie Cantor Only 10 miles away from Baylor sits a dirt track speedway packed with action racing – flips, crashes and even fights over who’s in first place. If you’re looking for something exciting and out of the norm to do in Waco,...

God’s Country

Story by Jas Jeffries; Photos by Michaela Schirra Driving up the steep black pavement and parking on the khaki gravel, church goers will find themselves at the Lone Star Cowboy Church of Hill and McLennan counties. Its bright blue building as a background for its white-lettered church name cannot...

On the Road Again

Story by Kristina Valdez; Photos by Dayday Wynn Speeding out of an 18-wheeler’s blind spot on Interstate 35 is common. One rushes by the towering truck relieved, passing the drivers as they stare ahead. They are the truckers—identified by occupation and the time it takes to pass their massive vehicles....

The Stones Beneath

Story by Aaron Cobbs; Photos by Angela Tharpe Interstate 35 is a monumental structure with massive pillars that rise off the ground. Underneath the highway lie stone pebbles that rumble and shake every time a car rushes on top. But on Sunday mornings, another rumble can be heard: the...

The Gospel Truth

Story by Joy Moton; Photos by Rachel Leland From the fields of slavery, to the protests of the civil rights movement, to the current Black Lives Matter movement, the melodies of gospel music have been a present force in carrying African-Americans through times of strife. Gospel music began with...