In 1903, a ritual known as “tree-planting” was born. Each year, students would gather on the Quadrangle and scoop dirt around the roots of a new tree. The annual ceremony was discontinued after 1919, but as the campus expanded over the century, the old traditions so well-established in the roots of the university meant that tree-planting became a part of the construction of every new building.
Dr. Beth Allison Barr is the James Vardaman Endowed Professor of History at Baylor and author of “The Making of Biblical Womanhood.” In this episode, she discusses what got her interested in writing a book on the topic of Biblical Womanhood, the changes she’s seen since the book’s publication in 2021, why she thinks the topic is so culturally relevant and captivating, and how we’ve misunderstood the history of patriarchy within Christianity with Christianity itself.
To feel at home. To tell one’s story. To have fun. To challenge perceptions. To educate. To celebrate. To learn. These are how Baylor students describe the university’s remarkable cultural exchange that takes place on campus and in Waco. “Our different cultural events are an important way for students to drop their guards and see …
A recent open letter to Baylor leaders signed by a growing number of Baylor alumni and supporters seeks “to achieve a more inclusive campus environment” in response to what it claims are “harmful inequities” and inaccurate “representation of Baylor’s Baptist heritage and tradition” made by the university to authorities. The alumni advocacy group asks that necessary steps be taken “to ensure that LGTBQIA+ students on campus are protected from sexual harassment in all forms.”
The U.S Department of Education exempted Baylor University from sexual harassment claims regulated under Title IX last month after the Christian university asked the agency to dismiss discrimination complaints made by students, arguing that the claims were inconsistent with the university’s religious tenets, after LGBTQ+ students filed several Title IX discrimination complaints.
Baylor Homecoming has been in my life since I can remember. Having alumni parents, I have been raised to bleed green and gold, which entails going back to campus in October for homecoming festivities. Now, as a student, I realize the hype and get to experience the weeklong celebration in such a different way. …