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Baldwin City, RWD No. 4 eye cheaper options for water

Congrats to the city for looking at other options. It looks as though it might be time to put a plug in Lawrence's spillover rates.

November 2, 2009 at 8:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Column: Local teams offer plenty to support

My kind of article!

September 10, 2009 at 5:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Debunking 'Baker vote' myth

Not that its anyone's business but my own; call me conservative, but after some thought and consideration I voted for then-Mayor Gary Walbridge. And, I have to say to some of the folks here that I DO live in Baldwin: I would not live anywhere else as long as I teach at Baker University. This is a great town with vibrant and colorful political discussions. The vast majority of the folks who live here are super people with a true investment in the community, its policies, and its economic structure. We do not always agree -- and we may agree on some things and not others -- that's democracy. That does not mean that I don't respect their opinions, and their contributions (material, political, and otherwise) to our town - and this includes some of the folks taking pokes at me (and at some of my students) here. Thank heaven for the first amendment!
R. Bruce Anderson, Ph.D. ... and while I'm thinking about it, as I write my name, why do some of the folks here feel the need to be anonymous?

September 6, 2009 at 7:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Debunking 'Baker vote' myth

I hesitate to continue this discussion past all useful purpose, but feel compelled to respond to the ludicrous notion that I - or any responsible person with an ounce of brains -- would encourage election fraud. The point of registering students in Baldwin is to have them be able to participate as full members of the community in which they live - a purpose I think few would disagree with.

Again, to point out the problems with registration (as I have already done, above) - the issue was with the counting of provisional ballots, and the certification of those ballots, not with polling station workers in Baldwin. The lists needed to be updated, as they nearly always do, but the problem was more likely at our end: several sheets of new registrants were not submitted until after the deadline. These voters could not participate in the past election at their new polling place (Baldwin) but were still legally able to vote in their hometowns. When they vote in future, they will be registered in Baldwin.

Jeff's editorial made an excellent point: the outcome of the last election cannot be laid to the influence of Baker student voting. However, Baker students will play an increasing role in our community as they register and vote here in increasing numbers. Unless members of this community are contemplating withdrawing the legal franchise from these voters, they may very well influence future elections. But students, like any other undifferentiated group of people, vote all sorts of ways and for all sorts of candidates. Our purpose in registering them is and was to help them to participate, not frame how that vote is cast. Encouraging political participation is part and parcel of "what a good political science professor does".

R. Bruce Anderson, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Political Science.

September 4, 2009 at 12:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Debunking 'Baker vote' myth

I'd like to point out a few crucial errors in the editorial on the "Baker Vote". First, there was a pretty effective student-driven registration of Baker students prior to the last election; second, only a small portion of these votes were actually counted. The major problem was not in Baker, but in Lawrence, where late registration never made it onto the voting rolls -- or were incorrectly entered for students living in Baker living units, resulting in a mad scramble of student voters from polling place to polling place attempting to find their voting precinct. A total of over 400 new registrants were registered on the Baker campus during the drive; many of the new registrants used "home" addresses other than their Douglas county address to register -- registration drive captains did not catch these until fairly late in the game, and not all were corrected. Apparently at least 100 registrants were "past deadline" and were not officially registered until AFTER the vote -- and about 100 were held under "correction" problems. As a result, students turned out in great numbers, but only a fraction of their votes were actually counted.
It is wise to bear in mind, however, that these students that did not graduate or move on WILL be able to vote in future elections, and that efforts to register new students will be an ongoing feature of the programs of both the College Republicans and College Democrats. Students today are not the apathetic item of the past decade or so. Student voters from both parties are active, shrewd and engaged at a level unknown on recent years -- and are more than ever likely to view themselves as members of this community. These citizens spend 9 months and more of the year here, and many stay in the area past graduation. "Counting Baker Out" would be a very dangerous idea for recalcitrant xenophobes running for office or trying to pass issues. Baker students ARE a part of this community, and viewing them as "outsiders" of some sort, with no investment in Baldwin, misses a critical point: they work here, they live here, and they pay their taxes and spend their earnings here. To see them as anything but full members of the community is silly. And, they vote. When they can.

R. Bruce Anderson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science

September 3, 2009 at 7:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wrestling camp about to end two-week run

Hats off to Kit and to his staff for bringing this great camp to Baldwin!

June 18, 2009 at 6:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baker hires women’s bowling coach

While the AD might be a good place to start, the people most likely to be helpful in explaining all of this are the finance people. Wrestling was started entirely on money raised by people interested in the sport (with very little seed money from Baker), and was developed as a program over 10 + years -- it is likely to bring as many as 60 students into Baker U. that would not have ordinarily considered Baker. Its a smart move, and points to recruiting efforts aimed at local families -- this part of Kansas/Missouri is great wrestling territory. Adding this sport at BU will allow these student-athletes to continue their careers at the collegiate level, and bring some very bright and active kids to Baker, too. Bowling is the Title IV "balance" sport, but will also bring in students who would have gone to other schools -- with bowling programs.

Athletics at Baker has had its budget cut, along with everyone and everything else. Tony is correct -- speak with the AD or with Dr. Long for a full explanation -- they are pretty responsive people and have a long history of openness on financial issues in this crisis time. Also, be careful to assume there are ANY similarities between KU and Baker when it comes to items like these: the differences go beyond size -- at BU, athletics is an integral part of a liberal arts education program -- nearly half of our students are varsity athletes, with modest scholarships that help pay their way, and reduce their debt load.

I would argue that at KU, athletics is big-time entertainment -- an industry unto itself -- whose participants receive massive "full ride" scholarships, and whose coaches are "bonus'ed" like AIG executives.

May 15, 2009 at 6:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )