Since the 2011-2012 school year, the College Board has enforced its redesigned AP program in three major subject areas: science, history, and world languages. How do these redesigns affect us in Baylor?
In this first Ask Eugene column, I address students’ concern about how to prepare for standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT. I also explain why it is a good idea to choose practice materials from real test-makers instead of those from third-party publishers. And then I explain some things you need to know about Baylor's AP Physics offerings.
As you gawked at this year’s impressive list of Spirit Week activities, you either wondered how you’d find enough energy to attend all of them, or you accepted the fact that you’d have a great time for a few days and then suffer the consequences—exhaustion and tons of homework—later. Most Baylor upper school students seemed to choose the latter, as evidenced by the great turnouts for each event and encouraged by the ban on graded assignments after Wednesday.
In my time serving on the Honor Council, I developed a deep appreciation for the Honor Code to which Baylor students pledge themselves every fall. Even more deeply, however, I began to appreciate the system Baylor has in place to deal with those who break the trust of their fellow students by committing an Honor Offense.
Less than forty days remain before the class of 2012 graduates on the first day of June. For many seniors, this commencement marks the final occasion in which they and their Baylor peers will intentionally rendezvous—or so they hope. However, the notoriously fickle brain often changes opinions and rejiggers memories, and in a few years, many members of this graduating class will reminisce about their Baylor experience and yearn to reconnect with their peers, especially those who have long since scattered to the four corners of the world. When they do, they’ll call a certain facet of the administration nigh unknown to the current student body: The Alumni Office.
You may sometimes wonder who that charming chemist is, the one that wears a long white lab coat and sets up all the labs for each classroom in Weeks. Well, his name is Larry Hill, he has worked at Baylor for 14 years, and, according to Biology teacher Grant Wood, he is "the backbone and the unsung hero of the Baylor Science Department."
The time has come for Baylor to embrace the Gay Rights movement.
In casual conversation with many of my friends from Northern and Western states, the topic of LGBT rights comes up frequently, as typically occurs with the more tolerant generations of the 21st century. However, time and time again, my peers above the Mason-Dixon Line have mentioned a term foreign to Southern ears: the Gay-Straight Alliance.
On March 24, 2012, history was made. On that date, representing the University of Georgia at the men’s NCAA championships, German swimmer and Baylor alumnus Martin Grodzki shattered a national championship record by clocking a 14:24.08 in the men’s 1650-yard freestyle, bettering Chris Thompson’s record of 14:26.62 set 11 years ago to the day. The Notesobtained an exclusive interview with Martin detailing his experience.
I’ve Got Your Numberby Sophie Kinsella, author of the best-selling Shopaholic series, tells the story of Poppy Wyatt, an engaged physiotherapist, who recovers a cell phone from a trash bin after being robbed of her own. She convinces the phone’s owner, a handsome businessman named Sam, to let her keep it and forward him his messages. This leads to some truly precarious situations as well as some relationship drama for Poppy, her fiancé, and Sam.
It was a smash success for Apple. Consumers around the world bought the iPad when it was released. Businesses and other institutions followed by adopting iPad use in their organizations, and recently our own administration adopted iPads for classroom use beginning next school year. So what exactly makes the iPad an advantageous device that will not only accelerate the class but also shows superiority over traditional Personal Computers such as laptops? Two main points: price and functionality.
Senior Zach Watson, 18, has won an individual state title in wrestling on four separate occasions. A member of the National Honor Society, he also presides over the honor council, and his 0.980 win percentage, as recently reported in the Times Free Press, “is without equal in Tennessee.”
Today, Zach competes for Baylor at his fifth Tennessee state championship, held in Franklin at the Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Arena. Despite his jam-packed schedule, he consented to give an interview to The Baylor Notes heading into the competition. Here’s an excerpt of the dialogue.
Because Baylor does not consistently offer Spanish 500 courses, the majority of students who have passed Spanish 400 and wish to continue learning Spanish must take AP Spanish Language. Designed to separate the intrepid and enthusiastic Spanish scholars from the rest, this AP course is only for those who want to develop their skills in Spanish fluency or who are interested in studying Spanish in college.