Baylor University

  • Culture

    July 24, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    Dora Rivas Is on an Insatiable Quest to Improve the Nutrition in Dallas' Public Schools

    In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 20 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Can Turkyilmaz. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. After Michelle Obama visited Dallas' public schools in 2012, Dora Rivas, the district's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Baylor's Student Senate Votes to Remove "Homosexual Acts" from Sexual Misconduct Rules

    Ridicule Baylor University all you want. Mock the school for its 19th century social mores, for waiting until 1996 lift its dancing ban, for its campus-wide ban on alcohol, for being "guided by the understanding that basing "human sexuality is a gift from the creator God." Go for it. Just keep in mi ... More >>

  • News

    October 3, 2013
  • News

    December 6, 2012

    The Rise of the Texas Atheist

    With help from a former church boy from Dallas, the state's "nones" are getting organized and going public.

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Benny Barret is Homeless(ish)

    For the past three and a half years, Benny Barret taught Latin at a Catholic high school in Waco. Now he's living on the streets and in homeless shelters in downtown Dallas. Except, that is, when he needs a break. "My job was killing me," Barret says, sitting at a table in Main Street Garden Park o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Refugee Writers Means an Outlet for Refugees and Awareness for the Rest of Us

    The other day, Unfair Park chatted with filmmaker Bentley Brown about his film Faisal Goes West, the tale of a Sudanese family moving to America and settling in Dallas' Vickery Meadow neighborhood. Brown mentioned his friend who convinced him to film in Dallas (and acted as script supervisor) starte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Red Mango Is Racing to the Top With (Unfortunately) Guilt-Free Raspberry Cheesecake

    ​In the fight for yogurt supremacy, Red Mango is quickly becoming the dominant player. Not only has the fast-casual frozen yogurt and smoothie operation recently introduced a new 80-calories per serving raspberry cheesecake, as of this weekend the Dallas-based company will have 120 stores nati ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 14, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Q&A: Christian Rocker David Crowder On Being Like Jimmy Buffet, Collaborating With Ted Nugent and Openly Crying On An Airplane

    David Crowder​Even well into the new millennium, the term "Christian Rock" is still a practical oxymoron to some folks. But, for the fans of modern Christian music who don't see it that way, Texarkana native David Crowder's name is likely a familiar one.For 15 years, the wild-haired and goateed Cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Waco's Damned If It'll Be "Texas' Largest Bathroom Break" Anymore

    ​Portland-based urban planner John Fregonese's name should ring a bell -- he's the guy behind the Forward Dallas comprehensive plan, now in effect four years last June. Saw his name again today in the USA Today: Waco's done hired him too to create a plan "that includes mixed retail and residential ... More >>

  • News

    April 9, 2009
  • News

    October 23, 2008

    Keys to the Jail

    There's only one thing tougher than running for Dallas County sheriff—getting people to care

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2008

    Disappearing Ink, or: Celebrating the Work of Editorial Cartoonists

    Dan Foote, formerly of the Dallas Times Herald Baylor University's W. R. Poage Legislative Library is "celebrating the art of editorial cartooning" with the exhibition "Drawing Power: Original Editorial Cartoons," which features such familiar locals as Bill DeOre, ex of The Dallas Morning News, and ... More >>

  • News

    August 28, 2008

    Enter Stage Right

    With the curtain falling on its old playhouse,Dallas Theater Center gets its act together with a new leader

  • News

    June 5, 2008


    Let's just say Bush gets charged with war crimes. Will Dallas be guilty by association with his library?

  • Culture

    March 13, 2008

    The Unseen Steals the Show at the Out of the Loop Festival

    Rum and Vodka stops it and Fool for Love flops all by itself

  • News

    May 3, 2007

    God in the Details

    For a quarter-century Roy Abraham Varghese has been assembling God proofs. Along the way he won over the world's most influential atheist.

  • Culture

    January 25, 2007

    Beeing There

    Humble Boy, based on Hamlet, stings the heart; Scapino beats itself to bits

  • News

    August 24, 2006

    Play Dead

    Texas has some of the weakest animal protection laws in the country

  • News

    August 3, 2006

    The Cult of Ole

    Ole Anthony anointed himself the watchdog of America's televangelists. But who was watching Ole Anthony?

  • News

    May 4, 2006

    Aim right

    The effective liberal

  • Culture

    March 23, 2006

    Lay On, MacBuff

    Theatre Britain strips the Scottish play and its actors down to their bare essentials

  • News

    March 23, 2006

    Butt Naked

    Jesse Jones, emperor of Singing Hills, had no clothes, it seems

  • News

    September 22, 2005

    Jesus in a Mullet

    Del Hendrixson's uncertain journey from convict to Dallas gang guru

  • News

    December 30, 2004

    Monkey Business

    Buzz picks a few nits with the year that was

  • Culture

    August 12, 2004

    No People Like Show People

    Anton in Show Business: Everything about it is appealing in a new theater company's debut at DTC

  • News

    April 8, 2004

    Sex Toy Story

    You can't buy a vibrator in Burleson, but there are plenty of dildos

  • News

    August 21, 2003

    Where Credit is Due

    When the Morning News got scooped, it passed the exit for the high road

  • Calendar

    August 21, 2003

    Go West

    Hollywood makes fact into fiction

  • Calendar

    August 14, 2003

    What a Bunch of Dummies

    When Jeff Dunham talks to himself, people listen...and laugh

  • Culture

    August 7, 2003

    Kitten With a Quip

    High School Hellcats bare their claws at Pocket; one-acts in Addison go to hell and back

  • News

    August 7, 2003

    Much Ado

    Was the Morning News wrong to send an intern on a jailhouse interview? No.

  • News

    November 14, 2002


    In another holy war, the battle plan is to turn Muslims into Bible believers

  • News

    February 28, 2002

    Catch Those Tigers

    Years of little or no regulation have made Texas a place where big cats prowl--and sometimes kill

  • News

    August 23, 2001

    Shallow Impact

    Why don't tourists flock to the meteor crater outside of Odessa? Because most don't know a bona fide Texas treasure from a hole in the ground.

  • News

    July 19, 2001

    Courtly Language

    Dallas lawyer Bryan Garner cuts through the muck of legal prose

  • News

    May 31, 2001

    Brave New City

    What if people downtown actually got smart?

  • News

    March 1, 2001

    Love & Rockets

    Andrew Beal spent $200 million trying to launch rockets without Uncle Sam's help. His dream went down in flames

  • News

    January 11, 2001

    Monkey Business

    William Dembski thought Baylor University would be the perfect place to investigate a scientific alternative to Darwinism. He didn't know he'd be crucified for his cause.

  • News

    October 26, 2000

    Death in the Desert

    Gary Patterson flew to El Paso for a job interview--and never returned. It took nearly two years for the Texas Rangers and Waco police to unravel the bizarre web of lies and treachery that led to his disappearance.

  • News

    August 17, 2000

    The Enforcer

    Baylor grad Keith Bishop played in three Superbowls. Ten years later, he's become a star again -- this time, by fighting Dallas drug dealers.

  • Music

    May 11, 2000

    Some things he did

    Roxy Gordon was "one of the great outlaw artist misfits" and so much more

  • News

    October 29, 1998

    Caught in the crossfire

    Denied his day in court, a former Waco TV reporter, falsely accused of setting up federal agents, becomes the last casualty of the Branch Davidian siege

  • News

    October 1, 1998

    The Lie Detector

    From the mayor of Atlanta, who was unjustly accused of graft, to a California man wrongly sentenced to life in a Texas prison, polygraph examiner Eric Holden found the truth that helped set them free

  • News

    August 6, 1998

    Defending Darlie

    Wealthy Waco businessman Brian Pardo spends his time and money helping death-row inmates he believes are innocent. His efforts on behalf of Darlie Routier have raised suspicions about her husband--and about Pardo's motives.

  • News

    January 29, 1998

    Deconstructing Richard

    Richard Hamburger transformed the Dallas Theater Center into a regional marvel, but as he faces a million dollar debt and a host of angry critics, is it curtains for his daring vision?

  • News

    August 14, 1997

    Mr. Nobody

    Bill Simpson is eager to dig up dirt on you. He'll even write down your license plate number if you visit a topless bar. But the self-appointed guardian of Dallas morals doesn't want you to know anything about him.

  • News

    May 11, 1995

    Fit to be fried

    Idaho's potato king accuses a dead Dallas oilman and his sons of a multimillion-dollar scam

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