The Honors College’s own are represented in strong numbers in a new conservative student newspaper entitled The Standard. This project came about when the faculty advisor for The Standard, Dr. David Corey, noticed that Baylor University did not have an alternative student news source to The Lariat. What began as a few passionate students creating a source for an alternative perspective snowballed into a coalition of over thirty individuals, many of whom are also members of the Honors College.
The motto for this new student newspaper is “Honesty, Civility, Hope.” According to editor-in-chief Sam Dutschmann, these are the three crucial elements omitted in contemporary political discourse. Dutschmann states, “By remaining true to these values, we hope to change the student body’s view on political discourse.” Dutschmann says that this paper hopes to transform Baylor’s student body with their goal to “emphasize the role of beauty within the conservative tradition and to remain steadfast in Baylor’s Christian mission.”
This newspaper’s first article, “Introducing The Standard,” is a production of the paper’s five student editors: Beth Butler, Andrew Hall, Sam Dutschmann, Natalie Randall, and Elizabeth Moran. This mission statement clarifies that while the paper will be conservative, this is “not ‘conservative’ in the sense of self-righteous, reactionary, or combative, but in the more fundamental sense of ‘conserving’ something.” The editors build on this statement by highlighting that “The Standard means to conserve an unadulterated love of beauty...and will conserve the pursuit of truth independent of presumptuous political pressures.” The ultimate goal of this paper and its contributors is to create an environment that cultivates kind, fair, and productive commentary about politics, religion, society, art, and culture.
The students involved in The Standard hope to maintain the Christian foundations of Baylor University and to develop opportunities for the perspectives of all students to be heard. The editors reiterate this desire when they state, “In launching this paper, we challenge ourselves and our readers to build on the things we share, not on things that separate us, and above all to speak and act in ways that reflect the Christian virtue of charity.” The Baylor Honors College is proud to have faculty and students alike represented in this new endeavor!