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Sloan supporters gather in prayer

Sept. 10, 2003

By Amy Leigh Washburn, reporter

On Tuesday evening more than 100 students, faculty and staff gathered at the SUB Bowl by the Bill Daniel Student Center for a student prayer gathering.

Toby Tull, a Waco senior, organized the event. The gathering marked the first time that students had become actively involved in the controversy over President Robert B. Sloan Jr.'s tenure.

'This is not about taking sides on the Sloan issue,' Tull said. 'This is about us crying out, saying we want God's will for this campus.'

Sloan was present at the gathering. Tull kicked off the meeting by asking students, faculty and staff to gather around Sloan, lay hands on him and pray.

Ben Richter, a San Antonio senior and worship leader at Highland Baptist Church, led the group in a time of praise and worship. He was accompanied by other Baylor instrumentalists.

The time was to inspire 'revival and renewal' for the campus, Tull said.

Many Baylor students expressed strong opinions concerning the Sloan controversy.

'I love Dr. Sloan,' Brittany Atkins, a Winston-Salem, N.C. sophomore, said. 'I think he's a great man, and he should stay.'

Atkins' sentiments mirrored that of many others at the rally.

Nia Martin, a Buda freshman, said the gathering was 'comforting and encouraging.'

'I think they're taking Dr. Sloan out because hard times are coming, and I don't think that's the right answer,' Martin said.