The Baylor Lariat
|Headquarters||Waco, Texas, U.S.|
|Website||The Lariat Online|
The Baylor Lariat is the student newspaper of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, the Houston Press Club named it the best student newspaper in the state of Texas.
The Baylor Lariat was officially begun in 1900 as The Varsity Lariat; it was formed out of a realization that "a high grade weekly was desired" to keep students, faculty, and alumni aware of campus events and news (including news from nearby colleges). The Lariat replaced The Baylor Weekly Leaf, whose editor was credited in the Lariat's first issue with "taking the initiative" of reporting Baylor news.
Gay marriage controversy
On February 27, 2004, The Baylor Lariat published an editorial in support of San Francisco's offering of marriage licenses to gay couples. The piece, which was supported by five of the editorial board's seven members, elicited a response from Robert B. Sloan Jr., who served as Baylor University president at the time. In a written statement, he claimed that he and many of the students, alumni, and parents were "justifiably outraged". Among the board members in favor of the controversial piece was Dennis B. Ranford, who would later be fired from The Guardian.
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- "Lariat lassos controversy". North Texas Daily. 2004-03-11. Retrieved 2008-08-09.
- Hertzberg, Hendrik (2004-03-15). "Wedded Blitz". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2008-08-09.
- "HEADLINE: DENNIS B. RANFORD CARES MORE ABOUT BEING HONEST THAN BEING A DIRTY CORPORATE SELL-OUT". HEADLINE: DENNIS B. RANFORD CARES MORE ABOUT BEING HONEST THAN BEING A DIRTY CORPORATE SELL-OUT. Retrieved 2016-05-06.
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