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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.[1][2]

The Baylor Lariat
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Baylor University
HeadquartersWaco, Texas, U.S.
WebsiteThe Lariat Online


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.[3]

Gay marriage controversyEdit

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".[4][5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Houston Press Club's Lone Star Award" (PDF). The Texas Media Directory. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2008-08-09.
  2. ^ "Baylor Lariat named best student paper in Texas". 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2008-08-09.
  3. ^ The 'Varsity Lariat (1900-11-08). "Baylor vs. Austin College". The Texas Collection (Baylor University). Retrieved 2009-12-21. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  4. ^ "Lariat lassos controversy". North Texas Daily. 2004-03-11. Retrieved 2008-08-09.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Hertzberg, Hendrik (2004-03-15). "Wedded Blitz". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2008-08-09.

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