How to remove "Welcome Message" from Scholar?

My objective is to remove the Welcome Message space and allow News to rise to the top.

In Appearance Editor, I edited the Homepage Page Template by commenting out as follows:

/* $welcome_title = get_option('ne_buddyscholar_welcome_title');
$welcome_message = get_option('ne_buddyscholar_welcome_message');
*/

<div id="content">
<?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/slideshow.php'); ?>
<div id="front-2col">
<div id="front-maincolumn">
/* <div class="content-box-outer">
<div class="h3-background">
<h3><?php echo stripslashes($welcome_title); ?></h3>
</div>
<div class="content-box-inner">
<div class="entry">
<p><?php echo stripslashes($welcome_message); ?></p>
</div>
</div>
</div>
*/

But this has no effect on removing the Welcome Message.

What am I missing?

Thanks,

Ed