Cru Q & A: chat with Crunk

UMHB mascot Crunk gets fans excited for Cru football at Crusader Stadium in Belton, Texas.

UMHB mascot Crunk recently answered questions for The Bells.
What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is definitely purple. Funny enough it became my color after purple vans became the “thing to wear.”
What is your favorite food?
Shrimp fried rice for the win.
What is your favorite movie?
Probably either Remember the Titans or James Cameron’s Avatar.
What is your favorite sport to attend as the mascot?
My favorite sport to attend as the mascot is definitely the football games, specifically because of the energetic and vibrant atmosphere. After getting the chance to mascot at last year’s Stagg Bowl, I instantly fell in love with the Cru football team.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Unfortunately I don’t really have a lot of free time because I am the mascot, an officer of an organization, I work, and I am a full time student. So, free time is a term that’s practically foreign to me. However, if I’m able to, I’ll never turn down the opportunity to go on spontaneous trips with friends, and I also enjoy singing, playing the piano and watching Shark Tank.
How many events do you attend in a week? A month?
The amount of appearances I have in any given amount of time changes from week to week and month to month. Sometimes I’ll go a couple weeks without any appearances at all, and other times I’ll have as many as four or five a week. It really all depends on what’s going on around campus and in the surrounding area.
What do you like most about being the mascot for UMHB?
There’s so much I love about being the mascot. I’ve always loved getting in front of people and performing. I naturally have an extremely lively and to some degree, childish personality. Being the mascot seems like something I was born to do. But the best part about about my job as the mascot is getting to represent my Alma Mater. The mascot is truly the face of any school and is a powerful tool to use when establishing what the university values. Every time I step into that suit, I’m representing something that goes far beyond myself and I cannot be anymore thankful to have that opportunity.
Were you ever a mascot before you came to UMHB?
Yes I have. Back in high school, I acted as the mascot and I also worked a lot with the cheer team.
How do you handle being the mascot and going to events and classes?
Being the mascot and a student is tough and it definitely comes with a lot of challenges. For me, I handle the pressure by constantly reminding myself why I wanted to be the mascot in the first place; to help embed the spirit and traditions of UMHB into the hearts of as many people as I possibly can.
What advice can you give students for managing time wisely?
My advice to students is to do the important things first. Think of your time as a jar full of sand and big rocks. If you put the sand in first, you won’t have enough space for the rocks. But if you put the rocks in first, all the sand will fall into place. So put the bigger things first. If you do that, everything else will fall into place after it.
What is the hardest part about being the mascot?
The hardest part about being the mascot is probably keeping my identity a secret. It makes it really hard to walk around with all of my gear without people seeing the helmet and asking questions.

Author: Madeline Oden

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