Victim of hit and run recalls crash
Oct19

Victim of hit and run recalls crash

She thought she was going to be hosting the ultimate wedding shower for her best friend, but this wasn’t the case. On Sept. 26 at 2 p.m., junior nursing major Crissy Severson and 6-year-old daughter Kelsey were pulling into the West Rock Centre on Hewitt Drive in Waco when they were taken by surprise. “I was on the way to my best friend’s bridal shower, which I was throwing,” Severson said. “One minute I was talking to my daughter about a Taylor Swift song, and the next thing I know I am parked in the opposite direction in the exit lane of the shopping center.” A Ford Ranger truck hit Severson’s ’06 Chevy Cobalt from behind going 50- 60 mph, and then fled the scene. The truck was trying to pass her by driving in the shoulder. Severson’s vehicle was forced into a parking lot, which caused her vehicle to run over four curbs, and finally stopping. “I never saw the truck that hit me, period. As soon as we came to a stop, I got my daughter out of the car first thing,” she said. Kriston Stecher, Severson’s best friend and bride-to-be, was waiting in the West Rock Centre parking lot so they could arrive to the wedding shower together. “My fiancés grandma said she was talking to a cop about an accident. … I looked over and she (Severson) was about 200 feet away. I just ran over there,” Stecher said. “I needed to know they were OK.” Stecher saw the two were on their feet and was relieved, but Severson was not—she was a victim of a hit and run. She looked around for the truck that hit her car, but it was nowhere in sight. Frustration and anxiety arose. Severson was thankful for witnesses. Four women stopped to help her and her daughter, while one man was on the hunt for the truck that fled the scene. “An amazing gentleman actually chased the truck down to get his license plate number, make and model and returned to the scene of my accident with the information,” she said. Without the witness’ help, Severson would never know who hit her. A police report was filed, and the family is “hoping to settle without. It’s pretty cut and dry,” she said. Her daughter had a few bruises, but did not suffer any serious injuries. However, Severson left the scene with a head injury. She spent three days in the ICU, with a skull fracture and C1 spinal cord injury, and ended up missing two weeks of school, which is hard to make up for being a nursing major....

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Visitors to share faith and world travels
Oct19

Visitors to share faith and world travels

Missionaries from all over the world will come to campus Oct. 25-29 to share their experiences of spreading Christ’s love and service to others for Missions Emphasis Week, an annual event held by the Baptist Student Ministry. Some will speak in classrooms, at hour-long seminars and in chapel. Different information stations will be set up in the Student Union Building. Missionaries will be there to talk, show photos and prepare ethnic food. Several visitors are graduates of UMHB and use their degrees to serve in other countries such as East Asia, Ecuador, Ireland, Afghanistan, Germany and even the U.S. Senior psychology major Erica Jenkins is on the special events subcommittee for MEW. She helped set up the poverty simulation event, which takes place Oct. 27-28. “Our goal with the poverty simulation is to give UMHB students a taste of what it is like to live homeless for over 24 hours,” she said. “This is a good start to understanding the poor and the needy.” The guidelines are derived from Mission Waco, and the committee hopes to raise awareness of  homeless people in Central Texas. Jenkins said students who participate in the experience will be “pushed and stretched out of their comfort zones.” She is looking forward to going through the experience. Sophomore Christian studies major Andrew Steubben is on the publicity committee and helped design MEW’s T-shirt and flyers. He has enjoyed the work and fellowship of being on the committee. “Getting to know people and spending time with Shawn Shannon has been rewarding,” he said. “That woman is full of wisdom.” BSM Assistant Director, Jena Coulson sees the committee’s compassion through their work. “I’m excited to see the missionaries interact with UMHB students, faculty and staff.” Jenkins  is ready for others to see how important it is to love those around us — no matter where we are. “I say all the time that I have a heart for the ‘least of these,’ but I don’t want that to end in words,” Jenkins said. “Looking for ways to experience and understand the true needs of others makes us better at serving and ministering to...

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Facebook: Zuckerberg’s billion dollar idea
Oct05

Facebook: Zuckerberg’s billion dollar idea

Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in the world. How come? Because he created the largest social network on the face of the planet. Why? All because of a broken heart…. A headstrong Harvard undergraduate and computer programming genius, Mark Zuckerberg played by Jesse Eisenberg embellished an idea in 2003. He created enemies, made long-lasting friendships, and began his career at the young age of 20. Director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin take the audience back to the moment when Zuckerberg created Facebook. A heated argument and break-up ended a horrible night of furious blogging while simultaneously drinking beer — ultimately leading to the creation of connecting 500 million people all around the world. Facebook.com is The Social Network. On the window of Zuckerberg’s dorm room, best friend and later CFO of Facebook.com Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), calculates a formula that assists in perfecting the site. Working tediously and many endless hours to perfect the specific codes it takes to create such a website, Zuckerberg completed his plan, which soon spread nationwide, then to another continent. Fortune does come with fame, but Zuckerberg’s fame wasn’t always on the upside. He is hit with two different lawsuits after officially putting the site online. The Winklevoss twins, who hired Zuckerberg to build a website for them, claimed he stole their idea, so they sued him for ownership — for $65 million. Saverin, who signed some contracts that weren’t legitimate in keeping him as one who gets a certain percentage of the company’s money. Sorkin not only does a wonderful job of creating memorable one-liners that will live on after the movie goes off the big screen, but in telling a young billionaire’s story. Eisenberg’s character is not exactly like the real Mark. Sorkin and Eisenberg wanted to create their own version of the computer genius. Eisenberg said, “The character, as created by Aaron and me, is an intense and ambitious and serious person …. He’s accused of stealing this idea that he knows he’s the only one who could possibly create. He’s accused of betraying friendship when he feels his friend was taking his company in the wrong direction.” To think Zuckerberg even knew this social network would reach past the Ivy League universities and into the big world is fascinating. Facebook.com is ultimately everywhere. In the end, none of it really mattered — not the fame, not the money, not even reaching the one million  user goal. All Zuckerberg really cared about was Erica Albright — the woman who broke his...

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Flood Clean-up
Sep28

Flood Clean-up

It came too quickly, the record setting rains that flooded many parts of Belton and surrounding areas. One person died, schools were delayed, main roads were closed and now many homes and businesses continue to suffer major damage. But because of Belton’s community and the willingness of staff, faculty and students, there is hope. Different organizations on campus have come together to serve those in need. Women’s head basketball coach Kim Kirkpatrick-Thornton received an encouraging  e-mail asking for help, so she asked some of her players if they wanted to go with her. “We came down here with Carol Woodward and Tommy Wilson just to help finish some of the clean-up…. Most of it is done around here except the thrift store,” she said. The team and other volunteers helped sort through clothing donations in the parking lot of the Scott & White Thrift store on Central Avenue. Freshman nursing major Ashley Settles knew about the clean-up, and wanted to do what she could to lend a hand. “I first heard about it at Focus on Wednesday night, and through my Old Testament professor Dr. Tim Crawford,” Settles said. Many professors and coaches urged students to participate in aiding the community. Junior sports management major Miranda Shorter was blown away with the amount of water that came to the Central Avenue area. “Coach told us about it in open gym, and we thought since we’re here, we might as well try to help out as best we can …. I know the main stuff happened in Salado, but we wanted to help out here as much as we could,” Shorter said. Thrift store sales clerk Amy Mesecke hopes to reopen soon, but has no idea when the store will be ready to go. “They took out all the dry wall so the air could circulate inside to dry them up,” Mesecke said. The thrift store is looking for all types of donations and is also seeking help to set up the store when they do reopen. “We had a little pantry in there because a lot of the hospice patients can’t cook for themselves, so we have canned goods,” she said. “We need gently used clothing items.” The community does rely on places like Scott & White Thrift store. Most will get their everyday items because the things they carry are reliable and affordable. A little help goes a long way. Shorter doesn’t feel as though they helped much with actual clean up but said, “People don’t realize that this is helping out tremendously.” “Amy was doing this all by herself. The more students that could come out just...

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Campus president takes on flag football
Sep28

Campus president takes on flag football

Uniformed in their “Check out my O’Rear” T-shirts, they put flag belts around their waists, tie their shoes, do some stretches and say a little prayer before heading onto the intramural field. The duo’s fellow teammates are already there, throwing the football around and going over plays. Bottom line, the rumors are true. Presidents and their wives really do play flag football. University President Randy O’Rear and first lady Julie O’Rear carry the namesake of an intramural flag football team. The team name, The O’Rears, was decided on by a group of sophomores. Evan Mullins, co-captain and sophomore math education major anticipated asking O’Rear to be a part of the team, but one day finally got the courage to ask. “We were in Hardy during the first week of school, and as I went to leave, he came up behind me,” Mullins said. “So I asked him if he’d like to be on our team.” After discussing the matter, O’Rear said yes, but only if he could be the quarterback. “It wasn’t a hard fight to get him there,” Mullins said. “I said, ‘deal’.” Last year, the freshman class came up with the idea to support Haiti relief. Mullins was a brain in the making and selling T-shirts. This was the start of a special bond. “They were the freshman class when we became the president and first lady,” O’Rear said. “Their team name is the O’Rears so I thought, ‘we’ll play,’ and if we’re free to play, then we’re going to go.” He is honored the students feel comfortable enough to interact and joke around with him and his wife. “Those relationships are why Julie and I have dedicated our lives, so to speak, to this calling, and this work is to try and make an impact on our students’ lives,” O’Rear said. “It’s hard to do that if you never associate with them or engage in activities with them.” Sophomore social work major Cameron Prenger is one of the few females on the team. “It all started with the idea to just have Dr. O’Rear on your roster for fun .… So the next thing you know we were having practices with him and his wife,” Prenger said. “Both have proven their amazing skills.” Prenger knows her teammates from being in previous campus activities together such as Stunt Night and playing on a softball intramurals team. This year, the group wanted to create a team filled with friends. “Our games are a blast,” Prenger said. “We have so much fun during half time just goofing off, but the best part is being able to tell people that...

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