Dazzling date ideas
Feb13

Dazzling date ideas

Valentine’s Day is a day for celebrating love. While many people choose to celebrate using heart-shaped balloons, boxes of chocolate and romantic dinners at expensive restaurants, a unique date is sure to make a lasting impression this year. If you have found yourself scrambling around trying to figure out how to impress that cute person from class who you finally got the nerve to ask out, The Bells has you covered. Here are five fun date ideas to make your Valentine’s Day the best one yet. 1. Bake something together. It’s no secret that everyone loves a tasty treat. Whether you bake brownies, cookies or a decadent chocolate cake, you and your date will end up with delicious sweets that you can both enjoy. To make things even more interesting, make it a competition! To see who can make the best treat, invite some friends to taste your baked goods and make it a double date. Whether you win or lose, this date idea will definitely impress the person you’re spending this Valentine’s Day with. 2. Have a game night. Board games are always fun, especially if you play them with loved ones. You and your date could play some fun card games, or you could make it a double date and play endless rounds of Trivial Pursuit with your date and friends. This date would also save you money on that expensive Valentine’s Day dinner because everyone knows board games and pizza delivery make the best team. 3. Try a new dinner recipe. If you’re trying to plan a nice dinner on a tight budget, you can surprise your date with a new recipe that you can prepare together. Pick a few recipes for your date to choose from and head to the grocery store together to grab the ingredients you need. After you’re done preparing and enjoying your meal, you can package your leftovers and deliver them to people in need this Valentine’s Day to help spread the love. 4. Have a movie night. Everyone loves a good movie. This Valentine’s Day, you and your date can visit a local theater to watch a good movie together. If you want to save money, you can make a list of your favorite movies and watch them together with a bowl of popcorn and some hot chocolate. You could even invite some friends over for a fun double date or watch some classic musicals for a sing- along. 5. Write a cheesy love poem. If you want to make your date laugh this Valentine’s Day, you can take turns writing cheesy love poems for each other. Pick some classic...

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Starr Rivers awarded place on Texas forensics team
Feb13

Starr Rivers awarded place on Texas forensics team

In a room full of college debate students, Starr Rivers stands out. The talented senior film studies major has worked to finesse her forensic speech skills during her college career here at UMHB. Rivers has advanced to the prestigious American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament and the National Forensic Association’s Championship Tournament in the last four years. She is also the first student from UMHB to qualify for AFA every year of her college career. At the recent Texas Intercollegiate Forensic Association State Tournament, Rivers was one of 10 students named to the All-State Forensics Squad. “It has been an amazing four years doing UMHB Forensics,” Rivers said of her time with the speech program. “I have grown so much as a performer and person. Doing speech is a lot of hard work and dedication, and I am proud to have stuck with it. It is such a rewarding experience.” While Rivers’ accomplishments are astounding, she feels that she would not have been able to achieve them without continuous support from her professors and a strong work ethic. “Starr’s work ethic is excellent,” Forensics Director Kathy Owens said. “I never have to worry about her getting her ‘homework’ done. We meet twice weekly, and I give her tasks to complete before our next meeting. “In addition to her work ethic, though, Starr has quite a bit of natural talent,” Owens added. “She seamlessly moves from character to character in her performances, showing a great deal of empathy in each one. Through her performances, Starr has not only entertained but has been a fierce advocate for racial equality. Her performances are truly inspiring.” The debate circuit that Rivers competes in is very competitive because it includes all of the schools in the area, no matter how big each school’s program is. Among the schools, the UMHB debate team competes against is the team from Wiley College, which preforms on a $100,000 budget because they are funded by Denzel Washington, who filmed “The Great Debaters” at their college. “The competition is extremely rigorous,” Rivers said. “The competition is hard and challenging, but so worthwhile and beneficial, because it makes you a better competitor.” While Rivers has accomplished qualifying for these events, she must compete at the tough level of competition against thousands of debate students across the country. “Competing on the national level can be intimidating,” Rivers said. “Nonetheless, I feel so blessed and proud to be able to break some barriers that a small school like UMHB has not done yet. I take pride in my accomplishments, but at the same time, I know there is still work to...

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Crusaders celebrate 2018 Stagg Bowl victory
Feb13

Crusaders celebrate 2018 Stagg Bowl victory

A long line of people snaked around the walls at UMHB’s Frank and Sue Mayborn Campus Center to celebrate the Crusaders’ Division III championship victory over the University of Mount Union at the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl XLVI. Elyssa Childress, a junior nursing major, attended the event to support the Cru. “I didn’t realize that Belton supported UMHB as much as they do. It’s cool,” Childress said. “I’m excited to be here to show my support for the Cru alongside the community.” The UMHB campus store sold national championship merchandise at the celebration to help the community show their love for the purple and gold. “The celebration is great. We are glad to be a part of it,” Debbie Cottrell, manager of the campus store, said. “I think we sell championship merchandise every day. We feel like we have a vested interest in supporting this victory.” Many alumni attended the celebration to support their alma mater. Among the alumni present was Don Bechtel, who graduated in 2008. “I love this celebration. I think the football team is awesome,” Bechtel said. “One of my favorite memories from my time at UMHB is when the university gave me and my family free tickets to every game. We went to the games and still go to them even though I have graduated.” Bechtel attended the championship game and was excited to see his team win. “Oh my gosh. It was almost like I was a player on the field. Just being at the game and cheering on the Cru was awesome,” Bechtel said. James Stafford, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at UMHB, was among the faculty members present at the event. “It feels fantastic to see everyone here,” Stafford said. “These are the fans who pushed our team throughout the season. This is very heartwarming.” The celebration included an opportunity for fans to get autographs and a presentation honoring the Cru football team. Jon Wallin, UMHB’s Sports Information Director, began the presentation. “It is becoming a little bit of a habit to come celebrate a national championship,” Wallin said before introducing Marion Grayson, Mayor of Belton. “I am so proud to be the Mayor of Belton, where UMHB is,” Grayson said before she proclaimed Jan. 31, 2019 Crusader Football Day in Belton. She con- cluded her speech with a hearty “Go Cru!” The presentation continued with state Representative Hugh Shine. “Folks, we have the only NCAA championship team in Texas,” Shine said, earning cheers and claps from the audience. “There is no other team in Texas with two national championship titles in three years.” Col. Al Simmons, Commander of the 61st...

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Baptist Student Ministry’s new home encourages student involvement
Feb13

Baptist Student Ministry’s new home encourages student involvement

UMHB’s Baptist Student Ministry has experienced some exciting changes this semester. The BSM has relocated to the second floor of Bawcom Student Union and received a new interim director, UMHB alumna Mary Hebison. Hebison, who graduated in 2014, was involved in several organizations at the BSM during her time as a student, including the Ministry Leadership Council and Drama Ministry. She also served as the co-president of the BSM. Additionally, she was a part of the Texas BSM Lead Team. After she graduated, Hebison began to work as an oncology nurse at Scott and White Medical Center in Temple. She is continuing to pursue this career while she serves as the interim director of the BSM for the spring 2019 semester. “This is very new for me,” Hebison said “This is a really big adjustment for me because it isn’t anything I’ve ever done. But, when I was a student here I was involved in the BSM, so I’ve been able to see it through several different levels. I’ve seen the BSM through the student side, so seeing this through the office side has been very interesting. Luckily, my boss at the hospital has been very accommodating so I can still work at Scott and White while I work here.” The BSM has also relocated The Gathering. This event, which allows students to worship and have fellowship with one other in a friendly environment, was originally held in the BSM sanctuary. Now, the event is held in the McLane Great Hall located on the third floor of Bawcom. “This is kind of bittersweet, but there is a lot of sweet with it,” Hebison said. “We are excited to be more centrally located. I love that students can come by here without having to walk all the way to the old building. You don’t really walk by that part of campus, but you walk by this part all the time. We also like having events like The Gathering in a more central location. We are working on redefining where the BSM is and what the identity of the BSM is. It’s still a work in progress, but there is definitely a lot of progress.” Various specialized ministries within the BSM have also had to relocate to different buildings on campus because the old BSM building is being repurposed as a counseling center. However, even though the ministries and events are being relocated, the BSM is still looking forward to helping students grow in their Christian faith and walk with God during their time at UMHB. “We’re leaning on some old things that were already established. We want to go back...

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Spring organization fair gets students involved

Rising steam and the promise of ice cream attracted students to the Chemistry Club table at the Spring Organization Fair in Bawcom Student Union on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Shailey Hearn, a junior chemistry and biology double major, attended the fair as a representative of the Chemistry Club. “The Org Fair really helps us get more members,” Hearn said. “When most people hear ‘Chemistry Club,’ they say: ‘Oh, it’s chemistry, I don’t want to join.’ “But once they see us doing the stuff that we do regularly, like working with nitrogen ice cream or a super quick DNA extraction, they become more interested,”Hearn said. Lizzie Webster, a junior pre physical therapy and exercise sports science major, attended the event as a representative for Impact Dance. “We have participated in five or six Org Fairs,” Webster said. While the fair provides the opportunity for organizations to recruit new members, it also allows for communication between organizations. “It isn’t just people who stop by to become members,” Webster said. “We get to meet other organizations that we may possibly become involved with for our future projects.” Other organizations discussed the community service projects they participate in. Miranda Flores, a junior pre med biology major, attended the fair as a representative of Knitand Cro. Her organization meets to craft blankets and other warm items for donation to those in need. “We are basically a knitting and crocheting charity,” Flores said.“We knit things for people with terminal illnesses, parents who have just lost their children or other people in need. “We actually just donated scarves to the Red Scarf Project, which helps kids who are in orphanages and going to college,”Flores said. “It was to give them a little bit of encouragement to continue on with higher education. They sent us a postcard to thank us for thescarves. It felt awesome to get that card back.” The members of Knit and Cro work together to create the items they donate. The organization’s display featured a blanket that they are knitting now to be donated to Afghans for Angels. “Working together to make these things feels awesome, and it’s a lot of fun,” Flores said. “It always feels great to turn out the final product and give it to someone who really needs it.” Knit and Cro started in August of 2017 and currently has 15 members. Though the organization is new, it has grown substantially since it began, thanks to events like the Spring Organization Fair. Other groups also attended the fair to promote their community service projects and events. Lindsey Conklin, UMHB junior English major, attended the fair as a representative of the...

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