UMHB’s first Psalm 139 event empowers women through Christ
Feb27

UMHB’s first Psalm 139 event empowers women through Christ

Over 150 women gathered for UMHB’s first Psalm 139 event on Saturday, Jan. 19 in Bawcom Student Union. They enjoyed fellowship and worship together at the conference, which was founded and organized by senior public relations major Sydney Stolz. “The Lord planted this seed in my heart for women’s ministry years ago, but I never would have dreamed it would grow into the Psalm 139 event,” Stolz said. The conference highlighted the message of the psalm, which reads: 13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:13-14 (ESV) Marissa Halvorsen, a sophomore psychology major who attended the event, said that “as women, we think we have to fit the mold of doing everything for everyone and pleasing everybody.” However, Halvorsen said that women already have their identity. “We have to make sure our identity is not found in our peers, parents, significant others, school work, etc.,” she said. “Our identity is in the Lord—He takes the pressure off of needing to please others, we only need to work to please Him.” According to sophomore business major and Psalm 139 committee member Eunice Michaelson, keynote speaker Merritt Johnston’s presentation emphasized the importance of coming to that realization. “She made us laugh, cry, and most importantly realize the truth about our identity in Christ,” Michaelson said. “Merritt Johnston is truly an incredible woman of God.” Johnston is a UMHB graduate who founded SAGE Ministries for girls while she was in college. Now president of the endeavor, she leads a team of volunteer chaplains at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Brenham. As she addressed students at the conference, Johnston encouraged them to find their “3:15” moment of realizing freedom, a reference to her time spent on the mission field in Germany where she visited Buchenwald, a former Nazi concentration camp. While there, Johnston was able to see what it was like to be a prisoner inside the walls of the camp and to be able to see the city around the camp – and freedom – right on the other side. She said that when prisoners were declared to be free at 3:15 p.m. on April 11, 1945, the clock stopped permanently, forever a reminder of freedom at that moment. Johnston related the story to everyone’s own personal prisons. “What is your 3:15 moment?” she asked. “What walls are separating you from your total freedom in Christ? When will you declare your freedom?” Sophomore nursing student and member of the Psalm 139 steering committee Amy Luong was deeply encouraged by Johnston’s words of encouragement. “For me, I’ve always been so focused on the future that I don’t realize that once I have Jesus Christ, my life is on track,” Luong...

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Crusaders clinch playoffs with win
Nov13

Crusaders clinch playoffs with win

By Brenton Martin Contributing Writer On a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon last weekend, the Crusaders took on the Wildcats of Louisiana College, and placed themselves in the playoffs. The captains took the field for the coin toss and at 1:00 p.m. UMHB kicked off their last home game of the regular season at Crusader Stadium in Belton, Texas. The game was not as much of a full house as it would normally be; however The Cru spirit was there with full effect! UMHB punched the Wildcats in the mouth first as the Crusader defense stood tall, gathering in two interceptions on the Wildcats’ first two drives. These turnovers lead to the first score of the game with a 9- yard rush by senior running back, Markeith Miller, to put the Crusaders up 7-0 over Louisiana College. At the start of the second quarter, UMHB put together a 6-play, 40-yard drive to cap off a 9-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver, Aaron Sims, from junior quarterback, Jase Hammack, to put the Crusaders up 14-0. As UMHB comes up with yet another defensive stop to force a 3-and-out, they turn it around quickly with a 1-play, 69-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver, Jonel Reed, from junior quarterback, Jase Hammack. The crowd erupted as soon as the pass was caught and nobody was around to tackle Reed. The band played as the crowd sang along with the Crusaders in celebration of going up 21-0 in just a 10 second drive. As the Wildcats take the field and come up short again, the Crusaders force another 3-and-out. Louisiana College is forced to punt to the Crusaders’ dangerous return man Aaron Sims. The freshman wide receiver returned the punt for a 74-yard touchdown to spark the crowd’s enthusiasm and put UMHB up 28- 0. The Crusader defense takes the field again looking to force another turnover as they stop the Wildcats from moving the chains. UMHB takes advantage of the stop on defense and caps off a 3-play, 23-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back, Marquis Duncan to put UMHB up 35-0 over the Wildcats. The running back duo between Duncan and Miller was marvelous as always. Following up after a Duncan touchdown, senior running back, Markeith Miller punched in a 1- yard touchdown run to put the Crusaders up 42-0 at halftime. To kick off the second half, UMHB turns a 5- play, 47-yard drive into a Markeith Miller touchdown reception from quarterback Jase Hammack. As the Crusaders celebrate, the crowd goes wild and UMHB furthers their lead to 49-0. After a tough defensive stand, the Wildcats...

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Stretch your schedule to get fit at Cru-Fit yoga
Nov13

Stretch your schedule to get fit at Cru-Fit yoga

By Devyn Ross Contributing Writer Students at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor deal with the same problems college students all over the world have: stress, anxiety, pressure, difficult assignments and a lack of physical activity. UMHB is actively working to solve one of those problems by enabling their students to get up and active by offering many Cru-Fit classes. One type of class, and arguably one of the most important, is the yoga classes, such as the Yoga Wind Down class. In this class, students are given the chance to break away from their busy schedule to relax their body and mind and rejuvenate their spirit to continue their studies. This class typically takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. and is located behind the front desk of the Mayborn Campus Center in the Aerobics Room. It is led by UMHB students who have attained their certification to teach yoga to students and faculty. UMHB’s website describes this class as a combination of flow and yoga that poses to strengthen and relax muscles to improve students’ flexibility. The class is not for yoga experts; most of the poses are simple and can be done by newcomers to yoga. I had the opportunity to observe the class and see just how intense it really was. There was a wide range of students in the class of 14, including both traditional and nontraditional students, both male and female. The instructor was persistent in telling the students to be the judge of their body and to know when they need to take it slow or push a little harder. The class heavily relies on the student to make decisions on what poses work well for their body. The instructor would often provide variations of poses varying in difficulty so the students could decide what was best for them. The class began with seated stretches focused on the neck and spine. From there, the students were led in more stretches and some strengthening poses, such as a side plank. The 45-minute session ended with the students lying down, meant to give them an opportunity to rest and clear their minds before returning to their crazy lives. Other certified UMHB students lead the Cru-Fit classes and are passionate about it. A previous article in the Bells on Cru-Fit classes states that these instructors enjoy helping their fellow students discover what type of exercise best benefits their lives. Maci Davies is an instructor for some of UMHB’s yoga classes. She explained what lead her to practice yoga and why she ultimately decided to teach it. “Yoga helped me channel my worries, anxieties, unhealthy...

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ROTC Photo Gallery
Nov13

ROTC Photo Gallery

Cadet Ashley Matta gives a hand signal to Cadet Nathan Gammage. Photo by Lauren Lum Photo by Lauren Lum Cadets Nicholas Cormier and Valerie Boyd discuss tactics during the ROTC Cadets’ Performance Lab on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Peacock Ranch on the UMHB campus. Photo by Lauren Lum Cadet Alexandra Dalle looks over her shoulder during a drill. Photo by Lauren Lum Photo by Lauren Lum Staff Sgt. William Thomas guides cadets, left to right: Victoria Bella and Stone Klingaman. Photo by Sarah Ifft Cadet Joel Loua gives instructions to Cadet Ashton Bentley during the ROTC cadets’ performance lab on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Peacock Ranch on the UMHB campus. Photo by Lauren Lum Cadet Joel Loua (right) instructs Cadet Robert Stafford (left). In far background, Cadet Amber Delano gives a hand signal (left), while Cadet Ryan Trenholm watches (right). Photo by Sarah...

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Cru Crunch: the new coffee house in town
Nov13

Cru Crunch: the new coffee house in town

College students are always in need of a delicious cup of coffee to get them through their day. If you’re looking for a new coffee shop to try, look no further than Cup of Joe Coffee Shop. Located 15 minutes away from campus in Harker Heights at 600 Indian Trail #101; Cup of Joe is totally worth the drive. The coffee shop is new to the area, having just opened on Aug. 18. It is owned by Joseph Taylor, a 22-year-old entrepreneur. This coffee shop has an amazing ambiance. When you walk in, you find a ton of natural lighting and comfy chairs and couches. The far accent wall features a huge mural of the Austin skyline that really adds to the atmosphere of the space. The coffee is amazing. The (2.5.4), named for the Bell County area code, is Joe’s most popular specialty drink. I had the honor to try it, and boy, was it amazing. Other specialty drinks include the Colorado Peak, a white chocolate creation that is bound to knock your socks off, and the Dear Joe, a vanilla and caramel mix with the perfect amount of cinnamon on top. The Dear Joe is another favorite of mine. It is so subtle, yet so amazing. The Bellagio is the drink for the chocoholic, while Starfire is the drink for the cinnamon lover. Not in the mood for a specialty? Try Joe’s Dark Side, a dark rich coffee with a subtle chocolate twist, or the Casa Joe, a rich dark coffee with hints of caramel and chocolate. Your typical Nitro Cold Brew, which comes black or vanilla, is $5 for 24 ounces of pure joy. Drop by during the fall and try one of their fall-themed drinks, such as their version of pumpkin spice and the Hazel, which is a hazelnut drink with a note of cinnamon. Prices for non-specialty coffees range from $2-$3.50 and specialty coffees range from $3-$5.25. You can make any drink iced or blended. Joe’s also sells kolaches, cinnamon rolls and Round Rock donuts, which are all phenomenal. The people who work here are the sweetest people. You can tell they really love their coffee and their job. Not a coffee person? My hot chocolate expert recommends the hot chocolate with all its whipped and chocolatey goodness. The sweet and unsweet teas, which come in green and strawberry varieties, are also highly recommended. Cup of Joe has a 5-star rating on Google and a 5-star rating from this Cru Crunch editor. Needless to say, this coffee connoisseur is now a regular of...

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