Baseball draws to bittersweet close for graduating seniors
Apr24

Baseball draws to bittersweet close for graduating seniors

With many seniors on the team this year, this season was bittersweet for Cru baseball. “This season means so much to me because this might be the last time I ever get to play,” senior marketing major and catcher Chris Joshlin said. “I am trying to put everything I have into it and trying to enjoy it as much as possible especially with my teammates because they are some great guys. I am very blessed to have the teammates I do on this team.” Senior sport management major and first baseman Seth Lynn also values this season, his last time to play the game at the college level. “Coming into this season I knew this would be the end of my playing career, and I wanted to make sure I left everything on the field. We have a lot of seniors this year, and we all want to go out on top,” he said. After a roller coaster start to the season the end of March brought a slump for the team, but after the double-header against Sul Ross April 6, the Cru went on to win their next seven games. “With the game of baseball, you can do everything right and still fail. That’s the beauty of this game. We did a lot of good things during that six-game losing streak, but we still ended up losing,” Joshlin said. “It’s not about how you start. It’s about how you finish.” The determination of the team over the season aided players to being able to regroup for the remainder of the season. “We haven’t stopped working hard all season,” Lynn said. “As a team, we have been through a lot. We’ve had probably the worst luck you could imagine, but we haven’t given up, and that shows a lot about each person’s character.” April 20-21 the Cru faced McMurry in one of the most crucial series of the season. The three games determined whether or not the team would make it to the conference tournament. “The series against McMurry is probably the most important series I have ever been a part of at UMHB. We have to play the best we have all year,” Joshlin said. In order to secure a spot in postseason play, the Cru needed to win all three games in the series. Friday night the team posted a 6-0 score over the Warhawks when senior pitcher Cameron Arnett threw a complete-game shutout. However, in the first game of the double-header on Saturday, the Cru lost by one with a 2-1 final score. Junior pitcher Chance Ryan also had a complete game and only gave up...

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Moviegoers don’t feel so lucky after watching the new Nicholas Sparks film
Apr24

Moviegoers don’t feel so lucky after watching the new Nicholas Sparks film

The latest Nicholas Sparks novel-turned-movie is The Lucky One. This film tells the story of Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) a U.S. Marine who had served three tours of duty in Iraq. He survives on the battlefield and credits a photo of an unknown woman as the one thing that kept him alive during his time of service. When he returns to the United States, he is determined to find the woman in the photograph and thank her. He discovers her name is Beth Clayton (Taylor Schilling) and takes a job at her family-run kennel. Chicago Sun Times movie critic Roger Ebert said, “I’m not going to say anything at all about the odds of that happening (Thibault bumping into Clayton). The odds are overwhelmingly against anything in any movie happening, so I should just shut up and pay attention. This is yet another love story adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel, and it has been cast with appealing romantic leads, a snaky villain with a drinking problem, a grandmother with infallible instincts and a lot of adorable dogs. It also has leaves bursting into bright autumn colors, and a lake just right for a couple to steal away for a quiet chat on a rowboat.” The movie is filled with ups and downs with Beth’s ex-husband not liking the new relationship that is forming between she and Logan. By the conclusion of the movie, Logan realizes that Beth could be more than just his good luck charm while he was in Iraq. There were undoubtedly good parts of the movie, when both Efron and Schilling showed their acting abilities, but overall it didn’t live up to the hype that is created by the trailer. Sparks has a reputation of well-produced films from the novels he wrote like The Notebook and The Last Song. The Lucky One will not be joining the ranks of these. The movie critics also weren’t too fond of the movie. It only received a 21 percent rating on Rotten Tomato. However, with two popular actors cast in the main roles, both Efron and Schilling drew in the audience that was needed to make the film successful.  Girls who had been fans of Efron since his High School Musical days were eager to see the latest romantic movie starring the popular actor....

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Tennis sharpens skills
Mar27

Tennis sharpens skills

With the season halfway over for both men’s and women’s tennis, the teams are looking toward postseason with their expectations set high for the rest of the season. “Some of my team goals for the season are to continue to build strong team chemistry and to work on things as a whole that need to be improved,” sophomore computer science major Jimmy Turner said. “We have a great team this year, and if we keep working at it as a team, we should and are very capable of winning the West this season.” With tennis being more of a personalized sport than most, Head Coach James Cohagan trains with each player to help him or her work specifically on what needs improvement. “Tennis is such an individual sport that the things we work on are different for different players,” he said. “We want to have each player’s weapon always sharp and to improve our biggest weakness so that it does not hurt us as much as it has in the past.” With conference matches being the majority of the games left to be played this season, both the men and women are working hard in practice to be ready for the matches. They have also prepared themselves by playing tough teams to help the team improve on their game. “Our best preparation is to play a very tough schedule to push us to perform better in the heart of our season. Not all teams are tough enough mentally to battle through a tough schedule and continue working on playing better and stay mentally strong in tough conditions. This group has done that so far this year,” Cohagan said. This year’s team consists of four seniors, two on each team: psychology major Megan Aarhus, exercise and sport science major Mallory Aarhus, mass communication/journalism major Garrett Pekar and sport management major Josh Pownall. With four years of tennis played at UMHB for Megan Aarhus, this season is bittersweet. “It’s saddening to think about,” she said. “Tennis has been a huge part of my life, and as it comes to a close, I only pray I give it my all. It’s going to be sad to leave these guys who have become a family and what I love.” Both the men and women still have some difficult schools to face before the season is over. However, new strategies are in place to try and bring more wins for the Cru. “University of Texas-Dallas and University of Texas-Tyler will probably be our toughest competition,” Aarhus said. “We are trying new things in doubles, and, hopefully, that will be a factor in our outcome...

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McLane family supports new football stadium with record donation
Mar27

McLane family supports new football stadium with record donation

February 3 marked the ground breaking for the new UMHB football stadium. It was a day that many alumni, students, faculty and staff had anticipated. However, the stadium would never have been a reality if it hadn’t been for the generous donations given to the university. The largest gift for the stadium came from one family, who have been important supporters of the university. “The McLane family has been our greatest champions for making this dream come true for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor,” President of the university Randy O’Rear said. When the football program at UMHB started in 1998, Drayton and Elizabeth McLane donated a gift in order for the team to be able to buy the needed uniforms and equipment for the season. “I am a firm believer in universities having nice stadiums in the center of the campus,” Drayton McLane said. “I noticed that not as many students went to the games (at Tiger Field), and I think the new stadium will engage more people and attract adults from the Central Texas area.” Not only have the McLanes donated financial help; they have also been generous in other ways to the university. “The McLanes are great friends to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and have been involved in other ways throughout the years like the McLane Lectures and giving of their time and encouragement,” O’Rear said. “They have an interest in the university and place importance on Christian values.” The stadium will have the capacity of 8,000-10,000 people and will cost an estimated $50 million. This is included in the $100 million new master plan that also includes other projects like the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Building and Baugh Center for the Visual Arts which will be completed in 2013. Cummins Field House, another of the projects, was completed last year. Since the McLane family donated the most money toward the funding of the stadium, they were granted the right to choose the name. It will be called Crusader Stadium. The McLanes also donated the largest single gift in the history of Baylor University for the building of that school’s new football stadium. McLane is a 1958 alumnus of Baylor and knows the importance a college education. “I am a firm believer of Christian higher education and the influence of Christian principles,” he said. “It is so important to the future of America.” The new Baylor football stadium will be called Baylor Stadium as chosen by the McLane family. When the stadium is finished around 2014, it will be the first time since 1949 that Baylor has had an on campus football field. Members of the...

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Cru falls in first round of tournament
Mar06

Cru falls in first round of tournament

The men’s basketball team is ranked tenth in the nation, and during the season was ranked as high as fifth. Coming off a school best 25-3 season, six players were named to the All-ASC Team. On Feb. 27, it was announced that UMHB would have an at-large bid to the NCAA D III National Championship after losing in the ASC Championship Tournament to McMurry Feb. 25. This was their fifth time in the past six years to play in the postseason tournament. “Receiving an at-large bid just shows how much we have worked throughout the season,” junior wing and business finance major Cory Meals said. “We knew that if we had a good record, we still had a good chance to make the NCAA tournament even if we did not win the conference championship.” The team was excited to receive a bid to the tournament and took it as another chance to show how hard they had been working. “Receiving an at-large bid is a second chance for our team. It is a huge opportunity to be successful and represent UMHB in the postseason,” Meals said. With several men on the team being seniors, they are all looking forward to being in the playoffs again. “It means a lot considering I’m a senior and that I would like one more time to win a national championship,” senior forward and accounting major Greg Wiernas said. Along with getting an at-large bid, UMHB also hosted both the first and second rounds of the tournament for McMurry University, Trinity University and Whitworth University. “Having home court advantage is huge. It allows us to play in a familiar environment. It also allows us to play in front of our fans, which is always exciting,” Meals said. “We play extremely well when we are at home, and it makes us that much better and that much more competitive.” In preparation for the playoffs last weekend, the team was doing its best to be ready for the games. “We are continuing to practice daily with the idea that we must work hard each day.  The team members are well aware that preparation is an important key to success,” Head Coach Ken DeWeese said. On March 2, the men started their play in the NCAA Tournament, facing Trinity University in the first round. During the first half, Trinity hit 58 percent of their shots and had an 11-point lead at halftime. In the second half, the Cru came back to tie the game at 59 all and even lead at some points during the half. However, Trinity guard Ryan Beall hit a three-point shot with 17...

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