Rangers player shares sport, faith
Jan24

Rangers player shares sport, faith

Most people know him as a Texas Rangers outfielder, but there is more than meets the eye when it comes to David Murphy. Murphy spoke in chapel Jan. 18 about his involvement with I Am Second, a movement that includes athletes, actors, musicians and others who make videos talking about their life experiences and how they live for Christ. They use the videos to show how they allow God to be first in their lives and themselves second. Murphy is humbled to have his story on the iamsecond.com website along with his teammate Josh Hamilton. “I feel honored that they contacted me with the list of names on their website like Josh Hamilton, my teammate, who was one of the first guys to be up on their website,” he said. “I don’t always see myself in the light that is deserving of it, but if God has called me and asked me to do something like that, I’m very willing and very thankful to have the opportunity.” Murphy’s friendship with Hamilton is  important to him. Having a friend and brother in Christ on the team helps Murphy in his faith walk. One of the things Murphy addresses in his video is “always playing for His glory.” Not only is he able to show this by the words he speaks and his actions during the game, but also by praying throughout the day. “(I) have the Lord constantly in my thoughts and continually pray (during the game). I always thought of prayer as a very formal, always have to be on your knees type of thing, when prayer is really something that should be a continual thing and something that you should be doing at all times of the day,” Murphy said. “I have plenty of time to do it on the baseball field, whether it’s during a big moment when I’m hitting or out in the outfield when there is plenty of time between pitches, there is plenty of time for prayer.” Not worrying about his performance, but having confidence in God is something that has been crucial to his faith. “That is the most difficult part of what I talked about. There are so many times that I feel like I’m better than my performance shows,” he said. “So the bottom line is I have to realize regardless of results at the end of the day that it’s just one step further in God’s plans for me.” In 2009, one of Murphy’s biggest obstacles came his way. He started the season 0-23 and was discouraged with how his season was going. “Out of every single major league player...

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Tebowing from the mission field to the Mile High Field

One of the most well-known names in the NFL today is Tim Tebow. The quarterback for the Denver Broncos was brought up by American parents who served as missionaries in the Philippines. Tebow, along with his siblings were home-schooled by their mother. Legislation was passed that allowed home-schooled students to be able to participate in sports at the school in their district. This let Tebow complete and play the sport that he loves. Throughout high school, Tebow was a name to watch. He looked at many universities, but ended up deciding on the University of Florida. This was the same college where his parents had met. Tebow would still return to the Philippines for the three summers before he went to college to volunteer with missionary work and at his father’s orphanage. He was the backup quarterback during his freshman year behind starter Chris Leak. However, he was able to use this year to show his potential and added two touchdowns to help the Gator’s win in the 2007 BCS National Championship game. For the 2007 season, he was named the starting quarterback and set many school, personal and national records. That year he won the Heisman Trophy, the Davey O’Brien Award and was named as the first-team All-SEC selection and first-team All-American. Throughout his college career, Tebow set records and won two NCAA National Football Championships. A new rule for NCAA football was established in 2010. “The Tebow Rule” as called by the media, bans any messages on eye paint. At the 2009 BCS Championship game, Tebow had “John 3:16” on his eye black. For the 24 hours that followed the game, the verse was the highest-ranked Google search with 90 million searches. This was just one way Tebow shared his beliefs with the world. In response to the high number of searches on Google, Tebow said, “It just goes to show you the influence and the platform that you have as a student-athlete and as a quarterback at Florida.” NCAA said that this rule was not aimed at any one person since other notable athletes also wrote messages on their eye black. In 2010, Tebow entered the NFL draft with the Broncos selecting him in the first round as the 25th pick overall. With Tebow’s name becoming more famous as his career started taking off, some people raised questions with his statements about his faith. In Nov. 2011, former Broncos Quarterback Jake Plummer said he wished Tebow would stop referring so much to Jesus Christ and his faith. In response to this, in a radio interview with ESPN’s First Take, Tebow said, “So any time I get...

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Season ends with many players recognized
Jan10

Season ends with many players recognized

Although the Cru fell just three points short in the football National Quarterfinals game against Wesley College, the team accomplished many feats during the season. “We realize the season was a great one based on winning the conference and going 12-1, but there are always bad feelings when the season ends prematurely,” Head Coach Pete Fredenburg said. “I am very proud of our coaches and players and want them to feel good about their successes.” They finished the year with a 10-0 regular season record and were named the ASC Champions, which allowed them to advance to the NCAA Division III Championship. For the first game, the Cru played the University of Redlands. UMHB dominated the first half of the game and didn’t leave much room for the Bulldogs to come back in the second half. Junior quarterback LiDarral Bailey had 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries for the game. The Cru advanced to the second round of playoffs for the eighth straight year. UMHB and Mount Union are the only two Division II schools to accomplish this. For the second round, the Cru faced McMurry Nov. 26. UMHB led throughout the whole game but dominated the fourth quarter with 21 points scored. Junior linebacker and sport management major Javicz Jones had 12 tackles for the game and broke his own university and American Southwest Conference single-season tackle record. He said, “Breaking my record I thought was going to be tough, but I set goals at the beginning of the season, and that was one of them.” Jones was also voted South Region Defensive Player of the Year, along with earning a spot in the All-South Region First Team Defense. With a win against McMurry, the Cru advanced to the National Quarterfinals and played Wesley College. The Wolverines took control of the first half of the game. With 2:41 left in the game, UMHB received possession of the ball and reached the Wesley 41-yard line. However, Bailey was hit from behind, and the play became incomplete. The Wolverines won 27-24. Many players received honors for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. Junior running back Darius Wilson, senior offensive tackle Nate Menkin, junior offensive guard Michael Coles and senior kick returner Tarirkus Ellis were voted to the All-South Region First Team Offense. Senior defensive tackle Chris Brent was selected to the Second Team, and junior kick returner Geoff Myles was named to the Third Team. Myles broke the UMHB and ASC records for career punt return yards. With many players graduating in May, they not only helped the Cru football program, but they gained just...

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Music department adds classes to the curriculum

Over the course of the past semester, very many changes have occurred within the music department. Associate Professor and music department chair Mark Humphrey came to the university from the West Coast at the beginning of the semester. After living in California for 11 years, Humphrey was ready to come back to his Southern roots and bring his knowledge and expertise to share with the campus. “I had been looking for a position like this where I could guide a department,” Humphrey said. “I really wanted to take us into pop culture and pop music, but also a new direction just in terms of relevance in a lot of different areas.” Students in the department are very excited about the new ideas which are being added to the program. “The changes that have happened in the music department over the last year have been phenomenal,” junior church music and music education major Cameron Roucloux said. A new choral director last year, helped jump-start the many changes that would be taking place. “Dr. Michelle Rouche, breathed life back into the department and the students,” he said. “She brings such a passion and demand of excellence to the department and sets the bar high with all of us.” A few of the new things that have happened this semester are classes have been added to the curriculum for music majors, the addition of a band to One Voice, new iMac lab, new classroom training and experience and more use of social media. Students outside of the music department are happy about the changes and think it will enhance the department. “Even though I’m an education major, I think all the additions to the program are great. They were in need of some updating, and I’m happy they have received them,” junior elementary education major Meredith Davis said. Humphrey is working on instituting more things he is passionate about. “A lot of my work has also been in film, television and Christianity in culture. I’m hoping to help a conversation about … faith and culture, especially the arts, and how those things interact,” he said. Humphrey wanted to bring more of the current culture and time into the education that music majors will now be able to  receive. “Dr. Humphrey is all about no separation between the arts, Christianity and culture and receiving an education that allows you to be well versed in the academic aspects of music,” Roucloux said, “and also being able to relate that to what is current in our culture and our music world is something you can’t put a price on.” One thing that Humphrey wants to...

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Men’s basketball has high hopes of another successful season

Coming off a 23-8 season last year and only one loss at home, the men’s basketball team is looking to go even further into playoffs this season. With such a winning record, not only last year but in previous years as well, fans hold the team to an even higher standard and expect it to do better than before. Head Coach Ken DeWeese said, “We have been fortunate to be successful for a dozen years. The desire to get better or advance further in the post season is always present. Otherwise, many teams will quickly pass us.” With a close loss of 78-82 in its first exhibition game against Saint Edward’s University, there are still some things that the team is working on improving before the first conference game Nov. 28 against East Texas Baptist University. DeWeese said, “We work on every facet of the game every day with the goal of improvement. Practice is crucial because the key to success is preparation.” In order to meet the goal of making it into the playoffs and further than they have previously, the team is aiming to accomplish several things along the way. DeWeese said the team wants “to compete, as a team, consistently well in the two key areas of defense and rebounding, and to continue to improve in those areas as the season goes on.” Another aspect that will help gain the wins the team is  looking for this season is coming together as one unit. “Teamwork is the most important ingredient to a successful team. … Everyone has to be on the same page,” senior shooting guard and exercise and sport science major Marlon Miller said. Sophomore point guard and business management major James Allen also knows the only way the Cru can have an outstanding season is by becoming a cohesive team and working together as one. “To have a successful season, you have to have teamwork. Without teamwork, you may win some games, but you won’t be successful,” he said. With a new season underway, Allen is confident in the players they have and the work they have been putting in during practices. He said,  “I think there are higher standards for the team being as good as we were last year. We shouldn’t lose to anyone in conference.” Not only is the offensive side of their game important, but so is the defensive. They are also working to keep the teams they play against to the lowest number of shots and baskets as possible. Miller said, “We are working on being defensively at our best and making it harder for our opponents to score.”...

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