Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Hardin-Simmons
Oct10

Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Hardin-Simmons

By Claire Henry Contributing Writer It was a dark and stormy night in Belton, Texas on Saturday Oct. 6. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) was playing their rival, Hardin Simmons University (HSU). After an hour and a forty-five-minute lightning delay, the game eventually started and within the first couple of minutes, UMHB made their first touchdown with DeNerian Thomas scoring. In the same quarter, Thomas scored again, making it 13-0 until halftime. Starting off the second quarter, Jase Hammack scored against HSU, bringing the score up to 20-0. Thomas scored again in the final quarter, finalizing the score at 26-0. The stands were packed with purple and gold, for both sides during this rainy, rivalry game. Reggie Cole, senior management and marketing major, plays corner and is one of the team captains this year. Cole has played for UMHB for four years. “Being a freshman coming in, you have to learn how the system works and you learn from the seniors that are above you,” Cole said. “They motivate you and help pull the team together. It’s now my job to teach the freshman and help motivate them to succeed. I have to encourage them and not put them down. Got to have enthusiasm and stay loud.” The game against HSU was an important one, so the team had to be on point together. “We played well as a team and even with the delay we came out strong,” Cole said. “We kind of had a chip on our shoulder because the Abilene Reporter-News said that HSU was going to beat us, so we had to prove them wrong. Also there were so many alumni there, that we wanted to impress them.” Cole said there were some things that the team needs to improve on. “We need to improve on the little things like our running, our effort in the game, mental mistakes, and then football mechanic, which is where we watch the tapes back to figure out our mistakes.” UMHB is a nationally ranked team and with that title comes a lot of pressure. Cole had some predictions for the rest of the season. “I think we will go to the Championship again,” Cole said. “This was the hardest game because of the rivalry. So after this, we just need to fix a few things. But I have high hopes for my...

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An Evening with C.S. Lewis
Sep12

An Evening with C.S. Lewis

“Mere Christianity,” “The Screwtape Letters,” and “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.” All of these books have one thing in common and that is their author, C.S. Lewis. According to the official website of C.S. Lewis, “Clive Staples Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day.” “Mere Christianity,” “The Screwtape Letters,” and “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.” All of these books have one thing in common and that is their author, C.S. Lewis. According to the official website of C.S. Lewis, “Clive Staples Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day.” On Sept. 6, 2018, UMHB hosted the “Highways & Byways Series: My Life’s Journey: An Evening with C.S. Lewis” with actor David Payne portraying Lewis. David Payne is a veteran British actor, and has performed this C.S. Lewis show over 500 times. Erik Vose, the director of the Performing Arts Center, has been working at UMHB for a little over a year and wanted to bring some of his work from California back with him.“We haven’t done anything like the Highways & Byways one-man performance before here at UMHB,” Vose said. “I wanted to expand out and do more theater projects here and this one is a great starter as a one-man show, kind of simple and can help us ease our way into integrating more theater into the Highways and Byways and UMHB in general.” Payne’s website said that he doesn’t believe it is an especially religious play but that  “you couldn’t do a play about Lewis and not include part of what made him tick, and that was his Christian Experience.” In his performance, Payne came onto the Performing Arts Center stage with a pot full of tea and made himself at home. There was a comfy looking chair and a side table with a teacup and saucer resting on it. Payne sat down and immediately became Lewis. It is a plus that he looks like him, too. He talked about all the different aspects of his life starting with his early childhood in Belfast, Ireland and how his home felt warm and full, especially when his mother was there. Unfortunately, his mother passed away in 1908, and soon after he was sent off to boarding school in England. After graduating from boarding school, he was offered a full scholarship to the University of Oxford and while he was there he enlisted in the British Army. Payne/Lewis jumped ahead a few years and talked extensively about his friendship...

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