Conference clinched: 8th consecutive season
Nov15

Conference clinched: 8th consecutive season

Cru football remains perfect in conference play as the team returned from a victory in Seguin to dive head-first into the American Southwest Conference playoffs with an overall record of 10-0. The Cru have been dubbed champions for the eighth consecutive season. The team seems to be gaining steam with each game; since their 28-27 close call with McMurry in week two of the season they averaged a margin of victory of 35.6 points. The keys to success include a productive offense, a great run defense and dynamic plays. UMHB has totaled 4,138 yards in total offense, 1,158 of which came from running back Darius Wilson. The junior mathematics major credits his team for his individual achievements. “My success is a direct correlation of my team’s work ethic and intensity at practice.” This career high for Wilson is more than the rushing yards allowed against opponents this season. The Crusaders have held their opponents to a mere 1,109 rushing yards and only six rushing touchdowns in the 2011 regular season, leading the ASC in rush defense. Interestingly enough UMHB had the smallest time of possession in the conference, yet they had both the highest scoring offense and defense in the American Southwest Conference. This is a direct result of game-changing plays that helped bring Cru football to its eighth straight playoff appearance. Head Coach Pete Fredenburg looks back on the season as “an extraordinary, extraordinary experience” and shares his plan of success for the playoffs. “We need to maintain good execution on offense as well as defense, and we need to stay healthy.” A healthy roster would be necessary, especially for the players who have stepped up this year, such as Wilson in the backfield, Rudy Nerio in the offensive line, defensive end Silvio Diaz and linebacker Ty Dooley to name a few. Diaz, a sophomore, said, “It’s very important (to stay healthy) we’ve got a lot of things to do in the playoffs.” If the Cru can execute on both sides of the ball while maintaining health, they are well on their way to go deep into the postseason. Last year’s playoff run was cut short by a 19-9 Wesley victory away in Dover, Del. in the semi-finals of the NCAA Division III playoffs. 2011 Stagg Bowl brackets were released by the NCAA just this past weekend, and UMHB will host The University of Redlands Lobos on Nov. 19 in Belton. Depending on the Cru’s success, they could also be up to replay their toughest game against McMurry University in the second round, or even Wesley University which knocked them out of the playoffs last year again in...

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GOP ready for 2012

“Obama will be a one-term president,” asserts Republican candidate Michele Bachmann. While currently in sixth place in recent polls, she may not be the candidate to top Obama; however, her peers seem to be in good standing to knock him out of the Oval Office. Even two months before primaries, the GOP ticket is starting to push forth candidates to defeat Democrats in the 2012 elections. Though part of the same political party, these Republicans could not be more different. White and black, male and female, governors and businessmen­­—there is such diversity on this ballot and just as many ideas to tackle big issues like the economy and unemployment. Former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney is proving to be a crowd favorite, winning or tying for first in early voting states with votes of 25 percent to the 40 percent he found in New Hampshire, according to a CNN/Time/ORC Poll. Romney accomplished an array of feats as governor, such as a 4.6 percent unemployment rate and creation of a $2 billion rainy day fund at the end of his term even though he entered office with a $3 billion  deficit. This conservative Republican, only knocked off his first-place pedestal by  Perry’s late entrance to the race in August, may very well be the one  to come out on top with the Republican nomination. Herman Cain catapulted in the polls with his innovative 9-9-9 tax plan and remains at or near the top. While some stand behind him in this idea, others are strongly opposed. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum mentioned in a GOP debate that under Cain’s plan up to 84 percent of Americans would pay more taxes. With no prior political experience, Cain is hard to exploit, but he is also more easily stumped. When a debate moderator asked about his foreign policy, he replied, “I don’t need to know the details of every issue we face.” Along with his shocking plan for border security and his several interview blunders, it’s hard to see Cain topping the well-prepared Romney. Governor of Texas Rick Perry, with a late entrance to the race, has been slipping as of late but remains a threat with a seat in third. His new flat tax plan is causing a stir among crowds. Recently, Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes business magazine, publicly endorsed the fiscal conservative and his “Cut, Balance, Grow” plan. Forbes proposed the same plan in 1996 when he ran for president and had short-lived success with the plan. With some tweaks, Perry hopes to perfect this idea. U.S. Congressman from Texas, Ron Paul, has proposed to cut $1 trillion of government...

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Campus serves local organizations

Only one day out of any given semester will hundreds of Crusaders be up before 8 a.m. on a Saturday. That’s for Reaching Out. This year’s community service event Oct. 8 was a huge success. With almost double the expected attendance, 350 Crusaders donated a few hours of their weekend to help some of Bell County’s most understaffed and good-willed         organizations. Junior math education major and Director of Spiritual Life for the Student Government Association Shaina Ryan was pleased with the turnout of students who wanted to serve. “We had loads of people show up,” she said. “We ordered 200 shirts and ran out even before it began.”  Fifteen different organizations received aid from the Cru that morning. Programs like Hope for the Hungry, Helping Hands, Habitat for Humanity, Aware Central Texas, Ronald McDonald House and Temple free clinic were among several others. Students worked on projects such as cleaning, organizing and even uprooting a tree stump at First Baptist in      Belton. Baptist Student Ministry Director Dr. Shawn Shannon said she is “encouraged” by the number of students willing to sacrifice a Saturday morning to help and is “excited for them.” Shannon wishes to “cultivate the kind of people that would do (Reaching Out)” with each year that UMHB participates. Students met at Luther Memorial at 8 a.m. and signed up for their organization of choice while eating a quick breakfast provided by the university. Then after a few songs of worship, prayer and some encouraging words by Shannon, they were off. One of the sites was local, Aware Central Texas. Formerly a volunteer branch of Child Protective Services, this organization’s mission is to prevent child abuse, neglect and domestic violence. The branch serves all of Central Texas, so they needed all the help they could get. Even a handful of Crusaders who spent several hours cleaning up meeting rooms, classrooms and offices was helpful. Sophomore mathematics major Loren Watson visited  ACT and was glad to give back to the community. “I think what Aware Central Texas is doing is great, and with such a big population to serve there is a lot more work to be done with ACT,” Watson said. A group of Crusaders, on their way to clean grave sites at Hillcrest Cemetery, saw a family doing yard work. With the overwhelming turnout of students involved, there were hands to spare, so two freshmen helped the family clean their yard. To pull off such an event involved quite a bit of work. However, Director of Student Organizations Kristy Brischke, the Student Government Association and four class chaplains planned and organized for about a month prior. Ryan,...

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#socialjournalism

The Society of Professional Journalists teamed up with the Radio Television Digital News Association this year to create the first journalism super-convention.  Journalists from all over the nation attended the three-day event, including seven from UMHB’s Bells staff. It was a valuable experience for those who went to New Orleans Sept. 25-27. If there was one thing  taken from the convention, it was social media and the role it plays in journalism. CBS Chairman and 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager addressed the topic saying, “I believe so strongly in Facebook and Twitter and the idea that you can go online and in seconds share one of our stories with your friends.” This isn’t the future of journalism; it’s the present. CBS, ABC, The New York Times, NBC, as well as the local Belton Journal and Temple Daily Telegram all have Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Twitter was initially preferred for journalism because of the way it functions. Just click to follow, and one instantaneously receives tweets from any handle without going through the cyber formalities of “friending” someone on Facebook. Facebook caught on. However, mid-September a new feature of subscribing, taking out the middleman of having to accept friends was added. Time will prove if this step is enough to catch up to the social media of choice for real-time journalism. National Public Radio senior strategist and avid Twitter advocate Andy Carvin, encouraged journalists to take advantage of all that social media have to offer. In his convention super session, he shared his take on the advantages and impressed a crowd of journalists with his exhaustive use of this particular social media. In the event of a recent Arab insurgence that was one of the many rebellions which came to be known as the Arab Spring, Carvin used his followers to see the uprising from his “virtual helicopter.” Situational awareness he called it. Using some tweets from his followers who were at the scene, he was able to piece together an entire scene on the other side of the world from his living room. “There is no way that one reporter could know as much as your community of followers combined on any given topic,” Carvin said, further stressing the unavoidable resource that is Twitter. It is important to keep in mind that “technology doesn’t replace journalism. It empowers it,” said University of Southern California Annenburg Assistant Professor and Web journalism veteran, Robert Hernandez. In his session, “Real-Time Reporting with Social Media,” Hernandez, while all for social media, had five warnings to share with his audience: Keep journalism the main priority, confirm all of the information that you acquire,...

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Lady volleyball steps up performance with eight-game win streak

Lady Cru volleyball is off to a great start as they hit mid-season stride and open up conference play with an ASC record of 7-1. As the team gets in to a crucial part of the season, head coach Robert Frost reminds his team of what he likes to call the intangibles. “(We) have to get our hearts right, our minds right, and our attitudes right.” The success the team has earned so far can only be attributed to the stability that he has brought to them, the camaraderie the women have formed and their focus on Christ. Frost hopes the team, “(Keeps) focus on God and grows as people.” He is amazed to have these hopes answered when he sees players round up for voluntary prayer before every match and can testify that “God is working this year in many ways.” Outside hitter and sophomore exercise and sport science major Morgan Baker shares her take on the Lady Cru tactics as they finish out the season. “We take one game at a time, playing our hardest and giving all the glory to God,” she said. By the numbers, the volleyball team is doing far better than last year. Senior exercise and sport science major and setter Anissa Garcia has almost surpassed last year’s total assists with 561 just halfway through the season.  Of her achievement she said, “I can’t focus on my own stats. I’m too proud of the team as a whole; the rest is just icing on the cake.”  Statistically, Baker has been an up-and-coming versatile threat on the court posting more than 100 kills and leading the team in digs with just over 200. Additionally, senior Sara Hayward has been a huge presence on defense leading the team with 34 total blocks.  The Lady Cru has an overall record of 12-3 so far of the 29 games in the regular season; with this kind of pace hopes are high to compete in the ASC Tournament in November. However, HSU and McMurry continue with a flawless ASC record. Coming off a rough season last year with an overall record of 10-21, talk of playoffs this early in the season is a good sign.  An excited Baker said, “We hope to win as many as possible and are striving for first in our division so we can host the conference tournament.” Garcia commented on the impact that bringing the ASC tournament home would make. “It would be a huge advantage to look forward to, and it has been in the back of our minds since the beginning of the season. It would be an amazing experience to...

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