Global warming sparks heated debate within political spectrum
Dec08

Global warming sparks heated debate within political spectrum

The effects of climate change have long been a debate in political spectrums, and it will be on the table once again during the 2016 Presidential election. However, whether or not global warming is a legitimate concern or an overreaction, it’s important not to fall victim to those who try to use the issue to further their political agenda. Climate change isn’t a figment of our imaginations. The earth’s temperature has been creeping up and most scientists believe this is the result of carbon emissions. But this theory is one that can’t be proven. Global temperature changes can’t be successfully measured until decades – or even centuries – later. So, to present the theory of man-made global warming as fact is somewhat deceiving. In addition, it’s often difficult to tell the true intentions of politicians. While some may see climate change as an urgent issue, others may be using it to pull the wool over voters’ eyes in order to justify tax hikes. The issue of global warming is used by the left as a tool to bring in voters. Voters who feel strongly about climate change most often fall in line with the Democratic Party’s ideology. So, naturally, Democratic candidates who want those votes make an effort to seem passionate about the issue. At the same time, many conservatives refuse to have a logical discussion about climate change solely because of the principle of it. Those who don’t feel global warming is an immediate threat or who don’t believe that it even exists at all, immediately dispute any evidence that climate change exists. So who is right? Like anything in politics, there has to be some middle ground. We live in an extremely industrialized society, so to eliminate carbon emissions would completely destroy modern civilization and wreak havoc on the world’s economy. At the same time, however, ignoring the problem because of a lack of evidence doesn’t seem wise either. Devoting billions of dollars to combat a theory wouldn’t be wise, but no one can argue that finding more efficient and economically viable sources of energy would be a bad thing. So whether or not climate change truly is a threat to society, one thing that is for certain is that, like with most political issues, both sides of the aisle can afford to...

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Freedom of religion should extend to the field
Nov19

Freedom of religion should extend to the field

A young man crosses the goaline and points to the heavens. A coach kneels in prayer after a game. These are common scenes across the nation on Friday nights in the fall. Football and faith have gone hand-in-hand for decades, but many are starting to question religion’s place on the gridiron. On Oct. 17, New York high school quarterback Dante Turo scored a touchdown before pointing to the sky, in an attempt to take the attention from himself and give it to God. The referees saw it a different way. Turo’s act drew a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct. Washington assistant high school football coach Joe Kennedy had a postgame ritual that involved him kneeling in prayer at the 50-yard line. When players started joining him, however, district officials felt this action violated the separation of church and state. Kennedy was ordered to stop, but continued praying after each game. On Oct. 28, the school district placed Kennedy on administrative leave. Separation of church and state is a good thing. In a free, democratic society, no one should be forced into religion. In the same way, however, nobody should be kept from practicing their faith. The First Amendment prohibits government-sponsored religious activity. But it also protects the rights of individuals who act privately. Turo didn’t hand out Bibles to his opponents after he scored a touchdown. He simply pointed to the sky. Kennedy didn’t lead devotionals with his players. He merely knelt in private prayer. These individuals exercised their constitutional rights for religious expression and were reprimanded for it. Critics will say that religion has no place on the football field. What they don’t understand is that faith isn’t something you can turn off and on like a light switch. Your religion is an extension of who you are and it permeates all aspects of your life. So to ask a teenager not to give credit to God when he scores a touchdown or to ask a coach not to pray for his players is not only unconstitutional, but it’s also...

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Statement win propells Cru into playoffs
Nov19

Statement win propells Cru into playoffs

The UMHB football team knew they needed to make a statement in order to lock up an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs. They did just that Saturday afternoon as they thumped East Texas Baptist University 67-20 and grabbed a share of the American Southwest Conference Championship in the process. Senior quarterback Zach Anderson threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns as the Crusaders picked apart the Tiger defense. “We just tried to take what they were giving us, and a lot of times, that was the pass,” Anderson said. The UMHB defense forced a three-and-out on ETBU’s first drive of the game. A short punt gave the Crusaders the ball at the ETBU 38-yard line. On the Crusaders’ first play, Anderson completed a screen pass to freshman DeNerian Thomas, who slipped past a defender and took it to the endzone to give the Cru an early 7-0 lead. The Tigers responded by driving down to the UMHB 37 before they were forced to punt. However, UMHB returner Jaedon Johnson fumbled during the return and the Tigers pounced on it and had new life at the Cru 13. Three plays later, senior running back Kendall Roberson took it nine yards for a touchdown. A missed extra point left the Cru up 7-6 with 11:33 remaining in the first quarter. The Cru then managed a 10-play, 75 yard drive that set them up for a fourth-and-goal from the one yard line before senior running back Malcolm Miller fought his way in to the endzone to put the Cru up 14-6. After ETBU failed a 4th-and-8 attempt at the UMHB 20, the Cru took over and quickly drove down the field as junior wide receiver Wykeyhe Walker hauled in back-to-back receptions of 20 and 30 yards before Anderson found freshman tight end Jaron Dykstra in the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown. A blocked extra point attempt made it 20-6 with 5:43 left in the first quarter. With 5:51 remaining in the first half, junior quarterback Blake Jackson entered the game and connected with wide receiver DeNerian Thomas over the middle for a yard score which made it 27-6. On ETBU’s next drive, defensive back Bryce Wilkerson picked off ETBU quarterback Josh Warbington to give the Cru the ball at the ETBU 31. Two plays later, on 3rd-and-13, Jackson kept it on a quarterback draw and took it 33-yards for a touchdown to extend the lead to 34-6 before at halftime. Two minutes into the third quarter, Anderson lofted a fade to the endzone that Walker hauled in over a defender for a 23-yard score to make it 41-6....

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Conversation is key with mental illness
Nov19

Conversation is key with mental illness

Chances are, you know somebody who struggles with anxiety or depression. While the signs aren’t always obvious, knowledge of certain symptoms and risk factors might just save a life. Recognizing that a problem exists is the first step to getting help, and the university offers professional counseling services to help students do just that. “We are a full-service counseling center that helps students free of charge for any counseling or emotional needs that they have,” Director of Counseling, Testing and Health Services Nate Williams said. Through the counseling center’s website, cths.umhb.edu, students can take a free and confidential mental health screening. The website also allows students to sign up for one-on-one counseling. Sophomore marketing major Rebekah Brown has struggled with depression for much of her life. She said there are several symptoms that may be a cause for concern. “The beginning symptoms of depression may include change in weight and a change in sleeping and eating patterns,” Brown said. “Irritability and mood swings may also occur. You may have feelings of hopelessness, unworthiness, or self-loathing. What’s really unfortunate is that most college students experience all of these things, so it may be difficult to distinguish a bad day from a developing mental illness.” While it may be difficult to discern between a normal, hectic life and an underlying problem, Williams said one sign of mental illness is when overall quality of life suffers. “Stress is a sign of life. So in some ways, we look at stress as a good thing to a point,” he said. “What it really comes down to is, you have to ask yourself, ‘How is this affecting me?’ Maybe it’s something like test anxiety and that anxiety is affecting my performance in academics.” Once someone realizes they have a problem, the next step is to get help, and the best way to do so is by talking with a professional. “There is an unnecessary stigma against medication and therapy that should not exist. Just like you go to the doctor when your body is sick, you need to do whatever possible to keep your mind healthy as well,” Brown said. One of the best resources for someone dealing with a mental illness is to have someone to go to. However, it can be a difficult conversation to start. Williams said that if someone notices a friend or loved one showing signs of depression, it’s important to take action. The key thing in helping someone is to not avoid it,” he said. “Sometimes it can be uncomfortable because we don’t know what to say, and the real truth is, sometimes we don’t need to say...

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Cru bounces back with win against Howard Payne
Nov07

Cru bounces back with win against Howard Payne

The UMHB football team responded to its first regular season loss in six years by beating Howard Payne University 67-14 on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Crusader Stadium. On the Cru’s opening drive, Senior quarterback Zach Anderson hit Wykeyhe Walker for a 38- yard gain before he was pushed out of bounds at the 14-yard line. On the next play, Anderson found Walker again over the middle for a 14-yard touchdown to put the Cru up 6-0 after a blocked extra point attempt. With 5:03 left in the first quarter, Anderson launched a 50-yard bomb that Walker hauled in in the endzone for his second score of the afternoon to extend the lead to 13-0. Senior kicker Jacob O’Neill hit a 33-yard field goal to push the lead to 16-0 with 1:21 remaining in the first quarter. Junior quarterback Blake Jackson entered the game for the Cru and connected with receiver Robbie Seybold for a 39-yard reception to put the Cru at the HPU three yard line. Two plays later, DeNarian Thomas took the handoff on an end-around for a 2- yard touchdown that made it 23-0 at the start of the second quarter. With 8:39 left in the half, the Yellow Jackets got on the board with a 1-yard run by Ja’Von Dickson which made it 23-7. The UMHB punt team downed a Baylor Mullins punt at the 3 yard line. HPU running back Justin Acosta fumbled on the first play of the drive and Bryce Wilkerson pounced on it in the endzone for a touchdown to give the Crusaders a 30-7 advantage. The Yellow Jackets answered by driving 74 yards on 9 plays and eventually scoring on a 1-yard touchdown from Patrick Hernand to cut the lead to 30-14 at the half. UMHB Head Coach Pete Fredenberg wasn’t pleased with his team’s play in the first half. “I don’t think we were focused. We jumped offside a number of times. They were struggling to make first downs, but we were helping them,” he said. “We did some things defensively that we didn’t in practice. We talked at halftime and they came out and really responded it in the second half.” UMHB opened the second half with a touchdown when Jackson rolled out and found Jordan Millar for a 9-yard touchdown. A 14-yard run from Malcolm Miller and a 40-yard score by Duane Thompson left extended the UMHB lead to 57-7 at the end of the third quarter. Thompson had his best game of the season as he rushed for 114 yards on 9 carries. “I wanted to respond for our leaders and our seniors, because we feel...

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