Student Government Association: New president addresses mental health
Sep22

Student Government Association: New president addresses mental health

By Lauren Turner All freshman positions in the Student Government Association, or SGA, are still open. SGA is an organization that focuses on serving the students of Mary Hardin-Baylor by acting as the voice of the student body. It meets once a week to address issues brought up by people across the UMHB community and decides how to move forward with the proposals. “I think the best way to say what we do as student government is we make changes on this campus. That’s our whole goal, our whole purpose,” Student Body President Emma Wayt said. “We’re not like some clique club, most of us don’t really have similar backgrounds, we don’t have similar majors or anything, we’re just students that love this university and want to see a change be made.” SGA is similar to a highschool student council, except they actually run their meetings like a senate hearing. Each senator can choose to support and research certain issues. “We’re primarily a service organization in that we foster change on campus, Wyat said. ”We serve our community, and we also charter organizations.” Wayt was elected last year after she ran on a platform that focused on mental health. The organization will simultaneously address other issues important to students. Wayt’s mental health platform is already starting “Donut Stress,” an event that will take place on every third Thursday of the month. “We will be handing out donuts in the morning before classes because I know for me, one of the hardest things when I’m really stressed out is to remember to eat,” Wayt stated. “We’re [also] looking into creating two or three other events that we want to partner with organizations like CAB.” For those who might feel daunted by joining, Wayt had some encouraging words. “If this is something that they think they would feel overwhelmed with, I would want them to know, you have three or four layers of support: me, Olan, the executive cabinet, you have your class, you have the whole senate and you have Dr. Skaggs,” she stated. Additionally, Wayt noted that SGA is not too big of a time commitment. “You can put in as many hours as you want,” Wayt said. SGA has vacancies for all freshman class positions, the senior class chaplain, military representative, junior class senator, and a non-traditional student representative. Sophomore chaplain and freshman class president positions are still open, but there are applicants being interviewed for the roles. If you are interested in joining, SGA meetings are open to the public and Wayt is always willing to talk. “Updates on our social media platforms is definitely something to...

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Ballroom dancing back on campus
Sep22

Ballroom dancing back on campus

By Jordan Beechum Contributing Writer UMHB is bringing the Cru Ballroom Dance club back to campus. While precautions are still taken at UMHB, the university allows the club to use the Mayborn Campus Center. This is the first time the club has been in the center in nearly 18 months, and organizers say they could not be any happier. Due to COVID-19 restrictions in the 2020-2021 school year, clubs were only permitted to meet once a month, masks were required, and participants were not able to touch. Realizing that dancing without any touching would be nearly impossible, the club moved off campus all the way to Chisholm Trail Park Pavilion, ten minutes away. While dancers met every week, this made it very hard for any newcomers to join. Last year the group started and ended with about 44 members. Dancers say this was because no one knew the club was still happening. John Mhindu said the reason he did not go was that the “distance was too far.” John did not have a car last year, which made it very hard to travel off-campus. President Eliza Bearden, believed the shortage of numbers would be temporary as long as there were restrictions. Through all of this, there were still high hopes that the club would get back on track, and this year the club has grown. Bearden said that there are a “wide variety” of people and groups for everyone to feel welcome. She also credited the friendships she made and the family-like bond that has grown between the group as the reason she is still here at...

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Freshman finds new home with UMHB music
Sep22

Freshman finds new home with UMHB music

By Allyson Hinkle Staff Writer  My Welcome Week 2021 experience went off without a hitch; all the events were incredible, connections were made, and freshmen were thoroughly prepared for the first weeks of classes. Coming from the small town of Franklin, Texas, all the way to the larger community of UMHB, the atmosphere was completely different from anything I had ever imagined, and I am so excited to recount the memories made. As a freshman I enjoyed the time I spent with sophomores Sar ah Kmiecik and Caleb Guenther as they led my Cru Group throughout the week. However, I had to split my time between my Cru Group and another group that helped me make wonderful memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life: the Black shirt Cru Spirit Band.   My time with the Blackshirts started a day prior to Welcome Week, Tuesday, Aug. 3, because the band students were allowed to move in a day early, with similar treatment the rest of the freshman class received on their move-in. After everyone was moved in, the band met in the band hall at around 2:00 p.m. to start the day of practice for the upcoming Spirits and Traditions rally. On that first day, band freshmen did not have to worry about balancing Welcome Week and Spirit Band camp schedules. So for that day, which was solely dedicated to Spirit Band, there were numerous types of practices before the group called it a day. Afterwards, the members of Kappa Kappa Psi held a bonding exercise for the freshman, in which I made some of my closest friends. The exercise, titled Car Tag, involved upperclassmen and freshman alike gathering into several cars and traveling to numerous spots around the Belton area that may be important to know about during their time at UMHB. Once the game was over everyone headed back to their respective homes and awaited the upcoming day. The next day, Wednesday, Aug. 4, was one I was honestly nervous for: the official start of Welcome Week. In my mind I thought that the band would be strict about having to miss practice, but I was pleased to be proven wrong as the band was very accommodating towards freshmen. For instance, rehearsal and the Cru Group Meeting Two were scheduled for the exact same time. However, freshmen were encouraged by the band to partake in the Welcome Week event and then rejoin when they were ready. This was extremely encouraging to me as I did not feel pressured about keeping appearances and I could enjoy my time both with my Cru Group and the band....

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Outdoor rec courts getting a work-out with increased use and participation
Sep22

Outdoor rec courts getting a work-out with increased use and participation

By Emily Whitaker Contributing Writer  Every night since the school year started, students are going to the outdoor rec courts to play sand volleyball, basketball, tennis, and pickle-ball. Participants say that last year’s COVID-19 restrictions along with a growing uneasiness surrounding the virus made it tough to socialize. However, much has changed with the start of this semester.  “Courts are always used a great deal during the first several weeks of school…[and] this year was no exception,” said Sue Weaver, Director of Campus Recreation. Students say the recent improvements made to the courts are a contribution to the popularity.  Joshua Janis, a student who goes to the rec courts multiple times a week, estimated there are “75% more students going out to play each night compared to last year.” Another student by the name of Colby Arnold goes to the courts about four to six times a week and believes there is “only about a 55-60% increase” in students playing each night. The popularity of these courts is due to a multitude of reasons. The first being that they are a “way to step away from homework and be active and social,” Janis said. Students are also able to play intramural sports such as sand volleyball and the newly famous pickleball which can be found and signed up for on the Cru Rec mobile app. The Campus Rec Instagram page promotes these intramural sports and different ways to get active. Along with spreading the word, they also post tips to keep yourself healthy even if you are not going to play each night.  Recently, the outdoor recreational courts got a new and improved look. According to Weaver, “all new sand was in- stalled on the volleyball courts, all court surfaces were refinished with a new coat of the specialized paint, two of the old tennis courts were transformed into six new pickleball courts, and new glass backboards were installed and new single-rimmed, break away rims were installed.” Janis and Arnold both enjoy the newer aspect of the rec courts and believe it plays a factor in the rise in popularity.   During the 2020-2021 school year, the campus implemented restrictions set in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the rec courts were no exception. According to Weaver, intramural play was kept to “sports that are naturally more distant of other players.” They also set up hand sanitizer stations around the courts. This year there are no COVID restrictions, however Weaver tells us that once intra- murals start again, they “will provide hand sanitizer on the side of the courts.”  According to the UMHB website, campus recreation has “something fun and active for every BODY.” This includes sand volleyball, basketball, tennis, and pickleball outside along with an open indoor court, aerobics room, weight room, and...

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Family Weekend active with commemorative events, sports, and more
Sep22

Family Weekend active with commemorative events, sports, and more

By Lauren Turner Staff Writer Family Weekend was September 10 through 11, and many families came out to visit their students and learn more about UMHB life. The weekend opened with registration and King Street Hangout, where families could grab snacks and talk to members of the Student Life team. Friday night was packed with activities starting with a Women’s Volleyball showdown. At 6:00 p.m. the UMHB Women’s Volleyball team opened their season at home and beat East Texas Baptist University by winning three out of five sets. The game drew a crowd of 603 attendees according to the UMHB Athletics website. At 7:00 p.m. the same night, seniors were presented their class rings at Luther Memorial, a milestone ceremony for many students and their families. The Wind Ensemble and Blackshirt Cru Spirit Band also performed for the public and attending families in the Baugh Performance Hall at 7:30pm. Saturday was more relaxed, with many come and go activities for families to enjoy at their own pace. The morning began with family worship in Manning Chapel at 8:30 a.m., and the service was followed by Meet the Faculty Brunch, where families had the chance to meet their students’ professors. Saturday after- noon offered open residence halls, an Alumni Museum Tour, Cru Creations Market Day, and the ever-famous CRUise spirit rally. The weekend officially concluded after the UMHB football game, where the Crusaders beat the ETBU Tigers 34-14. The game also consisted of multiple 9-11 memorial moments, including a flyover and moment of silence to commemorate those lost 20 years...

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