UMHB celebrates its 175th anniversary
Feb25

UMHB celebrates its 175th anniversary

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor kicked off its 175th birthday celebration with a family-style dinner that included chicken, green beans and apple pie on Saturday, Feb. 1. Two hundred and sixty people attended the gathering, representing alumni from the years 1946-2019. “All dining on campus used to be family-style,” UMHB Alumni Director Jeff Sutton said. “This was a throwback memory for a lot of our alumni.” The night ended with a candle lighting ceremony at which alumni shared their love and support of the university. This year the tradition was taken to the internet, and over 500 alumni checked in across the globe, offering a way for everyone to connect even if they could not physically make it to the celebrations. A celebration, complete with a photo booth and school-colored cupcakes followed the candle lighting in the Bawcom Student Union. President Randy O’Rear and his wife Julie led attendees in a song of “Happy Birthday” and blew out candles on a cake, denoting 175 years. Feb. 1 has been coined by the City of Belton as the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Day. This is because on that day in 1845, the Ninth Congress of the Republic of Texas granted a charter to the university that provided the framework to form two universities: UMHB and Baylor. The school has since grown and changed drastically. UMHB is now in a different location than it was in 1845. The school used to be located in Independence, and it was a women’s school until 1971. Present-day students now shared their more recent memories and wishes for UMHB at the birthday gathering in Bawcom. “My favorite memory at UMHB is Midnight March,” student Laela Collins said. “It’s my favorite tradition because I spend it with all my closest friends.” The gathering meant even more than that to Collins, as it is one of the closing events of the year. “It gave us an opportunity to say goodbye to those friends that are about to graduate and start their lives,” Collins said. “It’s really touching to be together as a student body.” For first-year student Joftnnia Holts, Welcome Week has been the most fun so far. “I got to know a lot of new people and everyone is so different!” Holts said. “I have a lot of friends from a lot of classifications.” Another Charter Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2020 in Independence Texas. It will include a chapel service in the historic Independence Baptist Church, followed by a luncheon on the lawn. Other upcoming events commemorating UMHB’s 175th birthday include Belton’s Fourth of July Parade with the school’s float that will feature...

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ROTC members volunteer at Big Red Relays
Feb27

ROTC members volunteer at Big Red Relays

The UMHB ROTC program volunteered at the Big Red Relays event on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Belton High School. The group volunteered to serve food to the athletes competing in the event. Junior social work major and ROTC cadet Nathan Gammage coordinated with Belton ISD to volunteer at the event. He heard about the event from Nicholas Cormier, a UMHB ROTC cadet and intern at Belton High School. “I want to show how awesome our program is by volunteering and representing the program,” Gammage said. “It’s also to show people that we stand for something bigger than ourselves and to show that we love serving our community.” According to Gammage, the event went well. “I am happy to have seen all the hard work and dedication the program displayed during the event.” “We helped serve food to the coaches and participants of the Big Red Relays event, and I would say, ‘mission...

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Engaging with people
Aug29

Engaging with people

It is hard to remember what life was like before laptops were in our laps, cell phones were in our hands and “Google” was a mainstream word. Technology and media are here to stay, whether we like it or not. It is accurate to say that media has made life easier in a multitude of ways. However, has society succumbed to the convenience of and addiction to media to the point that it harms the engagement of meaningful relationships? According to Merriam-Webster, the word ‘engage’ means “to hold the attention of” or “to do or take part in.” Therefore, are we engaging with media, or has it just become mindless scrolling? The majority of media users would most likely agree that the first thing they do when they wake up is grab their phone and start scrolling. It is not something that most users have to even think about, because it has become a part of their morning routines as well as drinking coffee and brushing teeth. Many opponents of the social media craze believe that people are not really engaging with friends and family when communicating via text message or tagging/posting on social media. For the most part, I do not believe that people are really engaged with one another while communicating through social media sites, such as Facebook or Instagram. Media users are not truly communicating with another person through the ‘like’ button. Some people are more used to seeing their friend’s Bitmoji than their actual face. Too often at social events, people are busy communicating through social media rather than interacting with the people around them. The media has not only affected interpersonal communication, but attention spans as well. Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a conversation, smiling and nodding, yet not really knowing what is going on? Instead, have you been thinking about what you will name your future labradoodle and four kids or some other topic unrelated to the conversation? You are not alone. A recent study has shown that since the digital revolution, it has become increasingly more difficult for people to fight off distractions. Microsoft Corp. uncovered that the average attention span has dropped from twelve to eight seconds since 2000. At the first sign of an awkward silence, many people instinctively fumble for their phones to avoid silence’s piercing scream. According to a survey by Time, 77 percent of people between the ages of 18-24 said “when nothing is occupying my attention, the first thing I do is reach for my phone.” Unfortunately, it has become rare to see people sitting down for a meal together without their...

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Is LeBron James out of Cleveland?

By Beau Kemp Since the beginning of this year’s basketball season, many NBA fans and sports analysts have been plagued by one question: What will LeBron James’ future with the Cavaliers be after this season? James’ history indicates that he is not solely devoted to Cleveland, as he has left the team before. Sports enthusiasts have spent this season debating whether or not he will stay with the Cavaliers or move on to a different team. In 2003, James was drafted out of high school by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the first overall pick of the draft. People who have not closely followed his career might believe that he never left, as he currently plays for the same team, but this is not the case. He spent the first seven years of his career in Cleveland, where his team was knocked out of the playoffs year after year. After being knocked out for the fifth year in a row with a loss to the Boston Celtics, he entered free agency at the end of the 2009-2010 season. On July 8, 2010, James declared that he would be playing in South Beach for the Miami Heat. Thus, a dynasty was created. In Miami, he joined his talents with two other superstars from the 2003 draft, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The team made the playoffs every year that he was in Miami, winning two championships in four years, showing Miami Heat to be a force to be reckoned with. However, after a loss in the finals to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013-2014 season, James decided to leave Miami. In 2014, he took his talents back to Cleveland to join Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, who was the number one overall pick in the 2011 draft. Since then, James and the Cavaliers have made it to the finals every year. With this year’s playoffs coming to an end, James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently in the Eastern Conference Finals matching up against the Boston Celtics. If the Cavaliers defeat the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, they will have made it to the championship for the fourth year in a row.  However, James’ contract is over at the end of this season and James has declared that he will be entering free agency after the playoffs, regardless of whether the team wins the championship or not. There may be good reasons for him to consider making a change. Even though James’ agent claims that he is likely to stay in Cleveland, the regular season record for the Cavaliers was sub-par. At the beginning of the season, the Cavaliers...

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Life beyond a diagnosis: UMHB student in remission of leukemia, adjusts to life after regimen of treatments
Jan24

Life beyond a diagnosis: UMHB student in remission of leukemia, adjusts to life after regimen of treatments

By Rachael Hopson Contributing Writer As a 20-year-old sophomore business management major here at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, my boyfriend Corey Andersen lives a reasonably normal life. Many would never imagine him as a leukemia survivor, but that is a part of his reality. At eighteen years old, he had just graduated from high school and was looking forward to spending the day at Six Flags with our youth group. Unfortunately, his plans were interrupted the night before when an excruciating pain in his hip had been enough to send him to the hospital. He slept in the hospital bed hoping to pass the time before he was released so he could rejoin the group. He awoke from a nap worried only because he was missing out on the roller coasters, but something else was wrong; his parents’ eyes were puffy and bloodshot. The doctor entered the room and Corey soon realized he wouldn’t be riding any roller coasters that day. The doctor had seen a similar case before – a child brought in with excruciating hip pain and some similar blood test results. But, he couldn’t be sure. The doctor recommended taking him to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for an official diagnosis. That wasn’t how Corey, or any of us, had hoped the week would go – who would? Corey and I had spent the week at church camp with our youth group. It was a special trip since our anniversary was that week. Friday, July 24, 2015 was supposed to be our roller coaster day, our anniversary of two years dating. Instead of spending the day riding roller coasters with him, I was left at the park with the rest of the group not knowing what was going on or why he hadn’t been released yet. Our youth pastor, Kirk Godkin, was the one who finally gave me the news. I sat under the shadow of a roller coaster and sobbed. What a terrible way to spend our anniversary. Eventually, Corey’s sister Caitlyn, and I went to the hospital in Longview, Texas – the one that Corey had been taken to from camp the night before. From there, his family and I headed to Houston. Thankfully MD Anderson was only 20 minutes from our hometown of Humble. Going home felt good, but knowing his diagnosis would be made official there made the city seem strange and almost foreign. The next week was lengthy and arduous, but eventually we had an official diagnosis, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Corey’s incredible doctor, Dr. Naveen Pemmaraju, quickly educated us about this type of cancer and how a new treatment,...

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