Taking a break from finals at Millennium Oaks Park
Nov24

Taking a break from finals at Millennium Oaks Park

While many students faced more finals by Friday afternoon, Nov. 20, some took a much needed break at Millennium Oaks Park on UMHB’s campus. Several students were found walking, talking, and relaxing on the rocks, benches, and grass in the beautiful, tree-filled park. One was in a hammock, reading the news. Two were feeding turtles and fish in the pond, and occasionally taking photos of the animals splashing in the water for their break crumbs. Across from the spray of the water fountain, Taylor Moore, right, and Sedrick Zgadzaj feed some bread crumbs to the turtles and fish in the Millennium Oaks Park Pond on UMHB’s campus Friday afternoon, Nov. 20. Taylor Moore and Sedrick Zgadzaj still had more finals to take but took a break Friday late afternoon to sit at water’s edge at the pond and feed bread crumbs to the turtles and fish.  Moore is a freshman psychology major and Zgadzaj is a sophomore engineering major. The two share an interest and practice in photography, so they were taking photos of the feeding as the fish and turtles scrambled to grab the bread crumbs. They both went to Round Rock High School, and have been engaged since graduation, with plans to marry after their next graduation – from UMHB. Freshman business major Sam Sommerfeld used her phone to read the news (previewing all the news outlets to “see how it all lines up”) in a friend’s hammock between two trees in the park. Sommerfeld is also on the volleyball team and plans to go into pharmaceutical sales like her father Kent Sommerfeld. The freshman from Longview, who used to be on the journalism team in high school, is glad to be here at UMHB. Freshman business major Sam Sommerfeld reads the news in a friends hammock at Millennium Oaks Park Friday afternoon, Nov. 20. “I couldn’t be any happier than where I am,” Sommerfeld said. “All the people are really friendly and….it’s just like a great environment to be in.” Sommerfeld, who plays the libero position on UMHB’s volleyball team, said her team’s first game is away on Feb. 9, but they their home game on Feb. 17 is with MacMurray College. Freshman elementary education major Anastasia Rakobalis sat under a large tree on the grass at the park while she talked to an old friend from Omaha on her phone. Rokobalis, who lives in Lord Hall, said she wished there were no COVID-19 restrictions because she would really like to visit her friends without restrictions – like in their dorm rooms instead of only in designated common areas. Other than that, she said she is...

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Stunt Night “Drive-in”
Nov17

Stunt Night “Drive-in”

By Sterling Dube Assistant Editor UMHB’s Stunt Night was held as a “drive-in” big screen experience at Crusader Stadium Friday night, Oct. 13. Left to right performing on the stage above: senior education major Andrew Berg, senior public relations major Kim Rincones, and senior psychology major Walker Fain performing their dance routine for the senior class’ take on a UMHB-themed “Footloose.”Photos by Rebecca McEntee The class of 2022 won the best overall production during this year’s stunt night competition, Friday, Nov. 13. It came to no surprise to anyone who watched their previous performance in the fall of 2019, during the “glitch-in-time” themed night. “Movies from the Eighties” was the official 2020 Stunt Night theme,  so there was no telling what route any of the classes would take. As it turned out, the freshmen went with “Ghostbusters,” the sophomores did “Breakfast Club,” the juniors did a UMHB take on “Farris Bueller’s Day Off,” and lastly, the seniors did “Footloose.” UMHB’s Stunt Night’s “Drive-in” big screen experience at Crusader Stadium Friday night, Oct. 13. Students could see their fellow-students perform their Stunt Night skits on the Jumbotron as they sat on chairs or on the grass on the field, or in the bleachers.             Neither the change in venue, nor COVID-19 restrictions changed the atmosphere of Stunt Night. Despite the event being held on the football field with chairs placed six feet apart, there was still that sense of wonder for what the students were able to put together under these trying times. For a couple of hours on a chilly November night the audience could forget about the pandemic and focus on the amazing and jaw-dropping performances of not just the victorious junior class, but also the seniors, who just enjoyed the last Stunt Night of their college careers. The sophomore class also seemed to learn from last year and made improvements to every aspect of this year’s performance. The freshmen came in and showed their stuff and left many curious to see how they can improve on such an amazing showing next year. Seniors l-r: Kim Rincones, Andrew Berg, and Walker Fain perform a scene from the 80s classic movie, “Footloose,” during Stunt Night’s “Drive-in” at Crusader Stadium this...

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The Temple Symphony String Quartet performs at the PAC
Nov10

The Temple Symphony String Quartet performs at the PAC

Amanda Schubert looks over at the other players in the The Temple Symphony String Quartet performance as she plays her viola in the Baugh Performance Hall of the Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center on Friday, Oct. 23. Her fellow players included: Sue Jacobson, 1st violin; Janet Crawford, 2nd violin; and Cory Blais, cello. Photo by Rebecca...

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Dr. Joseph Palmer plays the PAC
Nov10

Dr. Joseph Palmer plays the PAC

UMHB instructor Dr. Joseph Palmer plays a concert on guitar in The Dean’s Series at the Baugh Performance Hall of the Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 6. Photo by Rebecca...

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Zombie Apocalypse Nov. 10
Nov10

Zombie Apocalypse Nov. 10

Students walk by the installation on Martin Luther King Blvd. advertising the Zombie Apocalypse 2020 “game of tag” event at UMHB at 7 p.m. Nov. 10. Photo by Rebecca...

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