Org Fair on King Street
Mar06

Org Fair on King Street

Christian Ministry major Morgan Ross (Left) and Nursing major Aly Finner (Right) hold a sign for the Baptist Student Ministry at the Organization Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 27. The BSM seeks to guide students on their spiritual journey and prepare them for missionary work in the future. Photo by Malaika Randolph/The Bells By The Bells Staff The Student Organizations were socially distancing as they were out in force on King Street on Wednesday, Jan. 27, hoping to interest students in joining their clubs. Tables for ABS (Association of Black Students), CAB (Campus Activities Board), and other clubs lined both sides of the walkway in front of Bawcom Student Union where members could greet other interested students as they socially distanced outside and in masks. Their tables illustrated  various club themes, and each included a QR code to provide more information with maximum social distancing. Kaleigh Darnell, a sophomore from Rockwall, left, and senior Maricela Ramirez of Austin, are both math majors manning the Math Club booth at the Org Fair on King Street, Wednesday, Jan. 27. Courtesy...

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Football team finds good results in practice and extra long wait for start of playing season
Mar01

Football team finds good results in practice and extra long wait for start of playing season

By C.J. Halloran Staff Writer Senior wide receiver Jaylan Jenkins connects with quarterback Kyle King during practice on Thursday. Photo by C.J. Halloran/The Bells After 427 days of being starved of UMHB football, CRU football fans were finally allowed to eat again on Feb. 6, as The Crusaders traveled to Mississippi to face Belhaven University.  The Crusaders arrived in Belhaven looking to extinguish any doubts of whether such a long break would affect their play or not. The CRU came out strong in the first quarter, opening their score with a 37-yard-run from quarterback Tommy Bowden. The CRU didn’t let up in the first quarter either, thanks to a fumble recovery-turned-touchdown by linebacker Glen Thornton. Tommy Bowden throws a screen pass as the offensive line buys him as much time as he needs during practice in January. Photo by C.J. Halloran/The Bells The second quarter was much of the same for the CRU, as they put 13 more points on the board, thanks to two touchdown passes from Bowden to Kad Daniels. The Crusader’s defense remained impregnable as well, holding Belhaven’s offense back at our 2-yard line to keep them from scoring in the first half. The second half began much like the first and saw Tommy Bowden run for one more touchdown late in the third quarter before being substituted for Kyle King. King also got on the score sheet, connecting with Brenton Martin for a beautiful 35-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.  Junior wide receiver  Romello Cook leaps for a catch as he prepares for his first game as a Crusader against Belhaven University. Photo by C.J. Halloran/The Bells Though the Crusaders as a whole shone on their first game back, the star of the game was undoubtedly Tommy Bowden. After spending his freshman year playing backup to Jace Hammack, the quarterback who led UMHB to their 2018 title, Bowden stepped up in his first ever collegiate start. The sophomore threw for 104 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for two more touchdowns. Historically, the CRU has dominated Belhaven every time they’ve played, holding a 4-0 record against the Blazers and outscoring them 190-47, prior to the game Feb. 6. The CRU had been practicing with a certain excitement not seen on campus in months. Though their fall season was postponed, the football team took no time off. The entire fall break they practiced and watched film from last season, looking to improve. Still, given that the team hadnot played a game since December of 2019, the fall practices seemed endless. The energy of the team was high, however. Though the season is finally back, it is...

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Women’s basketball second half rally not enough against Hardin Simmons
Mar01

Women’s basketball second half rally not enough against Hardin Simmons

A Sader Bells member cheers on her team with the Crusader hand sign during the UMHB women’s basketball with Belhaven Jan 16, 2021. Photo by C.J. Halloran/The Bells By C.J. Halloran Staff Writer The CRU women’s Basketball team fell to Hardin-Simmons University 71-64 in a hard-fought game on Saturday, Jan. 30. The CRU started the game on the back foot with the Cowgirls opening up with a 13-4 run. CRU’s graduate student point guard Taylor Kollmorgen looks for quick options as she saves a ball from falling out of bounds. Photo by CJ Halloran The Cowgirls didn’t let up either, continuing to lengthen their lead to as many as 13 points before the first half came to a close. The Crusaders stormed back to tie the game in the third quarter, thanks to a 17-7 run capped off by leading scorer Olivia Champion. Unfortunately for the CRU, they were unable to carry their newfound momentum into the fourth quarter. Junior Guard Alexia Martin shouts Instructions as the CRU dominates McMurry University. Photo by CJ Halloran Hardin-Simmons battled back with a 10-2 run at the beginning of the fourth quarter and brought their lead back to ten points. That proved enough to hold the CRU at bay, taking them to a 71-64 defeat. Champion was the joint leading scorer for the team, scoring 13 off the bench, which tied with the other leading scorer, Bethany McLeod. Sophomore Hannah Eggleston also put up 10 points for the team. Sophomore Forward Olivia Champion Puts Up a Layup as McMurry’s Sydney McHenry and her teammate do their best to shut her down.  Photo by CJ Halloran The CRU next faced an away streak against Sul Ross University and Howard...

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Men’s Basketball hit good stride as the CRU took first games of season
Mar01

Men’s Basketball hit good stride as the CRU took first games of season

CRU Steamrolls Hardin-Simmons for sixth straight victory By C.J. Halloran Staff Writer Josiah Johnson draws a foul from Belhaven’s Rian Shields to extend UMHB’s lead against Belhaven University. Johnson has made more free throws than anyone in Division III this Season and is second in free throws in all divisions. Photo by C.J. Halloran/The Bells When asked about the ASC’s  (American Southwest Conference) new rule of basing tournament qualifiers on win percentage instead of overall wins, Coach Clif Carroll was straight forward.  “It is what it is, but if you win them all, then they’re not gonna keep you out of the tournament,” Carroll said. “If you win them all, you’re gonna be champion. It sounds crazy, but that’s the goal for this team.” Though every coach aims for his team to go undefeated, Coach Carroll took that mindset seriously and has coached the Crusaders to six victories in a row. Their victory came by way of a dominating 91-65 performance against Hardin-Simmons on Saturday, Jan. 30. One of the main arguments that critics of the CRU expressed was based on the team’s slow start, but the Crusaders shut that critique down against Hardin Simmons. UMHB opened the game on a 16-2 run that gave them a lead that did not change hands for the entirety of the game. The CRU absolutely dominated the offensive side of the ball, shooting 56% as a team.  Josiah Johnson continued his hot streak, scoring 34 points and picking up 12 rebounds, while 6’5” guard Ty Prince also picked up a double-double, scoring 22 points with 12 rebounds. The Crusaders showed out on the defensive end of the ball as well, holding the Cowboys to 34% shooting and 22 turnovers. Though one would imagine the team and Coach Carroll to be ecstatic after such a huge victory, they were all business. Coach Carroll went so far as to say he was unhappy with the CRU’s second half. “Today, we relaxed,” Coach Carroll said. “We lost our focus [in the second half]… I would rather us keep two feet on the ground and two hands on the ball [as opposed to some especially acrobatic passing from the CRU in the second half]. “Acrobatic turns into 27 turnovers… you can’t win championships turning it over 27 times,” Carroll said. Though the comments may seem harsh with such a dominant victory, the team shares this mentality and with it comes a hunger that can’t be quenched by any individual victory. The Crusaders have their eyes on one goal: the championship, and they refuse to let anyone get in their way. Sophomore guard Kyle Wright looks for...

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Winter storm shuts down Texas – Wipes out power, water and classes
Mar01

Winter storm shuts down Texas – Wipes out power, water and classes

The front entrance to UMHB, with Luther Memorial behind it, was covered in snow as the sun came out by mid-week. Temperatures remained low, however, so that snow stayed on the ground for several days. Courtesy photo By The Bells Staff UMHB students experienced the largest Texas winter storm on record beginning on Valentine’s weekend. Instead of special dinners and celebrations, students as well as all Texans found themselves getting ready for an unprecedented winter storm. By Friday, Feb. 13, milk and other essential items were already off the shelves, and people seemed to be in a panic. They were right to be worried. Most Texans were not expecting such a long snow and ice-in, since storms of this level almost never happen in the Lone Star State.  The real problem was that the state’s power grid was not prepared for this level of winter freeze, leaving its population in peril. Millions of Texans suffered for days without heat and water in record setting cold temperatures. The death toll is still being calculated. ERCOT (The Electric Reliability Council of Texas) ordered rolling blackouts that began on Valentine’s Day to accommodate all of the state’s needs. Texans would have to deal with these blackouts until the close of the following weekend. On the first days after Tuesday’s hardest freeze, the lines of people standing in the snow trying to get into HEBs in Central Texas stretched for blocks. Roads were iced over and trucks could not deliver supplies. Harrowing stories of the elderly and the ill left cold, deadly car pile-ups on the highways, as well as citizens coming to aid their fellow Texans filled the newscasts on television, while press conferences regularly updated the public with the latest strategies for coping. Water treatment plants shut down two days into the freeze, and those who had water were told it was necessary to boil it. People who had no water at all collected snow to fill their bathtubs and melted it to flush toilets. It was a dangerous inconvenience and expense, as not only hospitals were at risk, but the most vulnerable of the population. All this, on top of a pandemic that already had the world out of kilter for the last year. Students, professors and staff at UMHB found their campus closed as they shifted to concerns of weathering the storm. Much of the campus was without power, so the students turned to UMHB for help. BAWCOM opened its doors to students, offering free meals and power to all students. UMHB Dining Services posted that their members and student workers all came together during the weather to serve...

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