New Goodwill Impacts Community
Oct22

New Goodwill Impacts Community

The first Heart of Texas Goodwill Industries retail store in Belton opened on Sparta Road behind Wal-Mart in September, and many students are checking out what it has to offer. Retail store Manager Tiffany Spears said with Halloween around the corner, the workers are seeing a lot of college students come in to search for costumes. “I enjoy seeing them trying out different looks and having fun with it, but the best part is knowing that they’re buying something at an affordable price, especially since a lot of their money is going towards their education,” Spears said. The donated items sold at Goodwill go through a thorough inspection to ensure only quality goods make it to the racks and shelves said Director of Retail Rebecca Potter. “The sorters, pricers, taggers and cashiers are all trained to look for stains, tears and scratches on products, so each merchandise is reviewed several times before a customer purchases it,” Potter said as she explained the inspection and selection process. She added that employees set out most of the newly received donations within 24 hours, and an average of more than 800 new clothing items are hung on the racks every day, a fact that impressed sophomore multimedia and information technology major Hannah Warren. “I’ve never really considered shopping at a Goodwill in the past, but once I noticed that a lot of my friends shopped there, I decided to go to the store myself. You’d be surprised at all the great things you can find there, and you can always find something new each time you go,” Warren said. She thinks the thrift shop trend is increasing, especially among people in college, because most of them try to find even the smallest way to save money. Regional Manager CC Davis said business has been steady so far for the new store in the early going. “These past couple of weeks have been very busy for us, and we are very optimistic that customers will keep coming back, new ones will keep coming in, and that we will continue to be as busy as we have been lately.” In addition to the retail store is a Goodwill Industries Learning Center, which teaches important life skills and is funded by the profits made by the retail store. “The mission of the center is to actively pursue the full participation in society of people with disabilities and disadvantages by expanding their opportunities and capabilities through our employment and training programs,” Learning Center Coordinator Sabrina Negron said. The Center gives people tools to become more employable, which can range from teaching them how to write resumes...

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National Night Out makes students think about safety
Oct09

National Night Out makes students think about safety

In 2012, the campus had 42 cases of theft on record. Many students assume they, along with their belongings, are safe,   but they could be wrong. Campus police deputy John Ellison is the current crime and prevention officer. He attended National Night Out Oct. 1 to help broadcast this important event. “Crime prevention is a huge deal, especially here at UMHB. The better we do with crime prevention, the less we have to deal with burglaries,” he said. The occasion gave all campus police officers a reason to help students become aware of their surroundings. “We try to take opportunities like this to get the word out about crime prevention,” Ellison said. One of the goals of the event is for residents to have the opportunity to get outside of the dorms and meet people other than their direct neighbors and also those who serve for their protection. “We are out here and approachable so the students can get to know their officers in a laid-back environment. We don’t want just a business relationship, especially here with our students. We want them out talking to us all the time,” Ellison said. In addition to campus authorities, Belton officials were also at the event making their rounds while going to other block parties happening all over town. It might not be possible to get every resident on campus to attend an event like this, so Ellison hopes to at least get more involved and aware. “We would love for the students to swing by, get some free food and then go back to their dorm. We don’t expect them to stay the whole time, as long as they come,” he said. The event hosted attractions such as texting and driving, goggles that gave undergrads a chance to see what being under the influence is like and firefighter gear to try on. Senior business administration major Joanna Leath attended and participated in the activities. “Students who come can learn about several different parts like don’t text and drive and the seat belt simulator. They can also get their bike registered while fellowshipping with other students,” she said. Sophomore nursing major Jacob Barnes is a Belton firefighter and came to show his support with other volunteers. “It’s always good to know who’s watching your back and protecting you. It’s not just the firemen that were there. It was security, police officers, and medics, all of which help in the community. National Night Out is all about knowing who serves you,” he said. Barnes assisted attendees who wanted to try on the firefighter paraphernalia. “Honestly, it’s just cool to try on the gear...

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Street on Campus Could Honor Historical Figure

When fans roll onto campus to watch the Crusaders in action at Crusader Stadium, they might encounter another change in addition to the new traffic light. A request has been filed with the City of Belton by the Belton African-American Churches United. It calls for West Ninth Avenue from Main Street to Loop 121 to be renamed MLK in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Both First Baptist Belton and the university own property on West Ninth Avenue. “I’m just excited that everyone came together from the churches, college and community to make this thing happen,” said Rev. William Hill, a representative of the Belton African-American Churches United. He hopes new signs  on the street will be up by the middle of football season. Belton’s African-American Churches United organization first worked toward naming a street after the revolutionary leader in January of 2012. University President Dr. Randy O’Rear said in a press release that Ninth Avenue was the best option to be named after King because of its “high use and visibility.” The university has expressed its support for the idea, acknowledging that the university is proud to be involved in the honoring of a man who made such a great impact on the nation. “His message of peace and equality are in keeping with the Christian values on which UMHB is based, and the fact that King was a Baptist minister fits nicely with UMHB’s Baptist heritage,” said Dr. Paula Tanner, vice president for Communications and Special Projects at UMHB. Belton advocates have tried to change other street names in town to MLK; however, property owners on the respective streets voted down the proposals. For a street name change to take place, 70 percent of property owners who respond must vote their consent. A street-naming committee met to create a policy and then worked with the city council. Ballots have been distributed among property owners on West Ninth Avenue. While there is a deadline for the vote, Tanner said, “If the vote passes, the name change could be pretty swift after that, but there is no set number of days that this process will take.” If residents vote to change the name, the next step would be deciding whether MLK would be a street, avenue, way, drive or boulevard. Senior Christian studies major Dylan Topliff thinks the renaming would be a positive step. He said, “It’s going to be much easier for people that aren’t familiar with campus. They’ll have a name to look for rather than just a street...

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Civil Wars’ New Album: Go “Tell Mama”
Sep10

Civil Wars’ New Album: Go “Tell Mama”

Known for their folk inspired music, The Civil Wars’ new album, which is cleverly titled, The Civil Wars, is no different and does not disappoint. They haven’t strayed far from their roots of the song “Poison and Wine,” which debuted in 2011 and quickly became a fan favorite that put the folk duo, John Paul White and Joy Williams, on the  charts. The cover of the album is a black and white image of a colossal smoke cloud. This reflects the edginess of the collection, since some of the songs are titled, “Dust to Dust,” “Devil’s Backbone” and “Disarm.” In addition to the two making their mark on folk music, they are also recognized for their talent of harmonizing really well and have been nominated for several awards. White and Williams performed at the Ford’s Theatre Annual Gala to honor Morgan Freeman and Elie Wiesel. They can go “Tell Mama” all about that. The song entitled “Sacred Heart” on this album was written and performed in French. The inspiration came from the extravagant view of the Eiffel Tower while the pair were in a flat hanging out during a visit to France. Translated, the basic meaning of the song is waiting for someone. “I’ll wait for you there. Will you come for me?” Their most popular song from this album, “The One That Got Away,” might be a little too close to home since rumors are spreading around that the duo are not on talking terms with each other. Hopefully, they won’t be saying this about each other soon. In an interview with VH1, Williams discussed the small feud with co-singer John Paul White. “It took a lot of energy, honestly. We both have very different work styles, but I’d like to think that creative tension actually ended up serving the album well in the end….We created something even more raw and aching and real than anything we’ve done to date.” The band wanted to represent that all of their listeners feel alone at one point or another, and did so with the song, “Dust to Dust.” This, yet again, is ironic as they might be feeling lonely since they stopped speaking to one another. “Oh, you’re acting your thin disguise, all your perfectly delivered lines, they don’t fool me, you’ve been lonely, too long.” Despite all of the melancholy surrounding the artists no longer creating relatable music, the album debuted number 1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. Even though there might have been tension, they masked it well. If this is the last album we will hear from the two, at least we can say that it...

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Volleyball Win Count Spikes to 5-1
Sep10

Volleyball Win Count Spikes to 5-1

It only took the volleyball team three sets to send Rhodes College and Centenary College packing Sept 6-7. The women took care of business and took care of it early. They beat a talented Rhodes College team with the help of sophomore outside hitter Lauren Powell. She finished the game with 13 kills. The following game looked similar to the first, with Powell leading the attack and sophomore setter Shelby Prather repeating her 29 assist game. This was the second weekend in a row that the women dominated tournament play. The Cru went 3-1 against tough competition in the UMHB Classic. Kicking off the tournament Aug, 30-31 with a win against Huston-Tillotson, the energy carried over, going into a full count match, for a 3-2 victory over the number two-ranked Southwestern University in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Dominating on Saturday in a quick 3-0 matchup with number-three-ranked Trinity University in the SCAC, the Crusaders added a tally to their win column. “They’re D3. They’re ranked and we are not. So by beating them, it really puts us in a good position and just knowing we played really steady,” sophomore education major Shelby Prather said. Not only did head volleyball coach, Rob Frost, take part in keeping the momentum of the tournament positive, but head basketball coach Ken Deweese stepped in to share a few encouraging words. “That was a really good speech. It definitely made us play a lot harder. Coach Deweese just told us to play against our best self and keep competing,” freshman physical therapy major Sarah Toler said. The women split their games, losing to Wayland Baptist University 25-21, 25-8, 25-11. Toler commented on the accomplishments for the overall Mary Hardin-Baylor Classic. “I’m feeling good we beat the teams we needed to beat, especially the D3 schools. We took care of those games.” Frost continues to show leadership as he enters into his third season as a Crusader, staying confident in his team. “I’m very happy with how we played this weekend. There were a number of teams that only had one win, and we pulled out three,” he said .“We played very steady and played like upperclassmen—played a lot older than we are. Point for point, it was a great weekend for us.” Junior mathematics major Bianca Patterson led the team with 12 kills followed by sophomore visual communications major Lauren Powell with 10. Overall, it was a successful weekend, and the team continues that sucess in Tyler. The optimism stays high for the rest of the upcoming season, and Prather stays positive about potential the team has. She said the first tournament “went...

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