International ministry bridges gap
Feb15

International ministry bridges gap

By Alannah Domangue The area remained quiet while small clusters of people entered. After ten minutes, laughter filled the room as students began mingling with strangers. The occasion Thursday evening was only one of the many events hosted by the International Student Ministry. The event name: Game Night with Internationals. The mission: ministry. Students gathered in the SUB for fellowship, fun and food. The night began with a couple of icebreaker games followed by a meet-and-greet activity. Sophomore nursing major Jessica Walker, who serves on the ministry counsel, said the purpose of the festivities was to create “interactions and connections among the students and internationals.” The International Student Ministry attempts to form friendships and relationships “in a non-awkward way and to show (internationals) the love of Christ,” Walker said. In previous years the ministry hosted game nights, but not twice in one year. Since last semester’s event proved so successful, the ministry opted to host an additional activity-filled evening. This semester the turnout exceeded expectations. Senior Christian ministries major Kristin Mercer said the event was her first game night experience with the internationals. Mercer, who attended the Thanksgiving dinner last fall, said the night had “a lot more interaction. It’s fun to see the way our cultures can interact with one another,” Mercer said. Graduate student Wendy Lui, who attended previous game nights, has always appreciated the experience. Lui said interacting during the games gives her a “very good chance to communicate with the American people… and a good chance to practice   English.” Students do not always understand that the game night is for both Americans and internationals. “It’s both ways,” junior exercise sport science major and ministry leadership counsel member Elizabeth Valcin said. The International Student Ministry aims “to attract as many international students as possible, but at the same time  find Americans (to) interact with the international students,” she said. Although last semester’s outcome surprised ministry leaders, planning this event did not cease their worries. The biggest challenge is “getting the word out,” Walker said. “Advertising and making sure people hear about the event” poses a problem for the group, Valcin said, but their turnout usually surpasses anticipations. “We have plenty of ideas, but it’s hard to schedule around the school’s schedule.” Although publicizing is difficult, the events always have great results. The ministry’s main goal is “getting the (international) students to know who we are,” Valcin said. “After game night, I feel like a lot of them knew who I was and were able to come up to me and say hi.” American students will initiate relationships, which allows the internationals to be more interested in...

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CASL encourages student leaders

By Antonio Hebert and Katelyn Holm In 1999, several UMHB students and an alumnus desired an organization that would support the spiritual growth of young leaders. Now called the Christian Association of Student Leaders, the group celebrated its fifteenth anniversary at Howard Payne University Jan. 24-26. The legacy of the UMHB founders continued last week when Crusaders loaded up vans and headed to Brownwood, Texas, for the annual leadership conference. Student Government Association, Residents Hall Association, Baptist Student Ministries, Campus Activities Board and Welcome Week Steering Committee all participated in the retreat. Through the three-day seminar, each campus organization honed in on its specific role from a Christian perspective. In addition, members had the opportunity to interact with representatives from other colleges with the objectives of networking and meaningful relationships. Freshman Savannah Davis enjoyed her first CASL retreat as a part of CAB. “I met a lot of different people from other schools and from UMHB that I had never seen before or talked to,” she said. Along with the relational resources, the conference also provided large general sessions and smaller break-out workshops. This year’s keynote speaker was Mike Jorgensen, executive director of the evangelistic and discipleship ministry, I Am Second. Throughout his lectures, Jorgensen taught those in attendance about effective leadership, stressing the importance of servitude and humility. He explained that, often, people in powerful positions fear passing responsibility to someone else. “The measure of a leader is not what you can individually do,” he said. By building up other people, the group functions less on one individual and has more of an impact. To inspire a collegiate atmosphere, each night of the conference featured a special entertainment event. Thursday, a Christian illusionist brought some tricks from Tennessee to wow his Texas audience. B.J. Harris III’s presentation included his testimony, card tricks and an impressive escape from a strait jacket. Although Harris put on a good show, his practical message stood out the most. Davis said, “My favorite part was probably the illusionist. It was really cool how he tied in all his tricks with a lesson about how we shouldn’t be deceived.” Sophomore marketing and international business double major Hallie Holden represented UMHB this year and helped facilitate the school’s involvement. “I am most excited for all the other schools to see UMHB and see why we love our school,” she said. “I hope they get to see a little bit of what  makes it so great while they are on our...

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Sigma Pi ignites scientific interest in the community

By Alannah Domangue Beginning this story with a chemistry joke would prove itself easy, but Sigma Pi members would probably say, all of them argon. It could be the mutual love for chemistry that brings these science enthusiasts together, or possibly the pure enjoyment of watching objects explode. For a number of years, the chemistry club, formally known as Sigma Pi, has been recognized on a national level under the reins of former university professor, Dr. Darrell Watson. This spring, the American Chemical Society will present the club with the Commendable Chapter Award and the Green Chemistry Student Chapter Award for the previous academic year. Since Sigma Pi’s charter in 1977, students and faculty consider the club as one of the most active organizations on campus. It focuses on outreach. Senior chemistry and computer science double major and club environmental officer Zach Winfield said, “Our main goal is to teach kids science isn’t as scary as it seems.” The team does this through various activities both on and off campus. A shared favorite among most of the club members is Demos In The Dark, an annual event held in October. Quy Nguyen, senior biology and chemistry double major and club president, said he enjoys creating the explosions for the demo performance. Later in the fall, the group hosts a day of experiments for local children called Science Saturday, a favorite of senior chemistry major and club historian Alayne Cockrell. “All the little kids are so funny when they get to play with the experiments. It’s very special to be a part of that.” However, club members don’t always spend their time creating attended mayhem. Members work diligently to keep Bell County and the campus clean. “Those recycling bins around,” said Cockrell.  “Those are ours.” The organization takes responsibility for maintaining campus recycle bins. The club also volunteers on behalf of Adopt-A-Highway for regular roadside cleanup. Additionally, every April, Sigma Pi never fails to set up its Earth Day booth in the SUB to advocate for green living conditions. Chemistry club co-sponsor, Dr. Joy Ahlgren-Beckendorf, is new to the organization this year. She enjoys working with students in ways outside of the classroom. “I learn about my students on another dimension,” Ahglren-Beckendorf said. “The best part is, I don’t have to give them a grade.” Members said the chemistry club continues to grow, creating further opportunities for locals and students. Recently, the group worked with local Girl and Boy Scout groups for the children to earn science badges. Currently, the group pushes to create tutoring sessions for lower-level chemistry classes at the university. Although the club presents high achievements for...

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Men sustain division dominance
Jan29

Men sustain division dominance

By Leif Johnston The men’s basketball team has been on a fast track straight to the top of the ASC West division with an impressive 12-1 record. Recently knocking off a stingy Howard Payne team by double digits, the Cru looks to keep that momentum as they finish conference play. Hitting the road to play quality teams will prove to be a tough task, but the Cru believe it isn’t anything they can’t handle. “There is no doubt that the road trip will be tough. It’s easy for teams to lose focus while traveling so much, but coach has done a great job to prepare us for what to expect,” senior business finance major Cory Meals said. The Crusaders provided themselves a great deal of momentum going into the grueling road stretch. A blowout win over a talented HSU team was just what the Cru was looking for. “The Hardin Simmons game was huge considering we were both tied for first place in the East Division. They are our rivals, which made the win that much better,” freshman biology major Layton Zinsmeister said. With younger players having to step up, the strong core of seniors provides a source of experience that has been vital to the team’s success. The Crusaders continue their winning ways by playing hard-nosed defense and taking care of the little things. “I really thought this would be a team that would shoot the ball consistently between 48% and 53%, but we haven’t reached that yet,” Head Coach Ken DeWeese said. “We are shooting the ball OK, but we are not shooting the ball nearly as well as what I think this team can.” The men’s program has been successful in the past and has set its sights on a deep run into the national tournament. This year’s team is no different. After a couple of early losses, the Crusaders have been doing whatever it takes to take their game to the next level. “Our team goal this year is to win every game. Each game is just as important as the next. Our ultimate goal is to win a National Championship; we just have to stay focused and continue to work hard every day.” Meals said. The unselfish approach that the Cru have taken to this season has made a tremendous impact on their production. Not to mention forcing their opponents to stay aware of each player on the court whether the player is a starter or coming off the bench. “The past couple of games our first and second leading scorers have been off the bench, Thomas Ore and Antonie Chaney,” Deweese said. “The...

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Gangster Squad sets bar high for 2013

By Leif Johnston “Every man has a badge” is a powerful statement made by Sgt. John O’Mara. This statement alone sums up the newly released movie Gangster Squad directed by Ruben Fleischer. A story driven by misfits coming together to stop the most powerful gangster in the West sets the bar high for films that are to come out in 2013.  Director Ruben Fleisher shows that he can steer away from his usual comedy films and create one that is action packed. The squad is in constant battle with Los Angeles’ most power-hungry mob boss, Mickey Cohen played by Sean Penn. The dialogue in the movie is serious and businesslike, but Gangster Squad member Sgt. Jerry Wooters, played by Ryan Gosling breaks up the suspenseful fighting scenes with numerous great one-liners. The acting in this film is brilliant. John Brolin, plays the honest cop that will turn to extreme measures to put Los Angeles’ monster to rest. Emma Stone plays the damsel in distress but playing it with a hard to get yet seductive demeanor. This aspect gives this film the depth that it needed to take it from an ordinary gun slinging action film to a movie that forces characters to make ultimate sacrifices for the future of the city, even though their families safety is on the line. The amounts of gunfire in this movie will more than likely bring criticism its way. But you can’t really have a true portrayal of a gangster film without excessive amounts of bullets fired. This film delayed its premier date after the Aurora shooting, but this move possibly made their chances of gun control arguments even greater in light of last month’s event in Newtown Conn. Regardless of the number of shootouts it still gives viewers a  glimpse into what it might have been like post WWII trying to contain these greedy mob bosses that took down anything that interrupted their progress. If you have a weak stomach this film may not be for you. The opening scenes will show that director Ruben Fleischer didn’t shy away from the bloody gruesome punishments that gangster Mickey Cohen orders on people in his usual way. Gangster Squad is a film worth the overly priced ticket. Grab some popcorn and enjoy this must-see...

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