Logo revealed: Student body approves
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Logo revealed: Student body approves

By Leif Johnston Mayborn Campus Center hosted an event, Feb. 14 that brought a change to Crusader athletics. The new logo was officially revealed at a news conference in the lobby of MCC before the basketball games against conference opponent Howard Payne University. The “oohs” and “aahs” that were heard as the logo was revealed were an immediate sign that Bill Woodward of Woodward Creative Design had created a logo that was going to be welcomed at the university. Instead of the side view that was represented in the old logo, the new one sports a Crusader with a closed helmet looking straight ahead. Not only did the Crusader change but also the words “The Cru.” The new looks freshened up many of the sports attire, and these were shown at the press conference. A number of student athletes showed off their program’s updated uniforms. “I like the new look, and I think the student body as a whole does too. It’s always good to be a part of something new and different,” junior exercise and sport science major Brian Gallagher said. The logo is quite a bit different from the previous one. It was designed to give people and students the idea that the university is making great strides in all areas, as well as holding on to the traditions that are set in place. “We told him we wanted the Crusader to reflect the dedication and commitment of our student athletes, who devote many hours to prepare themselves to compete,” Athletic Director Randy Mann said. “I am excited about the change. It is a new era for UMHB football with the new logo and the new stadium—the tradition and the guys that played here before us and put our program on the map,” Gallagher said. All of the hype for the release wasn’t a letdown. The student body came out to be a part of the coming out party. “I would have to say that the overall feel of the student body was positive. The hype that was created around the release seemed to capture the curiosity of the students, and it was evident that they were intrigued,” athletic events Manager Doak Fleming said. Free T-shirts with the much anticipated Crusader on them  drew many more students to the basketball games. It also gave them a chance to immediately see changes to the area as far as signs in Mayborn go. Four new signs were placed at the corners of the gym. “I feel that the coming out party we had for the logo was a great success. To see students and even adults trying to sneak...

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Clubs partner to spread ‘amor’

By Ashleigh Bugg Valentine’s Day can be a beautiful experience for happy couples and Hallmark stores but can leave others with a bitter taste in their mouths that has nothing to do with dark chocolate. Students from the Campus Activities Board wanted to make the holiday a positive event for students, regardless of their relationship status. CAB members passed out buttons with a simple message: “You are loved.” “Not everyone has another person to be with or can be with the person they love today,” junior education major and CAB member Jess Hoerman said.  “We want everyone to feel loved.” The idea is based on the group You Are Loved, an organization dedicated to sharing the story of Jesus Christ through buttons. The purpose of the pins is simple: to remind others that they are valued and get them to think about why. The organization was founded in 2006 by Dave Navarra, a high school senior at the time. 55,000 pins have been produced and distributed throughout the world. The mission is to spread as much love as possible to people from all walks of life. The website promises three free pins to everyone who sends an envelope with their mailing address. Navarra makes the point on his website that the pins themselves are not there to “love” anyone but to remind Christians to follow Christ’s commands and start conversations. “I didn’t celebrate Valentine’s with anyone this year. It really made me smile to know that CAB cared,” sophomore psychology student Amy Valenta said. “We want everyone on campus to know this is all inclusive and that they are loved,” Hoerman said. CAB wasn’t the only organization to play cupid this year. The Spanish Club sold chocolates with Spanish verses to raise money for their upcoming trip to the Riverwalk and  the Alamo. “Each chocolate has a message in English and Spanish. It’s folded kind of like a fortune cookie,” junior nursing student Rachel Love said. Students bought chocolate with the usual Valentine’s greetings such as “I love you” and “You’re beautiful.” However, some cards had more unusual sayings. Sophomore nursing student Sarah Patty picked a verse that said, “Mariposo de sueno, te pareces a mi alma,” or “Dream butterfly, you look like my soul.” She said, “Forget valentines, I’m buying this one for my roommate.” Spanish club members were eager to show that Valentine’s Day is more than a holiday for love-struck couples. In various Latin American countries, including Costa Rica and Colombia, the holiday is not only for couples. It is known as Día del Amor y la Amistad translated the Day of Love and Friendship. Floral...

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Chapel service kicks off Lent for students

By Paola Nunez On the day that marks the beginning of Lent, known as Ash Wednesday, the Catholic Student Organization gave students a look inside this largely Catholic tradition during chapel Feb. 13. “There are a lot of things that it commemorates,” sophomore psychology major and organization member Michelle Lopez said. “Forty is an important number in the Bible. It stands for the 40 years of the Jews in the desert, Jesus’ 40 days of temptation in the desert, and now it’s the 40 days that we wait before Easter. Those are the biggest three that are always talked about.” Lent is the 40-day period of fasting and repentance considered to be preparation for the celebration of Easter and is a custom practiced by many Christians aside from Catholics, including Anglicans and Lutherans. The majority of individuals commonly know it to be the time when they give up something that they depend on every day, or that they enjoy or consume regularly, but there is more to the  tradition than that. Graduate education major and member of CSO Angelica Villafuerte said, “For me, it’s not always about giving something up, but trying to add something to your routine that will make you closer to God.” She said this can vary from trying to read excerpts from the Bible more often or setting aside more time for prayer each day. The video presented at the beginning of chapel illustrated Galatians 2:20, the scripture the organization used to base their meaning of Lent to the students. It describes the way one should act and what to remember during the days leading up to Easter. It reads, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Deacon Ronnie Lastivica from Christ the King Catholic Church joined the organization at chapel and during the homily, when the Gospel reading is explained, he said, “What Christ really wants from us is our hearts…. He wants us to be able to go out and be willing to love other people, as He has loved us, so much that we are willing to sacrifice ourselves for love of Him, and for love of God.” He gave the reason why people give up something important and try to grow spiritually during Lent: the sacrifice signifies the resolve to give oneself to God, as Jesus gave Himself. Senior nursing major and club president Keenan Mullins said, “I think a lot of people...

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Crusader men step up talent, comedy, fun

By Alannah Domangue She’s beauty, and she’s grace…wait, wrong pageant. The 18 contestants of the twentieth annual Cru Knights suited up for the show’s finale Feb 16. Senior mass communication/journalism major Tanner Clarke (Mr. Senior Class) received this year’s title as Mr. Crusader Knight. “I was completely overjoyed and blown away,” Clarke said. “It’s kind of a myth that seniors can’t win Cru Knights.” Although this was maybe not the audience’s typical show of Myth Busters, Clarke certainly shattered the tale. “Going into Cru Knights, I did not want to win. The whole reason why I did Cru Knights was so I could get to know some (underclassmen) that I would never get to know otherwise,” Clarke said. After being elected for senior class representative, Clarke kept one simple goal in mind. “I wanted to hopefully leave behind a legacy that has nothing to do with me and has everything to do with guys being transparent and learn what it means to be true men of God,” he said. Behind the scenes of all the pizzazz and excitement of the two-night show attended by students, members of UMHB  and the community, this year’s director, senior history major Jake Hans, saw a dream become a reality. “I’ve always had a vision for what I wanted Cru Knights to be,” Hans said. Everything from the practices to the pageant and all the brotherhood bonding in between came together seemingly perfect for him. “To actually stand there Friday night and see what was in your head (occur) on the stage and see how close the guys have gotten over the past six weeks was really awesome,” Hans said. As the director, Hans not only wanted to produce an outstanding performance, but he sought to create a sense of unity among the contestants. “Every week we had a theme practice,” Hans said. He prompted the guys to attend practices with different attire including short shorts night, collegiate night and a Hawaiian night. However, Hans also wanted to meet with the guys simply to “leave practice at practice” and to have some fun. Hans planned a chick-flick and ice cream night for more of a cheesy, guy-bonding occasion. Overall, many of the participants agreed the experience was absolutely unforgettable, and in the most non-cliché way possible, “magical.” “I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” freshman communication major Jayten Ames (Mr. First Year Council) said. “I grew so close to everybody there.” For senior accounting major and first runner-up Braden Buchanan (Mr. Independence Village), Cru Knights affected him beyond the newfound friendships. “It was a great lesson of humility,” Buchanan said. In his early weeks...

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New logo generates much anticipation

By Leif Johnston University athletics will have a different look starting Thursday, Feb. 14. A logo will be ushered in at the basketball games, and the updated image will sweep through the campus throughout the rest of the year. The plan is simple…unity. Vice President for Athletics Randy Mann said, “We had different programs using different logos, so we ended up having three or four different logos being used athletically. So we decided we really needed to settle on one logo that everybody liked.” Creating a new image to represent the school was a long project that took many different things into account. “The idea of a new logo was brought up about five years ago when Coach Shipp was the athletic director, due to the fact that it was just hard to duplicate on apparel and also a little expensive when you had to reproduce it,” Mann said. The project got pushed to the side after the initial talk of change because it was hard to find something that everyone agreed upon. The revamping and expanding of the campus was a catalyst. Considering the number of new facilities being built, the committee that worked with the logo figured there was no better time than now to unify the campus. “They revisited the idea with the start of the new stadium and all the other things that are going on and thought if we are going to do a new logo, let’s look at it again. After it resurfaced again, the committee went through the process and came up with a design that I think everybody will like,” Mann said. A rebranding for the athletic department isn’t something that happens very often, but when it does, it brings excitement. Many students, and not only student athletes, have grown accustomed to the logo in place, but the idea of a different one bringing more variety to the bookstore and other places is creating a buzz around campus. “It’s an interesting time in the history of the university when you choose to re-brand the athletic department and come out with something that everybody can be excited about,” Head Men’s Golf Coach Aaron Rodeffer said. Not only are the coaches eager to have something new that they are all able to work into their programs, but the student athletes see the change as a good thing. “What I look forward to most is that, overall, it is just different. It will be cool to experience change and just start something new,” junior exercise and sport science major Jake Sims said. The transition of all the programs using the new logo may seem...

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