Cru football remains flawless, 6-0

By Leif Johnston After the three game road trip, the Crusader football team was thrilled to be back in front of their home crowd at Tiger Stadium in their win against Texas Lutheran University Oct. 6. The Cru routed a headstrong Texas Lutheran Bulldog team 49-31 behind a solid rushing attack carried out by freshman running back Michael Carpenter and junior fullback Elijah Hudson. Texas Lutheran didn’t want to back down and continued to attack the Cru defense. “They never gave up and made us stay in tuned with our game plan. We let them into the game a little more than what we wanted, but it was good for us to see some things we need to work on,” Hudson said. The 499 yards rushing wasn’t the only thing that propelled the Crusaders to victory, and the efficient play of senior quarterback LiDarral Bailey gave the offense a sense of balance. “It really helps the running game and allows big holes to open up in the defense when the defense has to worry about how they are going to stop the passing game as well,” Hudson said.  Balance has been a key theme for the offense this season, and half way through the regular season, the Cru look to be right on track. “We know that we aren’t even close to being as good as what we can be, but we also know we can’t look too far ahead,” Hudson said. “We just have to keep getting better everyday.”  Although everything seems to be clicking right now, the Cru have been plagued by injuries all season. The problem only continued in their game with the Bulldogs, with three key players going down. Standout senior running back Darius Wilson is still struggling to get back to full health after his injury earlier this season. “Once we get everyone back and healthy, I think we will be a scary team to face come playoffs,” junior quarterback Brian Gallagher said.  Injuries are never good, but the team is trying to find the positive in the situation. “You never want anyone to get hurt, but once it happens people have to step up, and I think everyone on this team is prepared to do that at any time,” Gallagher said.  When healthy players begin to come forward to help the team, it makes a coach feel better about seeing so many injured on the sidelines.  “We hate to get a player injured, and it certainly impacts your team, but the real benefit is to have players who want an opportunity and step up and help the team,” said Head Coach Pete Fredenburg. As...

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New rule: faster speed
Oct02

New rule: faster speed

Staff Editorial Lead-footed drivers in Texas will soon have a place to legally entertain their need for speed when a new 41-mile stretch of toll road opens between Austin and San Antonio. Approved by the Texas Transportation Commission, it will boast the nation’s highest speed limit of 85 mph. The development, however, comes with both potential benefit and harm. Some drivers across the state are looking forward to what the increased speed will mean for traveling near the normally congested area, viewing it as a great way for people who live in a city known for its traffic, like Austin, to be able to reduce their travel time during their day. Another possible benefit of the road’s fast pace is a potential decrease in speeding violations. Hopefully, fewer people will break the law when they can legally drive fast. Some people argue that 85 mph is not a safe speed limit, but drivers are still reaching similar speeds regardless of traffic laws. If drivers are going 85 mph legally, they will be less distracted, not being on the lookout for police. But, this may be continuing a dangerous trend. As new laws are set, people try to find out just how far they can push the envelope. This is why we are raising the speed limit even higher than ever before. What was once fast, is no longer. It makes sense to have an 80 mph speed limit on a sparsely populated Interstate 10 out in West Texas, but not an 85 mph limit in the heart of the state. In Austin, drivers are not modest with their gas pedal, and most will risk speeding by five or so miles per hour. They draw the line at reckless driving, which in Texas is 10 percent or more over the speed limit. Ten percent of 85 is 8.5, meaning drivers will be flirting with a speed of 93 miles per hour. Thrill seekers will consider Texas 130, Texas Autobahn. Law Enforcement better spare a few cruisers to watch this stretch of highway. Safety, of course, is the biggest concern in regard to speed. The faster vehicles move, the greater the chance of fatalities. As much as we all like to test the limits of our car’s engine, the increased speed will probably do more harm than good. Soon after being declared the fastest highway in the nation, it could potentially be declared the deadliest as well. The concerns, however, may be overlooked because of the financial benefits of the road. It seems that by posting the speed limit so high, it is merely an incentive to getmore people out on...

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Alerts issued as gas leaks occur around construction

By Jasmine Simmons Caution tape surrounded the perimeter of the construction site as the foul odor of gas tainted the air. Police stood nearby, and students walking by wondered what the cause of the commotion was. During the first weeks of the semester, Aug. 4, Aug. 23 and Sept. 4, some dorms and campus buildings had to be temporarily evacuated due to breakage in underground gas pipes. “Construction is the cause of the gas leaks,” Chief of Police Gary Sargent said. “A lot of it has been hitting abandoned gas lines. They are abandoned, but they tie back into the main line.” The leaks occurred outdoors at construction sites on the south side of Beall Hall and along King Street where the areas underwent in-ground work. Residents received notification about the leaks through text messages. “We ask that students pay attention to the alerts that are sent by campus police,” Associate Dean and Director of Resident Life Donna Plank said, “and follow the instructions they are given in those alerts and follow the instructions given to them by staff members.” Students should update personal information in the university’s system so they can receive messages in case of emergencies. Junior math major and Beall resident assistant Lacy Hill experienced the importance of having updated information in the system firsthand during the gas leak at Beall. Hill returned to the dorm after class and let herself in through the back door. “After I grabbed what I needed for work, I left through the front doors, which are usually unlocked 24/7,” Hill said. “As I was leaving, I noticed they were locked and the scan card machine light was red. I had just switched phone providers, so my number changed, and I didn’t get the text notification that was sent campus wide.” Hill contacted her resident director, Christan Hammonds, who informed her about the gas leak. “I knew that the gas wasn’t poisonous,” Hill said. “It was still scary knowing that if somehow there was a fire, I could have been blown up in the building.” Potential explosion and nausea from gas fumes are the two main reasons why buildings are evacuated in the event of a gas leak. Students should report any cases where they can smell natural gas in the atmosphere. “If a student is asked to ‘shelter in place’ by going into their room or apartment and staying there with the windows closed, or evacuate a space quickly, the most important thing is for students is to follow those instructions quickly,” Plank said. With ongoing construction around campus, fire safety is vital for those living in residence housing. National...

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New theater, grand expectations
Aug21

New theater, grand expectations

By Antonio Hebert Since its opening this past May, Grand Avenue Theaters has been a big hit with Belton area residents and UMHB students. Boasting six large fully digital screens, a cafe and vintage soda parlor, the theater offers a long-awaited and convenient venue for entertainment. Prior to the announcement of the theater’s construction, many thought a movie theater was a service that Belton needed. Business manager Daniel Bucher, a UMHB alumnus, said, “The community has been really pleased. We have gotten so many comments about how they can’t believe this is finally here and how we have needed this for a long time.” A large number of people in Belton would travel to places like Temple, Killeen, Waco or Austin to take in a movie. Ironically, residents of many Central Texas towns now drive to Belton for a movie. David Leigh, the theater’s acting general manager, said, “We are having a positive response from neighboring communities with people coming from Killeen, Gatesville, Waco and Austin.” Aside from native Central Texans, another sector of Belton’s population is happy to have a new theater, the UMHB student body. Many have been to the theater multiple times and are pleased with its convenient location and the five dollar college day begining Tuesday, Aug. 21. Junior nursing major Taylor Frank was present at the theater’s midnight opening on May 5, the same night The Avengers premiered. She was impressed. She said, “I think it’s perfect for the small town of Belton. The workers were just so nice. I had a great time.” Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life Donna Plank arranged an outing to the theater to see The Bourne Legacy. Plank said, “Belton has needed this for a long time, and I am glad someone finally realized that UMHB students are a large population of people who need things like this right here in Belton and not just in Temple or Austin or Killeen.” Plank said that more than 70 people attended with her group. She was impressed with how well the staff handled themselves. “It was great. The theater owner worked with us to make getting in as a group very easy, and we were able to sit together as a group.” She said the group enjoyed their experience and plan to return. Two resident assistants who were present for the event were junior accounting major Seth Michaelson and sophomore communication major Wesley Ashton. Michaelson, a resident assistant in Getty’s Hall, said, “The theater was super clean, and it even smelled nice. The seats were comfy, and the screen was the perfect distance away.” Ashton, the head...

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Letter from Dr. O’Rear
Aug21

Letter from Dr. O’Rear

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor! Whether you are a new student experiencing college life for the first time, a returning upperclassman or a graduate student back on campus after summer break, we are glad you are here. Over the summer, our faculty and staff have been praying for you, preparing for you and anxiously awaiting your arrival. Now that you are here, we are excited to kick off the 2012-2013 school year! When you look around campus, you will notice many changes have taken place. The Baugh Center for the Visual Arts, UMHB’s brand new art facility, just opened on the south side of the university. Next door, work continues on the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center, while the student union building and the first on-campus home for our football team, Crusader Stadium are rising up out of the ground. The ongoing construction is a physical reminder of the blessings and growth we are experiencing at UMHB, and I am glad you are here to be a part of what promises to be a remarkable year in the life of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. As we start the new semester, I would like to encourage you to get involved in the many activities available to you at UMHB. During the fall, there is always something happening on campus. Go to as many events as you are able, try new activities, enjoy your classes and immerse yourself in the Crusader traditions. It is my hope that when you cross the stage to accept your diploma at the end of your educational journey, you will truly have received an education for life and had the experience of a lifetime. I am excited about our future here at UMHB, and excited that our future is you. Welcome home, Crusader!   Randy O’Rear, Ed.D....

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