Student body president welcomes incoming freshmen to campus

I want to personally welcome each of you, the class of 2016, to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. I am very excited to spend this coming year with each of you. Know that you have been prayed for, and you are still being prayed for as you begin your journey in this new chapter in your life. As your student body president, one of my goals is to see relationships formed on campus as we model the body of Christ. My prayer is that you will find friendships that you will obtain for a lifetime, and that you will have experiences that will last for a lifetime. I couldn’t agree more with the university’s motto, “Education for life…Experience of a lifetime!” I hope to see this become part of your college career. When I think over my time here at UMHB, being involved has been one of the most important aspects of my experience. Having attended a different university before coming to UMHB and not being involved there, I can truly say that this is the key to a successful next four years. Just as there are many parts to the body of Christ, there are many different ministries and organizations that make up this university and allow you to grow in your spiritual life. It is important to our campus that you are personally involved in one of these opportunities. It takes each of us to truly make this place a Crusader home. Another key to your first successful year is getting plugged into a church. Though it can be a scary moment, it is crucial to surround yourself with fellowship and believers in Christ. I pray that each of you will find a church home and plug yourself into that ministry. This year, let’s stand tall, be proud, hold up our C’s with dignity and form unity on this campus. From football players to baseball players to band members to First Year Council, let’s make this the best year this university has ever seen. Let’s truly live out Isaiah 6:8, as we say “Here am I, Lord. Send me.” This is your year, class of 2016, and I couldn’t be more excited to serve alongside each of you. Good luck as you embark on this new chapter. I am so glad that you have chosen UMHB to be a part of that. Now let’s go get ‘em Cru!   Kassidy Harris Student Body...

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Rec Plex causes spike in student life
Aug21

Rec Plex causes spike in student life

By Katelyn Holm The sounds of jackhammers and concrete mixers welcome change and growth on campus this year. A relocated and reinvented Rec Center joins the list of newly completed Cru construction. The building, situated between the intramural fields and residence halls, features both new equipment and recreation opportunities. Dubbed the Rec Plex, the building sits alongside three sand volleyball courts, two basketball courts and two tennis courts. Director of campus recreation Sue Weaver shared her enthusiasm for the facility. “We are really excited about the new Rec Plex. It’s a great location because we are in the heart of all the residence halls. We have increased the amount and variety of equipment that you can check out on your own or as a group.” In the future, Weaver hopes that students will initiate sporting events rather than relying solely on organized activities. “There doesn’t have to be formal recreation going on. Students can make their own activities.” “We are adding more outdoor equipment as well, like tents and camping stoves, even life vests for trips to the lake.” Because the courts are open for use at all hours, students just swipe their Cru cards for access to the facility and lights. This addition encourages students to initiate games and activities outside of intramurals, which many students have already taken advantage of. Even new Crusaders have expressed their enthusiasm for the expansion. Freshman computer science major Riley Massey said, “It’s really exciting to hear about the new improvements being made on campus. It’s especially nice to have improvements to things that we use a lot, like the courts. With all of these changes, I am really looking forward to intramurals.” Intramurals kick off with flag football and Spike Fest, both of which can be registered for online, a change that should make registration less difficult. Starting this fall, all sign-ups for organized intramural sports will be done through imleagues.com. With the link on the Rec Center page, this method will be easier and more convenient for students and the rec staff. Weaver explains the short process. “To sign up for a sport, all members of a team must go the website and create a free account. It is really simple. The hardest thing about it is taking that five minutes to create an account.” But even with the additions to campus, some Crusaders find it hard to say goodbye. Sophomore business major Charlie Rod reminisced. “The old outdoor courts held a special spot for me. My first year at UMHB, I made so many great memories on the basketball, volleyball and tennis courts. It was a bit disappointing seeing...

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Cru golf: hole-in-one with pro coach
Aug21

Cru golf: hole-in-one with pro coach

By Antonio Hebert After a successful previous season, the women’s golf team recently welcomed Nancy Taylor-Capps, a long-time professional golfer as its new head coach. Taylor-Capps replaced Darla Kirby after Kirby accepted a promotion to UMHB associate athletic director. Taylor-Capps is excited to see what the season holds. She said, “I am walking into a great program to begin with. Darla Kirby has done very well. We need to stay focused and pursue the process, and the results will come.” Taylor-Capps began golfing when she was 16. At the time, she lived in Hawaii where her father was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. She finished high school in South Korea and then proceeded to Arizona State where she received a degree in physical education. In college she was a walk-on golfer for two years before making the team. She played in the Futures Tour for three years and then progressed to the Ladies Professional Golf Association where she was ranked second in 1986. Taylor-Capps comes to UMHB from Rock Hill, S.C., where she was the assistant coach for the women’s golf team at Winthrop University from 2010 to 2012. Before coaching at Winthrop, she was assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s golf teams at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C., where they finished second at the Carolinas Conference. As a Christian, her faith has played a major role in her career. According to a UMHB press release, Taylor-Capps said she was looking forward to being a part of the Christian environment on campus. From 1998 to 2000, she was the associate director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ golf ministry in Ponte Verde, Fla. During her involvement with the organization, she organized and led Bible studies for players on the Futures Tour as well as offered them guidance. She is also impressed with the university’s excellence and its goal of being the best in the Southwest. She said, “I believe Dr. O’Rear has a great vision for the university and is doing it right. All the people at the university are quality people and professional.” Kirby, the former head coach who began the women’s golf program more than 16 years ago, is eager to see the team continue its success and is confident that Taylor-Capps will do well. She said, “I think she’ll be a very good coach. She’ll do a great job with the girls. I think we’ll see great things for that team.” Kirby said she will miss golf tremendously but thinks an administrative role is what God has for her at the moment. Two golfers, sophomore sport management major Victoria Thane and...

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Olympic athlete sprints without feet
Aug21

Olympic athlete sprints without feet

By Katelyn Holm In London, the “Blade Runner” crouches on the starting blocks, waiting for the gunshot signaling the start of his race. Like the other Olympic athletes, he pictures himself on the medal stand, his South African anthem playing over the speakers. Unlike his competitors, he runs with no legs. Oscar Pistorius, the Blade Runner from native South Africa, had both legs amputated after being born without fibulas. Even as a child, his attitude toward life remained positive and determined. Being denied entrance into the Beijing summer Olympics, this same attitude fueled his determination to compete four years later in London. He won several medals at the Paralympics, but Pistorius wanted to run with able-bodied athletes in 2012. “It’s not that I don’t want to run Paralympic or disabled races, or races for those athletes who are handicapped or amputees, but this is just a challenge for me,” he said on a National Public Radio program. “Any good sportsman that wants to be better has to face up to challenges that aren’t always as easy as some of the others.” Surely, such a feat would earn nothing but admiration from spectators and opponents. But in the case of Pistorius, his greatest achievement became one of the most widely argued topics in the 2012 Summer Olympics. His carbon-fiber legs hardly resemble his opponents’ biological ones. The prosthetics he runs with resemble knife blades rather than human feet. Using composite carbon fibers, the durability and curved shape of the blades mimic the muscles required to sprint at Olympic speeds. These special instruments generated questions about whether or not Pistorius should be allowed entrance into the Olympics. Critics claimed that the blades he runs on possess inhuman capabilities, giving him an advantage over other Olympians. Furthermore, they argued that like steroids, the prosthetics are “performance enhancers.” But can man made ever surpass that of biology? Artificial Christmas trees may be scented, adorned and treated like live ones but cannot be given life. Pistorius cannot revive the life of his legs with blades, prosthetics or carbon fibers. Man cannot make something more natural or capable than the human body. The Court of Arbitration for Sport finally ruled in favor of Pistorius, deciding that he has no real advantage over his competitors. While he works different muscles, he exerts the same amount of energy and requires the same amount of stamina as the opponents with legs that he runs against. Pistorius defied the odds, not only soaring through the Olympic qualifiers for the individual 400 meter race and 4x400m relay, but surviving his heats to make it into the semi-finals. As if that...

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Do Texans exhibit too much pride in their lone star state?
Aug21

Do Texans exhibit too much pride in their lone star state?

By Elissa Thompson In the hearts and minds of many, Texas pride is summed up in four words that have adorned countless T-shirts and bumper stickers for nearly three decades: “Don’t mess with Texas.” The slogan was first used for anti-litter messages. A series of 26 TV spots featuring various Texas musicians gave birth to what has become the unofficial slogan of Texas pride. A CNN article quoted Mike Blair, one of the geniuses behind the slogan. “The line became bigger than what the campaign was about. It was almost as much about the attitude of Texas and Texans at the time: tough-talking, no-nonsense, go-about-our-business, get-things-done kind of attitude that has always been associated with Texans.” A friend from Michigan once said she could smell the Texas pride as soon as she crossed the state line. Is Texas one of the most prideful states in the U.S.? Here, we take everything seriously. From our food, clothes, dialect, trucks, sports and TV commercials, the pride that Texans have toward their state is overpowering. Texans have special “Texas” edition cars and trucks they can buy. There are Texas shaped tortilla chips, not to mention the commercials. From Dairy Queen, Dodge, Ford and Chevrolet, these companies have Texas-themed commercials. Do other states have commercials themed just for their state? The jingles that are used in the commercials all have to do with Texas, but are they the same for other states like South Carolina? One commercial jingle comes to mind: Dairy Queen’s “D.Q. That’s what I like about Texas.” It doesn’t sound the same with “D.Q. That’s what I like about South Carolina.” Clothes are another big issue. “Foreigners” to Texas assume that all Texans are cowboys, though not all of them are. But Texans make the assumption that a true resident must own a pair of boots. Not everyone in the state owns boots. So if residents who were born and raised in Texas don’t own a pair of boots, does that mean they aren’t true Texans? We have many dialects, but the one that reigns supreme is the Southern “drawl.” Most residents have some form of the “drawl,” but some are more obvious than others. Texans love to emphasize the “y’all” and draw it out for as long as humanly possible. Sports are another huge part of Texas life. From the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks to the Dallas Stars, each major sport is taken very seriously. Texans pay big bucks for hot seats at games. The state song shows the same pride. “Texas, our Texas. All hail the mighty state.” Texas is the second largest state in the...

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