President Randy O’Rear wishes students success
Sep18

President Randy O’Rear wishes students success

By Jaykwon Thompson Editor in Chief Welcome Week was an amazing success. There were so many great events for incoming students to get to know each other and to begin to settle in on campus with. President Randy O’Rear welcomed the students personally onto campus, and he reflected on the success with these words:  “Welcome Week and Commencement are my favorite times of the year. Welcome Week signals the beginning of a new year and the welcoming of the new students into the school while Commencement celebrates the achievements of our older students and congratulates them on their time and commitment to learning at our university.” President O’Rear continued on this point, emphasizing that this year had a different feeling than last year. “Welcome Week was a complete success as it signaled a new wave of energy on campus which was completely different from last year, for obvious reasons,” he said. The obvious reason is that last year the university allowed students a chance to choose how they would receive their education through CRUflex. The choice guaranteed the safety of its students but it came at the cost of the usual energy that UMHB is known to provide. “This year’s Welcome Week was a refresher from last year as the event provided much needed energy to the university and I’m sure the students are happy to be there as well,” President O’Rear said. Randy O’Rear also mentioned that sports was another major high-point for him, especially football, so he is happy that everything is back on track. “I am so excited for everything to return to full-swing which includes all the sports, especially football! “O’Rear said. “I’m looking forward to attending all the games.” President O’Rear wants students to have fun embracing CRU culture while they learn and grow as people. He has a message for all of the students attending the university this year. “Welcome back to campus and I hope that your year is full of...

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Changing pandemic status causes mixed emotions among students
Sep18

Changing pandemic status causes mixed emotions among students

By Rebecca Reeves Contributing Writer Last year college students dealt with a year full of uncertainty and COVID-19 restrictions. Now there are little to no restrictions left and some are feeling a wide range of emotions. Students at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor are having to adjust to going to a school where no one must wear a mask or stand six feet apart from other people. According to an article written by the Department of Psychiatry for the University of Michigan, the feeling of isolation that students experienced last year will carry over to this year. When the pandemic started, students were removed from their friends and the activities they enjoyed. Then the protocols that were put into place because of the virus only fueled the feelings of loneliness. Latrell Bowen, a sophomore graphic design major, started college amidst the global pandemic. After having only small gatherings to look forward to last year, he has been looking forward to meeting with people again at the different events hosted by clubs and organizations on campus. “It’s really cool that we get to go and connect with each other,” Bowen said.  There are still concerns surrounding the virus, but “if we just stay safe and stay cautious,” then hopefully everyone can continue to meet new people and have fun. School leaders are keeping a close eye on how students are adjusting to campus life this semester. Alexia Bowe,  Resident Director at Lord Hall, observed residents leaving their dorm rooms and becoming involved in different activities. “I think there are still going to be some people that are going to be reclusive, but I also feel that you can see that people are excited to talk to each other, reach out, and hang out,” said Bowe. Evan Thompson, writer for TheBestSchools.org, reported that students are experiencing re-entry anxiety when it comes to going back to school after a year of COVID-19. Thompson writes that students are adjusting to all the differences between last year and this year. For instance, last year in residential dining in Bawcom Student Union, students had to wait to be served at different stations. Angela Bowers, a senior Transformational Development major, noticed the difference this year. “It’s kind of really weird,” Bowers said about how everything is so different. One day, she went into lunch and asked a server if she could get lettuce for her burger and the server told her she could serve herself now. “I found that so odd because last year we were not allowed to do that,” Bowers said. “It’s really strange.” She commented that not only can students now serve themselves,...

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The Cru take second game:  this time against ETBU
Sep18

The Cru take second game: this time against ETBU

By Jaykwon Thompson Editor in Chief Before the game, the Crusaders paid homage to the victims of 9/11 with five Apache helicopters from Fort Hood flying over the home field. They also flew over a large United States Flag, covering a sizable portion of the field, which was carried in by students in the First Year Collective. The 6:00 p.m. game against ETBU started fast with the Crusaders scoring on their first drive with a field goal; then, on their defensive drive, the Crusaders made the ETBU offense punt the ball downfield. Jefferson Fritz returned the ball for a touchdown—making the score in the first quarter with 10 minutes left, 10-0. Defensive Back Jefferson Fritz runs away with the ball for the first touchdown in the game with ETBU at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 11. Photos by Rebecca McEntee ETBU would stand no chance offensively as their quarterback Troy Yowman would constantly face defensive pressure and overthrow his receivers; Caleb Johnson would stuff the run early while Jefferson Fritz would break up passes downfield. During their offensive drive on the field, Kyle king would throw a pass to Brandon Jordan would jump over the defender’s back and catch the pass. This would lead to a QB keep by Kyle King for a touchdown, making the current score in the game 17-0, with ETBU scrambling to find a way to respond as they received the ball on kickoff. The defense would continue to shut out ETBU’s offense as Khevon Shepard would push past the line of scrimmage and sack the quarterback for a loss of seven yards. At the start of the second quarter, ETBU would try to mount an offensive only to be stumped by the Crusader’s defense, being forced to punt it. However, a penalty on the field allowed the ETBU offense another chance on the field with a 1st down. ETBU would find their footing as Troy Yowman would throw a pass to Tariq Gray for a considerable gain, bringing their offense to Cru’s 28 -yard line. However, their spark would end when Jefferson Fritz recovered a fumble from ETBU’s ball carrier, placing the Crusader offense on their own 13-yard line. However, nothing would come of this drive; ETBU would begin their offensive and drive up the field with a big break run from Cornelius Merchant. However, the Crusader’s defense would again stuff the offense as no more momentum would be gained. Even after Troy Yowman would attempt a pass to his receiver, which was open in the end-zone; however, the thrown ball was out of reach, resulting in an incompletion. The Crusaders on their possession...

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Association of Black Students begins semester with gathering for games, camaraderie and planning
Sep18

Association of Black Students begins semester with gathering for games, camaraderie and planning

By Adam Toruno Staff Writer The weeks following “Welcome Week’’ brought many returning students to campus as well as freshmen looking for a variety of organizations, clubs, and associations. One of these associations was the Association of Black Students (ABS). A new group of freshmen this year expanded the organization created by Cynthia Tryon, a staff advisor at UMHB. The purpose of the organization is for all types of students from different cultures and races to get together. The idea was not only to feature Black student culture, but also to expand to include all cultures. Members share a willingness to accept others and create unity through the Christian environment here at UMHB. It was at Dr. Brandon Skaggs’ home in Belton where ABS hosted its Meet & Greet on Sunday, Aug. 8. The gathering allowed freshmen to meet and interact with members as they shared a meal, played a variety of games together, and made plans for the future of the association.  Games such as Telephone and Concentration afforded the chance for students to get to know one another better and make plans for the...

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Students get vaccinated against COVID-19 at Stribling Hall on campus
Sep05

Students get vaccinated against COVID-19 at Stribling Hall on campus

By Staff Freshman Cordell Spears, seated at right, high fives his friend freshman Abby Odem, at left, just after getting his COVID vaccine at Stribling Hall on Thursday, Sept. 2. Some of Spears’ colleagues were there for their vaccines as well, while some were there just to be supportive, like Odem. National Guard Specialist Barfield is in the background at right just after he gave Spears his shot of the Pfizer vaccine. Photo by Alex Ortiz By Jaykwon Thompson Editor in Chief UMHB’s Health Services has partnered up with the Texas National Guard to provide free FDA approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines on campus this semester. The initiative started when registered nurse and health service coordinator Debbie Rosenberger reached out to the Texas National Guard in order to help make sure all the students who attend UMHB would be fully vaccinated and participating on campus safely, a subject that she is very passionate about. Freshman Cordell Spears points to the COVID vaccine he is about to receive from National Guard Specialist Barfield in Stribling Hall on Thursday, Sept. 2. Photo by Alex Ortiz Rosenberger has a message that she wishes to share to everyone on the importance of being vaccinated in addition to working together to protect and ensure one another’s safety. “We’re doing COVID shots in tandem with the Texas National Guard,” Rosenberger said, “as it’s important that majority of the student body are vaccinated to protect everyone on campus.” Masters of counseling major Noah Tyner (class of 2023) at far right, gets ready to have his second Pfizer vaccine at Stribling Hall on Thursday, Sept., 2. Helping him sign in, second from right, is National Guardsman, Specialist Khairi Hussein. Also helping to get UMHB students vaccinated that day were Specialists (L-R) Specialists Colton Burden and Jordan Gendron (seated). Photo by Jaykwon Thompson  “It is important that all people receive the vaccine, especially to protect the immuno-compromised and those who can’t get vaccinated,” Rosenberger said. . Some people have immune systems that are impaired and they are the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus.  Jason L. Salemi, an epidemiologist at the University of South Florida re-stated the importance of trying to protect everyone. “It should concern us all that hospitalizations — indicators of severe illness – are rising in the pediatric population, when there are a lot of steps we could take to prevent many of these hospitalizations,” Salemi said. The pediatric population consists of children whose immune systems have not fully developed, so they are at risk of catching the COVID-19 virus if they have not received a vaccination shot. Rosenberger explained why the Pfizer vaccine, was created...

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