Campus Activity Board plans action-packed semester for students
Sep05

Campus Activity Board plans action-packed semester for students

By Avery Hagler We all love a shoe that fits perfectly. The University of Mary-Hardin Baylor  has an organization that strives to fit every one of their students in the same way, with events and activities that pique various interests. This is the Campus Activities Board, better known as CAB. The best part about all of CAB events is that you don’t need your wallet. Every event that  CAB hosts is always free to all UMHB students. All you need is your Cru Card to attend.  The other great thing about CAB is the opportunity for students to join CAB’s team in putting on these events. Senior Sydney Ashmore has been a member of CAB since she was a freshman. She  joined CAB because of the “welcoming environment and the community that CAB provides on campus.” Sydney is just one of many examples of students who have found their place on  campus through CAB.  Organizers say that the commitment is flexible, according to Mary Baucom, the Director of Campus  Activities and the staff advisor.  “Students can be as involved as much or as little as they  want,” Bawcom said. “If a student does not want to attend every event, that is fine.” Participating students say that CAB truly is designed for both social butterflies and more reserved students alike. Students can help plan the events, but don’t have to. Caroline Cademartori has attended many CAB events. She says the highlight from the past year was the Randy O’Rave, a dance party at the president’s house on campus.  “It was a fun night with all of my friends, and it was unlike  anything I have ever experienced before,”  Cademartori said. Randy O’Rave is just one of the many staple events CAB has put on annually. Students also  look forward to a pancake supper, back to school bash, homecoming events, and many fun pop-up events that occur on King Street.  According to Baucom, in the next month we can expect a pool party at Summer Fun  USA located in Belton, TX. Find Randy is another fast approaching event that aims to get the  student body pumped for the first home football game and for winning some fabulous prizes.  If you are looking for an organization that is flexible, community-oriented and fun, this organization could be that perfect fit for you.  If you are interested in joining, CAB meets every Monday at 5:30 P.M. in the Student Activities...

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Ice Cream Social, Karaoke, Worship and more with the Baptist Student Ministry
Sep05

Ice Cream Social, Karaoke, Worship and more with the Baptist Student Ministry

By Alex Ortiz “Get to know you” activities and games were the theme as the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) kicked off the new school year with an ice cream social. About 60 students attended the social that was held in front of Hughes, out on the Quad, on Tuesday, Aug.10.   When the games concluded, Daniel McAfee, director of the BSM, took a moment to answer questions about the BSM and tell students more about the organization. A week later, on Tuesday, Aug 17, the BSM hosted a Karaoke Night in Hughes, and the following week a Worship Night, on Tuesday, Aug. 24.  McAfee said that the goal was to be there to support students’ faith. “We want to see what students are doing in their life and faith, but also want to help them practice it,” McAfee said. “We live in a culture that relies on knowledge and learning. We’re looking to integrate life, learning and faith all in one place.” McAfee also talked about “D/groups,” or small groups of  two to four students with the aim of providing a space for students to challenge and help each other with life issues. Another goal of his was to help connect students with local churches and service opportunities.   Starting Sept, 7 in Lord Conference Hall, the BSM will be hosting a monthly lunch for churches to come to UMHB and connect with students. They will also help find opportunities on campus and in the community for students to serve. For those interested, the BSM hosts “theGathering,” every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Hughes...

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Sader Belles excited for the new year of opportunities
Sep05

Sader Belles excited for the new year of opportunities

By Shelby Davison The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Sader Belles Dance Team has action-packed plans for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. More opportunities have opened up for the Sader Belles as the team continues to grow and succeed, especially with pandemic restrictions loosening. Dancers are set to perform at football games, basketball games, the homecoming pep rally, and the American Dance and Drill Team (ADTS) contest. The dancers are ready to support and cheer on their fellow Crusaders. “I am excited for the multiple performance opportunities since we did not get that many last year,” Director Christy Hawkins said.  She hopes to see more growth in the team’s popularity and to have more chances for the team to spread their school spirit and love for dance. She is also hoping for another National Championship this coming March at ADTS. The Sader Belles are two-time national champions for the ADTS. The team also hopes for an opportunity to move on to a larger national competition out of state called the National Dance Association (NDA) contest. “I believe we impact people on campus in many ways,”  Co-captain Sydnee Cassidy said. “At sporting events, we obviously help keep spirits high and just genuinely make the games even more fun than they already are. In other ways, we help out other organizations. We help move in freshman during welcome week, some of the team members help choreograph for the men and women’s pageants that our campus hosts, and other things of that nature,” Cassidy said. Co-captains of the Sader Belles for 2021-22 are at left: Sydnee Cassidy, and right: Sophie Brown. Courtesy Photo Cassidy said that she is most excited for “a normal football season,” and for everyone to experience that. “The new girls from last year did not get to experience it so I’m really happy that they finally get to have a true Cru football experience, as well as our new members,” Cassidy said. New Sader Belles members for Fall 2021 are: all the 2021-22 new members, L-R: Rikkia Nichole, Emily Epps, Emily Crocker, and Isabella Pena. Courtesy Photo New member Bella Pena said that she is more than happy that she has joined the group. “Sader Belles has been my safe zone where I can relax from schoolwork and dance with the teammates who are nothing but talented, nice, and welcoming,” Pena said. “From the start, they were sweet and inclusive and made me feel like I belonged. We work together and not against each other and we just have fun most of the time but still get our dances locked down perfectly. It’s a neat organization to be a...

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Students experience 1960s-80s trivia and fashion at Humanities Mixer
Sep05

Students experience 1960s-80s trivia and fashion at Humanities Mixer

By Staff Dr. Jacky Dumas, Associate Dean of The Humanities and Sciences at UMHB laughs at the podium as he gives trivia info to the audience during the Humanities Mixer at Lord Conference Hall on Thursday, Aug. 19. The mixer featured trivia questions about music and movies from the 1960s – 1980s. Courtesy Photos Associate Dean Dr. Jacky Dumas showed up in a long haired wig with a head band, and a psychedelic shirt. He began the evening by raising his hand to show the audience a peace sign to opened the ceremonies. Then he recited the first set of lyrics from 1960s songs so that students and faculty could guess what the titles of the songs were. Junior general studies major Hannah Dalrymple, left, and junior psychology Shelby Buyer, right, laugh at their inability to remember some trivia at the Humanities Mixer at Lord Conference Hall on Thursday, Aug. 19. “You Must Remember This,” was the theme of  the Third Annual Humanities Mixer on Thursday, Aug. 19 in the Lord Conference Center.  Trivia activities featured music and movies from the 1960s, 70s and 80s, and participants dressed in poodle skirts, tie-dyed shirts and bell bottoms for a costume contest. A make-shift photo booth provided a fun way to document the fashions from the three decades that were eventually paraded around the room on students, faculty and staff. Dean Stephen Baldridge ponders a 1960s trivia question at the Humanities Mixer at Lord Conference Hall on Thursday, Aug. 19. “Ain’t gonna do you wrong while you’re gone,” Dr. Dumas recited for participants, so that they guess the first song on the trivia list from the 1960s. “Ain’t gonna do you wrong (oo) ’cause I don’t wanna (oo),” he continued. He eventually revealed that the song was the R&B hit “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, written by Otis Redding in 1967. Senior political science major Luke Bentz raises his hand to answer a trivia question at the Humanities Mixer on Thursday, Aug.19. Junior English major Katelynn Pizzio plays at center background. Since it was the 1960s that kicked off the event, some professors had an extra edge over this decade (though professors declined prizes). Even though she was too young for this decade to be her expertise, English professor Dr. Laura Bedwell won twice in a row. Closely behind her was senior political science major Luke Bentz. Prizes for students included gift cards and assorted paraphernalia from the various decades. Spanish professor Dr. Rubi Ugofsky- Méndez wore a poodle skirt for the early 1960s at the Humanities Mixer. To keep the party energized, professors brought a variety of food and drinks, with...

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The Crusaders take first game with Simpson College
Sep05

The Crusaders take first game with Simpson College

UMHB took an early lead in their first football game of the Fall 2021 season with Simpson College at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. They would go on to win the game at 84-6. Senior E’Monte Smith emerges with the rest of the Crusader football team as they run onto the field at Crusader Stadium Saturday, Sept. 4. UMHB hosted their first football game of the fall 2021 season with Simpson College. At far left running out with Smith is teammate Kobe Giles. Courtesy Photos UMHB’s mascot CRUnk cheers with the cheerleading squad as their team hosted the first football game of the fall 2021 season, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Sophomore running back Kenneth Cormier, Jr., resists the eventual tackle as he carries the ball in the first quarter of play with Simpson College at Crusader Stadium in Belton Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. UMHB’s Brenton Martin fights being tackled by Simpson College’s Wyatt Schaben in the first quarter of play Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Martin is a senior communications major. UMHB’s senior quarterback Kyle King hands the ball off to sophomore Kenneth Cormier in the game with Simpson College at Crusader Stadium in Belton Saturday, Sept. 4,...

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