Students find organization opportunities at Big Fair on King Street
Sep04

Students find organization opportunities at Big Fair on King Street

The Big Fair featured student organizations on King Street during Welcome Week at UMHB on Aug. 4, 2021. Courtesy Photos By Lauren Turner The Big Fair at UMHB is a Welcome Week staple that introduces activities and clubs available to students while they are in college.  On Thursday, Aug. 5, King Street was lined with tables with smiling students who were ready to present their organizations to the incoming class of 2025. Katy Hartt, the assistant director of student organizations, said that this year’s fair was an adaptation of the same event in the past, but with some adjustments. “In years past everyone went at the same time,” Hartt said. She was referring to the three groups of students that went in after one another to the fair. Group 1 went to the fair at 10:00 a.m., Group 2 at 10:30 a.m., and the third group went at 11:00 a.m. to King Street to check out the fair.  The Big Fair featured student organizations on King Street during Welcome Week at UMHB on Aug. 4, 2021. “Last year we split it into three groups to spread it out, because we had to,” she said, in reference to keeping numbers of people down as they went through the fair during the pandemic. “This year we liked it because everybody wasn’t there at the same time and people were able to have more conversations,” Hartt said.  She pointed out that this also helped reduce noise levels so that people could converse better at the fair. Not all incoming students made it to Welcome Week, with some arriving late and others missing last minute, but Ms. Hartt said there are plenty of ways to find information and get plugged in on campus. “Definitely check on our website,” Hartt said. “[Go to] UMHB’s website and the Student Organizations tab, and you can browse organizations we have on campus. [Students] can get contact information there and they are always welcome to stop by our office.” Students get to know each other at the Big Fair, an organization fair on King Street in front of Bawcom Student Union during Welcome Week at UMHB on Aug. 4, 2021. Hartt also noted that the Student Organizations’ Instagram page (@so_umhb) is a great place to get general information about what is happening each week, and that students can apply to start their own organization if they do not find one they are interested in, or if they just have a new idea for a club. “On our website …. there is the application to form a student organization, so you just have to have a little meeting talking...

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Students Dubbed Crusaders for Life
Sep04

Students Dubbed Crusaders for Life

by Alex Ortiz This year’s new students were dubbed Crusaders for Life in one of UMHB’s prized traditions, the annual Dubbing Ceremony. The Campus Activities Board (CAB) held the ceremony in Crusader Stadium this year, as part of Welcome Week, on Sunday, Aug. 8.  The ceremony began with words from UMHB President Randy O’Rear, and Provost John Vassar. Their speeches were followed by the singing of the alma matter by nearly everyone in attendance. After that, new students took to the field and stood in lines to be dubbed by faculty members. After the students had been dubbed, the CAB sent students to ring the bell at the Alumni house 176 times, once for every year since UMHB’s founding. Cade Elkins, a freshman this year, relished his experience. “I was born a Crusader, my parents attended UMHB, and my brother attends here as well. So, when it came to my time to be dubbed it was a little daunting. I know so many of the faculty –  so who should I be dubbed by?” Elkins asked. Elkins was dubbed three times during the ceremony, first by Dr. Vassar, then Dr. Skaggs. After the ceremony had concluded Cade was dubbed a final time by Dr. O’Rear in Bawcom. Cade expressed what the ceremony meant to him, how he’s waited for this day for a long time and is happy to finally be able to call himself a Crusader.             In previous years the ceremony was held outside at Luther Memorial instead of the stadium. They had a worship service in the chapel right beforehand. Students would then line up in their CruGroups outside sitting in rows and come up one row at a time to be dubbed, each holding a real candle in hand. Emily Fordyce, a senior this year, was dubbed at Luther Memorial three years ago.               “To me, being dubbed meant that I was officially part of the UMJB family and that no matter where I end up in life I will always be a Crusader for life,” Fordyce said.             Students dubbed this year received a different experience that held just as much meaning. Rather than being hosted at Luther memorial, it was held in the stadium and students held plastic instead of wax candles. Despite these changes as well as being in the midst of pandemic, the energy and spirit of the ceremony lives...

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Get fit with Orange Theory classes
Sep04

Get fit with Orange Theory classes

By by Marissa Zermeno A fitness trend is racking up academic credits for UMHB students, however, not everyone knows about it yet.  By the beginning of this year, a whopping 73% of students on campus were aware that the Orange Theory fitness classes are offered on campus, but only 57% knew that it is offered as a course for credit. Orange Theory is a high intensity interval workout that is presented by Kim Thornton, MS,  and several certified personal trainers at the Orange Theory studio in Temple. This course is offered in the Fall and the Spring semesters for either an A or B term and is considered an upper-level elective. “Orange Theory Fitness allows students to work at their own pace while challenging their level of fitness,” Thornton said. For some students, it may be a struggle to add working out to an already busy full course load and homework. However, adding a credited class could help students balance a busy schedule.  “I have trouble motivating myself to workout, so by having a class that would make me consistently workout sounded great,” student Regan Woodley said when she was a freshman last semester. A link on their website explains how this type of workout operates. It explains that there are five heart rate zones: resting, easy, challenging, uncomfortable and all out. These zones help determine the pace you need to push yourself. The goal is to keep yourself in the “Orange Zone” for 12 minutes to keep your metabolism going even after the workout is completed. When in the class you are given a heart rate monitor that will match your beats per minute to the different heart rate zones. This helps you keep track of where you are physically during the workout. With the cases of COVID-19 increasing, Orange Theory Fitness is taking steps to ensure a safe environment to exercise. CNN’s Matt Egan reported that Orange Theory is overcoming the obstacles with social distancing, mask requirements, regular cleaning, and a reduced class sizes. Orange Theory aims to give students a good workout while also teaching them about their overall health. Personal Trainer Jenavi Piña works to explain in classes how Orange Theory affects heart functions under certain intensities. “Everyone is able to come out of the studio with more knowledge along with a great workout,” Piña said. She said that classes are small, the workout is quick, and the staff along with Professor Thornton is extremely...

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Holcomb at Convocation 2021: Dare to be curious
Sep02

Holcomb at Convocation 2021: Dare to be curious

UMHB’s Convocation on Wednesday, Aug. 11, featured speaker Dr. Carol Holcomb. Photo by C.J. Halloran By Lauren Turner Contributing Writer All chapel services and late morning classes were put on hold as UMHB celebrated the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year with Convocation.  Featured speaker, Christian Studies Professor Dr. Carol Holcomb, explained the importance of the ceremony, which was new to many incoming students. “Convocation is one of those rituals we do to mark time,” Dr. Holcomb said. “It’s so important to mark the beginning and the end of milestones, because it reminds us, it brings us back to why we’re doing what we’re doing… like punctuation. It gives things meaning.” UMHB’s President Randy O’Rear, at center, addressed the Convocation at the Sue and Frank Mayborn Campus Center on Wednesday, Aug. 11. The featured speaker was Christian studies professor Dr. Carol Holcomb. Photo by C.J. Halloran Holcomb also spoke about service, walking into new phases of life, and referenced notable UMHB alumni to inspire students as they move into this new academic year. Such inspiration could be valuable as students try to find their way in the coming months at school. “I wanted to blend or think through two concepts: one is this idea of vocation and calling,” Holcomb stated. “We come to school, many of us, with an idea that there’s some things that we love and that we like to do, but we don’t have a clue how that’s going to mesh into a meaningful life.” Christian studies professor Carol Holcomb addressed UMHB’s Convocation in the Frank and Sue Mayborn Campus Center on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021. Photo by C.J. Halloran Dr. Holcomb also made sure to emphasize the common theme of each anecdote she posed, noting one of UMHB’s core beliefs, which is that service is important. She explained how that plays a role in each student’s education. “We believe that a meaningful life is rooted in service… service to God and service to your neighbor,” she stated. “You love God, and you love your neighbor, and that’s a driving force of who we are. “One Voice” sang before UMHB’s Convocation on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021. Photo by C.J. Halloran “So, I looked at these women and men through history who found UMHB to be a portal or a doorway into service. Some of them graduated and came back and served, some of them went out and served from here, and some of them found their way here to serve.” The flag of Japan was brought in, showing that UMHB has students this year from Japan, as the proceedings began for Convocation at the Sue and...

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Freshmen bring their energy and excitement to campus on Move-In Day, Fall 2021
Sep02

Freshmen bring their energy and excitement to campus on Move-In Day, Fall 2021

Junior Chandler Vardeman, front and center, exercise and sports science professor Lester Sombito, at left, and sophomore public relations major Chris Johnson, in background, carry in students’ luggage during Welcome Week at UMHB. Freshman Taylor Bass watches at right with her father. The campus came to life on Move-In Day as incoming freshman and their families brought the incoming students’ belongings to their new dorm rooms on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Vardeman and Johnson are both Cru Leaders (peer mentors) helping students move in that day. Photos by Jaykwon Thompson/TheBells By Jaykwon Thompson Editor in Chief Laughing and singing filled the air outside on campus lawns and inside the busy hallways of the university dorms. There were nothing but smiles on faces during Welcome Week’s Move-In on the morning of August 4, as upper-level students helped incoming freshmen set up their new dorm rooms. Cheerleaders cheered and directed lines upon lines of cars everywhere with passengers excited to be there.  Mary-Hardin Baylor became alive for the fall semester as students infused not only the day but the campus with their energy.                         Upperclassmen welcome incoming freshman with a welcoming arch during UMHB’s Welcome Week. The move-in of freshman students to their new dorm rooms on the UMHB campus started early on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Many upper-level students and staff like Kyle Parson and University of Mary-Hardin Baylor’s president Randy O’Rear were there to welcome students and their families, and to carry their belongings to their new dorm rooms to settle them. They worked tirelessly, running to and from parking lots and various buildings on campus like Burt Hall and Remschel Hall, carrying everything from books to plants to heavy boxes of bedding, helping newcomers settle into their new dorm rooms. In-coming freshman and psychology/pre-occupational therapy major Jennifer Cortez was one of the students moving in. “When all the upperclassmen were helping me, I felt really welcomed and I felt that this was going to be a new home for me and a great place for me to live for the next four years,” Cortez. Freshman Psychology/Pre-Occupational Therapy major Jennifer Cortez and her family move some of her things into a new dorm room at Burt Hall at UMHB. She came with her family on the morning of Welcome Week’s Move-In Day, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Walking with her at left is her mother Julia Cortez, while behind her are L-R: brother Justin Cortez, and father Joe Cortez. Welcome Week continued post move-in with activities to encourage involvement and new relationships, as well as knowledge about the school so that beginnings at a new school could go well for new...

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