Former students, current CAB
Mar27

Former students, current CAB

THE BELLS — By Josh Bradshaw The university tries to provide a sense of community in every area of campus life. The Campus Activities Board office is no different, as Mike McCarthy and Jeff Sutton, along with their student workers, are focused on trying to make the campus feel like home to the students. The CAB Office is unique. They are responsible for most of the student events that take place on campus, ranging anywhere from the Miss MHB Pageant in the fall to the Easter Pageant that is just around the corner. What makes CAB even more unusual, however, is that McCarthy and Sutton are both alumni of UMHB. McCarthy is the director of Campus Activities, and graduated from the university in 1999, with a double major in Christian studies and psychology. As a student, he anticipated going into Christian ministry. However, with no concrete job available upon graduation, McCarthy needed work and became a substitute. After working in this role for eight months, he became the assistant director for Campus Activities. McCarthy described the position as a perfect fit for him at the time. “When I came to work for Mary Hardin-Baylor, I still knew a ton of students that were here before I graduated. I also understood the culture of the school and the expectations of the job.” McCarthy believes he would not be as successful in his position if he were not an alumnus. His position requires a strong relationship with the administration office as they both need to be on the same page during the lead-up to big events. “One of the most helpful things about working at my alma mater is that I have fantastic relationships with the administration. I know them and they know me, which means that we can both understand and trust each other more,” he said. Jeff Sutton, Assistant Director of Campus Activities, said that working for his alma mater snuck up on him at a time where he least expected it. As a student, Sutton was involved in anything and everything. Whether playing the role of Jesus in Easter Pageant, or taking part in Stunt Night all four years to even being on the Miss MHB leadership team, Sutton extended himself to as many extracurricular activities as possible. Four months after graduation, Sutton found himself working in the office responsible for planning the events he was so involved with as a student, a position that he loves. “My job is a lot of fun. Getting to see people make connections similar to mine is always a really good feeling,” he said. McCarthy and Sutton have a huge amount...

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Cru softball back in action
Feb25

Cru softball back in action

THE BELLS — by Emily Steppick Last weekend, the softball team traveled to Clinton, Miss. for a four- game series against Mississippi College. The team played a double-header  and lost the first game 3-4 along with the second 2-3. The Crusaders played a second double-header Feb. 16. The girls lost the first game 1-4 and the second 0-3. Last season the team placed third in the tournament and finished 29-16. The women ended with a 17-7 record in conference play. Sophomore Kourtney Bevers said the team prepared well for the season. “As far as pre-season/fall ball, we did a lot of different training as far as conditioning to get us in better shape. We did CrossFit and a lot of circuits work in the weight room.” The Lady Cru have full potential to dominate ASC play adding new talent to the experienced returners. “We have a lot of freshmen that came in, so I think just the competitive atmosphere of our team has heightened because nobody’s spot is set in stone.” After pitching every game in her high school career, Bevers was recruited as a pitcher for the Cru. However, last season she started as a center fielder. Bevers said she chose number 10 both this season and last season because she likes to wear the same number in softball as she wears in basketball. The atmosphere of the softball program is one that allows the players to have fun and be competitive at the same time. “Softball honestly feels like a family here. There’s not a person I don’t get along with, and the coaches make the competitive environment a fun place. Another big thing I like is that we pray before every game and strive to reflect God in the way we play.” Bevers is working on a major in art and visual communications along with a minor in marketing. After graduation, she can see herself pursuing a career in sports advertisement logos or in interior design. Junior left fielder Janie Neyland agrees with Bevers. “The team went through hardcore workouts in the fall to prepare for this season,” Neyland said.  “This year there are a lot of freshmen, creating a very young team.” Before playing for the Crusaders, Neyland played softball throughout high school and played for a select softball team. So she knows what it takes to be successful in the sport. “The key to winning games this year will be having high intensity throughout the whole game and trying to string all our hits together.” The chemistry between the players is one that is hard to describe because even though some of them have...

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Students lead charge in war to end human trafficking
Feb25

Students lead charge in war to end human trafficking

THE BELLS — by Josh Bradshaw We live in a world where most people view slavery as a significant part of America’s history, something that has tainted this country’s past. However, according to The Washington Post, slavery is still a very real problem, with 30 million people trafficked today. The Freedom Movement, a campus organization, is doing its part to let as many people know as possible by hosting a week-long event that will culminate Friday. Alec Lloyd, a junior business management major, is the vice president of Freedom Movement. His position means that he spends his time focusing on how to implement the organization’s main goals. He describes them as  “rais(ing) money, awareness and discipleship against human trafficking.” Andi Hale is extremely passionate when it comes to issues like human trafficking. On a mini-hiatus from UMHB, Hale is spending this semester working for Show Hope, a nonprofit organization that provides adoption grants in Franklin, Tenn. She believes every campus should have different student organizations that empower students by giving information, accompanied with an action plan to help tackle issues like slavery. Hale said, “Freedom Movement is important for college campuses because we are raising awareness and funds to bring an end to this horrible injustice.” Hale said it is important for college students to be aware of the issue of modern slavery so they can lead their peers in a battle to war against the ongoing injustice. “By educating college students on the issue of human trafficking, we are raising up the next generation to fight for those who are being exploited and make an impact for the Kingdom.” One way that Freedom Movement aims to accomplish its goals this semester is through End It Week. Lloyd and his team have focused their energy on this week’s events to raise awareness to the campus as well as the surrounding community. Ross Jones, a sophomore psychology major, is in charge of promotions for Freedom Movement. He hopes as many people as possible on campus will get involved. “I hope that this week will motivate college students to fight for something greater than themselves,” he said. Jones explained the significance of the week they had chosen. End It Movement, a global organization that has a big voice in the battle against human trafficking, is encouraging as many people as possible to draw a big, red “X” on their hand Feb. 27. They hope that it will raise awareness to the issue of human trafficking. On Thursday, Jones hopes students will join with End It Movement and mark their hands. Lloyd and others will have markers at their booth in the...

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No dogs allowed: students try to conceal their furry friends
Feb25

No dogs allowed: students try to conceal their furry friends

THE BELLS — By Sarah Hogue Pets make an enjoyable addition to seemingly dull dorm life. They add color and fun to any room. However, students must be careful about what animals they choose to bring. “Fish are the only type of pet allowed on campus and must be maintained in an aquarium,” Donna Plank, associate dean and director of Residence Life, said. “No other type of animal is allowed, including all mammals, birds, rodents, reptiles or insects.” However, that has not prevented students from trying. “I was walking down my hall in Garner, and I heard a little dog bark,” Jaclynn Koinm, Garner RA and senior Christian studies major, said. “And I was like hold up!” Koinm is not the only one to experience an issue with pets that are not allowed in dorms. “We actually had two different hamsters within a week while I was an RA in Burt,” Tiffany Williamson, Garner RA and senior psychology/premed major said. “We had a fire drill and had to run through the rooms to make sure everyone was out. One of the RAs found one hidden in the closet. A couple of days later, we found another.” While these furry mammals are denounced due to allergies, daily upkeep and smells, other seemingly not so harmful animals, such as aquatic frogs, are also forbidden in campus housing. “As to why people cannot have aquatic frogs, it is a matter of just keeping things simple,” Plank said. “Someone may say that the frog is aquatic, but I wouldn’t know from looking at a frog if it could live outside its habitat or not. Fish are pretty uncomplicated and easy to identify as being exactly what they are — fish.” If a student were to bring a pet on campus, however, that animal would soon have to go. “I have found an iguana as well as dealt with a cat while making casual visits to the apartment checking on maintenance stuff,” Nathan Forester, Ferguson RA and junior nursing major said. “In both cases, I had to inform the resident that they would have to find a friend who lived off campus that could take the pets off their hands. They were successful in doing so.” Many wonder why a student would even bring a forbidden pet on campus, especially when said animal barks. “I think people keep pets because they think it’s a fun thing to do even though it’s against the rules,” Koimn said. “It would be cool if people weren’t allergic, and it wasn’t against health codes.” However, students should not be afraid to bring fish to add a little life...

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Trans-Pacific Partnership hidden from the public
Feb25

Trans-Pacific Partnership hidden from the public

The attacks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a free trade agreement between the United States and 11 other countries. It is one of the largest free trade agreements the U.S. has ever been involved in. Pundits describe it as NAFTA on steroids. Unlike NAFTA, the majority of the American public is unaware of its existence or any of the concessions in the agreement. There has been some media coverage of the negotiations but it is incredibly limited because the negotiations have been done in secret. The website for the U.S. Trade Representative had a few press releases and fact sheets with scant information, but the working draft of the TPP remains classified to the public. Segments of the document have been censored from Congress. The most comprehensive source of information about the TPP has been from Wikileaks. Rep. Alan Grayson and Rep. Elizabeth Warren have both openly criticized the lack of transparency. Warren even voted against the nomination of Michael Froman as the U.S. trade representative ambassador. She said, “I am voting against Mr. Froman’s nomination later today because I believe we need a new direction from the Trade Representative–A direction that prioritizes transparency and public debate.” This document is a free trade agreement, and its transparency should not jeopardize national security. There is no justifiable reason for Congress and the American public to be kept out of the loop. In addition to being classified, the TPP has been fast-tracked, which means that Congress can only vote to approve or disapprove the bill. Representatives cannot amend any of the bill or even attempt a filibuster. The absolute duplicity of the executive branch of government is astonishing. They are attempting to fast-track a bill about free trade that they claim will open up borders while keeping the American public and Congress in the dark. Instead of elected officials exercising their constitutional rights, the USTR and advisory committees, consisting of representatives from different corporations, are determining the future of American foreign trade. Political commentator and activist Noam Chomsky described the TPP as an executive agreement jointly with multinational corporations. Information from the leaked chapters of the TPP shows that several provisions will be made to enhance the power of multinational corporations. One provision being discussed is extending medical patents beyond 20 years. Another provision is to increase restrictions on the fair use of intellectual property. There is no way the American public or even Congress would accept the TPP if they knew all of the included terms. This is why the agreement has been censored. Chomsky said, “This is being rammed down the throats of the populations of the world by...

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