Association of Black Students hopes to unite campus
Mar08

Association of Black Students hopes to unite campus

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells With over 60 current members in the Association of Black Students, this growing club continues to work toward one goal: to form unique and genuine relationships between all students, regardless of their ethnic background and to spread awareness of black culture throughout campus. “The Association of Black Students is a club that strives to bring the university’s diverse population as one, while also making it understandable to students what it means to be a black student on a college campus,” ABS event coordinator Nicole Ikefuna said. “It also provides an avenue for black students to interact with other races.” Ikefuna said that anyone can get involved in ABS by coming to one of the group’s meetings, paying dues, and being involved with the different events they host on campus. “There is so much to gain from becoming a member of ABS,” she said. “People can gain knowledge as to how to deal with others and be a part of a community and a family. And most of all, they can gain experiences that will help mold them into who they will become.” The coordinator said she has personally gained an understanding and love for others by being a part of the group. “I love getting to meet people from different backgrounds, and those who have been in similar situations,” she said. “I have been able to appreciate where we all come from and appreciate that we all have different views.” ABS is more than just a club, it’s a way for members to experience different cultures and gain experiences they might not have otherwise. “We put on many events throughout the semester,” Ikefuna said. “For example, with February being Black History Month, we had a keynote speaker, CJ Wilson, come and speak to us. He talked about what it means to be black and Christian. We also have many different get-together events, which are like little mixers, where all members can meet and get to know each other.” The club even has a buddy system in place, where members can find someone in the club with similar goals or someone they feel comfortable expressing their goals to. And through this partnership, they are able to hold each other accountable and make sure they are making steps toward achieving their goals. “We also have outings where we go out and do things together,” she said. “For example, a couple semesters ago we went to a STEP show and this past semester we went to the Southwestern Leadership Conference, which was a really cool experience.” The group is now working on...

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Sport Spotlight: Heien begins final season
Mar08

Sport Spotlight: Heien begins final season

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells Senior men’s golfer Mats Heien has played golf for as long as he can remember, and his passion and dedication to the sport has not only contributed to the success of the team, but has also inspired his teammates to strive for excellence both in golf and in life. “I think I have been playing golf for about 10 years now,” Heien said. “My father played golf and that’s how I got into it. I loved it ever since I hit my first golf ball.” Heien said his inspiration comes not only from his father, but also from professional golfer Rory McIlroy. “I like how hard he works at his game, and this makes me want to work even harder so that one day I will beat him,” he said. Heien traveled 5000 miles from Royken, Norway to Belton to continue his golf career at the collegiate level. “I chose to come play at UMHB because of the weather,” Heien said. “I also got a good feeling about Coach Rodeffer, so I took a chance that this place would help me be the best golfer I could be.” While Heien is thousands of miles from where he grew up, UMHB has become his home away from home over the last four years, with a little help from his teammates. “My favorite part about playing here at UMHB is the golf team. They are definitely the best part,” Heien said. “It is a lot of fun going to tournaments with this team, and we help each other get better every day.” While there are many aspects of golf that helped Heien fall in love with the game, there are a few in particular that have stood out to him over the years. “I love the competition side of golf the most,” Heien said. “I prepare for hours and hours so when I go out to play tournaments, I know that I can beat everybody out there. Golf is basically turned into my entire life. And this is the only thing I want to do in life.” Heien’s dedication to perfecting his skills has paid off. In the last two years, Heien has had the best individual seasons in UMHB men’s golf history and was named a Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year Semifinalist. This season is Heien’s last season here at UMHB and he hopes that he can lead the team to achieve their goals one last time. “I feel that I work hard on my game and my scores reflect this so that I can help my team each...

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Men’s and women’s tennis optimistic in the start of 2017 season
Feb22

Men’s and women’s tennis optimistic in the start of 2017 season

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells With just a little under a week until the start of the 2017 spring season, both the men’s and women’s tennis teams have been working around the clock to make their final preparations. Head Coach James Cohagan is optimistic that all of the hard work will lead both of these teams to success this season. Women’s: The women’s team looks to start the season strong and will face Austin College in their season opener on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. in Sherman, TX. The home opener will take place on Saturday, March 11 at 2 p.m. versus LeTourneau University. “The ladies are working very hard and practice has been purposeful and fun for the most part,” Cohagan said. “Those are great signs, and the ladies are all pulling for each other even while competing. The coach said the team has been playing a lot of round robin matches and trying to get off to a great academic start since the main focus of their conference season occurs after spring break. There are many new faces that will be joining the women’s team this season, and Coach Cohagan is hopeful that the few returning players will step up to lead the others to be successful this season. “Ashlee Montgomery, Hope Nash and Shannon Kelly are our returning players this season,” Cohagan said. “They have to both play hard and serve as leaders for the other five ladies.” Coming off a 4-11 record last season, Cohagan and the girls have placed their focus on ways to improve in many different areas of the game and have been working very hard to do just that. “I think the ladies are working hard on the basic strategies of tennis — how to combine various patterns of play to defeat various opponents,” Cohagan said. “Specifically, it is our desire to get off to faster starts in our singles and doubles matches.” Men’s: The Cru men’s team will also face Austin College on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. in Sherman, Texas to start what looks to be a promising season.“I am very excited about our men’s group,” Cohagan said. “We have only one senior but he has been our number one player for three years. This year we have much better depth to our lineup and players are fighting to be in the top 6 singles spots and the top 3 doubles spots.” Cohagan and the team have high expectations for what’s to come this season. “We need to win more matches in the 3-6 spots in the singles lineup and the 2...

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Senior basketball player shines on and off the court
Feb08

Senior basketball player shines on and off the court

Published in the February 8, 2017 issue of The Bells Senior men’s basketball guard Daniel Mills has played the game for as long as he can remember. As a leader both on and off the court, Mill’s passion and dedication to the sport has not only contributed to the success of the team, but also has inspired his teammates to strive for excellence both in basketball and in life. “I started playing basketball when I was four-years-old,” Mills said. “My dad introduced me to the game and put me in a recreational league in Temple.” While Mills has had many people throughout his basketball career that have made him into the player he is today, his father has been the most influential. “[He] is my biggest inspiration because he’s been through so much fighting cancer and still puts a smile on his face every day,” Mills said. Growing up in Belton, choosing to continue his basketball career at UMHB was an easy decision for Mills. “I chose to come play at UMHB because I wanted to be close to home and my dad who was really sick,” Mills said. “My favorite part about playing here at UMHB is my teammates. We are like brothers.” As a senior on the team, Mill’s strong leadership and team skills on and off the court can be seen every single game. “I just try to be the best teammate I can be,” Mills said. “I do whatever the team needs, so at any given night it could be different. I’m a scorer, but we have a lot of people on this team that can score also.” With a 13-8 overall record this season, Mills and the rest of the team hope to be more and more successful and improve their record. “For the rest of the season, I hope we can see how far we can go and hopefully win a conference championship,” Mills said. The senior plans to continue to pursue his passion of the game in his future career. “In the future, I’m hoping to get into business, but I don’t exactly know what I want to do yet,” Mills said. “However, I do plan on trying to go overseas to play basketball professionally.” Basketball has always been much more than just a sport to Mills, it has been a way of life.. “Basketball is so important to me because I love to compete and honestly I just love playing it,” Mills said. “I love being able to play and win.” Throughout his time playing here at UMHB, Mills has always been a leader for the rest of the team. “Mills...

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Cru Baseball preparing for the 2017 Spring season
Jan25

Cru Baseball preparing for the 2017 Spring season

Published in the January 25, 2017 issue of The Bells With a little over three weeks away from the first pitch of the 2017 season, the Cru baseball team has been hard at work trying to prepare for what looks to be a tough but promising season. Coming off an 11-28 record last year, this team has a lot to prove. But Head Coach Ben Shipp is confident that they can do it. “We are apprehensive and excited to start the season,” Shipp said. “We had a tough season last year. We got hit with the injury bug and we weren’t deep enough to handle it. Obviously going into this season, we don’t want to experience that again.” Shipp said the team has worked to overcome last year’s injury struggles and is looking forward to getting back on the field. “I’m always excited this time of the year,” he said. “I just can’t wait to get started.” This year’s team has been improving every day in many different areas, and Shipp believes that these improvements will lead them to a successful season. “I really like our pitching staff this season. We have been young for several years and we are finally getting to be a little older. I’m hoping that they are going to be the glue that holds us together,” Shipp said. He thinks the team has also dramatically improved their speed. “Pretty much everyone can run well,” he said. “We’re looking forward to playing a little different type of game than we have in the past. That’s always fun.” Shipp and the rest of the team know there are areas that they need to continue to improve on and they have their sights set on doing so this season. “This [year], we are aiming to cut down on the number of walks. We had way too many free passes last year,” he said. “Also, we want to be a little more aggressive at the plate. Last season, I felt like we took too many pitches and weren’t aggressive enough.” In order to reach their goal of winning the American Southwest Conference, Shipp believes there are many steps that this team must take. “Our first goal for every season is to win our conference championship. But along with that, there are steps we need to take. The first step is to get this team to play with confidence,” he said. “They are all very talented, but if we can get them to play with confidence, I think we can do a good job. The second step is to get the team to play together and believe in each...

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