Remembering 9-11: 15 years after the tragedy

Published in the September 14, 2016 issue of The Bells It was the deadliest attack our country had ever seen. Thousands lost their lives, and life as we knew it changed forever. Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and while not everyone on campus was old enough to recall the events of that day, the attack had lasting effects that have touched every generation. “I was in college when 9/11 happened,” Professor Dr. Ted Babin said. “I had a meeting that morning for school, and when I got in the car and turned on the radio, I heard them talking about a plane hitting a building. I didn’t think that much of it, but they weren’t playing music on the radio, so I was confused as to what was going on. “When I got to the school, I waited in my evaluator’s office for a while, and eventually she comes in panicking and talking about planes hitting a building. I still had no idea what was going on, so I decided to go find a television to find out. I remember walking into the dorms and seeing a bunch of people crowding around the TV. By this time, both of the towers had been hit.” Professor Dr. Renate Hood was also going about her normal day that September morning when she heard about the attacks. “My mother called from the Netherlands and told me to turn on the television. The first tower had been hit. I was getting my 9-month old dressed and ready to go to her checkup.” Hood’s most vivid memory of the day was sitting in the pediatrician’s office watching young children running around without a clue of what was happening in the world. “We all wanted to see the news but decided that we needed to show cartoons for the children. Every once in a while we would switch the channel and quickly check if the missing plane that crashed in Pennsylvania had been found.” While neither Hood nor Babin knew anyone who was directly affected by the attacks, they both remember the thoughts and emotions they had that day. “I wasn’t really in fear for my safety,” Babin said. “I mean I obviously called my family to make sure they were okay, but it was more the feeling of uncertainty of what was going to happen next. Was there going to be another plane or was something else going to happen? And how was our country going to change because of it?” Hood had a different perspective, having come from a Western European background. “I grew up amidst terrorist groups from...

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BTX; the places to be for Cru and locals alike
Aug24

BTX; the places to be for Cru and locals alike

Published in the Aug. 24, 2016 issue of The Bells Students have officially arrived to their home away from home in the great city of Belton, Texas and the fall semester is in full swing. For some, it is a new adventure full of excitement. For others, it’s just another year in the place they now call home. While it is important to study and be successful in your academic career, college is also a place to make memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you are new to the area, or have been in Belton for years, there is something for everyone to make the best out of your college experience. Go Hiking Hiking is a great way to see the beauty that central TX has to offer. There are many hiking trails located around Lake Belton for all skill levels. Chalk Ridge Falls Park Trail is a great spot for those looking for some adventure. It is a 2.5 mile, moderate trail that features a waterfall and a suspension bridge. Just a short drive up the road in Temple, Texas, Miller Springs Park located at the Miller Springs Nature Center is also a popular spot for hikers. It is a somewhat easier 1.2 mile trail that also features a waterfall. Hiking trails can be found all around Belton, so get out and explore the area. Enjoy the Lake Since the summer heat is still in full effect, going to the lake is a great way to cool down and have some fun. There are two lakes in the Belton area, and they are just a short drive up the road. Belton Lake features picturesque beaches for swimming, while Stillhouse Hollow Lake contains camping spots, fishing, and water skiing. Going to the movies Grand Avenue Theater in Belton, which is located near the Sonic and Walgreens, has movies to offer for everyone. This theater also has deals for UMHB students, including $5 movie Tuesdays with your Cru Card. It’s a perfect way to have some fun with your friends without breaking the bank. Explore downtown Belton Every Crusader should explore the town of Belton outside of campus. A great place to immerse yourself in the local culture is to travel downtown Belton. Not only is it a great place to experience the town’s history, but it is also a great way to take advantage of the shopping and eateries that are nestled on the bank of Nolan Creek. You can also check out the Bell County Museum or shop in antique shops in the downtown area. Either way, get out and see these amazing things our town has...

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Sophomore Karley Free shines on and off the field
Apr20

Sophomore Karley Free shines on and off the field

Sophomore first baseman Karley Free has played softball for almost all of her life. As a leader both on and off the field, Free has played a significant role in the team’s success this season. “I started playing tee ball at age four,” Free said. “I’ve played select softball since I was eight and I was also on the varsity team at Henderson High School for four years.” While Free has had many people throughout her softball career that have made her into the player she is today, there is a particular person that has been the most influential. “My dad has inspired me most in softball because he’s always been there to push me to get better on and off the field,” she said. Choosing to continue her softball career at UMHB was an easy decision for Free, as it was a perfect place to call home. “I chose to come play at UMHB because it was a different place for me to move to and continue playing that wasn’t too close or too far away from home,” Free said. “My favorite part about playing here is the people. My teammates never fail to make me laugh.” Although Free is only a sophomore, her strong leadership and team skills on and off the field can be seen every single day. “I feel I am a leader on the team because I try to encourage my teammates every day and push them to work hard,” she said. With a 14-15 overall record this season, Free and the rest of the team hope to become more and more successful as this season continues to improve their record. “For the rest of the season, I hope we continue to get better every series and work as a team. Hopefully we can get a spot in the conference tournament,” Free said. The seasoned softball player plans to continue playing softball and hopes to continue her passion for sports in her future career. “I am planning on getting my masters in sports administration/sports management and working in college athletics or at a professional level in baseball,” Free said. Softball has become more than just a game for Free, as it has taught her many more things about life and about herself. “Softball is so important to me because it helped me build a strong work ethic, good character, and become responsible,” Free said. Playing this season hasn’t always been easy for Free, as she recently lost someone who had a huge impact on her sotball career. “I had a close friendship with an umpire since I was about 10 years old that passed...

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Sports Spotlight: Senior carries out family legacy
Feb16

Sports Spotlight: Senior carries out family legacy

On and off the court, Senior Exercise and Sport Science major and women’s basketball player Tori Tucker has always led by example, and aspires to be the best that she can be. With 15 years of basketball experience under her belt, Tucker hopes to finish this season strong, and along with the help from the rest of the team, have a shot at winning the conference championship in a sport that she has devoted her entire life to playing. “Both my parents are coaches, so I kind of grew up with the game. I started by playing with Little Dribblers. That’s where it all started,” Tucker said. “My mom was my coach, so I grew up playing for her, and I played Amateur Athletic Union for about 10 years. All of that led up to me coming to play here at UMHB.” Tucker’s biggest inspiration in basketball, however, didn’t come from her parents or other coaches, but instead came from her older sister, who also played basketball for UMHB. “My sister, Taylor played basketball here for three years,” she said. I have always looked up to her on the basketball floor. I have always tried to strive to be like her because her work ethic was exceptional.” While Tucker loves playing for UMHB for many reasons, there are a few that stick out to her specifically. “My favorite part of playing here is probably the facilities. However, it is also because of the EXS staff and how they give me insight and background on the sport,” Tucker said. “I love being a part of a team because of the team chemistry. Doing things together outside of the court kind of helps us on the court.” Tucker has used the sport to help her in many different ways. Besides getting to play the game that she loves, basketball has also taught her a lot about life. “Basketball is important to me because it is my getaway. It always has been. If I am going through something, I kind of use basketball to help me cope,” she said. “It helped me find myself when I didn’t know who I was.” This season, Tucker is looking to put her best foot forward and do everything she can to help this team to be successful. “Even though for about three years I wasn’t able to contribute to the team because I was hurt, I feel like this year I am a contributor through leadership,” Tucker said. “I lead by example with how to do stuff full speed and giving 110 percent. Nobody can say that I am not giving it my all. I...

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Softball strives to improve
Jan28

Softball strives to improve

As the 2016 spring season draws closer, Head Coach Larry Hennig and Assistant Coach Melissa Maler, along with the rest of the Cru softball team, are gearing up to take on their opponents. Coming off of a 21-18 record last season, the Cru has high hopes that they’ll get a chance at a successful season. “We are very excited for this season,” Henning said. “We’ve been going at it since August and had a month of fall softball. We feel like we are improved from where we were at last year and we we are going to improve even more.” The Cru looks to start the season strong as they face-off against Texas Lutheran University Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the season opener. Freshman firstbaseman Ainsley Skopik said the team is eager to start the season. “We are very excited to open our season. We have worked hard throughout the offseason and we are ready to take the field,” Skopik said. “We have an incredible team of talented and dedicated players.” The home opener will take place Feb. 12 at 4 pm against LeTourneau University. “This season the team is committed to improvement,” Henning said. “We want to put up more wins and be one of the top teams in our league.” The team struggled to fend off the top three teams in the conference last year and is determined to make a better showing than last season. But even though the team will be focusing on defeating their toughest opponents, they will also be focusing on enjoying the season. “Softball is a passion for these girls,” Henning said. “They are players that grew up playing the game and they had other family members that were softball players. So, they are really just living a dream playing here at Mary Hardin-Baylor. Being able to get a college degree and getting to do something that they love is near and dear to them, so we want them to enjoy it”. Hennig has spent his entire life committed to this sport and loves to share his passion with the team every single day. “I enjoy coaching softball because I’ve been on some sort of sports team my whole life,” he said “I started playing sports when I was 10 or 11-years-old and I have been on a team ever since.” While there are many reasons that Hennig loves coaching the game, there are a few things that stick out to him. “It’s so cool to see the different personalities that come into play. There are no two people alike and it keeps me on my toes,” he...

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