Cricket league offers a piece of home
Oct26

Cricket league offers a piece of home

Published in the Oct. 26, 2016 issue of The Bells For most students here at UMHB, the word cricket is nothing more than the name of the annoying bugs that invade the campus every year. However, for the Indian students here on campus, cricket is a beloved sport and a piece of home. “Cricket is a game that was invented in England,” said Sumanth Ande. “We have 3 formats in cricket: T20 (20 overs, each over containing six balls ), ODI (one day international, in which each team plays 50 overs so 300 balls), and Tests (a five day game with two innings). There are 11 members per side, and since it’s a clash between two teams, there are 22 members needed to play a match. The team that wins the toss will have the option to bat or ball, and the second team chases the other team’s score to win the match.” Because of its popularity in India, members of the Indian Student Association decided to come together to start a cricket league for these students to participate in on campus. “The students and members of ISA together started the league because it helps the students when they miss their home country,” ISA Events Coordinator Girish Maganti said. “This place is a home away from home for all Indian students, so it’s kind of a stress buster and fun activity.” Although this cricket league is still relatively new, it has been one of the most successful ongoing events that ISA has planned in the last few years. “We decided to start the league because it is one the best games in India and we all love to play cricket,” Maganti said. “The league has been going on for the last couple of years. This is my second semester here and I came to know that they conduct this league every semester. I was the conductor for the league last semester, as I’m the event organizer for ISA. It’s been awesome.” Maganti and the rest of ISA try to make the league as authentic as it is back home for these students, down to the very last detail. “Firstly, we need teams to conduct the matches,” Maganti said. “We pair up the different teams randomly and according to winning teams, the competition changes. Based on points, we will decide the final match between two teams and we award the prizes for winners and runners.” This league plays every semester. The teams practice separately, but not in school. Last year, there were five different teams, but the amount of students that participate varies each semester. “Any student that is interested...

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Women’s soccer hopes to win championship, break records

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells It’s halfway through the season for the women’s soccer team and the Cru is already on the road to a conference championship. Despite the tough schedule they have faced this season, the Cru has gone undefeated in all of their conference games and currently hold an impressive 7-2-1 record. Head Coach Barry Elkins is confident that this year’s team is the one to beat. “Overall, I’ve been very pleased with our results this season,” Elkins said. “The regional rankings just came out. There are eight regions in the United States and we are in the West region. We are ranked #7 in our region, so we are doing pretty well so far.” But the coach admits the teams’s schedule this season is very tough. “We’ve already played two nationally-ranked teams. I think it’s a positive thing to play good competition, but it’s been very stiff competition. That has been our biggest hurdle.” The success of the season so far has relied heavily on the experience of the girls on the field. “We have a total of nine seniors and that makes us one of the most, if not the most, experienced teams in our conference,” Elkins said. “Along with that, defensively we are playing really well. We have had eight shutouts on the year, which is getting close to a school record and it’s only halfway through the season.” In the past three years, the Cru has made a lasting impression that has changed the course of the program forever. “This has been our most successful group of girls overall,” Elkins said. “The majority of our seniors have been on the field all four years, starting as freshmen. They have been the core of the team.” In the first 13 years of this program, they only had three winning seasons which have all been in the last few years. Over the past few years, we have changed our overall history and the credit certainly goes to this group of seniors,” Elkins said. “We also have improved our conference record in those past three years, so we are constantly improving.” The Cru’s ultimate goal is one that all teams look to achieve: a conference championship. “Our focus this season has been to win a conference championship and go undefeated through our conference schedule,” Elkins said. “So far, we have been able to remain undefeated, but we have a big weekend coming up against Hardin-Simmons University, who is also undefeated. It is a big weekend to reach our goals. (Update) Ultimately, it’s about getting into the conference tournament and winning it,...

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Cru volleyball set for another successful season

Published in the September 28, 2016 issue of The Bells With an impressive 8-3 record to start the 2016 season, Cru Volleyball has already made their mark. After going undefeated at the Austin College Invitational Tournament in Sherman, Texas, Cru volleyball has struggled a bit, but Head Coach Rob Frost is optimistic looking forward to the rest of the season. “We’ve played some very good teams,” Frost said. “I feel we are learning fast and have competed well. We have a young group of players taking up most of our starting line up, so I like our upside as we keep working hard.” While it is still early in the season, Coach Frost is confident that this year’s team, while young, has already proved that they have what it takes to make it all the way to the end. “We have a great upside with very athletic players,” Frost said. “We are still young and need to keep learning and growing. The core of our team needs to play together longer. We should get a lot better as we go through this season together, and next year as we return a lot of players who have been together.” Frost and the rest of the team have set high expectations of what they hope to accomplish this season, both on and off the court. “Our goals every year are to win the ASC championship, get to the NCAA Tournament either by winning the ASC championship or receiving an at large bid, and win a national championship,” Frost said. “Aside from winning, we want to use athletics as a platform for ministry. If we can use volleyball to honor God or point someone to Christ, then that is a bigger success than all the wins.” Captains Abby Voskuil and Natasha Evans have stepped up as leaders on the team and have played a huge role in the success of this season. “We are very balanced, everyone contributes significantly, and this is a strength for us,” Frost said. “We are a strong team because everyone works hard at their role. Our captains Abby Voskuil and Natasha Evans have been great leaders for this team. They are easy to follow because they are great teammates and also play a great game on the court. “ Senior outside hitter Abby Voskuil, who won ASC West Division Offensive Player of the Week earlier this month, is pleased overall with this season so far and has high hopes for what is to come. “This season has been tough, yet fun. Every year is a new team and new girls are added, and we are all really...

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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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