New SGA President Baker pushes diversity education
Mar07

New SGA President Baker pushes diversity education

An election three years in the making, the student body of UMHB elected junior political science pre-law and speech communication major Tyler Baker as its president for the upcoming 2018-2019 year. Since his election as freshman class president during the fall semester of 2015, Baker has planned his run for student body president extensively. “I got to Student Government and I just said, ‘I want to be student body president. I see myself doing that,”’ Baker said. Running on many platforms, one of which being the issue of diversity on campus, Baker hopes to impact the community and leave a positive legacy for the class he has been chosen to lead. Running against junior business management major Daniel Martinez, Baker ran a tough campaign. “Campaigning against Tyler is a task. He is very active in any campaign of his,” Martinez, said. “I noticed that my freshman year when he was running for class president. This race was no different. He was very active and prepared. So it was difficult, but it did cause me to channel my creativity and expand on it. This led to me make videos and push harder on social media. I do support Tyler in his presidency. He will do great in this role, as he has done great in every role he has served thus far.” Baker began his climb to the top when first deciding that he wanted to be president of the student body one day, and join the Student Government Association on campus. After a successful run as freshman class president, he then continued on to working as sophomore class president and junior class vice president. Balancing school with the multiple clubs and associations he is a part of, Baker makes sure to prioritize his time. While SGA is a close second, he always makes sure that his school work remains his top priority. “SGA has really been my life; it’s been something I’ve been so passionate about. It’s definitely a rewarding program to be a part of. What you put into it you definitely get out,” Baker said. “For example, my roommate and best friend is Sam Kinnin and I met him through SGA. He served on the sophomore class while I was sophomore class president, and we both got invited to a conference called Castle that UMHB attends. We just got really close on that trip, so yeah SGA has impacted my life in so many ways.” One of the big changes the new president hopes to implement at the university is increasing education about the diversity of our campus community. Having been greatly influenced and personally moved by...

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Cru Crunch: Fire Street Pizza
Feb21

Cru Crunch: Fire Street Pizza

Fire Street Pizza has a true rags-to-riches history when the food truck became a restaurant. Located just outside of Belton, its new location is a sight to behold. Located at 10310 FM 439, the restaurant is open Thursday through Sunday, Thursdays and Fridays 5-9pm, Saturday 11-9pm, and Sunday 11-3pm or until they run out of pizza. Lit up with lights and games galore, the prior outdoor-only style seating has not lost its quaint charm. Accompanying the unique lighting and punk/country chic mixed atmosphere, the pizza is definitely worth the drive off campus. Deliciously cheesy, it’s almost comical how the great pizza looks and tastes. The crust is thin, with the best qualities of thick crust. Not at all greasy, the herbs and spices they pack into the crust make for an addictive new favorite. All of the ingredients taste not only fresh, but intoxicatingly homemade, in the best of fashions. Differing from chain pizzerias, this place is definitely a spot to check out. A pizza order to try would be the Brooklyn, a take on the classic pepperoni and sausage, however made deliciously fresh and piled high with ingredients. Whole pizza’s range from $11 to $18, and can be split between two people. Extra toppings are offered, and make for a personally created delicious meal. The atmosphere here is both family friendly mixed with hipness. Blaring alternative music mixed with classic rock, posters for Led Zeppelin and Ringo Starr could be spotted on many of the walls. Upbeat and friendly service came with each, and the prices were hard to beat. This place is definitely a spot to check out, and worth a 4.5/5 rating from this Cru...

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Why domestic abuse must be acknowledged
Feb21

Why domestic abuse must be acknowledged

During the month of February, we often put a heavy emphasis on love and relationships. With an alarming amount of people affected by domestic abuse, it is important to know the signs of abuse and where to seek help.During the month of February, we often put a heavy emphasis on love and relationships. With an alarming amount of people affected by domestic abuse, it is important to know the signs of abuse and where to seek help.It isn’t always obvious that you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse. It’s common for those experiencing domestic abuse to believe it’s their fault that they are being abused. However, it is very important to realize that nothing a victim has said or done makes them deserving of abuse. It can be difficult to spot abusive behavior. Some key signs to identify abuse, according to newhopeforwomen.org, webmd.org, and helpguide.org include:   Possessiveness-Checking in to see where you are, who you’re with, when you left and when you’ll be home, and/or why you are going out “constantly.”-Trying to control where you go or who you’re with and getting angry if you don’t do as they say.  Jealousy-Accusing you of being unfaithful or flirting unnecessarily.-Isolating you from friends and family.  Mental abuse-Attacking your intelligence, looks, mental health, or capabilities.-Blaming you for their outbursts.-Saying:  “No one else will want you.”  Threats-Yelling and breaking things you value deliberately.-Threatening violence toward you, your family, your friends, or your pets.  Physical Violence -Any form of physical violence (pushing, shoving, hitting, grabbing).-Forcing sex or anything you do not want to do and do not consent to.-Actual harm to you, your family, your friends, or your pets. These are just a few of the more common signs that you or a loved one could be victim to domestic abuse. If even ONE of the listed signs feels familiar, it is important to seek help.It is important to not only seek help, but to stay safe. Let the people you love know what is going on, and let them know what your plans are for the future. It is also important to tell them how you plan to leave the relationship as well. Getting authorities involved is beneficial to you and your safety. If you are experiencing an emergency, please try to get to a phone and call 911. The university recommends a domestic abuse hotline as well, the National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-SAFE (7266).In Bell County, you can reach the sheriff at his office number (254) 933-5412. On campus, campus police are located on the ground floor of Mabee, and can be reached at (254) 295-5555. Many people tend to pose the question, “Why didn’t...

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John Hancock: A unique professor
Feb21

John Hancock: A unique professor

In his time working at UMHB, professor John Hancock has become notorious for his unique characteristics and teaching style.      In his time working at UMHB, professor John Hancock has become notorious for his unique characteristics and teaching style.       For example if a student walks into his class late, they will hear commentary from him that provides a laugh, such as: “And that, class, is how to win 1 million dollars. Oh hello, I can’t believe you missed that.”  Junior graphic design major, Mikala Mulligan said, “Like a lot of other art professors I’ve known, he has that blunt sense of humor, but he doesn’t come off as completely sarcastic,”  “It’s very humorous and it’s fun to play along with. It’s a fun experience. Don’t come in with common sense, just don’t.” Professor Hancock was first introduced to the art world by his brother in college. After experiencing making a print for the first time, he switched to being an art major and never turned back. After graduating, he taught for a while as a sabbatical replacement at Oklahoma State University. Then Hancock worked as a commercial artist in Waco and later moved to the Belton area. See Art, pg. 3Working on his own for some time, he had grown close to those in the art community, such as department chair of the art department, Hershall Seals. While out grocery shopping one day, he bumped into Professor Seals.“I saw Hershall at the grocery store and he asked me if I still made baskets and knew how, so he said: ‘here, teach fiber arts,’” Hancock said. “I was an adjunct, so I’d work my commercial art job then after clocking out I’d teach for a few hours. Then I just stuck, and here I am now.” While at the university, Professor Hancock has made a lasting impression with many of the students. His humor is a mix of sarcasm and satire, and he can often be spotted around the art department in a dark smock, carrying his brown coffee mug. Even more iconic: his unruly hair. His caring nature is also widely appreciated. “It’s been a pretty unusual class experience, I’d have to say.” said Junior Graphic Design Mikala Mulligan when asked about her experience as a student of Hancock’s. “Usually there’s the syllabus and set times for things, but his classes are more of a learn how to craft things yourself instead of him having to tell you how to do it.” “I think Professor Hancock is an impactful teacher.” said Nan Dickson, former dean of the art department. “It’s just him. He is creative, talented, brilliant and caring. He...

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Cru Love: UMHB’s Vice President – alumni turned love story
Feb09

Cru Love: UMHB’s Vice President – alumni turned love story

When asked what he loved most about his wife, Dr. Steve Theodore, Vice President of the university, had many endearing words: “Grace’s commitment to Christ….she’s dedicated to serving our family and others…. she is practical and not materialistic.” Steve and his wife Grace Theodore are both alumni of UMHB, and together, create a beautiful type of love. In the spring of 1985, Dr. Theodore helped start Young Life in Belton. Working as the Belton Leader for Young Life, Dr.Theodore received help from the Temple leader and his assistant for music- Grace. “Steve doesn’t remember meeting me,” laughed Grace, remembering their first encounter. “We initially met at a Young Life meeting in Belton. Along with others, Steve was helping start Young Life in Belton and I was helping with the music. We met again in the summer of ‘86 at Immanuel Baptist in Temple where Steve was interning for Dr. Byron Weathersbee, the youth minister.” “Byron asked Grace to help with a kids’ camp in the gym,” said Steve. “I was helping lead the camp. When Grace worked with me at the Immanuel Baptist kids’ camp, she was a sophomore at Baylor.” After dating for a year and growing together as a couple, Grace made the bold decision to transfer to UMHB. “I decided to transfer to UMHB to pursue my education degree and be closer to Steve,” admitted Grace. “We had a lot of fun with Steve’s friends on campus.” The couple continued to grow and fall in love, but after 2 and a half years, called it quits. “I grew in love with Steve throughout our 2 1/2 years of dating,” Grace said. “During a brief break up, I realized I didn’t want to live without him.” When asked what she loved most about her husband, Grace had much to say: “His love for and interaction with our kids, integrity, commitment to our marriage, [his] fun-loving [nature] and good sense of humor.“ “There wasn’t a singular moment,” Steve said when asked when he knew he loved his wife. “We grew together over time. We have learned that marriage is a give-and-take relationship and we’ve learned to compromise. It’s important to find middle ground on issues like money management and parenting styles,” Steve said. “Having a marriage based on Christian principles has given us a strong foundation for all aspects of marriage.” Having been married for many years now, the pair have grown as both leaders in their community as well as with their family. “We raised our children, Lauren and Luke, in a loving, Christian home,” Grace said. “And me, I taught elementary and preschool children for 21...

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