Crusader athletics programs prepare for Spring sports season

Published in the December 7, 2016 issue of The Bells As Cru football heads into another playoff game, sports fans are hopeful for a championship win and ready to watch other Cru sports teams take the field and the court when the spring semester arrives. From baseball and softball to tennis to golf to basketball, sports fans can expect teams that will represent them well Cru Baseball and Softball kick off their seasons this coming February. They play various teams throughout their season, which commences in February and finishes up in April. Having already started their seasons, women and men’s basketball will continue their season into the spring, ending their regular season games in February. Our women’s team leads with a 4-6 record, and our men are right behind with 2-5 record. Both teams are made up mostly of freshmen, which allows for a lot of energy on the court. . And even though the teams are young, they have both proven that they are not easily defeated. The golf team will also start playing again in February after a brief hiatus. Having placed first in two previous tournaments, the team will continue to strive for the best. “I’m excited to see what the rest of the season brings,” said sophomore engineering major, TJ Crenshaw. “Overall, we’ve really grown close. It’s been a bonding experience I won’t likely forget, and I’m excited to see how far we can make it in the upcoming games. Go Golf Cru.” Many students are also preparing to go out and support our teams. “I can’t wait to go support all of the people I know.” Says junior marketing major Kelly Carlin. “I have lots of friends playing in a lot of the spring sports. Sometimes people forget to come out and support these teams, but it’s a great experience and the teams really appreciate it.” Spring sports are on the way, so get ready to go out and support the...

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Campus crowns Miss MHB 2017

Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells A crowd of parents and students sat anxiously Saturday evening in Walton Chapel, waiting to see who would become Miss MHB 2017. As a hush fell over the spectators, Miss United Way, Bridgit Sillman, was announced as the competition’s winner. After the announcement, the junior education major’s fellow contestants ran to hug the newly-crowned pageant queen and celebrate her victory. “It still doesn’t quite feel real,” Sillman said. “My com group leader texted me that night and asked how do you feel, and my response was exhausted but also wide awake, overwhelmed but also really calm, still pretty sure it’s all a dream. That’s kind of still how I’m feeling, it doesn’t feel real.” Despite her dream-like state, the new Miss MHB wowed the audience and the judges with her emotional performance of “Fight Song,” in American Sign Language. Sillman has always had a passion for the language and children with special needs, especially those who suffer from emotional disorders like her brother. “I see my platform as more community-based versus campus-based because it affects more people in the community then it does on campus,” she said. “I am a firm believer in early intervention, for all special education. The sooner you’re able to implement behavioral modification, the better.” Sillman also believes helping children and other community members who suffer from such disorders will not only help these people, but it will also help to erase the stigma associated with emotional issues. While the education major is eager to start work on her platform, she is still reveling in the experience that was pageant and the friendships she made along the way. “It was really hard because those friendships didn’t come until the end for me, but throughout the last few weeks we were able to open up and be transparent about how this all was affecting us,” she said. “We all sacrificed so much to do this, it wasn’t just a piece of cake. Being transparent was really something that I learned throughout this entire experience.” Sophomore journalism major, Felicia Suominen, who represented Gettys Hall, echoed Sillman’s feelings about the sisterhood that arose from the shared pageant experience, and said she also learned a lot about herself. The Miss MHB Pageant has become a highly-anticipated event each year not only because it is entertaining, but because it portrays the women of the university in a positive light. The contestants are not only celebrated for their outer beauty, but for their inner beauty as well. Hundreds turned out for the last night of competition to see the crowning and...

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Men’s golf team dominates competition
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Men’s golf team dominates competition

Published in the Oct. 26, 2016 issue of The Bells Ranked number two in the nation with fewer than ten players, the men’s golf team has been busy making a name for themselves. Led under Coach Jordan Cox, the men playing under the title have been recently ranked as the second leading team in the nation. The team is rooted in good values and hard work ethic, priding themselves on knowing each other’s weaknesses and strengths. “I think it’s helped that we’re all so close now,” said senior engineering major, Jarrod Brown. “It’s helped us to push each other. When we slack off or don’t try hard as individuals, it hurts us as a team. So being able to push each other and work together has played a major impact in our success. “ Leading first out of 13 teams in our own UMHB Fall Invitational, second out of 14 teams in the Al Jones Memorial and fourth out of 18 teams at the NCAA Fall Preview, the team has been out for the kill since the beginning. “It’s all about practice,” said junior communications major, Zach Daroowala. “Practice really does make perfect. It helps us to see what improvements we need to make. And when we compete, we see how others play, and it helps us figure out how to make ourselves better players.” As far as national success, the team has made a name for themselves there as well. The team has racked up countless titles and high rankings over the years, and dominates the competition at every turn. The team continues to strive for even more achievements by practicing constantly and improving their already successful...

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Interesting Places to go around the Central Texas Area

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells Around campus, it seems as though students are left doing the same old same thing. From movies to going to the lake, to bowling, students are faced with ultimate boredom and longing to go home to do something new. But there are things around the Central Texas area that many don’t know about that could keep locals entertained all year around. 1. Local Pumpkin Patches With the fall season embracing Texas with its slight change in leaves and light breeze, pumpkin patches and Christmas tree farms will be popping up all over. Locally, we have a few pumpkin patches open for business, The Robinson Family Farm and Silo Christmas Tree Farm. They each have various attractions, including mazes and hot chocolate. And theri pictureesque surroundings make them great places for perfect photo ops. 2. Topsey Exotic Ranch In Copperas Cove, this drive-through safari includes various animals ranging from deer to giraffes. For 10 dollars a person and 1 dollar per bag of feed, it’s a great way to spend a day. But be warned, the animals can be quite large, and the trail is quite long. So go with a full tank of gas and preferably in a large vehicle or truck. 3. That Art Place/Arusha’s Looking for an experience closer to campus? That Art Place in Belton or Arusha’s Coffee Shop are great to visit. That Art Place is a local art studio where patrons can take art classes to learn how to paint canvases, work with glass, and paint pottery such as mugs and figurines. These items will be glazed and fired for you and available within a couple of weeks, and will be food and drink safe. Arusha’s is a great hangout if one is looking for somewhere to chill out and listen to some local bands and drink something locally-brewed. 4. Drive-In Theater In Gatesville, for a small fee of 10 dollars per carload, a group can see a movie and enjoy popcorn from the comfort of their car. New releases are shown and the theater is open seven days a week, featuring two movies a night. There are many hidden treasures around the Central Texas area that students have yet to discover. So keep these in mind the next time you feel the need to venture off campus looking for fun and...

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Feminism: more to the word than we think

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells Feminism—a word that sends men running and women rolling their eyes. The word was created in the 60s and 70s, during a time when women wanted equality. But since its birth, feminism has elicited a rather negative conotation, even though it means great things. Feminism, you see, is more than not wanting a man to open a door for me or “the death of chivalry.” Feminism, by definition, is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. Women in America seem to forget that we make up the majority of the population. As one of the 63% of women aged 16 and up, I know we can make a change if we stand together to make it happen. A unified front could bring about so much change like closing the wage gap. Women get paid less for the same job a man does for the simple fact that their genitalia is different. Being a descendant of various ethnicities increases said gap even further. But even in best case scenarios every woman makes 78 cents to the Euro-centric man’s dollar. Now, I’m all for sugar and spice and everything nice. But when faced with this information, I’m left wondering, where oh where, did my 22 cents go? But feminism is for more than just American women. Feminism is for women across the globe, young and old, who have been treated unjustly. There are young girls in other countries without the proper education they desire because educating women is deemed unnecessary. With the growing number of female college graduates here in the States, it’s a wonder why more educated women haven’t taken up arms for social change when it comes to our foriegn sisters. Lastly, feminism is important due to the rape-culture we have grown up in. When it is not okay for a woman to go topless in public, but it’s okay for a man to buy a magazine of a topless woman on any corner, there is a problem. Women are seen as a commodity, we are mocked for the anger attributed to our menstrual cycles, we are asked not to wear anything that might provoke an attacker, and young girls are married off at unspeakably young ages.  This is what feminism is for. Feminism is for equality. It’s for the equal treatment of women, not only here, but everywhere. But the stigma associated with being a feminist holds a negative connotation. When I tell a date that I believe in the equal treatment of women, suddenly men see that as...

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