Behind the Stall Street
Feb10

Behind the Stall Street

When students walk into the public bathrooms on campus, they’re most likely not alone. The Stall Street Journal is posted on the inside of nearly every restroom stall and offers information on what’s going on around UMHB, as well as tips on healthy living. It began in 1997 and has been educating unsuspecting bathroom users ever since. But who’s the creator behind this cleverly named newsletter? Who comes up with these enlightening articles? Many people think it’s the Campus Activities Board, but it’s actually the Student Life Division. Director of Counseling, Testing and Health Services, Nate Williams said, “We figured we had a captive audience in potty stalls.” He works with a team of contributing editors that include Donna Plank, Sue Weaver and Kristy Brischke. Together they write and find relevant articles to include in the monthly publication. Coordinator of Health Services Debbie Rosenberger, another contributor, said, “It varies from month to month, but the whole purpose is to give information so that (students) can make healthy lifestyle choices or changes, and to give tips to make the college experience better.” This month the Stall Street Journal is titled “Learn to Love Who You Are”, and it’s dedicated to eating disorders and body image. However, they tackle a variety of topics that are geared toward the student body, such as the importance of sleep, dealing with stress and even suicide. Rosenberger said, “We try to see what’s going on around here. Last year we had something scheduled, but because of the pandemic and swine flu, we focused on that because that’s what students were going to want to know.” The Stall Street Journal has become so successful that it has been picked up by several other school districts. Belton, Salado and Academy ISD are just a few of the regions displaying the newsletter. According to Williams, people visiting from off campus would read it, and decide that it was something they wanted in their business lavatories. Of course, Williams and his team are happy to provide a copy for any business interested in the school’s bathroom literature, but they make a few alterations. “We have an external version where we have the same basic articles, but instead of advertising Mayborn hours, we make a useful tip for a community resource, and on the very bottom we put recruiting information to plug the university,” Williams said. Sophomore cell biology major Hillary Halderman said, “I love the Stall Street Journal. I go to the bathroom a lot so it’s nice to have something to read. My favorites are the ones that deal with health and fitness because I like to work...

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Consistency is key basis for Lady Cru improvement

The women’s golf team has had a break between play, but players are anxious to get back on the green and win some tournaments this spring. The Cru’s year-long season began with a first place win in The Lady Bulldog Fall Classic at Texas Lutheran University last semester. Collectively, the team shot a 639, beating out Trinity University, UT-Dallas, Hardin-Simmons and many more. They started strong and didn’t falter much in the other tournaments. However, the one time the women had an issue was when they placed 9th in the UMHB Fall Invitational. Head Coach Darla Kirby said, “We had a pretty decent fall. The only disappointment was our home tournament. It just seemed like everybody struggled those two days. But we won our first tournament of the year, and we had two 3rd place finishes. So we’re ahead of where we were last year with our finishes, and also our scoring averages.” Consistency is something both Kirby and senior sports management major Christi Williams thinks the team can improve on. “It’s a matter of getting two-day totals together,” she said. “We would have a bad first day, and we would all come back (and play well) the second day. But you have to have both days if you’re going to win.” Overall, Kirby believes the team has weathered the storm and fought through challenging circumstances. “At TLU it had rained so much and the course was so wet, but they handled those conditions well,” she said. “They want to win, and you can’t teach that attitude. You either have it or you don’t.” February 22-23, the ladies will compete in the UMHB Spring Invitational at Mill Creek Golf Club in Salado for the first and only home tournament of the semester. They’ll compete in a few other tournaments as well, but the ultimate goal is playing at Horseshoe Bay April 19 and 20 for the conference tournament. Kirby said, “Everybody, top to bottom, has to work hard all semester in order for us to improve. We beat all our conference schools the first tournament, but then they beat us in the other tournaments, so it’s up for grabs.” Senior elementary education major Courtney Nelson said, “I think this year should be our best year. If we’re confident in ourselves, we should do a lot better this...

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Airport scanners reduce threats

The latest thing in airport security is the full body scanner. It will be a formidable force to fight against terrorism. This new technology takes a robotic image of fliers and shows security personnel exactly what a passenger may or may not be hiding. It detects metallic and nonmetallic items, but at the same time, it doesn’t leave much to the imagination. As one of the privacy precautions, the face on the scan is blurred out to protect the identity of the person. The system is operated by two individuals: one is operating the scanner, while the other is in a separate room viewing the image. Once the passenger is cleared and waved through, the picture is immediately deleted, and the worker viewing the photo never sees the flier. Cameras, cell phones or any other device used to store information are not permitted in the room where the photos are being viewed. In fact, the only way an image could be saved is if the machine was in “test mode.” Airport personnel do not have the ability to initiate test mode though, according to the Transportation Security Administration. In light of the nation’s history with air attacks, one would think the public would be receptive to the new technology. But some people believe the scanners are an invasion of privacy. Fliers don’t like the idea of an image being taken that basically reveals everything about their physical shape. To be honest, it is a bit of a privacy issue, and the TSA is taking the necessary steps to ease the minds of passengers. However, the war on terror is constantly evolving and so should we. The scanners are for the greater good. Just this Christmas, there was an attempt to detonate a bomb on Northwest Airlines Flight 253. It had the potential to rip a hole in the side of the plane, killing everyone on-board. Luckily, the bomb was defective, and it didn’t ignite. But if he had gone through one of these scanners, the explosive that was sewn into his underwear would have been detected. Face it. This is the next step in airport security. The Netherlands and Nigeria are just a couple of other countries that are putting the scanners into use. Many more are soon to follow. Right now about 19 airports in the U.S. have full body scanners, and TSA is expecting to set up 150 more this year. Most people just have the wrong idea and attitude toward the scanners. They’re meant to make fliers feel safe and not violated, to catch potential terrorists, not take risqué photos. In order to keep passengers out...

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Basketball hopes to hoop in big season

Although the end of the semester is fast approaching, the men’s basketball season is just about to begin. The Cru plays their first game Nov. 18th at 7 p.m. against the Trinity Tigers in the indoor sports arena of Mayborn Campus Center. This year, the team is relatively young due to the loss of 10 seniors. There are a lot of fresh faces, but they’re up to the challenge. Head coach Ken DeWeese said, “With so many new guys on this year’s team, we honestly do not know what to expect. We will have to suffer through 6 to 8 games before we really know what we have.” According to the annual Preseason Coaches and Media Poll, the men are expected to win the American Southwest Conference West Division championship. Newly appointed assistant coach Jimmy Smith said, “We were quite shocked by that selection seeing that we lost 10 seniors from last year’s team,” he said. “But I think that it is a tremendous compliment to the success that this program has had, and shows the respect that the other teams in the division have for us.” This will be Smith’s first season as the assistant coach, but it’s not the first time he has worn the purple, white and gold. Smith played for the university and was a four year letter winner through the 2000-2004 seasons. DeWeese said, “He is familiar with the system and of course, as a four year former player, we are familiar with him. He is a great addition to our program.” Smith takes former assistant coach Kenny DeWeese’s position, after he received an assistant role with Utah Valley University. Smith said, “I am ecstatic to be back working at UMHB. I really enjoyed my time here as a student, but being back as an employee has given me a greater appreciation for how great of a university Mary Hardin-Baylor truly is.” As for the team, they have been working hard to prepare for the season. They practice five to six days a week from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., where they do anything from conditioning and weight training, to scrimmaging against each other. Sophomore forward Greg Wiernas said, “We have a completely different team from last year, and it will for sure be a change. However we are getting better every day, and are looking forward to being one of the top contenders in the conference.” Last year, the men had an overall record of 19-8, and they were 16-5 in conference. Some would say it was a successful season, however De- Weese would argue otherwise. “No one is happy at the end of...

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Women’s softball wins wearing pink, helps strike out breast cancer
Oct27

Women’s softball wins wearing pink, helps strike out breast cancer

Although the softball team’s regular season starts in the spring, the ladies took on a big opponent this fall. Since October is cancer awareness month, the Cru hosted the “Strike Out Breast Cancer” event during their doubleheader on the Oct. 17 against Our Lady of the Lake. The team took donations from the crowd for every strike out in the odd-numbered innings and appeared in pink T-shirts designed by the players. These were also available for sale during the game for $10 and $11.50 depending on the size. All of the proceeds went to the Cancer Research Center at Scott and White in Temple. The ceremonial first pitches were thrown by women’s head golf coach Darla Kirby, and by Donna Shipp, the wife of Vice President of Athletics Ben Shipp. Both of women are cancer survivors. Head coach Kasey Blomquist said, “We decided that since a lot of families are experiencing this, we wanted to give back. It turned out great, and I feel like we got the community involved, as well as the girls.” Off the field, the team split up and visited a few small businesses around town and asked for donations. When it was all said and done, the team raised $671.53. Junior catcher Lindsey Gordon said, “I really enjoyed playing in the game this year. It was for a great cause, and I hope we get to keep doing it in the future.” The first game went to 11 innings, but the Cru won 4-3. However, the Saints came back to win the second game 6-2. These were the only competitions of the semester, but they continue to condition and lift weights in preparation for the fast-approaching season. Last year the team broke even with an overall record of 20-20. However, they are looking to improve. Blomquist said “I am very pleased with the outcome of our fall season. I feel we are ahead of the game due to the maturity of the returners, and with the talent and experience of the newcomers.” The first game is February 20 in Georgetown against the Pirates of Southwestern University. The following weekend the ladies will play their home opener against the Louisiana College wildcats. Senior second basemen Erica Salazar said, “I’m pretty excited about this upcoming season. We have a bunch of newcomers, and we are clicking very well together. I also know for sure that this season is going to be a lot better than the last. We will be making it to the conference...

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