Campus radio station may be returning after 40 years
Nov15

Campus radio station may be returning after 40 years

Most students get online daily to use tools such as Pandora for music and Pintrest for decorating ideas, but what if there were an online tool designed specifically to keep students informed of campus activities and events? This is something that Eddie Kahler, a sophomore senator of the Student Government Association and Christian ministry major, is trying to make a reality. A campus radio station that would begin online for students to access and gather information from at all times of the day or night is now being considered. More than 40 years ago, the school had a radio station, but it only lasted a very short time due to the high costs of equipment and air time. Kahler said, “I had thought of the idea last year before I was elected to the SGA, just during campus run. I was thinking it would be cool if all the cars were on the same radio station. That and we had the radio on Play Day for a day which was really cool.” He began putting the idea into action this past September and has been contemplating the many details and specifics that still need to be worked out in order to get the bill passed by the SGA senate. Kahler said, “If the online station takes off, we might reevaluate and look at it and see if it’s worth spending the money to purchase the equipment for an on-air station. The online would be accessible anytime. Just like Pandora, you click on the link, and you’re listening to it.” Although nothing has been approved as of yet, many of the SGA members think it would be a great benefit for them. “Students are always saying they don’t hear about things. And so we’re always looking for ways to get the word out,” Director of Student Organizations Kristy Brischke said. “There are so many ways to get it, and I think that’s our problem. It used to be campus mail; you would go check your mailbox. Now it’s all over: chapel slides, channel four and Facebook, and so this is just one more way to get the word out.” Brischke added that giving students the opportunity to host spots on the station might be a fun way to get them more involved. She also hopes to have call-in talk shows, or girl chat as well as sports talk segments for listeners enjoyment. Sophomore graphic design major Tyler Walker said, “A radio station would be a nice thing to always have playing in my apartment, to keep informed of things on campus. If possible, I would also guest DJ all the...

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Career Services website adds more helpful features

When graduation time rolls around, most people go into a state of shock with the pressure of finding a job and guiding their career paths into a decent direction. While this process is certainly nothing to yawn over, the university offers helpful resources to give graduates some assistance. Career Services Online, a website the school provides to help students and give guidance during the job-finding procedures, has recently added a new feature, which is called Cru Connection. Before, there was a box on the home page of Career Services that read “Recent Jobs.” The new feature will replace that, allowing only those with a UMHB number and email address to log in and view jobs. Director of Career Services Don Owens said, “Right now, these jobs are on the World Wide Web, so anyone can look at these jobs, and we don’t want that. We only want our students and our graduates to look at these jobs.” Owens explained that students will have to register online with Career Services and then will be able to view jobs and also upload their resumes so that employers can view them and can arrange an interview if desired. Career Services is a viable backup plan for a graduate who might have to face the ugly reality of not getting their dream job. Among several helpful tools, the website provides alternative ideas, preparations for interviews and information on students’ success stories about jobs they procured after graduation. Owens said, “It’s called Cru Successes. Looking at this, one can see that we have graduates who are now working with HoneyWell, a Fortune 500 company. Jenna Keif is a new intern at Scott and White hospital. That was what she wanted to do.” Career Spots is another feature that Career Services Online provides students. It has 24-hour access to short video clips of how to put together a resume or a cover letter. Helpful reminders that may seem simple happen every now and then, such as turning off a phone during an interview, writing a thank-you note and being nice to the secretary. All are variables when someone is job searching. Secretary of Career Services D’Andra Lusby said, “I think some students truly believe they don’t need Career Services. We’ve had alumni come back and comment that they wish they’d used us earlier. Though we are not a job placement office, we can help cast your job search net even farther.  The best way to real-world job search is to implement a vast network to help in your search. The wider your network, the wider your search. Let CS be part of your network.” The...

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Most wins for volleyball in history
Nov01

Most wins for volleyball in history

The volleyball games were the place to be this season, considering the girls are 18-7 overall, the most wins for Cru volleyball since the program began. After being seeded in second place for the East in the American Southwestern Conference, things are looking up for team members as they will go on to tournament play in Richardson Nov. 3-5. If they manage to pull off a win during the tournament, they could advance to nationals. Volleyball Head Coach Rob Frost said, “I feel like it’s going great. We came in good shape. If we can hit 20 wins this season, that will be huge for a college volleyball team.” All of their off season work has helped them get to the spot where they are today. “The amount of wins that we’ve had this year was a result of last spring and all the way through the summer with a lot of conditioning and weight training and the girls playing pick-up. We’re seeing a lot of their effort unfold and come together here,” he said. With the players at the top of their game, they look forward to the conference and having the chance to go to regionals. With three weekends on the road for matches this season, at one point the team  spent 36 hours on the bus during a 10-day span. Frost said, “We’ve done a really good job of staying physically and mentally strong through all of that.” Another exciting landmark for the team was recently when one of the players was named offensive player of the week by the ASC. The Cru have had several players receive this special award. Sophomore accounting and economics major Kimberly Smidovec said, “It was really a blessing to get that. I’ve been working really hard all year, so I never really expected it, but it was such a big honor to get it. I was really happy.” Frost said, “She has been hitting close to 300 or above for most of the matches, which is really good for a hitter in our conference. She’s been consistent for us and doing a really good job.” Although the players want to win regionals, some want to do it for reasons other than just the title. Junior education major Tina Miller said, “The only thing I see us working on is getting a ring. I want to do it for myself and for the team, but I also want to do it for the seniors that have been here.” Miller explains that things started off rough for seniors who were on the team the past few years, with matches lost and poor...

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Intramural sports: one ends another begins

It’s that time of year again, where sweat, touchdowns and dodging flag grabbers are the names of the game.  The season began Sept. 5 and finished Oct. 13 with the championship game. Every Tuesday and Thursday night, teams competed for the coveted Flag Football Championship T-shirt and title. Soccer and volleyball will be starting soon, and registration is open until Oct. 20. Students can sign up online at www.umhb.edu/campusrec or by going by the Campus Recreation office. The intramural football season kicked off with 12 teams, six of which went to playoffs. The teams that made it to the playoff round were The Sader Saints, The Stepdads, Show Me Ya TD’s, Beauty and the Beastly, Balls and Dolls and Scared Hitless. Senior marketing major and intramural coordinator Andy Pipes said this season was a success. “We had some great teams during flag football.…The talent level was through the roof this year, and a lot of great teams made playoffs, while a bunch of other teams played great, but just fell short.” The League of Extraordinary Gentleman won  first place in the men’s team division. For the co-ed league, Beauty and the Beastly took home the championship title.  Pipes explained that the winners of both the co-ed and the men’s teams will travel to Nacogdoches for the regional tournament where they will compete against 120 other universities from around the region. Injuries have been kept to a minimum throughout this season with only a few pulls and sprains and a rolled ankle here or there.  During the last week in playoffs, a player received a nasty cut to the eye during a play and had to be taken to the hospital for stitches. Although injuries happen, it is not uncommon for athletes to have pregame  rituals to help them play better or win. Intramural sports are no different. Junior engineering major Phil Horwitch eats what is called a Bubba Tater before each game. He said, “It is just an amazing baked potato. Nothing is like it. Everything on it is amazing, and it fills you up. I think playing on a full stomach is always a plus.” The team Scared Hitless also has a pregame tradition. Senior cell biology major and coach of Scared Hitless Jared Welch said, “We pray before every game, and the whole team does it. We are a serious and competitive team, but we also like to have fun at the same time.” Junior economics major and Balls and Dolls player Frank James enjoyed the flag football season even though they didn’t win. He said, “In my opinion,  …we didn’t expect to do as well as...

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Old song — Zambian twist

The Zambian Vocal Group  rocked the 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. chapel sessions on Sept. 21. The group has been singing together for 26 years to raise money to build a school for children in their country of Zambia. The group first came to the U.S. in 1993 after missionaries had visited their community and shown a Jesus film that led the members of the group to Christ. Lead vocalist Sylvester Sichangwa tells the story of how the missionaries built the church that the members of the vocal group attended. After becoming members of the church, Sylvester, Richard, Oliver and Josephat decided to start a Sunday school class there. “Through that class, we started learning how to sing because every Sunday school class wanted us to do a memory verse and sing a song, and we heard so many comments about people who liked the way we sang,” Sichangwa said. “We decided to start our own group.” When an education missionary came to start a school in that church in 1989, he asked the members of the Zambian Vocal Group what they wanted out of life. They all replied they wanted to go back to school. The missionary offered to bring them to the U.S. in 1989 to allow them to tour and raise enough money to build a school in their community, which was the ultimate goal. For three years they practiced singing three hours a day six days a week perfecting their voices. In 1993, something they thought would never be possible came true. They were finally brought to the U.S. Through their Vocal Mission they raised enough money to get their GEDs and attend college as they all had hoped. In 2004,  they went on a mission to help orphans. Through their efforts, they were able to raise enough money to build a school for more than 250 students and four teachers. The Zambian Vocal Group has a fund to raise money toward hiring more teachers for their growing classrooms. Freshman international business major Johnathan Kendall said, “I have been going to Zambia since I was 8, and I still visit every summer. I lived right around where they are based in Lusaka.”  Although Kendall had never met the group before, they had an instant connection. “I went up to a couple of the guys and said (Zambia Chipolopolo) (the name of their national team). It caught them off guard, and their faces lit up, knowing that is only said in Zambia,” he said. “After that I greeted them (Muli Shani) and they responded that they are good (ndili bwino). This brought us together, and we...

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