Crusader spirit captures a girl’s heart
Sep11

Crusader spirit captures a girl’s heart

Carrying a gift bag full of flower seeds, fertilizer and candy, the “Miracle Girl” walked off the stage and back to her seat. Welcome Week was over, but her new journey as a Crusader had just begun. Alexis Smith, a freshman at UMHB this year, had an unconventional start to her college experience. What began as a short visit with a friend became a life-changing decision. Initially, Smith came as moral support for her best friend and fellow freshman, Alexa Billington. The two attended the Welcome Week kick-off together and met Billington’s “family” for the week. The Hardy Party family welcomed the two girls, oblivious to the fact that only one was a student. It was that first night at the university that convinced Smith UMHB was where she belonged. “I just came with Alexa to help her set up her room,” Smith explained. “But the night I met everyone, the freshmen and our leaders, I just felt so comfortable. Everyone was so nice and friendly. I didn’t tell anyone I wasn’t a student. No one asked. We weren’t trying to keep it a secret. We just avoided it.” After such a good impression, Smith decided she wanted to join her best friend at the university. The pair wasted no time, exhausting all options in order to secure Smith a spot in the 2012-2013 school year. Smith said, “It was the most productive day of our lives. We were sprinting back and forth from financial aid, Hardy, everywhere. I was calling my mom between, updating her on everything going on…. It was so fast. I didn’t really have a time with my family like I would have wanted because I moved in the next day.” Not only was Smith able to enroll just days before the start of school, she was also able to room with Billington, who explained how God orchestrated each step of the process. Billington said, “My first roommate wasn’t even old enough to be in college. She had one more year of high school to complete. Then right before school started, my next roommate texted me and said that she couldn’t come. After two failed roommate situations, I was alone. Then Alexis came. It was completely God’s will that she is here now. Everything worked out so perfectly.” Senior public relations major and co-director of Welcome Week Brooke Morgan heard about the story and couldn’t help telling the rest of the steering committee. Morgan said, “You could just see the smiles light up on each of our faces when we found out because that was exactly what we wanted to accomplish during Welcome Week. For...

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Cru show cellular creativity
Sep11

Cru show cellular creativity

Phone usage has become obsessive and habitual — almost involuntary. It’s extremely addictive for people of different ages, all around the world. In fact, some would rather give up food than fork over their cellphone. From music to paperless books and flashlights, phones these days have it all. They can be personalized with custom cases, backgrounds and specialized passcodes. Whatever the case may be, your phone says something about who you are. Freshman organismal biology major Victoria Camenisch enjoys the fact that her phone isn’t fragile like the newer smart phones. She said, “I drop my phone all the time, and my phone still hasn’t broken. It’s sturdy, and it doesn’t need an expensive case to keep it safe. The keyboard slides out because I text a lot…. I think my phone matches my personality because I’m social and practical. I am what I am.” She doesn’t feel the need to have apps or other high-tech accessories because her phone is sufficient for what she cares about: communication. She said, “Obviously, I have the uncool phone without Internet and everything. But I do text people a lot so we can meet up. I’m in constant communication with my friends and my family while I’m away.” Other students prefer smart phones that give them access to social media and apps. Freshman Christian ministries major Jaron Haas said, “I have a Droid 3. I use it for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I also keep up with sports and like to know what’s going on.” Because Haas appreciates and values hard work, he was more specific when he purchased his phone. “I worked really hard this summer to buy a phone, so I wanted the top of the line. Because it was something I bought on my own, I wanted it to be everything I needed. I picked the Droid 3 because it has a keyboard that slides out, which I use for texting. I feel like everyone has an iPhone, so I wanted to be different,” he said. Sophomore chemistry major Marie Stephensen has a different outlook, preferring the features of the newest iPhone. “If I didn’t have my phone, I would die,” she joked. “It bothers me not to have it within arm’s reach. I may not use it all the time, but I want it there. I have everything in folders because I have to keep everything organized and as small as possible.” Stephensen’s personality is reflected in how she organizes her data, as well as how she enjoys the apps that Apple products provide. “I probably use Safari the most because I do a lot of reading on...

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