Cru Culture
Oct22

Cru Culture

A longboarder rolls past a casual pedestrian texting his mom the good news about the A on his test. He doesn’t notice the young woman on a bike across the quad, but she continues to gain speed as she heads toward the man making his way to class. All of a sudden, the “I’m texting and walking so I don’t look awkward” guy fails to walk in a straight line, and teeters to the left side of the sidewalk just as the biker swooshes next to him. Bam! Collision. Because the English drive on the left side of the road, many people falsely believe  they walk on that side as well. While their natural tendency may be to veer left, the majority of Europeans walk exactly the way we do. Sidewalk laws may be unspoken, but they are universal. Whether you’re in London, Cambodia, Hong Kong or Belton, Texas, pedestrians stick to the right side of the sidewalk. Just because there aren’t any yellow signs that warn you when one lane ends or when you need to merge, on a pedestrian college campus, these things should just be understood. In Texas, pedestrians have the right of way. While that applies on the freeway, it doesn’t apply on the pavement. Bikers, longboarders and walkers all deserve the same respect, right? Stay on your side of the sidewalk and avoid a lot of awkwardness. There is no need for those highly embarrassing bike crashes. You’ve all seen the longboarder who doesn’t know what he is doing, right? He wobbles back and forth as he tries to glide to his next class. He is like a rolling game of Jenga. One touch and that tower is coming down. These beginner longboarders probably can’t maintain their balance and think of the Cru sidewalk laws at the same time, so be wary of them. Everyone else, know this: Texting and walking might cause bruises. Walk on the right side of the road, and be sympathetic to those baby  bikers and lousy longboarders. Follow the traffic laws, people, and no one gets...

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Runner Runner: a safe gamble? by Katelyn Holm

It’s true: Everybody gambles. Whether it’s with money, time or happiness, everybody gambles. Runner Runner stars it-man Justin Timberlake, who plays genius Princeton gamer, Richie Furst. With his tuition on the line, Furst wages everything he has on the Internet table in one high-stakes game of poker. Though several hands go his way, he loses all of his winnings to a cyber-opponent. But after investigating his loss, Furst realizes he has been cheated. He immediately flies to Costa Rica to hunt down gambling tycoon, Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). To the surprise of viewers, Block not only reimburses Furst’s losses, but offers him a job at Midnight Black, the epitome of gaming industries, with the promise of a seven-figure salary in the first few months. However, this isn’t even close to the resolution of the film. Affleck executes his role with arrogance and an all-around unlikable vibe. He isn’t Argo quality by any stretch of the imagination, but the actor still pulls off an intriguing performance. While on the job, Furst realizes he has entered into more than just a game of cards or chips. Now, the graduate student faces dangerously powerful and rich money launderers, gangsters and professional hustlers. But it may seem a little overdone. Sure, violence and drugs plague corrupt industries like the one Block runs. The movie exaggerates these things a little too unrealistically, though. Regardless, Timberlake’s natural demeanor fits his role perfectly. He projects the confidence of a successful man, yet still maintains an innocence in comparison to the dark deals being made. Audiences feel invested in the character, which is something a lot of movies today lack. Soon, the FBI receives a tip that Block’s dealings have been far from clean. In fact, the shark has weighted all of the online tables and takes profits from all of the players. Agent Shavers (Anthony Mackie) confronts Furst, hoping he will be an informant for the authorities and incriminate Block for his illegal dealings. Because Furst fears jail time and the fact that the Costa Rican government could refuse his entrance into America, he tells Block of the confrontation with Shavers. Wrong move. The special agent just doesn’t seem intimidating, though, and audiences are never really fearful that any of the government investigators could do real harm to any of the characters in the film. A little excursion to Block’s hideaway reveals a lake that is home to two alligators. But these are no ticking clock, Peter Pan alligators. These reptiles eat anything that smells remotely like chicken, which is unfortunate for the two men covered in poultry fat who are forced into the water. Block...

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A Monumental Witness to God’s Faithfulness
Oct09

A Monumental Witness to God’s Faithfulness

More than 19,000 students. Two universities. The same historic location. As the columns at Old Baylor Park stretched up into the sky on a perfect day in early autumn, guests of Baylor and Mary Hardin-Baylor universities took their seats in Independence, Texas. With a promising breeze and the sun shining on Academy Hill, the two schools had the privilege of gathering for a rededication service Sunday, Oct. 6. Each school selected a number of guests from the student body, as well as faculty, staff and members of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Presidents of both colleges were present and spoke, as did Dr. David Hardage, executive director of the BGCT. Before the ceremony, Hardage had preached in the historic First Baptist Church at Independence. He explained the reason for the event. In May of 2012, the ownership of Old Baylor park was given to the two universities, which wanted to rededicate the columns and highlight their importance in history. Hardage described the key role the original Baylor and Baylor Female College, which later became the separate universities of today, played in the history of the Republic of Texas. “It was the Texas Baptists … that fought for religious liberty…. You are the result of that vision from years ago,” he said. Dr. Thelma Cooper is part of the original President Dr. John Hill Luther’s family. To begin the service at Old Baylor Park, she spoke with genuine appreciation for the occasion. With the trees framing the iconic image of the four pillars on top of the archway, those in attendance were reminded of God’s goodness. “We look back with gratitude to those who paved the way before us…. We are grateful to the two institutions fathered here today,” she said. 168 years ago, Judge R.E.B. Baylor and Rev. William M. Tryon’s charter for a new Christian education system in the Republic of Texas was approved. Each speaker at the event emphasized how influential this piece of history became. UMHB President Dr. Randy O’Rear spoke about the ways God has blessed the Crusader side of history. “Independence is the birthplace of these two great universities, and today we pause for a moment to recognize and celebrate God’s faithfulness to both Baylor University and the University of Mary Hardin- Baylor,” he said. Baylor University President Judge Ken Starr also took the podium to address Baylor’s success as a place of higher learning. “People are the important thing…. Isn’t that why we are all here—the students,” he said. UMHB Student Foundation passed out collectible coins bearing the image of the columns and each university’s name, along with “1845.” Guests also enjoyed...

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Crusader Puppeteer Finds Direction in Performing

Though she seems shy in front of people, sophomore education major Alana Filban comes alive in the spotlight. Well, her hands do, as they move effortlessly inside the cloth and stitching of homemade puppets. Filban attended a church in her hometown of Magnolia, Texas. There, she discovered her knack for unconventional storytelling. She said, “I had a children’s pastor that became a father figure to me, and I really looked up to him. There was a nationwide group he was involved in that used puppets to tell stories. He got me involved, and we traveled with other Assemblies of God churches.” The team competed all over the country, narrating their own plotlines and individual characters. “We got to go to Orlando when we made it through district. That was so much fun,” she said. “I know puppets sound silly, but it really connected to children.” Not only did the unique activity provide friendships and memories, but Filban discovered her love for kids during her time with the dramatic troupe. She came to the university unsure of her major. When all of her friends started declaring their paths of study, she remained undecided. Because she babysits during the week, both during the school year and over the summer, she realized the time she continues to spend caring for children should be integrated into her future job. Looking back, Filban realizes that her former experience as a puppeteer influenced her decision to pursue an education major, though she didn’t know it at the time. “It kind of led me to wanting to do children’s ministry. That’s why I want to teach now,” she said. When Filban’s church team improved, they progressed to telling stories through song. “There was one called ‘Lazarus Come Forth’ that I loved,” she said. “I got the main part. We had 16 little puppets that were adorable, and we would also have props.” One of Filban’s favorite memories is of one of the group’s mistakes. The actors intended to spell “Jesus for the crowd, but the first person forgot the “J,” which confused the children. “Esus is a huge joke in our youth group. We went to nationals with Esus,” she said, laughing. Filban met sophomore education major Savannah Davis on her first day at UMHB. Davis discovered her friend’s hidden talent last semester. She said, “When I first found out, I was really shocked because I didn’t think anyone actually did that in real life. Now, it’s pretty cool.” Sophomore marketing major Jessica Pitcaithly lives with Filban. She didn’t discover Filban’s secret talent until far later in their relationship. Pitcaithly said, “I feel like I’m living...

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Cru Culture
Sep24

Cru Culture

A lot of things make UMHB students unique. In fact, seven characteristics separate regular students from Tru Cru. Why seven?  We are a Baptist school, and seven seems like the perfect number. So let the countdown begin. You know you’re a Crusader when: 1. You start using phrases like “Campo.” The technical term is “Campus Police.” Nevertheless, “Campo” takes less time to say and leaves you feeling a lot like Ke$ha when the phrase leaves your mouth. Yes, it’s a term, and, no, you won’t get a ticket for it. 2. You find yourself looking forward to tweeting in chapel. So many inspiring speakers walk up the steps of Walton Chapel every Wednesday morning. But the real proof of a great sermon lies in the mentions on Twitter. It’s like having a class discussion without having to raise your hand or formulate your thoughts on the spot. Hashtag chapel. 3. Every Thursday, you instantly crave a specific chicken sandwich. When someone asks you about your favorite campus tradition, do you instantly think “Chick-fil-A night?”  Even though it may not technically be considered a tradition, Thursday nights in Temple, surrounded by tasty sauces, yummy chicken and good friends make for some of the best memories. 4. You gasp when someone uses the phrase “School Song.” Those two forbidden words definitely classify you as a real Crusader. If you’ve been paying attention at any pep rally, assembly or lecture, you know that the song which begins, “Dear Mary Hardin-Baylor,” has been dubbed as the “Alma Mater.” Any utterances of the two “s” words should cause a shock to the purple blood that runs through your veins. 5.  You wonder whether or not someone actually died in Presser Hall. I’m sure you’ve heard the rumors that the building houses a ghost and has appeared on multiple paranormal hunting shows. That doesn’t stop your curious spirit from wanting to explore the old building at night, though. 6. You ask for Norts for Christmas. Just the fact that you know what Norts are shows your school spirit. Nike shorts aren’t an option. They are necessary and vital to your academic survival. 7. You drink Dr Pepper for breakfast. You will consume more of this sugary drink in your four (or five or six) years at UMHB than you will for the rest of your life. Take advantage of the free beverage. Coke products? Ain’t nobody got time for that. While these things may seem odd and random, they make us as a school unique. Twenty years from now, you won’t remember how much time you spent cramming for that Psychology test. But you will...

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