Birds of a Feather Live Together

A shrill car alarm pierces the ears of two clueless adventurers as they wander down to the creek behind the Conference Center. Unknown to the two lovebirds, the men of “Peacock Ranch” share high-fives and a few laughs from the balcony of their campus house. Pranks like these happen often with this group of guys. Last semester, vice president of student life Dr. Byron Weathersbee selected four outstanding students: Karl Baker, Dawson Harmon, Nathan Gillmore and Tommy Pierce. Then, those four were allowed to choose four additional men to join them in the Conference Center for the 2013-2014 school year. Collin Davies, Jack O’Briant, Collin Cavendish and Zach Zernial now share the space, where there is never a dull moment. “Before we applied for housing, we heard about this (house) from a friend, and then we went to Dr. B. to see if we could get it,” Harmon said. “He put our names on the list and eventually gave it to us. Then we had to pick four other guys based on some qualifications.” Why “Peacock Ranch”? The Conference Center is not only home to eight guys, but also to two peacocks, Neil and Kevin. “We try to get them inside with Cheetos and bread,” Baker said. “They are family. As soon as we get them inside, we will have a big family reunion,” Gillmore added. “That’s the ultimate goal. That’s when the house will be complete.” Because the peacocks have made such an impact on the Conference Center, the guys try to incorporate them in different ways. “We’ve found a couple feathers, and now they decorate the table,” Harmon said. Baker will play Jesus in Easter Pageant. He jokes that the place is home to him and his disciples, who gather frequently in the “upper room” for Bible study. The disciples aren’t the only people visiting, though. The first few weeks of residence, the roommates found daily surprises in their kitchen. “Just so everyone knows, baked goods are welcomed at all times. Don’t even knock, just set them on the counter,” Gillmore said. The guys joke about their neighbors and hope for potential get-togethers with the president and his family. “We hope he (Dr. O’Rear) will come to dinner soon. You know, make us dinner and hang out with us — neighbor things,” Gillmore said. Though the semester has just begun, the group has already made memories in their home away from home. One specific incident involved their leaky roof, and each of the men has a different version of how it happened. “We woke up the next morning, and water took over the whole place,” Baker said....

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Cru Culture
Sep10

Cru Culture

You’ve all seen them: those guys and girls wearing oversized fishing shirts, even though they probably don’t own a boat, much less a fishing pole. Pair this trendy top with some name-brand, too-short shorts, and you have created the “fratty” look that college students across the country choice to sport. Frat life, right? Well, wrong. Unfortunately, UMHB doesn’t have a fraternity or sorority. Why look like a frat boy without a home? Homeless doesn’t look good on anyone. A great alternative to this fashion faux pas lies just under our noses. Literally. On the bottom floor of Mabee Student Center, a treasure trove of affordable gems awaits your discovery. And you don’t need a treasure map to find it. Have you heard of a nifty little thing called Cru Cash? It’s free dollars on your Cru Card, y’all. Use those bad boys in the UMHB bookstore, just down the stairs of Mabee, and nab yourself some great deals. It’s practically free, especially if you live in a campus apartment. When you moved in, the university gave you $150 on your handy dandy card. Swiper, please swipe it. So board the Cru style train and stop by the bookstore. Preferably, you should go in the morning before the line wraps around the hallway and do a little rack raiding. Look through the hangers of T-shirts, hoodies, shorts and sweats for the best deals. A lot of clothes have been marked down because they sold so fast. It’s a wonderland of Crusader clothing in there. UMHB isn’t about the frat life. It’s more about comfy cute, and an oversized tee with some stretchy pants or jeans is just what the Cru doctor ordered. Nursing...

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Paddleboarding Makes Waves
Sep10

Paddleboarding Makes Waves

With the warmth of the sun kissing shoulders, the lap of the waves against the shore and the gentle splash of a single paddle breaking the stillness of the lake, it’s no surprise paddle boarding has made its way into the lives of many Crusaders. Also known as stand-up paddling, this activity provides relaxation, exercise and fun. Senior mass communication/public relations major Lucia Hood has grown to love the sport. After spending the summer in Austin, she picked up a paddle and made a hobby of it. She has only been practicing for a year, but enjoys going out on the water whenever she can. “Everyone does it on Town Lake in Austin. I used to see people out there all the time. My dad actually introduced me to it initially, and I loved it right away. Now I have my own board,” she said. In Austin, the sport has become a social event. Early in the morning, one or two people venture out. But as the sun rises, more and more adventurers may be seen. This trend has definitely made waves in other seaside cities as well, though Belton has just begun to see some action on its own lake. “I’m addicted …. Yoga on paddle boards is a very popular urban exercise for those who love water or exercise. Lake Belton is the perfect place because it’s close for students and has easy access areas,” Hood said. Junior nursing major Shelby Chadwick often accompanies Hood on her excursions. “I started a couple years ago. I saw people doing it on the ocean and decided to do it myself. I enjoy paddle boarding on Lake Belton because it’s a simple way to get away,” she said. “As soon as I set out on my board, I forget about everything that has been going on that day.” The two women have experimented combining yoga moves with the already difficult balance of boarding. “You can do so many things on the board. Obviously, you can paddle or even use it as a kayak. It’s harder than it looks, though. You would think you could do it all day, but it’s tiring. I like getting a workout without the feeling of working out,” Hood said. Senior nursing major Kaylynn Armstrong didn’t notice the strain of SUP. For her, it was a lot simpler than she imagined. “It came really easy to me, and I loved it. I notice some people have a more difficult time getting used to it, but I caught on quickly. It is a great outdoor activity to do, and it’s also really relaxing,” Armstrong said. Chadwick found...

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Man Dead on I-35
Aug30

Man Dead on I-35

On Thursday at approximately 4:25 p.m., a pedestrian was declared dead by Belton police after being struck by a vehicle near the I-35 and US Highway 190 intersection.  

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San Antonio: Spur in Miami’s side
Aug27

San Antonio: Spur in Miami’s side

Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat resembles a prehistoric animal—this much I know. Before the NFL kicks back up, a short review of this summer’s conclusion to the National Basketball Association is in order. After a season of ups, downs and lockouts, NBA fans’ hearts could not be happier about the dramatic finish in June. Well, excluding those San Antonio Spurs fans. The Miami heat clinched a back-to-back championship that was just a little sweeter than usual. Imagine Splenda sprinkled on top of ice cream, all served in an edible sugar cone. That was just how sweet this victory became. Why? The Miami Heat, without a doubt, endure a lot of hate when it comes to professional sports teams. Speculators argue that the franchise “bought the win” in 2012, and again in 2013. By signing three superstars for less money than they could earn elsewhere, the Miami owners built what many call an unfair roster. While other teams possess a Big Three, Lebron James and Chris Bosh remain traitors in these self-proclaimed haters’ minds because James and Bosh left their previous team to be part of Dwyane Wade and the Heat’s national basketball experiment. During the championship series, people all over the Internet proclaimed, “My basketball philosophy: Any team that isn’t the Miami Heat.” That stings, whether your fandom lies in Lebron’s team or not. Dramatic blowouts and nail-biting buzzer-beaters made this series all the more interesting. When San Antonio came out swinging in the first match up, the Heat returned the favor. This back-and-forth competition continued until the Spurs had everything they needed for Tim Duncan’s big win and likely departure into retirement. Up 3-2, the Texas team looked like it had the upper hand. The Heat needed two wins, and the Spurs needed one. Yet, the Florida team prevailed and rallied to conquer the Spurs in game six. Miami returned for home court advantage in game seven, where they finished off their veteran opponents for a 95-88 win. This victory gave the Heat their second title in three years causing many to wonder if they could possibly be the new dynasty of this decade. The past ten years belonged to the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs, but it is beginning to look like a new team may be taking over in the NBA. James earned yet another MVP titled and reassured the nation he has “no worries” in reference to the animosity. The 2013 draft gave many teams new faces. These rookies had a chance to show off their talent during this season’s summer league. Though the games usually showcase many mistakes and blunders, the...

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