Faith in Action hosts Arise awareness event
Mar20

Faith in Action hosts Arise awareness event

Domestic violence is something that no person should ever have to face. It happens not only here in America, butin many different countriesand cultures as well. To help address this issue, Faith in Action, a student group sponsored by the Baptist Student Ministry, featured this subject at Arise, an event they held in McLane Great Hall on Thursday, Feb. 28. Their mission was to break the silence and address important topics happening in our world today. Members of Aware Central Texas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and family violence in and around the Bell Country area, participated in the event. Blanca Ortiz, the group’s family violence case manager, was one of the first speakers of the night. She discussed some facts about domestic violence and what people may not know about it. “Female victims are more likely to report than males are,” Ortiz said. “It’s something that’s very serious and needs to be talked about.” There are many different forms of domestic violence, including not only physical abuse, but also verbal, emotional and sexual abuse. Unfortunately, many people don’t leave the situation in hope that the abuser may soon change. Some victims also fear that telling authorities will only cause bigger problems. However, Ortiz advised that calling the police will not result in trouble. Aware Central Texas provides many resources for domestic violence victims, some of which include clothing, shelter, and a 24/7 support hotline. They also offer many different services such as safety planning, danger assessments and support groups. Shortly after Ortiz’s speech, Briana Frederickson, who is serving as the current Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor, came onstage to deliver her testimony and talk about her personal connection with domestic violence. “Through all of it, I cycled between feeling broken and lost, to angry and cynical, to numb and apathetic,” Frederickson said. “I tried to make sense of everything that was happening but could not find the answers. So for the most part, it was easier to just shut off my emotions and my thoughts. That way, I didn’t have to deal with it.” Though Frederickson faced many trials and tribulations, the things she endured only brought her closer to God. As a social work major, she uses her strengths and what she went through to help others who may be dealing with similar situations. “If I could encourage others to seek help, I would first like to say something to them personally,” Frederickson said. “For those of you still trapped in darkness, those of you who can’t get to the surface, you are doing so well. You are holding on and you are fighting so well. Your time for...

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Student organization BRIDGEs the gap

UMHB held its second meeting for a new organization on campus called Cru Bridge on the third floor of Bawcom Student Union on Thursday, Feb. 14. Cru Bridge is a multicultural club that is meant to celebrate diversity and emphasize internationality. The club is encouraging people to join, explaining that it is educational while allowing students to experience cultures that they may have never been exposed to before. “I’ve noticed a lot of people from UMHB tend to be homeschooled or from small towns, and growing up in those environments doesn’t really allow people to taste different cultures,” freshman Bridge Club President Cecilia Nguyen said. “This club will allow for that to be accessible and fun.” “I love the idea that emerged from the creation of the group itself,” Dat Nguyen, a freshman biology pre-med major, said. “As you know, the United States is a country of immigrants. There are so many different ethnicities and cultures existing here where we live. And Cru Bridge is a place where we can be exposed to and learn about different people with different backgrounds. I’m excited about the knowledge that I can gain, the people that I can meet, and a chance to show new people the wonderful things of my culture as well as the common culture on the U. S.” The club was brought about when three students, Vydia Lu, Tu Le and Cecilia Nguyen came together, wanting an organization dedicated toward international students. After much consideration, the students took the idea to the Student Government Association in the fall. They went through the required steps for approval, leaving many of the SGA members fascinated with their topic and goals. The organization was soon approved, and Cru Bridge held their first meeting on Jan. 31. Cru Bridge plans to be involved in many upcoming activities, including a multicultural festival in March. This festival will be held in collaboration with the Association of Black Students and the Hispanic Student Association. Some of the many activities that may be included in the festival are a Tai Chi demonstration, Chinese calligraphy and a Folklorico dance show. In April, Cru Bridge also plans to collaborate with the Psychological Science Club and have a panel of students of color talk about their experience with UMHB. “We just want to be a bridge for multiple different people or groups, including people who grew up in different cultures,” Cecilia Nguyen said. The club wants their meetings to include activities that represent the idea of internationality. “We want to have cultural games that people played as children and introduce those to people,” said the Cru Bridge adviser Dr. Haedy Liu. The next meeting will be held on Feb. 28 in Conference Room A, located on the second floor of Bawcom Student Union. All students are invited and encouraged to...

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SGA hosts debate for student body president
Feb27

SGA hosts debate for student body president

It was a quite a battle between two candidates as UMHB’s Student Government Association held its annual student body president debate on Monday, Feb. 18 in McLane Great Hall. The two students were each asked numerous questions about how they would benefit the university’s community. The night started with junior public relations major Sarah Fox and junior political science and communication major Megan Baumhardt discussing their qualifications for the position of student body president. In her speech, Baumhardt discussed how she had been in leadership positions throughout her entire life. She said that she began in 4-H, working her way up to superintendent. She also went on to discuss how she was able to earn her associate degree at a community college and became a part of officer affairs. At the end of her statement, Baumhardt concluded with, “I want to be your student body president because I have the experience to be able to lead us and bring fresh ideas to the table while still understanding the traditions of where we came from so we both can move forward and honor the past and make sure the students who are new here or feel like they’re not involved all have a voice.” Fox stated that she wants to become student body president to help others. She also described her previous leadership positions. She was a part of the Revival Steering Committee, Psalms 139, Welcome Week and Stunt Night, where she has served as class director for three years. She concluded her response by stating, “I want to be student body president for the students who have and for those who haven’t come to me and expressed their concerns. I’ve been able to serve you for the past two years as Sophomore Senator and currently the Director of Resources for SGA and I’ve loved every single bit of it.” The debate concluded with questions from students tuning in to the debate on social media. Campaigning for Student Body President began on Feb. 12. Both candidates have participated in putting strenuous amounts of hard work towards the election. Some of these efforts have involved social media campaigning, putting up flyers, and handing out goodies. Despite running against each other, both candidates have remained respectful and dignified throughout the election process, and retain a positive outlook. “I am excited for the elections,” Baumhardt said. “No matter win or lose I know that I have made an effort to represent students to the best of my ability but know that both Sarah and I want what is best for the students.” Fox had a similar sentiment regarding the hard work and rewards...

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Spending this Valentine’s Day with your pet?
Feb13

Spending this Valentine’s Day with your pet?

Many people on Valentine’s Day don’t always have a special someone to spend their time with. Instead, many choose to enjoy it with their pets. Statistics show that American households this year alone will spend about $647.9 million on gifts for their cats and dogs (finder.com). However, whether it’s spoiling them with a treat, hitting the outdoors, or just watching a movie together, pets will always enjoy getting the attention from their owners. After all, Valentine’s Day is about spending it with the ones you love, even the furry ...

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