Reaching Out helps community, encourages students to serve
Nov16

Reaching Out helps community, encourages students to serve

Reaching Out is an event that allows students to serve alongside one another, and give back to the community around them. While this event has been a tradition for many years, this November 4th marked the first year students have had the chance to be involved in planning the event’s service activities. Sarah Herbsleb, a sophomore who participated in Reaching Out last year, was eager to apply for the newly-formed steering committee. “Reaching Out is one of my favorite events at UMHB. It has impacted my life simply by the people I have been able to serve through it.” When Hersleb heard that Reaching Out would have a steering committee she knew she wanted to be a part of it. “I saw how big this event could get and how much more of an impact we could have on the Belton and Temple community,” she said. As this tradition grows, faculty and students are hoping to not only touch the lives of more people in the community, but encourage more students to give back. “I want to see Reaching Out become an event that the campus and the community gets excited about,” said Reaching Out co-director, Nathan VanDolzer. “One thing that we are excited for is letting people sign up together. and bond through service.” Most student-led activities on campus have their own steering committee to plan out every aspect of the event. Director of student organizations, Tiffany Wurdemann realized that events were more successful when they had a separate committee. So even though Student Government Association (SGA) hosted Reaching Out in previous years, Wurdemann knew a steering committee would provide more opportunities for more student involvement. “We decided to give it a try and take it out of SGA. Since then it has truly flourished,” Wurdemann said. She is hopeful that these changes will impact the campus and community in a positive way. This year, around 250 people gathered together on a Saturday morning to participate in Reaching Out. These volunteers helped out at Feed My Sheep, a soup kitchen for the homeless,helped with demolition at a boy’s shelter, and visited senior homes in the area to play games with the elderly. Leah Smith, sophomore public relations major, and a director for Reaching Out said, raking leaves and picking up trash might seem like a small act of service, but it can mean a clean yard, a new start, and a fresh look at life for the recipient. “My favorite part of Reaching Out is hearing from the sites after everything is done and hearing how much of an impact the students have made,” she...

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Men and women’s basketball begin 2017 season
Nov15

Men and women’s basketball begin 2017 season

As the football team prepares to enter the playoffs, the men’s and women’s basketball teams are preparing for their opening games. This year should be a good season for both teams. As the football team prepares to enter the playoffs, the men’s and women’s basketball teams are preparing for their opening games. This year should be a good season for both teams. Last year, the men’s basketball team finished the season with a record of 16-10. They won all of their games at home. This year they are coming back with a more experienced team. The men only lost three seniors from a roster that included 11 freshmen in the 2017 season. This year they have fewer freshmen and more people with experience. According to Aubrie King, a senior education major who is starting his second basketball season with the Cru, the team’s biggest rival is Hardin-Simmons. Last year the Crusaders lost to Hardin-Simmons 112-120 in double overtime and 76-77 in their second meeting of the season.  The team will face-off against the Cowboys Jan. 11 and Feb. 3.King admits that Hardin-Simmons isn’t the only team they’re hoping to beat this season. “Honestly anyone who beat us last year, especially on our home floor, is someone that we could consider a ‘rival,’ if for no other reason than that we just really want to beat them,” he said.The men’s basketball team is focused on their team motto, “win the next game,” so right now they are looking forward to the season opener at Shreiner Wednesday, Nov. 15. While the men’s basketball team is relying on experienced players, the women’s basketball team is hoping to gain momentum with some new players. They lost four seniors from last year and only have two seniors on the roster this year. The team also has a new assistant coach. Niya Johnson, a former member of the women’s basketball team at Baylor University, is hoping to help head coach Mark Morefield capture the coveted championship win. Last year, the team finished the season with a record of 18-9, winning 11 of their 12 home games. This year, they hope to improve their record even more. The women’s basketball team will host Texas Lutheran University Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7...

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Opera/Musical Theater program wows audiences
Oct26

Opera/Musical Theater program wows audiences

The UMHB Department of Music has done it again. The Opera/Musical Theatre wowed the audience with their renditions of songs from a variety of Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals. The program was conducted by Mr. George Hogan, the Director of OMT. The night started off with the “Carousel Waltz,” performed by a 50-piece orchestra. The first song, “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” from the musical State Fair stu nned the audience. Penny Hogan, the Associate Director of the OMT program, led the vocals with grace as the OMT singers accompanied in the background. And instead of just including students in the performance, alumni were also invited to perform in the program. It was a unique touch that was an amazing addition to homecoming week. One of the favorite performances was “There is Nothing Like a Dame” from South Pacific. The OMT men put on a hilarious performance that had the audience laughing on more than one occasion. This song even included a cameo appearance from Mr. Hogan. The show ended with “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel. It featured several OMT singers with individual parts. At the end of the song, the alumni came on stage and the song ended with the voices from both the current and past OMT performers. The performance was spectacular. It was a show filled with nostalgic songs from the musical classics that will never get old. The Opera/Musical Theatre performed these songs with a beauty and grace that would make Rodgers & Hammerstein...

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Climate change: it affects you
Oct26

Climate change: it affects you

It’s a topic that has shown up more and more in the news with each passing day. For some people, climate change affects many different decisions in their everyday life. For others, climate change is something that was “made up by the government.” It’s a topic that many people don’t understand. It’s a topic that literally affects the world. It’s a topic that affects humanity in the present and the future. In March, the New York Times published an article called “How Americans Think About Climate Change, in Six Maps.” Ultimately, these maps offer useful data to support the idea that America needs to be more concerned about climate change. For instance, one of these maps compares how many Americans think that climate change will harm people living in the United States with how many people think that they will be personally harmed by climate change. On average, 65 percent of people do understand that climate change will negatively impact people in the United States. However, under 30 percent of people believe that they will personally by harmed by climate change. This goes to show that there is some concern about climate change, but there isn’t enough. Most people are living in a state of mind where they don’t think that anything bad can happen to them. It’s almost like they believe that they are immortal. This is not the state of mind that people need to be in when it comes to climate change. They need to realize that their choices today could affect them later in life, as well as change the world that their children and grandchildren live in. Texas and Florida are two states that are most vulnerable to climate change. But in these states, only around 57 percent of people are somewhat worried about climate change. So even though people are given the information, they choose not to believe it. According to NASA, climate change can have some pretty harmful impacts on humans. One of the most significant impacts is the long lasting drought, especially in the southwestern part of the United States. With a long term drought, jobs and food are both impacted. If there is too much of a drought, the farming industry will hurt. The farmers will then be out of work. Also, the food source in America will be compromised because of the drought. People need to know more about what they can do to help stop climate change. There are simple things such as recycling and carpooling that will reduce the impact that a person has on the environment. There are more advanced measures that can also be taken...

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New organization gives students the chance to dance
Oct13

New organization gives students the chance to dance

UMHB has a number of student organizations on campus. There is at least one organization that everyone can get involved in. Impact Dance is one of the newer organizations on campus. The organization was chartered in fall of 2016 and began meeting during the spring of 2017. Shelby Rogers, a junior phycology major, who has been dancing for 17 years is a part of the new organization. “Impact Dance is for students who like to dance or would like to learn how to dance.” No matter your skill level, Impact Dance is a place where you can come to have fun and dance all your problems away. Rogers is also the organization’s chaplain. At each meeting, she leads a devotional and prayer time for all who come. The fact that this organization is also faith-centered is something special that UMHB is able to offer. Each week the group averages 10-15 people and focuses on a different types of dance, such as cha cha. “My favorite thing about Impact is the fun we have,” Rogers said. “Our meetings are full of laughter and I always leave in a better mood then when I first came in. I also just love to dance.” The group also tries to make an “impact” on the commmunity. Impact Dance dedicates time to help others. Last year, Impact Dance had a fundraiser, “Candy for a Cure” to raise money for McLane Children’s Hospital. In addition to the hospital, the organization has also raised money for the Methodist church near campus. If you are interested in dancing and want to help the community, Rogers suggests checking out Impact Dance. You can follow their Instagram @umhb_impactdance or stop by one of their meetings on Monday nights at 6 p.m. in McLane Great...

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