Cru Volleyball Starts Conference Run
Sep24

Cru Volleyball Starts Conference Run

The volleyball team has been on fire lately and has no plans to cool down anytime soon. They are 13-2 with a good number of those wins coming against quality opponents. The women will be looking to continue those winning ways as they work through conference play. The ladies have already seen their dedication in the offseason pay dividends not even halfway through their season. Head coach Rob Frost said, “I think the biggest thing is that the girls worked out hard all summer. They came in in great shape. Physically we are playing high above the net and playing very fast, so it’s been good.” Conference play has just begun for the Cru, but it wasn’t anything that the team couldn’t handle. “We’ve had a really good preseason so far, especially getting wins against several regionally ranked teams. I think that we’re ready for our conference games but still have some growing to do, especially having one of the youngest teams in the conference,” sophomore mathematics major Kendall Pye said. The American Southwest Conference has been a competitive volleyball conference in years past, and that trend doesn’t look like it will change this year. With multiple teams boasting winning records, the competition looks as though it will be close throughout the season. “Our conference is looking really good this year. Many of the teams that were good last year are doing well again. And some others have shown a lot of improvement from last season,” Pye said. Frost agreed that the conference looks tough from the top down. “You got to play everybody hard, or anyone will beat you. There are a few teams that will be very tough, but I feel like we could have a good level of success if we keep working hard and keep getting better.” If you didn’t have a roster in front of you, it would seem like the team was full of juniors and seniors. But this is not the case. The team is relatively young with only one junior and the rest being sophomores and freshmen. “It’s very cool that we are such a young team. We work hard every day and want to prove that age isn’t what makes a team great. We have had some big wins, and I know we will accomplish great things throughout the rest of our season,” sophomore education major Kendra Feldmann said. The Crusaders’ next home game will be Oct. 25. The women will be traveling more than usual. It’s something the team thinks will be difficult, but not anything that will distract them from their goal. “It will be very tiring being...

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Twitter Trending in Campus Classrooms

The move to an education driven by new technology has taken its next step. A number of students were surprised to see Twitter mentioned in their syllabi. The whole campus hasn’t taken on this approach yet, but many professors are giving it a try this semester, and so far it seems to be trending. It may be hard to see how Twitter is relevant in the classroom. But with so many employers and businesses using Twitter in the work place, it is giving the students a chance to see how social media can be beneficial instead of just a place to vent their problems. One professor who has incorporated Twitter in her curriculum is communication assistant professor Avery Reese. She has already seen some positives come out of this decision. “So far it’s proved to be very useful in creating dialogue and continuing dialogue with students even after class has ended. Social media is an additional mode of communication that students are already using for their personal life … so I figured why not add an academic element to the mix.” As one might believe, this was well received by the students who are allowed to use Twitter for class purposes. “I was kind of surprised to hear we were using Twitter in class,” junior public relations major Andi Hale said. “I thought it was a really cool way to incorporate something that we enjoy with our class content.” It’s understandable that not every class on campus will be able to make Twitter a tool that corresponds with the course material. In the Intro to Business class, taught by BCIS Associate Professor Effel Harper  students learn practical applications for social media. “Businesses use social media, so its actually an important thing for the business world,” junior psychology major Donavan Catron said. The millennial generation is one that many have found to be highly dependent on social media outlets. For example, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the majority of the student body gets its news from Twitter or some other social media entity. “Considering that I don’t really have all that much time to watch the news, I resort to finding out what is going on in the world off of my Twitter account. So I can see how professors could use this as an educational tool,” junior physical therapy major Jeremy Corbin said. Twitter and other social media aren’t necessarily the key focus of any class, but they are used as a complement to the  class topics and  lectures. Reese believes that Twitter is something that could be relevant in the business world for a while....

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Crusaders Take Care of Business in California
Sep10

Crusaders Take Care of Business in California

On an early Thursday morning more than 200 guys rolled out of bed and made their way to the Cru’s football practice facility. Even though it wasn’t light outside just yet, that didn’t hold back the enthusiasm of the men who were about to begin a season with expectations of a national championship. “I couldn’t wait to get back out on the field with my whole team and get to work. Fall Camp is tough, but it is something I thoroughly enjoy,” senior running back Elijah Hudson said. The Crusaders expect to be great, but they know that it doesn’t come without a price. “As a program, we have been successful for awhile, so sometimes that can lead to a team becoming comfortable. We understand that and aren’t going to let that happen, we have a ways to go before we are where we want to be, and the only way to get there is hard work,” Hudson said. As it goes with every new season, it is a difficult task filling voids in the offense, defense, and special teams that were left by graduating seniors or players transferring out. In years past, the Cru have found valuable underclassmen or players who have been in the program for a couple of years to fill shoes. “We lost some key players from last year, but I wasn’t worried at all because I saw the hard work that people put in this summer,” Hudson said, “So I knew we were going to have people step right in and fill positions. It’s all part of the cycle, and I think the younger guys have caught on quick.” The team had a full schedule of workouts, gearing up for week one against Redlands University in Redlands, Calif. So the players and coaches were more than ready to begin their season. Head coach Pete Fredenburg said, “We are very excited to get started. The trip to the Redlands was a big test for our football team, and we know more about our team after that contest.” The Cru had one scrimmage before they headed out west to face the Redlands. They traveled to Seguin, Texas, to face Texas Lutheran University; this gave them a sense of what they were doing well on and what still needed work. Senior wide receiver Eric Nelson said, “I think overall we played well, but there are still things that didn’t look extremely good. I mean that’s fine though. It wouldn’t be normal for us to go out there and look like a team that was playing in week 10.” That subject was one Fredenburg pointed out as well....

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Athletes Miss Out On The Money
Sep10

Athletes Miss Out On The Money

It seems like every year there is either a team or big-time player who gets busted for receiving benefits from a booster. With the industry of collegiate sports growing more and more each year, so do the temptations that the student athletes have to face. The issue of players getting paid for their performance or making money from their signatures has created a question that nobody quite knows how to answer yet. It seems that many are making money off of these athletes, but the athletes themselves don’t receive a cent. This needs to change, but it is a sticky subject because with any solution, somebody is going to find a loophole and take advantage of the situation. This issue has been a topic of discussion for a while now, but it really hit the spotlight when Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was accused of signing jerseys for money. Since then, all of the big names in the sports broadcasting network have jumped in and given their two cents on the subject. Former Duke basketball player and current basketball analyst Jay Bilas explained what he thought should be changed. “I’m not advocating paying college athletes a salary, but rather allowing stipends and other benefits, including endorsement deals,” he said. “It’s a mental hurdle to get over the purity of college athletics, but allowing extra benefits would remove much of the corruption in athletics.” I agree with his argument because it’s common knowledge that these athletes are getting hundred dollar handshakes and receiving benefits anyway. Why not just even the playing field and stop wasting our time trying to crucify players for taking a cut they actually deserve to get? It is time that others get their hand out of the cookie jar and leave some room for the student athletes to get what is theirs. The grueling schedule of a D1 athlete leaves no time for a job, so what are these college students supposed to do? It only seems logical that they would seek out boosters. People like Johnny Manziel kind of ruin this argument because he comes from a wealthy family, and he wasn’t getting the extra cash so he could afford all his meals that week. The majority of the time a player gets in trouble, it is because he or she is actually in need of money. Scottie Bordelon, a sports writer who has written many articles on this issue, makes a point that is hard to argue with. The NCAA says college football players must stay at the collegiate level for two years before they declare for the NFL. These standout players often feel...

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UMHB women’s golf team up to par
Aug27

UMHB women’s golf team up to par

While the majority of the student body was at home enjoying the summer, a talented group of women headed to Destin, Fla., with one goal in mind: a national title. The Cru did everything they set out to do and more. They not only brought home the first place hardware, they also set a number of school records. Boasting a final four-day score of 1239, the ladies beat U.T. Tyler. The reality of the accomplished dream still hasn’t dawned on the team. “Having won a national championship at times still hasn’t set in for me, and I don’t really feel like it will until this journey is over with this group,” junior exercise sport science major Victoria Thane said. Junior standout Taylor O’Rear didn’t shy away under the pressure and continues to shoot low scores. Her 300 four-day score set a new school record. The others were not far behind O’Rear on the leader boards; Elizabeth Davis shot a 316, which placed her 15th individually. “I honestly couldn’t have told you what I shot on that last day. I just knew we did enough to win, and the celebrating began,” O’Rear said. “It is cool now to know that we broke all of the team records in one season.” The Cru will be the team everyone wants to beat in the upcoming season. “We definitely have more pressure this year because we have a target on our back,” O’Rear said. “Repeating is the ultimate goal, and we are going to have to put in a lot of hard work.” In most cases, when a team wins a championship, it is the result of a great number of seniors. This was not the case at all with the team. The women dominated the playing field all year with a relatively young roster. “We have everyone coming back from last year’s team and one incoming freshman. I feel like we will be just as strong,” Thane said. There was another intriguing set of events during the Cru’s journey to the national championship. Coach Darla Kirby returned to coach the team for one more year. “You couldn’t have written a better story for Coach Kirby. For her to have already retired from coaching, yet have the opportunity to come back midseason and lead a team to a national championship sounds like a fairy tale,” O’Rear said. “God had a plan for Coach Kirby, and she deserved to win more than anyone out there.” Kirby is an example that hard work will pay off. Her dedication filters down to her motivated players. “To win a national championship in my last season as a...

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