Methodist church hosts lunch for college students
Nov16

Methodist church hosts lunch for college students

Students can enjoy homemade meals at College Lunch every Wednesday at First United Methodist Church here in Belton. College Lunch is a ministry that 20 volunteers from the church put on for UMHB students from 11-1 p.m. on Wednesdays. For a donation, students can select from multiple entrees, sides, a salad bar, homemade desserts, and a drink. At last week’s meal, College Lunch offered breaded ranch chicken, oregano chicken, pulled-pork sandwiches and baked potatoes. For sides, there was corn, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, a salad bar, soup and hot biscuits. To wash down the meal, there was pink lemonade, water and sweet tea. Senior Education major Elleny Ohendalaski has been attending College Lunch since she was a freshman. “The people that work at this church or attend this church care enough for the college students in this area to make lunch for us,” she said. “It’s nice to have a home cooked meal during the week, and there’s so many different options.” First Methodist began College Lunch in 2005. Chairman of the college ministry team, John Sykes, said that before the lunch, they tried Bible studies and discussion groups, but they weren’t working. “We had been trying at the church for a number of years to come up with some kind of outreach to college students, specifically at Mary Hardin-Baylor,” Sykes said. “Our new pastor at the time, Darren Walker, recounted what he did when he was a Wesley Foundation minister at Tarleton [State University]: they served a free lunch for the kids. That sounded like an interesting idea.” The lunch, which runs strictly on donations from the students and members of the congregation, started out with 20 to 30 students. Now, over 200 students attend the lunch. The volunteers make enough for 350 lunches because many people come back for seconds. “The purpose of the lunch is to feed students; we’re not trying to get them to come to our services. The purpose is to feed,” Sykes said. “We’ve never refused seconds unless we just don’t have anything.” College Lunch has been lovingly nicknamed ‘Meth House’ by the students, and Sykes says that the volunteers have embraced the name, after alerting the police. “As soon as the chaplain for the police department, Reverand Darren Walker, heard we were being called ‘Meth House,’ he sat down with the [Belton] police chief, and he explained the meaning behind the name,” Sykes said. Set-up usually begins for the lunch on Tuesdays, when volunteers begin cooking and setting up tables. Sykes said that he chooses the menu based on prices, what the students seem to like, and the feasibility of cooking for...

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Tori Pharris crowned Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor
Nov15

Tori Pharris crowned Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor

Twenty young women, representing student organizations, classes and residence halls displayed their inner beauty at the annual Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor Pageant this Veteran’s Day, Saturday, Nov. 11. Miss Search Cru, junior mass communication major Tori Pharris was crowned 2018 Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor. Pharris will represent the university at parades, Crusader Knights and other campus events. She will also work to carry out her platform, “supporting military families during deployment.” “It’s kind of overwhelming,” she said. “I just went into the pageant with the expectation of, ‘let’s just have fun and meet some new people,’ so it’s kind of crazy.” Junior psychology major Sarah Szyperski directed the pageant, along with her assistant directors, public relations majors senior Rhema Jones and sophomore Mary De Acetis. “[Directing] was honestly one of the biggest blessings and honors of my life. It’s such an honor to put on this big of a tradition, and work alongside two awesome assistant directors.” The contestants were judged by four categories: interview, talent, platform, and evening gown. The night began with the talent portion. From singing about avocados, to dressing like Napolean Dynamite, to karate chopping a boyfriend, the talent portion brought many laughs and smiles. Pharris’ showcased her musical abilities during the talent portion of the pageant by playing the school’s alma mater using water glasses. “The school song means so much [to me,]” Pharris said. “By the end everyone was singing, and it made it much more heartfelt.” The contest also had the evening gown portion, where the ladies showcased their grace and poise. The ladies then performed a group dance together, and the top five finalists were announced. Each were given interview questions about their platforms and the organizations they were representing. While the judges collaborated on the winner, co-emcee Annah Jane Pascall performed an original song that she performed last year when she was a contestant in the pageant. Runner-ups for the pageant were Miss McLane Hall Sarah Jane Leaverton, Miss Junior Class Jenna Albright, Miss Senior Class Katie Winekauf, and Miss Baptist Student Union Hannah John. 1st runner-up John said that she looks forward to supporting Pharris through her reign as the 2018 Miss MHB. “I don’t plan on stopping with my platform, but I’m excited that I get to support her.” Several special awards were given out to a few young ladies. Miss Freshman Class Ally Jordan won best talent for her Bon Qui Qui Starbucks skit. Best Evening Gown went to Miss Student Foundation Hannah Yoes. Miss Farris Hall Keyarius Johnson won both Best Interview and the Congeniality Award. “We are all just family, so it was an amazing feeling to...

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Sports spotlight: Wykeyhe Walker
Nov15

Sports spotlight: Wykeyhe Walker

Senior mass communications major Wykeyhe Walker was recently baptized in the university’s pool at the Mayborn Campus Center. “It was something I wanted to do for a while now, and I was going through so much, but God gave me hope and that caused me to focus on the good instead of the bad.” Walker’s friends and family gathered at the pool to see him baptized. President Dr. Randy O’Rear and his wife, Julie, were in attendance at the baptism. Walker attends First Baptist Belton with the O’Rears. “It was joyful to see him make the best decision he will ever make in his life,” O’Rear said. “He desired to tell the world and stand up on top of the mountain and scream, ‘I am a believer, and I want to be obedient, and I want to be baptized.’” O’Rear said that Walker reached out to him after one of his teammates and now UMHB alumnus, Matt Cody, was baptized at Temple Lake Park. “We started talking about our faith, becoming a Christian, baptism, what that meant, and what that meant to him.” O’Rear said that he’s enjoyed watching the journey Walker has taken since he began attending church with the O’Rears. “To see the joy and the peace he has now as a believer has been a sweet thing to watch,” he said. Walker plans to graduate this December with a bachelor of arts in mass communications. He will then relocate to Madrid, Spain to play professional football with the Osos Rivas. “Honestly it hasn’t hit me yet, but I can’t wait for the experience,” he said. “Of course, my family is sad but this is a step I have to take to get to the NFL.” Walker played receiver for the university for four seasons. During his final season, he was a part of the National Championship winning team. “I have been a starter here for the last 3.5 years, and I have never played in a game so cold,” he said. “I was with my brothers. You can’t really ask for a better ending.” Walker said that playing football for the Cru and being at the university has changed him tremendously. “When I got here, I was a kid that only cared about himself,” he said. “Now, I am a man who is about to start a new journey.” He said that he didn’t really see change in himself until his sophomore year. “I didn’t know Jesus, and even football was going bad. But I got my head right in the summer of my sophomore year, realizing I wanted the college experience. So I had to...

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Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor photo gallery
Nov15

Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor photo gallery

Emma Spellings and Shara McClure wait while Jenna Albright intoduces herself. Photo by Madeline Oden. Tori Pharris plays the alma mater using wine glasses. Hannah John performs a traditional Indian dance for her talent. Photo by Madeline Oden. Hannah Yoes plays the flute for her talent. Photo by Madeline Oden. Ally Jordan performs her Bon Qui Qui Starbucks skit. Photo by Madeline Oden. Rosalind Harrell praise dances to “Don’t Cry” by Kirk Franklin during the talent portion of the pageant. Photo by Madeline Oden. Jenna Albright sings about avocados as she makes guacamole. Photo by Madeline Oden. Katie Winekauf dressed as Napoleon Dynamite for her talent. Photo by Madeline Oden. Katie Winekauf dressed as Napoleon Dynamite for her talent. Photo by Madeline Oden. Katie Winekauf dressed as Napoleon Dynamite for her talent. Photo by Madeline Oden. Haley Whitmore scooters onstage during her talent. Photo by Lauren Lum. Laurin Hoffa poses in her evening gown. Photo by Madeline Oden. Rosalind Harrell poses in her evening gown. Photo by Madeline Oden. Sara Lindsey poses in her evening gown. Photo by Madeline Oden. Alexys Wharton poses in her evening gown. Photo by Madeline Oden. Katie Winekauf poses in her evening gown. Photo by Madeline Oden. Bridget Silman poses in her evening gown. Photo by Lauren Lum. 2018 Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor Tori Pharris. Photo by Madeline Oden. 2018 Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor Tori Pharris reacts as 2017 Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor Bridgit Sillman crowns her Saturday, Nov. 11 in Walton Chapel. Pharris’ rendition of the alma mater using musical glasses had the audience singing along, and her platform to support military families, interview contributed to a winning performance. Contestants left to right are Bailey Haire, Shara McClure, Hannah Yoes, Haley Whitmore, and Sarah Jane Leaverton. The masters’ of ceremonies at right are: Kris Hurst and Annah Jane Paschall. Photo by Madeline Oden. Among others, Danielle Salazar, Keyarius Johnson, Ally Jordan, Emma Spellings, Sara Lindsey, Jenna Albright and Haley Brewis pose in their evening gowns. Photo by Madeline...

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2017 Homecoming festivities bring students, alumni together
Oct26

2017 Homecoming festivities bring students, alumni together

Crusaders enjoyed a fun-filled homecoming week with Race for the Gold competitions, skits, lanterns, and a win against Belhaven University. Homecoming week kicked off with a tank giveaway and early morning yoga at Luther Memorial on Monday. The day continued with Race for the Gold events: three-legged soccer and balloon juggle. The night ended with Lanterns and Lily Pads, a new homecoming event where students lit paper lanterns in Burt Pond. “[Lanterns and Lily Pads] was so serene, and a much-needed night during a stressful week,” said junior mass communications major Felicia Suominen. Tuesday continued with more Race for the Gold events and ended with Taste of Belton, where students sampled eats and treats from Belton restaurants. On Wednesday, students participated in a mechanical bull contest on King Street and then went to various church small groups. The fun continued Thursday with Giant Jenga on King Street. In the evening, students enjoyed a Cru-Toon-themed Stunt Night. The freshmen skit was a long lost episode of Spongebob Squarepants, where Sandy misses her home at UMHB, so Spongebob and the gang try to cheer her up. The sophomore’s skit followed Timmy Turner of The Fairly-Odd Parents on his first day as a sophomore at UMHB. The juniors’ portrayed how Pebbles and Bam-Bam from The Flintstones first started dating at the University of Mary Hardin-Boulder. The seniors ended the night with their skit featuring Scooby-Doo and the gang as they track down who stole the diplomas from the Alumni House. After watching skits, students headed to the Hoco Hoedown on King Street. The hoedown had food trucks and live music by the Hunter Rea Band. On Friday, students answered trivia questions at the Trivia Challenge, while alumni reminisced about their life at UMHB at the “When I was Here” Alumni Mixer. Students and alumni gathered Friday night to watch the Stunt Night skits. During intermission, the homecoming court was introduced. Senior exercise sports science major Matthew McVey and senior nursing major Kristin Cherry were crowned Homecoming King and Queen. “It’s a blessing honestly,” McVey said about winning Homecoming King. “Two years ago I would have never thought this would have happened. I’ve made so many friends and built relationships. I’m blessed to be here.” Next came the announcement of the Stunt Night awards. Best Song and Dance went to the senior class. Best Costumes went to the junior class. Best Comedic Moment went to Gary, the snail. Best Actress was awarded to junior Schyler Malloy as Pebbles, and junior Ben Roark won Best Actor as Fred Flintstone. The senior class was awarded Audience Choice. Malloy was thrilled to win Best Actress and...

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