Weathersbee departs from UMHB: Director of Student Life makes difference during time at university

Published in the December 7, 2016 issue of The Bells Earlier this fall, Dr. Byron Weathersbee, Vice President of Student Life, announced his departure from the university following the end of the semester. Weathersbee and his wife, Carla, have accepted positions at Summer’s Mill Retreat Conference Center in Belton. “This place has been incredible,” Weathersbee said. “We have mixed emotions. We’re excited about what we’re going to do, but yet…we will greatly miss the students and the student interaction; no question.” Weathersbee, affectionally referred to as Dr. B, has served at the university since the fall of 2009. During his tenure at the university, he has seen and helped implement many changes on campus. “It’s been a phenomenal time to be a part of UMHB’s history,” he said. “When we came here in 2009, it was before we built these $100 million worth of facilities, so we’ve gotten to see those facilities being built. I’ve really been riding on the coattails on some phenomenal leaders.” Weathersbee spends his time working with the deans and directors of campus recreation, spiritual life, student organizations, campus activities, intramurals, career services, the health center, and judicial affairs to make sure that students are receiving everything they need during their college experience. “One of the things that UMHB does so well, and what drew me to this place, is that we’re very student friendly,” he said. “Students are the very centerpiece of what we do… I hope that we’ve been able to have an impact on seeing that happen.” The Student Life division has had several notable accomplishments under the leadership of Weathersbee. In the past 7 plus years, Student Life has established new Game Day traditions/events such as the CRUise, the Cru Spirit Dance, Welcome Weeks’s Spirit and Traditions rally. They also created a Network of Christian Minsters, which evolved into “ONE.” The divison also helped usher in Sodexo’s transition to Bawcom Student Union, as well as, helped oversee changes in various programs such as Stunt Night, Family Weekend, Miss MHB Pageant, and others. Junior history major Danny Kown works closely with Dr. Weathersbee due to his involvement with Student Government Association. Weathersbee works diligently with the SGA to decide on important issues that will affect the student body. “Dr. B has really helped me grow as a leader,” Kown said. “Being in Student Government for the past two years and really getting to help serve alongside Dr. B has been nothing short of a blessing. I hope that wherever he goes in life it will serve him well.” Kown fondly remembers the time Dr. Weathersbee helped him film a parody video of...

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Cru basketball shoots for a successful season of play

Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells Run, shoot, score. The Cru men’s basketball team prepares for another successful season under Head Coach Ken DeWeese. The Cru’s first home game will be against Southwestern University this Saturday, Nov. 19, at 4 pm. According to Coach DeWeese, the men practice hard every day to prepare them for this season. “At this particular point we can play and we can play quick,” DeWeese said. “Half court defense is a strength because you can always do that. It’s just based on effort.” DeWeese believes that many factors go into scoring on any given night. “Scoring is based on score, rhythm, how you feel, if there are people in the stands… There are so many factors. That’s one of the fascinating things about the game.” The team has five returning players this year, which Coach DeWeese believes that this is a disadvantage to the team. “We only have five returning players, but have 17 [players in all]. I’d like to have 15 back from last season, but we had a bunch of seniors last year. It’s just one of those things.” One of the returning players, sophomore sports management major Demarius Cress strives to be a leader to his team. “One strength I bring is leadership. Somebody has to be a leader when the coach isn’t watching on and off the court,” he said. DeWeese hopes that the team will not only win at every turn, but work as a cohesive unit. “Our number one goal is to win the next game. Ask any one of our players, we always want to win the next game,” Deweese said. Cress wants the team to continue to improve each game. “We want to accomplish a lot of things, but I know we will take it one day at a...

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Black Friday: Great sales, but at what price?

Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells Ninety percent off. 50 percent off. Signs everywhere are already advertising the lowest prices of the year. Soon people will be pushing others out of the way and fighting to get the last item on the shelf, all in the name of saving a buck. On Thursday we spend time talking about what we are thankful for and eating turkey with our families. Then Friday comes and once-thankful people are fighting over electronics, home décor, and other material goods, pushing and shoving to get the best deal. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Black Friday just as much as the next person. Black Friday has become an integral part of the American Thanksgiving weekend. It’s just as much a part of Thanksgiving as turkey and football. It’s the day that officially begins the Christmas shopping season. I usually get up early every year and seek out bargains myself. However, I think that Black Friday’s gotten out of hand. According to moneycrashers.com, Black Friday didn’t become the busiest shopping day of the year until 2002. In fact, from 1993 until 2001, it ranked between the fifth and 10th busiest shopping days of the year. Why the sudden increase of shoppers? Stores began to open their doors on Thanksgiving day.Patrons no longer had to wait until the early hours of Friday to go shopping. Stores such as Best Buy, Macy’s, and Target began to offer “early bird” shopping while grandpa was still passed out in his recliner. Despite the savings these stores offer, the stores should remain closed until after Thanksgiving. This is a time for being thankful for the blessings God has bestowed on His people, for laughing with family, and enjoying delicious food—not bundling up and scratching and clawing for the last big screen TV. According to a recent article by USA Today, CBL & Associates, which oversees many malls nationwide including Mall of America, will not be opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day. Their reason for closing? CEO Stephen Lebovitz stated that they decided to close, so their employees could spend time with their families. The fights and stampedes that have broken out over Black Friday are excessive as well. Car accidents, stabbings, shootings, and even death have occurred because of Black Friday shopping. According the New York Daily News, a Walmart employee was trampled to death in 2013 by bargain-crazed shoppers. In the same store, a pregnant woman was trampled on, which resulted in the miscarriage of her child. Other shoppers go to such methods as pepper spraying fellow customers to get the deal they want,...

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Election leaves nation divided

Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells The 2016 Presidential election began in mid-2015 when twelve Republicans and two democrats announced their intention of running for the presidency. Over the next few months the candidates were wittled down to two candidates—Billionaire Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Senator Hillary Clinton. On Tuesday, Nov. 8, the candidates went head-to-head in a nail-biting election. In the early hours of Wednesday, Nov. 9, it was announced that Trump and his running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence had officially reached the 270 mark in electoral votes. The Republicans also won the majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate. According to CBS News, this will be the first time since 1928 that the GOP has had control of the White House, the House, and the Senate all at the same time. Trump will officially take office January 20 on Inauguration Day when he and Pence will be sworn into office. Trump addressed the nation early Wednesday morning following the announcement of his winning the presidency. “For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can work together and unify our great country,” Trump said. Director of Political Science program Dr. Janet Adamski held a watch night party at the Townsend Memorial library for students and faculty to watch the results leak in on election night. Dr. Adamski holds a watch night party every election. “I figure it’s our civic duty to pay attention to what’s going on and be involved and make it easy for all of us to come together and know what’s going on… Government isn’t something that happens to us. We’re a part of government,” Dr. Adamski said. Americans across the globe have mixed feelings including fear, rage, and happiness over the results of the election. “I was not completely excited when they announced Donald Trump’s presidency as he was not my first choice,” sophomore journalism major Felicia Suominen said. “I come from a Mexican family and sometimes his comments were a bit offensive to all of us. But I do hope he proves me wrong, and I hope the community will come together instead of tearing each other down.” While some were apprehensive about Trump’s victory, others were excited about the business mogul’s win. “As the results unfolded, I was shocked at how much the country was rooting for Trump,” sophomore political science pre-law major Tyler Baker said. “I did not expect that he would win the election, but I was glad...

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Famous football alum comes home for honor
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Famous football alum comes home for honor

Published in the Oct. 26, 2016 issue Six years after the birth of the Crusader football team, a special player joined the team in 2004. His name — Jerrell Freeman. Freeman now plays for the Chicago Bears and has years of success following his time at UMHB. Because of his success, the university retired Freeman’s jersey and number during the homecoming showdown against Hardin Simmons Saturday. Head Football Coach Pete Fredenburg presented Freeman with a framed replica of his jersey midfield during halftime. Joining Coach Fredenburg and Freeman were President Randy O’Rear, his wife Julie, Freeman’s mother and father, and Cru Vice President of Athletics Randy Mann. Freeman’s nieces and brother unveiled a marker located in the south end zone bearing a number 8, a few of his athletic accomplishments, and his last name. This permanent marker will remain in Crusader Stadium as a reminder for past players and as a motivator for future players. To celebrate the retiring of the jersey, the first 3,000 people who walked through the gates Saturday received a commemorative T-shirt with Freeman’s name and number. Freeman played varsity ball for the Cru for four years, and he helped lead the Cru to their first post-season win in 2004. He also became the first American Southwest Conference player to be named a National Player of the Year when d3football.com voted him National Defensive Player of the Year in 2007. The American Southwest Conference named him Male Athlete of the Year in 2007-08. He also became the university’s leader in tackles. Following his Cru football career, Freeman signed with the Tennessee Titans. He went on to play for the Canadian Football League team, the Saskatatchewan Roughriders, where he was named an All-Star. Three years later he would sign with the Indianapolis Colts, where he led the team in tackles for two seasons. Currently, Freeman plays for the Chicago Bears where he leads in tackles in his league. When Freeman came to UMHB to play ball, he never would have imagined how far he would come. “I just came here [UMHB] because I love the game,” Freeman said. “I just wanted to be the best player that I could be, and it has allowed me to be who I am today.” Freeman officially became a UMHB grad in 2003 when inbetween a football season he finished his degree in criminal justice. No other football player has ever been honored in such a way, and according to Vice President for Communications and Special Projects Dr. Paula Tanner, the decision to honor him this way was made by the coaching staff and members of the upper level administration....

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