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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UMHB alumnus brings new life to downtown theater
Oct26

UMHB alumnus brings new life to downtown theater

The Beltonian Theatre, originally built in the 1920s, will reopen for audiences to enjoy classic films Friday, Nov. 3. Because the new owner of the renovated theater is owned by UMHB alumnus, Zechariah Baker, it will accept Cru cash. Baker, who graduated from the university in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in music, bought the theater three weeks ago. “I’ve wanted to open my own business since I was a kid,” he said. “About three or four years ago, I was managing a movie theater, and I saw the Beltonian was for sale. I started saving and planning. Everything fell the right way a couple of months ago.” The Beltonian, located at 219 E. Central Ave, boasts a 150-seat screening room complete with a small stage. Baker hopes to show classic films, UMHB games and other sporting events, and silent films. He will also be bringing in local artists. “A lot of these old classic movies are films that people saw when they grew up and now can only watch at home,” Baker said. “Now, they’ll be able to see quality classics on a big screen again in a great theater that has a long history in Belton.” Central Texas native and country singer Jenna McDaniel will kick-off opening weekend with a concert from 7 to 9 p.m on Friday, Nov. 3. Then Baker will play The Magnificent Seven (1969) starring Yul Brynner, Steven McQueen and Charles Bronson. The theatre will be open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Baker also plans to keep the theatre open every day during the summer months. Tickets will be $3.99 apiece. “A lot of folks in the area have been to the theatre when they were kids,” Baker said. “I want to be able to provide the same kind of experience they got at a discount price.” The Beltonian will not only be showing classic films, but it will also serve buttery popcorn, cotton candy, fountain drinks, candy and a few locally-made gourmet items. Baker hopes that UMHB students will come to the theater for an inexpensive and fun experience. “It’s going to be affordable and close to [campus],” he said. “I’m working with several different organizations on the campus to get some activities here.” UMHB Junior Noah Crosby remembers visiting the theater as a child, when his church rented the theater to show a Gospel movie. “I went there with some old friends of mine, and they were serving popcorn,” Crosby said. “It was nice on the inside with dark red carpet. Crosby regrets that he didn’t go more often when he was younger. “I’ll probably go again. I didn’t know...

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Why I believe that it is important to stand by the American flag
Oct13

Why I believe that it is important to stand by the American flag

I stand for the flag because the world is a better place with America, and I believe that is worth honoring. The NFL 2017 season has been defined by players taking a knee during the National Anthem, which has led to controversy, intense media coverage, and even social media hashtags. These players are taking a knee to protest racially-targeted police brutality and general racial inequality in America. While their points are valid, kneeling before the anthem not only harms their message, but is insensitive to the meaning of our flag. Over the years, America has achieved many things. In 1776, thirteen colonies signed the Declaration of Independence, declaring America free from British rule. In 1863, President Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation that eventually freed more than four million slaves. In 1920, women were granted the right to vote. In 1964, the Civil Rights Act declared segregation illegal. In 1969, the first man walked on the moon. In 2008, the American people elected the first African-American president. Because of these accomplishments and so many more, I am going to continue standing for the flag. I like how USA Today writer, Martin Dempsey, states it. “We do so not because we agree with everything America has done, or everything that has been done in America’s name, but because despite all of that the world is a better place because America exists.” America has various moments that she’s not proud of, but there are many moments to be proud of. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, there are 1.3 million active-duty personnel in the U.S. military and an additional 800,000 in reserves. The military is a volunteer program. That means that 1.3 million Americans volunteered to be a part of an organization, where they risk their lives for their country. They are not denying America’s mistakes and wrongs with blind patriotism. Instead, they have chosen to defend the rights. These rights are worth honoring. Growing up in a military town, I’ve seen firsthand the struggles that soldiers and their families endure. The military lifestyle is not for everyone. I’ve grown close with church friends, only for them to leave when their mom or dad is reassigned to another base. Recently, the cousin of a friend from high school disappeared while actively serving his country, and I watched my friend and his family honor his sacrifice and heroism. When I see the flag, I think of my family members who have served, I think of my friends, and I think of veterans who served in World War II and subsequent wars. And I think of America’s rights and future rights. America’s wrongs can’t be fixed...

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Blast From the Past: Classic TV shows  to revisit
Oct13

Blast From the Past: Classic TV shows to revisit

As a child, I grew up watching classic TV shows in black and white (and sometimes color). The older shows always had more appeal for me because they were clean, wholesome entertainment. Here are four of the best classic TV shows to check out. The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968) What’s it about: Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) is a widower in the little town of Mayberry, North Carolina. Andy lives with his son, Opie (Ron Howard), and his Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier). Andy has his hands full refereeing small-time scuffles and reigning in his bumbling deputy, Barney Fife’s (Don Knott) well-meaning, but over-zealous schemes. Why you should watch it: The town of Mayberry and its citizens are easy to fall in love with. The stories are engaging and the jokes are corny. Andy doesn’t particularly follow a storyline, so you can jump in wherever you feel like it. In my opinion, the first six seasons, which are in black and white, are the best. Availability: All eight seasons of Andy can be found on Netflix. Favorite episodes: The Pickle Story (season 2, episode 11), Convicts at Large (season 3, episode 11), A Wife for Andy (season 3, episode 29) I Love Lucy (1951-1957) What’s it about: Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) is a housewife that constantly creates havoc for her Cuban bandleader husband, Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz), as he strives to succeed in show business in New York City. The Ricardo’s live in an apartment complex owned by their best friends, Fred and Ethel Mertz (William Frawley and Vivian Vance). Why you should watch it: You will never find another actress like Lucille Ball. She is one-of-a-kind. Her physical comedy is amazing. The chemistry between the four friends is heart-warming. And the episodes are just plain hilarious. Availability: Lucy episodes can be found on Hulu, CBS, and the Hallmark Channel. Favorite episodes: Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder Her (season 1, episode 4), Job Switching (season 2, episode 1), First Stop (season 4, episode 13) The Big Valley (1965-1969) What’s it about: The story centers around the wealthiest family in Stockton, California during the 1870s, The Barkley’s. The Barkley’s matriarch, Victoria Barkley (Barbara Stanwyck), lives on the Barkley Ranch with her sons, Nick (Peter Breck) and Jarrod (Richard Long), daughter, Audra (Linda Evans), and step-son Heath (Lee Majors). Why you should watch it: I have never been a big fan of Western’s, but I love The Big Valley. This western offers a little bit of everything: family, gun slinging, danger, humor, and romance. The Big Valley definitely isn’t a comedy like the others. It depicts the Wild West in...

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