Midnight March tradition continues
Apr26

Midnight March tradition continues

Published in the April 26, 2017 issue of The Bells Charter Day is a campus tradition that celebrates the history and heritage of the university and commemorates the initial signing of the school’s charter on February 1, 1845. It is usually celebrated on the first Wednesday of each February. Sophomores ring the sophomore bell and seniors place a wreath at the grave of Judge R.E.B. Baylor located in Heritage Plaza. The school recently celebrated the 172nd year since being chartered in 1845. This year, the school spiced things up by having a charter weekend on Friday April 21 and Saturday April 22. Many events were held on campus to celebrate the occasion, which included a Heritage Club tea and reception, a dinner and floral presentation, multiple club reunions, and the Midnight March and robing ceremony. The school even provided campus tours for visiting alumni to see how much the school has grown. A dinner and floral presentation were held on Friday to honor the first ladies of UMHB. 1975 graduate Norman Northen presented original floral arrangements while telling heartfelt stories of the first ladies. The dinner also included a display of seven dresses, each owned by a first lady of UMHB. Jim and Caroline Cope met at UMHB and attended the weekend events. Caroline attended UMHB from 1963-1967 and Jim met her in ’63 before moving to Howard Payne. They attended the Charter Day festivities not only to celebrate the school’s founding, but also their 50th anniversary. Jim Cope studied PE with a biology minor here before he transferred, and Caroline studied Home Economics. “A lot has changed since we were students,” Jim Cope said. “There were only around ten buildings on campus when we were here.” Caroline’s class was the first to graduate from Walton Chapel after the original chapel burned down, and they were also the first people to see the construction of Getty’s Hall completed. “We really enjoyed the dinner and floral presentation, the chapel service, and the reunion events,” Caroline Cope said. Friday festivities also included the traditional Midnight March and robing ceremony that is an opportunity for students to honor their friendships with each other and exhibit their loyalty to the university. During the week prior, seniors give candles to special friends and invite them to attend the event. The robing ceremony symbolizes the passing of the student leadership from the senior class to the junior class. Seniors place their caps and gowns on the juniors, and this is the first time the juniors can sing the alumni/senior song, “Up with the Purple.” Rumored to have started in 1902, this tradition is a highlight...

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ASL students host week of events to spread awareness
Mar29

ASL students host week of events to spread awareness

Published in the March 29, 2017 issue of The Bells Deaf Awareness Month is here and the campus’ Sign Language program will be hosting Deaf Awareness Week (DAW), March 28-30. The week of events promotes awareness of the deaf community, what deaf culture looks like, and what the deaf community values. It also encourages students on campus to get involved by taking American Sign Language classes and going out to personally interact with deaf people. “There is a group of people that the world forgets to recognize as a community,” said Dr. Parker Kennedy, the ASL professor here on campus. “The deaf community is one of the most unreached people groups— that right there says a lot, and should be especially important to a community like UMHB.” In the past years the sign language team has gone to deaf churches, Deaf Expo, deaf chats, and visited a deaf-owned business in Austin called Crepe Crazy. Throughout the week, the team will have a booth in Bawcom from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. for any students who have questions about the deaf community or culture. On March 28, there will be an ASL movie night showing the story of the deaf wrestler, The Hammer. The movie will show the hearing what it is like growing up deaf in a hearing world. On March 29, during the ONE service, a music interpreter will be on stage signing throughout the session. Lastly, they will be hosting a wax museum on the second floor of Bawcom about significant people in the deaf community from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on March 30. Senior speech communications major, Briana Hennington, has participated in DAW for the past four years. She is now a teaching assistant in ASL and helped coordinate this year’s event with the other two TAs. “It’s important for everyone to know about the deaf community. They aren’t just a group of people who can’t hear,” said Hennington. “They have their own culture, language, values, and tradition just like any other people group. I think students can get a better understanding of that from Deaf Awareness Week.” In the past four years, Hennington found a passion in the deaf community. “I always look forward to DAW because I get to spend time talking about what I love, and I also get to advocate for them, which is just as important,” she said. Organizers of Deaf Awareness Week hope to spread an understanding and acceptance of the deaf community, and encourage students to learn new things about deaf...

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Student art exhibit now open
Mar29

Student art exhibit now open

Published in the March 29, 2017 issue of The Bells The university’s art program has officially opened its doors to the annual student art exhibit. Student artists submitted 107 pieces of art and only 45 pieces of art were selected to be displayed in the gallery. Earlier this year, students were encouraged to submit up to three peices of art to be judged for display by this year’s art judge: Patrick Veerkamp. Veerkamp was an art professor for over 30 years at Southwestern University in Georgetown and recently retired. Veerkamp and a few selected jurors went through the works of art and chose the ones that are currently displayed in the gallery. The art department believes that having an outside opinion come and judge the art pieces will give students an idea of what they’ll face outside the walls of the university. Art professor Hershall Seals doubles as the Department Chair & Director for Baugh Center for the Visual Arts Art Gallery. “The quality is definitely there, and the judge chose very good works,” Seals said. Seals believes this art gallery is a good learning experience for students, and provides different experiences through the artworks displayed. Students can get a sense of validation for the work that they put into their peices and can see that it is appreciated by others. Seals said his favorite thing about hosting this event is seeing the comaraderie between the students. “They’re learning about each other’s art. Students whose works aren’t a part of the show still take part in the process, and exhibit and are encouraged to re-enter later on,” Seals said. During the contest, there were 20 students who received an honorable mention: Laura Yates, Callie Millegan, Isaac Barnhill (two awards), Erin Dona, Rebekah Brooks, Rebecca Macias, Anastasia Hale, Tori Redding (two awards), Jessica Theilacker, Samantha Juarez, Patti Cummings, Chriscina Lampkin, Madeline Hernandez, Ariana Baptiste, Ariel Davis and Courtney Vela. Rebekah Brooks won “Best of Show” for her watercolor painting “Moody, Texas Fever Dream.” Brandon Luna won third place for his set of porcelain vases entitled “Amber and Blue, Mystery and Black, Celadon and Amber.” Maria Ramos won second place for her digital painting “My traditions, heritage and culture.” And Danielle East won first place for her sculpture “An Ode to Those Who Know Why the Cage Bird Sings.” “I feel like all my work paid off and all the time I spent in college and being an art major will work out,” East said. The art gallery is filled with sculptures, drawings, paintings, photography, and much more. The gallery will be open until April 7 in the Baugh Center for...

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Roadtrips made fun: Things to do on your long drive
Mar08

Roadtrips made fun: Things to do on your long drive

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells Spring break is just around the corner, and for some that means the chance to go on a road trip. If you’re going to be in the car for any length of time, then you’ll want to check out these tips. Plan ahead. Look at a map ahead of time to view your route. Find rest stops and restaurants along the way so you’re not driving around searching for a place to eat when you’re hungry and tired. Pick out your comfortable clothing for the drive and make sure you charge any electronics the day before the trip to avoid frustration and boredom. Bring comfortable accessories. It’s a good idea to have a small blanket and pillow in case you want to take a nap. You can also bring along an eye mask or neck pillow if you think that would be beneficial to your comfort. Bring a Goody bag. Fill a bag with items that will keep you entertained, such as: a laptop or portable DVD player, movies, an MP3 player, books or magazines, art supplies, coloring books, or puzzle books. And don’t forget your headphones. If you get carsick then you might want to bring along an audio book to listen to or play verbal games like I Spy, concentration, or the license plate game. Talking to fellow passengers also helps keep your mind off the road. Bring paper and a writing utensil. There are games you can play on paper as well. MASH, Tic Tac Toe, Pictionary, and hangman are popular games to play while on a car ride. Plus, if you bring along a puzzle book you’ll need something to write with. Bring snacks. Having snacks and beverages can help stave off hunger when you’re not close to a service station or town. Some snacks that will keep your blood sugar level and your stomach full are: crackers, fruits, nuts, or sandwiches. But be careful. Don’t bring anything that will melt or make you too thirsty. If you drink lots of water you will need to use the bathroom more often, so try and only eat salty foods when you are at or near a service...

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Alex Miller dubbed  Mr. Crusader Knights 2017
Mar08

Alex Miller dubbed Mr. Crusader Knights 2017

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells Students, family and friends gathered together on Saturday, Feb. 25 to see the Crusader Knights candidates perform in the 2017 showdown. The competition, that drew its inspiration from the Oscars, celebrated its 25th year with odes to films like: Rudy, Pirates of the Caribbean, Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, Like Mike, The Karate Kid, and The Breakfast Club. Crusader Knights has become one of the most beloved campus traditions over the years, and has come a long way from its beginnings in 1993. The contestants are now responsible for creating a one-of-a-kind introduction video to showcase their unique perspective and humor. The men are also judged on their performance in the group dance, their individual walks and their ability to answer interview questions. The contestants receive scores for each category in the competition, and then six finalists are chosen—including one contestant who is chosen by campus vote. When the scores have been tallied, the new Mr. Crusader Night is dubbed by the university president. Senior public relations major and assistant director of this year’s competition Kelsey McDaniel said you could really see the personality of each contestant come out in their introduction videos. McDaniel feels privileged that she had the chance to get to know each participant. “It was a great experience working with Cru Knights,” she said. “I’ve always been behind the scenes with it and never thought that I would receive a leadership position like this one. I loved every second of it.” McDaniel said her favorite aspect of the competition was learning about the causes the contestants are passionate about like mentoring younger students and reaching out to other communities. “Working on their minute videos with them was also fun because you really get to see behind the scenes of the production and the goofy sides and the more serious sides of them,” she said. After each introduction video, the contestant was given a spotlight question and had a few minutes to improvise a scene. Many of the contestants made the audience laugh. Crusader Knight candidates also performed three dances that not only showed off their dance skills, but also showcased their individual personalities. “I really enjoyed watching the guys perform the dances,” said sophomore nursing major, Carrena Taylor. “I thought there were really funny.” After a 10-minute intermission, the contestants were lined up and the top six finalists were announced. The top six included: First year council candidate Jacob Chesser, Senior Class candidate Alex Miller, Campus Associations Board candidate Isaac Felan, the UMHB Administrators candidate Dylan Medlin, and Freshman Class candidate Nathan Vandolzer. After the runners...

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