Women’s soccer on the road to nationals
Oct13

Women’s soccer on the road to nationals

The 2017 season has been a successful one for the women’s soccer team. The team has played 10 games so far and currently has a record of eight wins, one loss, and one tie. They even recorded six shut outs in the last seven games. “Last year we lost nine seniors, and so we lost eight starters. We began this season with three starters and to be where we are right now, first place in the conference and having 8-1-1; it’s the best start in the program’s history,” said Barry Elkins, head coach. Elkins said that there have been improvements and the team has adjusted well to the new members. He believes that the mental part of the game is where they have grown the most as a team. “Having to try our hardest – game in and game out – is where we have grown the most,” Elkins said. “This helped with our win against UT Tyler and it’s the first time we have beat them since 2005. That was probably the most complete game we’ve played.” Junior exercise and sport science major Sydney Rangel has been on the team since she was a freshman. She played defense mid-center until this year. Now, as center back she helps guard the goal and keeps the ball away from the net. She has two main goals for this season: win conference and go to nationals. “A smaller goal that I want to accomplish is to beat the Hardin Simmons team. They would probably be the hardest team we will play,” Rangel said. Amanda Carlough is a senior nursing major who has also played on the team since she started as a freshman. Carlough plays as the center-mid and helps the team make plays while on the field. She explained that her job is to keep the ball going. “We set people up to score, or sometimes we even try to switch things up. If we are playing on the left side and no one is on the right then we try to move to the right,” she said. There are seven games left in the season to work on these strategies. Things are looking up and if they continue to win, the Cru will have a great shot at nationals this November and...

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Contestants prepare for Miss MHB pageant
Oct13

Contestants prepare for Miss MHB pageant

The Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor pageant has been an annual tradition at the university since the 1950’s. However, the pageant we know today was a little different when it first premiered on campus. Originally titled the Miss Bluebonnet Pageant, the peageant was later changed to the Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor College Pageant in the 1960s and was a part of the Miss Texas Pageant System for a short time. Once UMHB achieved university status, it was no longer associated with other pageant systems. Its purpose is simple— to provide the contestants and pageant staff an opportunity for developing leadership skills, theatrical training, responsibility, and confidence. Many changes have been made to the university and the pageant is no exception. In the past, the show was held on two separate nights with the latter involving the crowning ceremony. Last year, the university decided to show it only on one night instead. This year we will be continuing with this new tradition and will host the UMHB pageant on one night only. The pageant will be held in Walton chapel on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. Jenna Albright is a junior film studies major and is representing the junior class in this year’s pageant. She said that students can expect a lot of fun during the performances. Junior mass communication major Tori Pharris is representing Search Cru and is looking forward to the talent portion of the evening. “Each talent varies and wasn’t what I was expecting,” Pharris said, “The girls in the pageant are great so I have no expectations of being crowned, but if it happened my goal is to just love people. I don’t want to change just because of a crown.” Sophomore psychology major Sarah Szyperski, this year’s Miss MHB director, agrees with Albright. “All of the contestants are absolutely amazing and beautiful inside and out,” she said. “They each bring their own unique quality to the show,” she said. Szyperski said that her role as director is to develop a theme and vision from the pageant, as well as lead the ladies and prepare them for the process. However, she doesn’t take all the credit. Szyperski credits a portion of the work to her assistant directors, committee, and advisors. “I am so excited to watch the girls grow and discover new things about themselves,” she said. “It was a great transition last year from Miss MHB being only one night instead of two, and it was one we wanted to continue. The show still contains the main components: talent, dance, evening gowns, and stroll.” The director said it is more than a traditional beauty pageant – it is...

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Cru Q & A: chat with Crunk
Sep28

Cru Q & A: chat with Crunk

UMHB mascot Crunk recently answered questions for The Bells. What is your favorite color? My favorite color is definitely purple. Funny enough it became my color after purple vans became the “thing to wear.” What is your favorite food? Shrimp fried rice for the win. What is your favorite movie? Probably either Remember the Titans or James Cameron’s Avatar. What is your favorite sport to attend as the mascot? My favorite sport to attend as the mascot is definitely the football games, specifically because of the energetic and vibrant atmosphere. After getting the chance to mascot at last year’s Stagg Bowl, I instantly fell in love with the Cru football team. What do you like to do in your free time? Unfortunately I don’t really have a lot of free time because I am the mascot, an officer of an organization, I work, and I am a full time student. So, free time is a term that’s practically foreign to me. However, if I’m able to, I’ll never turn down the opportunity to go on spontaneous trips with friends, and I also enjoy singing, playing the piano and watching Shark Tank. How many events do you attend in a week? A month? The amount of appearances I have in any given amount of time changes from week to week and month to month. Sometimes I’ll go a couple weeks without any appearances at all, and other times I’ll have as many as four or five a week. It really all depends on what’s going on around campus and in the surrounding area. What do you like most about being the mascot for UMHB? There’s so much I love about being the mascot. I’ve always loved getting in front of people and performing. I naturally have an extremely lively and to some degree, childish personality. Being the mascot seems like something I was born to do. But the best part about about my job as the mascot is getting to represent my Alma Mater. The mascot is truly the face of any school and is a powerful tool to use when establishing what the university values. Every time I step into that suit, I’m representing something that goes far beyond myself and I cannot be anymore thankful to have that opportunity. Were you ever a mascot before you came to UMHB? Yes I have. Back in high school, I acted as the mascot and I also worked a lot with the cheer team. How do you handle being the mascot and going to events and classes? Being the mascot and a student is tough and it definitely comes with a...

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All Saints inspires audiences everywhere
Sep14

All Saints inspires audiences everywhere

The movie All Saints is a PG Christian film that was released on Aug. 25. The movie wasn’t heavily advertised before its release. Despite this, Rotten Tomatoes rated this movie as 93 percent fresh, and my personal rating would be a 7.5 out of 10 stars. The film runs for an hour and 48 minutes and includes footage of the congregation that the story is based on in the credits. The film centers around Michael Spurlock, who decides to trade in his corporate sales career to become a pastor. Unfortunately, his first assignment in his sales career is to close a country church and sell the prime piece of land where it sits. He soon has a change of heart when the church starts to welcome refugees from Burma. Spurlock now finds himself working with the refugees to turn the land into a working farm to pay the church’s bills. The movie is based in Smyrna, Tennessee and the movie was filmed in the same church. This movie is based on the true story of this Episcopal Church. History versus Hollywood even did a comparison of the two stories and concluded that there were only minor tweaks. While the movie isn’t a fast-paced action adventure or a slow and steady romantic comedy, it still has plenty of potential. The movie goes at a well-paced speed and has a straight forward plot. The movie gives each character enough screen time for the audience to know their role in the church and a little about their past. We know enough about everyone to understand their lives without needing a long backstory. It was the perfect amount of information to know these characters and feel empathy for them. I thought the actors did a splendid job. John Corbett played Michael Spurlock, and I believe he did a good job showing the emotional and physical struggles the real pastor went through trying to keep this tiny church afloat. Watching Nelson Lee portray Ye Win, the main refugee who seeks the church’s help, was inspiring. These actors helped make these characters feel as if this struggle was happening to the audience as well, and I believe it made the movie more enjoyable to watch. One thing I thought was cool was how the movie brought back the refugees and put them in the movie. They played themselves. Those are not extras. Those are the people this story happened to. In the movie, Atticus Spurlock (played by Myles Moore) becomes friends with one of the children refugees named Po (played by John Wise Win). However, the real Po is somewhere in the background and the...

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University welcomes new faculty this fall
Sep14

University welcomes new faculty this fall

UMHB welcomes more faculty this semester as the new Provost and 11 new Professors join the Cru Nation. Dr. John Vassar is the new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. He previously worked as a provost at Louisiana State University for four years and was a professor there for 13 years prior. Vassar explains that the role of the provost is essentially geared at serving the faculty and making sure that the programs the university offers are of the highest quality. The provost has already started working with the faculty by holding meetings and setting up regular phone calls with the deans of each college. Vassar announced his promotion of Arts and Science Dean Daniel Mynatt to vice provost in order to ensure support for faculty and accreditation. The new professors will also be able to provide a diverse new perspective in the colleges. Dr. Kim Bodenhammer has taught here at UMHB in the past, but paused her professorship after the birth of her child. She is the only new professor for the College of Christian Studies. “Many students in my class come from a Christian background, but express that they are much more familiar with the New Testament than the Old Testament,” Bodenhammer said, “I want students to come away from my ‘Engaging the Old Testament’ class with a better understanding and appreciation for the Old Testament and what it can mean for their lives, as well as an appreciation for the art of reading texts.” Ms. Laura Williams will also be returning to UMHB since leaving her position as Mayborn operations manager back in 2009. Now, she will become an instructor for the College of Education under the Exercise and Sport Science department. “I want to teach my students to think for themselves, to find their own paths, and to embrace the power of technology to achieve their goals and dreams. I want students to walk away from my classes with the knowledge and ability to ask the right questions and find the right answers. It seems so simple, but it’s a skill that’s often overlooked,” Williams said, “[I want them to gain] that personal drive and entrepreneurship that are pretty much necessities in today’s workforce. If you want to achieve something big, no one’s going to give you a trail of breadcrumbs to follow – you’re going to have to chart your own path.” Dr. Todd Ferguson and Dr. John Snow are both new professors in the College of Humanities and Sciences. Ferguson will work with the social sciences while Snow will be working in the mathematics department. Ferguson explains that his goals are...

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