Crusaders race for cure
Apr12

Crusaders race for cure

April is Cancer Awareness Month, and for UMHB that means to give back and show that the university cares about finding a cure for cancer. This past Saturday, students and staff of UMHB organized a 5K run called Cru For a Cause in honor of the month and to support those who have been affected by this disease. Sophomore nursing major Mandi Watts was one who participated in the event and said she accomplished something for people with cancer or who have had it. “It was a great feeling knowing that I was, even in a small way, helping someone who has cancer in their life,” she said. “At first I was nervous about running it because a 5K seems so far, but I ran a little, walked a little and so on with my friend.” The race started in front of the Mayborn Campus Center and was open for anyone who wanted to run. Some ran the race for other reasons than just to honor someone affected by cancer. Junior accounting major Bob Beckworth ran the race to support study of the disease. “I ran more for support of cancer research,” he said. “This is a great way for UMHB to reach beyond just the community but into the research that will affect all of those who have been afflicted by cancer.” The event was sponsored by the university’s housing staff. “We want to honor people who have battled cancer or are currently battling cancer,” said  organizer and resident director Christan Hammonds. This wasn’t just an event for students or adults. There was a Kid K for children right after the 5K. Some other things planned for little kids were face painting booths, a bouncy house and a special art project station. Watts was impressed with the turnout. “There were a lot more people than I thought,” she said. “That’s just proof to me that nearly everyone has been affected by cancer in some way and in return that everyone wants to put an end to all forms of the disease. I am so proud to go to a school that would want to help put an end to cancer and honor those who have it or have had it.” For Hammonds, the race was about all who have been afflicted by cancer. “We have had people within our own UMHB family who have fought cancer, both faculty and students, so this is important to us. This disease impacts everyone,” she said. Racers could   name someone they wanted to honor. With the shirts they were given, they could write the name of a loved one and race for...

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Royal wedding at end of April
Apr12

Royal wedding at end of April

Westminster Abbey will be holding yet another royal wedding on April 29. This time it will be for the second in line for the English throne, Prince William to Catherine Middleton. With more than 1,900 invitations sent out across the world, there is no doubt that this will be a wedding to remember. The couple has been dating since late 2003 with just one break up. They became engaged in Kenya in October  2010. Middleton’s engagement ring is that of William’s late mother, Princess Diana of Wales. The ring is a beautiful sapphire with 14 diamonds surrounding it. At the time of the engagement to Diana and Prince Charles, it was worth £30,000, which converted into American dollars would roughly be $49,000. The wedding will be at 11 a.m. in England and 5 a.m. in America. The archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, will wed the two. There has been no word of what Kate’s dress will look like, but Prince William will be dressed in his military regalia. According to some sources, this is going to be the most expensive wedding ever, costing the British taxpayers $20 million. The British Armed Forces will play many roles in the wedding ceremony as well, from Queen Elizabeth’s royal guards to the armed forces bands and musicians to a royal fly-over at Buckingham Palace. After the ceremony, the couple will be whisked away in a 1902 State Landau to Buckingham Palace for the reception. The procession route will take the couple past many famous London landmarks, eventually arriving at the British palace. Once at Buckingham Palace, Prince William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II will host the reception for the...

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Final Four teams swoop into Houston for championship

The end of football season means the Superbowl. And once the football champions are crowned, most people start to think about the road to the Final Four. March Madness has finally come, and it’s already proving to be interesting. With all of the usual big basketball powerhouses making it to the 68—Kentucky, Duke, UConn and UNC there were also the typical colleges that made it but happen to be in smaller conferences, like Xavier, Butler and Marquette. The number one seed spots went respectively to Duke, Kansas, Pitt and Ohio State. However, some schools were questionable. Not to have doubts about their talent as a basketball team, but University of Texas-San Antonio made it to the tourney. Seriously? And whom did they get doomed to play? The OSU Buckeyes. UTSA lost by almost 30 points. At least they somewhat showed up to the game. The Tennessee Volunteers should be ashamed for how badly they lost. The Michigan Wolverines spanked Tennessee by 30 points. And that was just the first day. Speaking of the first day of play, certain teams put on a great show with buzzer beaters. Kentucky vs. Princeton was one of them. One would think the Kentucky Wildcats, hailed by all of the basketball world to be kings of the college Division 1 court, along sadly with Duke, to have eased past the Ivy school men of Princeton. Well, you would be wrong. The road to the Final Four has been intense. With all of the number one seeds dropping in past rounds, the final four will be the Butler Bulldogs, the UConn Huskies, Virginia Commonwealth and  the Kentucky Wildcats. Butler is definitely the Cinderella story of March Madness. Making it to the championship game last year, they lost to Kansas. They have made it to Houston, where the Final Four and championship game will be played this year and only have to win two more games to be crowned. The Huskies of UConn are a team that knows that final four. They have been to the Final Four twice in the past three years and look bound and determined to win it all this basketball season. For VCU, everyone knew they were capable of winning, but to knock off the number one seed Kansas, that was a shock. As for basketball legends Kentucky, they are looking to adding a total of eight NCAA tourney championships. Hopefully it will be Butler against Kentucky, in which the Wildcats will...

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Students honored with art exhibition
Mar29

Students honored with art exhibition

An art exhibit is something for people to express themselves and display their hours of work whether in drawing, painting, sculpting or photography. The UMHB art department recently sponsored a student art exhibit in the Arla Ray Tyson Art Gallery in the Townsend Library. More than 70 pieces of art, there were many more submitted than just the ones shown. Forty-one students submitted their pieces for the exhibit, but only 30 had their artworks     selected. Dean of the fine arts department, Ted Barnes, knows that it is an accomplishment for the students whose art is shown. “It is always an honor to be selected for a juried exhibition. It validates the artist and the work to be judged into an exhibition by a professional juror or critic who has a noted reputation,” he said. Out of all the pieces that were entered, several honorable mentions were given along with a third, second, first place and best of show award. Junior fine arts major with an emphasis in visual communications Lauren Cross won first place for her charcoal piece named “Jenny.” “I started her during the spring semester last year and finished her by the end of the summer. I was too focused on art classes to really focus on her,” she said. Cross created “Jenny” by using a method that she happened to stumble upon while in the process of creating her. “She is a charcoal drawing that I drew starting with a completely blacked out piece of paper, and I just started erasing the charcoal to create her face. Basically it’s a process of taking away and adding back charcoal,” she said. Another award winner in the display is a honorable mention for art education major Jamie Stephens. She entered a piece of art depicting a little girl with wind blowing in her hair drawn completely by pen. “I think I did good to get honorable mention seeing I’m only a freshman,” she said. Being an artist of any kind allows people to express themselves. For Cross, her artwork is usually of materials she is comfortable with. “Typically I work with subjects that are attractive or interesting to me. It’s usually things I love, or that I find neat,” she said. “I love people, so I am constantly using people as my subject matter.” This year’s judge was Tim High, Associate Professor of Art at UT. High’s work has been shown regionally, nationally and internationally in several kinds of exhibitions. Having a student art show where Crusaders can publicly show their hard work and final project is an accomplishment for any person. “This annual exhibition publicly showcases...

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Some Texans consider secession
Mar08

Some Texans consider secession

Part 1 of a 3-part series The question of Texas independence was presented on the steps of the state capitol Saturday, March 5, when the Texas Nationalist Movement hosted a rally supporting a resolution that would place the matter of Texas secession before state voters. In an interview before the start of the small but vocal rally, media coordinator for the TNM Dave Mundy said some Texas legislators were willing to listen to what his group had to say. They hoped to send their message to Washington. “It isn’t that we have an anger against Washington,” Mundy said. “It’s just our philosophy that Texas is becoming our own nation now. People around the world recognize Texas as its own due to the unique culture we have here.” He said his organization has been crafting the non-binding resolution for more than a decade and will continue to work toward Texas sovereignty. He argued that as a nation, Texas would have much to offer the world. Demonstrators expressed many reasons for secession. Member Steve Felfe said he wants to be a part of the organization for his children. “For my children’s sake, I don’t want them to be burdened with massive debt. I’ve let them down by not speaking out and by not participating. I’m more of a freedom lover than anything else.” If passed, the resolution would go to the governor. In 2009, Perry was asked whether or not Texas would ever secede from the U.S. His response is even being talked about today. “If Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people …. who knows what might come out of that? But Texas is a very unique place, and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot,” the governor said. But can the Lone Star state legally secede? This rekindles a classic debate on federal power and states’ rights. Such arguments are partially how Texas justified secession in 1861. “There is nothing in the Texas state constitution that prohibits us seceding; therefore, it’s allowed,” Mundy said. History and political science Chair Dr. David Chrisman said a U.S. Supreme court decision means that Texas cannot legally leave the union. “Texas seceded in 1861; however,  the 1867 U.S. Supreme Court decision Texas v. White rendered that Texas never left the union,” he said. With questions on whether or not secession is a possibility, Texans like UMHB sophomore Luke Donahue believe Texas as an independent nation would do fine. “We have countries over in Europe that are real tiny, and they can stand on their own two feet,” he said. “Texas was once its own nation, and we can do it...

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