Attacks on Paris leave the world stunned
Dec08

Attacks on Paris leave the world stunned

On Friday, Nov. 13, the City of Light went dark as a series of coordinated terrorist attacks struck Paris, France. The first attack began at 9:20 Central Standard Time, as three men in suicide vests detonated bombs outside of the Stade de France. The next attacks occurred at multiple restaurants, diners, and bars around Paris, killing approximately 40 people. The largest attack that night occurred at 9:40 in the Bataclan Concert Hall. As the Eagles of Death Metal were playing in the 1500-seat hall, attackers barged in and began opening fire on the venue. The assault left 89 people dead and 99 others in critical condition. The final death toll for the attacks was 130 with 367 injured. Out of the 11 attackers responsible for that night, only two remain alive, but authorities have been unable to capture them. These attacks, which have been claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group, are viewed as an “act of war” by French President Francois Hollande. This has led to a state of emergency throughout France and a tightening of border controls. “The state has increased their security (in universities, schools, subway). Everyone is being more careful but we are all calm,” said Alexandra Basagoitia, a student at the Université Toulouse 1 Capitole. “When an event like this happens, French people stay united.” The horror of the event has drawn support from people across the world. Soon after the news of the attacks hit the United States, social media outlets began trending #prayforParis and filters of the French flag became available on Facebook so that users could change their profile pictures in support of the people of Paris. Facebook even created a “Safety Check” that allowed Parisians to check in with their families to notify them that they were safe. However, along with the overwhelming support for Paris came an overwhelming sense of worry about the safety of other cities and nations. “Like many people, I was shocked and horrified as I read the unfolding story of the Paris attacks. I shared the sense of unease that others had about whether more attacks were forthcoming,” Dr. David Holcomb, a history and political science professor, said. In response to the attacks France has mobilized 115,000 security forces, carried out various raids, and conducted air strikes in Syria in an attempt to target the Islamic State. President Hollande has also called for constitutional amendments that would make responding to terrorist attacks easier. “I believe French society will engage in an ongoing debate (as the US did after 9-11) about the proper balance between liberty and security,” Holcomb said. “Those on the right end...

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Campus crowns Miss MHB 2016
Nov19

Campus crowns Miss MHB 2016

Heels, ball gowns, and a tiara were all part of the annual Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor pageant that took place in Walton Chapel on Nov. 6 and 7. The event gave 26 girls representing 26 different campus organizations the opportunity to showcase their talents and be a voice for a cause they are passionate about. “Pageant is really focused on the girls building relationships together and with God. This year we focused a lot on how each girl is beautiful and flawless through Jesus Christ,” said senior elementary education major Rachel Correale, who directed the event. “This experience also grows the contestant as a person.” This year’s pageant featured a variety of talents, from stand-up comedy to spoken word to storytelling using henna and the reciting of favorite childhood books. “I have always had a love of the book The Giving Tree, so one day I sat down and prayed about it being my talent,” senior speech communication major and first runner-up Katie Stringer said. “Then next thing I knew I had a whole monologue about the ultimate gift we can receive – Jesus Christ.” Stringer was given the award for Miss Congeniality at the end of the show, which was a special award voted on by Stringer’s fellow contestants. Winning that award held great sentimental value to Stringer and her late mother. “When I won Miss Congeniality, I felt so honored and shocked. I cannot even express in words how much receiving that award meant to me,” Stringer said. “I told my mother when I was a little girl that I would one day be just like Sandra Bullock in my favorite movie and become Miss Congeniality. These wonderful new friends have graciously helped me achieve that dream.” After other special awards such as Best Gown and Best Talent were given out, it was time to announce the winner. Everyone stood and cheered as sophomore music major Karon Chapa was crowned Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor 2016. “A lot of people don’t know how vulnerable we are during practice and Karon was so encouraging when we needed her, and then I had the opportunity to see her true heart as I watched and listened to her platform,” freshman nursing major and Miss Freshman Class Mercedes Saldivar said. “I’m just super excited for her and can’t wait to see how she goes about using her platform.” Chapa has a heart for special needs families and hopes to use her reign as Miss MHB to bridge the gap between the UMHB community and the special needs community by educating students about everything. Chapa hopes to get students involved in special needs-based clubs on...

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Halloween festivites hit Central Texas
Oct29

Halloween festivites hit Central Texas

By Taylor McMaude and Lauren Lum Halloween: a holiday full of candy, costumes, the occasional scare, and pumpkin-flavored everything. This year the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and the Central Texas area are bringing back old traditions and starting new ones as the Halloween season rolls around again. Scare Walk This year the American Marketing Association brought a new Halloween event to campus called the Scare Walk. It took place on Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 8 to 10 p.m. “The Scare Walk is an event that we started because we felt like there was a need for something scary to happen on campus during Halloween,” senior marketing major Kelli Durham said. The Scare Walk was a fresh take on a haunted house as it occurred outside in the woods on the trails of Peacock Ranch. As students and members of the community arrived at the gates of Peacock Ranch they were greeted by AMA members ready to drive them to the trails. Organization members then told guests a scary story before they traveled down the trail. Costumed creatures jumped out at the participants as the walk progressed. Although the event was a fundraiser for the AMA, their goal is for it to become a Halloween staple for UMHB students. “My hope is that it becomes an annual event and that we build on it every year until it becomes a big thing like Stunt Night or Homecoming,” Durham said. Halloween Headquarters The 3rd Annual Halloween Headquarters is returning to Presser Hall this Friday, October 30 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. The event, put on by Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Honorary Band Service Fraternity, includes a carnival in the Presser Courtyard and a haunted house inside of Presser Hall. The event is free and open to students and community members of all ages. “The biggest goal is for the community and the students to have a great time. We want to make sure that they stay safe on Halloween and provide alternative ways of having fun,” said sophomore music education major Ashley Wallace who is co-directing the event. The carnival portion of the event will feature games, pumpkin painting, free food, and more. The haunted house will be set up on the second through fifth floors of Presser Hall. The second floor is intended for younger audiences and the third through fifth floors are scarier and aimed to entertain older participants. “[Halloween Headquarters] is where we give back to the community. It is a joint service and social project that we do to give children and adults alike a fun environment for their Halloween festivities,” Wallace said. Candy Run...

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1989: an album reimagined
Oct15

1989: an album reimagined

On Sept. 21, Ryan Adams released his reinterpretation of Taylor Swift’s newest album 1989. Ryan Adams is best known as an indie rock musician, but has also been successful as an alternative country artist, poet, painter, and producer, producing albums for artists such as Willie Nelson and Fall Out Boy. Adams’ take on 1989 comes from a dark time in his life as he and Mandy Moore, his wife of six years, were going through a divorce. This heartbreak adds a sense of vulnerability to Swift’s playful album. Adams’ emotion-filled track list takes listeners on a journey of the sadness and loneliness Adams felt. Many of Swift’s more upbeat titles such as “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space” are slowed down in this rendition and infused with Adams’s whispery vocals, creating a sense of daunting distress. The powerful ballad “Out of the Woods” is stripped and lengthened to six minutes in Adams’ version of the song. Although the track has a darker tone to it than the original, the beautiful violin at the end of the song leaves the same hope of the future that Swift’s version does. One of the most raw and real moments in the album occurs in “Bad Blood” as Adams sings the line “You say sorry just for show.” Whereas Swift’s take on the song sounds more about revenge and anger towards her subject, Adams instead focuses on the sadness of losing someone who was once so close to him. Adams does, however, offer a few light-hearted moments throughout the album. “Welcome to New York” begins with the chirping of a flock of birds and keeps the same upbeat nature of the original song, just replaced with his signature rock sound. “Wildest Dreams” also keeps its whimsical instrumentation, but loses its dream-like sound as Adams’s burden-heavy voice tells a new story. Adams’ overall interpretation of 1989 is bittersweet. Many of the fun tracks on Swift’s album were reinvented as ballads, and many ballads were given an even deeper and new meaning. Saying that, Adams is very serious in his rendition of the pop album, causing many of the tracks to lose their exciting, amusing sound. But Adams keeps the integrity of the album, rarely changing lyrics, and instead simply applies each track to his own life in this hard time. However, the honesty in Adams’ voice can’t be replicated. He often sounds as if he’s about to break down in the middle of a song. It’s this realness that makes you feel like you are at a Ryan Adams concert and he is standing just feet away. Yet Adams’s take on Swift’s record hasn’t...

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BSM celebrates 95 years of serving UMHB
Oct14

BSM celebrates 95 years of serving UMHB

Ninety-five years ago, the 19th Amendment was passed, allowing women to vote, the American Professional Football League was formed, and the first ever Baptist Student Union in Texas was established at Baylor Female College. In 1920 the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor was chosen as the “laboratory” for the first BSU in Texas because of its roots in Christian faith and service. UMHB has always focused on the idea of teaching not only the knowledge found in books, but the knowledge found in knowing God. This is apparent in the 1945 Centennial Series: According To His Purpose. “During the past one hundred years… the college, and the student body itself have been concerned with ‘including the Christian religion within, and not just alongside of the educational process,’” according to the series. The University’s mission served as the foundation for organizations such as the Mission Circle, Women’s Ministry Union, Student Christian Association, Young Woman’s Auxiliary, and the Baptist Student Union. The name Baptist Student Union, however, was changed to the Baptist Student Ministry in 1994 to better describe the purpose of the organization. Despite this name change, the goal of the BSM has remained very much the same since its beginning in 1920. “[The BSU] has its object in the winning of others to Christ and His Church; the enlistment of Christians in Bible and Mission study… the calling out of the called for special service,” 1920 Student Secretary Joseph P. Boone said in a 1940s pamphlet about the ministry. Today the BSM offers over 20 ministries that impact the students as well as the community surrounding our campus. BSM director Shawn Shannon believes that the constant growth and change of the BSM is what has made it such a driving force on campus. “This is my 36th year in campus ministry. My 16th at UMHB. UMHB is a precious place. I am convinced that we can touch the world from here,” she said. Shannon is thankful her time here on campus and the opportunities it has provided for ministry. “The campus is a strategic place and the college season of life is crucial for making significant decisions… and what an incubator the campus is for relationships. What an important time to pursue Christ with others and for the sake of others,” Shannon said. It’s this passion for ministry that has inspired many students on campus to get involved with the BSM, including senior interdisciplinary studies education major Rebekah Peyton. “There is such an amazing peace in knowing that I am joined together in my UMHB experience with other students who are trying to follow Christ, lead ministries, and also be...

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