Taking a break from finals at Millennium Oaks Park
Nov24

Taking a break from finals at Millennium Oaks Park

While many students faced more finals by Friday afternoon, Nov. 20, some took a much needed break at Millennium Oaks Park on UMHB’s campus. Several students were found walking, talking, and relaxing on the rocks, benches, and grass in the beautiful, tree-filled park. One was in a hammock, reading the news. Two were feeding turtles and fish in the pond, and occasionally taking photos of the animals splashing in the water for their break crumbs. Across from the spray of the water fountain, Taylor Moore, right, and Sedrick Zgadzaj feed some bread crumbs to the turtles and fish in the Millennium Oaks Park Pond on UMHB’s campus Friday afternoon, Nov. 20. Taylor Moore and Sedrick Zgadzaj still had more finals to take but took a break Friday late afternoon to sit at water’s edge at the pond and feed bread crumbs to the turtles and fish.  Moore is a freshman psychology major and Zgadzaj is a sophomore engineering major. The two share an interest and practice in photography, so they were taking photos of the feeding as the fish and turtles scrambled to grab the bread crumbs. They both went to Round Rock High School, and have been engaged since graduation, with plans to marry after their next graduation – from UMHB. Freshman business major Sam Sommerfeld used her phone to read the news (previewing all the news outlets to “see how it all lines up”) in a friend’s hammock between two trees in the park. Sommerfeld is also on the volleyball team and plans to go into pharmaceutical sales like her father Kent Sommerfeld. The freshman from Longview, who used to be on the journalism team in high school, is glad to be here at UMHB. Freshman business major Sam Sommerfeld reads the news in a friends hammock at Millennium Oaks Park Friday afternoon, Nov. 20. “I couldn’t be any happier than where I am,” Sommerfeld said. “All the people are really friendly and….it’s just like a great environment to be in.” Sommerfeld, who plays the libero position on UMHB’s volleyball team, said her team’s first game is away on Feb. 9, but they their home game on Feb. 17 is with MacMurray College. Freshman elementary education major Anastasia Rakobalis sat under a large tree on the grass at the park while she talked to an old friend from Omaha on her phone. Rokobalis, who lives in Lord Hall, said she wished there were no COVID-19 restrictions because she would really like to visit her friends without restrictions – like in their dorm rooms instead of only in designated common areas. Other than that, she said she is...

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Stunt Night “Drive-in”
Nov17

Stunt Night “Drive-in”

By Sterling Dube Assistant Editor UMHB’s Stunt Night was held as a “drive-in” big screen experience at Crusader Stadium Friday night, Oct. 13. Left to right performing on the stage above: senior education major Andrew Berg, senior public relations major Kim Rincones, and senior psychology major Walker Fain performing their dance routine for the senior class’ take on a UMHB-themed “Footloose.”Photos by Rebecca McEntee The class of 2022 won the best overall production during this year’s stunt night competition, Friday, Nov. 13. It came to no surprise to anyone who watched their previous performance in the fall of 2019, during the “glitch-in-time” themed night. “Movies from the Eighties” was the official 2020 Stunt Night theme,  so there was no telling what route any of the classes would take. As it turned out, the freshmen went with “Ghostbusters,” the sophomores did “Breakfast Club,” the juniors did a UMHB take on “Farris Bueller’s Day Off,” and lastly, the seniors did “Footloose.” UMHB’s Stunt Night’s “Drive-in” big screen experience at Crusader Stadium Friday night, Oct. 13. Students could see their fellow-students perform their Stunt Night skits on the Jumbotron as they sat on chairs or on the grass on the field, or in the bleachers.             Neither the change in venue, nor COVID-19 restrictions changed the atmosphere of Stunt Night. Despite the event being held on the football field with chairs placed six feet apart, there was still that sense of wonder for what the students were able to put together under these trying times. For a couple of hours on a chilly November night the audience could forget about the pandemic and focus on the amazing and jaw-dropping performances of not just the victorious junior class, but also the seniors, who just enjoyed the last Stunt Night of their college careers. The sophomore class also seemed to learn from last year and made improvements to every aspect of this year’s performance. The freshmen came in and showed their stuff and left many curious to see how they can improve on such an amazing showing next year. Seniors l-r: Kim Rincones, Andrew Berg, and Walker Fain perform a scene from the 80s classic movie, “Footloose,” during Stunt Night’s “Drive-in” at Crusader Stadium this...

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Dr. Joseph Palmer plays the PAC
Nov10

Dr. Joseph Palmer plays the PAC

UMHB instructor Dr. Joseph Palmer plays a concert on guitar in The Dean’s Series at the Baugh Performance Hall of the Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 6. Photo by Rebecca...

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Zombie Apocalypse Nov. 10
Nov10

Zombie Apocalypse Nov. 10

Students walk by the installation on Martin Luther King Blvd. advertising the Zombie Apocalypse 2020 “game of tag” event at UMHB at 7 p.m. Nov. 10. Photo by Rebecca...

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Intramural sports expands to esports

By Ashley Kizer Contributing Writer As soon as universities realized that COVID-19 would have an impact on intramural sports, many employees and student staff members had to branch out and find new ways to make intramurals available. With the rules of social distancing and mask wearing, it became clear that many traditional intramural sports were not going occur. However, because of technology and many students’ love for online sports, recreation departments have implemented online gaming, or esports, into intramural leagues. At UMHB, Campus Recreation staff member Hannah Zbylot said that UMHB was no exception.  “It has been challenging working this semester because of people’s response to the virus,” Zbylot said. “No one wants to spread their germs, so we’ve had to cut back in some of the intramural sports that are usually our largest competitions.” UMHB and other universities like the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University have still been able to provide some physical intramural sports such as volleyball, disc golf, ultimate frisbee, kickball, and tennis. While there is still a variety, this is a limited batch of sports being offered compared to a normal intramural season. Additionally, playing any of the sports comes with the mask-wearing of the pandemic. Texas A&M Molly Lindner found it difficult to wear a mask while playing intramural softball. “It is actually super strange because you don’t realize how much you read people’s faces until you can’t see them anymore,” Lindner said. For that reason, among others, UMHB and other universities have implemented online gaming as a way for students to play intramural sports. Texas A&M offers MLB, NHL, and FIFA for intramural leagues. University of Texas at Austin offers Madden, NBA, and FIFA. UMHB offers Call of Duty, Rocket League, FIFA, and Super Smash Bros. Each school has different requirements for online gaming, but one commonality between all three is that the students compete in these online games in their own homes using their own gaming consoles. It is important to note that UT and Texas A&M both require students to pay a $10 fee to participate, but UMHB does not. Mark Gonzalez is currently participating in Intramural esports at UMHB. “I really appreciate how UMHB tried something new with intramurals this year,” Gonzales said. “It’s really cool to see them give us different options in the midst of the pandemic.” Gonzales also added that he felt UMHB has added different and unique sports to reach a broad range of students. Universities like UMHB have faced the challenge of COVID-19 head-on and quickly accommodated students with sports they like and online games they enjoy. These schools may keep...

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MEW with Shane & Shane, prayer and inspiration

By Jillian Steen Contributing Writer L-R: Zoe Elledge, Shane Everett, Shane Bernard, Ruth Lawson, and Shara McClure pose for a group photo before the Shane & Shane worship concert in Crusader Stadium on September 29, 2020. Photo by Jason Palmer. The annual Missions Emphasis Week each fall at UMHB allows student participation and the opportunity to hear from missionaries about their work and experiences locally and around the world. Students get to listen for their possible calling in missions and take steps towards incorporating a missions mindset into their everyday life. This year’s theme was “Reaching the Unreached.” The graphics read “Un-reached” with the letters “Un” being crossed out. This symbolized the goal that the MEW committee wanted to communicate, according to sophomore Christian studies major Ruth Lawson, one of the directors for MEW 2020. The inspiration comes from Isaiah 49:6, which states: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” Lawson said that the message pertains very widely to people right here in our vicinity as well as to people who may be in remote places around the globe. “The unreached in the theme does not only represent the people that have never heard the gospel on this earth,” Lawson said. “There are many people now because of COVID that feel unreached and we wanted to hit on that too.” The week traditionally is scheduled with events and seminars where approximately 50 missionaries are able to engage with students in fellowship and conversations that often explain what it takes to be involved in missions. However, this year, in order to maintain safety,  missionaries were not allowed onto campus so the missions committee tied together several events for the week: a Shane & Shane concert, a visit at chapel by missions pastor René Maciel, a Market Night on King Street, and a time of reflection called “Slow Down.” Mid-week had René Maciel, the missions pastor of First Woodway Baptist Chruch in Waco,  speaking at Walton Chapel. There he  talked about “living missionally” every day. To emphasize prayer with Slow Down, students got involved by coming to the Quad on-campus between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to spend time in the Lord’s presence and reflect. This event  was inspired by the resting incorporated into daily schedules in other cultures that are typically less hurried than Americans’ schedules. This challenged students to slow down and listen to the Lord’s voice. Market...

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