Art Inspired by Sound – FAE event combines painting and music
Oct01

Art Inspired by Sound – FAE event combines painting and music

“Art Inspired by Sound” combined two different art forms in a performance at the Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center on campus Thursday, Sept. 20. Piano music composed by UMHB’s Dean Kathryn Fouse of the College of Visual Arts accompanied projections of paintings inspired by her music. The artwork was painted to the sound of her music by Samford University’s Associate Dean and Professor of Art and Design Larry Thompson. The piece performed was “The People United Will Never Be Defeated,” created by American composer Frederic Rzewski in 1975. It was heavily inspired by “El Pueblo Unido Jamás Será Vencido,” a Chilean revolutionary song written by Sergio Ortega. The music describes the events of June 1973, when Ortega witnessed a street singer yelling “the people united will never be defeated,” which is a “well-known Chilean chant for social change” (Rice.edu). According to the Rice article, the song was designed to be performed by a guitar ensemble and voices. There were six sets of the song performed, each with six different variations of the song. To end the performance, the introductory sounds returned, bringing the piece full circle. Fouse, who has performed at venues such as the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, and the soundscape New Music Festival in Maccagno, Italy, never seemed to waver as she played beautiful melodies, and her passion was definitely brought into the performance. Andrew Ortega, a Fort Hood resident, was an attendee at the event. “My favorite part was when the pianist was playing …. toward the end of the presentation,” Ortega said, “and the music began to swell with emotion and the pianist was so invested in the piece it seemed to move her emotionally.” Thompson described how his painting process worked to fit in conjunction with the musical piece. “I spent hours with headphones on, listening to the color of the sounds, the moments of emphasis, and instances of transitions in sound,” Thompson said. “Pages of my sketchbook were filled with thumbnail sketches and ideas of how to layer a painting based on what I was hearing on a formal level.” He took pictures of each transition of his artwork to fit the timing of Fouse’s playing. The paintings were abstract and minimalist, although Thompson would not label himself as that kind of artist because he believes in the ideology that, as he said, “art… should be what it needs to be, given the message to be communicated.” Thompson’s works have been featured across the globe and in the United States. Belton resident Jessica Ortega said that she and her husband made a date night out of the event...

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UMHB becomes ONE at multi-church worship event
Sep12

UMHB becomes ONE at multi-church worship event

On Wednesday, Aug. 29, UMHB students gathered together in Walton Chapel for a time of worship and fellowship known as ONE. This event, held once a month on a Wednesday night at 8 p.m., features a worship team consisting of members of various local churches as well as a speaker. According to the UMHB chaplain’s office website, “It’s time we realize that the unity of the church is a top-tier theological matter,” Which is why the event focuses on bringing members of various churches together. This was the first ONE of the semester, and the chapel was packed with students who were excited to worship God in community with their peers. After the event, students gathered at Luther Memorial for lemonade and snacks with their friends. This ONE featured Logan Reynolds, the college pastor at First Baptist Belton, as well as a five-member worship band. Bassist John Allen Davidson, who graduated from UMHB in 2013, said, “It was a really cool experience to come back as an alumnus and see hundreds of college students worshiping together.” Many students who attended the event have been participating in ONE for years. Seth Blankenship, a junior pre-physical therapy major, has been coming to ONE since his freshman year. Blankenship said that his favorite thing about ONE is “getting to hear other speakers and bands that I don’t normally hear, just getting a different perspective.” He stated that this month’s ONE has been one of his favorites. For other students, this was their first time attending ONE. Garret Snyder, a freshman film studies major, came to ONE on Wednesday for the first time. “The music…made you feel very uplifted and excited to be there.” Snyder said he will definitely be attending ONE again in the future. ONE is a valued event on campus because it is the only on-campus worship event that is held on a regular basis. In addition, it allows students to hear from a variety of speakers that they would not normally have the chance to interact with. ONE was started in an attempt to unite the local churches in the Belton and Temple areas that students attend. The chaplain’s office website states that, “The fullness of the gospel is always seen when the people of God are able to recognize the difference between essential and non-essential theological doctrines and then risk overcoming divisive tribalism through strong expressions of unity in worship and service.” The next ONE will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. in Walton Chapel. Students can look forward to a great time interacting with their peers and worshiping God in community with...

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Both men’s and women’s soccer teams kick off to a strong season
Sep12

Both men’s and women’s soccer teams kick off to a strong season

The UMHB men’s and women’s soccer teams each had a two-game stretch over the weekend of Sep. 1. The women’s team had played two exhibition games prior to these first games of the season. In those games, they won 2-0 against Huston Tillotson University and tied in a scoreless game against Schreiner University. The women’s team kicked off their regular season on Friday night, Aug. 30, against Southwestern University at home. The defense shined, only allowing Southwestern one shot on goal. The Southwestern Pirates also did a great job on defense, with 13 saves on 16 shots on goal. However, the Crusader offense overwhelmed the Pirates, and UMHB won the game 3-0. The team continued their two-game stretch on Saturday night against the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs. This was the second consecutive home game of the season for the Crusaders. The game was a hard-fought battle between the two teams all the way to the end. Texas Lutheran’s defense stepped up to the occasion by recording ten saves against the Cru’s nine shots on goal. For the second game in a row, the Cru’s defense was exceptional, only allowing four shots on goal. These teams were very well matched, so much so that the game was forced to go into double overtime. Ultimately, the game resulted in a 1-1 tie. On Friday, Aug. 30, the men’s soccer team played their first season game against the University of Puget Sound at Tyler, Texas. The team was spectacular on defense, only allowing one shot on goal and five total attempted goals. The Cru’s offense was also impressive. They had eleven shots on goal, and scored two of them. The Cru defeated Puget Sound 2-1 in double overtime. Freshman forward Tyson Beechum from Waxahachie said, “We felt calm and collected. We played a great game both periods, and we knew we could keep that up. We knew what the goal was and what we had to do to get to that goal, to leave the game with a win.” On Sunday, the team played their second game of the weekend against the University of Dallas at home. The Crusaders took the lead early in the game, with Martin Lopez scoring in the first period from 35 yards out. The Cru had eleven goal attempts in total, and ended up winning the game 1-0. After their first two games, the team remains...

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Men’s and women’s cross country teams return after 17-year hiatus
Sep12

Men’s and women’s cross country teams return after 17-year hiatus

After a 17-year hiatus, UMHB’s cross country program has hit the 2018 season running. Led by coach Alex Aldaco, both the men’s and women’s teams are excited to be part of the new generation of runners at UMHB.  After a 17-year hiatus, UMHB’s cross country program has hit the 2018 season running. Led by coach Alex Aldaco, both the men’s and women’s teams are excited to be part of the new generation of runners at UMHB. “It’s amazing to be the first group back,” senior cell biology and pre-med major Alex Suominen said. “It carries a certain honor and draws attention from fellow students who are also wishing to participate.”Junior sports management major Cade Baker is looking forward to the legacy of the team. “It’s awesome to be able to walk on and get to help rebuild the program,” Baker said. “This program is going to be special one day and it’ll be great to look back and see [that] I got to rebuild it from day one.”Although the team is in its infancy, they are already coming together as one team that feels like family. “My favorite part about running UMHB is the community the team has,” Baker said.  “From day one I felt like everyone clicked well with each other and wanted to be on the team.”Suominen also has similar feelings about the team atmosphere. “We all struggle together and we all triumph together, it’s a special bond,” Suominen said.Both the men’s and women’s teams are a good mix of upper and lower classmen. With a mixture of younger and older students on the team, it creates a good basis for the program with experienced runners who can help lead the younger team members. These same young runners will then help continue to build the program in the next few years. The team has so far participated in one meet this season, on August 31, 2018 at the Nicole Leman Invitational Meet in Longview. The men’s team took 6th place out of seven teams. The women’s team placed 4th out of five. There are three more invitational meets scheduled for the year before the ASC Championship on October 27, 2018 in Abilene. The teams run at Concordia University in Austin on September 29th, the East Texas Baptist University DIII Texas Championships in Marshall on October 6th and the University of Dallas Invitational on October 13th in Irving. The teams are both enthusiastic about the upcoming season and the program as a whole. It is always an exciting time when UMHB expands their sports department to include a new sport. “We get to show the beautiful balance of education and sports and how they are able to coincide without too...

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Central Texas State Fair hosts Josh Ward
Sep12

Central Texas State Fair hosts Josh Ward

Josh Ward, one of country music’s hottest stars, brought his band and their pure country sound to the opening night of the 31st annual Central Texas State Fair in Belton on Thursday, Aug. 30. Playing at an outdoor venue, Ward’s music at the Bell County Expo Center sounded the way country music used to. It had the classic twang that makes country, country. Somewhat based on the sounds of his favorite stars growing up, it is Ward’s own, unique brand. “We’re the more run-of-the-mill country,” Ward said in his blue jeans, T-shirt and a ball cap in an interview behind the stage prior to the show. “I was raised up … you know Merle Haggard, George Jones, Keith Whitley … ,” Ward said. “I cut my teeth on those guys, so we kind of got this ’90-ish vibe going on. We’re definitely not mainstream … it’s just not my brand,” he said. Ward, who has frequented Belton, said he opened for a fellow Texas group, the Josh Abbott Band, last year, but this was his first time to headline at the Central Texas State Fair and he said before the show that he was looking forward to it. “We’re here to play country music for them, so [if] they show up, they’re going to get a good show,” Ward said. A majority of the music Ward and his band played at the fair were songs off of their last two albums, “Holding Me Together” and “More Than I Deserve.” However, they did play some cover songs by his country music idols growing up, such as Haggard, Jones and Whitley. The songs that received the best reception from the crowd were “All About Lovin” and “Ain’t It Baby,” a song he played in tribute to the women in the crowd. The audience, varying in age and gender, were dressed in outfits one might expect to find at a country concert – plaid shirts, tight blue jeans, cowboy boots and cowboy hats. Some people were leaning against the metal stage barrier, getting the closest spot they could to the stage. Some were dancing and singing along to the music, while others were enjoying their corn dogs, funnel cakes and other fair foods. All in all, about 300 people seemed to be enjoying a great show. After a few songs, Ward gave a special acknowledgment to veterans, active duty servicemen/women and first responders. Ward explained he does this gesture during all of his concerts. “It was a good concert … I play his music in bars, I’m a DJ,” said Daniel Williams after the show. Regarding Ward’s songs, Williams said, “I like...

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Kin: a fatal flop for the sci-fi genre
Sep12

Kin: a fatal flop for the sci-fi genre

Kin is a movie created from the minds of Jonathan and Josh Baker, and based off of their 2014 short film titled “Bag Man” (imdb.com). Both movies are about a young boy who finds a powerful otherworldly weapon, which, by the way, we never learn anything about. However, the weapon is somehow used to save Jimmy’s adoptive brother Eli from a crew of thugs. Before long, the two of them are also pursued by federal agents and mysterious mercenaries aiming to reclaim the weapon (imdb.com). The acting in this movie was terrific. Eli Solinski is played by Miles Truitt and you wouldn’t know that this was the first time he has ever acted in a movie. He played a boy who had a hard life, and who’s mother died at an early age. For a long time it was just he and his dad living together because his brother Jimmy was in prison. He acquires the mysterious weapon when he goes to an abandoned warehouse to find and take materials that he can then sell for money. While he was there he finds the weapon that he keeps secret. Their father, Hal Solinski, is played by Dennis Quaid, who was great in the movie. He is by far the character with the best morals. Eli’s and Jimmy’s dad might have been hard on them at times but he taught them many things like the importance of honesty and family. It is evident that both Eli and Jimmy look up to their father because Jimmy tells Eli “be more like Dad and less like me.” Jack Reynor plays Eli’s brother Jimmy Solinski and did a great job portraying this character. However, I did not like this character because as soon as he gets out of jail he just falls back into his bad ways. He then takes Eli with him and isn’t a very good example for him. It’s like he did not learn from his past mistakes and that is kind of frustrating for the viewers. The man Eli saves his brother from is named Taylor Balik and is played by James Franco, and I loved his performance in this movie. Jimmy owes Balik a large sum of money. Balik will do whatever it takes to get the money, including following Jimmy and his brother around the country. While Eli and Jimmy are running away from Balik and his gang they run into a character named Milly played by Zoë Kravitz. She wants a better life for herself and she convinces them to let her go with them. I really liked Milly as a character. I really felt for...

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