Lord Hall officially dedicated in ribbon cutting ceremony
Mar20

Lord Hall officially dedicated in ribbon cutting ceremony

This year, several freshman students have enjoyed living in Lord Hall, UMHB’s newest residence hall. On Friday, March 1, the school held a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the new building, which opened in August of 2018. Attendees gathered in front of the building to hear from various speakers and celebrate the official opening of the dorm. After the ceremony, they had the opportunity to tour the building and explore eight student rooms. Lord Hall is named after Griff and Kathy Lord, Michael and Sharon Lord Daggett, and their family members. The Lord family has contributed to several other campus buildings and facilities, including Parker Academic Center, the Paul and Jane Meyer Christian Studies Center, and the Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center. In addition, Sharon Lord Daggett established the Ida Myrtle Roberts Manning Endowed Scholarship in honor of her grandmother, who attended the school in 1905. Since the scholar- ship’s establishment in 1996, it has helped over 326 students with their finances. Sophomore special education major Katelyn Blackhurst is a recipient of the scholarship. At the ceremony, she expressed her gratitude for the impact it has had on her life. “I’m beyond thankful for the Lords and this scholarship, and the fact that this incredible building is named in their honor just makes sense,” she said. “Now, whenever I pass by, I’ll remember the blessings I’ve received thanks to them.” UMHB President Randy O’Rear personally thanked the Lord family for their generous contributions to the university. “We could not be more proud to have your name on this wonderful building,” he stated to the family members. “We love you. Our university will never be the same, thanks to your generosity, and we certainly wouldn’t be the university we are today without you.” Lord Hall is not only the newest residence hall on campus, but also the largest. The 49,614 square foot building has room for 214 students. Previously, the largest freshman dorm was McLane Hall, which holds 190 students. Lord Hall is a unique residence hall due to the fact that it houses both male and female students. The two wings are separated, but share a central lobby. The building features study rooms, computer stations and two laundry rooms on each floor. A feature unique to Lord Hall is the common room on the third floor, which is equipped with a kitchen for students to...

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Student organization BRIDGEs the gap

UMHB held its second meeting for a new organization on campus called Cru Bridge on the third floor of Bawcom Student Union on Thursday, Feb. 14. Cru Bridge is a multicultural club that is meant to celebrate diversity and emphasize internationality. The club is encouraging people to join, explaining that it is educational while allowing students to experience cultures that they may have never been exposed to before. “I’ve noticed a lot of people from UMHB tend to be homeschooled or from small towns, and growing up in those environments doesn’t really allow people to taste different cultures,” freshman Bridge Club President Cecilia Nguyen said. “This club will allow for that to be accessible and fun.” “I love the idea that emerged from the creation of the group itself,” Dat Nguyen, a freshman biology pre-med major, said. “As you know, the United States is a country of immigrants. There are so many different ethnicities and cultures existing here where we live. And Cru Bridge is a place where we can be exposed to and learn about different people with different backgrounds. I’m excited about the knowledge that I can gain, the people that I can meet, and a chance to show new people the wonderful things of my culture as well as the common culture on the U. S.” The club was brought about when three students, Vydia Lu, Tu Le and Cecilia Nguyen came together, wanting an organization dedicated toward international students. After much consideration, the students took the idea to the Student Government Association in the fall. They went through the required steps for approval, leaving many of the SGA members fascinated with their topic and goals. The organization was soon approved, and Cru Bridge held their first meeting on Jan. 31. Cru Bridge plans to be involved in many upcoming activities, including a multicultural festival in March. This festival will be held in collaboration with the Association of Black Students and the Hispanic Student Association. Some of the many activities that may be included in the festival are a Tai Chi demonstration, Chinese calligraphy and a Folklorico dance show. In April, Cru Bridge also plans to collaborate with the Psychological Science Club and have a panel of students of color talk about their experience with UMHB. “We just want to be a bridge for multiple different people or groups, including people who grew up in different cultures,” Cecilia Nguyen said. The club wants their meetings to include activities that represent the idea of internationality. “We want to have cultural games that people played as children and introduce those to people,” said the Cru Bridge adviser Dr. Haedy Liu. The next meeting will be held on Feb. 28 in Conference Room A, located on the second floor of Bawcom Student Union. All students are invited and encouraged to...

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Campus prepares for new performing arts space
Jan28

Campus prepares for new performing arts space

As giant bulldozer arms crushed and demolished bricks and metal on Jan. 13, the campus said goodbye to the Huckins Apartment complex that has been housing students since the mid-nineties. “Huckins is supposed to be a one week job in which we will take all rubble to the landfill for UMHB.” Said Jeff Cummings, RT Schneider Construction employee during demolitions. The purpose of the tear down is to make way for the new performing arts center that is set to be finished in the fall of 2017. Although plans for this new center have been a long-time coming, associate dean of Student Development, Donna Plank, said that the demolition couldn’t take place until there was room for displaced students in other campus housing. “We had a meeting with the students in Huckins in October concerning the demolition,” Plank said. “They were told the university would grant them first-choice housing.” The removal of the apartments left 54 students displaced. In order for the project to be completed on time, the university didn’t have the luxury of waiting until the summer when apartments would be unoccupied. “The new performing arts studio is due to be built by the fall of 2017, therefore adequate steps were needed to be taken now to see that accomplished,” said Associate Vice President for Campus Planning Robert Patee. Not only did the 54 displaced students get first dibs on where they wanted to live, but they also got a price break on their new location. “The university granted the students the option to live in the most expensive units for the price of living in Huckins during their spring term,” Plank said. The Performing Arts Center is the final installment of the university’s Campus Master Plan, which was approved in 2011. The project was delayed as the university had to wait until adequate alternative housing was available. “It was occupied, and we had to wait until College View apartment beds opened,” Patee said. Now that Huckins has been removed, the university will turn its focus to the future. A ceremony will be held Feb. 5 to break ground on the new Performing Arts Center. The facility will be 40,725 square feet and will include both performing and learning spaces, and will feature a 546-seat...

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College republicans start new organization
Dec08

College republicans start new organization

The College Republicans are back, and ready to educate voters on the political issues of the day. The club was originally started three years ago, but couldn’t find its momentum. Recently the organization was brought back to campus and students are excited to see its return. “When I heard they were bringing it back I thought, I want to get it done, I want to make it happen. I went to Sheryl Garza, our supervisor, and asked what I can do to help,” said senior economics major and organization president Collin Cavendish. The politically focused club hopes to help young voters on campus find their political identity so they know exactly why they vote for a cetain party or candidate, and know exactly what policies are most important to them. “For a lot of people on campus this will be the first election they will be voting in,” Cavendish said. “To think your vote doesn’t matter or won’t count for anything is scary. I want to raise awareness that the policies will effect you and it does matter. It is important to get to the polls and vote.” At the interest meeting on Nov. 19, the officers introduced the plan for the organization’s future. Many ideas are still in discussion, and the officers are allowing members to partake in the discussions by expressing their opinions as well. During the meeting, the organization’s officers brought in three guest speakers to talk to the students. Michael Ball, senior director of UMHB, was the first guest speaker to talk to the group. He talked about the upcoming election and the campaigns he had been a part of in the past. “Your ability to influence is greater now than ever,” Ball said. He explained that our votes do directly affect us even though we might not see the effect. The next guest speaker was Henry Garza, the current Bell County District Attorney. Garza talked about his previous experiences with Republican campaigns and creating your political identity is more important than ever. He explained to the viewers that politics are not bad, but they can be difficult. Michael James, who is a chairman of the Young Republicans in Bell County also spoke during the meeting. James talked about how UMHB represents a unique demographic “What I mean by that is, You are the majority,” James said. Freshman nursing major, Mackenzie Henderson, attended to gain a better understanding of how she can be a part of the political process. “I wanted to come so I can be informed further about political issues and develop friendships with other Republicans.” Freshman political science major, Tyler Baker, also...

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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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