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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University adds historic home
Nov19

University adds historic home

It’s big. It’s red. And it’s a new addition to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor campus. The Curtis Mansion, also known as the Miller-Curtis House, was built in 1902 by William Ray Miller and his wife Ida. The house was built after the good cotton years left the family wealthy. In its architecture, Queen Anne features are mingled with Shingle style, which were popular in the eastern U.S. during that time. The design included fireplaces in every room. Fine materials and detailing inside and out gave elegance to the structure, according to uncoveredtexas.com. In 1914, A. Lon and Cora (Lee) Curtis acquired the property. For the next 59 years, the Curtis family occupied the mansion, thus earning the name of the “Curtis Mansion.” In 1977, The Curtis House became an official historical landmark, and received a medallion and plate on site. The recent owners, Richard and Pat Dale, former UMHB alumni, have owned the house for over 30 years. Dr. Steve Theodore, Senior Vice President for Administration & Chief Operating Officer, said UMHB has maintained a good relationship with the Dale family over the years. “It’s a beautiful home, and they’ve kept it immaculate…it’s in great shape, even for an old home” When the Dale family decided it was finally time to put the house up for sale, UMHB jumped at the chance to own the home in September of 2015. But despite the university’s eagerness to own the property, there aren’t any big plans for the house quite yet. Theodore said the University felt it was important, given the location, to purchase it. “We’re looking forward to doing something with it. We want to keep the house and keep it in its beautiful condition, and show it off. It’s a great place.” Several years ago, a cluster of rooms were renovated in the Curtis Mansion, but overall it still needs some work. “The house will need some upgrades like the air conditioning and probably a new roof. We’ve got some work to do to the house, but it’s a beautiful home.” As UMHB prepares to work in the Curtis Mansion, they know that changes will need to be made in order to make it appropriate for University usage. “As we use it for an institutional building, we’ll have to get it ADA (American Disability Act) compliant,” Theodore said. “We’ll have to have ramps, or possibly an elevator.” Students and those who grew up in the area are excited to see the building become a campus facility. “As a child, my siblings and I would always talk about living in the house and what it would be like.” said...

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International students adjust to new culture
Oct29

International students adjust to new culture

The international student population at UMHB is at an all-time high. Currently, international students make up around 10 percent of the student body, with the majority of these students enrolled in graduate studies. Many of these students are from India or China. Junior Computer Information Systems major, Bei Lui, is one of these students. She is from Beijing, China and has enjoyed assimilating to Texas culture. “My favorite thing has been the Texas barbecue, especially from Texas Roadhouse,” Lui said. But despite her love of all things Texas, it can be difficult learning new customs and culture. Lui said UMHB International Student Services has made the transition much easier. “They are very helpful with everything that allows me to stay here,” she said. “They also answer any questions I may ask.” The International Services office works one-on-one with International students in nearly every way possible. They act as academic advisors for the international students, and make time each semester to work with graduating international students. “If a student wants a driver’s license, wants to move off campus, or find a job, we help them look for one. We help them with anything they may need as long as it is within their student visa,” said Dr. Elizabeth Tanaka, director of International Student Services. “Also, for the first few weeks we have a couple of vans that run to the store and other places so they can get adjusted.” While international students are attending UMHB, many of them find employment on campus. Shortly after arriving here, Lui became a student worker in the Mayborn Campus Center. Even though she has only worked there for a short time, she has already made an impact on the students she works with. “I like working with Bei because she is fun to talk to which helps the shifts pass by,” said junior history major, Kelsey Riegel. “But I like Bei because she is sassy, goofy and Bei is Bei.” Communicating and relating to other students helps international students assimilate to US college life, and want to come back year-after-year. International students have come to love UMHB so much that the population has grown considerably over the years. “We have had as little as 12 [International] students and it has been as high as 400 [International] students at one time,” Tanaka said. Other than speaking with other internationals who have attended UMHB before, one of the most effective ways to communicate with an International student has been the university’s website. “The website is very International friendly,” Tanaka said. “They stay away from words that may seem common here in United States. Instead of saying...

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