CAB kicks off year with cookies, movies, tie-dye
Sep11

CAB kicks off year with cookies, movies, tie-dye

Whether it’s riding the waves, tie-dying shirts or chowing down on homemade cookies, the Campus Activities Board provides students with a chance at free fun. To kick off the school year, CAB threw the Back to School Bash at Belton’s local waterpark, Summer Fun. UMHB students had the opportunity to enjoy the water slides and wading pools by swiping their CruCards. Keeping with CAB style, DJ Lil Buddy spun some tracks toward the end of the night and started a dance party in the shallow end of the pool. Senior business major and executive of relations for CAB Audrey Ohendalski said, “Our T-shirt says ‘always expect a party’…that really describes what we want to do. We just want to make every event fun. I love that CAB is open to everyone and that anyone can get involved at any time.” As the activities came to an end, university President and first lady Dr. and Mrs. Randy O’Rear surprised Crusaders with a local favorite, Frosti Cones. Junior Christian studies major and CAB executive of advertising Katelyn Killian said, “Last year was the first year that the O’Rears bought everyone Frosti Cones. We were really excited that they offered to do it again this year…. It’s one of our annual events that draws a nice turnout.” Students enjoyed sitting back and floating on the lazy river before hectic schedules kicked in. Sophomore nursing major Katelyn Kretzer said, “CAB’s first event was the perfect way to start this semester. I had so much fun hanging out with old friends and making new ones. Summer Fun definitely lived up to its name because it was a blast.” CAB also threw a colorful event, supplying T-shirts and dye for a tie-dying party. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., students stopped outside the SUB and expressed their creativity through this event. Killian said, “Last year, we didn’t have a great turnout because it was a first for CAB. This year, the summer staff at CAB worked harder to find supplies, and we had over a hundred people come out this time. People didn’t even have to bring their own shirts to dye. We had a better system, and everything worked out really well.” At another event, the Crusader Parent’s Organization cooked up a success with homemade cookies in the SUB. With the help of CAB, students’ mothers baked and served cookies and milk to students and staff, giving them a taste of home. With classes now in full swing, the CAB staff thought students would enjoy a little relaxation and entertainment, for free, of course. With the help of the Grand Avenue Theatre management, they...

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Christian rappers encourage campus men
Sep11

Christian rappers encourage campus men

Churches aren’t usually associated with screaming, turntables, rockers and rappers, but Crossroads Church in Belton doesn’t mind. Just before the fall semester began, Crossroads hosted its Back to School Bash where middle school through college-aged students enjoyed a free concert before the stresses of school began. The event was part of the church’s 212generation program, which teaches 12-to-24 -year-olds how to live right and to be on fire for God. We As Humans, a heavy metal rock band, and J-Nice the Kingdom Builder, an up-and-coming Christian rapper, performed at the beginning of the show, but most of the attention was given to another.   Well-known Christian Rapper Derek Minor, formerly known as Pro, was the show’s finale. Freshman Christian ministries major Shane Longoria was part of a group of six who attended the concert with the university organization Campus Men. “He produces a quality product. Everything about his music was solid, and he’s a Christian,” Longoria said. Born Derek Johnson Jr., now rapper Derek Minor endured many trials to be performing on stages. He faced a life where his biological father lived several hours away, so music became his everything, his getaway. Although he is a respected rapper, Minor also takes time to share what is on his heart during his performance. Freshman Christian ministries major Tim Hite said, “The thing that stuck out to me the most was when he quit performing and started talking about our eternal purpose.” Minor hadn’t always been so eager to share the gospel, however. After the death of his grandparents and his godmother, he realized that life wasn’t all he had thought it to be, so he surrendered himself and his talents to God. He then released his debut album The Black Out, which caused a fuss for its lack of Christian focus. “Lecrae and BJ challenged me to let the gospel truly affect my heart,” Minor said in an interview with Newreleasetuesday.com. Lecrae was one of the first Christian rappers to capture the attention of the nation, and at that moment God used him to refocus Minor. Now Minor shares the truth he has found in God. He just teaches a little differently. “He has lyrical theology,” Longoria said “His lyrics are basically like sermons. He’s just preaching. He uses his time to preach the gospel.” During the concert, Minor did just that. “He said that when we die, are we going to leave a legacy that people remember, or are we just going to leave nothing behind,” Hite said. After the concert, Campus Men began working on building relationships, and growing as godly men. Group leader junior sport management major...

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Requirements for fine arts reshaped to help students

The purpose of the university’s new core curriculum, which made its debut this semester, is to give students a broad-based education. As part of this mission, faculty and administration decided to add a requirement that expands learning outside of the sterotypical classroom setting. From now on, all students who come under the new core curriculum must attend one event designated as a Fine Arts Experience each semester they are enrolled. The events include costume recitals, concerts and art exhibits. Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts Ted Barnes said “The faculty wants to give students the opportunity to be culturally enriched by actually seeing works.” Professor in the College of Visual and Performing Arts Dr. Stephen Crawford is head of the FAE committee and said that the program “gets to the heart and soul of the student, and that’s what the arts are really about.” Crawford explained that the new requirement is something that will aid the university in developing students that have a broad education. “The benefit for the university as a whole is always in the product that we create,” he said. “A university creates students. When (they) receive our diplomas, we want them to be experts in their field, but we also want them to be well rounded.” The FAE does not replace the three semester hours of fine arts that are also required under the new core, but are intended to work in conjunction with the classroom. “The fine arts credits are the book learning components of the arts, but nothing beats going to an actual event where you become an audience member because that means you’re also a part of the artistic happening,” Crawford said. While the courses are important, there is no substitute for experiencing the arts for oneself, he said. “It’s like the difference between reading about football and going to a football game.” Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steve Oldham said, “We’re hoping students will not only study the arts, but they will go to an event and like it, and maybe go back even though they don’t have to.” Because it is the FAE’s first year, Crawford said it will take a little time to see how the system they have set up will work for the program. “We’ll find out, I’m sure by the end of the semester, how well it’s going and how well we’re doing of informing students as to when the events are,” he said. Most of the events take place on campus. However, as time goes on, Crawford sees the program growing. “At this point, we’re just focusing on...

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Nurses give back through snacks
Sep11

Nurses give back through snacks

If you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up that will only costs you 50 cents, head over to the snack concession on the second floor of Davidson. Sponsored by the Nursing Student Association, the food stand serves a variety of goods, including soft drinks, popcorn, bottled water and candy. The NSA is an organization that offers opportunities for mentorship and leadership. It not only raises money for nursing conventions, but is a means to give back to the community and members hope someday to help future nursing students with financial aid. J2 nursing major Ana Barefield said, “Our organization seeks out fundraising opportunities that help us pay for nursing students’ costs for events such as Council of Schools where all the nursing schools in the state of Texas gather together for a meeting of the minds. Our organization also sends students to a Texas Nursing Students Association state convention in the spring where students serve as delegates to represent our university,” she said. She hopes that the students who serve will be provided with financial help. “We also hope to eventually be able to provide scholarships that are directly available to UMHB nursing students for books and other costs,” Barefield said. “That is still a work in progress.” S2 nursing major and president of NSA April Lee discussed how the association promotes several events throughout the semester. They include two bake sales and community activities done around the Temple area. “There are so many things we try to sponsor. Right now, we’re raising funds for the Arch of Bell County. We do a Valentine’s Day dance and Halloween dance with them. In the fall toward Christmas, we donate a Christmas tree to Meridian. It’s like a nursing home facility, and the tree is auctioned off and the funds support Alzheimer’s,”she said. NSA also sponsors the Girls Scouts Capstone event in the fall. Adviser of the organization and Professor of nursing Mary Ervi wants students to take on a more active role when it comes to serving the community and see the benefits of joining NSA. “You get some discounts on certain items and reviews for boards. We also provide educational resources for the students. What we like to tell students is that when you go for a job interview and you have on your resume that you were involved, or that you held a board position in the organization … That really looks nice on an application,” she said. Junior nursing major Brittany Haines is thrilled about her decision to become a part of the organization and the opportunities it provides. She said, “I joined because it is a tremendous...

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CruCash, power found in swipe
Sep11

CruCash, power found in swipe

Students living in the campus apartments got a nice surprise this semester. Each of them received a $100 allowance of CruCash preloaded onto their student ID cards. In the past, the cards served as keys into the apartments and check-in for chapel. The allowance is a new addition. Jessica Roush has worked as manager in the CruCard office for two years. Roush said that apartment dwellers will continue to receive $100 in CruCash each fall and spring semester. Students can spend this money in a variety of ways. “CruCash can be used at any location that accepts the CruCard,” Roush said. “A full list of locations is on the CruCard website.” Available for use both on and off campus, CruCash was introduced to UMHB last fall. The list of vendors catering to the system is constantly growing. “We are always reaching out to local merchants that we know students are interested in,” Roush said. Residents in the apartments enjoyed obtaining the $100 and are eager to use it this semester. Junior math education major Shangrila Pathak finds the allowance convenient. “I bought one of my books with it,” Pathak said. “I also ate at Gatti’s with it.” Junior exercise sport science major Bailey Burks is glad to see the university working with local businesses to make CruCash possible. “I love having CruCash,” she said. “We can use it on campus at the bookstore and the SUB, as well as off campus at certain places. I’ve already used some of mine.” Along with the $100, students can use their cards for discounts around town. Junior psychology and sociology double major AnnMarie Millican recently enjoyed putting hers to use. “I used it to buy a coffee,and I was happy. I also hear you can use your card on Tuesdays for special discounts at the movie theater,” she said. “I want to use it there, too.” When it comes to keeping their CruCard working properly, students do not need to worry about their cell phones interfering. “The magnetic stripe on the card is similar in strength to the one on your bank card,” Roush said. “The chances of your phone altering the state of your CruCard are slim.” Students can manage their CruCash and other aspects of the ID card on the new myCruCard website. “The myCruCard site is a new mobile-friendly site that allows students to manage everything on their cards,” Roush said. “It also allows students to see what locations accept CruCash and deposit funds directly onto their CruCard.” If students lose a card, they should report it lost through the website to deactivate it. For other questions and information,...

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New theater, grand expectations
Aug21

New theater, grand expectations

By Antonio Hebert Since its opening this past May, Grand Avenue Theaters has been a big hit with Belton area residents and UMHB students. Boasting six large fully digital screens, a cafe and vintage soda parlor, the theater offers a long-awaited and convenient venue for entertainment. Prior to the announcement of the theater’s construction, many thought a movie theater was a service that Belton needed. Business manager Daniel Bucher, a UMHB alumnus, said, “The community has been really pleased. We have gotten so many comments about how they can’t believe this is finally here and how we have needed this for a long time.” A large number of people in Belton would travel to places like Temple, Killeen, Waco or Austin to take in a movie. Ironically, residents of many Central Texas towns now drive to Belton for a movie. David Leigh, the theater’s acting general manager, said, “We are having a positive response from neighboring communities with people coming from Killeen, Gatesville, Waco and Austin.” Aside from native Central Texans, another sector of Belton’s population is happy to have a new theater, the UMHB student body. Many have been to the theater multiple times and are pleased with its convenient location and the five dollar college day begining Tuesday, Aug. 21. Junior nursing major Taylor Frank was present at the theater’s midnight opening on May 5, the same night The Avengers premiered. She was impressed. She said, “I think it’s perfect for the small town of Belton. The workers were just so nice. I had a great time.” Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life Donna Plank arranged an outing to the theater to see The Bourne Legacy. Plank said, “Belton has needed this for a long time, and I am glad someone finally realized that UMHB students are a large population of people who need things like this right here in Belton and not just in Temple or Austin or Killeen.” Plank said that more than 70 people attended with her group. She was impressed with how well the staff handled themselves. “It was great. The theater owner worked with us to make getting in as a group very easy, and we were able to sit together as a group.” She said the group enjoyed their experience and plan to return. Two resident assistants who were present for the event were junior accounting major Seth Michaelson and sophomore communication major Wesley Ashton. Michaelson, a resident assistant in Getty’s Hall, said, “The theater was super clean, and it even smelled nice. The seats were comfy, and the screen was the perfect distance away.” Ashton, the head...

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