CAB hooks with movie weekend
Mar14

CAB hooks with movie weekend

With gold coin chocolates, a chest full of treasure and scurvy scallywags gathered for a two-night movie adventure, the Campus Activities Board’s latest event proved a success. CAB’s pirate event docked in Shelton Theatre last Friday and Saturday. With the room completely decked in spooky style, the decor provided the atmosphere for viewing all four installments of Pirates of the Caribbean. Sophomore chemistry major Marie Stephenson explained that CAB got the idea from Howard Payne University then transformed it into a campus-wide, weekend event. “We had to buy rights to show the movie to the audience. We also had to book a venue, go shopping for all the decorations and snacks, as well as advertise,” she said. “Most of the planning was done by the committee for this event, but for advertisement we heavily relied on our ‘cabbers’ to get the word out through word of mouth, social media and chalking.” Sophomore nursing major Nathan Forrester helped plan the event and found inspiration from Treasure Island and its protagonist, Jim Hawkins. He joked about the planning process. “The idea came from the growing love of pirates on campus. We prepared by talking like pirates for a full week before in order to better understand the unique pirate culture,” he said. Guests received their very own pirate nickname and temporary tattoos before boarding the ship to the Caribbean.  When students walked through the doors of Shelton, they were greeted by a fog machine, theme music and the smell of buttery popcorn before being seated for the feature presentation. The first two films in the series showed on Friday, while the last two concluded Saturday evening. Because of the timing, the hosts were unsure of how the turnout would be. Stephenson, Forrester and their fellow cabbers were pleased by the outcome. “The turnout was great, especially for a weekend event. There are a few modifications we’ll make if we decide to do another one of these movie nights in the future, but it went great for our first venture into movie nights on campus,” she said. Sophomores Nathan Gilmore and Dawson Harmon and freshman Collin Cavendish decided to bring their own raft to the showing. “Collin and I were in the SUB really late laughing that CAB asked people BYOC, bring your own couch. We thought that was a really funny idea and then Collin said. ‘how bout we go bigger and try to get a sail boat,’” Gilmore said. “We couldn’t find a free sailboat, and Dawson had a raft.” The men decided to decorate the boat by adding an inner tube they found, then topped off the contraption with...

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Speech team advances to national speech competition

For the second time in its history, the university’s speech team is heading to the National Forensic Association competition for speech and debate, which will be held at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. April 18-22. The team has qualified for nationals only one other time. Assistant Professor of communication and media studies Kathy Owens, who recently assumed official control of the program, is pleased with the progress it is making. “Our team is really growing,” she said, “both in the size of the team as a whole and in the personal growth of the individuals involved.  Every year we get a little bit better, especially since the university is sending more resources our way now than they did in the beginning.” One of Owens’ favorite parts of the program is building relationships with the students on their trips. “I love getting to know the students so well. We spend a lot of time traveling together, so we get to know each other,” she said. Kayla Stewart is a freshman speech education major and a native of Brownwood, Texas. She has only been on the speech team for one semester but has already attended two competitions, placing sixth at one event. This qualified her to travel with the group to the national competition. Having fun with teammates and making new friends was what Stewart enjoyed the most. “My fondest memory would have to be singing in the van on the way to competitions…. I am most excited for nationals because I love bonding with the team and getting to know other people,” she said. Stewart will be participating in the prose interpretation competition. Sophomore nursing major Rebecca Maul from Itasca, Texas, is in her second semester of the program. She has been to six competitions and placed first twice and third once. She, too, qualified for the NFA national tournament and is looking forward to it. Maul said, “I’m really excited not only about giving my speech but also hearing what everyone else has to say as well. I think there will definitely be some great speeches.” She is entered in the persuasive speaking section of the event. Sophomore theology and political science major Zachary Craig from Dallas, Texas, has seen his fair share of speech and debate competition over his two semesters on the speech team. He recently placed seventh in impromptu speaking. He will be competing in the persuasive speaking and impromptu speaking contests and looks forward to exploring a new place with his teammates. Craig said, “I’m excited to get to hear some of the top speakers at nationals and just to get to travel and visit...

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First Year Council brings fairy tales to life
Mar14

First Year Council brings fairy tales to life

By Alannah Domangue Loud music, flashy lights and jiving UMHB friends is not an every Saturday night thrill students get to experience. As the semester’s end approaches, First Year Council always hosts a night to remember—Spring Formal. “This (was) just one night that (was) absolutely amazing,” sophomore education major and FYC leader Erin Prica said. A valet service by seniors was but one facet that left a favorable impression on many guests.  This surprise was new to the formal. Beats started bopping at 7 p.m., but everyone made a slow entrance out to the dance floor. The Saturday night swing kicked off a little differently this year. Participants of Cru Knights made an appearance in order to get the night rolling. “The Cru Knights guys actually did a dance before the DJ started playing to get everybody on the dance floor,” senior accounting major Braden Buchanan said. Students thought the small flash mob that initiated dance time was a smooth transition into the night. After the men ended their routine, the disc jockey, senior history major Jake Hans, stage name DJ Lil’ Buddy, continued to play music as students made their way onto the dance floor. Buchanan and his girlfriend, sophomore education major Kayla Upshaw, frequent dance halls, so the night offered a different atmosphere from their typical Wild West Thursdays. Upshaw described the night as energetic and, like most students at the event, said the music selection was great. Now, DJ Lil’ Buddy has a new fan group. Similar to most girls with a keen eye for the ambiance, Upshaw was impressed with the evening’s decor. “I loved the color scheme, and all the decorations were really pretty,” she said. Everything from the food to the photo booth seemed to please the students. To make the one event fall perfectly into place, FYC members and leaders had to work diligently. A month of preparation for the group commenced after the Christmas break. The leaders wanted to solidify the location, and they simply opened the floor for students of FYC to select a theme and plan the fine details. “Ultimately (as leaders) we are there to say yes or no,” Prica said. “Other than that, they just take off with it, and we are there to keep them on track.” She was impressed with the group’s efforts this year and “blown away” by the results. FYC leaders sent the members on a mission to get creative, with a little aid from the social media site Pinterest. Yes, even the guys browsed the female favorite site in search of designs. Four weeks of planning and seven hours of set-up produced...

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Schools in Texas evaluate gun, safety policies

With horrific images of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary still fresh in minds, the topic of guns and safety in schools is gaining momentum as discussions at local and state levels continue, including whether or not there is a need for armed personnel. Recent incidents like these have forced many Central Texas public schools, as well as colleges and universities, to evaluate their current policies. The Temple Independent School District held a meeting Jan. 29 in order to talk about what other districts were doing, as well as to review their own plans. Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Dr. Scott Moger said the purpose was “to review security plans, to answer any questions our board had and to give them relevant information about which school districts around the state have actually passed a policy.” As far as allowing administration or teachers to carry firearms, Moger said TISD has not implemented any such policies. “It’s obviously a topic of discussion, and it’s around the state,” he said. “If you notice, there are a little over a thousand school districts in the state, and out of that, there’s a handful that have actually made the decision to do that. That’s because it’s controversial.” Moger said the district’s current safety measures include armed resource officers, who he believes do a sufficient job in protecting the schools. “We have highly trained personnel on campus that works with our staff, that knows our schools, that have established relationships with students, and know the building as well. They’re much more equipped to handle a situation than a staff member,” he said. Director of Security for Killeen ISD John Dye said that while Texas legislation dictates that school districts can decide whether or not administration is armed, KISD, like Temple, has no armed staff other than the school police department. He said, “The vast majority of school districts have not gone in that direction.” Dye believes KISD’s measures are working, and that the addition of more firearms is a complicated decision to make. “You constantly review your procedures, and I think we have a pretty good system…. When you discuss having someone armed, that’s something that you can’t pull back from. There are a lot of things that come into play,” he said. In light of recent events, Dye said it’s a discussion that will undoubtedly continue. “School safety is a large pie with a lot of slices that are brought together….Sandy Hook will certainly have people thinking and reviewing their plans and reviewing their actions,” he said. Recently, Senate Bill 182 written  by Texas Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury,  that would allow for concealed firearms...

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Students take on sacred roles for annual Easter Pageant production

Undoubtedly, one of the most prestigious honors at the university is being asked to play the lead characters in the annual Easter Pageant. Senior vocal performance major Maddie Garcia will fill the role of Jesus’ mother, Mary this year. Senior chemistry major Chase Riggs will play Jesus. When Garcia was told of her selection for the part last year, she admits to being both excited and overwhelmed. “I felt very unworthy, almost.” Heavily involved in the university’s music department through concert choir, One Voice and the opera workshop, Garcia is no stranger to performing. However, she said this role is much different from those she is used to playing. “In other shows, you come, get on stage and go to the rehearsals, and it’s like a light switch,” she said. “But with Easter Pageant, I want to, and I need to, be living my life as much like Mary as far as wanting to be a strong, Christian woman …. It’s much more of a spiritual and emotional challenge as opposed to a technical challenge.” In preparing for the part, Garcia has studied what the Bible says about Mary and hopes to portray some of the characteristics she sees in her. “She had so much trust and so much strength through all of it. To me, she comes across as being so loyal and trusting and faithful and obedient and strong,” Garcia said. Though she has struggled with the weight of the role, Garcia said she is learning to be patient in seeing God’s plan for her through it. “It just feels like a lot to live up to, but I just trust that the Lord is going to be using me in any way he can or has planned,” she said. “Whether it’s me learning from other people, or me teaching other people, I have to keep in mind — because it is so overwhelming — that I have some purpose.” Director of Student Organizations Tiffany Wurdemann has met weekly with Garcia throughout the year to help mentor her through the process of playing Mary. She said said it is Garcia’s sense of inadequacy that makes her perfect for the part. “If you ask her, she feels the most unworthy person to be Mary, and you can tell through someone’s character if they’re just saying that or if they really mean it. She really, truly means it,” Wurdemann said. “That’s been something that, as we’ve been discovering who Mary was, that was Mary. I feel like that alone is why she’s perfect for that.” Long hair and an impressive beard give Chase Riggs away as the role of...

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Campus elects new leader
Mar14

Campus elects new leader

After weeks of campaigning, candidates, as well as the student population, learned the results of the student body president election last Thursday. The winner, senior chemistry and Spanish major Collin Davies looks forward to the futures of both the Student Government Association and the campus as a whole. Davies grew up as a homeschool student in Pasadena, Texas, southeast of Houston. Upon graduating from high school, he followed in his older brother and sister’s footsteps and joined the Crusader family. A variety of aspects attracted him to UMHB. “I loved visiting, I loved the people …. When it came down to deciding on a college … I chose it for these three reasons: the people, the fact that I could play tennis and the degree,” Davies said. Davies has embraced campus life and has taken advantage of what it has to offer. He has held leadership positions in a number of organizations and activities that include Stunt Night, Welcome Week, Homecoming, Revival and SGA. Sports have been an important part of his life and have led to some of his favorite experiences with friends during his college career. Davies said his fondest memories made with his tennis team have been of, “practicing alongside people and stating goals at the end of the season and working toward those goals.” As he became more involved on campus, his brother informed him of a sophomore senate position. Davies found out about his victory as SBP through a phone call while standing next to the Mabee Student Center. Current president senior business major Kassidy Harris called to notify him of his victory, but Davies did not pick up initially. Seeing it was Harris, Davies immediately returned the call. “I was excited. I definitely sort of, real quickly flashed over the next year and what that sort of holds,” he said. Although he is thrilled at the opportunity, Davies says he will do his best to remain humble in the position he has been given. “At the moment, I have a lot to learn to be student body president, but I’m also trusting, I’m very sure of Kassidy’s ability to impart (to) me the knowledge I need,” Davies said. Harris believes Davies is of strong character, and a good choice to lead SGA. “I see a lot of qualities in Collin that will make him a great SBP. First, he is a godly man that loves people and is willing to serve the student body. Also, he is very relational and truly wants to get to know people which is very crucial in this position. He also has great work ethic and will be...

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