Stunt Night “Drive-in”
Nov17

Stunt Night “Drive-in”

By Sterling Dube Assistant Editor UMHB’s Stunt Night was held as a “drive-in” big screen experience at Crusader Stadium Friday night, Oct. 13. Left to right performing on the stage above: senior education major Andrew Berg, senior public relations major Kim Rincones, and senior psychology major Walker Fain performing their dance routine for the senior class’ take on a UMHB-themed “Footloose.”Photos by Rebecca McEntee The class of 2022 won the best overall production during this year’s stunt night competition, Friday, Nov. 13. It came to no surprise to anyone who watched their previous performance in the fall of 2019, during the “glitch-in-time” themed night. “Movies from the Eighties” was the official 2020 Stunt Night theme,  so there was no telling what route any of the classes would take. As it turned out, the freshmen went with “Ghostbusters,” the sophomores did “Breakfast Club,” the juniors did a UMHB take on “Farris Bueller’s Day Off,” and lastly, the seniors did “Footloose.” UMHB’s Stunt Night’s “Drive-in” big screen experience at Crusader Stadium Friday night, Oct. 13. Students could see their fellow-students perform their Stunt Night skits on the Jumbotron as they sat on chairs or on the grass on the field, or in the bleachers.             Neither the change in venue, nor COVID-19 restrictions changed the atmosphere of Stunt Night. Despite the event being held on the football field with chairs placed six feet apart, there was still that sense of wonder for what the students were able to put together under these trying times. For a couple of hours on a chilly November night the audience could forget about the pandemic and focus on the amazing and jaw-dropping performances of not just the victorious junior class, but also the seniors, who just enjoyed the last Stunt Night of their college careers. The sophomore class also seemed to learn from last year and made improvements to every aspect of this year’s performance. The freshmen came in and showed their stuff and left many curious to see how they can improve on such an amazing showing next year. Seniors l-r: Kim Rincones, Andrew Berg, and Walker Fain perform a scene from the 80s classic movie, “Footloose,” during Stunt Night’s “Drive-in” at Crusader Stadium this...

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Dr. Joseph Palmer plays the PAC
Nov10

Dr. Joseph Palmer plays the PAC

UMHB instructor Dr. Joseph Palmer plays a concert on guitar in The Dean’s Series at the Baugh Performance Hall of the Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 6. Photo by Rebecca...

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UMHB BSM and Burt Hall celebrate 100 anniversaries
Nov05

UMHB BSM and Burt Hall celebrate 100 anniversaries

Former BSM director Tom Hearon receives a gift from the BSM with his wife Bonnie Hearon. Another former BSM director, Shawn Shannon, stands in the background with a gift. Photo by Adrian Matthews. By Cole Garner Both Burt Hall and the Baptist Student Ministry celebrated their 100th year in mid-October 2020. A sign and balloons help celebrate Burt Hall’s 100 years. Over 20,000 young women have lived in Burt Hall over the last 100 years. Photo courtesy of Burt Hall. For the BSM, music played as students gathered to play games like cornhole, spike ball, and football on the Quad.  The socially-distanced party on Tuesday, Sept.13 exercised safety precautions needed during this pandemic as students enjoyed pre-packaged food and drinks (to make sure they were not touched by anyone other than the person who planned to eat or drink the food). One hundred years ago, the UMHB Baptist Student Ministry first gathered together as the Baptist Student Union, before its name was changed, along with its mission to be more ministry based. Burt Hall. The party had a special guest, Shawn Shannon, the previous UMHB BSM director. She worked for the BSM for 15 years, so she is considered to be an important figure in BSM’s 100-year history on campus.  Shannon dedicated her speech to the things that last and interacted with the audience by giving them the chance to answer: What four things last in life? Together, everyone came up with the answer that she was looking for, which up being “God, the souls of people, the will of God and the Word of God.” Gettys Hall Resident Director Eric Moore looks into the case in Burt Hall that commemorates the halls’ 100th anniversary. Photo courtesy of Burt Hall. After Shannon’s speech, the BSM lead team’s member Daniel Richardson handed a gift to present BSM director Daniel McAfee. The gift featured a thank you card from the lead team, which included seniors Adrian Matthews, Bethany Vassar, Katya Jimenez, junior Jared Poe, and sophomores Audrey Moseley, Daniel Richardson and Cole Garner. The gift basket also included gummy bears and beef jerky. At Burt Hall on Thursday, Oct. 15, students gathered for the unveiling of a showcase in the lobby of Burt Hall by President Randy O’Rear and his wife Julie.  The party moved onto the Quad for activities that included music, games and refreshments. Shawn Shannon speaks at the 100th anniversary of the BSM. Some interesting artifacts in the case from the last 100 years at Burt Hall included some old photographs of young women on the phone, sitting in the lobby in long dresses, and lined up in...

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UMHB celebrates its 175th anniversary
Feb25

UMHB celebrates its 175th anniversary

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor kicked off its 175th birthday celebration with a family-style dinner that included chicken, green beans and apple pie on Saturday, Feb. 1. Two hundred and sixty people attended the gathering, representing alumni from the years 1946-2019. “All dining on campus used to be family-style,” UMHB Alumni Director Jeff Sutton said. “This was a throwback memory for a lot of our alumni.” The night ended with a candle lighting ceremony at which alumni shared their love and support of the university. This year the tradition was taken to the internet, and over 500 alumni checked in across the globe, offering a way for everyone to connect even if they could not physically make it to the celebrations. A celebration, complete with a photo booth and school-colored cupcakes followed the candle lighting in the Bawcom Student Union. President Randy O’Rear and his wife Julie led attendees in a song of “Happy Birthday” and blew out candles on a cake, denoting 175 years. Feb. 1 has been coined by the City of Belton as the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Day. This is because on that day in 1845, the Ninth Congress of the Republic of Texas granted a charter to the university that provided the framework to form two universities: UMHB and Baylor. The school has since grown and changed drastically. UMHB is now in a different location than it was in 1845. The school used to be located in Independence, and it was a women’s school until 1971. Present-day students now shared their more recent memories and wishes for UMHB at the birthday gathering in Bawcom. “My favorite memory at UMHB is Midnight March,” student Laela Collins said. “It’s my favorite tradition because I spend it with all my closest friends.” The gathering meant even more than that to Collins, as it is one of the closing events of the year. “It gave us an opportunity to say goodbye to those friends that are about to graduate and start their lives,” Collins said. “It’s really touching to be together as a student body.” For first-year student Joftnnia Holts, Welcome Week has been the most fun so far. “I got to know a lot of new people and everyone is so different!” Holts said. “I have a lot of friends from a lot of classifications.” Another Charter Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2020 in Independence Texas. It will include a chapel service in the historic Independence Baptist Church, followed by a luncheon on the lawn. Other upcoming events commemorating UMHB’s 175th birthday include Belton’s Fourth of July Parade with the school’s float that will feature...

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Touchdowns celebrates Belton’s Down’s syndrome community

UMHB welcomed Cru fans with Down’s syndrome to attend the East Texas Baptist University vs. UMHB football game. The event was held to show the Crusader support for people who have Down’s syndrome. This was the third year that the event has been put on by UMHB. Before the game began there was a tailgate for the fans to attend. This was a place for them to hang out and build up their spirit for the game. Before the game, Hannah Clark, a member of the Bell County 18+ program, sang the national anthem. Everyone in the crowd was in awe and amazement at her beautiful voice. After she finished, the crowd roared with applause. Not only were the participants in TOUCHDOWNS watching the game, they were also cheering them on. The participants did cheers and chants with the cheerleaders. They then went on to dance with the Sader Belles in the third quarter.  The participants were seen having fun with smiles on their faces as they cheered on the Crusaders to their victory over East Texas Baptist University. The biggest part of TOUCHDOWNS was when all the participants came onto the football field during half time. You could feel the excitement in the air as they all lined up on different yard lines and got ready to make the touchdown. As soon as they made it to the end zone for their touchdown, the crowd stood up and cheered for the participants as they jumped and celebrated their...

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Midnight March
Apr24

Midnight March

Each year, UMHB seniors gather on a Friday night at the end of the spring semester for Midnight March. This year’s ceremony was held at midnight on Saturday, April 13. Students gathered near the Sesquicentennial Plaza in the Quad on Friday night in preparation for the seniors to arrive. During the week before Midnight March, members of the senior class decorate candles and distribute them to students and faculty who have impacted them in a positive manner during their time at UMHB. In addition, each senior chooses a member of the junior class to robe during the ceremony. At the event, students stand in a circle with their candles, and the seniors come around and light them. After all the candles are lit, the seniors robe the junior class. This gesture symbolizes the transition to the next group of seniors. After the juniors have been robed, the graduating class and the juniors usually sing the senior song, “Up with the Purple.” However, they did something different this year. Instead of singing the traditional song, all of the students participated in the Cru Spirit Dance, which is a fan favorite at football games and other school events. Senior Kelly Taylor, who is a double major in psychology and criminal justice, thinks that this change was a good one. “While ‘Up with the Purple’ is the senior song and it’s tradition to sing it, I feel that the Cru Spirit Dance was more fitting for this occasion because Midnight March is all about reflecting back on your time at UMHB, while ‘Up with the Purple’ looks more towards the future,” she said.“One of my first memories here is during Welcome Week at Spirit and Traditions, when the Cru Spirit Dance was played over and over and over again. It was nice to reflect back on that memory during this tradition.” After Midnight March ends, members of the graduating class can ring the Senior Bell. The bell is located near the Parker House, which contains the Musick Alumni Center and Museum. This year, free popcorn was available for students, and seniors were able to take home a commemorative cup. Bonnie Moriarty, a senior English education major, enjoyed being able to participate in Midnight March. “My favorite experience with Midnight March was how everything stayed centered on celebrating friendships at UMHB,” she said. “It was meaningful to light candles of underclassmen who impacted our time here.” Moriarty robed Chloe Poe, a sophomore education major. “I am so blessed to have a friend like Bonnie,” she said. “I hope I am as good[of]a dorm Resident Assistant as her. I can’t wait for when I...

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