Crusaders take the field
Aug27

Crusaders take the field

Cru athletics take the field and court to prepare for their upcoming seasons as autumn‘s chill slowly starts to creep into the summer days.   Football, volleyball and soccer athletes beat the rush to campus in order to begin their fall camp practices. All of the programs were highly successful last year and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to see a drop in the 2014 campaigns.   Senior Cru football player and wide receiver Kamray Runnels said, “I can’t wait for the season to start. We have a lot of work to do, but everyone is excited about the talent we have on the field and the things that this team can accomplish this year.”   The Cru finished last year with a 14-1 record, losing in the semifinals to a talented Wisconsin Whitewater team. For many teams, a loss like that would tear a group apart, but it created an even deeper hunger within the Cru to advance and win a national championship.   “We understand that it’s a long season and its imperative that we take it one game at a time, but I’d be lying if I said we don’t have our eyes on a national championship.  We lost quite a few seniors off of last years team, so that just means other guys will have to work even harder to fill those positions,” senior slot receiver Stanton Holland said.   The Crusader volleyball team is also coming back to the fall season with a successful 2013 run under their belt. They finished with a season record of 29-8, which is the best in program history.   Coach Rob Frost is returning to coach the Cru and looking to take the team even further this year.   “I am excited about what we have accomplished during my time here and I look forward to building on that and growing the program. I feel like we are in the middle of some great things, and there is more that we can do,” Frost said.   The ladies are returning nine talented players from last year’s team. Junior outside hitter Lauren Powell and senior middle hitter Bianca Patterson will lead the attack for the Crusaders. Last year the two tallied up over 650 kills combined, and wrecked havoc on ASC defenses all season.   The men’s and women’s soccer teams have high hopes for their upcoming seasons as well. Both teams were successful last year, but hard work individually and as a team throughout the summer should propel the squads to even bigger things this year.   Coach Bankhead’s men’s team finished the season 5-9-2. Bankhead’s...

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Students cut a rug at Spring Formal
May06

Students cut a rug at Spring Formal

THE BELLS — Under twinkling lights and the red and white striped big top, Spring Formal 2014 was a circus of activity.   First Year Council brought a carnival theme to life at Tenroc Ranch in Salado. Festivities included a bean bag toss on the patio, chocolate fountain, a striped canopy to dance under, an up-and-coming disk jockey and decorations to set the scene.   Freshman business major Lindsey Roberson is a member of the organization and the decorations committee. “The whole night was great; but one of my favorite parts was walking in before everyone got there and seeing how all of the decorations came together. Everything looked perfect,” she said.   As guests walked through the glass doors and received tickets, they proceeded into a colorfully decorated ballroom. The night progressed into snacking, photo booth pictures, playing  and dancing.   For FYC, the process started months ago when every member came up with a few ideas. Then they pooled their thoughts and voted for “Vintage Carnival.” The different planning committees worked for what they hoped would be a memorable night.   To raise money, FYC created Smash Bash, a stress-reducing opportunity to throw plates and cups against a wall for a small price. The Presser parking lot event was indeed a smash, and got the ball rolling to bring the circus to  students.     Roberson and her fellow freshmen worked hard all year to achieve the final product. She said, “During the semester, we spent our meetings dreaming up different ways to decorate the room, then coming up with ways to make them come to life — color schemes, table decorations, figuring out how to make a big top work in a room and stringing dozens of pennants from the ceiling.”   Sophomore engineering major Coty Johnson donned his disc jockey attire and mixed beats for the evening. Making his UMHB debut as DJ Kabal, Johnson wanted to bring new, fresh and upbeat music to students. “Based on the response I’ve gotten from a lot of people, I’d say it went very well. I played bass for my church youth band in high school, but it wasn’t until last semester that I started to DJ. It’s been a real blessing to take advantage of the opportunities I’ve had so far here,” he said.   FYC head leader and junior business management major Alec Lloyd wanted to see the students grow over the course of planning, preparing and executing their ideas for the event “I think the event went great, and it was cool to see it go from a concept to something real. All of the...

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Play Day offers a chance to unwind before finals
May06

Play Day offers a chance to unwind before finals

THE BELLS — By Josh Bradshaw   Being a full time student at any university is hard work and oftentimes, demanding. With finals just around the corner, the university did its best to help relieve some stress and tension with its annual Play Day event. The event, hosted by Student Life, had lots of goings-on throughout the day. Here were some of the highlights of the event: •    Yoga •    Basketball and volleyball tournaments •    Paintball •    Laser tag •    Zip line •    Petting zoo •    Cricket Play Day had some new attractions this year. Mike McCarthy, director of Campus Activities, expressed his desire for more international students to be involved at the event. “When we plan events like Play Day, we try to get as many students as possible to attend. This means we have to think through various activities students from different walks of life would participate in.” Cricket is the second most popular sport in the world, and though it lacks much of a following in America, McCarthy was prepared to take the risk of putting it on the Play Day schedule. “If providing a game of cricket, led by one of our international student workers, draws in other international students, then for me, Play Day has been a success.” The rec field was largely taken up with short cricket games for much of the afternoon. Play commenced at 1 p.m. and did not stop until after 6 p.m. Karl Baker, a senior Christian studies major, spoke  highly of the event. He said, “I love UMHB because the school is always providing opportunities to learn about new things. The game of cricket has always fascinated me.” After playing against some more experienced international players, Baker realized just how much there was to the game. “I did better than I expected, but I still have a lot to learn. It’s a far cry from baseball.” People came and went throughout the day, and the field was always in play. The games were competitive but provided the grounds to build relationship and community among different groups on campus, something that UMHB prides itself on. Collin Davies, a senior Spanish/chemistry major, and also the school’s student body president, joined in the fun for an hour. “I enjoyed learning a new sport which teaches a lot about a culture and people who are quickly becoming a part of daily life here at UMHB.” Davies, who also plays for The Cru tennis team, took to the sport well and hopes to play again. “On the cricket field, cultural and linguistic boundaries are minimized to nothing more than sport, competition and pride...

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Behind the characters of Mary, Jesus
May06

Behind the characters of Mary, Jesus

  It’s often hard for Christians to put into perspective the suffering that Christ endured when he was crucified.   The university’s Easter Pageant provides its audience with a visual representation of Christ’s sacrifice, but for those who are actually in the production, experiencing the crucifixion first-hand can be a life changing experience. That was the case for Karl Baker and Esther Gibbs, who played Jesus and Mary respectively in the 75th rendition of the annual pageant.   The roles of Jesus and Mary are hand selected by university president Dr. Randy O’Rear. Baker, who had played a temple guard in the previous two pageants, received a phone call last spring. Dr. O’Rear wanted to meet with him. During the meeting, the president selected Baker to play the role of Jesus. “I was really humbled and honored just to be put in that position,” Baker said. “We just talked, and I was excited, and he told me he’d be praying for me. It was neat to just create that relationship with him.”   Gibbs was a crowd person her sophomore year and was then chosen to be one of Mary’s mourners the following year. Gibbs had been searching for ways to show God through her life, and that came through her role in the pageant. “The year before I was asked, my prayer had been that during my last few years at UMHB, it would be God that would be seen through my actions, not me,” she said. “When Dr. O’Rear asked me, I was not expecting it, but I know it was nothing that I had done that made me be chosen. It was completely God.”   The two were each allowed to select a group of individuals whom they would rely on throughout the process – both in the pageant itself as well as behind the scenes. “I was able to choose seven girls to be mourners and discipled them throughout the year, and the time I spent with them was so precious,” Gibbs said.   Baker selected 12 disciples and spent time in fellowship with them throughout the year. “They’re all guys that I knew – some better than others — but they’re all guys who I saw as good leaders on this campus,” he said. “Since September, we met weekly at my house, so it was a neat way for us to become a group and for us to grow together.  We had an intramural flag football team and got third place, and that was awesome. Just having them around was incredible.”   While the experience was rewarding, both Gibbs and Baker were challenged by...

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ASL movie night honors Deaf Awareness Week
Apr15

ASL movie night honors Deaf Awareness Week

Students and people from the community gathered recently to watch Versa Effect in honor of Deaf Awareness Week. The movie night, along with other events during the week, was put on by the American Sign Language teacher’s aids. The movie has no sound, and the actors are all Deaf – there’s only signing throughout the film. Of course, subtitles help for those who don’t know sign language. Junior psychology major  and T.A., Maggie Bates is trying to spread the awareness of ASL courses to UMHB students. “It is a great program that has impacted so many students and their futures, and we wanted to get the word out,” she said. “We also wanted our peers to be more aware of Deaf culture.” The ASL classes watch different movies to see what the culture looks like and to get the feel of how sign language is used in the lives of people who need it to communicate every day. The T.A.s decided that playing Versa Effect would be the most beneficial entertainment for the event. The movie is similar to the popular film called Freaky Friday. Two people who despise each other end up switching lives for a day. After a few turns of events and getting back to their bodies, they fall in love. The movie shows Deaf people communicating just as hearing people do, such as getting someone’s attention, communicating through closed windows and even showing how they are signaled when their doorbell rings. Junior education major Annie Phillips attended the movie night. She is in ASL 4 and is planning to get her master’s in Deaf education. “I really like the idea of ASL becoming more widespread on campus. I think it is important to recognize other cultures, and I think this is one that many people forget or are ignorant about,” she said. While students in ASL and those just interested in learning about a different culture came to support the event, the T.A.s were pleased to have a few people in the Deaf community watch the movie. Norma Moreland is from the Killeen Deaf community. She and her husband came to watch the movie, and they enjoyed it. Moreland thinks it is wonderful that the university’s students are involved with the Deaf community and are so interested in learning ASL. The T.A.s hope that Deaf Awareness Week will become an annual event and that it continues to grow with more students interested in learning about the...

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New student body president has high expectations
Apr02

New student body president has high expectations

THE BELLS –By Wesley Ashton Results are in for university student body president,  and next year’s SBP is sophomore engineering science major Christian Harper. Voting took place March 3-6 after a long road of advertising, debating and reaching out to the students of the university. The campaign started with the student government presidential debate Feb. 27 when all four candidates talked about their different platforms. “My previous affiliations with SGA include serving as both the freshmen class president and vice president,” Harper said. “I plan to address several issues, including campus dining, the housing process, creating more parking, making textbooks tax free and improving the chapel experience for everybody. Something else that is very dear to my heart is the bridging of the social gap between students and student athletes on this campus.” Harper ran against junior psychology major Alex Aleman, junior international business major Jonathan Kendall and junior economics and marketing major Ryan Sewell. Candidates chalked the side-walks, posted on dorm doors and loaded tables with advertisements in hopes of representing the university’s student body. Ultimately on March 6,  the email went out that Harper had won. “As student body president, I look forward to serving my fellow students as liaison between the student body and administration,” Harper said. “I endeavor to improve each student’s educational, social and spiritual experience here at UMHB.” Harper is a football player at the university and uses that as a platform to get to know others. He wasn’t involved in SGA last year but hasn’t allowed that to stop him from staying up to date on current issues facing students. “I didn’t think people really had issues with so many things,” Harper said. “Then I started asking what we could do better. I really found through SGA I could make a difference. Freshman year, I really got a feel for what I wanted to do here at UMHB. We need to go to the people to build community on the campus.” Besides getting football players more involved on campus and reaching out  to them, Harper wants to try to make the chapel experience more appealing to students at the university through the addition of a band. Students came out in support during voting week for the vision Harper has for the campus—the year to come will make his dreams of change that much closer. “I like his idea of bringing a band into chapel and looking at the past bills that weren’t passed and seeing why they didn’t,” freshman cell biology and chemistry major Kristan Gomez said.  “I hope that the other candidates who didn’t win will help Christian become a good...

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