Alex Miller dubbed  Mr. Crusader Knights 2017
Mar08

Alex Miller dubbed Mr. Crusader Knights 2017

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells Students, family and friends gathered together on Saturday, Feb. 25 to see the Crusader Knights candidates perform in the 2017 showdown. The competition, that drew its inspiration from the Oscars, celebrated its 25th year with odes to films like: Rudy, Pirates of the Caribbean, Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, Like Mike, The Karate Kid, and The Breakfast Club. Crusader Knights has become one of the most beloved campus traditions over the years, and has come a long way from its beginnings in 1993. The contestants are now responsible for creating a one-of-a-kind introduction video to showcase their unique perspective and humor. The men are also judged on their performance in the group dance, their individual walks and their ability to answer interview questions. The contestants receive scores for each category in the competition, and then six finalists are chosen—including one contestant who is chosen by campus vote. When the scores have been tallied, the new Mr. Crusader Night is dubbed by the university president. Senior public relations major and assistant director of this year’s competition Kelsey McDaniel said you could really see the personality of each contestant come out in their introduction videos. McDaniel feels privileged that she had the chance to get to know each participant. “It was a great experience working with Cru Knights,” she said. “I’ve always been behind the scenes with it and never thought that I would receive a leadership position like this one. I loved every second of it.” McDaniel said her favorite aspect of the competition was learning about the causes the contestants are passionate about like mentoring younger students and reaching out to other communities. “Working on their minute videos with them was also fun because you really get to see behind the scenes of the production and the goofy sides and the more serious sides of them,” she said. After each introduction video, the contestant was given a spotlight question and had a few minutes to improvise a scene. Many of the contestants made the audience laugh. Crusader Knight candidates also performed three dances that not only showed off their dance skills, but also showcased their individual personalities. “I really enjoyed watching the guys perform the dances,” said sophomore nursing major, Carrena Taylor. “I thought there were really funny.” After a 10-minute intermission, the contestants were lined up and the top six finalists were announced. The top six included: First year council candidate Jacob Chesser, Senior Class candidate Alex Miller, Campus Associations Board candidate Isaac Felan, the UMHB Administrators candidate Dylan Medlin, and Freshman Class candidate Nathan Vandolzer. After the runners...

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New residence hall in the plans, PAC update
Mar08

New residence hall in the plans, PAC update

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells According to a press release published on Feb. 16, UMHB officially announced the approval by the Board of Trustees to build a new residence hall by the fall 2018 semester. The new building will reside on the north side of campus, between Hardy Hall and Crusader Way. The plans also includes a new green space between Hardy, the new building, and Burt Hall, effectively extending the Quad. The building will be three stories tall and be approximately 46,000 square feet. The building itself will contain rooms for up to 214 students. In a similar fashion to Beall, the building will be constructed so that floors and wings can be closed to one gender, allowing for men and women to reside there at the same time. It also allows for more versatility, so that they can change the ratio of male and female rooms as demanded by the numbers of each in the incoming freshmen classes. “I feel it will be good for the university to provide more of a variety of housing for freshman,” said freshman English major and SGA freshman class chaplain, Lindsey Conklin. “Overall, this new residence building will impact the UMHB community in very positive ways by giving the freshmen classes more housing options and a great new place to live as they start the next chapter of their adult lives.” In an email from university president, Dr. Randy O’ Rear on Feb. 13, he said that the new building will allow “major renovation” of Stribling Hall after the Spring 2018 semester. Neither the email nor the release mention the nature of the renovations. In other news discussing construction on campus, construction on the performing arts center is in the final stages of construction.The final project from the 2011 Campus Master Plan is expected to be completed and usable before the fall semester. O’ Rear’s email also mentions that fundraising is being done to put the the new projects in motion.The school has managed to collect three fifths of its side of a 5 million grant. The deadline for the grant is Aug. 31, 2017, and will allow the Performing Arts Center to be fully funded upon its opening. “I think the addition of the performing arts center is very exciting because it will accommodate for the growing music program here at UMHB,” said freshman psychology major, and saxophone player for the University’s Wind Ensemble Rachel Clemons. “It will be great for recruiting music majors and for encouraging non-music majors to be a part of the music program as well.” Another project approved in the February...

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Writer’s Festival  showcases Christian authors
Feb22

Writer’s Festival showcases Christian authors

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells The Writers’ Festival is an annual event held at UMHB that celebrates the art of language through poetry, prose, visual art and songwriting. The event is a three-day series of panels, workshops and mixers that students, faculty and professional authors attend to learn more about creative writing and share original work. The event is hosted by the Windhover, a biannual publication of Christian writings that has been sponsored by UMHB since 2009. One of the featured aspects of the Writers’ Festival is a creative writing showcase, which features original works read by current UMHB students who were published in the preceding year’s Baylorian. The creative writing showcase was held on Wednesday, Feb. 15, and was succeeded by a dessert mixer and several other events throughout the day. Thursday night was the Writers’ Festival’s biggest event turnout, which was a concert from Still on the Hill that counted as a fine arts experience credit. Their album, “Still A River,” centers around the nation’s first national park, the Buffalo River. Their songs celebrate the stories that surround the area’s rich history and beautiful wildlife. The Arkansas natives, Donna and Kelly Molhollan, performed with eclectic melodies, unique instruments, and a “low-tech powerpoint” of images printed on fabric and bordered by various quilting patterns. Donna performs barefoot and flings her “powerpoint slides” on the stage beside her after the song that the quilt pertains to is over. The couple also led a workshop earlier that day with their orchestra of odd, one-of-a-kind instruments. The worship, titled Songwriting, aimed at allowing writers to explore how their work could be influenced by music, even if they are not musicians. The attending writers practiced reading their poems over simple music so that they could see the impact of spoken word to a beat, like the common practice of slam poetry. Though unlike most other musical groups that play at UMHB, Still on the Hill’s performance was interactive, carried a deeper message to campaign for the preservation of Buffalo River from a confined factory farm of 600 hogs, and unforgettable. Still on the Hill has been attending and performing at events at UMHB for over 20 years through ties with a few professors from the art department, Helen Kwiatkowski and Hershall Seals. The Writers’ Festival is a national event, with published authors coming in from all over the country, like Idaho, Kansas, Indiana, Washington, Arkansas, and others. The event has transformed from an event that is held over winter break to a period where students are encouraged to attend. Grace Rose, a junior English major, loves the...

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Cru wins National Championship! – The Band, Cheerleaders,  and the Saderbelles
Jan25

Cru wins National Championship! – The Band, Cheerleaders, and the Saderbelles

Published in the January 25, 2017 issue of The Bells Despite long hours on a cramped bus, frigid Salem temperatures, and even a bus breaking down, the Black Shirt Cru Spirit Band, the Sader Belles, and the cheerleaders took the 20-hour bus ride to Salem, Virginia to help cheer Cru Football to the National Championship. The group left Bawcom Student Union for Salem, Virginia at 5:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. They were given the opportunity to spend Thursday night at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel before driving the rest of the way to Salem the next morning. The group even ran into some bus trouble as one of the buses carrying the Sader Belles, cheerleaders, and half the band had to pull over on the side of the road due to engine trouble. The students transferred to the fan buses for the remaining hour drive. Upon arriving at Salem Stadium, the band, cheerleaders, and Sader Belles put on a mini CRUise for ESPN, the football players, and the adoring fans. The band and Sader Belles performed a pre-game show on the field in lieu of a halftime performance. Sader Belle sophomore nursing major Amelia Enokian believes dancing at the Stagg Bowl is a memory she will treasure forever. “We were definitely honored that we were able to dance before the game since most schools don’t really take their dance teams,” she said. “I remember exiting the field, and I had smiled so much that my teeth were so dry that I couldn’t stop.” During the game, the group cheered, played stand tunes and kept the enthusiasm alive as the temperatures steadily dropped. “I was glad that we could support our team and provide the spirit necessary to lead them to victory,” senior bass drummer Music Education major Ashley Wallace said. “I had a blast getting to hang out with my friends at the Gaylord Hotel, as well as enduring the cold...

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Cru wins National Championship! – The Fans
Jan25

Cru wins National Championship! – The Fans

Published in the January 25, 2017 issue of The Bells In December, students, parents and fans alike all traveled to Salem, VA to cheer the Crusader football team to their National Championship win. These fans got to experience the game of a lifetime for any UMHB football fan. Mike McCarthy, director of the Campus Activities Board sent six buses full of students, a total of 336 fans, to help cheer on the Cru football team. Although planning for this adventure started about a week-and-a-half before the Stagg Bowl, it didn’t take long for every spot on the fan buses to be filled. The lucky fans who earned a spot on the trip received transportation, a stay at the Opryland Hotel, a ticket to the game, a t-shirt, and a spirit sign. “It was a lot of quick planning, but it was totally worth it to give that experience [of going to a national championship game] to the students,” McCarthy said. Isaac Felan, a sophomore EC-12 Physical Education major, was one of the students that was able to go to the game. He said the experience was a memorable one. “It was an experience for a lot of students; being the loudest we’ve ever been at a game, but also the coldest,” Felan said, “It was awesome to see the guys play and win.” Sharon Rately, a parent that attended the game said, it’s not every day that the “small town” guys become the heroes. “Small towns and thriving cities alike were able to be united as one to support our Crusaders,” she said. The fans that were able to attend the National Championship game cheered their hearts out for the purple and gold, even in the frigid Virginia temperatures. But most attendees said it was worth it to create lasting memories and watch their team become National Champions for the first time in the history of the UMHB football...

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Cru wins National Championship! – The Legacy
Jan25

Cru wins National Championship! – The Legacy

Published in the January 25, 2017 issue of The Bells We all have moments that we know we will remember for the rest of our lives. But when those moments coincide with the 70 men standing at your side, all working toward the same goal, it becomes something much greater. The NCAA Division III National Championship game was a special moment shared by the Cru football team that they will never forget. Unfortunately, few people will ever know the feelings and excitement of this moment. But, through the stories and recollections of those lucky enough to share the moment, those left out can try to understand. “It was great. Honestly, it was a relief, not just for me and the team but for the whole city of Belton. It was great to win one for them,” senior receiver Wykeyhe Walker said. He also shifted the glory to his defense, saying that throughout the whole game the defense was amazing and when senior linebacker Matt Cody caught that pick, he knew the team had won. “At that point I was just looking for my mom,” Walker said. “I climbed in the stands with my helmet on and everything. I was just happy.” Senior quarterback Blake Jackson said he just wants the legacy to live on forever. “For people to remember this as the team who was the first team, not only to win the first national championship, but the team that showed great brotherhood,” he said. Jackson, more than anything else, spoke of the familial feeling among the team. “That whole experience of celebrating with coaches and my brothers was a great feeling and will definitely be a memory I hold on to forever,” he said. Sophomore receiver T.J. Josey said the team really wanted to win not only for themselves, but for the past teams, alumni and the community. “The support for this team is outstanding and it was time to give back,” he said. This is a true testament to what can be accomplished when a team becomes more than just a group of teammates. This was a family, and that camaraderie carried them to the highest honor they could possibly achieve together....

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