Student organization BRIDGEs the gap

UMHB held its second meeting for a new organization on campus called Cru Bridge on the third floor of Bawcom Student Union on Thursday, Feb. 14. Cru Bridge is a multicultural club that is meant to celebrate diversity and emphasize internationality. The club is encouraging people to join, explaining that it is educational while allowing students to experience cultures that they may have never been exposed to before. “I’ve noticed a lot of people from UMHB tend to be homeschooled or from small towns, and growing up in those environments doesn’t really allow people to taste different cultures,” freshman Bridge Club President Cecilia Nguyen said. “This club will allow for that to be accessible and fun.” “I love the idea that emerged from the creation of the group itself,” Dat Nguyen, a freshman biology pre-med major, said. “As you know, the United States is a country of immigrants. There are so many different ethnicities and cultures existing here where we live. And Cru Bridge is a place where we can be exposed to and learn about different people with different backgrounds. I’m excited about the knowledge that I can gain, the people that I can meet, and a chance to show new people the wonderful things of my culture as well as the common culture on the U. S.” The club was brought about when three students, Vydia Lu, Tu Le and Cecilia Nguyen came together, wanting an organization dedicated toward international students. After much consideration, the students took the idea to the Student Government Association in the fall. They went through the required steps for approval, leaving many of the SGA members fascinated with their topic and goals. The organization was soon approved, and Cru Bridge held their first meeting on Jan. 31. Cru Bridge plans to be involved in many upcoming activities, including a multicultural festival in March. This festival will be held in collaboration with the Association of Black Students and the Hispanic Student Association. Some of the many activities that may be included in the festival are a Tai Chi demonstration, Chinese calligraphy and a Folklorico dance show. In April, Cru Bridge also plans to collaborate with the Psychological Science Club and have a panel of students of color talk about their experience with UMHB. “We just want to be a bridge for multiple different people or groups, including people who grew up in different cultures,” Cecilia Nguyen said. The club wants their meetings to include activities that represent the idea of internationality. “We want to have cultural games that people played as children and introduce those to people,” said the Cru Bridge adviser Dr. Haedy Liu. The next meeting will be held on Feb. 28 in Conference Room A, located on the second floor of Bawcom Student Union. All students are invited and encouraged to...

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Students skate the night away at CAB event
Feb27

Students skate the night away at CAB event

Neon lights and the sound of laughter greeted students as they walked into Wheels Family Skating Center in Temple on Thursday, Feb. 21. The skating center hosted the UMHB students for their annual skate night, which is planned each year by the Campus Activities Board. Students were encouraged to attend the event wearing outfits from their favorite fashion decade. Senior criminal justice and psychology double major Kelly Taylor, who is also a CAB member, attended the event. “I really enjoyed getting to see my friends there!” Taylor said. “The thing I love the most about skate night is that it caters to all sorts of different student groups. So, not only did I get to see my normal circle of friends, but also those friends that I don’t get to see all that often because our classes and work schedules don’t mesh.” Students skated to music from every decade and laughed with friends as they glided across the floor. Sidney Locke, a sophomore church music major, had fun at the event. “It had been a long time since I skated,” Locke said. “I wanted to go to the skate night to hang out with my friends and maybe re-live some good childhood memories. I also thought it was a good way to relax and maybe even go back to a different decade.” The decades theme was a hit amongst the students who attended. “I think this was a great theme,” Locke said. “The decades are so traditional and unique and going back in time is spontaneous. One of the things I loved the most about skate night was the music because it was good, classic music.” The skate night also included a costume contest and a limbo contest. While no one was able to conquer the lowest level during the limbo contest, students came prepared for the costume contest. Steven Neaves, a junior finance major, won the male costume contest. Sophomore physical education major Maya Reinauer won the female costume contest. The skate night required a lot of planning from CAB members, including selecting the theme. Brianna Flanter, a freshman pre-dental cell biology major and member of Exec CAB, helped plan the event with members of CAB. “In the past, we’ve done an 80s theme and we wanted to do something like that again. After some talking with our CAB members, we realized opening the theme up to any decade would allow people to feel more comfortable in their costume of choice,” Flanter said. “I think it worked well!  We had so many people show up in decades from the 20s to the 90s.” While the decades skate night required a tremendous amount of planning, the large number of students who attended the event proves that the hard work CAB put into the skate night was worth it. Events like this one help CAB achieve its goal of building community on campus. If you want to help plan similar events for students, CAB meetings are held every Monday at 8:30 p.m. in the Student Organizations office on the second floor of Bawcom Student Union. If you want to learn more about...

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Richard Rogers crowned Mr. Crusader Knight

On Saturday, Feb. 23, 16 men participated in the 2019 Crusader Knights competition, each hoping to earn the coveted title of Mr. Crusader Knight. Each student represented a different campus organization or residence hall. This year’s theme was the Olympics, and the participants each selected a sport to represent. Announcers Alex Suominen and Steve Villalobos kicked off the night by welcoming the audience members, who filled the seats of Walton Chapel. The judges were then introduced. This year’s judges were Chris Barnes, Tanner Clarke and Angela Platt, all alumni of UMHB. On Saturday afternoon, the judges interviewed each contestant to get to know them on a personal level before the event. The men were scored on their interview, and this score helped determine their final standing in the competition. After the judges were introduced to the audience, the contestant videos began. Each representative had prepared a humorous one-minute video reflecting the Olympic sport they chose to represent. After the presentation of their video, each contestant competed in a spotlight question with the help of the emcees. This year’s emcees were Aria Flores, Jenna Albright, Monica Bernal and Tanner Watson. The men then came together to participate in a group dance, prompting plenty of laughter and cheers from the enthusiastic audience. At this point, there was a brief intermission, and audience members were given the chance to cast their votes for their favorite contestant. The contestant who received the most audience votes would automatically be a finalist. After intermission, the audience watched a music video of the contestants that was put together by UMHB alumnus and reigning Mr. Crusader Knight Caleb Fitzwater. The contestants then returned to the stage for the announcement of the top six finalists. Each finalist was presented with questions by Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor, Briana Frederickson. While the judges made their final decisions, the audience watched a behind-the-scenes video that demonstrated how much fun the men had preparing for the event. Director Daniel Martinez and Assistant Directors Lauren Turner and Peter Zuniga took the stage to express their gratitude and their love for the Crusader Knights event. The representatives took the stage once more for the announcement of the awards. Each contestant was judged on their interview, video, campus vote (30 percent each) and spotlight (10 percent). The finalists were then given their titles. Fifth runner up was Seth Blankenship, Mr. Search Cru. Fourth runner up was Carter Williams Jr., Mr. Burt Hall. Third runner up was Dakota Stark, Mr. Nursing Student Association. Second runner up was Connor Tubbs, Mr. First Year Collective. First runner up was Samuel Kinnin, Mr. Circle K. Richard Rogers, Mr. Gettys Hall,...

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Students come together for worship at ONE

UMHB students from various denominations and backgrounds put the chaos of the new semester on pause for a campuswide worship service called “ONE” in Walton Chapel on Jan. 30. They worshipped and held their arms up high as members of local churches and First Baptist Temple’s college pastor Evan Duncan led the worship. Participating local churches were First Baptist Belton, First Baptist Temple, Vista Community Church and Temple Bible Church. The night started off with a quick meet-and-greet. Then, as the Temple Bible Church band got up to play, the crowd immediately stood up to sing songs of praise. Lead singer and piano player, Mary Rojo, inspired with the songs “Defender,” “Glorious Day” and “Good Good Father.” This event was an opportunity for students to gather, take their focus off of the stress of a new semester and enjoy a time of worship with people from different churches. The atmosphere of ONE is always very energetic and full of excitement as students from all across campus gather together. Many students refer to the event as the highlight of their semester. “It feels very unified, as it is all the churches coming together,” junior Chris- tian Studies major Hannah Murray said. “It also feels almost electric, as if the students are excited to all be together to worship!” The event kicked off with the passing of the peace, led by Mary Hebison, interim Baptist Student Ministry director. This tradition involves turning to one’s neighbor, grasping hands and speaking the words, “May the peace of God be with you,” and then responding with, “and also with you.” This tradition set the tone for the event. “I love the passing of the peace because it is ancient and has been done for forever,” Hebison said, “It is a symbol of unity, and that is what we are here to do. It is also a fun and simple way to meet new people.” Pastor Duncan spoke to the crowd about discovering God’s will. He also said that people should be focusing on and living out the Word of God each and every day of their lives. One student, in particular, appreciated what Duncan had to say. “My favorite thing was getting to hear Evan speak and being able to hear a different college pastor who believes similarly to you,” sophomore marketing major Eunice Michaelson said. “It was cool listening to him preach the word of God and being able to hear what is going on in his church.” Duncan also described how the ONE event originated. “UMHB used to have a Wednesday night service through the BSM,” he explained. “As local college ministries...

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Baptist Student Ministry’s new home encourages student involvement
Feb13

Baptist Student Ministry’s new home encourages student involvement

UMHB’s Baptist Student Ministry has experienced some exciting changes this semester. The BSM has relocated to the second floor of Bawcom Student Union and received a new interim director, UMHB alumna Mary Hebison. Hebison, who graduated in 2014, was involved in several organizations at the BSM during her time as a student, including the Ministry Leadership Council and Drama Ministry. She also served as the co-president of the BSM. Additionally, she was a part of the Texas BSM Lead Team. After she graduated, Hebison began to work as an oncology nurse at Scott and White Medical Center in Temple. She is continuing to pursue this career while she serves as the interim director of the BSM for the spring 2019 semester. “This is very new for me,” Hebison said “This is a really big adjustment for me because it isn’t anything I’ve ever done. But, when I was a student here I was involved in the BSM, so I’ve been able to see it through several different levels. I’ve seen the BSM through the student side, so seeing this through the office side has been very interesting. Luckily, my boss at the hospital has been very accommodating so I can still work at Scott and White while I work here.” The BSM has also relocated The Gathering. This event, which allows students to worship and have fellowship with one other in a friendly environment, was originally held in the BSM sanctuary. Now, the event is held in the McLane Great Hall located on the third floor of Bawcom. “This is kind of bittersweet, but there is a lot of sweet with it,” Hebison said. “We are excited to be more centrally located. I love that students can come by here without having to walk all the way to the old building. You don’t really walk by that part of campus, but you walk by this part all the time. We also like having events like The Gathering in a more central location. We are working on redefining where the BSM is and what the identity of the BSM is. It’s still a work in progress, but there is definitely a lot of progress.” Various specialized ministries within the BSM have also had to relocate to different buildings on campus because the old BSM building is being repurposed as a counseling center. However, even though the ministries and events are being relocated, the BSM is still looking forward to helping students grow in their Christian faith and walk with God during their time at UMHB. “We’re leaning on some old things that were already established. We want to go back...

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Students prepare for Cru Knights
Feb13

Students prepare for Cru Knights

Who doesn’t love Crusader Knights? It’s a fun opportunity to laugh, cheer on your friends and vote for your favorite contestants. Since 1993, Cru Knights has been one of the most popular traditions on campus each spring. Various campus organizations select male students to participate in this lighthearted event. Cru Knights is often described as a spoof of the Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor pageant, which has been an annual campus tradition since the 1950s. The men even perform the same stroll that the women do in their pageant. This always earns plenty of cheers and laughter from the crowd. Participants create a video skit based on the year’s theme, which is played for the audience during the event. On the night of the event, the men participate in a group dance and individual walks. After the judges score them in these areas and the audience has submitted their votes, the finalists are announced. They then answer interview questions presented by the reigning Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor. Finally, the judges crown the new Mr. Crusader Knight and announce other awards including Campus Choice, Best Video, Best Spotlight and the Timothy Award. The reigning Mr. Crusader Knight is alumnus Caleb Fitzwater, who represent- ed McLane Hall in 2018. He will be present at this year’s event to pass on the title. Also present will be Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor, Briana Frederickson, a senior social work major who represented Phi Alpha in this year’s pageant. Senior special education major Jimmy Boutte represent- ed Remschel Hall in Cru Knights during his sophomore year in 2017. “I really enjoyed meeting new people on campus when I was in Crusader Knights,” he said. “I also enjoyed the dance practices. Even though we messed up, we still had a lot of fun.” He is excited to attend the event this year. “I am excited for this year’s Olympic theme because I always enjoy watching the Olympics.” This year, there are 16 men participating in Cru Knights. The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in Walton Chapel. Students are encouraged to come out and support their friends and classmates who are participating in this fun tradition. To keep up with Cru Knights, follow CAB on Twitter...

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