UNDER THE RADAR: The best groups of UMHB you may not be watching

Published in the September 28, 2016 issue of The Bells JV FOOTBAL Fans scream, the smell of popcorn floats through the air, and sweat rolls down the players’ faces. One thing’s on their mind: getting the ball to the end zone. The Cru junior varsity football has gotten off to a great start to the season as they are currently 3-0. Next Monday, the Cru will take on Wayland Baptist University in Clyde, Texas. The JV football team consists of approximately 70 players, most of them being freshmen with several sophomores. “Our young guys do a great job coming out here and going through the same practice as the varsity guys do…But then they have their chance to shine and do their thing on Monday nights,” JV head football coach Keith Mullins said. Head Coach Mullins believes that being on the junior varsity prepares younger players for the intensity of varsity ball. “The JV team prepares a player for varsity by giving him playing experience in a game type setting,” Mullins said. JV football player sophomore Exercise Science major and mathematics minor Derek Sides’ love for the game motivates him to be a better player on and off the field. “I chose to play for the Cru for the love of the game,” Sides said.  “I have a passion for sports, mainly football. Football helps me grow physically, mentally, and spiritually.” Sides believes the team has great potential for the remainder of the season. “We have so much talent and teamwork. It is more of a family rather than a team. We have the potential to do something great.”   BLACK SHIRT CRU University staff knew the Crusader Marching Band needed a change when the 28-ensemble band remained stagnant for several years due to lack of interest and time, so six years ago the Blackshirt Cru Spirit Band was born. “Our primary purpose is to support our athletic teams on the field and the basketball area,” Blackshirt Cru Spirit Band Director Nils Landsberg said. “But our main purpose during the game is to basically be the soundtrack to what’s happening on the field.” Since its switch from marching band to spirit band, the band boasts 79 members of various majors and backgrounds. “One thing that is unique about the spirit band is that we’re the largest spirit student organization on campus. And there aren’t just music majors in there,” Landsberg said. “Having the opportunity to be in front of an ensemble that is made of some many walks of life and for some many different reasons but we all have the same of making music together is just awesome.”...

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Your voice counts: Why everyone should vote
Aug24

Your voice counts: Why everyone should vote

Published in the Aug. 24, 2016 of The Bells Two candidates have officially been chosen to run for the office of the presidency-Republican nominee billionaire Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Senator Hillary Clinton. But despite having devout followers, these candidates might not see very many people come to the voting booths this November. Due to Hillary’s email scandal and Trump’s notorious outspoken attitude, it seems like many Americans are contemplating whether or not they should vote at all. According to www.americancla.org, 40 to 50 percent of Americans are projected to skip the voting booths in November. Many of these apathetic voters are millennials But despite the statistics, it is important to vote, whether you’re a Hillary or Trump supporter. For this election you are not only electing the next president, you’re also deciding the fate of the Supreme Court. Half of the Supreme Court officials are expected to retire in the next four years. Currently, there is an even number of conservatives and liberals. But this could change once the new president chooses the new judges. And once the judges have been chosen they are in office for life. You may think your vote doesn’t count, but it does. It’s anybody’s race. According to the New York Times, as of this printing, Hillary leads Trump 43 percent to 38 percent. Those who don’t vote will determine the outcome of the election more than those who do vote. And if you are thinking of foregoing your right to vote, think about the generations before us who didn’t even have the chance to cast their ballot. Before 1920, more than half the population of America couldn’t vote simply because they were women. This means that the great or great-great grandmothers of today’s millennials (the same millennials who aren’t voting) weren’t allowed to vote for part of their lifetime. Today anyone can vote no matter their race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. But even though we all have the opportunity to vote doesn’t mean we should do so blindly. It’s equally important to do your research and find out where each candidate stands. Don’t just vote the same way as your parents or friends. because it’s not their vote, it’s yours Even if you’re not too crazy for either candidate, one of them is going to be elected to be the next President of the United States for the next four years, so make your vote count. Whether it’s Trump, Hillary, or another candidate, it’s up to the American people to make the...

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Revival unites students
Apr20

Revival unites students

The very essence of UMHB’s Spring Revival is praise and worship of God. Each year, hundreds of students gather in the quad for three days to fellowship and worship together. This year, the band Digital Age was back for their third time, and Dr. Kneeland Brown was there cracking jokes and ministering to all who came to participate in the annual event. The event is student led, and draws in not only those seeking out the event, but also people walking by. Spring revival comes just days after the university’s Easter Pageant and helps students reflect on what Jesus did for us. It’s a time to praise and worship, and come together as one body of Christ. The Digital Age was happy to be a part of Revival, and helped to set the tone for the entire event. “We don’t typically do things more than a year or two, and they asked us again, and we were like ‘Of course we’re going to do it, cause we love you guys. We really do,’” said Mike Dodson, the group’s piano player. Guitarist Mark Waldrop (Shark) also had positive things to say about the event. “Everyone we’ve met here has been awesome, we have a lot of friends from Baylor who are here now, and it’s just awesome to sleep in our own beds and come down here,” he said. The band hails from Waco, where they first formed. But it wasn’t just the band who enjoyed the event that took place under a tent. Those who helped plan Revival were also moved by its worship-centered vibes. “One of my favorite aspects of the event was just getting to work with the committee.” aid Kelsey Riegel, junior history major. “Every single one of them had different stories, but they were all so on fire for the Lord and that was so evident through the whole Revival process. Getting to hear how they were telling their family and friends about the event, and getting to share the gospel with them was just incredibly uplifting,” Riegel said for her, the best part was that most of them were freshman and had never even been to UMHB’S Revival. “They didn’t know what it was going to look like when it all came together, so seeing them so excited and passionate for an event they’d never been to was so amazing and humbling,” she...

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Vets transition from combat to classroom
Apr15

Vets transition from combat to classroom

UMHB students have a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Some students have even seen combat, and are looking to transition from active duty to civilian life. The university has demonstrated a commitment to helping veterans adapt to their new lives. So much so that UMHB has been classified as a yellow ribbon school which simply means soldiers are always welcome. They go through admissions, enrolling, and classes just like everyone else. One downside to the admissions process is that sometimes UMHB doesn’t allow active duty students. “[Active duty military members] often have to work on the base as a full-time job, and working from eight-to-five isn’t going to give them a well-rounded college experience,” said Patrick Munoz, head of military admissions. But because the university wants to serve all members of the military, they are working on an online program that would be beneficial to those active duty students. For those who have gone through active duty and are returning to civilian life, the process can be very stressful. The university not only wants to help ease this transition by providing an opportunity to advance their careers, but also by providing services that will help them ease into the next stage of life. If a solider is having a hard time adapting to their new life and classes they can get free counseling at UMHB’s Counseling Center. Being on campus also gives veterans the chance to get to know other students and participate in university events. “After leaving the Navy, I tried to do a semester online before coming to UMHB, but it was so isolated. UMHB gives me social interaction.” said Garrett Coppin, a junior business Management major. Coppin was an Intel specialist for the Navy and spent a lot of his time at different ports around the Americas. He has served in Cuba, California, Washington State, and Hawaii. “My responsibilities are different and I get to sleep in longer,” said Coppin said of the differences between military and college life. But even though college affords many veterans the chance to gain experiences they’ve never had, it can often be an adjustment when going from living on a base to living in an institutional setting. Brandon Middleton, a sophomore history major, explained that after coming to UMHB he had a hard time following UMHB’s rules. He struggled with these issues for a short while, but eventually realized that these rules were put in place for a reason. “My work ethic changed and got better after all the training,” said Middleton, “It is easier to learn here because of the small classroom sizes.” Middleton was a tank driver in...

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Cru comes up short on second day of Central Texas Weekend
Feb13

Cru comes up short on second day of Central Texas Weekend

      In both its games Saturday, the Crusader baseball jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. Neither lead would prove to be enough, however as the Cru dropped its first game to Whitworth University before falling to Piedmont College. Seth martin led off the game against Whitworth with a double before shortstop Dakota Parsons launched a ball over the left field wall to give the Cru an early 2-0 lead. Scott Stephens followed the homer with a double of his own and scored when Cody Stone hit another double. The Cru added a fourth run when Matthew Mazoch brought in Stone with an RBI single. Whitworth got on the board in the third when Daniel Casanova hit an RBI single to make it 4-1. The Cru responded in the fourth inning when a Riley Davis double scored Martin. Matthew Nelson led off the fourth inning for the Pirates with a walk and scored on a home run from Zach Thibault to make it a 1-run game at 4-3. Whitworth then tied the game on an RBI single from Casey Isa. The Pirates took the lead in the seventh on an RBI double from Jeremy Druffel, who would later score on a base hit from Nelson to put the Pirates up 6-5. In the eighth inning, Cru outfielder Will Stafford reached on a fielder’s choice, then stole second and scored on a single by Davis to tie the game at 6. Druffel led off the top of the ninth with a single for the Pirates and advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt. Whitworth took the lead when Nelson scored Druffel with a base hit. Nelson would then come in and score on a fielder’s choice to make it an 8-6 game. Nelson then moved from first base to the mound for the bottom of the ninth and earned his second save of the season by striking out all three Crusaders he faced. Martin went 4-for-5 and scored two runs in the game. Cru starter Casey Frazier went six innings and gave up four runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. An RBI fielder’s choice from Mazoch got the Cru on the board in the second inning. Martin added an RBI single before Davis knocked in two with a base hit to put the Cru up 4-0. The lead wouldn’t last long, however, as the Lions scored a run in the third and took a 5-4 lead with a 4-run fourth inning. The managed to tie the game at eight in the seventh inning when Davis scored on an error by the third baseman, but the Lions...

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Cru drops first two games of 2016 season
Feb12

Cru drops first two games of 2016 season

The Crusader baseball team started its season with a tough test as they faced off against No. 7 Rhodes College on a cool Friday afternoon. Senior pitcher Aaron Barteau took the bump for the Cru and pounded the zone early as he struck out the side in the first inning. The Cru got on the board first when Senior Chase Burrow tripled to drive in Scott Stephens. Burrows then scored when Max Conway hit a fly ball that was dropped by the right fielder to give the Cru an early 2-0 lead. The Lynx responded in the fourth inning when Bill Munson scored on a fielder’s choice before Bennett Notestine stole home to tie the game. Rhodes took a 3-2 lead in the fifth when an error by third baseman Dakota Parsons allowed Jackson Lourie to score. Barteau gave up three runs on two hits over five innings. “His stuff was really good. Being a strikeout pitcher is a double-edged sword, because you get a lot of strikeouts, but you throw a lot of pitches,” UMHB head coach Ben Shipp said. The Cru tied things up in the bottom half of the inning when Cody Stone’s RBI single knocked in Will Stafford. Rhodes regained the lead in the seventh inning when Nathan Foshee dropped a squeeze bunt down the line. Parsons doubled to start the eighth for the Cru and scored on an error by Rhodes second baseman Zac Lange to make it 5-4. Riley Davis singled to start the ninth for the Cru, but Lynx pitcher Jack Mercer shut the door and closed out the win for Rhodes. Even though the Lynx got the win, Rhodes head coach Jeff Cleanthes didn’t feel like his team played the better game on the afternoon. “We were outplayed by a really good baseball team,” Clanthes said. “We just got the plays and they got the bad hops.” The Cru took the diamond for a second time Friday evening to face the Ponoma-Pitzer Sagehens. Ponoma-Pitzer got the scoring started in the third inning when Tanner Nishioka’s double allowed Simon Rosenbaum to score on a throwing error by UMHB right fielder Will Stafford. The Sagehens added another run in the inning on an RBI single from Bryce Rogan. In the home half of the third, Stafford came through with a two-out double and then scored on a base hit from Seth Martin to make it 2-1. However, Pomona-Pitzer added RBI singles in the fourth and fifth innings to pull away 4-2. Crusader starter Seth Hill gave up four runs on eight hits, but managed to strand seven on base. “Seth didn’t have his...

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