A multicultural festival of fashions
Apr14

A multicultural festival of fashions

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s annual Multicultural Festival celebrated its community of students, faculty and staff with a fashion show from their various cultural heritages and countries that included Congo, Kenya, Mexico, Panama, Nigeria, Spain, Togo and Zambia. The event at Bawcom Student Union on Thursday, March 25, offered music and dancing from Mexico and India, poetry of Mexico and Cuba, and cuisine that included taquitos, tostones (friend bananas), with homemade salsa and churros individually wrapped in aluminum foil single serving sheets for safe serving. They also served Mexican popsicles, Mexican Coca-Cola and water. Spanish Club Advisor Dr. Rubi Ugofsky-Méndez, said that this year’s festival exhibited an especially rich variety of fashions in their fashion show, in which each participant was introduced by Cynthia Tryon. Participants pictured left to right, and the countries they are representing are: Michael Davis (Togo and Kenya), Neisha Hickman (Kenya), Morgan Chambers (Nigeria and West Africa), Reagan Williams (Nigeria), Kate Melton (Panama), Gilda Tchao (Togo), Rosine Muhorakeye (Congo and Zambia), Kassandra Portillo (Mexico), Jennifer Medina (Spain), Dr Rubi Ugofsky-Méndez (Spain), Kanishka Upreti (India) and Jasmine Thompson (Kenya).Photo by J.D....

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Annual Easter Pageant brings tradition back to old and new audience members
Apr13

Annual Easter Pageant brings tradition back to old and new audience members

By Cole Garner Editor in Chief Jesus, played by Steve Villalobos, waves back as he enters Jerusalem with welcoming crowds waving heir palm leaves in the Easter Pageant at UMHB on Wednesday, March 31. Garrett Snyder walks the donkey, Honey, as Dylan Yates, playing a Roman Guard, walks to the left. Courtesy Photos This year saw the return of the UMHB Easter Pageant in person for its 82nd year. Enthusiastic audiences filled the stands and lawn at Luther Memorial on campus, for three performances on Wednesday, March 31, with the first starting at 12:30 p.m. and the last at  5:30 p.m.. Crowdspeople, played by Jamie Boykin (left), Precious Anselm (middle left), Jordan McCaslin (middle right) and Dannah Fritschle (right) greet other women during the play. Last year, the 81st UMHB Easter Pageant was moved online when the COVID-19 pandemic forced students to go home to complete the spring semester online. Because of this, the pageant was completely different from previous iterations, as it was presented as an edited version. Students sent in videos of themselves talking about their experiences of past pageants. Videos of pageants of years past also were presented during the broadcast. Jesus, played by Steve Villalobos, tells the Penitent Thief at right, who is played by sophomore math major Seth Brennan, that he will be with Him in Paradise that day. The Roman guards are played by Thomas Henderson (left) and Phil Cagle (right). This year’s third performance of the afternoon  began with UMHB President Randy O’Rear opening up the final performance with comments and prayer. He was accompanied by pageant directors Miriam Osterlund and Sarah Weinmann. UMHB President Randy O’Rear leads the audience in prayer at the beginning of the 5:30 p.m. performance of the university’s annual Easter Pageant. O’Rear spoke highly of the event, calling it his favorite UMHB tradition. He then sat and held his grandson as he watched it with his family. All disciples are chosen personally by the actor for Jesus, who was played by senior psychology major Steve Villalobos. Jesus, played by Steve Villalobos, shows that he has risen from the tomb. This year, freshman public relations major Chris Johnson was picked to be one of the disciples. Johnson said that experiencing being a disciple as a freshman was important to him. “God has grown me as a person so much and having experienced [the Easter pageant] so vividly as a freshman was amazing,” Johnson said. He claimed that his favorite experience during the production of the pageant was getting to know the other 11 disciples. “I loved getting to know them all better and I know I have made...

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Crusaders bring ASC title home
Apr13

Crusaders bring ASC title home

By C.J. Halloran Staff Writer Running back Kenneth Cormier, Jr., in the championship game with Hardin-Simmons in Abilene on March 27. Photo courtesy of AMZImages. In a year where nothing has felt familiar, one thing remained consistent, and that is The Cru’s dominance of the American Southwest Conference on the gridiron. Case in point:  the Cru made huge plays on both sides of the ball at the end of the game with Hardin-Simmons University to hold off and defeat HSU, with a score of 23-15 for the ASC Championship. The stage was set for the Cru coming into the Championship game in Abilene on Saturday, March 27. According to the only media that has been ranking Division Three Football this year, Jay Sports Network, UMHB and Hardin-Simmons were batting for the number one spot in all of D3, prior to their game, on top of an ASC Championship. Wide receiver Brenton Martin runs with the ball toward the end zone In the Championship game with Hardin-Simmons at Abilene on March 27, 2021. Photo courtesy of AMZImages. When championship day came, the Cru started strong, as a blocked kick and 43-yard reception by Kadarius Daniels set up a 3- yard touchdown run by Cru QB Kyle King. Both teams were held scoreless the rest of the quarter, and UMHB Kicker Brandon Cunningham pulled off two field goals before the half, giving the Cru a 13-0 lead going into the second half. That second half saw much more action, as Hardin-Simmons’ Mark Reed threw for a touchdown on the first possession of the half. After another Cunningham field goal, the Cru forced a punt and drove down the field, capping off the drive with a sneaky trick play that saw wide receiver Brenton Martin make a 7-yard pass to Gary Ruckman. Defensive back Jayden Smith tackles a Cowboy In the Championship game with Hardin-Simmons at Abilene on March 27, 2021. Photo courtesy of AMZImages. Hardin-Simmons attempted to battle back with a 4-yard touchdown run by Myles Featherston, but the Cru defense had them shut down. A Drake Johnson interception to end one possession, followed by a lock-down performance by the Cru defense to force four straight incompletions. Their very next possession shut out any hopes of Hardin-Simmons winning the Championship. The Cru rushing game dominated the Hardin Simmons defense as Kenneth Cormier, Jr., Kyle King and Montana Miller combined for 231 yards on the ground, setting up nearly every scoring opportunity the Cru had. King also showed his prowess in the air, throwing for 148 yards. Kadarius Daniels showed out in his final game as a Crusader, receiving the ball three...

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UMHB football takes the game from Louisiana College
Mar20

UMHB football takes the game from Louisiana College

It was a good competition but the Crusaders came away with the win against Louisiana College Saturday, March 20. The final score was 65-20. The referee hurries to get out of the way as quarterback Tommy Bowden runs by him to the end zone for a touchdown in the game with Louisiana College at Crusader Stadium Saturday, March 20. Louisiana Wildcats Logan Bremmer, at left background, and Daylon Charles, at left foreground, could only watch. Courtesy Photos The CRU’s running back Kenneth Cormier soars over a Louisiana Wildcat during the game with Louisiana College Saturday, March 20 at Crusader Stadium. UMHB’s wide receiver Kadarius Daniels, at far right, watches Cormier jump over Louisiana College’s defensive back Brandon Isaac, with Isaac’s teammate, linebacker Julius Johnson at center, also looking up at Cormier. The CRU’s cheer team supports the Crusaders in their game with Louisiana College at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, March 20. Wildcat running back Devin Briscoe is taken down by three Crusaders during the game with Louisiana College at Crusader Stadium Saturday, March 20. The Sader Bells performed at half time at the game between UMHB and Louisiana College at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, March 20. The CRU’s defensive back Jefferson Fritz fights for the ball with Louisiana College’s tight end Jacob Ganote over him in the game at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, March 20. Crusader corner back Keith Gipson assists at left foreground against Wildcat defensive lineman Micah Latin. Crusader and defensive back Drake Johnson has the ball but he eventually gets taken down by Wildcat defensive back Keyante Jett in the game with Louisiana College at Crusader Stadium Saturday, March 20. UMHB’s defensive back Drake Johnson toughs it out against Wildcat defensive back Brandon Isaac during the game with Louisiana College at Crusader Stadium Saturday, March...

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Black History Month highlights those who have made a difference
Feb18

Black History Month highlights those who have made a difference

Beth Norvell studies the display featuring Virginia Leak, who graduated with the first integrated class at Temple High School in 1968 and graduated from the UMHB nursing program in 1979. The display is at the Musick Alumni Center and Museum at the Parker House on campus. Norvell is the Associate Director for Alumni Relations and the museum. By Malaika RandolphStaff Writer            There is an extra emphasis on Black History Month this year, especially because of protests that erupted after the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other Black citizens. But there are also some important strides that have been made.            The brightest of those are that for the first time, a Black woman, Kamala Harris, was instated as the Vice President of the United States.  Harris also represents Asians, and she is the first African American and the first woman to have served as Attorney General of California, and the second African American woman to ever have been elected to the United States Senate.             “I think it’s amazing,” UMHB student Chloe Ruedas said. “We have a lot of work to do and a lot of progress to continue to make, but the efforts that we have taken are amazing. Especially for women and women of color. Even though we have so much progress in doing, it’s okay to celebrate what we have won.”            Ruedas pinpoints that not only did Harris win by becoming Vice President, but Black women won someone to represent them in the highest office.            “Having her as vice president, having someone who looks like us in such power is uplifting,” junior pre-med major Gilda Tchao said. Tchao is also involved in the Association of Black Students  (ABS) and Pre-Health Professionals Club.             Vice President Kamala Harris was in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority when she was at Howard University. In her 2020 memoir,  she describes herself as what her mother expected her to be: a “confident, proud, black woman.”            Virginia Leak may have had the same inclination. She graduated with the first integrated class at Temple High School in 1968 and graduated then from UMHB’s nursing program in 1979. She is now an Educational Chairperson for the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), as well as a founder of Temple Colleges’ nursing program.             Beth Norvell, Associate Director of Alumni Relations of the UMHB Museum, said that Leak likes to guide and share her wisdom.            “When I interviewed her,” Norvell said, “she stopped and said, ‘now let me tell you about the Lord.’ She is so nurturing and sweet. She is vibrant.”            Leak mentioned...

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Crusader alumnus signs with former world series champions Washington Nationals
Nov05

Crusader alumnus signs with former world series champions Washington Nationals

Landon Dietrich sits with his parents, Chris and Melisa Dieterich, as he signs to the Washington National’s rookie developmental league, the Gulf Coastal League Nationals on June 22, 2020. He signed at home, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Former Crusader baseball player Landon Dieterich was drafted earlier this year to the World Series Champions, the Washington Nationals. In the history of the UMHB baseball program, only 8 players had been drafted. Dieterich raised the number to 9. The road to the majors is very long and full of difficulty, and to do so from Division Three baseball makes the journey all the more difficult. Most college athletes play merely to enjoy the sport they love for four more years, and to develop as a person. Very few actually make it to the next level in any sport. UMHB faced Schreiner Univ. in the home series opener at Red Murff Field, Belton, on Saturday, February 15, 2020. While Dieterich is only playing currently in a rookie developmental league with the Gulf Coast League (GLC), this is an important step that many great players have had to take. Dieterich already seems to understand the importance and difficulty of where he is at. “I am absolutely blessed,” Dietrich said.  “I realize it is a rare opportunity, and I just hope to make everyone proud.”                        Dieterich was never alone in his journey towards where he is today. Along the way he had many of his close friends and family to guide him and give him support whenever he needed it. UMHB and its students and faculty were also a big part of his support system. “UMHB was everything to my baseball career,” Dietrich said.  “It made me into the player and person I am. Everyone from coaches to professors. Definitely the best 4 years of my life.”  His years playing for UMHB mean more to him than most people may understand. “A lot of people do not realize UMHB was my only chance to play baseball,” Dieterich said, “No one else wanted to take a chance on me back then.” However, his job upon graduation from UMHB was not guaranteed, so going through the drafting process was stressful.   “[The draft] started off super stressful, and the stress just kept growing,” Dietrich said. “After all, this was a lifelong dream. So, eventually, I just had to let it go and trust whatever God had for me.” UMHB faced Southwestern Univ. at Red Murff Field, Belton, on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Dieterich said that he had so many memorable moments while playing at UMHB he could not pinpoint the most memorable. “I think we would need...

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