UMHB Crusaders win         2021 National Championship
Dec18

UMHB Crusaders win 2021 National Championship

Coach Pete Fredenburg holds the National Championship trophy for 2021 as he is greeted upon arrival back to UMHB in Belton on Saturday, Dec. 18.Photos by Rebecca McEntee The UMHB Crusaders arrived back at the UMHB field house Saturday as the 2021 National Champions for NCAA’s Division III. They won the night before, on Friday, December 17 at the Stagg Bowl in Canton, Ohio, against the North Central Illinois Cardinals, 57 to 24. North Central is the team that won the title in 2019, and because the season was cancelled last year, this was the first chance the Cru had to challenge the defending champions at the bowl. This is not UMHB’s first championship, but it may be the team and coach’s most satisfying. Wide receiver and senior Aaron Sims walks with his teammates past cheering fans after arriving back at the UMHB field house Saturday, Dec. 18. The Crusaders walk through fans to the field house at UMHB Saturday, as they are welcomed back by family, friends and fans. At left walking, and about to shake hands with a fan, is defensive back and senior Jefferson Fritz. Coach Pete Fredenburg held the trophy close as he stepped off the bus first and was greeted by family and fans. As Fredenburg carried the trophy off the bus, the team filed out after him and the tired football team walked through a cheering crowd of fans as they entered the field house. Friends, family and fans take pictures of the newly arrived 2021 National Championship Trophy outside the field house at UMHB on Saturday, Dec. 18. Outside, Belton Mayor Wayne Carpenter welcomed back the team. Then fans took photos of the trophy, set on a podium behind the speakers.  Fans had braved some rapidly changing weather with chilly winds to wait for the arrival of the team’s two busses from the airport, and to then celebrate their champions. The weather seemed to blow in just ahead of the buses with cold air from Ohio, but celebrations would...

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Free lunch on October 5th
Oct01

Free lunch on October 5th

By Jaykwon Thompson Editor in chief On Tuesday, October 5th, the BSM will be hosting a free lunch for anyone on campus, which is open to everyone; this includes undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and staff if they decide to stop by and dine in. This will take place in Lord conference center at the Parker Academic Building at 11:45 am. BSM is partnering with FBC temple and a local non-profit called The Unincluded Club to provide Raising Cane’s for the first 100 people who show...

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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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