Campus resources help students stick to resolutions

With every new year there is always a load of people who decide that the upcoming year is the year that there will be a change in their life. Like always, in January, resolutions are in full swing. The beginning is always when New Years’ Resolutions are going strong. But most people give up on their resolutions a quarter of the way through the year. This is caused by many reasons: there is not enough time, no motivation to continue it, or you just don’t know of any resources to help you accomplish your goals. Here at UMHB, there are many solutions, and the best part is that they might not cost a thing. Here are some ways to take advantage of a few of the many campus resources. Explore healthy campus dining options If you have a meal plan, you can get some great healthy options at the Residential Dining Hall in the Bawcom Student Union Building. They offer healthy wraps instead of bread, a salad bar, and often serve brown rice or couscous with lean meats. You could also stop by the Mabee Market or Starbucks for a healthy meal instead of buying another large order of fries at Chick Fil A. Take advantage of Mayborn Campus Center If you are hoping to run a half marathon or lose some weight, then, look no further then the Mayborn Campus Center. And with hours ranging from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays, there’s no excuse for missing that daily workout. The fitness center includes elliptical machines, treadmills, spin bikes, pin select machines and plenty of free weights. And if you need the motivation of a fitness class, Campus Recreation offers group fitness classes at no extra cost to students. There’s everything from spinning to yoga to Zumba and many more. These classes are offered at multiple times on multiple days. Dr. Mickey Kerr, a professor in the Exercise and Sport Science department, said in order to keep up with fitness goals, students need to pick something they enjoy doing. “Pick something doesn’t feel like it’s drudgery,” he said. “Make it an activity you look forward to because your success depends on your mindset.” Take advantage of academic centers While some might be focusing on their health in the New Year, others might be making academic goals. “If this is what you would like to accomplish this year, then you should stop by the Center of Academic Excellence, CAE, or the Writing Center,” said Emily...

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On a mission Students take the Word into the world
Jan28

On a mission Students take the Word into the world

To those who are seeking adventure, and have a passion for sharing the love of Christ and fellowshipping with people from other cultures and backgrounds, mission trips can be a great opportunity. For those looking to actually join or be a part of a mission trip, but are unsure of how to go about it, there are multiple avenues by which to get involved. One way is to be part of a university-sponsored trip. The university’s Baptist Student Ministries (BSM) help students find the most cost-effective and lifestyle-friendly missions. They help students become a part of school-sponsored trips or get involved with Go Now missions that place students all over the country and the world. “I went on the refugee mission trip in Fort Worth at Camp Broadway and it was such an amazing experience,” said sophomore physical education major Lee Vasquez Jr. “It was my first mission trip and I was so blessed and thankful to start off there.” Vasquez attended a mission through the university over Christmas break and said that as soon as the team arrived, they could feel God’s spirit upon them. “As soon as the kids got there, we saw how much God has helped them through their lives and how much they want to become closer to him,” he said. “It made me so happy to see their faces glow and shine. It was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to go on another.” While students like Vasquez saw God’s hand working in university-sponsored mission trips over Christmas break, others like sophomore Christian studies major Kelly Carlin experienced God’s presence in church-sponsored mission trips. “I went to India and New Orleans. I loved seeing the different cultures of both places,” Carlin said. “In India, I helped run a Vacation Bible School.” Although the language barrier prevented Carlin and her team from communicating completely with the children, they connected with them through games and activities. Just a few weeks with the children impacted Carlin’s heart and worldview, she believes, forever. “[The trip] showed me that there is a lot of Kingdom work that needs to be done in the US,” Carlin said. “I encourage everyone to go [on a mission trip] at least once and see how the other half-lives and to experience the way God moves throughout the world.” Students who didn’t get the chance to trek through foreign cities and bring the Gospel to unreached peoples over Christmas break can take advantage of the opportunity to be a part of Beach Reach – a spring break mission trip organized by the Baptist Student Ministries. Every year, a group of UMHB students...

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College republicans start new organization
Dec08

College republicans start new organization

The College Republicans are back, and ready to educate voters on the political issues of the day. The club was originally started three years ago, but couldn’t find its momentum. Recently the organization was brought back to campus and students are excited to see its return. “When I heard they were bringing it back I thought, I want to get it done, I want to make it happen. I went to Sheryl Garza, our supervisor, and asked what I can do to help,” said senior economics major and organization president Collin Cavendish. The politically focused club hopes to help young voters on campus find their political identity so they know exactly why they vote for a cetain party or candidate, and know exactly what policies are most important to them. “For a lot of people on campus this will be the first election they will be voting in,” Cavendish said. “To think your vote doesn’t matter or won’t count for anything is scary. I want to raise awareness that the policies will effect you and it does matter. It is important to get to the polls and vote.” At the interest meeting on Nov. 19, the officers introduced the plan for the organization’s future. Many ideas are still in discussion, and the officers are allowing members to partake in the discussions by expressing their opinions as well. During the meeting, the organization’s officers brought in three guest speakers to talk to the students. Michael Ball, senior director of UMHB, was the first guest speaker to talk to the group. He talked about the upcoming election and the campaigns he had been a part of in the past. “Your ability to influence is greater now than ever,” Ball said. He explained that our votes do directly affect us even though we might not see the effect. The next guest speaker was Henry Garza, the current Bell County District Attorney. Garza talked about his previous experiences with Republican campaigns and creating your political identity is more important than ever. He explained to the viewers that politics are not bad, but they can be difficult. Michael James, who is a chairman of the Young Republicans in Bell County also spoke during the meeting. James talked about how UMHB represents a unique demographic “What I mean by that is, You are the majority,” James said. Freshman nursing major, Mackenzie Henderson, attended to gain a better understanding of how she can be a part of the political process. “I wanted to come so I can be informed further about political issues and develop friendships with other Republicans.” Freshman political science major, Tyler Baker, also...

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Faith important in path to healing from mental illness
Dec08

Faith important in path to healing from mental illness

People struggling with mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, and ADD may feel that having faith in God is hopeless. However, faith can play a huge role in overcoming these illnesses. The Cru Counseling Center encourages students to join a church, a local ministry or see a Christian therapist or counselor if they feel they are struggling through mental illness. Therapist, and UMHB almuna, Leslie L. Brown, MA, LPC intern, said it is important for people to discuss mental illness from a spiritual standpoint. She believes that through faith people can believe that they are battling mental illness for a reason and that one day they will no longer struggle with these illnesses. “Most importantly, those who have faith also have hope,” Brown said. “First they have hope that God is with them as they go through their battle with mental illness. Second they have hope that even if they struggle with their mental illness for the rest of their life, one day in Heaven they will be free of it. Third they have hope that their struggle has a purpose since God does not waste.” Brown wants people with mental illness to realize that medication and godly counsel are helpful tools in finding a cure for mental illness. “I believe in some cases the Bible and prayer alone are sufficient, but not in every case. Sometimes godly counsel is necessary,” she said. “I believe some medications are a gift from God, and I have seen medication lift a person’s mood just enough for counseling to be effective.” Senior pre-med biology major Kia Torres has seen firsthand the effects of faith on mental illness. Torres has struggled with depression and anxiety since she was diagnosed at the age of 10. Throughout Torres’ middle school and high school years, she struggled with suicide, drugs, partying, and various other vices. In Torres’ freshman year at UMHB, she attended church with her Cru leader. This church service changed her life forever. “The pastor was speaking on Psalms 139, and how you’re made for a purpose. I busted out crying, and I finally decided You’ve proven yourself to me.” Once Torres became a Christian, she underwent counseling where she learned that although someone may be a Christian, they can still have a mental illness. “I realized that depression is something I’m going to struggle with whether I’m a Christian or not,” Torres said. “You can be a strong, solid Christian and still have depression.” In Genesis, the Bible says that what Satan used for evil in Joseph’s story, God used for good to save many people’s lives. Torres has a tattoo...

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Homecoming week full of Cru traditions
Nov19

Homecoming week full of Cru traditions

ssert party, lemur kissing and a Crusader win. The 2015 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor homecoming week that took place Sunday. Nov. 8 through Saturday, Nov. 14, had a little something for everyone to enjoy. “Homecoming’s been fun. I was on the action committee which was interesting to be a part of. It was fun to help out with everything they needed. Set up, tear down; I was just there,” freshman nursing major Sammy Pilkington said. Throughout the week, the student organizations team gave away tanks and gift cards at various locations on campus. Some students even had to sing or answer questions to receive their prize. Students also participated in a weeklong event called The Hunt. Participants were asked to take pictures at various locations on and off campus to compete for the golden ticket. Winners of the golden ticket sat in a special balcony in Bawcom Student Union for the Cru’s game against East Texas Baptist University on Saturday. Shelby Halloran and Ryan Tyler-Coronado won the special prize. Another event, Clash of Classes, took place at the Recreation Courts on Tuesday at 9 p.m., where members from each class went head-to-head in a dodge ball competition. The sophomores took the victory. Students also took advantage of Relax and Unwind that took place on Thursday at 9 p.m. The university brought in food trucks for the first time, and Cue the Sun Band and Adam Fischer + Hunter Rea Band performed. Hot chocolate and s’mores were also available during the event. While students enjoyed refreshments, UMHB ATPE had university chaplain Dr. Loutherback kiss a lemur for Project Apple Tree. During the week, students voted with $1 tickets to choose which staff member would kiss the creature. Students could choose from Vice-President of Student Life, Dr. Byron Weathersbee, BSM Director, Dr. Shawn Shannon, or Director of Spititual Life, Dr. George Loutherback. Project Apple Tree raises money to buy school supplies for children in the Belton area. The lucky winner, was forced to put barbecue sauce on his lips before Mozzy, the lemur, kissed him. “It was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced,” Loutherback said. “The lemur was very aggressive, but it was fun. I’ve never done it before, so this is a first for me.” Stunt Night was also part of the homecoming festivites and took place on Thursday and Friday night at 7 p.m. Each class performed a ten minute skit based on the theme, vintage video games, which was chosen by the sophomore class. The freshman, who chose Pong as their game, told the story of a freshman girl, Claire, struggling between staying at UMHB or transferring to another...

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Campus crowns Miss MHB 2016
Nov19

Campus crowns Miss MHB 2016

Heels, ball gowns, and a tiara were all part of the annual Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor pageant that took place in Walton Chapel on Nov. 6 and 7. The event gave 26 girls representing 26 different campus organizations the opportunity to showcase their talents and be a voice for a cause they are passionate about. “Pageant is really focused on the girls building relationships together and with God. This year we focused a lot on how each girl is beautiful and flawless through Jesus Christ,” said senior elementary education major Rachel Correale, who directed the event. “This experience also grows the contestant as a person.” This year’s pageant featured a variety of talents, from stand-up comedy to spoken word to storytelling using henna and the reciting of favorite childhood books. “I have always had a love of the book The Giving Tree, so one day I sat down and prayed about it being my talent,” senior speech communication major and first runner-up Katie Stringer said. “Then next thing I knew I had a whole monologue about the ultimate gift we can receive – Jesus Christ.” Stringer was given the award for Miss Congeniality at the end of the show, which was a special award voted on by Stringer’s fellow contestants. Winning that award held great sentimental value to Stringer and her late mother. “When I won Miss Congeniality, I felt so honored and shocked. I cannot even express in words how much receiving that award meant to me,” Stringer said. “I told my mother when I was a little girl that I would one day be just like Sandra Bullock in my favorite movie and become Miss Congeniality. These wonderful new friends have graciously helped me achieve that dream.” After other special awards such as Best Gown and Best Talent were given out, it was time to announce the winner. Everyone stood and cheered as sophomore music major Karon Chapa was crowned Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor 2016. “A lot of people don’t know how vulnerable we are during practice and Karon was so encouraging when we needed her, and then I had the opportunity to see her true heart as I watched and listened to her platform,” freshman nursing major and Miss Freshman Class Mercedes Saldivar said. “I’m just super excited for her and can’t wait to see how she goes about using her platform.” Chapa has a heart for special needs families and hopes to use her reign as Miss MHB to bridge the gap between the UMHB community and the special needs community by educating students about everything. Chapa hopes to get students involved in special needs-based clubs on...

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