Photography exhibit gives budding artists hands-on experience
Apr26

Photography exhibit gives budding artists hands-on experience

Published in the April 26, 2017 issue of The Bells Townsend Memorial Library is hosting a new kind of exhibit that will last through the end of the year in honor of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, which is celebrated April 30. The exhibit displays works of art created through pinhole photography, which professor John Hancock’s Photography 2 class is learning. “Pinhole photography uses a pinhole camera, or a camera obscura,” he said. “A camera obscura is basically a lightproof box with a small hole, or aperture, in it.” The lightproof box houses a piece of photo paper, which is light sensitive and records what the small hole sees, just like the eye does.” “After the paper is exposed, we take it to the dark room and develop it with chemicals using a wet darkroom technique. The image results in a negative photo, so we have to develop it twice to get an image.” This is Hancock’s first semester teaching in-depth pinhole photography. Although this technique of photography has been mentioned before in his classes, this semester’s students experienced the whole process, from building the cameras themselves to developing and hanging the images in the library. “We built [the pinhole cameras] in class as a part of a hands-on, student-based learning exercise. I think student-centered learning is far more effective than lecturing.” Besides the perk of avoiding lecturing, Hancock also enjoys the environment that is created through the process of developing the images. “I like that we’re able to bring in a classroom community that works together and helps each other. It was more of a community of just creating without worrying about the outcome of a grade.” Hancock jokingly said that his biggest goal for the semester was for his students to “have fun making art and wasting materials.” But he added that his actual desire was to teach his students to “take control of stealing light and time; taking [coal] and turning it into a diamond.” “Learning about the process and learning to appreciate it was my biggest takeaway,” said senior graphic design major, Kameryn Boggess. “We’re so used to snapping photos over and over, and just taking it again if we don’t like it.” “I’ve enjoyed [learning pinhole photography] immensely, but it definitely took a lot of patience,” she said. Though all parts of the pinhole photography process were fascinating to the class, Hancock’s favorite part is the hands-on aspect that developing photos in the darkroom demands. “As nerdy as it sounds, it kind of feels like alchemy; magic in the dark. It has a zen, soothing quality to it, with the running water and the red...

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Midnight March tradition continues
Apr26

Midnight March tradition continues

Published in the April 26, 2017 issue of The Bells Charter Day is a campus tradition that celebrates the history and heritage of the university and commemorates the initial signing of the school’s charter on February 1, 1845. It is usually celebrated on the first Wednesday of each February. Sophomores ring the sophomore bell and seniors place a wreath at the grave of Judge R.E.B. Baylor located in Heritage Plaza. The school recently celebrated the 172nd year since being chartered in 1845. This year, the school spiced things up by having a charter weekend on Friday April 21 and Saturday April 22. Many events were held on campus to celebrate the occasion, which included a Heritage Club tea and reception, a dinner and floral presentation, multiple club reunions, and the Midnight March and robing ceremony. The school even provided campus tours for visiting alumni to see how much the school has grown. A dinner and floral presentation were held on Friday to honor the first ladies of UMHB. 1975 graduate Norman Northen presented original floral arrangements while telling heartfelt stories of the first ladies. The dinner also included a display of seven dresses, each owned by a first lady of UMHB. Jim and Caroline Cope met at UMHB and attended the weekend events. Caroline attended UMHB from 1963-1967 and Jim met her in ’63 before moving to Howard Payne. They attended the Charter Day festivities not only to celebrate the school’s founding, but also their 50th anniversary. Jim Cope studied PE with a biology minor here before he transferred, and Caroline studied Home Economics. “A lot has changed since we were students,” Jim Cope said. “There were only around ten buildings on campus when we were here.” Caroline’s class was the first to graduate from Walton Chapel after the original chapel burned down, and they were also the first people to see the construction of Getty’s Hall completed. “We really enjoyed the dinner and floral presentation, the chapel service, and the reunion events,” Caroline Cope said. Friday festivities also included the traditional Midnight March and robing ceremony that is an opportunity for students to honor their friendships with each other and exhibit their loyalty to the university. During the week prior, seniors give candles to special friends and invite them to attend the event. The robing ceremony symbolizes the passing of the student leadership from the senior class to the junior class. Seniors place their caps and gowns on the juniors, and this is the first time the juniors can sing the alumni/senior song, “Up with the Purple.” Rumored to have started in 1902, this tradition is a highlight...

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Sharing the Gospel: students perform Easter Pageant for 78th time
Apr26

Sharing the Gospel: students perform Easter Pageant for 78th time

Published in the April 26, 2017 issue of The Bells “It is finished.” A crowd of students dressed in Biblical apparel cheer as Jesus’ last words on the cross are spoken, while a tearful audience of community members watch as the Gospel comes to life before their eyes. On Wednesday April 12, UMHB students took the stage for the 78th time to perform the Easter Pageant for friends, family and local residents at 12:30, 3 and 5:30 p.m. at Luther Memorial. This year, the Campus Activities Board broadcasted the 12:30 and 3 p.m. performances live on Facebook, so the students were able to literally perform the story of the Gospel to the whole world. University President Randy O’Rear chose senior public relations and music major Jacob Asmussen to play the role of Jesus, and he chose senior cellular biology major Sophie Rivera to portray Mary. Senior Christian studies major Maddie Rarick directed this year’s pageant. Asmussen chose those who portrayed his disciples, and he took careful consideration to pick a diverse group of men just as Jesus did. “I wanted guys who I really thought could benefit from the experience and really get something out of it. So I got a mix of friends and people I didn’t know as well, so it ended up being a patchwork of guys that really became a brotherhood.” Rarick and her assistant directors chose who portrayed the rest of the named roles such as Jarius and his wife, the bride and groom, Barabas, Pilate, and others. The crowd consisted of any student who was interested in being a part of Easter Pageant. Asmussen said that during this time he learned who he was in Christ. “It was a lot of growth in my own personal life with my relationship with Jesus and what I believe and really becoming who He’s created me to be,” he said. Senior business management major Caleb Latson, who portrayed the disciple Peter, enjoyed the time leading up to the Easter Pageant and working with Asmussen. “Jacob’s one of my closet friends , and that made it super easy to just relax and have fun during practice. At first it took some time for all the disciples to get comfortable around each other, but it didn’t take too long before we were all really good friends.” Asmussen said the actual day of the performance was exhausting, but he enjoyed it. “Each show had a different feel to it; something I learned from it. I was really thinking a lot that day about who Jesus is and who He is to me, and it was a very powerful day...

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Cru Baseball on the path to success this season
Mar29

Cru Baseball on the path to success this season

Published in the March 29, 2017 issue of The Bells With a little over half of the 2017 season behind them, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor baseball team is working hard to bounce back from all of the challenges they have faced. The Cru has an overall record of 10-11 and a 4-5 conference record, but the team is constantly striving to improve and is confident heading in to the second half of the season. “We are pretty happy with how our season has gone up to this point,” assistant coach Nate Shipp said. “We had a lot of turnovers in our lineup since we’ve had injury issues. We lost four of the nine guys in our starting lineup, so that was a tough start to our season.” But the team is really fighting through it and playing hard, Coach Shipp said. They have many young players in the lineup, but they’ve come a long way. “We had a really difficult schedule to start this season with some of the nation’s top competition, but we got through it and played some good ball, and we’re really starting to roll now,” he said. “They’ve done such a good job and they are playing so hard. That’s what makes this group so special.” Struck with the injury bug early in the season, the young players have had to step up and work together to be successful this season. “Our biggest challenges this season have been our injuries,” Shipp said. “On the first day of the season, the team lost two of our junior starters. Just after that, they lost another hitter in their lineup and then this last weekend, we lost a senior pitcher and another starter from the offense. “So we are really trying to recover from all those losses,” Shipp said. “We are also trying to move the guys around and find where they all fit and what their role is on the team.” Looking forward to rest of the season, the team is hoping to continuously improve in all areas of the game. “Since this is a young team, there are some things that these guys just have to learn through playing,” Shipp said. We swing the bat pretty well, but we will get more consistent as we go. “The team’s infield defense is also a lot of young guys in pressure situations, so they are trying to clean that up as well.” “But overall, our pitching is starting to throw better and our guys are starting to figure it out, so we are on the right pace,” he said. After suffering a pair of losses against Concordia...

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ASL students host week of events to spread awareness
Mar29

ASL students host week of events to spread awareness

Published in the March 29, 2017 issue of The Bells Deaf Awareness Month is here and the campus’ Sign Language program will be hosting Deaf Awareness Week (DAW), March 28-30. The week of events promotes awareness of the deaf community, what deaf culture looks like, and what the deaf community values. It also encourages students on campus to get involved by taking American Sign Language classes and going out to personally interact with deaf people. “There is a group of people that the world forgets to recognize as a community,” said Dr. Parker Kennedy, the ASL professor here on campus. “The deaf community is one of the most unreached people groups— that right there says a lot, and should be especially important to a community like UMHB.” In the past years the sign language team has gone to deaf churches, Deaf Expo, deaf chats, and visited a deaf-owned business in Austin called Crepe Crazy. Throughout the week, the team will have a booth in Bawcom from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. for any students who have questions about the deaf community or culture. On March 28, there will be an ASL movie night showing the story of the deaf wrestler, The Hammer. The movie will show the hearing what it is like growing up deaf in a hearing world. On March 29, during the ONE service, a music interpreter will be on stage signing throughout the session. Lastly, they will be hosting a wax museum on the second floor of Bawcom about significant people in the deaf community from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on March 30. Senior speech communications major, Briana Hennington, has participated in DAW for the past four years. She is now a teaching assistant in ASL and helped coordinate this year’s event with the other two TAs. “It’s important for everyone to know about the deaf community. They aren’t just a group of people who can’t hear,” said Hennington. “They have their own culture, language, values, and tradition just like any other people group. I think students can get a better understanding of that from Deaf Awareness Week.” In the past four years, Hennington found a passion in the deaf community. “I always look forward to DAW because I get to spend time talking about what I love, and I also get to advocate for them, which is just as important,” she said. Organizers of Deaf Awareness Week hope to spread an understanding and acceptance of the deaf community, and encourage students to learn new things about deaf...

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Students experience new side of Gospel while preparing for pageant
Mar29

Students experience new side of Gospel while preparing for pageant

Published in the March 29, 2017 issue of The Bells What if you could be a part of a story that’s greater than yourself? It is a story so amazing, it has been passed down for around 2,000 years. It is a story of resurrection, salvation, and an everlasting love. The story is that of Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection, and the university puts on an annual pageant to portray these events. Students have participated in this tradition for the past 77 years, and will once again take the stage for the 78th time on Wed. April 12 at 12:30, 3, and 5:30 p.m. The Easter Pageant has been ingrained in UMHB culture and has become a huge community event. Hundreds of people from all around gather to view the Easter Pageant. The pageant is not only life-changing for those who watch it, but also for those who participate in the program. The director of the program, senior Christian studies major Maddie Rarick, has been involved with the Easter Pageant for two years. During her second year at the university, she helped Student Foundation transport alumni to a reception after each showing of the Easter Pageant. Last year, she co-led the costumes committee. Rarick says that everyone, regardless of what roll they play in the Easter Pageant, can learn something important from participating. “The beauty of being in the Easter Pageant is that you get to see the Gospel story from a different perspective,” Rarick said. “If you are a crowd person, you get to see the Gospel and Jesus from the perspective of the crowds that followed or despised Christ. If you’re on the props committee, you get to see what physical objects Jesus used, and thus see his humanity in new ways. If you’re the director, you get to see all those perspectives come to fruition in the minds and hearts of those in the Easter Pageant.” The director believes students should be involved with the Easter Pageant to see the Gospel in a new way and to be a part of a joyful tradition on campus. Franklin Groseclose, a junior Christian Studies major and assistant director of the Easter Pageant believes this year’s performance will be one of the best. “I think this year is going to be awesome. Every year God has given UMHB the gift of clear weather and this year has been no different,” Groseclose said. “As more and more people show interest I, as well as the other directors, become more and more excited. This portrayal of the death and resurrection of Jesus has touched so many, and I can’t wait...

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