The Cru take second game:  this time against ETBU
Sep18

The Cru take second game: this time against ETBU

By Jaykwon Thompson Editor in Chief Before the game, the Crusaders paid homage to the victims of 9/11 with five Apache helicopters from Fort Hood flying over the home field. They also flew over a large United States Flag, covering a sizable portion of the field, which was carried in by students in the First Year Collective. The 6:00 p.m. game against ETBU started fast with the Crusaders scoring on their first drive with a field goal; then, on their defensive drive, the Crusaders made the ETBU offense punt the ball downfield. Jefferson Fritz returned the ball for a touchdown—making the score in the first quarter with 10 minutes left, 10-0. Defensive Back Jefferson Fritz runs away with the ball for the first touchdown in the game with ETBU at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 11. Photos by Rebecca McEntee ETBU would stand no chance offensively as their quarterback Troy Yowman would constantly face defensive pressure and overthrow his receivers; Caleb Johnson would stuff the run early while Jefferson Fritz would break up passes downfield. During their offensive drive on the field, Kyle king would throw a pass to Brandon Jordan would jump over the defender’s back and catch the pass. This would lead to a QB keep by Kyle King for a touchdown, making the current score in the game 17-0, with ETBU scrambling to find a way to respond as they received the ball on kickoff. The defense would continue to shut out ETBU’s offense as Khevon Shepard would push past the line of scrimmage and sack the quarterback for a loss of seven yards. At the start of the second quarter, ETBU would try to mount an offensive only to be stumped by the Crusader’s defense, being forced to punt it. However, a penalty on the field allowed the ETBU offense another chance on the field with a 1st down. ETBU would find their footing as Troy Yowman would throw a pass to Tariq Gray for a considerable gain, bringing their offense to Cru’s 28 -yard line. However, their spark would end when Jefferson Fritz recovered a fumble from ETBU’s ball carrier, placing the Crusader offense on their own 13-yard line. However, nothing would come of this drive; ETBU would begin their offensive and drive up the field with a big break run from Cornelius Merchant. However, the Crusader’s defense would again stuff the offense as no more momentum would be gained. Even after Troy Yowman would attempt a pass to his receiver, which was open in the end-zone; however, the thrown ball was out of reach, resulting in an incompletion. The Crusaders on their possession...

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The Crusaders take first game with Simpson College
Sep05

The Crusaders take first game with Simpson College

UMHB took an early lead in their first football game of the Fall 2021 season with Simpson College at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. They would go on to win the game at 84-6. Senior E’Monte Smith emerges with the rest of the Crusader football team as they run onto the field at Crusader Stadium Saturday, Sept. 4. UMHB hosted their first football game of the fall 2021 season with Simpson College. At far left running out with Smith is teammate Kobe Giles. Courtesy Photos UMHB’s mascot CRUnk cheers with the cheerleading squad as their team hosted the first football game of the fall 2021 season, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Sophomore running back Kenneth Cormier, Jr., resists the eventual tackle as he carries the ball in the first quarter of play with Simpson College at Crusader Stadium in Belton Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. UMHB’s Brenton Martin fights being tackled by Simpson College’s Wyatt Schaben in the first quarter of play Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Martin is a senior communications major. UMHB’s senior quarterback Kyle King hands the ball off to sophomore Kenneth Cormier in the game with Simpson College at Crusader Stadium in Belton Saturday, Sept. 4,...

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Students find organization opportunities at Big Fair on King Street
Sep04

Students find organization opportunities at Big Fair on King Street

The Big Fair featured student organizations on King Street during Welcome Week at UMHB on Aug. 4, 2021. Courtesy Photos By Lauren Turner The Big Fair at UMHB is a Welcome Week staple that introduces activities and clubs available to students while they are in college.  On Thursday, Aug. 5, King Street was lined with tables with smiling students who were ready to present their organizations to the incoming class of 2025. Katy Hartt, the assistant director of student organizations, said that this year’s fair was an adaptation of the same event in the past, but with some adjustments. “In years past everyone went at the same time,” Hartt said. She was referring to the three groups of students that went in after one another to the fair. Group 1 went to the fair at 10:00 a.m., Group 2 at 10:30 a.m., and the third group went at 11:00 a.m. to King Street to check out the fair.  The Big Fair featured student organizations on King Street during Welcome Week at UMHB on Aug. 4, 2021. “Last year we split it into three groups to spread it out, because we had to,” she said, in reference to keeping numbers of people down as they went through the fair during the pandemic. “This year we liked it because everybody wasn’t there at the same time and people were able to have more conversations,” Hartt said.  She pointed out that this also helped reduce noise levels so that people could converse better at the fair. Not all incoming students made it to Welcome Week, with some arriving late and others missing last minute, but Ms. Hartt said there are plenty of ways to find information and get plugged in on campus. “Definitely check on our website,” Hartt said. “[Go to] UMHB’s website and the Student Organizations tab, and you can browse organizations we have on campus. [Students] can get contact information there and they are always welcome to stop by our office.” Students get to know each other at the Big Fair, an organization fair on King Street in front of Bawcom Student Union during Welcome Week at UMHB on Aug. 4, 2021. Hartt also noted that the Student Organizations’ Instagram page (@so_umhb) is a great place to get general information about what is happening each week, and that students can apply to start their own organization if they do not find one they are interested in, or if they just have a new idea for a club. “On our website …. there is the application to form a student organization, so you just have to have a little meeting talking...

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Holcomb at Convocation 2021: Dare to be curious
Sep02

Holcomb at Convocation 2021: Dare to be curious

UMHB’s Convocation on Wednesday, Aug. 11, featured speaker Dr. Carol Holcomb. Photo by C.J. Halloran By Lauren Turner Contributing Writer All chapel services and late morning classes were put on hold as UMHB celebrated the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year with Convocation.  Featured speaker, Christian Studies Professor Dr. Carol Holcomb, explained the importance of the ceremony, which was new to many incoming students. “Convocation is one of those rituals we do to mark time,” Dr. Holcomb said. “It’s so important to mark the beginning and the end of milestones, because it reminds us, it brings us back to why we’re doing what we’re doing… like punctuation. It gives things meaning.” UMHB’s President Randy O’Rear, at center, addressed the Convocation at the Sue and Frank Mayborn Campus Center on Wednesday, Aug. 11. The featured speaker was Christian studies professor Dr. Carol Holcomb. Photo by C.J. Halloran Holcomb also spoke about service, walking into new phases of life, and referenced notable UMHB alumni to inspire students as they move into this new academic year. Such inspiration could be valuable as students try to find their way in the coming months at school. “I wanted to blend or think through two concepts: one is this idea of vocation and calling,” Holcomb stated. “We come to school, many of us, with an idea that there’s some things that we love and that we like to do, but we don’t have a clue how that’s going to mesh into a meaningful life.” Christian studies professor Carol Holcomb addressed UMHB’s Convocation in the Frank and Sue Mayborn Campus Center on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021. Photo by C.J. Halloran Dr. Holcomb also made sure to emphasize the common theme of each anecdote she posed, noting one of UMHB’s core beliefs, which is that service is important. She explained how that plays a role in each student’s education. “We believe that a meaningful life is rooted in service… service to God and service to your neighbor,” she stated. “You love God, and you love your neighbor, and that’s a driving force of who we are. “One Voice” sang before UMHB’s Convocation on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021. Photo by C.J. Halloran “So, I looked at these women and men through history who found UMHB to be a portal or a doorway into service. Some of them graduated and came back and served, some of them went out and served from here, and some of them found their way here to serve.” The flag of Japan was brought in, showing that UMHB has students this year from Japan, as the proceedings began for Convocation at the Sue and...

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Freshmen bring their energy and excitement to campus on Move-In Day, Fall 2021
Sep02

Freshmen bring their energy and excitement to campus on Move-In Day, Fall 2021

Junior Chandler Vardeman, front and center, exercise and sports science professor Lester Sombito, at left, and sophomore public relations major Chris Johnson, in background, carry in students’ luggage during Welcome Week at UMHB. Freshman Taylor Bass watches at right with her father. The campus came to life on Move-In Day as incoming freshman and their families brought the incoming students’ belongings to their new dorm rooms on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Vardeman and Johnson are both Cru Leaders (peer mentors) helping students move in that day. Photos by Jaykwon Thompson/TheBells By Jaykwon Thompson Editor in Chief Laughing and singing filled the air outside on campus lawns and inside the busy hallways of the university dorms. There were nothing but smiles on faces during Welcome Week’s Move-In on the morning of August 4, as upper-level students helped incoming freshmen set up their new dorm rooms. Cheerleaders cheered and directed lines upon lines of cars everywhere with passengers excited to be there.  Mary-Hardin Baylor became alive for the fall semester as students infused not only the day but the campus with their energy.                         Upperclassmen welcome incoming freshman with a welcoming arch during UMHB’s Welcome Week. The move-in of freshman students to their new dorm rooms on the UMHB campus started early on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Many upper-level students and staff like Kyle Parson and University of Mary-Hardin Baylor’s president Randy O’Rear were there to welcome students and their families, and to carry their belongings to their new dorm rooms to settle them. They worked tirelessly, running to and from parking lots and various buildings on campus like Burt Hall and Remschel Hall, carrying everything from books to plants to heavy boxes of bedding, helping newcomers settle into their new dorm rooms. In-coming freshman and psychology/pre-occupational therapy major Jennifer Cortez was one of the students moving in. “When all the upperclassmen were helping me, I felt really welcomed and I felt that this was going to be a new home for me and a great place for me to live for the next four years,” Cortez. Freshman Psychology/Pre-Occupational Therapy major Jennifer Cortez and her family move some of her things into a new dorm room at Burt Hall at UMHB. She came with her family on the morning of Welcome Week’s Move-In Day, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Walking with her at left is her mother Julia Cortez, while behind her are L-R: brother Justin Cortez, and father Joe Cortez. Welcome Week continued post move-in with activities to encourage involvement and new relationships, as well as knowledge about the school so that beginnings at a new school could go well for new...

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Annual Art Student Competition 2021
Apr25

Annual Art Student Competition 2021

Karyea Oliver’s “Senpai” tape sculpture seems to be enjoying the art being shown in the Annual Art Student Competition at the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts this spring. Courtesy Photos The Annual Art Student Competition at the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts featured 114 pieces by 44 students, which were shown from March 25 through April 16. Senior Holly Hernandez”s “Anxious Unraveling” at far right is a charcoal and India ink work. The Annual Art Student Competition at the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts showed student art from March 25 to April 16. Senior Mady Ward’s “The Cave” prints were some of many featured in the Annual Art Student Competition at the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts in March and...

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