Campus hosts spring org fair
Feb09

Campus hosts spring org fair

By Olivia Robinson, Kaylee Blumenfeld, Taylor Powell, and Jacob Burlingame One of the benefits of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) is the student life, specifically the student organizations offered to students. They are a great way to get plugged in on campus, meet new people and serve the Lord. Often times, it can be hard to discover these organizations and dive in. That is why UMHB holds the Student Organizations (SO) Spring Fair in addition to its fall organization fairs. Each organization manned a table with their representatives and information about their group during the fair at Bawcom Student Union Jan. 17, where approximately two-hundred and fifty students were able to walk by and survey over seventy student organizations that varied from a gaming organization called “League Cru Tespa,” to The Association of Black Students, and to Phi Mu Alpha – a music fraternity established in 1898. Representatives stood ready to answer any questions coming from interested students. “The fair helps organizations get their name out and recruit people and students looking to get involved can see all of their options,” sophomore Gabby Shbeir said as she represented the University Ambassadors table. Many of the tables even had flyers, candy or other treats to draw people in, but the fair was more than just informing students about the organizations on campus. It is also considered one of the many fun events that take place at UMHB. There were giveaways for students via Twitter, and Chick-Fil-A food was given to the first five students whtold Tiffany Wurdemann, the director of SO, about new organizations they learned about. Although junior Adrian Alvarado has been attending UMHB for three years, and knows a lot of the information that is offered at the fair, he continues to attend because it is fun. “I have always enjoyed walking around the fair each year,” Alvarado said.” It is really interesting and fun to see what each organization is doing on campus and I love learning about the new ones that form throughout the year.” “Over the years we have seen an increase in attendance and in the number of organizations on campus,” junior Haleigh Johnson, who helped plan the event, said. “By people becoming more aware of the organizations on campus, they are enabled to become more involved while also allowing them to create organizations that are best fit for them,” she said. “We have a wide variety of organizations,” Katy Hartt, assistant director of Student Organizations, said. She added that new organizations are always welcome. “The new organization deadline to apply [for the spring semester] is January 31,st ” she said. Apostolic Cru...

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Campus men rehearse Crusader Knights
Feb08

Campus men rehearse Crusader Knights

Practices are already underway for the annual Crusader Knights competition on February 24. Crusader Knights first began in 1993 as a fundraiser by the senior class. Since then, it has evolved into an annual competition where men are chosen to represent various organizations to compete for the title of Mr. Crusader Knights. Last year, the title was awarded to senior Alex Miller. Junior education Isaac Felan is directing this year’s competition, along with assistant directors Ben Roark, Daniel Martinez, and Tori Bradburry. “We’re in charge of deciding what the show’s going to look it…getting all the guys together and making sure they have a good time doing Crusader Knights.” The 18 contestants will be judged on their interview, unique video, individual spotlight questions, and campus vote. Felan said that this year’s competition is going to have a few surprises, and that he’s excited about seeing the audience’s reaction. “I’m not going to spoil anything, but [Crusader Knights] will be a little different this year,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing… the smiles and laughs from the crowd as a source of encouragement that change was good and that what me and my assistant directors [changed] was good for Crusader Knights as a whole.” Felan said that he feels a little weird being a young director. “Some of them are older than me. It’s weird being in a position of command when I’m one of the youngest in the room, but it’s encouraging that they’re listening to me.” Junior international business major Jacob Hindman enjoys going to the practices and spending time with the contestants. “[Practices] are like getting together on a weekend with a bunch of really close friends and sharing stories like everyone was there,” said Hindman, who’s representing Farris Hall. Junior multimedia and information technologies major Chase Mariott who’s representing the Junior Class said that he’s having fun working with the contestants. “I feel honored to be representing the junior class and UMHB,” he said. “It’s such a pleasure to get to be a part of this… We all have our own personality and quirks, and everyone just has a good time.” Be sure to come to Crusader Knights on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in Walton...

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UMHB Cheer Photo Gallery
Jan24

UMHB Cheer Photo Gallery

Sydney Enos at the cheer showcase with her team before the Universal Cheerleaders Association National Competition in Orlando, Florida on January 12-18. Photo by Madeline Oden The 2017-18 Cheer team. Photo by Madeline Oden. Sydney Enos with her teammates before the National Competition in Orlando, Florida. Photos by Madeline Oden. 2018 photos by Madi Oden 2018 photos by Madi Oden 2018 photos by Madi Oden 2018 photos by Madi Oden 2018 photos by Madi Oden 2018 photos by Madi Oden 2018 photos by Madi Oden 2018 photos by Madi Oden 2018 photos by Madi Oden 2018 photos by Madi Oden 2018 photos by Madi Oden 2018 photos by Madi Oden 2018 photos by Madi Oden 2018 photos by Madi Oden 2018 photos by Madi Oden 2018 photos by Madi Oden 2018 photos by Madi Oden 2018 photos by Madi Oden 2018 photos by Madi Oden 2018 photos by Madi Oden 2018 photos by Madi Oden 2018 photos by Madi...

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Life beyond a diagnosis photo gallery
Jan24

Life beyond a diagnosis photo gallery

Photo by Madeline Oden. jan. 19 2018 photo by Madi Oden Courtesy of Rachael Hopson Courtesy of Rachel Hopson Courtesy of Rachael...

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Life beyond a diagnosis: UMHB student in remission of leukemia, adjusts to life after regimen of treatments
Jan24

Life beyond a diagnosis: UMHB student in remission of leukemia, adjusts to life after regimen of treatments

By Rachael Hopson Contributing Writer As a 20-year-old sophomore business management major here at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, my boyfriend Corey Andersen lives a reasonably normal life. Many would never imagine him as a leukemia survivor, but that is a part of his reality. At eighteen years old, he had just graduated from high school and was looking forward to spending the day at Six Flags with our youth group. Unfortunately, his plans were interrupted the night before when an excruciating pain in his hip had been enough to send him to the hospital. He slept in the hospital bed hoping to pass the time before he was released so he could rejoin the group. He awoke from a nap worried only because he was missing out on the roller coasters, but something else was wrong; his parents’ eyes were puffy and bloodshot. The doctor entered the room and Corey soon realized he wouldn’t be riding any roller coasters that day. The doctor had seen a similar case before – a child brought in with excruciating hip pain and some similar blood test results. But, he couldn’t be sure. The doctor recommended taking him to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for an official diagnosis. That wasn’t how Corey, or any of us, had hoped the week would go – who would? Corey and I had spent the week at church camp with our youth group. It was a special trip since our anniversary was that week. Friday, July 24, 2015 was supposed to be our roller coaster day, our anniversary of two years dating. Instead of spending the day riding roller coasters with him, I was left at the park with the rest of the group not knowing what was going on or why he hadn’t been released yet. Our youth pastor, Kirk Godkin, was the one who finally gave me the news. I sat under the shadow of a roller coaster and sobbed. What a terrible way to spend our anniversary. Eventually, Corey’s sister Caitlyn, and I went to the hospital in Longview, Texas – the one that Corey had been taken to from camp the night before. From there, his family and I headed to Houston. Thankfully MD Anderson was only 20 minutes from our hometown of Humble. Going home felt good, but knowing his diagnosis would be made official there made the city seem strange and almost foreign. The next week was lengthy and arduous, but eventually we had an official diagnosis, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Corey’s incredible doctor, Dr. Naveen Pemmaraju, quickly educated us about this type of cancer and how a new treatment,...

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Cheerleaders compete in national contest
Jan24

Cheerleaders compete in national contest

The Crusader cheerleading team has returned from their competition in Orlando, Florida from January 12-18 to support our basketball and sports teams for the rest of this year. The cheer team came away with 8th place, out of fourteen other contestants in their division. While the team has previously gone to the National Cheerleading Association (NCA) competitions, this is the first year the team has gome to the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) Nationals competition in Orlando, Florida. This is also the first year they went to nationals with new head coach Amanda Wrinkler. This will be the fourth year the cheerleading team has gone to nationals since the team ended their fifteen-year hiatus in 2014. The team took a break from competing last year due to a change in coaches. The team is composed of 19 students, all of which competed in Orlando. The routine was choreographed by Wrinkler and a friend from Oklahoma who teaches varsity cheer. First, they made the skeleton of the routine based on the score sheet and then added on from there after watching the girls’ skillsets throughout the year. Prior to heading to Orlando, the Cru cheerleading team held a showcase event at the Mayborn Campus Center on Thursday, January 11, to show students, faculty and family members the routine they would perform in Orlando. Wrinkler said she decided to hold the showcase because she wanted to give them a chance to be in front of their peers and their community before they arrived because they wouldn’t get much support in person while there. Wrinkler said that a few parents would be going to Florida, but not many had the chance to and this event would provide an opportunity for families who can’t go. “It has turned out to be a really cool opportunity for everyone to see the routine before we go,” Wrinkler said on the night of the showcase. Sidney Locke is a freshman vocal performance major who attended the performance. “I thought the routine was great,” Locke said. “You could tell the practice… really paid off because they did a good job.” Another student who attended the showcase was graduate exercise phycology major Justis Kelly. “I thought routine was good and you could tell how hard they worked and how hard they were practicing.” Kelly said. Though they did not win championship, they are champions in the hearts of the UMHB...

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