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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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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