Jácome Flamenco troupe ignites the Performing Arts Center
Jan30

Jácome Flamenco troupe ignites the Performing Arts Center

The latest Highways and Byways performance in the Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Jan. 24, left audience members in awe. Jácome Flamenco, led by Chris B. Jácome, performed breathtaking flamenco routines that had the crowd bobbing their heads and tapping their feet along with the music. During the introduction, Jácome encouraged the audience to interact throughout the performance by yelling “Olé!” and cheers to the dancers. Chayito Champion, the lead singer of the group, jokingly stated they didn’t want to hear any “yee-haws,” which prompted laughter from the crowd. Three of the troupe members played various instruments while Champion sang and three dancers made their way onto the stage. The emotion and intense dancing, as well as the beautiful music, captivated the audience, causing many to cheer and chant with the dancers. After intermission, each of the dancers performed a solo. Jácome and Champion performed a duet. There was never a dull moment. While the dancers underwent costume changes, Jácome shared some facts and trivia about the flamenco form to the audience. The show went wonderfully, which is why it was surprising to hear they didn’t rehearse beforehand. “We got here today, did sound check, talked about what we were going to do, and we did it. No rehearsals,” Champion said. When asked how she knew when to chime in with her singing or clapping without rehearsals, she explained, “Sometimes they just give me a look or do something with their body, and I know to come in. Its all about feeling.” After the event, audience members had the chance to buy signed CDs and take pictures with the performers. Paulina Riewald is a senior sports management major who attended the show. “I loved it. I wanted to be up there with them,” she said. “I loved the music and the dancing was beautiful and it was really fun.” To learn more about Jácomes Flamenco, visit jacomeflamenco.com. There you can browse merchandise, find tips and tricks about the art of flamenco and get a sneak peek at where they will be performing...

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Crusaders clinch national title
Jan30

Crusaders clinch national title

UMHB will be celebrating their second Division III National Championship win Thursday, Jan. 31, after their third consecutive trip to the Stagg Bowl. The UMHB Crusaders met the University of Mount Union from Alliance, Ohio for the second time on Dec. 14, and won back the trophy. The Crusaders spent the majority of the season unmatched by their opponents, winning the majority of their games by a landslide. The closest score gap of the season was Dec. 1’s playoff game against St. John’s University, where the Crusaders achieved a three-point win over the Johnnies. The largest score gap of the season was the very first game on Sept. 15, when the Cru traveled to Reading, Pennsylvania to defeat the Albright College Lions by 84 points. Despite their promising winning streak, the Crusaders still played every game with skill and spirit. This was partially because Mount Union kept a zero on the Crusader scoreboard at the 2017 national champion- ship. This year, UMHB was out to prove that they could defeat this strong rival. The desire to rise to the championship again and redeem themselves seemed to be great motivation for the Cru, as they started off the season with a huge win over Albright College. This motivation carried on throughout the season, and the team was undefeated going into the championship. However, achieving the national title would be no easy feat. The Crusaders were set for a rematch against the Mount Union Purple Raiders in Shenandoah. Michael Carpenter, a former running back for the Crusaders, felt that this year, UMHB had to prove themselves as they headed into the championship. “After coming up short like they did last year, they definitely had something to prove,” Carpenter said. “I think you always have something to prove, though.” UMHB definitely succeeded in proving themselves with a 24-16 victory over Mount Union. On the night of the game, the stands were packed. Because tickets for UMHB fans hadsold out quickly, Crusader fans filled both sidesof the stadium, despite the cold weather. The game started off in Mount Union’s favor, and the first quarter ended with a score of 10-7 with the opponent in the lead. By halftime, however, UMHB had stepped up their game, and they took the lead with a score of 13-14. At the end of the third quarter, the Cru hadimproved their score to 17-13, and by the end of the game, the final score was 24-16. In the final seconds of the game, the stadium erupted. Fans were ecstatic that the Crusaders had won their second title in three years. Players and coaches gathered on the field to accept...

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UMHB’s 10-year Transformation
Jan30

UMHB’s 10-year Transformation

If you have been on the internet or social media recently, then you have probably noticed the new trend called the “10-Year Challenge.” People are posting a photo of themselves from ten years ago next to a current photo to show how their look and personal style have evolved over time. Just like the individuals in these personal comparative photos, the UMHB campus has also seen many changes in the last 10 years. Since 2009, several new buildings have been added to campus to accommodate academics, athletics, visual and performing arts and residence life. There is also a new parking lot. The Baugh Center for the Visual Arts, named after Eula Mae and John Baugh, opened in the fall of 2012. The art department had outgrown its home in the basement of Presser Hall, creating a need for a new building solely for the visual arts. Located across the street from the Mabee Student Success Center, the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts has accommodations for all types of art, including studios for painting, drawing and ceramics, as well as computer design labs and an art gallery. The Scott and White College of Nursing at UMHB has grown substantially in the last 10 years, presenting the need for a building for all things medical.   Dedicated in 2013, the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center brought a new look to campus. Thanks to generous donations, including a leading contribution from the Paul and Jane Meyer Family Foundation, the three-story building was designed to include classrooms, offices and a simulation hospital equipped with state-of-the-art technology. One of the greatest and most recognizable additions to UMHB is Bawcom Student Union and Crusader Stadium. This two-year construction project resulted in a new main hub for student activity on campus. In Bawcom, you can find students enjoying a meal in the dining hall, studying with friends, buying supplies at the bookstore or practicing their instruments in Farris Band Hall. In addition to several offices and conference rooms, each floor has a panoramic view of Crusader Stadium. This 8,000-seat stadium was the first football field on campus, providing a permanent home field for the Cru. In 2017, a dream was turned into a reality when the first performing arts center at UMHB was opened. The Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center is outfitted with rooms used to host theater productions, ensemble performances, dance recitals and other performing arts events. The Baugh Performance Hall occupies the main portion of the building. It seats 524 audience members in front of a multipurpose performance stage equipped with an orchestra pit and accommodations for theater productions. Each year,...

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Briana Frederickson crowned Miss MHB
Nov13

Briana Frederickson crowned Miss MHB

“Here’s to the ones who dream, foolish as they may seem.” No quote could be more fitting for this year’s Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor pageant theme, which is derived from the 2016 rom-com film “La La Land.” Nineteen female students representing various organizations and campus buildings took to the stage to showcase their talents and passions. The pageant was split into numerous sections, such as the talent competition, special talent presentation, group dance, evening gown walk, behind the scenes video, and interviews of the top five finalists. In addition, the women were judged according to four categories – interview, talent, platform, and evening gown. The person behind the pageant was Alexis Goddard, a senior social work major. “I have loved the process of pageant,” Goddard said. “The audience only gets to see the final production, which is awesome, but it’s really fun to be there for every comical, creative, and captivating moment,” Goddard said. “Seeing the unique growth in each girl is what this pageant is all about. Being the director has reminded me that it truly takes a village to make this tradition happen. Going into it, I had the mindset of ‘okay, I’ve got to do this, this and this,’ but if I tried to do it all on my own, the show would go horribly wrong,” she said. “There are a million moving parts involved and I have had the most talented team surrounding me.” Some of these talents featured spoken word, interpretive dances, musical skills such as singing and piano performance, and skits. Jordan Eilers, a senior English education major, represented an organization called Circle K, and performed a skit about a story close to her heart, called “Pinkalicious.” She chose this story because her platform is engaging struggling learners through reading. “My favorite part has definitely been getting to know all the girls and making friends with people I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet,” Eilers said. Senior Criminal Justice and psychology major Kelly Taylor represented Campus Activities Board. She performed a comedic skit about wrapping Christmas presents. “Getting to know the other 18 amazing girls has definitely been my favorite part,” Taylor said. “Everyone is so encouraging and uplifting and they brighten my day at every practice.” In addition, the contestants performed group dances to “La La Land” songs such as “Someone in the Crowd” and “A Lovely Night.” After the group dances came the evening gown walk. The women entered the stage in stunning dresses, and were escorted by male students as their background was described by the hosts. The judges came to a decision about the top five finalists: Miss Student...

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Homecoming: Camels/movies/PBJs/Stunt Night
Nov13

Homecoming: Camels/movies/PBJs/Stunt Night

A week of homecoming celebrations began Tuesday, Oct. 22 with a tank top giveaway and a Night of Lights event where students worshipped and lit candles. The next day, students were treated to PBJ sandwiches and a camel on King Street. On Tuesday night, students watched Disney Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” at Luther Memorial for Family Movie Night. Before the event, students sampled dishes from several local restaurants, including Pignetti’s, Dead Fish Grill, Raising Cane’s, Shipley’s Donuts, Jimmy John’s, and Jersey Mike’s Subs. Wednesday followed up with a campus-wide scavenger hunt. Thursday and Friday nights featured Stunt Night in Walton Chapel, which is a tradition that began in 1909 as a way to cure homesickness for students who couldn’t go home for the holidays. For Stunt Night, each class performed a skit based around the year’s theme, but they add in a UMHB twist. This year’s theme was Game night and focused on board games. The freshmen’s skit, based on Chutes and Ladders, showed the ups and downs of four students as they navigated through the school year. The sophomore class had Candyland, with four UMHB students getting sucked into the board game. They must take a journey to meet the king so they can find out how to get home. In the Junior class’ skit, the Clue Cru teamed up to find their kidnapped homecoming sponsor. In the seniors’ skit, Mr. Monopoly tries to steal all of UMHB’s prized artifacts. The Best Song and Dance went to the junior class. The Best Costume went to the sophomores. The Best Comedic Moment went to the junior class’ Hardin Simmons Cowboy, who was played by Nathan Vandolzer. He said it was different to play a HSU Cowboy. “I don’t have a country accent, but he does. Also, the overalls and boots are completely the opposite of me, but it was fun,” Vandolzer said. The Best Actor went to Kyle Parsons, who played the role of the director in the freshman class’ skit. Best Actress went to Gabby Shbeir, who played Miss White in the juniors’ skit. Parsons said he was humbled to win Best Actor. “I love acting. [I give] glory to God. It’s just a super fun experience,” Parsons said. Junior class won Stunt Night, and took home both the Campus Choice and Judges’ Choice awards. After Stunt Night on Thursday, students went to Rock Wall N’ Roll, where they climbed a rock wall, enjoyed music by Willow City, and dined on local cuisine from food trucks. Friday included the 2nd performance of Stunt Night, followed by a pep rally at Luther Memorial and a dessert party/carnival at the Alumni...

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English club hosts the Poe-fect Halloween party
Nov13

English club hosts the Poe-fect Halloween party

On Monday evening, Oct. 29, students and faculty members gathered at Luther Memorial for the annual Edgar Allan Poe Party. The evening was filled with food, trivia contests, Halloween music and a reading of “The Raven.” Students also had the chance to participate in the “Faux Poe” contest, where they wrote a parody of the first two stanzas of “The Raven.” Prizes were awarded for Most Humorous and Most Twisted submissions. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the first Poe Party. It is hosted each October by the UMHB English Club, a group that strives to promote literacy and a love of reading in the community. In addition to the Poe Party, the club sponsors a semi-annual book club, Shakespeare by the Pond and various community service events. However, the Poe Party is not just for English majors and members of School of Humanities. Students from every department on campus are welcome to attend the fun-filled evening. Associate Dean of Humanities and English professor Jacky Dumas has been in charge of organizing the event for the past 8 to 9 years. “I think it went well,” he said. “We had 38 total [people] in attendance throughout the night.” Senior Jesse Cade is a double major in English and history, and he serves as president of the English Club. For the party, he dressed up as a humorous depiction of the capstone to the English major class. “I enjoyed the Poe Party because we got a lot more people to come than [in] previous years,” he said. “It was also fun to see people dress up and go all out for their costumes. Someone came as a cactus. It was pretty great.” One student who attended the party is Miracle Gant, a junior English major and fine arts minor. She performed a dramatic reading of “The Raven” at the event. “I love the Poe Party because it’s a concrete example of how we can make literature real to readers. Edgar Allan Poe doesn’t have to stay in the back section of our American literature books if we don’t want him to—we can bring him out and invite him and his scholarship into our existing conventions if we so choose.” Students who missed out on the Poe Party this year don’t need to worry—it will be held again next year just in time for the Halloween...

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