Cru football runs through Redlands
Sep17

Cru football runs through Redlands

The Crusaders opened the 2014 season with a big win at home in front of a packed house. The 36-0 win against a talented Redlands team pushed the Cru to a 2-0 start.   The defensive play from the Cru was outstanding, giving up only 155 yards total for the game.   “When you are able to shut an opponent out, it is always a good thing. It takes the pressure off of us on the offensive side of the ball and allows us to play freely.  We feed off of the defense, and they are doing a great job right now,” senior offensive lineman Riley Holmes said.   On Saturday it looked as if  Redlands were going to be a match for the Crusaders, as they exchanged field position through punts all throughout the first quarter. After forcing Redlands to a safety though, the purple and gold soon caught their stride and began bulldozing in for scores on the ground.   Blake Jackson converted the first score on a three-yard run to make the score 9-0 late in the first quarter.   “We felt like we were able to control the line of scrimmage, and that is a big thing for us. If we are able to beat them up front, everything else will eventually fall into place for our offense,” Holmes said.   The Cru continued to dominate the game with junior running back Michael Carpenter and senior Kamray Runnels adding to the lead with scores of their own.   Runnels finished the game with 133 yards on nine catches, and asserted himself as the go-to guy on the outside.   There were many positives looking back on the game Saturday against Redlands, but one big injury on the defensive side of the ball put a damper on the game. Junior defensive tackle standout, Lamar Seels was carted off the field due to what looked like a bad leg injury on the opening play of the game.   “Losing him (Seels) isn’t good for the team. He has been so good for us, so hopefully he will be OK and able to get back out there,” senior tight end Eric Nelson said.   Injuries have already made a mark on the season just two games in, but they aren’t letting things like that take their eyes off of the ultimate goal.   “Unfortunately there are always going to be injuries in a football season. It is just one of those things that you have to deal with, and how we respond to that adversity will determine how successful we will be this year,” Holmes said.  “We have...

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Saddle up with Cru Riding Association
Sep17

Saddle up with Cru Riding Association

Owning your own horse is not required. On Sept. 3, the Cru Riding Association held their first meeting of the fall semester. Many UMHB students were in attendance. When asked why she was interested in becoming a member, freshman biology major Grace Gibson said, “I rode horses almost eight years ago at a camp and fell in love. It is just too expensive to own and maintain a horse by myself.”   The riding club has been an unofficial association for four years at UMHB, but this year is its first year as an active organization. The riding club president and senior nursing major Kelsey Kunk said, “We are now able to receive funding, which enabled us to become an active association.” Vice President and sophomore nursing major Erica Lowe said, “Members are limited to UMHB. Family members are welcome to accompany students, but are not able to ride the horses.”   Members are required to do three hours of community service and participate in riding days. Riding days are pre-arranged days designed for the group to ride for three hours. There are between 10 and 12 riding days for this school year, ranging from free to $15 per student. Price is determined by how many members RSVP for that particular scheduled riding day. Saturday, Oct. 4 is the first riding day. Water and snacks will be provided. Plus, the association participates in horse-related attractions, seminars, movies, performances and shows to as a club.   The group has partnered with Anne’s Barn in Holland to provide six to seven horses for the members to ride. Members may also utilize their own horse with prior permission. All levels of riders are invited, from beginners to the most experienced. Transportation to and from riding days and required equipment are provided by UMHB.   In October the association will be searching for members who are interested in holding an office in the club. Positions available include president, historian and public relations. Current advisers for the club are Heath Cox from the physical plant department and Megan Owen of the records...

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New union excites students, faculty
Aug27

New union excites students, faculty

Students let out a collective gasp of awe as they arrived on campus for the semester. The spacious long-awaited Bawcom Student Union, which forms the visitors’ side of Crusader stadium is finally open and functional for use by the campus population.   The light, airy concept is accentuated by wall comprised almost entirely of windows offering three stories of sweeping panoramas of the football field below. Headquartered in the new facility are the Campus Activities Board, the Student Organizations Office, the Farris Band Hall and administrative offices.   The first floor is dedicated to the Campus Store, residential dining, the 1845 Grill and The Depot, a coffee shop proudly brewing Starbucks Coffee.   “I really like the space,” junior marketing major Jessica Pitcathly said. “It’s really going to change life on campus especially because all the organizations and activities are located here.”   Not only is she impressed with the convenience of the building, but she enjoys the new dining options.   “This is so much better than Hardy (Hall). I really like all the different choices there are of food. The good food and the new space make this a place students want to be,” Pitcathly said.   UMHB alumnus and Assistant Director of Campus Activities is excited to see ‘The Union,’ as it’s popularly called, come to fruition.   “This building is amazing and students are going to love it,” he said. “There are so many little details that really make it a building for students. From a CAB stand point this building really opens up endless opportunities for us to program, and the location of our office puts us right in the flow of students.”   The building brings him joy as a Crusader and ignites his pride for his alma mater.   “As an alumnus, I am super excited about this building. We had nothing like this when I was a student…. But the best part of this building is that it keeps with the core of what UMHB is about and opens the doors for endless opportunities to build community in any setting,” Sutton said.   Another group of people thankful for the new building is the band department now housed in the Farris Band Hall. Assistant Professor of Music, Associate Director of Instrumental Studies and Conductor of the Blackshirt Spirit Cru, Nils Landsberg said is thrilled to have a new state-of-the-art facility for his students to practice in.   Landsberg said, “The students are ecstatic…. Now we have one of the best band facilities in the state.”   Not only is he pleased that current students get to enjoy the benefits, but he...

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Student missionaries visit the queen
Aug27

Student missionaries visit the queen

England is the land of Queen Elizabeth, hot tea with milk, lush countryside, a rich history and lots of rain. But it’s also the home of beautiful people in need of the gospel.   Though many people consider England just an extension of American culture, the missionaries UMHB deployed this summer quickly learned that going anywhere across the world provides a culture shock.   The Crusader team split into three groups, each stationed in a different part of Middlesbrough. Students lived with British families, living day to day life with their hosts. This provided a very real glimpse into English culture.   University Chaplain Dr. George Loutherback led his team to Nunthorpe, where they worked primarily in schools. This included performing skits and teaching the gospel.   Assistant Director of the Baptist Student Ministries Jena Coulson took a team to Eston, where they used soularium cards to generate spiritual conversation with locals.   Junior art education major Alana Filban went with Coulson’s team and will most remember the people she encountered.   She said, “I built a lot of long-lasting relationships and unexpectedly got close to members of my own team.”   Pastor Trey Bledsoe and alum Jake McGinnis worked with the last group stationed in Teasside, where they worked in the community and alongside Middlesbrough Community Church.   Though each group had their own assignment, the teams focused on loving every person they came in contact with — whether that was starting new relationships or building on old ones.   Senior nursing major Katherine Zuraitis has been on the trip three times with the MCC team.   She said, “When I first decided to go on the England mission trip, I did not entirely understand what we would be doing. Once I got there, I realized how important it was to the community.”   Because Dr. Loutherback has been taking teams across the ocean for several years now, UMHB has built relationships with the people there that continue to grow with each trip. So on the traditional sightseeing outing to York, the Americans got to bring some of their English friends for some tourism and laughs.   While in the quaint town, Crusaders enjoyed fish and chips, antique shopping and visits to the Cathedral.   Senior Christian Ministries major Dane Kemp was a first timer this summer. He has always wanted to go, but was surprised at how much the country impacted him.   He said, “The stories people told of God … were amazing…. It took almost no time for God to move in amazing ways, and I knew I wanted to go back the instant I...

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Cru Culture: New year, old stereotypes
Aug27

Cru Culture: New year, old stereotypes

It’s that joyful time of year again — the time that TV shows do specials on, commercials advertise for, and families look forward to. It’s a time when parents spend far too much money at Target, and what kids have dreams about.   No, I’m not talking about Christmas. I’m talking about the first week of school.   Though college is a bit different, one thing remains the same: I guarantee you’ve had a nightmare or two about getting lost on the way to class, then reverting to crying in the quad because you can’t find it. Or even showing up on time, but without one important thing — pants.  We’ve all had these horrible dreams about the transition from summer to another semester. But really, it’s never as bad as we make it.   Freshmen, you’re probably early to class, dressed in your best outfit with a spare bag of  pencils. In fact, I bet you didn’t sleep last night because of all the anticipation, huh? Extra kudos to you if you sought out your classroom prior to your first class. There should be extra credit for that. But there’s not, because you’re in college now.   Sorry.   Sophomores, you’re probably sitting in your first class, the syllabus printed out beforehand, with your phone hidden conspicuously under your desk. You know the rules and what’s required of you, and you’re just glad to be out of basic classes. Hello, degree plan.   Then there are the juniors coming in late because they know it’s just syllabus day. But they aren’t worried; they know you don’t need to bring anything — the professor will print it out if it’s that important.   Right?   Seniors won’t be in class at all. It’s syllabus week, and they know they can miss six classes and still pass. Let’s be real. They probably won’t show up most of the semester, and you  may not even know they exist until test time. Senioritis is a real thing, and there’s still no cure.   No matter where you are in your pursuit of your degree,  put your best foot forward  because you only have a few first days of school left. Here’s to a great semester.   Welcome home,...

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Students experience la pura vida
Aug27

Students experience la pura vida

Summer is best known for a break between school years for students to rest and catch up with friends. For some, it’s to catch up on sleep. Others worked during the last few months, while some students decided to knock a few classes out during summer school. Vacations were booked and some did missionary work.   Needless to say, it was a busy summer for the Cru.   Some students were able to kill two birds with one stone when going to Costa Rica for a study abroad trip for a month. The Spanish language students were able to apply the skills they learned into the new culture they stepped into. They learned even more about what it was like to live there, and they also got to have some fun while doing so.   Sophomore social work major Morgan Matous has been involved in the Spanish language since high school. She decided to take her skills to the next level by going to Costa Rica to study abroad while also getting Spanish three and four credits for her degree.   “The experience exceeded my expectations. I had no idea I would learn as much Spanish as I did,” Matous said. “I went on this trip thinking why would I spend two more semesters in a classroom, when I can spend a month in Costa Rica? It was about getting the credits for me. When I got there, my entire motivation for being there changed. Being immersed in a culture is a learning experience that cannot be learned in a classroom. I didn’t want to leave.”   She also was able to experience what it was like to live with a host family.   “I could not have asked for a better family. My parents spoke no English at all, and my sister, 23, spoke little English. They took care of me like I was their own,” she said.   Junior education major Savannah Davis also went on the trip to Costa Rica.   “I learned a lot, not only about the Spanish Language, but also about coping with various cultural differences and about the culture of Costa Rica and Latin America in general,” Davis said.   She has been outside of the country before, but the experience this time was indescribable. Although the students learned a lot on the trip, they were also able to have some fun. They went to Manuel Antonio National Park and two different volcanoes in the area. The different weekend excursions also included zip-lining and going to hot springs.   Preparing for the trip and actually going on it and applying their skills...

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