Barnes Sparks Growth, Puts Out Fires
Oct22

Barnes Sparks Growth, Puts Out Fires

Belton is a house where a tight-knit group of service-oriented people gather to both better themselves and reach out to the community. It is recognizable by its massive clear garage door and the bright red trucks that wait behind it, ready to go at a moment’s notice. It’s Station 2 of the Belton Fire Department, and it’s also where you usually find junior nursing major Jacob Barnes two nights of the week. He’s been a volunteer fireman in training since July. His nursing major is among the most rigorous at UMHB, but somehow he manages to find the time to give of himself and do what he loves — helping people. “Being a volunteer fireman, you have to remember, you’re a volunteer,” Barnes said. “While you’re not required to go to all the fires or the wrecks … it’s a good thing to go to the ones you can. Don’t feel bad if you can’t make it to all of them. We have training on days that make it convenient for college students to go to.” With his purpose clear, Barnes has no problem managing a hectic schedule. “It’s not as hard as it sounds. It’s about giving back to the community and protecting those around you,” he said. Born in Germany on an American military base, Barnes mostly grew up in Belton after a few years of life in Europe. He feels a special connection to the city and to the work that’s done through the station. In a sense, he’s living out a childhood dream. “I always wanted to be a fireman and help out. I was the little kid who had the fire truck and played around with it all the time,” he said. Now that he’s matured, he still carries his enthusiasm. “It’s a wake up call for service for sure for the community. I’m still new, but from what I’ve done so far, I’ve definitely grown,” he said. Tim Euting, originally from Wisconsin, moved to Texas when he joined the military. He’s move to the Lone Star State also marked the beginning of his career as a volunteer fireman. Currently serving as chief of the volunteers, he shares Barnes’ same sense of duty to serve. He has no regrets. It’s a huge connection with the people of the community, when you’re the one providing the services they often need … I just really enjoy it. Of Barnes, with whom he’s worked closely through the training process, he said, “I think he’s a very motivated individual, and I look forward to seeing him grow as a firefighter. A university professor is impressed with Barnes’ ability...

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Prayer Wall Spiritually Revives Campus
Oct22

Prayer Wall Spiritually Revives Campus

At this point in the semester, it’s easy to hit a wall.  To-do lists grow larger, and classes get tougher. So, what can you do? One option is to go to another wall—the Prayer Wall. The  Wall can be found on the Student Life and Spiritual Life pages on the university website, but for students, chances are it’s most easily accessed on the MyCampus homepage. Web Services manager Matt Irvine said that the Prayer Wall was up once before in 2011 but that it “wasn’t very well used.” He and Baptist Student Ministry Assistant Jena Coulson decided to get the wall back up and running at the start of the semester. “I don’t think there are problems with it at all,” Irvine said. It’s also user-friendly. He said, “You just click the form and submit it.” Simple, yet effective. Every request that is submitted is prayed for. “I pray daily as I see the requests in my inbox,” Coulson said. “The Spiritual Life staff does weekly. Monthly, we ask two other departments on campus to share in the prayer support.” Submissions are moderated, Irvine said. “We want to make sure that we are looking out for privacy.” Instead of becoming a place for gossip or pranks, the Wall is meant, as Irvine said, to do two things: “To submit prayer requests … and to pray for other people.” One of the  features of the Wall is that “if you want to get an update when someone prays for you, it’ll email you that someone has prayed for your request,” Irvine said. “It gives this real connection spiritually.” Sophomore Christian ministry major Mike Perry thinks  the Prayer Wall will build community on campus. “It gives us an ability to see each others’ prayers. It’s raising awareness that there are broken people on campus that need prayer, that need love.” Perry sent his own request asking for prayer that God would be glorified through Missions Emphasis Week, which begins this week. “I am on the prayer committee for MEW, and I just really wanted to get our needs out there … as a steering committee, as a whole.” Coulson said that’s the goal, for “students … to tap into the resource of prayer.” She hopes  the board will “be a place for faculty and staff to engage with students in a different way.” It’s a place for UMHB to access the power of...

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New Goodwill Impacts Community
Oct22

New Goodwill Impacts Community

The first Heart of Texas Goodwill Industries retail store in Belton opened on Sparta Road behind Wal-Mart in September, and many students are checking out what it has to offer. Retail store Manager Tiffany Spears said with Halloween around the corner, the workers are seeing a lot of college students come in to search for costumes. “I enjoy seeing them trying out different looks and having fun with it, but the best part is knowing that they’re buying something at an affordable price, especially since a lot of their money is going towards their education,” Spears said. The donated items sold at Goodwill go through a thorough inspection to ensure only quality goods make it to the racks and shelves said Director of Retail Rebecca Potter. “The sorters, pricers, taggers and cashiers are all trained to look for stains, tears and scratches on products, so each merchandise is reviewed several times before a customer purchases it,” Potter said as she explained the inspection and selection process. She added that employees set out most of the newly received donations within 24 hours, and an average of more than 800 new clothing items are hung on the racks every day, a fact that impressed sophomore multimedia and information technology major Hannah Warren. “I’ve never really considered shopping at a Goodwill in the past, but once I noticed that a lot of my friends shopped there, I decided to go to the store myself. You’d be surprised at all the great things you can find there, and you can always find something new each time you go,” Warren said. She thinks the thrift shop trend is increasing, especially among people in college, because most of them try to find even the smallest way to save money. Regional Manager CC Davis said business has been steady so far for the new store in the early going. “These past couple of weeks have been very busy for us, and we are very optimistic that customers will keep coming back, new ones will keep coming in, and that we will continue to be as busy as we have been lately.” In addition to the retail store is a Goodwill Industries Learning Center, which teaches important life skills and is funded by the profits made by the retail store. “The mission of the center is to actively pursue the full participation in society of people with disabilities and disadvantages by expanding their opportunities and capabilities through our employment and training programs,” Learning Center Coordinator Sabrina Negron said. The Center gives people tools to become more employable, which can range from teaching them how to write resumes...

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Freshman 15: Students Seek Health to Keep Pounds at Bay
Oct22

Freshman 15: Students Seek Health to Keep Pounds at Bay

It’s only halfway through the semester, and there is already a significant decrease in the number of people going to the gym. Those who seem to make it a habit are either athletes, upperclassmen or afraid. Afraid of the freshman 15, that is. People are scared into thinking that once they start college, they will gain weight along with knowledge. But is the freshman 15 something that all freshmen worry about? “I have actually lost weight since attending college,” freshman John Joyce said. He goes to Mayborn to work out at least three times a week and, like most college students, doesn’t have an eating schedule. He said he eats “breakfast at least two times a week, lunch if I don’t eat breakfast and dinner almost every day.” Unafraid of gaining the extra weight that is frightening many incoming freshmen everywhere, Joyce doesn’t have any special eating habits and even enjoys a few meals at Hardy Hall. Like most teens, freshman Haley Gates eats when she’s bored. Along with that, she enjoys two or three cups of coffee a day from her Keurig. “I’m trying not to gain it…. I’m going to start working out,” Gates said. Although she has bad eating habits developed in the past, she hasn’t gained any weight in the first half of the semester. “I don’t think I’m going to gain it because when I went home, I weighed myself, and I didn’t gain anything,” Gates said. Now here’s an interesting twist: Freshman business marketing major Geoffrey Hinkson is actually gaining the freshman 15. He is trying to avoid the weight in fat by trying to gain it in muscle. He said, “It’s hard to explain.… I’m still deciding if I want to play a sport.” Interested in playing football or basketball for the school, his motives are to get more in shape and buff up for whichever sport he chooses. “I work out every day except weekends,” Hinkson said. Along with eating a lot of protein, he avoids Hardy most of the time and eats his own food. Freshman exercise sports science major Jada Ellis admits to not knowing the details of  the freshman 15. “I thought it was where they got a lot of freshmen and they put them in trash cans,” Ellis said. Now that she is in college and knows more about the subject, she doesn’t feel like it’s a big deal. Like Joyce, she has lost weight since being away from home. While the number of people going to Mayborn has gone down, it is expected to go back up again after Christmas break. That’s when people resolve to...

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Chapel Speaker Brings History Lesson to Campus
Oct22

Chapel Speaker Brings History Lesson to Campus

With a thick Israeli accent and an obvious sense of humor, Dr. Gabriel Barkay impressed his audience at Manning Chapel on Oct. 9 with a warm welcome, full of credibility and adventure. Barkay is an Israeli archaeologist and the director of the Israel Excavation Society Sifting Project. He is a professor at Bar Illan University in Tel Aviv. An archaeological team under Barkay found the Bethlehem-Seal, which dates to the 7th century B.C. After participating in countless digs, he discovered the Silver Scrolls, two silver amulets containing the Priestly Benediction. Barkay unearthed an Astarte figurine in Jerusalem from the time of King Hezekiah. While digging outside of the Old City, Barkay and his team found jewelry and pottery in the remains of the second temple in Jerusalem. He said archaeology teaches a lot about history. “Evidence that was buried shows there was life, and that changes the books of history.” A coin found in Palestine testified to commercial contracts. Professor of Christian studies Dr. Stephen Von Wyrick has known Barkay for more than 20 years through excavating in Israel and various professional organizations. Wyrick said that “it’s important to be exposed to internationally known scholars in their field. This was a unique opportunity that you wouldn’t get by just reading a textbook.” Wyrick, who funded Barkay’s visit, also organized a study abroad trip to Israel this past summer where he, seven UMHB students, and other scholars and students from universities across the world came together to work on the Tel Gezer Excavation Project. Wyrick said, “They participated in archaeological field school, doing original research and actually making history. The experience can’t be duplicated. The classroom was the actual place where history took place.” Sophomore nursing major Gerran Perez went on the trip to Israel. He said, “It opened my eyes to how little I knew about the Bible and ancient history. Now I have a better understanding of life in biblical days.” Barkay effortlessly chanted the Priestly Benediction in Hebrew after astonishing the audience with his archaeological...

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High Schools March to Campus
Oct22

High Schools March to Campus

More than 1,500 area high school students were on campus Oct. 9 as the university’s music department hosted the first ever Crusader Marching Band Invitational. Sixteen local bands ranging in size from class 1A to 5A participated in the event, which was made possible by students from the band service fraternity of Kappa Kappa Psi. The marching contest gave bands a chance to experience being judged and to perfect their performances before actual UIL competition. “There were no ratings posted or shared with other people,” Assistant Director of music Nils Landsberg said.  “We felt this was a pre-UIL event so bands could get a checkup of how they’re doing and to get that experience of going to a contest without having any awards or anybody else knowing how they did.” The idea for the event came as the new football stadium was being built. Members of Kappa Kappa Psi reached out to bands in the area in order to gauge interest in a contest. Once enough bands were willing to participate, students began the process of getting them registered, collecting fees and organizing the contest. Junior music education major Camber Comeaux said the event was a good opportunity to let high school bands gain the experience of a marching contest while at the same time seeing what the university has to offer. “We’ve definitely styled it based on the UIL competitions,” Comeaux said.  “With the new stadium being built, it gave our organization the drive to try to come up with something where we can raise money and raise awareness since we actually have a band on campus.” More than 30 students were responsible for seeing that everything ran smoothly on the day of the contest. “It was primarily a student-run contest,” Landsberg said.  “Students greeted the bands when they arrived on campus. They then had a student assigned to each band, and they walked them from their bus, to a warm-up area, into the stadium.” Three individuals judged the competition. They were provided voice recorders so that they could make comments on what they thought each band could improve upon. “Within 15 minutes of a band’s performance, the director could come up to the press box and get a flash drive with all three of the judges’ comments and a high definition video of their band’s performance.” Landsberg said. The event is a good experience for students who hope to be band directors someday. “Many of our students are music education majors who will be taking bands to contest in the future,” Landsberg said.  “For them to be able to see the wheel works behind a contest of...

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