Campus Police to install new safety equipment
Feb11

Campus Police to install new safety equipment

You’re running down Crusader Way at 10 p.m. feeling pretty safe, because of the newly installed lights.  As you come to the end of your first mile, you see a shadowy figure reach out to grab you from the train tracks. What do you do? You could attempt to fight and run away, but where do you run? Before this happens, there are some preventative measures every student can take to be proactive in personal safety. The university is taking new steps to help protect students against campus crime. “If you do run by yourself, which we don’t suggest, carry your cell phone,” Chief of Police Gary Sargent said. “If you don’t take a cell phone, stop an officer on patrol or use one of the ten emergency call boxes.” Sargent said it’s also important to make yourself visible to others. “Definitely wear bright colored clothes so you stand out when you’re running in hours of darkness. Choose your paths, and stay in the lighted areas of campus with sidewalks rather than running on the streets,” he said. The university will bring a variety of new safety equipment to campus in the near future. “Our push right now is to install the interiors of campus with cameras that we can monitor,” Sargent said. “As we approach the end of the semester, we will probably have 128 cameras online.” The university has taken many steps to protect students from all matters of danger. Some of these measures include having police available 24 hours, and the installation of light poles around campus. Currently, the school is seeking to install card scanners on every building across campus. This is being done to help prevent individuals from gaining access to buildings in which they shouldn’t be. “We exist to reduce opportunities for crimes to occur on campus. We do that a lot of different ways — utilizing the technology and personal resources available to us,” Sargent said. “Our goal… is to put a card scanner on every building on campus. We are currently in the process of putting a card scanner on the Meyer Christian Studies Center. That installation is going to probably cost $20,000 or more.” Even with the presence of campus police, crime on campus still continues to occur. “The police have done a really great job at making our campus safe,” freshman music education major Stephen Price said. “From personal experience, I have had my Xbox stolen, and the campus police responded immediately. They helped me file a report and investigated the problem.” With the university continually growing, campus police face new challenges to meet the demand for public safety....

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A Letter from Student Body President Collin Davies
Jan29

A Letter from Student Body President Collin Davies

 Spring. New Year. Second semester. Welcome back to Mary Hardin-Baylor, or if this is your first semester, a special welcome to you as you begin your journey here. I am currently privileged to lead you and your fellow classmates as the student body president. This honor prompts me to think about students and this university now more than any other period of my education. For this I am grateful. There are many reasons to be excited about being a student here, and I would like to urge you to continue to make Mary Hardin-Baylor an exciting and transformative experience for future students. How should we make the most of our college experience? We quote scripture in times of excitement or deep sadness and claim the words as life, but how true the words of scripture are in all seasons. Primarily, prioritize a relationship with the creator and author of all things. May your identity be in Jesus Christ and your confidence in him. This will prepare you for success in college and beyond. You should also identify and pursue that which interests you most. There are many venues on campus that will develop you as an individual into a better-equipped learner and doer. Do not forget about the community. For many of us, the setting of UMHB was a point of examination prior to school selection. Be sure to explore all opportunities whether on or off campus, and begin to pursue your goals. Finally, invest in relationships. There will be very few settings quite like college for the remainder of your life. Use free time and the availability of others wisely. Continue to build old relationships and also begin new friendships. Learn to pour into relationships, but also learn from relationships. Unsurprisingly, as student body president, I am constantly being challenged and sharpened by individuals with more experience and knowledge than myself. For the university in particular, there are many reasons for my contentment. I am grateful for the present diversity. I am thankful for the relationships that shape and support character. I am excited for the new and eager for the future. I am indebted to the examples of leadership modeled on this campus by administrators, professors and staff members. Thank you for believing that I could lead the student body well and supporting me as an individual and the Student Government Association. Know that you are thought of highly, prayed for often and of interest to this university. ———————————————————————————- Davies offers encouragement to students with this verse: “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so...

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Do you want to build a snowman?
Jan29

Do you want to build a snowman?

THE BELLS — The odds weren’t very favorable. Only a 40 percent chance. But none of that mattered when the first flakes began to fall from the night sky and students filed out of their dorms and apartments, as excited as children, to see that it was, indeed, snowing. The first winter weather advisory was sent out at 9:10 a.m. Thursday by Chief of Campus Police Gary Sargent. He warned students that travel could be dangerous due to winter precipitation between 6 p.m. and noon Friday. Earlier in the day, junior exercise sport science major Daniel Villarreal placed the probability of snow behind one basketball shot on his miniature door goal. He said if he made the shot, it would snow. He made the shot but didn’t really believe. “Honestly, I doubted it was going to snow,” Villarreal said. “Maybe some ice, but I was skeptical of actual snow falling and sticking.” Perhaps he should have had more faith because around 6 p.m. the fluffy flakes were falling, and he was rushing outside like so many of his fellow Crusaders to witness the rare occurrence. Villarreal went to get his girlfriend, sophomore nursing major, Lauren Garcia. Together they walked around the campus. Students were ecstatic about the snow Thursday night, but they were even happier when they received phone calls and texts around 7:30 a.m. Friday informing them that the university would be closed, giving them a snow day. Villarreal shared his thoughts about canceled classes. “I think the best part is… another three-day weekend,” he said. “Getting to hang out with friends and enjoy the snow makes it worthwhile.” With no school and accumulation on the ground, students flocked outside in coats, scarves, ear warmers and boots Friday morning to walk across the ground that was covered with a thin layer of white. Villarreal and Garcia went for a walk across University Drive and down some trails by the creek. “The best part about having this day was… just walking around in it (snow). The sound under my boots (and) it’s just so pretty to see,” Garcia said. Sophomore education major Maegan Loya was another student that was pleasantly surprised when the winter precipitation first began. “My immediate thought was, ‘I can’t believe it happened,’” she said. “There had been other chances of snow earlier in the year but nothing happened, so for it to actually snow was just unbelievable.” Having classes canceled Friday made the event even more special for Loya, who is from Pharr, which is in the valley region of South Texas. “I was also really happy because it was always on my list to...

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Award-winning coach takes opportunity to give back
Jan29

Award-winning coach takes opportunity to give back

THE BELLS — After being awarded ASC Coach of the Year eight times and receiving the title AFCA Regional Coach of the Year seven times, head football coach Pete Fredenburg received the award of Coach of the Year for Division III football from Liberty Mutual Insurance Jan. 6. “Coach Fredenburg’s on-the-field success speaks for itself, but to have an award like this recognize the work he does in molding young men and serving the school and community is a great honor,” UMHB sports information director Jon Wallin said. Along with a trophy, Liberty Mutual presents a grant in the amount of $20,000 to the university alumni association the coach is affiliated with and gives $50,000 to recipients for the purpose of donating the funds to a charity of the coach’s choosing. “It was great to reach out to these charities and an awesome thing for Liberty Mutual to do,” Fredenburg said. He donated $12,000 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Temple, Texas. The nonprofit serves as a haven where families with extremely ill children can find the simple comforts of home, such as a hot shower and a peaceful place to escape the constant noise of a hospital, during difficult times. “The very generous donation will help us make some much-needed repairs around our 27-year-old house,” Executive Director Susan Bolton said. “The 11-year-old system is showing its age. There are many not-for-profit agencies in Bell County, all worthy of support, but there is a finite amount of money available to help all of them.” The rest of the funds will be distributed to Belton’s Helping Hands ministry, the McLane Children’s Hospital and the Wounded Warrior Project. “I have had involvement with all these organizations, and they all do awesome jobs for our communities,” Fredenburg said. “These are the charities I chose, and the checks have been sent from Liberty Mutual.” Candidates who receive this award are honored for their demonstration of responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence both on and off the field. “Coach Fredenburg is very deserving of this honor, for his work off the field and in the community as much as for what the Cru has done on the field,” Wallin said. “He has always had our student-athletes involved on campus and in community service because he understands how important those things are in forming good people and good leaders.” Fan voting decides the top 15 coaches from each NCAA division, and then an objective scoring model determines the top five finalists for Division III coaches. “My time at Mary Hardin-Baylor has been incredible,” Fredenburg said. “My success has been because I surround myself with great,...

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Sport Spotlight: James Allen
Jan29

Sport Spotlight: James Allen

THE BELLS — James Allen is a senior business management major from The Woodlands, Texas, where he attended College Park High School. Allen has played a crucial role for the Cru in the past four seasons. Since his arrival, he has started in games every year and increased his numbers significantly. His freshman year, he averaged 8.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. His sophomore year, he totaled 8.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. His junior year he averaged 13.1 points per game. This season, he is averaging 19.3 points per game. Allen also holds the record for most steals at UMHB with many more games to be played. Once Allen learned about UMHB, he stuck with his plan of hooping. “I chose UMHB because I got recruited by one of the former players here,” he said. Besides attending classes and playing ball, Allen enjoys being with his friends. “Outside of basketball, I like to hang out with my friends and play video games. Me and my roommates like to play Super Smash Brothers on the Wii,” he said. Allen also was a member of the 2012-13 Crusader basketball team that advanced to the NCAA Division III Men’s  College Basketball National Championship game, where the Cru fell to Amherst College 87-70. Though there are many more memories to come, Allen talks about his most memorable. “My favorite memory was going to the national championship my junior year. It was something we never accomplished before. It was a fun experience for us,” he said. He talked about his favorite aspect of basketball. “Just getting to play the sport and getting to play with new faces.” What most don’t know about Allen is his dominant hand. “I am left-handed, and most people do not know that,” he said. After college, Allen has set his ambitions on what he plans to do. He said, “No dream job for me. (I) just want to raise a family and take care of that...

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Bawcom Student Union will be the center of campus activity
Jan29

Bawcom Student Union will be the center of campus activity

THE BELLS — Crusader Stadium opened last fall and immediately changed the face of the university. Connected to that facility is another building that is taking shape and one that will impact the campus in an equally dramatic way. The newly named Bawcom Student Center is set to open this spring, and with it will come several exciting additions to the university. Construction began in March 2011. The initial plan was for the facility to open along with the new stadium, but Director of Event Services and Facility Operations Larry Reeves said the completed product will be well worth the wait. “The new Bawcom Student Union will become the place to be on campus,” he said. The building was named in honor of former university president and first lady Jerry and Vicky Bawcom, who served from 1991 to 2009. “Any students or faculty and staff members here during the Bawcom years know that Dr. Jerry Bawcom and Mrs. Bawcom were champions of the student,” Reeves said. One of the more striking features of the building is the unique architectural design, which puts a focus on open space. “The central entry from King Street gives the impression of a vast expanse of space to enjoy.  The entry is uncluttered and allows views to the dining area, second floor seating areas, and, of course, the football stadium,” Reeves said. “The design allows for openness and light and outdoor views to be a big part of the atmosphere all over the building.” While this design is certainly aesthetically pleasing, it offers practical purposes as well. “The open design of the central core of the building will let you see from the first floor to the second.  We anticipate that these areas will be used for displays, small job fairs, Missions Emphasis Week, and many other activities,” Reeves said. The facility will be divided into three floors, with each one serving a different purpose. “The first floor houses food service dining with a Sports Hall overlooking the Crusader Stadium, 1845 Grill, Chick-fil-A, The Depot serving Starbucks coffee, and much more to enjoy eating with fellow Crusaders.  The UMHB Campus Store will also be located on the first floor,” said Director of Campus Construction Scott Dodd. “The second floor lobby will have lounge spaces with Tech Rec entertainment, Farris Band Hall and Student Life offices.” Freshman music education major Zach Thompson said the new band hall will be a much-needed addition to the building. “It’s very cramped inside Presser since the music department has grown so much in recent years, and this will really free up some space, so I’m really excited to have...

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