Student answers the call
Nov06

Student answers the call

Students take their own unique paths to get to campus. However, it would be hard to find a path with more twists and turns than the one of sophomore elementary education major Falyn Fletcher. Fletcher was born in Houston and homeschooled by her parents. After returning from a mission trip to Scotland, her father, Doyle Fletcher, felt moved to uproot his family to serve God. “Whenever I was 11, my parents sat me and my brothers down, and they simply told us that God was calling them to the mission field,” Fletcher said.  “They just told us that they didn’t know where we were going, but that’s what they felt God was calling them to do.” Fletcher’s mother, Karen Fletcher, admitted that she wasn’t on board at first, but her husband’s enthusiasm allowed her to consider the idea of leaving everything behind. “I completely disregarded the idea and moved on, but over time, I realized that Doyle was passionate about this, so I began to pray about it, and God did confirm that he was calling us to go,” she said. The family took a leap of faith, joined the Southern Baptist International Mission Board and prepared to go wherever God sent them. “Within a year, my family sold our house and our cars and gave away all our pets, and my parents were appointed missionaries to Moscow, Russia,” Fletcher said.  “We served there for two years. I went to a private school there and made a lot of friends, and I really loved living there.” Just when the family seemed to have settled in, their lives hit a snag. After they had been in the country for two years, the Russian government passed a new visa law which prevented foreigners from staying in the country for more than 90 days. This forced them to find a new place to serve and gave them little time to do so. “My parents just prayed about it and a position opened up in Poland. We had some missionary friends who were living in the same city and so my parents took that as a sign from God that that’s where he wanted them to be,” Fletcher said. “My family picked up and moved our 12 footlocker boxes and that’s where they’re still serving right now.” Fletcher’s parents spend their time growing churches and spreading awareness of the gospel. “They’re job is to be church planters. Their goal is to make relationships with people and then start home bible studies,” she said. Fletcher said that it was by faith and through the grace of God that she ended up on campus. “Whenever...

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Stadium brings energy to flag football
Nov06

Stadium brings energy to flag football

Crusader Stadium has already proved itself to be a great venue to watch football, but many students didn’t ever think they would have the opportunity to play under the lights at the new facility. However, the intramural flag football championship games were moved from their normal location at the recreational fields to the stadium. “Playing intramurals in the new stadium was awesome. It’s great that they’re finding ways for the whole university to enjoy it. The campus rec staff went all out by introducing the team members, having the national anthem, giving stuff away for free and using the scoreboard during our games,” senior business major Adam Rea said. The idea for moving the championship games to a bigger field where more people could enjoy the games has been on the Student Government Association’s agenda for a number of years. “I think Jonathan Kendall with SGA and Campus Rec tried this in years past with intramural basketball championships being held in the arena. It was never an option for flag football before now,” Director of Campus Recreation Sue Weaver said. The overall atmosphere of the championship games was  one that is usually not felt with intramural games. Playing on such a  stage gave the players a feel of what it would be like to compete in a big game at Crusader Stadium. “The event was absolutely a success. It was a great opportunity for those participating in the games to be recognized and to play in such a great facility. Fans and parents came to watch, and our Campus Rec staff, SGA, and other organizations were recognized,” Weaver said. The hype that was brought to the night gave the team competing and the fans that were there a lot to look forward to. “It was very cool to get to play in Crusader Stadium,” senior business major Tyson Brower said. “We have been playing together all year as a team … and we all really enjoyed the championship games. It gave a different feel to intramurals.” The games were  full of   both big plays and excitement, but the coed championship had the teams and fans biting their fingernails till the last second ran off the jumbotron. “Unfortunately, our coed team came up short, but we had a great time playing together all season, and I made a lot of new friends through intramurals,” Brower said. That One Team was the squad that secured the victory for the coed side of things, while the Dream Killers won the men’s division.  Both teams were awarded T-shirts as well as bragging rights until next year. “Winning intramurals is all about getting the...

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Sport Spotlight: Bianca Patterson
Nov05

Sport Spotlight: Bianca Patterson

Volleyball player Bianca Patterson is a junior math major from Killeen, Texas, and attended Harker Heights High School. Before transferring to UMHB, Patterson attended Navarro College. Patterson has added an extra threat to the Crusaders and has tallied  266 kills this season. Off  the volleyball court, Patterson enjoys being with her friends. “I like to hang out with my teammates, and I like to read,” she said. Her favorite book is My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Patterson and her teammates all have pregame rituals. “I usually listen to “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson before every game, and lately, our team has been doing crazy dances,” she said. Besides sports, Patterson also has a passion for music. “I play the piano, and I sing at my church,” she said. After college, Patterson plans to go into coaching. “My dream job is to be a high school volleyball coach. After college, I plan to maybe assist with my old high school volleyball coach,” she said. Patterson attributes her playing style and competitive spirit to her mom’s advice growing up. “When I was in fourth grade, my mom wanted to toughen me up. So she initially tried to sign me up for soccer, but the only sport in season was volleyball. So I started playing, and I’ve been playing ever since.” Patterson and her teammates have already posted the highest season win total of 28 wins in Division III Cru volleyball history. They will be working to add more victories to their record when they travel to the University of Texas at Dallas where they will participate in the ASC Volleyball Championship Tournament Nov....

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Behind The Curtain
Oct22

Behind The Curtain

Once upon a time, Stunt Night 2013 captivated the audience with each class’s magical performance. When the junior class took home both Campus Choice and Judges’ Choice, spectators had little idea what happened behind the curtain. Weeks before any class set foot in the paper castle or painted forest, directors and actors spent countless hours creating the historic show. When senior music education major and director of the century-old event, Alyssa Martinez, chose fairy tales as the theme last November, she thought this year would be even better than those past. “Most people think we just start planning when school starts but the truth, planning started last year. So it takes a lot of work, but it definitely paid off,” she said. Martinez chose directors for each class with the help of her steering committee, and these students had the job of selecting a princess story for their classmates. Freshmen chose The Little Mermaid; sophomores decided on Beauty and the Beast; juniors preferred Snow White; and seniors settled on the classic Cinderella. As a member of the steering committee and the design team, senior psychology major Sarah Shoemaker did a lot of the work on the set. After watching performances for three years and helping out some last year, she dedicated a significant amount of time this semester transforming Walton into a fairy tale land. “We tried very hard to make the set as interactive and 3D as possible. We wanted to make it feel like the actors were in their fairy tale,” she said. The design took countless hours to complete, and audiences may not have realized how many people worked to achieve the final product. “Aside from practicing three hours, three times a week, there is the technical side of mixing music, editing video, recording voices, etc. But I think that is the beauty of it. The people that are a part of Stunt Night do realize how much work goes into it, and, therefore, they practice more and perform with pride and confidence,” junior class co- director Lauren Theodore said. Martinez has seen the progress of each class from the first day of awkward introductions and announcing of ideas, to the final product, which occurred on two nights this year. “The first rehearsal, people just weren’t confident in their skits. The night of, it went so smoothly. The classes looked like a whole new set of skits compared to the beginning. I couldn’t be more proud,” she said. The competition between groups heightened the quality of each class production. Freshmen shocked the audiences with their impressive musical numbers. Sophomores had an almost-flawless rendition of Belle’s romance...

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Sheldon Jones Returns for One Last Year
Oct22

Sheldon Jones Returns for One Last Year

The Cru’s basketball lineup will have a valuable asset back in the action this season with the return of center Sheldon Jones. “Now it’s your senior year, and you know that after this year you’re not going to play again,” said Jones, a senior organismal biology major. “That’s what’s been on my mind lately. A lot of people really don’t notice that until it’s too late.” Jones approaches this basketball season with more urgency for making every moment count after tearing his right Achilles tendon last year at a scrimmage against the University of Dallas. “It was right before our first home game,” he said. “I thought somebody just kicked me at first. That’s what it felt like, and I tried to get up but I just couldn’t move my foot at all.” The team created new defensive strategies to compensate for the unexpected loss of its 6-foot-10-inch  center. As his teammates fought their way to the Division III National Championship, Jones directed his attention to recovering and passing his finals that were soon approaching. “The priority for me was my grades,” he said. “I really couldn’t mope around. I had other stuff to worry about. I had homework, and then I had to go to rehab. You have to take it day by day, and do what you can.” NCAA regulations allow student athletes to participate in a collegiate-level sport for a maximum of four years. Because Jones’ injury caused him to miss his senior year of the official basketball season, he was granted one more year of eligibility. And he plans to make the most of his last year. “To get Sheldon back is huge in my opinion. We now have that height down in the post, which helps the guard play which overall helps the team,” sophomore biology major Layton Zinsmeister said. “Sheldon is a hilarious guy who is always positive. He is also a great leader.” The process to appeal for Jones’ fourth year of eligibility was a team effort. The NCAA requested specific paperwork and documentation, and then it took nearly four months for them to confirm. “UMHB athletic department compliance officer Darla Kirby was terrific in getting the paper work complete, correct and filed on time that the NCAA required,” Head Coach Ken DeWeese said. “UMHB athletic trainer Amanda Riley was attentive and worked exhaustively getting the information necessary compiled and in correct order, and Dr. Derek Lichota was extremely helpful and patient in his role as UMHB’s medical officer.” Jones continues to strengthen his body for the upcoming basketball season. Working through intense team practices is another stepping stone he hopes to...

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Sport Spotlight: Chad Peevey
Oct22

Sport Spotlight: Chad Peevey

Chad Peevey is a senior sport management major  from Bryan/College Station. Peevey went to St. Joseph’s High School. He was voted to the Beyond Sports network Preseason All-America squad. He was named to the Third Team as Punter. Outside of football, Peevey enjoys spending time with his friends. “I like to hang out with the guys, cook, play washers and golf,” he said. Peevey’s favorite thing about football is being with his teammates, on and off the field, as well as winning. Peevey has pre-game rituals before every contest. “On away games, we all go to the movies. Tim and I get a large popcorn and large drink before every movie. We do it every game. On home games, I do a little jog in the morning before the game,” he said. Peevey is the primary punter and kickoff specialist this season, but he has been responsible for all of the kicking duties in past years. Recently he was awarded American Southwest Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his  performance against Louisana College. Peevey kicked a school-record 79-yard punt. He is averaging 37.1 yards per punt, which leads all other  punters in the ASC. His dream job is to one day take his game to the big league. “Playing pro, playing at the next level, punting the football and kicking it, that would be nice,” he said. The Crusaders will not only be missing one of the best kickers in Division III when his eligibility runs out next season. They will also be missing a tremendous leader on and off the...

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