Bawcom Student Union dedicated by students
Oct23

Bawcom Student Union dedicated by students

Chick-fil-A and Starbucks. An amazing view of the new football field. A new and improved bookstore. These are just a few of the things the Bawcom Student Union building has to offer. But there is more than meets the eye when considering the newest campus facility that students have already been enjoying for a couple of months.   To show their appreciation, hundreds of students gathered on King Street in front of the new building to celebrate with Dr. and Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom in a ribbon cutting ceremony dedicated to them.   Not only did students come to show their support, but friends and family of the Bawcoms were also in attendance.   The building was named in honor of Dr. Bawcom and his many contributions to the university before, during and after he served as president from 1991 to 2009.   “In two short months, (the building) is already transforming the student life experience on our campus,” President Randy O’Rear said.   The building provides offices for faculty and staff, a band hall, a great hall, a food court, conference rooms and a board room for the Board of Trustees, SGA and other meetings.   During the ceremony, O’Rear announced that the great hall on the third floor of the building was renamed the McLane Great Hall as a surprise to Elizabeth and Drayton McLane Jr.’s family. The new sign was hung the morning of the grand opening.   “Dr. and Mrs. Bawcom, this remarkable facility was planned with one thing in mind: students,” Dr. O’Rear said. “And anyone who was fortunate enough to serve with you in your time of leadership knows how much you invested in and loved students, and knows how much they loved you.”   Vice President for Student Life Byron Weathersbee spoke about how the building has impacted many of the students on campus.   “When we opened this building, students got to flood into it, and I was standing right here. I was talking to a student and the student said ‘this building is a game-changer,’” Weathersbee said. “And as I stood there, I thought about the many years of planning and what all it took to make this building happen.… Thank you for allowing us to dream big and to encourage us to do that.”   The building serves faculty and staff as well. It has gone above and beyond what its original purpose was; it has become more than what the students, contractors, faculty, staff, the board and anyone involved could have imagined.   “I really do believe I could express for our student life staff.… I think I...

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Homecoming week brings joy to campus
Oct23

Homecoming week brings joy to campus

Homecoming. It’s a time for celebrating the past, living in the moment and excitement for the future.   During the week leading up to homecoming weekend, students participated in a sand volleyball tournament and hung out at Fest-of-Fun. They also spread out their blankets on the field at Crusader Stadium and bundled up to watch Little Giants.   The weekend officially kicked off on Friday evening with an alumni dinner in Millennium Oaks Park. After dinner and a carnival, alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff headed to W.W. Walton Chapel to watch Stunt Night and the crowning of the 2014 Homecoming king and queen.   Senior international business major Johnathon Kendall and senior interdiciplinary studies major Sarah Payne were voted by the student body as this year’s royalty.   Payne said being voted queen is “really overwhelming.”   “I wasn’t expecting this, and I certainly can’t describe how it feels right now. But it’s really great to know that UMHB students care about each other and these opportunities are available to us,” she said.   Stunt Night is a competition between all four of the classes that incorporates a skit and original song within a theme that is selected by each year’s Steering Committee.   Senior Katelyn Holm has been a director all four years for her class.   “I cant even begin to describe was Stunt Night has meant to me over the years…. I’ll never forget sitting around a table freshman year, trying to write an award-winning script with strangers. Then I look at us now, doing this production with the same people, some of my closest friends. It’s amazing. I’m so proud of my class,” she said.   The freshmen portrayed the story of Jacqueline and Aaron as they went through their first year at UMHB.   While they came across some bumps in the road, the class found they could do anything in unity.   The sophomores performed their rendition of Horton Hears a Who where Horton encourages his jungle friends to believe in something they can’t see—Cruville.   The junior class told the story of Ted who works so hard to win everything on campus to get a girl’s attention, but ends up losing his friends in the process. Ted eventually learns his lesson and finds that winning isn’t always everything.   The seniors performed a tribute to UMHB and told the story of Alec, a senior who is afraid to leave the university he loves so much. In the end, Alec finds that there’s a time to move on.   The senior class walked away with awards for best costume, song, dance and...

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‘Sader serves local ministry strokes of genius
Oct23

‘Sader serves local ministry strokes of genius

Stoke by stroke, the artist layers rich colors of paint on a massive wall. Alternating between sitting, standing and climbing a ladder, he works for hours at a time on a mural of Jesus flanked by his followers.   Sophomore graphic design major Edgar Ortiz embarked on a daunting creative mission after being chosen by Hershall Seals, chairperson of the art department at the university.   “Dr. Chuck Taylor … former UMHB faculty member and volunteer for Christians Touching Lives for Christ called me … to consider re-designing the old mural,” Seals said.   Taylor presented a challenge: Creating a life-like depiction of Christ on the wall of CTLFC, a local food and clothing bank located in Temple.   The organization wanted a visual representation of their group’s mission and decided to commission a talented, local artist. They then decided an image of Jesus helping others would effectively convey their own purpose, as well allude to the faith behind their cause.   Seals said, “Edgar Ortiz made his talents known his freshman year, so his talent and proven work ethic made him an ideal artist for the mural.”   After being selected by administration, Ortiz followed the requirements set before him, choosing an existing work to model his own after, and taking the wisdom of Seals to heart.   “We collaborated on a design … and worked together one evening to draw it on the wall, and Edgar took it from there,” Seals said.   By adding more dimensions, changing the background and elongating the piece to fit his work space, Ortiz made the painting his own. And though he didn’t choose the subject matter himself, he effectively expressed his own taste through the work.   “I did have freedom in what style I wanted to paint it. I’ve always liked to be as accurate and realistic as I can, but have also liked to use lots of color, with dark shades,” Ortiz said. “Although I painted another painting, I still had lots of fun in challenging myself to make my own version of an already-excellent painting. I learned a lot by looking at the colors in the original work and how they were used.”   Ortiz began the project this summer and continued to work throughout the semester when he wasn’t attending class or working.   After a total of 15 days consisting of three to eight hours each, the Bible story came to life.   The 80 hours of work paid off, and Ortiz expressed his happiness with the product.   “The most difficult part of the painting was getting the right colors for the faces and...

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Red or blue: What will Texans do?
Oct23

Red or blue: What will Texans do?

Democrat: Wendy Davis; Republican: Greg Abbott. Davis’ birthplace: West Warwick, Rhode Island; Abbott’s birthplace: Wichita Falls, Texas. Davis fought trials as the product of divorced parents; Abbott was sentenced to life in a wheelchair after a jogging accident. Texas’ two candidates are worlds apart, but both offer Texas perseverance.   Announcing his candidacy for governor in July of 2013, Attorney General Greg Abbott told the Austin American-Statesman, “Some politicians talk about having a steel spine. I actually have one. I will use my steel spine to fight for Texas values every single day.”   Senior political science major Robbie Cuadros agrees with that statement.   “Gregg Abbott offers much of the same that current governor Rick Perry has,” he said. “More jobs, mostly from the oil industry, and he is a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment. These policies have helped make Texas a thriving economy and a desirable place to live.”   Republicans quickly judged Davis as an Obama cohort. One of her opponent’s advertisements showed a plaque reading “Governor Barack Obama, Texas,” as a voice-over alarmingly supposed, “Barack Obama as governor of Texas?”   “Abbott was smart to tie Wendy Davis to President Obama since his approval rating is at an all-time low, especially here in Texas,” Cuadros said.   With Election Day set for Nov. 4, political jabs from both campaigns have begun to intensify.   The Davis campaign was met with a barrage of criticism, even from some of her own supporters, for an ad attacking Abbott. It began with a shot of a wheelchair and proceeded to convict Abbott of hypocrisy for trying to limit the amount of damages plaintiffs can receive in personal injury lawsuits, when he himself won a multi-million dollar settlement from an insurance company.   Senior marketing major Ryan White has seen the occasional political punches both sides have given and taken in the campaigning process, but he said, “An effective leader can take jabs, but respond with truth.”   So far, both sides of the gubernatorial race have played the nasty game of politics.   “Overall, I think the American people are turned off by politics right now,” Cuadros said.   And with a state weary of politicians, especially those from Washington, it’s unlikely Texas will go blue.   Senior history major Joshua Hosack said, “I don’t think Texas will go with a democrat this year. I believe Texans, the majority of which are conservative, will stick to their guns and continue to vote so.”   That’s the general vibe on campus and around the state. The Fort Worth Star Telegram featured an article claiming Wendy Davis faces long...

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Cru Culture: Learning your vocab
Oct23

Cru Culture: Learning your vocab

A guy you met just last week walks up and asks you if you want to go to the meth house with him. Instead of letting your jaw drop at the audacity of a stranger suggesting you head over to the local drug headquarters with him, there’s a few things you might want to know.   With half a semester under your belt, or your graduation gown in this case, you’re probably into the swing of things on campus. But there may be some UMHB terminology you’re still unsure of, and to avoid the embarrassment of some upperclassmen jeers, it’s time you read up.   The Meth House   Contrary to the obvious, this isn’t a sketchy building for buying illegal substances. When you hear students on campus throwing this phrase around, hold onto your books — it’s not what you think. Christ United Methodist Church in downtown Belton serves free lunch for college students on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s a weekly occasion most Crusader veterans frequent. Make sure you to throw a few bucks into the donation jar on your way out to keep the tradition alive. The meals change each time, but it’s always home-cooked and delicious.   The Thursday Chick-fil-A struggle   In case you’ve been living under a rock or in a single room in Stribling, Chick-fil-A in Temple serves discounted meals for college students on Thursdays. Showing your Cru Card grants you two magical things — free waffle fries and a free drink. What more can you ask for?   Norts, Chacos and Crunilla   You’ve probably heard at least one of these slang words thrown around in normal conversation. If someone mentions their Norts, it’s not a cheap kind of candy or an eclectic hipster name. Instead, this term refers to the Nike shorts that unfortunately fill most college students’ closets.   Then there’s the infamous Chaco footwear. These outdoorsy shoes are great for adventuring around Lake Belton and accompanying almost any outfit — or so they say.   If you’ve been to a Cru football game and not had Crunilla, you’re missing out. This purple Bluebell ice cream was made specifically for UMHB and will change the life of your tastebuds forever. Don’t ask why, but it’s better than the homemade vanilla, probably because of the color, but mostly because of the Cru spirit.     Now that you’ve learned all the terminology, been dubbed a Crusader forever, made it to class without getting lost, and realized that parking on campus isn’t worth a ticket, welcome home,...

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Old music rules change their tune
Oct15

Old music rules change their tune

Music plays a big part in people’s lives, especially college students. People walk to class with their earphones in, and music is always being played at events. It’s amazing, the things that can be done with music.   Why has UMHB been cracking down harder these past few weeks than what we’ve seen in the past? The censorship that has been showing up is leading students to believe they can’t play music that has any derogatory or explicit language, even if the content is bleeped or replaced with other words. Even the instrumentals of questionable songs are banned.   Vice President for student life Byron Weathersbee said, “There is no new policy on music. We have monitored the type of music that is played publicly since 1845…. Our student life staff has recently had a discussion about how to do a better job of creating good playlists.”   If you went to the football game on Sept. 27, you might have noticed there was a change in the music lineup compared to previous years.   The football team isn’t allowed to come out to “Fireman” by Lil Wayne anymore, even though it was only the instrumental version that was played. Another song that wasn’t played is “Crew Love” by Drake because of the explicit content and foul language.   Even events such as Stunt Night, Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor and Cru Knights have changed lyrics to make performances fun or to add some Crusader spirit. But no more.   Senior computer graphic design major Lauren Theodore said, “The new rules have definitely made me look at things differently. I definitely want to uphold the reputation of our school, but also want students to feel like they have a choice in what a production looks like. I will always respect the administration over doing what I want when it comes to rules like this, because I really understand the reasons behind the rules.”   It may be hard to find a song deemed appropriate for events, but Theodore was able to give some insight about the situation for concerned students.   “… if you are patient and willing to meet with the administration about a specific song, especially if you’re passionate about it and feel that the message is more positive than negative, they will work with you…. The rules are ultimately to protect us students more than they are to frustrate us.”   An email came out earlier this semester with the updated handbook attached to it. Although there is nothing in the handbook stating any policy about music, much less an updated version of the music policy, it is...

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