Cheerleaders compete in national contest
Jan24

Cheerleaders compete in national contest

The Crusader cheerleading team has returned from their competition in Orlando, Florida from January 12-18 to support our basketball and sports teams for the rest of this year. The cheer team came away with 8th place, out of fourteen other contestants in their division. While the team has previously gone to the National Cheerleading Association (NCA) competitions, this is the first year the team has gome to the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) Nationals competition in Orlando, Florida. This is also the first year they went to nationals with new head coach Amanda Wrinkler. This will be the fourth year the cheerleading team has gone to nationals since the team ended their fifteen-year hiatus in 2014. The team took a break from competing last year due to a change in coaches. The team is composed of 19 students, all of which competed in Orlando. The routine was choreographed by Wrinkler and a friend from Oklahoma who teaches varsity cheer. First, they made the skeleton of the routine based on the score sheet and then added on from there after watching the girls’ skillsets throughout the year. Prior to heading to Orlando, the Cru cheerleading team held a showcase event at the Mayborn Campus Center on Thursday, January 11, to show students, faculty and family members the routine they would perform in Orlando. Wrinkler said she decided to hold the showcase because she wanted to give them a chance to be in front of their peers and their community before they arrived because they wouldn’t get much support in person while there. Wrinkler said that a few parents would be going to Florida, but not many had the chance to and this event would provide an opportunity for families who can’t go. “It has turned out to be a really cool opportunity for everyone to see the routine before we go,” Wrinkler said on the night of the showcase. Sidney Locke is a freshman vocal performance major who attended the performance. “I thought the routine was great,” Locke said. “You could tell the practice… really paid off because they did a good job.” Another student who attended the showcase was graduate exercise phycology major Justis Kelly. “I thought routine was good and you could tell how hard they worked and how hard they were practicing.” Kelly said. Though they did not win championship, they are champions in the hearts of the UMHB...

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Cru Love: 1987 waterballoon prank turns life-long romance
Jan24

Cru Love: 1987 waterballoon prank turns life-long romance

“May it be noted: in this exact spot where I am standing, my parents saw each other for the very first time. #MyUMHB” That is what incoming fall 2018 freshman, Payton Mayes, tweeted during Preview Weekend in November of 2017. Standing outside of Getty’s Hall, Payton reminisced on the very place where her parents first saw each other. Michael and Holly Mayes’ story is as unique as their love: playful, filled with joy, and intertwined with the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. While playing basketball and pursuing a degree, Michael Mayes never thought he’d meet someone that would one day be his wife and future mother of his children at UMHB. Sitting in front of Getty’s during the spring semester of 1987 with a friend, he noticed two girls approaching. He didn’t think much of the pair, until suddenly they were drenched by a bucket of water, thrown from the balcony. “All of a sudden this huge amount of water comes pouring off the balcony and totally drenches these two girls. I looked up and there are these two clowns up there laughing, and I just thought it was about the funniest thing I’d ever seen.” Looking back, he remembered the event with a laugh. “I guess she heard me laugh, and boy she turned and looked at me, and I thought ‘Oh that girl’s pretty, and pretty mad too.’” At the time, local Belton High Schooler, Holly, had gone with her friend, Grace, to visit Grace’s boyfriend, now Dr. Steve Theodore, Vice President of the university. As they approached his dorm building, they had been chatting and didn’t notice Steve at the balcony, awaiting the right moment to dunk water on them. Years later, her friend Grace would marry that same boy who dunked water on her, and Holly would marry the boy who laughed at them. In the summer of 1990, the couple finally formally met when they both worked for Summer Fun in Belton. That summer, as Michael attended summer classes and Holly enjoyed being home for the warm months from Baylor University, the pair began dating and unknowingly began their future. Now with their youngest daughter excitedly anticipating her freshman year come fall, the couple looked back fondly at how the university was intertwined with their lives. “We were the third house on 10th, just across the street from the university,” Michael said. “I used to bring Payton and her sister over here all the time and they would skate around the quad. She’s been coming over here for as long as she can remember. It’s always been here, it’s always been what we’ve been about.”...

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New organization helps vets feel more at home
Nov16

New organization helps vets feel more at home

According to the Veterans Affairs office, there are 480 military veterans on the campus. That’s nearly 13 percent of students, faculty and staff. To celebrate those who dedicated their time to service, UMHB played Marches of the Armed Forces at halftime of the home football game on Veterans Day, and students wore red to their classes on Friday. Despite the high percentile of veterans, Mike Harrigan and Thad Imerman noticed a lack of social groups for veterans. With this absence in mind, Harrigan and Imerman formed Veterans Helping Veterans, a Bible study through the Baptist Student Ministries that’s dedicated to creating a group specifically for veterans and ROTC cadets. Harrigan, senior pastor of Fairview Community Church and senior biblical studies major, said Veterans Helping Veterans is a Bible study group for veterans, where they also discuss any veteran issues here on campus or in their lives. “We have experience and contacts with veterans’ administration, and hospitals, but we concentrate on the spiritual formation and spiritual health of the veterans. We want them to feel a little bit more at home here.” The organization’s founders understand the struggles of veterans because they both have served in the military. Harrigan spent 21 years in the Army and retired as a first sergeant, while Imerman was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant from the Army. They found the process of continuing their educational career difficult, and seek to aid other veterans who want to further their academic careers. “[The group] helps a lot in validating the experience. I had veterans coming into campus as transfers, not new students. There was no sit-down explanation of what benefits they’re going to get, that the VA provides for them…there was no real guidance given for these vets coming in. The camaraderie also helps with those still suffering from PTSD or separation from the military.” Through their connections and experiences throughout the VA and other benefits of the military, Harrigan and Imerman are able to assist newly discharged or retired veterans who are still adjusting to civilian life. Since veterans are nontraditional students, most of them commute from the Temple or Killeen areas to school each day, isolating them from traditional campus life. “They’re gonna feel sort of lonely,” Harrigan said. “This is another way to get our arms around them in that so they feel welcomed and a part of the program. It’s an easy way to create that camaraderie again.” Imerman praised the group for its ability to connect him with people he wouldn’t have otherwise met as a journalism major. “I’ve met four or five veterans I didn’t know, and an ROTC kid.”...

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Tori Pharris crowned Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor
Nov15

Tori Pharris crowned Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor

Twenty young women, representing student organizations, classes and residence halls displayed their inner beauty at the annual Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor Pageant this Veteran’s Day, Saturday, Nov. 11. Miss Search Cru, junior mass communication major Tori Pharris was crowned 2018 Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor. Pharris will represent the university at parades, Crusader Knights and other campus events. She will also work to carry out her platform, “supporting military families during deployment.” “It’s kind of overwhelming,” she said. “I just went into the pageant with the expectation of, ‘let’s just have fun and meet some new people,’ so it’s kind of crazy.” Junior psychology major Sarah Szyperski directed the pageant, along with her assistant directors, public relations majors senior Rhema Jones and sophomore Mary De Acetis. “[Directing] was honestly one of the biggest blessings and honors of my life. It’s such an honor to put on this big of a tradition, and work alongside two awesome assistant directors.” The contestants were judged by four categories: interview, talent, platform, and evening gown. The night began with the talent portion. From singing about avocados, to dressing like Napolean Dynamite, to karate chopping a boyfriend, the talent portion brought many laughs and smiles. Pharris’ showcased her musical abilities during the talent portion of the pageant by playing the school’s alma mater using water glasses. “The school song means so much [to me,]” Pharris said. “By the end everyone was singing, and it made it much more heartfelt.” The contest also had the evening gown portion, where the ladies showcased their grace and poise. The ladies then performed a group dance together, and the top five finalists were announced. Each were given interview questions about their platforms and the organizations they were representing. While the judges collaborated on the winner, co-emcee Annah Jane Pascall performed an original song that she performed last year when she was a contestant in the pageant. Runner-ups for the pageant were Miss McLane Hall Sarah Jane Leaverton, Miss Junior Class Jenna Albright, Miss Senior Class Katie Winekauf, and Miss Baptist Student Union Hannah John. 1st runner-up John said that she looks forward to supporting Pharris through her reign as the 2018 Miss MHB. “I don’t plan on stopping with my platform, but I’m excited that I get to support her.” Several special awards were given out to a few young ladies. Miss Freshman Class Ally Jordan won best talent for her Bon Qui Qui Starbucks skit. Best Evening Gown went to Miss Student Foundation Hannah Yoes. Miss Farris Hall Keyarius Johnson won both Best Interview and the Congeniality Award. “We are all just family, so it was an amazing feeling to...

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Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor photo gallery
Nov15

Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor photo gallery

Emma Spellings and Shara McClure wait while Jenna Albright intoduces herself. Photo by Madeline Oden. Tori Pharris plays the alma mater using wine glasses. Hannah John performs a traditional Indian dance for her talent. Photo by Madeline Oden. Hannah Yoes plays the flute for her talent. Photo by Madeline Oden. Ally Jordan performs her Bon Qui Qui Starbucks skit. Photo by Madeline Oden. Rosalind Harrell praise dances to “Don’t Cry” by Kirk Franklin during the talent portion of the pageant. Photo by Madeline Oden. Jenna Albright sings about avocados as she makes guacamole. Photo by Madeline Oden. Katie Winekauf dressed as Napoleon Dynamite for her talent. Photo by Madeline Oden. Katie Winekauf dressed as Napoleon Dynamite for her talent. Photo by Madeline Oden. Katie Winekauf dressed as Napoleon Dynamite for her talent. Photo by Madeline Oden. Haley Whitmore scooters onstage during her talent. Photo by Lauren Lum. Laurin Hoffa poses in her evening gown. Photo by Madeline Oden. Rosalind Harrell poses in her evening gown. Photo by Madeline Oden. Sara Lindsey poses in her evening gown. Photo by Madeline Oden. Alexys Wharton poses in her evening gown. Photo by Madeline Oden. Katie Winekauf poses in her evening gown. Photo by Madeline Oden. Bridget Silman poses in her evening gown. Photo by Lauren Lum. 2018 Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor Tori Pharris. Photo by Madeline Oden. 2018 Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor Tori Pharris reacts as 2017 Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor Bridgit Sillman crowns her Saturday, Nov. 11 in Walton Chapel. Pharris’ rendition of the alma mater using musical glasses had the audience singing along, and her platform to support military families, interview contributed to a winning performance. Contestants left to right are Bailey Haire, Shara McClure, Hannah Yoes, Haley Whitmore, and Sarah Jane Leaverton. The masters’ of ceremonies at right are: Kris Hurst and Annah Jane Paschall. Photo by Madeline Oden. Among others, Danielle Salazar, Keyarius Johnson, Ally Jordan, Emma Spellings, Sara Lindsey, Jenna Albright and Haley Brewis pose in their evening gowns. Photo by Madeline...

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2017 Homecoming festivities bring students, alumni together
Oct26

2017 Homecoming festivities bring students, alumni together

Crusaders enjoyed a fun-filled homecoming week with Race for the Gold competitions, skits, lanterns, and a win against Belhaven University. Homecoming week kicked off with a tank giveaway and early morning yoga at Luther Memorial on Monday. The day continued with Race for the Gold events: three-legged soccer and balloon juggle. The night ended with Lanterns and Lily Pads, a new homecoming event where students lit paper lanterns in Burt Pond. “[Lanterns and Lily Pads] was so serene, and a much-needed night during a stressful week,” said junior mass communications major Felicia Suominen. Tuesday continued with more Race for the Gold events and ended with Taste of Belton, where students sampled eats and treats from Belton restaurants. On Wednesday, students participated in a mechanical bull contest on King Street and then went to various church small groups. The fun continued Thursday with Giant Jenga on King Street. In the evening, students enjoyed a Cru-Toon-themed Stunt Night. The freshmen skit was a long lost episode of Spongebob Squarepants, where Sandy misses her home at UMHB, so Spongebob and the gang try to cheer her up. The sophomore’s skit followed Timmy Turner of The Fairly-Odd Parents on his first day as a sophomore at UMHB. The juniors’ portrayed how Pebbles and Bam-Bam from The Flintstones first started dating at the University of Mary Hardin-Boulder. The seniors ended the night with their skit featuring Scooby-Doo and the gang as they track down who stole the diplomas from the Alumni House. After watching skits, students headed to the Hoco Hoedown on King Street. The hoedown had food trucks and live music by the Hunter Rea Band. On Friday, students answered trivia questions at the Trivia Challenge, while alumni reminisced about their life at UMHB at the “When I was Here” Alumni Mixer. Students and alumni gathered Friday night to watch the Stunt Night skits. During intermission, the homecoming court was introduced. Senior exercise sports science major Matthew McVey and senior nursing major Kristin Cherry were crowned Homecoming King and Queen. “It’s a blessing honestly,” McVey said about winning Homecoming King. “Two years ago I would have never thought this would have happened. I’ve made so many friends and built relationships. I’m blessed to be here.” Next came the announcement of the Stunt Night awards. Best Song and Dance went to the senior class. Best Costumes went to the junior class. Best Comedic Moment went to Gary, the snail. Best Actress was awarded to junior Schyler Malloy as Pebbles, and junior Ben Roark won Best Actor as Fred Flintstone. The senior class was awarded Audience Choice. Malloy was thrilled to win Best Actress and...

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