The Disney College Program: a look behind the mouse ears
Oct10

The Disney College Program: a look behind the mouse ears

Do you want to have fun? Want to live in Disney World for a whole semester? Want to get college credit? Then the Disney College Program is the internship for you. This program lets you live at Walt Disney World or Disneyland for a whole semester. You get to work at the park and you also get paid as well. There are a lot of different departments that you can work with. You can work with attractions or transportation, or, you can work as a convention guide, custodian, or photographer, to name a few positions. A student named Kylie Wittmer, who was a film and television major when she participated in the program, said positive things about it. “The best things about the program are the friends you make while you’re there and being able to call Disney World your home,” Wittmer said. “People will tell you that the friends you make at Disney World are lifelong friends and you may think that sounds dramatic but they are right, you get to know these people at the happiest place on earth. You will get to know each park like the back of your hand and really never get sick of it. I can’t see advertisements for Disney World anymore without being sad that I’m not there.“ During a Disney College Program information meeting at UMHB on Sept. 26, Assistant Professor (Management) Chris Langford had a similar sentiment, because he loved his time at Disney and he wants students to experience the program. ”Going to the Disney College Program was one of the top five experiences of my life,” Langford said. “I worked at Splash Mountain and me and my group of friends were called Splash Trash. After the program we used to go on trips to Dis- ney World.” Film studies major Alyssa Silva was accepted into the Disney College Program for the spring 2019 semester with a custodial position. “I applied the day applications came out in August,” Silva said. “Within two weeks, I received an email with a link to the second step of the application which was a web based interview. As soon as I finished the web-based interview, I was informed I made it to the last step, the phone interview. I scheduled my phone interview and the day of I was super nervous, but I feel as though I did well and was confident. Then, after four long weeks of waiting, I got the magical email saying I got accepted into the DCP! I was at a stunt night rehearsal when I found out and had tears of joy. I then called my mom...

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Family Weekend gives parents a chance to see their students, meet professors
Oct10

Family Weekend gives parents a chance to see their students, meet professors

Family Weekend on Sept. 28-29 gave students’ families a chance to see what they’ve been up to since they started their first month at school at UMHB. Parents and siblings met and talked with professors and campus staff, while they also attended various sporting events and participated in university traditions. Families began to arrive on campus on Friday afternoon. At this time, multiple events were occurring simultaneously, creating a loose schedule for families and their students to join in on. After registering with Campus Activities Board where families received parent weekend T-shirts, they had the opportunity to head over to the Musick Alumni Center for a tour of the University museum. This museum shares the history of the university and houses all sorts of paraphernalia from students and campus. A meet and greet was held on the second floor of Bawcom Student Union where parents were able to talk with President O’Rear’s Council representatives and different leaders of Student Organizations. From here, students and their families were given the opportunity to have quality time together and fellowship over dinner, and to visit students’ dorm rooms. This time was special to freshman business management major, Kat Primm, as she shared about the time she got to spend one-on-one with her family. “My favorite part would probably be when my parents and I walked around the Belton square and saw some cute, classic shops like a bookstore and a hand-made soap shop.” The ring ceremony was held in the Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m., in which seniors were presented with their class ring. Afterwards, families joined the student body in an energetic display of school spirit at the Friday night pep rally in preparation for the multiple Cru sporting events that were to take place on Saturday. Here, the Blackshirt Cru Spirit Band played upbeat melodies while the Sader Belles and Cru Cheer performed multiple cheers and dance numbers. Members of the football team also hyped up the crowd by performing their own cheer. The rally ended with the Cru Spirit Dance and students singing the Alma Mater. Saturday’s activities began at 8:30 a.m. at the Manning Chapel in Meyer Christian Studies Center as Shawn Shannon and a student worship band from the Baptist Student Ministry led a worship service. Later, brunch was held on the third floor of Bawcom Student Union where parents were able to meet and talk with their student’s professors about their classes. Molly Mitchell, mother of freshman graphic design major Macy Mitchell shared that her favorite part about the weekend was “… getting to spend time with Macy and meeting her...

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Breaking every yoke: raising awareness for human trafficking
Oct10

Breaking every yoke: raising awareness for human trafficking

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Baptist Student Ministry held an event on campus called “To Break Every Yoke” in order to raise awareness for human trafficking. The event was held on Oct. 5 and was put on by the Faith in Action team, led by senior Christian studies major Andie Dillow, junior Christian studies major Celina Gonzales and sophomore information technology major Lee Thomas. “This month is human trafficking awareness month,” Gonzales said. “We wanted to do this event now to raise awareness of human trafficking. God really opened doors for us to contact people through the BSM.” The event opened with a prayer and welcome led by sophomore information technology major Lee Thomas. “I wanted to raise awareness of human trafficking and improve my knowledge as well,” Thomas said in his welcome. “I think it is important that we talk about this because women are not objects, they are important.” Kathy Ylostalo, director of Ark 2 Freedom, which is a ministry of Hope for the Hungry that provides help for victims of and raises awareness of human trafficking, started her speech with a demonstration. Ylostalo asked for two volunteers to go on a hypothetical all-expenses paid trip to Florida. She brought the two volunteers up on the stage and began to pray with them. By the time the prayer was over, Ylostalo had tied the two volunteers together by their wrists. “I wanted to show you how easy it is for potential traffickers to lure you in,” Ylostalo said. “Often, they make false promises to trick their victims into being captured.” Jeniece Charlez, mother to human trafficking victim Natalie Fisher, spoke about her daughter’s experiences. “She introduced us to a boy she met at school, who we thought was a nice boy,” Charlez said. “He turned out to be her pimp. He brought her into the human trafficking world.” The world that Natalie was exposed to destroyed her life, as the connections she made there impacted her decisions. Ultimately she was unable to disconnect from the people who controlled her. She was eventually removed from her home in Mississippi because of death threats made against her and her own young daughters. Natalie was later murdered in Houston in 2015. “It is important to remember that trafficking does not discriminate,” Charlez said. “This is not a movie. This is real and they want our daughters.” Currently, there are no support groups offered for families of the victims of human trafficking in the Belton area. However, Ark 2 Freedom is working on creating support groups for the victims’ families. Summer Shine, a human trafficking victim, also spoke at the event....

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Annual job fair gets an upgrade
Oct10

Annual job fair gets an upgrade

UMHB’s Career Services held the semi-annual Job and Internship Fair in the McLane Great Hall on the third floor of Bawcom Student Union on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Previously, this job fair has been in the Lord Conference Center located in Parker Academic Center, but it was moved to the McLane Great Hall this year. According to Career Services Director Don Owens, they decided to move the job fair because of the growing number of companies coming to the fair. “Traditionally, we would have maybe 28-36 employers, and it was pretty cramped,” Owens said. “All of a sudden we have 46-48 employers. With the parking, we were going to have to take up 48 parking spaces [by Parker Academic Center]… As we grow these, we plan for them to be in the Great Hall in Bawcom because we had a little more room.” Career Services switched from Cru Connection to Handshake over the summer. Handshake is an online job posting platform. Through this site, students can schedule appointments with the Career Center, make a customized profile, look for jobs, schedule interviews with possible employers, and look up upcoming events from Career Services. Career Services used Handshake for students to sign into the Job and Internship Fair with their student ID number. Upon signing in, students received name tags that included their name, major and degree. Students turned in their resumes early to the Career Services team, who in turn made a resume book that they gave to each recruiter upon arrival. Students spoke with representatives from various companies and groups including CGI, Fikes Company, the United States Marine Corps. Other companies that sent representatives include Edward Jones, several local CPA firms, Dell, McLane Company, the Austin Police Force, and others. According to Owens, approximately 139 students came to the career fair. He hopes that the job fair will grow every year with the number of employers and students attending. Owens believes that students shouldn’t wait until their junior or senior years to attend the job fair. “Traditionally, we don’t think it’s ever too early to start going to the job fair. A lot of those companies like to start tracking students early,” Owens said. “It’s good for students to practice knowing how to introduce themselves and getting a feel for how job fairs work.” He also said that recruiters are often impressed with UMHB students who attend the job fair. “We are continuously told by recruiters that our students are well prepared,” Owens said. Junior management major Michael Davis spoke to many of the companies at the job fair. “Right now I’m just keeping my eyes open to find what...

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Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Hardin-Simmons
Oct10

Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Hardin-Simmons

By Claire Henry Contributing Writer It was a dark and stormy night in Belton, Texas on Saturday Oct. 6. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) was playing their rival, Hardin Simmons University (HSU). After an hour and a forty-five-minute lightning delay, the game eventually started and within the first couple of minutes, UMHB made their first touchdown with DeNerian Thomas scoring. In the same quarter, Thomas scored again, making it 13-0 until halftime. Starting off the second quarter, Jase Hammack scored against HSU, bringing the score up to 20-0. Thomas scored again in the final quarter, finalizing the score at 26-0. The stands were packed with purple and gold, for both sides during this rainy, rivalry game. Reggie Cole, senior management and marketing major, plays corner and is one of the team captains this year. Cole has played for UMHB for four years. “Being a freshman coming in, you have to learn how the system works and you learn from the seniors that are above you,” Cole said. “They motivate you and help pull the team together. It’s now my job to teach the freshman and help motivate them to succeed. I have to encourage them and not put them down. Got to have enthusiasm and stay loud.” The game against HSU was an important one, so the team had to be on point together. “We played well as a team and even with the delay we came out strong,” Cole said. “We kind of had a chip on our shoulder because the Abilene Reporter-News said that HSU was going to beat us, so we had to prove them wrong. Also there were so many alumni there, that we wanted to impress them.” Cole said there were some things that the team needs to improve on. “We need to improve on the little things like our running, our effort in the game, mental mistakes, and then football mechanic, which is where we watch the tapes back to figure out our mistakes.” UMHB is a nationally ranked team and with that title comes a lot of pressure. Cole had some predictions for the rest of the season. “I think we will go to the Championship again,” Cole said. “This was the hardest game because of the rivalry. So after this, we just need to fix a few things. But I have high hopes for my...

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UMHB becomes ONE at multi-church worship event
Sep12

UMHB becomes ONE at multi-church worship event

On Wednesday, Aug. 29, UMHB students gathered together in Walton Chapel for a time of worship and fellowship known as ONE. This event, held once a month on a Wednesday night at 8 p.m., features a worship team consisting of members of various local churches as well as a speaker. According to the UMHB chaplain’s office website, “It’s time we realize that the unity of the church is a top-tier theological matter,” Which is why the event focuses on bringing members of various churches together. This was the first ONE of the semester, and the chapel was packed with students who were excited to worship God in community with their peers. After the event, students gathered at Luther Memorial for lemonade and snacks with their friends. This ONE featured Logan Reynolds, the college pastor at First Baptist Belton, as well as a five-member worship band. Bassist John Allen Davidson, who graduated from UMHB in 2013, said, “It was a really cool experience to come back as an alumnus and see hundreds of college students worshiping together.” Many students who attended the event have been participating in ONE for years. Seth Blankenship, a junior pre-physical therapy major, has been coming to ONE since his freshman year. Blankenship said that his favorite thing about ONE is “getting to hear other speakers and bands that I don’t normally hear, just getting a different perspective.” He stated that this month’s ONE has been one of his favorites. For other students, this was their first time attending ONE. Garret Snyder, a freshman film studies major, came to ONE on Wednesday for the first time. “The music…made you feel very uplifted and excited to be there.” Snyder said he will definitely be attending ONE again in the future. ONE is a valued event on campus because it is the only on-campus worship event that is held on a regular basis. In addition, it allows students to hear from a variety of speakers that they would not normally have the chance to interact with. ONE was started in an attempt to unite the local churches in the Belton and Temple areas that students attend. The chaplain’s office website states that, “The fullness of the gospel is always seen when the people of God are able to recognize the difference between essential and non-essential theological doctrines and then risk overcoming divisive tribalism through strong expressions of unity in worship and service.” The next ONE will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. in Walton Chapel. Students can look forward to a great time interacting with their peers and worshiping God in community with...

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