Freshman 15: Students Seek Health to Keep Pounds at Bay
Oct22

Freshman 15: Students Seek Health to Keep Pounds at Bay

It’s only halfway through the semester, and there is already a significant decrease in the number of people going to the gym. Those who seem to make it a habit are either athletes, upperclassmen or afraid. Afraid of the freshman 15, that is. People are scared into thinking that once they start college, they will gain weight along with knowledge. But is the freshman 15 something that all freshmen worry about? “I have actually lost weight since attending college,” freshman John Joyce said. He goes to Mayborn to work out at least three times a week and, like most college students, doesn’t have an eating schedule. He said he eats “breakfast at least two times a week, lunch if I don’t eat breakfast and dinner almost every day.” Unafraid of gaining the extra weight that is frightening many incoming freshmen everywhere, Joyce doesn’t have any special eating habits and even enjoys a few meals at Hardy Hall. Like most teens, freshman Haley Gates eats when she’s bored. Along with that, she enjoys two or three cups of coffee a day from her Keurig. “I’m trying not to gain it…. I’m going to start working out,” Gates said. Although she has bad eating habits developed in the past, she hasn’t gained any weight in the first half of the semester. “I don’t think I’m going to gain it because when I went home, I weighed myself, and I didn’t gain anything,” Gates said. Now here’s an interesting twist: Freshman business marketing major Geoffrey Hinkson is actually gaining the freshman 15. He is trying to avoid the weight in fat by trying to gain it in muscle. He said, “It’s hard to explain.… I’m still deciding if I want to play a sport.” Interested in playing football or basketball for the school, his motives are to get more in shape and buff up for whichever sport he chooses. “I work out every day except weekends,” Hinkson said. Along with eating a lot of protein, he avoids Hardy most of the time and eats his own food. Freshman exercise sports science major Jada Ellis admits to not knowing the details of  the freshman 15. “I thought it was where they got a lot of freshmen and they put them in trash cans,” Ellis said. Now that she is in college and knows more about the subject, she doesn’t feel like it’s a big deal. Like Joyce, she has lost weight since being away from home. While the number of people going to Mayborn has gone down, it is expected to go back up again after Christmas break. That’s when people resolve to...

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Chapel Speaker Brings History Lesson to Campus
Oct22

Chapel Speaker Brings History Lesson to Campus

With a thick Israeli accent and an obvious sense of humor, Dr. Gabriel Barkay impressed his audience at Manning Chapel on Oct. 9 with a warm welcome, full of credibility and adventure. Barkay is an Israeli archaeologist and the director of the Israel Excavation Society Sifting Project. He is a professor at Bar Illan University in Tel Aviv. An archaeological team under Barkay found the Bethlehem-Seal, which dates to the 7th century B.C. After participating in countless digs, he discovered the Silver Scrolls, two silver amulets containing the Priestly Benediction. Barkay unearthed an Astarte figurine in Jerusalem from the time of King Hezekiah. While digging outside of the Old City, Barkay and his team found jewelry and pottery in the remains of the second temple in Jerusalem. He said archaeology teaches a lot about history. “Evidence that was buried shows there was life, and that changes the books of history.” A coin found in Palestine testified to commercial contracts. Professor of Christian studies Dr. Stephen Von Wyrick has known Barkay for more than 20 years through excavating in Israel and various professional organizations. Wyrick said that “it’s important to be exposed to internationally known scholars in their field. This was a unique opportunity that you wouldn’t get by just reading a textbook.” Wyrick, who funded Barkay’s visit, also organized a study abroad trip to Israel this past summer where he, seven UMHB students, and other scholars and students from universities across the world came together to work on the Tel Gezer Excavation Project. Wyrick said, “They participated in archaeological field school, doing original research and actually making history. The experience can’t be duplicated. The classroom was the actual place where history took place.” Sophomore nursing major Gerran Perez went on the trip to Israel. He said, “It opened my eyes to how little I knew about the Bible and ancient history. Now I have a better understanding of life in biblical days.” Barkay effortlessly chanted the Priestly Benediction in Hebrew after astonishing the audience with his archaeological...

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High Schools March to Campus
Oct22

High Schools March to Campus

More than 1,500 area high school students were on campus Oct. 9 as the university’s music department hosted the first ever Crusader Marching Band Invitational. Sixteen local bands ranging in size from class 1A to 5A participated in the event, which was made possible by students from the band service fraternity of Kappa Kappa Psi. The marching contest gave bands a chance to experience being judged and to perfect their performances before actual UIL competition. “There were no ratings posted or shared with other people,” Assistant Director of music Nils Landsberg said.  “We felt this was a pre-UIL event so bands could get a checkup of how they’re doing and to get that experience of going to a contest without having any awards or anybody else knowing how they did.” The idea for the event came as the new football stadium was being built. Members of Kappa Kappa Psi reached out to bands in the area in order to gauge interest in a contest. Once enough bands were willing to participate, students began the process of getting them registered, collecting fees and organizing the contest. Junior music education major Camber Comeaux said the event was a good opportunity to let high school bands gain the experience of a marching contest while at the same time seeing what the university has to offer. “We’ve definitely styled it based on the UIL competitions,” Comeaux said.  “With the new stadium being built, it gave our organization the drive to try to come up with something where we can raise money and raise awareness since we actually have a band on campus.” More than 30 students were responsible for seeing that everything ran smoothly on the day of the contest. “It was primarily a student-run contest,” Landsberg said.  “Students greeted the bands when they arrived on campus. They then had a student assigned to each band, and they walked them from their bus, to a warm-up area, into the stadium.” Three individuals judged the competition. They were provided voice recorders so that they could make comments on what they thought each band could improve upon. “Within 15 minutes of a band’s performance, the director could come up to the press box and get a flash drive with all three of the judges’ comments and a high definition video of their band’s performance.” Landsberg said. The event is a good experience for students who hope to be band directors someday. “Many of our students are music education majors who will be taking bands to contest in the future,” Landsberg said.  “For them to be able to see the wheel works behind a contest of...

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Marketing Group Gets Chartered
Oct22

Marketing Group Gets Chartered

New student organizations are always popping up on campus. However, hardly any of those groups have helping other student organizations listed as one of their goals. But that is exactly one of the things that the newly chartered UMHB chapter of the American Marketing Association is planning to accomplish. “I’m excited about it,” Professor of marketing Dr. Mindy Welch said. “I think it’s going to open a ton of possibilities for the university… as a whole, not just the business school, not just the marketing majors. It’s going to be a big thing for the entire university.” Senior marketing major Alfred Rojas is the president of the new AMA chapter. Rojas took on the task of handling paperwork and really got the group up and running. “Honestly, it wasn’t too much of a rough process,” he said. “I picked a lot of good members around me as a board to start with. That helped me a lot. The great thing about it was that the business school has prepared me to be able to do these things. It was a process to get it done, but I don’t regret it, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.” Rojas and his team hope they can be benefit other organizations in a positive way by helping them advertise and get their respective names out to as many ears as possible. “We want to go ahead and connect more organizations with students.… We’re going to advertise for them essentially,” he said. “By us helping them out, they potentially will get more people off the Quad and into their group. We want to impact the school as a whole.” With 20 members, the AMA chapter hopes to grow steadily. For now, the goal is to reach as many students as possible. The group will hold its first meeting Oct. 29 in Lord Conference Center at 6 p.m. “Hopefully, we can get a lot of people there,” Rojas said. “We’re trying to expand beyond the business school.… We want everyone to come in and figure out what marketing is and how they can use that to an advantage in their life.” Welch and Rojas and the other members are planning to take a trip to a large AMA conference in New Orleans next semester. Welch said it will be a great networking device for any interested in the marketing field. The organization is already involved in an advertising project for the event, A Night at the Museum. They are still looking for volunteers for the event, which takes place Oct. 24, at the Bell County Museum 6-9 p.m. For more info email arojas@mail.umhb.edu...

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Mascot: Stand up and get Crunk
Oct09

Mascot: Stand up and get Crunk

Students sway back and forth in rhythm to the music before the spectators rear back and collectively tomahawk their right arms forward yelling “Cru!” Joining the cheerleaders to head up the Cru Spirit Dance is one sporting the mask of a Crusader, the iconic Crunk. The word “crunk” may be a little ’90s, but the mascot is still alive and kicking. The student behind the mask has changed as a new era kicks off at the university, but Crunk’s idea and goal remain the same: to get fans pumped and to provide a little fun entertainment as well. “Yes we’re going to get people psyched about the game, but Crunk also serves as something to make people laugh while they’re watching the game,” Crunk said. “It’s the combination of getting people excited about the game and making people laugh….” Although the role of Crunk is new to this student, who must remain anonymous, he has experience in the trade. He said, “I kind of have a history of it. I did two and a half years of mascot in high school and then coming into college it was something I wanted to do and was just given the opportunity this past year.” He trained with the previous Crunk last year, who gave his heir some good advice about taking on the role of being the university’s face of school spirit. “(He) told me, hey man, don’t let that be a pressure, that you need to be like me. Don’t be like me. Don’t try to be like me because you can’t be me. I won’t try to be like you because I can’t be you,” said the new Crunk. The student is adding his own personality to the fan favorite antics of Crunk. “It’s not going to be the same mascot every single time. You’re going to have some of the same particular characteristics, but each mascot’s going to have their own identity,” he said. Director of Campus Recreation Sue Weaver was in charge of picking the heir to Crunk. She wanted the present Crunk to train with his predecessor. The task of prancing around in a heavy uniform is a difficult task and requires training and determination. “It takes an amazing amount of stamina and energy to do what the mascot does,” she said. “It’s hard to breathe in there (the costume). That’s another thing we needed, someone that’s really...

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Affordable Care Act set to affect students, employees
Oct09

Affordable Care Act set to affect students, employees

The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, reached an important implementation milestone last week, requiring employers to notify their full- and part-time employees of the basics of the New Healthcare Insurance Marketplace option that opened for business Oct. 1. The ACA  will significantly change many aspects of the insurance and medical industries. On Jan. 1 all Americans will be required to have health insurance. Part-time employees are not eligible to participate in the UMHB-sponsored medical insurance, and the same is true in most other workplaces. This is why young adults, many of whom are not full-time employees, need to be sure they are included on either their parents’ coverage or find their own coverage by Jan. 1. If they do not, they will be subjected to a $95 penalty imposed by the IRS. Each year the rate increases. As associate vice president for human resources for the university, Susan Owens has been dedicating a lot of time to studying the legislation, learning how it will affect employees and students. Owens said, “I know how to talk the insurance talk.… I’ve been doing it all my professional life … but I’m having to learn it all over again with this new law.” Students need to know She wants students to be well informed of the different plans offered. Owens said, “Students need to understand that in 2014 they are required by the government to have health care insurance.  If they don’t currently have insurance, they’ll need to find a policy soon….” One of the provisions of the legislation already in effect allows dependents, regardless of marital or employment status, to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until they are 26. “Students who are still on their parents’ plans need to stay in close touch with their parents, who will likely receive their 2014 premium rates very soon.  In many cases, dependent premiums on parents’ insurance plans will significantly increase in 2014,” Owens said. It can also be explained this way: A young person might be tempted to think, “I can be on my parents’ insurance until I’m 26 years old,” but while the ACA requires that insurance policies offer coverage until a dependent’s 26th birthday, it will not guarantee that the company the parents work for will automatically continue coverage at the same price. Some workplaces are re-defining full-time and part-time schedules. In a letter to all full- and part-time university employees, Owens said, “In many cases, employer-sponsored coverage may be a better option for employees than the New Health Insurance Market Place coverage…. Premiums for employer-sponsored coverage will often be less expensive for employees than premiums for coverage through the...

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