Crusader Knights become Heartthrobs
Feb21

Crusader Knights become Heartthrobs

Since the first week of the spring semester, 21 men have been working hard for the weekend of Feb. 17 and 18. It marked the Crusader Knights show, which is a parody of the Miss MHB Pageant that happens annually each fall. The time and effort  the contestants put in have been considerable and was clear to see on both Friday and Saturday nights. “We have been practicing ever since the very first day of this semester and have practiced every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, totaling nine hours a week, plus any outside practice the guys did on their own,” junior Christian missions major and director of Crusader Knights Ryan Murphy said. “However, my assistant directors and I have been working on and planning this show since last April. There is definitely a lot of time and effort that has gone into this show.” Contestants represent different organizations, classifications and places on campus. All 21  men were required to create a short video, learn two group dances, create a small group dance, strut on stage, and, as a new addition this year, have personal interviews with the three judges. Last year, Murphy was a contestant. His previous participation helped him to know how to be the best director he could this year. “My experience being in Cru Knights definitely helped me when it came to planning this event. As a contestant, you get a pretty good handle on the whole process, so with my knowledge and first hand experience as a contestant last year, it  has helped tremendously with directing this event,” Murphy said. The adviser is Director of Student Organizations Tiffany Wurdemann. She has enjoyed working with Murphy and knows he was a good fit for the position. “Ryan has been phenomenal as a director. I can’t tell him enough how well he has done at orchestrating everything,” she said. The theme for the 2012 contest was Heartthrobs. Each contestant chose his  own Heartthrob and then portrayed that person in his video. Along with the top five contestants being named, specialty awards were also given out. Best Strut was awarded to sophomore mass communication/journalism major Christian Hernandez. Best interview went to junior criminal justice major Taylor Holleyman. Junior Christian studies major Jon Michael Toler won the Judge’s choice video. Last year’s winner of Cru Knights, senior mass communication/public relations major Brett Land, gave his crown to Mr. Junior Class and Christian ministries major Ryan Klopack, who also won the campus choice video award. Klopack was estatic about winning and being able to set a great example like previous winners. “It’s an absolute honor and privilege to win...

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Spiritual hymn has a deeper meaning

A good song always tells a story. Dr. George Harrison, director of Digital Media Services/ Cultural Affairs,gave a presentation telling the story of the spiritual hymn “Glory Glory Hallelujah.” The Feb. 9 College of Christian Studies forum, which recognized Black History month, revealed the song was composed by slaves and each word held a significant meaning. Harrison said, “There are a few that know the origin and the background of the story. This is a song sung by slaves that witnessed. It is an announcement to fellow slaves and to slave owners professing that I’m no longer what I was. They have laid down their burdens and decided to become a Christian. This is a total commitment to my new God.” Harrison, who has studied most church development in the black community and African gods, dissected and explained each verse in detail. The words , “I feel better, so much better, since I laid my burden down,” was a request from one slave to another to convert to Christianity. “This is an invitation to others saying you need to come to Christ, and you need to be a part of what I’m part of. And other slaves watched those slaves that claim to be saved to see if their lives change. So you had to be appealing and you had to do things that were good and kind,” Harrison explained. The third verse, “My friends don’t treat me like they used to since I lay my burdens down,” showed evidence of how other slaves treated those who chose God over the African gods. “This is a fight between two different opposing groups, Christians and non-Christians,” he said. Harrison said many of the tests that slaves faced when they liberated themselves from their African tribal gods, are the same tests Christians face today. “It was a statement of new birth confronting all belief once held so closely to them. Kind of sounds like our lives. Sometimes, we always want to go back to what we’re used to, and it’s difficult to make the decision to put something away and to gain something. This type of disciple power has changed the life of many.” Harrison extended his lecture from slavery to the present. Covering issues such as segregation of schools in the South, the Voting Rights Act and the civil rights movement. The topic changed during a discussion period. Mike Bergman, executive director of the non-profit organization, Helping Hands said, “We’re some 50 years plus past the civil rights movement, and we still hear this statement that 11 o’clock on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in our country. What...

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How to handle a bad living experience

For most students, college is the time when you move out on your own and share a small amount of space with a complete stranger. Why is it that some people just can’t seem to get along with the person that they are temporarily living with? Many students blame the housing process, stating that there just isn’t enough information asked in order to get the perfect match for them. Freshman nursing major Denise Schneider has been rooming with the same person since the start of the fall semester. Her roommate experience has been great so far, and she thinks that others might not be truly  answering the housing questionnaire to the best of their ability. “I think it’s very important that when you’re doing your questionnaire to be truthful and honest. That way you can kind of eliminate some things,” she said. Resident Director Sarah Hammond offers her recommendation when it comes to discussing problems with a house mate. “My biggest advice would be always communicate as openly and clearly as you can. I know a lot of people keep things to themselves and they don’t want to talk about things. They avoid conflict,” she said. Hearing about others having a fight or two with their roommate may scare away some people, but not all students who have decided that it was best to switch roommates think that there is no hope for dorm life. Freshman exercise science pre-physical therapy major Shirley Chan has some advice for first-time college students just now entering the dorms. “I think that if there’s a possibility for them to get to know each other prior to moving in together. I would highly recommend it. Just so the two of you can get to know each other a little bit better and set some ground rules,” she said. It’s understood that some cases cannot be fixed with a mere conversation between two people. However, many students complain about the little things that their roommates do. Such as snoring or throwing a piece of paper on the floor. Hammond believes that students shouldn’t be so worried about the small things and start to live life based on what’s really important to them. “I think we live in a society that is all about me. We want everything for ourselves. We want the best experience for ourselves. We want the best things for ourselves. We think we deserve the best. We just get caught up in complaining, like maybe this isn’t exactly what I wanted …. Well, make the most of it,” she said. She continued to express her opinion about trying to  make the most...

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University alumni go political
Feb21

University alumni go political

From competing for UMHB student body president in Spring 2009 to now the real deal, alumni Garrett Smith and Tommy Wilson are using their political savvy to work together and promote local Republican candidate, Wes Riddle. Riddle is campaigning to be the U.S. representative for district 25 in Congress. The former college professor, small business owner and military man is now taking on politics. When Riddle first began his campaign bid in July, he was looking for about several volunteers. However, his problem throughout was that people kept quitting. Riddle believed that Smith was a godsend because he arrived just when the former volunteer coordinator left. Wilson entered campaign work based on a recommendation from his former student body president competitor, Smith. Because there was so much work to be done for just one person, Riddle hired Wilson to be a field representative based on Smith’s advice. He was impressed with the alumni’s knowledge of politics and thankful for their hard work. He said, “The two of them together have done more in the few months they’ve been here than others have been able to do in the period of six months or more. If they are in any way a representation of UMHB, it speaks very highly of that institution.” Because of Smith’s and Wilson’s efforts, what seemed an impossible task to make Riddle an official candidate became possible. It was assumed that Riddle would not have enough signatures to enter the race, but the former students and several others proved that notion wrong. Smith said, “We’ve been surprising people the whole way. The Republican Party was just astonished … We’re by far taking the lead on grass roots ground game.” There are several reasons why Smith firmly stands by the candidate. Smith said he is a strong believer in Christ and is not afraid to voice his concerns. And is not the stereotypical politician who beats around the bush. Wilson said, “That’s what I love about Wes. He will never back down or apologize for his views … We’ve seen his plan. We can offer answers.” For students who question whether their vote truly does make an impact or find no reason for to vote, Wilson offers a perspective. “If we’re not in those discussions, if we’re not in that process of making those rules … by talking to our representative … these decisions will be made without our input.” Wilson suggests a great way for students to start is by voicing their beliefs and opinions through the university’s student government. He said, “We have a great place at UMHB. But (students) need to start speaking about...

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Soda shop is restored with owner’s ambitions
Feb21

Soda shop is restored with owner’s ambitions

By Elissa Thompson With black and white tile floors, bar stools and soda fountain, a quaint little shop sits at the back of Britt Drug Store on Central Avenue in downtown Belton. The soda shop is rumored to have been in existence before the 1900s. It is loaded with many sweet treats to choose from like floats, malts, milkshakes and banana splits. The most recent owner Dale Kachner and his wife Ami, took over the drug store before Christmas as part of a dream they had to own a soda shop. The pharmacy has supposedly been in Belton since 1912, and rumors say a soda shop might have been there even before the 1900s. “(It is) at least 100 years old as pharmacy,” Kachner said. Junior nursing major Kelsey Pepper was doing some homework while drinking her Dr Pepper float. She likes the humble and comforting aspect of the shop. “Being able to talk to the owner just made me want to go there more often. I like knowing where a place comes from and what it was built upon,” she said. “It wasn’t just built on cement and dirt, but hope and a dream.” Not many of today’s soda shops  have a warm and familiar inviting feeling. Various businesses are trying to keep up with the ever-changing technology world, and forget about a time when life was much more simple. “The place was welcoming and somewhat reminded me of home. It’s always nice to have a place away from home to go to where you’re reminded of the comfort of going home,” Pepper said. It has the appearance and aura of a soda fountain from the ‘40s and ‘50s. “When you’re away for college, it’s easy to get caught up in the books, football games, and girl’s night out, but then to come to a small family built soda shop,” Pepper said. Freshman English education major Sarah Tipton said, “I loved the family atmosphere, the retro feel and how I could get a personalized mint chocolate chip milkshake. Can’t find that anywhere.” The soda shop has many  reasonably priced treats which are perfect for college students on a tight budget. To accommodate the younger generation, the Kachners offer coffee floats and milkshakes, but they are not on the menu, so one would have to ask. In addition, everything in the shop is handmade with antique machines. While it may be small, it tends to cater to a variety of people. Kachner is hoping the shop will soon become a favorite for UMHB students. “This past weekend around 40 students came to try it out. I love the atmosphere...

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School organizations attend leadership conference in Dallas
Feb07

School organizations attend leadership conference in Dallas

Members of the Christian Association of Student Leaders joined together at Dallas Baptist University Jan. 26-28 for the annual conference that devotes three days to providing leadership insight for students in various positions of leadership at different Christian colleges around Texas. University Chaplain Dr. George Loutherback created the conference 14 years ago so growing leaders would be able to come from  Christian communities and learn more about becoming influential leaders in their area. Among the UMHB organizations to attend CASL were members from Campus Activities, Welcome Week, Student Government Association and Campus Ministries. The key speaker for the event was Tim Elmore. He wrote a book titled Habitudes, which teaches young students how to be authentic leaders. Director of Student Organizations Tiffany Wurdemann is on the executive committee for planning the CASL trips and hopes one day more students outside of school organizations who aspire to be leaders will be able to join in the events. Wurdemann said, “How can we continue to put others before ourselves and go the extra mile, from being on time and early, to honoring people in that way, to humbling yourself as a leader?” She continues to discuss the positive relationship between the staff and students. “As an administrator, that’s great when all your students want to do that. As a student, that’s great when your leaders above you what to serve you in that way,” she said. Part of the message of the conference was to encourage student leaders to choose wisely the number of responsibilities they commit to. Elmore spoke of being a river, not a flood. He compared students to being a flood if they are involved in too many things. They spend little time on them and end up being destructive, whereas, a student who is a river is effective and handles obligations appropriately. Student Body PresidentKassidy Harris returned to school with a mission of strenghtening relationships. He said, “At the end of CASL, you have college reflection, a time where you have your university come together and tell what you’ve learned. One of the biggest things from every single person in that room was that we wanted to come back and build a better community on campus and be reunited as a body of Christ. So we all broke up in our different sections, and we all prayed that it could be that way.” Harris and SGA have committed to start meeting weekly to pray for a revival and a stronger community on campus. While workshops and sessions were all a big part of CASL, attendees also heard a Phil Wickham concert and played games including a Family...

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