Black History Perspectives Lecture provides insight on civil rights issues

Drs. Kerry Owens and Christine Nix held the Black History Perspectives Lecture in Manning Chapel on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The purpose of the lecture was to gain insight from the perspectives of an African-American speaker as well as a white speaker. The two professors did their best to give the audience members a visual of their thoughts and experiences. The lecture focused on the history of slavery, segregation and racial inequality that the African-American community has experienced. The lecture began with Dr. Owens delivering a speech on his perspective as an outsider looking in. As a white man, Owens gave his opinion on the civil rights movement, affirmative action and inequality within the judicial system. He said that our country needs to unite and do more to solve our civil rights issues and our continued inequality. “In America, we are only as free as we can afford to be.” Owens said. He delivered useful information that the audience may not have previously considered. The second portion of the lecture, given by Dr. Christine Nix, was also informative and insightful. As an African-American women, Nix took a more personal route with her lecture by answering questions from students. Nix discussed her childhood, career, family and social life. Dr. Nix was the first and only female African-American Texas Ranger, and although she faced several trials and tribulations, she remained determined. “I was not only holding the door, I’m opening it for someone else,” Nix said. During Nix’s lecture, she stressed how important it is for society to lose the “it’s all about us and it’s all about them mentality.” According to Nix, we all need to be unified and learn how to be civil. This is what will create a better world. Nix ended her lecture by stressing the importance of education. “You can be whatever you want, but you have to have an education,” Nix said. This lecture showed that in order to be in a civilized world, we all have to be civil. Respect is never given: we must earn it. Alongside these key points, Nix focused on breaking stereotypes and using your inspirations. Both Nix and Owens delivered insightful lectures that empowered listeners to take...

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SGA hosts debate for student body president
Feb27

SGA hosts debate for student body president

It was a quite a battle between two candidates as UMHB’s Student Government Association held its annual student body president debate on Monday, Feb. 18 in McLane Great Hall. The two students were each asked numerous questions about how they would benefit the university’s community. The night started with junior public relations major Sarah Fox and junior political science and communication major Megan Baumhardt discussing their qualifications for the position of student body president. In her speech, Baumhardt discussed how she had been in leadership positions throughout her entire life. She said that she began in 4-H, working her way up to superintendent. She also went on to discuss how she was able to earn her associate degree at a community college and became a part of officer affairs. At the end of her statement, Baumhardt concluded with, “I want to be your student body president because I have the experience to be able to lead us and bring fresh ideas to the table while still understanding the traditions of where we came from so we both can move forward and honor the past and make sure the students who are new here or feel like they’re not involved all have a voice.” Fox stated that she wants to become student body president to help others. She also described her previous leadership positions. She was a part of the Revival Steering Committee, Psalms 139, Welcome Week and Stunt Night, where she has served as class director for three years. She concluded her response by stating, “I want to be student body president for the students who have and for those who haven’t come to me and expressed their concerns. I’ve been able to serve you for the past two years as Sophomore Senator and currently the Director of Resources for SGA and I’ve loved every single bit of it.” The debate concluded with questions from students tuning in to the debate on social media. Campaigning for Student Body President began on Feb. 12. Both candidates have participated in putting strenuous amounts of hard work towards the election. Some of these efforts have involved social media campaigning, putting up flyers, and handing out goodies. Despite running against each other, both candidates have remained respectful and dignified throughout the election process, and retain a positive outlook. “I am excited for the elections,” Baumhardt said. “No matter win or lose I know that I have made an effort to represent students to the best of my ability but know that both Sarah and I want what is best for the students.” Fox had a similar sentiment regarding the hard work and rewards...

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Richard Rogers crowned Mr. Crusader Knight

On Saturday, Feb. 23, 16 men participated in the 2019 Crusader Knights competition, each hoping to earn the coveted title of Mr. Crusader Knight. Each student represented a different campus organization or residence hall. This year’s theme was the Olympics, and the participants each selected a sport to represent. Announcers Alex Suominen and Steve Villalobos kicked off the night by welcoming the audience members, who filled the seats of Walton Chapel. The judges were then introduced. This year’s judges were Chris Barnes, Tanner Clarke and Angela Platt, all alumni of UMHB. On Saturday afternoon, the judges interviewed each contestant to get to know them on a personal level before the event. The men were scored on their interview, and this score helped determine their final standing in the competition. After the judges were introduced to the audience, the contestant videos began. Each representative had prepared a humorous one-minute video reflecting the Olympic sport they chose to represent. After the presentation of their video, each contestant competed in a spotlight question with the help of the emcees. This year’s emcees were Aria Flores, Jenna Albright, Monica Bernal and Tanner Watson. The men then came together to participate in a group dance, prompting plenty of laughter and cheers from the enthusiastic audience. At this point, there was a brief intermission, and audience members were given the chance to cast their votes for their favorite contestant. The contestant who received the most audience votes would automatically be a finalist. After intermission, the audience watched a music video of the contestants that was put together by UMHB alumnus and reigning Mr. Crusader Knight Caleb Fitzwater. The contestants then returned to the stage for the announcement of the top six finalists. Each finalist was presented with questions by Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor, Briana Frederickson. While the judges made their final decisions, the audience watched a behind-the-scenes video that demonstrated how much fun the men had preparing for the event. Director Daniel Martinez and Assistant Directors Lauren Turner and Peter Zuniga took the stage to express their gratitude and their love for the Crusader Knights event. The representatives took the stage once more for the announcement of the awards. Each contestant was judged on their interview, video, campus vote (30 percent each) and spotlight (10 percent). The finalists were then given their titles. Fifth runner up was Seth Blankenship, Mr. Search Cru. Fourth runner up was Carter Williams Jr., Mr. Burt Hall. Third runner up was Dakota Stark, Mr. Nursing Student Association. Second runner up was Connor Tubbs, Mr. First Year Collective. First runner up was Samuel Kinnin, Mr. Circle K. Richard Rogers, Mr. Gettys Hall,...

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UMHB baseball hopes to bounce back after difficult season
Feb13

UMHB baseball hopes to bounce back after difficult season

The weather is warming up and it is starting to feel like spring. This can only mean one thing: UMHB baseball is back. As a fan, I am feeling optimistic about this season. Head coach Ben Shipp shares this point of view. “I am optimistic. I am excited to see what this year’s roster does. Looking at them during practice I can tell they are hungry. They want this season.” Shipp has been impressed by the team’s commitment to practice, great work ethic and determination. One of the team’s strengths last season was their fielding percentage. Out of the 36 players on last season’s roster, 12 of them had a perfect fielding percentage, and 10 others had a fielding percentage of above .900. When asked how he plans to attain the same success this year, Shipp said, “We had a great season defensively, and a few of the players this year are returners. We felt as if we were lacking at shortstop last year. We had a shortstop last year that left us after 15 games, and this year we have a committed freshman shortstop. We also signed a great defensive freshman first baseman from Round Rock. We have great speed in the outfield, and with the returners, we always hope to see improvement.” Practice makes perfect. This is a saying that still holds true because practice does produce good results. As Shipp stated, the returners are expected to have a great season defensively. The new players can look up to the strong team leaders who have experience and wisdom to share. This year’s roster has seen a large number of freshmen joining the team. When asked if he thinks this could be a detriment to the team, he stated, “No, I don’t feel like it does. Most of the freshmen we have joining us this year are pitchers, and that happens sometimes. They are very talented, and I am confident that they can get the job done.” The Cru kicked off their season on Friday, Feb. 8, in Grand Prairie against the Bulldogs of Texas Lutheran University. Although the team started off strong, earning two runs in the first inning, they were ultimately defeated 9-5. On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Cru played the Tornados of Concordia University at the same location. It was a tough game for UMHB, and the team ultimately lost 10-1. This past Sunday, the Cru faced Hendrix College in Grand Prairie. It was a hard-fought battle all the way to the end, but ultimately, Hendrix got the upper hand and defeated the Cru 6-4. This weekend, the team will face Schreiner University in Kerrville....

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UMHB softball anticipates a successful season
Feb13

UMHB softball anticipates a successful season

Cru softball is in full swing, and fans are excited to see what the team has in store this season. Last season, the team finished with a record of 10-29. The Cru advanced to the American Southwest Conference Championship tournament and finished the championship series 3-1. Despite this loss, the softball team still had an outstanding season, finishing with a 21-8 record in their conference games. They started the season off hot, not allowing more than four runs until the seventh game when they lost by a margin of two points. One of the team’s greatest strengths was their offensive power. The team’s overall batting average was .307, and they had 34 home runs and 225 RBIs. Key pitching and solid defense led the team to a 2.54 ERA, 118 strikeouts and a .964 fielding percentage for the season. Head Coach Larry Hennig, who has coached softball at UMHB since 2010, said, “We’re pretty optimistic every year. We have a good blend of experience and new talent on the roster. I feel like we have the opportunity to do very well this year talent wise. [It] doesn’t look like we have any shortages. The scrimmages looked very well. Our pitchers did great, and the defense also did well. Our offense was a bit up and down during the scrimmage, but that was due to it being the first at-bats of the season. Many people don’t realize we had a good reputation for home runs and we stole over 80-something bases last season. Hopefully, we find the right combination of power and speed this season.” It is hard to gauge whether this year’s team will have similar statistics because the roster has a large number of freshmen. There are 22 players on the roster, 10 of whom are freshmen. However, Hen- nig does not feel as if this will be a detriment because the upperclassmen have stepped up to guide them. He said “The upper- classmen understand that this is the first [time] in a while that they have fresh- men that can step up and fill these roles. In previous years, we had only one or two freshmen, and this year we have several. All they lack is experience. They are great athletes and are very talented. It brought the team much closer with the older players stepping up and guiding the freshmen.” In most sports teams, a leader emerges quickly in the beginning of the season. When asked if there were any particular players that have stepped into a leadership role, Hennig said “There are two, actually. Emily Bounds, our senior catcher, has stepped up to lead the...

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Women’s basketball expected to finish season strong
Feb13

Women’s basketball expected to finish season strong

The women’s basketball team is victorious again after winning their home game against Concordia University on Saturday, Feb. 9. During the first half of the game, both teams had great form and strategy, each fighting to keep the lead. The Tornados quickly took the lead during the first quarter, but the Cru gave them little time to celebrate as they quickly edged ahead. In the second quarter, the Cru kept the lead, and the Tornados only managed to get within fifteen points of the Cru. By the end of the first half, the score was 39-22. As the second half started, the Cru didn’t let the Tornados breathe before scoring within the first few minutes of the quarter. They continued to grip tightly to the lead for the rest of the game. UMHB won 72-50 and earned the right to host the American Southwest Conference Championship. The Cru’s teamwork was impressive. Excellent footwork, great passing skills and great aim helped secure their win. Senior criminal justice major Antania Newton complimented the team’s efforts. “It was great,” Newton said. “They played like a team and played with a lot of patience and poise.” This is the team’s second consecutive ASC division championship. “It was a good win,” head women’s coach Mark Morefield said. “After having five games on the road it was good to come back home and get back into the winning streak.” UMHB will close out the regular season with home games against Sul Ross on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. Then, the Cru will play Howard Payne on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. Both games will be held in the Mayborn Campus Center arena. The ASC Championship Tournament will be played Feb. 21-23 at Mayborn. This will be the first time the Crusaders have hosted this event. The team is looking forward to a strong season finish and a victory in the championship...

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