Campus opens food pantry in Mabee Student Success Center
Feb13

Campus opens food pantry in Mabee Student Success Center

There’s no doubt that college is expensive. After paying for tuition, textbooks and transportation, many students find that there isn’t that much money left over for food. Sometimes, UMHB students can have a hard time getting enough to eat. However, a new resource for students has opened to help alleviate this problem. UMHB Enactus is an organization that focuses on bringing about change through entrepreneurial action. In order to combat food insecurity among UMHB students, the organization founded The Source, an on-campus food pantry specifically for students. The Source opened for the first time on Feb. 4. Dr. Terry Fox, a professor of Business Computer Information Systems, serves as the faculty adviser for Enactus and was instrumental in founding The Source. In 2018, Fox was approached by Dr. James King, another business professor, about opening a food pantry on UMHB’s campus. “He (King) shared with me a newspaper article that was in the Waco paper about Baylor opening up a food pantry on their campus,” Fox said. “We worked with Dr. Skaggs and put together a survey that we sent out last spring to all of our students.” The results showed that over 40 percent of UMHB students have experienced food insecurity in the past year. When they realized the severity of this problem, they knew that something had to be done to fix it. Fox presented the idea to the members of Enactus, who were enthusiastic. “Dr. Skaggs and I worked throughout the summer and last fall putting together what a campus food pantry would look like,” Fox said. “We’ve had a variety of folks across campus that have pitched in and helped with this project.” After plenty of hard work and many generous donations, The Source is officially open. Sadly, food insecurity is a problem on many college campuses. According to The Source’s page on UMHB’s website, “Food insecurity among college students is a cause of poor academic performance, poor class attendance, lack of proper school supplies, and dropping out of college.” Opening The Source is a major step toward eliminating food insecurity among UMHB students. The Source is located in Mabee 228, and it is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m. It is also available by appointment. Students will be asked to show their Cru card upon arriving at The Source, but they will not need to provide their name. Students may also complete an optional questionnaire regarding the food products they need the most. Each student can select up to 15 items per day, and volunteers will be available to answer any questions. With some smaller food items, such as granola bars, students...

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Starr Rivers awarded place on Texas forensics team
Feb13

Starr Rivers awarded place on Texas forensics team

In a room full of college debate students, Starr Rivers stands out. The talented senior film studies major has worked to finesse her forensic speech skills during her college career here at UMHB. Rivers has advanced to the prestigious American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament and the National Forensic Association’s Championship Tournament in the last four years. She is also the first student from UMHB to qualify for AFA every year of her college career. At the recent Texas Intercollegiate Forensic Association State Tournament, Rivers was one of 10 students named to the All-State Forensics Squad. “It has been an amazing four years doing UMHB Forensics,” Rivers said of her time with the speech program. “I have grown so much as a performer and person. Doing speech is a lot of hard work and dedication, and I am proud to have stuck with it. It is such a rewarding experience.” While Rivers’ accomplishments are astounding, she feels that she would not have been able to achieve them without continuous support from her professors and a strong work ethic. “Starr’s work ethic is excellent,” Forensics Director Kathy Owens said. “I never have to worry about her getting her ‘homework’ done. We meet twice weekly, and I give her tasks to complete before our next meeting. “In addition to her work ethic, though, Starr has quite a bit of natural talent,” Owens added. “She seamlessly moves from character to character in her performances, showing a great deal of empathy in each one. Through her performances, Starr has not only entertained but has been a fierce advocate for racial equality. Her performances are truly inspiring.” The debate circuit that Rivers competes in is very competitive because it includes all of the schools in the area, no matter how big each school’s program is. Among the schools, the UMHB debate team competes against is the team from Wiley College, which preforms on a $100,000 budget because they are funded by Denzel Washington, who filmed “The Great Debaters” at their college. “The competition is extremely rigorous,” Rivers said. “The competition is hard and challenging, but so worthwhile and beneficial, because it makes you a better competitor.” While Rivers has accomplished qualifying for these events, she must compete at the tough level of competition against thousands of debate students across the country. “Competing on the national level can be intimidating,” Rivers said. “Nonetheless, I feel so blessed and proud to be able to break some barriers that a small school like UMHB has not done yet. I take pride in my accomplishments, but at the same time, I know there is still work to...

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Crusaders celebrate 2018 Stagg Bowl victory
Feb13

Crusaders celebrate 2018 Stagg Bowl victory

A long line of people snaked around the walls at UMHB’s Frank and Sue Mayborn Campus Center to celebrate the Crusaders’ Division III championship victory over the University of Mount Union at the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl XLVI. Elyssa Childress, a junior nursing major, attended the event to support the Cru. “I didn’t realize that Belton supported UMHB as much as they do. It’s cool,” Childress said. “I’m excited to be here to show my support for the Cru alongside the community.” The UMHB campus store sold national championship merchandise at the celebration to help the community show their love for the purple and gold. “The celebration is great. We are glad to be a part of it,” Debbie Cottrell, manager of the campus store, said. “I think we sell championship merchandise every day. We feel like we have a vested interest in supporting this victory.” Many alumni attended the celebration to support their alma mater. Among the alumni present was Don Bechtel, who graduated in 2008. “I love this celebration. I think the football team is awesome,” Bechtel said. “One of my favorite memories from my time at UMHB is when the university gave me and my family free tickets to every game. We went to the games and still go to them even though I have graduated.” Bechtel attended the championship game and was excited to see his team win. “Oh my gosh. It was almost like I was a player on the field. Just being at the game and cheering on the Cru was awesome,” Bechtel said. James Stafford, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at UMHB, was among the faculty members present at the event. “It feels fantastic to see everyone here,” Stafford said. “These are the fans who pushed our team throughout the season. This is very heartwarming.” The celebration included an opportunity for fans to get autographs and a presentation honoring the Cru football team. Jon Wallin, UMHB’s Sports Information Director, began the presentation. “It is becoming a little bit of a habit to come celebrate a national championship,” Wallin said before introducing Marion Grayson, Mayor of Belton. “I am so proud to be the Mayor of Belton, where UMHB is,” Grayson said before she proclaimed Jan. 31, 2019 Crusader Football Day in Belton. She con- cluded her speech with a hearty “Go Cru!” The presentation continued with state Representative Hugh Shine. “Folks, we have the only NCAA championship team in Texas,” Shine said, earning cheers and claps from the audience. “There is no other team in Texas with two national championship titles in three years.” Col. Al Simmons, Commander of the 61st...

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UMHB celebrates Black History Month
Feb13

UMHB celebrates Black History Month

Diverse cultural backgrounds, ethnicities and mixed races have been a true pride of the UMHB family. As February is Black History month, UMHB is finding unique and inclusive ways to celebrate the historical month. Black History Month is an annual celebration that occurs every February in honor of African-Ameri- cans and their past, present and future achievements. It has been 93 years since Black History Month was first recognized as a national holiday in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. When it first began, it was only a week-long celebration held on the second week of the month, coinciding with the week that Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery in 1865. Kicking off the month is an art exhibit held by UMHB’s art department. The “Black to the Future” art exhibit, curated by seniors Chriscina Lampkin and Danielle Demetria, features artwork created by African-American students majoring and minoring in art. The exhibit will be featured in Baugh Center for the Visual Arts on Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. Dani- elle Demetria East, a senior whose artwork will be displayed, is excited that UMHB is put- ting on this event to honor Black His- tory Month. “I have a sculpture in the show. It’s called ‘She’s Gotta Have It’, East said. “I went around UMHB and got different black women to write on these cement blocks about their perspective as a woman of color.” The English department is also participating in the month’s celebrations by hosting its third annual Black History Month Creative Writing Contest. Students can submit works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. A panel of writers will deliver their creative pieces in McLane Great Hall on Feb. 13 at 2:30 p.m. In addition to activities at UMHB this February, The Association of Black Students (ABS) attended the 31st Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference, which was held at Texas A&M in College Station from Jan. 17-19. The conference focused on empowerment and leadership. Jason Kontchou, a junior at Texas A&M and the Co-Executive Chair of the SBSLC, attends every year. “I got involved in SBSLC my freshman year,” Kontchou said. “It was supposed to just be something to put on my resume, something to do for fun. However, I quickly realized it was so much more than that. I felt like it gave me a purpose. “It made me feel at home with my school,” he added. “I fell in love after experiencing my first conference and ever since then I’ve just wanted to be more and more involved in the planning and process of the conference, so I applied and got onto the executive...

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Baptist Student Ministry’s new home encourages student involvement
Feb13

Baptist Student Ministry’s new home encourages student involvement

UMHB’s Baptist Student Ministry has experienced some exciting changes this semester. The BSM has relocated to the second floor of Bawcom Student Union and received a new interim director, UMHB alumna Mary Hebison. Hebison, who graduated in 2014, was involved in several organizations at the BSM during her time as a student, including the Ministry Leadership Council and Drama Ministry. She also served as the co-president of the BSM. Additionally, she was a part of the Texas BSM Lead Team. After she graduated, Hebison began to work as an oncology nurse at Scott and White Medical Center in Temple. She is continuing to pursue this career while she serves as the interim director of the BSM for the spring 2019 semester. “This is very new for me,” Hebison said “This is a really big adjustment for me because it isn’t anything I’ve ever done. But, when I was a student here I was involved in the BSM, so I’ve been able to see it through several different levels. I’ve seen the BSM through the student side, so seeing this through the office side has been very interesting. Luckily, my boss at the hospital has been very accommodating so I can still work at Scott and White while I work here.” The BSM has also relocated The Gathering. This event, which allows students to worship and have fellowship with one other in a friendly environment, was originally held in the BSM sanctuary. Now, the event is held in the McLane Great Hall located on the third floor of Bawcom. “This is kind of bittersweet, but there is a lot of sweet with it,” Hebison said. “We are excited to be more centrally located. I love that students can come by here without having to walk all the way to the old building. You don’t really walk by that part of campus, but you walk by this part all the time. We also like having events like The Gathering in a more central location. We are working on redefining where the BSM is and what the identity of the BSM is. It’s still a work in progress, but there is definitely a lot of progress.” Various specialized ministries within the BSM have also had to relocate to different buildings on campus because the old BSM building is being repurposed as a counseling center. However, even though the ministries and events are being relocated, the BSM is still looking forward to helping students grow in their Christian faith and walk with God during their time at UMHB. “We’re leaning on some old things that were already established. We want to go back...

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Students prepare for Cru Knights
Feb13

Students prepare for Cru Knights

Who doesn’t love Crusader Knights? It’s a fun opportunity to laugh, cheer on your friends and vote for your favorite contestants. Since 1993, Cru Knights has been one of the most popular traditions on campus each spring. Various campus organizations select male students to participate in this lighthearted event. Cru Knights is often described as a spoof of the Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor pageant, which has been an annual campus tradition since the 1950s. The men even perform the same stroll that the women do in their pageant. This always earns plenty of cheers and laughter from the crowd. Participants create a video skit based on the year’s theme, which is played for the audience during the event. On the night of the event, the men participate in a group dance and individual walks. After the judges score them in these areas and the audience has submitted their votes, the finalists are announced. They then answer interview questions presented by the reigning Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor. Finally, the judges crown the new Mr. Crusader Knight and announce other awards including Campus Choice, Best Video, Best Spotlight and the Timothy Award. The reigning Mr. Crusader Knight is alumnus Caleb Fitzwater, who represent- ed McLane Hall in 2018. He will be present at this year’s event to pass on the title. Also present will be Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor, Briana Frederickson, a senior social work major who represented Phi Alpha in this year’s pageant. Senior special education major Jimmy Boutte represent- ed Remschel Hall in Cru Knights during his sophomore year in 2017. “I really enjoyed meeting new people on campus when I was in Crusader Knights,” he said. “I also enjoyed the dance practices. Even though we messed up, we still had a lot of fun.” He is excited to attend the event this year. “I am excited for this year’s Olympic theme because I always enjoy watching the Olympics.” This year, there are 16 men participating in Cru Knights. The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in Walton Chapel. Students are encouraged to come out and support their friends and classmates who are participating in this fun tradition. To keep up with Cru Knights, follow CAB on Twitter...

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