Cru softball wins three-game series
Apr02

Cru softball wins three-game series

UMHB’s softball team continued their season with a three-game stretch at home against McMurry University. The Cru was sitting just below .500 with a 10-11 record going into this series of games. To hit .500, the Cru would have to win two out of the three games. The McMurry War Hawks were also sitting below .500 with an 8-12 record. Even if the War Hawks were to win all three games and sweep the Cru, they still would not hit .500, but it would only bring them one win away. Freshman Kathryn Reed from Axtell took the mound for the first game of the series on Thursday, March 21. Her presence on the mound played a pivotal role in the game. She pitched for five innings and did not allow a single run. The offense began to score in the second inning with a single by junior Hannah Wolfe, which sent in Kourtney Cummings to score the Cru’s first run. The team continued to score until the fourth inning. The Cru’s scoring was capped off with a three-run home run by sophomore Allie Dalle. The Cru left the first game of the series with an 8-0 victory. On Friday, March 22 the Cru entered the second game of the series. This would also be the first game of a doubleheader. The previous day’s game left a bad taste in the War Hawks’ mouths, and they entered game two seeking. They tried to prove that their offense was a force to be feared. Their statement was made with an offensive barrage in the first inning. It started off with a single with two runners on base. The runner on third scored, only allowing one point. Then, a walk with bases loaded advanced a runner to home plate, allowing another score. Another McMurry single advanced two more runners to home. The Cru finally got out of the first inning, but not before allowing the War Hawks to score four runs. In order to stay alive, the Cru had to score. It is almost as if the Cru employed the turtle and the hare method in this game. They slowly put up runs one by one, and by the end of the second inning, they tied the game 4-4. The War Hawks looked tired and were not able to score during the second or third innings. UMHB was still in the fight. However, it seemed as if the War Hawks caught their breath, because they scored five more runs before the game was over, defeating the Cru 9-5. This tied the series 1-1, and the final game would determine who took the...

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Easter egg decorating ideas
Apr02

Easter egg decorating ideas

Easter is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with the age-old tradition of decorating eggs? If you have been stuck in a rut with your dying methods year after year, you might want to change it up this time. Here are some alternative and unique ways to decorate your eggs that will impress your company this Easter holiday. One of the easiest ways to decorate your eggs is with non-toxic paint. Create outer space-themed eggs by turning each egg into a galaxy filled with planets. Using black, blue, purple and pink, apply the paint with a sponge brush, alternating between colors. When the paint is dry, use a small brush to splatter white paint to create stars. For a more simple but bold look, cover your eggs with metallic or glitter paint. Another fun idea for children to enjoy is giving each egg its own personality by painting faces on them. Paint each egg like a fictional character or model it after one of your family members. To create a more elegant look, use nail polish and water to make the eggs look like marble. Pour one or multiple colors of nail polish into a bowl of water and use a toothpick to make designs in the polish. Then, dip the egg into the polish. A simpler way to decorate your eggs is by gluing on various objects. Adding flowers, feathers or leaves will bring a little piece of nature to your table. To go along with the theme of spring and new life, turn your eggs into little farm animals with a few simple steps. To make a lamb, glue on cotton balls and use a black permanent marker to draw on eyes and a nose. White paper or pipe cleaners can become ears and whiskers to turn a plain white egg into an Easter bunny. Cut ears and a nose from pink felt to make a pig. Yellow paper can be used to create a beak and wings for a chick. If you would like to have the eggs stand on their own as a decoration, cut small pieces of pipe cleaner and glue them on for legs. If you are not a fan of hard boiled eggs, you can still participate in the Easter egg festivities. Make some confetti eggs to smash over your friends’ heads. Crack a small hole on the top of the egg and empty out its contents. After rinsing the eggshell, fill it with confetti and glue a small piece of tissue paper overthe hole. Egg hunts are also a fun activity to get the whole family involved. Decorate...

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Foster Love Bell County
Apr02

Foster Love Bell County

Foster Love Bell County celebrated the grand opening of their Foster Love House on Friday, Feb. 22. FLBC works to serve children who are in the foster care system in the Bell County area. Candace Cartwright founded the organization in February 2016. “I founded it [Foster Love] about three years ago,” Cartwright said. “I didn’t have a big vision or anything like this [the house] in mind, but it started out as a group on Facebook after my husband and I adopted from foster care.” The organization realized their need for a house facility when they discovered that children without a foster family assignment did not have a place to stay. FLBC moved into the house on Dec. 1,2018, and officially openedthe house on Feb. 22, 2019. The house provides several services for individuals involved in the foster program in Bell County. “We are kind of like a multi-resource center,” Cart- wright said. “We are open for conferences—we have two conference rooms that are available for case workers to use. Throughout the course of a case, there are a lot of conferences that have to take place and they have their unit meetings here.” The house also has a kitchen, laundry room, playroom, supply closet and two bedrooms for children and other individuals involved in the foster program. “One of the main reasons we opened the house was for the bathrooms,” Cartwrightsaid. “The Temple office doesnot have a shower facility and so the kids come in here needing to be cleaned.” The search for the Foster Love House began as a quest to find an office space for members of FLBC to use. “We were initially looking for an office space,”Cartwright said. “Over time, knowing what was going on in the CPS (Child ProtectiveServices) offices and that kids often come into care needing either a shower or a meal or a snack or supplies changed that. Often times they sit in an office for hours waiting for a placement with really nothing to do in an office-type setting, which is why the playrooms are there. Unfortunately, that wait does transfer overnight, and we knew that instead of sleeping on an office floor, a bedroom would be better in a home-like setting.” The Foster Love Bell County mission statement is to “raise awareness and mobilize the community to care for those in the child welfare system.” They accomplish this goal by providing a safe place for children in the foster system and engaging the community in helping the children in need. UMHB students are getting involved in helping at the Foster Love House in various ways. “We are so excited...

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Dr. Joey Tabarlet: Professor and friend
Apr02

Dr. Joey Tabarlet: Professor and friend

UMHB’s Communication and Media Studies Department chair Dr. Joey Tabarlet has been inspiring students on campus since 1995. Tabarlet is also a movie buff, cat lover, dad-joke comedian and guitarist. Besides teaching, his research explores major historical events in mass media and moral depictions in film. He has also been involved with curriculum development and assessments. Tabarlet has been president of the UMHB faculty assembly and served on the Promotion and Tenure Committee, the Honors Committee and the Nominating Committee. He also founded the Central Texas Film Society. “I thought he was a very interesting professor to have,” freshman film studies major Sarah McGirk said. “He had a lot of interesting stories and real-world information that made the class easier to understand and relate to.” McGirk said that she felt challenged by the assignments he gave, and she noted that he always made sure to give feedback for improvements. Anytime she did not understand a topic, she said that he was very helpful in explaining things. “As a freshman, I found it refreshing to have a professor who treated his students like adults and let us talk and work at our own pace. While the class did require work, it felt accomplishable. I really loved having Dr. Tabarlet and hope I get to take another one of his classes sometime in my college career,” McGirk said. Tabarlet earned both his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from Louisiana State University. His doctorate is from Florida State University. He taught at Wesleyan College in Georgia for three years before coming to UMHB in 1995 as the chair of the Speech and Drama Department, which would later become the Department of Communication and Media Studies. Since then, Tabarlet has taught many courses including Introduction to Mass Media, Film Studies and Public Speaking. He credits his interest in the communication field to his experiences in high school and college. “I was on the speech debate team in high school and college,” Tabarlet said. “That was a turning point because that really determined what I wanted to do.” It was there that he found his love for speech and debate. “I’ve taught public speaking a lot,” Tabarlet said. “This semester is the first semester in 10 or 15 years I haven’t taught Public Speaking, so I really miss it.” Tabarlet’s colleagues are also appreciative of his contributions to the school. “I’ve worked with him for a number of years in the Honors program,” said English professor Brent Gibson. “I enjoy working with him and he’s been very helpful in the Honors Seminar. I really appreciate him as a colleague and enjoy his...

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Heart of Gold Dance Marathon
Apr02

Heart of Gold Dance Marathon

Student organization Heart of Gold turned McLane Great Hall into a circus full of fun with games, food and dance lessons for their annual Dance Marathon on Friday, March 22. The event is hosted by colleges across the country with the purpose of raising money for children with pediatric illnesses. The idea behind the event is to gather a group of people together to dance for the children who are not able to dance. The Dance Marathon slogan “For the Kids” serves as a reminder of the organization’s purpose. However, the event includes much more than dancing. Also included in this year’s Dance Marathon were carnival games, face painting, a video game tournament and a silent auction. Several entertainers added to the night’s festivities. There were musical performances by the reigning Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor, Briana Fredrickson, and a trio of Baylor students called the Spicy Boyz. There was also a juggling contortionist, and a few UMHB students volunteered to dress up as Disney princesses and superheroes for the children. At the top of every hour, members of Impact Dance taught the attendees a three part dance to a mashup of songs from “The Greatest Showman.” Children who are currently undergoing treatment at McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple were invited to attend the event and share their stories throughout the night. This year, two nine-year-old girls from the hospital attended the Dance Marathon and represented the children who could not be there. “Dance Marathon was really eye opening,” freshman psychology pre-med major Janeajia Green, who volunteered at the event, said. She said that meeting one of the children from the hospital inspired her. “It was such blessing to be able to make a difference and simply give my time, even if I was not able to give much money. Meeting Ava gave me such an energy boost. I felt like I was meeting my very own superheroes. When I grow up, I want to be just like them, showing people and inspiring them to be more than they can [be],” Green said. Every guest received a hospital bracelet to wear. At the end of the night, two of the children from McLane Children’s Hospital cut the bracelets off of students’ arms. This Dance Marathon tradition is a reminder that attendees are able to take off their bracelets, while these children have to continue wearing theirs as they undergo treatments. At the start of this school year, Heart of Gold set a goal to raise at least $10,000 in donations for McLane Children’s Hospital. This year’s Dance Marathon helped the organization exceed its goal and raise $10,622.28 in total. This money will go toward...

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Students prepare for Easter Pageant
Apr02

Students prepare for Easter Pageant

Since 1940, UMHB has celebrated Easter by telling Christ’s story during the Easter Pageant. Each year, students lead the event and use their talents and passion for the Gospel to tell the story of Jesus’ life and sacrifice. This year, the Easter Pageant will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Senior music education major Savannah Sepulveda will be portraying Mary in this year’s production of the Easter Pageant. “Portraying Mary is such an honor,” Sepulveda said. “I’ve been able to gain more of an understanding from her perspective. For her to faithfully say yes to the Lord is so encouraging. I’m reminded to have childlike faith, practice humility and to understand how small I am and how dependent I am on God.” Sepulveda is excited to participate in the Easter Pageant and feels that the event is life-changing. “It’s absolutely wonderful,” Sepulveda said. “It’s a blessing to be able to grow from it, but it’s an even bigger blessing to be able to lead others and help them grow. I love that people have been able to do this for 80 years!” Junior history major Jaden Napolez will be portraying one of the twelve disciples in this year’s production. “I am humbled to be a disciple,” Napolez said. “It is a unique opportunity to grow closer to God!” The tradition of the Easter Pageant also attracts students who are new to UMHB. Senior English major Jessica Maughan transferred from Dallas Baptist University in the fall of 2018 and is excited to participate in the Easter Pageant when she came to UMHB. “I knew that when I transferred here that I wanted to be a part of the Easter Pageant,” Maughan said. “I participated in First Baptist’s production when I was a child. That experience has really stuck with me and influenced much of my walk with God. The experience helped me to connect everything I was hearing and learning with a visual of how we believe it happened. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for everyone involved in the production.” Maughan also appreciates the history and tradition that Easter Pageant provides for UMHB. “UMHB is full of traditions and history. I feel like my being a part of the Easter Pageant is like me being a part of that history,” Maughan said. “It is an honor to be able to participate in the 80th production of the Easter Pageant.” Freshman education major Michelle Long is participating in the Easter Pageant for the first time this year. “I got involved [in Easter Pageant] with a couple of...

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