Activities for singles on Valentine’s Day
Feb13

Activities for singles on Valentine’s Day

Being single on Valentine’s Day can be fun – and nobody needs to feel lonely because they don’t have a date or significant other for the occasion. There are plenty of things singles can do to have fun on Valentine’s Day. 1. Appreciate the day. First things first, approach Valentine’s Day as another fun special day – not just for couples, but for everyone. For instance, you can see it as a special day for love and community. You have the chance to love your neighbors, your friends and family and even yourself. 2. Stay in and pamper yourself Valentine’s Day is all about love, so why not love yourself enough to treat yourself to a DIY spa day or read your favorite book? 3. Host a game night. Invite over other single friends to have a fun night of games and activities. Play board games, charades, video games, you name it. Accompany this with snacks and refreshments and you have the perfect game night. 4. Watch a movie marathon. You can choose to stick with the love theme or choose your own genre. Snuggle up on the couch with some warm, buttery popcorn or other snacks and dim the lights for the perfect movie marathon. You can even invite a friend over to watch it with you. 5. Get out and about with friends. Go out to eat with your single friends or go see that movie you’ve been wanting to watch. Go bowling with your buddies or check out some local shops. Treat yourself to a nice dinner at your favorite restaurant you don’t go to often. Ultimately, Valentine’s Day is a day that you make, so make it how you want...

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“The Kid Who Would Be King” conquers box office
Feb13

“The Kid Who Would Be King” conquers box office

When I first saw this movie trailer, I thought that it was going to be the dumbest movie ever. The graphics looked terrible, and it did not look interesting. I guess it is true what they say… looks can be deceiving. “The Kid Who Would Be King” is about a young boy named Alex and how he pulled the sword Excalibur from the stone. Alex and his friends go on an epic quest to stop an evil enchantress named Morgana. Alex is played by Louis Serkis, and he is the main hero of the movie. I thought that he played a noble character. He is just starting at a new school, and he felt like an outcast with his friend Bedders, played by Dean Chaumoo. He then has to be brave when the sword in the stone picks him. He chooses two other students to help him. The two other students are schoolyard bullies, Lance and Kaye, played by Tom Taylor and Rhianna Dorris. These characters see the world as you better be tough or you are going to get stepped on. This is why they bully people like Alex and Bedders. They join Alex on his quest just to benefit themselves. This is a great lesson for all of us. Whenever we only think about ourselves we fail. They soon learn that when they work together with Alex they can succeed. The mighty sorcerer Merlin also helps Alex and his friends on their journey. I like how this character takes a back seat so Alex and his friends can be the main heroes of this great story. There was a scene where Morgana is taking to Merlin and he is telling her that it is the kid’s time to shine and not theirs anymore. This reminds me that children are the future. Young Merlin is played by Angus Imrie and adult Merlin is played by Sir Patrick Stewart. I liked the introduction of this movie. It shared the original King Arthur story with great animation. The story was that there were corrupt rulers wanting to take the kingdom from Arthur but, he united his enemies and made them allies just as Alex did in this movie. It shows us that jealousy and corruption have always repeat themselves throughout history. This movie reminded me of the movies that my mom and dad took my sisters and I to. It was very nostalgic and I am glad that I got to see this...

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Students come together for worship at ONE
Feb13

Students come together for worship at ONE

UMHB students from various denominations and backgrounds put the chaos of the new semester on pause for a campuswide worship service called “ONE” in Walton Chapel on Jan. 30. They worshipped and held their arms up high as members of local churches and First Baptist Temple’s college pastor Evan Duncan led the worship. Participating local churches were First Baptist Belton, First Baptist Temple, Vista Community Church and Temple Bible Church. The night started off with a quick meet-and-greet. Then, as the Temple Bible Church band got up to play, the crowd immediately stood up to sing songs of praise. Lead singer and piano player, Mary Rojo, inspired with the songs “Defender,” “Glorious Day” and “Good Good Father.” This event was an opportunity for students to gather, take their focus off of the stress of a new semester and enjoy a time of worship with people from different churches. The atmosphere of ONE is always very energetic and full of excitement as students from all across campus gather together. Many students refer to the event as the highlight of their semester. “It feels very unified, as it is all the churches coming together,” junior Chris- tian Studies major Hannah Murray said. “It also feels almost electric, as if the students are excited to all be together to worship!” The event kicked off with the passing of the peace, led by Mary Hebison, interim Baptist Student Ministry director. This tradition involves turning to one’s neighbor, grasping hands and speaking the words, “May the peace of God be with you,” and then responding with, “and also with you.” This tradition set the tone for the event. “I love the passing of the peace because it is ancient and has been done for forever,” Hebison said, “It is a symbol of unity, and that is what we are here to do. It is also a fun and simple way to meet new people.” Pastor Duncan spoke to the crowd about discovering God’s will. He also said that people should be focusing on and living out the Word of God each and every day of their lives. One student, in particular, appreciated what Duncan had to say. “My favorite thing was getting to hear Evan speak and being able to hear a different college pastor who believes similarly to you,” sophomore marketing major Eunice Michaelson said. “It was cool listening to him preach the word of God and being able to hear what is going on in his church.” Duncan also described how the ONE event originated. “UMHB used to have a Wednesday night service through the BSM,” he explained. “As local college ministries...

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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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