Check out creative Cru Cribs
Oct01

Check out creative Cru Cribs

Stocking an apartment can be a task. Take a look at how fellow Crusaders mix and match unique pieces into their design schemes. Twin Chairs “These are our flowery arm chairs. This setup is perfect for reading and drinking coffee.  It helps establish a cozy atmosphere at home, which is something that was very important to me and my roommates,” junior Noelle Renfro said. Kitty call “I got the rug from a guy who lived behind Subway, who had listed it on craigslist. I really wanted something with a graphic on it, preferably a dragon or mythical creature, but the lion was the next best thing,” senior Josh Hobratsch said. Fold up or flip out “It was my grandmother’s table. I thought it’d be nice to have since it’s a coffee table and an actual dining table all in one,” senior computer science major Michael Gohlke said. Turtle races “They get away from us sometimes, but they never end up anywhere too weird,” Maghan Leonard said. “We race them and have turtle nights, where we lay on the floor and try to make them do things and go places,” nursing major Sarah Saucedo said. Shock and awe “My room is eclectic,” Jordan Hall said. “I got my ideas from the Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters. My favorite things in my room are my colorful paper lantern and my ‘Find your stage door and open it’ sign. I wanted my room to be very chic.” Art in passing “This painting used to be in Rachel Stevens and Taylor Harrison’s apartment, and I inherited it from them. It is kind of like an upperclassmen heirloom. Some lucky underclassmen may just inherit it,” DaniBeth Crosby...

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Video of the Week Sept. 29 – Oct. 5

Hey everyone, I found this about a year ago and was fascinated with it. I never got a chance to do it myself, but I look forward to trying it soon....

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Free vaccinations encourage healthier living

By Angel Bell Students are busy, but in a world full of germs and disease waiting to attach themselves to flesh, it is important to make an effort to prevent sickness by vaccinations. Sophomore sociology major Stacey Davidson believes they are a great idea. “It’s important for students to get vaccinated in order for them to have the best health possible,” she said, “especially at school where diseases have a tendency to travel fast.” The university offered several vaccines in a free shot clinic this month. Sophomore nursing major Megan Skarpa thinks clinics are a good way to help control sickness on campus. “When someone is vaccinated, it not only is a good health choice for them but those around them,” she said. “Being in college, viruses travel fast, and it’s important to take care of yourself and also those around you. The free shot clinic is a very good idea because college students typically do not have a lot of money to spend.” At the clinic on Sept. 29, students were offered five vaccinations. The shots were only available on a first come first served basis and included the meningitis, Gardasil, hepatitis B, MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) and tetanus booster vaccines. Many students may not be familiar with the newer Gardasil vaccine, which is used to help prevent certain strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) and cervical cancer. UMHB Nurse Debbie Rosenberger believes this vaccine has potential to help protect women against cervical cancer, but she also thinks that people must carefully consider what is done with their own body. “If you are female up to age 26, it is recommended that you receive the Gardasil vaccine,” she said. “You can insure your personal health habits. What you can’t control is your future mate. (Because of) poor choices, this person could carry HPV and give it to you without any symptoms themselves. Then you develop cervical cancer.” The meningitis vaccine is recommended for students living in campus housing. Rosenberger thinks it is better to get rid of a disease before it happens and is looking to attract students to the free clinics who are not able to pay for vaccines. “Prevention beats intervention any day of the week,” she said. “The purpose of (a) shot clinic is to enable those who can’t afford the vaccines to get them. If folks are under-insured, meaning they have insurance but it does not cover vaccines, then they can come.” Rosenberger also recommends an alternate program for younger students. “Any 18-year-old falls under the federal program (called) Vaccines for Children,” she said. This allows them to “receive immunizations at the...

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SGA sets a higher bar when dealing with school issues
Sep30

SGA sets a higher bar when dealing with school issues

As students come back to school for the year and begin to settle into a routine, jobs and the often strange hours of college life, student associations have also begun preparations for the upcoming year. One important organization, if not the most significant to the student body, is Student Government Association. SGA is often an overlooked outlet for students to voice concerns, ideas and opinions. Leadership of SGA is reaching out to the students to aid in change. “We want students to voice their ideas,” Director of Student Oraganizations Kristy Brischke said. “Everyone can participate in student government; you don’t have to be elected to help with change. We want clear communication with the administration and clear communication with the students themselves. Our goal is to work as a clear channel between the two.” One issue student government faces is getting out information to the students themselves. They have tried to reconcile the issue electronically. “Our online voting last year seemed to work well and was more popular with students,” Brischke said. “We are looking into trying to increase our online capability as another way to get students more involved.” Newly elected freshman internal senator, biology major Andrew Christian, said, “I think the online voting is much better than any kind of written ballot. I believe it makes the voting based much more on who people believe will be the best candidate for the job rather than who is the most popular.” Senior student body president Tatenda Tavaziva said, “Unlike in years past, information about student government is now readily accessible online to anyone interested.” One way for people to have their voice heard is through Student Speak, which is when “the Vice President of Student Affairs, Steve Theodore, and myself sit and answer questions in the SUB,” Tavaziva said. “Or you could voice your opinion by just stopping me or anyone in SGA as we are walking and telling us any ideas, suggestions or proposals you might have.” These are just small examples of the steps the organization is taking to get students more involved. “Last year, through God’s help, I believe SGA laid a very solid foundation in terms of being the voice of the students,” Tavaziva said. “In my second year as president, I would like to see us raise the bar in every aspect of student government both internally and externally.” Raising the bar will be quite an accomplishment after the successful year in 2007-2008. Last year alone, SGA was responsible for not only doing away with the sticky sign-in/sign-out dorm process but also with the end of late night fines and the institution of...

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New citizen adopts rights

Claudia Nuñez, secretary for President Dr. Jerry Bawcom, became a citizen during the university’s first naturalization ceremony recently. Bawcom said, “I think it was very patriotic of her, and I am happy for her and her family.” The Honorable Walter S. Smith Jr., chief district judge, presided as 349 other people received  citizenship Aug. 12. Nuñez was honored to have been a part of the historic campus event. “It was absolutely wonderful,” she said. “The university truly made it very special, not only for me, but to everyone present on that day. People kept telling me how beautiful the university was and  how warm and friendly. I feel very honored, humbled and proud. Proud to be an American.” Nuñez, who was originally born in Columbia, came to the U.S. in 1986 for political reasons. Though she still has many relatives in Columbia, her immediate family members are all American citizens. “My mother lives in Illinois and my sister in Tennessee,” she said. “My grandmother, many of my uncles, aunts, and cousins are still in Colombia, but a few live in Florida.” Nuñez wasted no time to begin taking advantage of her rights as a citizen. She said her first act as an American citizen was to register to vote. Immigration law will be an important issue for her future vote. “I have very strong feelings about the immigration process,” she said. “There is a lot that needs to be reformed and changed. We must do it with love and compassion towards those who are truly seeking a better life not only for themselves, but for their families.” Having finally completed the entire immigration process, Nuñez had this advice to give. “To those who aren’t citizens,” she said, “start early, do not wait, do not procrastinate. To those students who are born here, appreciate the rights that you have. You truly do not know how lucky you are to be born in a country that gives you many rights and freedom. Love, honor and protect your country, be grateful for your liberty and serve your country. Serve her well.” Sophomore English major Sarah Nuñez, Claudia Nuñez’ daughter, commented on her mother’s momentous day. “It was nice to see my mom become a citizen,” she said. “She’s wanted it for a long time, so I was glad to be a part of it. She’s very happy and full of pride for her new...

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Students’ time of service rewarded
Sep30

Students’ time of service rewarded

Seniors Tatenda Tavaziva and Ryan Trask reaped the benefits of their service and hard work in both the community and campus when they received the Heavin Servant Leadership award during the annual fall convocation. The accolade is based on servitude to either the campus or community, and recipients are put in the spotlight in order to serve as an example to the rest of the student body. Senior accounting major and student body president Tatenda Tavaziva received one of the awards and decided to donate $500 to Helping Hands. He said, “It is very humbling …. I could think of 20-30 people who deserve the award before me.” Tavaziva has served the community and campus by being active in First Baptist Church, Belton; leading Focus for the month of September and actively supporting the many sports teams at the university. “I really don’t think I deserve the award,” he said, “but I am excited to get it. I wish my parents were here to see it, but they are 14,000 miles away .… I feel like I have something to prove.” Senior Christian studies major Ryan Trask received the other award and designated $500 to be donated to Com-passion Inter-national, which strives to aid people affected by poverty among the world’s poorest countries. “I chose Com-passion because I really believe in the work that they do with impoverished children in the world. Com-passion does a great job of educating people (so) that they can make a significant impact in the life of a child for a very small price.” Trask served the community through Canyon Creek Baptist Church as a youth intern and has been heavily involved in campus activities, including Welcome Week and Revival. He said, “It is incredibly humbling to be a recipient of this award.” Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Steve Theodore thinks highly of both Tavaziva and Trask, saying, “Here are a couple of people who are doing it right. Watch them.” The selection process for the recipients of the Heavin Servant Leadership award includes both faculty and student nominations and the representation of a “servant’s heart” in each person. The honor is sponsored by a permanent endowment from Gary and Diane Heavin of Waco, owners of Curves. The award is intended to emphasize the importance of philanthropy, ministry and community service among UMHB students. “It is all about serving others.” Theodore expects great things from both students and knows that classmates look to them as role models and inspiration. He said, “Given what I know about them and their hearts, I would expect to see them continue to...

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