Living waters: Recreational ambitions serve as a ministry tool
Oct21

Living waters: Recreational ambitions serve as a ministry tool

Extreme sports have never been an issue for junior Christian studies major Patrick Muñoz. “If I could use rock climbing, snowboarding or scuba diving in ministry around the world, that would be awesome,” he said. Muñoz grew up in Merida, Mexico, where he began his college career. He graduated from the Universidad Marista with a business degree in 2001. He then hit a crossroad in his life. “I had to decide between work and college,” Muñoz said. “I felt led by God to go into Christian studies.” Muñoz’s father had a job offer in the United States in 2006. “My Dad decided to be in the ministry,” he said. “He is the Spanish pastor at First Baptist Church in Belton.” Muñoz visited his parents a couple of times before deciding what he felt was the right path for his life. “I moved to Belton permanently in 2006 and decided to attend UMHB in 2007.” Muñoz was also interested in athletics as well. “I chose recreation as my minor,” he said. “I have done camping, adventure racing and rock climbing.” His next adventure with extreme sports was scuba diving when he enrolled in a UMHB course this fall. “I have family in Cozumel, Mexico,” Muñoz said. “It’s a wonderful place for diving. I also want to experience cave diving even though it is really dangerous.” Tom Young is the instructor for the scuba diving class offered at the university and has experience with the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy. “Scuba diving is a new adventure, something to try … and enjoy,” he said. Muñoz believes scuba diving is a chance to learn how to communicate in a unique way. “I would love to be able to share my experience with others,” he said. “It really is an incredible feeling. How many times do you have the opportunity to enjoy people in silence?  Since you can’t talk underwater, you have to learn to pay attention to people and their body language.” Patrick, Muñoz’s father, believes the sport is a wise choice for his son. “Scuba diving is a good thing for Patrick,” he said. “It is a lesson that he will be able to share with others everywhere.” Patrick Muñoz also created many memorable experiences. “When we were at the bottom of the pool at 10 feet for the first time, it was amazing,” he said. “I was nervous at first. We had to practice drills on how to retrieve our breathing regulator if we lost it. It was a terrible feeling not being able to breathe. But with the training that I had learned, I was prepared.” After...

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Political commentators reach common ground on Cru soil
Oct21

Political commentators reach common ground on Cru soil

By all accounts, Cal Thomas and Bob Beckel should be mortal enemies. Thomas is a conservative columnist and author; Beckel is a liberal commentator and Democratic Party operative. Thomas sings the praises of Ronald Reagan; Beckel ran Walter Mondale’s campaign against Reagan in 1984. Two men could not be more politically opposite. Yet, for nearly two hours, the close personal friends complimented each other, spoke of their mutual love for America and discussed common solutions to serious issues. The presentation, entitled “Finding Common Ground,” captivated a packed house in the Lord Conference Center Oct. 1. It was hosted by UMHB’s College of Humanities and the Institute for the Humanities. Dr. Derek Davis, dean of the College of Humanities, introduced the nationally-known political titans. “One very liberal Democrat and one very conservative Republican are going to talk about common ground, how we can move from partisanship to bipartisanship in American political life,” Davis said. Thomas explained how the two decided to pursue bipartisanship. “We sat in a green room one day, the room you sit in waiting to go on the air, and we saw two people of different political persuasions fighting on the air,” Thomas said. Thomas ridiculed such partisan bickering, contrasting it to the mindset of most people. “Real Americans don’t live this way,” he said. Beckel agreed, accusing wealthy special interests of stoking political conflict for their own gain. Calling them “cheap bums with money who keep the process going because they want to maintain their own interests,” he urged the audience to look past partisan rhetoric. “We don’t believe there is an issue facing this country where people of good will can’t find common ground, and if they don’t find common ground, at least they don’t leave angry,” Beckel said. Thomas and Beckel examined a wide range of current political topics, finding common areas of agreement while sticking to their principles. Discussing the financial crisis, Thomas ridiculed the $700 billion bailout package that had been proposed by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson while Beckel lamented the bailout but ultimately considered it necessary to stave off an even worse catastrophe. On energy, Beckel argued for expanded alternative fuels while Thomas agreed on the need for more alternative energy and the necessity of both parties to work together for change. “We’re not enemies. We’re fellow Americans. We know what needs to be done with energy,” he said. The message of bipartisanship resonated with Belton resident Philip Smith. “I thought they brought a lot of insight into the real cause of the problem and some good discussion on how people should be able to work together and put themselves above...

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Video of the Week Oct. 20 – Oct. 26

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Video of the Week Oct. 13 – Oct. 19

Who doesn’t love babies? This baby can give “the eye” even better than I...

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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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