International students get a taste of Texas
Oct08

International students get a taste of Texas

For a few short hours on a Friday night in a small Texas town, students from all over the world were able to come together to share their cultures at a Baptist Student Ministries event called Texas Night. The event took place on Sept. 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Lord Conference Center at Parker Academic Center. The night was full of dancing, food, smiles and laughter, as students from many different places and backgrounds got a taste of what true Texan culture is like. “It was mostly a dance. We teach some line dances and two-stepping. We also do some American culture games such as Jeopardy about Texas trivia,” English and Christian studies major Jake Raabe said. While the event only lasted a few hours, the memories and friendships that were made that night were ones that will truly last a lifetime. “It’s important for us to allow students to meet and blend different cultures together,” Raabe said. “The purpose of Texas Night is to assimilate internationals to Texas culture, and also to help internationals and Americans build relationships. There are students here from all over the world. We want people to meet here,” Raabe said. The event seemed to be a hit as students, traditional and international alike, joined in on the festivities. “Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. [The international students] really enjoyed the large line dances where, if I remember correctly, only one or two students stayed off to the side,” junior international business and business management major Dylan Hall said. Shawn Shannon, the Director of the BSM, was pleased with the impact Texas Night had on the international students. “We ended up with around 80 people total or so there. We all had a lot of fun,” Shannon said. Future events are already being planned that will allow International students and American students to gather and share their lives and cultures with one another. “In November we will be having an International Thanksgiving meal where we will have a meal for both international and American students as another way to make sure we are allowing students to meet,” Raabe...

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CAB has new ideas for upcoming year
Oct08

CAB has new ideas for upcoming year

Campus Activities Board is a student organization that allows UMHB students the chance to help plan activities for the students. From huge events to passing out small gifts for students, CAB plans it all. “Every campus activity meeting is set up similarly. We asses the events that we had the week prior and then we plan for upcoming stuff,”Assistant Director of Campus Activities Jeff Sutton said. During the first week of classes, the student organization spent a lot of time talking about a leadership conference they attended that helped the organization come up with event ideas for the rest of the year. “Now we are taking all of the information we gained at the conference and actually calendaring out events and letting students sign up to lead those events and plan all the details of those,” Sutton said. He also said its main goal is to be an outlet for students to have some social experiences. “We want to create community on campus while equipping students to lead and learn,” he said. The assistant director said CAB’s meetings are definitely different than most. “We have a structure but the structure submits to the people. Our meetings are always 30 minutes and after we discuss our previous week’s event and figure out our next event, we break up into smaller groups to get work done,” Sutton said. CAB has already begun planning and executing future events that will happen throughout the year. “This semester alone we are working on some new events that we have never had on campus before. We are participating in Preview Weekend, October Hump Day Giveaway which is a pumpkin spice giveaway, National Night Out, study break, Christmas events, passing out bubble wrap to help relieve stress, Disney Trivia Night, and many, many more,” Sutton said. While CAB gives students the opportunity to experience many things, Sutton believes there is a bigger impact. “The best thing you can get out of CAB are relationships. It’s a great way to meet new people and serve. You take things you are learning in a classroom and put it into real life experience,” Sutton said If students are still interested in joining CAB, the meetings are every Monday at 9 p.m. in the creative thinking space on the second floor of Maybee. “The great thing about it is that we have an open enrollment which means that anyone and everyone can join at anytime,” said Jeff...

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Bluebell makes a comeback

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream! During the hotter months, everyone loves to cool down with a bowl of their favorite Bluebell ice cream, whether it is sweet and salty Pecan Praline or old-fashioned Vanilla. However, due to a Listeria outbreak, Bluebell Creameries’ products were recalled in early spring. Southerners have been heartbroken to lose their favorite ice cream, and have supported Bluebell Creameries since their closure in April. The recall has inspired numerous memes, hashtags, and even t-shirts to commemorate what is being known as the Bluebell Famine of 2015. “It’s taken an emotional toll on my sweet tooth because I haven’t been able to eat Bluebell ice cream,” freshman marketing major Benjamin Roark said. Freshman Christian studies major Ashley Frank said that she was stunned that Bluebell had to be recalled. “I was really surprised by [the recall], because you think, it’s Bluebell, why is there anything wrong with it?” To get the ice cream business started up again, billionaire and philanthropist Sid Bass of Forth Worth partnered and invested in the company in early July. Selected flavors of Bluebell Ice Cream including Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate, Cookies ‘N Cream, and Great Divide, returned to selected counties on Aug. 31. Ice cream lovers flocked to the stores to buy a half-gallon of their favorite ice-cream. Sadly, Bluebell will not reach Bell County for a few months. UMHB has also been affected by the recall. When Crusader Stadium opened, the university partnered with Bluebell Creameries to serve a special purple vanilla ice cream now known as Crunilla. Due to the recall, UMHB instead partnered with Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream to create Cru Purple ice cream for the 2015 football season. Many people believe that there is a major difference in the two ice creams. “Bluebell’s Crunilla is more ice cream-like. Like when you have Bluebell’s Crunilla, it is much more traditional. It’s much more family-oriented. It might go for long walks on the beach, and have a nice quiet life,” junior international business and business management major Dylan Hall said. While Bluebell was unavailable, many people resorted to other brands; however, the diehards remained true to their Bluebell. “I didn’t eat ice cream. It didn’t have that same feeling of love,” Roark...

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SGA hopes to have big impact on campus policy
Oct06

SGA hopes to have big impact on campus policy

Student Government Association representatives recently met for the first time this semester to indoctrinate new members and brainstorm about ways to improve the student experience on campus. The organization had many new ideas at this first session because of an influx of fresh faces. “The only people that are returning senate members are those on the executive cabinet and then one or two of the other senate members. So we have a fresh senate; they’re still learning how everything works,” External Vice President Kirstie Wallace said. Despite many being new to SGA, the senate members are ready and excited to bring their ideas of change to the table. “SGA is not just about pushing agendas, but rather representing the 3000 students that attend UMHB,” Freshman Class President Tyler Baker said. “It is the only club at school that can have a direct effect on policy. I joined because I wanted to be involved in helping make our school even better.” Getting involved and listening to classmates is exactly what the members are doing. At the SGA meeting on Sept. 22, the senate members threw out many ideas that had been brought to them by fellow students. One of these ideas was inspired by a concern about the sun glare from the windows on the first floor of the Student Union Building, as well as in Mayborn Campus Center. “I propose getting blinds where the computers are in the SUB. It’s really bright and you can’t see the screen if you’re using the computers,” senior Senator Collin Cavendish said. “[I propose] possibly getting blinds and fans in Mayborn as well.” Another issue SGA hopes to address has to do with parking restrictions. Students have mentioned that commuters are being allowed to park in residential parking spots at all times, but residents are only allowed to park in commuter parking spaces after 2:30 p.m. Freshman cell biology with clinical lab science major, Bryanna Edwards, agrees with this issue and has expressed her frustration with the lack of parking spots closer to residential and academic buildings, and the competition this has led to. “As a Remschel resident there is very little parking. We are always competing with Stribling residents and other students for parking spots by the dorm. I know commuters take lots of residential spots as well because there isn’t enough commuter parking either. It’s just a constant competition for spots,” she said. Other ideas mentioned during the meeting were a return of the Homecoming 5K, a Day of Culture, and benches to provide seating at the bus stops. The association also voted to nominate sophomore Treasurer Jake Fereday as the...

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Young players step into big roles
Oct06

Young players step into big roles

As the Crusader offense continues to improve, the defense already looks to be in championship form after putting in another dominating performance Sept. 19 with a 43-10 victory over Wisconsin-La Crosse at Crusader Stadium. UMHB didn’t find the endzone until early in the second quarter when junior quarterback Blake Jackson took it himself for a 16-yard scoring run to put the Cru up 10-3. That would open the floodgates. Duane Thompson sprinted for a 31-yard touchdown to cap off an 80-yard drive. On the next drive, Michael Carpenter scored from two yards out to extend the lead to 24-3. A Jacob O’Neill field goal made it 27-3 at halftime. Senior quarterback Zach Anderson scored on a three-yard run on the first drive of the second half. Malcolm Miller then added a two-yard score to make it 40-3. UWL got in the endzone with 2:20 remaining in the third quarter when sophomore quarterback John Tackett hit junior receiver Joel Oxton for a 25-yard touchdown. The only scoring in the fourth quarter would be a 23-yard field goal from John Mowery to give the Cru the decisive 43-10 victory. The defense held UWL to just 75 rushing yards on 37 attempts. On the season, the Cru has held opposing rushers to just 1.6 yards-per-carry. Junior linebacker Matt Cody said the players do a good job of sticking to their individual assignments, which makes them more productive as a unit. “The big reason we have such a great run defense is our unselfishness,” Cody said. “In our defense everyone has a specific job and task they have to perform every play. Even if that means not making the tackle. We have 11 guys that are working together to be the best defense in the nation.” The team leads the American Southwest Conference in points allowed at 8.3 and is second in yards allowed at 189 per game. The Cru have had to rely on several young players on both sides of the ball this season, but sophomore safety Reggie Wilson said the players know their roles and aren’t afraid of the situation. “Our coaching staff does a really great job recruiting talented athletes which helps the older guys to be confident with the youth on the field,” Wilson said. “The older guys also make sure the younger guys know what’s going on, so they will be able to play fast and make plays.” The team may be inexperienced, but Cody doesn’t think youth will stop them from accomplishing their goals. “We are a young team but that takes nothing away from the success of the team,” he said. “In fact these young...

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UMHB teams up with United Way
Oct06

UMHB teams up with United Way

United Way of Central Texas has teamed up with UMHB to create one of the campus’ most successful organizations, while still meeting their mission. So far, they have been working on building a strong leadership team to help them reach their goals for the year and future years to come. Senior public relations major Christopher Stroup has risen to the occasion and is now the president of the upcoming organization. Although Stroup graduates in May 2016, he is confident he will set a firm foundation to help make the UMHB chapter of the United Way successful before he leaves. “We are trying to empower students and provide ways for them to give back to the community,” he said. They have already started planning service opportunities for future UMHB events like Parent’s Weekend. In the spring, the group is planning a Play 60 event where the NFL gets involved to teach students the importance of health, exercise and eating right, while also having fun. Director of marketing and volunteerism at United Way Central Texas, Mary Beth Kelton, is helping Stroup and the other leadership members get started. “The university prepares students for leadership, service, and faith-informed discernment in a global society. This is the foundation of Student United Way UMHB Chapter,” she said. “This is a great opportunity for students to get involved with a global organization right here in Belton, Texas.” Because the UMHB Chapter is just building momentum, they have relied heavily on the help of United Way Central Texas. Stroup said they have been very helpful and supportive after hand-picking him to be president. The organization is adopting the original mission of the non-profit that strives to “bring the entire community together to find lasting solutions that change people’s lives,” according to the organization’s website. “Student United Way represents the next generation of community leaders. We focus on education, financial stability and health – the building blocks for a good quality life,” Kelton said. Their primary goal for this year is to get the word out about the new organization. They have meetings every other Thursday at 6 p.m. in Brindley Auditorium. The first interest meeting had about 50 people, and they are hoping the number stays consistent or grows in the upcoming meetings. Because of UMHB’s relationship with United Way, it has made it easier on the leadership team to communicate and get things done for them. “I am a proud Crusader undergrad and MBA graduate and I know UMHB is the perfect place for a Student United Way chapter,” Kelton said. “UMHB students have a heart for serving the community. We will have many social...

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