Student Body President hopes to lead campus in positive direction
Oct06

Student Body President hopes to lead campus in positive direction

Junior Cell Biology major, Kayla Headley, is working toward her career in medicine and is planning to add a Spanish minor to her academic plan. While this might sound like a tough workload, she actually came to UMHB with 30 credits. One main for the addition of Spanish to her plan is because she intends to start a practice in Texas where many citizens speak Spanish. “I interned with a pediatrician over the summer who was bilingual and I felt so helpless when we had a patient who didn’t speak English,” Headley said. “It motivated me to master Spanish so I can effectively communicate with my patients.” After medical school, she wants to do a three to five-year residency program and start a practice focused on pediatric neurology. Headley jokes that if she gets married and starts a family along the way it would be a bonus, but currently that’s not her main goal. Although Headley is focused on her future goals and making the world a better place, for now she is focusing on helping to make UMHB the best it can be through her newly-appointed role as Student Body President. Headley wasn’t always as confident in her student government roles. She ironically, ran to be on her high school’s student council every year but was never elected. Her freshman year she put off joining any organizations and often club hopped. But eventually she found the Student Government Association. “Reaching out was my first event on-campus and I saw how incredible it was for everyone to come together and serve – service is my love language – and I was like, who put this on? Someone said it was SGA and I knew these were my people.” During her freshman year, she ran for sophomore class president and to her surprise, she was elected. “I was over the moon excited when I got elected as sophomore class president. It’s sometimes hard to find your place on campus and it’s nice to know that SGA is my place. This is my niche.” Headley began her reign in the spring of 2015 as Student Body President, and was able to begin her duties last semester and over the summer. This included meeting with former Student Body President, Jonathan Kendall, and working with other students to come up with an agenda for the upcoming semester. “I thought that I would be doing a lot of work on my own and have been pleasantly surprised that it’s a lot of group work and more delegating.” Headley said. “It made me get out of my comfort zone and lean on other people. We...

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Barefoot student walks through life with ‘unique perspective’
Oct06

Barefoot student walks through life with ‘unique perspective’

So who exactly is TJ Greeson? To most he is the guy who is always barefoot. Although this might seem out of the ordinary, Greeson doesn’t see why his lack of shoes is such a big deal. “I don’t wear shoes because I don’t want to wear shoes,” the junior public relations major said. “I like being barefoot.” The only time Greeson strays away from his shoeless ways is when it’s raining or if the ground has become too hot to walk on. He enjoys walking without shoes so much that he would recommend it to others who aren’t fond of oppressive footwear. He offers potential barefoot compatriots some suggestions for going without shoes. “Be careful when walking on concrete. It’s the worst,” he said. “Asphalt is better to walk on because it is softer than concrete, but grass is the best because it is soft. Walking in shaded areas also helps when it is hot.” His affinity for going without shoes comes from growing up as a missionary kid in Thailand. “I started going barefoot when I lived [overseas],” Greeson said. “I had to wear shoes at my school. So my friends and I decided to go barefoot after school as much as possible. And I’ve been doing it ever since.” Although Greeson’s bare feet were the norm when he was in Thailand, they weren’t quite as typical in the States. The public relations major said he’s asked often why he’s not wearing shoes. “I usually just tell people they’re in my bag,” But even though Greeson had trouble assimilating into American culture when he first arrived on campus three years ago, he began to get involved with campus activities and found his place. He’s been involved with Student Foundation, Crusader Knights, Easter Pageant and Welcome Week just to name a few. “Being involved on campus has helped me get more of a community here, and build relationships,” he said. “That has really helped the cultural change and homesickness.” Through these experiences, he has made life-long friends, who accept him for who he is. Senior Christian studies major Quinton Payton became one of those friends, and has come to appreciate the way Greeson views life. “He sees life in such a unique perspective and seeks adventure in everything that he does,” Payton said. “He is able to recognize the little things in life and make the most of his time with the people around him.” Payton doesn’t even mind his friend’s bare feet. “I have no problem with him walking around barefoot as long as he doesn’t put his feet up on furniture or show me the bottom...

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Cru Culture

Large t-shirts, Nike shorts and Chacos. This has been the long-going trend for college girls, especially those at UMHB. This look has illicited the taunting of college guys who claim that all girls look the same with their typical attire and similar hairstyles – long, straight hair thrown into a ponytail, messy bun or worn down. It has become a running joke for the male population around campus. But, who are these guys to judge now? Recently, the guys have been sporting their own version of the “sorority girl” look. Here are some examples of the style these mockers have been perpetuating. Footwear: This is one of the most important things to look for when identifying the “frat look.” They are strictly limited to boat shoes. The brand is open-game, but popular ones include Sperry’s and Polo. They are known for being comfortable, but they lack in hygiene department when worn without socks. Chacos might not be the cutest shoes, but at least they allow for comfort and breathability. Pants: You’ve probably seen this trend; the ever-so-popular cargo shorts with one-too-many pockets and 50 shades of khaki. Another popular go-to choice are Chubbies; the short, vibrant colored shorts that make you question whether a guy was even in his right mind when he chose to wear them. Let’s make this clear: The shorter the shorts is not better. Shirts: We can’t forget about fishing shirts and collared polo shirts to add to the outfit. You will almost never see a guy wearing a graphic t-shirt unless it is to promote their club. Solid, bright colors or plaid button-downs are also a must with this style. Add a frocket to the shirt of choice, and you are basically wearing a sign that says “frat guy wannabe.” Accessories: To complete the trend, top it off with a pair of Oakley’s or Raybans, a hat (backwards, of course) to go atop their semi-long hair and a watch of your choosing. Frattire is a real epidemic these days, and it has made its way to UMHB’s campus, despite the fact that we don’t have fraternities. Long gone are the days where the college males ganged up on females for looking the same. The tables have finally...

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9/11 survivor shares story of ‘God grace’
Sep16

9/11 survivor shares story of ‘God grace’

For the fourth time since the deadly attacks on The World Trade Center, 9/11 survivor Stanley Praimnath shared how God led him out of the South Tower that fateful day. Praimnath worked as an assistant vice president at Fuji Bank on the 81st floor. Even 14 years later, the day still reminds him of God’s power over evil. “I was that man that saw the destruction process and now I am looking at the rebuilding process. You can build bigger, better, taller, stronger, but until you turn to god and acknowledge Him, He will make the enemies break down the wall.” Praimnath had said to start off his story. Praimnath’s company occupied the 79th through the 82nd floors in the South Tower. Praimnath had been working there for thirteen years and was going through his daily routine when a plane hit the North Tower. “When I was in the elevator, I wasn’t aware because the building was soundproof and I didn’t hear anything when the north tower was hit. As I glanced at the tower I saw huge fireballs were raining down from the tower. ” Praimnath and a co-worker got on the elevator and proceeded down to the lobby and were stopped by the guard. “[The guard] told us the building was safe and secure and that we should go back to our offices.” Praimnath told his coworker to go home as he went back upstairs to his office. When Praimnath reached his office his phone was ringing. He answered and it was a woman from the branch in Chicago. She told him to get out of the building immediately. “‘I don’t have enough time to explain just get out.’ As she was saying this, I saw the plane and it was almost hypnotic,” Praimnath said. “I watched as it came closer and I could see it tilting. I said, ‘God you have the power now,’ and I dove under my desk.” The plane destroyed the four floors that housed Praimnath’s company. The floors above him caved in and were hanging over his desk. His desk was the only one left standing, and on top of his desk sat his Bible. Praimnath took in his surroundings and noted many electric cables in the sprinklers and objects being sucked out of the windows because of the air pressure created by the broken windows. Everything around him was on fire. Praimnath knew he couldn’t make it out alive on his alone. Praimnath said he cried out to God, “Send somebody to help, anybody.” And within seconds a man appeared with a flashlight. This man, Brian Clark, worked on the 84th...

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Cru volleyball starts season strong in UMHB Invitational
Sep16

Cru volleyball starts season strong in UMHB Invitational

Young, powerful and determined. This is what sticks out when the 2015 Women’s Volleyball team comes to mind. Do not let this young team be underestimated. They went 3-1 at the 2015 UMHB Invitational. This team has proven that it can hold its own. Last year, the team was ranked 27th by the American Volleyball Coaches Association with a record of 25-6. But this year, the team hopes to go the distance. While Head Coach Rob Frost would not mind making it to the championship tournament, he said the main focus is making sure his team can work together and adjust to a college-level playing field. “I like what we are doing but it’s going to take some time. So we may be .500 this year,” Frost said. “We want to get to the national tournament, one way or another. So if it takes us a season to develop, it’s fine. There are no expectations other than to continue to grow and get better.” Frost said the biggest challenge the team faces is bringing the freshmen up to the speed of a college-paced game. While seniors Shelby Prather and Cheyenne Dowdey also agree the team is young, they recognize the strengths that the freshmen are bringing to the court. Dowdey believes the team has already improved from last season. “I think we are taller as a team and we jump higher as a team,” she said. “With our scrimmages I noticed we are blocking better, we are faster, we are hitting over and around people a lot better than we ever have.” Prather said that even though the team is inexperienced, the new players have stepped right in and are contributing. “Our girls are really focused. Our freshmen are ready to step up and play,” she said. “They know they are coming into a winning program and so I think they are going to do everything they can to help us win.” This team is bringing more power and higher jumps, and is determined not to go down without a fight. On Sept. 4, the Cru hosted the 2015 UMHB Invitational. The Cru Women’s Volleyball team went 3-1 in this tournament. Coach Frost, Dowdey and Prather all felt comfortable going into this tournament because the team has been able to keep up with Division II teams in scrimmage matches. The team is also feeling confident because of the work they’ve put in at the gym during the offseason. They may be young, but according to Prather, the goal is still the same. She said, “Overall I just want to win, win conference and go far and finish my senior...

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Sports Spotlight
Sep16

Sports Spotlight

Ben Hammonds is a senior business administration major from Flower Mound, Texas. Growing up, Hammonds participated in many sports, but favored baseball and soccer. Once he moved from St. Louis to Dallas, he decided to pursue his love for soccer. Hammonds is currently the team captain for the UMHB Men’s soccer team and plays the position of center forward. He has contributed to the team each season. His freshman year, he scored two goals. As a sophomore, he added another goal and earned All-ASC Honorable Mention. For his junior campaign, he was named to the All-ASC Second Team for scoring four more goals. This season, Hammonds and the Cru have begun this year with a road trip to the West Coast. Hammonds enjoys the freedom of the game. “My favorite thing about soccer is the freedom of it. Aside from free kicks there are no set plays, no timeouts or stoppages. Just 45-minute halves where players are free to do what they want to beat the opponent. I love my team. My favorite thing about the team is that we are truly brothers,” he said. Outside of soccer, Ben enjoys hanging out with his friends, taking in the Austin music scene and participating in student government. He is a representative for UMHB’s NCAA Student Athletic Advisory Committee and was once a member of the school’s Student Government Association (SGA) where he served as the athletics representative. Hammonds also enjoys watching soccer matches when he’s not playing in them. His favorite team is Chelsea FC, which competes in the Premier League. His favorite player is Frank Lampard, who is currently a member of the New York City FC. Because Hammonds has big aspirations for his career, he knew UMHB would be the right fit. “I had a few other offers from similar schools, but UMHB stood out to me. Coach Bankhead was a major factor in my decision. It was clear he cared about his players deeply and they respected him as well. I also had great interactions with the players on my visits and when I watched them play. UMHB is also beautiful. It was a really easy decision in the end,” he said. “One of the best decisions I have ever made.” Once Ben graduates this December, he plans to pursue a job in college athletics. However, he has not given up the option of playing professionally or being a member of a folk rock band. But before he graduates, Hammonds will be focusing on making an impact on his squad this season. “As a senior I hope to lead this year’s team to accomplish something special as...

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