Early Voting in Texas Primary
Feb16

Early Voting in Texas Primary

Today marks the first day of early voting ahead of “Super Tuesday.” It is believed by many that this will be the largest attendance for any early voting considering the Republican nomination is still active. The primary is important because it will determine who to expect for the November ballot. Early voting is happening between now and February 26. Voters can go to any voting location in their registered county. But on Election Day, voters will be required to vote at a particular location for their respective...

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Cru comes up short on second day of Central Texas Weekend
Feb13

Cru comes up short on second day of Central Texas Weekend

      In both its games Saturday, the Crusader baseball jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. Neither lead would prove to be enough, however as the Cru dropped its first game to Whitworth University before falling to Piedmont College. Seth martin led off the game against Whitworth with a double before shortstop Dakota Parsons launched a ball over the left field wall to give the Cru an early 2-0 lead. Scott Stephens followed the homer with a double of his own and scored when Cody Stone hit another double. The Cru added a fourth run when Matthew Mazoch brought in Stone with an RBI single. Whitworth got on the board in the third when Daniel Casanova hit an RBI single to make it 4-1. The Cru responded in the fourth inning when a Riley Davis double scored Martin. Matthew Nelson led off the fourth inning for the Pirates with a walk and scored on a home run from Zach Thibault to make it a 1-run game at 4-3. Whitworth then tied the game on an RBI single from Casey Isa. The Pirates took the lead in the seventh on an RBI double from Jeremy Druffel, who would later score on a base hit from Nelson to put the Pirates up 6-5. In the eighth inning, Cru outfielder Will Stafford reached on a fielder’s choice, then stole second and scored on a single by Davis to tie the game at 6. Druffel led off the top of the ninth with a single for the Pirates and advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt. Whitworth took the lead when Nelson scored Druffel with a base hit. Nelson would then come in and score on a fielder’s choice to make it an 8-6 game. Nelson then moved from first base to the mound for the bottom of the ninth and earned his second save of the season by striking out all three Crusaders he faced. Martin went 4-for-5 and scored two runs in the game. Cru starter Casey Frazier went six innings and gave up four runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. An RBI fielder’s choice from Mazoch got the Cru on the board in the second inning. Martin added an RBI single before Davis knocked in two with a base hit to put the Cru up 4-0. The lead wouldn’t last long, however, as the Lions scored a run in the third and took a 5-4 lead with a 4-run fourth inning. The managed to tie the game at eight in the seventh inning when Davis scored on an error by the third baseman, but the Lions...

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Cru drops first two games of 2016 season
Feb12

Cru drops first two games of 2016 season

The Crusader baseball team started its season with a tough test as they faced off against No. 7 Rhodes College on a cool Friday afternoon. Senior pitcher Aaron Barteau took the bump for the Cru and pounded the zone early as he struck out the side in the first inning. The Cru got on the board first when Senior Chase Burrow tripled to drive in Scott Stephens. Burrows then scored when Max Conway hit a fly ball that was dropped by the right fielder to give the Cru an early 2-0 lead. The Lynx responded in the fourth inning when Bill Munson scored on a fielder’s choice before Bennett Notestine stole home to tie the game. Rhodes took a 3-2 lead in the fifth when an error by third baseman Dakota Parsons allowed Jackson Lourie to score. Barteau gave up three runs on two hits over five innings. “His stuff was really good. Being a strikeout pitcher is a double-edged sword, because you get a lot of strikeouts, but you throw a lot of pitches,” UMHB head coach Ben Shipp said. The Cru tied things up in the bottom half of the inning when Cody Stone’s RBI single knocked in Will Stafford. Rhodes regained the lead in the seventh inning when Nathan Foshee dropped a squeeze bunt down the line. Parsons doubled to start the eighth for the Cru and scored on an error by Rhodes second baseman Zac Lange to make it 5-4. Riley Davis singled to start the ninth for the Cru, but Lynx pitcher Jack Mercer shut the door and closed out the win for Rhodes. Even though the Lynx got the win, Rhodes head coach Jeff Cleanthes didn’t feel like his team played the better game on the afternoon. “We were outplayed by a really good baseball team,” Clanthes said. “We just got the plays and they got the bad hops.” The Cru took the diamond for a second time Friday evening to face the Ponoma-Pitzer Sagehens. Ponoma-Pitzer got the scoring started in the third inning when Tanner Nishioka’s double allowed Simon Rosenbaum to score on a throwing error by UMHB right fielder Will Stafford. The Sagehens added another run in the inning on an RBI single from Bryce Rogan. In the home half of the third, Stafford came through with a two-out double and then scored on a base hit from Seth Martin to make it 2-1. However, Pomona-Pitzer added RBI singles in the fourth and fifth innings to pull away 4-2. Crusader starter Seth Hill gave up four runs on eight hits, but managed to strand seven on base. “Seth didn’t have his...

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Campus and community fellowship as one

The university’s Baptist Student Ministries has teamed up with four local churches to present ONE, a series of on-campus worship events designed to create unity between the student body and the community. ONE replaces FOCUS, a similar event that the university hosted for several years. “With the growth of local church ministries, changes in campus culture, multiple options competing for evenings, and the life cycle of events, FOCUS was fading for a couple of years,” said BSM Director Dr. Shawn Shannon. “It had served its purpose. We were officially saying farewell to it by the spring of last year.” The BSM connected with Vista Community Church, Temple Bible Church and First Baptist Church to create the worship experience. “Graciously, Austin Fischer of Vista Community church sparked a dialogue about coming together as multiple ministries as a testimony to the unity we have in Christ,” Shannon said. “The four of us met throughout the past summer, talking, listening, discerning, praying, planning, and learning to trust and delight in one another.” After laying out the groundwork for what ONE was to be, Shannon assembled a student leadership team of students including senior public relations major Katie Valenzuela and sophomore music education major Jacob Burlingame. “We were having coffee one day and Dr. Shannon asked, ‘Do you want to be a part of ONE?’ and I thought, ‘What’s ONE?’” Burlingame said. “She described it, and it was a new concept. At the time, I wasn’t really sure about it. But I prayed about it and as time went on, I eventually said yes and I haven’t doubted it yet.” The principle of ONE is that on a college campus, everyone comes from a different spiritual setting, so the goal of the event is to give students a place where they can step out of their comfort zones and interact with new people. “We each have our own church backgrounds, and some of us don’t have church backgrounds at all. So ONE is UMHB coming together to worship,” Valenzuela said. “A lot of us go to different churches, so to be able to come together to worship the same God and learn the same things in the same place is really neat.” Burlingame said it’s easy for people of faith to fall into a rut when they engage in the same worship patterns each week, but ONE is a way to break through the monotony. “You get in the habit of meeting with the same seven or eight people every Wednesday at church. ONE is a way for us to connect with the full body of Christ, not just my body of Christ,”...

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Overcome the struggle for a new you in the New Year
Jan28

Overcome the struggle for a new you in the New Year

The start of the New Year has people doing what they always do, making New Year’s resolutions. This means there’s more people in the gym and less people on Facebook, for at least the first few weeks of the year. But having and keeping a New Year’s resolution with an old schedule is a difficult task that many do not make time for. One common New Year’s resolution that often gets ditched before the first freezing temperature is getting active and going to the gym. Chase McGhee, a sophomore criminal justice major and elite level power lifter said getting in shape requires more than just a gym membership. “New Year’s resolutions are always great to get back to being healthy, but to truly be healthy and fit, it has to be a life style change. It has to be something that you do continuously,” McGhee said. Here are some tips to making and keeping those elusive resolutions. Write the resolution into your schedule. If your New Year’s resolution is an activity, writing it down as a reminder and working it into your schedule can greatly increase your chances of sticking with it. Planning ahead can help you stay on track and make sure it happens at the right time. Think of your resolutions as something important, that has to be done. By not replacing or scheduling over it, it can get done. Get your friends involved. Doing a group New Year’s resolution can help everyone stay accountable and on track. Not only does it get you active, but it also gives you time with your friends. Nobody wants to be embarrassed by giving up in front of others. Whether it’s going to the gym or emptying out your closet, friends can push you to keep at it. Done the right way, group resolutions can help achieve goals. Do not give up. According to Today Health and Wellness, “For some people, the healthy habits felt automatic after just 18 days — for others, it took 254 days.” Pacing and keeping yourself on track can help you succeed. If you are trying to save up some money, put the same amount of money aside every paycheck. It will continue to grow every month and will be rewarding in the end. Viranda Brooks, a freshman film studies major says her New Year’s resolution is “focusing on taking care of myself, growing spiritually and mentally, and just figuring out who I am.”   Start simple Make your New Year’s resolutions something you actually want. Overwhelming yourself with ones you don’t want to do or too many resolutions can lead to stress. Once you’re...

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Campus resources help students stick to resolutions

With every new year there is always a load of people who decide that the upcoming year is the year that there will be a change in their life. Like always, in January, resolutions are in full swing. The beginning is always when New Years’ Resolutions are going strong. But most people give up on their resolutions a quarter of the way through the year. This is caused by many reasons: there is not enough time, no motivation to continue it, or you just don’t know of any resources to help you accomplish your goals. Here at UMHB, there are many solutions, and the best part is that they might not cost a thing. Here are some ways to take advantage of a few of the many campus resources. Explore healthy campus dining options If you have a meal plan, you can get some great healthy options at the Residential Dining Hall in the Bawcom Student Union Building. They offer healthy wraps instead of bread, a salad bar, and often serve brown rice or couscous with lean meats. You could also stop by the Mabee Market or Starbucks for a healthy meal instead of buying another large order of fries at Chick Fil A. Take advantage of Mayborn Campus Center If you are hoping to run a half marathon or lose some weight, then, look no further then the Mayborn Campus Center. And with hours ranging from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays, there’s no excuse for missing that daily workout. The fitness center includes elliptical machines, treadmills, spin bikes, pin select machines and plenty of free weights. And if you need the motivation of a fitness class, Campus Recreation offers group fitness classes at no extra cost to students. There’s everything from spinning to yoga to Zumba and many more. These classes are offered at multiple times on multiple days. Dr. Mickey Kerr, a professor in the Exercise and Sport Science department, said in order to keep up with fitness goals, students need to pick something they enjoy doing. “Pick something doesn’t feel like it’s drudgery,” he said. “Make it an activity you look forward to because your success depends on your mindset.” Take advantage of academic centers While some might be focusing on their health in the New Year, others might be making academic goals. “If this is what you would like to accomplish this year, then you should stop by the Center of Academic Excellence, CAE, or the Writing Center,” said Emily...

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