Organization Spotlight: Third Connect Kid Connect
Aug29

Organization Spotlight: Third Connect Kid Connect

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Baptist Student Ministry held an “Aloha Mixer” showcasing its different ministries within the BSM on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. The event provided incoming freshmen and transfer students the opportunity to meet people, get information and find an organization in which they can get involved. Among these organizations was Third Culture Kid (TCK) Connect. TCK Connect gives American students who grew up overseas the chance to make friends with similar backgrounds when coming to the states for college. The students in this organization all grew up in foreign countries and returned to America for college. Rebekah Wainwright, junior International Business major and leader of TCK Connect grew up overseas. “I was born in Cyprus and lived in Uzbekistan, Syria, England and Turkey. It was definitely hard to move away from places I called home. It was also difficult to make new friends because of the language barrier moving to a new country presents,” Wainwright said. “Even in places where people speak English, I have to work around people not understanding how multi-cultural I am. I look and sound like I was born and raised in the USA, but there are still several things I don’t understand about the culture.” Wainwright is not the only student at UMHB who grew up in a foreign country. Several students at UMHB come from missionary or military families who served overseas. Moving to a different country to attend college can be quite nerve-racking and may lead to some severe culture shock. “It is hard to find people who you can connect with about living overseas because some people don’t understand. Coming to a school in America from a different country is very hard to adjust to,” Wainwright said. While moving to a different country can be very stressful, TCK Connect provides a fun, love-filled environment for students to adjust to living in America after growing up in a foreign country. “Freshman year as a TCK (Third Culture Kid) can be extremely rough, primarily because it’s hard to find people who can relate to you about living overseas” Wainwright said. TCK Connect was established in the spring of 2018 with only eight members and has since grown to have 20 members. TCK Connect is looking forward to welcoming new members as the semester starts, with 15 freshmen who showed interest in joining TCK Connect. “We are very excited to welcome new members!”, Wainwright said. “Seeing this community of TCKs connecting and growing is awesome because it will make their journey through freshman year a lot easier,”. “The Mixer was really great; we met at the same time as the International...

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Summer break brings changes to campus

Over the summer, UMHB made some notable changes to different areas of campus, the most recognizable being the renovation of the Living Flame and the gas lines that power it. When the flame was renovated, the campus decided to relocate three plaques surrounding the flame to different areas of the school. Junior Christian studies major Ashley Boutte said that she noticed the renovations to the flame when she returned to campus. “As a junior, I had the honor of being a part of the first class to go to the newly renovated flame during welcome week. I think it looks more professional this way.” Other changes that occurred over the summer include moving the senior bell from the quad to the Musick Alumni Center and Museum, as well as the renovation of Presser Hall’s first and second floors. Tyler Baker, a senior political science and speech communication double major and UMHB Student Body President, said he was pleased with the changes. “I think it was a good idea. I was pleased that it is now all concrete around the flame and I think it represents UMHB well,” Baker said. “Moving the senior bell to the alumni museum makes more sense because that is where we will all end up. It is a way to connect seniors with the alumni community.” Dr. Steve Theodore is the Senior Vice President for Administration and Chief Operating Officer of UMHB, and he oversaw all of these projects. “We did everything with the students’ interests in mind,” he said. Dr. Theodore says that there are a few more projects in the works. One that is already in action is the expansion and rebuilding of the parking lot in front of Davidson Hall. The new parking lot should be finished by mid-September. The school also plans to complete an addition to Hardy Hall by next fall. Then, the Mabee Market on the first floor of the Mabee Student Success Center will be moved into Hardy Hall along with a new Moe’s Grill. The previous location of the Mabee Market will then be converted into an Einstein Bros. bagels, providing another dining...

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Cru football prepares for the upcoming season
Aug29

Cru football prepares for the upcoming season

The first football game of the season is quickly approaching, and the Crusaders will face the Lions of Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania for their first game on Saturday, Sep. 8, 2018. Fans are expecting another stellar season from the Crusader football team this year, mainly due to the fact that the team has gone undefeated in their regular season games for the past two seasons, and they have made it to the NCAA Division III Stagg Bowl in Salem, Virginia for the past two years. In 2016, the Cru went undefeated all season and defeated the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh 10-7 in the championship, winning the national title. In 2017, the Cru had another undefeated season, which brought them back to the Stagg Bowl. Unfortunately, they did not find similar success as they did the previous year, and they lost 12-0 to the University of Mount Union. There were twelve seniors on last year’s roster, and their presence and skill on the field will be missed by the team this season. Among these graduates is defensive tackle Haston Adams, who has reached a rare achievement by signing an NFL contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Last year, Adams recorded 4.5 sacks, 20.5 tackles for loss, three pass deflections and one forced fumble. These statistics earned him the title of American Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He played a pivotal role in last year’s defense, and his loss will be greatly felt by the Crusaders. However, the loss of Adams and the other seniors will not keep the team from success, as there are several key players that already stand out this season for their talent and abilities. One standout player to watch this season is senior wide receiver TJ Josey of Angleton, Texas. Last year, Josey had 930 receiving yards on 41 receptions, eight receiving touchdowns and an average of 62 yards per game. “He is a gifted athlete, very talented. He has the potential to break every receiving record UMHB has if he matches his stats from last year”, said Wallin. With the promising talent and great teamwork of the players, the future looks bright for the Cru, and the team is feeling confident about the possibilities for this upcoming season. Senior offensive lineman Eric Blair said, “We have each other’s back no matter what. We will prepare for each week the same way that we always have.” Wallin also had a positive forecast this team’s season. “Expectations are high, not only outside but inside the program as well. We have had two championship appearances two years in a row now. I would say the expectation for...

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Welcome, Class of 2022

Welcome Week at The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is a five-day, fun-filled program that includes sessions about spirit and traditions, inflatables, food trucks, and events that help new students get to know their peers and understand the significance of becoming a Crusader for life. This campus-wide event, established in 1940, continues to evolve every year, and this year, the largest incoming class in UMHB history took part. Freshmen business major Jared Poe said, “Welcome Week was amazing. I connected with my Cru group a lot.” “The dubbing with my Cru group” is what Poe said was his favorite part. “We were so excited to be Crusaders for life.” In 1940, Welcome Week was a nine-day event that consisted of “Teas, dinners and lecture courses” according to a document of the “Freshman Schedule” in the Musick Alumni Museum Library. By 1979, Welcome Week had come to look like the fun-filled event that today’s students are familiar with. However, it was called “New Student Orientation” and consisted of a week-long program that included free movies, sporting events, placement testing, barbeques and swim parties. In the 1980s, the name was changed back to Welcome Week and has maintained the title to this day. One person who truly understands the rich history of Welcome Week and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor itself is Ms. Betty Sue Beebe. She graduated from UMHB in 1961, later becoming the Alumni Director in 1981 for 21 years, the Director of Alumni Development for the following seven years, and then she worked part-time as the Alumni Museum Curator until 2017. As a student, Beebe built lasting friendships with those eventually dubbed “North End Gang” because they met in the north end of Stribling Hall. They have since traveled the world together. Sophomore Psychology major Naomi Lewis, who was a Cru Leader for Welcome Week 2018 talked about being a Cru Leader for the first time. “I really liked getting to see how eager the students were when they first came to UMHB,” Lewis said. “I got to settle some of their nerves that they had. I wanted them to have the best Welcome Week experience.” Senior Christian Studies and Public Relations double major Samuel Kinnin, who was also co-director of Welcome Week 2018, describes the impact of the event in his own life. “My favorite thing about Welcome Week is seeing the transformation in the lives of new students. They come in shy and nervous about their college experience, but throughout the week, they get outside their comfort zones and make new friends,” Kinnin said. “It’s so rewarding to watch that process and see how much this event...

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Is LeBron James out of Cleveland?

By Beau Kemp Since the beginning of this year’s basketball season, many NBA fans and sports analysts have been plagued by one question: What will LeBron James’ future with the Cavaliers be after this season? James’ history indicates that he is not solely devoted to Cleveland, as he has left the team before. Sports enthusiasts have spent this season debating whether or not he will stay with the Cavaliers or move on to a different team. In 2003, James was drafted out of high school by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the first overall pick of the draft. People who have not closely followed his career might believe that he never left, as he currently plays for the same team, but this is not the case. He spent the first seven years of his career in Cleveland, where his team was knocked out of the playoffs year after year. After being knocked out for the fifth year in a row with a loss to the Boston Celtics, he entered free agency at the end of the 2009-2010 season. On July 8, 2010, James declared that he would be playing in South Beach for the Miami Heat. Thus, a dynasty was created. In Miami, he joined his talents with two other superstars from the 2003 draft, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The team made the playoffs every year that he was in Miami, winning two championships in four years, showing Miami Heat to be a force to be reckoned with. However, after a loss in the finals to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013-2014 season, James decided to leave Miami. In 2014, he took his talents back to Cleveland to join Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, who was the number one overall pick in the 2011 draft. Since then, James and the Cavaliers have made it to the finals every year. With this year’s playoffs coming to an end, James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently in the Eastern Conference Finals matching up against the Boston Celtics. If the Cavaliers defeat the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, they will have made it to the championship for the fourth year in a row.  However, James’ contract is over at the end of this season and James has declared that he will be entering free agency after the playoffs, regardless of whether the team wins the championship or not. There may be good reasons for him to consider making a change. Even though James’ agent claims that he is likely to stay in Cleveland, the regular season record for the Cavaliers was sub-par. At the beginning of the season, the Cavaliers...

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Dos and don’ts of vacationing
Jun27

Dos and don’ts of vacationing

The DO’S and DON’TS of vacationing   When vacationing, it is easy to slip into traveler-tourist mode. You know the one, where as soon as you get to your destination, all manners seem to fly out the window and your persona is someone completely different? It’s as if your body goes into “vacation mode.” But as Christians, it’s important that we lead by example everywhere we go, even on vacation. So,  following are some suggestive Do’s and Don’ts of vacationing. DON’T Don’t stay in the hotel room Don’t get stuck in a rut and stay in the room the whole trip, make sure to get out. No one likes a trip stuck in the hotel room, especially when there’s so much out there to explore. So, make the best of the vacation by getting out and seeing as much as you can. Not sure where to start? Check with local hotels for brochures or ask a hotel attendant where the best places to go are. Don’t become a tourist-zilla When on vacation, it’s hard when things don’t go either the way you expected or how you planned for them to go. It’s important to not take these things out on the people who have no control over such situations. Hotel taking a little longer to get your room ready? Take a walk through the neighborhood or look for a good place to eat. Museum cost more than the online price? Ask if there isy have a student discount, or ask a local person what other fun activities there are to do. Remember that the experience you have is solely based on you and your reactions, so have a good trip. Don’t litter Don’t forget that there are people who still live in the places that you’re vacationing. When visiting beaches especially, it is important to remember that leaving behind trash and other things makes you a messy and unappreciative guest. Pick up after yourself, and make sure the group you’re with does as well. This can impact not only you, but the local people and wildlife. DO Do be a good guest Remember to clean up after yourself in all situations, and be as courteous as you can. Just because you won’t have to deal with the consequences after a trip, many people will have to after you. Tip your servers, clean up after yourself, and be courteous to everyone around you. Do explore the city and broaden your horizons Make sure to explore new things while out in a new city. When visiting somewhere new, try just one new experience that would be memorable and entertaining for you...

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