Changing pandemic status causes mixed emotions among students
Sep18

Changing pandemic status causes mixed emotions among students

By Rebecca Reeves Contributing Writer Last year college students dealt with a year full of uncertainty and COVID-19 restrictions. Now there are little to no restrictions left and some are feeling a wide range of emotions. Students at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor are having to adjust to going to a school where no one must wear a mask or stand six feet apart from other people. According to an article written by the Department of Psychiatry for the University of Michigan, the feeling of isolation that students experienced last year will carry over to this year. When the pandemic started, students were removed from their friends and the activities they enjoyed. Then the protocols that were put into place because of the virus only fueled the feelings of loneliness. Latrell Bowen, a sophomore graphic design major, started college amidst the global pandemic. After having only small gatherings to look forward to last year, he has been looking forward to meeting with people again at the different events hosted by clubs and organizations on campus. “It’s really cool that we get to go and connect with each other,” Bowen said.  There are still concerns surrounding the virus, but “if we just stay safe and stay cautious,” then hopefully everyone can continue to meet new people and have fun. School leaders are keeping a close eye on how students are adjusting to campus life this semester. Alexia Bowe,  Resident Director at Lord Hall, observed residents leaving their dorm rooms and becoming involved in different activities. “I think there are still going to be some people that are going to be reclusive, but I also feel that you can see that people are excited to talk to each other, reach out, and hang out,” said Bowe. Evan Thompson, writer for TheBestSchools.org, reported that students are experiencing re-entry anxiety when it comes to going back to school after a year of COVID-19. Thompson writes that students are adjusting to all the differences between last year and this year. For instance, last year in residential dining in Bawcom Student Union, students had to wait to be served at different stations. Angela Bowers, a senior Transformational Development major, noticed the difference this year. “It’s kind of really weird,” Bowers said about how everything is so different. One day, she went into lunch and asked a server if she could get lettuce for her burger and the server told her she could serve herself now. “I found that so odd because last year we were not allowed to do that,” Bowers said. “It’s really strange.” She commented that not only can students now serve themselves,...

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The Cru take second game:  this time against ETBU
Sep18

The Cru take second game: this time against ETBU

By Jaykwon Thompson Editor in Chief Before the game, the Crusaders paid homage to the victims of 9/11 with five Apache helicopters from Fort Hood flying over the home field. They also flew over a large United States Flag, covering a sizable portion of the field, which was carried in by students in the First Year Collective. The 6:00 p.m. game against ETBU started fast with the Crusaders scoring on their first drive with a field goal; then, on their defensive drive, the Crusaders made the ETBU offense punt the ball downfield. Jefferson Fritz returned the ball for a touchdown—making the score in the first quarter with 10 minutes left, 10-0. Defensive Back Jefferson Fritz runs away with the ball for the first touchdown in the game with ETBU at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 11. Photos by Rebecca McEntee ETBU would stand no chance offensively as their quarterback Troy Yowman would constantly face defensive pressure and overthrow his receivers; Caleb Johnson would stuff the run early while Jefferson Fritz would break up passes downfield. During their offensive drive on the field, Kyle king would throw a pass to Brandon Jordan would jump over the defender’s back and catch the pass. This would lead to a QB keep by Kyle King for a touchdown, making the current score in the game 17-0, with ETBU scrambling to find a way to respond as they received the ball on kickoff. The defense would continue to shut out ETBU’s offense as Khevon Shepard would push past the line of scrimmage and sack the quarterback for a loss of seven yards. At the start of the second quarter, ETBU would try to mount an offensive only to be stumped by the Crusader’s defense, being forced to punt it. However, a penalty on the field allowed the ETBU offense another chance on the field with a 1st down. ETBU would find their footing as Troy Yowman would throw a pass to Tariq Gray for a considerable gain, bringing their offense to Cru’s 28 -yard line. However, their spark would end when Jefferson Fritz recovered a fumble from ETBU’s ball carrier, placing the Crusader offense on their own 13-yard line. However, nothing would come of this drive; ETBU would begin their offensive and drive up the field with a big break run from Cornelius Merchant. However, the Crusader’s defense would again stuff the offense as no more momentum would be gained. Even after Troy Yowman would attempt a pass to his receiver, which was open in the end-zone; however, the thrown ball was out of reach, resulting in an incompletion. The Crusaders on their possession...

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Association of Black Students begins semester with gathering for games, camaraderie and planning
Sep18

Association of Black Students begins semester with gathering for games, camaraderie and planning

By Adam Toruno Staff Writer The weeks following “Welcome Week’’ brought many returning students to campus as well as freshmen looking for a variety of organizations, clubs, and associations. One of these associations was the Association of Black Students (ABS). A new group of freshmen this year expanded the organization created by Cynthia Tryon, a staff advisor at UMHB. The purpose of the organization is for all types of students from different cultures and races to get together. The idea was not only to feature Black student culture, but also to expand to include all cultures. Members share a willingness to accept others and create unity through the Christian environment here at UMHB. It was at Dr. Brandon Skaggs’ home in Belton where ABS hosted its Meet & Greet on Sunday, Aug. 8. The gathering allowed freshmen to meet and interact with members as they shared a meal, played a variety of games together, and made plans for the future of the association.  Games such as Telephone and Concentration afforded the chance for students to get to know one another better and make plans for the...

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Students get vaccinated against COVID-19 at Stribling Hall on campus
Sep05

Students get vaccinated against COVID-19 at Stribling Hall on campus

By Staff Freshman Cordell Spears, seated at right, high fives his friend freshman Abby Odem, at left, just after getting his COVID vaccine at Stribling Hall on Thursday, Sept. 2. Some of Spears’ colleagues were there for their vaccines as well, while some were there just to be supportive, like Odem. National Guard Specialist Barfield is in the background at right just after he gave Spears his shot of the Pfizer vaccine. Photo by Alex Ortiz By Jaykwon Thompson Editor in Chief UMHB’s Health Services has partnered up with the Texas National Guard to provide free FDA approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines on campus this semester. The initiative started when registered nurse and health service coordinator Debbie Rosenberger reached out to the Texas National Guard in order to help make sure all the students who attend UMHB would be fully vaccinated and participating on campus safely, a subject that she is very passionate about. Freshman Cordell Spears points to the COVID vaccine he is about to receive from National Guard Specialist Barfield in Stribling Hall on Thursday, Sept. 2. Photo by Alex Ortiz Rosenberger has a message that she wishes to share to everyone on the importance of being vaccinated in addition to working together to protect and ensure one another’s safety. “We’re doing COVID shots in tandem with the Texas National Guard,” Rosenberger said, “as it’s important that majority of the student body are vaccinated to protect everyone on campus.” Masters of counseling major Noah Tyner (class of 2023) at far right, gets ready to have his second Pfizer vaccine at Stribling Hall on Thursday, Sept., 2. Helping him sign in, second from right, is National Guardsman, Specialist Khairi Hussein. Also helping to get UMHB students vaccinated that day were Specialists (L-R) Specialists Colton Burden and Jordan Gendron (seated). Photo by Jaykwon Thompson  “It is important that all people receive the vaccine, especially to protect the immuno-compromised and those who can’t get vaccinated,” Rosenberger said. . Some people have immune systems that are impaired and they are the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus.  Jason L. Salemi, an epidemiologist at the University of South Florida re-stated the importance of trying to protect everyone. “It should concern us all that hospitalizations — indicators of severe illness – are rising in the pediatric population, when there are a lot of steps we could take to prevent many of these hospitalizations,” Salemi said. The pediatric population consists of children whose immune systems have not fully developed, so they are at risk of catching the COVID-19 virus if they have not received a vaccination shot. Rosenberger explained why the Pfizer vaccine, was created...

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Campus Activity Board plans action-packed semester for students
Sep05

Campus Activity Board plans action-packed semester for students

By Avery Hagler We all love a shoe that fits perfectly. The University of Mary-Hardin Baylor  has an organization that strives to fit every one of their students in the same way, with events and activities that pique various interests. This is the Campus Activities Board, better known as CAB. The best part about all of CAB events is that you don’t need your wallet. Every event that  CAB hosts is always free to all UMHB students. All you need is your Cru Card to attend.  The other great thing about CAB is the opportunity for students to join CAB’s team in putting on these events. Senior Sydney Ashmore has been a member of CAB since she was a freshman. She  joined CAB because of the “welcoming environment and the community that CAB provides on campus.” Sydney is just one of many examples of students who have found their place on  campus through CAB.  Organizers say that the commitment is flexible, according to Mary Baucom, the Director of Campus  Activities and the staff advisor.  “Students can be as involved as much or as little as they  want,” Bawcom said. “If a student does not want to attend every event, that is fine.” Participating students say that CAB truly is designed for both social butterflies and more reserved students alike. Students can help plan the events, but don’t have to. Caroline Cademartori has attended many CAB events. She says the highlight from the past year was the Randy O’Rave, a dance party at the president’s house on campus.  “It was a fun night with all of my friends, and it was unlike  anything I have ever experienced before,”  Cademartori said. Randy O’Rave is just one of the many staple events CAB has put on annually. Students also  look forward to a pancake supper, back to school bash, homecoming events, and many fun pop-up events that occur on King Street.  According to Baucom, in the next month we can expect a pool party at Summer Fun  USA located in Belton, TX. Find Randy is another fast approaching event that aims to get the  student body pumped for the first home football game and for winning some fabulous prizes.  If you are looking for an organization that is flexible, community-oriented and fun, this organization could be that perfect fit for you.  If you are interested in joining, CAB meets every Monday at 5:30 P.M. in the Student Activities...

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Ice Cream Social, Karaoke, Worship and more with the Baptist Student Ministry
Sep05

Ice Cream Social, Karaoke, Worship and more with the Baptist Student Ministry

By Alex Ortiz “Get to know you” activities and games were the theme as the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) kicked off the new school year with an ice cream social. About 60 students attended the social that was held in front of Hughes, out on the Quad, on Tuesday, Aug.10.   When the games concluded, Daniel McAfee, director of the BSM, took a moment to answer questions about the BSM and tell students more about the organization. A week later, on Tuesday, Aug 17, the BSM hosted a Karaoke Night in Hughes, and the following week a Worship Night, on Tuesday, Aug. 24.  McAfee said that the goal was to be there to support students’ faith. “We want to see what students are doing in their life and faith, but also want to help them practice it,” McAfee said. “We live in a culture that relies on knowledge and learning. We’re looking to integrate life, learning and faith all in one place.” McAfee also talked about “D/groups,” or small groups of  two to four students with the aim of providing a space for students to challenge and help each other with life issues. Another goal of his was to help connect students with local churches and service opportunities.   Starting Sept, 7 in Lord Conference Hall, the BSM will be hosting a monthly lunch for churches to come to UMHB and connect with students. They will also help find opportunities on campus and in the community for students to serve. For those interested, the BSM hosts “theGathering,” every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Hughes...

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