Community members gather at Mayborn for annual Canstruction
Jan29

Community members gather at Mayborn for annual Canstruction

THE BELLS — Groups from across the community gathered in Mayborn Gymnasium Friday to construct monuments made from canned goods collected for charity. Saturday night the groups reconvened for a banquet.        

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FCA conference draws Cru athletes
Jan29

FCA conference draws Cru athletes

THE BELLS — The Cru Fellowship of Christian Athletes took a trip to Glen Rose, Texas, this past weekend. They weren’t looking for fossils but attending a college retreat that drew more than 500 Christian athletes from all across the state to take part in the fun-filled weekend of worship. “I had been looking forward to College Advance for a while now, ever since it was brought up in one of our weekly meetings,” senior physical therapy major Elijah Hudson said. “It seemed like such a great opportunity to get closer to the Lord.” The weekend consisted of silly games, plenty of food and, of course, praise and worship to give the athletes a break from their weekly routines. The speaker was Mikado Hinson, who is the athletic chaplain for the University of Houston. Mikado has met many athletes while being chaplain, and has become friends with a few names people might recognize. For Texans fans, Hinson and quarterback Case Keenum have a close friendship that grew strong while Keenum was playing for the Cougars. “I think he (Hinson) was the perfect speaker for the weekend. He made it clear that sports is just something we do, but our true calling is to serve our God in everything that we do,” Hudson said. Junior exercise sport science major Stanton Holland found the speaker to be very relatable and knowledgeable about the struggles of being a Christian athlete. “I have heard Mikado speak before, and he is awesome,” Holland said. “Everything that he talks about is completely relevant to what college athletes go through, and he also gave pointers on how to strengthen your walk with Christ.” The UMHB FCA group was just one of the very few small colleges that attended the retreat. “I didn’t really know what to expect going into the weekend. But when we got there, almost every big university from Texas was there it seemed like,” Holland said. The students arrived at Glen Rose around 7 p.m. on Saturday night and were kept busy until they left after lunch on Sunday. “I knew that it was going to be too busy, but when I got back, I was exhausted. It was worth it, though. I got a lot out of the weekend, and I would encourage everyone to try and make it to College Advance at least once,” Hudson said. Junior Christian studies major and FCA leader Taylor Irby hopes that this is just a kick-start to what will come for the UMHB FCA group. “I think this will light a fire underneath our group that went, and that group will impact the others,” Irby...

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Sport Spotlight: James Allen
Jan29

Sport Spotlight: James Allen

THE BELLS — James Allen is a senior business management major from The Woodlands, Texas, where he attended College Park High School. Allen has played a crucial role for the Cru in the past four seasons. Since his arrival, he has started in games every year and increased his numbers significantly. His freshman year, he averaged 8.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. His sophomore year, he totaled 8.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. His junior year he averaged 13.1 points per game. This season, he is averaging 19.3 points per game. Allen also holds the record for most steals at UMHB with many more games to be played. Once Allen learned about UMHB, he stuck with his plan of hooping. “I chose UMHB because I got recruited by one of the former players here,” he said. Besides attending classes and playing ball, Allen enjoys being with his friends. “Outside of basketball, I like to hang out with my friends and play video games. Me and my roommates like to play Super Smash Brothers on the Wii,” he said. Allen also was a member of the 2012-13 Crusader basketball team that advanced to the NCAA Division III Men’s  College Basketball National Championship game, where the Cru fell to Amherst College 87-70. Though there are many more memories to come, Allen talks about his most memorable. “My favorite memory was going to the national championship my junior year. It was something we never accomplished before. It was a fun experience for us,” he said. He talked about his favorite aspect of basketball. “Just getting to play the sport and getting to play with new faces.” What most don’t know about Allen is his dominant hand. “I am left-handed, and most people do not know that,” he said. After college, Allen has set his ambitions on what he plans to do. He said, “No dream job for me. (I) just want to raise a family and take care of that...

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Lady Cru continue hot streak
Jan29

Lady Cru continue hot streak

THE BELLS — Not five, not six, but seven. The Lady Cru basketball team is on a seven-game winning stretch and not looking to end their hot streak anytime soon. The Cru are in the middle of conference play and with 10 games left, every match-up is crucial. The Crusaders have already improved their record from last year with many games left to play. Last season, the women finished 8-17 overall and 6-13 in conference play. Currently, the team is 9-6 and 9-3 in conference play. Head women’s basketball coach Lisa Curliss-Taylor talks about the team’s seven-game winning streak. “It feels good, but not comfortable at all.  I am always thinking about the next opponent.  It’s hard for me to enjoy each win because I know we still have a lot of season left, but I am trying to work on that,” she said. The Cru are not thinking about their record. They are taking every game one at a time and not looking past any of their opponents as each game should make them stronger. “I am proud of our team so far.  We have been through a lot of adversity over the past one and a half years, but I believe that adversity is what is going to make us a tougher team.  We are learning how to win, and that says a lot from where we were last year,” Curliss-Taylor said. Freshman physical therapy major Jonelle Smith spoke about the team’s preparations before each game. “We always take it one game at a time. That’s what you have to do, have to focus on what’s happening now. And we physically prepare ourselves by getting extra time in the gym outside of practice, and we mentally prepare ourselves by listening to music,” Smith said. Of the 19 women on the roster, Jovana Miles, a computer studies major, is the lone senior. Miles reflected on her role. “Being the only senior on the team feels great to be able to contribute to my team’s success and be able to influence my teammates in a positive way,” she said. The teamwork has been a big piece to the winning results displayed by the Lady Cru. “Our team chemistry has definitely gotten better and is one of the main reasons why we have been successful,” Miles said. Junior exercise sport science major Taylor Tucker also believes the players’ relationship have improved significantly. Tucker said, “The team chemistry has gotten so much better compared to the beginning of the year. We had so many new people, but now that we all know the program and what is expected,read each other on...

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Broncos, Seahawks to meet at MetLife
Jan29

Broncos, Seahawks to meet at MetLife

THE BELLS — The perfect scenario for Super Bowl XLVII—the number one ranked offense against the number one ranked defense. Can Richard Sherman and the Seattle defense keep Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ explosive offense from taking home the trophy? “I think this will be one of the best Super Bowls in a while. We are going to get to see the two best teams all year go head to head,” junior pre-physical therapy major Jeremy Corbin said. With the late game heroics of Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman sealing the team’s ticket to the Super Bowl, a lot of talk has been made about the stingy Seattle defense. But the true test will come Feb. 2. The game is full of storylines, but one of the biggest is the fact that Manning has the chance to hush his critics who say he chokes in big games. UMHB fans hope otherwise. “I really like the way the Seahawks play, but when it comes down to it, I think I am going for the Broncos because I want to see Peyton Manning win another championship. He deserves it,” senior exercise sport science major Edwin Munoz said. Another interesting factor that comes to play is the fact that the big game is going to be played in the cold at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. This could prove to be a problem for Manning and company if the weather is to the point that it affects the passing game. No matter the outcome of the competition, it will make history because it will be the first Super Bowl to be held in an outdoor stadium in a frigid northern city. “I don’t necessarily like the fact that the game is being played in the cold. I think that big games like this should be played in indoor stadiums or at least in warm temperatures so we can see both teams at their very best,” Corbin said. Although all the factors will have an effect on the outcome, Manning’s experience in the big game should come in handy. He will be making his third appearance in the Super Bowl. But this time, it is with a different organization. If Manning brings home the Lombardi trophy he will become the first player ever to win it with two separate teams. Manning and the Broncos plan to leave it all out on the field because they understand the journey  they’ve made to the MetLife Stadium. “Being in my 16th season, going to my third Super Bowl, I know how hard it is to get there,” Manning said in an interview with Fox Sports follwing...

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International students bring cultural traditions to celebration
Jan29

International students bring cultural traditions to celebration

THE BELLS — Fireworks. Celebration. Resolutions. Black-eyed peas for luck. The United States has multiple traditions to celebrate the New Year. One aspect of our country’s culture is the integration of customs from other countries. On campus, international students from China to Nigeria are gearing up to welcome 2014. Students from the Chinese Mission of First Baptist Church Belton will host an event to observe the Spring Festival. “Next Friday, Jan. 31, we are going to make dumplings and celebrate together,” graduate business major Vivien Du said. Chinese New Year, or Nónglì Xinnián, marks the first day of the Chinese calendar and symbolizes the coming of spring. “In China, there is a movement of people to their hometowns for New Year. People will take plane, train, car, whatever it takes to see their families,” graduate education major Sun Shishu said. After reaching their hometowns, many people will visit with relatives, watch the CCTV Spring Festival Gala on television and pop firecrackers. “The Spring Festival Gala is a big show that includes various performances such as songs, dances, acrobatics and comic dialogue,” master of business administration student Wendy Liu said. Another custom is for older relatives to give gifts for luck. “The elders would give children money in red envelopes for good wishes .… This is the most exciting thing for Chinese children,” Liu said. While the New Year has a key role in countries like China, other places like India do not emphasize the holiday. “New Year’s is not very major in India. Most people just have parties or go to temple. We go to church and then have dinner at a restaurant,” sophomore biology major Sahana Gollapalli said. Other students like those from Nigeria celebrate the New Year with friends, family and their church. “On New Year’s Eve, everyone gets together. A lot of cooking would be going on. One of the most significant things we take seriously is the church service that would launch us into the New Year,” junior nursing major Sonia Ike said. Another tradition the United States and Nigeria share is the use of firecrackers. “I know in the States they are pretty strict about fireworks, but in my country it is not so. My dad goes to the market the day before and buys a bag of them. We call them “banger” or “knockout.” Everyone in their respective homes just throws them for fun and excitement,” Ike said. Nigerians travel to their hometowns to celebrate and spend most of the night worshipping, partying and welcoming in the New Year. “Everyone is so eager to hear the word of God … after the church...

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