Sader Belles excited for the new year of opportunities
Sep05

Sader Belles excited for the new year of opportunities

By Shelby Davison The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Sader Belles Dance Team has action-packed plans for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. More opportunities have opened up for the Sader Belles as the team continues to grow and succeed, especially with pandemic restrictions loosening. Dancers are set to perform at football games, basketball games, the homecoming pep rally, and the American Dance and Drill Team (ADTS) contest. The dancers are ready to support and cheer on their fellow Crusaders. “I am excited for the multiple performance opportunities since we did not get that many last year,” Director Christy Hawkins said.  She hopes to see more growth in the team’s popularity and to have more chances for the team to spread their school spirit and love for dance. She is also hoping for another National Championship this coming March at ADTS. The Sader Belles are two-time national champions for the ADTS. The team also hopes for an opportunity to move on to a larger national competition out of state called the National Dance Association (NDA) contest. “I believe we impact people on campus in many ways,”  Co-captain Sydnee Cassidy said. “At sporting events, we obviously help keep spirits high and just genuinely make the games even more fun than they already are. In other ways, we help out other organizations. We help move in freshman during welcome week, some of the team members help choreograph for the men and women’s pageants that our campus hosts, and other things of that nature,” Cassidy said. Co-captains of the Sader Belles for 2021-22 are at left: Sydnee Cassidy, and right: Sophie Brown. Courtesy Photo Cassidy said that she is most excited for “a normal football season,” and for everyone to experience that. “The new girls from last year did not get to experience it so I’m really happy that they finally get to have a true Cru football experience, as well as our new members,” Cassidy said. New Sader Belles members for Fall 2021 are: all the 2021-22 new members, L-R: Rikkia Nichole, Emily Epps, Emily Crocker, and Isabella Pena. Courtesy Photo New member Bella Pena said that she is more than happy that she has joined the group. “Sader Belles has been my safe zone where I can relax from schoolwork and dance with the teammates who are nothing but talented, nice, and welcoming,” Pena said. “From the start, they were sweet and inclusive and made me feel like I belonged. We work together and not against each other and we just have fun most of the time but still get our dances locked down perfectly. It’s a neat organization to be a...

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Students experience 1960s-80s trivia and fashion at Humanities Mixer
Sep05

Students experience 1960s-80s trivia and fashion at Humanities Mixer

By Staff Dr. Jacky Dumas, Associate Dean of The Humanities and Sciences at UMHB laughs at the podium as he gives trivia info to the audience during the Humanities Mixer at Lord Conference Hall on Thursday, Aug. 19. The mixer featured trivia questions about music and movies from the 1960s – 1980s. Courtesy Photos Associate Dean Dr. Jacky Dumas showed up in a long haired wig with a head band, and a psychedelic shirt. He began the evening by raising his hand to show the audience a peace sign to opened the ceremonies. Then he recited the first set of lyrics from 1960s songs so that students and faculty could guess what the titles of the songs were. Junior general studies major Hannah Dalrymple, left, and junior psychology Shelby Buyer, right, laugh at their inability to remember some trivia at the Humanities Mixer at Lord Conference Hall on Thursday, Aug. 19. “You Must Remember This,” was the theme of  the Third Annual Humanities Mixer on Thursday, Aug. 19 in the Lord Conference Center.  Trivia activities featured music and movies from the 1960s, 70s and 80s, and participants dressed in poodle skirts, tie-dyed shirts and bell bottoms for a costume contest. A make-shift photo booth provided a fun way to document the fashions from the three decades that were eventually paraded around the room on students, faculty and staff. Dean Stephen Baldridge ponders a 1960s trivia question at the Humanities Mixer at Lord Conference Hall on Thursday, Aug. 19. “Ain’t gonna do you wrong while you’re gone,” Dr. Dumas recited for participants, so that they guess the first song on the trivia list from the 1960s. “Ain’t gonna do you wrong (oo) ’cause I don’t wanna (oo),” he continued. He eventually revealed that the song was the R&B hit “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, written by Otis Redding in 1967. Senior political science major Luke Bentz raises his hand to answer a trivia question at the Humanities Mixer on Thursday, Aug.19. Junior English major Katelynn Pizzio plays at center background. Since it was the 1960s that kicked off the event, some professors had an extra edge over this decade (though professors declined prizes). Even though she was too young for this decade to be her expertise, English professor Dr. Laura Bedwell won twice in a row. Closely behind her was senior political science major Luke Bentz. Prizes for students included gift cards and assorted paraphernalia from the various decades. Spanish professor Dr. Rubi Ugofsky- Méndez wore a poodle skirt for the early 1960s at the Humanities Mixer. To keep the party energized, professors brought a variety of food and drinks, with...

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The Crusaders take first game with Simpson College
Sep05

The Crusaders take first game with Simpson College

UMHB took an early lead in their first football game of the Fall 2021 season with Simpson College at Crusader Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. They would go on to win the game at 84-6. Senior E’Monte Smith emerges with the rest of the Crusader football team as they run onto the field at Crusader Stadium Saturday, Sept. 4. UMHB hosted their first football game of the fall 2021 season with Simpson College. At far left running out with Smith is teammate Kobe Giles. Courtesy Photos UMHB’s mascot CRUnk cheers with the cheerleading squad as their team hosted the first football game of the fall 2021 season, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Sophomore running back Kenneth Cormier, Jr., resists the eventual tackle as he carries the ball in the first quarter of play with Simpson College at Crusader Stadium in Belton Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. UMHB’s Brenton Martin fights being tackled by Simpson College’s Wyatt Schaben in the first quarter of play Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Martin is a senior communications major. UMHB’s senior quarterback Kyle King hands the ball off to sophomore Kenneth Cormier in the game with Simpson College at Crusader Stadium in Belton Saturday, Sept. 4,...

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Students find organization opportunities at Big Fair on King Street
Sep04

Students find organization opportunities at Big Fair on King Street

The Big Fair featured student organizations on King Street during Welcome Week at UMHB on Aug. 4, 2021. Courtesy Photos By Lauren Turner The Big Fair at UMHB is a Welcome Week staple that introduces activities and clubs available to students while they are in college.  On Thursday, Aug. 5, King Street was lined with tables with smiling students who were ready to present their organizations to the incoming class of 2025. Katy Hartt, the assistant director of student organizations, said that this year’s fair was an adaptation of the same event in the past, but with some adjustments. “In years past everyone went at the same time,” Hartt said. She was referring to the three groups of students that went in after one another to the fair. Group 1 went to the fair at 10:00 a.m., Group 2 at 10:30 a.m., and the third group went at 11:00 a.m. to King Street to check out the fair.  The Big Fair featured student organizations on King Street during Welcome Week at UMHB on Aug. 4, 2021. “Last year we split it into three groups to spread it out, because we had to,” she said, in reference to keeping numbers of people down as they went through the fair during the pandemic. “This year we liked it because everybody wasn’t there at the same time and people were able to have more conversations,” Hartt said.  She pointed out that this also helped reduce noise levels so that people could converse better at the fair. Not all incoming students made it to Welcome Week, with some arriving late and others missing last minute, but Ms. Hartt said there are plenty of ways to find information and get plugged in on campus. “Definitely check on our website,” Hartt said. “[Go to] UMHB’s website and the Student Organizations tab, and you can browse organizations we have on campus. [Students] can get contact information there and they are always welcome to stop by our office.” Students get to know each other at the Big Fair, an organization fair on King Street in front of Bawcom Student Union during Welcome Week at UMHB on Aug. 4, 2021. Hartt also noted that the Student Organizations’ Instagram page (@so_umhb) is a great place to get general information about what is happening each week, and that students can apply to start their own organization if they do not find one they are interested in, or if they just have a new idea for a club. “On our website …. there is the application to form a student organization, so you just have to have a little meeting talking...

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Students Dubbed Crusaders for Life
Sep04

Students Dubbed Crusaders for Life

by Alex Ortiz This year’s new students were dubbed Crusaders for Life in one of UMHB’s prized traditions, the annual Dubbing Ceremony. The Campus Activities Board (CAB) held the ceremony in Crusader Stadium this year, as part of Welcome Week, on Sunday, Aug. 8.  The ceremony began with words from UMHB President Randy O’Rear, and Provost John Vassar. Their speeches were followed by the singing of the alma matter by nearly everyone in attendance. After that, new students took to the field and stood in lines to be dubbed by faculty members. After the students had been dubbed, the CAB sent students to ring the bell at the Alumni house 176 times, once for every year since UMHB’s founding. Cade Elkins, a freshman this year, relished his experience. “I was born a Crusader, my parents attended UMHB, and my brother attends here as well. So, when it came to my time to be dubbed it was a little daunting. I know so many of the faculty –  so who should I be dubbed by?” Elkins asked. Elkins was dubbed three times during the ceremony, first by Dr. Vassar, then Dr. Skaggs. After the ceremony had concluded Cade was dubbed a final time by Dr. O’Rear in Bawcom. Cade expressed what the ceremony meant to him, how he’s waited for this day for a long time and is happy to finally be able to call himself a Crusader.             In previous years the ceremony was held outside at Luther Memorial instead of the stadium. They had a worship service in the chapel right beforehand. Students would then line up in their CruGroups outside sitting in rows and come up one row at a time to be dubbed, each holding a real candle in hand. Emily Fordyce, a senior this year, was dubbed at Luther Memorial three years ago.               “To me, being dubbed meant that I was officially part of the UMJB family and that no matter where I end up in life I will always be a Crusader for life,” Fordyce said.             Students dubbed this year received a different experience that held just as much meaning. Rather than being hosted at Luther memorial, it was held in the stadium and students held plastic instead of wax candles. Despite these changes as well as being in the midst of pandemic, the energy and spirit of the ceremony lives...

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Get fit with Orange Theory classes
Sep04

Get fit with Orange Theory classes

By by Marissa Zermeno A fitness trend is racking up academic credits for UMHB students, however, not everyone knows about it yet.  By the beginning of this year, a whopping 73% of students on campus were aware that the Orange Theory fitness classes are offered on campus, but only 57% knew that it is offered as a course for credit. Orange Theory is a high intensity interval workout that is presented by Kim Thornton, MS,  and several certified personal trainers at the Orange Theory studio in Temple. This course is offered in the Fall and the Spring semesters for either an A or B term and is considered an upper-level elective. “Orange Theory Fitness allows students to work at their own pace while challenging their level of fitness,” Thornton said. For some students, it may be a struggle to add working out to an already busy full course load and homework. However, adding a credited class could help students balance a busy schedule.  “I have trouble motivating myself to workout, so by having a class that would make me consistently workout sounded great,” student Regan Woodley said when she was a freshman last semester. A link on their website explains how this type of workout operates. It explains that there are five heart rate zones: resting, easy, challenging, uncomfortable and all out. These zones help determine the pace you need to push yourself. The goal is to keep yourself in the “Orange Zone” for 12 minutes to keep your metabolism going even after the workout is completed. When in the class you are given a heart rate monitor that will match your beats per minute to the different heart rate zones. This helps you keep track of where you are physically during the workout. With the cases of COVID-19 increasing, Orange Theory Fitness is taking steps to ensure a safe environment to exercise. CNN’s Matt Egan reported that Orange Theory is overcoming the obstacles with social distancing, mask requirements, regular cleaning, and a reduced class sizes. Orange Theory aims to give students a good workout while also teaching them about their overall health. Personal Trainer Jenavi Piña works to explain in classes how Orange Theory affects heart functions under certain intensities. “Everyone is able to come out of the studio with more knowledge along with a great workout,” Piña said. She said that classes are small, the workout is quick, and the staff along with Professor Thornton is extremely...

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