ROTC members volunteer at Big Red Relays
Feb27

ROTC members volunteer at Big Red Relays

The UMHB ROTC program volunteered at the Big Red Relays event on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Belton High School. The group volunteered to serve food to the athletes competing in the event. Junior social work major and ROTC cadet Nathan Gammage coordinated with Belton ISD to volunteer at the event. He heard about the event from Nicholas Cormier, a UMHB ROTC cadet and intern at Belton High School. “I want to show how awesome our program is by volunteering and representing the program,” Gammage said. “It’s also to show people that we stand for something bigger than ourselves and to show that we love serving our community.” According to Gammage, the event went well. “I am happy to have seen all the hard work and dedication the program displayed during the event.” “We helped serve food to the coaches and participants of the Big Red Relays event, and I would say, ‘mission...

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Athlete spotlight: Aubrie Elliot
Feb27

Athlete spotlight: Aubrie Elliot

Senior pre-veterinary medicine major Aubrie Elliot is entering her final season playing for the women’s basketball team at UMHB. Elliot has been playing basketball since she was very young, but she did not always enjoy it like she does now. “In junior high and even my freshman year [of high school], basketball felt more like a job to me. I enjoyed it still, but it wasn’t very fun.” It all changed during her sophomore year of high school. Elliot’s team began having fun together and she started to fall in love with the game. Her love for the game has brought her to a successful basketball career at UMHB. Last year, the women’s basketball team had a great season that brought them to the conference championship. After a hard-fought battle, the team ultimately lost the championship. She stated that this has motivated her and the entire team. “We’ve taken one game at a time this season knowing that we’ve ultimately been preparing for post-season. This team has proven we’re one of the best in the country and I’m so excited to see what all we accomplish”. The women’s basketball team kicked off the playoffs on Thursday, Feb. 21 against the Lady Wildcats of Louisiana College. “I hope that my teammates would remember me as someone who worked hard but loved harder,” Elliot said. “My goal every year on a team is that no matter what happens, I would love them with the same love that Christ has for them. I love this team and I hope they know I’m always just a phone call away if they ever need anything.” Without a doubt, she has been an integral part in this year’s great season. Hopefully, her words inspire her teammates to play like she does. Elliot has had a strong season, appearing in this year’s ASC championship tournament. She did not start in this tournament, but she definitely helped her team make it to the finals. She totaled 25 points and averaged 45 percent shooting from the field and six total...

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Men’s basketball team falls in ASC tournament
Feb27

Men’s basketball team falls in ASC tournament

The Crusader men’s basketball team has had an impressive season full of improvement, finishing with a 20-5 record. They capped off the season with a 28-point win over the Howard Payne Yellow Jackets. After this victory, they headed into the American Southwest Conference championship tournament. UMHB played the East Texas Baptist Tigers in the first round. The Cru played the Tigers earlier in the season and defeated them with a three-point victory. Many fans were expecting this to be a very close game. However, it is almost as if the Cru basketball players heard these whispers and wanted to silence the naysayers. In the beginning of the first half, it almost seemed as if they were right. The Cru’s offense struggled, missing several shots. However, they started heating up and finished the half catching up to the Tigers with a score of 40-33. If the Cru wanted to stay in the game, they could not have another slow start in the second half. The offense did a good job at scoring, but they started to fall behind around four minutes into the second half. They slowly started to chip away at that lead and kept a pretty good pace. The Cru caused two turnovers at the five-minute mark and this was when they decided to put their foot down. The Cru saw their opportunity and capitalized on it. This led to a 90-73 victory for UMHB. This win advanced them into the next round, where they faced the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys in Belton. UMHB fans were filled with excitement as the Cru took the court to play their rival, Hardin-Simmons. The Cru played the Cowboys earlier in the season and defeated them by a whopping 36 points, but the playoffs would be an entirely different story. The Cru had a fast start to the game and caught the lead early on. They held on to this lead, but the Cowboys slowly started to close that gap. The Cru had a few flashes of offense that would distance them from Hardin-Simmons, but the Cowboys kept closing in on the lead. The Cowboys finished the half with a five-point lead. The Cru came out strong and took over the lead at the 18-minute mark, but the Cowboys remained in the fight. These flashes of offense continued in the second half, and the Cru was able to force several lead changes by a few points. Despite these offensive maneuvers, the Cowboys took the lead at the 10-minute mark and did not look back.Ultimately, the Crusaders were defeated by HardinSimmons 97-91. Despite this defeat, the Cru had a great season, and they showed marked improvement from the previous year. As this season comes to a close, fans look forward to what the team has in store next...

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UMHB women’s basketball team earns first NCAA tournament appearance
Feb27

UMHB women’s basketball team earns first NCAA tournament appearance

For the first time in UMHB’s history, the women’s basketball team is headed to the NCAA Divion III tournament. The Crusaders will face Rhodes College on March 1 with the time to be determined. The Cru had a spectacular year, finishing the season with a 23-2 record. Rhodes College finished their regular season with a 14-11 record and won all three games in their conference championship. This impressive record carried the Cru to the postseason this weekend, where they hosted the American Southwest Conference championship tournament. The Cru entered the three-game tournament with high hopes of winning. The Cru’s first game of the tournament was on Thursday, Feb. 21 against Louisiana College. The Cru started the game off strong, and held the lead at the end of the first quarter with a score of 19-13. The Cru was consistent, scoring exactly 19 points in each quarter. They ultimately defeated the Wildcats 76-54. In the second game of the tournament on Friday, Feb. 22, the women played against East Texas Baptist University. The Cru had a rough first quarter. In the first ten minutes of the game, the Tigers scored 23 points and shot 57 percent from the three-point line, while the Cru scored 13 points and only made 22 percent of their shots. At this point, things weren’t looking good for the Cru, but the defense stepped up to keep the Tigers from scoring. In the second quarter, the Cru offense continued to struggle, scoring only 13 points, but the defense held the Tigers to just eight points, keeping the Crusaders in the game. After a hard-fought battle, the Cru edged out the Tigers to win the game 64-62. The final game of the tournament was on Saturday, Feb. 23 against the UT Dallas Comets. The Cru’s offense struggled in this game as well, scoring only 10 points and shooting 18 percent from the field in the first quarter. They also struggled in the rebound column. The Comets out-rebounded the Cru 47-30. The second quarter was different than the previous game in the sense that the offense stepped up instead of the defense. The teams virtually swapped score columns from the previous quarter. The Cru scored 16 points while the Comets only scored 10. Although the offense fought hard, UMHB was ultimately defeated by the Comets 63-58. Although the team did not win the ASC championship tournament, their regular season record was good enough to carry them into the NCAA National Championship bracket. If the Cru defeats Rhodes College, they will still have a long road ahead of them. The Crusaders will have to beat four playoff-caliber teams. It can be done, but it will be difficult. The game will be held at a neutral site in Richardson, which is just south of Plano. This is a two-and-a-half hour commute. If you are unable to attend the game, it will...

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Plans and ideas for a fun-filled spring break
Feb27

Plans and ideas for a fun-filled spring break

As this semester continues, students are counting down the days until spring break. This ten-day period is the perfect mid-semester break from the stress of college. Freshman criminal justice and sociology double major Bria Schwartz already has her travel plans laid out. “I’m going to visit my family and grandpa in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I haven’t seen them in over a year,” she said. Junior nursing major Emma Spellings is traveling internationally. “I will be spending spring break in Costa Rica with a team of college students serving the people there, working alongside churches, loving on people and sharing the Gospel. I can’t wait to see what this is going to look like and ultimately see what the Lord is going to have me do,” Spellings said. Freshman elementary education major Bridgette Holak isn’t planning to travel. “I am mostly going to hang out with friends and family and work on driving more so that I can get my drivers license,” she said. Freshman nursing major Haley Lum has a quiet break planned. “I’m excited for a week of fun and relaxation with family and friends,” she said. “I plan on going kayaking, shopping and sleeping a lot.” Senior public relations major Tori Van Hooser plans to go to Galveston with some friends for spring break.“This is my last spring break as a college student, so I’m really excited to spend it with my girlfriends,” Van Hooser said. “We’re going to Surfer Shores and we even rented an Airbnb.” If you have yet to decide what to do on spring break, here are some ideas for a fun and relaxing break: Try to read a whole book. While you’re at college, it isn’t easy to find down time between classes, homework and extracurricular activities. This spring break, when you get a moment away from all of the hustle and bustle, try to read a book. Sitting outside in the spring weather with a good book is one of the best ways to relax. Go camping in a national park. Sometimes, the best way to feel refreshed and rejuvenated is to spend time in nature. Camping is an adventurous and relatively inexpensive way to relax. If sleeping under the stars is not your cup of tea, spending a day in a national park either hiking or reading a good book can be good for the soul. Have a movie marathon. Almost everyone has a genre or series of movies that they can watch over and over again. Over the nine days of the break, pick a category and binge-watch to your heart’s content. Choose an actor or actress whom you love and watch a collection of their best movies, or pick up that trilogy or series that you have heard so much about but had never had time to watch. With the wide selection of on demand movies available, the possibilities are endless. Perfect your cooking skills. If there is one delicious...

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“How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy conclusion conquers box office
Feb27

“How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy conclusion conquers box office

The “How to Train Your Dragon” (HTTYD) series has sadly come to an end with the release of the latest film “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” on Feb. 22. This hour and 44-minute movie neatly ties up all loose ends while enticing audiences with breathtaking animation, multi-dimensional characters and great story progression. The HTTYD franchise is successful, and all three movies have ratings above 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The newest film has a rating of 93 percent. This movie deserves the great rating. The animation is astoundingly beautiful. The animators took the time to animate the wind ruffling fur on cloaks, little nicks in the metal on armor and faded scars on the dragons. This attention to little details changes the whole dynamic of the movie. The scenery and background art is also beautifully animated. One of my favorite scenes is when the dragon riders are flying through the clouds over the ocean. You can see the clouds and wind sliding off the wings and equipment so smoothly, making you feel as if you are in the sky with them. Another aspect that makes this movie stand out is the characters and the natural development of the story. At this point, the characters all have a great dynamic and are consistent in their development as individuals and as a team. Additionally, the characters are truly interesting and humorous. There is no cheap comedy here, just well-written characters with humorous jokes that fit the timing and their personalities. The plot of the movie is established well and includes an interesting subplot featuring Toothless’ efforts to befriend another dragon of his kind. In my opinion, the subplot makes sense and is played out very well alongside the main plot. However, having two story lines sets this movie just a smidge below the first two because of the slightly divided attention. I recommend that audience members stay during the credits for a nostalgic look at clips from the first two movies. I have been a fan of the HTTYD series since the first movie’s release in 2010, and I have enjoyed watching the characters grow and develop over the three films. I think this movie is the perfect ending to a great franchise. While I am sad the series has ended, I am extremely satisfied with how the writers and directors told fans goodbye in this movie. I give “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” a 10/10 and a wave as the franchise is put to...

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