UMHB Crusaders win         2021 National Championship
Dec18

UMHB Crusaders win 2021 National Championship

Coach Pete Fredenburg holds the National Championship trophy for 2021 as he is greeted upon arrival back to UMHB in Belton on Saturday, Dec. 18.Photos by Rebecca McEntee The UMHB Crusaders arrived back at the UMHB field house Saturday as the 2021 National Champions for NCAA’s Division III. They won the night before, on Friday, December 17 at the Stagg Bowl in Canton, Ohio, against the North Central Illinois Cardinals, 57 to 24. North Central is the team that won the title in 2019, and because the season was cancelled last year, this was the first chance the Cru had to challenge the defending champions at the bowl. This is not UMHB’s first championship, but it may be the team and coach’s most satisfying. Wide receiver and senior Aaron Sims walks with his teammates past cheering fans after arriving back at the UMHB field house Saturday, Dec. 18. The Crusaders walk through fans to the field house at UMHB Saturday, as they are welcomed back by family, friends and fans. At left walking, and about to shake hands with a fan, is defensive back and senior Jefferson Fritz. Coach Pete Fredenburg held the trophy close as he stepped off the bus first and was greeted by family and fans. As Fredenburg carried the trophy off the bus, the team filed out after him and the tired football team walked through a cheering crowd of fans as they entered the field house. Friends, family and fans take pictures of the newly arrived 2021 National Championship Trophy outside the field house at UMHB on Saturday, Dec. 18. Outside, Belton Mayor Wayne Carpenter welcomed back the team. Then fans took photos of the trophy, set on a podium behind the speakers.  Fans had braved some rapidly changing weather with chilly winds to wait for the arrival of the team’s two busses from the airport, and to then celebrate their champions. The weather seemed to blow in just ahead of the buses with cold air from Ohio, but celebrations would...

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Students share their reasons for being especially grateful this Thanksgiving
Nov22

Students share their reasons for being especially grateful this Thanksgiving

By COMM 2320 Intro to Mass Communications With Thanksgiving just around the corner, students in COMM 2320, Intro to Mass Communications, interviewed each other about this coming holiday.   They did a “Man on the Street” style of news story as a journalism exercise during their studies on the newspaper portion of mass communications. Their question to each other was: “What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?” Here are their answers:  Avery Hagler, sophomore public relations major   “I am most thankful for the family and friends I have in my life.”  Alex Ortiz, freshman film studies major   “I’m real thankful for the college experience and fitting into and moving very easily from high school into this. And having a very good first semester and not being online.  Catherine Kaiser, sophomore public relations major   “This Thanksgiving I am thankful for my family and friends -I’m thankful I that I get to see them.  And I’m thankful that I get to play the sport I love, which is basketball.”  Faith Jermstad, junior public relations major    “I am most thankful for my family and their health; it’s been a crazy year with COVID and I’m thankful they are doing good and that things have gotten better. And I’m thankful for this school and this education and all the professors that take the time to educate us and pour into my life.”   Aaron Sims, senior general studies major   “I’m thankful for my family, being able to still play football for the school, and getting through the semester. I’m trying to finish up this semester strong.”  Zoe Kelton, sophomore public relations major  “I’m thankful that I was actually able to come to campus this year and get a normal college experience because last year was a little different. So being able to be in classes to make new friends and meet my classmates that I’ll be spending the rest of my college years with. That’s what I’m thankful for.” Adam Toruno, freshman film studies major  “I’m really thankful for being here at UMHB for a full semester and I’m thankful that I made it all the way to Thanksgiving so that I can go visit my family again.” See video reports on The Bells online  Dakota Powell, sophomore public relations major   “I’m thankful for making new friends this semester, being on campus… I’m thankful for my family that they’re all healthy during covid and being able to see them all the...

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Prepping for the Halloween Season From haunted houses to reading “The Raven”
Nov22

Prepping for the Halloween Season From haunted houses to reading “The Raven”

By Allyson Hinkle Assitant Editor Associate Dean Dr. Jacky Dumas scared English Adjunct and Alumna Miracle Gant at the Poe Party in Lord Conference Center, Thursday, Oct. 21.Courtesy Photo The latter half of the month of October saw a number of different festive events around campus, and more are on the way. Thursday, Oct. 21, the English Club hosted an Edgar Allen Poe Party with a poetry contest that senior Katelynn Pizzio won. Junior Paige Buyer won the costume contest dressed as Newt Scamander. Participants read Poe’s “The Raven,” and Associate Dean Dr. Jacky Dumas, dressed as Oogie Boogie from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”  Oct.26 the Student Government Association  (SGA) hosted a costume party in McLane Great Hall with a costume contest, with a purse of $200. The spirit of Halloween will continue Halloween night when the brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi will be hosting a haunted house – “Halloween Headquarters” – in Presser Hall from 7:00 -11 p.m. The fraternity has been planning this event throughout the month of October, and the haunted house will consist of different floors that will persistently get scarier as guests are led through the building. A line forms behind A.J. Johnson (External VP) as students in costume stand in line to read their part of “The Raven”: at the Poe Party. Left-Right behind Johnson is Emily Schmid (Internal VP); Paige Buyer (Treasurer); Zoe Villegas (Secretary); and Luke Bentz (President).Courtesy Photo Anyone is invited to attend, from students to family members, as the brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi have made a valiant effort to return Halloween Headquarters to its former spooky status due to the events of the COVID-19 pandemic.   On Nov. 5, there will be the traditional Zombie Run across campus starting at 7:30 p.m. College View apartments. Overall, the festivities across campus have served as a small moment to relax for students as they prepare for finals, which begin on Nov....

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Welcome Rec Fields makeover provided by McClinton Family
Nov10

Welcome Rec Fields makeover provided by McClinton Family

By Aries Ramos Contributing Writer McClinton waves to public at the Rec Field opening celebration.Photo by Aries Ramos The University of Mary-Hardin Baylor celebrated the opening of their brand-new sports fields and pavilion at, the McClinton Family Intramural Fields, the fields just north of Mayborn Campus Center were upgraded to turf from the old grass, with a multi-sport permanent striping, a new fence going around all the fields, a new lighting system to help with nighttime games and a pavilion.    The new Crunch Pavilion was, where the dedication ceremony with donors Carol and Paul “Crunch” McClinton and family took place on Friday, Oct. 22. The McClinton family provided a $1 million gift to the school after touring and looking for what they believed would not only benefit the school, but also the students at tending. Former Astros Pitcher and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, whose turf, tossed the first ball to Crunch McClinton at the conclusion of a spirited celebration that included arches of balloons, cheering students, and music from the Blackshirt Spirit Band.   President Randy O’Rear spoke about the McClinton’s and the project, and mentioned that Carol and Crunch McClinton’s daughter Mindy was a student at UMHB.  When McClinton took the podium, he said it was her positive experience at the school that in spired them to give back.  He also praised President O’Rear’s role in facilitating the process of making the project happen.   McClinton said that O’Rear’s last name should be “O’Forward,” and that the university should never let him get away.    In the fall, campus recreation hosts intramural flag football and, in the winter, softball and soccer. The new fields give students a safer and nicer area to participate. Sue Weaver, director of Cam- pus Recreation, mentioned how she was in awe of the facilities and excited for the students to be able to enjoy their new space. Likewise, senior Ben Hankins was highly anticipating the completion of the fields prior to dedication.  “I’m very excited to test out these fields in the coming weeks,” Hankins said. “After playing on grass I cannot wait to see how the new turf feels.”    While this field is primarily built for sports, the university has more than one way to benefit from the new fields. One of these ways is through the university’s One program. One day a month, churches and people from all around gather to worship together.   “The new field provides a space for One that isn’t just a grass field or Walton Chapel,” Senior Madalyn Lawton said.   The qualities of the new fields were brought up in the speech by President O’Rear, one of which is that the material used in the new turf will be about 30 degrees cooler in hot weather.   Ryan’s company is RS3 Turf. Heart of Texas Landscape and Irrigation also helped in preparing the...

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Fans Fired Up at UMHB Homecoming Pep Rally
Oct08

Fans Fired Up at UMHB Homecoming Pep Rally

Story and Video by Shelby Davison Photographs by Adam Toruno The letters for UMHB roar with fire at the Pep Rally at Luther Memorial on Friday, Sept. 24 during Homecoming Weekend.Photos by Adam Toruno See the video at bottom of the story. Students and fans were pumped for the upcoming Homecoming Football game at the rally at Luther Memorial on Friday night Sept. 24. The massive crowd roared with joy through every song, cheer, and dance as they showed support for the football team. Students, alumni and fans joined together to sing the famous Alma Mater, dance the Cru Spirit dance, and stand as proud Crusaders.  Music by the Blackshirt Cru Spirit Band set the lively atmosphere, with dancing performed by the UMHB Sader Belles, and cheering led by the Cru Cheer Team. The celebration ended with fireworks above the UMHB letters, which were set flaming with fire. See the YouTube video below for a short recap of the Pep Rally experience. The announcement of the 2021 Homecoming King and Queen made students and fans roar with excitement. This year’s homecoming court included, Hannah Sizemore, Jade Ming, Taylor Humphrey, Elizabeth Franklin, Connor Tubbs, Kellen Newton, Evrhett White, and Garret Snyder. The winners of the UMHB’s Homecoming King and Queen were Kyle Parson and Ashia Copeland.  Cheerleaders and Sader Belles lead the UMHB Pep Rally during Homecoming Weekend at Luther Memorial on Friday, Sept. 24. Photos by Adam Toruno “Homecoming this year has been one to remember,” Homecoming Queen, Ashia Copeland said, “from the game that had us on edge to all the campus events leading up to the weekend. We have so much spirit, I’m honored to be a part of UMHB.  “Personally, this whole experience has been unbelievable and taught me to believe in myself,” Copeland said. “I’ve also had the chance to create some new friendships with the wonderful homecoming court that were so great to work with,” Copeland said. Cheerleaders at the UMHB Pep Rally during Homecoming Weekend at Luther Memorial on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. Photos by Adam Toruno Being Homecoming Queen has meant a great deal to the senior graphic design major, who said she views the title as an honor.  “To be Homecoming queen is to be a role model for the university,” Copeland said.  “I love my school so to be able to represent us is an honor. Never would I have imagined I could be chosen. It is an experience I will remember for the rest of my life.”  The UMHB Pep Rally during Homecoming Weekend at Luther Memorial on Friday, Sept. 24. Photos by Adam Toruno Homecoming traditionally brings alumni...

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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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