Students raise the curtain on new drama club
Feb16

Students raise the curtain on new drama club

The Crusader Company is one of the newest organizations on campus and was formed in the fall semester of 2015. The club hopes to help students prepare for work in show business. Whether students have experience or not, the club accepts them all. “We wanted to make the club because there was no drama club on campus,” said Danielle East, the club’s president. The purpose of Crusader Company is to help students gain knowledge of everything that would happen onstage or backstage, like using props, making costumes, creating a scene, and acting. The club will host workshops this semester to help students improve in a certain area and rehearse for upcoming plays. Club sponsor and supervisor Kathy Owens said the organization is a way for those interested in theatre to get their feet wet. “It will introduce them to the various tasks that theatre production require,” Owens said. “It will also allow like-minded individuals to bond over their shared love of theatre.” Owens likes the potential of the organization,” “It has the potential to be a wonderful force on campus,”she said. There will be many events this spring semester in which students can get involved. For their February fundraiser, the organization will be selling chocolate covered strawberries (two for a dollar) in the first floor of Bawcom on Friday, Feb. 12. The club will also be partnering with ROTC in March for a unique service project. Members of Crusader Company will pose as civilians, leaders, and military personnel during a training exercise put on by the ROTC. The opposing forces (played by the Crusader Company members) and the ROTC members will both be armed with paintball guns to simulate combat. The organization also plans to perform a small play for students and the community sometime during the semester. With the organization continuing to gain recognition, East said she has realized the need for such a club on campus. “I like how [Crusader Company] has gained a lot of feedback about how an organization like it needs to be on campus,” East said. The organization is currently meeting every other Monday in the Baugh Center for Visual Arts at 8...

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A Letter from Student Body President Collin Davies
Jan29

A Letter from Student Body President Collin Davies

 Spring. New Year. Second semester. Welcome back to Mary Hardin-Baylor, or if this is your first semester, a special welcome to you as you begin your journey here. I am currently privileged to lead you and your fellow classmates as the student body president. This honor prompts me to think about students and this university now more than any other period of my education. For this I am grateful. There are many reasons to be excited about being a student here, and I would like to urge you to continue to make Mary Hardin-Baylor an exciting and transformative experience for future students. How should we make the most of our college experience? We quote scripture in times of excitement or deep sadness and claim the words as life, but how true the words of scripture are in all seasons. Primarily, prioritize a relationship with the creator and author of all things. May your identity be in Jesus Christ and your confidence in him. This will prepare you for success in college and beyond. You should also identify and pursue that which interests you most. There are many venues on campus that will develop you as an individual into a better-equipped learner and doer. Do not forget about the community. For many of us, the setting of UMHB was a point of examination prior to school selection. Be sure to explore all opportunities whether on or off campus, and begin to pursue your goals. Finally, invest in relationships. There will be very few settings quite like college for the remainder of your life. Use free time and the availability of others wisely. Continue to build old relationships and also begin new friendships. Learn to pour into relationships, but also learn from relationships. Unsurprisingly, as student body president, I am constantly being challenged and sharpened by individuals with more experience and knowledge than myself. For the university in particular, there are many reasons for my contentment. I am grateful for the present diversity. I am thankful for the relationships that shape and support character. I am excited for the new and eager for the future. I am indebted to the examples of leadership modeled on this campus by administrators, professors and staff members. Thank you for believing that I could lead the student body well and supporting me as an individual and the Student Government Association. Know that you are thought of highly, prayed for often and of interest to this university. ———————————————————————————- Davies offers encouragement to students with this verse: “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so...

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Do you want to build a snowman?
Jan29

Do you want to build a snowman?

THE BELLS — The odds weren’t very favorable. Only a 40 percent chance. But none of that mattered when the first flakes began to fall from the night sky and students filed out of their dorms and apartments, as excited as children, to see that it was, indeed, snowing. The first winter weather advisory was sent out at 9:10 a.m. Thursday by Chief of Campus Police Gary Sargent. He warned students that travel could be dangerous due to winter precipitation between 6 p.m. and noon Friday. Earlier in the day, junior exercise sport science major Daniel Villarreal placed the probability of snow behind one basketball shot on his miniature door goal. He said if he made the shot, it would snow. He made the shot but didn’t really believe. “Honestly, I doubted it was going to snow,” Villarreal said. “Maybe some ice, but I was skeptical of actual snow falling and sticking.” Perhaps he should have had more faith because around 6 p.m. the fluffy flakes were falling, and he was rushing outside like so many of his fellow Crusaders to witness the rare occurrence. Villarreal went to get his girlfriend, sophomore nursing major, Lauren Garcia. Together they walked around the campus. Students were ecstatic about the snow Thursday night, but they were even happier when they received phone calls and texts around 7:30 a.m. Friday informing them that the university would be closed, giving them a snow day. Villarreal shared his thoughts about canceled classes. “I think the best part is… another three-day weekend,” he said. “Getting to hang out with friends and enjoy the snow makes it worthwhile.” With no school and accumulation on the ground, students flocked outside in coats, scarves, ear warmers and boots Friday morning to walk across the ground that was covered with a thin layer of white. Villarreal and Garcia went for a walk across University Drive and down some trails by the creek. “The best part about having this day was… just walking around in it (snow). The sound under my boots (and) it’s just so pretty to see,” Garcia said. Sophomore education major Maegan Loya was another student that was pleasantly surprised when the winter precipitation first began. “My immediate thought was, ‘I can’t believe it happened,’” she said. “There had been other chances of snow earlier in the year but nothing happened, so for it to actually snow was just unbelievable.” Having classes canceled Friday made the event even more special for Loya, who is from Pharr, which is in the valley region of South Texas. “I was also really happy because it was always on my list to...

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Sport Spotlight: Collin Davies
Sep24

Sport Spotlight: Collin Davies

Collin Davies is a senior chemistry and Spanish major. He is from Pasadena, Texas, and was home-schooled as he grew up. Not only is Davies a student-athlete, but he also serves as the president of the student body on campus. This May, Davies will be the third of his brothers and sisters to graduate from UMHB. As well as sports, Davies is a family man. “Family has always been key in my development as an individual. I have enjoyed always being able to pour into somebody in my family, but also be mentored myself,” he said. Davies has enjoyed being a tennis player for the Crusaders. He participates in both the singles and doubles line-up. Davies has made an impact each season as a member of the Cru. “My favorite part of playing tennis is the adrenaline rush that I get when I step onto the court for a conference tennis match, especially doubles. I am really looking forward to the new conference format which we initiated this year, which allows us to play all of the teams in our conference rather than just the western division,” he said. Davies has a plan once he leaves Belton. Not knowing where he will land, but he plans to leave a Crusader legacy. Davies said, “I would love to work as an environmental analyst for an organization which seeks to end poverty here in the U.S. and in developing countries by equipping and enabling...

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Man Dead on I-35
Aug30

Man Dead on I-35

On Thursday at approximately 4:25 p.m., a pedestrian was declared dead by Belton police after being struck by a vehicle near the I-35 and US Highway 190 intersection.  

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Letter from the President: Welcome home, Crusaders
Aug27

Letter from the President: Welcome home, Crusaders

Welcome! Whether you are a new student experiencing college life for the first time, a returning upperclassman, or a graduate student back on campus after summer break, we are glad you are here. Over the summer, our faculty and staff have been praying for you, preparing for you, and anxiously awaiting your arrival. Now that you are here, we are excited to kick off the 2013-2014 school year! When you look around campus, you will notice many changes have taken place. The finishing touches are being added to Crusader Stadium, which will open with the inaugural game against Wesley College on September 21, and construction continues on the adjacent student union building set to open in January. Parking lots stand where buildings used to be, roads have been relocated, and sidewalks replaced. However, even though there are physical and structural changes taking place, the heart of Mary Hardin- Baylor remains the same through our mission of preparing students for leadership, service, and  faith-informed discernment in a global society, and vision of UMHB being the university of choice for Christian higher education in the Southwest. As we start the new semester, I would like to encourage you to get involved in the many activities available to you at UMHB. The fall semester is full of opportunities to dive deeper into the Crusader culture and experience all that campus life has to offer. Go to as many events as you are able, try new activities, enjoy your classes, and make our traditions your own. Mary Hardin-Baylor continues our commitment to grow, expand, and evolve in order to ensure that you will truly have an education for life and the experience of a lifetime. I am excited about our future here at UMHB, and excited that our future is you. Welcome home,...

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