FYC hosts “Back to the Formal”
Apr24

FYC hosts “Back to the Formal”

Multicolored lights, disco balls and a vintage photo booth were just a few characteristics featured at the “Back to the Future” themed formal held in Temple’s Main Street Hall on Saturday evening, April 6. The formal was raised two stories high and was decked out with an array of decorations that acknowledged the different decades of the past, present and future. First Year Collective hosts this annual event. FYC is a campus organization that provides a place of fellowship for first year students through leadership, community service, spiritual growth and school spirit. The formal has a different creative theme every year, and this year topped the rest with its expressive theme that shows off how unique our students can really get. Each student came out dressed to impress in outfits that represented different decades and their most popular fashion statements, some styled in tutu skirts and neon leggings to represent the 80s and others in bell bottom jeans and flower crowns to bring a bit of the 70s into the mix. The disco ball lit the floor as students danced the night away with their peers. The area was filled with crowd surfing, eating and tons of laughter, and the vintage photo booth captured the memories of friends and their blast to the past. “This was my last year to attend (Formal), so I really wanted to go and experience my last formal… I really liked the photo booth that they had this year,” said Jimmy Boutte, a senior education major. “I also liked the ‘Back to the Future’ theme. They even had old movies playing on the projector, which was really cool,” Boutte said. Formal was a great way to relax and have a good time with the semester coming to an end. The students at the dance each attended for a variety of reasons, whether it was to show off their rad style, display their great dance moves or just to hang out with their friends. They all can agree that “Back to the Formal” was a night to...

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DC’s new film “Shazam” slams into box office
Apr24

DC’s new film “Shazam” slams into box office

“Shazam” is the newest movie from the DC Cinematic Universe. It is about a fourteen-year-old foster boy named Billy Batson and his amazing journey to becoming a superhero. He finds a wizard named Shazam who gives him amazing powers that Batson must get the hang of. While he is still learning to use his powers, he must face an evil villain named Dr. Sivana. Asher Angel plays Batson in this movie and does a great job. He plays a boy who is looking to belong to a family. He got separated from his mom and has been searching for her ever since. When he gives up on finding his mom, he feels like he does not need a family until he is adopted by the Freemans and learns a valuable lesson about family. When Batson transforms into a superhero, he is an older man. This man is played by Zachary Levi. This is not Levi’s first role. He played a minor character named Fandral in “Thor: The Dark World” and “Thor: Ragnarok.” He also played Flynn Rider in Disney’s “Tangled,” as well as Chuck Bartowski on the hit spy show “Chuck.” He always gives the audience a great performance. He had to portray a fourteen-year-old boy in an adult body, and he did well. The performance was very believable. My favorite character is Batson’s best friend in the movie, Freddy Freeman, played by Jack Dylan Grazer, who played Eddie Kaspbrak in the hit horror movie “It.” Freeman’s character loves to geek out about superheroes, and he becomes Batson’s personal manager. He helps him control his powers, and he is a great friend to Batson. Sivana, played by Mark Strong, was the villain in the movie. He was going to wield the power of Shazam, but was found unworthy, so he went down a dark path. I think that people could relate to this character a lot because sometimes we all feel unworthy. Mark Strong gave a fine performance in this movie. I just wish that the director gave him more screen time. This movie was great, but it had some problems as well. Batson was a very reserved person, but when he became the super hero Shazam, he was way more joyful and silly. This is kind of strange to me, because they are supposed to be the same person even when he transforms. I also did not like the wizard giving Batson his power. The wizard tells Batson that only one pure of heart can have the power. I did not think he was pure of heart (or that anyone is). The wizard had unrealistic expectations. This movie...

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Midnight March
Apr24

Midnight March

Each year, UMHB seniors gather on a Friday night at the end of the spring semester for Midnight March. This year’s ceremony was held at midnight on Saturday, April 13. Students gathered near the Sesquicentennial Plaza in the Quad on Friday night in preparation for the seniors to arrive. During the week before Midnight March, members of the senior class decorate candles and distribute them to students and faculty who have impacted them in a positive manner during their time at UMHB. In addition, each senior chooses a member of the junior class to robe during the ceremony. At the event, students stand in a circle with their candles, and the seniors come around and light them. After all the candles are lit, the seniors robe the junior class. This gesture symbolizes the transition to the next group of seniors. After the juniors have been robed, the graduating class and the juniors usually sing the senior song, “Up with the Purple.” However, they did something different this year. Instead of singing the traditional song, all of the students participated in the Cru Spirit Dance, which is a fan favorite at football games and other school events. Senior Kelly Taylor, who is a double major in psychology and criminal justice, thinks that this change was a good one. “While ‘Up with the Purple’ is the senior song and it’s tradition to sing it, I feel that the Cru Spirit Dance was more fitting for this occasion because Midnight March is all about reflecting back on your time at UMHB, while ‘Up with the Purple’ looks more towards the future,” she said.“One of my first memories here is during Welcome Week at Spirit and Traditions, when the Cru Spirit Dance was played over and over and over again. It was nice to reflect back on that memory during this tradition.” After Midnight March ends, members of the graduating class can ring the Senior Bell. The bell is located near the Parker House, which contains the Musick Alumni Center and Museum. This year, free popcorn was available for students, and seniors were able to take home a commemorative cup. Bonnie Moriarty, a senior English education major, enjoyed being able to participate in Midnight March. “My favorite experience with Midnight March was how everything stayed centered on celebrating friendships at UMHB,” she said. “It was meaningful to light candles of underclassmen who impacted our time here.” Moriarty robed Chloe Poe, a sophomore education major. “I am so blessed to have a friend like Bonnie,” she said. “I hope I am as good[of]a dorm Resident Assistant as her. I can’t wait for when I...

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“The Music Man” performed at new PAC
Apr24

“The Music Man” performed at new PAC

UMHB proudly performed its musical of the year with Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” in the Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts center (PAC) on April 12-14. While other events, such as plays, orchestra ensembles and guest performances, have occurred in the PAC since its opening last year, “The Music Man”was the first Broadway musical to be performed in the center. Many people were involved with the making of this musical. The entire cast sang, danced and acted as though they were the actual residents of River City, Iowa, where the musical takes place. The cast featured many UMHB students as well as faculty, recent alumni and community members. Many of the extras and child roleswere filled by community members who take lessons at the UMHB Music Conservatory. Auditions were held in late November 2018, and students who received roles enrolled in the Opera/Musical Theatre class for the spring semester. Producer Dr. Jonathan Gary knew that there were a lot of non-music majors who had experience and love for theater in high school who would be interested in auditioning, and he encouraged them to participate. As a result, many students from other departments on campus joined the cast and crew. Faculty members such as UMHB’s Provost John Vassar and Alumni Relations Secretary Shelly Claybrook also played small parts in the musical. Art professor Hershall Seals and the Painting I class helped create the backdrops. UMHB brought in Natasha Tolleson, who is the head of Temple High School’s theater arts department, to be Artistic Director for the production. Tolleson had won many awards and directed her fair share of musicals before working with UMHB on “The Music Man.” “It was a large staff that put all of this together under Natisha Tolleson’s artistic direction and Dr. Gary’s producing,” Lisa Clement, UMHB voice professor and the musical’s Music Director, said. Even the new student body president, Sarah Fox, participated in the musical as Mrs. Squires. “It was such a blessing to be involved with the very beginning of a new start here with theater at UMHB,” Fox said. “I am so grateful for everyone who spent so many hours creating something incredible for the campus and the community. I’m so excited to see the future of this program.” The show itself was spectacular. Set designer Erik Vose and his building team did a great job making the movable and interactive sets. Not only were the sets well-designed, but the crew did a great job seamlessly transitioning between at least six different sets. The backdrops and props were cleverly made and vibrant that every detail stood out on stage. The cast did...

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UMHB holds 80th annual Easter Pageant
Apr24

UMHB holds 80th annual Easter Pageant

Three wooden crosses lay on the grass by Luther Memorial in preparation for UMHB’s eightieth annual Easter Pageant on Wednesday, April 17. Though the event faced a 10 minute rain delay prior to the 12:30 show, this year’s production was otherwise another success and provided an opportunity for students to minister to members of the community. Junior engineering major Daniel Roberson served as an assistant director for this year’s Easter Pageant. “It really is an honor to be able to not only participate in, but to help direct Easter Pageant this year,” he said. “It is one of the most unique traditions that we have, and I am certain that it is something I will one day tell my children about.” The tradition of the Easter Pageant began in 1940 when UMHB President Gordon Singleton had an idea to use the ruins of Luther Hall to portray the story of Christ. The event gives students the opportunity to tell the story of the Resurrection and to share the story with the community. Students are encouraged to participate in this event, which also features children and grandchildren of UMHB students and staff. The university president selects students to portray Jesus and Mary for the production, which is student-led and directed. This year, Easter Pageant was directed by senior nursing major Katie Aday. Senior social work major Joey Mainini portrayed Christ and senior music education major Savannah Sepulveda portrayed Mary. The event also featured live music performed by UMHB’s One Voice, which consists of Sarah Ash, Kelli Chaka, James Jones, Hannah Killough, Tyler Medelin, Caleb Morrow, Ruben Ortega, Jancarlo Rodrigues, Douglas Stephen, Angel Tolbert, Katelyn White and Cydney Wilkerson. The songs featured were “In the Name of the Lord,” sung by Wilkerson; “Via Dolorosa,” sung by Sepulveda; “O Praise the Name,” sung by Frederickson; “Joy and Sorrow,” sung by Ray Martin. The performance also featured group renditions of “He is Jehovah” and “Any Other Way.” “Easter Pageant is my favorite tradition at UMHB and holds some of my most cherished memories,” said junior nursing major Emma Spellings, who was an assistant director for this year’s Easter Pageant. “I was honored to play a role in orchestrating something that so clearly speaks the Gospel.” Spellings encourages students who have not previously been involved in Easter Pageant to join the tradition in the future. “I would absolutely encourage anyone and everyone to get involved in Easter Pageant,” she said. “One misconception about Easter Pageant is that you have to have theater background or be a perfect Christian. Neither of those things are true. Easter Pageant is for everyone and offers authentic community and...

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Education majors participate in job fair
Apr02

Education majors participate in job fair

UMHB students pursuing a career in education attended the Education Job Fair on Thursday, March 21. Around 50 employers were present at the fair, which was held from 2-3:30 p.m. in McLane Great Hall in Bawcom Student Union. The fair targeted senior education majors who are looking for teaching jobs. Education majors who planned to attend the job fair registered in advance and gathered for a meeting before the event started. They came prepared with copies of their résumés to hand out to potential employers. At the fair, they had the opportunity to visit with employers from several different schools, each of which had their own table. The employers talked to students about their schools and the job openings they have available. Senior interdisciplinary education major Jimmy Boutte attended the event. “The job fair was a great opportunity to see different school districts around the Central Texas area,” he said. “I really enjoyed seeing what they had to offer.” After graduation, he hopes to get a job in north Houston. Another student who attended the job fair is senior elementary education major Taylor Gusler. “There were a lot of schools and districts there,” she said. “I felt that it was very helpful. There were many schools from different parts of Texas and different types of schools there. There were public and private schools, and there were a couple international mission groups focused on education as well.” After graduation, she hopes to get a job in the Waco area. The job fair was sponsored by the UMHB Career Services Center, which focuses on helping students prepare for life in the workforce after graduation. They have held multiple job fairs this semester, including the Job and Internship Fair on Feb. 12 and the Nursing Job Fair on Feb. 19. The Career Services Center offers several tools and resources to help students prepare for life after graduation, including a free skills assessment, personalized career plans, internships, job searches, mock interviews and a recruiting and event platform called Handshake. In addition, students can sign up for Apprentice Belton, a mentorship program between UMHB students and professionals in the community. According to the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce’s website, the purpose of Apprentice Belton is “to develop tomorrow’s young professionals and the future leaders of Belton.” Career Services has three upcoming events in April, including the PreMed Panel on April 4, Camp Cho-Yeh recruiting on April 9 and the semester’s Apprentice Belton Closing Ceremony on April 23. For a full list of events and resources offered by Career Services, visit their page on UMHB’s website or call...

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