Exploring Belton: Small town sights
Sep17

Exploring Belton: Small town sights

Welcome Week has become a distant memory for most since classes have started, and the days are only going to get harder as the semester goes on.   But college students are notorious for squeezing whatever free time they can find in their week and using it to help  unwind from the constant struggle we call school.   Contrary to popular belief, Belton has plenty to offer students. The best part is—if it isn’t free, it’s pretty darn cheap. Score.   A lot of Crusaders find themselves driving to Waco to enjoy a little bit of country dancing at Wild West. But why drive 45 minutes when you can enjoy the student event known as Own the Night. It happens every other Thursday night in one of the back parking lots off of University Drive.   “Own the Night is a place where we can go that’s close by on campus…. We are able to meet up with our friends on a week night to take a break from studying. Not only can we meet up with our friends, but meet new students while two-stepping to country music,” sophomore nursing major Natalie Acevedo said.   The students who put on the event play other types of music to get everyone out on the floor. The event is free, but if you’re feeling generous, you can donate a dollar or two for the people who provide water for everyone. This is a fun way to spend your Thursday and a chance to meet more of your fellow classmates.   If you’re looking to get your grub on, look no further than downtown Belton. Here, you will find varieties of different foods to satisfy any cravings a hungry visitor may have.   Miller’s Smokehouse, a barbecue place, was named Texas Monthly’s “Top 50 Best BBQ Joints,” and that’s not because of the location.   The owner, Dusty Miller, was studying accounting at UMHB when he decided to open the little restaurant. Since then, the food has left customer’s feeling satisfied and dreaming of the next time they can come back for more.   Crusaders have been enjoying Miller’s since its opening in 2008, all while seeing it grow into the popular place it is now.   Another popular place is The Gin. Located downtown in an old cotton gin building, the restaurant sits right off  Nolan Creek and has much to offer. One popular entree they serve is called the Akaushi burger, a high quality meat that can only be found in Yoakum, Texas, and Japan. Enjoy the burger with their homemade chips, and you have an authentic meal from The...

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Saddle up with Cru Riding Association
Sep17

Saddle up with Cru Riding Association

Owning your own horse is not required. On Sept. 3, the Cru Riding Association held their first meeting of the fall semester. Many UMHB students were in attendance. When asked why she was interested in becoming a member, freshman biology major Grace Gibson said, “I rode horses almost eight years ago at a camp and fell in love. It is just too expensive to own and maintain a horse by myself.”   The riding club has been an unofficial association for four years at UMHB, but this year is its first year as an active organization. The riding club president and senior nursing major Kelsey Kunk said, “We are now able to receive funding, which enabled us to become an active association.” Vice President and sophomore nursing major Erica Lowe said, “Members are limited to UMHB. Family members are welcome to accompany students, but are not able to ride the horses.”   Members are required to do three hours of community service and participate in riding days. Riding days are pre-arranged days designed for the group to ride for three hours. There are between 10 and 12 riding days for this school year, ranging from free to $15 per student. Price is determined by how many members RSVP for that particular scheduled riding day. Saturday, Oct. 4 is the first riding day. Water and snacks will be provided. Plus, the association participates in horse-related attractions, seminars, movies, performances and shows to as a club.   The group has partnered with Anne’s Barn in Holland to provide six to seven horses for the members to ride. Members may also utilize their own horse with prior permission. All levels of riders are invited, from beginners to the most experienced. Transportation to and from riding days and required equipment are provided by UMHB.   In October the association will be searching for members who are interested in holding an office in the club. Positions available include president, historian and public relations. Current advisers for the club are Heath Cox from the physical plant department and Megan Owen of the records...

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Student missionaries visit the queen
Aug27

Student missionaries visit the queen

England is the land of Queen Elizabeth, hot tea with milk, lush countryside, a rich history and lots of rain. But it’s also the home of beautiful people in need of the gospel.   Though many people consider England just an extension of American culture, the missionaries UMHB deployed this summer quickly learned that going anywhere across the world provides a culture shock.   The Crusader team split into three groups, each stationed in a different part of Middlesbrough. Students lived with British families, living day to day life with their hosts. This provided a very real glimpse into English culture.   University Chaplain Dr. George Loutherback led his team to Nunthorpe, where they worked primarily in schools. This included performing skits and teaching the gospel.   Assistant Director of the Baptist Student Ministries Jena Coulson took a team to Eston, where they used soularium cards to generate spiritual conversation with locals.   Junior art education major Alana Filban went with Coulson’s team and will most remember the people she encountered.   She said, “I built a lot of long-lasting relationships and unexpectedly got close to members of my own team.”   Pastor Trey Bledsoe and alum Jake McGinnis worked with the last group stationed in Teasside, where they worked in the community and alongside Middlesbrough Community Church.   Though each group had their own assignment, the teams focused on loving every person they came in contact with — whether that was starting new relationships or building on old ones.   Senior nursing major Katherine Zuraitis has been on the trip three times with the MCC team.   She said, “When I first decided to go on the England mission trip, I did not entirely understand what we would be doing. Once I got there, I realized how important it was to the community.”   Because Dr. Loutherback has been taking teams across the ocean for several years now, UMHB has built relationships with the people there that continue to grow with each trip. So on the traditional sightseeing outing to York, the Americans got to bring some of their English friends for some tourism and laughs.   While in the quaint town, Crusaders enjoyed fish and chips, antique shopping and visits to the Cathedral.   Senior Christian Ministries major Dane Kemp was a first timer this summer. He has always wanted to go, but was surprised at how much the country impacted him.   He said, “The stories people told of God … were amazing…. It took almost no time for God to move in amazing ways, and I knew I wanted to go back the instant I...

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Cru Culture: New year, old stereotypes
Aug27

Cru Culture: New year, old stereotypes

It’s that joyful time of year again — the time that TV shows do specials on, commercials advertise for, and families look forward to. It’s a time when parents spend far too much money at Target, and what kids have dreams about.   No, I’m not talking about Christmas. I’m talking about the first week of school.   Though college is a bit different, one thing remains the same: I guarantee you’ve had a nightmare or two about getting lost on the way to class, then reverting to crying in the quad because you can’t find it. Or even showing up on time, but without one important thing — pants.  We’ve all had these horrible dreams about the transition from summer to another semester. But really, it’s never as bad as we make it.   Freshmen, you’re probably early to class, dressed in your best outfit with a spare bag of  pencils. In fact, I bet you didn’t sleep last night because of all the anticipation, huh? Extra kudos to you if you sought out your classroom prior to your first class. There should be extra credit for that. But there’s not, because you’re in college now.   Sorry.   Sophomores, you’re probably sitting in your first class, the syllabus printed out beforehand, with your phone hidden conspicuously under your desk. You know the rules and what’s required of you, and you’re just glad to be out of basic classes. Hello, degree plan.   Then there are the juniors coming in late because they know it’s just syllabus day. But they aren’t worried; they know you don’t need to bring anything — the professor will print it out if it’s that important.   Right?   Seniors won’t be in class at all. It’s syllabus week, and they know they can miss six classes and still pass. Let’s be real. They probably won’t show up most of the semester, and you  may not even know they exist until test time. Senioritis is a real thing, and there’s still no cure.   No matter where you are in your pursuit of your degree,  put your best foot forward  because you only have a few first days of school left. Here’s to a great semester.   Welcome home,...

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Cru Culture: Twitter
Feb25

Cru Culture: Twitter

It’s just a normal day on campus—a male student walks across the quad with his head down, engrossed in Twitter. Suddenly, an unofficial UMHB account pops up in his list of new followers, so he clicks on his latest activity and views the profile. The odd part of this story isn’t that UMHB does, indeed, have male students, but instead, it’s about what the student sees on the app that surprises him. He proceeds to read tweets that call out secret sins of university goers and offensive remarks about student leadership. These people are mentioned by name, though not with their Twitter handles. The student’s eyes narrow in disbelief, but he keeps reading because the statements are just that outrageous. It’s one of those “this is so disturbing, but I can’t look away” moments– like the Miley Cyrus twerking episode all over again. See no evil. Though such cases rarely happen at the university, this unfortunate trend has wreaked havoc in social circles on campus recently. First of all, does the owner of the scandalous account actually go to class?  Most Crusaders have enough homework or even a job to keep them busy for the rest of their college career. I barely have time to wash behind my ears, much less collect hundreds of pieces of gossip. A high maintenance account like this one would take a lot of effort to maintain. Ain’t nobody got time for that. One thing is certain: Whoever created the profile isn’t a nursing student. Also, the majority of social media accusations involved freshmen. The mysterious tweeter probably didn’t think about the fact he or she would be identified as a member of the class of 2017 as well—unless the person just hangs out with freshmen all the time and then airs their dirty laundry on the site, an even sadder situation. The fact is everyone loves a good piece of juicy gossip, but not at their own expense. Next time a fake UMHB account follows you, block...

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Cru Culture: Resolutions

I solemnly swear to stop drinking soda. Except for once a week. Or on special occasions. Or weekends. Have you ever heard a half-hearted New Year’s resolution like this one? To start of 2014, people all over the world have committed to better themselves in some way. In honor of fresh starts, I’ve given my life to Shaun T. Just that name causes feelings of dread and sudden muscle soreness. Shaun instills fear in unfortunate victims through his intense workout videos like Insanity and T-25. Happy New Year to me. Say a quick prayer for those still working on January promises like painful adventures of squats and pushups. But fear not regular gym-goers, Mayborn won’t be packed much longer. It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and chocolate truly trumps any hopes of reformation. Diet? Have you seen the giant Reese’s peanut butter cups shaped as hearts? Let’s be real. Whether it’s losing weight or watching less TV, for a lot of people, resolutions will become like 6:30 a.m. alarms. “I really don’t have to get up until 6:45,” you will convince yourself. Then 15 minutes later you’ll probably say “I can still get ready in time if I get up at 7:15.” Soon, it’s 7:45, class is at 8a.m. and getting ready becomes a dream of the past. You grab a Dr Pepper for breakfast and head out the door, forgetting any motivation you previously had. Many students will vow to start keeping a planner or start homework the day it’s due. But it’s crazy how as soon as you sit down at your computer, tabs will magically open and somehow your fingers type in your Twitter login. Soon, you get lost in the scrolling and the tabs multiply. Hello Facebook, dear friend. Long time no see. YouTube, you want in on this action? Resolutions are hard to keep, but are far more rewarding than finishing an entire Netflix series in one week. Stop procrastinating, people!...

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