Cru Culture

Large t-shirts, Nike shorts and Chacos. This has been the long-going trend for college girls, especially those at UMHB. This look has illicited the taunting of college guys who claim that all girls look the same with their typical attire and similar hairstyles – long, straight hair thrown into a ponytail, messy bun or worn down. It has become a running joke for the male population around campus. But, who are these guys to judge now? Recently, the guys have been sporting their own version of the “sorority girl” look. Here are some examples of the style these mockers have been perpetuating. Footwear: This is one of the most important things to look for when identifying the “frat look.” They are strictly limited to boat shoes. The brand is open-game, but popular ones include Sperry’s and Polo. They are known for being comfortable, but they lack in hygiene department when worn without socks. Chacos might not be the cutest shoes, but at least they allow for comfort and breathability. Pants: You’ve probably seen this trend; the ever-so-popular cargo shorts with one-too-many pockets and 50 shades of khaki. Another popular go-to choice are Chubbies; the short, vibrant colored shorts that make you question whether a guy was even in his right mind when he chose to wear them. Let’s make this clear: The shorter the shorts is not better. Shirts: We can’t forget about fishing shirts and collared polo shirts to add to the outfit. You will almost never see a guy wearing a graphic t-shirt unless it is to promote their club. Solid, bright colors or plaid button-downs are also a must with this style. Add a frocket to the shirt of choice, and you are basically wearing a sign that says “frat guy wannabe.” Accessories: To complete the trend, top it off with a pair of Oakley’s or Raybans, a hat (backwards, of course) to go atop their semi-long hair and a watch of your choosing. Frattire is a real epidemic these days, and it has made its way to UMHB’s campus, despite the fact that we don’t have fraternities. Long gone are the days where the college males ganged up on females for looking the same. The tables have finally...

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Cru Culture – Back to school 2015
Sep01

Cru Culture – Back to school 2015

Summer is over. And we all know what that means; school is back in session. It is overwhelming, yes. We just had a four month-long break and now we are expected to jump into school like we never stepped away from it. Yes, some people took classes over the summer. Some went above and beyond and went to class Monday through Friday. Others who couldn’t do that, due to summer jobs and vacationing, decided that online courses were the way to go. Either way, we can all agree that summer classes just aren’t the same as going to class during the fall semester. What most people are worried about is getting back into the swing of things and getting as close to smooth sailing as possible before the semester gets harder. One thing that might help is to wait after the first week of classes to get books. We’ve been there before; that second day after you’ve been to all your classes and your professors have confirmed which books you need to get. It sounds like a good idea to go buy them now, but you might have better results if you wait. The lines in the bookstore are winding through clothes racks and bookshelves and out the door during the first week of class. It takes more than an hour to get your books. No one has that kind of time. Wait until after the first week. You probably won’t use your books the first week of classes anyway. Another rule of thumb is to get a planner. Most students start out with one, and then kind of hop off that boat when they realize it gets difficult to keep up with as the semester progresses. This might get you into trouble, especially when the homework starts piling up and papers are due every other week. Without a planner, poeple tend to forget about those simple things that actually end up being worth a lot of their final grades. Lastly, manage your time wisely. College is a great experience and it’s about having fun and gaining new friends for a lifetime, but it’s also about getting an education. Don’t forget to have fun and make memories, but make sure you’re staying on top of your classes, deadlines and getting enough sleep. Yeah, summer is over and it’s bittersweet. Freshman are getting used to campus life and everyone else is just excited to see their friends again. It’s going to be hard, but one thing is for certain: Christmas break is only a few months away and that’s enough motivation to get anyone through the...

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Cru Knights: Annual night of fun, laughter
Mar04

Cru Knights: Annual night of fun, laughter

The Crusader Knights contest was held earlier this month on Saturday, Feb. 21. Sophomore Austin Soto walked away with the crown and title of Mr. Crusader Knights after representing the sophomore class.   Crusader Knights is one of the many long-standing traditions that UMHB is known for. Not only is it fun for the student body, friends and family to watch, but it shows a great deal of character by the guys who participate along with the strong friendships they build through the weeks of practice.   This year was the event’s 22nd happening and it held up the 90s theme.   This brought back the 90s kids’ nostalgia with boy band music, the well-known in-sync dancing (not to be confused with popular boy band from the 90s known as N’Sync) and bubbly and colorful words. Everywhere.   While there was a lot going on stage, most of the important things took place behind the scenes. Soto, the winner of the contest, explained how being involved in Cru Knights had more of an impact on his life rather than just receiving a crown.   “…this was honestly so filling for me. I can’t express to you how awesome these guys were! They … poured out so much love. They acted as a true brotherhood and the coolest part is that we get to continue this brotherhood outside of Cru Knights,” Soto said.   Practices lasted for four weeks. During their practice time they would work on their dance numbers and learn how to have confidence in themselves. They also met in groups and did devotionals. This allowed the guys to connect on a deeper level.   While Soto made it look easy on stage, he had a rough time before practices started, but soon overcame his fears.   “Honestly once I heard I was selected to do Cru Knights I immediately questioned it. Being on stage and performing just isn’t my thing and I did not want to do this. Brandon Edwards, my roommate and also the Contestants Committee Head, really encouraged me to just give it a shot so I did,” he said. “After the first couple of practices, I was hooked. The guys were absolutely hilarious and loved Jesus so, so much and it was very evident. I had been longing for this type of community and there it was.”   Seth Michaelson also participated in Cru Knights this year. He represented the Campus Activities Board after adviser Jeff Sutton recommended it to him.   While Michaelson had a lot of fun during the weeks prior to the event, his main purpose was wanting to build more...

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Annual writer’s festival a success
Mar04

Annual writer’s festival a success

In February, the university’s English department hosted its annual writer’s festival. This is a three-day event devoted to creativity and learning where students, staff, faculty and guest authors can learn about and share writing.   “I think that it’s important for the campus community and the broader community to be exposed to the literature that’s being created in the here and now. The festival is a place where both writing and faith are taken seriously,” Professor of English Dr. Nathaniel Hansen said of the event, which he has now directed for three years.   Although the event takes place over a span of three days, many months of prior preparation are necessary.   “The planning process begins about a year ahead of the festival when I start contacting potential featured writers,” Hansen said.   Once I line up the featured writers, I create a general call for papers for local, regional, state, and national writers to read as part of a panel. It’s a process that I very much enjoy.”   Hansen likes the interaction between writers of diverse places and walks of life.   “It’s a pleasure to watch writers of varying levels and differing backgrounds interact with one another. It’s also a great opportunity for our students, not just English majors, to hear from talented writers.”   Hansen was pleased with this year’s turnout and looks forward to the coming year.   “Events were well attended this year, and we had more festival participants than in prior years. Some participants traveled from Ohio, Nebraska, Michigan and Oklahoma,” he said.   Kelsey Belcher, a senior English major and president of Sigma Tau Delta said, “I was a student volunteer. I worked the book and check-in tables, and helped Dr. Hansen, who runs the Writers’ Festival, with other miscellaneous tasks in order to keep the festival running smoothly.”   Belcher believes it’s necessary to expose the campus to various writing forms with events like the writer’s festival.   “Writing is important, because it provides an outlet for self-expression and fosters creative and academic interaction with others,” she said.   Grace Lindig, a senior English major who also worked a table at the festival said, “It was truly an awesome experience and I’m sad I won’t be here next...

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Crusaders traverse globe for missions, academics
Jan22

Crusaders traverse globe for missions, academics

While many students spent most of their breaks relaxing at home and binge-watching Netflix, some students decided to use their time to serve on mission trips and study abroad during the Christmas holiday.   Senior Christian studies major Hannah Bolin took courses in Israel over the break. The trip was 10 days long and covered six hours of courses needed for her major.   “We explored the Holy Land sites. We visited all throughout the land where Abraham’s descendants, the 12 tribes lived,” Bolin said.   The group that went on the trip had to wake up at 8 a.m. to visit four sites every day. These excursions delved deeply into the material covered in the upper level courses of Old and New Testament while also providing the students who went on the trip with a richer understanding of the stories contained in the Bible.   “I want to become a mission’s director or a mobilizer for missionaries in the future,” Bolin said. “This trip really made scripture come to life for me and I can’t wait to share that with others in the future.”   While the trip was a smooth success for the students, there were many preparations that to place during the planning that began long before the trip.   They had to attend prep meetings, which occurred weekly. These gatherings ensured that everything was ready to go and covered a lot of what the students were going to be experiencing during their time abroad.   They also had to discuss travel safety and the research project that would also occur throughout the trip while they were learning.   Each student kept a travel journal during the 10 days and went over their itinerary to stay on track.   “This trip really put the Bible into color for me,” Bolin said “Walking in the land where Jesus walked really was beautiful. We read scripture at every site, and we could really see the Bible come to life at that time.”   While there were several groups that studied abroad, there were also students who went to different countries and served on mission trips.   Senior Christian studies major Leah White went to India over the break with three other students and her sister. With no major commitments holding her back and with the help of her church, friends and family, her decision to spend two weeks in India was easy.   “The decision to travel to India over Christmas started off as a whim of love and turned into an exciting adventure. As I was growing spiritually in the beginning of last semester, the Lord touched...

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Cru Culture
Nov25

Cru Culture

He’s coming toward you, smiling. As he begins to close the distance between the two of you, you have a decision to make. Handshake? Hug? Side-arm?   It’s the pivotal moment of your relationship — the first contact that will determine the course of your life with this other person.   You’ve probably been in more than one awkward handshake encounter, thanks to the fumbling or even sweating of a hand during that first introduction. It’s a predicament we’ve all been in, and one that can either make a friend for life or send the other person running for someone a little more normal.   Handshakes. They’re professional, friendly, sentimental or just plain awkward. Try to avoid the latter.   The Bro   First, there’s the uncertain bro shake. You go in for a simple handshake, thinking this relationship should start out professionally. You clasp hands with the other person, only to be thrown off when he releases his grip and adds a fist pump to your limp fingers. But wait, it’s not over. Now that his fist is smashed against your still outstretched hand, he goes in for the bro hug. Not the bro hug, anything but the bro hug. He then pulls you in, wraps an arm around your back and pats you like he’s burping a baby.   No. Just no.   The Clinger   Then, there’s the control freak. She comes in for the shake, grasping your hand firmly. And while you stare into each other’s eyes and force a smile, her grip hasn’t changed. She’s still shaking. So, you feel as though you need to start some conversation before slipping from her clutch.   “How are you?” Still shaking.   “Good.” Still no release.   Just keep smiling, it will be over, preferably sooner than later.   The Princess   There’s also the dainty shaker. As you approach, she seems pleasant enough. When you reach for her hand, she allows you to grasp it. But it goes completely lifeless like a noodle. You can’t shake hands with a noodle.   So as her grip remains limp, it looks as though you’ve taken her hand to plant a gentle kiss on it, like a princess. That might not be appropriate, depending on your social situation, so you’re forced to let go and allow her arm to fall back by her side.   To avoid an extremely awkward encounter, I would suggest going in for a hug. Then again, there’s a whole lot of mishaps in hugging as well, but we will save that for another day.   Shake it off,...

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