Homecoming week brings joy to campus
Oct23

Homecoming week brings joy to campus

Homecoming. It’s a time for celebrating the past, living in the moment and excitement for the future.   During the week leading up to homecoming weekend, students participated in a sand volleyball tournament and hung out at Fest-of-Fun. They also spread out their blankets on the field at Crusader Stadium and bundled up to watch Little Giants.   The weekend officially kicked off on Friday evening with an alumni dinner in Millennium Oaks Park. After dinner and a carnival, alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff headed to W.W. Walton Chapel to watch Stunt Night and the crowning of the 2014 Homecoming king and queen.   Senior international business major Johnathon Kendall and senior interdiciplinary studies major Sarah Payne were voted by the student body as this year’s royalty.   Payne said being voted queen is “really overwhelming.”   “I wasn’t expecting this, and I certainly can’t describe how it feels right now. But it’s really great to know that UMHB students care about each other and these opportunities are available to us,” she said.   Stunt Night is a competition between all four of the classes that incorporates a skit and original song within a theme that is selected by each year’s Steering Committee.   Senior Katelyn Holm has been a director all four years for her class.   “I cant even begin to describe was Stunt Night has meant to me over the years…. I’ll never forget sitting around a table freshman year, trying to write an award-winning script with strangers. Then I look at us now, doing this production with the same people, some of my closest friends. It’s amazing. I’m so proud of my class,” she said.   The freshmen portrayed the story of Jacqueline and Aaron as they went through their first year at UMHB.   While they came across some bumps in the road, the class found they could do anything in unity.   The sophomores performed their rendition of Horton Hears a Who where Horton encourages his jungle friends to believe in something they can’t see—Cruville.   The junior class told the story of Ted who works so hard to win everything on campus to get a girl’s attention, but ends up losing his friends in the process. Ted eventually learns his lesson and finds that winning isn’t always everything.   The seniors performed a tribute to UMHB and told the story of Alec, a senior who is afraid to leave the university he loves so much. In the end, Alec finds that there’s a time to move on.   The senior class walked away with awards for best costume, song, dance and...

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Cru Culture: Learning your vocab
Oct23

Cru Culture: Learning your vocab

A guy you met just last week walks up and asks you if you want to go to the meth house with him. Instead of letting your jaw drop at the audacity of a stranger suggesting you head over to the local drug headquarters with him, there’s a few things you might want to know.   With half a semester under your belt, or your graduation gown in this case, you’re probably into the swing of things on campus. But there may be some UMHB terminology you’re still unsure of, and to avoid the embarrassment of some upperclassmen jeers, it’s time you read up.   The Meth House   Contrary to the obvious, this isn’t a sketchy building for buying illegal substances. When you hear students on campus throwing this phrase around, hold onto your books — it’s not what you think. Christ United Methodist Church in downtown Belton serves free lunch for college students on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s a weekly occasion most Crusader veterans frequent. Make sure you to throw a few bucks into the donation jar on your way out to keep the tradition alive. The meals change each time, but it’s always home-cooked and delicious.   The Thursday Chick-fil-A struggle   In case you’ve been living under a rock or in a single room in Stribling, Chick-fil-A in Temple serves discounted meals for college students on Thursdays. Showing your Cru Card grants you two magical things — free waffle fries and a free drink. What more can you ask for?   Norts, Chacos and Crunilla   You’ve probably heard at least one of these slang words thrown around in normal conversation. If someone mentions their Norts, it’s not a cheap kind of candy or an eclectic hipster name. Instead, this term refers to the Nike shorts that unfortunately fill most college students’ closets.   Then there’s the infamous Chaco footwear. These outdoorsy shoes are great for adventuring around Lake Belton and accompanying almost any outfit — or so they say.   If you’ve been to a Cru football game and not had Crunilla, you’re missing out. This purple Bluebell ice cream was made specifically for UMHB and will change the life of your tastebuds forever. Don’t ask why, but it’s better than the homemade vanilla, probably because of the color, but mostly because of the Cru spirit.     Now that you’ve learned all the terminology, been dubbed a Crusader forever, made it to class without getting lost, and realized that parking on campus isn’t worth a ticket, welcome home,...

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#UMHBRO14
Oct16

#UMHBRO14

A frigid wind dragged along the steps of Luther Memorial Saturday morning, October 4th, yet still, more than 300 students showed up to serve at Reaching Out 2014.   Lord knows it was a miracle I was one of em’. Saturday mornings, I’m usually in a state of comatose only the rapture can lift me out of. But my girlfriend, junior education major Savannah Davis wasn’t having any of that. My phone bu-zzzzzzzzzz-ed. It was time to go [insert sound of whip cracking here].   7:30 a.m. We just had to get a T-shirt. Savvy and I stood at the back while dedicated students materialized in front of Luther.   My roommate, senior physcology major Alex Aleman, stepped up to the microphone to lead us in prayer.   “We wanted students to have a direct impact on the community this year in a way they could see it,” he said. “It’s great that we got to work in Belton because this is our town.”   Aleman is the Director of Spiritual Life for Student Government Association, and “me and the chaplains are in charge of preparing the sites, finding a speaker and finding people to lead worship,” he said.   Senior Biblical Studies major Matt Boden, and fellow teammate of the acclaimed co-rec intramural football team known as “Jesus Jukes,” joined junior exercise science major Alexa Billington in leading worship.   Boden said leading worship at Reaching Out is unique.   “First,” he said, “It is so dang early. But the people who show up usually want to be there. That’s a breath of fresh air for someone in ministry to see.”   Students all around joined in a chorus of praise.   “Singing is just a very powerful form of worship,” Billington said, “and I know, for me, it’s what makes me feel like I’m connecting with God the most.”   “It’s just a beautiful thing to be able to sing to The Lord before the sun even comes out …” Boden added.   The only thing missing from Reaching Out’s pregame experience was Shawn Shannon’s “Big Watermelon!” warm-up. She was sick and dearly missed. But either way, it was time to serve. Savvy and I headed out to help clean up Nolan Creek.   We were joined on the trail by senior education major Kristen Cain, who also served at the Harris Community Center.   “We picked up large sticks and branches that were along the trail to clean up from the big storm Thursday night,” she said.   Our work replenished the creek’s appearance.   “God has shown me easy ways to serve in my community...

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Cru Culture
Oct14

Cru Culture

If you’re not “yaking,” your social game is lacking — at least that’s what creators of the latest social networking app, Yik Yak, are hoping.   Though it’s not a game in the traditional sense of the word, it’s a social experiment for the honest, the bored and the nosy. Essentially, Yik Yak has become a back and forth game of secrets and blackmail, taking over college campuses one by one.   Upon downloading, users assume anonymous identities, literally invisible to participants. With such secrecy, writers can post anything they want. And I mean anything.   Restricted by location, your feed of posts differs depending on where you are at the moment. For example, students using Yik Yak on campus will only be reading UMHB gossip.   The app also allows “peeks,” where users can look at feeds from other universities, literally reading the dirty laundry of places like Stanford and Baylor.   Crusaders have taken to this free speech forum to express all sorts of sentiments, whether it be their frustrations with the university or their personal problems. While it can be as innocent as posting jokes or Monday encouragement, there’s a darker side to this conversation free-for-all.   Unfortunately, the yaks have turned into negativity and hatred, earning users Yakarama points, giving them no reason to stop.   Freshmen, overweight students and even the kid in the library playing his music too loud — these are just a few of the people being attacked by users of the app. Flaws are being exposed, and controversial opinions are being uploaded by the second. It’s like a public condemnation of sins, and stones are being thrown from countless users.   Many Crusaders have expressed their unhappiness with Yik Yak and the aftermath of its contents, so the university responded by blocking yaks on CruNet.   But nothing can be done about using cellular data for spilling secrets. The face of the app, the little mischievous Yak, will continue to spin as posts load on campus.   For those that are tired of reading and hearing these terrible things, delete the application — it will save you a lot of time and hurt.   Yakers, you may not be able to control what people say about you, but you do have the power to say, or not say, cruel things about...

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Crusaders host Kean University and remain unbeaten
Oct14

Crusaders host Kean University and remain unbeaten

Relax, sports fans. Crusader football is back in action this Saturday as they face Sul Ross State University. The Cru will be traveling to Alpine, Texas, to take on a talented Lobo team.   The Cru is coming off of their bye week, which seemed to come at a perfect time, with injuries starting to creep up on some of the players.   “The bye week was good for us. As a player, we always like having a game to look forward to after a week of practice, but we needed the bye week to rest up and polish things in order to continue to get better,” senior tight end Ben Keilman said.   With the outing The Cru had in their last game, it might look like they wouldn’t have too many things to work on, after they defeated Kean University 73-7, with the help of big plays on offense and defense.   “We played well against Kean but that game is behind us,” Keilman said. “I think we got better during bye week.Everyone is working really hard.”   D3football.com still has the Cru ranked second in their latest polls. That is no surprise, considering the weapons the purple and gold have on both sides of the ball.   Senior Kamray Runnels has broken out as the go-to guy on the outside with four touchdown receptions thus far.   “Kamray has been everything that we know he could be. He has just had more opportunities this year, and he as taken advantage of those opportunities,” senior wide receiver Stanton Holland said.   The Crusader defense is solid again this year, only allowing a total of 36 points in four games. Senior Deshon Kinsey hasn’t dissapointed, tallying 28 solo tackles.   “Deshon is one of the leaders on this team and he sets a good example of how everyone needs to play,” Holland said.   This week starts conference play, and as they face Sul Ross State, the Crusaders understand that they have to be at their best.   Keilman said, “We let Sul Ross stick around too long last year. They are a good team, and we are focused on going down to their place and taking care of them this...

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Crusader soccer teams start seasons strong
Oct14

Crusader soccer teams start seasons strong

The men’s and women’s soccer teams have kicked off the 2014-15 season.   Currently, the Cru is 4-4-1 and began conference games this past weekend against Louisiana College and East Texas Baptist University.   The Cru went 1-0-1 on the road, starting with a tie and finishing with a victory. The Lady Cru are 6-3 and also played against LC and ETBU.   The women took care of business and won both games over the weekend, outscoring their opponents 11-0.   Head men’s soccer coach Brad Bankhead is ready to execute the team’s goals this year.   “The number one thing is to get to the post-season. We understand that, so it’s obviously a goal. We would like to host the (conference) tournament, but our ultimate goal right now is getting to the post-season and see what happens from there,” he said.   Over the weekend, the Cru defeated ETBU 2-1. Senior cellular biology and psychology major Nate Fagnant helped secure the victory for the Cru by scoring early in the first half.   Fagnant believes in his squad. He said, “The team that Coach Bankhead has assembled this season believes in his vision of a superior and dominant squad. (We) have been training our tails off preparing for conference play.”   What’s the key to success?   “To walk through fire this season and come out together, victorious, while making life long lasting relationships on the way,” Fagnant said.   Head women’s soccer Barry Elkins believes in his team and the goals they have set this year.   “Our main goal is to make the national tournament. That is either going to come two ways: through winning our conference tournament or getting our ranking up high enough and getting an at-large bid,” he said.   The Lady Cru are off to a great start as they have begun conference play undefeated at 3-0.   Junior nursing major Ashley Stenack enjoys being a part of the team.   “I absolutely love going to practice every day and being a part of this soccer family. I love that when I step on the field, everything and anything that is bothering me fades away, and nothing matters except the girls standing next to me. I have their backs, and I know they will have mine,” she said.   The Cru and Lady Cru will return home for two matches this Friday and Saturday at the Crusader Soccer Field.   They will take on rival Hardin-Simmons and Howard Payne University. Women begin at 5 p.m. followed by the men at 7...

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