Heart of Gold Dance Marathon
Apr02

Heart of Gold Dance Marathon

Student organization Heart of Gold turned McLane Great Hall into a circus full of fun with games, food and dance lessons for their annual Dance Marathon on Friday, March 22. The event is hosted by colleges across the country with the purpose of raising money for children with pediatric illnesses. The idea behind the event is to gather a group of people together to dance for the children who are not able to dance. The Dance Marathon slogan “For the Kids” serves as a reminder of the organization’s purpose. However, the event includes much more than dancing. Also included in this year’s Dance Marathon were carnival games, face painting, a video game tournament and a silent auction. Several entertainers added to the night’s festivities. There were musical performances by the reigning Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor, Briana Fredrickson, and a trio of Baylor students called the Spicy Boyz. There was also a juggling contortionist, and a few UMHB students volunteered to dress up as Disney princesses and superheroes for the children. At the top of every hour, members of Impact Dance taught the attendees a three part dance to a mashup of songs from “The Greatest Showman.” Children who are currently undergoing treatment at McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple were invited to attend the event and share their stories throughout the night. This year, two nine-year-old girls from the hospital attended the Dance Marathon and represented the children who could not be there. “Dance Marathon was really eye opening,” freshman psychology pre-med major Janeajia Green, who volunteered at the event, said. She said that meeting one of the children from the hospital inspired her. “It was such blessing to be able to make a difference and simply give my time, even if I was not able to give much money. Meeting Ava gave me such an energy boost. I felt like I was meeting my very own superheroes. When I grow up, I want to be just like them, showing people and inspiring them to be more than they can [be],” Green said. Every guest received a hospital bracelet to wear. At the end of the night, two of the children from McLane Children’s Hospital cut the bracelets off of students’ arms. This Dance Marathon tradition is a reminder that attendees are able to take off their bracelets, while these children have to continue wearing theirs as they undergo treatments. At the start of this school year, Heart of Gold set a goal to raise at least $10,000 in donations for McLane Children’s Hospital. This year’s Dance Marathon helped the organization exceed its goal and raise $10,622.28 in total. This money will go toward...

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Nursing Student Association hosts chili cook-off
Mar20

Nursing Student Association hosts chili cook-off

UMHB’s Nursing Student Association (NSA) hosted their third annual chili cook-off just in time for the cold front on Monday, March 4. Students and faculty came together for a friendly competition to decide who makes the best chili and the best dessert. The event, which was held in the lobby of the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center, had a successful turnout. Attendees gave five dollars to the NSA as a donation and received a bowl, sample cups and a dessert tray. If the chili they chose left them wanting more, attendees could refill their bowls for three dollars. The purpose of the student vs. faculty chili competition was to raise money for prizes, future events, NSA graduation cords and various other expenses that the organization has. Attendees could choose from vegetarian, beef, chicken, spicy or mild chili, as well as a variety of toppings and desserts. At the end of the line, students and faculty could cast their vote for who should win the awards for best chili and best dessert. The contestant with the most votes would receive a $25 gift card to Chili’s, while the runner-up would receive an Amazon gift card. The winner of the dessert contest would receive a Chick-fil-A gift card. Winners of the cook-off were Rebecca Starkey (who received first place for her white chili) and Cristy Simmons (who won second place for her spicy chili). The winner of the dessert contest was Amy Sanders, who made Reese’s cupcakes. Dr. Amy Mersiovsky, an assistant professor of nursing at UMHB, provided two pies for the events dessert competition and attended the event. “I think it was really good. This is a fun activity that is done every year; it’s a good way for us to have friendly competition between the students and the faculty.” Senior nursing major Brianna Turner attended the cook-off and was very pleased with the results. “It was freaking delicious…I got [chili] number one. It is unique because it had chicken in it instead,” Turner said. To find out more about NSA, visit the Student Organizations section on UMHB’s website and select “Nursing Student Association” from the list of all...

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Students skate the night away at CAB event
Feb27

Students skate the night away at CAB event

Neon lights and the sound of laughter greeted students as they walked into Wheels Family Skating Center in Temple on Thursday, Feb. 21. The skating center hosted the UMHB students for their annual skate night, which is planned each year by the Campus Activities Board. Students were encouraged to attend the event wearing outfits from their favorite fashion decade. Senior criminal justice and psychology double major Kelly Taylor, who is also a CAB member, attended the event. “I really enjoyed getting to see my friends there!” Taylor said. “The thing I love the most about skate night is that it caters to all sorts of different student groups. So, not only did I get to see my normal circle of friends, but also those friends that I don’t get to see all that often because our classes and work schedules don’t mesh.” Students skated to music from every decade and laughed with friends as they glided across the floor. Sidney Locke, a sophomore church music major, had fun at the event. “It had been a long time since I skated,” Locke said. “I wanted to go to the skate night to hang out with my friends and maybe re-live some good childhood memories. I also thought it was a good way to relax and maybe even go back to a different decade.” The decades theme was a hit amongst the students who attended. “I think this was a great theme,” Locke said. “The decades are so traditional and unique and going back in time is spontaneous. One of the things I loved the most about skate night was the music because it was good, classic music.” The skate night also included a costume contest and a limbo contest. While no one was able to conquer the lowest level during the limbo contest, students came prepared for the costume contest. Steven Neaves, a junior finance major, won the male costume contest. Sophomore physical education major Maya Reinauer won the female costume contest. The skate night required a lot of planning from CAB members, including selecting the theme. Brianna Flanter, a freshman pre-dental cell biology major and member of Exec CAB, helped plan the event with members of CAB. “In the past, we’ve done an 80s theme and we wanted to do something like that again. After some talking with our CAB members, we realized opening the theme up to any decade would allow people to feel more comfortable in their costume of choice,” Flanter said. “I think it worked well!  We had so many people show up in decades from the 20s to the 90s.” While the decades skate night required a tremendous amount of planning, the large number of students who attended the event proves that the hard work CAB put into the skate night was worth it. Events like this one help CAB achieve its goal of building community on campus. If you want to help plan similar events for students, CAB meetings are held every Monday at 8:30 p.m. in the Student Organizations office on the second floor of Bawcom Student Union. If you want to learn more about...

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Richard Rogers crowned Mr. Crusader Knight

On Saturday, Feb. 23, 16 men participated in the 2019 Crusader Knights competition, each hoping to earn the coveted title of Mr. Crusader Knight. Each student represented a different campus organization or residence hall. This year’s theme was the Olympics, and the participants each selected a sport to represent. Announcers Alex Suominen and Steve Villalobos kicked off the night by welcoming the audience members, who filled the seats of Walton Chapel. The judges were then introduced. This year’s judges were Chris Barnes, Tanner Clarke and Angela Platt, all alumni of UMHB. On Saturday afternoon, the judges interviewed each contestant to get to know them on a personal level before the event. The men were scored on their interview, and this score helped determine their final standing in the competition. After the judges were introduced to the audience, the contestant videos began. Each representative had prepared a humorous one-minute video reflecting the Olympic sport they chose to represent. After the presentation of their video, each contestant competed in a spotlight question with the help of the emcees. This year’s emcees were Aria Flores, Jenna Albright, Monica Bernal and Tanner Watson. The men then came together to participate in a group dance, prompting plenty of laughter and cheers from the enthusiastic audience. At this point, there was a brief intermission, and audience members were given the chance to cast their votes for their favorite contestant. The contestant who received the most audience votes would automatically be a finalist. After intermission, the audience watched a music video of the contestants that was put together by UMHB alumnus and reigning Mr. Crusader Knight Caleb Fitzwater. The contestants then returned to the stage for the announcement of the top six finalists. Each finalist was presented with questions by Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor, Briana Frederickson. While the judges made their final decisions, the audience watched a behind-the-scenes video that demonstrated how much fun the men had preparing for the event. Director Daniel Martinez and Assistant Directors Lauren Turner and Peter Zuniga took the stage to express their gratitude and their love for the Crusader Knights event. The representatives took the stage once more for the announcement of the awards. Each contestant was judged on their interview, video, campus vote (30 percent each) and spotlight (10 percent). The finalists were then given their titles. Fifth runner up was Seth Blankenship, Mr. Search Cru. Fourth runner up was Carter Williams Jr., Mr. Burt Hall. Third runner up was Dakota Stark, Mr. Nursing Student Association. Second runner up was Connor Tubbs, Mr. First Year Collective. First runner up was Samuel Kinnin, Mr. Circle K. Richard Rogers, Mr. Gettys Hall,...

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Students prepare for Cru Knights
Feb13

Students prepare for Cru Knights

Who doesn’t love Crusader Knights? It’s a fun opportunity to laugh, cheer on your friends and vote for your favorite contestants. Since 1993, Cru Knights has been one of the most popular traditions on campus each spring. Various campus organizations select male students to participate in this lighthearted event. Cru Knights is often described as a spoof of the Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor pageant, which has been an annual campus tradition since the 1950s. The men even perform the same stroll that the women do in their pageant. This always earns plenty of cheers and laughter from the crowd. Participants create a video skit based on the year’s theme, which is played for the audience during the event. On the night of the event, the men participate in a group dance and individual walks. After the judges score them in these areas and the audience has submitted their votes, the finalists are announced. They then answer interview questions presented by the reigning Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor. Finally, the judges crown the new Mr. Crusader Knight and announce other awards including Campus Choice, Best Video, Best Spotlight and the Timothy Award. The reigning Mr. Crusader Knight is alumnus Caleb Fitzwater, who represent- ed McLane Hall in 2018. He will be present at this year’s event to pass on the title. Also present will be Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor, Briana Frederickson, a senior social work major who represented Phi Alpha in this year’s pageant. Senior special education major Jimmy Boutte represent- ed Remschel Hall in Cru Knights during his sophomore year in 2017. “I really enjoyed meeting new people on campus when I was in Crusader Knights,” he said. “I also enjoyed the dance practices. Even though we messed up, we still had a lot of fun.” He is excited to attend the event this year. “I am excited for this year’s Olympic theme because I always enjoy watching the Olympics.” This year, there are 16 men participating in Cru Knights. The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in Walton Chapel. Students are encouraged to come out and support their friends and classmates who are participating in this fun tradition. To keep up with Cru Knights, follow CAB on Twitter...

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Central Texas State Fair hosts Josh Ward
Sep12

Central Texas State Fair hosts Josh Ward

Josh Ward, one of country music’s hottest stars, brought his band and their pure country sound to the opening night of the 31st annual Central Texas State Fair in Belton on Thursday, Aug. 30. Playing at an outdoor venue, Ward’s music at the Bell County Expo Center sounded the way country music used to. It had the classic twang that makes country, country. Somewhat based on the sounds of his favorite stars growing up, it is Ward’s own, unique brand. “We’re the more run-of-the-mill country,” Ward said in his blue jeans, T-shirt and a ball cap in an interview behind the stage prior to the show. “I was raised up … you know Merle Haggard, George Jones, Keith Whitley … ,” Ward said. “I cut my teeth on those guys, so we kind of got this ’90-ish vibe going on. We’re definitely not mainstream … it’s just not my brand,” he said. Ward, who has frequented Belton, said he opened for a fellow Texas group, the Josh Abbott Band, last year, but this was his first time to headline at the Central Texas State Fair and he said before the show that he was looking forward to it. “We’re here to play country music for them, so [if] they show up, they’re going to get a good show,” Ward said. A majority of the music Ward and his band played at the fair were songs off of their last two albums, “Holding Me Together” and “More Than I Deserve.” However, they did play some cover songs by his country music idols growing up, such as Haggard, Jones and Whitley. The songs that received the best reception from the crowd were “All About Lovin” and “Ain’t It Baby,” a song he played in tribute to the women in the crowd. The audience, varying in age and gender, were dressed in outfits one might expect to find at a country concert – plaid shirts, tight blue jeans, cowboy boots and cowboy hats. Some people were leaning against the metal stage barrier, getting the closest spot they could to the stage. Some were dancing and singing along to the music, while others were enjoying their corn dogs, funnel cakes and other fair foods. All in all, about 300 people seemed to be enjoying a great show. After a few songs, Ward gave a special acknowledgment to veterans, active duty servicemen/women and first responders. Ward explained he does this gesture during all of his concerts. “It was a good concert … I play his music in bars, I’m a DJ,” said Daniel Williams after the show. Regarding Ward’s songs, Williams said, “I like...

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