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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New union excites students, faculty
Aug27

New union excites students, faculty

Students let out a collective gasp of awe as they arrived on campus for the semester. The spacious long-awaited Bawcom Student Union, which forms the visitors’ side of Crusader stadium is finally open and functional for use by the campus population.   The light, airy concept is accentuated by wall comprised almost entirely of windows offering three stories of sweeping panoramas of the football field below. Headquartered in the new facility are the Campus Activities Board, the Student Organizations Office, the Farris Band Hall and administrative offices.   The first floor is dedicated to the Campus Store, residential dining, the 1845 Grill and The Depot, a coffee shop proudly brewing Starbucks Coffee.   “I really like the space,” junior marketing major Jessica Pitcathly said. “It’s really going to change life on campus especially because all the organizations and activities are located here.”   Not only is she impressed with the convenience of the building, but she enjoys the new dining options.   “This is so much better than Hardy (Hall). I really like all the different choices there are of food. The good food and the new space make this a place students want to be,” Pitcathly said.   UMHB alumnus and Assistant Director of Campus Activities is excited to see ‘The Union,’ as it’s popularly called, come to fruition.   “This building is amazing and students are going to love it,” he said. “There are so many little details that really make it a building for students. From a CAB stand point this building really opens up endless opportunities for us to program, and the location of our office puts us right in the flow of students.”   The building brings him joy as a Crusader and ignites his pride for his alma mater.   “As an alumnus, I am super excited about this building. We had nothing like this when I was a student…. But the best part of this building is that it keeps with the core of what UMHB is about and opens the doors for endless opportunities to build community in any setting,” Sutton said.   Another group of people thankful for the new building is the band department now housed in the Farris Band Hall. Assistant Professor of Music, Associate Director of Instrumental Studies and Conductor of the Blackshirt Spirit Cru, Nils Landsberg said is thrilled to have a new state-of-the-art facility for his students to practice in.   Landsberg said, “The students are ecstatic…. Now we have one of the best band facilities in the state.”   Not only is he pleased that current students get to enjoy the benefits, but he...

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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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Entertainment not too Grande over summer
Aug27

Entertainment not too Grande over summer

Hits and misses have been in the workings this summer in the entertainment industry.   Power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z ruled the world with their On The Run tour that went all the way around the country and will be finishing up in Paris, France. Their ticket sales topped $100 million as it wrapped up in North America in early August.   The tour’s success hasn’t really stopped the rumors floating around about the duo’s rocky marriage. At this rate, they have plenty of reasons to stay together since they are grossing about $5 million a night.   The first six months of 2014 left movie-goers excited for the summer movie season, but generally, people were disappointed with the turnout for most of the highly touted about films.   Another Transformers movie was released, and we can only hope it’s the last one. Things just aren’t the same since Shia Labouf isn’t in the picture anymore. We should give Mark Wahlberg a pat on the shoulder for trying, though.   Michael Bay frustrated action film viewers once again with the no-plot story line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.   Shailene Woodley took over the box office for the second time after Divergent to bring us The Fault in Our Stars, which was one of few films this summer that was actually worth seeing.   When the love story that captured the hearts of bookworms everywhere came out in theaters earlier this summer, it had everyone falling in love with the characters all over again on-screen.   The film made about $50 million in the opening weekend and won multiple awards at the Teen Choice Awards.   The music industry gave us plenty of new music to enjoy, including songs from new artist Iggy Azalea. The Australian-born rapper had two songs in the top places of the Billboard Hot 100, becoming only the fourth female solo rapper to top the charts with her song “Fancy.”   In the same week, her featured song with Ariana Grande “Problem,” rose to number two and joined The Beatles as the only entertainers to rank at number one and two simultaneously with their first two hits.   She has also passed Lil’ Kim as the female rapper with the longest-leading number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, proving that she is someone we all need to be looking out for in the future.   This summer might not have been the best in entertainment, but we can almost guarantee the rest of this year will make up for it with Mockingjay Part One being released in November and The Walking Dead starting back...

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Cru Culture: social media
May06

Cru Culture: social media

THE BELLS — In today’s culture, the lives of celebrities are plastered on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, giving fans a glimpse into their favorite singer or actor’s life. But when James Franco texted a fan about meeting up at her hotel, many people criticized the openness social media today allows.   The 17-year-old girl and fan of Franco’s had attended Of Mice and Men, where she took a video of herself with the famous star in the background.   Franco asked her to tag him on Instagram, which started a direct conversation between him and the teenager.   The girl doubted the messages were coming from the Spring Breakers lead man, but he sent her several pictures of himself as well as his phone number.   Franco appeared on Live! With Kelly and Michael, where he admitted the scandal happened, but didn’t apologize to the girl or the public. He also tweeted that he hopes parents keep their teens away from him with an image he deleted directly after.   For socially-savvy college students, this scandal should raise some eyebrows. The world has come to accept the idea of 30-something adults pursuing young people around the age of 18.   Though the girl made the decision not to meet up with Franco, she was vague about her relationship status and age. Can we blame her? Should we blame her?   A lot of girls her age don’t have the maturity to think clearly in such a strange situation or understand the repercussions of sex. But sex with a Hollywood star? It just doesn’t seem like something that would ever happen in the real world.   But for anyone who uses social media, it could happen. If your favorite actor gave you his number, would you want to meet up with him?   Because most Crusaders are just a few years older than the fan involved, students need to be wary of what they say via social media. They also need to think about society’s view on age, sex and morality.   After the initial buzz of the scandal, the pop culture world realized Franco’s new movie, Palo Alto, features a relationship like the one he encouraged with the girl, and the messages the two exchanged were sent on April Fool’s. So could the stunt be promotion for a film, and should we as the general public be OK with this type of “advertising?”   Though everyone jokes about stalking their crushes or enemies on social media, it’s easy to forget how simple it is to scroll through someone’s Facebook wall or Twitter feed—thank you, James Franco, for reminding us...

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