Halloween festivites hit Central Texas
Oct29

Halloween festivites hit Central Texas

By Taylor McMaude and Lauren Lum Halloween: a holiday full of candy, costumes, the occasional scare, and pumpkin-flavored everything. This year the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and the Central Texas area are bringing back old traditions and starting new ones as the Halloween season rolls around again. Scare Walk This year the American Marketing Association brought a new Halloween event to campus called the Scare Walk. It took place on Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 8 to 10 p.m. “The Scare Walk is an event that we started because we felt like there was a need for something scary to happen on campus during Halloween,” senior marketing major Kelli Durham said. The Scare Walk was a fresh take on a haunted house as it occurred outside in the woods on the trails of Peacock Ranch. As students and members of the community arrived at the gates of Peacock Ranch they were greeted by AMA members ready to drive them to the trails. Organization members then told guests a scary story before they traveled down the trail. Costumed creatures jumped out at the participants as the walk progressed. Although the event was a fundraiser for the AMA, their goal is for it to become a Halloween staple for UMHB students. “My hope is that it becomes an annual event and that we build on it every year until it becomes a big thing like Stunt Night or Homecoming,” Durham said. Halloween Headquarters The 3rd Annual Halloween Headquarters is returning to Presser Hall this Friday, October 30 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. The event, put on by Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Honorary Band Service Fraternity, includes a carnival in the Presser Courtyard and a haunted house inside of Presser Hall. The event is free and open to students and community members of all ages. “The biggest goal is for the community and the students to have a great time. We want to make sure that they stay safe on Halloween and provide alternative ways of having fun,” said sophomore music education major Ashley Wallace who is co-directing the event. The carnival portion of the event will feature games, pumpkin painting, free food, and more. The haunted house will be set up on the second through fifth floors of Presser Hall. The second floor is intended for younger audiences and the third through fifth floors are scarier and aimed to entertain older participants. “[Halloween Headquarters] is where we give back to the community. It is a joint service and social project that we do to give children and adults alike a fun environment for their Halloween festivities,” Wallace said. Candy Run...

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Fall into fashion with these helpful tips
Oct29

Fall into fashion with these helpful tips

By Jasmin Ortiz With the smell of pumpkin spice in the air, sweater season is quickly approaching us. And although it seems the cooler weather won’t be here to stay until November, it’s never too early to break out your fall fashions. With the impending fall weather just around the corner, an interesting phenomenon is occurring – the attack of the flannels. All around the school, flannels are being sported on top of leggings, dark wash jeans, and accompanied by beanies or boots. “I think my fall fashion, personally, is much cuter than my summer and spring fashion,” sophomore psychology major Savannah Lawrence said. “I like long sleeves and boots and leggings.” Simple, clean, and stylish; the outfits of fall seem to just come together more naturally than those of other seasons. “I like fall fashion because I like flannels and I like scarves and I like boots,” freshman psychology major Kaelyn Searle said. Flannel is not only a signature staple of fall, but it can be both dressed up and dressed down. If you want to sport some flannel, here are some things to remember: For Girls A comfy look can be accomplished by wearing an oversized flannel shirt with a pair of leggings that are covered by the flannel shirt. Pair it with flats or booties. This simple look not only gives you an option to be in public in what feels as comfy as pajamas, but with a messy bun and a nice scarf or necklace, you can dress it up for a classy look. For Guys You can never go wrong with a large flannel shirt paired with a beanie and some comfy loose-fitting jeans. This look works by being cute and comfortable and classic fall. Ultimately, fall fashion is a chance for you to make a statement. Fashion is more than just clothes. It is a reflection of who we are underneath, who we hope to become, and where we have been. When you choose your outfit in the morning (or any time) what you wear makes a statement about who you are. A big T-shirt and running shorts, says you simply are just laid back or perhaps don’t necessarily find it too important, a dress and heels might mean you’re trying to impress future employers, and a flannel shirt and tights might mean that are you are excited to wear an iconic fall outfit. Fashion is a reflection, one that we are allowed and able to dictate as we wish. So this fall, I dare you, reflect and represent who and what you want to be. That is what all fashion is about,...

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Faculty art inspires students
Sep01

Faculty art inspires students

Professors of the College of Visual Arts have a chance to show off their talents through the 2015 Faculty Art Exhibition. The exhibit opened Monday in the art gallery of the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts and features works of 10 professors. The department holds a faculty exhibit every other year, but this year’s exhibit serves a dual purpose as the department is a candidate to receive accreditation from the National Association for Schools of Art and Design. “We’re having a sight visit team come and they’re interested in seeing both the student art and faculty art, so we’ll have both displayed all over the building,” said Department Chairperson Hershall Seals. The exhibit is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sept. 17. A reception will be held Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. The exhibit offers a wide variety of media including: painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpting and graphic design. Seals said this opportunity allows professors to put concepts they’ve taught their students into practice. “This exhibit displays for the student that their teachers know what they’re talking about, and shows a variety of art practices,” he said. “We have a range of two and three dimensional work in the gallery, and it brings legitimacy to what we preach and practice in the studios and the classrooms.” The gallery is a way for professors to serve as inspiration for their students outside of a traditional classroom setting. “The teachers are role models for our students, and this display is a visual way that we can communicate to our students what we’re all about as creative people,” Seals said. Professor John Hancock has a series of mixed-media pieces on display that combine painting and printmaking. He believes it’s important for art professors to practice what they preach. “I like to put my money where my mouth is and let them know that I’m not just a teacher, but an artist,” he said. “I make art without purpose or reason, other than I make art, and they should make art too because that’s what an artist does.” Seals said Hancock’s work allows the viewer to find meaning in what they see. “They are works of art that are intended to be confrontational,” Seals said. “It’s highly charged with the possibility of interpretation. Anybody can imagine what they want to from his work and it tells a lot about the person that’s imagining what they see.” The work of Professor Ted Barnes on display include paintings that were inspired by his travels. “I have made trips to Egypt, Rome, Israel and the Canary...

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Cru For Life brings awareness through diaper drive
Apr15

Cru For Life brings awareness through diaper drive

Hope Pregnancy Centers serves Central Texas by offering compassion, accurate information and practical help to men and women facing unplanned pregnancies and past abortions.   “We want to help them in any way possible,” Junior Christian Studies major and Cru for Life officer Mike Perry said, referring to the group’s dedication to bolster relations with other ministries and to promote pro-life causes.   To serve an immediate need of Hope Pregnancy Centers, Cru for Life held a Diaper Drive from March 23 to 27.   “All the donations from the Diaper Drive went to Hope Pregnancy Center in Temple, TX,” Junior Psychology major Cru for Life President and Rachel Booth said.   “The center’s director was very thankful when we delivered the baby items. Pregnancy centers rely on the donations and support of others, so we are always looking for ways to serve them, especially since they provide such incredible resources for mothers, fathers, and their babies.”   Cru for Life received several diaper donations and nearly $300 in donations, which they used to buy infant supplies at Walmart.   The gifts served to meet more than a physical need Perry added.   He said the infant supplies will help break some ill-seeded beliefs about the pro-life cause.   “Hope took all of the diapers and items that we collected and is giving them to families and mothers within their first year of pregnancy that are in need of help. This is a crucial part of the pro-life movement, as the popular opinion is that pro-lifers don’t care for the women after they have the baby, but Hope and Cru for Life are looking to break that false stigma,” Perry said.   Today, the group heads to the Temple center to help plant flowers for its garden, “and we encourage all students to join us.” Booth added.   The Temple center is located at 2010 W. Avenue H.   “This semester has been awesome for Cru for Life. It’s been wonderful to connect with Hope and learn more about their ministry,” Booth said.   There’s more to come from Cru for Life this semester, though, as the work continues to spread their message.   “On April 28 at 7 p.m. in Shannon Commons, Cru for Life will be hosting a guest speaker named Arland Nichols, who is the founding president of John Paul II Foundation for Life and Family. He will be speaking to our group about birth control and Plan B,” Booth said.   As the world’s mentality is constantly bombarded with a pro-choice message, a talk on the issues is welcomed by a group seeking change.  ...

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Alumnus connects businesses to customers
Apr15

Alumnus connects businesses to customers

UMHB alumnus and former football player Dawson Barksdale has been busy lately. During a thirty minute brainstorming exercise with a couple of guys at their website design company in Houston, Barksdale and his co-founders came up with the raw version of what is now Cyphr.   The Cyphr app is a way for businesses to communicate with their preferred customers. Users can choose which businesses to “unlock” and receive “secrets,” or deals, from. Rather than bombarding the masses with advertisements,   Cyphr allows businesses to directly target specific customers with offers that are relevant to them.   “We love local businesses and knew there had to be a better way for them to get the attention of their favorite customers without wasting money” Barksdale said. The Cyphr team found a niche in the market where Facebook has become cluttered, and traditional marketing media often goes ignored.   Neither of the co-founders knew how to code an app, but Barksdale was put in touch with Cindy Fry in the computer science department at Baylor University.   “I called at 9 a.m. on Monday morning, and by 2 p.m., I was sitting down with a young man named Blake Copeland, and he is now our app developer.”   Once the development team got together, the app took about three months to create, a month of troubleshooting and a couple weeks of testing in the App Store. Barksdale remembers many late-night development meetings during those months. “They were so funny for me because our entire development team would be on a Skype call and we would say, ‘Okay let’s test this,’ or ‘Can you fix that?’ Then for minutes and minutes all we could hear was the punching of keyboards and silence. After about 10 to 15 minutes of silence, one of them would say, ‘Okay, try it again.’ That would happen for what seemed like hours every night for a few months,” he said.   Barksdale and his team don’t hail from Silicon Valley or Wall Street like one might imagine founders of a tech start-up would. He attributes his passion for small businesses to his experience at UMHB’s business school.   “We didn’t focus a lot on corporations or big business, but rather how to build a family business that can endure for generations.”   Small businesses in cities across the country such as New Orleans, Seattle, Atlanta, Boston and Miami are using Cyphr as a medium to connect with their customers. Cyphr has made its way into over 20 cities and is looking to be in every major city by the end of the semester.   Staying true to...

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Softball seeks to finish strong on home stretch
Apr15

Softball seeks to finish strong on home stretch

By Michael Crosson   In Texas, spring means sunny skies and warmer weather.   But to local sports fans, spring means baseball and softball season for spirited Crusaders.   The Lady Cru started the season slow by losing seven of their first 13 contests, but then went on a streak to win 10 consecutive games the last month.   Tiffany Birdwell is a pitcher for the softball team. She said the team’s recent success is the result of good team chemistry.   “I feel we need to continue to bond as a team,” she said.   Third baseman Leah Brown said the team is pleased so far with its play, but knows there’s plenty of games left to be played in the season.   “I always feel like we can improve, but I feel we’re doing really well as a team,” Brown said.   Head coach Larry Hennig believes this year’s squad is special because of the good team work ethic on and off the field.   He said, “I guess that the fact that the girls came here and we’re on a mission and they understand that every day is important, teamwork is important.”   Julie Norris, the assistant softball coach, said the thing she loves most about this team is how the players genuinely care for one another.   “We have a really resilient team they’re never out of ball games and the team chemistry is really good this year, the girls get along and play hard for each other all the time,” Norris said.   Catcher Cori Drake said the players have had to rely on each other to get through the mental hurdles of the season.   Drake said, “I think we possess a lot of confidence because we’re really good about motivating our own teammates and keeping a positive attitude during the games, and that really contributes to our success.”   Drake added that as the team continues to improve, they could very well be a tough club to beat.   “I believe the more we play the better we get and the more we come together as a team, so I believe we have a very good shot at going to regionals this year,” she said.   Right fielder Karley Free said the team’s unity and hard work is what makes her most proud to be a part of the squad.   “The team chemistry and how well we can all get along when we’re out on the field, and encouraging others during the game,” Free said.   The team is currently sitting fourth in the American Southwest Conference standings and will host...

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