First Generation dinner: Making transitions and learning traditions
Sep12

First Generation dinner: Making transitions and learning traditions

To welcome the 370 first-generation freshmen who became Crusaders this year, The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s President Randy O’Rear hosted the third annual First to Go Welcome Dinner on his front lawn on campus Thursday, Aug. 30. The recently established annual dinner is held for first-generation freshmen to help them get in touch with other students, faculty and even President O’Rear himself. Students had the chance to eat Cru dogs for the first time, take pictures in a photo booth and participate in a raffle for UMHB themed prizes. UMHB defines the term ‘first-generation’ as a student where neither parents received a bachelor’s degree or higher. Katie Gregory is the head of the First to Go (F2G) program and a Student Success Specialist in the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE). She personally contacts each student before the school year starts and answers their questions. “There have always been first-generation students attending UMHB, but [this is the third year the program has been active].“As each year passes, we enhance the program to be more impactful and beneficial for students,” Gregory said. Statistics show that three out of five first-generation college students do not complete a degree in six years, and 60 percent of the first-generation students who drop out of college do so during their first year. These are two statistics UMHB is trying to change. By providing recourses and answering questions, the F2G program is helping first-generation students realize that they are not alone and have many people who want them to succeed in life beyond UMHB. “Originally, I felt we had such a large number of first-generation students and I felt that the university could do more for that group of students and encourage them. The national statistics communicate that it is hard to be successful as a first-generation student,” President Randy O’Rear said. He started hosting the dinner to show first-generation students that UMHB cares about their well-being and achievements. He wanted to show the incoming freshmen that they are not alone in this and help is all around them. “They came to Mary Hardin-Baylor because they want to obtain a college degree and we are here to help them reach that goal,” O’Rear said. Many students have some sort of idea about what college will be like or they can ask their parent about their college years. But first-generation students don’t really know what to expect because they are the first in their family to experience college. Freshman social work major Mary Herschberger says that a big challenge for her is breaking the cycle of not attending a college. And she feels the pressure to succeed...

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Welcome Week 2018 Gallery

Photo by Claire Henry Photo by Claire Henry Freshmen gathered at Luther Memorial for the candlelight Dubbing Ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 19. Since 1995, the ceremony has begun by the current Crusader Knight (this year’s Crusader Knight is Caleb Fitzwater) taking a part of the living flame and distributing it among faculty and students. Faculty traditionally place swords over the shoulders of freshmen, dubbing them Crusaders for Life. Photo by Madeline Oden/ The Bells UMHB President Dr. Randy O’Rear unloads a student’s vehicle on Move-In Day outside of Remschel Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Waiting to help move more boxes at left of O’Rear is Jack Phelps, Chairman of the UMHB Board of Trustees. Seniors Katie Maniscalo, Ellie Ball, and Allie Walker flash their “C”s in Bawcom Student Union during the Spirit and Traditions Rally on Thursday, Aug. 16. Photo by Sarah Ifft/ The Bells Photo by Claire Henry Photo by Madeline Oden/ The Bells Photo by Madeline Oden/ The Bells Photo by Madeline Oden/ The Bells Photo by Madeline Oden/ The bells Photo by Madeline Oden/ The bells Photo by Claire Henry Photo by Madeline Oden/ The bells Photo by Madeline Oden/ The bells Photo by Madeline Oden/ The bells Photo by Madeline Oden/ The Bells Photo by Madeline Oden/ The Bells Photo by Madeline Oden/ The Bells Sophomore Madison Henry flashes a thumbs up while passing out candles to freshmen for the Dubbing Ceremony outside of Walton Chapel on Sunday, Aug. 19. Photo by Madeline Oden/ The Bells Photo by Madeline Oden/ The Bells Sophomore pre-med major Will Williams talks to freshman accounting major Nobel Smith about the organization “Some Christians @ UMHB” at the Big Fair on King Street on Thursday, Aug. 16. photo by Madeline Oden/ The...

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Tips and tricks to decorate your college dorm room
Aug29

Tips and tricks to decorate your college dorm room

Freshman year can be scary and exciting all at once. Making new friends, finding out where all of your classes are, staying on top of your college courses, getting involved in the community and finding a church home are all new things to juggle. What better way to prepare for the year than to spruce up your living environment? Decorating and organizing your dorm room will help build your feng shui and ease you into the year ahead. While you’re doing your homework, you want to have a nice and relaxing environment to do so. Some ways to create a calming atmosphere in a small space are: •Succulents (on a window sill or desk) •Wallflowers fragrance plugs •Carpet/rug •Posters/wall art •Standing lamp •Whiteboard/cork board calendar Feeling homesick? Here are some remedies: Make sure to bring reminders of your friends and family to keep them close, even if they aren’t physically present. •A photo wall mural on a bulletin board •Photos on the wall with washi tape borders •Picture frame of family/friends •Knick-knacks from family and friends, or items reminding you of your town Dorm rooms are tiny, so when friends or guests come over, the living space becomes even more cramped. Here are some ways to add more seating: •Fold up chairs with cute cushions •Beanbag chairs •Inflatable chairs Want to stay organized? There are many thrifty and creative ways to store your belongings in your dorm room. •Colorful plastic bins to stack on top of each other •Mason jars for pencils and pens •Hanging closet organizer (for snacks, larger items or shoes) In addition, make sure you check your dorm’s guidelines to see what you can and cannot decorate with. For instance, some living spaces with sheetrock walls require you to use picture hanging nails and thumbtacks instead of command strips. Talk to your RA if you have any questions regarding what you can use. Remember, it is important to make your living space as welcoming as possible so you can relax, socialize and study in an appealing environment. This is now your new home, therefore it is essential to love where you...

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Cru Crunch: a freshman’s guide to hidden treats in the area
Aug29

Cru Crunch: a freshman’s guide to hidden treats in the area

While campus offers us a good selection of food, sometimes students want to get around to explore area eateries. But because It can be daunting to figure out an area’s dining options when you first arrive at your new school, we have compiled a short list of some of the restaurants here from a huge selection actually available in the area. These restaurants offer a bit of variety in types of food from some of our nearby restaurants and can offer a start in new students’ exploration of enjoyable and delicious food experiences while attending UMHB. To find more available restaurant options, continue to follow the Cru Crunch series or check out your local Yelp. 1. B Town Burgers- A juicy burger joint located at 508 Sparta Rd near Belton High School. This burger joint offers both dine in and drive through options. The food here is well-priced and sure to please many low-budget college students with big appetites. It is rated 4.6 stars on Yelp and 3.5/5 by our own Cru Crunch writer. 2. Dead Fish Grill- This lakeside seafood joint meets all your seafood cravings. Everything from catfish, to Cajun, to pasta all at an affordable price. Make sure to swing by on the weekends for live music and an amazing view. With 4 stars on Google, home-style comfort food is only a 10-minute drive from campus, located at 2207 Lake Road by Belton Lake. Feel free to sit inside to soak up the A/C or sit on the patio and enjoy the nice lake breeze. 3 Schoepf’s Bar-B-Que- This classic barbeque restaurant features customizable dining options. It is rated 3 stars on Yelp and 4.3 stars on Google. There is plenty of room for large groups and it also offers carry out options. It is located at 702 Central Avenue and is open seven days a week. 4. The Gin- Open daily for lunch and dinner, this steakhouse is set in a 1920’s building with a menu filled with delicious Texas-style meals. With sandwiches, burgers, chicken and tacos, you can’t go wrong when ordering from The Gin. Conveniently located at 219 S East Street beside Nolan Creek, foodies can enjoy a variety of good food in the center of town. This Gin is just a short 4-minute drive from the heart of campus. It is rated with 4.2 stars on Google and 3.5 on Yelp. 5. Sweet Confections- Located at 2449 N Main St., this little café has sweets and sandwiches galore. Although they specialize in homemade desserts, the sandwiches are also a yummy treat. This is a sweet stop for those looking for a quick sweet...

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UMHB Table Tennis Club brings an uncommon sport to campus
Feb21

UMHB Table Tennis Club brings an uncommon sport to campus

The university has many campus organizations that are not as well-known as others, but are still valued by students. The Table Tennis Club is one of the smaller novelty organizations here on campus. The Table Tennis club, also known as the Ping Pong Club, has been on campus for almost two years and is overseen by club president and founder Luke Hering, a senior business computer information system major. “I used to play ping pong with all my friends in McLane Hall and we thought that maybe we could get together with more people that wanted to play but didn’t have any friends to play with. It is fun because it is a way to get away from the schoolwork and into a relaxed environment,” Hering said. The Table Tennis Club meets every Friday at 5 p.m. in the Mayborn Campus Activities Center, where members play ping pong while hanging out with each other. Members describe the meetings as casual, relaxed, and entertaining all at the same time. Milana Vockovic, the club’s vice president, is a sophomore graphic design major who joined the club in the fall of 2017. “I didn’t know that the club was a thing until I was playing ping pong with my friends and I was like ‘we should start a club.’ Later, when I looked on the club roster, I found out we already had [a club], so I joined and became more involved,” Vockovic said. “It’s hard because we don’t have a lot of access to more ping pong tables and it is such a confined space. But we hope to expand in numbers and equipment.” Dr. Kaleb Heinrich is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department who sponsors the club. “Early on I had a handful of them in lab and they had talked about getting together to play ping pong. We started meeting normally to do it and I then encouraged them to make a club,” Heinrich said. “The professional clubs are important but relative to that this club is very relaxed and very inclusive. Anyone of any level can come, we have even had staff and faculty come and play with us as well.” There are around thirty members and the meetings usually consist of two to ten people. John Swords is a sophomore business management major who comes to the club meetings often. “I was talking to Luke about tennis when Luke introduced me to the table tennis club and said I should try it out,” he said. “I enjoyed the thrill of the game and how it is fast paced, and it requires hand-eye coordination. It is a...

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Local flea market provides a fun shopping experience for all ages
Feb21

Local flea market provides a fun shopping experience for all ages

Driving down Highway 190 was a pretty uneventful way to spend a Saturday morning. My friends and I were craving something exciting and different to do, but we weren’t entirely sure what that would entail. We decided it might be fun to check out the Bell County Flea Market. So, we put the location into the GPS and headed to 1930 George Wilson Rd, which is only six minutes away from campus. As we found a parking spot and headed out, my excitement grew. It had been years since I had been to a flea market. My greatest memories taking me back to when I was in elementary school and my parents would take me on an early Saturday morning to score good deals on household items. I was shocked to discover that the market was fairly desolate, my friends and I being some of the only travelers at this site. However, it was freezing that day, so I assumed many regular shoppers stayed home to avoid the cold. Regardless, I was surprised that there weren’t many people there. After checking out some of the booths, I soon discovered that this flea market was a trove of hidden wonders. From tin plates representing famous pop culture figures or vinyl albums, to antique jewelry boxes or a giant Sinclair dinosaur statue. This flea market has items that are sure to please a wide variety of people. There are stories behind the items, as many of the objects found at the market are vintage and collectible, but there are also stories behind the vendors. David Lambert is one such seller who runs a shop at the Bell County Flea Market. “I’ve been in this store for five years,” Lambert said. “I’ve been setting up here at the Bell County Flea Market since 1989.” In response to what his most interesting interaction with a customer was, Lambert was quick to give his answer. “They’re all interesting as long as they give me cash,” Lambert said. Lambert went on to describe his buying method, in which he tries to make a dollar on every item he purchases. “If I can sell it for only $50, even though it’s worth $300, I’ll buy it for $49. On Saturday, I normally try to sell about 4,000 items and make a dollar a piece on them.” “We’re closed on Sunday, even though the flea markets open,” Lambert said. “Before I got saved, I was a publicist for Roadrunner Records. I was in the metal scene for about twenty-two years. I gave them opinions and ideas on how to better their image to sell their albums and...

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