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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Students celebrate Christmas in various forms across the globe

Published in the December 7, 2016 issue of The Bells Many of us have grown up in the United States associating Christmas with stockings, Nativity scenes, caroling, and sugar cookies. But those who are descendants of other cultures, sometimes have their own traditions when it comes to the holiday season. Mexico Professor Karla González grew up in Mexico, surrounded by Christmas traditions that combine the classic Spaniard/Catholic traditions with those of the indigenous people. “The Christmas celebrations in Mexico typically last two weeks and are very family-oriented,” Gonzalez said. “One of the most important traditions of the Mexican culture is the celebration of Las Posadas, where a group of people walk around the city to recreate Mary and Joseph coming to Bethlehem.” The group of walkers knock on a predetermined door and are rejected, as Mary and Joseph were at many of the inns. They continue this route of knocking on doors while singing a song about Mary’s story. In the end, the group will convene at a home, where they are invited inside. There is a big celebration with many family members and friends inside the house. The turkey or ham isn’t what you would eat for Christmas dinner in Mexico; instead, several varieties of tamales are served. “The ladies will all get together in advance and spend an entire day making tamales in preparation for the Christmas season,” Gonzalez said. “These tamales are filled with chicken or pork, but there is also a sweet variety for dessert.” They also serve many warm drinks during their celebrations since many times there are so many people that they have to celebrate outside. One of these drinks is a traditional atole. This is a corn dough-based drink, flavored with sugar cane and seasonal fruits. “They also serve a fruit punch, but not an American version,” she said. “It’s one more like a hot cider made with local tropical fruits, and boiled with cinnamon and sugar cane.” The children in Mexico do believe in Santa Clause, but when they receive presents they believe it was brought by Baby Jesus. One way you see this is by the nacimientos found in the plazas and at home. These elaborate Nativity scenes are more important to the Mexican culture than a Christmas tree. Australia To our friends down under, the concept of “let it snow” is completely foreign. Australian traditions are very unique and adapted to the climate that they live in. Dr. Claire Phelan grew up in Australia and shared some of her favorite Christmas traditions. “Walking down the streets there is the Australian equivalent to seeing the Macy’s Christmas displays in New...

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Halloween DIY: Costume Edition
Oct29

Halloween DIY: Costume Edition

Who needs to buy one of those expensive, cheaply-made costumes from a big box store when you can make a DIY costume? As college students, we don’t have much money to spend on Halloween costumes. So, why not make one yourself from clothing articles you already have. Here are some helpful tips for making a costume that is sure to be a hit. Be inspired by your favorite TV shows and movies. Are you a Frozen fan? Then maybe you could dress up as Anna or Elsa. Or do you like Despicable me? Dress like a minion. It is easy and cute. Star Wars fan? Dress like Princess Leia or Darth Vader. For example, if you want to be Leia, find a white dress, make a grey utility belt using gray paper and a Sharpie, and role your hair in Leila’s signature side buns. Go to Walmart Walmart has plenty of character themed t-shirts like Batman or Superman that you could easily add pants or a skirt to creat a one-of-a-kind costume. Make sure you pick a costume you have time to make. It would be a shame to pick a costume that you do not have time to make depending on how close Halloween is. Find a few friends to help Don’t make your costume alone. Grab a few friends and make a night out of it. Look at what you have in your closet Sometimes you can make a costume with what you have already without having to purchase anything. One year I dressed up as Miss America. I used one of my old formal dresses, borrowed a fake crown from my little sister, made a sash from some ribbon lying around, and voila! It’s okay if you can’t sew There are many different ways to make a costume without knowing how to sew. You can even buy fabric glue from a craft store or Walmart at a minimal cost. Be modest You can have a cute costume without sacrificing your modesty. Making your own costume allows you to have control over how low your neckline is or the length of a skirt. Combine costume ideas If you can’t decide between two costumes, combine them. If you’re stuck between dressing up as Hannah Montana or a zombie, be Zombie Hannah Montana. Be Creative Don’t just go with the cookie-cutter costume that is the latest hit this year. Pick something you really want to be, and think outside of the...

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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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