Logo revealed: Student body approves
Mar06

Logo revealed: Student body approves

By Leif Johnston Mayborn Campus Center hosted an event, Feb. 14 that brought a change to Crusader athletics. The new logo was officially revealed at a news conference in the lobby of MCC before the basketball games against conference opponent Howard Payne University. The “oohs” and “aahs” that were heard as the logo was revealed were an immediate sign that Bill Woodward of Woodward Creative Design had created a logo that was going to be welcomed at the university. Instead of the side view that was represented in the old logo, the new one sports a Crusader with a closed helmet looking straight ahead. Not only did the Crusader change but also the words “The Cru.” The new looks freshened up many of the sports attire, and these were shown at the press conference. A number of student athletes showed off their program’s updated uniforms. “I like the new look, and I think the student body as a whole does too. It’s always good to be a part of something new and different,” junior exercise and sport science major Brian Gallagher said. The logo is quite a bit different from the previous one. It was designed to give people and students the idea that the university is making great strides in all areas, as well as holding on to the traditions that are set in place. “We told him we wanted the Crusader to reflect the dedication and commitment of our student athletes, who devote many hours to prepare themselves to compete,” Athletic Director Randy Mann said. “I am excited about the change. It is a new era for UMHB football with the new logo and the new stadium—the tradition and the guys that played here before us and put our program on the map,” Gallagher said. All of the hype for the release wasn’t a letdown. The student body came out to be a part of the coming out party. “I would have to say that the overall feel of the student body was positive. The hype that was created around the release seemed to capture the curiosity of the students, and it was evident that they were intrigued,” athletic events Manager Doak Fleming said. Free T-shirts with the much anticipated Crusader on them  drew many more students to the basketball games. It also gave them a chance to immediately see changes to the area as far as signs in Mayborn go. Four new signs were placed at the corners of the gym. “I feel that the coming out party we had for the logo was a great success. To see students and even adults trying to sneak...

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75th anniversary of Final Four to celebrate in Atlanta

With the NBA All-Star weekend coming to an end, the next big sporting event is March Madness. Get your brackets printed and pencils sharpened because this year the city of Atlanta, Ga., will be hosting three national tournaments at the same time. The NCAA is celebrating the tournament’s 75th anniversary, and Atlanta will host the final games of the Division I, II and III Championships. The Georgia Dome, home of the Atlanta Falcons, will host the Division I Final Four. The National Championship game will tip off April 8. Phillips Arena is home to the Atlanta Hawks, and will be the location of the Division II and III National Championship games. Both competitions will be played  April 7 and will be free admission to all who come out to watch the event. The festivities will include a number of concerts with performances by KISS, Jimmy Buffett and the Black Keys. Senior sport management major Jonathan Davis’ favorite time of the year is in March because of college basketball. “Let me start by saying that I love good basketball, and March Madness brings out the best basketball all year long. Dominance, Cinderella stories, and collapses of big programs, it all adds up to the most exciting time of the year. For the 75th anniversary of the tourney, they are bringing in all divisions to Atlanta, and I wish more than anything that I could be there,” he said. Junior sport management major Corbin Cochran hopes to attend the March Madness tournament. “I think it’s a really cool idea for the final four of all three divisions to be hosted at the same time and place this year. It should make for a really unique atmosphere, especially since it’s also the 75th anniversary. I’m hoping that once the Cru makes it to Atlanta, I will get to go down there and experience it myself,” he said. Junior math major Ryan Frusha is also excited about the tournament. “I think it’s great. It will make the ‘madness’ all the more exciting. I wish I could be there to see it all go down,” he said. Sophomore business management major Cedric Hudson is a wing for the Crusader basketball team. He speculated what it would be like to be playing in Atlanta with the other divisions. “If we as UMHB were to be in the Final Four, that would be very exciting for me and my teammates because this would be the first time we have been there, and it would really show all the hard work we put in this whole season. It would be a great opportunity for us, but we...

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Super Bowl full of emotion
Feb15

Super Bowl full of emotion

By Leif Johnston The 2013 Super Bowl was full of side stories that just couldn’t be overlooked. Everything from 12-time pro bowler Ray Lewis playing in his last game to the Harbaugh brothers coaching against each other for the first time in Super Bowl history that siblings went face-to-face. The San Francisco ‘49ers also had their fair share of media coverage coming into the playoffs with changing quarterbacks midway through the season, naming Colin Kaepernick their man. All of these interesting stories gave the media just what it craved for the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl…drama. Both teams were dissected to the point that it felt as though the game would never be played. But, luckily for us, it was. The much-anticipated contest looked for two quarters that all the hype was for nothing. The Ravens came out and took a 21 to 6 lead at half, and added another on the opening kickoff of the second half. Spectators have seen this too many times and tend to anticipate all of the festivities of the game rather than the actual game itself. Sophomore sport management major Victoria Thane said, “I was looking forward to the commercials and halftime show rather than the game. There’s this huge hype over the Super Bowl for about two weeks, and the game never lives up to the hype when game time comes.” The Super Bowl took a drastic turn a few minutes into the  third quarter when over half of the lights in the Superdome cut out, causing a 34-minute delay. This pause in the action stopped Baltimore’s rolling momentum. “The blackout gave the ‘49ers a chance to regroup and think about a bunch of stuff to figure out how to stop Baltimore,” sophomore education major Stanton Holland said. Despite the blackouts’ efforts to bring San Francisco, back into the game, the Ravens stingy defense stood strong to stop a late ‘49ers drive down the field. The game ended with Baltimore on top 34-31. You can be certain that the halftime show of the Super Bowl will always be controversial. With so many people watching, there is no way to please every different type of audience. This year’s entertainment seemed to go over better than Madonna’s performance last year. “Beyonce definitely made up for the last couple years performances. You could tell that everybody liked it by the way Twitter and Facebook exploded after the show,” Holland said. Everyone was waiting with anticipation to see how John Harbaugh, the coach of the Baltimore Ravens, and Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco ‘49ers would react after the game. One of them...

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Tennis teams host Cru Challenge

The spring semester has begun, which means the Cru and Lady Cru tennis teams have hit the hard court. Both squads are back and looking to return to the post season and make a run for the American Southwest Conference championship. Both teams have started their season off at the Crusader Challenge Tournament Feb. 8-9. The competition took place at Yvonne Li Tennis Center and the Cru hosted conference rival Howard Payne University, as well as division III rivals Austin College and Southwestern University. The tournamnet was on pace to have a number of Crusdaers finishing on top.  But due to rainy weather, the remaining matches were cancelled. Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach James Cohagan talked about the importance of the Crusader Challenge. “This tournament is a great preseason test, and it is great that we will have three division III schools of fairly similar and close abilities,” Cohagan said. Senior psychology major Will Summers also described the Cru Challenge event. “The Cru Challenge is different than most tournaments. It’s flighted, meaning each team puts their number one player versus the next team’s number one player in a tournament format,” he said. “It is a good litmus test for the team to see how hard we will need to work to accomplish our goals, and allows us to get some match play before conference begins, which is immeasurably crucial at this stage.” Sophomore exercise and sport science major Angelie Juaneza agreed. “The Cru Challenge Tournament is a good way to start off the season because it is getting everyone ‘match ready,’ ’’ she said. Last  tennis season, the men went 9-7 overall, but were 5-1 in conference play. The Cru fell in the conference tournament to the University of Texas-Dallas. The women went 12-6 overall, and were also 5-1 in conference play. The Lady Cru defeated Mississippi College before falling to eventual conference champions, the University of Texas-Tyler. Summers expressed the men’s aspirations this season. “Our goal is to win the American Southwest Conference West division and get a round further in the post season than last year,” he said. Junior nursing major Chaley Shiffler invisions success for the lady Cru. “The team’s goals this season are to become more consistent individually and stronger as a team. We have worked hard and have already seen an improvement this season. The team is looking great so far, and I think we have enthusiastic players that will keep our team together,” she said. Both men and women will host Letourneau University in their first team tennis matches of the season  Feb....

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Men’s volleyball started by students

The championship match for intramural volleyball featured the two teams that were dominant. Team Falcon Punch earned the championship title. Now the two teams that fought for the intramural title have joined forces to forge a men’s volleyball team. The club was chartered by Student Government Association Jan. 29. This officially brought the two teams together into a club sport, something that sophomore business management major Cody Emerson has been hoping for. “Last year we were talking about trying to get a team, but it wasn’t until this year when we got all of the freshmen coming here that we actually had enough guys to put it all together,” Emerson said. Sophomore business management major and founder of the team Dominic Rosato wants the team be able to play at a very high level, hoping to eventually play in the Southern Interscholastic Volleyball Association, which is made up of teams from Baylor, SMU, UNT and others. “As a sport it’s definitely going to be a lot of conditioning,” Rosato said. “We’re not just going to go in there and just start playing. It’s going to be an actual sport. I want it to be legit.” The squad hopes to find a solid number of players and start practicing together on the basics of court volleyball . “For this semester I’d say our goals are really just to get real sound in the fundamentals of volleyball where we can compete with confidence in tournaments next semester,” Emerson said. “Hopefully, once we get everything going good, we can turn this into a good competitive team.” The team held try-outs  Feb. 6 to search for talent. Players were tested on passing, hitting, setting, blocking and serving skills and were evaluated with help from players from the women’s volleyball team. Freshman nursing major Greg Applegate is one of the few players with experience playing organized court volleyball. He hopes to help his teammates adapt to and learn the intricacies of the sport. “My background in court can help me show them the minute things that people don’t really recognize.” The team is searching for a scrimmage in March, with  hopes others will see  they are serious and want to compete at a high level. Applegate said. “This is the first semester for us, so our goal is to have people respect men’s volleyball and recognize that it’s a sport, and we’re good at...

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Baseball, softball spring season is underway

By Cody Weems Both the Crusader baseball and softball teams begin play this month, and with the start of the season comes the hope and excitement that each new year brings. The biggest story concerning the baseball team is the return of Head Coach Ben Shipp to the dugout. Shipp coached the team from 1986 to 1996 before becoming the university’s athletic director. Shipp said that returning to coaching has been an invigorating experience. “It has been so much fun,” Shipp said. “I think everybody who coaches baseball will tell you baseball players are so much fun to be around, and I had forgotten that.” Freshman outfielder and accounting major Chase Burrow thinks Shipp has brought a new energy to the team. “I think it’s been a positive change,” Burrow said. “He’s made us have a desire and a work ethic to try and change this program around.” The team will have to deal with a lack of experience in the lineup, as only three starting position players return from last year’s team that finished with a record of 21-17.  However, Shipp believes that solid production from his pitching staff will be a strength. “One thing we’ve really been pleased with is the depth of our pitching staff,” Shipp said. “We really feel good about both the quality and the quantity of our staff and the amount of experience that they bring.” Shipp wants to play fundamental baseball this season while building the program for the future. “I’m hoping that at the end of the year, we can look back and say that we’ve energized this group of guys, their love of the game and their love of the university.” The baseball team will face Hendrix College for a three-game series this weekend. The softball team has high expectations for the season after being picked to win the Western Division of the ASC. Head Coach Larry Hennig said that the ultimate goal this season is to win the conference tournament and advance to the regionals. “Probably the most important thing is to win the conference tournament,” Hennig said. “Winning the conference tournament is something we’ve never done here.” Several players return from last year’s team which won the American Southwest Conference West Division with an overall record of 26-17. “We’ve got the foundation for what we hope will be a very good team this year,” Hennig said. “We’ve been picked to win our division, and we’ve got to be able to go out and play at a high level.” Junior pitcher and exercise and sport science major Rebekah Ragsdale hopes the team can build its success. “Last year was...

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