BOBN Broadcast 1
Oct02

BOBN Broadcast 1

Watch the first broadcast by BOBN, the Bells Online Broadcasting Network!  https://vimeo.com/50634864 Antonio Hebert-Anchor, writer, editor Elissa Thompson-Anchor, writer, editor Zach Winfield-Editing Tyler Agnew-Editing Jake Stamps-Editing

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CAB kicks off year with cookies, movies, tie-dye
Sep11

CAB kicks off year with cookies, movies, tie-dye

Whether it’s riding the waves, tie-dying shirts or chowing down on homemade cookies, the Campus Activities Board provides students with a chance at free fun. To kick off the school year, CAB threw the Back to School Bash at Belton’s local waterpark, Summer Fun. UMHB students had the opportunity to enjoy the water slides and wading pools by swiping their CruCards. Keeping with CAB style, DJ Lil Buddy spun some tracks toward the end of the night and started a dance party in the shallow end of the pool. Senior business major and executive of relations for CAB Audrey Ohendalski said, “Our T-shirt says ‘always expect a party’…that really describes what we want to do. We just want to make every event fun. I love that CAB is open to everyone and that anyone can get involved at any time.” As the activities came to an end, university President and first lady Dr. and Mrs. Randy O’Rear surprised Crusaders with a local favorite, Frosti Cones. Junior Christian studies major and CAB executive of advertising Katelyn Killian said, “Last year was the first year that the O’Rears bought everyone Frosti Cones. We were really excited that they offered to do it again this year…. It’s one of our annual events that draws a nice turnout.” Students enjoyed sitting back and floating on the lazy river before hectic schedules kicked in. Sophomore nursing major Katelyn Kretzer said, “CAB’s first event was the perfect way to start this semester. I had so much fun hanging out with old friends and making new ones. Summer Fun definitely lived up to its name because it was a blast.” CAB also threw a colorful event, supplying T-shirts and dye for a tie-dying party. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., students stopped outside the SUB and expressed their creativity through this event. Killian said, “Last year, we didn’t have a great turnout because it was a first for CAB. This year, the summer staff at CAB worked harder to find supplies, and we had over a hundred people come out this time. People didn’t even have to bring their own shirts to dye. We had a better system, and everything worked out really well.” At another event, the Crusader Parent’s Organization cooked up a success with homemade cookies in the SUB. With the help of CAB, students’ mothers baked and served cookies and milk to students and staff, giving them a taste of home. With classes now in full swing, the CAB staff thought students would enjoy a little relaxation and entertainment, for free, of course. With the help of the Grand Avenue Theatre management, they...

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Premium Rush sets new standards for action movies

By Zach Winfield Fixed gears, steel full frame, no brakes and an endless race. Premium Rush is a nonstop thrill. The film follows a daring bike messenger named Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in New York City who uses quick thinking and what appears as accelerated probability, the ability to predict multiple outcomes and choose the one most likely to succeed. Wilee is a law school graduate who refuses to wear a suit and take the bar exam and who signs the ticket for an envelope and a death wish. The antagonist of the show, Officer Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon), is a crooked cop with anger issues and gambling problems who tries to kill Wilee with his car. Wilee also has girl trouble with a fellow messenger, Vanessa (Dania Ramirez), a girl with an attitude and fear for Wilee’s safety. If that wasn’t enough, he has to work side by side with a narcissistic coworker, Manny (Wolé Parks). The acting was better than the entire cast of Twilight and Kristen Stewart’s one facial expression. Gordon-Levitt puts a face and personality to the thousands of NYC messengers with his quick comments derived from the New York City streets. Although the movie is full of action, the actors still work in humor, some a bit dark. While riding on the wrong side of the road into traffic, Wilee always has a comment to agitate Monday even further, and Gordon-Levitt has no problem insulting the man trying to kill him at high speeds. Gordon-Levitt has become more popular recently from his success in The Dark Knight Rises and brings great acting to the screen. Michael Shannon is another character you love to hate but have to watch his every move. His emotions are as stable as a fault line. Shannon obviously enjoyed his role as the bad cop with some serious psychological issues and plays the part well. In fact, too well. The soundtrack is amazing. The opening credits crank out “Baba O’Riley” by The Who and ramp the audience for the action that unfolds. The soundtrack also includes music by Sleigh Bells, My Chemical Romance and Titus Andronicus. The story takes place on the busy streets of Manhattan and Chinatown. Although the story follows Wilee’s dangerous job, the director worked in the other characters by jumping to the past that connects them. The director made the changes obvious with a large clock that rewinds to the current time of the scene. The changes are easy to follow, and the audience can easily adjust to the different setting. The story is a nonstop adrenaline rush with an amazing cast and soundtrack. I would suggest...

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Cru spend holidays in Costa Rica
Jan24

Cru spend holidays in Costa Rica

By Elissa Thompson Zip lining through the jungle, waterfall hikes and observing other businesses are not what most college students do over Christmas holidays, but 11 students from UMHB got to experience a whole different culture in Costa Rica during the break. Dr. Jim King, dean of the College of Business discussed the main focus of the trip: “To observe how the aspects of culture impact business practices.” King and his wife Debbie, another chaperone traveled to Santa Elena/Monteverde, La Fortuna, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and San Jose, which is the capital city of Costa Rica. The students who made the trip over the break  were Stacy Hillin, Jennifer Loyd, Bob Beckworth, Taylor Barnard, Nate Outland, Tobin Davies, Lauren Reider, Emily Holzman, Ryan Castleman, Daniela Loera and Michael Beach. They worked as a team while observing Costa Rican businesses and their owners. King said, “The study abroad program for the College of Business seeks to accomplish three things: Support the global engagement component of the UMHB Strategic Plan, expose students to other cultures to enable them to be better global citizens and Christian witnesses, and expose students to business practices foreign to those at home to enable them to be better business professionals.” The group not only learned about Costa Rican culture and environment, but they experienced it as well with a visit to a working coffee farm, tour of a cacao forest with a chocolate-tasting experience and visit to a cheese factory. They also talked to local business owners about starting a business in Costa Rica as an American. Senior international business major Tobin Davies, who went with King last summer to China, loved interacting with the natives. He said of the recent trip, “The coolest part was talking to two of the locals, Anna and Pablo. They are brother and sister. Anna studies in the U.S. at a university, but she was back home for Christmas. He further added that communications were easier than he had assumed. “Just hearing them talk about what it’s like to live in the mountains. It’s just so cool to connect with them. And they knew really good English, so we didn’t have to bridge that language barrier with them.” The group did not study and observe businesses the entire time. The students also enjoyed some fun activities like zip lining through the jungle, shopping, waterfall hikes, and a New Year’s Eve celebration with fireworks. Senior accounting major Bob Beckworth believes every student should travel to gain world perspectives. He said, “I feel like every student needs to go on a trip. We get wrapped up in the American dream of just...

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Local venues offer fun for students
Jan24

Local venues offer fun for students

By Lauren Jones After a long week of classes, there’s nothing better than a weekend away from homework, studying and the hectic college lifestyle. But what is there to do in Belton? Students who are new to the area might claim there isn’t much, when a lot of entertainment is only a short distance away. Located behind the courthouse in downtown Belton, the Gin offers food, gifts and spa treatments. In addition, The Gin is starting a concert series in March, which will include a live band once a week free of charge. Natalie Buckey, marketing director for the Gin, is the go-to woman for what one should know about the Gin, including which dishes to order. For Mexican fare, Coronas de Oro is the place to go. “Personally, I like their Mexican egg rolls,” she said. They are a combination of beef, rice, jalapenos, guacamole and cheese wrapped inside a homemade egg roll and served with an avocado dip. Coronas de Oro also offers $5.25 lunch specials. For students who miss their moms’ cooking, the Gin at Nolan Creek is good when cafeteria food becomes monotonous. “The restaurant offers $6.95 blue plate specials for lunch that change daily. We never have the same thing on each day,” owner Bob Terry said. One of its specialties is smothered pork chops served with cheesy scalloped potatoes and black-eyed peas. The Gin at Nolan Creek also offers free Wi-Fi access as well as a view of the creek. The Gin hosts a variety of gift shops, as well.  The Mercantile, which offers wall accents and furniture, is the place to find unique decorative items for any dorm or apartment. Brickwood is an eclectic boutique for those looking for unique clothing and jewelry items at low prices. They offer designer jeans and carry a collection of texting gloves that work on touch screen. For relaxation, the Woodhouse Day Spa uses organic products to soothe aches. They also offer affordable massages as well as a variety of manicures, pedicures, facials, body wraps and  hand and foot treatments. Manager and UMHB alumna Khim Owens said, “We also offer gift cards that are perfect for Valentine’s Day.” The Gin’s Weigh Station has a variety of frozen yogurt flavors and toppings and offers a 10 percent discount to UMHB students. Those who love the night life but can’t afford it, Wheels Family Skating, located just off of I-35 across from Temple High School, is good for a night out with friends. The vintage-inspired roller rink has been a host to hundreds of parties and has a family-friendly atmosphere. The rink itself is equipped with lights and...

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