Edgar Allen Poe Party

When: Tuesday, October 28 Time: 6:30 p.m. Where: Amphitheater

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Fall Feast and Pumpkin Carving Contest

When: Wednesday, October 29 Time: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Where: Hardy Hall

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Homecoming Semi-Formal

When: Saturday, November 8, 2008 Time: 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Where: Mayborn Gym

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Blog: What happened to the American Dream?
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Blog: What happened to the American Dream?

As I listen to the two presidential nominees argue against one another as a way to somehow win the hearts and votes of the populous, I can’t help but wonder what happened to America? When the Founding Fathers laid down the Constitution for the United States, they did so with the great ideals, hopes of freedom and dreams of liberty. Their stance against the tyrannical monarchy of oppression, from which colonists fled, was a radical new idea. The idea that all are created equal. When were liberty and hard work replaced with the socialistic ideas of governmental control and handouts? The current administration as well as the upcoming administration that is to be elected in November have much more in common than they would have us believe. The so-called partisanship of Washington fades away when citizens see the voting records of those running. Both John McCain and Barack Hussein Obama have voted with the Bush administration; they have also both voted against it. When will the American people wake up and realize that the freedoms they once enjoyed in this country have been traded away for a false sense of so-called “safety?” Benjamin Franklin once said, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” The Founding Fathers would never have agreed to things like the recent government buy out or the Patriot Act of 2001. These blatant power grabs are just two examples of the extent of corruption that the powers that be have jumped into. “If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy,” James Madison said. Our government has scared its people into blind submission through threats of terror and foreign enemies. They have policed the world as a way to slowly leech our liberty. They have perverted the very foundation of our nation – the Constitution – into some kind of living document that should be changed instead of followed. “Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government,” Madison said. The First Amendment guarantees freedom of the press as a way for the government to be held in check. Constitutionally, the media should be having a field day with this current way the government is being run. Why is the media so slanted toward pushing one party’s rhetoric or the next? Those who would say that the media should not criticize and critique the government are not in agreement with the Founding Fathers. “To...

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American Sign Language

Dear UMHB students, Got bilingual skills? Perchance you might be interested in getting a job that would utilize the fluency of your bilinguality? How about just dabbing into this unique spatial language? Yes, that’s right…there is such language like that. American Sign Language (ASL) has been recognized as a spatial (visual) language and is regarded to be the third most widely used language in the United States. ASL is a language embedded in a rich and diverse Deaf community that involves art, drama educational institutions, religious organizations, sports, clubs, and community gatherings of every kind. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor has the privilege of offering ASL as the students’ choice to meet the foreign language requirement. It can lead to various job opportunities such as interpreting/translator or teacher for the deaf/hard of hearing students. We’d like to know if you are interested in a minor in ASL. Please e-mail me at dhoffman@umhb.edu. Your response will be greatly appreciated. Regards, Dan Hoffman Assistant Professor Modern Foreign Language...

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