Political commentators reach common ground on Cru soil
Oct21

Political commentators reach common ground on Cru soil

By all accounts, Cal Thomas and Bob Beckel should be mortal enemies. Thomas is a conservative columnist and author; Beckel is a liberal commentator and Democratic Party operative. Thomas sings the praises of Ronald Reagan; Beckel ran Walter Mondale’s campaign against Reagan in 1984. Two men could not be more politically opposite. Yet, for nearly two hours, the close personal friends complimented each other, spoke of their mutual love for America and discussed common solutions to serious issues. The presentation, entitled “Finding Common Ground,” captivated a packed house in the Lord Conference Center Oct. 1. It was hosted by UMHB’s College of Humanities and the Institute for the Humanities. Dr. Derek Davis, dean of the College of Humanities, introduced the nationally-known political titans. “One very liberal Democrat and one very conservative Republican are going to talk about common ground, how we can move from partisanship to bipartisanship in American political life,” Davis said. Thomas explained how the two decided to pursue bipartisanship. “We sat in a green room one day, the room you sit in waiting to go on the air, and we saw two people of different political persuasions fighting on the air,” Thomas said. Thomas ridiculed such partisan bickering, contrasting it to the mindset of most people. “Real Americans don’t live this way,” he said. Beckel agreed, accusing wealthy special interests of stoking political conflict for their own gain. Calling them “cheap bums with money who keep the process going because they want to maintain their own interests,” he urged the audience to look past partisan rhetoric. “We don’t believe there is an issue facing this country where people of good will can’t find common ground, and if they don’t find common ground, at least they don’t leave angry,” Beckel said. Thomas and Beckel examined a wide range of current political topics, finding common areas of agreement while sticking to their principles. Discussing the financial crisis, Thomas ridiculed the $700 billion bailout package that had been proposed by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson while Beckel lamented the bailout but ultimately considered it necessary to stave off an even worse catastrophe. On energy, Beckel argued for expanded alternative fuels while Thomas agreed on the need for more alternative energy and the necessity of both parties to work together for change. “We’re not enemies. We’re fellow Americans. We know what needs to be done with energy,” he said. The message of bipartisanship resonated with Belton resident Philip Smith. “I thought they brought a lot of insight into the real cause of the problem and some good discussion on how people should be able to work together and put themselves above...

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Business & Career Job Fair

Tuesday, October 7, 2008 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lord Conference Center Open to all majors and classifications! Below is a list of employers that have registered to date: Allergan Brown, Graham & Co. CT Chapter of ACFE Colonial Life Compass Bank Convergys Corporation Cracker Barrel Dart Transit Company Kitchen Encounters McLane Advance Technologies McLane Company Pattillo, Brown & Hill RVOS Insurance Scott & White Service Solutions Corporation Social Security Administration Statewide Systems First National Banks H.E.B. Jaynes, Reitmeier, & Boyd LK Jordon & Associates Disney Ed Jones Investments Enterprise Rent-A-Car Farmers Insurance Group Federal Bureau of Investigations Fikes Wholesale First City Serving Corporation First Command Financial Planning Target Verizon Wireless Walgreens Wal-Mart Workforce Solutions Zoptions Contact UMHB Career Services for additional information. UMHB Collegiate Finance Organization- Fair Campus...

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Check out creative Cru Cribs
Oct01

Check out creative Cru Cribs

Stocking an apartment can be a task. Take a look at how fellow Crusaders mix and match unique pieces into their design schemes. Twin Chairs “These are our flowery arm chairs. This setup is perfect for reading and drinking coffee.  It helps establish a cozy atmosphere at home, which is something that was very important to me and my roommates,” junior Noelle Renfro said. Kitty call “I got the rug from a guy who lived behind Subway, who had listed it on craigslist. I really wanted something with a graphic on it, preferably a dragon or mythical creature, but the lion was the next best thing,” senior Josh Hobratsch said. Fold up or flip out “It was my grandmother’s table. I thought it’d be nice to have since it’s a coffee table and an actual dining table all in one,” senior computer science major Michael Gohlke said. Turtle races “They get away from us sometimes, but they never end up anywhere too weird,” Maghan Leonard said. “We race them and have turtle nights, where we lay on the floor and try to make them do things and go places,” nursing major Sarah Saucedo said. Shock and awe “My room is eclectic,” Jordan Hall said. “I got my ideas from the Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters. My favorite things in my room are my colorful paper lantern and my ‘Find your stage door and open it’ sign. I wanted my room to be very chic.” Art in passing “This painting used to be in Rachel Stevens and Taylor Harrison’s apartment, and I inherited it from them. It is kind of like an upperclassmen heirloom. Some lucky underclassmen may just inherit it,” DaniBeth Crosby...

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