Being Jesus: lifestyle portrays Christ
Apr02

Being Jesus: lifestyle portrays Christ

Wednesday, April 8 marks UMHB’s participation in the most important Christian celebration in the world. This annual interpretation of the biblical passion of Christ will celebrate its 70th production. As an honored tradition, administrators do not take its preparation lightly. In fact, the selection process for a student to portray Christ begins weeks before the previous year’s showings. Senior history major, Luke Beasley, came highly recommended when selected by President Jerry G. Bawcom as the 2009 Easter Pageant Jesus. The job of portraying a perfect human being has weighed on this individual throughout the production’s life. Although Jesuses note they are not perfect, trying to do their best at living a Jesus-centered life takes on a new meaning. Senior assistant Easter Pageant director, Jeremy Kee, said that students who portray Jesus must handle  pressures of being in the public eye. They need to understand the role and know it is not about how good they can be for a year, but using the position to showcase Jesus’ teachings while applying them to their lives. Kee said Beasley did just that. “In the past, other Jesuses have tried to become Jesus, but (Beasley) tries to implement His teachings, His way of doing things into his daily life.” Kee said as a respected student to begin with, Beasley was a pretty good guy before being chosen as Jesus last year, so the transformation in his lifestyle changed little as he assumed the role. Beasley’s character has shown through being labeled Jesus. “He has handled it particularly well because the person portraying Jesus is thrust into the spotlight on campus for a full calendar year. People identify him as Jesus, and being in front of everyone is not who (Beasley) is,” Kee said. “He is a private guy. He has handled the monumental shift in lifestyle remarkably well. When people make Jesus jokes, he lets them have their fun, because he knows that is part of the job. Considering who he is and his laid-back attitude (Beasley) has handled being the star of the campus quite well.” Student Affairs administrative assistant, Joy Childress, has supervised Beasley for the past four years while he worked in her office as a student worker. She said Beasley’s growth over the years has prepared him for this position. “He is one of the most amazing human beings I have gotten to work with,” Childress said. She said his dependable character, kind heart and loving spirit make him rock solid. As he tries to be real and only what he is, many look up to him. Childress said, “I have always experienced Easter Pageant as a spectator,...

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‘Duplicity,’ two sides for every story
Mar31

‘Duplicity,’ two sides for every story

The Movie Duplicity is not unlike many espionage movies before it. Elements from Mission Impossible and Mr. and Mrs. Smith weave themselves into the plot of the film and the planning process by the characters in the movie rivals Ocean’s Eleven and it’s similarly named successors. Julia Roberts adds a slick, sneaky and sexy feel to the story alongside stunning co-star Clive Owen, playing a pair of spies plotting to take down their respective companies. Pros Despite an awkward opening scene, the movie starts rather quickly and wastes little time giving no more background to the characters than what we would absolutely need for the story. Duplicity’s strengths lie in its thrilling moments. When plans are set into motion, it is easy to get emotionally involved in the outcome of the covert operation. The ending to the movie is superb, shocking and surprising to movie-goers. The film keeps viewers on their toes, wondering where things are going to go next, following every emotional rise and fall and guessing the outcome of the worst (and best) situations in which the characters find themselves. Duplicity is not going to have the same kind of ostentatious entertainment as a movie like Transformers or Pirates of the Caribbean, but delivers its value in the intellectual play between both of the main characters, Ray and Claire. Cons The movie goes back and forth in time too much, causing problems in the continuity of the film. Information is not provided about what is going on until the actions are set into motion, which breaks the momentum and becomes problematic. An attention span is required to enjoy the movie to its fullest. There are so many details involved that viewers have to remain on their toes to catch each little facet of the plot. Duplicity is hard to follow, but if you can keep up, the reward at the end of the movie is worth it. The Bottom Line The Bells gives Duplicity a three out of five bell rating because of Julia Roberts’ impressive return, an interesting heist story and some great chemistry between both of the leads. The film makes use of great cinematography and mixes the use of older-style editing with great camera work to pull off a visual treat. The twists in the plot keep the audience guessing at each turn and pulls everyone’s emotions into the final steps of the heist. Although not distinctive in its ideas, Duplicity does a lot of things right and pulls it all together into a pleasant, but forgettable...

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Tennis rackets up for wins in conference

The tennis teams begin the meat of their conference play to close out the month. Hoping to recover from a few tough losses to strong non-conference and early conference play, the Crusaders hope to finish strong. “We’ve had the toughest non-conference schedule,” freshman sports management major Josh Pownall said. “We’ve been competing very well. It has taken some very strong opponents to have beaten us.” The men’s team lost the overall match  Friday against Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The match went 8-1. On Saturday the Cru also played Schreiner University and dominated the Mountaineers with a 9-0 victory. The team remains optimistic that these few losses will not keep them out of the conference tournament. “We are entering the ‘hot spot’ of our schedule,” Pownall said. “We have a bunch of must-win matches in the next two or three weeks. We really need to win these upcoming matches, and I think our team can pull them out.” One of the biggest challenges facing both the men’s and women’s tennis teams is inexperience. “I’ve had trouble adapting to the collegiate level,” Pownall said. “I feel like everything is there for me to win, but I haven’t been able to put it together consistently. I feel like our team has the same problem as well.” As for the women’s tennis team, the Lady Cru have been more successful so far than the men’s team. However, they still have their work cut out for them this season. “I think the team has done pretty well so far,” sophomore exercise and sport science major Rebecca Everett said. “Our team has definitely improved since the beginning of the season. We hope to win conference this year, and I am confident that we can do it.” Everett also commented on the mental aspect of the game of tennis. “Tennis is a very mentally challenging game,” she said. “I tend to get down on myself too much when I am losing. Staying mentally tough is a big part in winning a match, and that is something that I work on everyday, and I feel that I am improving. The same goes for the team as well.” While the tennis players face tough mental challenges on the courts, they also face problems in the classroom as they juggle homework, practice and games. “Being an athlete and a student can be hard at times,” Everett said. “You don’t have as much time for school work like others do, but I feel that I manage my school work better knowing that I have to get things done because my time is so limited.” Although the season is not over, the men and...

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Google mail to the rescue
Mar31

Google mail to the rescue

The return from spring break marks the time when students, faculty and staff begin preparing for the last sprint of the school year until finals. However, this year on March 23, an event known as G-Day went live in the SUB, allowing students to access their new campus Gmail accounts. Department of Information Technol-ogy application engineer, Tracy Martin, was on the team helping make implements in UMHB e-mail accounts. She explained that after the switch, the system is now “powered by Google.” This will allow users to have 2,000 times more space to hold information without having to continuously delete important e-mails. “We recognized there was a problem, and we needed to improve the student’s e-mail solution,” Martin said. “We asked for feedback from students. We did not just do it on our own. We got more than 200 Facebook surveys back, and students overwhelmingly supported a move to Gmail.” Angela Baker, hardware engineer, also helped organize G-Day and was impressed to see the outcome and reaction to all those involved in the switch. “It appears to be a really positive response. Students are coming in. A lot of them are excited,” Baker said. “Some of them are already familiar with Google and possibly already have an account there. So they realize the benefit available to them and all the other fun things that are coming along with the Google applications.” Sader mail used an older server, and IT felt that it was inconvenient for the students to face this issue. Baker said this will make e-mail entertaining and accessible. “The old account was really old, and it only allowed for so much space, and that was a big downfall for the students as far as using the e-mail for picture swapping, PowerPoint and other stuff,” she said. “They really had limited space. That alone is the biggest plus—the space that (Gmail) is going to give the students.” In many cases, students would access their Sader mail accounts, but would quickly have all their e-mail forwarded to other accounts. Freshman math major, Shaina Ryan, was excited to know that she could now have one mailing address. “I am really looking forward to actually being able to fully use my school e-mail address,” she said. “I already told all of my family and friends to start e-mailing me at my school account instead of my old one. I will most definitely start using my Sader mail as my primary e-mail account.” Junior Christian studies major Geoff Payne said, “I think the new Gmail accounts will provide a much simpler, more user-friendly interface for student e-mailing.” He thinks the goal was...

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Dr. Seuss meets Olympics games
Mar31

Dr. Seuss meets Olympics games

Normal Olympics don’t feature cross-dressing figure skaters. Or “Dr. Seuss” characters playing beach volleyball. But these were not normal Olympics; they were the 2009 Crusader Olympics, the theme of the 105th annual Stunt Night, held at W.W. Walton Chapel March 27. Each student class selected three Olympic sports and was asked to perform a skit based on their choices, straining to outdo each other in humor, creativity and style. They competed for a slate of awards given by the audience and a panel of judges that included future UMHB first lady, Julie O’Rear, current first lady, Vicky Bawcom, and former first ladies, Marietta Parker and Ellen Tanner. The freshman class chose tae kwon do, basketball and artistic skating as their sports. They blended glow-in-the-dark karate fights, male “artistic skaters” in sequin dresses and lively dances to come out on top with the Judges Choice, Best Dance and Best Actor award for freshman exercise sport science major Seth Dickinson. Freshman performance and film studies major, Rachel Jeske, freshmen class co-director, is thrilled at what they accomplished. “We put in so much hard work and dedication,” she said. “There was some stress at first, but it turned out to be amazing. It’s just incredible, and I am so proud of all the freshmen.” The sophomores added a “Dr. Seuss” theme to their skit by rhyming  through beach volleyball, trampoline gymnastics and curling. Their whimsical apparel, based on characters from Dr. Seuss’s books, earned the award for Best Costume, but that was not important for sophomore education major, Julia McDonald. “When our class gets together, we have a good time,” she said. “We don’t care about awards. It’s about us dancing, looking stupid and having a good time.” The juniors performed the most popular skit of the evening, combining thick foreign accents with enthusiastic acting to win the Campus Choice award. Their sports included fencing, water polo and synchronized swimming. “It’s so great because now I know the audience liked it,” said junior elementary education major, Katie Leibert. “I had so much fun.” In their final performance for Stunt Night, the senior class chose the events of running, wrestling and floor gymnastics. Their story about a team of underdogs competing in the Olympics earned the Best Actress award for senior nursing and performance studies major Layne Grisham. Participating in the skit’s antics was senior computer science and computer graphics design major Blake Smedley, who portrayed an Olympic weight-lifter. “My favorite part was probably wearing really tight shorts on  stage, ripping off my T-shirts and just hanging out with the other  seniors,” he said. Stunt Night Co-director, Emily Williams, believes the evening was...

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