U.S. News rankings place UMHB with top schools
Sep15

U.S. News rankings place UMHB with top schools

Creme of the crop or tip of the top, any name to represent one of the best of the West region that is. UMHB recently earned the number 30 spot in its category of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. In 2005, the university placed in the top-tier rankings for the first time. Since 2008, it has continued to remain in the top 50. But what exactly does this mean, and how are universities chosen to hold such titles? First-year experiences, peer assessments, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving all assist in measuring what’s important to the U.S. News. Each of these categories represents a percentage that totals a university’s overall score. In last year’s U.S. News & World Report, 572 universities were listed under the Best Universities — master’s list. The institutions meet certain criteria; they provide many undergraduate and master’s programs, and only some of those universities offer doctoral programs. Four different regions divide the country: North, South, Midwest and West. Fifty-eight universities including UMHB are listed in the top tier of the West region. Vice President of Student Life Dr. Byron Weathersbee knows what it takes for a university to be deemed as successful and believes these rankings are a way for the university to “see if we’re doing what we say we’re going to do. “Benchmarks allow you to play the game,” he said. “In football you don’t just go out there and practice and say ‘we’re pretty good’ because it’s the head-to-head competition that determines whether you’re the conference or national champions.” Weathersbee said the ranking will broaden the scope for the university, which has the highest enrollment in its history — 2,956. “I think UMHB has a great story to tell, and anytime some organization recognizes there are great things going on at this campus, and this is a great university that is doing some incredible things. It’s always our story have a great respect for UMHB and our graduates.” Freshman psychology/journalism major Brooke Cox discovered on the university’s website that UMHB master’s programs are some of the best in the country. “It let me know that this school was capable of having a really advanced program,” she said. � When certain criteria are met, the overall percentage rises. “The higher ranking, the better job you’re doing… the better job we’re doing, the more respect this institution has,” Weathersbee said. Recruiter and alumna Katy Bumpus believes this title will allow prospective students to see UMHB is a top university. “We will be able to use this (top ranking) as a recruiting tool,” she...

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The American gets kudos for cinematography
Sep15

The American gets kudos for cinematography

George Clooney plays Jack, an American assassin who specializes in making custom guns for his clients, in the new box-office hit The American. Released Sept. 1, the film brought in more than $13 million during opening weekend. Director Anton Corbijn has a keen eye for dramatic cinematography. With a photography background, Corbijn framed each shot to perfection, which only enhances the mystery and drama of the film. His angles and camera placement set the movie apart from other assassin films. All of these aspects gave this movie 2 out of 5 bells. After escaping from his enemies and having to kill his girlfriend in Sweden, Jack retreats to the countryside near Rome to protect himself from being murdered. This specific scene was a downfall in the plot. Clooney’s character faces many difficult decisions and makes horrible choices which ruins the movie, but perhaps those choices are ones an assassin makes. There he begins his next assignment and meets Father Benedetto (Paolo Boncacelli). Jack then changes his name to Edward, posing as a traveling photographer. While protecting himself in the peacefulness of Italy, he falls in love with Clara (played by Violante Placido), a beautiful but unique character — not the typical religious, pasta-eating, family-oriented Italian woman. His friendship with Father Benedetto and relationship with Clara develop while he secretly puts together a long-range rifle for his next assignment. Edward leaves his new friends questioning him, but they do not mention their suspicions — Father Benedetto and Clara have secrets of their own. Edward (Jack) begins to imagine a life without killing as he whiles away his time with Clara. Walking away from the business seems tempting, but isn’t that easy. This assassin/spy film isn’t action packed, but the suspense will certainly keep the audiences’ attention. Corbijn does create a great ’70s spy movie vibe using the beautiful scenery, but there are many nudity scenes that were unnecessary. Let’s just say the end of this movie will keep one guessing. After all, how did they...

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Cru pulls through for big win
Sep15

Cru pulls through for big win

Football season kicked off with the Cru winning a scrimmage against Monterrey Tech (28-27) and a preseason game against Wisconsin-La Crosse (24-19). Fully recovered from a previous knee injury, MBA graduate student and running back Quincy Daniels will play his last season with the Cru without a knee brace. His hopes are high for the team. “As a player, I just want to do whatever I need to do to help the team achieve our goal of winning a national championship .… I don’t really focus on individual goals,” Daniels said. He is part of the “unity council which is a group of leaders on the team.” One ambition the group discusses for this season is for players to create a steadiness of teamwork. “We believe having good team chemistry can help us achieve great things on and off the field,” Daniels said. He also wants the freshmen and transfer players to “buy-in to the program, and work hard to help the success UMHB football has enjoyed” over the past 13 years. Couch Cru captain and senior elementary education major Rebecca Widmer is ready to root for the Cru. She serves with six other captains leading the student body in supporting athletic events. “I think our main focus this year is to move Couch Cru to what it started out to be … just a bunch of students together cheering on our teams for the same purpose,” she said. Widmer is aware it isn’t easy to maintain poise in a sports crowd but hopes students would be an example. “I would like for us to be able to show through our cheers that we are completely centered on God,” she said. “It’s important to represent our university in a positive way.” She hopes for many wins this season including a chance to play in the Stagg Bowl. Senior communication major and tight end Trey Hazelton also has high expectations for his team this year. “Honestly, I really think we can go all the way without a doubt,” he said. “We have the team to do so this year.” Being one of the oldest on the field, Hazelton wants to make a bigger difference for the team than he has in previous years and serve as a leader for his teammates. The rain was a distraction during practice this past week, he said, but it didn’t stop the coaches from preparing the team for Wisconsin-La Crosse. The Cru victoriously pulled through in the second half of the game, accomplishing the largest comeback in the program’s 13 years. Daniels rushed for 144 yards on 27 carries. “I am confident we will...

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Keeping campus classy
Aug24

Keeping campus classy

Expect the scent of freshly cut grass to fill the air every Wednesday. The maintenance staff provides UMHB grounds with proper grooming and landscaping to make a walk to class enjoyable. Senior interdisciplinary studies major Travis Bice is a student worker for facility services. He took the position that entails landscaping because it “just fit my style.” Bice grew up working outdoors and enjoys being part of changing the look of campus. “The coolest project I got to participate in was converting Dr. Bawcom’s presidential house into what is now the alumni museum,” he said. “The outside landscape took a complete turnaround.” Working with about 10 other men, Bice says there is something new to learn every day. “The guys in charge are awesome to work with,” he said. “They are patient and fun to be around… They help pass time while picking weeds in 105-degree weather.” The work of the maintenance staff does not go unrecognized. “One of the reasons I love UMHB so much is the fact that it is such a beautiful campus,” senior Christian ministry major Brianna Edwards said. “I love being outdoors, so getting to go outside and sit under a tree to read is great.” Edwards is aware of all the work that goes in to keeping campus classy. “I don’t know if everybody knows this, but maintenance replaces the flower beds about once a month so our campus can look pristine,” she said, “We see the fruits of their labor.” She believes because of the maintenance staff, UMHB is “the most beautiful campus ever.” Edwards is head resident assistant for Independence Village and participated with other RAs in writing thank you letters to the maintenance staff this past week. “The maintenance guys actually sent out an e-mail saying ‘thanks’ back,” she said. Vice President of Student Life Dr. Byron Weathersbee highly recommends that students say a ‘thank you’ to UMHB staff. “The reason we have such incredibly beautiful grounds is because of the many, many behind -the-scenes hours that go on,” he said. The university hosted a youth camp this summer, and the maintenance people’s hard work was not taken for granted. “Our staff did such a great job in the dining hall that the camp brought them out, gave them a standing ovation and I got to watch our staff literally have tears in their eyes because they were so appreciated,” Weathersbee said. When going off campus, it is evident small details, in something as simple as grass, make a big difference in the overall make up of the grounds. “You see parts, and it’s hot… yet here, it’s an oasis....

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Intramurals brings activity and fellowship

To play or not to play — that is the question. It is time for intramural captains to scout new prospects and get fall semester teams together because the season is now approaching. Senior exercise science major and intramural coordinator Kelsey Gobin is passionate about her job and believes it is preparing her for a future career. Being coordinator, she is constantly meeting new people and interacting with new personalities. “Intramurals, in my eyes, is a huge ministry,” she said, “One of the most beautiful things about sports and competition is that it breaks down barriers between people and brings them together.” Gobin is in charge of all intramural teams and games. Although her duty list is long and tedious, she is aware of the blessings that come with creating the teams, making all game schedules and makes sure the recreation staff are at all games. “People that would not normally associate with one another are all of the sudden playing sports together,” Gobin said, “it’s a huge ministry in the form of fellowship.” Junior public relations major Landra Davidson played soccer last fall and encourages all incoming students to get involved with intramurals. “The freshmen can meet people and learn how to play on a team together,” she said. One way to get placed on a team is to sign up as a free agent. Freshman Christian ministries major Chad Manns is willing to be a free agent. Manns’ church back home had open gym Tuesday nights for volleyball games, so he has had plenty of practice. Gobin said the free agent list is offered for all the sports. Students may sign up in the rec office located between the tennis and sand volleyball courts. “I like meeting new people,” Manns said. “It (intramurals) is a great fellowship opportunity.” If enough free agents are on the list, Gobin will create a team, but if there is a small number, those students will be dispersed to different existing teams. Upper classmen continue to take part in intramurals, not only because of the friendships that develop, but because of the tradition. Senior business management major Michael Beach enjoys playing softball and believes participating is a good way to build friendships. Beach has been on the same team, CruDoo, for two years. “It brings me back to the glory days of playing baseball,” he said. “There is a time and place for being very competitive, and intramurals can be that place as long as you treat others with the respect they deserve.” Playing intramural sports is encouraged on campus, even if students here not played a sport before, they are always...

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