Love Happens to those who least expect it
Sep29

Love Happens to those who least expect it

Love Happens is a romantic and heartfelt comedy. Burke Ryan, played by Aaron Ekhart, is a motivational speaker mourning the death of his wife three years previously. The stereotypical “lonely man in need of love” again knows what it’s like to be in love with someone and lose them, but doesn’t practice what he preaches — the proper way to grieve. Burke is the self-help author of A-Okay, a best-seller that makes him well-known to the American culture. He and his manager (Dan Folger, playing his normal funny role) make quite a team and are about to strike a deal with a multimedia company about expanding Burke’s fame into more than just a book. The duo holds a seminar in the Chicago area for helping people to ‘get over grief.’ The hotel where the convention is held is where Burke bumps into what could unveil a dark secret and change his life for the better — forever. Eloise, played by Jennifer Aniston, is a flower shop owner who is as eccentric as her company’s vintage ’60s Ford Falcon. She works on all the center pieces at the same hotel where the A-Okay seminar is held. After breaking up with a cheating rock star boyfriend, she purposefully blows off the approaching Burke by pretending she’s deaf. Eloise’s uncanny friend/ employee (Judy Greer) believes Aniston’s character could be the one to help Burke love again. Cowriter/director Brandon Camp (of Benji) nails the romantic and emotional theme of the movie, and counters it by adding a comedic twist with specific characters. Some are Martin Sheen, Burke’s father-in-law, and his daughter’s cockatoo. Together they make several hilarious and heartwarming appearances throughout the film. One occurs when Burke breaks into Sheen’s house and bird-naps the pet to set it free — his wife’s wish. The film’s soundtrack enhances each scene by capturing the emotions of the audience. The touching script of Love Happens will bring lots of laughter, along with tears, to audiences in theaters...

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Crusaders spend summer vacation on world missions
Sep16

Crusaders spend summer vacation on world missions

Several students had the opportunity to serve globally in missions last summer. From a university in Senegal, to the sandy, white beaches of Hawaii, Crusaders spent their vacations making a difference. One was junior Christian studies major and current Miss MHB Brianna Edwards, who went to Africa. “I left May 12 (for) West Africa, Senegal. My old youth minister has been a missionary there for two years,” Edwards said, “He’s been story-telling in villages around that area and didn’t have anybody to go into the university and work with students there.” Edwards wanted to help but didn’t know where he would need her. “I called him and asked if he had any missions for me … since I didn’t have the medical qualifications to be involved,” she said. “He told me he had been praying for somebody to come to open up doors with the university, and said if I was willing to teach English, he had a job for me.” Edwards helped at the university three days a week. “The other two days we went to a missionary school and taught drama,” she said, “At the university, they wanted to know more about America. It was real funny because they couldn’t pronounce ‘Brianna’ so they called me ‘Yama’, which made it fun.” The children had a wild curiosity about Americans. “They asked all kinds of questions – what we do, what we study (education),” she said, “I got to share that I study music, which made them want to hear me sing. Earlier that morning I woke up and had the song ‘Lead Me to the Cross’ stuck in my head. Therefore, I knew God wanted me to sing it. I got through the first chorus, and one girl stopped me and said, ‘Yama, that was beautiful. It sounded like a love song’ and asked what it meant. So I got to talk about how it is a love song about my Savior.” Back in the States, specifically on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, Miles O’Neil spent 10 weeks serving with another UMHB student and an alumna. O’Neil worked with junior Mark Miller and Dani Beth Crosby, the graduate who now resides in Hawaii. The three got their summer positions through the North American Mission Board. “The VBS included a Bible study, recreation and music class. In the afternoons we would have ukulele, Japanese and sign language classes too. We’d also take them on field trips once a week all over the island.” Traveling the island, however, isn’t what O’Neil remembers most. “The best part was getting to love on the kids, and they loved on us, too,”...

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Embracing the collision
Aug27

Embracing the collision

With candles lit and the bell ringing, the university welcomed the biggest class in the school’s history. Upper classmen helped the new students move into their homes away from home while moms and dads said their tearful goodbyes. But that is when the fun of Welcome Week 2009 began. “Overall, the amount of students was a great increase and change,” said David Keil, Welcome Week co-director and senior marketing major. The steering committee worked hard to reach its main goal—to make the freshmen’s and transfers’ first week an experience they wouldn’t forget. “We wanted to initiate new students by making them feel comfortable with our university as well as provide them with knowledge of their surroundings—the school spirit and traditions— so that by their first day of class they felt like part of the UMHB family,” Keil said. Senior art major, Lauren Allen, was the promotions leader on the Welcome Week steering committee. “I made the logos, T-shirts, books, nametags and postcards that went out to all the students,” she said. Allen has been involved with Welcome Week for four years. “I was an incoming freshman, the next year an aunt and have been on the (steering) committee the past two years,” she said. Carlton Lemley, senior business management major, has been part of the tradition for five years. “A lot of what happened this week was changes we had made last year, only perfected,” Lemley said. “I think the highlights started with Cru Com Kick- Off,” he said. “We (the steering committee) put in over 150 hours of work toward that specific night for one reason: to keep people coming back.” Along with a new take on Cru Com Kick-Off, also known as Wednesday Night Live, new events were added to the itinerary. “The drive-in movie, the amount of free time given, the scavenger hunt, midnight worship—including the variety of seminars they had— and, oh yeah, Phil Wickham. (It) was all new,” Keil said. The leadership teams believe the Welcome Week activities gave incoming students a glimpse of the university’s objective of building community among students from all walks of life. “Campus events are what make people excited to attend and be here,” Lemley said. “It’s important for us to send the message that our university is willing to do the extra work… to make the students’ experience something that is truly memorable. Bringing in Phil Wickham to end the week did exactly that,” he said. Keil believes this year’s program set a high standard for the Welcome Week tradition in the future. “I would like to say this was the best Welcome Week yet, but I’m kind...

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