Scooby-Doo it yourself
Nov13

Scooby-Doo it yourself

If the monstrous candy displays and cardboard bins full of pumpkins at H-E-B aren’t an indication of the sugar-filled holiday just around the corner, you might want to start preparing your Halloween costume. While it may be tempting to head to the closest “Spirit Halloween” store to find a pre-made costume, making your own costume will help you personalize your 2018 Halloween look. Here are some fun DIY costume ideas featuring the grooviest gang from Mystery Incorporated. Daphne Blake: To recreate Daphne’s iconic mystery-solving style, you will need a long sleeve purple dress. Pair the dress with some pale pink tights and flat shoes. The look wouldn’t be complete without Daphne’s signature purple headband and green scarf. While there are many ways to wear the chic scarf, Daphne’s look can be best achieved by folding the scarf in half lengthwise and putting the two lose ends through the loop. Now, you’re ready to trick-or-treat in true Daphne fashion. Velma Dinkley: For this look, you will need an orange turtleneck sweater and a red knee-length skirt. Pair the skirt with orange tube socks and flat shoes. Lastly, who could forget Velma’s iconic thick-rimmed black glasses? Grab a magnifying glass and you’re ready to solve a mystery! Fred Jones: The Mystery Gang wouldn’t be complete without Freddie. To recreate his look, you will need a white polo shirt and a pair of jeans. Pair it with a pair of brown loafers and the famous orange scarf. To fully embody Freddie, you will need to tie both ends of the scarf in a loose knot at the base of your neck. Now, you’re ready to go unmask villains with your best friends! Shaggy Rogers: While Shaggy is more famous for his impressive eating abilities, he is a very important part of the Mystery Gang. For this look, you will need an oversize green t-shirt and dark khaki pants. Add a pair of tennis shoes and slump your shoulders, and Zoinks! You’re ready to go!. Scooby-Doo: Who could forget Scooby Doo himself? To recreate this look, you will need some brown felt, white felt, and black felt. Cut two large triangles out of the brown felt. Next, cut two triangles out of the white felt, making sure that they are slightly smaller than the brown triangles. Next, cut two circles out of the remaining white felt and add two smaller circles of black felt. Glue the triangular pieces to the sides of your hat, making sure they have plenty of room to “flop.” Finally, glue the circular pieces onto the front of the baseball cap. Pair the hat with a brown t-shirt and...

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Breaking every yoke: raising awareness for human trafficking
Oct10

Breaking every yoke: raising awareness for human trafficking

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Baptist Student Ministry held an event on campus called “To Break Every Yoke” in order to raise awareness for human trafficking. The event was held on Oct. 5 and was put on by the Faith in Action team, led by senior Christian studies major Andie Dillow, junior Christian studies major Celina Gonzales and sophomore information technology major Lee Thomas. “This month is human trafficking awareness month,” Gonzales said. “We wanted to do this event now to raise awareness of human trafficking. God really opened doors for us to contact people through the BSM.” The event opened with a prayer and welcome led by sophomore information technology major Lee Thomas. “I wanted to raise awareness of human trafficking and improve my knowledge as well,” Thomas said in his welcome. “I think it is important that we talk about this because women are not objects, they are important.” Kathy Ylostalo, director of Ark 2 Freedom, which is a ministry of Hope for the Hungry that provides help for victims of and raises awareness of human trafficking, started her speech with a demonstration. Ylostalo asked for two volunteers to go on a hypothetical all-expenses paid trip to Florida. She brought the two volunteers up on the stage and began to pray with them. By the time the prayer was over, Ylostalo had tied the two volunteers together by their wrists. “I wanted to show you how easy it is for potential traffickers to lure you in,” Ylostalo said. “Often, they make false promises to trick their victims into being captured.” Jeniece Charlez, mother to human trafficking victim Natalie Fisher, spoke about her daughter’s experiences. “She introduced us to a boy she met at school, who we thought was a nice boy,” Charlez said. “He turned out to be her pimp. He brought her into the human trafficking world.” The world that Natalie was exposed to destroyed her life, as the connections she made there impacted her decisions. Ultimately she was unable to disconnect from the people who controlled her. She was eventually removed from her home in Mississippi because of death threats made against her and her own young daughters. Natalie was later murdered in Houston in 2015. “It is important to remember that trafficking does not discriminate,” Charlez said. “This is not a movie. This is real and they want our daughters.” Currently, there are no support groups offered for families of the victims of human trafficking in the Belton area. However, Ark 2 Freedom is working on creating support groups for the victims’ families. Summer Shine, a human trafficking victim, also spoke at the event....

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Taking a look back: 17 years since 9/11
Sep12

Taking a look back: 17 years since 9/11

On September 11, 2001, America was attacked by 19 men who had been trained by Al Qaeda. The men hijacked four passenger planes and at approximately 8:45 a.m. an American Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. 18 minutes later, people watched United Airlines Flight 175 crash into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. At approximately 9:45 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the west side of the Pentagon. United Flight 93 was also hijacked and crashed into a field in western Pennsylvania at 10:10 a.m. (BBC and CNN). During the attack at the World Trade Center, 2,763 people, including 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers were killed. At the Pentagon, 189 people, including 74 people aboard American Airlines Flight 77 were killed. All 44 people aboard United Flight 93 were killed. A total of 2,996 people lost their lives during these terrorist attacks, making it the deadliest terrorist attack in American history (BBC, CNN). The South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed from the heat and explosion caused by the plane, just 15 minutes after both Boeing planes crashed into the Twin Towers. At 10:30 a.m., the North Tower collapsed. Approximately 10,000 people were treated for injuries after the towers collapsed, and only six people who were in the towers when they collapsed survived (History.com). The jet fuel from the Boeing aircraft that crashed into the Pentagon started a fire which led to a structural collapse of that building as well. None of the members aboard American Airlines Flight 77 survived (History.com). Passengers aboard United Flight 93 discovered that the flight was being hijacked and took action. It is believed that the passengers and flight attendants were able to overwhelm the terrorists with a fire extinguisher, causing a loss of control of the aircraft. The plane plummeted at approximately 500 miles per hour and crashed in a field in western Pennsylvania. None of the members of Flight 93 survived (History.com). Americans have worked to preserve the history of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks. Museums and memorials have been opened across the nation to remind the American people of the tragedy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the brave people who gave their lives to protect others. The National September 11 Memorial and Museum, located in New York City is dedicated to preserving the lives lost during the Attacks. UMHB freshman social work major Natalie Gonzalez Blanco visited the museum in 2017. “The original flag that was flown by the towers was on display at the memorial,” Blanco said. “They...

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Organization Spotlight: Third Connect Kid Connect
Aug29

Organization Spotlight: Third Connect Kid Connect

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Baptist Student Ministry held an “Aloha Mixer” showcasing its different ministries within the BSM on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. The event provided incoming freshmen and transfer students the opportunity to meet people, get information and find an organization in which they can get involved. Among these organizations was Third Culture Kid (TCK) Connect. TCK Connect gives American students who grew up overseas the chance to make friends with similar backgrounds when coming to the states for college. The students in this organization all grew up in foreign countries and returned to America for college. Rebekah Wainwright, junior International Business major and leader of TCK Connect grew up overseas. “I was born in Cyprus and lived in Uzbekistan, Syria, England and Turkey. It was definitely hard to move away from places I called home. It was also difficult to make new friends because of the language barrier moving to a new country presents,” Wainwright said. “Even in places where people speak English, I have to work around people not understanding how multi-cultural I am. I look and sound like I was born and raised in the USA, but there are still several things I don’t understand about the culture.” Wainwright is not the only student at UMHB who grew up in a foreign country. Several students at UMHB come from missionary or military families who served overseas. Moving to a different country to attend college can be quite nerve-racking and may lead to some severe culture shock. “It is hard to find people who you can connect with about living overseas because some people don’t understand. Coming to a school in America from a different country is very hard to adjust to,” Wainwright said. While moving to a different country can be very stressful, TCK Connect provides a fun, love-filled environment for students to adjust to living in America after growing up in a foreign country. “Freshman year as a TCK (Third Culture Kid) can be extremely rough, primarily because it’s hard to find people who can relate to you about living overseas” Wainwright said. TCK Connect was established in the spring of 2018 with only eight members and has since grown to have 20 members. TCK Connect is looking forward to welcoming new members as the semester starts, with 15 freshmen who showed interest in joining TCK Connect. “We are very excited to welcome new members!”, Wainwright said. “Seeing this community of TCKs connecting and growing is awesome because it will make their journey through freshman year a lot easier,”. “The Mixer was really great; we met at the same time as the International...

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Dorm room cooking: 5-10 minute mug meals
Aug29

Dorm room cooking: 5-10 minute mug meals

Here are five quick, easy, and affordable microwavable mug recipes to make in your dorm this semester. don’t forget to cover your mug to reduce overflow. 1. Microwavable Mac and Cheese in a Mug For this yummy treat, you need 1/3 cups of pasta, 1/4 cups of water, two tablespoons of milk and 3/4 cups of shredded cheddar cheese. Combine the water and pasta in a large mug and microwave on high for two minutes. Repeat this process twice, stirring between two-minute intervals. Remove your mug from the microwave and stir in milk and cheese. Microwave the pasta for one minute and enjoy your treat. (recipe courtesy of babble.com, Kelsey Banfield) 2. French Toast in a Mug Every lazy Saturday morning needs a classy brunch to set the mood for endless hours of mindless cartoon watching. For this tasty treat, you need 1 1/2 to two slices of bread, one egg, three tablespoons milk and a dash of cinnamon. Tear the bread into small pieces and place them in your mug. Combine the egg, milk and cinnamon in a separate mug or small bowl. Pour the egg mixture into the mug with bread and press the bread down with a fork so it can absorb the liquid. Microwave for one minute or until fully cooked. Remove your mug from the microwave and enjoy your brunch. (recipe courtesy of spoonuniversity.com) 3. Omelet in a Mug For this tasty breakfast on the go you need two eggs, one tablespoon of milk and your favorite omelet toppings. Crack the eggs into your mug and add milk. Combine the milk and eggs by beating them together with a fork and microwave them for one minute. Add your favorite omelet toppings and microwave for 30 to 60 seconds. Remove your mug from the microwave and enjoy a tasty breakfast while you head to class. (recipe courtesy of spoonuniversity.com) 4. Broccoli, Rice, and Cheese Casserole in a Mug This simple recipe requires two broccoli florets, five tablespoons rice, 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch, a pinch of salt, four tablespoons of grated cheddar cheese, three tablespoons of milk and 2/3 cups of water. Combine the rice, broccoli, and water in a mug and microwave for four minutes. When the rice is fully cooked, add cornstarch, milk, grated cheese and a pinch of salt. Place the mug back in the microwave and heat for one minute and 30 seconds. Remove the mug from the microwave and enjoy your personal casserole. (recipe courtesy of biggerbolderbaking.com) 5. Brownie in a Mug Every great meal needs a great dessert, and this delicious brownie recipe is the perfect ending to any Friday night...

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