The Cru celebrates homecoming with week of events
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The Cru celebrates homecoming with week of events

Published in the Oct. 26, 2016 issue As October draws to a close, one major event comes closer and closer — an event that serves to celebrate those who created the school’s legacy and to welcome them back to campus with the sole intention of honoring them. Homecoming is a week-long celebration leading up to the rivalry game versus Hardin-Simmons University. This week-long event included a “Taste of Belton,” the “Full House dance,” and “Family game night,” among others. The first of the homecoming celebrations occurred in 1909 and has since taken place in either the fall or the spring. Over the years, it has become tied to football, meaning it happens in the fall, in either late September or early October. Alumni and students alike attend to cheer on the Cru football team. Events were held every day of the week and included games, giveaways, and concerts. These are organized and executed by the Homecoming Steering Committee, the team that puts brainpower and hard work together to plan everything that happens during this anticipated celebration. “Homecoming was incredible. They did an awesome job putting on events throughout the week to get students excited. I loved all of the events leading up to Saturday,” said freshman elementary education major Jackee Lawrence. Beginning Sunday night with the Color Clash on the Rec fields, Homecoming week started off strong. Twitter feeds were flooded with pictures of students covered from head-to-foot in powder paint and grinning from ear-to-ear. Monday featured a mass tank top giveaway, followed by pictures on King Street, and wrapped up with the “Taste of Belton,” where restaurants from the area served some of their signature menu items. On Tuesday, students were invited to King St. once more to make themselves a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the middle of the day, and to come back that night to dance those calories off at the “Full House Dance.” Wednesday showed us that UMHB students definitely know how to “Hit the Quad.” The day’s events included lawn bowling, ladder golf, pumpkin painting, and board games during the “Family Game Night” event. Thursday included the first performance of one of the most anticipated parts of homecoming week: Stunt Night. This event is put on by representatives from each of the four classes. Each group is given a theme, which they take and create an original skit. “Stunt night is an absolute blast to be a part of,” junior chemistry major Ashley Hastings said. “I’ve gotten to know so many people from my class that I wouldn’t have known otherwise. Our rehearsals are so much fun that the commitment never felt...

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FAFSA available as of Oct.1

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells As of Oct. 1, 2016, students may start filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), for the 2017-2018 school year. This policy change comes straight from the Department of Education in the hopes of making the process of applying for financial aid easier. “Because the FAFSA will ask for older income and tax information, you will already have done your taxes by the time you fill out your FAFSA, and you won’t need to estimate your tax information and then go back into the FAFSA later to update it,” according to the Department of Education. The tax information needed on this year’s FAFSA is from the 2015 tax return and must be from the year requested on the application. “Not having the option to use either this year’s or last year’s information isn’t ideal,” sophomore nursing major Erica Anderson said. “People would like to have the choice between the two because one could be better or easier than the other. Also, jobs change, income and expenses change from year-to- year, so telling people to use their information from last year won’t give the most accurate result.” The Department of Education suggests that if a family’s income has drastically changed since 2015 that the student visit the financial aid office to talk about the situation. Despite the fact that the information used for this school year came from last year’s tax return, the figures given will not just automatically roll over to the new application. “Too much could have changed since you filed your last FAFSA, and there’s no way to predict what might be different, so you’ll need to enter the information again,” the Department of Education said in an informational handout geared towards students. Additionally, if a student was not married and has changed that since they filled out their last FAFSA, they will need to add their spouse’s income information to their application. “Similarly, if you filed your 2015 taxes as married, but you’re no longer married when you fill out the FAFSA, you’ll need to subtract your spouse’s income,” the handout stated. Students are encouraged to fill out the application as quickly as possible. There are several types of financial aid that are awarded on a “first come, first served” type basis. Work study in particular is a concern. Each year there are only so many positions that may be filled, and according to the UMHB financial aid website, students who want to receive or keep their work study positions must fill out the FAFSA by the end of October. The change in...

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Pokemon Go: the app that captured the world

Published in the September 28, 2016 issue of The Bells   Claiming over one hundred million downloads in the first two and a half months since its release, Pokemon Go has won the hearts of many smartphone users. People who had played the game before and new players alike leapt at the opportunity to take part in this exciting new installment in the world of Pokemon. The game is a virtual reality based version of the well-loved series. The user walks around in the world and can see one of three interactive parts of the game; a Pokemon, a PokeStop, or a Pokemon Gym. Pokemon are caught with PokeBalls. PokeStops can be used to collect items and attract Pokemon. And at a Gym, a player can battle the Pokemon of other players in an attempt to take it over. As of right now, seemingly the only goal of the game is to collect all 150 available Pokemon. Initial opinions of the game before the release were on opposite ends of the spectrum, but gamers were anxiously anticipating the July 6 release date. When the day came for the app to be released, users flooded the servers with attempts to play, causing the game to have quite the rocky start. Server issues plagued users for several weeks, causing frustration. Eventually the issues were sorted out, and people began to play. For a while it was like magic. To be able to see Pokemon on the screen in any given location was an interesting new twist to smartphone gaming. Users were everywhere, from parks, to grocery stores, to private premises in a few unfortunate cases. Junior public relations major Bryan Guice said, “Pokemon Go is a fun way to spend some of your down time away from class and a great way to exercise. The downside is people aren’t the best decision makers most of the time. Most people become so engulfed when they play that they won’t look both ways before crossing the street, or they refuse to stay off of private property.” While currently sitting at a rating of a 4.1 on the Google Play store and three-and a- half stars on the Apple Store, Pokemon Go is a great game that could be doing better. Freshman Multimedia and Information Technology major Emily Tomlinson said, “It’s a fun game with a great concept that brings people together, but I think people are losing interest. The company keeps failing to listen to the suggestions and complaints of the users.” The problem with the game, according to the users right now, is that it feels like a different game. Concepts like...

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