Final season for Lost
Feb10

Final season for Lost

After months of anticipation, Lost has returned for the last time, bringing viewers to ask more questions about how the show will end. The sixth season, which was supposed to be flooded with answers, has done little to accomplish that expectation. A show about time traveling, highly advanced mathematics, parallel universes and complicated relationships naturally comes with confusion, but the lack of answers in the first episode of the final season was disappointing. A few revelations were made, though, which have been long awaited. The once and still dead John Locke as the embodiment of the Smoke Monster brought his character into major play, which has been a long-time build up since the first season. With this key information, the small insights into Locke’s life further confuse viewers as they wrestle with which universe and story is real. The island is shown at the bottom of the sea while following the airplane story, which supports Juliet’s claim from the grave that “It worked.” This would make sense that the island simply sank and could do no more to crash planes and change lives except that half of the time the stories of the characters are being lived out on that same island. The main conflicts of the show take place on the restless island, compared to the rather peaceful plane ride and post-flight world of the characters. Smoke Monster Locke convinces Ben to kill Jacob. Ben’s leadership has completely diminished and he now follows the orders of evil Locke against the godlike Jacob, who has always reigned supreme before. With Jacob dead and gone, the good force shifts to the location of the Temple where Hurley, Kate, Jin and Jack bring Sayid to be healed. In their attempts to heal him, the Temple people actually drown Sayid, but he overcomes death and wakes at the last minute. It is clear that the war is now in motion between Locke and the previously Jacob-led Temple people. Some of the main characters of the show seem to be simple bystanders in the beginnings of this war, but they are being further developed in the parallel world of the plane. Richard is on the side of Locke, along with Ben. This continues the ongoing tension between Locke and Jack, even though no one is looking to Jack for leadership. Jack and his crew are in the Temple with The Others, and eventually Miles and Sawyer join them. In the peaceful airport world, Jack and Locke have a friendly conversation as both are hoping to find something that’s missing. Jack’s father’s coffin has been misplaced, which might explain how Christian has previously shown...

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Helping Haiti to recover, find hope
Jan26

Helping Haiti to recover, find hope

Desperate for help, Haitian people gather in the midst of a backdrop of toppled buildings and mass graves in the aftermath of an earthquake that occurred near the capital city of Port-au-Prince Jan. 12. The slow but steady relief effort has provided food, water and medical supplies to grieving citizens and extended its hand to 53 orphans who were flown from Haiti to Pittsburgh in order to finalize and expedite their adoptions. The Haitian and American governments were not the only ones concerned with orphans in Haiti. Dan Kirkley was too. He is president of Hope for the Hungry, which not only has an office in Belton and does local ministry, but also has orphanages and homes in Haiti. He has planned a trip to Haiti with three other Hope workers in order to help out with the relief effort. The team of four includes university senior Lindsay Weaver. Weaver will travel to the Hope orphanages in Haiti to bring supplies and help workers with the children. In a statement Kirkley said, “We will be distributing (about) 100 water filtration systems … (and) medical supplies including wound meds, antibiotics and use those as far as they will go.” UMHB students came together in chapel on Jan. 15 and raised $1,500, enough to purchase half of the water filters needed for the trip. Although students have already stepped up to provide money for Haitians, there is still a lot to do, something that student body President Tommy Wilson recognizes. Wilson said, “SGA is talking with Hope and trying to figure out what is the most effective way to get involved. For now, the main way students can help out is through prayer and giving of money.” Some students involved with Hope for the Hungry are giving up their spring breaks to travel to Haiti and work with efforts to rebuild. Sophomore youth ministry major KassidyHarris is planning on making the trip. She said, “The tragedy in Haiti has made me love Haiti more. It has actually opened my eyes and heart to the country more than ever.” The teams will be working with the orphanage in Guibert doing manual labor and spending time with the children. Harris said, “I am beyond excited to see what God places in our paths and to be able to meet and share with these kids. This experience will be an incredible one because of the doors it will open for me as well as my team.” Luckily, some places in Haiti remain intact after the earthquake, like the orphanage in Guibert, although many do not. Kirkley said in his statement that “all of our...

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Santa, professors see you when you’re sleeping
Dec08

Santa, professors see you when you’re sleeping

Eyelids become heavy, brains full to the limit, beds remain made from the day before and midterms are well underway. Students test many different break options with the hope that one of them will prove helpful in reducing the levels of stress they feel. Sophomore Christian studies and psychology double major Brittany Beltran does different things to escape from the pressure. For her, stress relief includes exercising both the body and the mind. She takes to bike riding and painting when the work load becomes overwhelming. Beltran said of the diversions, “I like them because they consume all my attention and are a good distraction.” Whenever she needs to take some time to forget her many responsibilities, Beltran enjoys a ride on her bike or paints whatever comes to mind in her apartment. For others, exercise is the only thing needed for a brief breath between study sessions. Running or any other form of exercise clears the head, stimulates the brain and creates a new ability to focus on the next task. Freshman education major Brittney King goes for a run whenever she is desperate for a moment to refresh her mind. Commenting on the joys of running, King said, “It makes me feel a sort of accomplishment.” A sense of achievement can be much needed when one is drowning in pages of notes and information to memorize. For King and Beltran, this sense of success comes in the form of physical exercise and activity. Others don’t find the sense of accomplishment from running, but look to other forms of less rigorous activities. Students like freshman nursing major Corbin Winkle enjoy a pleasurable read to lessen their hectic schedules. Winkle said, “I love to lose myself in a sci-fi book.” Reading for pleasure provides him time to rest from hours of studying academic books and allows for creative imagination instead of tedious memorizing. Still others find themselves in a state of peace when they listen to their favorite tunes. Sophomore education major Shaina Ryan thinks one of the best ways to create a temporary atmosphere of relaxation is to put on a favorite album. The music provides a low pressure time to regroup and focus on top priorities. Thinking about music, Ryan said, “if it’s familiar it reminds me of times I was relaxing …. It kind of takes me away.” With many finals demanding late nights and extreme focus, finding a stress reliever is indispensable. From physical fitness to creative art, fiction books to familiar melodies, students seem to have found their niche in their own perfect form of stress relief. Winkle expressed the ultimate goal of a...

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