Super Tuesday sweeps the nation
Mar05

Super Tuesday sweeps the nation

After months of campaigning, the primaries came to Texas. Texas is known to be a Republican state, there is room for Democrats’ presence to grow in the future. Due to the high population growth of Texas, Democrats look to take as many votes as they can from the state in 2020. The question going into the presidential election is simple. Is Texas big enough for both Democrats and Republicans? Let’s look at the facts. Progressives such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have been running on a platform of Medicare for All. Some Texans may place hope for such health plans. According to the United States Census Bureau, 186,000 Texans lost their health insurance, leaving the total population of Texas that was without insurance at 17.7% of the population in 2018. This was a rise from the 17.3% of Texans without insurance in 2017. Texas leads the rest of the states with the most people uninsured, making it possible that Texas could flip parties in the 2020 presidential race. Because of the rise of Democratic support in Texas, Democrats have started to target Texas in their campaign destinations. Candidates Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and former candidate Mike Bloomberg all visited Texas in the week before the primaries. This marked Texas as an important spot in the primaries. Leading the pack of candidates in visits, Joe Biden visited Texas 16 times since the start of 2019; Donald Trump was right behind him with 15 visits. Candidates such as Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the race in the days prior to Super Tuesday. These former candidates, along with former congressman Beto O’Rourke, joined together at Joe Biden’s Texas rally on Monday, March 2 in Dallas to announce their support for the candidate. It seems that their support was vital, as Biden took not just Texas, but nine other states out of the 14 states that participated in Super Tuesday. Sanders took the most important spot: California. On the other side, incumbent Donald Trump took all 14 of the states, bringing his Republican delegate count up to 833. Republican challenger Bill Weld did not increase delegates whatsoever, leaving him at a total of one. De La Fuente, another Republican challenger, had no delegates by the night. The Bells polled 50 random people outside of Bawcom Student Union on Monday, March 2, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. It was determined that while the majority of the campus is conservative, there was a somewhat large population who planned on voting Democrat. According to our polling of the 50 random people, 21 of the students either planned on voting,...

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Study abroad in London

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is holding an information session for its London Studies Program in the spring of 2021. The session is being held by Dr. Holcomb in Davidson room 204. The meeting is set to be on March 5 from four o’clock to five...

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Korean film “Parasite” wins big at the Oscars
Feb25

Korean film “Parasite” wins big at the Oscars

The Academy Awards have come and gone once again, but cinema has been changed forever. One can have optimism that this change is for the better. Oscar-winning director Bong Joon-ho spoke about the Oscars with disdain last year in an interview with Vulture, saying “The Oscars are not an international film festival. They’re very local.” He called the American love for his newest film “Parasite” “strange”. It is strange. American audiences don’t typically watch foreign films. Many Americans claim that they don’t have the attention span to put their phones down and appreciate the film for what it is. Bong Joon-ho also said after winning the Golden Globe for best director earlier this year “Once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many amazing films”. He couldn’t have been more right. Recently, I’ve started to go through the Criterion Channel, a streaming service of classic films. These classics include the filmography of acclaimed international directors such as Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini. Sadly, The Academy has never acknowledged these films. Out of the 92 years of the Academy Awards, only 13 films have been nominated for best picture that weren’t in English. Out of those, none won until this year. This is a reason to celebrate. While Bong Joon-ho never expected to win, he swept the major categories with 4 wins for “Parasite,”: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best International Film and Best Director. This type of sweep is not typical for the Academy, but much less for an international picture. As film fans, art lovers or people who just want to diversify their cultural appreciation, people everywhere can celebrate these historic wins for Bong Joon-ho and the filmmaking community. All we can do now is hope that the Academy keeps on this track and that this will encourage audiences to watch more international...

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Get involved with intramural sports

On college campuses across the nation, intramural and recreational league sports have become a huge part of campus life as they incorporate community, teamwork, and wellness into students’ lives. Even on small campuses such as the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, intramurals can play a big role in student life. UMHB currently offers six intramural and recreational sports including basketball, soccer, sand and indoor volleyball, football, and the university is open to suggestions from the student body. “Intramural sports at UMHB give me the chance to participate in sports without the big commitment of playing on a varsity team,” junior business major Coby Kidd said. “I love that I can just come together with my friends on a Sunday night and goof around,” she said. Many students just like Kidd have the same feelings towards intramural sports. These programs are the perfect option for students who enjoy exercising and being active but are not involved in varsity sports. Exercise is not the only positive attribution that intramural sports bring to college campuses, they can also be a way to avoid the party scene. According to a 2018 study by Torstveit, Johansen, Haugland, and Stea in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, young adults who participated in organized sports had a lower likelihood of engaging in unhealthy lifestyle choices such as unhealthy dietary habits, low physical activity levels, high screen time, and sleep duration. This study is one example of the positive qualities that intramural sports promote. By students replacing partying with intramural sports on the weekend, college drinking levels can decrease while overall student wellness is improved. A 2007 study in the Journal of American College Health by Ward and Gryczynski found that students who feel pressured by the partying culture, which is cultivated by American pop culture, can use intramural and recreational sports as a positive activity outside of school. Participating in intramural sports can also form a sense of community and friendship with people that would not normally meet. Students create friendships and memories with people outside of their majors, classifications, and social circles. “In high school, I was on the volleyball team and made the majority of my friends that way,” Rachel Lucas, sophomore communications major at Colorado Christian University said. “So when I got to college, I didn’t know if I would find ‘my people’ again. “Joining an intramural volleyball team helped me to form relationships outside of my major and track team. I love my intramural pals,” Lucas said. Intramurals are an easy way to be involved on campus in a casual way. They create a sense of community and fun on...

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Dallas: “Big things happen here”

Dallas, home to many UMHB students, boasts many attractions for the casual tourist or the history buff. From museums to restaurants, gardens to galas and shops to theaters, this bustling city has a lot to offer. For the lover of the arts, there is the Dallas Museum of Art. The exhibit hosts 18th-20th century European and American art, ancient Mediterranean art and art from the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. In addition, visitors can observe scientists preserving and restoring the museum’s collection with the latest technology in the Paintings Conservation Studio. The new AT&T Discovery District outside of the museum is the perfect destination for food and entertainment. It provides watch parties for sports and local musicians, gallery exhibits and showcases, and diverse meals from destination-worthy food. Downtown, the Dallas Arboretum displays 66 acres of beautiful gardens all year round. It is the home of Dallas Blooms Spring, the largest outdoor floral festival in the Southwest. Tourists can stroll through dainty cottages, meadows of flowers and Japanese-style gardens. If you are feeling a little daring, the Zero Gravity Amusement Park is the only amusement park that features five different thrill rides, this includes the “Nothin’ But Net,” the “Bungee Jump,” the “Skycoaster,” “Texas Blastoff” and the “Skyscraper.” The Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament exists for those fascinated with the culture of the Middle Ages. Costumed knights demonstrate jousting and sword-fighting in an arena similar to what one might expect from that time period. Guests root for the knight of their choice as they enjoy medieval meals served by clever jesters. Finally, Reunion Tower offers a spectacular view of Downtown Dallas. Atop the rotating restaurant, guests get a 360-degree experience of the city. With these tourist spots and many more, it is no wonder that Dallas is the place to be in North...

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