The Bells Podcast – April 25, 2016
Apr25

The Bells Podcast – April 25, 2016

Produced by Cody Weems and Jigar Bhakta “Cuban Sandwich” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ “Beat It” by Jigar Bhakta played in accordance with Fair Use and Copyright...

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Cru scores walk-off win against HSU
Apr20

Cru scores walk-off win against HSU

UMHB baseball went into a three-game series against Hardin-Simmons last weekend, sporting a six-game losing streak. But after dropping the first two games to the Cowboys, the Cru managed to find the win column again with a dramatic, walk-off victory in Saturday’s series finale. On Friday night, Hardin-Simmons tagged UMHB’s junior starting pitcher Seth Hill for six runs, off nine hits, in 3 2/3 innings of work. The Cru didn’t put up the bats, however. In the bottom of the fourth, senior center fielder Chase Burrow hit a triple and then scored on a double from Cody Stone. Later in the inning, catcher Max Conway drove in Stone with an RBI single to make it a 6-2 game. Senior Will Stafford led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a double and then scored on a triple by Seth Martin. The Cru added another run when Martin scored on a wild pitch to make it a two-run game at 6-4. UMHB Head Coach Ben Shipp said his team did a good job of battling back against the early six-run deficit. “When you get down like that, you’ve got to focus on the little things, get one good at bat and extend the pitcher a little bit,” Shipp said. “We got there, but we just couldn’t get the big hit that we needed. But I really like the effort from our kids.” UMHB chased HSU’s starter Jeremy Hallmark out of the game after 4 2/3 innings in which he gave up four runs on seven hits. Burrow said the hitters were able to settle in against Hallmark as the game went along. “Early in the game, we just didn’t swing at our pitch. We swung at bad pitches early, and that’s what hurt us,” Burrow said. “In our second and third at-bats off of him, we started being more patient and that really helped.” The Cowboys would widen the gap again in the seventh inning. Colson Craddick hit an RBI double down the left field line and Jamie Ball scored on a wild pitch to make it a 7-4 affair. UMHB tacked on one more run in the bottom of the seventh when Dakota Parsons scored on an error, but that’s all they would get as the Cowboys took the first game of the series 8-5. While the Cru came up short in the series opener, Shipp said his players showed they can compete with one of the better teams in the conference. “We took their best punch, but it didn’t knock us out. We kept coming back,” he said. “I think that when you play the guys who...

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Ad council’s common sense campaigns a waste of gov. funds
Apr20

Ad council’s common sense campaigns a waste of gov. funds

We’ve all seen the commercials; an anthropomorphic bear telling you to put out campfires, smokers telling the dangers of tobacco. Public service announcements run rampant on television, radio and just about every other form of mass communication. But what we don’t question is whether they’re an appropriate use of government funds. The Ad Council is a non-profit organization that produces public service announcements for a wide range of non-profits, agencies and even the United States government. The organization was founded in 1941 and soon became a major contributor to World War II efforts, encouraging Americans to enlist, buy war bonds, and support the war effort in many other ways. Seventy-five years later, the country is in an era where most people have access to a multitude of information in their pockets. So, is it really necessary to spend government funds pumping out ads that most people think are common sense? Let’s look at the Ad Council’s most notable campaign, Smokey the Bear. The iconic bear is the product of a collaboration between the US Forest Service and the Ad Council. The campaign was created in 1944 to spread awareness about wildfire prevention. Smokey’s warning that “if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave” is good advice, but one would think campers could use their own common sense when it comes to putting out campfires. If someone needs a cartoon bear to tell them that leaving a roaring fire unattended in the woods is a bad idea, then humanity as a whole probably has bigger problems. Another reoccurring PSA subject is tobacco awareness, with frequent ads that show the side-effects of smoking. But in 2016, do people really need to be told that filling their lungs with smoke could have negative health effects? It may be different if campaigns had a noticeable impact, but it’s not clear that they do. According to United Press International, a recent study on hundreds of PSAs worldwide produced mixed results. The study concluded that while anti-smoking campaigns seem to be effective, campaigns warning about the dangers of alcohol fall flat. Ads with additional content – from nutrition to health screenings – were all over the map. So, if it’s not clear whether or not the ads even have the desired impact, then maybe it’s time to consider shutting them down. After all, it’s not the government’s place to make life decisions for everybody. It’s time we used a little common sense to make our own...

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The Bells Podcast – April 18, 2016
Apr18

The Bells Podcast – April 18, 2016

Produced by Cody Weems “Spellbound” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ “Joy To The World” by Three Dog Night played in accordance with Fair Use and Copyright...

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Following in the footsteps
Apr15

Following in the footsteps

For more than three-quarters of a century, UMHB has preluded the Easter holiday with its annual Easter Pageant. And while guests often leave campus feeling moved by this rendition of Christ’s crucifixion, the pageant has an equally strong impact on those who portray the Biblical characters. The pageant process begins with the selection of a director, and individuals to portray Jesus and Mary. These selections are made by University President Dr. Randy O’Rear. This year, senior social work major Carissa Araujo was selected to direct. “I was in complete shock that I was asked to direct. I was also so thankful and humbled by this opportunity,” Araujo said. Dr. O’Rear selected senior Christian studies major, Quinton Payton to play Jesus, and senior education major, Brianna Helmer to portray Mary. Once these three roles are assigned, the director begins putting together the rest of the cast. “Usually, several people want to fill the same role which is where being the director can be tricky,” Araujo said. “Casting took a little while this semester.” Araujo said it was important that she considered what role would be right for each individual.” “I spent a lot of time praying and thinking about who should fill what role. I want people to be able to connect to the story in a different way through each role,” she said. Once roles were assigned, Araujo then had the task of putting the performance together. “The first week of rehearsals I was only working with Mary, Jesus, disciples and mourners,” she said. “We worked on the few opening scenes so that they would have those down and be comfortable before we added the rest of the cast in.” Pageant participants don’t always have acting experience, so it was important for Araujo to ease everyone into the process. “I would try to focus on three to four scenes at each practice before we started morphing all of the scenes together,” she said. “Practice takes a lot of repetition at times, so it was always important to just keep the people you specifically needed for those scenes to respect everyone’s time.” As time went on, the pageant became less of a theatrical production and more of a spiritual learning process. Payton said the experience playing Jesus gave him and his fellow cast members a chance to grow in their faith. “For me to play Jesus, it meant that I was going to bring others alongside me to enjoy this journey with me and be there with me when it became difficult,” Payton said. “God surrounded me with an amazing group of disciples from all across the campus and brought...

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