CAB: Students Go Retro At The Rink For ’90s Neon Skate Night

Wheels Family Skating Center in Temple was recently hit with a blast from the past when students invaded for ’90s Neon Skate Night hosted by the Campus Activities Board.  The event, which was held on Sept. 12, gave students a chance to unwind and enjoy each other’s company while decked out in in their favorite retro attire. Assistant Director of Campus Activities Jeff Sutton said  the idea for the event came directly from the students. “Some of our CAB students wanted to do a skate night, and then they came up with the theme … and I think it turned out great,” Sutton said. Sophomore international business and marketing major Alex Kown described it as a chance for students to have a good time and forget about the stresses of the semester while remaining in a controlled environment. “This event is really just, as a university, a student body, where we can just come to a place and have fun and just go crazy, and that’s really what CAB wants to get out of it,” he said.  “Just let the students get a break, come here, have fun and get to hang out with each other and have that college experience in a safe way and look incredibly good at the same time.” More than 450 students participated in the event, which included a variety of activities such as dancing, games, music and plenty of skating. “There’s food and drink available at the concession stand. We’re obviously here to skate, but there are arcade games you can play if you choose to. If not, you can just stand around and talk while you try to learn how to skate,” Known said. While many CAB functions focus on getting students to come together and get involved on campus, the primary focus of skate night was to simply hang out with friends and making new friends. “This is really more of a social and have fun event, which I think works a little bit better than those other events because this brings in people that maybe didn’t think they’d want to get involved,” Kown said. Sutton hopes as a result of skate night that other students will be given a platform where they can express ideas of their own. “This allows students to make connections that they might not make on an everyday basis,” he said.  “Any student can be a part of CAB and can help add input to any of our events or even plan something for themselves.” Junior pre-physical therapy major Riley Davis said that events like skate night are proof of the fact that CAB is dedicated...

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Students Swim And Splash At Annual Back to School Bash
Sep10

Students Swim And Splash At Annual Back to School Bash

As summer winds down and the stress of a new semester inevitably begins to sink in, students found a way to enjoy the summer heat one last time in the form of the annual Back to School Bash. The event is hosted by Campus Activities Board at Summer Fun Water Park, which allows students to kick off the new semester in style. Assistant Director of Campus Activities Jeff Sutton said the party is one of the larger and more popular functions that CAB puts on all year. “We wanted our first event to be a big event,” Sutton said. “We wanted it to be something fun that students don’t necessarily experience and kind of wanted it to be that last bit of summer.” More than 500 students participated in the festivities which included swimming, music, dancing and a wide array of food. Several other student organizations were in attendance in an effort to give students the opportunity to get involved. “Something special we’ve done the past couple of years are different student organizations or groups on campus that we’ve talked to and set up some VIP areas,” Sutton said. Senior Christian studies major Katelyn Killian believes that having various student organizations present has opened the door for many students who may not participate otherwise. “I think that the designated group areas helped students become involved at Summer Fun,” Killian said. “It let students who might not come by themselves come with a group instead.” Killian also noticed that the  gathering helps international students become acquainted with college life in the United States. “I can’t imagine how much of an adjustment international students have to go through when they come here to study at UMHB,” Killian said. “I really enjoyed putting on the event and seeing them relax and have fun. Anything we can do to make college a little more fun and exciting makes any CAB event completely worth it.” In addition to allowing returning students to reunite after the summer, junior accounting major Seth Michaelson believes it is a great way for incoming freshmen to meet new people. “I can say with confidence that the event was successful in bringing the new students out,” Michaelson said. “I saw many freshmen hanging out with sophomores and juniors. I even made some new friends myself, and that is what CAB is all about.” Killian also thought Back to School Bash was a way to give incoming freshmen a much needed break following the first week of class. “After the craziness of Welcome Week, the Back to School Bash especially gives the freshmen something to look forward to after their first...

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New Stadium Set To Impact Campus
Sep10

New Stadium Set To Impact Campus

Since its inception in 1998, Crusader football has never had a place to call its own. However, with the opening of the new Crusader Stadium, the team will finally experience its first true home game when it hosts Wesley College Sept. 21. The stadium will have about 7,800 seats and is expandable to a capacity of 10,000 with standing room areas. Most of the seating on the home side is reserved, with chair back seats and bench seating that will serve as general admission. Grassy berms will be available behind both end zones where students with a valid ID can catch the action for free. The stadium will also feature the largest scoreboard among Division III colleges, which Vice President for Athletics Randy Mann thinks will greatly improve the game day experience for fans. “We have a beautiful electronics video board that is going to be certainly pleasing to the eye, which will create an environment that we’ve never experienced before,” he said. No one should go hungry on game day with four concession stands—three on the home side and one on the visitors’ side. The center stand on the home side will primarily be used to sell merchandise. Each stand will be equipped with monitors so that fans can still watch the game while they wait. Concessions will feature unique items including a specialty hot dog called The Cru Dog and even purple Blue Bell vanilla ice cream. While the primary purpose of the facility is to house football games, Mann believes that the stadium along with the conjoined student union building will play an even greater role for the university. “It’s going to impact the entire school and campus and the entire student life with the stadium plus the new student union building,” Mann said. “I think it creates an excitement that we haven’t experienced since I’ve been around here.” The decision to join the stadium and the student union building was partially to ensure that both were centrally located on campus, but Director of Campus Construction Scott Dodd believes that it also gives an aesthetically pleasing feel to the structure. “Part of that vision was to be able to join this project up and have a prominent backdrop on the visitors’ side because I think at most stadiums, the visiting side just doesn’t get a lot of attention,” Dodd said. “By using the student union as a backdrop … it kind of creates a very prominent feel and a very classy look for our stadium.” The new student union building will be divided into three levels. The first will hold residential dining, which will be moving...

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Animation hits summer cinema
Aug27

Animation hits summer cinema

Summer blockbusters have become a big part of American culture. This year was no exception, as moviegoers of all ages had a wide variety of options to whet their cinematic appetite. What this year lacked in drama, it made up for in animated classics. America’s favorite villain-turned-hero, Gru, returned to theatres in Despicable Me 2. This time, instead of pulling off the world’s most impressive heists, Gru is on the other side, tasked with hunting down and stopping an evil criminal who intends to take over the world. The movie delivers everything that fans of its predecessor could possibly want: an engaging story, plenty of action and those hilarious yellow minions. Another animated sequel has excelled at the box office. Monsters University goes back in time from the 2001 film Monsters Inc. to the college years of Mike and Sulley. The movie shows that the relationship between the two friends hasn’t always been so strong, as both have dreams of becoming the world’s best scarer, and a rivalry soon ensues. The two are forced to rely on each other in order  to accomplish their dreams, and a life-long friendship begins. The film does a great job of giving viewers a look into the past and revealing the unusual path that leads to the bond between the two besties. The top-grossing movie of 2013 to date has been Iron Man 3. The post-Avengers world of Tony Stark can be described as shaky at best as he faces the fear that he might not be as invincible as he thought. With the help of a young fan, Stark is able to outwit his opponents and once again save the world from imminent doom. Robert Downey Jr. offers the audience a side that hasn’t yet been seen of his character as he must work to overcome a lack of confidence for the first time in his life. The film offers viewers all the action and a dramatic conclusion they’ve come to expect from the...

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