Hershall Seals presents: a Moby Dick Experience
Sep28

Hershall Seals presents: a Moby Dick Experience

By Haylee Jorgensen Contributing Writer As the first Fine Arts Experience of the 2017 fall semester, Mr. Hershall Seals unveiled his exhibition, A Moby Dick Experience, in the Baugh Visual Arts gallery on Monday, Aug. 21. The exhibit ran through Friday, Sept. 22 “I was excited and grateful to all who came to the artist talk at the opening of the exhibit,” Seals said. “Over two hundred people in attendance was easily the largest group I ever presented to. I was pretty nervous and glad I had prepared my thoughts.” Around 15 years ago, Seals began his transition from realistic to abstract painting. “It was as if I had an artistic ‘mid-life crisis.’” Seals said. “Emotional and intellectual stretching was helped by reading what Melville had to say about leaving the safety of the port to explore the ‘howling infinite’ where ‘resides the highest truth.’ This metaphor helped me navigate a different way of making art.” Seals Melville’s “Moby Dick” along with Dr. Phil Dunham, who acted as a coach to Seals in his “voyage into abstraction.” “We taught art together at UMHB for 23 years until his death in December of 2012,” Seals said. “This exhibit is my way of honoring his influence on my life.” Seals’ three exhibition paintings represented the last three chapters of “Moby Dick,” and the gallery was brought to life through his use of sound, light, temperature and scent. Seals enlisted the help Mr. Larry Locke, associate dean of the McLane College of Business and associate professor, to record the gallery’s sound loop reciting the last three chapters of “Moby Dick,” which played alongside whale songs. The lights of the gallery were turned off, only l eaving spotlights on Seal’s three multimedia pieces. An interior wall was installed to keep light from the hallway shine in. The temperature of the gallery was slightly lowered, and a salted Scentsy was placed in it to imitate the smell of the ocean. “One thing I took away from the exhibit was a greater appreciation for abstract work,” sophomore studio art major and psychology minor, Bronwyn Taff, said. “I tend to prefer more realistic pieces, but seeing Mr. Seals’ abstract oceans, with a hint of realism thrown in, was very cool. Also, as a studio artist, I know how intriguing multimedia is to work with, and Mr. Seals used it very effectively.” Taking all of this into consideration, Seals’ exhibit was a huge success. “Personally, I thought the exhibit was well conceived, interesting, well crafted, professional in concept, technique and execution,” Barnes said. “And it was a unique, intelligent take on the last three chapters of Moby...

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Bells staff wins awards at TIPA competition
Apr26

Bells staff wins awards at TIPA competition

The Bells staff recently attended the annual Texas Intercollegiate Press Association conference in Dallas. The staff competed in on-site contests and came home with several awards for articles and page designs from 2016. Individual awards: – Honorable mention, sports news story: Cody Weems – 3rd place, sports action photo: Jake Stamps – 1st place, picture story: Madeline Oden, Lauren Lum, Kaylee Blumenfeld, Tra Shedrick – 2nd place, special edition: Lauren Lum – Honorable mention, single subject presentation: Geri Wissink and Tori Van Hooser – 3rd place, feature story: Tori Van Hooser – 3rd place, illustration: Sarah Ifft – 1st place, headline: Madeline Oden – Honorable mention, general column: Lauren Lum – Honorable mention, infographic: Tori Van Hooser and Geri Wissink – Honorable mention, feature photo: Alex Boivin Staff awards: – Honorable mention, overall excellence – 2nd place, Best of...

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London Studies students check-in
Mar29

London Studies students check-in

Published in the March 29, 2017 issue of The Bells The world is mourning the deaths of five English citizens as a tourist attack occured near Parliament in London, England on Wed. March 22. At 2:40 p.m., an attacker drove his car onto Westminister Bridge and hit several pedestrians. He then crashed his car near Parliament before attacking a police officer on foot. The attacker was later shot dead by armed police. Because the university’s London Studies program is currently hosting several students in London for the semester, social work program director Dr. Isaac Gusukuma, who is currently in London with the students, sent out an e-mail confirming the safety of the students and the professors. “While the event two days ago at Westminster, London was tragic and disconcerting, I would like to share that all of the students from UMHB, as well as those from Howard Payne University and Hardin Simmons University are safe, unharmed, and doing well,” Gusukuma said in his e-mail. “Additionally, Marilyn and I along with Dr. Nancy Romig from HPU and Dr. Don Taylor and his wife Joy from HSU, are also safe.” Gusukuma said that the students have returned to their normal schedule, but they are continuing to keep London and the victims in their...

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Tom Brady leads Patriots to epic Super Bowl comeback victory
Feb08

Tom Brady leads Patriots to epic Super Bowl comeback victory

Published in the February 8, 2017 issue of The Bells It was a game that left the football world Brady Gaga. After a first half in which he played like that impostor in a Tom Brady mask, the New England Patriots’ 39-year-old quarterback put on a Super Bowl performance for the ages Sunday, leading his team back from a 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime, 34-28, in Super Bowl LI. Half the crowd at NRG Stadium was delirious, and half was stunned. But Brady was wholly spectacular, surpassing Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw to win his fifth Lombardi Trophy _ a fifth, too, for Bill Belichick, the most of any head coach. “We all brought each other back,” Brady said. “We never felt out of it.” The knockout blow was not a pass, but a run, a two-yard carry around the right side by James White, who pushed his way barely across the plane of the goal line on the first possession of the extra period _ the first overtime game in the 51-year history of the Super Bowl. That the Patriots were even in that position was stunning, considering midway through the third quarter they trailed, 28-3, and had barely registered a pulse. The Falcons looked as if they could coast through the second half and collect the first Super Bowl win in franchise history. Patriots safety Patrick Chung had some blunt criticism for anyone who questions Brady’s place in the pantheon of quarterbacks. “Whoever says that he’s not the greatest,” he said, “you guys are stupid.” Now, for more of the stupefying: The Patriots are the first team to win a postseason game after trailing by more than 16 points in the final quarter. It was also the largest comeback in New England history in any game, with Brady’s previous best being a 24-point comeback against Denver in 2013. “We made history,” defensive end Chris Long said. “We absolutely, positively made history.” With the win, New England became the fourth team with at least five Lombardi Trophies, joining San Francisco (five), Dallas (five) and Pittsburgh (six). Even though the Patriots won by only six, it was their biggest margin of victory in any Super Bowl. Their previous four wins came by three, three, three and four points. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was loudly booed by New England fans when he presented the trophy to Patriots owner Robert Kraft on the podium, the reaction a byproduct of Brady’s four-game Deflategate suspension. “A lot has transpired over the last two years,” Kraft said as the boos turned to cheers. “And I don’t...

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Are movie remakes worth watching?

Published in the December 7, 2016 issue of The Bells Recently there has been an addition to the Harry Potter universe with the film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This movie is considered a prequel to the Harry Potter films and honestly, when the movie was announced, I let out a great sigh of annoyance. I feel my frustration is valid because this is the age of prequels, reboots, and remakes. Let’s all come to the agreement that not much mainstream entertainment is original. Who asked for another Independence Day? Do you truly believe Jurassic World was a good idea? And a Blair Witch Project sequel was not needed in the least bit. I truly believe that not a single person wanted to see the characters from Monsters Inc. go to college. It’s understood that these companies are just cashing in on our nostalgia. So, yes, as a die hard Harry Potter fan I was very frustrated when this film hit theaters. What is wrong with leaving something in the past, especially when it ended so well? Are these remakes truly the worst things ever or are they just done in bad taste? Even though Harry Potter ended well, there is so much to expand on in that universe. This is why the recent movie focusing on the wolrd of Harry Potter did really well in theaters. When it comes to remakes, it can be done in a different way and become more modern with the times. Honestly, when a modern spin is put onto an old film, it can actually be a really entertaining film. For instance, last year’s Rocky reboot, Creed. It was a wonderful film and possibly one of my favorite movies of the year. The year before, Robocop was remade and it was done really well in my opinion. The entertainment world is something that can continuously be expanded on. These movies become our escape and sometimes we are left wondering, what’s next? As an audience we fall in love with the characters and the story. Whether the story is magic, sci-fi, or simply a film about everyday life, we like knowing what is going to happen next, and entertainment companies realize what we as an audience want to see. So, next time a reboot or remake is announced, attempt to not roll your eyes. Give the film a chance because it is being told from a different perspective and in a different time period. And whether or not these films are Oscar-worthy, in the end they are a chance to escape reality for a short period of time and be entertained by...

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