Men sustain division dominance
Jan29

Men sustain division dominance

By Leif Johnston The men’s basketball team has been on a fast track straight to the top of the ASC West division with an impressive 12-1 record. Recently knocking off a stingy Howard Payne team by double digits, the Cru looks to keep that momentum as they finish conference play. Hitting the road to play quality teams will prove to be a tough task, but the Cru believe it isn’t anything they can’t handle. “There is no doubt that the road trip will be tough. It’s easy for teams to lose focus while traveling so much, but coach has done a great job to prepare us for what to expect,” senior business finance major Cory Meals said. The Crusaders provided themselves a great deal of momentum going into the grueling road stretch. A blowout win over a talented HSU team was just what the Cru was looking for. “The Hardin Simmons game was huge considering we were both tied for first place in the East Division. They are our rivals, which made the win that much better,” freshman biology major Layton Zinsmeister said. With younger players having to step up, the strong core of seniors provides a source of experience that has been vital to the team’s success. The Crusaders continue their winning ways by playing hard-nosed defense and taking care of the little things. “I really thought this would be a team that would shoot the ball consistently between 48% and 53%, but we haven’t reached that yet,” Head Coach Ken DeWeese said. “We are shooting the ball OK, but we are not shooting the ball nearly as well as what I think this team can.” The men’s program has been successful in the past and has set its sights on a deep run into the national tournament. This year’s team is no different. After a couple of early losses, the Crusaders have been doing whatever it takes to take their game to the next level. “Our team goal this year is to win every game. Each game is just as important as the next. Our ultimate goal is to win a National Championship; we just have to stay focused and continue to work hard every day.” Meals said. The unselfish approach that the Cru have taken to this season has made a tremendous impact on their production. Not to mention forcing their opponents to stay aware of each player on the court whether the player is a starter or coming off the bench. “The past couple of games our first and second leading scorers have been off the bench, Thomas Ore and Antonie Chaney,” Deweese said. “The...

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Gangster Squad sets bar high for 2013

By Leif Johnston “Every man has a badge” is a powerful statement made by Sgt. John O’Mara. This statement alone sums up the newly released movie Gangster Squad directed by Ruben Fleischer. A story driven by misfits coming together to stop the most powerful gangster in the West sets the bar high for films that are to come out in 2013.  Director Ruben Fleisher shows that he can steer away from his usual comedy films and create one that is action packed. The squad is in constant battle with Los Angeles’ most power-hungry mob boss, Mickey Cohen played by Sean Penn. The dialogue in the movie is serious and businesslike, but Gangster Squad member Sgt. Jerry Wooters, played by Ryan Gosling breaks up the suspenseful fighting scenes with numerous great one-liners. The acting in this film is brilliant. John Brolin, plays the honest cop that will turn to extreme measures to put Los Angeles’ monster to rest. Emma Stone plays the damsel in distress but playing it with a hard to get yet seductive demeanor. This aspect gives this film the depth that it needed to take it from an ordinary gun slinging action film to a movie that forces characters to make ultimate sacrifices for the future of the city, even though their families safety is on the line. The amounts of gunfire in this movie will more than likely bring criticism its way. But you can’t really have a true portrayal of a gangster film without excessive amounts of bullets fired. This film delayed its premier date after the Aurora shooting, but this move possibly made their chances of gun control arguments even greater in light of last month’s event in Newtown Conn. Regardless of the number of shootouts it still gives viewers a  glimpse into what it might have been like post WWII trying to contain these greedy mob bosses that took down anything that interrupted their progress. If you have a weak stomach this film may not be for you. The opening scenes will show that director Ruben Fleischer didn’t shy away from the bloody gruesome punishments that gangster Mickey Cohen orders on people in his usual way. Gangster Squad is a film worth the overly priced ticket. Grab some popcorn and enjoy this must-see...

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Actors gather for 70th Golden Globe Awards

By Paola Nunez The Hollywood Foreign Press Association chose Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as the hosts of the 70th annual Global Globes awards ceremony. Not only did the two introduce the 2013 winners, they also raked in 19.7 million viewers and kept them laughing throughout the show. “Amy Poehler and Tina Fey made a great duo as hosts. I didn’t expect them to make me laugh as much as I did during their introduction to the Golden Globes,” said freshman Education major Tawnie Yeaw as she recollected her favorite parts of the show. Winner of the Best Screenplay, Motion Picture globe was Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, an award originally thought by many viewers to be presented to Tony Kushner’s Lincoln. In a backstage interview, Tarantino mentioned that, “What they’re (the audience) saying is I should soften it… they’re saying I should whitewash… and I never do that when it comes to my characters,” an aspect in Django Unchained that may have given it the edge it needed to win. The Best Television series, Comedy or Musical globe went to the actors from Girls, which beat out the top rated show The Big Bang Theory and three time Emmy-award comedy winner Modern Family. Homeland won in the category of Best Television, Drama, receiving a globe for a second year in a row, beating out Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, and The...

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Kristi Hofferber speaks out against abortion in all forms
Jan29

Kristi Hofferber speaks out against abortion in all forms

By Sarah Norrell Sobs were heard as Kristi Hofferber and a woman hugged and prayed together. Hofferber had just finished giving her testimony in Wednesday’s chapel service. Her unique story afforded students the chance to experience hope, even when dealing with horrendous circumstances. “God is here today,”  Dr. George Loutherback said. “He’s right over there,” he added, pointing at Hofferber, who was visiting with students. As a child born from rape and incest, Hofferber has spent her whole life dealing with her adoption. Now, she shares the story with audiences across the nation hoping to reach other adoptees or anyone considering abortion. “Each adoptee experience is something different,” Hofferber began. “I’m not going to be defined by my DNA. Yes, it’s there, but I know I’m God’s child; God called me to life. God is my creator, and He ordained me to life.” Hofferber always knew she was adopted. Despite her parents’ consistent offers, she never wanted to know about her biological parents. But that changed while on her way to New Orleans for a mission trip five years ago when a traveling companion mentioned having an abortion. Hofferber went to her parents, who explained what they knew: her biological mother had been raped by her father, Hofferber’s biological grandfather, when she was 16 years old. When her mother was 15, she miscarried, then Hofferber was conceived, born and put up for adoption. Following Hofferber, her mother was forced by her father to terminate four more pregnancies by abortion. Hofferber knew she needed to try to find her mother and fill the void in her life to begin to heal. With only a name, she spent two days searching through social media before finding her mother and contacting her. Hofferber found her biological mother and half sister, who was expecting a son. At the request of her mother, she went to visit for a weekend. “Here I am driving two states away to meet her for the very first time, and I can tell you that was a weekend I’ll never forget,” Hofferber said. “We shared a lot that weekend, a lot of emotions. It, of course, wasn’t easy for her because of the situation, but it wasn’t easy for me either.” With difficulty, her mother began to explain the circumstances surrounding Hofferber’s birth, but she was stopped. “I just looked at her and said ‘I already have an idea, and I love you. It doesn’t change anything for me,’” Hofferber said. Since then, she has continued a relationship with her mother. “Her testimony was really touching, and I felt moved by her courage to travel around and share...

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Texas teams in close quarters within division
Nov16

Texas teams in close quarters within division

By Cody Weems It’s no secret that Texas is a football state. However, all three of the state’s NBA teams are looking to make Texas a force to reckon with in the basketball landscape. The three division foes are set to battle it out for a spot atop the Southwestern Division of the Western Conference. The ageless Spurs are favored by many to repeat as division champions, but the biggest question mark the team faces is whether or not players can stay healthy for an entire season. Guard Manu Ginobili, who missed significant time last season with a broken hand, was already sidelined for the first two games due to a back injury. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has said he intends to limit the playing time of 36-year-old Tim Duncan, but as he told ESPN’s Andrew McNeill, Duncan has an ability to make the most of his minutes. “It’s just a credit to his professionalism, his character, his understanding of the human body and that there are only so many steps and years you have,” Popovich said. “He’s taken the best advantage he possibly can to extend that as long as he can.” San Antonio made a statement in their second game of the season by defeating Oklahoma City, the defending Western Conference champions. While the road to the NBA Finals may run through San Antonio, Dallas is looking to bounce back after a disappointing season. Last year, the defending champs sneaked into the playoffs only to be swept in the first round by the Thunder. The Mavericks are more than capable of competing for a championship but are forced to start the year without Dirk Nowitzki. The 11-time All-Star underwent arthroscopic knee surgery prior to the start of the season and isn’t expected to return for at least six weeks. Nowitzki told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon that it’s up to his teammates to step up in his absence. “The boys need to find a way to win some games, sometimes with defense, win some ugly games,” Nowitzki said, “but definitely find a way to win some games and play some decent basketball until I come back.” The addition of O.J. Mayo has given new life to the Mavericks offense. Mayo signed with Dallas in the offseason and has impressed through the first few games, which includes a 30-point performance in a huge 126-99 win against Charlotte. The Mavericks have looked solid on the young season and should be a complete package once Nowitzki returns. The third Texas team is one that many overlook, but the Houston Rockets are hoping to get noticed with their play this year. After signing...

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