CAE’s finals frenzy prepares students for difficult finals

Published in the December 7, 2016 issue of The Bells Finals Frenzy, an event hosted by the Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) and the Writing Center on the second floor of the Mabee Student Success Center. Finals Frenzy happened Thursday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. Throughout the night the CAE and the Writing Center offered students various resources for free. Some of the resources they offered included free tutoring for basic subjects like anatomy and physiology and writing. This was a resource that was heavily used by students. Especially at this point in the semester, when it is crunch time. The CAE’s mission is to assist students in pursuing academic excellence in a Christ-centered learning community while valuing them as individuals, and this event falls in line with this focus. Finals Frenzy is co-hosted with the Writing Center. The center offers help with basic writing skills and assistance in writing term papers. “Finals Frenzy is a way to prepare students for what they might see on their finals, and to get them in the mentality of working hard,” sophomore English and history double major and writing tutor said. Cade organized the writing center’s portion of the event by creating the various stations that students participated in during the event. Along with time spent with tutors and in learning stations, the event also included the gift basket giveaway. The basket included scantrons, pencils, Nutri-grain bars, pretzels, chocolate—and of course, coffee. They also offered free scantrons, blue books, pencils, food and giveaways all throughout the night. Cade said the Finals Frenzy isn’t just helpful academically but also financially. Between the late nights studying and the late night meals that accompany it, being able to save a few dollars on testing supplies goes a long way. Like most huge study events, it would not be complete without food. So throughout the night as students study, students also stuffed their mouths. Students entered to be a part of Finals Frenzy by swiping in. When students attended the event and swipeed in, they were entered into a drawing. The prizes for the drawing will be given away all thoughout finals week. These are just a few things that the CAE and the Writing Center have to offer. Find out how else the center can help your academic achievement, visit...

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ASTRA club hopes to serve community

Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells You might be asking yourself, what is the Astra Club and what do they do? Astra Club stands for Ability Service Training Responsibility and Achievement. Astra Club has been on campus for three years and focuses on helping the community. Not only do they get involved in the community, but they are also international. One of the Astra Club’s members, junior nursing major Arissa Rosales, has been a member since her freshman year. “One of the Astra Club’s missions is to help the community, and work as a group as God wanted us to,” Rosales said. She said she enjoys the club because she has a passion to do good for the community. She loves the Astra Club because she can help in a variety of ways. One of the ways the club serves the community is by helping the organization Feed My Sheep. Feed My Sheep helps provide meals for students who rely on the free school lunch program. During winter and spring breaks Feed My Sheep packs lunches and gives them to those who do not have food at home. Rosales believes that partnering with Feed My Sheep is a way for the club to have an even larger reach. “Since joining the club, I have made lots of friends and feel a connection with everyone involved in the club,” she said. “I would love to continue with the organization after I graduate.” Junior computer science major Keznyc Walton said that one of the missions of the Astra club is to go out in the community and give back. Walton has been a part of the organization for two years and got involved when his Cru leader suggested that he join. “I love that the organization is very hands- on. I also like that there are opportunities to serve people internationally, and anyone is able to participate,” he said. One of these opportunities is the ability to send a bucket to Africa with basic necessities. He also enjoys the connection he has with everyone in the club. “Everyone is friendly and they all love giving back to the community. The organization is very low-key and that’s what I love about it.” And when they’re not giving back to the community they are hosting events here on campus. In November, the club hosted Sadie Hawkins dance in the Mclane Great Hall and the profits went to a women’s homeless shelter called The Well. Senior nursing major Ricky Sanchez, a new member of the club, was excited to be a part of it. “I wish I could’ve became a...

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Grab your popcorn, sit  back, and get  ready to ‘scream’
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Grab your popcorn, sit back, and get ready to ‘scream’

Published in the October 26, 2017 issue of The Bells Fall. The time when the weather is nice and cold, the leaves on the trees turn different colors and when an abundance of horror movies are released just in time for Halloween. Now the weather may not exactly be cool enough to wear all of your favorite fall clothes, but the horror movies are still being released. So what exactly should you watch in preparation of Halloween? Well for starters, a classic. This classic is more of a family film, so if easily scared, this film may be perfect for you. Hocus Pocus, rated PG and released in 1993, is very popular with ‘90s kids. Hocus Pocus follows the story of two teenagers and one child who accidently set free a coven of evil witches on Halloween night. They spend the rest of the night trying to trap them once again. Two of the more famous actors who star in this film are Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker. It also has a memorable musical number and wonderful one-liners that could be quoted all Halloween. For fans of the horror genre who enjoy the thrills, Ouija: Origin of Evil was released on Friday, Oct 21. The film is rated PG-13 and currently has a 6.7/10 rating on IMDb. Ouija, is about a widowed mother of two who runs a séance scam. After deciding to boost their credibility by adding a Ouija board to the game, things go south when they accidently set free an evil spirit who possesses the youngest child. From there the trailer shows a series of creepy, disturbing things that come along with possession and someone playing the Ouija board again, but this time with bloody fingers. Talk about a game night gone wrong. Another movie that was released on Oct 21, 2016 is Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween. This is rated PG-13 and is another in a series of Tyler Perry’s movies that feature Madea. Like the other films in the series, Madea winds up in mayhem and she spends her Halloween fighting off Halloween themed villains in order to survive the night. The film may feature not feature as many screams, but there are definitely lots of subtle life lessons. Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween currently has a rating of 7.3/10 on IMBd. While people still go to the theaters to watch movies, bingeing and streaming has become more popular. So if you are more into bingeing and have access to a Netflix account, there are two shows you must watch in preparation for Halloween. The first is Scream, which is the...

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Is Netflix taking over the entertainment world?
Oct26

Is Netflix taking over the entertainment world?

Published in the October 26, 2017 issue of The Bells I believe that Netflix is taking over the entertainment world as we know it. How so? Well, to begin with, here are a few scenarios that everyone can relate to. First scenario: you go to the movie theatre and it is a horrible experience. You either viewed it with the wrong crowd, movie goers were constantly talking, or someone decided to bring their restless two-year-old child to see Deadpool. Another scenario is that you’ve waited all week for the next episode of your favorite show and when it finally airs it’s just a filler episode. The last scenario is when it comes to lack of money. Have you ever wanted to just stay home and hang out with friends rather than spend money going out with them? Have you ever just wanted to binge on a show? Find that anime from when you were a child? Watch a Disney movie? These situations are why Netflix has become so popular and why it is slowly dominating the entertainment world. Netflix is not only readily available to you in your own home, but it’s also only $8 a month. According to statista.com there are 70 million subscribers worldwide. But, people’s boredom and lack of money are not the only reasons that Netflix is so popular. It is also popular due to Netflix original series. Many of the most popular shows in the past two years have been Netflix originalseries. Popular Netflixshows include Luke Cage, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Stranger Things, and coming soon, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Of course, there are other popular shows on various networks, but in my opinion, Netflix is dominating. Netflix original series plays to a variety of demographics, and because the shows aren’t tied to a network, they don’t have to worry about network executives controlling production. They do not have to worry about something being too violent, having too much cursing, or too much sexuality. This gives Netflix the upper hand over other networks. Other networks do have successful shows, but ask yourself, for how long? Normally around the third season, your favorite show becomes a bit watered down. It’s like you can see production companies putting their sticky hands in and ruining the show. And the ones that are popular either end badly or are cancelled in the middle of a season. From my perspective, all their series are perfection. Others feel this as well because Netflix is continuously cranking out seasons of their best shows. Another thought is that Netflix is taking advantage of our...

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Strange things are happening on Netflix

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells The Netflix series Stranger Things is an ode to movies like The Goonies and E.T. The show premiered in August when audiences were looking for a show to binge watch over the summer. The show was an immediate hit with the Netflix audience. Here is a brief synopsis (without spoilers) for those who have been living under a rock and have not watched this amazing show. Stranger Things is set in a small suburban town during the 80s. The storyline centers around a group of four nerdy friends who are shocked when one of them goes missing one night. In the midst of this disappearance, a girl with a shaved head appears in the young boys’ lives. The girl possesses strange powers and claims to know where the missing friend is located. This makes the boys and the young girl work together to find him and bring him home. The grieving mother and brother of the missing adolescent boy are also trying to solve the missing boy’s disappearance and uncover the truth. The town’s police chief also becomes deeply involved in the boy’s case and slowly uncovers the swhats really going on. The show also follows the older sister of one of the boys. Her storyline begins with a focus on typical teenage problems, but in a string of events she becomes involved in uncovering the mystery as well. Strange situations happening in the small town bring all these individuals together. Nothing is what it seems to be, and there are sometimes more questions than answers. The thing that is so grabbing about this series is that it sends you on a nostalgic trip to the late 80s when science fiction and boyhood films were king. The story is amazing, but it’s the chemistry of the actors that also pulls you into to the show. The actors seem invested in the story as well. The young boys are played by Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhand, Caleb McLaughlin and they are the best child actors that have graced the screen in a while. Millie Bobby Brown plays the mysterious girl ,and even though she has little dialogue her performance is amazing. Winona Ryder, who plays the distraught mother, and Charlie Heaton, who plays the lost boy’s brother, give emotional performances that have the audienceempathizing with their struggle. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this Netflix series and there is never a dull moment. Even if science fiction is not your thing, this show is worth viewing at least once. So, do not continue to live under that rock. Join...

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