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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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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