Second ‘Highways’ rocks Hughes
Nov15

Second ‘Highways’ rocks Hughes

By Terryn Kelly The Schade Tree band, featuring art department Chair Hershall Seals, kicked off the Highways and Byways concert, performing an array of unique songs accompanied by soulful voices and acoustics. This was the second show in the concert series, which took place in Hughes Recital Hall Nov. 12. The concerts allow people from all walks of life to come together and experience different genres of music. Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts Ted Barnes said, “What we would like to do is try and bring traditional music to the campus in all kinds of various forms.” There was a small but enthusiastic crowd filled with older faces. Some clapped along to the music while others sang aloud. Barnes said, “The community in general has been a pretty good turnout. We certainly want more student participation. The reaction to the concert series campus wide has not been as big a turnout as we would like. We would like to give back a little more and give something for the students to do.” Barnes added that considering students’ budgets are often tight, the concert would be a fun campus event for them to attend for free and learn about traditional United States music locally. When searching for talent to bring to the school, Director of the Conservatory of Music Jonathan Gary uses different avenues to accomplish the task at hand. He said, “I will do my best to attend different venues especially in the Austin area, and I also do a lot of research online listening to recordings of performers. I get recommendations for other booking agencies, and we try to choose performers that can offer a variety of styles throughout the year.” Darcy Deville is a solo performer and a member of the Austin Lounge Lizards, a well-known group in Texas. She is also a part of Woody Says, which is a musical that tells the story of Woody Gutherie’s life and music. She just returned from touring in England with the Woody Says group, and they are up for a prestigious award in England similar to the Grammy Awards  in America. Deville performed many songs she wrote during the concert, and afterwards she shared which songs were featured on her CD. The crowd was informed of the history of the small guitar she played, whose fingerboard was originally made for Mick Jagger. Another artist appeared onstage alongside Deville named Jane Gillman. The two have worked in the music circuit for  over 15 years. Gillman’s favorite song of the night that she performed was titled “Elsa’s Tune.” She said, “The song was inspired by my...

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CruSibs: Campus’ new siblings
Nov15

CruSibs: Campus’ new siblings

By Halley Harrell There’s a new kind of Crusader on campus this year: the CruSib. The definition of a CruSib is a student whose sibling is attending or has also attended the university. In many cases, the sibling sets are made up of an upperclassman or alumnus and their younger sister or brother who chooses the same school. This year the numerous siblings coined the term “CruSibs” as several freshmen joined their siblings at college. Junior Christian ministry major Ryan Murphy created a group on Facebook to help the CruSibs keep up with one another. The siblings also use the hashtag #crusibs when tweeting about each other. The first of his siblings to attend here, Ryan learned about the school from a friend. “I visited here back when Hurricane Ike hit Houston,” he said. “I saw the campus and felt a peace from God that this was where I was supposed to go.” As Ryan’s younger sister decided to join the Crusader family, he was supportive. “I could see her going here,” he said. “As a big brother, it was nice knowing that I could be there for her as she’s adjusting to college life.” Freshman education major Lauren Murphy came to visit her brother a lot and ultimately fell in love with the campus. “I was set on staying home a year, but then towards the end of senior year, I decided to come here,” she said. “I wanted to come to a smaller university, and it’s not too far from home. I just love it.” While the Murphys are enrolled at the same time, other CruSibs have paved the way and graduated before their younger siblings’ arrival. Sophomore exercise sport science major Bailey Burks is the youngest of three, and the third of the Burks children to attend the university. Her older brother and sister are alumni. Bailey grew up watching how much they loved being part of the Cru. “My brother is ten years older than me, and my sister is eight years older,” Bailey said. “I didn’t really apply to anywhere else. When I was helping my brother and sister move onto campus, I just knew that I was going to go here.”   Though Bailey’s siblings both graduated several years before she arrived, she said that seeing them enjoy the Crusader lifestyle influenced her decision to follow in their footsteps. While Bailey was inspired to attend Mary Hardin-Baylor by her brother and sister, freshman English major Kathryn Pasichnyk said she tried not to consider family ties when choosing a college. Kathryn’s sister Lizzy is two years older, and picked the school because of its...

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Third installment brings nightmare and horror lacking in rest of series

By Terryn Kelly The third installment of Paranormal Activity has arrived. This time, the camera documents young sisters Katie and Kristi as they come into contact with an evil entity for the first time. The prequel allows the audience to see why the entities continue to plague the sisters when they reach adulthood. This installment differs from the previous two sequels in many ways. The scares come sooner, and there are also some funny scenes. The climax does not hit until the end of the movie, which is where the trailer says “The last 15 minutes will change your life forever.” The movie was produced for an estimated $5 million. In its opening week, it managed to accumulate $54 million, which beat the sequel Paranormal Activity 2 last October. The movie is rated “R” and lots of children without their parents or without an ID saying they were 17 or older were being turned away in large groups. Many said that in the previous movies, it had taken too long to get to the main point of the movie or for the scary parts to take place. It seems as though the writers have taken note of what the moviegoers’ complaints were. Within the first 30 minutes of viewing the film, screams could be heard throughout the movie theater, and the plot quickly began to take place. Little sister Katie played by actress Chole Csengery is the first to come into contact with the evil entity Toby. The writers play with the idea that smaller children are more prone to seeing ghosts  such as in Insidious. Katie is somewhat brave through the entire movie and does not seem to be bothered by the entity at the beginning. Her big sister Kristi played by actress Jessica Tyler Brown also experiences the entity in different ways, and Toby is not fond of her. After some unnerving nights in the house, the family decides to stay with the grandmother in hopes of being removed from the hauntings, although is not help. Even though Paranormal Activity 3, just as the ones before, doesn’t possess all of the special effects or copious amounts of gore, it still manages to be one of the scariest movies I’ve seen all year. The movie allows the audience to sit and wait in anticipation about what they think may happen next. Junior cell biology major John Mabane said, “A good aspect of the movie was the element of surprise.” The end of the movie is truly a surprise. Those who thought it would end in the same way Paranormal Activity 2, were wrong. The writers Christopher B. Landon...

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Modern Warfare 3: Coming soon to game centers

By Jake Stamps Gamers across the country may not be in class next week due to the new release of Infinity Ward’s along with Sledgehammers Games’ new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Nielsen’s Top 20 Games to Watch rates this as “the most anticipated game” of the 2011 holiday season. The game will hit shelves Nov. 8. The story line takes place where Modern Warfare 2 left off, trying to prevent World War III. As the campaign begins, the war starts and expands into countries all over Europe. England, France and Germany are some of the locations where crucial battles will take place. The two other game types will be returning as well: Special Ops and multiplayer. Special Ops will be back with new content containing maps, missions and levels to unlock. Senior finance major Ramon Aguirre shares his opinion about the game. “I like the campaign and Special Ops, but what keeps me playing is the multiplayer game style. I love the competition that exists as well as being able to play with friends.” The multiplayer game has been revamped into a new style of play with new game types, kill streaks and perks. It will also feature the beloved zombie game. The gamer will have the option of having kicks, focus and attachments that will be added when a player progresses in ranks and kills. These features will make the game more realistic as a player shoots a gun. Long lines are sure to form at local Walmarts, Best Buys, GameStops and other stores by Nov. 8 as fans try to be first for the next chapter in their Call of Duty series. Sophomore pre-physical therapy major Michael Teague will attend the midnight premiere of the game at Walmart. “I’m not what you’d call a big-time gamer, but I am a huge fan of the Call of Duty series. You can bet I’ll be getting Modern Warfare 3 as soon as it comes out,” he said. Sophomore accounting major Andrew Berg already purchased his game in advance at GameStop. “Once I found out about the game, I went to GameStop and pre-ordered it. I cannot wait to play it. The Modern Warfare series is my favorite,” he said. Along with the release of Modern Warfare 3, is the opportunity to subscribe to Call of Duty: Elite. There is a fee as well as paid Web based service that allows players to look at their statistics in various ways. Also included is a video community that will allow them to share and view game clips and compete to win in-game and real life prizes. The local Belton...

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Zombie apocalypse is real on “Dead”

By Katie Maze Imagine Atlanta abandoned and overrun with drooling freaks hell-bent on eating human flesh. This is reality for the survivors of the zombie apocalypse in the TV show The Walking Dead. After narrowly escaping a fiery death at the CDC last season, Sheriff’s Deputy and protagonist Rick Grimes decides to move his group of survivors. His wife and son, other families and stragglers who have no one left, are a group of survivors transitioning from    Atlanta to Fort Benning. Where there are rumors of a colony providing protection and shelter. “I’m so excited to see what is going to happen this season,” junior nursing major Kara Cornelio said. “When I watch it, I feel like I’ve stepped into another world that feels so real…and they have really good zombies.” Two days after the escape from CDC, the convoy’s power source, a rusty Winnebago, breaks down at the foot of an abandoned traffic jam. A gridlock in   summer heat provides the perfect setting for tempers to boil and plot to unfold. While searching through automobiles for supplies and clearing the road, a hoard of zombies approaches. Thinking quickly, Grimes tells everyone to hide underneath the stranded cars. Just as they thought all of the “walkers” had passed, a rogue zombie attacks 12-year-old Sophia. Instinctively, she runs into the nearby woods to escape. Apparently, managing relationships, maintaining sanity and closeting affairs is complicated in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. Sophia’s disappearance is the perfect catalyst for rising tension of how to search for her and whether or not they should be searching at all because it threatens the safety of the group by making it a stagnant target. The search leads to a church where the search party questions the meaning of life during the apocalypse. After, of course, killing a few zombies. “You really start to see the human side of the characters in this first episode,” Cornelio said. “Anybody can make a zombie movie, but the deeper meaning is what makes the show so good.” As the incredible circumstance that brought this group of people together would have it, the episode ends when Grimes’ son Carl is struck by a bullet that passed through a deer. In episode two, Otis, the shooter, leads Grimes and his wounded son to a farmhouse where a veterinarian and his family are Carl’s only chance of survival. Shane, in a desperate attempt to reconcile his standing within the group, volunteers to run to an infested FEMA shelter where there are surgical tools the veterinarian needs to save Carl. If opinions about Shane from season one were muddled, the last scene...

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