Saluting Hood’s Fallen
May06

Saluting Hood’s Fallen

THE BELLS — by Antonio Hebert and Seth Stephens   One week after the shooting at Fort Hood April 2 that left three soldiers dead and 16 wounded, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited the post, which is less than 20 minutes from UMHB. They joined top politicians from both the federal and state levels to publicly grieve with the families of the three soldiers killed. Soldier Ivan Lopez is accused of the deadly rampage.   The boots, helmet, rifle and dog tags of the deceased soldiers were placed at the front of the stage. After the ceremony was over, attendees waited in a long line to pay their respects.   The president and first lady spent a moment in silence before each of the three battle crosses. Obama, in a solemn tone opened his remarks by saying, “In our lives, in our joys and in our sorrows, we’ve learned that there is ‘a time for every matter under heaven.’  We laugh and we weep.  We celebrate and we mourn.  We serve in war and we pray for peace.  But Scripture also teaches that, alongside the temporal, one thing is eternal….” He praised the soldiers who died in the April 2 tragedy: Sgt. 1st Class Danny Ferguson, Staff Sgt. Carlos A. Lazaney-Rodriguez and Sgt. Timothy Owens.   There wasn’t enough seating for all soldiers in attendance at the ceremony, so many stood or sat on the ground. Standard bearers held company flags among the sea of army camouflage.   Those gathered for the ceremony who weren’t military were dressed mostly in dark colors and sat quietly waiting for the president to appear on the steps, signaling the service to begin.   “It was love for country that inspired these three Americans to put on the uniform and join the greatest Army that the world has ever known,” Obama said. “It was love for the Army that made them the soldiers they were.”   The president directly addressed the loved ones who attended the memorial. “For you, their families, no words are equal to your loss.  We are here on behalf of the American people to honor your loved ones and to offer whatever comfort we can.  But know this. We also draw strength from you.  For even in your grief, even as your heart breaks, we see in you that eternal truth. ‘Love never ends,’” he said.   Obama tried to offer comfort by identifying with the grieving parents. He said, “To the parents of these men ––  I cannot begin to fathom your anguish.  But I know that you poured your love and your hopes...

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Camp gives high schoolers inside look at Cru nursing
May06

Camp gives high schoolers inside look at Cru nursing

THE BELLS — By Sarah Hogue   The second annual Explore Cru Nursing summer camp for prospective students will offer many improvements on last summer’s kickoff. One includes a longer camp time.   “Based on some of the campers’ feedback and our own debriefing conversations and ideas, we decided to extend it,” associate nursing professor and camp co-coordinator Tracy Booth said. “Most of the campers said that they would have liked to have had more days here and more class and lab time.”   The idea for the camp was derived from Baylor University’s summer camp through the College of Engineering and Computer Science. “My husband works at Baylor … and he had been involved in a camp they did,” Booth said. “And I thought ‘Well, what a good idea.’ So he introduced us to the person there that coordinates their summer camp. We met with him, and he gave us some information on some things to think about.”   After the initial spark of an idea, Booth and assistant nursing professor and director of simulated learning, Kelda McMullen-Fix, proposed the idea to the department. The plans had been in the works for two years before the department finalized them.   “(They were) implemented last year with a successful launch,” Dean and nursing professor Sharon Souter said. “These camps were our first approach.”   The purpose of the event is what the name implies. It gives prospective students the chance to explore what nursing really is. “I think being in high school, you’re at such a crossroads. You don’t know what you want to do,” senior nursing major and previous camp counselor Christopher Romero said. “I feel as if this camp is able to direct them in a path they would possibly want to do. I think we will be able to help out more high schoolers to figure out what the Lord has for their path.”   The camp will run June 15 through 21. It will accept 16 potential students who are high school juniors and seniors. The application process includes grade point average requirements and essays. “While it’s not on the complete level of a nursing student because they don’t have some of the foundational information, it’s to give them an idea of what it would be like in nursing school,” Booth said. “We want to be sure that they know what they’re getting into and that they wouldn’t be completely overwhelmed.”   The camp offers a large opportunity to both campers and current students, because it allows UMHB students to act as counselors and small group leaders. “I went to a camp similar to this...

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Play Day offers a chance to unwind before finals
May06

Play Day offers a chance to unwind before finals

THE BELLS — By Josh Bradshaw   Being a full time student at any university is hard work and oftentimes, demanding. With finals just around the corner, the university did its best to help relieve some stress and tension with its annual Play Day event. The event, hosted by Student Life, had lots of goings-on throughout the day. Here were some of the highlights of the event: •    Yoga •    Basketball and volleyball tournaments •    Paintball •    Laser tag •    Zip line •    Petting zoo •    Cricket Play Day had some new attractions this year. Mike McCarthy, director of Campus Activities, expressed his desire for more international students to be involved at the event. “When we plan events like Play Day, we try to get as many students as possible to attend. This means we have to think through various activities students from different walks of life would participate in.” Cricket is the second most popular sport in the world, and though it lacks much of a following in America, McCarthy was prepared to take the risk of putting it on the Play Day schedule. “If providing a game of cricket, led by one of our international student workers, draws in other international students, then for me, Play Day has been a success.” The rec field was largely taken up with short cricket games for much of the afternoon. Play commenced at 1 p.m. and did not stop until after 6 p.m. Karl Baker, a senior Christian studies major, spoke  highly of the event. He said, “I love UMHB because the school is always providing opportunities to learn about new things. The game of cricket has always fascinated me.” After playing against some more experienced international players, Baker realized just how much there was to the game. “I did better than I expected, but I still have a lot to learn. It’s a far cry from baseball.” People came and went throughout the day, and the field was always in play. The games were competitive but provided the grounds to build relationship and community among different groups on campus, something that UMHB prides itself on. Collin Davies, a senior Spanish/chemistry major, and also the school’s student body president, joined in the fun for an hour. “I enjoyed learning a new sport which teaches a lot about a culture and people who are quickly becoming a part of daily life here at UMHB.” Davies, who also plays for The Cru tennis team, took to the sport well and hopes to play again. “On the cricket field, cultural and linguistic boundaries are minimized to nothing more than sport, competition and pride...

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The Fault in Our Stars outshines recent books
Apr15

The Fault in Our Stars outshines recent books

THE BELLS – By Jessica Pitcaithly Soon to be released in theaters as a major motion picture, The Fault in Our Stars is not only a phrase from Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, but also an eye-opening and touching novel written by John Green. People might expect the book to have been written in medieval times. Instead, it takes place in modern day and deals with a difficult topic that readers all over the country have appreciated. The plot focuses on Hazel Grace, a 16 year-old girl living with terminal cancer. She narrates the novel from a first-person point of view, showing the everyday struggle of the terrible disease. Forced by her mother to join a support group for her illness, Hazel reluctantly partakes in tedious sessions held in “the literal heart of Jesus,” (inside-joke book humor).  This ends up changing- her life forever. At first, Hazel dreads going until she meets Augustus Waters. Soon, the book speeds up as an unconventional love story unfolds. Augustus, or Gus for short, is a handsome boy. Initially, he is over-determined to get to know Hazel, and readers might be unsure of how they feel about the character. But as the book continues, readers intently follow the path of this couple’s relationship as they suffer from illness and a huge hunt for answers about Hazel’s favorite book: An Imperial Affliction, which plays a big role in the story. Green delivers a shocking ending that readers will not see coming. This unexpected turn furthers his message of the book about dealing with cancer. As a whole, The Fault in Our Stars is a fun and unique novel. Avid readers should carve out the time to delve into its honest truth about a difficult, real life topic. This book made me look closer at my life and count my blessings. On the other hand, it made me realize that I should enjoy the small things because of how short life is and take advantage of the moment. The popular novel is being adapted into a film and will star Shailene Woodley as Hazel and Ansel Elgort as Gus. With Woodley making a name for herself, the film has already gained a large following. It comes out in theaters June 6. But before sitting down to watch the film, get comfortable, open the book and read. Regret will not even cross your...

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Lt. Gen. Milley, Sen. Cornyn comment on Fort Hood shooting investigation
Apr03

Lt. Gen. Milley, Sen. Cornyn comment on Fort Hood shooting investigation

THE BELLS — Antonio Hebert and Seth Stephens Just after 4 p.m. April 2, 2014, a shooter identified as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez opened fire in a medical facility on Fort Hood killing four and injuring 16. All were military personnel. Some were treated at Scott and White Hospital in Temple.     The gunman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wo und shortly after the incident. The investigation is still ongoing. Police and military personnel will release information as it becomes available.     Texas Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Lt. Gen. Mark Milley held a brief press conference April 3 at 3 p.m. Milley began by asking reporters and media outlets to avoid speculation.     “As for the investigation, the criminal investigation division of the U.S. army continues to lead investigating agencies and they are right now synchronizing all of the investigative work of the federal, state, local and army agencies throughout Fort Hood and the surrounding area. They are interviewing witnesses as an ongoing and active investigation,” he said.     Milley hinted at the possibility of the Lopez’s psychological history playing a role in the tragic incident. He also said that authorities are still looking into all possibilities concerning motive.     “At this point we have not yet ruled out anything whatsoever. And we are letting the investigation run its course. But we have, again, no indication that this… (has) any link to terrorist organizations,” he said.     Cornyn said he considers mental health problems to be “among the most vexing” and said measures are being taken to care for the psychological well-being of soldiers.     Milley discussed future plans to remember the deceased saying, “We’re planning a memorial ceremony early next week in honor of the fallen. I’d also like to thank the outpouring of support from the central Texas community and the entire state of Texas. And all of our national leadership within in the military and civilian leadership at the national level. Everyone is chipping in trying to assist in anyway they...

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