Slumping economy, TV shows cut short
Feb24

Slumping economy, TV shows cut short

By Evan Duncan The economic crisis is not just hitting businesses, banks and real estate. Most industries are pinching pennies these days, and entertainment is no exception. Television networks are cutting costs, and the effects are showing up on screen. Marketwatch.com says automotive ads, which normally supply one third of all TV ad revenue, are disappearing as auto sales decline. Overall, television profit is down 40%. Executives are being forced to find new ways to be successful. In January, NBC announced a plan to give Jay Leno the 9 p.m. central time slot five days a week. That means five hour-long dramas, such as E.R., will not be returning in the fall. Conan O’Brien will be taking over the Tonight Show at 10:30, and Jimmy Fallon will run things in Conan’s old slot. In the life of college students, who spend most evenings studying or with friends, this move may not have much impact. Tanner Perkins, a junior English major, is unfazed by the adjustment. “Let’s just say, watching Craig Ferguson at midnight is worth more than watching Jay Leno any time,” he said. “Jay Leno is only good for wasting time for the good shows.” Even before the economic troubles, TV networks had been facing issues. Digital Video Recorders, or DVRs, allow viewers to record television and watch it later. DVR users can also fastforward through advertisements. Web sites like hulu.com offer shows on demand with limited commercial interruption. As fewer viewers are seeing ads, advertisers are not willing to pay as much as they had before. Cheaper ads mean less money for networks to put into content. As other businesses falter, even less money can be put into advertising, especially on a medium that is not as influential as it once was. “I love Lost, but I watch it online,” said sophomore biblical studies major, Brittany Montgomery. “That way it fits my schedule. I can pause it when I want, and I don’t have to sit through blocks of commercials. I barely even use a TV.” Despite the worries of executives, the crisis has been good for some shows. The Sarah Conner Chronicles of Fox, for example, would normally be canceled after the low ratings it has received. But Fox, like other networks, has little material after last  year’s writer’s strike and low funds to develop new shows. For Conner...

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Ring by spring becomes reality

By Andra Holbrooks The weather has been beautiful, the air crisp, purple and gold flowers in bloom, and several female Crusaders have pretty diamond rings on their left hands. It must be spring. Senior computer graphics design major, Joseph Villegas, recently became engaged to junior psychology major, Natasha Mills. They met at Mayborn Campus Center. “I was on duty working the weight room and was trying to recruit volleyball players for a team,” Mills said. “The captain asked Joseph if he wanted to play, but Joseph declined. I skipped over to him, pearl earrings and all, and asked if he would play. He enthusiastically accepted. That was our first encounter together.” Villegas shares the same story “After I found out Natasha was on the (volleyball) team she told me I should join, so I did,” he said. First encounters go a long way because the two have been a couple even since. Mills said, “I knew I loved that kid within three months.” Villegas saw Mills in his future within the first month. “One night she called me and said ‘I love you,’ and I just knew this was the one,” he said. On Feb. 1, Villegas proposed to Mills. It was a special day for them because they were celebrating two years of being together. “I asked her at the Georgetown Airport after our helicopter ride, which she thought was for our two-year anniversary. She got out of the helicopter still ecstatic from the ride.” From there she began to realize her future was about to change. “We walked up to the hanger doors because the pilot said the main ones were locked. As an employee opened the doors, Natasha saw everyone and just started crying. She knew exactly what was going to happen.” Villegas was anxious as he proceeded to go through what he had planned. “I got down on one knee and asked, but being so nervous I had the ring upside down. She informed me of my mistake, but gladly said yes,” Villegas said. They greeted family and friends thanking all for coming to celebrate their future. “I was so shocked I felt very loved and wanted by him. I started crying and being a girl about the whole thing. The proposal was a thrill and so sentimental. All of my loved ones were there to share this beautiful moment with us,” Mills said. Villegas and Mills aren’t the only junior/senior couple getting hitched. Newly engaged senior graphics design major, Brodie Reynolds, and junior history major, Cassie Konichek, have set the big day for Dec. 17, 2010. “Brodie and I met at Summer Fun during...

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Aromatherapy reduces stress, anxiety
Feb24

Aromatherapy reduces stress, anxiety

By Evangeline Ciupek It’s popping up everywhere — from General Nutrition Centers to Bath and Body Works, from the American Cancer Society to the offices of homeopathic psychologists. A practice that’s been around since the time of the ancient Egyptians, aromatherapy is enjoying a modern day renaissance. Public relations major, Angel Bell, said, “When I think of aromatherapy, the first thing that comes to mind is free mental health treatment.” Aromatherapy is the application or inhalation of essential plant oils. When rubbed onto the skin, the oil is absorbed and enters the bloodstream. When the smell of the oil is picked up by the olfactory nerve, the chemicals in the scent are carried to the brain’s limbic region. The American Cancer Society says that blood pressure, heart rate and even emotions are all affected by the limbic region of the brain. And the organization has looked into aromatherapy as a means of helping cancer patients cope with pain, depression, nausea and other side effects related to chemotherapy. The ancient Egyptians used plant oils for bathing and embalming. These oils were also a part of life for the ancient Greeks, Romans and Chinese. Modern aromatherapy is now a marketable product in health food stores and malls across America. Bath and Body Works carries its own line of aromatherapy products. The lotions, hand creams and pillow mists contain a variety of plant oils and extra ingredients. Christina McDonald, a licensed therapist who earned her undergraduate degrees from UMHB, sees aromatherapy used in her field of work. “In holistic psychology … aromatherapy has (been) very beneficial for a number of emotional issues,” she said. “There are several scents in the psychological world that we actually recommend for insomnia … a couple of those might be chamomile, the rose scent and clary sage.” Students may get benefits from one oil when relaxing after a hard day at school. “A good smell for relaxing is lavender, which is very easy to come by. It’s highly suggested in relieving stress. That is a great scent for helping you sleep as well,” she said. On the other end of the spectrum, aromatherapy may aid a person’s ability to focus on a task or study for a test. “There are certain kinds of scents that actually mentally stimulate,” McDonald said. “Rosemary is one.” Other scents, like basil and lemon oil, have energizing qualities. “They’re not quite as directly related to mental stimulation, but the fact that they uplift could actually refresh someone who might be studying.” Many factors affect the strength of an essential oil. The University of Minn-esota’s Web site says that essential oils are hard...

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One heart, one song, One Voice

By Andra Holbrooks One Voice is a group of ten talented students who do much more than just sing. “Our group is more of a ministry than a vocal ensemble,” said James Venable, senior Christian ministry major. “We deal with all kinds of people, so we have to be able to communicate a lot. We go to churches and sing, and we don’t want to seem like a clique,” he said. The students have traveled to many churches locally and to large cities such as Austin and Dallas. One Voice has a variety of people in the group. From freshmen to seniors, males and females, they have come together throughout the years forming special bonds. Meg Gohlke, senior music education major enjoys the group’s traveling   experiences. “One Voice went to climb Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, Texas, my sophomore year. After making it to the top of the rock, we sang our song entitled, ‘Build on the Rock’; which is about standing strong on the firm foundation of Christ,” she said. Gohlke has been a member for almost all of her college career. “The end of this semester will end my three years of being in One Voice, which is sad to think about,” she said. “I didn’t make One Voice my freshman year, but did sophomore year and have loved and cherished every minute of it.” The One Voice Concert was held in Hughes Recital Hall on Feb. 19. The performance included the group joined by a string ensemble and the chorale, another small group of singers on  campus. “The chorale is more of the classical style,” Venable said. “Together we are singing a Bach cantata. It’s more classical.” Gohlke was excited about performing with the strings as background music. “Singing with a string ensemble is not something we get to do often. It is an exciting opportunity and very enjoyable. It enhances the sense of baroque styling of Bach’s ‘Cantata Nr. 196’, which, in turn, is a more accurate experience for us,” she said. Looking back, Leslie Cross, junior vocal performance major, gave some insight of Thursday night’s event. “I thought the performance went really well. It’s always great to perform with strings, and I wish that those opportunities would happen more often,” she said. Mentally preparing for a concert is like getting pumped up for a sports event. “There is always such an excitement among us when we are about to perform. We know that we are (going) to bring the music to life,” Cross said. “I felt like that’s what happened on Thursday night: two ensembles working together to reach an audience in a way they...

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Christians should end divisions, find unity and common purpose
Feb24

Christians should end divisions, find unity and common purpose

By Garrett Pekar A house divided against itself cannot stand. Christianity contains many different churches and denominations. Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist and Brethren are just a few. One could even argue that non-denominational is a denomination in itself. Which of these is truly the way to salvation? Many people are torn apart by the differences in denominations and forget that they are all under one umbrella–Christianity. Christianity should unite, not divide. It is my belief that God judges all people differently, according to the circumstances of their lives. People should follow the teachings of their denomination and respect those of others’. Catholics should follow Catholic teachings to the best of their abilities, and Baptists should do the same for Baptist teachings. Most importantly, everyone should focus on following the teachings of Jesus. He taught many lessons through His parables about how to live righteously. Jesus teaches in the New Testament how to become closer to God. The key to this is becoming closer to other people. It is important to care for all of God’s children. Every person should strive to give compassion to others without wanting anything in return. It is always wrong to hurt someone else for any reason, especially out of envy. Caring for and helping others is not always easy. In fact, it is often the hardest task imaginable. When someone mocks, hurts, or insults me, my first instinct is to hurt them back. Jesus taught to turn the other cheek and be kind to people despite what they have done. I still struggle to put this into practice, but it is the ultimate display of compassion Again, I believe God judges every person differently. We are all created to be unique. The experiences one goes through in a lifetime are never the same as anyone else in the world. A person who is blind from birth can perform more good in a lifetime than someone who has all of the senses but takes them for granted and doesn’t use them to help others. Someone who is wealthy but only spends money on material things will not find favor in the eyes of God. However, someone who gains riches and donates a great deal of them to charities or gives them to other people who are less fortunate will surely be rewarded by God for such compassion. People are different. God created us this way, so it is only right that He would judge every person uniquely. An earthly set of standards for reaching heaven does not exist because they are different for each person. A poor man can reach heaven just as much...

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