Welcome to Hollywood: Journeying back to the 1960s, students act in upcoming HBO film
Nov18

Welcome to Hollywood: Journeying back to the 1960s, students act in upcoming HBO film

By Laura Beth Gebhardt Digressing from being a college student studying in the library to a high school student playing in a school yard during the 1960s seems like an impossible transition. Yet, this journey back in time became a realistic opportunity for some UMHB students. It was the involvement with the upcoming HBO film, tentatively titled Temple Grandin, that made the experience possible. Professor of performance studies at the university, Dr. Diane Howard, had previously been a part of the film, and was impressed by it. “This was the most redemptive, substantive, large production, with top stars that I have seen produced in Texas,” she said. While involved with the film, Howard discovered that the casting director, Kira Burns, was searching for a core group of students to be the high school classmates of the main character, Temple Grandin, who is played by Claire Danes. She had already searched three universities, but had not found students who had the specific look the director wanted. Howard eagerly told Burns about the students of UMHB. “She came the next day, and fell in love with our students,” Howard said. “They were just what she had been looking for. They were wholesome, positive, cooperative students who had the right looks for the scenes.” After talking to 150 people at UMHB, Burns chose 25 to appear in the film. The majority who accepted spent four days on the set and had the opportunity to experience the movie-making process. Being a part of the production not only brought noteworthy recognition to the students involved, but to the communication and media studies program and university as a whole. “This put us on the map of major movies and in the networks of major movie companies,” Howard said. “They know us now and will call us again. This has been a wonderful opportunity  for  us to  be salt and light  in  the movie industry.” The paid students involved were treated like little stars. They got their makeup and hair done every morning, had catered meals for both breakfast and lunch and had their own wardrobe. However, being an extra on a film is not always as glamorous as it may seem. They were in small scenes with the stars who had more face time on camera than extras usually do. “The experience was ten times better than I thought it would be,” sophomore Nathan Jenkins said. “I had been warned that the position, an extra, that is, was not as extraordinary as Hollywood might want you to think, but the majority of the cast were very nice, and the crew was extremely personable.” The movie...

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White House welcomes historical first
Nov18

White House welcomes historical first

By Mateo Gamboa Stuart Platt Terrance McGee More than 50 students huddled around the TV in the SUB in anticipation of the final election results Nov. 4. Some Crusaders were disapointed by the Republican party loss, while others celebrated the announcement of the new President-elect, Barack Obama. Sophomore public relations major Angel Bell, a supporter of Obama, was among those marking the victory. “I cannot believe this,” she said. “Now I really feel like I can do anything. Now I can look at my kids … and tell them they can do anything and mean it.” According to CNN’s analysis, the 47-year-old first term senator’s agenda for change gained a wide spectrum of supporters across the nation. Obama beat Sen. John McCain 365-162 in the Electoral College, while gaining 53% of the popular vote to McCain’s 46%. Senior Carlton Lemley was ecstatic about the results. He said, “It feels like a dream has come to fruition. I said in 2004 ‘this man will be president’ when he gave a speech at the DNC.” Lemley said he has faced opposition because of his political views. “It feels like the divisions that fostered a partisan attitude towards me can begin to be healed,” he said. “I’m not mad at Republicans.” Under Obama, America will see a new face representing the nation, and the country will undergo various transformations. Senior Jeremy Williams looks forward to the changes. “This election is not something that will be talked about for the next four years or … for three or four generations. This is an infinite marker in history,” he said, “Martin Luther King was right: The progress does take time. Some people are ready. Some people are not. I am ready.” Annie Ferguson, a cashier for Sodexho, the university’s  food management services, said she is  proud  that  Obamawas elected the president because it tells her grandchildren that despite the color of their skin, they have the opportunity to become whatever they want. “Because Barack is our first African-American president,” she said, “it opens the doors to all other nationalities.” Others placed an em-phasis on Obama’s policies rather than his race. “Not only am I ecstatic because Barack is black, but I feel he is the better choice to deal with the social and economical issues of middle-class citizens,” criminal justice major Karon Heckard said. Heckard said he grew up in the South and has experienced racial bigotry. He is proud to support a black president, who seems willing to take a stance for bridging the gap among various ethnicities. He said, “Time for a change existed a century ago, but Obama has fulfilled those...

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Obama wins presidential election
Nov04

Obama wins presidential election

By Mateo Gamboa and Stuart Platt The Bells staff has decided to do something it has never done before. We are doing live coverage of the 2008 presidential election and will be updating this page hourly after 7:00 p.m. with student reactions, results, and other useful information. 7:46 p.m. With over 16 million votes counted, McCain is leading in the popular vote by 1 percent and Obama has control over more electoral votes with 82 as opposed to McCain’s 34. Freshman Hayley Shaffer is indifferent to each candidate but said, “If I had to pick a president, I would pick McCain.” 9:02 p.m. Sen. Barack Obama seems to be pulling ahead of the race with 206 electoral votes. Students comment back and forth as they anxiously await the election results trickling through the stereo speakers of the television screen. “I think it’s probably going to be Obama. It seems pretty stacked now against McCain,” freshman Justin Rippy said. Rippy did not vote in this election due to the hassle of absentee voting. “I’m not really a voter,” he said. “I’m just not that interested in this election. If I was home, I probably  would’ve voted.” Though Rippy and his friends seemed interested in the results of the election, they were fairly apathetic toward the outcome. “I would’ve probably written in Mickey Mouse on the ballot,” he said. “I guess Obama is the lesser of the two evils. Maybe we’ll get a tax break.” Rippy and his friends watched Monday night football last night in which the Redskins lost to the Steelers. “I guess we’ll see what happens,” he said. “The Redskins lost, and it was all downhill from there. Every time the Redskins have lost historically for the last 17 elections the party has changed hands.” 9:51 p.m. Obama is still looking strong with 207 electoral votes and 51 percent of the popular vote, but McCain remains a contender with his lead in Texas and a stand-still in Florida. McCain has 135 electoral votes and 48 percent of the popular vote thus far. The 270 mile-marker is quickly approaching for Obama, and with most of the west coast still up for grabs, a win looks likely. Sophomore Mandi Sanders voted early this year in Austin and feels nervous about the outcome of this election. She said, “I don’t want us to become a socialist nation.” 9:57 p.m. Sen. Barack Obama has just been elected president of the United States of America. Students in the SUB huddled around the TV in anticipation of the final election poll results and celebrated wildly with the announcement of the new president. Sophomore Obama...

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Pause for thought: Roommate Woes
Nov04

Pause for thought: Roommate Woes

By Joshua Thiering The door opens, and in walks old bad news herself. It’s that roommate who always gets on your nerves. She plops down on the sofa, groaning, making a point to let everyone know how miserable her life is. Soon the groans will be drowned out by Lauryn Hill, whining over her laptop speakers. “Killing me softly, with his song, killing me softly,” she sings along with the chorus. Ironically, however, it’s really you she is killing softly. Perhaps you have a roommate like this one. Like a badger, their tracks can be spotted a couple of ways. They usually live in your living room and never leave. They only speak to you negatively, and ask you a lot of questions when you’re walking out the door like: “Where you are going? And why do you never make time for me?” With the housing process quickly approaching, switching roommates can be as difficult and terrifying as undertaking surgery. For those thinking about cutting ties, here are a few quick tips to numb the long-term pain of your roommate woes. Avoidance “The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it,” said best-selling author Dale Carnegie. The best way to avoid conflicts at your apartment is not to be there. Make a schedule of when your roommate is home. Now take a permanent marker, and black out those blocks, and write over them with red ink: study in library, dinner with friends, long walk around campus or dig a hole to China. Be dirty The dirtier you are, the less likely they will want to live with you. Try eating meals in their bed. Leave your dirty dishes on their night stand. If you ever do have to wash any dishes, do it in the toilet bowl. Once the mess piles up, blame them. Take your friends on guided tours through their messy rooms. Be sure to use metaphorical language comparing the room to a pigsty or a tsunami refugee camp. Redecorate the living room Print up bad photos of your roommate and hang them all over your living room walls. You know the one, with the double chin, and the one black and white photo where they tried to be artsy, but just ended up looking like a whitewashed bloated Jabba The Hut with heartburn. Tack it up. These tactics may make matters worse temporarily, but in the long run, they will not put up a fight to move...

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Grad student creates fat loss educational program

By Andra Holbrooks Laura Williams, operations manager in the Mayborn Campus Center, came up with an idea that has turned into a full time job, but unpaid. FATLOSS, Foundation for Altered Thinking on Lifestyle, Overweight, and our Sedentary Status ,came to Williams’ mind through her experience. “I’ve always kind of had body issues, and they started way back in high school,” she said. “Good, bad or indifferent, I was always really critical of myself.” Williams’ undergrad degree is in exercise sports science, and she has learned many of the things one needs to know about weight, body fat and living a healthy lifestyle. Since graduating college, she has worked in the fitness industry. “But I could never quite overcome my own personal issues with myself,” she said. “And this isn’t to say that I ever thought I was totally unattractive or overweight, anything like that. I just was overly critical of my body.” Last spring when Williams began graduate school, a “light bulb clicked. I wanted to get my knowledge out there in a way that would be fun and exciting—and free—to anyone.” FATLOSS is an organization geared toward providing educational information and programs to increase physical activity and healthy living choices in Americans. “All the services provided are offered free of charge because no one should be denied the opportunity for good health,” Williams said. Knowledge is key to living a healthy lifestyle. “With as much information and wisdom that I personally have, that’s distressing when you think of all the people out there who don’t have that knowledge and probably have the same issues or worse,” she said. Pressures are all around society, such as TV stars, magazine beauties, infomercials about quick weight loss and fad diets. “It’s not even about your weight. That’s a terrible measurement,” Williams said. “Body fat testing tells you a lot about what weight really is as a measurement of health and fitness. I don’t ever have to think about my weight as long as I do the things I need to be doing to stay healthy.” Williams is not only concerned for the UMHB community, but for Americans all over. “The goal throughout society has to change. Losing weight, being thin or being a certain size should redirect towards to being a healthy person in general. And when you make good choices to become that person, like getting the correct groceries or doing more physical activity, the other will come as a byproduct of that,” she said. Sarah Peterson, one of Williams’ employees, said, “What Laura is doing is really great. FATLOSS has the potential to change the minds of so...

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