More stuff won’t satisfy
Nov18

More stuff won’t satisfy

By Laura Beth Gebhardt Satisfaction does not exist in today’s society. There is always something better to work for, to obtain. The latest Ipod, the bigger plasma TV and the faster car are a few of these things. This constant desire for more leaves people constantly unsatisfied. This need for more is taught as early as childhood. Something as simple as watching Disney movies influences the way children think. Belle was discontent with her simple farm life, and longed for adventure. Ariel wanted the one thing she couldn’t have, the life and love of a human. She became so unsatisfied with living under the sea that she risked everything to get it. Jasmine was a princess who lived in luxury and yet wanted nothing more than to be the common person. Aladdin was the everyday man who looked up at Jasmine in envy. He longed for the life she lived. This idea carries on to people’s everyday life. If a people have curly hair, they want straight hair. If people have a car from the year 2005 they want the one from 2008. People become obsessed with getting the latest and greatest, but it never satisfies. People look at the lives of movie stars and long to have what they have, but those stars’ suicides, drug addictions, alcoholic tendencies and depression prove that possessions do not bring happiness. Ezekiel 7:19 says that in the end, gold and silver and all the things people have accumulated will be worthless, because material possessions will not save from God’s wrath. They are wholly insufficient. The one time that being unsatisfied is a good thing is in one’s relationship with Christ. He created people in a way that leaves them in constant hunger for Him. This leaves believers constantly striving for more, yet fulfilled in Him. Psalm 17:15 says, “Because I am righteous, I will see you. When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.” The love of God is the only thing that brings true...

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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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