Stopping to smell the roses and water them, too

Half of this semester is gone. Some students may feel relief from this fact, but “not I,” said the opinion columnist, the resident assistant, the athlete and the student. In case you were wondering where the random list came from, those things currently describe my life in a nutshell. It is such a blessing to be able to do them all, but it is definitely a real challenge at times. On many days, I find myself rushing from lunch to class or from class to practice or from practice to RA duty. Days like these are a whirlwind, especially when I have to fit in a little homework too. Things get really busy, usually all at once. It’s funny because I am intrinsically wired to be an easygoing, mellow fellow. I walk slowly. I eat slowly. My mentality is that “I’ll get there when I get there.” Last year, it was easy to be easygoing because I did not have as many priorities. I had lots of free time to spend with friends and time to have fun. I am still that guy on the inside, but with all that is on my plate this year, it’s harder to make time to relax. I actually find myself hurrying to class or inhaling my lunch within minutes quite often now. All this rushing around goes against my nature, but I have to do it so that I do not neglect any of my priorities. It’s hard to give a hundred percent of myself to everything I do, and I feel like I’m giving just a fraction of that at times, but I do my best to give the best of me to everything. I don’t love being so busy, but I love all the things in my life that are keeping me busy. I had a lot of fun during my freshman year playing tennis and spending time with friends. With that said, however, this year has been so much more amazing than last year, even though it is currently lacking in free time. I just need to take time to smell the roses. This old expression means to appreciate what’s around you. Realizing that half of the semester is already over is a slap in the face. I do not want to arrive at Christmas break and look back and have this semester seem like a blur. It seems to be moving by very rapidly because so many different things happen each day. My goal for the rest of this semester is to slow down. It is easy to appreciate the beauty of every day when I think about...

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Long road ahead for football team
Oct13

Long road ahead for football team

During the summer, Crusader football fans were under the impression that the 2009 football season would go as follows: Quincy Daniels returns, UMHB wins its 100th victory in Oklahoma, goes undefeated until the HSU game, wins in a very close shootout, wins out, goes to playoffs, plays Whitewater again in the semifinals. However, the 2009 season has proved to be full of surprises. SURPRISE #1 – Linfield (who beat UMHB at the 2004 National Championship) returned to power and beat #5 Hardin-Simmons, triggering a four-game losing streak for UMHB’s rival, something that was not anticipated. SURPRISE #2 – Louisiana College (known by UMHB fans until now as “Loserana College”), has also beaten Hardin-Simmons, and nearly upset Mississippi College. SURPRISE #3 – Mississippi College is now second best to UMHB. This is actually not much of a surprise, since they’ve been viewed as the younger brother to UMHB and HSU when it comes to American Southwest Conference Championship contention. Now that they’ve finally pulled the upset against HSU, they will be gunning hard for UMHB with much momentum. The game in Clinton, Miss., could be anything but a blowout. SURPRISE #4 – As the Couch Cru says, “Freshman! Freshman! Freshman!” UMHB freshman quarterback LiDarral Bailey has proved to be a stellar athlete and leader on the field when starter Kyle Noack hits the bench. Noack’s success has not come as a surprise to fans, as the Noack era has been eagerly awaited for the past few months. Now UMHB fans have two great quarterbacks to watch. Opposing defenses have been unable to stop the Noack-Attack or the Freshman Fury. SURPRISE #5 – Howard Payne has only lost ONE GAME all year. UMHB’s last conference loss was to the Jackets in Brownwood in 2005, and the CRU will play at HPU again this year. HPU must also not be overlooked. Those who forget history are destined to repeat it. SURPRISE #6 – Mount Union has proved its weaknesses in the first halves each week, indicating the likelihood of an upset this season. SURPRISE #7 – McMurry defeated ETBU to end its 17- game losing streak 45-21, an unexpected blowout. Congratulations to Hal Mumme and the McMurry Indians on finally giving the McManiac section a reason to attend a game. THE NEW PERSPECTIVE– UMHB has gone from its main focus of receiving its 100th victory, HSU and Whitewater to being victory 100, a new McMurry team, the HSU desperation game, the very dangerous Mississippi College team, revenge against Southern Oregon and an interesting scenario for playoffs. This weekend’s trip to Mississippi will be a tough test on the road for the football...

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Men’s and women’s tennis wrap up fall season
Sep29

Men’s and women’s tennis wrap up fall season

The men’s tennis team wrapped up the fall season with the ITA Southwest Regional Tournament this weekend swinging in numerous wins. Sophomore Josh Pownall and senior Ramon Aguirre played in consolation finals. Freshman Will Summers won his first-round match, but lost in a heated three-setter in the second round. In the American Southwest Conference Individual tournament, Garrett Pekar beat Johnathan Cruz 6-0, 6-1 in the consolation final. Also recently announced, Pekar earned Second Team All-West Division honors in #2 singles, Aguirre earned honorable mention All-West Division at #1 singles and Pownall earned honorable mention All-West Division selection at #4 single. The women’s tennis team also racked up many wins throughout regular season play, including key victories against Texas Lutheran University in Seguin. During the ASC tournament, women’s doubles Lauren Knight and Rebecca Everett won second place in flight two. Mallory Aarhus also competed in the consolation final. Sophomore Rebecca Everett, sophomore Christi Voss and junior Andrea Wharton were placed on the ASC Spring Academic All-Conference team. The women’s team will wrap up fall season play this weekend, Oct. 2-4, in San Antonio for the ITA Soutwest Regional...

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Legislators get lazy
Sep29

Legislators get lazy

The job description must have mentioned it, but somewhere along the way, the task has been neglected by our legislators. Apparently, the people we elect to represent us in the making of the laws that affect us are no longer required to read the legislation on which they vote. This may sound like a terrible joke at first, but it is sadly the reality of the situation. Our lawmakers really do not read the bills before they cast their votes in favor of or against them. How do they know what they are voting for? The truth is that they cannot know the specifics of the legislation without reading it. Our Congressional representatives have interns who read the entire bill and summarize it for them, but should our representatives really vote based on the summary of a bill in question? A summary can miss some important key points. When students use spark notes to study for a British  literature exam, they usually do not do well on the test because they do not know the little details that make a world of difference in the book. Our lawmakers’ tests are far too important for a summary. The laws are written to be read and understood. Individual legislators are not always entirely to blame for not reading the bills, though. Sometimes, in the House and the Senate, votes are taken before a bill is even finished being written. Impossible, you say? Not for our super-representatives. They use their powers to see the future to guess what the specifics of the bill will be and use that to make their decision. The irony that this situation takes place in our legislative branch of government is even more comical. Critics say that if Congress reads every bill, nothing would ever get done, and the process of passing laws would take way too long. Many of Senate and the House are well over one thousand pages long. Our representatives should read the legislation though, even if it takes more time to pass laws. In this way, the members of Congress could make a well-educated vote, instead of a rushed and possibly If the people who are supposed to represent us in the making of our laws do not read the bills they vote on, what influences their decisions? Some legislators seem to have adopted the “if you vote for mine, I’ll vote for yours” mentality. A Senator may want to pass a certain bill, and in order to get others to go along with him, he will vote for bills they want to pass. If this really is how some legislation passes in...

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Facts before flattery: The truth about the public option

If a bill being debated right now in Congress could change America forever, shouldn’t the facts come first? Apparently, the answer is no for the Obama administration. Currently, different versions of health care reform legislation exist in the House and the Senate. Instead of clear discussion regarding the ideas presented in the bills, the president has persisted with his cheerleading-style support of them, often resorting to false promises and flattery. The specific details of the bills should be discussed transparently for all to understand. Transparency —that sounds familiar. Obama’s speeches supporting health care reform are not factual. He has been reduced to saying whatever his audience wants to hear in order to get this legislation passed. He does not mention hard details but rather increases hype for the issue. The president flatters the legislation by saying it’s good but rarely gives facts to back up what he says. Dismissing all opposing views as lies does not make for a very transparent discussion. He has the “Trust me; this will work” attitude when speaking about health care reform. He must believe that if he just says that it will all be OK and government- run health care is going to be good enough times, most Americans will start to believe him. The sad truth is that he may be right. The current health care reform legislation has many details, even if the president will not mention them. One aspect of health care reform legislation is the dreaded public, or government-run, option. The idea is that one more health insurance provider run by the government will increase competition among other health insurers and create more affordable insurance. This is not what will happen at all. The public option is what most of the debate on health care reform is all about. Many say it is a giant leap for a socialistic style of government in America. Is the public “option” really an option at all? The answer is no. When the government, which does not have to make a profi t to stay in business, competes with the other insurance companies that do have to make a profi t to survive, the government will always win, putting the other companies out of business until the government “option” is the only one for people to get health insurance. It will become, not optional, as Obama and proponents of the bill describe, but the government will be the one and only source of health insurance in America. People will be forced into the government system whether they like it or not. Few in America doubt the need for a reform of health insurance;...

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