Tis’ the season for a movie marathon
Dec08

Tis’ the season for a movie marathon

The Christmas season is finally here and it’s time to spread some holiday cheer. If you’re looking for the perfect holiday movie for your next Christmas movie marathon, these films are a must-add to your list. 1. Elf, 2003, PG Buddy, a human raised among Santa and his elves, travels to New York City after finding out his true identity. He goes on a quest to meet his real father, and has to adjust to the crazy life outside of the North Pole and win over his not-so-caring father’s heart. This favorite Christmas comedy combines Will Ferrell’s hilarious sense of humor with classic Christmas spirit. It is sure to leave both children and adults singing and laughing out loud. Whether you’ve seen it or not, this movie is a must-add to your annual holiday movie list. 2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 2000, PG Everyone in Whoville is excited and full of Christmas spirit, preparing for the Christmas holiday. Everyone, that is, except for the Grinch, who is insistent on stealing Christmas. This classic film is based on Dr. Seuss’ book ,and continues to be a childhood favorite for both kids and adults. A definite must-see this Christmas season. 3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 1989, PG-13 In hopes of impressing both his wife and children and his visiting extended family, Clark Griswold sets out to have the perfect Christmas. But unfortunetely for the unlucky family man, everything goes wrong. With many of the same cast members and producers of National Lampoon’s Vacation, this timeless comedy is still a popular movie choice during the holiday season. If you are looking for a good laugh to add to your Christmas movie marathon list, Christmas Vacation should definitely be on the top of your list. 4. The Polar Express, 2004, PG In this modern holiday film, a little boy goes on the journey of a lifetime to the North Pole on a train ride that teaches him bravery and how the spirit of Christmas will never leave those who believe. The Polar Express is the perfect way to relive your childhood and the magic of believing in Christmas. So, make sure to include it in your next Christmas family movie night. 5. Home Alone, 1990,PG After accidentally being forgotten at home by his parents during Christmas vacation, an 8-year-old boy is left to protect himself and his home from two burglars. This scary experience soon turns into a hilarious experience for the young boy. It is the perfect Christmas movie to laugh at with a group of friends or loved...

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#WBW: favorite Halloween movies
Oct29

#WBW: favorite Halloween movies

For those looking for some classic Halloween films to add to their scary movie marathon list, these chillers will keep people of all ages entertained and spooked. Halloweentown (1998), TV-G Halloweentown is a story about a young girl named Marnie who discovers she’s a part of a longline of witches. Through a chain of unexpected events, Marnie must help her grandmother save her hometown of supernatural creatures. Between the shrieks and giggles, Halloweentown combines two of my favorite things: Disney and Halloween. And while it lacked complexity like most other TV movies, its spooky storyline and fun special effects makes this a must-see Halloween movie for people of all ages. Casper (1995), PG Casper is a story about a friendly young ghost who haunts a Maine mansion, and befriends the young girl who lives there. The girl and the ghost share their stories of loss and find healing while having spooky fun. This adorable film is sure to capture viewers’ hearts, while still being scary. This movie is timeless, and the storyline is enjoyable for all ages. Twitches (2005), TV-Pg A more recent Halloween film, Twitches is another Disney Channel original movie about two girls that uncover the secrets of their past. They discover that they are twins. Not only are they twins, but separated at birth. They must work together to save their homeland from the dreaded force of Darkness. This goofy and fun film is just scary enough to capture viewers’ attention, but also is light-hearted enough for younger children to enjoy. This movie is the perfect film to incorporate into your next Halloween movie marathon. Scream (1996) R This horror film, about a town terrorized by a serial killer, will have viewers on the edge of their seat “screaming.” This timeless movie has inspired many scary series to this day, including MTV’s 2015 series “Scream” and Fox’s 2015 series “Scream Queens,” along with three other sequels to the original movie. While this film is certainly intended for an older crowd, its creepy and terrifying storyline will leave viewers sleeping with their light on with chills running down their spines. Hocus Pocus (1993), PG This wonderful charming tale of three Salem witches who wreak havoc on a small new England town on Halloween is sure to make your movie list. The witches are resurrected by a teenage boy, who, with the help of his little sister and the girl next door, must try to stop the menacing sisters from stealing the souls of children. This classic film is a must see for viewers of all ages, as it combines the spook of the Halloween spirit with a...

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International students get a taste of Texas
Oct08

International students get a taste of Texas

For a few short hours on a Friday night in a small Texas town, students from all over the world were able to come together to share their cultures at a Baptist Student Ministries event called Texas Night. The event took place on Sept. 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Lord Conference Center at Parker Academic Center. The night was full of dancing, food, smiles and laughter, as students from many different places and backgrounds got a taste of what true Texan culture is like. “It was mostly a dance. We teach some line dances and two-stepping. We also do some American culture games such as Jeopardy about Texas trivia,” English and Christian studies major Jake Raabe said. While the event only lasted a few hours, the memories and friendships that were made that night were ones that will truly last a lifetime. “It’s important for us to allow students to meet and blend different cultures together,” Raabe said. “The purpose of Texas Night is to assimilate internationals to Texas culture, and also to help internationals and Americans build relationships. There are students here from all over the world. We want people to meet here,” Raabe said. The event seemed to be a hit as students, traditional and international alike, joined in on the festivities. “Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. [The international students] really enjoyed the large line dances where, if I remember correctly, only one or two students stayed off to the side,” junior international business and business management major Dylan Hall said. Shawn Shannon, the Director of the BSM, was pleased with the impact Texas Night had on the international students. “We ended up with around 80 people total or so there. We all had a lot of fun,” Shannon said. Future events are already being planned that will allow International students and American students to gather and share their lives and cultures with one another. “In November we will be having an International Thanksgiving meal where we will have a meal for both international and American students as another way to make sure we are allowing students to meet,” Raabe...

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CAB has new ideas for upcoming year
Oct08

CAB has new ideas for upcoming year

Campus Activities Board is a student organization that allows UMHB students the chance to help plan activities for the students. From huge events to passing out small gifts for students, CAB plans it all. “Every campus activity meeting is set up similarly. We asses the events that we had the week prior and then we plan for upcoming stuff,”Assistant Director of Campus Activities Jeff Sutton said. During the first week of classes, the student organization spent a lot of time talking about a leadership conference they attended that helped the organization come up with event ideas for the rest of the year. “Now we are taking all of the information we gained at the conference and actually calendaring out events and letting students sign up to lead those events and plan all the details of those,” Sutton said. He also said its main goal is to be an outlet for students to have some social experiences. “We want to create community on campus while equipping students to lead and learn,” he said. The assistant director said CAB’s meetings are definitely different than most. “We have a structure but the structure submits to the people. Our meetings are always 30 minutes and after we discuss our previous week’s event and figure out our next event, we break up into smaller groups to get work done,” Sutton said. CAB has already begun planning and executing future events that will happen throughout the year. “This semester alone we are working on some new events that we have never had on campus before. We are participating in Preview Weekend, October Hump Day Giveaway which is a pumpkin spice giveaway, National Night Out, study break, Christmas events, passing out bubble wrap to help relieve stress, Disney Trivia Night, and many, many more,” Sutton said. While CAB gives students the opportunity to experience many things, Sutton believes there is a bigger impact. “The best thing you can get out of CAB are relationships. It’s a great way to meet new people and serve. You take things you are learning in a classroom and put it into real life experience,” Sutton said If students are still interested in joining CAB, the meetings are every Monday at 9 p.m. in the creative thinking space on the second floor of Maybee. “The great thing about it is that we have an open enrollment which means that anyone and everyone can join at anytime,” said Jeff...

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