Album Review:  “The Things We’ve Been Afraid to Say”
Nov13

Album Review: “The Things We’ve Been Afraid to Say”

Tenth Avenue North, the Christian rock group who wrote famous songs like “By Your Side” and “Losing” are back with brand new music. On October 9, 2018 the band released an EP titled “The Things We Are Too Afraid to Say.” This is an emotional album written by lead singer Mike Donehey and the group’s guitarist Jeff Owen. The album consists of six songs. One of the songs, “Afraid,” was on their previous album, “Followers.” “Afraid” is a powerful song about how our life circumstances bring us down. It proposes that we are so afraid of what will happen in the future or the next day that we let fear rule our lives. Written by Donehey and his guitarist Owen, this is a cry for help. One of my favorite songs from the album is called “Counterfeits.” This song is all about how people fill their hearts with things that are not worth it. In the song, the singer says, “I want the truth, I want the real thing. I want the genuine to hold to the light.” He wants more than a fix. This song really spoke to me. I used to always run away from Jesus because I thought he was not good enough, but He is the only thing that we need. “Love Anyway” is another great song. When someone does not think the same way as we do, sometimes we do not love that person. However, God does not just call us to love people who have the same beliefs and opinions as us. He calls us to love everyone, no matter what. This song does a great job of showing this. In the song, Donehey says, “Show me how to love them how you love me.” This is a great song, especially for today’s world. I had the opportunity to see Tenth Avenue North in person this year for a early Christmas present. They were amazing and are easily my favorite Christian band. When I found out that they were releasing a new EP, I was so excited. I read an interview from Donehey about the album, and he said, “It’s a collection of songs that say, we don’t have it figured out and we’re not exactly sure where we are sometimes…” I think that it is great that he says that he does not know everything and that he is not perfect. These are great songs about living in sin but always having...

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First Man film review: A blast
Nov13

First Man film review: A blast

“One giant step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” We have all heard this famous phrase. Neil Armstrong said this when he made it to the moon on July 20, 1969. His story has been told so many times from movies and television specials. The new movie “First Man” tells the story again. This movie is directed by Damien Chazelle who directed the incredible “La La Land” film, which won six academy awards. This movie stars Ryan Gosling as Armstrong and Claire Foy as his wife. The movie is based on a book by James R. Hansen on the life of Armstrong. I did not know all of the hardships he faced in his life. It was so shocking. Gosling did a great job playing Armstrong. When he was up in space I really believed that he was there. Armstrong was kind of a jerk to his friends and family, as it is portrayed in the movie. This surprised me since he is known to us as an American hero who was such a good guy. Clair Foy also did an amazing job in this movie. She played a great grieving mother and wife. She always wanted what was best for Armstrong even though he just cared for himself. She was so passionate in every scene she did. This movie is getting a lot of Oscar buzz and I can see it winning a few. The score for this movie is by Oscar winner Justin Hurwitz who worked with Chazelle in “La La Land.” The music was amazing. I felt like I was in space because of it. In the scenes where they were testing out the rockets, I was at the edge of my seat. The acting and directing had me thinking that I was actually right next to Gosling as he ejected from a fiery training crash. I did think that the movie was a little slow in a lot of parts. There was just a lot of science stuff that I did not really care about. I just wanted to see Gosling in a rocket and blasting off. I also thought that Armstrong’s character could have been developed more. Minor spoiler: His family went through a hard time at the beginning of the movie, which was somewhat portrayed, that also could have been developed more. The movie left me wanting to know more about it. In spite of that, this was an overall interesting movie to...

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The Disney College Program: a look behind the mouse ears
Oct10

The Disney College Program: a look behind the mouse ears

Do you want to have fun? Want to live in Disney World for a whole semester? Want to get college credit? Then the Disney College Program is the internship for you. This program lets you live at Walt Disney World or Disneyland for a whole semester. You get to work at the park and you also get paid as well. There are a lot of different departments that you can work with. You can work with attractions or transportation, or, you can work as a convention guide, custodian, or photographer, to name a few positions. A student named Kylie Wittmer, who was a film and television major when she participated in the program, said positive things about it. “The best things about the program are the friends you make while you’re there and being able to call Disney World your home,” Wittmer said. “People will tell you that the friends you make at Disney World are lifelong friends and you may think that sounds dramatic but they are right, you get to know these people at the happiest place on earth. You will get to know each park like the back of your hand and really never get sick of it. I can’t see advertisements for Disney World anymore without being sad that I’m not there.“ During a Disney College Program information meeting at UMHB on Sept. 26, Assistant Professor (Management) Chris Langford had a similar sentiment, because he loved his time at Disney and he wants students to experience the program. ”Going to the Disney College Program was one of the top five experiences of my life,” Langford said. “I worked at Splash Mountain and me and my group of friends were called Splash Trash. After the program we used to go on trips to Dis- ney World.” Film studies major Alyssa Silva was accepted into the Disney College Program for the spring 2019 semester with a custodial position. “I applied the day applications came out in August,” Silva said. “Within two weeks, I received an email with a link to the second step of the application which was a web based interview. As soon as I finished the web-based interview, I was informed I made it to the last step, the phone interview. I scheduled my phone interview and the day of I was super nervous, but I feel as though I did well and was confident. Then, after four long weeks of waiting, I got the magical email saying I got accepted into the DCP! I was at a stunt night rehearsal when I found out and had tears of joy. I then called my mom...

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Kin: a fatal flop for the sci-fi genre
Sep12

Kin: a fatal flop for the sci-fi genre

Kin is a movie created from the minds of Jonathan and Josh Baker, and based off of their 2014 short film titled “Bag Man” (imdb.com). Both movies are about a young boy who finds a powerful otherworldly weapon, which, by the way, we never learn anything about. However, the weapon is somehow used to save Jimmy’s adoptive brother Eli from a crew of thugs. Before long, the two of them are also pursued by federal agents and mysterious mercenaries aiming to reclaim the weapon (imdb.com). The acting in this movie was terrific. Eli Solinski is played by Miles Truitt and you wouldn’t know that this was the first time he has ever acted in a movie. He played a boy who had a hard life, and who’s mother died at an early age. For a long time it was just he and his dad living together because his brother Jimmy was in prison. He acquires the mysterious weapon when he goes to an abandoned warehouse to find and take materials that he can then sell for money. While he was there he finds the weapon that he keeps secret. Their father, Hal Solinski, is played by Dennis Quaid, who was great in the movie. He is by far the character with the best morals. Eli’s and Jimmy’s dad might have been hard on them at times but he taught them many things like the importance of honesty and family. It is evident that both Eli and Jimmy look up to their father because Jimmy tells Eli “be more like Dad and less like me.” Jack Reynor plays Eli’s brother Jimmy Solinski and did a great job portraying this character. However, I did not like this character because as soon as he gets out of jail he just falls back into his bad ways. He then takes Eli with him and isn’t a very good example for him. It’s like he did not learn from his past mistakes and that is kind of frustrating for the viewers. The man Eli saves his brother from is named Taylor Balik and is played by James Franco, and I loved his performance in this movie. Jimmy owes Balik a large sum of money. Balik will do whatever it takes to get the money, including following Jimmy and his brother around the country. While Eli and Jimmy are running away from Balik and his gang they run into a character named Milly played by Zoë Kravitz. She wants a better life for herself and she convinces them to let her go with them. I really liked Milly as a character. I really felt for...

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Welcome, Class of 2022

Welcome Week at The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is a five-day, fun-filled program that includes sessions about spirit and traditions, inflatables, food trucks, and events that help new students get to know their peers and understand the significance of becoming a Crusader for life. This campus-wide event, established in 1940, continues to evolve every year, and this year, the largest incoming class in UMHB history took part. Freshmen business major Jared Poe said, “Welcome Week was amazing. I connected with my Cru group a lot.” “The dubbing with my Cru group” is what Poe said was his favorite part. “We were so excited to be Crusaders for life.” In 1940, Welcome Week was a nine-day event that consisted of “Teas, dinners and lecture courses” according to a document of the “Freshman Schedule” in the Musick Alumni Museum Library. By 1979, Welcome Week had come to look like the fun-filled event that today’s students are familiar with. However, it was called “New Student Orientation” and consisted of a week-long program that included free movies, sporting events, placement testing, barbeques and swim parties. In the 1980s, the name was changed back to Welcome Week and has maintained the title to this day. One person who truly understands the rich history of Welcome Week and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor itself is Ms. Betty Sue Beebe. She graduated from UMHB in 1961, later becoming the Alumni Director in 1981 for 21 years, the Director of Alumni Development for the following seven years, and then she worked part-time as the Alumni Museum Curator until 2017. As a student, Beebe built lasting friendships with those eventually dubbed “North End Gang” because they met in the north end of Stribling Hall. They have since traveled the world together. Sophomore Psychology major Naomi Lewis, who was a Cru Leader for Welcome Week 2018 talked about being a Cru Leader for the first time. “I really liked getting to see how eager the students were when they first came to UMHB,” Lewis said. “I got to settle some of their nerves that they had. I wanted them to have the best Welcome Week experience.” Senior Christian Studies and Public Relations double major Samuel Kinnin, who was also co-director of Welcome Week 2018, describes the impact of the event in his own life. “My favorite thing about Welcome Week is seeing the transformation in the lives of new students. They come in shy and nervous about their college experience, but throughout the week, they get outside their comfort zones and make new friends,” Kinnin said. “It’s so rewarding to watch that process and see how much this event...

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