Cru celebrates Friendsgiving
Nov16

Cru celebrates Friendsgiving

Thanksgiving, a time of year where turkeys are gobbling and the end of the fall semester is slowly approaching. Across campus, the leaves are changing colors, from Texas brown to fall yellow, and plans are being made for Friendsgiving, an annual tradition for friends to get together and celebrate the holiday. Friendsgiving has been an ongoing tradition for years, and has become vastly popular amongst friend groups on campus. The event gives friends a chance to celebrate their friendships. During this event, there is also an abundance of food. Because it takes place in an apartment or dorm, it usually doesn’t include a full-blown turkey dinner, but a more college-friendly feast. Some ideas for such a feast could include: individuals bringing a different fast food item, everyone bringing a homemade dish, or turkey sandwiches with various thanksgiving-themed foods. “I didn’t know Friendsgiving was a thing until I came to College.” said Annah Jane Paschall, junior art education major. “Friendsgiving to me has been so fun because it brings a group of people together and helps us all really get into the holiday spirit and focus on the things we are thankful for. It also helps us all slow down in our busy schedules and focus on the present moment. My tip would be invite people to your friendsgiving that you enjoy spending time with. Allow yourself to soak up that time and not worry about anything else going on.” Thanksgiving classics such as games and communion are welcome at friendsgiving events. Often, the gathering includes not only time for food and friends, but a time to break away from the stresses of the semester. Some fun ways to prepare for friendsgiving could include decorating and getting the apartment (or dorm) ready for guests. Some easy and fun ways to do this would be decorative place settings, signs that are photo op ready, and putting lots of disposable cameras around for your friends to snap shots all evening. “Last year, me and my friends had a Friendsgiving, and I told my friends about it. We’re looking forward to doing one this year,” said freshman nursing major Valeria Ortiz. “Obviously, it’s going to be different because we’re in dorms. But we all decided that we wanted to de-stress. This semester has been tougher than we thought it would be. My friends and I are all planning on bringing a bunch of junk food and setting up some chairs. We’ll probably play Cards Against Humanity. It’s going to be so much fun and I’m so excited.” Kick off this holiday season in style by hosting a Friendsgiving, or attending one. With a...

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Should Christmas be celebrated early?
Nov15

Should Christmas be celebrated early?

Let’s be honest, with the upcoming holiday seasons, some can get a bit sensitive over the holidays. Some like to begin their celebration as early as possible, while others seem to be offended if Christmas decorations go up one second before Thanksgiving. Here’s the thing – I am unapologetic about watching my Christmas movies the day after Halloween, and I’m not afraid to say it. Here’s why. To begin, let me say that Christmas is very much my favorite holiday. From the tinsel on the tree to Mariah Carey singing about what she wants for Christmas, this holiday makes me, quite frankly, jolly. That being said, why would I wait until a small three week time frame in which it is socially acceptable to begin celebrating the holiday festivities? My short answer is – I won’t! Christmas is a time where joy and giving is abundant, if not encouraged. By beginning the festivities early, or before Thanksgiving, these qualities can be enforced before the holiday season, encouraging others to be kind and giving for more than a small window of time. With that in mind, who could deny that Christmas-related music and otherwise should not be brought out as early as possible? Christmas also brings a sense of nostalgia and comfort. It brings back memories often relating to such things as family and friends. Certain memories can be attached to various Christmas articles. For me, it’s Christmas movies. One of my favorite Christmas traditions is Christmas Eve. My family would gather together on Christmas Eve and binge watch as many classic Christmas themed movies as possible. These movies ranged from live action films such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Elf, to even older classics such as It’s a Wonderful Life. For me, watching these movies as soon as Halloween is over lets me reminisce of the past, and excites me for the next family shin dig. Why should this be halted? In what ways does this affect those who claim holiday music should be limited to such a short time span – three weeks before Christmas? To those claiming that Christmas enthusiasts like me simply skip straight from Halloween to Christmas and forget Thanksgiving, I hear you. The thing is, prepping for Christmas only amplifies my excitement for Thanksgiving. Once that turkey’s made and starts popping up on shelves and the feasts begin, it’s only a small gap until the big day from there. So, I’d like to counter argue that not only do I not forget the holiday, but also highly anticipate it. I highly anticipate it while listening to my Christmas music. With the end...

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Cru Halloween: group costume ideas for all
Oct26

Cru Halloween: group costume ideas for all

Looking for a fun, creative, group costume idea to celebrate this Halloween? Here are some fun and iconic costume ideas for your Halloween festivities. Deck of Cards For a group of four to six, a deck of cards could be a great costume to invest in. On plain white T-shirts, students can use black or red sharpie, or use stencils to create numbers, hearts, spades, and other card-related features. This way, the group can be identified as a unit, and it’s an inexpensive way to enjoy the Halloween festivities. Scooby Doo Gang The iconic Scooby Doo gang is one of the most recognizable cartoon groups. Because these characters are associated with certain colors and accessories, a costume could be easily recreated. So put a blue collar on your dog, tie an ascot around your neck, or put on a pair of glasses and you’re well on your way to creating a Scooby Gang costume. Monica and Rachel from Friends Friends is one of the most beloved comedies in TV History. The episode where Friends’ characters sit around in wedding dresses in Rachel’s apartment is an easily identifiable moment from the television show. White dresses and bottles of root beer make for an easy do it yourself costume. Monsters, Inc. Characters A hit for our generation, Monsters, Inc. bred iconic characters such as Sully, Boo, and Mike Wazowski. These characters are not only recognizable but also easily recreated. A green shirt with a blue eye on it, a blue shirt with purple spots, and a pink shirt and pigtails can have you looking like the cast of a Pixar film in no...

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Spooky Central Texas: tricks, treats,  and the best places to find them
Oct26

Spooky Central Texas: tricks, treats, and the best places to find them

With the weather turning cooler, many students on campus are excitedly anticipating Halloween. On campus and around the Belton area, there will be various events and activities that people of all ages can enjoy during this spooky holiday. Tricks, treats, and fun activities will make for this year’s Halloween a spook for the books. This year, UMHB’S American Marketing Association is hosting a scare walk, Tuesday, Oct. 31. The event will take place in the Conference Center from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.. The walk will consist of spooks and scares, and organizers hope it will be a fun event for Crusaders of all ages. “Me and my boyfriend are going to the Scare Walk on Halloween.” senior marketing major, Kelly Carlin said. “We’re super excited about it. I’ve heard that it’s supposed to be really scary. I love supporting my university, and supporting my peers.” The Robinson Family Farm will be hosting a pumpkin patch throughout the month of October, and on Halloween host various activities including hay rides, corn mazes, and selling pumpkins to carve. The pumpkin patch could be a fun photo opportunity for those seeking to post something festive on their social media. The city of Temple will be hosting a Haunted Walk About in downtown Temple that will detail the darker history of the city and its residents. The event will be free to people of all ages. “My boyfriend is from the area, and he found out about the Haunted Walk About from his mom.” said junior film studies major Starr Rivers. “We’re going with a group. It’s just a fun thing to do for free; a little bit of a spook with some food after.” If students are willing to travel outside of the Belton and Temple are, there are also some Halloween activities in other areas of central Texas. At The Killeen Escape Room, students can bring a group of friends to be locked into various themed rooms and asked to find a way to get out. Be sure to call ahead if you’d like a chance to participate on Halloween...

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Mexican Restaurants: The Best spicy bites in BTX
Oct13

Mexican Restaurants: The Best spicy bites in BTX

1.Jalisco’s Mexican Restaurant Price Range: $3-$20 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 505 E Central Ave, Belton, TX Dining: Dine-in, Drive thru Something to try: The Beef Caldo (soup) is great on a cold rainy day, or when you’re feeling a little under the weather. This soup is accompanied by Mexican rice, onions, and cilantro. Taste: The food here seems to be a crowd pleaser for many UMHB students, however it lacks an authentic taste. Rating: 3/5 2.  La Perla Bakery & Taqueria Price Range: $2-$15Cru Cash accepted: NoLocation: 604 Waco RD, Belton Tx Dining: Dine-in, To-go Something to try: The pan (bread), made fresh daily, is an authentic Mexican treat and is often dipped in warm coffee or hot chocolate. The pan served here is fluffy and sweet, and leaves patrons wanting another bite. Taste:  Inexpensive and authentic. Each bite can be savored to the highest extent.  Rating: 4.5/5 3. Coronas de Oro Price Range: $5-$30 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 219 S East St, suite D, Belton Dining: Dine-in Something to try: The Flautas here are fabulous. They are a mixture of homestyle and finer dining, The dishes here compliment each customers ll and leave those dining in satisfied. Taste: Though the location iaree, the prices and taste were mediocre. The food seemed to be more Americanized and had the most Texmex feel of all the restaurants. For an Americanized version of Mexican food, the taste was subpar. Rating: 2/5 4. Sol De Jalisco Price Range: $4-$25 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 2100 N Main St, Belton, TX Dining: Dine-in Something to try: The torta, a Mexican styled sandwich, is definitely an item to try. Accompanied by crisp homemade French fries, this dish is sure to please any taste. Taste: The food here is classic Texmex, and is nice for an evening out. The food is prompt and feels homemade, but the lack of authenticity makes the overall experience less than extraordinary. Rating:...

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