First Gen students adjust to college life
Feb22

First Gen students adjust to college life

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells With the number of college graduates increasing yearly, the number of first generation students increases as well. A first generation student is one who is the first of their immediate family to attend college. Nationwide, these students make up about 38 percent of college freshmen. Here at UMHB, 35 percent of the freshmen welcomed into the 2016 fall semester were also first generation. These students face a greater risk of dropping out of college, due to the increase in language barriers, an increased background in poverty, and loneliness. Though these factors can be difficult to combat, the university has steps in place to lessen the chance of these students dropping out. The Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) here on campus enrolls all first generation students in a program called Grades First, which notifies students of grade changes, upcoming assignments and due dates, and information about advising and financial aid. UMHB hopes to encourage and help students to graduate. “Transitioning to college was somewhat difficult for my parents because they didn’t necessarily know what to do about certain admissions and financial aid forms and such. They got help, though, and they are really pleased with my decision,” said freshman Mass Communication major, Halee Jorgensen. “As a first-generation student, UMHB has been helpful. I met with Dr. O’Rear, and he said he was happy I chose UMHB as a first-gen student, and he hopes I will call on them if I need help.” Jorgensen said she had a really good first semester and is even on track to graduate early. With her degree, she hopes to work for a magazine as a spread designer and photographer. Dr. O’Rear also hosts a dinner each year before the fall semester for all incoming first generation students, where they can meet the faculty and staff. This enables students to feel more secure about the environment they are coming into. During this event, O’Rear personally meets with each of the students, and tries to connect with them. By doing so, students are able to create a relationship with those in their new home. This then makes it less likely for them to drop out of college. “It was kind of tough at the beginning of my freshman year. I guess I really just didn’t know what to expect,” said sophomore history major, Joshua Gallegos. “I’m the first of all of my siblings not to go straight to working after high school, so it was strange for my family. They all supported me, but it was kind of nerve-wracking not knowing what to expect when starting...

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How to save money while buying groceries
Feb22

How to save money while buying groceries

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells Grocery shopping is an integral part of any functioning college student’s life, from non-traditional students with families to feed, to dorm-living freshmen The concept of grocery shopping is quite simple– buy food to eat for a certain period of time, take home and eat said food, and then go back to the grocery store after that food is gone. But, there are some tricks to making the most of grocery shopping, so that the trip is less expensive and helps you save time. 1. Check what you already have. First, make a list of the groceries you want to pick up. Write out all of the items you think you may need. Then, go through your pantry and see if you need to add anything to this list. Check how much of certain products you have, such as milk or eggs, and see if you need to stock up. This in turn will save time and consolidate your visits to one trip. 2. Find recipes for the week. Ever watch an easy recipe tutorial on Facebook or miss your mom’s chicken noodle soup? When grocery shopping, a good way to eliminate wastefulness or excess buying is to come prepared. Plan out what you want to eat for the week, including snacks and the core three meals. The meals you plan don’t have to be fancy (though you are welcome to experiment). If you plan to have sandwiches for the week, make sure to jot down the items you will need to pick up in order to accomplish those meals. This not only saves time throughout the week, but it also allows for a way to experiment with making new meals as well as saving on items that might expire. You can find good recipes on allrecipes.com. On this site, you can plug in certain ingredients as well as the time period in which you want to cook. Tastee can be found on youtube.com. These videos help guide you through the cooking process. Tastee chefs cook alongside you and give instructions as they go. 3. Buy different brands. When shopping, don’t always go looking for the name brand items. When on a budget, make sure to compare prices and labels. Sometimes the store brand will be the better buy. Also, make sure to check out the price per ounce. This can be found under the price, and will usually be a small portion of the price listed. This helps to show how much each item is selling for per ounce, as compared to the one next to it, and can...

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Sodexo offers specialty nights, 1845 Grill serves breakfast
Feb08

Sodexo offers specialty nights, 1845 Grill serves breakfast

Published in the February 8, 2017 issue of The Bells The dining hall has gone through many changes since its inception. Most recently, students saw the cafeteria-style dining moved from Hardy Hall to the new and improved student union, Bawcom. Now there are even more changes coming to the dining process on campus. Recently, the dining hall (which is open to all students, but more namely those living in residence halls) has begun doing specialty dinners. Specializing in one particular type of meal makes it easier for students to decide on where they want to eat that night. Some of the specialty nights have included meals such as classic southern chicken dinners, burger and pizza dinners, and various other southern, home-grown classics. These nights have been successful in pleasing the university community, including students and faculty alike. Eating in the dining hall can be the quite the experience for all, as the buffet tends to offer many varying options to appeal to the Cru community. Whether students are eating in the dining hall with friends, to wandering in 10 minutes before class for a quick bite, many Crusaders have a positive tale to tell when speaking about their dining experiences. “There are a few things students should know about eating in the dining hall,” says Elizabeth Sawatzki, sophomore Spanish major and Sodexo employee. “We are now not allowed to put ice cream in cups for those who enjoy root beer floats, but you can transfer it yourself manually.” The dining hall employee said for another dining hall treat, students can toast cookies in the toaster to make them yummy and warm. “Another tip I’d give to students is that If one station is out of a condiment or topping you like, always check a different station. There will more than likely be one with some. It’s really just learning the hacks for the dining hall, and making the most of the situation.” The dining hall also provides meals to the university community through various fast-food chains that are open on campus. This includes a student favorite– The 1845 Grill, which is also located in the Bawcom Student Union building. The grill is known for the fresh foods it serves at a reasonable price. Their hours range from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, and 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Sundays. Some of these times vary by day, which allows students to enjoy various dishes such as pancakes or tacos between classes. “Honestly, it’s nice to get a burger from the Grill every few days,” said Freshman Criminal Justice major,...

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How to turn New Year’s  resolutions into healthy habits
Jan25

How to turn New Year’s resolutions into healthy habits

Published in the January 25, 2017 issue of The Bells The New Year rolls in each year with an abundance of New Year’s resolutions, many of them relating to health and fitness. Whether it is to work out more often or to eat healthier, as a new year comes around, gyms seem more packed than usual and grocers nationwide begin selling out of fruits and veggies. But as the year continues, the ambition to keep those resolutions seems to slowly fade away. Gyms suddenly become less packed, grocers stop advertising healthier options, and people start to fall back into old habits. Once seemingly achievable goals start to seem impossible, and they are inevitably forgotten until another year rolls around and the cycle repeats. What people don’t seem to comprehend is that the resolutions they make can’t be a one-time change. They have to be lifestyle changes. When trying to achieve a better body, it seems as though no one wants to put in the hard work. From quick-fix drinks to medical procedures, many people want to reap the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle without actually living one. To achieve a better body, people have to change their lifestyle and really put sweat and hard work into it. The popular 70-30 ratio of good health–70 percent food and 30 percent working out–is important to remember when attempting to change unhealthy habits. One way to make a lasting change is to make better food choices. It isn’t about completely eliminating the foods you enjoy, it’s about moderation and modification. Love fries? Find a recipe for sweet potato fries. Can’t go without having tacos on Taco Tuesday? Make them at home to ensure the ingredients are wholesome. By spending money on food at the grocery store instead of wasting money at the drive-thru, you are able to control factors like portion and the quality of ingredients. . Along with making good choices, it is also important to be consistent with lifestyle changes. Whether you choose to run a mile everyday or eat healthier, you have to really stick to these choices in order to see results. This will help these changes become habits. From staying healthy to dropping a few pounds, the New Year is a fresh start to achieve your new (and old) resolutions.. Maybe this year we can all form healthy habits instead of looking for a quick fix to all of our problems. And if not, there’s always next January,...

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Crusader athletics programs prepare for Spring sports season

Published in the December 7, 2016 issue of The Bells As Cru football heads into another playoff game, sports fans are hopeful for a championship win and ready to watch other Cru sports teams take the field and the court when the spring semester arrives. From baseball and softball to tennis to golf to basketball, sports fans can expect teams that will represent them well Cru Baseball and Softball kick off their seasons this coming February. They play various teams throughout their season, which commences in February and finishes up in April. Having already started their seasons, women and men’s basketball will continue their season into the spring, ending their regular season games in February. Our women’s team leads with a 4-6 record, and our men are right behind with 2-5 record. Both teams are made up mostly of freshmen, which allows for a lot of energy on the court. . And even though the teams are young, they have both proven that they are not easily defeated. The golf team will also start playing again in February after a brief hiatus. Having placed first in two previous tournaments, the team will continue to strive for the best. “I’m excited to see what the rest of the season brings,” said sophomore engineering major, TJ Crenshaw. “Overall, we’ve really grown close. It’s been a bonding experience I won’t likely forget, and I’m excited to see how far we can make it in the upcoming games. Go Golf Cru.” Many students are also preparing to go out and support our teams. “I can’t wait to go support all of the people I know.” Says junior marketing major Kelly Carlin. “I have lots of friends playing in a lot of the spring sports. Sometimes people forget to come out and support these teams, but it’s a great experience and the teams really appreciate it.” Spring sports are on the way, so get ready to go out and support the...

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