Cru Crunch: Burger joints around the BTX area
Mar29

Cru Crunch: Burger joints around the BTX area

Published in the March 29, 2017 issue of The Bells 1. B Town Burgers Price Range: $2-$8 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 508 Sparta Rd, Belton Seating: Indoor, Drive Thru Something to try: The cheeseburger special comes with fries and a drink for the low cost of $6.25. Taste: The food here is well-priced and sure to please many low-budget college students with big appetites. With a bit of variety, the homestyle cooking has great flavor. Rating: 3.5/5 2. Crow’s Burger Shop Price Range: $3-$7 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 613 Waco Rd, Belton Something to try: A large shake costs a $2.59, and comes in four different flavors. With a homemade feel, this place really can’t be beat. Seating: To-go stand only. Taste: The menu is simple, but the taste is unbeatable. At such a low cost, a lunch here leaves customers feeling nostalgic for homemade burgers and fries. Rating: 3.5/5 3. Big Chew Chew’s Burgers Price Range: $2-$9 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 8150 W Adams Ave, Temple Something to try: The Cajun Burger is a good choice for those looking for something on the spicier side. It is reasonaly priced at $3.89. Seating: Dine-in only Taste: With a wide variety of menu options, there is something sure to please everyone. But being diverse doesn’t take away from the flavor — smoky and savory is the overall impression diners get after having a meal here. Rating: 3/5 4. Black Meg’s Price Range: $1-$7 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 572 E Central Texas Expy, Harker Heights Seating: Dine-in only Something to try: The Cowboy is sure to leave all southern comfort food lovers full. The burger comes with an onion ring and barbeque sauce on the burger and leaves you craving this unique dish for weeks. Taste: Savory, juicy, and mouth watering, Black Meg’s burgers and fries will leave you wanting more. With a wide variety of menu options, the possibilities of taste bud-approving meals are endless. Rating:...

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Cru Crunch: Trying out food trucks in the Belton area
Mar08

Cru Crunch: Trying out food trucks in the Belton area

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells 1. Los Compadres Street Tacos Food Style: Street Tacos, Authentic Mexican food Price Range: $2-$8 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 1228 N Main St, Belton Seating: Lighted outdoor picnic-style seating Something to try: The street taco special, five corn tortilla tacos and a drink for $7.00 It’s filling and yummy. Taste: The food here is well priced and authentic to that of classic Mexican food, often prompt and can be taken to-go or eaten under a small canopy. Rating: 4.5/5 2. BOBO’s BBQ Food Style: Southern style BBQ Price Range: $3-$20 Cru Cash accepted: Yes Location: 2101Commerce St, Belton Something to try: The pulled pork sandwhich is a classic southern comfort food, but also very yummy and priced reasonably at $5.50. Seating: None Taste: The food is classic southern barbeque, and very tasty, but can be somewhat pricey. Rating: 3/5 3. Fire Street Pizza Food Style: Pizza Price Range: $11-$30 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 8490 W Adams Ave, Temple Something to try: The Pimpchee Pizza is a great fusion of Korean and Italian classic, with sweet and spicy BBQ sauce, cheese and a sweet glaze. Seating: Outdoor picnic-style seating Taste: This pizza place brings an Austin feel to the Belton/Temple area, with fresh pizza that’s better than just ordering take-out. Rating: 2.5/5 4. Krab Kingz Food Style: Seafood Price Range: $2-$25 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 1518 S Ft Hood St, Killeen Seating: None Something to try: The Krab Kingz Large Shrimp Tray comes with 15 shrimp, 1 sausage, and 3 sides, it is flavorful and very filling, priced at $17. Taste: The food here is pricey, but is worth it for seafood lovers. The meals are large and flavorful, and the menu offers a variety of seafood dishes. Rating:...

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Dating in the 21st Century
Mar08

Dating in the 21st Century

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bell Deciding how to navigate the dating world in the 21st Century can be somewhat confusing. You will have to decide who pays for each date, whether you will exchange gifts, and when engagement and saying “I love you” is appropriate. Who pays? Many believe that only the man should pay. I firmly disagree with this position, seeing as a vast majority of university students do not receive a constant or large paycheck, if they receive one at all. Therefore, it’s unfair to expect that the men of our community be expected to foot the bill and spend all of their extra cash on their date. When dating in college, girls should understand that our men are not yet standing on their own two feet, and don’t yet have their whole lives figured out. Therefore, we should also pay sometimes, and try and make equal payments. This effort will be much appreciated and reciprocated. Gift giving. Many women of our generation seem to want to continuously be treated well and pampered. But sometimes, we seem to neglect the fact that our men deserve to be pampered and treated well also. Women, we need to pamper our men. We should celebrate the fact that we have good ones. By pampering and treating our men to good treats (such as an occasional date planned around the various things they enjoy), we allow them to be appreciated and loved in the same way we hope to be. Engagement and saying “I love you.” There seems to be a difficulty deciding when it’s appropriate for either. Saying “I love you” is a personal decision between the people involved in the relationship, and yet it seems that we tend to advise our friends when they should take these steps. But instead of listening to others, we should talk to our partners and see how they are feeling, and decide when we feel it is right to say I love you. As far as engagement goes, talking over with your significant other how they feel about marriage and being married in or out of college is important. It’s important to mull over the relationship itself and whether that relationship is one that is both fulfilling and exciting. By thinking these things over and talking them over, you’ll be able to fully decide whether or not you’re ready to take the next step in your relationship. Dating in the 21st Century can be difficult, but it’s important to remember that each relationship is different. What works for one couple might not work for the next. So, it’s...

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Best and worst of local Chinese food
Feb22

Best and worst of local Chinese food

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells 1. Jake’s Chinese Buffet Delivery: Yes Dining style: Buffet or delivery Price Range: $2-$11 Cru Cash accepted: Yes Location: Belton Taste: Overall, Jake’s is mediocre. Though they have good soup and rice, the sauces seems to be Americanized and not as authentically chinese. Rating: 2.5/5 2. China Cafe Delivery: Yes Dining style: Buffett, Sushi, Delivery Price Range: $2-$10 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: Belton Taste: The food has a more authentic taste overall, but the restaurant doesn’t have a wide variety of menu option. Rating: 3/5 3. Saigon Cafe Delivery: Yes, but only to the Temple area. Dining style: Sit in, Take out Price Range: $2-$14 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: Temple Taste: The food here is flavorful and there is a wide variety of food to choose from. Rating: 3.5/5 4. Dynasty Delivery: Yes Dining style: Buffet, sit down., take out, delivery Price Range: $2-$12 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: Temple Taste: The food is more authentic, and the variety to choose from is huge. The taste and sauces are very good, and the lunch menu has a wide variety of options. Rating:...

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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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