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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Service animals become more common on campus
Oct13

Service animals become more common on campus

With an increase in awareness of mental illness, and a growing acceptance for animal services for disabilities, the UMHB campus has seen a spike in the number of Emotional Support Animals (or ESA’s) and Service Animals. Seeing a service animal in class is becoming more and more common on campus. To date, there are 21 ESA’s on campus and 4 service animals on campus. Service animals are allowed in all buildings at UMHB, and allowed to live with their handler. For those who are unaware of the etiquette of approaching or encountering the animal, the experience can be new and confusing. “A service animal is a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.” Said Dr. Nate Williams, head of both counseling center, and overseeing support and service animals. “Other animals, whether domestic or wild, do not qualify as service animals. Examples of such work or tasks may include guiding a person with impaired vision, alerting a person with a hearing impairment, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with a mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, and/or performing other duties. Service Animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a Service Animal has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. These animals serve important purposes in the lives of people with disabilities. ” When asked about his own personal experience with service animals, Dr. Williams was eager to brag on his diabetic alert dog, Lucy. “My service dog has been a life saver for me. In many ways, she is another reminder to me of my disability, but at the same time she is one of my greatest allies in my fight for ongoing health. She amazes me almost daily.” There are a few simple things to remember when encountering a service animal, that can ultimately benefit both your and the handler’s experience over all. First, make sure to remember that the animal is working. When a service animal has a vest on, or even when it doesn’t, it is expected to focus on the tasks it has been trained to perform. This means that distracting the animal by petting or cooing at them can deter them from their work. If you want to pet the animal, but are unsure if it is appropriate, ask the handler. Some handler’s do not mind this attention; however some find it detrimental to the training. Next, be sure to...

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Cru Crunch
Sep14

Cru Crunch

Looking for the best donuts in town? DONUT give up yet! Located at 2805 N Loop 121, Daylight Donuts is giving other local donut shops a run for their money. With donut prices ranging from $0.82 -$14, the value is unbeatable. Soft, sweet, and reasonably priced, these donuts are fantastic. “We come in most mornings,” said local high school students Riley and Garrison. “The apple fritter is so good, and so are the bear claw and strawberry filled. And the glazed are just really good. The donuts and the people here are so friendly.” Not only are the donuts divine, the staff is sweet and down to earth. They take the time to individually greet each customer to their store. Stepping into Daylight Donuts was a delight all around. Leo Camden, partner and owner of the store, spoke highly of the company. “We fell in love with Daylight because the product is so good. The company is about as fair and good as you could ask for. Everything’s fresh, everything’s made. Two weeks ago when Hurricane Harvey evacuees were here in town, we were feeding a lot of those evacuees, donating donuts and things. I called corporate and told them ‘we’re feeding these guys’ and they said ‘well we’re sending you a truckload of donut mix.’ Just a great company.” While there, try out the glazed donut. It’s simple and savory, with each bite seeming more sweet and easy to bite into than the last. It is easy to tell these donuts are crafted fresh each morning for their customers’ delight. When asked which donut was his favorite, Camden found it hard to choose. “All of them, but the sour cream old- fashioned is amazing.” Camden and his business partnerJeremy Jimenez are excited to be so near UMHB. They both grew up in the area so they are familiar with the CRU family. “We’re getting a ton of customers from UMHB. The football team has been hitting us pretty hard the past few days,” Camden said. “One of the coaches came in this morning and said ‘I’m buying some more for the guys,’ and so we’re excited. In between classes we’ll get some students come in here and they’ll hang out and enjoy a donut.” With savory menu items, friendly staff, and good prices Daylight Donuts is a quick and tasty treat for those in the UMHB and Belton...

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Cru Crunch: The best eats and treats around Belton
Aug23

Cru Crunch: The best eats and treats around Belton

Of all the adjustments that come with moving to a new place, finding great places to eat out is one of the most important things to college students on the go. For instance, those coming from big cities to small town Belton may have a difficult time adjusting to the limited restaurants that are available. As a result, when faced with the choice of attempting to find a tasty local eatery or simply sticking to fast food, many decide it’s simply easier to stick to fast food options. But I didn’t want to be stuck with just a few restaurants, so with a little curiosity and some help from handy resources such as Yelp and Google reviews, I developed my own list of foodie favorites. It’s called “Cru Crunch” and I hope it will inspire students to eat local and explore their new home town. 1. Los Compadres Street Tacos Food Style: Street Tacos, Authentic Mexican food Price Range: $2-$8 Location: 1228 N Main St, Belton Seating: Lighted outdoor picnic-style seating Something to try: The street taco special, which comes with five corn tortilla tacos and a drink, for $7. Its filling and absolutely worth the visit. Taste: The food here is well priced and authentic Mexican food. Servers are prompt, and these savory treats can be taken to-go or eaten under a small canopy. Rating: 4.5/5 2. Black Megs Food Style: Burger Joint Price Range: $1-$7 Location: 572 E Central Texas Expwy, Harker Heights Seating: Dine-in only Something to try: The Cowboy is sure to leave all southern comfort food lovers full and satisfied. The burger comes with an onion ring and barbeque sauce. It leaves you craving more for weeks. Taste: Savory, juicy, mouth-watering. With a wide variety of menu options, the possibilities of taste-bud approving meals are endless. Rating: 4.5/5 3. Saigon Café Food Style: Mix of Asian Cuisine Price Range: $2-$14 Seating: Dine-in Location: 220 SW H K Dodgen Loop, Temple Something to try: A bowl of Pho, Vietnamese soup, is served fresh here for $7. On cold days, this is a good place to warm up and enjoy the atmosphere. Taste: Filling, flavorful, and always satisfying. Saigon Café never lets your taste buds down. This spot is definitely worth the drive. Rating: 4/5 4. Krab Kingz Food Style: Seafood, Crawfish Boil Price Range: $2-$25 Location: 1518 S Ft Hood St, Killeen Seating: To-go only Something to try: The Krab Kingz Large Shrimp Tray comes with 15 shrimp, one sausage, and three sides. Because you get big flavor and a lot with your meal the combo is well-priced at $17. Taste: The food here is...

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