MyCampus app causes frustration for students

In a life driven by access to technology, mobile applications seem to keep us in the loop. In an attempt to keep up with the changing times, UMHB released the first edition of its own app in 2012. The app was recently updated and can be found under the title UMHB Cru Mobile in the App Store. One of the biggest reasons for the update is to keep up with the ever-changing mobile software. “The recent update is mostly to be able to support modern iOS and Android devices, said Director of Media Services Matthew Irvine. “There were a few issues on the previous version of the app with newer devices, and we wanted to make sure that we kept up with technology.” The app includes a variety of features, including campus activities and athletic events, a map of the campus, social media updates from the university pages, and various links to the student section of the webpage (i.e. financial aid, cru card information, etc.). A few special features include the ability to view videos or pictures posted to social media under the hashtag #myUMHB, a faculty and staff directory and some fixes for past bugs. The most used feature on the Cru Mobile app is the faculty and staff directory. “ In the previous version, a person had to know the last name of a staff member to find her in the directory,” Irvine said. “Now, it’s simple to search the directory by first name, last name, or even title. We’re pretty pleased with how that turned out.” Though the app has seen major improvements, freshman nursing major Zhari Cooper said it has a few flaws. “I understand the concept behind the app, but a lot of the pages just don’t feel finished.” Cooper said. “Like, the page itself is blank.” Irvine said that even though the app has some issues, the university is continually striving to make it better. “There are many other improvements and bug fixes under the hood. Overall, we’re pretty happy with how the new app turned out. It’s always a work in progress, and we always welcome suggestions for improvement,” he said. The app has a 4-out-of-5 star rating on the App Store for iPhone, and says it is compatible with all Apple products with products with at least the iOS version 7.0 or later. However, it does not specifically say if it is compatible with Android products. “I think the app is a good concept, but isn’t delivered well.” Freshman art major, Katie White said. “It has a lot of links to the internet, and if I wanted to use the internet,...

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DIY: Ugly Christmas sweater edition

By: Jasmin Ortiz Are you in search of the perfect look for the onset of the fast-approaching ugly Christmas sweater season? With a few simple and budget friendly tricks, you will be right on your way to your most creative holiday sweater season yet. Find a Sweater. To have a great holiday sweater, you need the base–a sweater. Before hitting up Goodwill, check your closet–any old or unwanted sweater will do wonders. But if the closet shopping doesn’t produce any contenders, Goodwill or any thrift store may have simple and cheap sweaters that can get the job done (after a good wash). And don’t worry about strange patterns or designs–these work great. The purpose of an ugly Christmas sweater is to have the most outlandish style, so don’t be afraid to be a little out there. This step will not only help you save a few bucks on the project, but may also give it some much desired “flair.” Get crafty. Grab whatever crafty materials you have nearby–paper, tinsel, glitter, beads, or anything that may help to create the craziest and best look. If none are available to you, make a trip to the dollar store. Different sweater embellishments can be found for cheap. Also, during the holiday season various holiday-themed items are in the front of the store which can be a huge plus to the project. Design time. Lay out what you want the sweater to look like before actually attach items. An easy and cute idea would be a pop-out Santa (You can make a Santa face out of construction paper, or other materials, or a reindeer with antlers that stick out). After figuring out what the general idea is, start to lay it out on top of the sweater. Make sure the sweater is completely flat and spread out. Application process. When finalizing the design, make sure the whole look will stay. Hot glue is recommended, but for those without one on-hand, use regular glue, tape, or staples. The idea is to be outlandish and funny. If the whole sweater is held together by staples, it may work and look just as great as those that were sewn together. Making the sweater unique and custom to you will benefit the overall concept and allow a unique level of creativity. And there you have it, a budget friendly and fun way to kick-start this holiday...

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Fall into fashion with these helpful tips
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Fall into fashion with these helpful tips

By Jasmin Ortiz With the smell of pumpkin spice in the air, sweater season is quickly approaching us. And although it seems the cooler weather won’t be here to stay until November, it’s never too early to break out your fall fashions. With the impending fall weather just around the corner, an interesting phenomenon is occurring – the attack of the flannels. All around the school, flannels are being sported on top of leggings, dark wash jeans, and accompanied by beanies or boots. “I think my fall fashion, personally, is much cuter than my summer and spring fashion,” sophomore psychology major Savannah Lawrence said. “I like long sleeves and boots and leggings.” Simple, clean, and stylish; the outfits of fall seem to just come together more naturally than those of other seasons. “I like fall fashion because I like flannels and I like scarves and I like boots,” freshman psychology major Kaelyn Searle said. Flannel is not only a signature staple of fall, but it can be both dressed up and dressed down. If you want to sport some flannel, here are some things to remember: For Girls A comfy look can be accomplished by wearing an oversized flannel shirt with a pair of leggings that are covered by the flannel shirt. Pair it with flats or booties. This simple look not only gives you an option to be in public in what feels as comfy as pajamas, but with a messy bun and a nice scarf or necklace, you can dress it up for a classy look. For Guys You can never go wrong with a large flannel shirt paired with a beanie and some comfy loose-fitting jeans. This look works by being cute and comfortable and classic fall. Ultimately, fall fashion is a chance for you to make a statement. Fashion is more than just clothes. It is a reflection of who we are underneath, who we hope to become, and where we have been. When you choose your outfit in the morning (or any time) what you wear makes a statement about who you are. A big T-shirt and running shorts, says you simply are just laid back or perhaps don’t necessarily find it too important, a dress and heels might mean you’re trying to impress future employers, and a flannel shirt and tights might mean that are you are excited to wear an iconic fall outfit. Fashion is a reflection, one that we are allowed and able to dictate as we wish. So this fall, I dare you, reflect and represent who and what you want to be. That is what all fashion is about,...

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Art exhibit shows Jesus in stills

By Jasmin Ortiz Hauntingly beautiful black and white lithographs make up the Otto Dix: Matthaus Evangelium art exhibit being hosted by the UMHB Art Department of the University from Sept. 24 until Oct. 15. The exhibit tells the story of Christ through the eyes of a World War I survivor. Otto Dix was a modern artist, who lived through two world wars before dying in 1969. Dix is considered one of the greatest German Expressionist artists of the 20th Century. In the exhibit being held at the university, his war experiences are evident in his work. “The work is typical of the heightened emotional quality common to the Expressionists of that era when World Wars I and II had so violently shaken societies all over the world,” Director and Professor of the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts Art Gallery Hershall Seals, said. “Otto Dix uses military dress from WWII to illustrate the injustice done to Jesus by having soldiers arresting Christ while they all wear the uniforms of German Nazis.” Many of his pieces became more religious in nature after Dix witnessed the atrocities of the religious persecution during the Holocaust. Each piece in this particular collection is representative of a moment of Jesus’ story with a WWII twist, such as the officials being dressed in Nazi war uniforms, representing the crucifixion of the Jewish people during the war. Seals said the work is shedding a new light on the presence of God in dire times. “I think that the artist is able to capture the story of Christ in a really beautiful and inspiring manner,” freshman undeclared major Aurora Upton said. The artist focuses on particular moments such as the fisherman who was blessed by Jesus and had his bounty multiplied. This exchange is represented in a still which shows the sincere moment when the man is holding the fish in reverence. This representative of how God provides, Seals said. Dix’s take on the story of Jesus Christ through the eyes of a man who has seen the hurts and trials of war, makes the artwork even more impactful. This exhibition is part of the Bowden Collection, which provides churches, seminaries, colleges, and museums across the United States with the opportunity to display religious...

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