Free theater admit for Cru with ID
Feb10

Free theater admit for Cru with ID

With Belton being such a small town, extracurricular activities are limited. There is no glamorous shopping mall, and only a handful of restaurants. However, there is one thing this area has that many other towns its size do not. The Beltonian is Belton’s very own movie theater located minutes away from campus at 219 E. Central Avenue. It is a small theater with one screen that opened its doors in December of 2007. Since then, it has been a fun spot for students and the people of the community. Malinda Castleberry, the theater manager, has been with The Beltonian almost since the beginning. “I’ve been here since February of last year, but I’ve been managing since September,” she said. So what makes this theater unique and what draws people to it? For one reason, it’s cheap. The price for adults is just $4, and $3 for children. They even have a special on Saturdays in which students from UMHB get in free with their student ID. Junior education major Robyn Pharis said, “In comparison to other theaters, it’s definitely cheaper. Even the student price at Temple is more than a regular price at The Beltonian.” Another distinctive quality of the theater is food service. “We have a wait staff that serves before the movie and a little bit into the movie,” Castleberry said. They try not to serve too much once the feature has started because it can be a distraction. The menu consists of typical movie treats: popcorn, candy and nachos. However, the theater is under new ownership, they have added a foot-long hotdog and a small pizza. Senior exercise sports science major Jeremy Whitehurst said, “The food was good.” The theater chooses the films they show carefully. Castleberry said, “being a small theater, we’re very limited on the kinds of movies that they’ll let us have. We are a family theater, so anything that’s rated PG-13 or R for nudity or sexual content is automatically ruled out.” You won’t find anything gratuitous in this neighborhood friendly spot, which is another reason people like it so much. Sport management major Ally Sargeant said, “the staff is really personal. I like it because it’s like an old-fashioned movie theater.” Freshman volleyball player and communication major Jasmine Austin was impressed with the arrangement of the place. “They have tables set up in front you so you have lots of space, and the seats are so comfortable,” she said. Other students think the proximity of the theater to campus is a major plus. Junior marketing major Rob Neuenschwander said, “It seems pretty cool. It gives people something to do in Belton...

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Blog: College life
Jan27

Blog: College life

What is college? It’s an education of higher learning. Right? Or maybe it’s about going out and partying. Perhaps college is where people go to find their one true love, or at least a lifelong friend. Which one is it? The truth is, college is all of these. It’s not just about going to class and making the appropriate grades, but it’s an overall experience. For some people, the first time they see someone of a different race is in their freshman English class. Sad, but true. And for a lot of students, college is the first time they do their own laundry. It’s here that people have those experiences, big or small, that have a valuable impact on their life. College is about growing up, maturing as a person, figuring out who you are and what you want to do with the rest of your life. It’s about getting to know people different from yourself, learning how to live with roommates and finding your “BFF.” It’s about trying new things, participating in special events on campus, supporting athletic programs and yes, even parties. Of course, parties at UMHB might not be as wild as they are on other campuses, but we still know how to have fun. When people graduate and look back on the last four years of their life, they shouldn’t have any regrets. They should reminisce about all the great experiences they’ve had rather than the grades they did or didn’t get. Now, don’t get me wrong. I strongly believe that making good grades is important. How else would you graduate? But there’s so much more to it than that. You gain knowledge and wisdom over the college years, and I feel like you have a responsibility to pass on what you have learned to the next generation of undergrads. This is in a way, giving back. Everyone doesn’t come out of school with a six-figure job waiting for them and is able to donate thousands of dollars to the university. But taking a young adult under your wing and passing on the knowledge that you have learned over the years is just as...

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American Idol: Fourth judge debuts
Jan27

American Idol: Fourth judge debuts

Many people dream of one day being a star, to be worshiped by adoring fans and constantly in the spotlight. This dream has been realized by countless individuals, but the popular television show, American Idol, has been able to create superstars seemingly overnight. Thousands of contestants from around the country audition in the hopes of making it to Hollywood, where the journey to superstardom can begin. Some people thrive in the competitive environment and release raw talent that lies within, while others crack under intense scrutiny. Over the years, American Idol has produced gifted artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jordan Sparks and, most recently, David Cook. Now in its eighth season, the panel of judges look to find a new singer to take the world by storm. Traditionally, the show has been made up of three judges: Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. Abdul is an ex-pop star who is known more or less as the “nice” one. Cowell is an Englishman who has no problem speaking his mind and adds an obvious flair to the group. Jackson is a musician who has performed with various bands, and he provides a happy medium among the other judges. In order to receive a golden ticket, a contestant only needs the approval of two out of the three judges. This season, however, the show made a big change and added producer and songwriter Kara DioGuardi as the fourth judge. Senior sport management major Lucious Cotton said, “I think it should be the original judges, but to make it even, they added another woman.” So what happens when the decision is split? This has already been an issue with contestant Katrina Darrell, better known as “bikini girl.” Both Jackson and Cowell agreed she was good enough, while Abdul and DioGuardi felt otherwise. After a heated battle, the judges came to an agreement, and she was permitted to move on to the next round. Senior history major Luke Beasley said, “I think it’s good to have four judges because it evens them out. Plus you get to see a different perspective.” The real question is, who is the new face that is holding the key to a hopeful’s dream, and why the change from three? Kara DioGuardi is a new face but she is no stranger to the music industry. She began writing her own songs while working a desk job at Billboard Magazine. In 1995, she received a record deal with MCA. It was Abdul, however, who gave her the break that led to the successful career she now has. Abdul gave the pop artist Kylie Minogue a copy...

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Defense, lost or found: changes prove helpful
Dec09

Defense, lost or found: changes prove helpful

Every year, the men’s basketball team takes the court to begin a new season. However, this year is a little different. Last spring the Cru was crowned the American South-west Conference Champions for the first time in history. With an overall record of 24-4 last season, the team advanced to second round playoffs in the NCAA Division III National Championships, and at one point were ranked 4th in the nation. After such a successful season, players have a lot to live up to, and every team wants to dethrone them. The Cru is led by head coach Ken DeWeese, who has now been with the program for 11 seasons. When asked how they cope with the pressure of everyone trying to take their title, he responded, “We enjoy it. We are proud of our accomplishment and intend to work hard to repeat.” Even with the loss of a few key players, the team is still expected to be at the top of its game. Junior guard Zane Johnston said, “Our team is very athletic this year. We lost a lot in Ryan Burgart, Matt Dickey and Neiman Ford. Those guys brought great leadership and intensity to every game. This year’s team is very similar, and we hope to have the same success as last season.” However, the Cru has faced some early season hardships. The team began with a 0-3 stretch, falling to Southwestern University, Trinity University and UT Dallas. Senior wing David Ray said, “The last three games have been very uncharacteristic for us. We have not been playing team defense the way we usually do, and it is reflected by the amount of points we are giving up each game.” Although the start of the season has been a little rocky, the morale of the players remains high. They bounced back with a win over the University of the Ozarks Dec. 1. It was a commanding victory of 83-69. The Cru dedicated more than half their practice to team defense, which carried over to the conference game. The men are on the road for the next two matches against East Texas Baptist University and LeTourneau University. Neither game is more important than the other. “Our conference is tough,” Johnston said, “There really aren’t any easy games. Everyone comes ready to play; so we focus on one game at a time.” After clenching the first conference victory, the team plans to continue  its goal of winning the NCAA national championship. “Competitive, collegiate student-athletes must face adversity every day in practice, in every game and during the entire season,” DeWeese said. “How one deals with adversity is a true...

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Wonderful world offers internships
Dec09

Wonderful world offers internships

A number of different majors on campus require students to do an internship before they can graduate. It has to be a sufficient number of hours, and it has to relate to their major in some way. Although the university does all it can to find students appropriate intern positions, sometimes the task can be frustrating. However, one Fortune 500 company comes to campus every semester to recruit students of all majors for a life-enhancing experience. Each fall and spring, a recruiter comes to UMHB and does a presentation about the world of Disney and all it has to offer. At the conclusion, a potential hire is given the opportunity to fill out an application and is interviewed on the spot. About three weeks later, applicants receive letters explaining if they’ve been selected or not. If chosen to be a cast member, students fly or drive to Orlando, Fla., where a fully furnished apartment is waiting for them. Students have the choice to live with one or five roommates, who could come from anywhere around the world. After arriving on the Disney property, interns take a class called Traditions where the cast members are given the history of the company. Afterwards, they are plugged into a variety of jobs including entertainment, merchandise, lifeguard, park operations, quick-service food, culinary and others. Additionally, they may take courses for college credit at Disney University. Professor of communication and media studies Dr. Diane Howard, along with a couple of on-campus Disney representatives, are the contacts for the recruiter. They help to get the word out to the students about presentations by putting up posters and chalking the sidewalk. “I think it is an excellent program for a proactive student who will take advantage of the many opportunities that it offers,” Howard said. “It provides opportunities for ongoing career training in communication, science, marketing, entertainment, hospitality, guest services and more.” Will Johnson, a UMHB alum, went through two internships with Disney. He worked in the entertainment department and is now a full- time cast member. “I started on the program back in 2006 doing the spring advantage program. As of now, I am trained in most of the shows and parades at Hollywood Studios including Block Party, and High School Musical 3,” he said. Johnson is also involved with the Season Christmas show that is performed on stage in front of Cinderella’s castle. He considers it a great honor. Recently, junior computer graphics design major Holly Gaskamp was selected to be a part of the college program in the spring. She first heard about the opportunity as a freshmen and has now decided to...

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