Early marriages unwise, harmful
Dec09

Early marriages unwise, harmful

It seems that more and more people are getting married at a young age lately. This is a bad idea. People have their whole lives ahead of them, and yet they decide at the tender age of 19 that they have found “the one.” Nonsense. At this age, most people have so much more growing up to do that there is no way they can handle marriage. This commitment is the mother of all commitments. It’s not one that should be taken lightly, and young people often don’t realize the seriousness of it. Where are the parents in all this? One would think that they would have some sort of say in the whole matter, that they wouldn’t let their child fall into something that is almost sure to fail. Almost 50% of all marriages in the country end in divorce, and the younger couples are, the more likely they are to separate. So what is the rush? Why do young people who “think” they are so madly in love feel the need to tie the knot so early? Infatuation. Everyone has fallen victim to it at some point. It’s the feeling that comes over people when relationships first begin. Everything is butterflies and hearts, and it seems as if nothing could possibly go wrong. Both people are bright eyed and bushy tailed over one another and can’t seem to get enough of one another. It’s at this point when couples believe there is no one else for them and they have found that special person. For some reason, people think this is the best time to decide they want to marry, which could not be a more terrible decision. Infatuation is only temporary. Around six to eight months is when couples start having serious issues: Is he spending too much time with his friends? Are they spending too much time with each other? Arguments will often happen over the silliest of things. It is about this time when they start to see the real person they have been dating, and the “newness” of the relationship ceases to exist. At this time, they must step back and ask themselves a few questions: Am I willing to work through these issues we are having, and do I really want to continue down this path with this person? Unfortunately, for some people, it is too late. They’ve already taken the plunge into marriage, and they’re stuck in a downward spiral that ends in divorce. This tragedy can be easily avoided with a simple, yet often overlooked solution. Wait. Wait until you’re at least 30 years old to marry. By then, the...

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Texas Java serves Cru treats
Nov18

Texas Java serves Cru treats

Texas Java is the highly anticipated coffee house that opened its doors in Belton this past July. It’s about a mile from campus, and for many, it has been a godsend. Temple used to be the nearest place to find a coffee house, but now that has changed. Junior Christi Williams said, “I love it because it’s more convenient than driving all the way to Temple for Starbucks.” It’s suitably placed in the Oak Ridge shopping center on Main street, next to a popular sandwich shop. People from the surrounding businesses are always stopping in for a quick cup of coffee. Java is in full operation, and the community has welcomed it with open arms. It is, however, more than a coffee shop. Not only does it have a wide variety of coffee, but they also sell fruit smoothies, soft drinks, an assortment of cakes and pastries and even Blue Bell ice cream. Java is also a good place for students to study and do homework. Charles Rayburn McRae, an alum of the university, said,  “It’s very peaceful, and the staff is learned in their trade.” The mood is laid back, and the urge to get classroom assignments accomplished is strong with the help of an affordable caffeine rush. The shop also offers free wireless Internet for people who bring in their laptops, iPhones or other wireless devices; and with more than 10 tables and a few comfortable couches, there is plenty of space to go around. The atmosphere seems to be a common reason why students enjoy the place. Williams said, “The staff is very friendly and personal. They’re not like (others), who just want to get you in and get you out.” A good reason for that is most of the staff are current students of the university. Senior Asa Crow, an employee said, “all but one” of Java’s employees are UMHB students. The staff is made up of 10 workers. A few of the popular drinks they offer are the Chi Tea Smoothie, White Mocha frap, and flavored pecan coffee. Another feature is that the java can be made hot or chilled. They even have a special cold blend that keeps the frozen coffee from melting too quickly. Customers even have the option of the color straw they would like to drink their coffee or smoothie with. It’s the little things that makes this spot so inviting to college students. Before Texas Java came along, the university had its very own coffee house called The Daily Grind. It was equipped with coffee, treats, various soft drinks and games. Unfortunately, the hours of operation were limited, and...

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Opera theater exhibits talents
Oct21

Opera theater exhibits talents

On a Friday evening, many students head home for the weekend, but on Oct. 10, the students in the music department put on a show worth sticking around campus to attend. Junior Kathleen Shelton said it was an “opera scene show” consisting of individual songs from Sweeney Todd, The Bartered Bride, Madama Butterfly and many more. Senior Josh Hobratsch said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the show.” Kelly Criswell opened with “Adele’s Laughing Song” from  Die Fledermaus, followed by Leslie Cross with the “Lullaby” from The Consul. The department will host nine more performances. The Hillman Visiting Artist Series comes to campus Dec. 4,  bringing in top musical artists from all over the...

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