Cupid calls for campus compassion
Feb11

Cupid calls for campus compassion

Freezing weather has taken over campus, but Cupid’s favorite holiday will soon defrost frozen hearts … or further the icy hatred in others. With the arrival of Valentine’s Day right around the corner, guys desperately search for a gift idea they haven’t already used to woo their special someone. Meanwhile, girls must conquer one of the most difficult obstacles in life: What thoughtful gift can you possibly buy a man? Women welcome chocolate, flowers and jewelry year in and year out, but only so much cologne and so many T-shirts can be bought and received with fake surprise. Then, there’s the ever-present struggle of not being in a relationship at all—where buying your fish a pink and red plant for his bowl is the most exciting gift of love you’ll give on the day. Luckily, the university has a variety of ways couples and singles—yes, even lonely people—can give back to others on the day of love. Senior political science/speech double major Loren Cowan serves as president of the Rotaract Club. After hearing a volunteer coordinator for New Century Hospice speak at one of the group’s meetings, Cowan and the other members decided to use the lovey-dovey feelings that come along with Feb. 14th to encourage making cards for hospice patients. “(It) is all about serving people, and we really wanted to focus on that this semester.… we thought it would be a great idea for this project to benefit others that may not have that special someone to share Valentine’s Day with,” Cowan said. The group camped out in the SUB on Monday, selling valentines. For $2, students were able to put smiles on the faces of people they had never met by inking personalized messages on lacey, heart-shaped cards. All proceeds went to New Century Hospice. Because getting shot with an arrow by a winged baby in a diaper sounds completely unappealing, the university’s chapter of the American Marketing Association is giving Crusaders the opportunity to send candy grams to people they love. Or just have mild affection for. Vice president and senior international business major Ryan Sewell said the group wanted to put its own spin on a cheesy high school fundraiser. “It’s not worth a dollar keeping your love hidden,” he said. “Why not use your pocket change to tell someone special how you feel or to send a good friend a nice note?” Though the organization received its charter just last year, Sewell believes things are running smoothly. He hopes the event will raise money to help finance the annual conference in April. “Our booth will have information about our organization as well as...

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Steps leading to graduation are complex
Feb11

Steps leading to graduation are complex

Seniors often stare at their degree plan for hours and never experience an epiphany about the future. No magic light bulb goes off when a certain number of courses are crossed off the list, and no genie pops out of a magic career lamp with the touch of a college degree. Though it would be wonderful to have three wishes or a free pass to a dream job, the real world provides countless obstacles. Higher education has so many challenges of its own. Jumping through the final few logistic hoops should be the easiest part of growing up, in theory. But like most theories, exceptions exist. Most college seniors have learned responsibility by this point in their lives, but knowing which steps to take before making the leap into adulthood can be complicated. Students deserve some help from the school they invested so much time and money in. It is up to the student to seek help via the online course catalog or a source in the department of their confusion. Navigating the new paperless catalog is an adventure of its own, but finding the right person for each concern poses an even bigger task. On the plus side, hopping between the registrar, bursar and financial aid on a weekly basis provides a nice workout for seniors. Advisers have their place in the system, offering wisdom and logistic direction about which classes and requirements each individual student necessitates. The problem occurs when a student declares a major and minor in opposite fields of study often, often leaving them clueless on one of the two directions. The registrar does, however, offer a four-year plan for every field of study. If freshmen start filling this form out from the beginning, the process can run smoothly. Some juniors receive emails alerting them their accumulated hours have classified them as a senior sooner than they expected. Students need to keep up with their hours, counting them and keeping a tally every semester. Unless surprised seniors already declared  early graduation, their graduation date won’t reflect their hours. Again, it is up to the student to figure this out, manually count the number of credits he or she has completed, and then request an earlier date. One of the last hurdles to jump over lies in the audit process, which happens only one semester before donning a cap and gown. Seniors must know which classes they need to enroll in for their last semester, but they must wait on the official count to be sure everything lines up. This could just be God’s way of teaching patience. Because of the complications surrounding graduation, the “What...

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Cru Culture: Winter wardrobe problems

Just a light jacket should be sufficient for Texas winter, right? Wrong. You are the weakest link. While the wishy-washy weather isn’t just a Crusader problem, appropriate attire for unpredictable days seems to be a prevalent issue on campus. You’ve all seen that girl wearing Nike shorts, gritting her teeth as another cold gust of wind threatens to knock her over. The better-bundled people glance knowingly at her, but never offer a coat or scarf. It’s not that far to class from Burt Hall anyway, right? Then there’s the guy dressed for an arctic blizzard wearing all camouflage, a face guard and heavy boots. When he clunks noisily into the classroom and releases a long breath of relief, you question if you somehow ended up in the wrong class. In Alaska. The opposite problem is when some guy struts in wearing a bro tank. Even if it’s 70 degrees outside, just the sight of those pale arms in the winter makes this whole scenario terrifying. The sleeveless shirt guy just can’t wait to show off the new guns he’s been working on as a New Year’s resolution. Not the bro tank—please, not the bro tank. At least not yet. The layered woman probably causes you a good deal of confusion as well. This student combines random articles of clothing from every season, time period and pattern to create a warm yet quite unfortunate attempt at braving Texas winter. It’s great to encourage thrift shopping, but unless Goodwill is paying you to be their own walking advertisement, matching is recommended. Then there’s the cold weather dirty little secret. To all those who wear pajama bottoms underneath jeans—sorry, but we can see the Spongebob Squarepants pattern peeking out the bottom hem of your pants. Supposing no one notices your denim fitting tighter and a little more awkward than normal, Nickelodeon nighttime attire always draws attention. If you couldn’t care less about fashion, the flannel jammies plus real pants combo sounds like a good solution, though. When you get out of class, just unzip the top layer and you’re ready for nap time. Comfortable and practical. Like Crocs… oh wait. Dressing accordingly can be exhausting, especially on one of those “I just got three hours of sleep, my socks don’t match and I think there’s a room check today,” days. But you don’t have to look like a model for J. Crew. Just avoid these sad Crusader scenarios, and you’ll be good to...

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2013: A year in review
Jan29

2013: A year in review

THE BELLS — Whether it will be remembered as the year of government shutdown or twerking in honor of Miley Cyrus, 2013 defied the Mayan calendar and made history for the Cru. In world news, the arrival of Britain’s Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge meant that, for the first time since 1894, three generations of direct heirs to the throne are alive at one time. Thanks to the increase of social media, his royal highness had the most anticipated birth in recent history. Nationally, the Edward Snowden scandal plagued the NSA, and the country’s budget problems caused a 2 week  government shutdown. In Texas, a fertilizer plant explosion rocked the town of West. Now residents have begun to rebuild their lives and homes with hope for the future. While Justin Bieber lost fans due to unruly behavior and Kim Kardashian named her baby North West, great things happened at UMHB over the course of the year. The Isabella Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center opened in February, providing students with high-tech training to better their future careers. President Randy O’Rear said the equipment will open many doors for the program. “Through our planning process, we identified that we needed a new facility that would not only allow our program to grow, but a facility where new technologies and the best practices could be implemented to continue our rich tradition of producing the highest quality nurses,” he said. The most noticeable difference on campus — the new stadium —  seats almost 8,000 people comfortably and features the largest scoreboard in D3 football. The Sept. 21 premiere game against Wesley College attracted 9,384 fans, the largest number of people to view a UMHB game at one time. Vice President for Athletics Randy Mann believes the accommodations will establish a legacy that alumni are proud of and other schools will respect. “I think it creates an excitement that we haven’t experienced since I’ve been around here,” he said. Many social events made the year memorable, but one highlight was the crowning of senior music major Linny Mitchell as Miss MHB. “I’ve learned so much through my own personal struggle that I’ve gained a serious desire to help others going through similar suffering,” she said. Mitchell is currently practicing her platform in the community. She said, “I’m going to expose my own self. I’ve learned if you share, you can move on. If you hold it in, you can’t.” Homecoming weekend, the junior class stole Stunt Night, seizing Judges Choice and Crowd Favorite as well as Stephanie Bloodworth’s Best Actress award and Karl Baker’s Best Actor announcement. Esther Gibbs and Andy McAteer received...

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Cru Culture: Resolutions

I solemnly swear to stop drinking soda. Except for once a week. Or on special occasions. Or weekends. Have you ever heard a half-hearted New Year’s resolution like this one? To start of 2014, people all over the world have committed to better themselves in some way. In honor of fresh starts, I’ve given my life to Shaun T. Just that name causes feelings of dread and sudden muscle soreness. Shaun instills fear in unfortunate victims through his intense workout videos like Insanity and T-25. Happy New Year to me. Say a quick prayer for those still working on January promises like painful adventures of squats and pushups. But fear not regular gym-goers, Mayborn won’t be packed much longer. It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and chocolate truly trumps any hopes of reformation. Diet? Have you seen the giant Reese’s peanut butter cups shaped as hearts? Let’s be real. Whether it’s losing weight or watching less TV, for a lot of people, resolutions will become like 6:30 a.m. alarms. “I really don’t have to get up until 6:45,” you will convince yourself. Then 15 minutes later you’ll probably say “I can still get ready in time if I get up at 7:15.” Soon, it’s 7:45, class is at 8a.m. and getting ready becomes a dream of the past. You grab a Dr Pepper for breakfast and head out the door, forgetting any motivation you previously had. Many students will vow to start keeping a planner or start homework the day it’s due. But it’s crazy how as soon as you sit down at your computer, tabs will magically open and somehow your fingers type in your Twitter login. Soon, you get lost in the scrolling and the tabs multiply. Hello Facebook, dear friend. Long time no see. YouTube, you want in on this action? Resolutions are hard to keep, but are far more rewarding than finishing an entire Netflix series in one week. Stop procrastinating, people!...

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