Domestic charity work should be first priority
Apr20

Domestic charity work should be first priority

The United States of America is known for their dabbling in foreign affairs and coming to the aid of countries in need. Almost everyone has seen the commercials filled with heart-wrenching images of starving children in Third World countries, who need water and food to fill their bloated bellies. As viewers, we are compelled to call the 1-800 number and donate to save a life in a country far away paying no mind to the homeless population in the streets of our own country. This begs the question, is it right to help those suffering in other countries when we have people struggling to make ends meet right here at home? In Third World countries the undeveloped infrastructure provides little to no means of basic living essentials to its citizens like food, clean water, adequate housing, and some form of commerce. The United States on the other hand is a super power amongst most countries, having in place a democratic form of government, successful infrastructure, and health care. America has so many avenues for individuals to access the “American Dream” but many people continue to hover near the poverty line. Homelessness is not okay in any area of the world, but it is even more unacceptable in a nation that is perfectly capable of adjusting its system to help those in need. Meanwhile, the rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer in our country’s time of financial deficit. Austin has an average of 2,300 people on the street. Of that total 900 are chronically homeless according to the city. Chronic homelessness refers to those on the street for one year or more or over four times per year and 40 to 50 percent face death everyday. People don’t have to turn on the TV to see homelessness because it is right here in our back yards. If aid is given to those in need here in the United States, it threatens the money and status of the elite class. Taxing the higher class could be beneficial to helping get those less fortunate on their feet so that they can work to sustain a livelihood. The American upper class is so consumed with monetary value that aiding those of their own country isn’t as important as keeping their fortunes. Instead, people turn a blind eye to the issues of our homeland. In the question of home versus foreign affairs, no one wins because all of those in need deserve help. But there is no excuse for a great country like America not to exhaust every option to sustain its...

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Men’s and women’s basketball try to right the ship
Feb16

Men’s and women’s basketball try to right the ship

The Cru went head-to-head against the McMurry War Hawks Jan. 30 and the U.T.-Dallas Comets Thursday Feb.4. Both teams displayed control and strategy on the court that resulted in a 69-66 victory for the women and an 86-70 win for the men. But at Mayborn Campus Arena against U.T.-Dallas, only the women were able to conqure the Comets 60-55. The women played hard from the start of the clock on Jan. 30 with the score only tying twice. In the second quarter, the teams were tied 26-26 at 8:09, but Kendra Wynn grabbed a lead for the Cru with a jumper making the score 28-26. The War Hawks tried to take the lead with a steal and a 3-pointer by Taylor Russell, but Wynn responded with a layup in the paint, placing the team at 30-29 with 5:43 left. The Cru managed to hold their lead until the final buzzer ending the game 69-66 bringing the season record to 9-10. Wynn was the high scorer for the women with 14 points followed by Tori Tucker with 13 and Jonelle Smith with 12 points. Tucker said that their current record doesn’t tell the team’s whole story. “Our record does not define the type of basketball team we are to date. We have overcome adversity throughout the season.” The men’s basketball team shot down the War Hawks, pushing their record to 11-12. At the start of the game, McMurry held a brief lead until 6:19 when Daniel Mills of the Cru scored with a layup in the paint. The team shot an impressive 88 percent of 3-pointers in the first half, and dominated the scoreboard with only 37 seconds left in the fist half at 54-20. During the second half, the War Hawks tried to close the gaps but their efforts were not enough to reverse the damage done by the Cru. At 54-35, with 15 minutes left on the clock, the men continued to blaze up the court, adding points to the scoreboard. Bench points for the team totaled 50 and the largest lead of the night was by 34 points at 37 seconds in the first half. The Cru left the War Hawks in the dust 86-70. High scorers included Damarius Cress with 16 points, Russell Green with 13 points, Daniel Mills with 11 points, and Layton Zinsmeister with eight points. The men’s and women’s teams took to the court again Thursday Feb.4 in Mayborn Campus Arena, where the Cru faced off against the U.T.-Dallas Comets. The women’s basketball team curbed the competition, winning 60-55. In the first quarter the ladies came out calm trying to get a feel...

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Lip Sync Battle: A show fit for the Queen

For those of you who can’t binge watch your favorite shows on Netflix because you don’t have a Netflix account, don’t worry. There is still hope for quality entertainment on cable television! Lip Sync Battle is a fairly new reality show on Spike that got its pitch from a popular karaoke segment on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. This popular show takes classic karaoke to the next level by allowing celebrities to dance, dress up, and perform their favorite songs in front of a live audience. The first episode aired April 2, 2015 and has yet to disappoint. With LL Cool J as host, and model Chrissy Teigen providing colorful commentary, the show is thriving.Viewers tune in weekly to see their favorite pair of A-list celebrities go head-to-head in a lip sync battle. Channing and Jenna Dewan-Tatum set the bar high during the premiere of the show’s second season with phenomenal performances of Beyonce’s “Who Runs the World” and Genuine’s “Pony.” The “Queen Bee” herself even made a guest appearance along with Paula Abdul and some of Channing’s Magic Mike co-stars. The star couple had the audience and viewers raving about their performances. The list of star-studded guests has ranged from comedian Kevin Heart to actress Anne Hathaway, and the list will continue to go on into the third season. Spike officially announced the hit show, which is currently in its second season, will be returning for a third season consisting of 20 new episodes. This comes at no surprise to those who love the show. Lip Sync Battle smashed viewership records when they pulled in 4.7 million viewers in one episode and three days worth of video-on-demand and DVR playback. Its initial premier was one of the highest-rated shows to ever premier on Spike. The show now has versions airing in Canada, Chile, China, Indonesia, Philippines, and the United Kingdom. The popularity of the show has clearly made its mark on the world. So the next time every one is binge-watching on Netflix or Hulu, you can catch the stars on Lip Sync Battle on Spike HD channel 112 Thursday nights at 9...

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Women’s basketball hopes to make late-season surge
Jan28

Women’s basketball hopes to make late-season surge

The UMHB women’s basketball team has made impressive strides under new coach Mark Morefield. The ladies have been playing with more control and a cohesiveness that makes plays seem almost effortless. With a record of 8-9 the team is hopeful they will begin to find their comfort zone under their new coach and with a new playing style. The team had three consecutive wins against East Texas Baptist, Concordia and the Ozarks followed by a loss to Howard Payne. They then redeemed themselves with another vistory over Sul Ross. The team not only won these games, but fought hard to keep their lead. The team battled into overtime during their game against Concordia, as the final buzzer left the score 51-51. Jonelle Smith scored two 3-pointers that gained the lead. That lead was then secured with free throws by Bridjai Chaney and Meghan Turner. The Cru decisively captured the victory 67-62 over Concordia, leaving the Tornadoes spinning back to Austin. The American Southwest Conference named Smith the Women’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week for games Jan.11 through Jan.18. Smith has been the top scorer with a total of 72 points her past four games. She displayed killer crossovers and ball handling techniques that not only put points on the scoreboard but allowed her teamates to shine as well. The Cru hit a road block against Howard Payne with a loss of 59-63. The ladies fell short with only 12.5 percent of three pointers versus Howard Payne’s 25 percent. The Cru fought a good fight, leading in free-throw percentage. Overall in skill and technique, the team performed to the best of their ability but the odds of making 3-pointers just did not seem to be in their favor. Performance was not lacking in any way and the changes the team has made in their playing style were not compromised. Women’s Basketball took on Sul Ross Saturday Jan. 23 at the Mayborn Campus Center. The ladies defeated Sul Ross with a score of 75-57. Jonell Smith continued in this game as the top scorer with a total of 20 points. Tori Tucker and Kendra Wynn were also high scorers, with Tucker scoring 11 and Wynn adding 10. Bridjai Chaney led with 13 high rebounds. The energy of the game was through the roof and the players seemed to catch the good vibes. The atmosphere led to multiple scorers within the game including freshmen Jesslyn Poole and Tyra Gatson. The ladies have been working not only on winning, but finding the most effective ways to score. The team hopes to maintain tthis same intense level of play all the way...

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New season, new identity for women’s basketball
Dec09

New season, new identity for women’s basketball

The UMHB Women’s Basketball team has gone into this season with high expectations and a drive to win. The ladies have a record of 3-4 with acceptable performances in their losses. This year the ladies have a lot to look forward to with Mark Morefield as their new head coach. Morefield was previously the assistant coach of Baylor University’s NCAA division I Men’s basketball team. His experience working at the division one level is what the team believes will carry them to new heights this season. Sophomore small forward Taylor Dangerfield feels that Morefield has brought a lot more structure to the team and brings a new level of comfort that she describes as “a way better feel than last year.” The team has the winning mindset this season according to Dangerfield. “We always say we are going to practice as a championship team,” she said. “Our goal is actually to go to the NCAA championship, not just to win a conference.” Junior Power Forward Bridjai Chaney, was recently named the American Southwest Conference Women’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week ending the 29th of November. In the CRU’s first win of the season against Southwestern University, Chaney scored 15 points, along with eight rebounds, an assist and was 6-8 from the free throw line. Chaney believes that the key to the team’s success is their drive and determination to keep going. “We don’t give up. We can be down but we don’t know what giving up is,” she said. “Even with two seconds left we will still fight for as long as we can.” The women have been working on playing smarter – determining what is a good shot, taking open shots and knowing if there is a better shot available. They are continuously practicing and working so that when they face tough rivals such as UT Tyler and UT Dallas they will play to the best of their ability and hopefully bring home the glory. Chaney and Dangerfield look forward to building a bond amongst their teammates and improving their capabilities. Dangerfield explained that the Christmas break is an influential time in team bonding since students are away at home and the team can really focus on one another. “We have a lot of good people on our team,” Chaney said. “Its like getting a whole bunch of new parts to an old car. Once they all get running well with oil and everything, it’s pretty good.” After losing their first three contests, the Cru responded by winning three consecutive contests against Southwestern, Texas Lutheran and Belhavan before falling 62-50 against Texas A&M International University at...

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