Poverty in the United States
Apr11

Poverty in the United States

When one thinks of poverty, they probably think about countries in the Middle East, Africa or Asia. They picture the commercials of starving children and how $3 can feed them for an entire week. When one thinks of poverty, they do not think of the United States. When people think of the United States, they think of the hustle and bustle of cities like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. They think of the suburban lifestyle. They think of the “American Dream.” Even people who live in the United States don’t think of the poverty that surrounds us. But the harsh reality is that there are more than 43 million Americans living in poverty. That’s a lot of people in poverty. If you added the populations of California and Oklahoma, you would get around 43 million. It is unacceptable for a country that is as highly developed as America to have a poverty rate that is at nearly 13 percent. According to the CIA, the United States is ranked number 20 for highest gross domestic profit per capita. There are many countries in the world that ranked lower on the list in terms of GDP, yet they have a lower poverty rate. For instance, according to The World Factbook, countries such as Canada, Austria and Serbia have poverty rates that are all under 10 percent. If the United States ranks so high on lists when it comes to statistics regarding economy, why is it that the United States still has such a high poverty rate? According to a 2012 article in the New York Times, one of the greatest causes is because many Americans are working minimum wage jobs. These jobs don’t allow for a livable income for a single person, much less a single person with children. According to that same article, this has been a problem in the United States since the 1970s. America is one of the most developed countries in the world. Yet 13 percent of the population live under the poverty line. Many people are focused on giving charity to other countries. This can be helpful. However, those people focused on charity tend to forget that there are people in their own country that are suffering as well. For the U.S. to help other impoverished countries most effectively, they first need to help their home front. When the poverty rate in America is lowered, it will allow America to be an even more successful...

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Presidential debate at SGA: Voting opens soon
Feb21

Presidential debate at SGA: Voting opens soon

There is a vote coming up this week for SGA president. If there is one organization on campus that truly encompasses the entire student body, it would be the Student Government Association, (SGA). SGA is the mediator between the student body and administrators. They are the ones who listen to student concerns and voice those concerns to the administration. SGA is also in charge of chartering new organizations. SGA consists of 35 members, including class representatives, student body representatives, and delegates for commuters, military, international and student athletes. SGA has had a big impact on campus. If you have ever received an ‘A’ with a 90.02 percent SGA is to thank for that. A few years ago, the grading scale was skewed so that an ‘A’ was 91-100 percent. SGA became an advocate for students and their GPAs by passing a resolution that changed the grading scale so that a 90-100 percent was considered an ‘A’. SGA was also in charge of raising the amount of printer points from 10 dollars to 15 dollars last year. As well as advocating for more lighting in the Quad and around residential areas to improve student safety. Junior double major in Political Science with an emphasis in Pre-Law and Speech Communication, Tyler Baker, is the current Student Body Vice-President “My favorite part of SGA is being able to serve the student body and be a voice for my peers. I have always wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself and SGA provides a way for me to do that,” Baker said. Student Government Association meetings are held every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. in the Fowler Board Room. Meetings are open to the public, so if you want to see what SGA is advocating for you, feel free to visit one of the meetings. On Monday Feb. 19, SGA held a debate between the two candidates who are running for the student body president. In the meeting, the two candidates, Tyler Baker and Daniel Martinez, answered questions about policies and values they would strive for if they were voted as president. Students will be able to vote for the next student body president starting on Wednesday Feb. 21 through Friday Feb. 23. Students can watch the live stream of the debate from the SGA’s facebook...

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UMHB hosts annual  Writer’s Festival
Feb21

UMHB hosts annual Writer’s Festival

This year’s Windhover Writer’s Festival featured writing styles from poetry to prose and hosted three keynote writers, as well as a songwriting duo, who presented their work with readings. Each author also hosted a workshop for participants to help sharpen their writing skills, since the idea of the festival is to motivate writers of all levels and skill sets.This year’s Windhover Writer’s Festival featured writing styles from poetry to prose and hosted three keynote writers, as well as a songwriting duo, who presented their work with readings. Each author also hosted a workshop for participants to help sharpen their writing skills, since the idea of the festival is to motivate writers of all levels and skill sets.The festival was hosted on Feb. 14-16 in Bawcom Student Union at UMHB. It is named after the journal, The Windhover, which has been around since 1997, according to the journal’s editor and associate professor of the English department, Dr. Nathaniel Hansen. Writer Suzanne M. Wolfe of England, who now resides in Seattle as a Writer in Residence at Seattle Pacific University, was one of the presenters. Wolfe’s writing inventory includes book, essays, and blogs. Wolfe is a well-acclaimed Christian writer. Her fiction novel, Confession of X, was based partially on her travels with her husband. Wolfe’s workshop gave attendees tips and pointers regarding fiction writing. The second presenter was Amy Peterson. Peterson is a writer and an adjunct professor at Taylor University. Peterson’s works have been featured in a wide variety of journals and her book, Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World. Peterson’s writing can be raw and honest, but it truly encompasses her Christian background.   See Festival, pg. 3          Her workshop specialized in nonfiction. The third presenter was Thom Caraway. Caraway is an associate professor at Whitworrth University. Caraway is also the editor-in-chief for Rock&Sling, a journal of witness. He also founded and publishes of Sage Hill Press. His poems have been featured in a many journals throughout the country and his workshop focused on poetry. His reading was interesting and kept the audience entertained as he read some of his best poems. Still on the Hill was the featured musical duo, which makes do with a wide variety of traditional instruments from the Ozarks, such as the banjo, fiddle and harmonica. Still on the Hill hosted a writing workshop as well as a concert on Thursday night.  The addition of music to the Writers’ Festival was a great touch. Many students enjoyed hearing the band play their unique style of music. A slew of writers from all over the country to serve as panelists. Authors included Elizabeth Dell, Chris...

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Things to consider before investing in a business
Feb09

Things to consider before investing in a business

Students in today’s world are always looking for money. A college education can be costly and finding a job that pays a decent amount is hard to do without a degree. Therefore, many students have turned to becoming distributors for companies that sell products such as cosmetics, jewelry or clothes. Many times students will invest in these companies because they think it is an easy way to make fast money. However, students tend to not do their research. When that happens, these “fast money” businesses can turn into money traps. This leads us to the question, “should students start a business while in college?” There is no easy answer to this question due to the incredibly complicated nature of these businesses. So here’s some advice that students should consider before they invest in a business. Make sure you understand what the business entails. Some of these businesses require a hefty fee to join. Others require you to order and sell a certain amount either monthly or quarterly and if you do not meet that amount you could lose your distributor status. Make sure you have the available funds it takes to start the business. Many of these companies advertise the best of the best success stories. They show the distributors that made $100,000 or more in their first year. What they don’t show is the amount that these distributors invested initially before they became successful. Make sure you have time to invest in your business. These businesses rely on a large social media presence. First you have to take the time to set up a social media page that is welcoming and informing. Daily posts, games, and giveaways are what will bring in the buyers. In addition, you will have to take time to host parties and demonstrations online and in person. Investing your time and money to be a distributor can be a good thing for college students. However, to be successful, one must consider the pros and cons of a business venture. If one of these businesses appeals to you, remember to do your research and talk to other distributors before taking the plunge into the business...

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Reaching Out helps community, encourages students to serve
Nov16

Reaching Out helps community, encourages students to serve

Reaching Out is an event that allows students to serve alongside one another, and give back to the community around them. While this event has been a tradition for many years, this November 4th marked the first year students have had the chance to be involved in planning the event’s service activities. Sarah Herbsleb, a sophomore who participated in Reaching Out last year, was eager to apply for the newly-formed steering committee. “Reaching Out is one of my favorite events at UMHB. It has impacted my life simply by the people I have been able to serve through it.” When Hersleb heard that Reaching Out would have a steering committee she knew she wanted to be a part of it. “I saw how big this event could get and how much more of an impact we could have on the Belton and Temple community,” she said. As this tradition grows, faculty and students are hoping to not only touch the lives of more people in the community, but encourage more students to give back. “I want to see Reaching Out become an event that the campus and the community gets excited about,” said Reaching Out co-director, Nathan VanDolzer. “One thing that we are excited for is letting people sign up together. and bond through service.” Most student-led activities on campus have their own steering committee to plan out every aspect of the event. Director of student organizations, Tiffany Wurdemann realized that events were more successful when they had a separate committee. So even though Student Government Association (SGA) hosted Reaching Out in previous years, Wurdemann knew a steering committee would provide more opportunities for more student involvement. “We decided to give it a try and take it out of SGA. Since then it has truly flourished,” Wurdemann said. She is hopeful that these changes will impact the campus and community in a positive way. This year, around 250 people gathered together on a Saturday morning to participate in Reaching Out. These volunteers helped out at Feed My Sheep, a soup kitchen for the homeless,helped with demolition at a boy’s shelter, and visited senior homes in the area to play games with the elderly. Leah Smith, sophomore public relations major, and a director for Reaching Out said, raking leaves and picking up trash might seem like a small act of service, but it can mean a clean yard, a new start, and a fresh look at life for the recipient. “My favorite part of Reaching Out is hearing from the sites after everything is done and hearing how much of an impact the students have made,” she...

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