Travel while you still can
Mar29

Travel while you still can

Published in the March 29, 2017 issue of The Bells Travel opens up so many doors, creates new opportunities, and leaves endless memories. Young and old desire to feel the spark that comes with traveling. However, for those who are older, it is much more feasible than for the typical college student. Although traveling in your early twenties may create a heavier financial burden, I believe that it is something that everyone should do at least once. I know that traveling is expensive. I know that most of us are completely broke. But, we should all save up a little money and go to a place we have dreamed about. There are ways to make that happen, and at an affordable rate too. You don’t have to stay at the fanciest hotels. We are in college. We can deal with something that isn’t five-star. And if the place you want to go is in the states, you can save massive amounts of money by road tripping it. It is cheaper and will just add to the experience. Travel in your twenties is also a way of acting more grown up. I’m sure that most people have taken family vacations, but this is different. This is something that you plan. It can be with a friend, or a group of friends or even just by yourself. And the best part about it is that you will enjoy the experience even more because you get to pick what sites you visit. This means not getting stuck in the Museum of Toilets for hours because your dad has to read all of the signs. Instead, you can skip that museum entirely. Taking vacations early will give you more of an experience. In your twenties, you’re either in college or have just graduated. In the grand scheme of things, you have very few responsibilities. You are most likely not a parent, which means that you don’t have to worry about your getaway turning into a family vacation. You are also young and full of life. You will get the chance to stay out later and experience more of the nightlife. It also means that you’ll probably have more energy to make days longer and get the most out of each day. If you don’t think that a real week-long vacation is doable, look into taking weekend trips in-state to a place you haven’t visited. Or you can get a cheap flight and fly somewhere one day and return the next. Just go out and experience something that you haven’t done before. You don’t want to look back on your life and regret not...

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Spring  Revival: A chance for  ‘new  beginnings’
Mar29

Spring Revival: A chance for ‘new beginnings’

Published in the March 29, 2017 issue of The Bells Spring is here, everything is new and full of life. And this year’s Revival commitee is ready to boost students’ faith with this annual event April 3- 5 at 7 p.m. in the Quad. This three day event focuses on worship and helping people strengthen their spiritual lives. Revival also brings together an assortment of people from different social and religious backgrounds and gives them the opportunity to worship together. This year’s theme for Revival is “New Beginnings.” “We pray that no matter where you are in your walk of faith, even if you don’t have one, that you can have a new beginning with the Lord,” said sophomore education interdisciplinary studies major Sara Lindsey. Lindsey said the whole purpose of Revival is for people to feel welcomed and come closer to their Savior. “We really want everyone to feel accepted. Revival is for all people. We encourage students, staff, faculty, and people within the Belton community to come,” said sophomore Christian studies major Samuel Kinnin. This year the guest speaker will be Clint Paschell, and the band is the Robbie Seay Band. “We will enter a time of worship with the band followed by the speaker’s message pertaining to the topic of New Beginnings,” Kinnin said. “Following the message, we will split up and spread out into small groups and talk with one another about the things we heard and answer discussion questions.” Kinnin said small groups are a time to be open. Every single leader is here to encourage and uplift those who participate. “People can also feel free to pray with one of the steering committee members,” he said. “Revival will end with a closing prayer and a song” Revival Co-directors, Abigail Smith and Ashley Hastings, have spent many hours prepping for this event. They started the planning process last April. The rest of the steering committee began planning in November. This group of students has worked hard to make sure Revival is a success and many people feel refreshed in their faith. “The effects of Revival are amazing,” Lindsey said. “We start worshiping and you look around the tent and you see that God is so strong at Revival and that he is working through us. It is such an amazing feeling.” So, if you are looking for a renewed faith, for a chance to worship with a large group of people, or if you are looking for encouragement in a new faith, then Lindsey recommends checking out this event. Just remember to look for the big white tent in the...

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Cru alumnus credits strong faith to UMHB
Mar08

Cru alumnus credits strong faith to UMHB

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells Director of Development Kelly Boggs started his position in 2015, but this isn’t the first time. Boggs has become a part of the UMHB family. Boggs became a Crusader for life as a student in 1981 and graduated in 1985. Boggs double majored in Religion (now known as Christian Studies) and Sociology. After graduation he attended Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth. Prior to taking his position at UMHB, Boggs spent sixteen years as a pastor. “I was a pastor of three churches in Central Texas and one near Portland, Oregon.” Boggs said. He also held the position of the editor of the official news journal of the Louisiana Baptist Convention for nine years. In addition to that position, Boggs also wrote a weekly column for the Baptist Press for fourteen years. The university has given Boggs many good memories, but he said that the best memory was the day he met his wife. “We met during the summer of 1982 when she came to UMHB. Mindy was working in the Business Office located in Sanderford. I was working at a camp in east Texas that summer, but was on campus during a break,” He said, “I came in to say hi to Ms. Betty Bounds, and she introduced me to Mindy, who had just started at UMHB. The current Bursar’s Office is the exact spot where I met my wife. It is holy ground.” Boggs and his wife have been married for 30 years and have four children, one of whom is working on their masters degree at UMHB. Boggs feels so blessed for the opportunities that UMHB has given him, and being a student at the university really impacted his life. “I was a new believer when I came to UMHB,” he said, “The encouragement I received from students, faculty and staff in my walk with Christ had a huge impact on me.” One of the many people that helped shape him into the person he is was English professor Mary Long. “Long is the epitome of what I believe a Christian should be. She took time and helped me academically as well as personally. I will be forever grateful that God engineered the circumstances for me to attend UMHB so I could encounter people like Long.” One of his favorite things about UMHB is the friendships that he was able to make while in school. These friendships were not just limited to his peers, but to the faculty and staff as well. “Many of those relationships [made at UMHB] continue to this day,” Boggs said. There are...

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Should we have single gender classrooms?
Feb22

Should we have single gender classrooms?

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells Should single gender classrooms be required in schools? This is a question that has sparked a lot of debate over the years. Research seems to support the idea that people learn better when they are in an environment with peers of the same gender. However, there are social downfalls to students learning in an environment with only those of the same gender. Parents should consider whether the educational benefits outweigh the social downfalls. I think that students should be separated into single gender classrooms during the elementary years. It is important that students learn as much as they can in this stage because they are so impressionable. Therefore, it would be a positive to eliminate distractions from the classroom. In this scenario, boys wouldn’t have the chance to tease and distract the girls, and girls wouldn’t have the chance to bug the boys with their elementary attempts at flirting. Having the students learn in a single gender classroom could also help minimize gender-specific bullying in schools, which can cause serious emotional trauma. Single-gender classrooms at an elementary level will help increase learning during those first years of school. However, in the middle school and high school years, I believe that single-gender classrooms should only be in the core classes; English, science, mathematics, and history. It is important that students are able to learn these skills in a more focused environment. But in the elective classes, students should learn in a co-ed environment. Students shouldn’t be completely isolated from the other gender, however. It is important that students learn how to work with the opposite gender. In the college classroom, it is imperative that students are in co-ed classrooms. These students aren’t just learning basic skills anymore. In college, you are preparing yourself for the real world. The real world involves adults of both genders working together to solve problems, to make the world a better place. In a co-ed classroom, students will learn how to work with the other gender, especially through collaboration and group projects. Males will come to realize that their female counterparts can handle multiple things at one time. Females will come to understand that a male can focus his attention on one thing at a time without being distracted. These skills can be learned in a co-ed college classroom environment. There are many benefits to learning in single-gender classrooms. These benefits have a greater effect on elementary students. However, as students grow up, they need to learn the skills to be able to work together. Research shows that single gender classrooms eliminate distractions. These distractions...

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Goodbye McLane air-horn, you will be deeply missed
Feb08

Goodbye McLane air-horn, you will be deeply missed

Published in the February 8, 2017 issue of The Bells “The Air Horn” was born in late September, 2016. The death of “The Air Horn” was January 18, 2017 around 12:45 a.m. The owner of “The Air Horn” is unknown, but we can be certain that he is upset about the demise of his practical joke. “The Air Horn” will mostly be remembered for its loud appearance in the Orange Hall of McLane. It would go off at random hours during the day, once a day, for the entirety of the first semester and a week into the second semester. For the first few weeks of its appearance, “The Air Horn” was hated by many, an annoyance at the least. But after a few weeks it grew on everyone. “The Air Horn” became a common topic around not only the Orange Hall, but also around other halls in McLane. It was a mystery, which is why so many people loved the topic of it. “The Air Horn” is known as legendary throughout McLane. No one knew who controlled “The Air Horn”. RA Andrew Simons, a fifth-year senior Marketing major, said that he was able to eliminate five rooms from being the operator. However, he was never able to narrow it down further than that. Noah Tyner, a freshman Christian Studies major ,said “I was very sad that “The Air Horn” was gone. The joke was funny, but waking up at 1 am was not. I spent a good amount of time laughing about “The Air Horn” and how much disturbance it was causing… but now I cannot, and the world is a sadder place.” When asked what his favorite memory of “The Air Horn” was, Andrew Simons said, “My favorite memory was being able to hear the air horn every day. I didn’t know when it would sound, but I looked forward to hearing it. It was one of the constants in my life.” The morning after its confiscation on Jan. 18, Orange Hall held a memorial for “The Air Horn”. They reminisced about all the good memories they had with it. They laughed at all the happiness it had spread. These students mourned the loss of one of the most legendary college pranks they will ever be exposed to. Andrew Simons, along with the McLane administration, have officially announced the mascot of McLane Orange Hall to be an air horn in remembrance of “The Air Horn” that was loved by so many. It is more of a symbol since the noise policies will still be intact. However, they are looking to create a memorial to be placed in...

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