Career volleyball player makes her mark on UMHB team

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells Bump, set, spike. Freshman volleyball player Haleigh Evans has heard these words many times in her years playing volleyball. Originally from Edna, Texas, Evans played varsity volleyball for her high school, but her career started long before then. She first started playing volleyball when she was nine years old and hasn’t stopped since. In fact, her favorite volleyball memory came after tryouts her freshman year. “I found out I made the varsity team my freshman year. [It was] because all the hard work I had been putting in [had] paid off.” But her hard work did not stop there. By the time her high school career came to an end she had achieved many impressive goals. One of her most impressive awards was the Volleyball District Most Valuable Player award, which she received during two seasons. Evans also received impressive awards in cheerleading, track, and academics.  After her success in high school, Evans decided to become a Crusader volleyball player because she has always wanted to play college volleyball. “I just wasn’t ready to give up the sport that I’ve grown up playing, and that I love,” Evans said. With the Crusaders, Evans plays the position of libero. This is a defensive position in which the player stays in the back row and can sub with any back row player at any time in between points. Evans’ position stands out not only in skill, but in color. Her jersey is a different color than her teammates’. Evans has earned quite an impressive record while playing for the Cru. So far this season, she has accumulated 185 digs, which makes her the leader in the number of digs this season for the team. After playing volleyball for nearly a decade, Evans made the easy decision to major in exercise physiology. Her goals with this major are either to coach or to work with individuals recovering from sports-related injuries. Between practicing volleyball and studying, Evans is very busy. However, with what free time she has she likes to catch up on her sleep or go to the movies with friends.  In order to maintain her strength to perform to the best of her abilities in the classroom and on the court, Evans also likes to load up on protein at her favorite restaurant,...

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Social Media: The most annoying things online

Published in the September 28, 2016 issue of The Bells Walk into a college classroom and ask how many people use a form of social media. Chances are, nearly everyone in the class will raise their hand. Social media has completely boomed in the last ten years. In 2005, 10 percent of all internet users used a form of social media. In 2015, the percentage was at 76. Most of them were college and high school age. There are certain things that should and should not be posted on social media. Now, we are not just talking about the classic things that everyone should already know, such as an underage student posting a picture of them drinking at a party. Rather, we are going to discuss what is socially appropriate and what is just plain annoying when it comes to social media posts. The good: There are many good things to post on social media, things that people other than your grandma will enjoy seeing. Something respectable to post would be positive quotes or sayings that will have an impact on your followers’ lives. Another acceptable thing to post are recipes that sound like something people would enjoy making. Also, one of the most impactful posts are from local or national news stories regarding issues or events that could be affecting the lives of your friends and family. The bad: One of the worst habits would be over-posting about politics. Most people don’t care about your personal political views. Another irritating habit is posting too many pictures of you and your significant other. A few of these pictures are okay, but your friends don’t need to see every selfie you take with him or her. Lastly, one more habit that, over time, will get on the nerves of those you have connected with is when you post your opinions over every single little matter. The ugly: These are the worst habits of posters. These are the habits that will make you lose followers, the things no one wants to see. One of the absolute worst things to post about is drama. As a young adult, you should have more sense and maturity to take care of an issue privately. Cursing is also a nasty habit in general. If someone sees a post filled with language, they will most likely skim over it. Lastly, girls, you don’t have to post photos with excess cleavage. Boys, you don’t have to post shirtless pictures. These pictures may be offensive to some people. And honestly, it is unnecessary to overly expose your body to the world. To make the most out of your...

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