Black Friday: Great sales, but at what price?

Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells Ninety percent off. 50 percent off. Signs everywhere are already advertising the lowest prices of the year. Soon people will be pushing others out of the way and fighting to get the last item on the shelf, all in the name of saving a buck. On Thursday we spend time talking about what we are thankful for and eating turkey with our families. Then Friday comes and once-thankful people are fighting over electronics, home décor, and other material goods, pushing and shoving to get the best deal. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Black Friday just as much as the next person. Black Friday has become an integral part of the American Thanksgiving weekend. It’s just as much a part of Thanksgiving as turkey and football. It’s the day that officially begins the Christmas shopping season. I usually get up early every year and seek out bargains myself. However, I think that Black Friday’s gotten out of hand. According to moneycrashers.com, Black Friday didn’t become the busiest shopping day of the year until 2002. In fact, from 1993 until 2001, it ranked between the fifth and 10th busiest shopping days of the year. Why the sudden increase of shoppers? Stores began to open their doors on Thanksgiving day.Patrons no longer had to wait until the early hours of Friday to go shopping. Stores such as Best Buy, Macy’s, and Target began to offer “early bird” shopping while grandpa was still passed out in his recliner. Despite the savings these stores offer, the stores should remain closed until after Thanksgiving. This is a time for being thankful for the blessings God has bestowed on His people, for laughing with family, and enjoying delicious food—not bundling up and scratching and clawing for the last big screen TV. According to a recent article by USA Today, CBL & Associates, which oversees many malls nationwide including Mall of America, will not be opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day. Their reason for closing? CEO Stephen Lebovitz stated that they decided to close, so their employees could spend time with their families. The fights and stampedes that have broken out over Black Friday are excessive as well. Car accidents, stabbings, shootings, and even death have occurred because of Black Friday shopping. According the New York Daily News, a Walmart employee was trampled to death in 2013 by bargain-crazed shoppers. In the same store, a pregnant woman was trampled on, which resulted in the miscarriage of her child. Other shoppers go to such methods as pepper spraying fellow customers to get the deal they want,...

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Election leaves nation divided

Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells The 2016 Presidential election began in mid-2015 when twelve Republicans and two democrats announced their intention of running for the presidency. Over the next few months the candidates were wittled down to two candidates—Billionaire Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Senator Hillary Clinton. On Tuesday, Nov. 8, the candidates went head-to-head in a nail-biting election. In the early hours of Wednesday, Nov. 9, it was announced that Trump and his running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence had officially reached the 270 mark in electoral votes. The Republicans also won the majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate. According to CBS News, this will be the first time since 1928 that the GOP has had control of the White House, the House, and the Senate all at the same time. Trump will officially take office January 20 on Inauguration Day when he and Pence will be sworn into office. Trump addressed the nation early Wednesday morning following the announcement of his winning the presidency. “For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can work together and unify our great country,” Trump said. Director of Political Science program Dr. Janet Adamski held a watch night party at the Townsend Memorial library for students and faculty to watch the results leak in on election night. Dr. Adamski holds a watch night party every election. “I figure it’s our civic duty to pay attention to what’s going on and be involved and make it easy for all of us to come together and know what’s going on… Government isn’t something that happens to us. We’re a part of government,” Dr. Adamski said. Americans across the globe have mixed feelings including fear, rage, and happiness over the results of the election. “I was not completely excited when they announced Donald Trump’s presidency as he was not my first choice,” sophomore journalism major Felicia Suominen said. “I come from a Mexican family and sometimes his comments were a bit offensive to all of us. But I do hope he proves me wrong, and I hope the community will come together instead of tearing each other down.” While some were apprehensive about Trump’s victory, others were excited about the business mogul’s win. “As the results unfolded, I was shocked at how much the country was rooting for Trump,” sophomore political science pre-law major Tyler Baker said. “I did not expect that he would win the election, but I was glad...

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Famous football alum comes home for honor
Oct26

Famous football alum comes home for honor

Published in the Oct. 26, 2016 issue Six years after the birth of the Crusader football team, a special player joined the team in 2004. His name — Jerrell Freeman. Freeman now plays for the Chicago Bears and has years of success following his time at UMHB. Because of his success, the university retired Freeman’s jersey and number during the homecoming showdown against Hardin Simmons Saturday. Head Football Coach Pete Fredenburg presented Freeman with a framed replica of his jersey midfield during halftime. Joining Coach Fredenburg and Freeman were President Randy O’Rear, his wife Julie, Freeman’s mother and father, and Cru Vice President of Athletics Randy Mann. Freeman’s nieces and brother unveiled a marker located in the south end zone bearing a number 8, a few of his athletic accomplishments, and his last name. This permanent marker will remain in Crusader Stadium as a reminder for past players and as a motivator for future players. To celebrate the retiring of the jersey, the first 3,000 people who walked through the gates Saturday received a commemorative T-shirt with Freeman’s name and number. Freeman played varsity ball for the Cru for four years, and he helped lead the Cru to their first post-season win in 2004. He also became the first American Southwest Conference player to be named a National Player of the Year when d3football.com voted him National Defensive Player of the Year in 2007. The American Southwest Conference named him Male Athlete of the Year in 2007-08. He also became the university’s leader in tackles. Following his Cru football career, Freeman signed with the Tennessee Titans. He went on to play for the Canadian Football League team, the Saskatatchewan Roughriders, where he was named an All-Star. Three years later he would sign with the Indianapolis Colts, where he led the team in tackles for two seasons. Currently, Freeman plays for the Chicago Bears where he leads in tackles in his league. When Freeman came to UMHB to play ball, he never would have imagined how far he would come. “I just came here [UMHB] because I love the game,” Freeman said. “I just wanted to be the best player that I could be, and it has allowed me to be who I am today.” Freeman officially became a UMHB grad in 2003 when inbetween a football season he finished his degree in criminal justice. No other football player has ever been honored in such a way, and according to Vice President for Communications and Special Projects Dr. Paula Tanner, the decision to honor him this way was made by the coaching staff and members of the upper level administration....

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At what point should euthanasia be the end?
Oct12

At what point should euthanasia be the end?

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells Assisted suicide remains a heavily-debated topic throughout the world. Recently, a minor in Belgium chose this method to end his life. Belgium remains the most liberal country in the world when it comes to assisted suicide.  Patients can request physician-assisted suicide due to a terminal illness or a psychiatric condition. Now, almost five people a day die from physician-assisted suicide.  But assisted suicide is not a black and white issue. In the United States, five states allow doctor-assisted suicides including Oregon, Washington, Vermont, New Mexico, and Montana. Patients must be terminally ill (expected to live no more than six months), be of sound mind, and able to administer the pills on their own. What constitutes the word terminal? Many people live months, years, and sometimes decades after they are given only months to live. A person who is diagnosed with a terminal disease may decide to die even though they could live months or even years more. Life is a gift from God and once we open the door to assisted suicide we are opening the door to devaluing life—a life that was paid for by the pain and suffering of Christ. The question now becomes: at what point does life become not worth living? And I think the answer is never. God knew us before we were even born. Surely, with modern technology, there is a way to relieve a patient’s suffering without going to the point of suicide. I understand why patients who are terminally ill and in great affliction want to end their lives. And my heart cries out for them because of the pain they are experiencing.  However, according to Time Magazine, more people seek out assisted suicide because they worry about being a burden to their loved ones and friends. There should never be a point where a person feels like such a burden that they want to end their life. Movies such as the highly-popular summer chick flick, Me Before You, romanticize assisted suicide. In the movie, wealthy Will Traynor is planning on going through a physician-assisted suicide in the next six months because he is paralyzed. Louisa Clarke, his caregiver, decides to convince him to change his mind during this time and falls in love with him. But even though Will loves her too, he selfishly decides to go through with his physician-assisted death. This movie portrays the message that dying is better than living with a disability, which is troubling. A person can still have a fulfilling life while being disabled. Assisted suicide is a tough subject. Should patients be given...

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UNDER THE RADAR: The best groups of UMHB you may not be watching

Published in the September 28, 2016 issue of The Bells JV FOOTBAL Fans scream, the smell of popcorn floats through the air, and sweat rolls down the players’ faces. One thing’s on their mind: getting the ball to the end zone. The Cru junior varsity football has gotten off to a great start to the season as they are currently 3-0. Next Monday, the Cru will take on Wayland Baptist University in Clyde, Texas. The JV football team consists of approximately 70 players, most of them being freshmen with several sophomores. “Our young guys do a great job coming out here and going through the same practice as the varsity guys do…But then they have their chance to shine and do their thing on Monday nights,” JV head football coach Keith Mullins said. Head Coach Mullins believes that being on the junior varsity prepares younger players for the intensity of varsity ball. “The JV team prepares a player for varsity by giving him playing experience in a game type setting,” Mullins said. JV football player sophomore Exercise Science major and mathematics minor Derek Sides’ love for the game motivates him to be a better player on and off the field. “I chose to play for the Cru for the love of the game,” Sides said.  “I have a passion for sports, mainly football. Football helps me grow physically, mentally, and spiritually.” Sides believes the team has great potential for the remainder of the season. “We have so much talent and teamwork. It is more of a family rather than a team. We have the potential to do something great.”   BLACK SHIRT CRU University staff knew the Crusader Marching Band needed a change when the 28-ensemble band remained stagnant for several years due to lack of interest and time, so six years ago the Blackshirt Cru Spirit Band was born. “Our primary purpose is to support our athletic teams on the field and the basketball area,” Blackshirt Cru Spirit Band Director Nils Landsberg said. “But our main purpose during the game is to basically be the soundtrack to what’s happening on the field.” Since its switch from marching band to spirit band, the band boasts 79 members of various majors and backgrounds. “One thing that is unique about the spirit band is that we’re the largest spirit student organization on campus. And there aren’t just music majors in there,” Landsberg said. “Having the opportunity to be in front of an ensemble that is made of some many walks of life and for some many different reasons but we all have the same of making music together is just awesome.”...

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