Super Bowl XLV: not just about football

Scantily clad women, ice cold beer, over-endorsed celebrities and expensive cars – that is what the Super Bowl is about. Sure, avid football fans will remember that the Green Bay Packers are the Super Bowl XLV Champions, but for the other 110 million viewers who tuned in, it was all about the commercials. Thanks to the Internet and mainly YouTube, ad addicts can instantly vote for their favorite commercial and upload it to their Facebook pages, in case their friends missed the 30 seconds that forever changed their life.  With more than 13 million views on YouTube alone, Volkswagen’s Darth Vader kid just may have clinched its title as Super Bowl XLV Commercial Champion. Volkswagen was not the only Automaker pushing its product. After two tough years for the motor industry, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Hyundai, Kia, Suzki, Mini, BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz paid high dollar for air time during advertising’s biggest showcase. Chrysler pushed the limits of how long a Super Bowl ad could be with a two-minute and four second commercial paying an ode to Detroit featuring rapper Eminem. Chevrolet surprised viewers when a seemingly boring car dealership ad is disrupted by a Camaro morphing into the Bumblebee character from the Transformer movies. Overall, celebrities and humor dominated the 60 Super Bowl commercials this year. Roseanne Barr gets knocked out by a log in a continuing ad campaign by Snickers, “You’re not you when you’re hungry.” Kim Kardashian steams things up a bit by breaking up with her irresistible trainer for Skecher Shape-Ups. Joan Rivers and Danica Patrick each make a sexy appearance to market the new domain name GoDaddy.com, and Eminem made an animated appearance in a humorous Brisk tea commercial. With all the hype about Best Buy’s commercial, Ozzy Osbourne and Justin Bieber disappoint with their not-so-funny bit about keeping up with technology. The Fast-growing Internet firm, Groupon Inc., stirred immediate controversy on Twitter for an ad depicting Tibet as a people group who are in trouble, but still make an amazing fish curry. CareerBuilder’s chimpanzees and E*Trade’s talking baby campaigns also seemed to garner few laughs and had an over-used feel about them. Doritos and PepsiMax ran an ad campaign for which people could submit commercial ideas to crashthesuperbowl.com and three finalists would be chosen. Out of more than 5,000 submissions, Doritos: Pug, Doritos: House Sitting and Doritos: The Best Part received 30 seconds, significant sums of cash and the chance to create future commercials for the company. Since technology is constantly changing, the price of commercials is significantly increasing. For the first televised Super Bowl in 1967 sponsors shelled out $40,000 per spot. This year...

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Nurses find practical partners
Feb08

Nurses find practical partners

“If I can’t feed a hundred, I’ll feed one” is the mission statement that Michael Mutinda lives by daily.  Growing up as the son of peasant farmers in Malikini village in Eastern province in Kenya, Mutinda knows what it is like to be truly hungry. A two-year famine swept through his country when he was 9 years old, causing his family to lose much of their livestock.  Mutinda would walk barefoot for two and a half hours (not including the return journey), twice a week, carrying a bundle of firewood on his back in exchange for a single cup of paddy rice. Mutinda sought out higher education after graduating from high school and received a certificate in business studies from a Kenyan university. He applied for the American Green Card Lottery Program in 2001, and upon receiving a permanent resident visa, Mutinda entered the United States in March 2003. His wife and daughter arrived in October the same year. “I was grateful that the United States of America had given me a chance to pursue my dreams,” Mutinda said. “America was at war. The Army was seeking recruits. I knew it was risky, but it was the right thing to do.” In March 2005, Mutinda became a naturalized citizen.  He served tours in Korea and Iraq and went through a series of promotions in the Army.  Two years later, he graduated with an associates degree in general studies from Central Texas College. He is currently enrolled as a first-year nursing student at UMHB. Throughout his journey, Mutinda has not forgotten where he came from.  He has a vision of helping his home country and has called upon the university to help him fulfill it. Twelve nursing students along with a doctor, dentist and a faculty member will travel to Mutinda’s home village, Malikini, this summer to set up a medical camp. Dr. Sharon Souter, dean of the College of Nursing, will also be a part of the first medical mission team that the college will send out. “In the nursing department, we’ve continually been looking for a place to go and just needed a guide, a place or an idea, and this is it,” Souter said. While on the trip, students will be working as nurses alongside Kenyan physicians performing assessments, handing out antibiotics, dressing wounds and possibly giving immunizations. Senior nursing major Imani Innocent will be returning to Kenya for the first time since he lived there as a refugee. Born in the city of Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Innocent fled to Kenya during the Rwanada genocide to live in the Kakuma Refugee Camp for six...

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Miss America: youth, brains, beauty, bikinis

While most 17-year-olds are talking about who they will take to prom or gossiping about their hot Spanish teacher, Teresa Scanlan is winning pageants. No, she was not just crowned Homecoming Queen or Miss Teen America. Scanlan is 2011’s Miss America. Representing the state of Nebraska, the home-schooled Christian won the hearts of the judges through her piano performance, swim-suit walk and youthful looks. Even though the Miss America pageant is not all about the looks, there is a certain underlying sexual factor in the competition.  Isn’t it a little disturbing that a minor won the title of the “most perfect woman in America”? She is the youngest Miss America in the pageant’s 90 year history to receive the coveted crown.  Not even old enough to vote, Scanlan tackled a question about WikiLeaks and presented her solution to national security. Her plans for the future are to attend law school and create world peace. Ok, she didn’t say that, but she really does want to become a judge and eventually a politician. Her highest goal is to become either president or a supreme court justice. Didn’t Sarah Palin start her political career as a beauty queen?  Scanlan for 2028? Because she is so young, the “Carrie Underwood look alike” knows what it is like to be a teen in today’s society. Her platform is “Eating Disorders: A Generation at Risk,” and she plans to use her reign to bring awareness and help to children and adults. When asked about her diet, Scanlan said, “I never passed up a cookie on my journey here.” Think she sells Girl Scout cookies as well? Although she is very young, her parents have spoken out to the media about her maturity level, saying, “She’s certainly mature beyond her age.” Her dad told the Lincoln Star Journal that most people mistake her for being at least 6 years older. The blonde teen told the Associated Press that she plans to register to vote next month and will defer her enrollment at Virginia’s Patrick Henry College to complete her reign. Imagine moving into your dorm room and realizing that Miss America will be your new bunk mate or sitting next to you in college algebra. Although the media seems to love Scanlan and is singing her praises, just one mistake from the goody-two-shoes and the whole world will know within mere minutes. Take Carrie Prejean, former Miss America contestant, for example.  She received nationwide attention over her response to a question about same-sex marriage posed by gay judge, Perez Hilton. By claiming her faith in God and answering that marriage should be between a man...

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Chapel bells turn into wedding bells
Jan25

Chapel bells turn into wedding bells

Awkward conversations, first impressions, a flirtatious hug or a friendly hand shake.  It all begins somewhere. It’s that magical moment where your heart rate increases, your palms begin sweating and all you can think about is spending late nights walking around the Quad gazing into each other’s eyes. It is love at first sight, or second glance or even sixth stare when you realize that you have found “the one.” Through the years, UMHB students have adopted a tradition, “ring by spring”.  Rumor has it that female students secretly hope to trade in their James Avery purity rings for a sparkly diamond rock by spring of their senior year. For UMHB alumna Brittany Payne, this alleged tradition became a reality when her then boyfriend, Geoff Payne, proposed to her at the senior reception at the Parker House.  He had not planned on proposing on campus, but the timing was right, and, after all, they did meet at school. He said, “Obviously if it hadn’t been for UMHB we would have never met, but at the same time proposing at UMHB was just kind of convenient .… We’re not that weird couple that’s going to name our kids Mary and Baylor, but we do love our alma mater.” From first kiss behind Remschel, proposing with fireworks at a Homecoming pep rally, wearing a white gown and posing by Luther Memorial and saying vows in Manning chapel, over the years, students have chosen to include their university in one of the biggest events in their lives. Couples and brides are known for taking engagement pictures or bridal portraits on campus.  Alumna Kennan (Neuman) Buckner wanted to include UMHB in her wedding even though she did not meet her husband at college. “I can remember seeing brides getting their pictures taken in the Quad. Everyone admires a bride in her gown, especially college girls dreaming about their own big day,” Buckner said. “One of the memories from that day that will stay with me forever was when I was taking pictures on the porch of Walton Chapel… I looked back and there were at least a dozen faces smashed against the doors smiling.” Even though there is no special tree to walk under with a lover or a midnight party to make out with a complete stranger, the university does offer a romantic gazebo overlooking Burt Pond, a luscious green patch of grass in the middle of campus and a variety of  activities to help with the next step in a relationship. Alumni Audrey and Dennis Greeson recently tied the knot in the Manning Chapel in the Meyer Christian Studies building.  The...

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New year to achieve successful resolutions
Jan11

New year to achieve successful resolutions

It’s no surprise that when Jan. 1 comes around gym membership’s increase, health food stores experience a rise in sales and budgets are created. Every year millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Some may be original while others may even be repeats from years past.  Although the resolutions are made with good intent, results are not always seen as quickly as some would like. Junior psychology major Connor Buchanan thinks it is interesting that people choose Jan. 1 to make life-changing resolutions. “It is the most overindulgent time of year. People are spending excess amounts of money, eating lots of good food, and not working out because it’s ‘too cold,’” he said. “It’s like accelerating a car to 100 mph and expecting it to be able to stop on a dime. You just can’t expect such a sudden paradigm shift.” Bad habits are formed over months, even years, and often lead to a psychological connection within the body. Habitual activities like smoking, over-eating, and nail biting create neural patterns in the brain that become part of a daily routine like breathing or blinking. Junior nursing major Kelsey Anderson    recognizes that habits can be influenced by our environment and surroundings which makes changing something that has become a part of life much more difficult to change. “The motivation to change has to be greater than the temptation to fall back into old habits,” she said. Fanny Oliver, exercise sports science adjunct faculty, thinks that people have a tendency to see black and white, all or nothing, which is not a healthy environment for resolutions. “People simply need to be honest with themselves and set goals that are within reach in order to avoid disappointment,” she said. “The mistake people make is to do it all at once, a massive overload; this approach gets quite overwhelming.” Although breaking these habits can be a painful task, will power, determination and reasonable goals can help turn an old year’s resolution into a new year’s resolution. Oliver challenges people to remember that transitioning into a healthy lifestyle isn’t always easy, but it is always worth the effort and time. “Decide what is the ultimate goal, what time and resources are at your disposal and how committed you are to make it happen,” she said. “With all those factors mapped out, establish small goals at short time intervals to facilitate success and compliance to the plan…. Take your time, because after all, these changes should become a permanent part of your new healthy...

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