‘Fixer Upper’ couple assists boys’ home
Nov16

‘Fixer Upper’ couple assists boys’ home

During mid-October, stars of the HGTV show Fixer Upper Chip and Joanna Gaines hosted their annual Silobration in Waco, where a local organization, The 4-1-1, was presented with a check that will benefit the Temple-area youth. The famous couple received many applications for the ‘Chipstarter’ Dream Launcher Contest and narrowed it down to six finalists who were each presented with an award at the Silobration. Crusader country’s very own Marcus Wimby, along with Kim White and Dion Alexander were among the finalists. They were awarded $40,000 to use in the demolition and remodel of a house in east Temple that will be used as a safe hangout for local boys. The goal of the 4-1-1 is to provide young boys in the East Temple community a safe and fun place to spend their time while learning different skills. This will all take place in a house that was previously owned by Civil Rights activist Myrtle Captain. This house has been the site of many charitable events and organizations in its lifetime, and after it is revamped it will once again be a place that helps the community. White, who owns the home, started 4-1-1 after realizing that there weren’t a lot of opportunities for young boys in the area. Her role will be to serve on the board of the non-profit, which will involve coming up with the programing for the house as well as acquiring food and donations. White plans to be involved in an administrative capacity, while Wimby and Alexander run the home. “We want a balance of experience and relationship,” White said, “Each boy will set their own goals: long-term or short-term and we will sit down with them and go over how to obtain those goals and how they can do certain things to reach those goals through every day decisions.” White said she chose Wimby and Alexander because they have offered to volunteer with the boys without an incentive. She also saw that the boys respected and responded well to Wimby and Alexander and that the two were able to guide the boys in a special way. “I knew that whatever this was, we needed to make sure it kept happening.” White said. Wimby is currently a senior business major here at UMHB and will graduate this December. He had previously met the Whites through volunteer work where he worked alongside Alexander. They both got along with the boys so well that when White shared her idea, they were on board. Wimby hopes to give the boys a positive outlook on life and help them realize that their circumstances are temporary and they won’t...

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Importance of knowing the history behind Thanksgiving
Nov15

Importance of knowing the history behind Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday many Americans look forward to. From the food and the Sunday football games to the family gatherings, Thanksgiving is a holiday that holds a special place in our hearts. What started out as a tradition to symbolize peace, later turned to hatred between Americans and Native Americans. This poses an interesting question – should we be celebrating a holiday that focuses on peace when there was actually a long string of violence afterwards? There is nothing wrong with celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday as a day of friendship and camaraderie. However, it would be lying through our teeth to say we celebrate this as a day of peace, because the peace did not last and it lead to the death and mistreatment of the Native Americans for centuries to come. This even continues today, with the standing rock pipeline issue in the Dakotas as an example. According to history.com, in 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast, which is considered to be one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations. In March, any remaining pilgrams went ashore and met an English speaking Abenaki Indian. A few days later, the Indian returned with another Native American named Squanto, who was a member of the Pawtuxet tribe. He had been previously kidnapped by an English sea captain and sold into slavery before escaping to London and returning to his homeland on an exploratory expedition. Squanto saw how badly the pilgrims were fairing in this new land and decided to teach them how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers forge an alliance with a local tribe called the Wampanoag. This alliance would endure for more than 50 years. This is the story we were taught as children. However, the peace was only temporary and the feast and treaty are tragically one of the sole examples of peace between the European colonists and Native Americans. Over the next few decades, relations between settlers and Native Americans deteriorated as the former group occupied more and more land. Supposedly, the first major dispute was in 1675 called King Philip’s War, that left some 5,000 inhabitants of New England dead, three quarters of those being Native Americans. In terms of percentage of population killed, King Philip’s War was more than twice as costly as the American Civil War and seven times more so than the American Revolution. Throughout the next few centuries, the American Indian wars killed millions of people from both sides and left a dark stain in American history. Wikipedia defines The...

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What students need to know before registering
Oct26

What students need to know before registering

Registration for spring and summer classes will open Monday, Oct. 31 for seniors and honors students. It will continue throughout the week for each class. Here are some ways to be prepared for advising and registration for the upcoming semester. Students should be aware of who their advisor is and how to contact that person. They can obtain this information by logging onto myCampus and selecting the “personal info” button on the left side bar. Students can then choose the “Academic info” tab and the advisor’s name should be listed near the top right side. Students can prepare for these sessions by becoming familiar with their degree plans. They should have an idea of what classes they want to register for. Those looking for information about the spring, May minimester and summer classes can go to myCampus and choose the “My Academics” tab. In the “Register or Search for Courses” portal, click on “Course Search.” Here students can fill in what term, department, course code, division, and course title they are seeking. Fill in the necessary boxes and click search. For example, if a student is searching for an art class, they would enter the term (spring 2018), the department (art), and division (undergraduate). If they already know the course code or title, they should be be able to quickly find a specific course. One thing students in the College of Business should be aware of are the changes being made to the business degree plans. Mr. Larry Locke, the associate dean and professor in the McLane College of Business, explained that administrators decided to make the courses more flexible and personalized to a student’s career goals. “We determined that our BBA degrees were all strong, but unnecessarily restrictive and that [the alterations] might allow our majors to more personally craft their degrees to suit their career aspirations,” Locke said. The College of Business is merging a few classes, creating a couple new classes, and moving the higher-level classes and lower-level classes around to make them more personalized and “transfer friendly.” This will go into effect fall of 2018 but the professors wanted to let students know about the change in case they wanted to alter their degree plans. Current students can continue along their current degree plans, but it is recommended that they compare their current BBA and the newer BBA on the UMHB website to see if the new BBA is better suited towards their needs. However, once a student switches degree plans they cannot revert to their old one nor can they merge requirements from the two. If a student switches they will have to fully...

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What to do in the event that a car crash hits you out of nowhere
Oct26

What to do in the event that a car crash hits you out of nowhere

Being in a car accident is scary and not something that should be taken lightly. It is somehing that can happen to anyone, and is something I went through recently. In September, I was in a minor accident that involved another driver. I had no clue what to do, and I did the best I could to remember the basic guidelines. Carinsurance.com states that if someone is an average driver and got their license when they were 16 years old, it is highly likely that they will experience some kind of crash by the time they’re 34. The National Safety Council estimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicles crashes in 2016, and an estimated 4.6 million were seriously injured in accidents. Every year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issues a Motor Vehicle Crash Overview containing statistics on reported crashes during one year and compares it to prior years. They found that by averaging the car accident data from 2005 to 2015, they estimate that more than 5 million car accidents occur every year in the U.S. This amounts to around 15,913 accidents per day. However, this represents the number of collisions between vehicles or vehicles with fixed objects – not the number of vehicles involved total. If it is your first accident, it is difficult to understand what to do and you could be taken advantage of. Whether you are in a fender bender or a major accident, there are guidelines to what you should do after a car accident. First and foremost, move to a safe area if possible and do not leave the scene. Leaving can result in legal consequences, like fines or additional violations. If you’re on a busy highway, stay inside the car and wait for the police or an ambulance. It’s dangerous for passengers to stand along a freeway or other road with lots of traffic. It is also vital that you make sure passengers are okay and that there are no injuries. If you collided with another car, check on them as well. It is important to check just in case you need to call an ambulance. Try to be cautious and polite, but do not admit fault. The next step is to call the police. While the accident might not appear to be serious, the police should be called if any damage is done to either vehicle or if there are injuries. It helps to call the police because they can file a report that will impact the insurance company’s decisions when you make a claim. When they arrive, try to copy down the officer’s name,...

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Women’s soccer on the road to nationals
Oct13

Women’s soccer on the road to nationals

The 2017 season has been a successful one for the women’s soccer team. The team has played 10 games so far and currently has a record of eight wins, one loss, and one tie. They even recorded six shut outs in the last seven games. “Last year we lost nine seniors, and so we lost eight starters. We began this season with three starters and to be where we are right now, first place in the conference and having 8-1-1; it’s the best start in the program’s history,” said Barry Elkins, head coach. Elkins said that there have been improvements and the team has adjusted well to the new members. He believes that the mental part of the game is where they have grown the most as a team. “Having to try our hardest – game in and game out – is where we have grown the most,” Elkins said. “This helped with our win against UT Tyler and it’s the first time we have beat them since 2005. That was probably the most complete game we’ve played.” Junior exercise and sport science major Sydney Rangel has been on the team since she was a freshman. She played defense mid-center until this year. Now, as center back she helps guard the goal and keeps the ball away from the net. She has two main goals for this season: win conference and go to nationals. “A smaller goal that I want to accomplish is to beat the Hardin Simmons team. They would probably be the hardest team we will play,” Rangel said. Amanda Carlough is a senior nursing major who has also played on the team since she started as a freshman. Carlough plays as the center-mid and helps the team make plays while on the field. She explained that her job is to keep the ball going. “We set people up to score, or sometimes we even try to switch things up. If we are playing on the left side and no one is on the right then we try to move to the right,” she said. There are seven games left in the season to work on these strategies. Things are looking up and if they continue to win, the Cru will have a great shot at nationals this November and...

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