Red Bus Project ‘on the move for orphans’
Oct14

Red Bus Project ‘on the move for orphans’

Dozens of students crowded around a red double decker bus that was parked outside the Bawcom Student Union Building. The large vehicle is called the Red Bus Project, and its purpose is to attract students to buy items for sale and spread awareness about orhan care. The project is a mobile thrift store that travels from different college campuses, spreading awareness about the more than 140 million orphans around the world in need of hope. Their mission is to give the college students a chance to help by buying clothes at reasonable prices and donating clothes they have outgrown or no longer need. The money made is solely given to an orphan care system called Share Hope. Share Hope is the main base of the organization and is run by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth Chapman. Their daughter, Emily Chapman, was attending Baylor University when she came up with the idea to get college students involved with helping orphans. Chapman and her family launched the Red Bus Project in 2012, and since then have visited over 60 different colleges. “The very first tour of the red bus actually came through my university, it was one of the first or second stops ever made. I went and hung out, figured out what it was all about, and fell in love.” Ashley West said, an intern for the Red Bus Project. Freshman nursing major Sedona Goad thinks the project is a great way to bring awareness of orphans to students. “I think it’s a really good organization and how they are doing it through thrifting,” Goad said. “It’s really “in” right now among college students and by going campus-to-campus and getting as much money as they can and donating it solely to the orphan care, I really admire that” Goad was so impressed with the organization that she decided to work with the project while they were on campus and help students involved. “I’m in FYC and at first we were required to take shifts, but then I got here and I talked to one of the people that runs the show and I was really interested and really glad that I could help. They gave me all these statistics about how every 18 seconds a person is orphaned so I want to do anything I can to help out.” Orphaned children often lose their voices and are overlooked and undervalued. The Red Bus Project wants to give those children a voice. Students who didn’t get a chance to participate in the Red Bus Project can always help.. Students can mail their old clothes to the organization, intern...

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Student Body President hopes to lead campus in positive direction
Oct06

Student Body President hopes to lead campus in positive direction

Junior Cell Biology major, Kayla Headley, is working toward her career in medicine and is planning to add a Spanish minor to her academic plan. While this might sound like a tough workload, she actually came to UMHB with 30 credits. One main for the addition of Spanish to her plan is because she intends to start a practice in Texas where many citizens speak Spanish. “I interned with a pediatrician over the summer who was bilingual and I felt so helpless when we had a patient who didn’t speak English,” Headley said. “It motivated me to master Spanish so I can effectively communicate with my patients.” After medical school, she wants to do a three to five-year residency program and start a practice focused on pediatric neurology. Headley jokes that if she gets married and starts a family along the way it would be a bonus, but currently that’s not her main goal. Although Headley is focused on her future goals and making the world a better place, for now she is focusing on helping to make UMHB the best it can be through her newly-appointed role as Student Body President. Headley wasn’t always as confident in her student government roles. She ironically, ran to be on her high school’s student council every year but was never elected. Her freshman year she put off joining any organizations and often club hopped. But eventually she found the Student Government Association. “Reaching out was my first event on-campus and I saw how incredible it was for everyone to come together and serve – service is my love language – and I was like, who put this on? Someone said it was SGA and I knew these were my people.” During her freshman year, she ran for sophomore class president and to her surprise, she was elected. “I was over the moon excited when I got elected as sophomore class president. It’s sometimes hard to find your place on campus and it’s nice to know that SGA is my place. This is my niche.” Headley began her reign in the spring of 2015 as Student Body President, and was able to begin her duties last semester and over the summer. This included meeting with former Student Body President, Jonathan Kendall, and working with other students to come up with an agenda for the upcoming semester. “I thought that I would be doing a lot of work on my own and have been pleasantly surprised that it’s a lot of group work and more delegating.” Headley said. “It made me get out of my comfort zone and lean on other people. We...

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9/11 survivor shares story of ‘God grace’
Sep16

9/11 survivor shares story of ‘God grace’

For the fourth time since the deadly attacks on The World Trade Center, 9/11 survivor Stanley Praimnath shared how God led him out of the South Tower that fateful day. Praimnath worked as an assistant vice president at Fuji Bank on the 81st floor. Even 14 years later, the day still reminds him of God’s power over evil. “I was that man that saw the destruction process and now I am looking at the rebuilding process. You can build bigger, better, taller, stronger, but until you turn to god and acknowledge Him, He will make the enemies break down the wall.” Praimnath had said to start off his story. Praimnath’s company occupied the 79th through the 82nd floors in the South Tower. Praimnath had been working there for thirteen years and was going through his daily routine when a plane hit the North Tower. “When I was in the elevator, I wasn’t aware because the building was soundproof and I didn’t hear anything when the north tower was hit. As I glanced at the tower I saw huge fireballs were raining down from the tower. ” Praimnath and a co-worker got on the elevator and proceeded down to the lobby and were stopped by the guard. “[The guard] told us the building was safe and secure and that we should go back to our offices.” Praimnath told his coworker to go home as he went back upstairs to his office. When Praimnath reached his office his phone was ringing. He answered and it was a woman from the branch in Chicago. She told him to get out of the building immediately. “‘I don’t have enough time to explain just get out.’ As she was saying this, I saw the plane and it was almost hypnotic,” Praimnath said. “I watched as it came closer and I could see it tilting. I said, ‘God you have the power now,’ and I dove under my desk.” The plane destroyed the four floors that housed Praimnath’s company. The floors above him caved in and were hanging over his desk. His desk was the only one left standing, and on top of his desk sat his Bible. Praimnath took in his surroundings and noted many electric cables in the sprinklers and objects being sucked out of the windows because of the air pressure created by the broken windows. Everything around him was on fire. Praimnath knew he couldn’t make it out alive on his alone. Praimnath said he cried out to God, “Send somebody to help, anybody.” And within seconds a man appeared with a flashlight. This man, Brian Clark, worked on the 84th...

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