Campus rehearses for 79th Easter Pageant
Mar07

Campus rehearses for 79th Easter Pageant

“It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.” – Luke 23:44-46 The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor celebrates the life, death and resurrection of our savior Jesus Christ in the 79th annual Easter Pageant. Easter Pageant is one of the most beloved campus traditions by students and viewers alike. Hundreds of people from all over come to see this production and many more are able to access the livestreams of the show that started with the spring of 2017 showing. Sophomore Christian studies major, Jacob Chesser, is this year’s Easter Pageant director. He played the role of a temple guard during his freshman year on campus and was surprised when he was asked to be the spring 2018 director. “It was a difficult transition because last year I only saw the scenes I was in and when I was asked to be a director I thought, “man I haven’t even seen what the whole show looks like”. So I have been watching the [livestream] from last year a lot, and it has been cool. It’s a big responsibility but I am honored to be here and I feel very supported.” Senior Glen Fontenelle places an imaginery crown of thorns onto senior Matthew Langford’s (Jesus) head. Photo by Madeline Oden/ The Bells Acting as Roman guards, seniors Matt McVey and Glen Fontenelle, practice escorting senior Matthew Langford, who is portraying Jesus. At background left is freshman Jaden Napolez. Photos by Madeline Oden/ The bells enior Aaron Midkiff, who normally portrays Pontius Pilate in the Easter Pageant, stands in for a thief as actors practice lifting a man’s weight on the cross during rehearsal at Luther Memorial on Thursday, Feb. 28. Seen pushing the cross up left to right are: junior Ethan Grill, junior David Taylor, freshman Jaden Napolez, senior Matt McVey, and senior Glen Fontenelle. Photos by Madeline Oden/ The Bells “The thing God has put on my heart and the way I want to lead Easter Pageant is that it is a place where people can know that, when they come here, they will be noticed and will become a part of the family.” Chesser said. There are new people added to the course every day and there are a lot of people who jump in on the day of production. As of Tuesday Feb. 27 there are around 200 students in...

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UMHB Table Tennis Club brings an uncommon sport to campus
Feb21

UMHB Table Tennis Club brings an uncommon sport to campus

The university has many campus organizations that are not as well-known as others, but are still valued by students. The Table Tennis Club is one of the smaller novelty organizations here on campus. The Table Tennis club, also known as the Ping Pong Club, has been on campus for almost two years and is overseen by club president and founder Luke Hering, a senior business computer information system major. “I used to play ping pong with all my friends in McLane Hall and we thought that maybe we could get together with more people that wanted to play but didn’t have any friends to play with. It is fun because it is a way to get away from the schoolwork and into a relaxed environment,” Hering said. The Table Tennis Club meets every Friday at 5 p.m. in the Mayborn Campus Activities Center, where members play ping pong while hanging out with each other. Members describe the meetings as casual, relaxed, and entertaining all at the same time. Milana Vockovic, the club’s vice president, is a sophomore graphic design major who joined the club in the fall of 2017. “I didn’t know that the club was a thing until I was playing ping pong with my friends and I was like ‘we should start a club.’ Later, when I looked on the club roster, I found out we already had [a club], so I joined and became more involved,” Vockovic said. “It’s hard because we don’t have a lot of access to more ping pong tables and it is such a confined space. But we hope to expand in numbers and equipment.” Dr. Kaleb Heinrich is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department who sponsors the club. “Early on I had a handful of them in lab and they had talked about getting together to play ping pong. We started meeting normally to do it and I then encouraged them to make a club,” Heinrich said. “The professional clubs are important but relative to that this club is very relaxed and very inclusive. Anyone of any level can come, we have even had staff and faculty come and play with us as well.” There are around thirty members and the meetings usually consist of two to ten people. John Swords is a sophomore business management major who comes to the club meetings often. “I was talking to Luke about tennis when Luke introduced me to the table tennis club and said I should try it out,” he said. “I enjoyed the thrill of the game and how it is fast paced, and it requires hand-eye coordination. It is a...

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Black Panther: The movie that’s taking the nation by storm
Feb21

Black Panther: The movie that’s taking the nation by storm

Black Panther, one of the most anticipated movies of the year, is revolutionizing superhero movies and carving a path for more movies like it. The film was released into theaters on Friday Feb. 16, with some theaters showing screenings the evening before to help make room for eager audiences. African American director Ryan Coogler oversaw the movie’s production, and the movie has a mainly black cast. Coogler focuses on bringing authenticity to the marvel cinematic universe by incorporating different parts of African culture into the world of the Black Panther. Coogler brought in consultants who are experts on African history and politics to work on defining Wakanda— a fictional African nation in the film that comes from the real Wakamba tribe of Kenya. The fighting used inthe film is based on African martial arts. With the use of real world cultures in a fantasy world, fans were ecstatic when news of the films production was released (IMBD.com). With preorder ticket sales and box office sales were estimated to be around $218 million in its first weekend (Nytimes.com). It was predicted that this would be enough to make Black Panther the fifth highest opening weekend in the history of Marvel Studios, and could break the current record for the President’s Day box office sales (comicbook.com). According to NBC, the film is now the first highest opening weekend for Marvel movies. On Jan. 10, 2018, after tickets were made available for presale, Fandango’s managing editor, Erik Davis, tweeted that the movie’s first 24 hours of advance ticket sales exceeded those of any other movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Nytimes.com). This, however, came as no surprise seeing as how the movie’s teaser—not the full trailer for the movie, reached 89 million views in just 24 hours. For a short time there was even a “Black Panther Challenge” which was an online fundraising effort to help kids in Harlem see the movie. Ellen DeGeneres helped push the challenge and it blossomed to include more than 300 fundraisers aiming to send thousands of young fans to the theaters (Cbsnew.com) People all over America gathered to watch the film’s early release in select theaters nationwide, including Temple’s Cinemark. Junior graphic design major, Chriscina Lampkin, saw the early showing of the film with a group of friends, having preordered tickets over a month before. “I’ve seen a lot of Marvel movies and [The Black Panther] was good in many ways,” Lampkin said. “The movie impacted me positively because it is good to have representation. And the roles are usually flipped in every other movie, having a majority of the major roles being white with a...

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A Fatal Flop: The Maze Runner movie review
Feb09

A Fatal Flop: The Maze Runner movie review

When the Maze Runner series was first made into a movie in 2014, fans like myself were excited to see how the story would play out onscreen. However, after seeing the final instalment of the films, I am left disappointed and disgruntled. In rating the Maze Runner: The Death Cure, I would give it four of ten stars. Maze runner: The Death Cure is the final movie in the series and had been anticipated for a long time by fans. After main actor Dylan O’Brien (Thomas) was injured during filming, the production was stopped temporarily until he fully recovered. Now after three years since The Scorch Trials was released in 2015, fans get a final look into the world of The Maze Runner. The Death Cure’s plot is described as saving their friends by breaking into the legendary last city, a city controlled by the villain organization, “WCKD.” It is stated in the description that anyone who makes it out alive will get the answers to the questions the “Gladers” have been asking since they first arrived in the original maze (in the first two movies). Though the movie did answer many questions that popped up in the earlier movies and it was supposed to provide closure to viewers, I was left with a lot of questions and criticisms by the end of the film. The movie was longer than I expected: around two hours and thirty minutes. Granted, the filmmakers tried to stuff the last two books from the series into this movie. That’s right, two books, one movie. I felt I was missing a lot of what was going on and was barely able to keep up with what was happening and why. The movie follows a fairly steady plot line, however, there were a few things that happened that weren’t explained well enough. In my personal opinion, taking a break from production effected the acting from the rest of the characters. The acting and stunts were mediocre but could have been cool if improved upon. There were some stunts where I saw that the stunt people did the motion before the timed event. For instance, there was a stunt person jumping something like thirty seconds before an explosion; and another where two guards turned around late when a glass door behind them had already opened so they could stop the fight happening inside. One character that was over dramatized was the assistant head villain Janson (played by Aidan Gillen). I felt that he could have performed his role better. They used his character to be more “jump scare” (a film technique used to startle the audience)...

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What to expect from the 2018 Winter Olympics
Feb09

What to expect from the 2018 Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea from Feb. 9- 25. Ninety-four countries from around the world will be competing in this year’s games. The Russian athletes’ National Olympic Committee was suspended in 2017 along with The Kuwait Olympic Committee and The Brazil Olympic Committee. This means that athletes will not be able compete under these countries. However, recent reports show that chosen athletes from Russia will still be competing under the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) emblem. The official Olympics website states that this will be the first ever Olympic Winter Games with over 100 gold medals to be awarded and that it will also feature the greatest number of women’s and mixed events in the history of Olympic Winter Games. Some examples of the sports that athletes can compete in are ice skating, curling, bobsledding, luge, and skiing’s high jump. There are 102 events under fifteen sport disciplines, with six new events that viewers can watch for the first time. Four of the new events are: the Snowboard Big Air, Speed Skating Mass Start, Curling Mixed Doubles, and Alpine Skiing Team. This is a big step from the first official Winter Olympic Games in 1924 in Chamonix France. Only sixteen nations attended the first games and only held sixteen events under nine disciplines. Now, so many things have been added and the whole world will be watching these games unfold. Senior interdisciplinary education major Allison Mckeown said that the Olympics is one of her favorite events. “The Olympics are important to me because they represent unity and the strength of the human spirit. No matter what’s going on in our country and our world, the Olympics provide a two-week reprieve, when I can be proud of my countrymen and marvel at the amazing things that humans can do,” Mckeown said. Mckeown said that she will be glued to her screen when the Olympics air on TV and watching the coverages on news apps. She is not the only person who is excited for the Winter Olympics. Sophomore nursing major, Skaiye Finney, said she feels that the Olympic sports are one of the greatest events worldwide, due to its underlying message of perseverance, excellence and commitment. “I am intrigued by the idea that Russia will not be competing under their flag, while also kind of disappointed since they are one of America’s greatest rivals. I am also incredibly intrigued by the new Nigerian bobsledding team that is turning heads worldwide. Their presence goes to show that dreams are attainable and very possible,” Finney said. “On a global scale, the Olympic Games are a beautiful display...

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