Hidden Figures revealed
Jan25

Hidden Figures revealed

Published in the January 25, 2017 issue of The Bells This year’s newest film Hidden figures received out of the world ratings from sources all over the U.S., passing up the recent Rouge one in the box office and keeping the title of number one movie since its national release. This PG drama is based on the true story of three intelligent African-American women and their team who helped provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions. This film is approximately 127 minutes and shows different real life situations concerning these women and their point of view on the world around them. The Personal rating is eight out of ten stars for the featured film. The main setting of the movie is in Virginia 1961 and the plot primarily focuses on the life of Kathrine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) and her two friends and co-workers Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae). These behind the scenes women were called “computers” by NASA staff and were often overlooked by others because of their skin color. However, the trio did their best to not let setbacks in their journey bring them down. The audience watches as Kathrine, Dorothy, and Mary push through the ranks and cross both gender and racial lines fearlessly. The actresses did a wonderful job portraying these women and their roles were fully embraced by the audience. I believed this film was a cool way to show the different areas behind the scenes for sending a man into space. It was great to see that these women had a major role in achieving one of Americas greatest accomplishments despite being undervalued by their peers. One thing that stuck out me was how the movie didn’t just focus on these women and their personal lives. The movie also made a point to bring in images of the segregation and of peaceful protests that were going on during this time as well as showing how it affected all African Americans during this time. This movie promotes that all genders and all races can do the unthinkable when we work towards the goal together. It is just as the NASA director Al Harrison (Kevin Costner) said during one popular scene, “We either get there together, or we don’t get there at all”. The movie and the message gives the younger audience more understanding and proves to them that there are many opportunities for women to succeed no matter the color of our skin. One thing to look for after watching this movie is the pictures at the beginning of the credits...

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Men and Women’s basketball hope to finish season strong
Jan25

Men and Women’s basketball hope to finish season strong

Published in the January 25, 2017 issue of The Bells The men’s and women’s basketball teams have risen through the ranks this season. Both teams aim to dominate their opponents in their upcoming games. Both the men’s and the women’s teams treat their teammates like their second family, and strive to bring out each other’s best. Women’s The women’s basketball team has accomplished many things since their season began in the fall. The team’s Head Coach Mark Morefield believes the team created a new rhythm with new and old members, and that they played very well in the fall. “The team started off strong and we plan on finishing the season strong as well,” said Haven Neal, a junior math major and third year team member. Alicia Blackwell, a freshmen chemistry major and guard for the team, believes the team can improve some of the defense techniques and dominate the court in their upcoming face-offs. Team member Destini Oakmon, a senior exercise sport science major and point guard, has played with UMHB for all four years. “This was one of the best seasons I’ve seen during my four years playing here,” she said. Unfortunately, Oakmon won’t be playing the rest of the season due to an injury, but she wants to help the team by encouraging them to do their best both on and off court. With five weeks left in the season, Morefield is pushing his team to tighten up their performances before the conference finals. The team will now be facing western district opponents after facing the eastern district opponents last semester. The team hopes to win the chance to host Conference at UMHB. “Hosting after such a long while would bring more confidence to the women and encourage them to go on to the NCAA tournament with that in mind,” Morefield said. Men’s The men’s basketball team has also achieved goals set by the coaches at the beginning of the season. There are 10 games left in the men’s season and all team members aim for one main purpose: to win the next game. “Basketball is an imperfect game and there is always room for improvement,” said the men’s head coach Ken Deweese. Keenan Holdman, a freshmen physical education major and guard, and Braden Hammond, a junior exercise sports science major and guard, both believe the team could improve on their techniques and communication on the court.. “It’s amazing being able to have a chance to help young adults grow and help them in their lessons and their walk and helping them to be the best they can be,” Morefield said. “We do our best to...

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Moana steals hearts nationwide at Grand Opening
Dec07

Moana steals hearts nationwide at Grand Opening

Published in the December 7, 2016 issue of The Bells Walt Disney studios released their newest animated film Moana to theatres nationwide on November 23, and so far, it has been a big hit for all ages. The movie was given a 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, which is the first high rating for a Disney movie in a long time. It is 1 hour and 43 minutes long and is rated PG for its brief scary images. While it was given such a high rating, I personally give it a 8 out of 10 stars. The movie itself had great potential, but I felt like it was missing something. The story is focused on a teenage girl named Moana, who is the daughter of the chieftain on a small island in the Polynesian Islands. From a young age, Moana Waialiki has always wanted to venture out but no one is allowed beyond the reef. Moana takes great pride in her homeland and people and when she discovers her island is dying and her people’s chances of survival are dwindling because of a plague of darkness. She decides to find the Demi-god and master way-finder Maui and restore life to the island What I really liked about the plot is that there are many conflicts the character’s face before reaching the final climax of the movie. It is not a ‘solve one and done’ type of film. Instead, the main characters must overcome multiple challenges before they can succeed. The animation style was gorgeous and has continued to improve and become more realistic with each new Disney film. The elaborate detail is consistent throughout the movie and is mesmerizing. The way the water glistens and rolls as the waves hit the island gives the audience the feeling that they are on this journey with Moana. While Moana’s character development evolved over the film’s entirety, her counterpart Maui didn’t have much improvement. The only noticeable thing was that Maui was a little more considerate to the mortals toward the end of the movie, but was still vain until the end. Also, in the last few scenes, Moana’s father participates in an action he was so against in the beginning of the movie. His participation in the event feels almost random and forced. Sure, he is happy to support his daughter, but he personally has a hatred for the action and so it is strange to see him performing it with his daughter. I’m sure the last few scenes were meant to take place a month or so later but they seemed highly unlikely. What I enjoyed most about this movie was...

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Loutherback serves 50 years with college students

Published in the December 7, 2016 issue of The Bells Dr. George Loutherback has worked with UMHB students for the past 20 years and will soon be celebrating 50 years of mentoring students for various universities. At the beginning of his career, Loutherback, who is affectionately called “Dr. L,” was the director of the Baptist Student Union, which is now called the Baptist Student Ministry. Before coming to UMHB he worked at many junior colleges and even supervised the BSM at Baylor University for 14 years before coming to UMHB. Loutherback has done a lot to make his mark during his time with the university. He was the original founder of the Christian Association of Student Leaders, a specialized student life conference for Christian universities, and the beloved Welcome Week. As the university’s current chaplin Loutherback teaches his own New Testament course and oversees all chapel services for the university, including bringing in speakers that will challenge the current generation with their messages. He also helped start the revival program that takes place during the spring semester each year. He even provides marriage and grieving counseling for students who need the assistance. Loutherback also has a big role in the England mission trip that happens every summer. The university chaplain said he loves his job because he doesn’t have to follow a strict routine. . “There is no day that is exactly the same because I have different people come through that door every day,” He said. As a mentor and counselor to students on campus, Loutherback works with all students with different needs. He finds out what need they need help with and then builds a relationship with the student from there. If a student wants to work on anything, they they can confide in “Dr. L” for help. “Every student faces challenges that allow them to grow and expand on what they’ve learned before they come in to see me again,” Dr. Loutherback said. Dr. Shawn Shannon,the current director of the BSM here on campus said she respects Loutherback for how long he has followed Jesus and how he encourages others to do the same. Shannon has worked with him for 28 years, including his years as BSU director.. She believes Loutherback is committed to raising up leaders among students with whom he serves.. “One way we know what others value is to observe those things that they will do that are inconvenient or personally costly. I see Dr. L giving his time and life to develop leaders and to share Christ with the United Kingdom and to provide experiences where others can meet, commit to, and...

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United States honors veterans

Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells According to military.com, legislation was passed in 1938, that November 11 would be “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.’” This was specifically to commemorate the first anniversary of the end of World War I and to honor veterans who served during this time. In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress and President Eisenhower amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the change, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars through all times. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day. Military.com states that Memorial Day honors service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle. Deceased veterans are also remembered on Veterans Day, but the day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military — in wartime or peacetime. Fun Facts about Veterans: -7 million veterans served in the Vietnam War era (1964-1975) -2 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953) -5.5 million veterans served during the Gulf War (Aug. 2, 1990- Present) -16 million Americans served during World War II (1941-1945), 620,000 of which are still alive -2 million veterans are...

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