Ryan Lochte scandal in the Olympics
Aug24

Ryan Lochte scandal in the Olympics

Along with coverage about USA’s success in the summer Olympics in Rio, came a media firestorm over the alleged robbery of American swimmers Ryan Lochte, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and James Feigen. The gold medal-winning athletes claimed they were robbed at gunpoint by police officers at a gas station after a night of partying in the Brazilian city. This story was not unlikely as details began to emerge about the supposed burglary, it became clear that the swimmers were not telling the whole story. Even after the swimmers admitted that their account was false, it was uncertain what exactly happened, and if the Rio government was somehow involved. The Rio government has had problems with police corruption and violence in the past, and the police have been linked to controversy surrounding other Olympic athletes. In Lochte’s first interview about the accident, he said he and his teammates were, “pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing… and they pulled us over.” He goes on to say that the swimmers were forced to the ground, robbed, and held at gunpoint. The star athlete admitted that he was drunk and could not remember many of the details. But his story seemed to fall apart when he spoke with Today Show anchor, Matt Lauer. In this interview, Matt Lauer pointed out that the story was different in certain areas. Lauer pointed out that Lochte’s story seemed to vary from what he originally told police. It was later confirmed that Lochte had in fact fabricated the story to cover up an incident involving vandalism on the part of the Olympians. When the survallience videos surfaced of what happened that night, it became obvious that the swimmers were at fault. The security camera footage that has now been played over and over again on every news network and social media site. It shows the four Olympians walking into a narrow alley to urinate before knocking over and breaking a sign. A worker of the station watches the swimmers as they walk out of the alley and get into a cab. Two police officers, who seem to notice the incident, come from the opposite direction and ask the taxi driver not to take the men anywhere. The swimmers get out of the car, and Ryan Lochte flees the scene while the officers take the other three back to the alley way to show them the broken sign. I understand these men went to a party and had been drinking before, but that does not explain why they decided to lie. It appears that...

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Gain cultural experience with study abroad trips
Apr21

Gain cultural experience with study abroad trips

Published in the Sept. 28, 2016 issue of The Bells For many years now, UMHB students have participated in study abroad trips in places all around the world. Depending on the country students are traveling to, these trips can last anywhere from an entire semester to a May mini-term. There are currently ten study abroad trips for the year 2017, which includes countries like Italy, Thailand, Lithuania, Peru Ireland, and many more. Students will soon have another chance to explore endless possibilities in one of these faraway places. But, how does a student know if Study Abroad is right for them? According to former Study Abroad students, new world travelers should ask themselves these questions: Do you want to be introduced to a new culture and try new things? Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone? Do you want to be immersed in a language foreign to you? But former students said that despite the rich cultural experience, studying abroad is not a vacation. Students do have free time to explore the culture, but the time away from the States does count as college credit, so most of the time students are learning. Some programs require students to meet specific criteria, but often times, students have already completed the necessary requirements. If a student is enrolled in a nursing course, they can be eligible for the School of Nursing’s trip to Peru. Dr. Sharon Souter, the Dean of the College of Nursing, leads this group to achieve global perspectives and have students observe health and nursing intervention on a global scale. “My favorite part of the trip is watching the students improve as they interact with the citizens,” Souter said. “I also love to see them realize how fortunate they are to live in the US.” In the summer of 2016, senior Spanish Major Alex Stewart attended UMHB’s study abroad trip to Costa Rica for 28 days. While there she studied the history and culture of Costa Rica and other Latin American countries. ”I felt like I was learning at every moment every single day,” Stewart said. Even though Stewart was only in class from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday in a local school building, after class she and other students would go on excursions to different areas to experience the culture first hand. Not only did Stewart get to experience the culture through outings, she was also immersed in Costa Rican customs through classes taught by locals. “My favorite part was going the beach while walking through a national park’s scenic trail,” she said. “All these tiny monkeys came out and we...

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Vets transition from combat to classroom
Apr15

Vets transition from combat to classroom

UMHB students have a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Some students have even seen combat, and are looking to transition from active duty to civilian life. The university has demonstrated a commitment to helping veterans adapt to their new lives. So much so that UMHB has been classified as a yellow ribbon school which simply means soldiers are always welcome. They go through admissions, enrolling, and classes just like everyone else. One downside to the admissions process is that sometimes UMHB doesn’t allow active duty students. “[Active duty military members] often have to work on the base as a full-time job, and working from eight-to-five isn’t going to give them a well-rounded college experience,” said Patrick Munoz, head of military admissions. But because the university wants to serve all members of the military, they are working on an online program that would be beneficial to those active duty students. For those who have gone through active duty and are returning to civilian life, the process can be very stressful. The university not only wants to help ease this transition by providing an opportunity to advance their careers, but also by providing services that will help them ease into the next stage of life. If a solider is having a hard time adapting to their new life and classes they can get free counseling at UMHB’s Counseling Center. Being on campus also gives veterans the chance to get to know other students and participate in university events. “After leaving the Navy, I tried to do a semester online before coming to UMHB, but it was so isolated. UMHB gives me social interaction.” said Garrett Coppin, a junior business Management major. Coppin was an Intel specialist for the Navy and spent a lot of his time at different ports around the Americas. He has served in Cuba, California, Washington State, and Hawaii. “My responsibilities are different and I get to sleep in longer,” said Coppin said of the differences between military and college life. But even though college affords many veterans the chance to gain experiences they’ve never had, it can often be an adjustment when going from living on a base to living in an institutional setting. Brandon Middleton, a sophomore history major, explained that after coming to UMHB he had a hard time following UMHB’s rules. He struggled with these issues for a short while, but eventually realized that these rules were put in place for a reason. “My work ethic changed and got better after all the training,” said Middleton, “It is easier to learn here because of the small classroom sizes.” Middleton was a tank driver in...

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Students raise the curtain on new drama club
Feb16

Students raise the curtain on new drama club

The Crusader Company is one of the newest organizations on campus and was formed in the fall semester of 2015. The club hopes to help students prepare for work in show business. Whether students have experience or not, the club accepts them all. “We wanted to make the club because there was no drama club on campus,” said Danielle East, the club’s president. The purpose of Crusader Company is to help students gain knowledge of everything that would happen onstage or backstage, like using props, making costumes, creating a scene, and acting. The club will host workshops this semester to help students improve in a certain area and rehearse for upcoming plays. Club sponsor and supervisor Kathy Owens said the organization is a way for those interested in theatre to get their feet wet. “It will introduce them to the various tasks that theatre production require,” Owens said. “It will also allow like-minded individuals to bond over their shared love of theatre.” Owens likes the potential of the organization,” “It has the potential to be a wonderful force on campus,”she said. There will be many events this spring semester in which students can get involved. For their February fundraiser, the organization will be selling chocolate covered strawberries (two for a dollar) in the first floor of Bawcom on Friday, Feb. 12. The club will also be partnering with ROTC in March for a unique service project. Members of Crusader Company will pose as civilians, leaders, and military personnel during a training exercise put on by the ROTC. The opposing forces (played by the Crusader Company members) and the ROTC members will both be armed with paintball guns to simulate combat. The organization also plans to perform a small play for students and the community sometime during the semester. With the organization continuing to gain recognition, East said she has realized the need for such a club on campus. “I like how [Crusader Company] has gained a lot of feedback about how an organization like it needs to be on campus,” East said. The organization is currently meeting every other Monday in the Baugh Center for Visual Arts at 8...

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Holocaust exhibit visits Bell County
Jan28

Holocaust exhibit visits Bell County

The Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. has presented the Bell County Museum with the opportunity to host the first traveling exhibit west of the Mississippi River. UMHB and the museum are partnering together to encourage students and residents of Belton to attend the exhibit. Dr. Timothy Crawford, the Dean of the College of Christian Studies brought the idea of hosting the exhibit to the museum’s curator, Beverly Headley. “We were honored to help out by bringing [the exhibit] to the UMHB community, the Bell County Museum, and the Belton area.” said Headley. “It’s a great reminder that we must study history. We need to understand not only what happened, but why it was allowed to happen. It raises fundamental issues about human nature, social responsibility and the obligation of individuals and institutions to act with a conscience in the face of unspeakable crimes.” The exhibit, Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race, discusses the medical and scientific studies of the Holocaust. This exhibit examines how the Nazi’s thought about genetics and used leadership and science to help justify persecution and murder. “This exhibit is a really good answer to the question why did the Holocaust happen?” Crawford said. “The terms ‘racially fit’ and ‘the cleansing of Germany’ was often used to explain to the German citizens why these atrocities were the right things to do.” The museum shows advertisements that were posted all around the country about how unethical it was for “racially fit Germans” to marry or procreate with “non-Germans.” And race wasn’t the only thing that Germany wanted to exterminate from family trees. Homosexuals, the handicapped, and the mentally ill were also considered to have “bad genetics.” A small number of artifacts are also located in the museum showing Nazi supporters personal items. “Deadly Medicine is a reminder that it has happened in the past and it is a history we should not repeat.” said. The exhibit is sectioned into two parts. On the first floor of the museum, guests can see sciences and experiments that took place before World War II began, focusing on creating the “perfect race.” Guests can also see the famous scientists that were used as inspiration for the experiments, such as Gregory Mendel and Charles Darwin, as well as the scientists that played important roles in the experiments, such as Dr. Ernst Rudin. There are many videos that play among the exhibit to show viewers what types of tools that were used, footage of results, and small biographies of different scientists. The second floor of the museum discusses what happened once World War II began. It depicts the victims of the illegal experiments,...

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