Dance Marathon raises money for McLane Children’s Hospital
Mar07

Dance Marathon raises money for McLane Children’s Hospital

On Friday, March 2, UMHB’s Heart of Gold hosted a dance marathon for students to donate money, win prizes, and dance in support of McLane Children’s Hospital. During March, the Dance Marathon takes place on college campuses across the nation on the first weekend of the month. This is UMHB’s 3rd Annual marathon. Karon Chapa, a senior pre-occupational therapy major, was this year’s host. Chapa’s best friend, Taylor, was diagnosed with a rare cancer and fought it for six years. When Chapa became a sophomore at UMHB she reached out to Taylor to see what she could do to help. “We contacted her and said, ‘Hey how can we do this? We want to make a difference for our community. How can we get involved in this?’” Taylor was able to help them jump start the first marathon while doing her own marathon and going through chemotherapy. Then Taylor planned to attend their first marathon, but passed away a month beforehand. “This whole event is in the honor of her and the honor of the kids at McLane’s,” Chapa said. “The slogan for the night is ‘Dancing for those who can’t’”. The money is going to help get 150 new beds at McLane Children’s Hospital. “We have so many kids from this area that are needing the hospital.” Chapa said. “We were walking blindly the whole year… and this event is totally God-sent. We couldn’t have done any of this without Him.” Students who attended had positive remarks about the event. “The kids that came were a lot of fun to have,” Skaiye Finney, a sophomore nursing major, said. She also said she came to help build a good support system among students and children at McLane Children’s Hospital. Alexander Williams, a senior clinical psychology major, attended because he always wanted to work with kids and he finds it to be a very rewarding experience. “It’s the best way I could’ve spent my Friday night!,” Williams said, as he was working at the marathon. “We started meeting in September… trying to get venues and stores to donate stuff… and last night we blew up about 200 balloons for this event. It’s a lot of work but it’s rewarding.” Every hour the group learned more of the morale dance (they learned a new segment of a choreography), listened to a highlight story, which featured a student, child, or faculty member who had been touched with a lethal disease, and had raffle prizes. Madison Merryman, who dressed up as Disney Princess Belle, exclaimed that she was ready for the event. “I was really excited.. I absolutely love this! I was actually...

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The Bachelor: Who will make it  to the ring?
Feb21

The Bachelor: Who will make it to the ring?

Our American reality drama show, The Bachelor, cast Arie Luyendyk Jr. as this season’s 22nd blue-eyed heart throb. Luyendyk was previously on the Bachelorette in 2012 and was sent home by bachelorette Emily Maynard. This season, Luyendyk has taken the woman on lavish dates from LA to Florence, Italy. Now, we have just finished hometowns and soon approaching the proposal. We have three women left- Lauren Burnham, Becca Kurfin, and Kendall Long. The big question is: Which of the favorites will make it to the proposal? Lauren Burnham is a 25-year-old tech salesperson from Virginia Beach, VA. She is very quiet and protective of her trust in others but seems to have won Arie over. She has mostly stayed out of the drama with other contestants but wasn’t afraid to open a bottle of champagne when Krystal, this season’s villain, was sent home. Becca Kurfin is 27 years old and a publicist from Prior Lake, MN. Becca was picked for the first one-on-one date and was pampered with designer clothes and jewelry. She was also on a one-on-one recently in Tuscany. Kendall Long, my personal favorite, is 26-years-old and a creative director from Santa Clarita, CA. People more commonly know her as the taxidermy girl with very thoughtful responses and a quirky personality. Even amongst her two-on-one date which included Krystal, Kendall was able to find the high road and come from a place of reflection and empathy. Her relationship has lasted until now even though she hadn’t received any one-on-one dates before hometowns. While I love Kendall Long, my personal prediction for the final two are Lauren Burnham and Becca Kurfin. Before Bachelor Nation fans across UMHB drop this paper mid article, let’s look at what Arie has said. During Arie’s most recent one-on-one with Lauren Burnham he said, “I want it so bad for us and I can’t explain why.” He admitted later, “Gah! I just want to grab her and tell her I love her.” This was something he hasn’t admitted about any other of the contestants. Also during this date he got up and walked away after she admitted that she was falling for him. Some theories from fans include, he was too overcome from emotion, or he just had to relieve himself, but more popularly, that he walked away to ask if he could admit he loves her but was advised against it. However, Arie has steadily grown with Becca. He has constantly said that he has great chemistry with her and each date they have you can practically see their growth. On their first date Arie gave Becca multiple Rachel Zoe designer dresses...

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Moving from Miss to Mrs.
Feb21

Moving from Miss to Mrs.

With Valentines behind us now, two brides-to-be, Madison Cates and Zaida Louther, have said “Yes” to their fiancés. Madison Cates, a senior pre-med psychology major, is engaged to Dylan Miller (yes, Miller’s BBQ). They’ve been dating for eight months and met when Cates started working at Miller’s. Miller brought Cates to the family property to take pictures for putting the property on the market. There he proposed during the sunset. They have already started planning for the wedding. “I have family friends that own a farm in Troy… and we’re having the reception at Millers,” Cates said. She is going dress shopping in March at Georgio’s and they have an online catalog to look at. They want to go to Colorado for their honeymoon. Cates’ biggest tip is to let people help you and “just sit and enjoy being engaged… you’ll be married the rest of your life.” Cates refers to her future mother in law and friends for help and goes to Pinterest and Etsy for little details. Zaida Louther, a freshman music major, is engaged to Dylan Tidwell. Tidwell proposed on Christmas Day to Louther after over 3 1/2 years of dating. As a proposal, Tidwell agreed to make their annual slide show that included photos of their last year together. However, he instead made it a slideshow about their entire relationship. After the slide show, Tidwell slow danced with Louther as her brother walked up to them with the ring. They are getting married in 2019. “We are doing a little bit on the weekends…and since the wedding is so far away everything is pretty spread out,” she said. Louther uses Pinterest to help plan the wedding and has a GroupMe app with all her...

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