Beastly based on Beauty and the Beast

Grossing about $6 million on opening day, Beastly is the modern day version of the classic Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast. With an array of celebrities  that would make any teenage girl want to see the film, it has unique ties and similarities to the original film. Beastly tells the story of a rich, New York high school heartthrob, Kyle Kingson, played by Alex Pettyfer, who knows only outward physical beauty rather than true inner beauty. Mary-Kate Olsen plays a fellow student, Kendra Hilferty, who dabbles in magic and places a curse on Kyle to make him understand how to love rather than to lust. The trick is that he has a year to have someone fall in love with him and say the coveted words, “I love you.” After being transformed into a monster, Kyle became covered with over 60 body tattoos, cuts and scrapes around his face and what resembles burn marks. Kyle is forced to live this new life which he did not choose. His father abandons him to keep him secluded in an apartment only to live with his new and blind tutor, Will, played by Neil Patrick Harris, and his maid who basically represent the clock and the teapot characters from the original. Trying to live the new unwanted life, Kyle befriends a girl from his old high school, Lindy Taylor, played by High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens. Unshaken by his looks, Lindy’s friendship with Kyle goes to new levels, and Kyle soon finds himself falling in love with her. The parallels between Beastly and Beauty and the Beast are very well done. Roses are a significant flower in this movie, just as they were in the 1991 version. Also, Lindy is forced to live with Kyle just as Belle had to live with the Beast. Probably the biggest parallel of all, other than the infamous roses, would be the scene in the movie when Lindy and Kyle spend a gorgeous day at the lake, but are interrupted when Lindy gets a call from a hospital saying her dad overdosed and has been admitted. Kyle, finally becoming the decent guy he should have always been, tells Lindy that she should go to her father. This scene is sentimental and resembles the original movie so much that it could give viewers chills and put smiles on their faces. Aside from retelling one of the best fairy tales of all time, the acting in this movie was only mediocre. When Olsen grew out of her cute looks after the hit 90’s show Full House, she also grew out of her acting ability. Every line...

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Cru advance in NCAA play
Mar03

Cru advance in NCAA play

The Cru led for the whole game and secured a win against The University of Texas at Dallas Feb. 3 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Despite many rallies from UTD, they could not overcome the perseverance of the home team and the loud cheering crowd. The men are now 22-7 this season with the 86-77 victory against the Comets. Leading the Cru with 26 points was Marlon Miller.  He hit 5-10 three-pointers. Robert Moore was next in line with 17 points 12 rebounds. The Cru will advance to the Second Round of the NCAA tournament. It will be held this Saturday, Feb. 5, against the winner of the American Southwest Tournament, McMurry University in Abilene. This will be only the second time in UMHB history for the men to go the second round of the tournament. Tip-off is at 7...

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Win the college World Series with new head coach is softball’s goal

For the 2011 softball season, the Lady Crusader team has been picked by the Preseason Coaches and Media Poll to defend and win the American Southwest Conference West Division. The team has 12 returning players from last year but one important change. This is the first season for new head Coach Larry Hennig to coach the women to a possible win. One of the returning players, senior outfielder Sara Roman, believes that Hennig is a good fit for the team. “I think he’s great. Coach Blomquist did a great job during the time I have been here. Coach Hennig truly stepped in and seems like he is where he belongs,” she said. “He treats us with respect but is such a joy to have out on the field. He has a sense of humor that livens everyone. He is smart and knows the game.” Roman goes on to say that Hennig has a vision for the team and what the team should accomplish this season. Sophomore psychology and criminal justice double major Hannah White agrees with Roman that Hennig is a great new addition to the Lady Cru. “With him, we are always expecting the unexpected and know exactly how to handle them,” White said. “He also respects every player and expects perfection out of us.” Senior sport management major and catcher for the team Lindsey Gordon said the Lady Cru have a couple of new players, freshmen and transfers, but believes that their chemistry on the field is a positive one and is confident that they can win the conference title. Gordon thinks the team is all in sync but knows that a few things still have to be perfected for success. “Communication plays a key role in this sport, and we have really worked on it, and I think I can speak for everyone,” she said. Communication plays a huge role for the women, but so does everyone else’s playing ability. “Offense works like a domino effect. When one starts and does well, everyone else falls into place and does well also. We need to work on bat control and taking the outside pitch to the opposite field. When we do that, we’re unstoppable,” Roman said. White thinks the team needs to work on batting as well,  but not necessarily on where to take a pitch. “We still have more room for improvement. We still need to work on hitting the right pitches, but that will come with time and playing more games.” White said. “Our team chemistry is awesome, and that’s what I really like. But that can always get better.” So far, only four games...

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Carriage rides for raising money
Feb21

Carriage rides for raising money

February 14 marks a special day for love for most of the world. Like many people, UMHB students also celebrated Valentine’s Day as a chance for loved ones to express themselves. For about two hours during the evening and night hours on that special day, couples who wanted a spin around campus received carriage rides. The sponsor of this event was the newly created Crusader Riding Association. This is the first semester the members have actually been able to go out and ride the horses. Senior English major Sara Lewis explained how the 10 members of the organization have the means to ride the horses. “We found a barn with horses, and the lady gave us a very generous deal on that, but we still have to raise money. So we did the carriage rides as a fundraiser, and I think it was pretty successful,” she said. Milo Johnson, the owner of the carriage ride business and the man who actually gave the rides to students, has been providing the buggy service for about 15 years. He has been around horses ever since he was a little boy and has been riding since the age of six. “I had seven (horses) but now I’m down to two at the moment and one nice donkey named Joyess,” he said. The horse pulling the carriage around campus on the night of Valentine’s was named Parnell and was 12 years old. Sophomore psychology major Jenny Binford went on the carriage ride. She enjoyed the ride and getting to pet Parnell. “I thought it was a good way for an organization to raise money,” she said. “I went later at night with my boyfriend, and it was a really peaceful thing to go do. The weather was also a plus, so that was good, too.” She believed it was a great way to enjoy Valentine’s Day with someone special. “I think a carriage ride is such a loving way to express to the person you love that you love them,” she said. “The horse was sweet, the driver very nice and talkative. All in all, it was a great way to finish up Valentine’s Day.” New to riding, Lewis is happy that she had a chance to go outside on a beautiful day and ride a horse. She likes how the carriage rides turned out because that means more money for the riding club. Out of 24 possible rides, the riding club sold 15 and raised a total of $150. Senior education major Joanna Schildwachter was another student who took a carriage ride. “I went earlier in the evening, so the sky was...

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Foundational liberties withstand fire

The Second Amendment states that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Lately however, some Americans are having second thoughts on whether the United States should or should not keep this provision in our Constitution. Yes, the world we live in today is considerably different than when our Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution more than 200 years ago, but that doesn’t mean we should no longer have gun rights. Having guns is a part of the American way of life. People have them to protect their families or to go hunting. If our right to bear arms is taken away, there will be such an influx of animal population, the U.S. will not know what to do. The debate about guns has been heated lately, especially since the shooting in Arizona where a man went on a shooting rampage, killing six including a U.S. judge and a 9-year-old girl. Among those injured was U.S. Rep. Gabrielle   Giffords. This was without a doubt, a devastating event, and probably would have never occurred if the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, would have never been able to purchase a gun. But just because nut cases like Loughner and many others twist our right to make it as evil, doesn’t mean that having guns and having the right to buy them is evil. The people are the evil ones, not the weapon. So how does one go about attempting to resolve this issue? It wouldn’t completely fix the problem, but instead of just having the simplicity of buying a gun over the counter at any gun store or even Wal-Mart, the seller of the gun needs to be stricter and make an executive decision on whether the buyer is wanting it for other reasons. Of course, this wouldn’t get rid of the problem completely because there are “ordinary” people who have a clean history that just crack, but it would alleviate the problem. Recently, an expression has gained popularity. “If guns kill people, then spoons make people fat and pencils misspell words.” Though it may be childish, this statement makes a good point. We don’t ration food, so why take our guns away? There should also be rules on where one can take guns. A lawsuit has developed at Idaho University where a student wants the ability to have his firearms with him while living on    campus. Are they kidding? No college student should ever have the need to be in possession of a gun. Yes, guns are powerful things capable of causing horrific damage, even death. However, just because a small group of people want to...

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