Islamic Sharia Law shows extremist view should be feared
Nov16

Islamic Sharia Law shows extremist view should be feared

America has democracy and freedom of religion. Most Muslim nations have pockets of the radical form of power and religion known as Sharia. It is the body of the Islamic law, and its rules are based on those of the Quran and hadiths, which are sayings and examples of the Prophet. Encompassing Sharia are thousands of laws that have others in the world fearful of the influence, even an influence possibly in America. On Nov. 2, Election Day, the voters of Oklahoma approved a constitutional amendment that would bar Sharia and any other international law from being used in the state. Seventy percent of voters voted for the referendum. A federal judge blocked the amendment temporarily and a hearing will take place on Nov. 22. Traces of Sharia have been allowed and later banned in parts of Canada. Some of these laws include legal “honor” killings of women and girls by male family members. Women can be beaten for talking to men who are not a part of their family. They also can be flogged for not wearing a headdress, and non-Muslims can be beheaded.  Some customs have been getting media attention over the past couple of years. According to The New York Times, there was a case of Sharia in news this past summer when a wife from Iran was accused of adultery, and her husband was going to have her stoned. In this instance, it is a part of the law that women accused of adultery can be killed. The Iranian woman’s son and a lawyer intervened, however, and her stoning verdict has been suspended. A married couple who currently live in central Texas worked for about five years in Afghanistan with a non-governmental organization. The two would like to remain anonymous and will be referred to as John and Jane. The NGO oversaw medical and eye care centers and taught the locals how to maintain the facilities on their own to successfully run in the future. John and Jane later worked at an English and computer center where they taught English at the high school level. John never saw the radical form of Sharia in any of the towns where they lived and says that they there carried out normal lives. However, he said that women do not have the same freedoms as the women of America. “Women were treated with respect, I’m not going to say they were treated with equality, but I would say that at least publicly they were treated with respect,” he said. “We don’t know what went on behind closed doors.” Lately, fear has been rising in western countries that Sharia...

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Shot at Stagg Bowl

Just completing their regular season, the Crusader football team is American Southwest Championship bound again. And with this being my fourth and last season watching them, I couldn’t be happier for the Cru. The men have gone undefeated this season with only one or two close calls, especially the game in overtime against East Texas Baptist. But once the pressure was on, the Cru got the job done by running an 11-yard gain to win the game. The Cru is currently ranked fourth in the NCAA regional ranking and, here’s the big ranking — fourth in the overall NCAA. Beating out the Cru for the higher spots in that ranking are University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Mount Union and Wesley. In fact, in all my years of attending UMHB, I think those are always the three teams that have claimed the top three spots. But there seems to be something slightly different about the team this year. The coaches and players have always seemed to have that special click that has always made them unbeatable, but this season everyone seems like a family. And I can see that as they play on the field. Not that Texas Lutheran University was any sort of threat, 81-3 is a score that is comical. With that win, the Cru outright won the ASC title and now will advance to NCAA play. This is the seventh straight season they are a seed. I really believe that the Cru have as good a shot as ever to go to the Stagg Bowl this upcoming December. They will have to stay united and work together as they did in 2004 when they went to the Stagg Bowl, but if they can continue to play the way they have, then some of these teams should be scared. A few of the teams will be tough, especially the top two or three seeds, but the Cru has the skill and attitude to accomplish something the football program has yet to...

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Volleyball plans next season
Nov02

Volleyball plans next season

Staying positive throughout the season is what the UMHB volleyball team has been doing all season long. With a record of 10-21, having a positive mindset was what was pulling them through. The team will be losing only one player, Erin Maenius, next season, so the women are already looking forward to a more hopeful season. Junior defensive specialist for the team Elise Butler tries to encourage the women as they are on and off the court. “The overall stat is not ideal, but it is a step up from last year, which is a positive. We all wish that it could have been better, but all we can do now is finish strong,” she said. “As a team, we just need to push hard from the beginning of a game and be consistent.” This year, the practices of the team have changed from seasons past. Head Coach Kecia Davis has introduced the Lady Cru to P90X workouts. After this workout every day in the gym, the women then do regular practice that involves drills on serving, setting and spiking. Defensive specialist Jasmine “Jazz” Austin said Davis is let down with how the season has turned out, and wants the Cru to figure out what they can do better to improve in the upcoming season. “It is obvious that our coach is discouraged,” Austin said. “For the past three years around mid-season, we tend to ask ourselves the same question ‘How can we fix it?’ Our coaches decided we lose because we are not mentally tough and focused enough.” One of the setters for the team, Anissa Garcia, knows the team could have done better this season. “We definitely expected a better outcome, and it should have been a different outcome,” she said. “I think we can come together, and next year we will be better prepared.” Garcia thinks the team can play better next season because they are only losing one senior this...

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Classes face off in annual flag football game
Nov02

Classes face off in annual flag football game

It was the year of the seniors as each class went head to head for the title of Sader Puff champions. With a big freshmen class, a senior class that wanted to win and a combination team of the juniors and sophomores, everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves playing a friendly game of flag football. The winning team, the seniors, took it more seriously than the others. With wrist bands full of different plays, four-year player senior Julia Bishop liked the intensity. “Even though at first I thought they were all taking this way too seriously, I still had fun,” Bishop said. “I just like to be out there and have fun with my friends.” While some of the players take it seriously, the coaches do not. Guys coach the women and are even seen jokingly harassing the refs. Bishop said it’s all good fun. “All the guys are just big dorks. They will be running up and down the sidelines, holding their heads. Some even throw their clip boards down just to be funny,” she said. “I think Sader Puff is more of a fun time for them than it is for us.” Sophomore Jenny Binford went out to see some of the games. “Despite the cold, it was interesting to watch,” Binford said. “Some of the girls are really tough about it, but for the most part, I thought everyone was out there just for fun.” The food was a big hit as well. “The fact that they had hotdogs and drinks was a definite plus,” Binford said. “People just came out and would eat, watch and socialize. It was fun.” Only three games were played. First, the combined junior and sophomore classes took on the freshmen class.  The freshmen lost. Then the seniors took the field to knock off the junior and sophomore team. And then the seniors played the freshmen. For some it was the end of a tradition that they had been a part of since their first year of college. “I have played on the team all four years, and it’s sad because I know I won’t be able to play anymore because I’m graduating,” Bishop said. “Even though it was so much fun to play, it also showed that my days in college are ending soon, and that’s sad.” For sophomore Mandi Watts, this was the first time she went out to watch some of her her fellow classmates play ball. She said, “I wanted to see what everyone was talking about. After watching them, if I go next year, I will definitely be watching again. Some of those girls played rough...

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Latest thriller brings twist to a social work case
Oct19

Latest thriller brings twist to a social work case

If you want to watch a movie that pulls you into the storyline within the first 15 minutes the new suspense/thriller Case 39 is a good choice . The audience is hooked by the story of a little girl named Lily who lives with abusive parents, or so the viewers think. Academy Award winner Renee Zellweger plays Emily Jenkins, the social worker who gets Lilith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland) out of her apparently bad situation. And then comes the scene that really kicks the movie off. Emily comes in on the parents trapping Lily in an oven as they try to gas and burn her. Little does the audience know, Lily’s dying would have been a happy ending. But 15 minutes doesn’t make for a good movie. So Emily saves Lily and allows the little girl to  live at her house. And with this, Emily’s life drastically begins to spiral down as she starts to unravel the mystery of who and what Lily really is. This movie definitely has the ability to make the audience jump in their seats. It also makes viewers cringe and have the urge to itch their skin as well. One scene nearing the middle of the flick, involves the regretful death of Doug, played by The Hangover’s Bradley Cooper. In a scene that shows Lily’s personality turning from an “innocent child” Lily gets Doug to tell her his biggest fear in life, wasps. The next time we see Doug, there are wasps coming out of places where wasps shouldn’t come, like his own ears and eyes. By telling Lily his fear, Doug seals his own doom. I went into this movie with the mindset of not expecting much. I did not think two of the three big name actors in the movie were capable of this genre of movie, partially because I have never seen them in this sort of role. The movie hasn’t received much publicity by commercials. In fact, the film was shot in Vancouver in late 2006 and was delayed twice before its final release date at the beginning of October. The reason for the delay has been kept unknown. I walked into the movie with low expectations and not knowing much about the plot.However, I was continually surprised throughout the film.  In the end, I thought it was an excellent thriller. Though Case 39 is not as chilling as Paranormal Activity or other films, people who are easily frightened should not pay $8.50. If they are not fans of demons or devil type movies then this film should be avoided. A scene in particular toward the end of the movie shocks...

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