Cru Culture: Prep for the upcoming finals frenzy
Apr26

Cru Culture: Prep for the upcoming finals frenzy

It’s that time of year again – the time where students frantically search for their notes, study all night for that one hard class, and buy a lot of scantrons. Finals week is coming up. Just the thought of it might make give stomach butterflies. But there is no need to worry. Follow these steps and you will feel much better. Most importantly, you will be prepared for your tests. 1.Make a schedule Planning out when and what you are going to study will help keep you on track. By sticking to the study plan you made, you will eliminate the chance of forgetting what you need to review. Make sure you don’t overwork yourself. Study a little bit each and every day. 2.Use flashcards Flashcards are a great way to study. If you don’t have any flashcards, Quizlet is a great source to use. You can listen to your notes and play games that help you learn terms and definitions. 3.Start early Don’t wait until the last minute to study. Start looking over your notes at least two weeks before your test. It is wise to start studying early so you don’t have to pull an all-nighter and worry about not understanding a concept. 4.Go to tutoring If you need more help understanding certain material in a subject, tutoring is a great place to start. Tutoring is free for students at the university, so there is no reason not to go get extra help. You can schedule an appointment online or walk in to see if there is a tutor to help you. 5.Be healthy Being healthy means getting plenty of sleep (8-10 hours each night), eating nutritious foods, and drinking plenty of water. These steps will help you stay happier and more alert, and ready to take on the day’s...

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Students experience new side of Gospel while preparing for pageant
Mar29

Students experience new side of Gospel while preparing for pageant

Published in the March 29, 2017 issue of The Bells What if you could be a part of a story that’s greater than yourself? It is a story so amazing, it has been passed down for around 2,000 years. It is a story of resurrection, salvation, and an everlasting love. The story is that of Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection, and the university puts on an annual pageant to portray these events. Students have participated in this tradition for the past 77 years, and will once again take the stage for the 78th time on Wed. April 12 at 12:30, 3, and 5:30 p.m. The Easter Pageant has been ingrained in UMHB culture and has become a huge community event. Hundreds of people from all around gather to view the Easter Pageant. The pageant is not only life-changing for those who watch it, but also for those who participate in the program. The director of the program, senior Christian studies major Maddie Rarick, has been involved with the Easter Pageant for two years. During her second year at the university, she helped Student Foundation transport alumni to a reception after each showing of the Easter Pageant. Last year, she co-led the costumes committee. Rarick says that everyone, regardless of what roll they play in the Easter Pageant, can learn something important from participating. “The beauty of being in the Easter Pageant is that you get to see the Gospel story from a different perspective,” Rarick said. “If you are a crowd person, you get to see the Gospel and Jesus from the perspective of the crowds that followed or despised Christ. If you’re on the props committee, you get to see what physical objects Jesus used, and thus see his humanity in new ways. If you’re the director, you get to see all those perspectives come to fruition in the minds and hearts of those in the Easter Pageant.” The director believes students should be involved with the Easter Pageant to see the Gospel in a new way and to be a part of a joyful tradition on campus. Franklin Groseclose, a junior Christian Studies major and assistant director of the Easter Pageant believes this year’s performance will be one of the best. “I think this year is going to be awesome. Every year God has given UMHB the gift of clear weather and this year has been no different,” Groseclose said. “As more and more people show interest I, as well as the other directors, become more and more excited. This portrayal of the death and resurrection of Jesus has touched so many, and I can’t wait...

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Places to be, people to see: some destinations for your Spring Break
Mar08

Places to be, people to see: some destinations for your Spring Break

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells What does halfway through the semester signify? Studying for midterms, cleaning up your room so that it’s room check ready, and most importantly, planning a vacation for spring break. But you don’t have to travel thousands of miles to have fun over the break. There are numerous places to go within three hours driving distance from Belton. Austin area Austin is a great city if you want to interact with nature. This includes Zilker Park, which is home to Barton Springs Pool, which is a naturally-formed pool that is around 68-70 degrees year-round, Lady Bird Lake, and Zilker Botanical Garden. If you still want to go out and explore nature but don’t want to drive too far from campus, Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown is an interesting location. The cave gives you a glance into prehistoric times. Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin is a great destination that will give you information about how Texas came to be. You can also watch movies in the IMAX Theater, look at artifacts, and observe various presentations about the wonders of the Lone Star State. Zilker Park (1 hr 4 min) Bullock Texas State History Museum (1 hr) Inner Space Cavern (33 min) Dallas area Dallas is home to many museums, a thrilling art scene, and unusual shopping centers. The Dallas Museum of Art is ranked one of America’s biggest art museums and is a great place to check out local culture. NorthPark Center is interesting in that it integrates an art experience with shopping. Walking in the mall, you can see various paintings and sculptures which makes shopping all the more enjoyable. In addition, Bishop Arts District, located in North Oak Cliff, is named “Dallas’ most independent neighborhood.” This area has more than 60 independent stores that are sure to please anyone looking for unique items. Dallas Museum of Art (2 h 8 min) NorthPark Center (2 hr 19 min) Bishop Arts District (2 hr 4 min) San Antonio area San Antonio is all about the thrills and excitements. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is an amusement park that has everything from some of the country’s craziest coasters like BATMAN: The Ride, the “world’s first 4D free-fly coaster” to some more mild mannered rides like Bugs’ White Water Rapids. Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort in New Braunfels is one of the best waterparks in the nation, and is home to the ‘Master Blaster’ which is a water slide that is six stories tall and takes you uphill. If you’re not looking for that much of an adrenaline rush, there’s always the...

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The top three most underrated animated films
Mar08

The top three most underrated animated films

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells From Disney to DreamWorks, animated films take us on journeys into an exciting, new world. Many times, amazing movies are overlooked by critics because they don’t fit certain criteria. However, a good film is something that you can look back on and still enjoy. The movie has to stand the test of time. Sometimes, I’ll go on Netflix and watch movies and shows that I watched when I was younger, just to bring back memories. Some of them make me wonder, why would I ever see this? This is so stupid. But others, those small gems in Hollywood land, have a close place in my heart that I will never get tired of seeing. Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you – The top three most underrated animated movies. These movies either did not perform well at the box office, received poor reviews from critics, or are not as well known as they deserve to be. Treasure Planet  (2002) Here is a movie that combines stunning visuals with an interesting storyline. Many times in movies, animated or live action, the creators get so consumed with special effects that they forget the most important element in a movie – telling a story that sticks to the minds of the audience. Treasure Planet is about a rebellious teen named Jim Hawkins who receives a map to legendary treasure. On his journey to finding the treasure, he forms an alliance with a cyborg, John Silver, whose only motivation is to get to the treasure first. On the way, they encounter numerous obstacles in their pursuit. This movie sparks creativity. The animators create a world with a steampunk and Victorian feel, reminiscent of the book Treasure Island. The relationship between Hawkins and Silver is an interesting one, as Jim lacks a father figure and Silver represents the dad he never had. The friendship between the two only gets more dramatic when Hawkins finds out what Silver’s true intentions are. Sadly, Treasure Planet did not perform well at the box office. With a budget of $140 million, the film only made $109.6 million in return. The Prince of Egypt (1998) It is rare to get movies and shows based off of the Bible, but it is even rarer that these Biblical films capture the true emotion and passion behind the stories (ahem, I’m looking at you Noah) like DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt. This movie follows the story of Moses and the events that followed, which led to Pharaoh letting God’s people go. I love everything about this movie. The idea that Moses...

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