“Holy cats, Batman!”
Feb22

“Holy cats, Batman!”

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells “Clever and self-knowing.” “Smart, funny, and fast-paced.” “A great action/comedy on its own terms.” These are just some of the many reviews of the new hit movie The Lego Batman Movie which premiered on February 10, 2017. And with a 91 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this film seems like a shoe-in for an Oscar or two. The Lego Batman Movie is about, you guessed it, Legos and Batman. When something amiss goes on in Gotham City, Batman goes on a mission to prevent any more damage from being done. There are many obstacles in his path, though. There’s the new Commissioner of Gotham City, Barbara Gordon, who wants to defeat crime in a way Batman doesn’t agree with. Also, he finds out that he has adopted a boy, Dick Grayson, aka, Robin, who is eager to help Batman in any way he can. The movie tackles themes such as loneliness and the importance of friendship. Because Batman usually works alone, it is difficult for him to have to work with others. There are many aspects of the film that I enjoyed. At the beginning of the movie, the film pokes fun at itself by stating the obvious, like how an innocent bystander gets caught up in trouble, just like in other action movies. In fact, the movie does a really good job at making fun of its own story and the history behind Batman. There are a ton of references to old Batman cartoons and movies and how Batman goes through “similar phases”, as shown by Alfred, Batman’s butler, who pokes fun at him by listing different Batman films throughout the years. What’s unique about this movie is that it doesn’t just limit itself to the DC universe. There are numerous characters from other movies such as Voldemort from Harry Potter, Eye of Sauron from The Lord of the Rings, and a velociraptor from Jurassic Park. Another interesting thing is that The Lego Batman Movie practically acknowledges that the real world is out there because by referencing live-action movies. Also, the jokes in the movie are sure to please a wide variety of age groups. Batman, known to be a serious character in other films, brings about a new interpretation. He’s gruff, tough, conceited, and absolutely hilarious all at once. At the end of the film, you can really see his temperament shift to that of a more caring personality. However, that’s not to say the film doesn’t have any flaws. I thought it was a bit too fast-paced. There were scatterings of serious issues here and there,...

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Best devotionals for students to read
Feb22

Best devotionals for students to read

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells College can be a fun yet stressful time in a person’s life. But in the midst of trials, the most important thing to do is to turn to God. You might wish you had more time to dwell in God’s Word, but classes and other college-related activities take up a lot of time. However, it’s important to realize that there is always time for God. It helps, even in the most exhausting and challenging moments of your life, to pause and see what the Lord has to say to you. I’ve always found that devotionals are a good place to start when wanting to find peace. The Bible app, found on Android and Apple devices, allows users to read the Bible, watch Christian videos, highlight verses, create notes, and access devotionals. There are five devotionals that I believe will benefit students in their walk of faith. College Student Devotional – This devotional is a 14-day plan that has a story about real college students’ struggles and a Bible passage that relates to the story. At the end of the narrative, the devotional asks you questions that helps you deepen your understanding of your own life. Exploring Your Gifts – God has given each of us our own gifts and talents. College is a perfect time to discover what He has given us and how to utilize our abilities for His glory. Exploring Your Gifts is a four-day plan that walks you through how God is preparing you for great things, by using examples of leaders in the Bible such as Moses, Esther, Hosea, and Timothy. Divine Direction – This seven-day devotional discusses a principle each day that will help you seek God’s direction in your life. These principles cover decisions involved in starting, stopping, staying, going, serving, connecting, and trusting in God. Chasing the Light – Chasing the Light helps readers to “pursue the Light of the World.” What’s interesting about this devotional is that for each day, there is an inspiring image of nature with a Bible verse that you can post on social media. Stability in a Fragile World – This devotional helps you find peace in Jesus. At the end of the devotional, there are affirmations that remind you that God is an infinite and loving Father who will always help you in your trials and tribulations. Devotionals are just one resource to strengthen your hope in Jesus. Reading the Bible, praying, and connecting with other believers will also help ignite your faith and restore peace in your heart and mind. You don’t have to walk...

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Swishes coming true: An overview of intramural basketball
Feb08

Swishes coming true: An overview of intramural basketball

Published in the February 8, 2017 issue of The Bells Heart pounding. Beads of sweat dripping. The thrill of running back and forth and dribbling the ball with only one goal in mind – making a basket. Created in 1891 by a physical education instructor named Dr. James Naismith, basketball has become one of the most renowned pastimes in the United States. The sport has been ingrained in today’s culture. When most people think of basketball, they picture NBA stars such as Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Stephen Curry. Some UMHB students got the chance to feel like these mega stars for a moment, when they signed up to participate in the university’s intramural basketball league Many players have had past experience playing basketball and bring that feature to their teams. Robert Harris, a junior exercise physiology major who is on the men’s 5v5 team Play2Win, has had plenty of practice on the courts. “I’ve loved to play basketball since I was about ten,” Harris said. Another student, Sarah Moshier, a senior nursing major who is on the women’s 5v5 team TuneSquad, has also had previous experience with basketball prior to joining intramurals. “I’ve been playing basketball since I was nine or ten so it’s always been something I really love,” Moshier said. “I played basketball in high school so it just made sense to continue playing in college.” Besides having experience, another reason some have joined intramural basketball is to learn more about teamwork and getting along with a lot of different people. “[My favorite part is] just playing with my team and learning how to play with people you don’t play on a team with all the time,” Harris said. One thing that many basketball players agree on is that playing a game is a really good workout. Running back and forth on the courts can burn off a lot of calories. On top of that, basketball can also help to ease stress. “It’s good stress relief to be able to run around and do something I love in the midst of all the nursing school chaos,” Moshier said. But perhaps the most important aspect of being on a basketball team is to have fun and form friendships. Moshier has been on the same team with her friends, TuneSquad, for three years. “I have made a lot of lasting friendships since I really had to reach outside of my usual circle to find girls that could hoop,” Moshier said. Maya Kovalic, a freshman math major who is on the women’s 5v5 team Day Old Pizza, says that she enjoys playing basketball because she gets to laugh, have...

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Where are they now- Randy Clayton
Feb08

Where are they now- Randy Clayton

Published in the February 8, 2017 issue of The Bells Randy Clayton played for the UMHB tennis team during the 1983-1984 season. He was the captain of the team when they won the Conference Championship in a playoff game against St. Edwards. Clayton also won the Conference Singles Title during the season. In 1983-1984, UMHB was in the Big State Conference and was in the NAIA Division. Clayton received three degrees while attending UMHB: a sociology degree with a religion minor, and a Physical Education minor. Clayton graduated from UMHB in 1985 and went to get his master’s at Texas A&M University at Kingsville. There, he recieved another two degrees in sociology and psychology when he graduated in 1990. Currently, he works as a Juvenile Probation Officer (JPO). For the past seven months, he has worked in Lampasas, and previously worked for 10 years in Waco. “I got into this work in Waco when I was a Tennis Director at the family YMCA. The facility decided to take out all the tennis courts and put in a new gym and outdoor swimming pool,” he said. “They said I could stay on and direct something in the gym and pool but I decided to try something else.” Clayton says his resume consisted mostly of youth activites, and he decided to try to work with the county and maybe recieve some retirement benefits. Clayton filed many applications for different openings with the Juvenile Probation Department. “I think having a Master’s degree really helped me, and the boss was a tennis fan. I even saw him at a Baylor Bears tennis match and talked to him for a moment or two. I think that helped with me being selected to get the JPO position a few days later,” he said. The requirements for becoming a JPO include but are not limited to: at least 21 years of age; good moral character; Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university; one year of graduate study or work experience in juvenile, criminal, social service, or related field; no disqualifying criminal history; and to never have had any type of certification revoked by lawful authority of the former TJPC or TJJD. “[UMHB] opened my eyes to a job like this. I was in the Baptist Student Union organization…but, once or twice we did some ministry at the Belton Juvenile Detention Center. I went with some students and we played guitar and did a bible study with the youth. That was my first awareness that there was a ministry for that population. I put it in the back of my mind, never thinking I might be doing...

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College textbooks: necessary or industry racket
Jan25

College textbooks: necessary or industry racket

Published in the January 25, 2017 issue of The Bells Many a college student has complained about the high prices of textbooks. In fact, a statistic from NBC News in 2016 states that the prices of textbooks have gone up by 73 percent since 2006. In addition, the College Board suggests to students that they should plan to spend $1,200 for textbooks and other materials a year. College itself costs a lot of money. Many aspects of the price I believe are worth the value, such as room and board and meal plans. However, spending hundreds and even thousands of dollars on textbooks that a student is unlikely to ever read again is a waste of precious money. The reason why textbooks are so pricey is because publishers know that students have to buy required books in order for them to succeed in their classes. So, they take advantage of them by raising the costs. As college students, we have to make wise decisions with what to spend our money on. We work hard to pay off tuition, and adding unnecessary expenses is not helpful. Most generic books found in bookstores are less than $20 and more than 100 pages long. Last semester, I bought a textbook that was hardly over 100 pages and it cost me $50. I highly doubt that I will read that textbook again since the course that went alongside it didn’t necessarily apply to my major. Even finding used books, which are cheaper to buy than purchasing new textbooks, are fairly expensive compared to the typical book. And even worse, if you want to buy a fairly inexpensive book, it is most likely ripped to shreds or written in. Also, they can be hard to obtain since many people want to buy the used versions and there are only so many of them available. And besides that, a lot of classes require online access codes which require you to either buy a new textbook with that resource, which is even pricier than a stand-alone textbook, or purchase just the access code itself. According to Amazon.com, a MyMathLab access code with eTextbook is around $100. This isn’t to say that we should get rid of textbooks indefinitely. Spending time outside of class to refresh our minds and learn more about the content discussed in class is very important in order to be successful. A poll on campus found that 70 percent of students think that textbooks are useful while 30 percent disagree. There needs to be a better way for college students to obtain textbooks. Book rentals are one good idea because that means you...

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