Campus safety resources provide sense of security
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Campus safety resources provide sense of security

Published in the January 25, 2017 issue of The Bells College is supposed to be one of the best times in a person’s life. It is a time when young people leave home for the first time, make friendships and memories that last a lifetime, and discover more about who they are. Unfortunately, nothing is perfect. Besides worrying about tests and homework, there is one major concern for all college students – our physical safety. According to the University of Oregon, 17% of all college students have experienced violence on campus. The city of Belton is a fairly safe place to live. On bestplaces.net, Belton has a violent crime rate of 29.3 out of 100. Sophomore Nursing major Corey Johnson said he feels safe on campus. “I believe UMHB is fairly safe because as far as I know, nothing huge has happened,” Johnson said. Junior Education major Katelyn Leistico said for the most part she feels safe on campus as well, but she thinks there is always room for improvement. “I mean, there’s obviously more that we can do, like some of the lights aren’t necessarily working and there are definitely parts of campus that are really dark when you’re walking back, especially back to the apartments.” One great thing about attending a Christian college is that most people’s priorities are usually in the right place. A major aspect of attending UMHB is the emphasis on faith-informed discernment.. “Although there are always people who will cause others harm, I think that UMHB is less likely to have those kinds of people,” said freshman interdisciplinary studies major Jordyn Brinkman. Although UMHB has a safe environment, it is always wise for college students to know the resources available to them. Fortunately, UMHB has many tools for students to use to help keep them safe. “Through being involved in student organizations, I have been well-trained on the resources available to ensure student safety,” said sophomore Christian studies major Samuel Kinnin. “The Cru Card scanners, locks on doors, emergency poles, and constant police supervision are great tools we have to keep us safe.” The police department is also a major on-campus resource when it comes to providing safety and security. “The police department does an incredible job of making sure we feel safe through CruAlet systems and having so many policies in place to help provide safety and confidentiality among students,” Kinnin said.Officers are known for having a quick response time and patrolling campus for any suspicious happenings. “We also have a safety liaison through the Student Government Association to make sure all your concerns are addressed to the police department. If any...

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Spread Christmas cheer by watching these family-friendly holiday favorites

Published in the December 7, 2016 issue of The Bells The Christmas season is finally here, and it’s time to sit back and watch some of the greatest holiday films Hollywood has to offer. From a boy left alone to his own devices to a selfish man who transforms into Santa Clause, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a list of our favorites. Find out if yours made the list. 1. Elf (2003) PG Plot: Buddy, a human-raised at the North Pole by Papa Elf, travels to New York City after finding out that he was adopted as a baby. His quest to find and connect with his real father leads to hilarious hi-jinx as he attempts to adjust to life outside of Santa’s workshop. Why you should watch: Movie star Will Ferrell displays his comic genius in every scene, and with one-liners like “I’m just a Cotton-headed Ninny-Muggins,” there’s so much to enjoy. This film is sure to leave both children and adults singing and laughing along. 2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) PG Plot: Everyone in Whoville is excited and full of Christmas spirit. Everyone, except, the Grinch. After a glimpse into the grumpy Christmas-stealer’s past, the audience comes to understand why he feels the need to ruin the holiday for the Whos. Why you should watch: From the producers of “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” How the Grinch Stole Christmas gives audiences a chance to laugh and cry as they watch the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes too big. 3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) PG-13 Plot: In hopes of impressing his wife, children and visiting extended family, Clark Griswold sets to have the perfect Christmas. From the picture-perfect tree to the most elaborate light display, Griswold puts everything he has into creating a classic Christmas. But, unfortunately he can’t achieve perfection, and fails to live up to his own expectations. Why you should watch: This timeless comedy has a cult following, spanning multiple generations, and never disappoints. Despite the dated clothing and décor, this film hits all the right marks when it comes to holiday cheer. 4. The Polar Express (2004) G Plot: In this modern holiday film, a little boy goes on a journey of a lifetime to the North Pole on a magical train ride across frozen tundra, icy lakes, and windy mountain roads. The boy learns to find his inner strength and learns to believe in Santa and himself once more. Why you should watch: The Polar Express is the perfect way to relive your childhood and the magic of believing in Christmas. 5. Home Alone (1990) PG Plot: After his parents accidentally forget...

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No more faith, trust, and pixie dust for Disney

Published in the December 7, 2016 issue of The Bells Many images come to mind when you hear the word “Disney.” Some images include the classic animated films such as Cinderella and Pinocchio or the live action movies like Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars. What mostly comes to mind is the numerous theme parks across the globe that bring the corporation billions in revenue. The Walt Disney company has certainly built an empire in the world of business and media. As much as I love Disney movies and the theme parks in California and Florida, I feel that Disney is taking over too much and is losing its originality. Disney has slowly transformed from the creative company it once was when Walt Disney oversaw it to a mega corporation with one sole intention–to make money. Walt Disney’s vision to “keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things” and the concept of “not making movies to make money” but “making money to make more movies” have seemed to disappear as the company has bought out so many other businesses. It feels like they bought these companies just so they can slap their famous name on another brand and claim ownership of other ideas. One example of this is Lucasfilm, which made six Star Wars movies without the help of Disney. Ever since Disney bought the company in 2012, they have produced several new Star Wars films. With Rogue One coming up this month, and two other movies that are rumored to be about the backstory of Han Solo and Boba Fett soon to follow, Disney can’t stop making movies that have been dealt with before and beaten to death. Another company Disney acquired recently is Marvel. What’s really frustrating about this is all the remakes. There have been three different versions of the Spider-Man films produced over the past fourteen years. The first set starred Tobey Maguire, the second Andrew Garfield, and the third set will feature Tom Holland in the newest installment Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017. Sadly, the company’s lust for money and power is showing in their amusement parks as well. Next year, guests will be unable to ride the popular attraction Tower of Terror because a Guardians of the Galaxy ride will take its place. In addition, Disneyland and Disney World are both set to include Star Wars Land. Unfortunately, that means that Big Thunder Ranch, which opened in 1986 and was an area of the park that had a BBQ restaurant and a nearby petting zoo, would have to be demolished in order to create this newer attraction. I understand that...

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Intramurals give students chance to play sports, make friends

Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells The university is home to impressive team sports. We are one of the best in the nation for Division 3 football and we excel in baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. But you don’t have to play at the professional level in order to participate in Cru sports. This fall, there were many intramural sports open to those motivated to play. There are four fall sports – CoRec indoor volleyball (powerdivision and rec division), sand volleyball, flag football (CoRec and men’s 7v7), and soccer. Cody Pryde, a freshman exercise physiology major, played men’s 7v7 for flag football and was a part of the Red Sea Renegades team, who made it to the championship. He also played on the Heart Attackers for CoRec flag football. “My favorite part about participating this year was the competition in the men’s league and the challenge in the coed,” Pryde said. “So many rules in the coed forced you to adapt your game and made every play exciting. In the men’s league, there was a lot of scoring and exciting plays which always makes for a fun time.” While flag football and sand volleyball’s seasons have ended, there are still teams competing against each other in both soccer and CoRec indoor volleyball. Daniel Chiu, a senior education major, is the captain of the Exploding Pineapples, one of the soccer teams. His goal for the Exploding Pineapples is to win the championship. “My favorite part is the team building aspect, and that I am able to play this with most of my friends,” Chiu said. In addition to soccer and indoor volleyball, students had the chance to sign up and participate in a dodgeball tournament Nov. 13. This event was sponsored by Freedom Movement, an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking. “Dodge Trafficking is our annual dodgeball tournament where Freedom Movement has the opportunity to reach a demographic of UMHB that we normally don’t cross paths with – athletes,” said Freedom Movement president Haley Wilson, a junior studying international business and Christian studies. “This gives us a chance to connect with them on the heartbreaking issue we’re passionate about— the fight against international and domestic human trafficking. We love to hand out information and talk about our hearts for the fight during the event.” Whether you want to play on a team to have fun, meet new people, or help promote a cause, intramurals are an excellent way to get involved with the community. While it is too late to sign up to play soccer and volleyball this fall, there is always the spring...

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We can help prevent coral bleaching

Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells We’ve all heard the statistics before – the ocean covers over 70 percent of the earth and carries 97 percent of its total water. But did you know that coral reefs carry 25 percent of all aquatic life?  Coral reefs are very important to the vitality of the ocean. Not only are coral reefs valuable for many marine specimens, but they are beneficial to humanity. Organisms inhabiting coral reefs have been found to contain certain properties that help combat against numerous diseases such as cancer and HIV. In addition, coral reefs act as barriers when storms strike across the seas. Sadly, many corals are dying. If there is a change in the environment, such as a rise in temperature, the corals will release algae, which causes the coral to turn white. This process is known as coral bleaching. According to World Wide Fund for Nature, other reasons for coral bleaching are overfishing and pollution. In addition, WWF states that 25 percent of coral reefs around the globe are completely ruined and two-thirds of coral reefs are threatened with extinction. Without coral reefs, many sea creatures will not have a safe haven and will be exposed to the cruel, open waters. Biodiversity in the seas will become a thing of the past. Also, we will lose a resource that helps aid in eliminating certain illnesses. There will be no more research on other possible benefits from organisms that come from coral reefs. Many times, we as a society overlook how important nature is and take it for granted. We throw trash on the ground and in the waters without any regards to how it impacts the world around us. We need to open our eyes and see how we treat this place we call home. As Christians, it is especially important that we take care of not only our oceans, but the earth as a whole. God made this planet for us to watch over. In Genesis 1:26, God says that He has given us authority over the animals in the ocean and on land. What does that say of us as children of God when we neglect God’s creations? So, what are some ways to reduce coral bleaching? The first thing is to be aware of your energy usage. By being conscientious of this, you can help eliminate the effects of climate change on the ocean. You can also use less plastic items. For instance, you can use a reusable water bottle and put food in non-disposable containers. If you have plastic products, remember to recycle to reduce waste....

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