The importance of vaccines and good hygiene
Feb21

The importance of vaccines and good hygiene

Mandated vaccinations are one of the most debated topics in today’s society. There are many pros and cons for vaccines. Some would argue that there are harmful ingredients in vaccines, causing genetic issues such as autism. Others would also reason that the government should stay out of health affairs. However, according to The American Academy of Pediatrics, “most childhood vaccines are 90-99 percent effective in preventing disease.” This begs the question – should vaccinations be required for all American citizens and should there be a greater emphasis on the importance of hygiene? My answer is yes, for a few key reasons. For one, vaccines have eliminated smallpox, a disease that killed around 300 million people in the 20th century (BBC). Now, we rely on vaccines to get rid of diseases such as tetanus and measles. This allows for an individual to stay healthy and it also ensures for the protection of the community. With Influenza Type A rampaging throughout the entirety of the United States, many people are worried that they too will get hit by the flu. Around 40,000 Americans have died from the flu during the third week of 2018, and the numbers are only expected to rise (Fortune.com). According to Time Magazine, flu vaccines are reanalyzed and updated every year to target the specific epidemic disease. The CDC, (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), states that the new vaccine will eliminate 30 percent of Influenza Type A (H3) for 2018. Getting vaccinated and maintaining proper hygiene is crucial in protecting yourself against the flu and other diseases. Being around large groups of people increases your likelihood of getting ill, so it is imperative that you take the necessary procedures in order to keep yourself healthy. First, make sure you wash your hands for around 20 seconds. Also, don’t touch your nose, mouth, and eyes often. These are places that are prone to letting bacteria in. If by chance you do become sick, stay home and rest. In addition, try to minimalize physical contact with peers, so you don’t get them sick as well. It is also important to note that the nurse’s office at the university is giving free flu shots while supplies last, due to the influx of influenza cases on campus. If you feel like you’re coming down with the flu, it is important that you get checked out. This is critical in keeping yourself, and others, safe from diseases and illnesses. The university’s website states that “UMHB student nurses who have satisfied certain academic and clinical requirements may assist with flu shots periodically. You may avail yourself of this service, or if you...

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Apostolic Cru: a new ministry on campus
Feb09

Apostolic Cru: a new ministry on campus

Apostolic Cru is the latest addition to the list of two new campus ministry orgs – Cru Catholics and the Baptist Student Ministry. Apostolic Cru was approved the fall semester of 2017. Students gather to learn more about Jesus and have fellowship every Thursday, in Davidson 204. The meetings alternate between fun night and spiritual night. “Lauren and I have known each other for many years now, and ever since we’ve been at this school, we’ve just had that kind of burning desire to be able to touch other people like us,” Vice President Raquel Rivera, a senior management major, said. “We’re Apostolic Pentecostal, and there are others like us here on campus, so this is the place where they can connect with us, they can have that support system, and so that’s what we’re here for.” Rivera explains that their goal as an organization is to reach as many students as possible. “Our goal is to connect [with students] because we all love Jesus, that’s our main goal in life… reach those who don’t know.” President Lauren Lum, a senior accounting major, has wanted to start the organization for some time. “Back in high school, I started a Bible study called “Project 7” during my senior year with my sister, and then when I got here, I wanted to do something similar,” Lum said. “I wanted to start it way back in freshman year, but we went through some difficulties getting paperwork together, and we finally got approved as a campus ministry by the university this past fall.” Apostolic Cru has many events planned, including a Valentine’s Day bake sale and guest speakers. “We are planning a fundraiser for Feb. 13, and we will be selling Valentine’s Day treats. We will be selling Rice Krispy Treats, and then we are also selling cups of love, which will basically be like cups of chocolate candy, and they’re decorated for Valentine’s Day,” Lum said. “Next Thursday, February 8th, we will be having a minister from a church in Copperas Cove come speak, and then the Thursday after that, that’ll be the Thursday after Valentine’s Day, we will be doing an event called PB & Jesus. We will have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and hang out, and probably play some games.” “God has given me a passion and a burden for young adult ministry,” Lum said. “I’ve seen people leave the church during their college/single years because they didn’t have a group of people their own age supporting them. That is my goal for Apostolic Cru. College is a transition period, and having a group of people to learn more...

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Dates on a Budget
Feb09

Dates on a Budget

Showing your significant other how much they mean to you doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money on them. There are plenty of ways to spend quality time together and create new memories, all on a budget. Picnicking – Pack food that both of you enjoy, find a spot in nature, and enjoy the scenery as you eat and talk to your hearts content. Nolan Creek has plenty of spots available for a romantic picnic. Go to the movies – An inexpensive place to go see a movie is at The Beltonian Theatre. Tickets are $3.99 a person plus tax. Also, at the Beltonian, you can even use CruCash. Have a game night – This could mean solving a puzzle together, playing card and board games, or playing a video game. Friendly competition and problem solving is a great way to spend time with your beloved. Get some coffee – One great place that is perfect to wind down and really get to talk to your significant other is at a coffee shop. Arusha’s Coffee and Tea is a great place to grab a cup of joe. Often, the coffee shop has musicians that perform inside, making coffee and music a wonderful opportunity to have meaningful conversations. Watch a show – Have you still not finished that season of Longmire? Or how about The Office? Staying home and binge watching a show is a fun way to pass the time with your boyfriend or girlfriend. Go antiquing – One of the best parts about Belton is that it is a hub for antique shops. Why not walk around downtown Belton and go antiquing with your significant other? Both of you will be sure to have fun, find interesting items, and create unique...

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Summer camps recruit counselors for 2018
Feb09

Summer camps recruit counselors for 2018

Would you like to make a difference in the world by mentoring kids, growing and helping others grow in the faith, and having fun at the same time? Then being a camp counselor might be the right job for you. What exactly does a camp counselor do? The job may include such tasks as introducing and participating in activities, lending emotional support, lending a listening heart to kids who need it and teaching them about Jesus. A few camps visited campus recently to talk about their programs and encourage students to apply to become a counselor. Matthew Honeycutt is a camp director for Rose City Summer Camps in Tyler, Texas. His camp serves kids who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. He explains how Rose City serves the children in the area. “So our goal is to have an overlap in the kids that we serve, which is the campers in Tyler, and a lot of those kids are kids that don’t get the opportunity to have other experiences,” Honeycutt said. “Maybe other summer camps are a little too expensive. So we want to provide them with an opportunity to come to a camp and what we do is we partner with a local school district.” Throughout the day at camp, Honeycutt said counselors have the opportunity to impact kids’ lives by telling them about Christ. “You go into it and think you’re going to change lives, but more so you get to work with these kids … you get to see some things that are really tough.” He added that through “some really cool conversations,” lives are changed. “ A counselor would oversee about eight campers …, and they just walk them through the camp …. shepherding them,” Honeycutt said. having fun with them, getting them to that activity class we have, Bible study, clubs, worship, all those different things. One large part of the organization is the emphasis on the importance of diversity. Rose City Summer Camps believes that it isimportant to show God’s love through mentoring all types of people. “A big heart of ours as a ministry is multi-ethnic, so we want to be diverse,” Honeycutt said . “We serve a diverse group of kids and we want our staff to also be diverse,” Honeycutt said.. “So we have a heart to see all different shapes, sizes, and colors of people working together to also get to serve people there, a lot of different races.” Another camp that came to the university was Forest Glen, a camp in the city of Rosebud. Their main focus targests boys and young men in order to inspire them...

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Anti-impeachment
Dec04

Anti-impeachment

  We are addressing the following in two opposing opinions: On Nov. 15th, members of House Democrats signed and presented five articles of impeachment against President Trump. One Congressman, Steve Cohen, who represents the 9th District of Tennessee, introduced these articles which are as follows – 1) Obstruction of justice which deals with Mr. [James] Comey’s (former FBI Director) firing. 2) Violation of the Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments clause, which deals with monies he’s taken from foreign powers without the consent of Congress. 3) Violation of the Domestic Emoluments clause, which deals with monies he’s made from the United States and his personal businesses’ beyond that of his salary, which is also forbidden by our Constitution. 4) Undermining Independence of the Federal Judiciary and the Rule of Law. 5) Undermining Freedom of the Press. (CNN, Nov. 26, 2017) The House Democrats who support this measure to impeach President Trump believe that he has violated his duties as president and in turn, has disregarded the sanctity that is the constitution. I would like to go through each of these points and offer refuting statements so as to clarify and bring light to the reasons behind President Trump’s actions. First off, there is the whole debate with the firing of James Comey on May 9, 2017 and the reasoning behind it. Some say that the President fired him because he was looking into the alleged Russian interference with the election results that could have benefited President Trump. Another reason Comey is said to have been fired is because President Trump just didn’t like Comey, stating in a Lester Holt interview that he was going to fire [him] “regardless of recommendation” (NBC). However, according to the official White House statement that was released to the public on May 9, the main reason behind firing Comey was because of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Session’s recommendations to do so. Rosenstein and Session’s recommendation to fire Comey was based off of his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, giving her a “free pass” so to speak. So the decision to fire the former FBI Director was understandable – backed up with a combination of the President’s forethought and the disapproval of Comey’s decision making skills by Rosenstein and Session. Regarding the foreign and domestic emoluments clause issue, an article in Time Magazine said the reason this is a problem is because “the President has significant conflicts of interest within his real estate empire since taking office.” However, the Justice Department reports that previous presidents such as George Washington conducted business during his presidency by selling harvests to England,...

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