Student react to campus-wide cricket invasion
Oct26

Student react to campus-wide cricket invasion

Published in the Oct. 26, 2016 issue of The Bells They come by the thousands every fall, ravaging the streets and buildings of the university, hopping on unsuspecting victims, and causing terror amongst students. Their cold, dark eyes show passing victims no mercy. These detestable, abhorrent, horrific creatures are — crickets. Laura Beverly, a freshman studying mathematics and history with teacher’s certification, has witnessed the cricket attacks firsthand. “I had to kill two crickets in my room on the third floor. Another two, or maybe three, jumped in my hair. The funniest thing that happened though was everyone freaking out when there was a cricket at [my friend’s] dorm.” Another student, sophomore graphic design major Chriscina Lampkin has also dealt with the cricket infestation. “I thought the cricket invasion was really weird,” Lampkin said, “I’ve never seen crickets swarm like that anywhere. It didn’t even happen last year, so I’m still pretty confused.” According to CNN, the reason for the cricket plague is because of low temperatures. As a result, the crickets gather around places that are well-lit and mate – creating a swarm of annoying obstacles. “They were really bad at Mabee,” Lampkin said. “Before you walked in near the post office, they were all huddled in the corner. Not even just on the ground, but on the walls and the ceiling too. I was trying to avoid stepping on them, and I had to stop and look at them. One of them was dead and the other cricket was just sitting on top of it. I was just like, ‘are you mourning?’” “The crickets are gross,” said junior marketing major Kelly Carlin, “I work at Mayborn and when I had to go wash towels, the gym had crickets and it was disgusting.” While not a threat to people, the cricket’s erratic and unpredictable jumps can cause anyone to go into a frenzy. “I work at Academy and they were really bad the first night they came. They were swarming the lights, falling out of the sky, and jumping off of the shelves,” Lampkin said. Thankfully, many of the crickets at the university have died off. Unfortunately, that means there is dead cricket smell in the air. “Crickets have a smell. Not even a smell, but an odor. They smell like bad cat and dog food,” Lampkin said. There are still some crickets hopping around campus, determined to stay alive. Luckily, there are a few ways to get rid of the little buggers. Carlin suggests a good way to get rid of a cricket is to use a vacuum. Lampkin says that she sprayed Home Defense in her...

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Personal trainers available to help students amp up fitness

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells Motivation to workout can be difficult when you have classes, homework, a job, and a social life to juggle. However, staying fit in college is very critical to the wellbeing of a student. According to Health, 70% of students gain weight during their four years in college. Fortunately, the university has a solution for students who desire to take their fitness to the next level – personal training. “It’s a great way for [students] to learn more about weightlifting, about nutrition, and if they want to achieve weight loss, how to do that safely,” said Sue Weaver, Director of Campus Recreation. All trainers at UMHB are certified and work around a student’s schedule. “A lot of [personal training] is about doing things the right way and doing things the safe way,” Weaver said. “The other thing is that they get personal attention.” What’s interesting about this program is that not only do trainers work around a student’s schedule to find the right time to have a session, but participants also have workout sessions tailored to their needs. “We try to match our trainers to what [student’s] are looking for. So if a trainer’s never done a triathlon, and somebody’s interested in doing a triathlon, we’re going to try to find somebody to do that,” Weaver said. If a student does not want to work out by themselves, they have the option to do a session with a friend or a group of friends. “One of the things you can do in personal training is you can actually do a buddy session with a partner,” Weaver said. “Both you and a friend can get a personal trainer together and then you can have two accountability partners, your trainer and your buddy.” One of the trainers, John Daulton, has been a personal trainer for four years and is certified through ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association). He says that there are many fitness activities one can participate in, from a beginner’s level overview of general fitness, to navigating the weight room and improving on a certain sport. Daulton says that students should participate in the personal training program if they want to gain more knowledge on the correct way to exercise. Student’s can apply for the personal training program by picking up an application at Mayborn’s Fitness Center. After choosing a personal trainer, the next step would be to choose which package you would like to purchase. If you want a single session, the cost of training is $25, whereas a group session would be $10 a person. After you fill out...

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Coming this fall: Find out what you can expect on your TV this season

Published in the September 28, 2016 issue of The Bells October, the time when fleece sweaters, Halloween, and Pumpkin spice become trending topics. But perhaps most importantly, October is the time when new TV series arrive. CBS plans to air three new shows on their network that will have viewers laughing along and getting hooked on medical drama. The show Man with a Plan is a comedy about a contractor, Adam (Matt LeBlanc), who begins to look after his three kids more often when his wife Andi (Liza Snyder) starts working. However, he discovers that the job is not so easy, as his children are wild, and he must learn how to take control of the situation. Man With a Plan will air Oct. 24. The Great Indoors is a sitcom that follows Jack Gordon (Joel McHale), a reporter that once wandered around the globe in order to scoop out incredible stories. Now, he is the boss in the digital section of a magazine, working with young writers who fail to truly understand nature. He must figure out how to connect to his coworkers who are into pop culture and things he doesn’t have a clue about. The Great Indoors will air Oct. 27. Pure Genius is a medical drama about a wealthy, tech-savvy man, James Bell (Augustus Prew), who partners up with Dr. Walter Wallace (Dermot Mulroney), a surgeon, to create a hospital with advanced medical technology, in hopes of treating patients with mysterious illnesses. Pure Genius will premiere Oct. 27. In addition, The CW will air two new shows – No Tomorrow on Oct. 4 and Frequency on Oct. 5. No Tomorrow, a comedy- drama, stars Tori Anderson as Evie and Joshua Sasse as Xavier. Evie falls in love with Xavier, but she soon discovers that Xavier is not as suave as he first appears. He believes that the apocalypse is coming in a matter of months, which explains his exhilarating, carefree lifestyle. Evie, although skeptical of his idea, joins in on his adventurous routines. Frequency, a drama, is about a detective named Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List). She discovers that she can speak to her father Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith) in the past by using a radio. Together, they try to change the past and rekindle their damaged relationship. ABC also has two show premieres – Conviction, which will air Oct. 3, and American Housewife on Oct. 11.   Conviction is a drama about the daughter of a past United States President, a rebellious attorney named Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell). After having a run-in with the law, she is blackmailed into examining cases that may not have...

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iPhone 7 sparks praise and outrage
Sep28

iPhone 7 sparks praise and outrage

Smartphones have become increasingly popular over the past few years. Just take a look around at your surroundings and you are sure to find people with their phones out, staring intently at their screens. Technology companies such as Apple and Samsung release new phones periodically that seem to open doors to unexplored content, such as 3D touch in the iPhone 6 and wireless charging in the Galaxy S7. Apple announced its newest iPhone models, the iPhone 7 (4.7 inch) and iPhone 7 Plus (5.5 inch), on Sept. 7, sparking controversy over the absence of the headphone jack. There are two solutions to this problem – first, according to Forbes, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will come with new ear buds that connect through the Lightning connector port. Unfortunately, that means the user cannot charge their phone and wear their headphones at the same time. The other solution is something vastly different from any headset Apple has ever made, and that is the AirPods. The AirPods are wireless ear buds that play music when they are in the user’s ear and pauses once taken out. The user can also interact with Siri without even taking out his or her iPhone, just by pressing an ear bud twice. They come with a charging case that when placed inside, gives the headphones up to 24 hours of battery life and 5 hours of music with a single charge. The AirPods are set to be released sometime in late October and will cost $159.00. The AirPods are only one step towards the future of the advancement of mobile technology. Despite comments concerning losing the AirPods due to their small size, they will become such an integral part of listening to music that they will not be easily forgotten. Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have new features that are sure to please a wide variety of phone users. Camera experts should take advantage of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus’s impressive camera. They both have optical image stabilization, which allows users to take pictures that appear more stable. Also, recording video in the dark will appear better than in previous iPhone models. In addition, the iPhone 7 Plus has two cameras which means that when you zoom in, the photo will not be so blurry. The depth-of-field effect, which is yet to have a release date, allows users to take photos that focus on the central object. Music Buffs can jam out even more with Apple’s brand new stereo speakers in both of the phones, which produces double the amount of volume than the iPhone 6S. Innovators will...

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