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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Student react to campus-wide cricket invasion
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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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