Bookstore to host new fair for seniors

Senior year is an eventful time for students, filled with preparation for entering the workforce, gathering final materials and gearing up for graduation. Any student can find their calendars overflowing with dates for such tasks. However, the start of a new event could possibly lighten some of the stress seniors face. A graduation fair will be held Oct. 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. with check-in starting at the university’s bookstore located next to the SUB. Bookstore manager Debbie Cottrell explains the motive behind the event. “Graduation is special, and we want to make picking up regalia and learning about senior products and services a fun and informative event.  The only thing our students need to do is attend and bring their copy of the application of degree form,” she said. Graduates are welcome to bring whomever they choose to the event.  “We encourage students to invite family and friends.  The bookstore is open extended hours so, hopefully, everyone can participate in the event,” she said. As seniors arrive, they will receive an information card with an attached check list to complete for qualification into eligibility for door prizes. “Seniors will take the card to the various tables and learn about products and services our vendors and campus offices provide.  Visiting with the representatives earns a stamp on the card.  As students are leaving the event, completed cards are deposited in the door prize drawing box,” Cottrell said. Prizes include gift bags, bookstore gift certificates, $100 off the purchase of a class ring and a diploma frame as the grand prize. The trend of holding a grad fair is catching on. Other schools are now practicing ways to reduce the stress levels for seniors. UMHB bookstore sales clerk Robin Payne accidentally stumbled upon the grad fair concept. “I was viewing other college web sites and noticed some information on grad fairs. I immediately got sidetracked into researching for what others are doing. I mentioned it to Debbie after looking into it further, and she explained her thoughts on the concept to me,” she said. Results on the success of a grad fair will determine strengths and weaknesses that the bookstore team can focus on improving for many upcoming graduates.   Nevertheless, store associates are ready and willing to lighten the seniors’ stress levels through determination and positive attitudes. Payne said, “If there is anything that we can do to make this an easier process for them, and it works for us, we will try to find a way to do it.” Senior marketing major Julian Alvarez shares his opinion on the grad fair. “I think having a one...

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2011 VMAs break records

MTV hosted the annual Video Music Awards and set new standards by attracting the largest audience in the network’s history. A whopping 12.4 million people tuned in to watch the ceremony Aug. 28, ranking it the number one cable telecast of the year among viewers aged 12 to 34. Amid the eye-catching stage design created by modern angles, celebrities collaborated to create unforgettable moments from beginning to end. Lady Gaga kick-started the show by singing her newest song “You and I” as her male alter ego Jo Calderone with a solo from rock legend Queen guitarist Brian May. Beyonce turned heads as she revealed a baby bump underneath her sequined blazer after her high energy performance, and cameras quickly panned to daddy Jay, who was celebrating in the audience with Kanye West. Other performances included Ne-Yo featuring Pit Bull, Kanye West and Jay-Z, Chris Brown, and two VMA debuts by Adele and Young the Giant. Famous actor Jonah Hill revealed his new slim physique and handed out the first award to Britney Spears, who bagged Best Pop Video Award. Later in the show, Spears received the Michael Jackson Award followed by a dance montage of her greatest hits. The Foo Fighters fans fought for their favorite band to win Best Rock Video, and Nicki Minaj beat out the guys to land Best Hip Hop Video. West posed no interruptions this year and instead showed himself humble when receiving Best Collaboration with Katy Perry’s song “E.T.” Justin Beiber proved he can hang with the best by winning Best Male Video, and Lady Gaga took home Best Female Video for her hit “Born This Way.” The Video of the Year Award went to Katy Perry for “Firework,” and Best New Artist went to Tyler the Creator. Russell Brand gave a speech in remembrance of the recent death of Amy Winehouse. He also touched on the seriousness of alcoholism as he showed his remorse over the lost talent. Bruno Mars performed a rendition of Winehouse’s cover “Valerie,” and the cameras flocked to the audience to catch celebrities singing along. The VMAs ended the show with a performance by Lil Wayne, whose new album debuted in stores the day after the awards ceremony. Sophomore economics major Michael Reeves explained why the VMAs are most memorable to him. “I think the performances are one of the best parts and finding out who’s number one of the categories to win the awards, especially when you have great artists who generate awesome music.”    ...

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Cru football isn’t wasting the spring
Apr15

Cru football isn’t wasting the spring

During the spring semester, members of the football program show their dedication for the sport through early morning strength and conditioning practices. Off season is a time when players can prove to the coaches what they’re capable of. Each morning brings tough auxiliary and agility workouts for the football players trying to establish a good standing. Their commitment levels are tested by the hard workouts as well as the time they take place. Players awaken every morning before the sun to “shine” for the coaches. The athletes work out five times a week. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are the designated days for lifting weights. Tuesdays are assigned for different types of running drills, and the team usually spends Thursdays either running or participating in a game of fleet ball. The object of fleet ball is a fun mix of football and ultimate Frisbee while being a tough workout in its own. Sophomore sport management major Everett Morrow sees off season as a time to strengthen his mind and physique as well as grow as a team. “It’s the time that we really become closer and form stronger bonds. It’s where brotherhood is created,” he said. Morrow developed an optimistic perspective on the matter. “My favorite part of workout is the feeling of accomplishment you receive after you’re done. Each day the coaches push us to our limits and challenge us to work harder. I also like being around my teammates and working hard together to reach our goals,” he said. Morrow admitted to his favorite workout being bench, while squat and front squat tend to be more painful. Sophomore exercise and sport science major Jordan Mullinix enjoys how players can challenge each other to do better. “My favorite part of workout is when we do competition. Whether it’s fleet ball or a fifth relay, I like to work as a team and compete against each other.” Mullinix finds confidence in the agility drills. “I’m obviously not the biggest guy on the team, but I feel I can run all right. When we do workouts that involve running, I’m usually not too worried about it,” he said. Throughout these exhilarating drills, coaches keep track of each individual. Doing well in the exercises will determine who receives a spot on the football team. Athletes who show commitment in all aspects gain more respect than those who choose to slack off. Sophomore business administration major Lance Larsen uses off season to prove how dedicated he is to the sport. Like Mullinix, Larsen admitted to enjoying the competition drills as well. “Whether it’s running, lifting, agility or a combination of the three, being...

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Cheer prevails in Austin
Apr12

Cheer prevails in Austin

Among the university’s student population, one group in particular stands out with their toned build and  1980s Reebok high tops: Cru cheerleaders. Since the end of January, the team has spent hours working on a routine to compete in the Texas Collegiate Championship hosted by St. Edward’s University in Austin. Cru Cheer coach Farrah Dunaway explained the motive behind entering the competition. “The team enjoys every moment that they support Cru athletics; they wanted to have that same feeling of working towards a goal, despite the challenges and laying everything they have on the table to see who will be the victor,” she said. Regardless of injuries and illnesses, the squad maintained determination and stayed mentally tough throughout this year. Cru Cheer returned from the competition with a handful of awards. The team placed second, third and fourth in the stunt competitions, first place in the skills routine — which included Divisions II and III as well as junior colleges — and took first place overall. When it comes to constructing a routine, elements of cheer, dance, stunt and tumble come together. This creates a high-energy, three­­–minute performance. Senior elementary education major Taylor Tyre knows how important it is for the routine to be polished for the competition. “Everything has to be perfect … even something as little as transitions. The slightest thing out of place can lead to a sloppy routine,” she said. Senior history major Ellen Bates describes the stunting aspect to be the most difficult challenge. Stunts give a wow factor to the routine and leave the audience impressed with daring acts of high altitude. “We were changing out bases and flyers up until the last practice before our showcase, which was very stressful, but everyone really pulled their weight and made those stunts work,” she said. Sophomore elementary education major Nicole Rosato admits to keeping her heart in the right direction and maintaining faith from beginning to end. “It was a great experience to be a part of a team that grew stronger physically, mentally and emotionally. We definitely didn’t win simply by skill, but also from the strength God provided,” she said. In all, members of Cru Cheer showcased an award–winning performance, and made their fans and coach proud. Dunaway said, “The team was up against the wall many times, yet pushed through and never gave up. In life, they will be placed in similar situations, and I am confident they will remember how God has grown them and groomed them for success during trials.” Also, in Daytona Beach, Fla., the National Cheer & Dance Association’s Collegiate Championship took place with mascot, CRUnk. The...

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