Writer’s Festival incorporates art
Jan24

Writer’s Festival incorporates art

The university’s annual Writer’s Festival on Feb. 9-11, hosted by the Windhover journal, is approaching, and students are gearing up to submit their work, which will be displayed along with art pieces. The gathering will be held in the Lord Conference Center of the Parker Academic Center. The festival is free and open to everyone on campus as well as the community. Putting together such a big event can be tedious, but with the right people to offer help, the task can be a bit easier.. Assistant Professor of English Dr. Jessica Hooten said, “This is my second year directing the festival. I handle everything involved with the festival. However, it would not be possible to put on a good festival without the support of my administrative assistant, who is a senior at UMHB, Amberly Clay, as well as my colleagues in the English department.” A group of students from English Professor Dr. Cleatus Rattan’s creative writing class have been encouraged to participate in the festival; he hopes that many will attend the readings as well. He said, “The students have the opportunity to write about the paintings that they will see and will be on display during the festival. Such poetry is known as ekphrastic.” This combination of art and writing is a new extension within the festival, which will be hosted by Rattan and Professor and art Department Chair, Hershall Seals. Seals said multiple guest speakers from across  the nation and reginoal professional writers will both be making appearances at the university. There will be about 10 or eleven writing students and 10 art students chosen by the faculty. Rattan said the students who do choose to participate will take away from the experience “satisfaction and increased knowledge — a good educational experience.” A few of Rattan’s students were taken to look at the artwork last week and some were left speechless by the pieces  that stood before them. He has also encouraged his creative writing students from both last semseter and this semester  to write about the art on display. Senior performance studies and English major Kelsey Broussard finds it hard to decide which piece she will be writing about. “I have not selected my piece for sure yet; they are all remarkable and memorable, so I am having a hard time deciding. I think I am leaning toward the colorful skull painting or the young woman who appears to be listening to music,” she said. “I definitely felt inspired on a few of the art pieces. There were a few that created a connection right away and others that slowly pulled my emotion the longer...

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Band is aiming for the big time
Jan24

Band is aiming for the big time

A band by the name of Hedley Grange is taking the Central Texas music scene by storm. Both KVET 98.1 out of Austin and The Ranch 95.9 out of Dallas currently play the band’s popular song “Church Signs.” The success for the quintet is quickly rising with appearances all over the state. They will be playing at Bum’s Sports Grill at midnight Jan. 27. The group members consist of lead vocalist and guitarist Kody Yeager, pot and pans player Charlie Lucko, lead guitarist Tyler Ralston, rhythm guitar and harmonica player Will Janke and bass player Will Gilley. The band’s name comes from a recording studio in Headley, England. Yeager, a former UMHB student, said the band simply began when he realized both he and a fellow co-worker had a common taste for music. “The band itself has been around for about a year and a half. I and the guitarist were working together at the same restaurant and in passing we found out that we both like music. We got together and started hanging out, and sure enough we hit it off pretty good,” he said. The band has not always had five members; two more people have joined since last year. “We just added Will Gilley and Charlie Lucko a few months ago. So the band with all five of us is new, and it has been about three months that we have all been together,” Yeager said. Music has been a part of Janke’s life for quite some time. Prior to the band, he played such instruments as the guitar, bass and harmonica. He said, “I have been a part of the band for one year. I was chosen after about a year of playing opening acoustic for them.” Janke also credits his mother and two sisters for introducing him to different genres of music. He is inspired by Bob Dylan, Reckless Kelly and The Band. When people come to attend his performances, he hopes the audience will leave with this message. He said, “If you love what you do, you will never have to work a day in your life.” For Janke, being in a band and juggling his everyday life may not be easy, but he does not mind since he is doing something he loves. Gilley caught the music bug early in life, and it is his passion. He enjoys all the success the band has acquired lately and looks forward to the future. “Everyone is very supportive thus far. As long as we keep our heads down and work hard, I believe the sky is the limit for Hedley Grange,” he said. “Hedley...

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