Writer’s Festival  showcases Christian authors
Feb22

Writer’s Festival showcases Christian authors

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells The Writers’ Festival is an annual event held at UMHB that celebrates the art of language through poetry, prose, visual art and songwriting. The event is a three-day series of panels, workshops and mixers that students, faculty and professional authors attend to learn more about creative writing and share original work. The event is hosted by the Windhover, a biannual publication of Christian writings that has been sponsored by UMHB since 2009. One of the featured aspects of the Writers’ Festival is a creative writing showcase, which features original works read by current UMHB students who were published in the preceding year’s Baylorian. The creative writing showcase was held on Wednesday, Feb. 15, and was succeeded by a dessert mixer and several other events throughout the day. Thursday night was the Writers’ Festival’s biggest event turnout, which was a concert from Still on the Hill that counted as a fine arts experience credit. Their album, “Still A River,” centers around the nation’s first national park, the Buffalo River. Their songs celebrate the stories that surround the area’s rich history and beautiful wildlife. The Arkansas natives, Donna and Kelly Molhollan, performed with eclectic melodies, unique instruments, and a “low-tech powerpoint” of images printed on fabric and bordered by various quilting patterns. Donna performs barefoot and flings her “powerpoint slides” on the stage beside her after the song that the quilt pertains to is over. The couple also led a workshop earlier that day with their orchestra of odd, one-of-a-kind instruments. The worship, titled Songwriting, aimed at allowing writers to explore how their work could be influenced by music, even if they are not musicians. The attending writers practiced reading their poems over simple music so that they could see the impact of spoken word to a beat, like the common practice of slam poetry. Though unlike most other musical groups that play at UMHB, Still on the Hill’s performance was interactive, carried a deeper message to campaign for the preservation of Buffalo River from a confined factory farm of 600 hogs, and unforgettable. Still on the Hill has been attending and performing at events at UMHB for over 20 years through ties with a few professors from the art department, Helen Kwiatkowski and Hershall Seals. The Writers’ Festival is a national event, with published authors coming in from all over the country, like Idaho, Kansas, Indiana, Washington, Arkansas, and others. The event has transformed from an event that is held over winter break to a period where students are encouraged to attend. Grace Rose, a junior English major, loves the...

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Students influence Belton economy
Feb08

Students influence Belton economy

Published in the February 8, 2017 issue of The Bells UMHB has been an integral part of the economy of Belton since its arrival in 1886, after it split from Baylor College in Independence. Now, UMHB brings in an undergraduate campus enrollment of 3,900 students and employs about 400 full-time faculty and staff. Though Belton may be small, with its population of just over 19,000 residents, it has a thriving small business economy and bustling downtown. While there are plenty of places to spend your money here in Belton, there are some local landmarks that stand out to UMHB students. Starbucks While also bearing an on-campus location, UMHB’s Starbucks does not have a full menu and leaves some students still craving their caffeine fix. The first Starbucks in Belton, located off of I-35 South and Head Rd., has only been open for four years, and is amazingly the only Starbucks between Temple and Round Rock. This circumstance paired with UMHB students makes for a crowded coffee shop, according to barista Jeremy Kudlac. “We are one of the busiest stores in the area,” Kudlac mentions as he quotes figures between $4000-$7500 per day. “Our busiest time of the year is when the semester first starts and when it ends, and it really dies down over summer and winter break.” Luckily, the new Starbucks is less than a mile away from campus and accepts gift cards. Arusha’s Arusha’s, the cool hipster hangout for Beltonians and Crusaders alike, is the culminating dream of Tunisian and UHMB alumnus Hatem Couchane, who worked in the coffee industry for 15 years prior to Arusha’s opening. Couchane purchased the building after the previous coffee shop there decided to sell. The relaxed and unhurried atmosphere of the downtown coffee shop lends for a perfect place to study, play pool or escape the stresses of class for a few minutes (or hours). All coffee beans are roasted in-house every week, and there are over 100 tasty and exotic teas to choose from. Frosti Cones Frosti Cones, a staple for UMHB students, has served Crusaders for over seven years. Located on the corner of Waco Road and 13th street, Frosti Cones is a can’t-miss snack spot for students returning to school at the tail end of summer. Even furry companions of Frosti Cones guests get snow cones during the hot months of summer. Chick-Fil-A There is something about Chick-Fil-A that the Cru just can’t get enough of. While there is an on-campus Chick-Fil-A restaurant, it doesn’t offer menu items like mini chicken sliders or Chick-Fil-A’s famous milkshakes. Thursday nights, however, students can go to the Temple location off of...

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Where are they now- Oliver Stone
Feb08

Where are they now- Oliver Stone

Published in the February 8, 2017 issue of The Bells Oliver Stone graduated from UMHB in 2015 with a degree in communications. As a Crusader, Stone was involved in Cru Football, which is what he misses most about being a student on campus. “Nothing compares to being with the boys that you go through everything with,” Stone said. “I miss being around that family.” At Stone’s job at the Cotton Patch Cafe, one of his regular customers connected him to Jamie Garrett, one of the producers at KCLN, a radio station based out of Temple. Stone, who’s affectionately called by friends as “Ozzey,” came to the station for an interview and was essentially given the job. He was learning how to produce by his first week at the station, and by his second week he was producing and reporting on sports games. That year, Stone produced all of the games for Temple High and UMHB’s 2015 football season. At the close of that season, Stone began working on “demo” CDs and sending them to Garrett, who gave encouragement and constructive criticism for his radio personality skills. By the end of summer in 2016, Stone was given the opportunity to DJ his own show, appropriately named “Operation Turn Up.” His on-air name, ‘Big O’, introduces listeners to local DJs trying to make it big. On Operation Turn Up, Stone introduces the local DJs, advertises for KCLN if they’re doing a promotion or giveaway, continues discussing DJs or other pertinent events between breaks, and then hands the show off to the next DJ, Mike D. Stone said that one of the most influential aspects of his education at UMHB was his communication practice. “Being in a studio is different from speaking live to an audience, but you still have a lot of people tuning in to what you have to say.” UMHB really helped me get comfortable with speaking in my advanced public speaking classes.” When asked why the radio personality wanted to stay in the area, he said that his primary motivation was the comfort of God’s provision. Although he originally wanted to go back to his hometown of Fort Worth and produce there, he had a feeling that he needed to be patient where he was. In the end, he understood why. “[Temple] is a smaller market, so you’re not overwhelmed by the competition. Here, I’m given the chance to grow and learn the ins and outs of the radio so that when I do decide to move elsewhere, I am multifaceted.” Although he has appreciated his time in Temple, he does hope to eventually move into a big...

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A not-so-unfortunate  book adaptation on Netflix
Jan25

A not-so-unfortunate book adaptation on Netflix

Published in the January 25, 2017 issue of The Bells Unnecessary word definitions, Einstein-esque hair and intriguingly depressing plot: these are the cornerstones of Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events. The books that the Netflix series are based on were originally published from 1999 to 2006, and all thirteen books experienced great success. The movie adaption, which aired in 2004, was directed by Brad Silberling and received a 6.8 out of 10 from IMDB. Criticisms rained onto the movie for being too compact and unable to truly do the book series’ odd twists and turns justice in a short hour and 48 minutes. The Netflix series, which was released January 13th, 2017, expounds on the books and, according to popular opinion, truly brings the unfortunate story to life. Count Olaf, portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris, is a washed-up actor who’s hungry for his young relatives’ fortune. He provides a meager living for the Baudelaire children in exchange for slave labor and time to formulate various plans to steal their inheritance. The Baudelaire children are recently orphaned and have a unique set of skills that assist them in evading their wild relative’s plots against them. Violet, played by Malina Weismann, is the oldest orphan at 14 with uncanny abilities to fix, invent, and tinker. She is usually seen with her infant sister, Sunny, around her hip, who has sharp teeth that help her do everything from slice bread to carving the perfect skipping stone. Klaus, the 12 year old bookworm and researcher of the family, is played by Louis Hynes. Do-gooders who attempt to intervene in the Baudelaires’ fate usually end up dead, which is another aspect of the series that makes it so horribly entertaining. The television series is overwhelmingly well done, and portrays Lemony Snicket’s work as it was meant to be seen. Barry Sonnenfeld, director of the series, is praised for his meticulous attention to detail in the twelve-book sequence. Patrick Warburton, who plays the dutifully devoted narrator to the bleak Baudelaire history known as Lemony Snicket, carries the cadence of the story in a refreshingly strange fashion. Between the plot that drops jaws and the whimsical costumes and language, A Series of Unfortunate Events sets the bar for 2017...

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Students save lives by donating at on-campus blood drive
Jan25

Students save lives by donating at on-campus blood drive

Published in the January 25, 2017 issue of The Bells Students line up outside of the Baylor Scott & White Donor Services van, waiting to give life-giving material to those in need. Many of them are enticed into donating by a free T-shirt, free snacks, or the volunteer service hours. But most are just there to help in any way they can. While their reasons for donating vary, Julie Skoda, Baylor Scott & White Donor Services recruiter, said the healthcare system is just happy to receive these donations. “The main motivation in seeking blood donations on campus is the possibility to save two lives with every donation,” she said. Skoda is often seen by UMHB students campaigning for donations. But a large part of her job is partnering with local businesses who are willing to host blood drives. “We get a pretty good turn out here at Mary Hardin-Baylor,” Skoda said. “I usually get about 30 a day here, which is 60 pints of blood every visit.” The recruiter’s team visits UMHB twice a semester, but students don’t have to wait for a blood drive to donate. They can visit any of the Baylor Scott & White locations to be of service. Donors must be over 16-years-of-age and weigh at least 110 pounds. It’s also important that students are not planning a mission trip overseas if they want to be a donor because of some traveling restrictions associated with donating blood. Tori Pharris, sophomore public relations major and recent donor, said donating on campus is much different than when she donated during her high school years. “Here, it’s more personable,” Pharris said. “Every blood drive I walk in, and they know who I am and remember my face.” Pharris has been donating blood since her sophomore year of high school, but she doesn’t do so for the free T-shirt or a cartoon Band-Aid. “I donate because someone did it for me. When I was eight, I had open heart surgery and a blood drive was held in my name. Family and friends donated for me, so now I get the satisfaction of saving two lives every time I donate.” Although the wait can be tiring, and trypanophobia (fear of needles) is a daunting obstacle to overcome, Pharris urges students, faculty and staff to consider the pros and cons of donating. “It’s maybe an hour out of your time for someone else’s life,” she said. “You have the ability to save the world, even if your part of the world is just one...

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