FYC hosts “Back to the Formal”
Apr24

FYC hosts “Back to the Formal”

Multicolored lights, disco balls and a vintage photo booth were just a few characteristics featured at the “Back to the Future” themed formal held in Temple’s Main Street Hall on Saturday evening, April 6. The formal was raised two stories high and was decked out with an array of decorations that acknowledged the different decades of the past, present and future. First Year Collective hosts this annual event. FYC is a campus organization that provides a place of fellowship for first year students through leadership, community service, spiritual growth and school spirit. The formal has a different creative theme every year, and this year topped the rest with its expressive theme that shows off how unique our students can really get. Each student came out dressed to impress in outfits that represented different decades and their most popular fashion statements, some styled in tutu skirts and neon leggings to represent the 80s and others in bell bottom jeans and flower crowns to bring a bit of the 70s into the mix. The disco ball lit the floor as students danced the night away with their peers. The area was filled with crowd surfing, eating and tons of laughter, and the vintage photo booth captured the memories of friends and their blast to the past. “This was my last year to attend (Formal), so I really wanted to go and experience my last formal… I really liked the photo booth that they had this year,” said Jimmy Boutte, a senior education major. “I also liked the ‘Back to the Future’ theme. They even had old movies playing on the projector, which was really cool,” Boutte said. Formal was a great way to relax and have a good time with the semester coming to an end. The students at the dance each attended for a variety of reasons, whether it was to show off their rad style, display their great dance moves or just to hang out with their friends. They all can agree that “Back to the Formal” was a night to...

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Students prepare for summer missions
Apr24

Students prepare for summer missions

Summer break is just a few weeks away, and UMHB students are gearing up for various trips and adventures during their timeoff. Many people choose to spend their time serving others and spreading the love of God with people on summer mission trips. Here are four students’ plans for participating in mission trips this summer and next summer, and why they decided to serve. Robin Ontiveros, sophomore clinical psychology major: “I am going to East Islip, New York! I will be working as a summer recreation staff member with Crossroads Church. Overall, I will spend the whole summer there working with kids through sports ministries. I will have the opportunity to teach them volleyball, soccer and basketball while also having gospel activities. We will also be going out in the community and building relationships with people who may or may not know Christ. I am doing this through GoNow, and it was a completely last minute thing. I had been feeling called to mission for quite some time, but I kept ignoring it. Finally, I met with Mary [Hebison], who is in charge of [the] BSM here on campus, and she told me about GoNow. I prayed about it and felt God telling me to just fill out the application, so I did. He really took hold of everything and placed me in New York. It wasn’t one of my options, but after praying and hearing about it, I knew God was calling me there. I grew up Catholic, and East Islip is [a] majority Catholic community. Even now as I am fundraising and preparing to go this summer, He keeps on leading me and opening doors that seem difficult. I have never done missions before, so God has really been giving me peace, guidance and community through this new journey!” Sarah Ifft, junior public relations major: “I am going to Middlesbrough, England in May. This will be thefirst time I’ve ever left the country, so I am very excited about the trip! This will also be the first time I’ve gone on a mission trip, so I am thrilled to see how the Lord will use His team for His glory first hand. The team and I will be going around public schools in the Tees Valley area and sharing our testimonies as well as helping with after-school programs and local churches. We’ll [UMHB] be partnering with Stephen Corner of Big Kids and Mike Taylor of UK-USA ministries.” Alexys Wharton, junior nursing major: “I am going to Middlesbrough, England, and we will be going into schools and sharing the Gospel with children and adults. Only about 3 percent...

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The Bells editors bid farewell

Emily Mahan: Editor-In-Chief This May, I will be graduating from UMHB, bringing my time as Editor-In-Chief of The Bells to a close. Although I have only held this title for one semester, I have learned so much. Not only have I improved practical skills such as writing, editing, photography and newspaper design, but I have also had the opportunity to learn from and work with the best staff I could ask for. First and foremost, I want to thank Dr. Rebecca McEntee, adviser to The Bells. Not only did you teach me everything I need to know about working for a newspaper, but you also encouraged me throughout every step of my journey from staff writer to editor. I truly could not have done this without you. Second, I want to thank the professors in UMHB’s English and communication departments. As a double major in English and public relations, most of my classes have been in these fields, and I am inspired by each of the wonderful professors who helped me succeed. I would especially like to thank my advisers, Dr. Nathaniel Hansen and professor Avery Green, department chairs Dr. Joey Tabarlet and Dr. Laura Bedwell, and Associate Dean of Humanities Dr. Jacky Dumas. I would also like to thank Bri Bullion, Assistant Editor of The Bells. Not only are you an amazing editor, but you’re also an amazing friend. Thank you for always being there for me, going on coffee runs with me, having late night homework parties and obsessing over cats with me. In addition, I would like to thank the incredible Bells staff. Madi, thank you for helping me learn how to use Adobe InDesign and always letting me cuddle Moses, your adorable dog. Beau, thank you for dealing with my lack of sports knowledge and, more importantly, being one of my best friends. Amy, Kayla, Randi and Kate—thank you for always being so enthusiastic and bringing so much fun to the newsroom. I also want to thank Lauren Lum, former Editor-In-Chief, as well as Jimmy, Sarah, Bria and Jasmin. Finally, I would like to thank the students, alumni, faculty and staff for reading The Bells. Our paper truly could not exist without your support. Thank you for walking with us through our journey. As I step into the future and embrace life after graduation, I will keep in mind all of the knowledge I gained at UMHB, and I will cherish the lifelong friendships I have made here. I am so grateful for everything I have experienced in college. These past three years could not have been any better, and I will never stop calling this amazing...

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Allie Dalle pursues military and softball dreams
Apr24

Allie Dalle pursues military and softball dreams

UMHB sophomore Allie Dalle has a clear vision of what she wants to do with her life. Dalle, who is a criminal justice major from Lake Travis, wants to fly Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters for the United States Army. Dalle has known that she wanted to join the military since she was around eight years old. In order to prepare for life in the Army, she is a part of UMHB’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. This will allow her to join the Army as a Second Lieutenant after graduation. She has had a great experience with UMHB’s ROTC program. She originally planned to join a larger military program in college, such as Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets. However, after finding out about UMHB’s ROTC program, she realized that she was supposed to be a Crusader. “I love it,” she said in reference to the school’s ROTC program. “It’s more of a personal experience rather than being thrown out into a big group of random people. I get to be closer with all the cadets in the program.” While earning her degree at UMHB, Dalle is fulfilling another lifelong passion—softball. “I’ve been playing softball since I was about four or five years old,” she said. “I’ve always loved it, and [I’ve] wanted to play college ball since I was probably 10.” Here at UMHB, Dalle has served as a utility player, playing a variety of positions on the team. She has played at first and third base, as well as centerfield. “Wherever they need a spot to be filled, I’ll play,” she said. Her impressive statistics for this season include a .405 batting average and a .957 fielding percentage. Softball Head Coach Larry Hennig is proud of everything Dalle has accomplished. “Allie has been a huge catalyst for our program this year. We have asked her to play several positions and she always performs well. She is one of our hardest workers at practice, and she has made herself into one of the top hitters in our conference.” According to Hennig, Dalle is a valuable member of the team not just for her softball skills, but also for her personal characteristics. “She is highly respected and loved by everyone that she comes in contact [with]. She has all of her priorities in the right place. We are so fortunate to have her in our program.” Balancing ROTC, softball and college classes can be difficult. Dalle begins her weekdays with early morning ROTC workouts. Afterwards, she heads to class, and when her classes are over for the day, she goes to softball practice. After practice, she makes...

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Summer break ideas
Apr24

Summer break ideas

Summer is almost here, so get ready to set aside those textbooks and have some fun in the sun. Whether it’s hanging out with friends or exploring someplace new, this is a great time of year to get out and try something different. You might be one of the many people who are stuck without summer plans, or maybe you just don’t know what to do yet. However, don’t be alarmed because there are many fun and adventurous activities out there for you do, and many of them are right at your finger-tips. 1. Take a road trip. Gather some friends together and explore a new city or town. Texas is known for many things from the Austin hill country to fascinating historic monuments, and there is always something new to discover here. Not only that, but there are also many other states just waiting to be explored. After all, there is nothing quite like taking a drive on an open American road. 2. Have a bonfire. Summer is a great time to gather around the camp-fire and spend the evening singing and roasting s’mores. Playing games is also a popular bonfire activity, and it will ensure that everyone has a great time. Having a bonfire is a great idea for bonding with the family. It’s also a great way to reconnect and spend time with the ones you love. 3. Take a trip to the zoo. Take a day out the house to go visit some furry friends at your local zoo. Most zoos even offer annual passes which include year-round admission. Besides that, what’s cooler than seeing lions relaxing in the sun or a bear drinking from a stream? 4. Attend a festival. Do you enjoy live music, fun contests and food trucks? Summer festivals offer every one of these things and are always full of excitement. They are also a great way to meet new people and learn about different cultures. Typi-cally, they go on for sev-eral days at a time, which guarantees you plenty of time to have tons of fun. 5. Spend the weekend camping. Camping is a great way to have fun and get in touch with nature for a few days. Whether it’s jumping in a lake, go-ing for a hike or relaxing by the fire, this option will allow you to enjoy the great outdoors and wind down for a bit. So what are you waiting for? Find your sleeping bag and start...

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DC’s new film “Shazam” slams into box office
Apr24

DC’s new film “Shazam” slams into box office

“Shazam” is the newest movie from the DC Cinematic Universe. It is about a fourteen-year-old foster boy named Billy Batson and his amazing journey to becoming a superhero. He finds a wizard named Shazam who gives him amazing powers that Batson must get the hang of. While he is still learning to use his powers, he must face an evil villain named Dr. Sivana. Asher Angel plays Batson in this movie and does a great job. He plays a boy who is looking to belong to a family. He got separated from his mom and has been searching for her ever since. When he gives up on finding his mom, he feels like he does not need a family until he is adopted by the Freemans and learns a valuable lesson about family. When Batson transforms into a superhero, he is an older man. This man is played by Zachary Levi. This is not Levi’s first role. He played a minor character named Fandral in “Thor: The Dark World” and “Thor: Ragnarok.” He also played Flynn Rider in Disney’s “Tangled,” as well as Chuck Bartowski on the hit spy show “Chuck.” He always gives the audience a great performance. He had to portray a fourteen-year-old boy in an adult body, and he did well. The performance was very believable. My favorite character is Batson’s best friend in the movie, Freddy Freeman, played by Jack Dylan Grazer, who played Eddie Kaspbrak in the hit horror movie “It.” Freeman’s character loves to geek out about superheroes, and he becomes Batson’s personal manager. He helps him control his powers, and he is a great friend to Batson. Sivana, played by Mark Strong, was the villain in the movie. He was going to wield the power of Shazam, but was found unworthy, so he went down a dark path. I think that people could relate to this character a lot because sometimes we all feel unworthy. Mark Strong gave a fine performance in this movie. I just wish that the director gave him more screen time. This movie was great, but it had some problems as well. Batson was a very reserved person, but when he became the super hero Shazam, he was way more joyful and silly. This is kind of strange to me, because they are supposed to be the same person even when he transforms. I also did not like the wizard giving Batson his power. The wizard tells Batson that only one pure of heart can have the power. I did not think he was pure of heart (or that anyone is). The wizard had unrealistic expectations. This movie...

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