Is LeBron James out of Cleveland?

By Beau Kemp Since the beginning of this year’s basketball season, many NBA fans and sports analysts have been plagued by one question: What will LeBron James’ future with the Cavaliers be after this season? James’ history indicates that he is not solely devoted to Cleveland, as he has left the team before. Sports enthusiasts have spent this season debating whether or not he will stay with the Cavaliers or move on to a different team. In 2003, James was drafted out of high school by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the first overall pick of the draft. People who have not closely followed his career might believe that he never left, as he currently plays for the same team, but this is not the case. He spent the first seven years of his career in Cleveland, where his team was knocked out of the playoffs year after year. After being knocked out for the fifth year in a row with a loss to the Boston Celtics, he entered free agency at the end of the 2009-2010 season. On July 8, 2010, James declared that he would be playing in South Beach for the Miami Heat. Thus, a dynasty was created. In Miami, he joined his talents with two other superstars from the 2003 draft, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The team made the playoffs every year that he was in Miami, winning two championships in four years, showing Miami Heat to be a force to be reckoned with. However, after a loss in the finals to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013-2014 season, James decided to leave Miami. In 2014, he took his talents back to Cleveland to join Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, who was the number one overall pick in the 2011 draft. Since then, James and the Cavaliers have made it to the finals every year. With this year’s playoffs coming to an end, James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently in the Eastern Conference Finals matching up against the Boston Celtics. If the Cavaliers defeat the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, they will have made it to the championship for the fourth year in a row.  However, James’ contract is over at the end of this season and James has declared that he will be entering free agency after the playoffs, regardless of whether the team wins the championship or not. There may be good reasons for him to consider making a change. Even though James’ agent claims that he is likely to stay in Cleveland, the regular season record for the Cavaliers was sub-par. At the beginning of the season, the Cavaliers...

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Dos and don’ts of vacationing
Jun27

Dos and don’ts of vacationing

The DO’S and DON’TS of vacationing   When vacationing, it is easy to slip into traveler-tourist mode. You know the one, where as soon as you get to your destination, all manners seem to fly out the window and your persona is someone completely different? It’s as if your body goes into “vacation mode.” But as Christians, it’s important that we lead by example everywhere we go, even on vacation. So,  following are some suggestive Do’s and Don’ts of vacationing. DON’T Don’t stay in the hotel room Don’t get stuck in a rut and stay in the room the whole trip, make sure to get out. No one likes a trip stuck in the hotel room, especially when there’s so much out there to explore. So, make the best of the vacation by getting out and seeing as much as you can. Not sure where to start? Check with local hotels for brochures or ask a hotel attendant where the best places to go are. Don’t become a tourist-zilla When on vacation, it’s hard when things don’t go either the way you expected or how you planned for them to go. It’s important to not take these things out on the people who have no control over such situations. Hotel taking a little longer to get your room ready? Take a walk through the neighborhood or look for a good place to eat. Museum cost more than the online price? Ask if there isy have a student discount, or ask a local person what other fun activities there are to do. Remember that the experience you have is solely based on you and your reactions, so have a good trip. Don’t litter Don’t forget that there are people who still live in the places that you’re vacationing. When visiting beaches especially, it is important to remember that leaving behind trash and other things makes you a messy and unappreciative guest. Pick up after yourself, and make sure the group you’re with does as well. This can impact not only you, but the local people and wildlife. DO Do be a good guest Remember to clean up after yourself in all situations, and be as courteous as you can. Just because you won’t have to deal with the consequences after a trip, many people will have to after you. Tip your servers, clean up after yourself, and be courteous to everyone around you. Do explore the city and broaden your horizons Make sure to explore new things while out in a new city. When visiting somewhere new, try just one new experience that would be memorable and entertaining for you...

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How to plan for an impromptu trip
Jun23

How to plan for an impromptu trip

It’s officially summer for the vast majority of crusaders out there, and along with summer comes vacationing and trips around the state and around the world. Some people plan months in advance. However, there are those who prefer to go with the flow and take trips on the spur of the moment. These types of trips, while fun, could still be planned for and given some thought to make for a better experience overall. Budget Whether you’re making a day trip to the nearest city or taking a weekend getaway to the nearest beach, make sure to know a general maximum you want to spend while out. Having a budget helps to guide you on spending, and it makes sure that you don’t overspend. Always factor in gas and lodging costs, as these can often be the biggest costs. Transportation is key Make sure to gas up before a big trip, and make sure your car is in the best condition possible before making a long drive. Check your gas, and make sure your oil is topped off, and check the air pressure in your tires. Not sure how to do these things yourself? Check out your local Jiffy Lube and Discount Tire. Often, these stores will check your car for free. Making sure your car is in top condition before taking off on a trip ensures that you won’t end up getting stuck somewhere. Have a general idea Even when making an impromptu trip, you should have a general idea of what you want to do when you make it to your location. Whether you want to wander the streets and ask locals for ideas of how to spend your day, or just want to do one specific activity, knowing what you want helps even when making a spontaneous trip. It can help with your budget, as well as knowing your time frame and how long you’ll want to stay. Be OK with being flexible When making a spontaneous trip, it is important to realize that some of the luxuries of planning will have to be given up, like planned out visits to museums and monuments that might otherwise be sold out. Look up online what types of things are popular in the city that don’t require planning, and then try to abide by those. This can help you figure out a general idea of what can be accomplished while on your trip. Also, when planning an overnight trip, call ahead to see what is available. This can save you from spending a night in the car. Spontaneous impromptu trips can be a fun way to get away...

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Play Day 2018
Apr25

Play Day 2018

Photos by Madeline Oden and Sarah Ifft The Stribling Hall mattress racing team rushes to the next check point during Play Day festivities on April 19. Far left back to right are: Katie Wilganowski, Valarie Krauser, Kendall Miller, Chloe Poe (on mattress), Brooke Martinka, Mikayla Presley, and Meghan...

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79th Easter Pageant
Apr11

79th Easter Pageant

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Easter Pageant showcases the Gospel to community and globe
Apr11

Easter Pageant showcases the Gospel to community and globe

It came close, but the annual UMHB Easter Pageant has never been stopped by bad weather in all of its 79 year history. This year was no exception after all the rain in the morning and the night before. Though rain storms delayed the first showing by forty-five minutes, prayers were answered as the three performances of the play about Jesus’ life were performed that afternoon under clearing skies, just like the first performance in 1940. Although the noon showing was delayed 45 minutes due to rain storms, there were still three performances that went as planned on the afternoon of March 28, just as it has since 1940. That year, Easter Pageant began providing the surrounding community of UMHB with the extraordinary opportunity to witness the retelling of Jesus’ life. Every year people come together from near and far to acknowledge and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as students at the university perform the story based on the ultimate sacrifice. This was the second year that live-streaming of the play was seen by people across the world. Last year’s performance generated around 31,503 viewers, who came from 22 states and six countries, including Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Ghana, Nigeria and Germany. According to the university’s website, 1,000 streamers watched an entire performance online this year. In addition, 5,000 people attended Easter Pageant on campus. One attendee, Lois Williams of Belton, has lived in the area for eight years. “I think I’ve only missed one year since we’ve moved here,” Williams said. “I just love the story and the commitment of all the students who put it on, and I have three little grandsons who live here who come with us with our kids. I look forward to their response to the Easter story.” Another audience member, Cynthia Tryon, is the advisor for the Association of Black Students on campus and has been coming to Easter Pageant for eleven years. “I look forward to the scene where the tomb is rolled away, and Jesus comes out,” Tryon said. “I love the part where they always invite everyone to come to Jesus, to invite Him to their hearts.” The performances that were livestreamed are up on the website and are still available to be viewed. Alyssa Silva, who works for the media services at the university, helped film Easter Pageant, and said that she learned a lot from the process. “Last year, I was a part of the special make-up team and I was up close and personal with Jesus,” Silva said. “I saw firsthand what was happening behind the scenes and the emotional draining Jesus went through....

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