Ad council’s common sense campaigns a waste of gov. funds
Apr20

Ad council’s common sense campaigns a waste of gov. funds

We’ve all seen the commercials; an anthropomorphic bear telling you to put out campfires, smokers telling the dangers of tobacco. Public service announcements run rampant on television, radio and just about every other form of mass communication. But what we don’t question is whether they’re an appropriate use of government funds. The Ad Council is a non-profit organization that produces public service announcements for a wide range of non-profits, agencies and even the United States government. The organization was founded in 1941 and soon became a major contributor to World War II efforts, encouraging Americans to enlist, buy war bonds, and support the war effort in many other ways. Seventy-five years later, the country is in an era where most people have access to a multitude of information in their pockets. So, is it really necessary to spend government funds pumping out ads that most people think are common sense? Let’s look at the Ad Council’s most notable campaign, Smokey the Bear. The iconic bear is the product of a collaboration between the US Forest Service and the Ad Council. The campaign was created in 1944 to spread awareness about wildfire prevention. Smokey’s warning that “if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave” is good advice, but one would think campers could use their own common sense when it comes to putting out campfires. If someone needs a cartoon bear to tell them that leaving a roaring fire unattended in the woods is a bad idea, then humanity as a whole probably has bigger problems. Another reoccurring PSA subject is tobacco awareness, with frequent ads that show the side-effects of smoking. But in 2016, do people really need to be told that filling their lungs with smoke could have negative health effects? It may be different if campaigns had a noticeable impact, but it’s not clear that they do. According to United Press International, a recent study on hundreds of PSAs worldwide produced mixed results. The study concluded that while anti-smoking campaigns seem to be effective, campaigns warning about the dangers of alcohol fall flat. Ads with additional content – from nutrition to health screenings – were all over the map. So, if it’s not clear whether or not the ads even have the desired impact, then maybe it’s time to consider shutting them down. After all, it’s not the government’s place to make life decisions for everybody. It’s time we used a little common sense to make our own...

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Social media: A breeding ground for bullies
Apr20

Social media: A breeding ground for bullies

With the advent of social media, we can constantly keep up with everyone and everything. While having instant access can be good, it also allows social media users to comment anonymously. This can sometimes lead to cyberbullying. Recently under fire from social media, is 20-year-old R&B singer-songwriter, Kehlani Parrish, who releases her music as Kehlani. Kehlani is from Oakland, California and prior to fame was part of the teen pop band PopLyfe, who finished fourth place in the sixth season of America’s Got Talent. Kehlani came under fire when rumors popped up that she cheated on her boyfriend, professional basketball player Kyrie Irving, with her ex-boyfriend PartyNextDoor, a fellow singer-songwriter. Once news sources leaked the information, social media lit up with negative comments. Commentors shamed Kehlani and called her inappropriate names. Even though this did not become a trending topic on social media, it was still a mass cyberbully attack. According to Dictionary.com, cyberbullying can be defined as the act of harassing someone online by sending or posting mean messages, usually anonymously. While those who posted about Kehlani might not have been anonymous, they fit the first half of the definition really well. These users were posting things that they would not say to Kehlani’s face, if they ever met. The cyberbullying got so bad that Kehlani attempted suicide. Her friend, PartyNextDoor, found the singer and called 911. Fortunately, she was found in the right amount of time and survived her attempt. When she awoke from her living nightmare, she posted a picture of her arm with the IV in it to her Instagram account, detailing what happened and how thankful she was to be safe. The picture went viral with the hashtag, #staystrongKehlani, trending on social media sites. One thing most people forget when making not-so-pleasant comments, especially about their private life, is that there is an actual person behind that public persona. Kehlani’s post made people realize that their comments did actually effect someone. Many celebrities reached out to Kehlani, while some added to the cyberbullying noise. Singer Chris Brown took his opinions to Twitter, shaming Kehlani and implying that she posted a picture from the hospital in order to stay in the media. Fortunately, other celebs called Brown out on his actions and his followers began dropping like flies. While the advancement of technology and social media has been great, it has also made people more susceptible to bullying. Cyberbullying is a category of its own, because while it may not be physically painful, it can cause a lot of mental and psychological damage. And because cyberbullies are often anonymous, it can make it impossible for...

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Revival unites students
Apr20

Revival unites students

The very essence of UMHB’s Spring Revival is praise and worship of God. Each year, hundreds of students gather in the quad for three days to fellowship and worship together. This year, the band Digital Age was back for their third time, and Dr. Kneeland Brown was there cracking jokes and ministering to all who came to participate in the annual event. The event is student led, and draws in not only those seeking out the event, but also people walking by. Spring revival comes just days after the university’s Easter Pageant and helps students reflect on what Jesus did for us. It’s a time to praise and worship, and come together as one body of Christ. The Digital Age was happy to be a part of Revival, and helped to set the tone for the entire event. “We don’t typically do things more than a year or two, and they asked us again, and we were like ‘Of course we’re going to do it, cause we love you guys. We really do,’” said Mike Dodson, the group’s piano player. Guitarist Mark Waldrop (Shark) also had positive things to say about the event. “Everyone we’ve met here has been awesome, we have a lot of friends from Baylor who are here now, and it’s just awesome to sleep in our own beds and come down here,” he said. The band hails from Waco, where they first formed. But it wasn’t just the band who enjoyed the event that took place under a tent. Those who helped plan Revival were also moved by its worship-centered vibes. “One of my favorite aspects of the event was just getting to work with the committee.” aid Kelsey Riegel, junior history major. “Every single one of them had different stories, but they were all so on fire for the Lord and that was so evident through the whole Revival process. Getting to hear how they were telling their family and friends about the event, and getting to share the gospel with them was just incredibly uplifting,” Riegel said for her, the best part was that most of them were freshman and had never even been to UMHB’S Revival. “They didn’t know what it was going to look like when it all came together, so seeing them so excited and passionate for an event they’d never been to was so amazing and humbling,” she...

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Career Services prepares students for graduation
Feb16

Career Services prepares students for graduation

“Start Early, Be Prepared Get Noticed!” That’s exactly what Career Services can help graduating seniors do. College students are all here for the same thing; to get an education and gain experiences that will help them attain future jobs. Finding a job before graduation can be a difficult task, but with the help of UMHB’s Career Services, the process can be easier. Career Services helps students create resumes, make connections in the field they’re interested in, and assist seniors in finding full-time jobs directly out of college. “We feel career planning is a four-year activity and students need to take advantage of their college years to explore and confirm career paths,” said Don Owens, the director of Career services. Owens said that the four steps to succeed in finding a job are: completing an interest assessment as a freshman and then at the start of junior year, start your professional career resume right away, review it every month to add skills and experiences that will be required for field work, complete three different internships, and build connections and a network. Career Services offers workshops throughout the year in addition to eight job fairs: the Senior Etiquette Dinner, Speed Interview Events, Mock Interview Appointments, Employer Information Sessions, and Employer Campus Interview Days. The department also actively partners with the Belton Chamber of Commerce to aid in the Apprentice Belton Mentoring program, and the Alumni Association to bring the Fall Homecoming Alumni Career Connection BBQ. “We will also partner with the Social Work Program to host the first Social Work Expo on March 4 and with the Modern Foreign Languages Program for Spanish in the Marketplace roundtable.” Jobs offered through Career services include off-campus, part-time positions, internships, and full time jobs. These job opportunities could be anywhere from local, regional, statewide, national, or even international positions. “I’ve been multiple times and they’ve given me great advice. [Career Services] Made me feel more secure about getting into the field I’m going into,” said junior psychology major Scott Carter. Career Services offers a program called “Cru Connection” which is a university career management tool. Cru Connection is used to link students and alumni with employers. Owens suggests that students, if available, bring a current resume to the meeting, if they have one available. If students do not have a resume available, then the Career Services staff, will gladly assist the student in developing their professional resume. Career Services is located on the second floor of Mabee, room 202. They will take appointments or walk-ins. For more information, call 254-295-4691 or send an email to careerservices@umhb.edu. Students can also find the Career Services page...

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Students raise the curtain on new drama club
Feb16

Students raise the curtain on new drama club

The Crusader Company is one of the newest organizations on campus and was formed in the fall semester of 2015. The club hopes to help students prepare for work in show business. Whether students have experience or not, the club accepts them all. “We wanted to make the club because there was no drama club on campus,” said Danielle East, the club’s president. The purpose of Crusader Company is to help students gain knowledge of everything that would happen onstage or backstage, like using props, making costumes, creating a scene, and acting. The club will host workshops this semester to help students improve in a certain area and rehearse for upcoming plays. Club sponsor and supervisor Kathy Owens said the organization is a way for those interested in theatre to get their feet wet. “It will introduce them to the various tasks that theatre production require,” Owens said. “It will also allow like-minded individuals to bond over their shared love of theatre.” Owens likes the potential of the organization,” “It has the potential to be a wonderful force on campus,”she said. There will be many events this spring semester in which students can get involved. For their February fundraiser, the organization will be selling chocolate covered strawberries (two for a dollar) in the first floor of Bawcom on Friday, Feb. 12. The club will also be partnering with ROTC in March for a unique service project. Members of Crusader Company will pose as civilians, leaders, and military personnel during a training exercise put on by the ROTC. The opposing forces (played by the Crusader Company members) and the ROTC members will both be armed with paintball guns to simulate combat. The organization also plans to perform a small play for students and the community sometime during the semester. With the organization continuing to gain recognition, East said she has realized the need for such a club on campus. “I like how [Crusader Company] has gained a lot of feedback about how an organization like it needs to be on campus,” East said. The organization is currently meeting every other Monday in the Baugh Center for Visual Arts at 8...

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Helping Hands offers hope to Bell County
Feb16

Helping Hands offers hope to Bell County

lton Ministers Fellowship in 1995, Helping Hands has aided thousands of families who have fallen on hard times. Aid can be anything from groceries, items for new parents, financial help, and professional training, all at no cost to the participant. The executive director of the ministry, Rucker Preston, said it is important to have something like Helping Hands available in the community in order to solve social and economic problems that face the people of Belton, TX. “The reason we do what we do is because we believe Jesus meant what He said, so we are to follow His example and serve people in a very holistic way,” Preston said. “We do that through three different initiatives—relief, development, and advocacy.” Relief comes in the form of helping someone with their pressing physical needs like providing food, clothing, praying with them in the organization’s chapel, providing school supplies, or providing emergency needs for homeless families. “And then there’s development, which is where we work towards helping someone work their way out of poverty, save for the future to get a higher education, or find a job in our employment mentoring ministry,” Preston said. The director said it is also important for the organization and those who support it to be an advocate and a voice for the families who are trapped in poverty. Advocacy can come through talking to others about Helping Hands, providing donations, or volunteering at the organization. Senior social work major, Braden Wilson, said he chose the ministry to fulfill his internship requirements because of what they do for less fortunate families and the Kingdom of God. “I just love that Helping Hands is faith-based,” Wilson said. “[The organization] is supported by all different churches in the area who really work together to better the community.” Wilson also said that she likes Helping Hands’ holistic approach to helping each person who benefits from the ministry. “We ask them, is this helping? How can we improve this? What can we do better?” she said. “So, they really work for the clients.” Helping Hands is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, which means the services they provide are not funded by the government. They fund their charitable giving through a resale shop, donations from private donors, and monetary support from local churches. Senior social work major and Helping Hands intern, Michael Carpenter, said the work he’s done through the organization has not only helped needy families, but it has also helped him gain a unique perspective and experience that will help him in his future career. “I am a social work major and Helping Hands directly helped me by allowing...

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