Web master explains new Canvas system
Sep17

Web master explains new Canvas system

This semester, not only did the Bawcom Student Union change the look of campus, the roll out of the new online system for myCampus changed the look of students’ daily interactions with their classes.   Alumnus and Web Services Manager Matthew Irvine and his department were instrumental in laying out the new interface.   “Web Services was involved in creating a consistent look and feel between myCampus and myCourses. Most schools use the out-of-the-box styling provided by different software titles,” he said. “We believe that it provides a better user experience to have more consistency.”   Irvine’s office was responsible for facilitating a smooth transitional mechanism between two parts of the online system that had once been separate.   He said, “We were also involved in building a bridge between our student information system and myCourses. Since these two pieces of software are provided by two different vendors, we created a mechanism for the two systems to securely pass data back and forth.”   Irvine believes the new look and reorganization have been received well by most people on campus.   “I have heard mostly good things from faculty and students. People generally find myCourses easier to use than the old LMS. Faculty are able to more easily create rich content in their courses, and students are already benefitting from more interactive and feature-rich course content,” he said.   Irvine likes the new conveniences the interface has to offer.   “One of the best features, in my opinion, is the way that videos work now,” he said. “Instead of being forced to download an entire video file and hope that it is compatible with your system, myCourses is built with video support that provides students the ability to stream videos from any Web browser on any operating system.”   Students and faculty have brought forward concerns about one setback, though.   “There has been some difficulty in using the Canvas app. We are working with our vendor to correct this issue, but there is a simple workaround to that problem. Instead of typing the university name, students can complete the login process by entering the full URL of mycourses.umhb.edu, then pressing ‘Go,’” Irvine said.”   Overall, Irvine is pleased with the work of his department and the results it’s produced.   “I love myCourses. It provides a great framework for faculty to provide excellent learning resources to students, and it provides students with a much more intuitive and user-friendly learning management system,” he...

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Letter from the editor
Sep17

Letter from the editor

Words are so powerful. That’s not something new to me. But these past two weeks have  reminded me just how much the things we say and do effect other people. The power of the tongue, whether in print or through word of mouth, can change someone’s day.   After running “Gay: Not the New Black,” last issue, a barrage of social media posts have been directed at this publication and staff.   First, I want to thank everyone who commented and shared the story — Thank you for illustrating the powerful impact of free speech. While going to UMHB has many perks, exercising the ability to express myself on a lot of different platforms is one of my favorites.   Many terrible things have been directed at me and the people I care about because of one writer’s opinion. To answer any doubts, yes I love the Lord with all my heart and would not want to compromise my love for Christ by allowing something hateful to be published, which brings me to my real point.   The previously published article did not, seek to condemn or disapprove of any people group. Instead, it sought to present a comparison brought up by publications like The Huffington Post. Comparing gays and African Americans did not start with The Bells. It’s an old and unfair weighing of two very different struggles, brought to our writer’s attention by larger media outlets.   The point of “Gay: Not the New Black” was not to deem either struggle as right or wrong. It wasn’t to question or mock any group of people. The only wrongness pointed out was in reference to the comparison of these two very real struggles. The writer provides his own opinion via his commentary, stating that he believes the physical violence inflicted on the black community cannot be compared to that of the LGBT community. Not to say that both groups haven’t suffered terrible, unfair and unnecessary hurt — they definitely have.   Yes, I believe in treating every single human being with kindness and courtesy. And even more so, I love this university and would never do anything to make people think otherwise.   It saddens me to hear that some alumni are ashamed to be affiliated with their alma mater because of one opinion piece.   Whether it’s a Facebook group or a comment, rather than lashing out at the people who published a sensitive story, I think we should all take a step back and remember what matters, and why so much disagreement has arisen.   Love. We should love each other. I don’t care who you...

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Staying healthy in college culture
Sep17

Staying healthy in college culture

Worried about putting on a few more pounds with the opening of the on campus Chick-fil-A? Anticipating late night study sessions that wouldn’t be complete without cookies and Doritos? You’re not alone. It’s not easy to stay in shape when the college culture encourages you to sleep in rather than wake up early for a gym session or hit up Whataburger at 2 a.m. just because you can.   Studies show that 70 percent of students gain weight during college. They also suggest that the “freshman 15” is real.   Freshman biology major Austin Roden knows the challenges he’ll be facing as he transitions to campus life but intends to be proactive.   “My biggest worry about fitness in college is not finding time to work out. I haven’t had that problem yet, but as the semester goes on I might,” Roden said. “My plan to avoid that is to make sure I get my homework and studies done in time to leave extra hours for myself to work out.”   Roden has already used amenities UMHB offers to help students maintain a healthy lifestyle while on campus.   “I’ve definitely taken advantage of the Mayborn Campus Center’s facilities. It’s awesome that we have such an extensive amount of equipment available to us. I try to make sure to run two miles on the treadmill daily and also add fitness by playing soccer and basketball whenever I see people playing,” he said.   Campus Rec, the hub of fitness located between McLane Hall and Beall Hall, has something for everyone to enjoy. They sponsor fitness classes, intramural leagues, competitions and tournaments that are all available to students for no charge. Yoga, spinning, Zumba and aqua calorie burner are just a few of the classes offered at Mayborn Campus Center.   Junior pre-physical therapy major Madison Butler works in the Campus Rec office. She encourages students to participate in intramurals because “you make a lot of friends, and it’s a fun way to get involved in campus activities and stay in shape.”   Butler says that students looking to join an intramural team can register as a free agent or with a team through IM Leagues on the Campus Rec website.   Junior business administration major Tucker Saxton talked about the importance of incorporating fitness and healthy eating into his daily routine. He enjoys lifting weights at Mayborn Campus Center, playing intramural flag football and running around campus. Saxton knows the long-term benefits of a healthy lifestyle in college.   “I think it’s important because if we can devise a system of exercise and stick with it even while being...

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Art exhibit shows suffering of Christ
Sep17

Art exhibit shows suffering of Christ

Since the Baugh Center for Visual Arts opened last year, the school has been very consistent with using the gallery to display art shows and exhibits for various other things.   Usually, the works are created by different artists from all over the world while others keep it close to home and host a student or faculty art show  in the gallery.   Currently in the gallery, there is an exhibit of different works from French modernist artist Georges Rouault called Seeing Christ in the Darkness.   Most of the works that are currently displayed are different portrayals of suffering and are often seen as gloomy and depressing.   The black and white paintings are dramatic, though there are a few paintings that were done in color.   The paintings are all very similar, with thick lines and the same style throughout each individual work.   The gallery is set up to only shed a small amount of light to be able to see the paintings, but it isn’t as brightly lit as it has been in the past.   The exhibit of art was done by Rouault in the 1900s and has been a traveling show since then.   “The Rouault exhibit, while focusing attention on the suffering of Christ and the shared suffering of the working class and downtrodden citizens of Paris of the early 1900s, shows a glimmer of hope and compassion which hopefully viewers can sense,” art department chairperson Hershall Seals said.   This is an exhibit that many art students can appreciate, but any student on campus is welcome to come to the gallery and check out the different pieces of work done by Rouault.   “It is important for students to see these impressive Modernist works and to take note on how Rouault developed his signature style, giving voice to powerful emotions and how he had as his mission a sense of social justice in his art,” Seals said.   Sophomore art education major Francesca Infurnari visited the exhibit and thinks it’s very important for students in the major to go to these shows  held here throughout the semester.   “I think that it’s really crucial to see successful artists’ work in galleries. It’s important to see why and how they got to that point,” she said. “I like when an artist does a series of something, because the variations between each piece are so interesting.”   When this show is finished here on campus, the art department will host another show for the students to come and see.   “Different artists give me new ideas and make me think I should try...

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Cru football runs through Redlands
Sep17

Cru football runs through Redlands

The Crusaders opened the 2014 season with a big win at home in front of a packed house. The 36-0 win against a talented Redlands team pushed the Cru to a 2-0 start.   The defensive play from the Cru was outstanding, giving up only 155 yards total for the game.   “When you are able to shut an opponent out, it is always a good thing. It takes the pressure off of us on the offensive side of the ball and allows us to play freely.  We feed off of the defense, and they are doing a great job right now,” senior offensive lineman Riley Holmes said.   On Saturday it looked as if  Redlands were going to be a match for the Crusaders, as they exchanged field position through punts all throughout the first quarter. After forcing Redlands to a safety though, the purple and gold soon caught their stride and began bulldozing in for scores on the ground.   Blake Jackson converted the first score on a three-yard run to make the score 9-0 late in the first quarter.   “We felt like we were able to control the line of scrimmage, and that is a big thing for us. If we are able to beat them up front, everything else will eventually fall into place for our offense,” Holmes said.   The Cru continued to dominate the game with junior running back Michael Carpenter and senior Kamray Runnels adding to the lead with scores of their own.   Runnels finished the game with 133 yards on nine catches, and asserted himself as the go-to guy on the outside.   There were many positives looking back on the game Saturday against Redlands, but one big injury on the defensive side of the ball put a damper on the game. Junior defensive tackle standout, Lamar Seels was carted off the field due to what looked like a bad leg injury on the opening play of the game.   “Losing him (Seels) isn’t good for the team. He has been so good for us, so hopefully he will be OK and able to get back out there,” senior tight end Eric Nelson said.   Injuries have already made a mark on the season just two games in, but they aren’t letting things like that take their eyes off of the ultimate goal.   “Unfortunately there are always going to be injuries in a football season. It is just one of those things that you have to deal with, and how we respond to that adversity will determine how successful we will be this year,” Holmes said.  “We have...

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Saddle up with Cru Riding Association
Sep17

Saddle up with Cru Riding Association

Owning your own horse is not required. On Sept. 3, the Cru Riding Association held their first meeting of the fall semester. Many UMHB students were in attendance. When asked why she was interested in becoming a member, freshman biology major Grace Gibson said, “I rode horses almost eight years ago at a camp and fell in love. It is just too expensive to own and maintain a horse by myself.”   The riding club has been an unofficial association for four years at UMHB, but this year is its first year as an active organization. The riding club president and senior nursing major Kelsey Kunk said, “We are now able to receive funding, which enabled us to become an active association.” Vice President and sophomore nursing major Erica Lowe said, “Members are limited to UMHB. Family members are welcome to accompany students, but are not able to ride the horses.”   Members are required to do three hours of community service and participate in riding days. Riding days are pre-arranged days designed for the group to ride for three hours. There are between 10 and 12 riding days for this school year, ranging from free to $15 per student. Price is determined by how many members RSVP for that particular scheduled riding day. Saturday, Oct. 4 is the first riding day. Water and snacks will be provided. Plus, the association participates in horse-related attractions, seminars, movies, performances and shows to as a club.   The group has partnered with Anne’s Barn in Holland to provide six to seven horses for the members to ride. Members may also utilize their own horse with prior permission. All levels of riders are invited, from beginners to the most experienced. Transportation to and from riding days and required equipment are provided by UMHB.   In October the association will be searching for members who are interested in holding an office in the club. Positions available include president, historian and public relations. Current advisers for the club are Heath Cox from the physical plant department and Megan Owen of the records...

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