Aromatherapy reduces stress, anxiety
Feb24

Aromatherapy reduces stress, anxiety

By Evangeline Ciupek It’s popping up everywhere — from General Nutrition Centers to Bath and Body Works, from the American Cancer Society to the offices of homeopathic psychologists. A practice that’s been around since the time of the ancient Egyptians, aromatherapy is enjoying a modern day renaissance. Public relations major, Angel Bell, said, “When I think of aromatherapy, the first thing that comes to mind is free mental health treatment.” Aromatherapy is the application or inhalation of essential plant oils. When rubbed onto the skin, the oil is absorbed and enters the bloodstream. When the smell of the oil is picked up by the olfactory nerve, the chemicals in the scent are carried to the brain’s limbic region. The American Cancer Society says that blood pressure, heart rate and even emotions are all affected by the limbic region of the brain. And the organization has looked into aromatherapy as a means of helping cancer patients cope with pain, depression, nausea and other side effects related to chemotherapy. The ancient Egyptians used plant oils for bathing and embalming. These oils were also a part of life for the ancient Greeks, Romans and Chinese. Modern aromatherapy is now a marketable product in health food stores and malls across America. Bath and Body Works carries its own line of aromatherapy products. The lotions, hand creams and pillow mists contain a variety of plant oils and extra ingredients. Christina McDonald, a licensed therapist who earned her undergraduate degrees from UMHB, sees aromatherapy used in her field of work. “In holistic psychology … aromatherapy has (been) very beneficial for a number of emotional issues,” she said. “There are several scents in the psychological world that we actually recommend for insomnia … a couple of those might be chamomile, the rose scent and clary sage.” Students may get benefits from one oil when relaxing after a hard day at school. “A good smell for relaxing is lavender, which is very easy to come by. It’s highly suggested in relieving stress. That is a great scent for helping you sleep as well,” she said. On the other end of the spectrum, aromatherapy may aid a person’s ability to focus on a task or study for a test. “There are certain kinds of scents that actually mentally stimulate,” McDonald said. “Rosemary is one.” Other scents, like basil and lemon oil, have energizing qualities. “They’re not quite as directly related to mental stimulation, but the fact that they uplift could actually refresh someone who might be studying.” Many factors affect the strength of an essential oil. The University of Minn-esota’s Web site says that essential oils are hard...

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One heart, one song, One Voice

By Andra Holbrooks One Voice is a group of ten talented students who do much more than just sing. “Our group is more of a ministry than a vocal ensemble,” said James Venable, senior Christian ministry major. “We deal with all kinds of people, so we have to be able to communicate a lot. We go to churches and sing, and we don’t want to seem like a clique,” he said. The students have traveled to many churches locally and to large cities such as Austin and Dallas. One Voice has a variety of people in the group. From freshmen to seniors, males and females, they have come together throughout the years forming special bonds. Meg Gohlke, senior music education major enjoys the group’s traveling   experiences. “One Voice went to climb Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, Texas, my sophomore year. After making it to the top of the rock, we sang our song entitled, ‘Build on the Rock’; which is about standing strong on the firm foundation of Christ,” she said. Gohlke has been a member for almost all of her college career. “The end of this semester will end my three years of being in One Voice, which is sad to think about,” she said. “I didn’t make One Voice my freshman year, but did sophomore year and have loved and cherished every minute of it.” The One Voice Concert was held in Hughes Recital Hall on Feb. 19. The performance included the group joined by a string ensemble and the chorale, another small group of singers on  campus. “The chorale is more of the classical style,” Venable said. “Together we are singing a Bach cantata. It’s more classical.” Gohlke was excited about performing with the strings as background music. “Singing with a string ensemble is not something we get to do often. It is an exciting opportunity and very enjoyable. It enhances the sense of baroque styling of Bach’s ‘Cantata Nr. 196’, which, in turn, is a more accurate experience for us,” she said. Looking back, Leslie Cross, junior vocal performance major, gave some insight of Thursday night’s event. “I thought the performance went really well. It’s always great to perform with strings, and I wish that those opportunities would happen more often,” she said. Mentally preparing for a concert is like getting pumped up for a sports event. “There is always such an excitement among us when we are about to perform. We know that we are (going) to bring the music to life,” Cross said. “I felt like that’s what happened on Thursday night: two ensembles working together to reach an audience in a way they...

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History comes to life through music, speech
Feb24

History comes to life through music, speech

Three children took part in a recent chapel celebration of black history month, reciting the 50 states with each capital and prominent figures of African-American history in rhyme. Other performers included a mother-daughter duet of “Because of Who You Are,” a solo performance of “Amazing Grace” and a rave-dance/light show by junior Christian ministry major Ryan Brack. Sophomore elementary education major Emily Phillips enjoyed the children’s routine and the way the school used chapel as a tool to inform. “The child performers were awesome. It was amazing how much they knew and how much they could remember,” she said. “I think that black history chapel is a great way to celebrate black history month.” Phillips embraces the recognition of African-American leaders as a chance to enhance the country’s rich culture. She said, “Black history is important to me because I think we should celebrate and learn about all the different cultures in our country.” Sophomore elementary education major Sarah Wooten thinks the importance of black history month lies in biblical principles. “I think it is important for people to celebrate the freedom God has given all of us. Equality is a vital part of American society, and now everyone is given the same opportunities as the next person,” she said. “I think our school did a good job at celebrating black history. The chapel was informing and enjoyable.” Gospel Fest, Feb. 16, was another event bringing attention to black history month. It showcased nine acts, including five solo performances and four group collaborations. Director of Student Relations & Community Service Dr. George Harrison and senior Christian ministry major Brandon Blackshear introduced the performers. Shelton Theater was filled with people from across the central Texas area. The audience was enthusiastic about the performers, standing, clapping and swaying with the music. Some moments in the evening left audience members crying. Sophomore biology major Viktoria Meadows thought the two events could have been combined into one to attract a larger crowd and make the celebration bigger. “I think that if the school would have combined black history chapel and Gospel Fest, the turnout to the event could turn it into something as popular as Spring Revival,” she said. “It would be nice to enjoy some gospel and learn more about black history in a larger celebration rather than within the confines of...

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The voice behind the phone: serving the Cru with every call

Many people talk to her. Few know her name. Debbie Bennett, the university’s administrative receptionist, directs countless calls each day. Responsible for the school’s main phone line, Bennett’s entire attention is on helping others. “I get to meet a lot of great people,” she said. “It’s an interesting job.” Bennett approaches her duties, which include answering phones, directing callers and assisting human resources and the admissions offices, as the chance to humbly serve others. “A student will come in crying because something didn’t go right,” Bennett said. “They’re lost and don’t have a clue. There are also those first-time parents who are sending their children off to college. I can relate.” She tries to meet the various needs that come through the Sanderford office doors, which is one of the lessons her mother taught her. Bennett dwelled on the concept “always help people.” She said her mother, who is 78 and lives in Monahans, Texas, set the perfect example. “She is very active and goes to church every time the door opens,” Bennett said of her mom. “She takes anywhere from two to three women to go with her who are normally not able to go. She’s the best mom.” Bennett has modeled herself after her mother’s attitude, according to her daughter, Lori Tupin. “My mother has always had the kindest heart, and she always put us before herself,” Tupin said. “Our needs were always met, and we are better people because of my mother’s generosity and loving heart.” Bennett’s past jobs have all been about assisting people. “(She) is the most selfless person that I know and she has a heart of gold,” Tupin said. “Any act of kindness that she gives is out of good faith, and she never expects anything in return.” Though born in Rockdale, Calif., Bennett was raised in Andrews, Texas. Her father was in the Marines. She then moved to Odessa, Texas, where she went to Odessa College and took a nine-month secretarial business class. In that same city she met and married David Bennett, her husband of 27 years, who is employed by the Texas Depart-ment of Transportation in Austin. David’s job has taken the family to various Texas cities, which have all brought a variety of adventures, including different jobs for Debbie. “Every time we’ve moved, it has been a better position for him,” Debbie said of her husband. Bennett has always been willing to make the adjustments, but it hasn’t been easy. “I’ve been very lucky to get good jobs, but it has been hard,” she said. “It’s difficult going to a town where you don’t know anybody and nobody...

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Zumba classes add spice, lively music to workouts
Feb10

Zumba classes add spice, lively music to workouts

By Lindsay Schaefer Dr. Jim King, dean of the College of Business, is one of the few males who attends the new Zumba classes, but that has not stopped him from learning how to shake his hips. He admits that it’s intimidating being one of the only males; however he enjoys giving Sue Weaver, the instructor, a hard time when she refers to the group as “girls.” Although King is surrounded by females, he is not embarrassed during the class because there is no time to be concerned if the other class participants are watching. “I can’t worry about what other people think,” he said. “I’m not coordinated enough. I am so focused on (Weaver), the mirror and myself that I just think about doing my best and getting it over with.” Weaver, director of Campus Recreation, said she brought zumba to the university because she is “always looking for new and innovative classes and (UMHB) really needed another cardiovascular type of class that people would like and would be interested in.” Zumba, Spanish slang for “to move fast and have fun,” is a Latin-inspired dance workout that blends salsa, meringue, cumbia and samba moves with classical aerobic steps to tone muscles and strengthen the cardiovascular system. Founded in Latin America by Beto Perez in the 1990s, Zumba was brought to the United States in 1999 and has grown into the most popular dance fitness class to sweep the U.S and abroad. The class is a high energy, fast-paced, full body exercise that makes it easy to forget that it’s a real exercise. Zumba’s catch phrase, “Ditch the party, join the workout,” is centered on the idea that exercising should be exciting and easy to do. Weaver said, “Mainly it’s just fun, and people don’t feel like they’re working out all that much, but in reality they are burning between 500 and 1,000 calories.” The class appeals to people who are looking for a new type of fitness regimen or to those who want to enjoy exercising with friends. King started attending the Zumba class because he was looking for a group exercise to add to his usual workout routine, so he took a chance by attending the first class. He has stuck with it and recommends it. “It’s a great activity for exercise, and it’s a lot of fun,” he said. Prior dance or athleticism abilities are not required to enjoy a zumba class; however, a positive attitude and a willingness to try are the keys to successfully completing a class. If you are considering taking the Zumba class, King offers words of wisdom. “You have to accept...

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Filling  Tatenda’s Shoes
Feb10

Filling Tatenda’s Shoes

“Good. Better. Best. Never let it rest, until the good is better and the better best.” -Tatenda Tavaziva Student Body President Garret Smith Junior mass communication/public relations major Q- How do you define good leadership? A- I think good leadership is for one thing, having not just a knowledge of how to lead, but two, taking the initiative of actually doing that, and once you start the course not letting up. Tommy Wilson Junior marketing major Q-What do you hope to do if elected? A-One of the main things I hope to do if elected here at Mary Hardin-Baylor is to continue helping build community. I know that’s a constant goal we’re working on, and we’re continuously trying to work on that, but the more that we press toward that and we really have that on our hearts and have that as our focus, I think we can achieve it. Kimberly Jones Junior history major Q- What experience or qualifications can you bring to the position? A- I was student body president in high school. I was freshman class chaplain, and I served two years on the executive cabinet. I am now internal vice president …. I have the leadership and administration gifts that I am ready and just excited to be using more on this...

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