Oscars Review
Feb27

Oscars Review

The Oscars have always been a big deal to me. When the show came on, I always watched it. I even had a party for it one year in college. This year, I celebrated the Oscars at Grand Avenue Theaters. It was a very nice evening for people in the community. There were a lot of games and activities for the guests to participate in before the production started. I enjoyed viewing the Oscars on a big screen for the first time. Grand Avenue did a great job with this event. They had a red carpet and a professional photographer. There were three awards given out at the end of the night to the guests who came. These awards were Best Dressed, Ballot Champion and Ballot Runner-Up. The Oscars themselves were pretty unpredictable. I guessed some of the right winners but not all of them. It was also weird this year because there was no host. The introduction of the Oscars celebrated one of the nominated films, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” with a Queen concert featuring Adam Lambert in place of Freddie Mercury. The moving performance was led by lead guitarist Brian May. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was nominated for five awards including Best Picture and won four of these awards. Rami Malek, who portrayed Freddie Mercury in the film, won Best Actor in a Leading Role. This was his first time being nominated for and winning an Oscar. His acceptance speech was moving. “Part of my story is being written right now. And I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you, and everyone who believed in me for this moment,” he said. “It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life.” My favorite performance of the night has to go to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who starred in the 2018 remake of the hit musical “A Star is Born.” At the ceremony, they sang the popular anthem “Shallow” from the film, which won Best Original Song. During her acceptance speech, Lady Gaga said, “If you are at home and you’re sitting on your couch and you’re watching this right now, all I have to say is that this is hard work, and I’ve worked for a long time, and it’s not about, ya know, it’s not about winning… If you have a dream, fight for it. If there’s a discipline for passion — and it’s not about how many times you get rejected or fall down or you’re beaten up. It’s about how many times you stand up and are brave and you keep on going. Thank you.” There were a lot more great movies that won awards, but the most shocking award was Best Picture. Everyone expected “Roma” to win due to the film’s success with titles such as Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Cinematography. However, the award for Best Picture went to “Green Book.” The movie is about an unlikely friendship and the struggles the characters faced in the 1960s. The film starred Mahershala Ali, who won Best Supporting Actor, and Viggo Mortensen. Director Peter Farrelly gave an inspiring speech. “The whole story is about love. It’s about loving each other despite our differences and finding out the truth about who we are: we’re the same people,”...

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Student organization BRIDGEs the gap

UMHB held its second meeting for a new organization on campus called Cru Bridge on the third floor of Bawcom Student Union on Thursday, Feb. 14. Cru Bridge is a multicultural club that is meant to celebrate diversity and emphasize internationality. The club is encouraging people to join, explaining that it is educational while allowing students to experience cultures that they may have never been exposed to before. “I’ve noticed a lot of people from UMHB tend to be homeschooled or from small towns, and growing up in those environments doesn’t really allow people to taste different cultures,” freshman Bridge Club President Cecilia Nguyen said. “This club will allow for that to be accessible and fun.” “I love the idea that emerged from the creation of the group itself,” Dat Nguyen, a freshman biology pre-med major, said. “As you know, the United States is a country of immigrants. There are so many different ethnicities and cultures existing here where we live. And Cru Bridge is a place where we can be exposed to and learn about different people with different backgrounds. I’m excited about the knowledge that I can gain, the people that I can meet, and a chance to show new people the wonderful things of my culture as well as the common culture on the U. S.” The club was brought about when three students, Vydia Lu, Tu Le and Cecilia Nguyen came together, wanting an organization dedicated toward international students. After much consideration, the students took the idea to the Student Government Association in the fall. They went through the required steps for approval, leaving many of the SGA members fascinated with their topic and goals. The organization was soon approved, and Cru Bridge held their first meeting on Jan. 31. Cru Bridge plans to be involved in many upcoming activities, including a multicultural festival in March. This festival will be held in collaboration with the Association of Black Students and the Hispanic Student Association. Some of the many activities that may be included in the festival are a Tai Chi demonstration, Chinese calligraphy and a Folklorico dance show. In April, Cru Bridge also plans to collaborate with the Psychological Science Club and have a panel of students of color talk about their experience with UMHB. “We just want to be a bridge for multiple different people or groups, including people who grew up in different cultures,” Cecilia Nguyen said. The club wants their meetings to include activities that represent the idea of internationality. “We want to have cultural games that people played as children and introduce those to people,” said the Cru Bridge adviser Dr. Haedy Liu. The next meeting will be held on Feb. 28 in Conference Room A, located on the second floor of Bawcom Student Union. All students are invited and encouraged to...

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Windhover Writers’ Festival provides opportunities for aspiring writers
Feb27

Windhover Writers’ Festival provides opportunities for aspiring writers

The third floor of Bawcom Student Union took on a new look as UMHB hosted the annual Windhover Writers’ Festival from Feb. 13 to Feb. 15. Attendees lined up at the registration table to claim their spots and purchase the featured speakers’ books. All attendees had the chance to improve their writing at workshops led by keynote speakers. UMHB students also had the opportunity to attend free workshops exclusively for students. The Writers’ Festival featured four keynote speakers including D.S. Martin, Daniel Taylor, Sarah M. Wells and Still on the Hill. The different speakers provided insight on a wide variety of writing including poetry, novel writing, essay writing and songwriting. The event began with a Black History Month creative writing panel and creative writing showcase featuring works by UMHB students. The festival also included an open mic night on the first day of the festival. The Writers’ Festival also included panels with various writers including Kim Bond, Christine Boldt, Bill Stadick, R.W. Haynes, Patricia Hamilton, Chris Haven, Janet McCann, Joe Christopher and Mark Bennion. The event included workshops such as “Mining Memory: Digging Deeper to Enrich Your Writing” with Sarah M. Wells, “Flash Fiction: Seeing a World in a Grain of Sand” with Daniel Taylor, “Becoming a Poet (With or Without an MFA)” with D.S. Martin and a songwriting workshop with Still on the Hill. Additionally, attendees were able to attend readings with Sarah M. Wells and D.S. Martin as well as the George Nixon Memorial Lecture with Daniel Taylor. The festival also included a concert performed by Still on the Hill. Miracle Gant, a junior English major, attended workshops led by poet D.S. Martin and author Daniel Taylor. “I think the workshops are very beneficial because you get to learn a new skill, but you also get to see how someone teaches that skill,” Gant said. “Watching someone break something down that you might be generally familiar with, like prose or poetry, reminds you of the basics and the many ways there are to do the basics.” Gant has participated in the Writers’ Festival for two years and believes it is beneficial for new writers who are working to network with published writers. “Honestly, it really helps newer writers build contacts,” Gant said. “You meet some of your heroes, discover new work you like and find journals and magazines you can submit [works] to. It kind of works as a giant networking/ reading list building event.” The festival also offered a unique question and answer session with the keynote speakers as part of a partnership with the UMHB Career Services office. The session was free and open to the public. “We approached the English department two summers ago to see if there was a place that we could merge into the Writers’ Festival to have a session that students who are aspiring to be writers could quiz published writers about how they got into the field,” Don Owens, director of Career Services at UMHB, said. “We feel like the event will grow. The authors and writers are really gracious to stay and answer questions during the little window we had. We think that the Q&A session has the potential to grow.” Dr. Nathaniel Hansen, associate professor of English at UMHB and editor of The Windhover, UMHB’s national literary journal, has organized the festival for...

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Remschel Hall hosts annual tacky prom
Feb27

Remschel Hall hosts annual tacky prom

UMHB students joined the residents of Remschel Hall for their third annual Tacky Prom, on Friday, Feb. 22. Attendees were encouraged to dress in tacky 90s-style attire with crazy patterns and colors. Tutus, brightly colored suits and graphic tees filled up the dance floor. Before walking through the front door, students could see the colored lights through the large windows and the music could be heard throughout the quad. Inside, the lobby was decorated like a typical high school prom with a little 90s flair. Shiny gold curtains were hung on the walls and in the doorways, and glow sticks and Ring Pops lined the tables. Bright and colorful lights reflected off of the disco ball which hung over the dance floor. Streamers adorned the walls and old rock band posters decorated the snack area. Sophomore nursing major and Remschel RA Laura Sanchez was relieved that the event was successful. “We worked so hard to create this community and it was truly special to see it come to life,” Sanchez said. Students danced the night away to popular dance music, including hits like “Footloose” and “The Cupid Shuffle.” In addition to dancing, the Remschel RAs planned fun activities including a hulahoop contest, electing a prom king and queen, karaoke and a guessing game about the amount of Skittles in a jar. Freshman graphic design major Macy Mitchell was voted prom queen. “I never felt the need to attend prom in high school,” Mitchell said. “Remschel held Tacky Prom, and I decided to go because honestly, it sounded like it was mocking high school proms. The event was really fun. I ended up being crowned Tacky Prom Queen, so one could say I was prom queen at my very first prom. Overall, it has probably been one of my favorite events that Remschelhas held.” While dancing was not for everyone, students enjoyed the interactive photo booth and the snack bar, complete with popsicles and a chocolate fountain. Freshman physical therapy major Lezley Garcia also enjoyed the night. “Tacky prom was awesome… It was an amazing moment and a good break from all the studying,” Garcia said. “ It was a fun time seeing everyone’s sweet moves and having a blast. [I really enjoyed] everything because it reminded me of my high school prom and I hope to attend again next...

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Students skate the night away at CAB event
Feb27

Students skate the night away at CAB event

Neon lights and the sound of laughter greeted students as they walked into Wheels Family Skating Center in Temple on Thursday, Feb. 21. The skating center hosted the UMHB students for their annual skate night, which is planned each year by the Campus Activities Board. Students were encouraged to attend the event wearing outfits from their favorite fashion decade. Senior criminal justice and psychology double major Kelly Taylor, who is also a CAB member, attended the event. “I really enjoyed getting to see my friends there!” Taylor said. “The thing I love the most about skate night is that it caters to all sorts of different student groups. So, not only did I get to see my normal circle of friends, but also those friends that I don’t get to see all that often because our classes and work schedules don’t mesh.” Students skated to music from every decade and laughed with friends as they glided across the floor. Sidney Locke, a sophomore church music major, had fun at the event. “It had been a long time since I skated,” Locke said. “I wanted to go to the skate night to hang out with my friends and maybe re-live some good childhood memories. I also thought it was a good way to relax and maybe even go back to a different decade.” The decades theme was a hit amongst the students who attended. “I think this was a great theme,” Locke said. “The decades are so traditional and unique and going back in time is spontaneous. One of the things I loved the most about skate night was the music because it was good, classic music.” The skate night also included a costume contest and a limbo contest. While no one was able to conquer the lowest level during the limbo contest, students came prepared for the costume contest. Steven Neaves, a junior finance major, won the male costume contest. Sophomore physical education major Maya Reinauer won the female costume contest. The skate night required a lot of planning from CAB members, including selecting the theme. Brianna Flanter, a freshman pre-dental cell biology major and member of Exec CAB, helped plan the event with members of CAB. “In the past, we’ve done an 80s theme and we wanted to do something like that again. After some talking with our CAB members, we realized opening the theme up to any decade would allow people to feel more comfortable in their costume of choice,” Flanter said. “I think it worked well!  We had so many people show up in decades from the 20s to the 90s.” While the decades skate night required a tremendous amount of planning, the large number of students who attended the event proves that the hard work CAB put into the skate night was worth it. Events like this one help CAB achieve its goal of building community on campus. If you want to help plan similar events for students, CAB meetings are held every Monday at 8:30 p.m. in the Student Organizations office on the second floor of Bawcom Student Union. If you want to learn more about...

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Nursing job fair introduces senior students to job opportunities
Feb27

Nursing job fair introduces senior students to job opportunities

Senior year is a stressful time for college students. As they prepare for graduation, one question continually lingers in every student’s mind: Where will I work after graduation? Nursing majors must decide whether they want to work in a large hospital, small clinic or other healthcare setting. Finding jobs in the nursing field is especially important for UMHB students, as the nursing program is the largest undergraduate program on campus. In order to alleviate some of the stress that comes with job-hunting and to help prepare students for life in the workforce, UMHB’s Career Services hosts several job fairs throughout the school year. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the Nursing Job Fair was held in the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center. Nursing students who will be graduating in May attended the event dressed in professional attire to impress prospective employers. About 15 different employers had booths set up at the event. Students had the opportunity to visit each table, learn more about the employers who were present and ask questions about life as a nurse. Director of Career Services Don Owens thought the event was a success. “The recruiters are always most impressed with our students,” he said. “The seniors attending the event are always so well prepared and dressed professionally.” Senior nursing major Marvellous Ukuku attended the event. “I enjoyed the opportunity to showcase my credentials and see the different avenues the nursing world has for me to explore,” she said. After she graduates in May, she hopes to work as a neonatal infant care nurse. “I would like to be a nurse that provides care to all spectrums of vulnerable populations,” she stated. According to the Career Services website, “the mission of University Career Services, a division of Student Life, is to encourage and assist students in the discovery of their unique talents and gifts, development of career and job-related skills, and leadership in purpose and vision as they pursue their vocation.” Not all of the job fairs hosted by Career Services are exclusively for nursing students. On March 21, an Education Job Fair will be held in McLane Great Hall in Bawcom Student Union from 2-3:30 p.m. Students who want to pursue a career in education are encouraged to attend. Owens recommends that all UMHB students join Handshake, a recruiting platform that allows students and alumni to connect with potential employers online. To learn more about upcoming events hosted by Career Services, stop by their office on the second floor of Mabee Student Success Center or call...

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