Spending this Valentine’s Day with your pet?
Feb13

Spending this Valentine’s Day with your pet?

Many people on Valentine’s Day don’t always have a special someone to spend their time with. Instead, many choose to enjoy it with their pets. Statistics show that American households this year alone will spend about $647.9 million on gifts for their cats and dogs (finder.com). However, whether it’s spoiling them with a treat, hitting the outdoors, or just watching a movie together, pets will always enjoy getting the attention from their owners. After all, Valentine’s Day is about spending it with the ones you love, even the furry ...

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Spreading the love
Feb13

Spreading the love

When February 14 is mentioned, shades of pink and heart-shaped candies immediately come to mind. Valentine’s Day is a time when love is celebrated all over the world. While Valentine’s Day is devoted to showing the people around you that you love them, we often get caught up in the commercial side of the holiday. So, in addition to the mass amount of sweets consumed throughout the day, try challenging yourself to share love with others in simple but impactful ways. Here are a few ways to share the love around campus and the community: 1. The small things: Sharing love doesn’t always have to be a large, romantic gesture. Everyone has those days where nothing seems to be going right. Small acts of kindness can turn a person’s day around and lift their spirits. You can hold a door or elevator open for someone, compliment a friend, offer to help someone with their homework or give someone a hug. 2. Write a note: Back in elementary school when it came time to open valentines, the small card with a simple ‘to’ and ‘from’ written on it was quickly torn away to reveal a sweet treat. If you plan on sharing valentines with your friends, try taking the time to write them a note telling them how much they are loved. Kind words can let people know how much they are appreciated. 3. Donate: A big part of sharing love with others is giving. There are people in every community who struggle daily with providing for themselves and their families. If you have old clothes or coats, donate them to Goodwill or a homeless shelter. Instead of buying that third tub of ice cream, buy a few cans of food to donate to a local food pantry such as The Source at UMHB. 4. Pay it forward: More often than not, people have things they need or want to pay for, but they are not able to because of limited funds. Offering to pay for someone’s meal or coffee can be more beneficial to them than you know. Whether you’re helping a friend or a complete stranger, you could help make someone’s bad day great. 5. Take a meal: Nothing eases the soul quite like the smell of a homemade meal or a fresh-baked dessert. While at college, students tend to eat out often because it is convenient or because they do not have the time or the means to cook a homemade meal. Make a friend’s day by offering to bake them some fresh cookies or by inviting them over for a homemade meal. Of course, this doesn’t...

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Dazzling date ideas
Feb13

Dazzling date ideas

Valentine’s Day is a day for celebrating love. While many people choose to celebrate using heart-shaped balloons, boxes of chocolate and romantic dinners at expensive restaurants, a unique date is sure to make a lasting impression this year. If you have found yourself scrambling around trying to figure out how to impress that cute person from class who you finally got the nerve to ask out, The Bells has you covered. Here are five fun date ideas to make your Valentine’s Day the best one yet. 1. Bake something together. It’s no secret that everyone loves a tasty treat. Whether you bake brownies, cookies or a decadent chocolate cake, you and your date will end up with delicious sweets that you can both enjoy. To make things even more interesting, make it a competition! To see who can make the best treat, invite some friends to taste your baked goods and make it a double date. Whether you win or lose, this date idea will definitely impress the person you’re spending this Valentine’s Day with. 2. Have a game night. Board games are always fun, especially if you play them with loved ones. You and your date could play some fun card games, or you could make it a double date and play endless rounds of Trivial Pursuit with your date and friends. This date would also save you money on that expensive Valentine’s Day dinner because everyone knows board games and pizza delivery make the best team. 3. Try a new dinner recipe. If you’re trying to plan a nice dinner on a tight budget, you can surprise your date with a new recipe that you can prepare together. Pick a few recipes for your date to choose from and head to the grocery store together to grab the ingredients you need. After you’re done preparing and enjoying your meal, you can package your leftovers and deliver them to people in need this Valentine’s Day to help spread the love. 4. Have a movie night. Everyone loves a good movie. This Valentine’s Day, you and your date can visit a local theater to watch a good movie together. If you want to save money, you can make a list of your favorite movies and watch them together with a bowl of popcorn and some hot chocolate. You could even invite some friends over for a fun double date or watch some classic musicals for a sing- along. 5. Write a cheesy love poem. If you want to make your date laugh this Valentine’s Day, you can take turns writing cheesy love poems for each other. Pick some classic...

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Activities for singles on Valentine’s Day
Feb13

Activities for singles on Valentine’s Day

Being single on Valentine’s Day can be fun – and nobody needs to feel lonely because they don’t have a date or significant other for the occasion. There are plenty of things singles can do to have fun on Valentine’s Day. 1. Appreciate the day. First things first, approach Valentine’s Day as another fun special day – not just for couples, but for everyone. For instance, you can see it as a special day for love and community. You have the chance to love your neighbors, your friends and family and even yourself. 2. Stay in and pamper yourself Valentine’s Day is all about love, so why not love yourself enough to treat yourself to a DIY spa day or read your favorite book? 3. Host a game night. Invite over other single friends to have a fun night of games and activities. Play board games, charades, video games, you name it. Accompany this with snacks and refreshments and you have the perfect game night. 4. Watch a movie marathon. You can choose to stick with the love theme or choose your own genre. Snuggle up on the couch with some warm, buttery popcorn or other snacks and dim the lights for the perfect movie marathon. You can even invite a friend over to watch it with you. 5. Get out and about with friends. Go out to eat with your single friends or go see that movie you’ve been wanting to watch. Go bowling with your buddies or check out some local shops. Treat yourself to a nice dinner at your favorite restaurant you don’t go to often. Ultimately, Valentine’s Day is a day that you make, so make it how you want...

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“The Kid Who Would Be King” conquers box office
Feb13

“The Kid Who Would Be King” conquers box office

When I first saw this movie trailer, I thought that it was going to be the dumbest movie ever. The graphics looked terrible, and it did not look interesting. I guess it is true what they say… looks can be deceiving. “The Kid Who Would Be King” is about a young boy named Alex and how he pulled the sword Excalibur from the stone. Alex and his friends go on an epic quest to stop an evil enchantress named Morgana. Alex is played by Louis Serkis, and he is the main hero of the movie. I thought that he played a noble character. He is just starting at a new school, and he felt like an outcast with his friend Bedders, played by Dean Chaumoo. He then has to be brave when the sword in the stone picks him. He chooses two other students to help him. The two other students are schoolyard bullies, Lance and Kaye, played by Tom Taylor and Rhianna Dorris. These characters see the world as you better be tough or you are going to get stepped on. This is why they bully people like Alex and Bedders. They join Alex on his quest just to benefit themselves. This is a great lesson for all of us. Whenever we only think about ourselves we fail. They soon learn that when they work together with Alex they can succeed. The mighty sorcerer Merlin also helps Alex and his friends on their journey. I like how this character takes a back seat so Alex and his friends can be the main heroes of this great story. There was a scene where Morgana is taking to Merlin and he is telling her that it is the kid’s time to shine and not theirs anymore. This reminds me that children are the future. Young Merlin is played by Angus Imrie and adult Merlin is played by Sir Patrick Stewart. I liked the introduction of this movie. It shared the original King Arthur story with great animation. The story was that there were corrupt rulers wanting to take the kingdom from Arthur but, he united his enemies and made them allies just as Alex did in this movie. It shows us that jealousy and corruption have always repeat themselves throughout history. This movie reminded me of the movies that my mom and dad took my sisters and I to. It was very nostalgic and I am glad that I got to see this...

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Students come together for worship at ONE

UMHB students from various denominations and backgrounds put the chaos of the new semester on pause for a campuswide worship service called “ONE” in Walton Chapel on Jan. 30. They worshipped and held their arms up high as members of local churches and First Baptist Temple’s college pastor Evan Duncan led the worship. Participating local churches were First Baptist Belton, First Baptist Temple, Vista Community Church and Temple Bible Church. The night started off with a quick meet-and-greet. Then, as the Temple Bible Church band got up to play, the crowd immediately stood up to sing songs of praise. Lead singer and piano player, Mary Rojo, inspired with the songs “Defender,” “Glorious Day” and “Good Good Father.” This event was an opportunity for students to gather, take their focus off of the stress of a new semester and enjoy a time of worship with people from different churches. The atmosphere of ONE is always very energetic and full of excitement as students from all across campus gather together. Many students refer to the event as the highlight of their semester. “It feels very unified, as it is all the churches coming together,” junior Chris- tian Studies major Hannah Murray said. “It also feels almost electric, as if the students are excited to all be together to worship!” The event kicked off with the passing of the peace, led by Mary Hebison, interim Baptist Student Ministry director. This tradition involves turning to one’s neighbor, grasping hands and speaking the words, “May the peace of God be with you,” and then responding with, “and also with you.” This tradition set the tone for the event. “I love the passing of the peace because it is ancient and has been done for forever,” Hebison said, “It is a symbol of unity, and that is what we are here to do. It is also a fun and simple way to meet new people.” Pastor Duncan spoke to the crowd about discovering God’s will. He also said that people should be focusing on and living out the Word of God each and every day of their lives. One student, in particular, appreciated what Duncan had to say. “My favorite thing was getting to hear Evan speak and being able to hear a different college pastor who believes similarly to you,” sophomore marketing major Eunice Michaelson said. “It was cool listening to him preach the word of God and being able to hear what is going on in his church.” Duncan also described how the ONE event originated. “UMHB used to have a Wednesday night service through the BSM,” he explained. “As local college ministries...

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