Your voice counts: Why everyone should vote
Aug24

Your voice counts: Why everyone should vote

Published in the Aug. 24, 2016 of The Bells Two candidates have officially been chosen to run for the office of the presidency-Republican nominee billionaire Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Senator Hillary Clinton. But despite having devout followers, these candidates might not see very many people come to the voting booths this November. Due to Hillary’s email scandal and Trump’s notorious outspoken attitude, it seems like many Americans are contemplating whether or not they should vote at all. According to www.americancla.org, 40 to 50 percent of Americans are projected to skip the voting booths in November. Many of these apathetic voters are millennials But despite the statistics, it is important to vote, whether you’re a Hillary or Trump supporter. For this election you are not only electing the next president, you’re also deciding the fate of the Supreme Court. Half of the Supreme Court officials are expected to retire in the next four years. Currently, there is an even number of conservatives and liberals. But this could change once the new president chooses the new judges. And once the judges have been chosen they are in office for life. You may think your vote doesn’t count, but it does. It’s anybody’s race. According to the New York Times, as of this printing, Hillary leads Trump 43 percent to 38 percent. Those who don’t vote will determine the outcome of the election more than those who do vote. And if you are thinking of foregoing your right to vote, think about the generations before us who didn’t even have the chance to cast their ballot. Before 1920, more than half the population of America couldn’t vote simply because they were women. This means that the great or great-great grandmothers of today’s millennials (the same millennials who aren’t voting) weren’t allowed to vote for part of their lifetime. Today anyone can vote no matter their race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. But even though we all have the opportunity to vote doesn’t mean we should do so blindly. It’s equally important to do your research and find out where each candidate stands. Don’t just vote the same way as your parents or friends. because it’s not their vote, it’s yours Even if you’re not too crazy for either candidate, one of them is going to be elected to be the next President of the United States for the next four years, so make your vote count. Whether it’s Trump, Hillary, or another candidate, it’s up to the American people to make the...

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Ryan Lochte scandal in the Olympics
Aug24

Ryan Lochte scandal in the Olympics

Along with coverage about USA’s success in the summer Olympics in Rio, came a media firestorm over the alleged robbery of American swimmers Ryan Lochte, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and James Feigen. The gold medal-winning athletes claimed they were robbed at gunpoint by police officers at a gas station after a night of partying in the Brazilian city. This story was not unlikely as details began to emerge about the supposed burglary, it became clear that the swimmers were not telling the whole story. Even after the swimmers admitted that their account was false, it was uncertain what exactly happened, and if the Rio government was somehow involved. The Rio government has had problems with police corruption and violence in the past, and the police have been linked to controversy surrounding other Olympic athletes. In Lochte’s first interview about the accident, he said he and his teammates were, “pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing… and they pulled us over.” He goes on to say that the swimmers were forced to the ground, robbed, and held at gunpoint. The star athlete admitted that he was drunk and could not remember many of the details. But his story seemed to fall apart when he spoke with Today Show anchor, Matt Lauer. In this interview, Matt Lauer pointed out that the story was different in certain areas. Lauer pointed out that Lochte’s story seemed to vary from what he originally told police. It was later confirmed that Lochte had in fact fabricated the story to cover up an incident involving vandalism on the part of the Olympians. When the survallience videos surfaced of what happened that night, it became obvious that the swimmers were at fault. The security camera footage that has now been played over and over again on every news network and social media site. It shows the four Olympians walking into a narrow alley to urinate before knocking over and breaking a sign. A worker of the station watches the swimmers as they walk out of the alley and get into a cab. Two police officers, who seem to notice the incident, come from the opposite direction and ask the taxi driver not to take the men anywhere. The swimmers get out of the car, and Ryan Lochte flees the scene while the officers take the other three back to the alley way to show them the broken sign. I understand these men went to a party and had been drinking before, but that does not explain why they decided to lie. It appears that...

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Gain cultural experience with study abroad trips
Apr21

Gain cultural experience with study abroad trips

Published in the Sept. 28, 2016 issue of The Bells For many years now, UMHB students have participated in study abroad trips in places all around the world. Depending on the country students are traveling to, these trips can last anywhere from an entire semester to a May mini-term. There are currently ten study abroad trips for the year 2017, which includes countries like Italy, Thailand, Lithuania, Peru Ireland, and many more. Students will soon have another chance to explore endless possibilities in one of these faraway places. But, how does a student know if Study Abroad is right for them? According to former Study Abroad students, new world travelers should ask themselves these questions: Do you want to be introduced to a new culture and try new things? Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone? Do you want to be immersed in a language foreign to you? But former students said that despite the rich cultural experience, studying abroad is not a vacation. Students do have free time to explore the culture, but the time away from the States does count as college credit, so most of the time students are learning. Some programs require students to meet specific criteria, but often times, students have already completed the necessary requirements. If a student is enrolled in a nursing course, they can be eligible for the School of Nursing’s trip to Peru. Dr. Sharon Souter, the Dean of the College of Nursing, leads this group to achieve global perspectives and have students observe health and nursing intervention on a global scale. “My favorite part of the trip is watching the students improve as they interact with the citizens,” Souter said. “I also love to see them realize how fortunate they are to live in the US.” In the summer of 2016, senior Spanish Major Alex Stewart attended UMHB’s study abroad trip to Costa Rica for 28 days. While there she studied the history and culture of Costa Rica and other Latin American countries. ”I felt like I was learning at every moment every single day,” Stewart said. Even though Stewart was only in class from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday in a local school building, after class she and other students would go on excursions to different areas to experience the culture first hand. Not only did Stewart get to experience the culture through outings, she was also immersed in Costa Rican customs through classes taught by locals. “My favorite part was going the beach while walking through a national park’s scenic trail,” she said. “All these tiny monkeys came out and we...

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Students ‘Reach Out’ to help community
Apr20

Students ‘Reach Out’ to help community

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor participated in a local volunteer program called “Reaching Out” on Saturday, April 2. The annual event is a student-led program run by the UMHB Student Government Association that helps local businesses and families through service projects. Registration for Reaching Out began at 8 a.m. and projects were completed from 9 a.m. until noon. An estimated 350 students, staff and faculty volunteered on Saturday around Bell County. Students from the Belton Christian Youth Center had students helped set up a game room. CAB and other on-campus organizations helped build and deliver playhouses. Some students cleaned up the Belton park, and the Astra organization helped with the Heart Walk registration. Students also helped assist with projects that benifited organizations like Feed My Sheep, Hope Pregnancy Center, and Habitat for Humanity. “Community service doesn’t fit into one mold,” said junior, political science major, Brodie Cutts.“Service comes in all shapes and sizes, it doesn’t have to be just picking up trash. It can be getting together with your co-workers and building a playhouse for a little kid who might not get one otherwise.” Cutts helped build playhouses for military families with the Residence Life group and said that not only did he enjoy helping the needy families, but he also enjoyed working alongside his friends and co-workers. “We got to joke around and get to know oeach other in a relaxed environment, which is always good,” he said. Shelby Rogers, a sophomore psychology major worked with Circle K, First Year Council, and the Lion’s Club on cleaning up the Belton Park for a BMX trail. “My favorite part was seeing how different [the park] looked before and after.” Rogers said not only did they make the park sparkle but she and her group also found a ton of useful items they never expected to find. “We found a living room set and an artificial Christmas tree,” she said. “We also found clothes, more furniture, and a ton of tires.” The Campus Activities Board (CAB) also helped deliver the playhouses for military families. “It was so fun getting to see the little girl’s face light up as we took the playhouse out of the truck and placed it in her backyard,” sophomore marketing major, Emily Parker said. After delivering the playhouse, the group helped paint the structure for the family. “It was wonderful seeing this little girl have so much fun.” she said. Reaching Out has helped many businesses and families around Belton, Parker said. It continues to build strong bonds between the community and UMHB...

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FYC turns freshmen into leaders on and off campus
Apr20

FYC turns freshmen into leaders on and off campus

First Year Council is an organization exclusively for freshmen leaders. In FYC, students develop leadership skills, help other organizations on campus, and plan two major campus events. “FYC gives first year students on campus the opportunity to develop Christian leadership skills with a bunch of Christian backgrounds and Christian ethics behind it,” junior cell biology major, and FYC leader Thomas Middleton, said. “FYC has been one of the greatest experiences I’ve had. Being in it as a freshman as a member, and now being the head leader, I’ve gotten to see both sides of it. It’s opened up my eyes as to what it means to be a leader.” FYC meets every Monday at 9 p.m. to play games, discuss techniques to become better leaders, have devotional time, and build relationships. There are 45 total members in FYC. Every year the organization holds two main events: Date Auction and Spring Formal. These events take many hours to plan and execute, and helps these students put their leadership skills to the test. Date auction is held in the fall semester to raise money for the Spring Formal. Last semester, FYC raised $1500 to go towards formal. Date auction is an annual tradition that allows female students to bid on dates that male students have created. The highest bidder wins the date. This year’s auction included a day hammocking in the quad, dinner at The Gin, a trip to SpareTime, and various others. “[Date Auction] was a really fun experience for all of us. It was our first big event to work together on, and it was crazy to see the whole event come together,” freshman communication public relations major, Jenna Forrester said. While Date Auction is a fun event to plan, the Spring formal is the big event students look forward to all year. This year’s Spring Formal was held at Tenroc Ranch in Salado on Saturday, April 9. “[Spring Formal] is a time to come together, dance, have fun, eat a little food, and just be silly with our friends,” Middleton said. The theme was “Fly Me to the Moon,” and students had the option to pose with a moon at a photo booth. FYC hired DJ Jeremy for the entertainment, and students munched on sliders, pizza slices, and other various food items. If students didn’t want to dance, they could join in on a spirited game of giant Jenga or walk along the trails by the facility. FYC is devoted to serving the university and community in any way they can. Along with planning some of the university’s biggest events, FYC has also helped with football games and...

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Crusaders build playhouses for military families
Apr20

Crusaders build playhouses for military families

The beginning of April brought not only April showers in preparation for our May flowers, but also CAB’s Cru Playhouses for military families. Each year, mulitple associations around campus make a playhouse for military families. The event was done the weekend before Reaching Out, in conjunction with the service event, and continued throughout the week. Students delivered the houses at the end of the week and then painted them with the families. This event not only benefits those receiving the playhouses, but those working on the projects as well. Each year, the event draws out both positive vibes and great times, for the participating families and students. “Cru Playhouse’s is something we do every year at the Campus Activities office,” said Victoria Fae, a senior cell biology major. “We purchase 10 to 12 playhouses every year, and different organizations sponsor each house.” Fae explained that the organizations help military families not only off campus, but also those on campus as well. “We build [the houses] during the whole week with the organizations. During the week leading up to [Reaching Out] we deliver the playhouses,” she said. Fae has participated in building playhouses since her freshman year. She enjoys impacting so many military families. “My favorite part is delivering the houses that Saturday with my organization,” Fae said. “It’s just really fun to decorate with them and meet the children, play with them, and give them something that’ll last for a long time.” The children that receive the playhouses get to play and hang out with the UMHB students and volunteers while they were painting the houses. Often times, the military families recieving the houses are also UMHB students. The playhouses are given to military families as an appreciation and gratitude gift from the school. “My favorite part was building the houses,” said freshman marketing major, John Merritt. “We build houses for the kids so that they can have fun and use their imagination.” This serves as a time for fellowship within the community and the campus. It brings students closer together with those currently serving in the military and those who are no longer...

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