Salsa class video

Here is a video from the Thursday night salsa class. Come and check it out at 9 p.m. in the Shannon...

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Blog: Election Expostulation
Nov05

Blog: Election Expostulation

Let me preface the following statements by admitting to be a strong advocate of the Republican Party during this last election. While disappointed about the final results, there are limits to expressing these feelings and emotions to the general public. Sadly, many people have crossed this line-on both sides. Facebook Wars While Facebook statuses are a marvelous way of letting people know the emotions and thoughts of their friends, it has been taken to the extreme. It now blasphemes, ridicules, belittles and annoys others. Why are Facebook wars necessary? Can these things not be civilly discussed in person? I have many friends who voted for Obama. While we disagreed on many levels, we had several enlightening conversations without raising our voices or calling people names that cannot be repeated in front of Shawn Shannon. Doing these things in private with trusted friends can be acceptable. However, the line is drawn when these opinions are made to purposefully ridicule and demean others in an attempt to prove oneself, or one’s opinions, better. If you cannot say it without yelling, can it really stand on its own? The Racist Remarks Why is it that race is still a factor when the truly important issues are in a person’s credentials, experience and moral issues? I have a problem with some of these qualifying factors, but race has no place in deciding this election. The only time it should come up is during an attempt to eliminate racist behaviors. Race is a huge issue, but it is not a deciding factor. People should not cast racial judgments. Many racist jokes or slurs have been made, but it really only makes those people look like loud, pighe aded jerks. On the flip side, many people voted solely on basis of the pigment of the candidates’ skin. While it makes history, it will make no other trivial difference. Racist issues still exist, but it is a dying factor that belongs to people who cannot think outside their little box. Benefits to Cheer the Mournful One of the amazing benefits of this election was that Obama is this nation’s first black president. This is a truly amazing feat, considering the segregation issues that were considered normal and acceptable less than a century ago. Another important result was the rise in voting turn-outs across the nation. The final outcome of voters went from 55.3 percent in the 2004 election to 64.1 percent in the 2008 election. While I actually like some of the words President Bush created, it irritated many. Now we won’t have to worry about listening to comedians mock the president’s latest verbal mishap. With...

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Video of the Week Nov. 3 – Nov. 9

The most epic computer game movie I have ever...

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Obama wins presidential election
Nov04

Obama wins presidential election

By Mateo Gamboa and Stuart Platt The Bells staff has decided to do something it has never done before. We are doing live coverage of the 2008 presidential election and will be updating this page hourly after 7:00 p.m. with student reactions, results, and other useful information. 7:46 p.m. With over 16 million votes counted, McCain is leading in the popular vote by 1 percent and Obama has control over more electoral votes with 82 as opposed to McCain’s 34. Freshman Hayley Shaffer is indifferent to each candidate but said, “If I had to pick a president, I would pick McCain.” 9:02 p.m. Sen. Barack Obama seems to be pulling ahead of the race with 206 electoral votes. Students comment back and forth as they anxiously await the election results trickling through the stereo speakers of the television screen. “I think it’s probably going to be Obama. It seems pretty stacked now against McCain,” freshman Justin Rippy said. Rippy did not vote in this election due to the hassle of absentee voting. “I’m not really a voter,” he said. “I’m just not that interested in this election. If I was home, I probably  would’ve voted.” Though Rippy and his friends seemed interested in the results of the election, they were fairly apathetic toward the outcome. “I would’ve probably written in Mickey Mouse on the ballot,” he said. “I guess Obama is the lesser of the two evils. Maybe we’ll get a tax break.” Rippy and his friends watched Monday night football last night in which the Redskins lost to the Steelers. “I guess we’ll see what happens,” he said. “The Redskins lost, and it was all downhill from there. Every time the Redskins have lost historically for the last 17 elections the party has changed hands.” 9:51 p.m. Obama is still looking strong with 207 electoral votes and 51 percent of the popular vote, but McCain remains a contender with his lead in Texas and a stand-still in Florida. McCain has 135 electoral votes and 48 percent of the popular vote thus far. The 270 mile-marker is quickly approaching for Obama, and with most of the west coast still up for grabs, a win looks likely. Sophomore Mandi Sanders voted early this year in Austin and feels nervous about the outcome of this election. She said, “I don’t want us to become a socialist nation.” 9:57 p.m. Sen. Barack Obama has just been elected president of the United States of America. Students in the SUB huddled around the TV in anticipation of the final election poll results and celebrated wildly with the announcement of the new president. Sophomore Obama...

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Feeling Hydrated
Nov04

Feeling Hydrated

Recommended water intake a day -10 8-ounce cups Any non-caffeine and calorie-free fluid is considered water. Choosing Starbucks drinks wisely makes a difference: Mocha Frappuccino Tall w/whip cream -280 cal and 11g total fat (w/out whip 200 cal and 3g total Fat) Caramel Macchiato Tall w/2% milk -180 cal and 5g total fat (w/ nonfat milk 140 cal and 1g total fat) White Chocolate Mocha Tall w/2% milk and whip cream -370 cal and 15g total fat (w/ nonfat, no whip 270 cal and 4.5g total fat) Strawberries and Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème Tall w/whip cream -410 cal and 11g total fat (w/out whip 320 cal 2g total fat) Mint Mocha Chip Frappaccino Tall w/whip cream -360 cal 14g total fat (w/out whip 270 cal 5g total fat)...

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Feeling Informed
Nov04

Feeling Informed

What is a calorie and why is it important? A calorie is a measured unit of energy. One calorie is the energy required to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius. 3,500 calories= 1 pound of fat The recommended number of calories in a daily diet is 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men, but depending on weight, height and activeness calories needed vary. Eat all regular meals including breakfast, which is the most important meal of the day because it jump starts metabolism. Keeping an elevated metabolism in return contributes to burning fat. Eating three meals and two snacks daily helps sustain metabolism levels. Warning: Try not to get too hung up on just counting calories. Plenty of foods show low in calorie but have questionable nutritional value. Reasons to eat a Banana a day: -They give an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. -Two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. -They help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions such as anemia, high blood pressure, stroke, constipation, depression, heartburn, morning sickness, PMS, ulcers, smoking, seasonal affective disorder and stress. -They help to power brain activity and make students more alert. -The fruit helps in cases of mosquito bites and warts. Check out uncommon foods and their benefits: -Pomegranates help prevent prostate cancer. -Mangoes, plentiful in antioxidants, enhance eye health. -Ginger effectively treats nausea. -Vegetables such as alfalfa and bell peppers aid in the formation of collagen for bones and connective tissue, which are essential to human health. -Sardines, known for their antioxidants, supply energy to the...

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