Obama presidential inauguration speech
Jan20

Obama presidential inauguration speech

President Barack Hussein Obama made his inaugural speech today, beginning his first term as U.S. president. The two videos below contain his entire speech....

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Blog: Immigration
Jan20

Blog: Immigration

Two Bells staffers and I, along with our adviser, Vicky Kendig, just returned last week from the border city, Laredo, Texas. When we arrived in the city of Laredo, a population of about 220,000, it was clear we entered a culture different from that of many other Texas cities. Even Police Chief Carlos Maldonado likened Laredo to an island, since there are virtually no other large United States cities within a 200-mile radius. Only the winding Rio Grande separates the city from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, a place virtually cohesive with its United States counterpart by culture. After meandering through downtown Laredo (in our van) with only a couple of quick stops to snap pictures, we headed to a small park on the riverfront. Two bridges grant legal passage from one country to another, creating much hustle and bustle. A constant flow of people crossed the bridge carrying cardboard boxes, shopping bags and rolling suitcases behind them – full of the day’s purchases or personal belongings. Hundreds of people crossed the Rio Grande on the bridge after going through the United States checkpoint. A mother walked through downtown with children following close behind. One child wore a backpack decorated with Dora the Explorer and carried a plastic sack from Church’s Chicken, perhaps the family’s dinner. Seeing the various shops that carried everything from Nike sneakers to party favors to candles for rosaries made the Hispanic culture unmistakable. We talked with a border patrolman about his daily routine on the Rio Grande. He shared a trend in trickery used by undocumented immigrants who make it across the river, unknowingly being detected. One time they apprehended a mother and two daughters who had run for about 10 yards as fast as they could and then stopped in the middle of park, pretending they’d come there to play and had been there a while. Others try to blend in with Laredo families as they have barbecue on the park grounds. Hearing these stories put the process of legalization in a different light. Countless times I’ve heard it asked (and we even asked ourselves while there), “Why do undocumented immigrants take the risk of the river crossing, of being caught and of deportation? Why not just come the legal way?” It turns out, the legal way is a long way – taking nearly seven years after paperwork and a series of tests. Looking from “our side of the river,” to the other, Mexico is noticeably different economically. Even with all our media hay day cries of the “economic crisis” in America seeing the dusty roads and homes made of scrap metal in Mexico, where...

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Ask a Student: What are your plans for Christmas break?

Students share their plans for the much-anticipated Christmas...

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A Crusader Christmas

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Season offers several service opportunities

Verses like, “We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year,” ring out among people during the holidays, but what if instead of simply wishing another would have a good time, people would make sure needs were met? As winter approaches, students have the opportunity to serve and share what they have with others through many different venues. A group of 30 students and eight adults will head to southeast Texas for another Hurricane Ike relief effort, Jan. 1-7. The trip, offered through the Baptist Student Ministry, is partnering with Nehemiah’s Division and locals for the reconstruction of the area. “Last time we did ‘mudout,’ where we actually tear things out, and now we are going to put things back in the house,” said Tommy Wilson, one of the student leaders for the trip. The team hopes to rebuild not only destroyed property but the hearts of those mourning their losses. Wilson said the mission trip will benefit the victims of Hurricane Ike by meeting needs and by investing in their lives. “We are kind of hoping to come back to the same contacts we had last time to show them we are not just a one show kind of thing — that we are in it for the long haul, and ultimately that is how Christ is,” he said. “He doesn’t just save us and throw us to the four winds and says, ‘Figure it out. You’re in a relationship with me,’ he says, ‘I want to walk beside you to the completion.’” In addition to affected residents, Wilson hopes the trip will aid in shaping missional lifestyles for participates. “I want them to see service is much more than being a preacher or necessarily going on a mission trip where you go around evangelizing one on one. The biggest way we can do missions is to evangelize with our lifestyles and with the gifts and talents God has given us,” he said. Although some have missed the ability to attend this trip, Wilson hopes they will understand missions are more than one time and one place. He said, “Doing missions is not something you do. It is a lifestyle you live. I hope people understand that whether they are working on someone’s house wherever, they have the opportunity to live missional.” As the team prepares to load up, another chance to participate in the Hurricane Ike relief is available. Cleanup efforts will be made in Galveston during spring break. Wilson said to contact the BSM for more information. If people still want to help, supplies for the trip are needed and can be left at...

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Search CRU hosts events for prospective students
Dec09

Search CRU hosts events for prospective students

The high school student arrives, and his mother parks the car. He timidly steps outside of the car and onto the pavement. As he proceeds toward the campus, he walks past the large stone letters and is greeted by college students in purple and white polos. Search CRU, an organization  started in 2007 by the admissions and recruiting office. It was designed for  for the purpose of welcoming prospective students to campus. Admissions counselor Elizabeth Webb is one of the advisers for the foundation. She was involved with the planning process before the organization was created and thinks it has been an advantage for all parties participating. “We started it as a way to get current students involved with meeting prospective students,” she said. “We have a lot of current students who love UMHB and wanted to show and talk with students and tell them why. So it seemed like a good fit to get them more involved with the prospects and a benefit for both of them.” Some of the prospective students complete evaluations, and the recruiting office has received positive remarks about their experiences. “We had students say ‘I enjoyed meeting current students. I really enjoyed hanging out with them.’ That seems good because they do enjoy having that interaction,” Webb said. Currently, 30 members serve the campus in Search Cru, but it’s not too late for others to join. Junior marketing major and the organization’s president Jennifer Walker said, “We have interviews every semester. You only have to be committed for a semester, or you can stay committed to Search CRU ‘till you graduate. It is up to you.” Walker wanted to join because of her passion for the university, and she hopes more people will jump aboard. “I joined Search CRU because I love UMHB, and I always try to get other students to come here. I love to tell them everything that UMHB has to offer. If you are like this and love to tell people about UMHB, then you should try out for this group.” Several events are planned through the admissions and recruiting office and put on by Search CRU. One is Preview Weekend, a time when prospective students spend two days at UMHB. They are also partnered with current students, allowing them to gain the full picture of what is offered by the university. Walker said Preview Weekend took a whole semester to organize. “Actually it gets planned all year long for the recruiters. Preview is the recruiter’s main recruiting event, so there is a lot going on.” On Nov. 21 and 22 about 300 prospective students arrived to get a...

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