Cru Culture: Stress-Away; The final Leg of the Spring semester
Apr20

Cru Culture: Stress-Away; The final Leg of the Spring semester

As the semester winds down, students become anxious and stressed to complete the school year. After months and months of study groups, late night snacking, and sleepless nights, it is time to say goodbye for awhile and enjoy the summer. However, at this point in the semester, many students feel burnt out and the finish line becomes hard to see. Don’t worry, you are not in this alone. Three weeks may feel like a lifetime at this point, but soon enough we will be walking out of our last final. And although stress is something you hear people say all the time, it is a real thing and can be affecting you more than you know. So, it’s important to find ways to de-stress. The university will have puppies on campus for the Play Day events on April 14, because they have been proven to lower your blood pressure. But if you can’t get out to pet the puppies, here are five de-stressors that will help you get through the rest of the semester. 1. Listen to Music Listening to classical music is a great way to slow down and de-stress. According to the Huffington Post, this type of music “slows your heart rate, lowers blood pressure and even decreases levels of stress hormones.” However, any music that you enjoy can “flood your brain with feel-good neurochemicals like dopamine,” according to the site. So, grab a pair of earphones, open Spotify and listen to your favorite songs. You can even make a Stress Relief Playlist. 2. Chew Gum According to a 2008 study, chewing gum can “relieve anxiety, improve alertness, and reduce stress during episodes of multitasking.” Another plus is that your breath will smell amazing. 3. Turn Off Your Phone I know it sounds crazy, (absolutely insane) but power your phone off. Take an hour or two and stay off social media, restrict yourself from texting or calling. When we are constantly on our phones, our brains are constantly at work and trying to take in what is all around us. When our phones are on, we feel pressured to respond to all of our messages and calls. Studies show that talking on the phone can raise your blood pressure. Taking time away from social interaction can give your brain a break and space to think. Plus, it is also a good way to actually get homework done. 4. Eat Candy (Reasonably) Consuming something sweet can reduce stress in a great way. This is because it “stems the production of the stress hormone, glucocorticoid.” While this may sound great, this is also the reason why “emotional eating” is...

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‘God’s Not Dead 2,’ A sequel for the books
Apr20

‘God’s Not Dead 2,’ A sequel for the books

Christians are slowly becoming a minority in the world, and the debate over “separation of church and state” has gained momentum in recent years. The God’s Not Dead movies, produced by Pure Flix Productions, are based on real court cases that deal with this issue. The first God’s Not Dead film follows Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) as he debates his college philosophy professor (Kevin Sorbo) after refusing to sign a piece of paper with the words, “God is dead.” Harper’s evidence wins his class over, and the movie ends with Sorbo reconciling with God before tragically passing away, while the rest of the city is enjoying a Newsboys concert. In God’s Not Dead 2, we are taken back to high school. Devout Christian and AP History teacher Grace Wesley (Melissa Hart) must face the repercussions of answering a student’s (Haley Orrantia) question in class relating the teachings of Jesus to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. Throughout the film, you’ll root for Hart as everything around her crumbles. Her fellow co-workers, as well as the media, turn against her, while she faces the possibility of losing her teaching certification. Things do not look good for Wesley as incriminating evidence builds around her. It’s not until her handsome, non-believer lawyer, Tom Endler (Jesse Metcalfe), decides to fight the case with a new perspective, that things start looking up. Returning from God’s Not Dead is Pastor Dave (David A.R. White), who provides comic relief in the film, while still adding to the storyline. Reporter Amy Ryan (Trisha LaFache), who is now in remission from her life-threatening cancer in the first film, struggles with finding her faith. And Martin (Paul Kwo), the Chinese foreign-exchange student who converted to Christianity at the end of GND, returns with many (147 to be exact) questions about the Bible for Pastor Dave. Other appearances in the film include Sadie Robertson from the popular A&E TV show, Duck Dynasty, and the Christian rock group, Newsboys. Over half of the movie takes place in a courtroom. And although this may sound a bit tedious, the filmmakers do a good job of keeping the audience interested and unsure of the final verdict, while transitioning effectively between the main storyline and the various subplots. The filmmakers chose actors and actresses that fit the part of their respective characters perfectly. However, I felt like some of the characters could have been more dynamic such as Orrantia’s onscreen parents (Maria Canals-Barrera and Carey Scott). I also felt like there were a few stereotypes in the film that weren’t necessary, such as picking (or not picking) the jury...

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‘Batman v Superman,’ super flop
Apr20

‘Batman v Superman,’ super flop

*******Possible Spoilers********** Out in theaters now, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has mixed reviews. The PG-13 film has its most positive ratings from the loyal DC Comics fan base, though some of the fan base and most of the movie critics found the movie to fall flat to the hype surrounding the film. The film takes place after the events from the 2013 film Man of Steel, which was also directed by Zach Snyder. Man of Steel has an overall better rating then Dawn of Justice. Man of Steel has a 56 percent from Rotten Tomatoes and Dawn of Justice has a 29 percent from Rotten Tomatoes. Dawn of Justice opens with another Batman backstory. It then moves to the events that happened at the ending of Man of Steel. But it is shown as the destruction caused by Superman through the eye of Bruce Wayne. After all that, the story fast forwards a few years into the future, where Superman is being praised for his heroic duties, while Batman’s obsession of Superman has caused him to be more ruthless. The story progresses once more when a civilian, who lost his legs due to Superman’s fight in Man of Steel, defaces a statue built in honor of Superman. Shortly after these events, Bruce Wayne meets Clark Kent at a party hosted by Lex Luthor. While attending the party, Wayne spots a woman unlike the others who is later revealed to be Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman is portrayed by Gal Gadot, who is most known for her work in the Fast and Furious films. Wayne is at the event to steal some information he needs to figure out something he is searching for by putting it on an external drive. While Wayne is distracted, Prince moves in to steal the drive. Throughout the film Wayne is plagued with nightmares that show a post-apocalyptic world where Army officials are seen wearing a black armband with a Superman logo. During one of these nightmare sequences, we see a cameo from the Flash who is portrayed by Ezra Miller. Miller is best known from his work on Perks of Being a Wallflower, 2012, and Trainwreck, 2015. Batman really commits to defeating Superman after an explosion leaves Superman as the only survivor. Prince returns the stolen drive to Wayne, claiming it is coded and she is unable to retrieve her picture. Wayne solves the code and there he finds files on Cyborg, The Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and a thing of kryptonite in Luthor’s possession. Then begins the fight of the century, with Luthor as the grandmaster. Overall the movie...

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Sophomore Karley Free shines on and off the field
Apr20

Sophomore Karley Free shines on and off the field

Sophomore first baseman Karley Free has played softball for almost all of her life. As a leader both on and off the field, Free has played a significant role in the team’s success this season. “I started playing tee ball at age four,” Free said. “I’ve played select softball since I was eight and I was also on the varsity team at Henderson High School for four years.” While Free has had many people throughout her softball career that have made her into the player she is today, there is a particular person that has been the most influential. “My dad has inspired me most in softball because he’s always been there to push me to get better on and off the field,” she said. Choosing to continue her softball career at UMHB was an easy decision for Free, as it was a perfect place to call home. “I chose to come play at UMHB because it was a different place for me to move to and continue playing that wasn’t too close or too far away from home,” Free said. “My favorite part about playing here is the people. My teammates never fail to make me laugh.” Although Free is only a sophomore, her strong leadership and team skills on and off the field can be seen every single day. “I feel I am a leader on the team because I try to encourage my teammates every day and push them to work hard,” she said. With a 14-15 overall record this season, Free and the rest of the team hope to become more and more successful as this season continues to improve their record. “For the rest of the season, I hope we continue to get better every series and work as a team. Hopefully we can get a spot in the conference tournament,” Free said. The seasoned softball player plans to continue playing softball and hopes to continue her passion for sports in her future career. “I am planning on getting my masters in sports administration/sports management and working in college athletics or at a professional level in baseball,” Free said. Softball has become more than just a game for Free, as it has taught her many more things about life and about herself. “Softball is so important to me because it helped me build a strong work ethic, good character, and become responsible,” Free said. Playing this season hasn’t always been easy for Free, as she recently lost someone who had a huge impact on her sotball career. “I had a close friendship with an umpire since I was about 10 years old that passed...

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Cru scores walk-off win against HSU
Apr20

Cru scores walk-off win against HSU

UMHB baseball went into a three-game series against Hardin-Simmons last weekend, sporting a six-game losing streak. But after dropping the first two games to the Cowboys, the Cru managed to find the win column again with a dramatic, walk-off victory in Saturday’s series finale. On Friday night, Hardin-Simmons tagged UMHB’s junior starting pitcher Seth Hill for six runs, off nine hits, in 3 2/3 innings of work. The Cru didn’t put up the bats, however. In the bottom of the fourth, senior center fielder Chase Burrow hit a triple and then scored on a double from Cody Stone. Later in the inning, catcher Max Conway drove in Stone with an RBI single to make it a 6-2 game. Senior Will Stafford led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a double and then scored on a triple by Seth Martin. The Cru added another run when Martin scored on a wild pitch to make it a two-run game at 6-4. UMHB Head Coach Ben Shipp said his team did a good job of battling back against the early six-run deficit. “When you get down like that, you’ve got to focus on the little things, get one good at bat and extend the pitcher a little bit,” Shipp said. “We got there, but we just couldn’t get the big hit that we needed. But I really like the effort from our kids.” UMHB chased HSU’s starter Jeremy Hallmark out of the game after 4 2/3 innings in which he gave up four runs on seven hits. Burrow said the hitters were able to settle in against Hallmark as the game went along. “Early in the game, we just didn’t swing at our pitch. We swung at bad pitches early, and that’s what hurt us,” Burrow said. “In our second and third at-bats off of him, we started being more patient and that really helped.” The Cowboys would widen the gap again in the seventh inning. Colson Craddick hit an RBI double down the left field line and Jamie Ball scored on a wild pitch to make it a 7-4 affair. UMHB tacked on one more run in the bottom of the seventh when Dakota Parsons scored on an error, but that’s all they would get as the Cowboys took the first game of the series 8-5. While the Cru came up short in the series opener, Shipp said his players showed they can compete with one of the better teams in the conference. “We took their best punch, but it didn’t knock us out. We kept coming back,” he said. “I think that when you play the guys who...

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Beards for Bucks- Pageant beards auctioned for charity
Apr20

Beards for Bucks- Pageant beards auctioned for charity

With eyeliner still smudged on their faces, the men of Easter Pageant waited to be shaved for a cause. Beards for Bucks is a tradition that occurs annually after Easter Pageant since Jeff Sutton, Assistant Director of Campus Activities, was a student here at UMHB. Sutton and some of his friends involved in Easter Pageant in 2007 had a passion for missions and wanted to bring the concept of raising money from facial hair to UMHB. Sutton’s own beard raised around $1500 after a spirited bidding war between his family and friends ended in a compromise that both parties would pay. Beards for Bucks, true to the reason it began, benefitted the GoNow Missionaries this year and raised a total of $675. Beth Ann Earley, a junior education major, shared her story of how GoNow Missions impacted her life. “It changed a lot of things for me—how important kids are to me, my major…it changed my life,” she said. Earley travelled to Compala, Uganda over the summer to serve in a temporary orphanage for kids newborn to 2-years-old. She served in this home for two months over the summer and came to realize the need for missionaries in these orphanages. “You’re preparing that baby to be loved by their future parents,” Earley said. Freshman Christian studies major Cody Cowan was another student missionary who benefited from last year’s Beards for Bucks. Cowan visited Moldova over Christmas break to show orphans what it means to be loved and to have hope. He spoke at the event, emphasizing the importance of supporting summer missions. “Support the people that are going with GoNow—buy their T-shirts,” Cowan said. Jesse Malina, an alumnus of UMHB and the campus missionary intern, opened the night with a simple prayer of thanksgiving. “Dear Lord, thank you for beards. Beards are cool,” he said. Soon after the prayer, the night erupted with raised hands and cheers for participants to place their bids on the beards. Before the auction began, bearded contestants had designs shaved into their facial hair. Among the most popular designs were the reverse goatee, the Nike check, and the striped beard style. TJ Crenshaw, a freshmen engineering major, played James the Younger, a disciple of Jesus. Crenshaw’s beard sold for the highest price of the night, coming to a total of $150 with a variety of contributors. Crenshaw encouraged everyone to get involved in Easter Pageant and Beards for Bucks next year. “[Beards for Bucks] is a great opportunity to raise some money. We need more people doing it. We need voluptuous beards,” Crenshaw said. Beards for Bucks is an excellent way to raise money...

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