Strange things are happening on Netflix

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells The Netflix series Stranger Things is an ode to movies like The Goonies and E.T. The show premiered in August when audiences were looking for a show to binge watch over the summer. The show was an immediate hit with the Netflix audience. Here is a brief synopsis (without spoilers) for those who have been living under a rock and have not watched this amazing show. Stranger Things is set in a small suburban town during the 80s. The storyline centers around a group of four nerdy friends who are shocked when one of them goes missing one night. In the midst of this disappearance, a girl with a shaved head appears in the young boys’ lives. The girl possesses strange powers and claims to know where the missing friend is located. This makes the boys and the young girl work together to find him and bring him home. The grieving mother and brother of the missing adolescent boy are also trying to solve the missing boy’s disappearance and uncover the truth. The town’s police chief also becomes deeply involved in the boy’s case and slowly uncovers the swhats really going on. The show also follows the older sister of one of the boys. Her storyline begins with a focus on typical teenage problems, but in a string of events she becomes involved in uncovering the mystery as well. Strange situations happening in the small town bring all these individuals together. Nothing is what it seems to be, and there are sometimes more questions than answers. The thing that is so grabbing about this series is that it sends you on a nostalgic trip to the late 80s when science fiction and boyhood films were king. The story is amazing, but it’s the chemistry of the actors that also pulls you into to the show. The actors seem invested in the story as well. The young boys are played by Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhand, Caleb McLaughlin and they are the best child actors that have graced the screen in a while. Millie Bobby Brown plays the mysterious girl ,and even though she has little dialogue her performance is amazing. Winona Ryder, who plays the distraught mother, and Charlie Heaton, who plays the lost boy’s brother, give emotional performances that have the audienceempathizing with their struggle. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this Netflix series and there is never a dull moment. Even if science fiction is not your thing, this show is worth viewing at least once. So, do not continue to live under that rock. Join...

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Personal trainers available to help students amp up fitness

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells Motivation to workout can be difficult when you have classes, homework, a job, and a social life to juggle. However, staying fit in college is very critical to the wellbeing of a student. According to Health, 70% of students gain weight during their four years in college. Fortunately, the university has a solution for students who desire to take their fitness to the next level – personal training. “It’s a great way for [students] to learn more about weightlifting, about nutrition, and if they want to achieve weight loss, how to do that safely,” said Sue Weaver, Director of Campus Recreation. All trainers at UMHB are certified and work around a student’s schedule. “A lot of [personal training] is about doing things the right way and doing things the safe way,” Weaver said. “The other thing is that they get personal attention.” What’s interesting about this program is that not only do trainers work around a student’s schedule to find the right time to have a session, but participants also have workout sessions tailored to their needs. “We try to match our trainers to what [student’s] are looking for. So if a trainer’s never done a triathlon, and somebody’s interested in doing a triathlon, we’re going to try to find somebody to do that,” Weaver said. If a student does not want to work out by themselves, they have the option to do a session with a friend or a group of friends. “One of the things you can do in personal training is you can actually do a buddy session with a partner,” Weaver said. “Both you and a friend can get a personal trainer together and then you can have two accountability partners, your trainer and your buddy.” One of the trainers, John Daulton, has been a personal trainer for four years and is certified through ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association). He says that there are many fitness activities one can participate in, from a beginner’s level overview of general fitness, to navigating the weight room and improving on a certain sport. Daulton says that students should participate in the personal training program if they want to gain more knowledge on the correct way to exercise. Student’s can apply for the personal training program by picking up an application at Mayborn’s Fitness Center. After choosing a personal trainer, the next step would be to choose which package you would like to purchase. If you want a single session, the cost of training is $25, whereas a group session would be $10 a person. After you fill out...

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FAFSA available as of Oct.1

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells As of Oct. 1, 2016, students may start filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), for the 2017-2018 school year. This policy change comes straight from the Department of Education in the hopes of making the process of applying for financial aid easier. “Because the FAFSA will ask for older income and tax information, you will already have done your taxes by the time you fill out your FAFSA, and you won’t need to estimate your tax information and then go back into the FAFSA later to update it,” according to the Department of Education. The tax information needed on this year’s FAFSA is from the 2015 tax return and must be from the year requested on the application. “Not having the option to use either this year’s or last year’s information isn’t ideal,” sophomore nursing major Erica Anderson said. “People would like to have the choice between the two because one could be better or easier than the other. Also, jobs change, income and expenses change from year-to- year, so telling people to use their information from last year won’t give the most accurate result.” The Department of Education suggests that if a family’s income has drastically changed since 2015 that the student visit the financial aid office to talk about the situation. Despite the fact that the information used for this school year came from last year’s tax return, the figures given will not just automatically roll over to the new application. “Too much could have changed since you filed your last FAFSA, and there’s no way to predict what might be different, so you’ll need to enter the information again,” the Department of Education said in an informational handout geared towards students. Additionally, if a student was not married and has changed that since they filled out their last FAFSA, they will need to add their spouse’s income information to their application. “Similarly, if you filed your 2015 taxes as married, but you’re no longer married when you fill out the FAFSA, you’ll need to subtract your spouse’s income,” the handout stated. Students are encouraged to fill out the application as quickly as possible. There are several types of financial aid that are awarded on a “first come, first served” type basis. Work study in particular is a concern. Each year there are only so many positions that may be filled, and according to the UMHB financial aid website, students who want to receive or keep their work study positions must fill out the FAFSA by the end of October. The change in...

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ARK Foundation hopes to bring freedom to trafficking victims

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells Many civilians of Bell County are unaware that as they go about their day, other citizens are forced to participate in human trafficking right under their noses. On the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHRTC) website, Belton, Temple, and Killeen are located in the hot zone along Interstate-35. There have been 45 confirmed cases of minor sex trafficking identified just at the Bell County Juvenile Justice Center since 2014, which confirms its prevalence in this part of the country. In 2012, ILO estimated there were 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally, and according to a US organization that studies human trafficking, the Polaris Project, approximately 100,000 children are estimated to be in the sex trade in the United States each year. Many people think this doesn’t happen in America, but it does. In fact, Texas is number two in the country for the most human trafficking areas. Texas is so involved that 20 percent of all U.S. trafficking victims will travel through Texas at some point. Human trafficking is an issue that involves men women and children of all ages. Trafficking has been a global issue for over a decade and many don’t know it even exists. However, there are groups that strive to end this epidemic. The Ark Foundation is a group that focuses on the human trafficking going on in Bell County. Kathy Ylostalo, the director of the ARK Foundation here in Belton, said the ARK Foundation does more than raising awareness about the trafficking problem. “[Our foundation is an interdenominational, faith-based, non-profit organization that focuses on assisting children and adults in crisis, to help them experience Acceptance, Restoration, and Kinship through close interpersonal relationships, and by being shown the transformational love and truth of Christ,” Ylostalo said. The organization sees their job as being the newest Noah’s Ark. Since Noah led God’s people and animals to safety, they hope that their cause is able to restore hope to victims and empower new beginnings. The Organization also references the Ark of the Covenant, which went ahead of the Israelites in battle. The foundation also hopes to go ahead of these victims and fight agaist human trafficking. The ARK Foundation exists to bring good news to the afflicted and freedom to the captives. Their goals include assisting the victims to encounter Jesus Christ and grow in understanding the freedom of trusting and walking with Him, as well as finding their value in Christ; Providing assistance and guidance that helps victims find resources for physical and spiritual needs; Aiding those who are trapped in enslaving life circumstances to...

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Servant Artist: Local photographer captures faith in photos, inspires students

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells Nan Dickson is a photojournalist who volunteers her time instructing aspiring photographers and artists with the art department. Now she is hosting several exhibits of her work at the Cultural Activities Center in Temple and on campus. Despite her success outside of UMHB, Dickson would most succinctly describe her role as a servant of the art department. “To me, a servant is a person who sees what needs to be done before anyone tells them to do it and knows it needs to be done and just does it,” she said. “I’m there to serve the professors, students, and really whoever comes by. ” And when she’s not serving the university, Dickson is using her gifts to bring light and awareness to important issues. “Free Behind Fences” is a photo series Dickson completed that centers around a women’s prison ministry called Discipleship Unlimited. The ministry minsters to women behind bars by creating a Christ-centered atmosphere for them even when the women of the ministry cannot be there. The artist thought these women, who are trying to strengthen their relationships with God even in prison, would be a compelling series. Dickson said she was brought to this minstry by God. He gave her a specific vision for her series while she was praying. “He said, ‘he next exhibit you shoot, love will be shooting the pictures through you,’” Dickson said. Through a series of events, Dickson met Linda Strom, the president and one of the founders of Discipleship Unlimited, and was invited to photograph the women of their ministry. That opportunity morphed into an exhibit. The namesake of the exhibit is a reference to the large and imposing razor wire fences that surround these women. “The women in prison who come to Christ are free even though they’re behind those fences.” Dickson accredits her work solely to the Lord, but in part to an intercessor with whom she lived for 16 years, Lily O. Rogers. Rogers was a prayer minister and small group leader with Discipleship Unlimited, and prayed without ceasing for Dickson’s work. She developed alzheimer’s disease later in life, and Dickson cared for her along with Dickson’s mother, who also had Alzheimer’s at the time. Although she was more or less confined to the house due to her caretaking responsibilities, she found that she could take pictures in tune with her photographer’s spirit, and began to catalogue the disease. That body of work, called “Shadows Dancing at Twilight,” generated interest that eventually led to Dickson focusing on early-onset alzheimer’s for an exhibit. She believes most people do not...

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UNDER THE RADAR: The best groups of UMHB you may not be watching

Published in the September 28, 2016 issue of The Bells JV FOOTBAL Fans scream, the smell of popcorn floats through the air, and sweat rolls down the players’ faces. One thing’s on their mind: getting the ball to the end zone. The Cru junior varsity football has gotten off to a great start to the season as they are currently 3-0. Next Monday, the Cru will take on Wayland Baptist University in Clyde, Texas. The JV football team consists of approximately 70 players, most of them being freshmen with several sophomores. “Our young guys do a great job coming out here and going through the same practice as the varsity guys do…But then they have their chance to shine and do their thing on Monday nights,” JV head football coach Keith Mullins said. Head Coach Mullins believes that being on the junior varsity prepares younger players for the intensity of varsity ball. “The JV team prepares a player for varsity by giving him playing experience in a game type setting,” Mullins said. JV football player sophomore Exercise Science major and mathematics minor Derek Sides’ love for the game motivates him to be a better player on and off the field. “I chose to play for the Cru for the love of the game,” Sides said.  “I have a passion for sports, mainly football. Football helps me grow physically, mentally, and spiritually.” Sides believes the team has great potential for the remainder of the season. “We have so much talent and teamwork. It is more of a family rather than a team. We have the potential to do something great.”   BLACK SHIRT CRU University staff knew the Crusader Marching Band needed a change when the 28-ensemble band remained stagnant for several years due to lack of interest and time, so six years ago the Blackshirt Cru Spirit Band was born. “Our primary purpose is to support our athletic teams on the field and the basketball area,” Blackshirt Cru Spirit Band Director Nils Landsberg said. “But our main purpose during the game is to basically be the soundtrack to what’s happening on the field.” Since its switch from marching band to spirit band, the band boasts 79 members of various majors and backgrounds. “One thing that is unique about the spirit band is that we’re the largest spirit student organization on campus. And there aren’t just music majors in there,” Landsberg said. “Having the opportunity to be in front of an ensemble that is made of some many walks of life and for some many different reasons but we all have the same of making music together is just awesome.”...

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