Art exhibit shows Jesus in stills

By Jasmin Ortiz Hauntingly beautiful black and white lithographs make up the Otto Dix: Matthaus Evangelium art exhibit being hosted by the UMHB Art Department of the University from Sept. 24 until Oct. 15. The exhibit tells the story of Christ through the eyes of a World War I survivor. Otto Dix was a modern artist, who lived through two world wars before dying in 1969. Dix is considered one of the greatest German Expressionist artists of the 20th Century. In the exhibit being held at the university, his war experiences are evident in his work. “The work is typical of the heightened emotional quality common to the Expressionists of that era when World Wars I and II had so violently shaken societies all over the world,” Director and Professor of the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts Art Gallery Hershall Seals, said. “Otto Dix uses military dress from WWII to illustrate the injustice done to Jesus by having soldiers arresting Christ while they all wear the uniforms of German Nazis.” Many of his pieces became more religious in nature after Dix witnessed the atrocities of the religious persecution during the Holocaust. Each piece in this particular collection is representative of a moment of Jesus’ story with a WWII twist, such as the officials being dressed in Nazi war uniforms, representing the crucifixion of the Jewish people during the war. Seals said the work is shedding a new light on the presence of God in dire times. “I think that the artist is able to capture the story of Christ in a really beautiful and inspiring manner,” freshman undeclared major Aurora Upton said. The artist focuses on particular moments such as the fisherman who was blessed by Jesus and had his bounty multiplied. This exchange is represented in a still which shows the sincere moment when the man is holding the fish in reverence. This representative of how God provides, Seals said. Dix’s take on the story of Jesus Christ through the eyes of a man who has seen the hurts and trials of war, makes the artwork even more impactful. This exhibition is part of the Bowden Collection, which provides churches, seminaries, colleges, and museums across the United States with the opportunity to display religious...

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Zombies, murders, and princesses, oh my
Oct15

Zombies, murders, and princesses, oh my

Big screen summer blockbusters have fizzled, but the small screen is just beginning to heat up. With the fall TV lineup in full swing, fans will be shocked to learn that their favorite characters are taking some surprising turns, and that their favorite celebrities are making some “scream-worthy” cameos. American Horror Story: Hotel, FX, TV-MA Note to self never try to sass Kathy Bates. The first episode of this new season proves that this will be one of the creepiest seasons of the show yet. Vampire children, zombies, ghosts and so many other creepy things that will definitely leave anyone who watches this season a little paranoid the next time they check into a hotel. Even though it was a sad time for a majority of the American Horror Story fandom when Jessica Lange announced that she would not be returning to the show as a regular cast member, there was some rejoicing when none other than Lady Gaga joined the cast. Some questioned Gaga’s acting skills, but Gaga proved them wrong. This character is a perfect match for her. Today’s horror movies should take some notes. Scream Queens, Fox, TV-14 In just a few episodes it has already become one of the most talked about shows of the year. It is definitely a wonderful year to be Ryan Murphy who created the hit show. The show is a wonderful mix of American Horror Story and Glee. As the title implies, there is a bunch of screaming on the screen, but despite the show’s scary undertones it is actually really funny. Emma Roberts, Keke Palmer, Nick Jonas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ariana Grande, Lea Michele and so many other stars make this so wonderfully casted. With this star-studded cast, and wonderully creative scripts from Ryan Murphy, this amazing world of red devils, stereotypical sorority girls and frat boys, and of course a mystery that makes a horror comedy successful. Modern Family, ABC, TV-PG Everyone’s favorite television family is back on the air. The first episode hopped through the families adventures this summer, which made there summer seem like all summers too fast. Haley (Sarah Hyland) and Andy (Adam Devine) finally revealed thier feelings for one another, but of course as all romantic interests on any television show, their timing doesn’t match up. Hopefully this season we will see these two have more of a relationship. We also got to see Alex (Ariel Winter) headnig off to college, so we should see more of Alex in her own setting. Whatever happens, there is bound to be tons of family drama, life lessons and plenty of laughs. Once Upon a Time, ABC,...

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Red Bus Project ‘on the move for orphans’
Oct14

Red Bus Project ‘on the move for orphans’

Dozens of students crowded around a red double decker bus that was parked outside the Bawcom Student Union Building. The large vehicle is called the Red Bus Project, and its purpose is to attract students to buy items for sale and spread awareness about orhan care. The project is a mobile thrift store that travels from different college campuses, spreading awareness about the more than 140 million orphans around the world in need of hope. Their mission is to give the college students a chance to help by buying clothes at reasonable prices and donating clothes they have outgrown or no longer need. The money made is solely given to an orphan care system called Share Hope. Share Hope is the main base of the organization and is run by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth Chapman. Their daughter, Emily Chapman, was attending Baylor University when she came up with the idea to get college students involved with helping orphans. Chapman and her family launched the Red Bus Project in 2012, and since then have visited over 60 different colleges. “The very first tour of the red bus actually came through my university, it was one of the first or second stops ever made. I went and hung out, figured out what it was all about, and fell in love.” Ashley West said, an intern for the Red Bus Project. Freshman nursing major Sedona Goad thinks the project is a great way to bring awareness of orphans to students. “I think it’s a really good organization and how they are doing it through thrifting,” Goad said. “It’s really “in” right now among college students and by going campus-to-campus and getting as much money as they can and donating it solely to the orphan care, I really admire that” Goad was so impressed with the organization that she decided to work with the project while they were on campus and help students involved. “I’m in FYC and at first we were required to take shifts, but then I got here and I talked to one of the people that runs the show and I was really interested and really glad that I could help. They gave me all these statistics about how every 18 seconds a person is orphaned so I want to do anything I can to help out.” Orphaned children often lose their voices and are overlooked and undervalued. The Red Bus Project wants to give those children a voice. Students who didn’t get a chance to participate in the Red Bus Project can always help.. Students can mail their old clothes to the organization, intern...

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Texas Secretary of State urges students to vote
Oct14

Texas Secretary of State urges students to vote

Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos was on campus Oct. 6 to speak with students about the importance of voting. The Secretary held an open forum with young voters where he asked them why some of them don’t vote and offered solutions to their concerns. Secretary Cascos began by sharing a story of how voter turnout has impacted his own political career. In 2010, Cascos was running for re-election as County Judge in Cameron County. “This is when it gets to where every vote is important. I get a call from the elections administrator. He said, ‘Congratulations, you won by 87 votes.’ At 1:00 in the morning, I get another call. He said, ‘We’ve found a box [of ballots]. You lost by 5 votes,” Cascos said. It turned out that the box had already been counted. The election went to a recount and Cascos ended up winning the election by 69 votes. However, that election was an eye-opening moment. “Right then and there, there was an awakening that every vote does count. Every vote is important,” he said. Cascos also urged students not to simply fall under the umbrella of a certain political party. Instead, he challenged students to only vote for candidates they are familiar with and believe in. “There’s such a thing called the straight-ticket vote. Whether you’re a democrat or republican, I disagree with it,” Cascos said. “Neither side of the aisle has a monopoly on good government. They both have good ideas and not so good ideas.” The secretary asked students who don’t vote to reveal the reason why. Sophomore political science major Sam Casey said he hasn’t voted because he doesn’t feel that politicians have done a good enough job to earn his vote. “It’s like I’m the boss and you’re the interviewee. I’m not going to go search for you and try and find you for the job, you need to apply for the job. As a voter you need to come earn my vote. So I haven’t voted because I haven’t felt compelled to vote for someone,” Casey said. Cascos discussed several reasons why people would decide not to vote – including a lack of knowledge about candidates and not having a favorable candidate to vote for – but said that in the end, avoiding the polls restricts the control that citizens have. “Let me recommend something. Go and vote anyway and vote a blank ballot. It counts as a number. State and federal officials look at those numbers. If there’s 10,000 blanks, I think that sends out a much louder signal,” Cascos said. “When you put in a blank ballot,...

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BSM celebrates 95 years of serving UMHB
Oct14

BSM celebrates 95 years of serving UMHB

Ninety-five years ago, the 19th Amendment was passed, allowing women to vote, the American Professional Football League was formed, and the first ever Baptist Student Union in Texas was established at Baylor Female College. In 1920 the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor was chosen as the “laboratory” for the first BSU in Texas because of its roots in Christian faith and service. UMHB has always focused on the idea of teaching not only the knowledge found in books, but the knowledge found in knowing God. This is apparent in the 1945 Centennial Series: According To His Purpose. “During the past one hundred years… the college, and the student body itself have been concerned with ‘including the Christian religion within, and not just alongside of the educational process,’” according to the series. The University’s mission served as the foundation for organizations such as the Mission Circle, Women’s Ministry Union, Student Christian Association, Young Woman’s Auxiliary, and the Baptist Student Union. The name Baptist Student Union, however, was changed to the Baptist Student Ministry in 1994 to better describe the purpose of the organization. Despite this name change, the goal of the BSM has remained very much the same since its beginning in 1920. “[The BSU] has its object in the winning of others to Christ and His Church; the enlistment of Christians in Bible and Mission study… the calling out of the called for special service,” 1920 Student Secretary Joseph P. Boone said in a 1940s pamphlet about the ministry. Today the BSM offers over 20 ministries that impact the students as well as the community surrounding our campus. BSM director Shawn Shannon believes that the constant growth and change of the BSM is what has made it such a driving force on campus. “This is my 36th year in campus ministry. My 16th at UMHB. UMHB is a precious place. I am convinced that we can touch the world from here,” she said. Shannon is thankful her time here on campus and the opportunities it has provided for ministry. “The campus is a strategic place and the college season of life is crucial for making significant decisions… and what an incubator the campus is for relationships. What an important time to pursue Christ with others and for the sake of others,” Shannon said. It’s this passion for ministry that has inspired many students on campus to get involved with the BSM, including senior interdisciplinary studies education major Rebekah Peyton. “There is such an amazing peace in knowing that I am joined together in my UMHB experience with other students who are trying to follow Christ, lead ministries, and also be...

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Deaf but not disabled: Author visits campus, shares inspiring story
Oct14

Deaf but not disabled: Author visits campus, shares inspiring story

Almost 40 years ago, a six-year-old little girl lost her hearing due to a serious bout of spinal meningitis. Later, this same little girl would overcome many obstacles, become Miss Deaf America, adopt a Deaf child named Zoe, and publish a book. This little girl’s name was Brandi Rarus. “When I lost my hearing about 40 years ago, I had no idea what an incredible journey I would go through,” Rarus said. Rarus spoke to UMHB students on Wed. Aug. 7, during chapel services about her incredible story. “It showed everyone on campus that being Deaf is not a handicap. It was really exciting to meet Brandi,” sophomore English major Guillermo Lopez said. Once Rarus became Deaf, she struggled, lost between the hearing and Deaf worlds. Because she could hear and speak before she was 6, she remained in hearing education, until she attended a Deaf camp. This camp proved to be a turning point in Rarus’ life. “Camp Mark VII was a rude awakening for me. It changed me,” Rarus said. “Everyone signed. The cooks, the lifeguard… everyone.” While Rarus was at camp, a minister taught the children that being Deaf is a gift from God and that they did not need to be ashamed of it. “I realized that I was okay. I didn’t have to keep trying to become someone I couldn’t become. I really think had I not gone, I probably would have gone to a hearing college, and married a hearing man,” Rarus said. From this point on Rarus embraced her Deafness. Rarus attended a Deaf college and married Tim, a Deaf man. Later down the road, Rarus desperately wanted a baby girl. However, God had another plan for Rarus. She birthed 3 hearing boys, the first hearing children in 124 years on Tim’s side of the family. The Rurus’ were looking into adoption when they received a phone call from the agency saying they had a Deaf female child. The Rarus’ knew that this girl, Zoe, was meant for them. “Zoe found her way to her home, my home,” Rarus said. “I cannot count how many people have said she’s lucky to have me, but I want to say ‘no, I’m lucky to have her.’” After adopting Zoe, Rarus dabbled in writing articles, but she could not get them published. Then Zoe’s story idea was born. Rarus interviewed Zoe’s birth family, and her first adoptive family to compile a book. Through Rarus’ book, Zoe’s birth mother and father were able to let go of their animosity towards each other and forgive. “When I started the book, BJ and Jess did not talk to...

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