Central Texas State Fair hosts Josh Ward
Sep12

Central Texas State Fair hosts Josh Ward

Josh Ward, one of country music’s hottest stars, brought his band and their pure country sound to the opening night of the 31st annual Central Texas State Fair in Belton on Thursday, Aug. 30. Playing at an outdoor venue, Ward’s music at the Bell County Expo Center sounded the way country music used to. It had the classic twang that makes country, country. Somewhat based on the sounds of his favorite stars growing up, it is Ward’s own, unique brand. “We’re the more run-of-the-mill country,” Ward said in his blue jeans, T-shirt and a ball cap in an interview behind the stage prior to the show. “I was raised up … you know Merle Haggard, George Jones, Keith Whitley … ,” Ward said. “I cut my teeth on those guys, so we kind of got this ’90-ish vibe going on. We’re definitely not mainstream … it’s just not my brand,” he said. Ward, who has frequented Belton, said he opened for a fellow Texas group, the Josh Abbott Band, last year, but this was his first time to headline at the Central Texas State Fair and he said before the show that he was looking forward to it. “We’re here to play country music for them, so [if] they show up, they’re going to get a good show,” Ward said. A majority of the music Ward and his band played at the fair were songs off of their last two albums, “Holding Me Together” and “More Than I Deserve.” However, they did play some cover songs by his country music idols growing up, such as Haggard, Jones and Whitley. The songs that received the best reception from the crowd were “All About Lovin” and “Ain’t It Baby,” a song he played in tribute to the women in the crowd. The audience, varying in age and gender, were dressed in outfits one might expect to find at a country concert – plaid shirts, tight blue jeans, cowboy boots and cowboy hats. Some people were leaning against the metal stage barrier, getting the closest spot they could to the stage. Some were dancing and singing along to the music, while others were enjoying their corn dogs, funnel cakes and other fair foods. All in all, about 300 people seemed to be enjoying a great show. After a few songs, Ward gave a special acknowledgment to veterans, active duty servicemen/women and first responders. Ward explained he does this gesture during all of his concerts. “It was a good concert … I play his music in bars, I’m a DJ,” said Daniel Williams after the show. Regarding Ward’s songs, Williams said, “I like...

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Kin: a fatal flop for the sci-fi genre
Sep12

Kin: a fatal flop for the sci-fi genre

Kin is a movie created from the minds of Jonathan and Josh Baker, and based off of their 2014 short film titled “Bag Man” (imdb.com). Both movies are about a young boy who finds a powerful otherworldly weapon, which, by the way, we never learn anything about. However, the weapon is somehow used to save Jimmy’s adoptive brother Eli from a crew of thugs. Before long, the two of them are also pursued by federal agents and mysterious mercenaries aiming to reclaim the weapon (imdb.com). The acting in this movie was terrific. Eli Solinski is played by Miles Truitt and you wouldn’t know that this was the first time he has ever acted in a movie. He played a boy who had a hard life, and who’s mother died at an early age. For a long time it was just he and his dad living together because his brother Jimmy was in prison. He acquires the mysterious weapon when he goes to an abandoned warehouse to find and take materials that he can then sell for money. While he was there he finds the weapon that he keeps secret. Their father, Hal Solinski, is played by Dennis Quaid, who was great in the movie. He is by far the character with the best morals. Eli’s and Jimmy’s dad might have been hard on them at times but he taught them many things like the importance of honesty and family. It is evident that both Eli and Jimmy look up to their father because Jimmy tells Eli “be more like Dad and less like me.” Jack Reynor plays Eli’s brother Jimmy Solinski and did a great job portraying this character. However, I did not like this character because as soon as he gets out of jail he just falls back into his bad ways. He then takes Eli with him and isn’t a very good example for him. It’s like he did not learn from his past mistakes and that is kind of frustrating for the viewers. The man Eli saves his brother from is named Taylor Balik and is played by James Franco, and I loved his performance in this movie. Jimmy owes Balik a large sum of money. Balik will do whatever it takes to get the money, including following Jimmy and his brother around the country. While Eli and Jimmy are running away from Balik and his gang they run into a character named Milly played by Zoë Kravitz. She wants a better life for herself and she convinces them to let her go with them. I really liked Milly as a character. I really felt for...

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Stay on top of your semester: Time management tricks for students
Sep12

Stay on top of your semester: Time management tricks for students

The life of college student isn’t always easy. Between trying to get good grades, maintaining a social life, going to church, staying healthy, and getting a decent amount of sleep each night, we have a lot on our plate. How do we do it without going crazy? Time management is the key for any college student to survive. Here are a few tips to manage your time wisely: 1) Write everything down If I don’t write something down, I won’t remember it. So, when you’re in class and your professor gives you a due date and extra information on your homework assignment, jot it down. This way you can go back in your notes and remember exactly when the due date is for your upcoming homework assignment. 2) Maintain a planner This is a cheap and easy way to remember due dates, your boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s birthday and the dates of the Cru’s football games. It’s all in one place. Some people like to color code their planner. Whatever works best for you. If you’re not a fan of planners, at the very least make a list of upcoming assignments starting with the one that’s due first. Prioritize assignments. Don’t work on an assignment that’s due 5 weeks from now if you have one that needs to be finished by tomorrow. 3) Make time for fun “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.” You can’t study 24/7. UMHB has many student organizations to get involved in. Just don’t overload yourself with too many organizations. Find a couple that you are passionate about, attend their meetings, participate in organization activities and make friends. 4) Don’t be distracted by electronics We all get into the habit of working on an assignment, picking up our phone for just a minute or two, and suddenly 30 minutes has passed while we were checking our Facebook and Instagram. When studying or working on homework, put your phone away. Whether you must put it in your desk drawer or tuck it into the pocket of your backpack, put it away so you’ll be less likely to get distracted. 5) Don’t wait until the night before Many students think they can wait until the night before to finish an assignment due the next day. Speaking from personal experience, waiting until the night before to complete an assignment is very stressful. If you have a large assignment that is going to take you many hours, start early. Get a little bit done each week. This way you will not be stressing the night before. It will also give you time to ask your professor...

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An Evening with C.S. Lewis
Sep12

An Evening with C.S. Lewis

“Mere Christianity,” “The Screwtape Letters,” and “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.” All of these books have one thing in common and that is their author, C.S. Lewis. According to the official website of C.S. Lewis, “Clive Staples Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day.” “Mere Christianity,” “The Screwtape Letters,” and “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.” All of these books have one thing in common and that is their author, C.S. Lewis. According to the official website of C.S. Lewis, “Clive Staples Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day.” On Sept. 6, 2018, UMHB hosted the “Highways & Byways Series: My Life’s Journey: An Evening with C.S. Lewis” with actor David Payne portraying Lewis. David Payne is a veteran British actor, and has performed this C.S. Lewis show over 500 times. Erik Vose, the director of the Performing Arts Center, has been working at UMHB for a little over a year and wanted to bring some of his work from California back with him.“We haven’t done anything like the Highways & Byways one-man performance before here at UMHB,” Vose said. “I wanted to expand out and do more theater projects here and this one is a great starter as a one-man show, kind of simple and can help us ease our way into integrating more theater into the Highways and Byways and UMHB in general.” Payne’s website said that he doesn’t believe it is an especially religious play but that  “you couldn’t do a play about Lewis and not include part of what made him tick, and that was his Christian Experience.” In his performance, Payne came onto the Performing Arts Center stage with a pot full of tea and made himself at home. There was a comfy looking chair and a side table with a teacup and saucer resting on it. Payne sat down and immediately became Lewis. It is a plus that he looks like him, too. He talked about all the different aspects of his life starting with his early childhood in Belfast, Ireland and how his home felt warm and full, especially when his mother was there. Unfortunately, his mother passed away in 1908, and soon after he was sent off to boarding school in England. After graduating from boarding school, he was offered a full scholarship to the University of Oxford and while he was there he enlisted in the British Army. Payne/Lewis jumped ahead a few years and talked extensively about his friendship...

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New faces on campus
Sep12

New faces on campus

Every year, UMHB excitedly welcomes new faculty members to campus. This year, the school hired 16 new members including professors and instructors. In addition to the new hires, some faculty members were promoted and given new titles. One new faculty member is Dr. Jerome Lockett, the new assistant professor in the Accounting, Economics and Finance Department. Originally from Gary, Indiana, Lockett lived in the Chicago area before coming to UMHB. He said that his favorite part of UMHB is the students. “The students brought me here…I think [the school] has one of the best student bodies I’ve ever taught.” Lockett is excited to experience UMHB traditions for the first time, especially Texas football with the Crusaders. A professor who received a new title this year is Dr. Rebecca Peterson, who is in her 14th year teaching at UMHB. In addition to being a professor in the History and Political Science Department, she is now the Interim Dean for the College of Humanities and Sciences. Her position involves overseeing the associate deans of the Schools of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. She said that the best part of her job is “being able to help people as they’re planning,” as well as the opportunity to help others solve problems. Peterson also enjoys the fact that her job allows her to get to know professors and instructors in other departments that she would not otherwise have the opportunity to interact with. With the addition of the 16 new faculty members, UMHB now has 180 professors and instructors, with 23 in the McLane College of Business, nine in the College of Christian Studies, 12 in the College of Education, 58 in the College of Humanities and Sciences, 55 in the Mayborn College of Health Sciences, and 23 in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Every class is taught by one of these talented faculty members, providing students with the quality education they deserve. Most importantly, each of the professors and instructors are followers of Christ. According to UMHB’s website, “faculty members must have not only outstanding professional credentials but also a proven commitment to teaching and mentoring students.” Using these criteria, the school carefully hires teachers that truly care about passing on their knowledge to students and helping them succeed. It is evident that the faculty members at UMHB care deeply about their classes and the students, which is one of the many reasons why the university is such a great place to go to...

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Listening to student concerns:  Student Government Association
Sep12

Listening to student concerns: Student Government Association

With the first month of the 2018-19 school year complete, students at The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor have settled back in to their weekly routines. New students are adjusting to university life by actively getting involved in organizations and events around campus. Student organizations are an important piece of the overall experience here at UMHB, and offer many different ways to get involved with the school whether it be through community service, leadership positions or spiritual life. One organization in particular, the Student Government Association (SGA), offers an opportunity for students to represent their class and ultimately, be a voice for the student body as a whole. One member in particular, senior political science, pre-law and speech communication double major Tyler Baker, is very excited about his involvement this year as the Student Body President. In addition to his extensive set of majors, Baker knew since his freshman year at UMHB that he wanted to participate and eventually help lead this student organization. “It’s an incredible opportunity to serve the students and be a part of an organization that has a true impact on campus,” Baker said. This semester, SGA welcomes seven new students to the senate. Six freshmen and one sophomore will soon be a part of this unique leadership experience. On Tuesday evening, the first meeting of the academic year commenced. The Director of Spiritual Life and sophomore sociology major, McKenzie Decker, opened the meeting with a prayer and a short message about leadership. She encouraged the students with a reading of Philippians 2:3-8, a passage that teaches how to be a humble and selfless leader, just as Christ was during his time on earth. Then Baker took the floor with an official swearing in of the seven new senators. He continued with a brief presentation of his vision for this year using three simple words; “up, in and out.” In greater detail, his goal for each member of the association is for them to grow upwards by strengthening their relationship with Christ, to grow inward by establishing unity within the SGA, and lastly, to grow outward by improving the student body. With these words in mind, various members of the executive council continued to lead the meeting with policies, guidelines and procedures for the upcoming semester. The final item on the agenda was the first official open floor, where members of the senate can voice their proposals and concerns for potential reforms and policies. Topics up for discussion included comments on visitor parking as well as the current smoking policy on campus. Senators are not the only people who can come up with ideas to be...

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