Organization spotlight: Cru Film
Mar08

Organization spotlight: Cru Film

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells Lights, Camera, Action. Cru Film is a student-led organization for students who love being in the limelight or behind-the-scenes of a production. Cru Film president, senior film studies major Oliver Ortiz, helped charter Cru Films about a year ago. “We had something similar to it back in the day, but we totally revamped it, and believe it’s going to really help film studies majors in a big way.” Cru Film is open to all students, no matter their major. “You don’t have to be a film studies major,” said sophomore journalism and film studies major Peter Zuniga said. “It’s for whoever wants to be a part of making films.” The organization’s goal is to produce a short-film every semester. This semester, they’re in the process of filming Boys, a short film written and directed by Ortiz. “Boys is a script I was writing for fun for about a year, and my professor wanted to use it so I said, ‘alright, let’s do it.’ Then I polished it up and got it film ready.” Boys will star Caleb Latson, Aaron Midkiff, Thomas Robinson, and Ben Roark as title characters Russell, Philip, James, and Tucker. “[The film is] set in the 80’s, and is about four boys who are high school friends whose curiosity often gets them into some risky situations,” Ortiz said. “When they decide to seek adventure outside the comforts of their small hometown, the uncertainty of the real world causes the boys to split, leaving one of the four to continue alone.” Once the film has been edited, Zuniga said the organization would like to have a viewing party at Grand Avenue Theater. “We’re still going to figure out how people are going to view it first, and what the event’s going to look like,” Zuniga said. “It’ll definitely be online everywhere,” he said. Ortiz says he enjoys Cru Film because students have the opportunity to learn how to work as a team and gain experience in the film industry. “I enjoy Cru Film because it gives us the opportunity to work with a crew, gain experience, and to create interesting stories that are created by the students.” Zuniga said that the organization needs students to carry on roles that will be left empty after the end of the spring semester with Ortiz graduating. “We’re making do with what we have right now, and it’s working, but we would love to have a bigger crew,” he said. “Oliver’s graduating this semester, so we’re going to need people who want to do video editing and be more involved in...

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Local businessman and UMHB grad supports the Cru
Feb22

Local businessman and UMHB grad supports the Cru

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells When students get tired of the coffee prices that come with the green logo in Belton, the next stop is Arusha Coffee Co. Stemming from a weak and weary creature who upon eating a coffee bean was revived and full of energy, Arusha’s came to Belton in 2012. The owner, Hatem Couchane, brought his 15 years of experience in the field of coffee to Belton, Texas. He grew up in Tunis, Tunisia, and strives to bring the best of his culture into the laidback atmosphere of Arusha’s coffeehouse. As a UMHB alumnus, Couchane makes Arusha’s as Cru-friendly of an atmosphere as possible. “UMHB students are never an issue,” shop manager Ernst Jacques said laughingly. One look around on a busy Sunday evening will tell you that there is no doubt that college students are welcome at Arusha’s. Additionally, Arusha’s takes CruCash, which is ever so valuable in the times when you’re desperate for some tea and are out of cash. For more money-saving, Arusha’s has an app called Perka, where avid coffee drinkers can record their points and earn free drinks. Arusha’s also employs four current UMHB college students and employs a social media intern, Emily Maulding, who assists in all their online campaigns. Arusha’s helps the school in any way they can, and recently gave a small donation to the UMHB Girls’ basketball team. They also assist in various events for UMHB by hosting them with no charge and selling their coffee at discount rates. “Finals are busy,” Jacques mentioned, symapthaizing with the struggle students face. “The only thing students don’t do here is sleep. They spend all day here. We’re glad to be part of their future, and happy to be a part of their...

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Manage finances wisely
Feb22

Manage finances wisely

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells Tax season can be kind of a pain, but there’s one great reason to just get it over with– the refund check. When that money comes back to you all at once, it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world. It’s basically a paycheck made up of the money that was taken out of your other paychecks all year. But this extra paycheck makes us want to go out and use it, because it feels like extra money. It’s more than natural to take a stance like “I haven’t needed it all year, so why wouldn’t I spend it now?” Truth is, you need to treat it like any other paycheck. If you believe in tithing, 10 percent comes off the top and goes to your tithe. The next 10 percent you put away and pretend like it doesn’t exist. Call it a rainy day fund or emergency money. The rest of it is more discretionary, and here are a few ways you can put it to use. 1. Hold on to it. There’s still nothing forcing you to spend it right away. You never know when something new is going to come up, be it a movie, game or book that you’re going to need a little spending money for. 2. Spend some of it on something you really want. Most refunds are big enough for you to go out and buy yourself something you’ve been eyeballing for a while and still have some to spare. 3. Treat yo’ self. The view that a refund is entirely disposable income may be wrong, but it’s still your money and you’re an adult. You get to make your own decisions. Go out with friends, on a date, or spend a little money on yourself. It’s not something college students get to do incredibly often. 4. Invest some of it. Maybe you don’t know anything about investments, but someone you know probably does. You can ask a parent, grandparent, teacher, or someone you know who can help you make a wise investment. It’s a better idea than just blowing all of it, and it still leaves you some room to spend a...

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Saving money on clothes
Feb22

Saving money on clothes

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells As a college student, money is tight. Between tuition, food, and gas, there isn’t much money left over to spend on clothing. Here are a few stores to check out to find cute styles at low prices. 1. Shar’s Consignment 1615 Canyon Creek Dr, Temple, TX 76502 Although slightly more expensive than a Goodwill, Shar’s Consignment is a great place to find name brand clothing for less. Plus they have some adorable boutique clothing for sale. If you’re thinking about getting rid of clothes, you can take them to Shar’s to receive store credit towards future purchases. 2. Scott and White Hospice Thrift Store 2160 N Main St Belton, TX 76513 Located about three minutes from campus, this thrift store has everything you could ever want: men’s and women’s clothing, formal wear, furniture, dishes, DVDs, purses, and jewelry. Because of the store’s reasonable prices, store manager Susan Robison said she was able to decorate her son’s entire apartment for a small amount of money. 3. Plato’s Closet 3213 E Central Texas Expy, Killeen, TX 76543 If you’re looking to get rid of name brand clothing, look no further than Plato’s Closet. They give cash or store credit in return for donations. Plato’s Closet looks for clothing that is on-trend, so you can keep up with the latest styles without paying mall prices. 4. Ross and Marshall’s 2112 SW H K Dodgen Lp Temple Town Square Temple, TX 76504 Located right next to each other, these two stores offer clothing. purses, shoes, home décor, and cookwear with significantly lower prices than typical department...

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How to save money while buying groceries
Feb22

How to save money while buying groceries

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells Grocery shopping is an integral part of any functioning college student’s life, from non-traditional students with families to feed, to dorm-living freshmen The concept of grocery shopping is quite simple– buy food to eat for a certain period of time, take home and eat said food, and then go back to the grocery store after that food is gone. But, there are some tricks to making the most of grocery shopping, so that the trip is less expensive and helps you save time. 1. Check what you already have. First, make a list of the groceries you want to pick up. Write out all of the items you think you may need. Then, go through your pantry and see if you need to add anything to this list. Check how much of certain products you have, such as milk or eggs, and see if you need to stock up. This in turn will save time and consolidate your visits to one trip. 2. Find recipes for the week. Ever watch an easy recipe tutorial on Facebook or miss your mom’s chicken noodle soup? When grocery shopping, a good way to eliminate wastefulness or excess buying is to come prepared. Plan out what you want to eat for the week, including snacks and the core three meals. The meals you plan don’t have to be fancy (though you are welcome to experiment). If you plan to have sandwiches for the week, make sure to jot down the items you will need to pick up in order to accomplish those meals. This not only saves time throughout the week, but it also allows for a way to experiment with making new meals as well as saving on items that might expire. You can find good recipes on allrecipes.com. On this site, you can plug in certain ingredients as well as the time period in which you want to cook. Tastee can be found on youtube.com. These videos help guide you through the cooking process. Tastee chefs cook alongside you and give instructions as they go. 3. Buy different brands. When shopping, don’t always go looking for the name brand items. When on a budget, make sure to compare prices and labels. Sometimes the store brand will be the better buy. Also, make sure to check out the price per ounce. This can be found under the price, and will usually be a small portion of the price listed. This helps to show how much each item is selling for per ounce, as compared to the one next to it, and can...

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Where are they now- Barry Elkins
Feb08

Where are they now- Barry Elkins

Published in the February 8, 2017 issue of The Bells Barry Elkins entered UMHB as a freshman in 1992 and graduated with a Physical Education major and a biology minor in 1997. He received his teaching certificate from the university and went on to teach biology in public school while coaching soccer. While at UMHB, Elkins played soccer from 1992-1995 as no. 15 and tennis from 1993-1995. It was during this time that he met his wife. They now have two teenage boys and live here in Belton. Elkins attended UMHB before it had a football program and the school was considered an NIA school instead of an NCAA school. After graduating, Elkins taught biology for 15 years in Belton ISD and coached soccer for the school system. Then, in 2012, there was an opening as the women’s soccer coach here at UMHB. Elkins said he knew some of the coaches who worked at UMHB and believed the university was a great place to work. He applied for the position and was offered the job. Elkins claims that when he first moved jobs it was weird getting used to not having over 100 students to teach. Now he could just focus on his team of around 30 girls. He says that interacting with the students was his favorite part of his teaching career, but he adjusted easily to coaching his team instead of teaching 200 students. And he says he enjoys what he does here at UMHB. Elkins has worked as the head coach for the past five years and says he wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. He wants to continue coaching for as long as he can. As head soccer coach for the women’s team, he is required to coach them in soccer, but he also helps them grow and become the best students they can be when they are not on the field. Elkins believes being an alumnus of UMHB has helped him when it comes to the recruiting part of his job. Knowing the students’ side has helped him to understand the school and what makes the school enjoyable to students. He tries to help new recruits fall in love with the school like he did. “I came to play soccer, but I stayed because I enjoyed the school,” Elkins...

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