New apartments to overlook creek
Jan25

New apartments to overlook creek

Last semester, the master plan to expand campus was proposed, and it didn’t take long for the first building project to begin. Construction is officially underway for the new apartments on University Drive — the first of campus housing located on the west side of the street. “We have started moving dirt to prepare,” Vice President of Student Life Dr. Bryon Weathersbee said. “You may have seen the white houses being moved across from the band practice parking lot .… that’s where they will go.” The new building is estimated to cost $7 million and will sit on 3.7 acres overlooking Nolan Creek. “If you have ever been to the president’s home and stood on his back porch, it will almost be the same view … just not with the same home cooking our first lady provides,” he said. Campus housing has been completely filled up (including the 141 beds in Garner Hall added in fall 2010). As the number of students increases each year, the need for new housing grows. Because of the new addition, 166 more students can live on campus. “Although this seems removed from campus, it is actually closer to Walton Chapel than Garner Hall is to Walton,” Weathersbee said. A variety of floor plans is available. The four-story 68,500 square foot complex will hold 59 apartment units. All will have a private room/private bath and share a common living area. Thirty-one units are for two people: two bedrooms and two baths available, eight units for three people: three bedrooms and three baths and 20 units are four bedrooms and four baths for four people. Each apartment will have a washer and dryer, microwave, refrigerator, garbage disposal, along with wi-fi, cable and data ports in each of the bedrooms and living areas. Junior  theology/philosophy and history major Tyler Potts is apprehensive of UMHB’s new addition. “I think having individual (private) bathrooms in every room is a massive inconvenience,” he said. “It takes up bed space that could be used to house more students who are usually forced out of campus housing.” Potts, however, is ready to see the campus atmosphere improve. “A lot of students are really excited about having their own bathroom,” he said. Freshman graphic design major Jacob Brenton is one of those. He thinks the private bathroom “would be nice for the women folk.” The ability to socialize, then retreat to a single room is appealing to him. “I think the possibility of living in an environment with a lot of your friends, but still having your private space is a really nice balance,” he said. This is the first step to...

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President Obama at Fort Hood

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UMHB All Access: Belton Tea Party protest

By Evan Duncan The Belton Tea (Taxed Enough Already) Party did not end with Lake Belton becoming a makeshift kettle, but Bell County protestors still made an impact at Confederate Park. An estimated 500-plus people gathered on the afternoon of tax day, April 15, to express their disapproval of the current federal spending in Washington. Signs littered the park with bold letters reading “pirates hijacked my paycheck,” “throw the bums out,” and even “secede.” The program involved prayer, multiple speakers, a sign parade, the singing of the national anthem and “God Bless America” and a symbolic toss of tea bags into a large vat. “What we have at the present time is our congressmen and our senators … not paying attention to the people who put them in office,” said Judy Brady, outreach chairman for the Republican Party of Bell County. Brady and her husband were among the speakers at the event. They dressed in colonial clothing to pay homage to the Boston Tea party of 1773 when colonists tossed taxed tea into the harbor. Brady spoke as a pair of tea bags dangled from her glasses. “They are not operating by the Constitution. They are taking away our rights …,” she said. “It is not fair for the young kids who are coming up in the world ….” The family theme was evident at the event, with many children present, holding signs and flags. One boy wore a T-shirt that read “I’m six years old and $48,000 in debt.” Another young boy held a sign that replaced the “O” in “Obama” with the old Soviet Union symbol of a hammer and sickle. Many conservatives and others fear that the increased government spending will leave today’s children footing the bill. Densel Corbin, a participant who clutched an American and a Texas flag, said, “I served in World War II in the United States Navy, and I have worked hard all my life since the time I was 9 years old, and I don’t want my children to be burdened by my current government’s spending.” Some Obama supporters braved the gathering to offer their opinion. “They really need to face the fact that for eight years they never came out and said a word, and for eight years Bush did what he did to destroy this country’s economy,” said Irene Andrews, who held a sign that read, “You are the bunch that got us in this mess.” The large crowd of Tea Party supporters fired comments at the Obama supporters. “We’ve got communists behind us!” one vocal protester shouted. “Why are there so many of us and only a few...

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Blog – Security Cameras
Apr16

Blog – Security Cameras

Please, put cameras in the parking lots outside of buildings, UMHB. My car has been hit, keyed, and vandalized without any proof of who may have done it, and I am not sure if my car can take any more. It is expensive to the school, yes, but students and faculty can reap the benefits of the extra cost by saving money on getting scratches fixed and popping dents in our doors. We deserve to know if something happens to our investments in UMHB parking lots, so that we can ask who did it rather than asking ourselves why it happened. In my two years here, I have seen other cars get damaged and have suffered hundreds of dollars worth of damage to my once brand-new car. I would be more than happy to account for the hail damage during tornado season last year, but as for the other dents and scratches in my car, I am left with a bunch of questions and no answers. Again, I plead with you UMHB. Give us some security and accountability for what goes on in our parking...

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Video of the Week — Apr. 6 – Apr. 12

“Soulja Boi Tell ‘Em”...

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2009 Student Art Show

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