Thankful for Thor:  a review of the new film
Nov16

Thankful for Thor: a review of the new film

Marvel has been producing quality movies since Iron Man debuted in 2008, and Thor Ragnarok falls in line with Marvel’s other superhero films. Thor Ragnarok’s opening debut was Nov. 3 and has been received with mostly positive responses. On IMDb, it has an 8.2/10 rating, and according to Vulture, the third installation to the Thor movie series earned the highest rating of any Marvel movie on Rotten Tomatoes. The film begins with Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, chained up by a fiery monster named Surtur. Escaping to Asgard, Thor meets up with his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and they’re transported to earth to find their father. After discovering that they have an evil sister named Hela (Cate Blanchett) who decides to take over Asgard, the duo find themselves on a mysterious planet called Sakaar run by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). As the power struggle ensues in Asgard, Thor is trapped on Sakaar, forced to battle gladiator-style against none other than Hulk. The rest of the movie is about Thor and his focus on getting back to Sakaar to confront Hela. This was by far my favorite Thor film, as Thor: The Dark World, that was released in 2013, was a disappointment. It was boring compared to Thor Ragnarok, which was filled with many comedic moments as well as plenty of action. There are some characters in the movie that make a stunning debut, such as Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a fierce and brave warrior who quarrels with Thor constantly. There’s also Korg, another warrior trapped on Sakaar who wants a rebellion against the system on Sakaar. And of course there’s the Grandmaster, who rules over the planet with great eccentricity. Also, the Incredible Hulk makes a return after his last appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Perhaps my favorite part about this movie is the incredible graphics. Everything appears so lifelike, and, no spoilers, but the last fight scene is one of the most epic ones I’ve ever seen. Would I recommend this movie? Absolutely. Whether you’ve always been a Marvel fan or know little to nothing about the franchise, this film incorporates all kinds of genres that are sure to please just about anyone. In an industry that seems to be rehashing the same ideas over and over again, this film is refreshing in its originality. Thor Ragnarok breaks the typical barrier of an action film, combining humor, adventure, and drama in one package. Also, make sure to stay after the movie for two after-credit...

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Cru celebrates Friendsgiving
Nov16

Cru celebrates Friendsgiving

Thanksgiving, a time of year where turkeys are gobbling and the end of the fall semester is slowly approaching. Across campus, the leaves are changing colors, from Texas brown to fall yellow, and plans are being made for Friendsgiving, an annual tradition for friends to get together and celebrate the holiday. Friendsgiving has been an ongoing tradition for years, and has become vastly popular amongst friend groups on campus. The event gives friends a chance to celebrate their friendships. During this event, there is also an abundance of food. Because it takes place in an apartment or dorm, it usually doesn’t include a full-blown turkey dinner, but a more college-friendly feast. Some ideas for such a feast could include: individuals bringing a different fast food item, everyone bringing a homemade dish, or turkey sandwiches with various thanksgiving-themed foods. “I didn’t know Friendsgiving was a thing until I came to College.” said Annah Jane Paschall, junior art education major. “Friendsgiving to me has been so fun because it brings a group of people together and helps us all really get into the holiday spirit and focus on the things we are thankful for. It also helps us all slow down in our busy schedules and focus on the present moment. My tip would be invite people to your friendsgiving that you enjoy spending time with. Allow yourself to soak up that time and not worry about anything else going on.” Thanksgiving classics such as games and communion are welcome at friendsgiving events. Often, the gathering includes not only time for food and friends, but a time to break away from the stresses of the semester. Some fun ways to prepare for friendsgiving could include decorating and getting the apartment (or dorm) ready for guests. Some easy and fun ways to do this would be decorative place settings, signs that are photo op ready, and putting lots of disposable cameras around for your friends to snap shots all evening. “Last year, me and my friends had a Friendsgiving, and I told my friends about it. We’re looking forward to doing one this year,” said freshman nursing major Valeria Ortiz. “Obviously, it’s going to be different because we’re in dorms. But we all decided that we wanted to de-stress. This semester has been tougher than we thought it would be. My friends and I are all planning on bringing a bunch of junk food and setting up some chairs. We’ll probably play Cards Against Humanity. It’s going to be so much fun and I’m so excited.” Kick off this holiday season in style by hosting a Friendsgiving, or attending one. With a...

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Tori Pharris crowned Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor
Nov15

Tori Pharris crowned Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor

Twenty young women, representing student organizations, classes and residence halls displayed their inner beauty at the annual Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor Pageant this Veteran’s Day, Saturday, Nov. 11. Miss Search Cru, junior mass communication major Tori Pharris was crowned 2018 Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor. Pharris will represent the university at parades, Crusader Knights and other campus events. She will also work to carry out her platform, “supporting military families during deployment.” “It’s kind of overwhelming,” she said. “I just went into the pageant with the expectation of, ‘let’s just have fun and meet some new people,’ so it’s kind of crazy.” Junior psychology major Sarah Szyperski directed the pageant, along with her assistant directors, public relations majors senior Rhema Jones and sophomore Mary De Acetis. “[Directing] was honestly one of the biggest blessings and honors of my life. It’s such an honor to put on this big of a tradition, and work alongside two awesome assistant directors.” The contestants were judged by four categories: interview, talent, platform, and evening gown. The night began with the talent portion. From singing about avocados, to dressing like Napolean Dynamite, to karate chopping a boyfriend, the talent portion brought many laughs and smiles. Pharris’ showcased her musical abilities during the talent portion of the pageant by playing the school’s alma mater using water glasses. “The school song means so much [to me,]” Pharris said. “By the end everyone was singing, and it made it much more heartfelt.” The contest also had the evening gown portion, where the ladies showcased their grace and poise. The ladies then performed a group dance together, and the top five finalists were announced. Each were given interview questions about their platforms and the organizations they were representing. While the judges collaborated on the winner, co-emcee Annah Jane Pascall performed an original song that she performed last year when she was a contestant in the pageant. Runner-ups for the pageant were Miss McLane Hall Sarah Jane Leaverton, Miss Junior Class Jenna Albright, Miss Senior Class Katie Winekauf, and Miss Baptist Student Union Hannah John. 1st runner-up John said that she looks forward to supporting Pharris through her reign as the 2018 Miss MHB. “I don’t plan on stopping with my platform, but I’m excited that I get to support her.” Several special awards were given out to a few young ladies. Miss Freshman Class Ally Jordan won best talent for her Bon Qui Qui Starbucks skit. Best Evening Gown went to Miss Student Foundation Hannah Yoes. Miss Farris Hall Keyarius Johnson won both Best Interview and the Congeniality Award. “We are all just family, so it was an amazing feeling to...

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Cru Halloween: group costume ideas for all
Oct26

Cru Halloween: group costume ideas for all

Looking for a fun, creative, group costume idea to celebrate this Halloween? Here are some fun and iconic costume ideas for your Halloween festivities. Deck of Cards For a group of four to six, a deck of cards could be a great costume to invest in. On plain white T-shirts, students can use black or red sharpie, or use stencils to create numbers, hearts, spades, and other card-related features. This way, the group can be identified as a unit, and it’s an inexpensive way to enjoy the Halloween festivities. Scooby Doo Gang The iconic Scooby Doo gang is one of the most recognizable cartoon groups. Because these characters are associated with certain colors and accessories, a costume could be easily recreated. So put a blue collar on your dog, tie an ascot around your neck, or put on a pair of glasses and you’re well on your way to creating a Scooby Gang costume. Monica and Rachel from Friends Friends is one of the most beloved comedies in TV History. The episode where Friends’ characters sit around in wedding dresses in Rachel’s apartment is an easily identifiable moment from the television show. White dresses and bottles of root beer make for an easy do it yourself costume. Monsters, Inc. Characters A hit for our generation, Monsters, Inc. bred iconic characters such as Sully, Boo, and Mike Wazowski. These characters are not only recognizable but also easily recreated. A green shirt with a blue eye on it, a blue shirt with purple spots, and a pink shirt and pigtails can have you looking like the cast of a Pixar film in no...

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Spooky Central Texas: tricks, treats,  and the best places to find them
Oct26

Spooky Central Texas: tricks, treats, and the best places to find them

With the weather turning cooler, many students on campus are excitedly anticipating Halloween. On campus and around the Belton area, there will be various events and activities that people of all ages can enjoy during this spooky holiday. Tricks, treats, and fun activities will make for this year’s Halloween a spook for the books. This year, UMHB’S American Marketing Association is hosting a scare walk, Tuesday, Oct. 31. The event will take place in the Conference Center from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.. The walk will consist of spooks and scares, and organizers hope it will be a fun event for Crusaders of all ages. “Me and my boyfriend are going to the Scare Walk on Halloween.” senior marketing major, Kelly Carlin said. “We’re super excited about it. I’ve heard that it’s supposed to be really scary. I love supporting my university, and supporting my peers.” The Robinson Family Farm will be hosting a pumpkin patch throughout the month of October, and on Halloween host various activities including hay rides, corn mazes, and selling pumpkins to carve. The pumpkin patch could be a fun photo opportunity for those seeking to post something festive on their social media. The city of Temple will be hosting a Haunted Walk About in downtown Temple that will detail the darker history of the city and its residents. The event will be free to people of all ages. “My boyfriend is from the area, and he found out about the Haunted Walk About from his mom.” said junior film studies major Starr Rivers. “We’re going with a group. It’s just a fun thing to do for free; a little bit of a spook with some food after.” If students are willing to travel outside of the Belton and Temple are, there are also some Halloween activities in other areas of central Texas. At The Killeen Escape Room, students can bring a group of friends to be locked into various themed rooms and asked to find a way to get out. Be sure to call ahead if you’d like a chance to participate on Halloween...

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Opera/Musical Theater program wows audiences
Oct26

Opera/Musical Theater program wows audiences

The UMHB Department of Music has done it again. The Opera/Musical Theatre wowed the audience with their renditions of songs from a variety of Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals. The program was conducted by Mr. George Hogan, the Director of OMT. The night started off with the “Carousel Waltz,” performed by a 50-piece orchestra. The first song, “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” from the musical State Fair stu nned the audience. Penny Hogan, the Associate Director of the OMT program, led the vocals with grace as the OMT singers accompanied in the background. And instead of just including students in the performance, alumni were also invited to perform in the program. It was a unique touch that was an amazing addition to homecoming week. One of the favorite performances was “There is Nothing Like a Dame” from South Pacific. The OMT men put on a hilarious performance that had the audience laughing on more than one occasion. This song even included a cameo appearance from Mr. Hogan. The show ended with “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel. It featured several OMT singers with individual parts. At the end of the song, the alumni came on stage and the song ended with the voices from both the current and past OMT performers. The performance was spectacular. It was a show filled with nostalgic songs from the musical classics that will never get old. The Opera/Musical Theatre performed these songs with a beauty and grace that would make Rodgers & Hammerstein...

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