Black Panther: The movie that’s taking the nation by storm
Feb21

Black Panther: The movie that’s taking the nation by storm

Black Panther, one of the most anticipated movies of the year, is revolutionizing superhero movies and carving a path for more movies like it. The film was released into theaters on Friday Feb. 16, with some theaters showing screenings the evening before to help make room for eager audiences. African American director Ryan Coogler oversaw the movie’s production, and the movie has a mainly black cast. Coogler focuses on bringing authenticity to the marvel cinematic universe by incorporating different parts of African culture into the world of the Black Panther. Coogler brought in consultants who are experts on African history and politics to work on defining Wakanda— a fictional African nation in the film that comes from the real Wakamba tribe of Kenya. The fighting used inthe film is based on African martial arts. With the use of real world cultures in a fantasy world, fans were ecstatic when news of the films production was released (IMBD.com). With preorder ticket sales and box office sales were estimated to be around $218 million in its first weekend (Nytimes.com). It was predicted that this would be enough to make Black Panther the fifth highest opening weekend in the history of Marvel Studios, and could break the current record for the President’s Day box office sales (comicbook.com). According to NBC, the film is now the first highest opening weekend for Marvel movies. On Jan. 10, 2018, after tickets were made available for presale, Fandango’s managing editor, Erik Davis, tweeted that the movie’s first 24 hours of advance ticket sales exceeded those of any other movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Nytimes.com). This, however, came as no surprise seeing as how the movie’s teaser—not the full trailer for the movie, reached 89 million views in just 24 hours. For a short time there was even a “Black Panther Challenge” which was an online fundraising effort to help kids in Harlem see the movie. Ellen DeGeneres helped push the challenge and it blossomed to include more than 300 fundraisers aiming to send thousands of young fans to the theaters (Cbsnew.com) People all over America gathered to watch the film’s early release in select theaters nationwide, including Temple’s Cinemark. Junior graphic design major, Chriscina Lampkin, saw the early showing of the film with a group of friends, having preordered tickets over a month before. “I’ve seen a lot of Marvel movies and [The Black Panther] was good in many ways,” Lampkin said. “The movie impacted me positively because it is good to have representation. And the roles are usually flipped in every other movie, having a majority of the major roles being white with a...

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The Bachelor: Who will make it  to the ring?
Feb21

The Bachelor: Who will make it to the ring?

Our American reality drama show, The Bachelor, cast Arie Luyendyk Jr. as this season’s 22nd blue-eyed heart throb. Luyendyk was previously on the Bachelorette in 2012 and was sent home by bachelorette Emily Maynard. This season, Luyendyk has taken the woman on lavish dates from LA to Florence, Italy. Now, we have just finished hometowns and soon approaching the proposal. We have three women left- Lauren Burnham, Becca Kurfin, and Kendall Long. The big question is: Which of the favorites will make it to the proposal? Lauren Burnham is a 25-year-old tech salesperson from Virginia Beach, VA. She is very quiet and protective of her trust in others but seems to have won Arie over. She has mostly stayed out of the drama with other contestants but wasn’t afraid to open a bottle of champagne when Krystal, this season’s villain, was sent home. Becca Kurfin is 27 years old and a publicist from Prior Lake, MN. Becca was picked for the first one-on-one date and was pampered with designer clothes and jewelry. She was also on a one-on-one recently in Tuscany. Kendall Long, my personal favorite, is 26-years-old and a creative director from Santa Clarita, CA. People more commonly know her as the taxidermy girl with very thoughtful responses and a quirky personality. Even amongst her two-on-one date which included Krystal, Kendall was able to find the high road and come from a place of reflection and empathy. Her relationship has lasted until now even though she hadn’t received any one-on-one dates before hometowns. While I love Kendall Long, my personal prediction for the final two are Lauren Burnham and Becca Kurfin. Before Bachelor Nation fans across UMHB drop this paper mid article, let’s look at what Arie has said. During Arie’s most recent one-on-one with Lauren Burnham he said, “I want it so bad for us and I can’t explain why.” He admitted later, “Gah! I just want to grab her and tell her I love her.” This was something he hasn’t admitted about any other of the contestants. Also during this date he got up and walked away after she admitted that she was falling for him. Some theories from fans include, he was too overcome from emotion, or he just had to relieve himself, but more popularly, that he walked away to ask if he could admit he loves her but was advised against it. However, Arie has steadily grown with Becca. He has constantly said that he has great chemistry with her and each date they have you can practically see their growth. On their first date Arie gave Becca multiple Rachel Zoe designer dresses...

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Moving from Miss to Mrs.
Feb21

Moving from Miss to Mrs.

With Valentines behind us now, two brides-to-be, Madison Cates and Zaida Louther, have said “Yes” to their fiancés. Madison Cates, a senior pre-med psychology major, is engaged to Dylan Miller (yes, Miller’s BBQ). They’ve been dating for eight months and met when Cates started working at Miller’s. Miller brought Cates to the family property to take pictures for putting the property on the market. There he proposed during the sunset. They have already started planning for the wedding. “I have family friends that own a farm in Troy… and we’re having the reception at Millers,” Cates said. She is going dress shopping in March at Georgio’s and they have an online catalog to look at. They want to go to Colorado for their honeymoon. Cates’ biggest tip is to let people help you and “just sit and enjoy being engaged… you’ll be married the rest of your life.” Cates refers to her future mother in law and friends for help and goes to Pinterest and Etsy for little details. Zaida Louther, a freshman music major, is engaged to Dylan Tidwell. Tidwell proposed on Christmas Day to Louther after over 3 1/2 years of dating. As a proposal, Tidwell agreed to make their annual slide show that included photos of their last year together. However, he instead made it a slideshow about their entire relationship. After the slide show, Tidwell slow danced with Louther as her brother walked up to them with the ring. They are getting married in 2019. “We are doing a little bit on the weekends…and since the wedding is so far away everything is pretty spread out,” she said. Louther uses Pinterest to help plan the wedding and has a GroupMe app with all her...

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Cru Crunch: Fire Street Pizza
Feb21

Cru Crunch: Fire Street Pizza

Fire Street Pizza has a true rags-to-riches history when the food truck became a restaurant. Located just outside of Belton, its new location is a sight to behold. Located at 10310 FM 439, the restaurant is open Thursday through Sunday, Thursdays and Fridays 5-9pm, Saturday 11-9pm, and Sunday 11-3pm or until they run out of pizza. Lit up with lights and games galore, the prior outdoor-only style seating has not lost its quaint charm. Accompanying the unique lighting and punk/country chic mixed atmosphere, the pizza is definitely worth the drive off campus. Deliciously cheesy, it’s almost comical how the great pizza looks and tastes. The crust is thin, with the best qualities of thick crust. Not at all greasy, the herbs and spices they pack into the crust make for an addictive new favorite. All of the ingredients taste not only fresh, but intoxicatingly homemade, in the best of fashions. Differing from chain pizzerias, this place is definitely a spot to check out. A pizza order to try would be the Brooklyn, a take on the classic pepperoni and sausage, however made deliciously fresh and piled high with ingredients. Whole pizza’s range from $11 to $18, and can be split between two people. Extra toppings are offered, and make for a personally created delicious meal. The atmosphere here is both family friendly mixed with hipness. Blaring alternative music mixed with classic rock, posters for Led Zeppelin and Ringo Starr could be spotted on many of the walls. Upbeat and friendly service came with each, and the prices were hard to beat. This place is definitely a spot to check out, and worth a 4.5/5 rating from this Cru...

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Streaming vs buying music
Feb21

Streaming vs buying music

Vinyl’s, transistor radios, 8-track tapes, Walkman’s, CD’s, MP3 players and iPods all had their day, but a new giant has consumed the music industry: streaming. Anyone with internet access can now stream their favorite music from their phones, computers, TV’s and many other electronic devices. If someone wants to listen offline, they pay a relatively cheap subscription fee and can then do so. While there are a wide variety of streaming services to choose from, Spotify and Apple music lead the pack. Nielsen research firm reported that in 2016, streaming was up by 76.4 percent compared to the previous year. On the other hand, traditional CD album sales went down 16.3 percent, and digital track sales went down 25 percent. This divide has been growing wider and wider over the past few years. Now, CD’s and vinyl’s are for collectors and music enthusiasts. MP3 players are growing extinct, and it is no wonder why. Cellphones come with more storage than ever before, but even that does not matter as much now. With streaming online, access to millions of songs is really just limited to your Wi-fi or data plan. However, there remains a fixed point of controversy amidst the battle of streaming versus buying. Streaming music pays the musical artists far less than purchasing does. Each stream is a fraction of a penny, and this has the music industry grieving. For example, if a new album has 10 songs, and a fan listened to all the songs on the album 10 times each, that means 100 streams. On most streaming services including Spotify, that would not even equal out to a dollar. On the other hand, if the album were purchased for a standard amount, that would instantly equal out to 10 dollars. Purchasing instantly gives more back to the artist, while streaming gives less back over a longer period of time. Despite this, streaming offers something to music fans that traditional means of purchasing music does not bring. The opportunity for discovery opens up. When millions of songs are on instant access at the tap of a finger, finding new artists to listen to is not a grievous chore. Streaming services heavily promote discovery playlists and new artists. Playlists are now doing what the radio has served to do for so long. NF’s song “Let You Down” was released in September of 2017 when he had under two million monthly listeners on Spotify. In a statement from Daniel Breitholtz, Spotify’s Nordic head of shows and editorial, he said that NF’s single was catapulted to success through it being initially added to playlists in the Nordic Territory. It jumped...

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Dates on a Budget
Feb09

Dates on a Budget

Showing your significant other how much they mean to you doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money on them. There are plenty of ways to spend quality time together and create new memories, all on a budget. Picnicking – Pack food that both of you enjoy, find a spot in nature, and enjoy the scenery as you eat and talk to your hearts content. Nolan Creek has plenty of spots available for a romantic picnic. Go to the movies – An inexpensive place to go see a movie is at The Beltonian Theatre. Tickets are $3.99 a person plus tax. Also, at the Beltonian, you can even use CruCash. Have a game night – This could mean solving a puzzle together, playing card and board games, or playing a video game. Friendly competition and problem solving is a great way to spend time with your beloved. Get some coffee – One great place that is perfect to wind down and really get to talk to your significant other is at a coffee shop. Arusha’s Coffee and Tea is a great place to grab a cup of joe. Often, the coffee shop has musicians that perform inside, making coffee and music a wonderful opportunity to have meaningful conversations. Watch a show – Have you still not finished that season of Longmire? Or how about The Office? Staying home and binge watching a show is a fun way to pass the time with your boyfriend or girlfriend. Go antiquing – One of the best parts about Belton is that it is a hub for antique shops. Why not walk around downtown Belton and go antiquing with your significant other? Both of you will be sure to have fun, find interesting items, and create unique...

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