Mexican Restaurants: The Best spicy bites in BTX
Oct13

Mexican Restaurants: The Best spicy bites in BTX

1.Jalisco’s Mexican Restaurant Price Range: $3-$20 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 505 E Central Ave, Belton, TX Dining: Dine-in, Drive thru Something to try: The Beef Caldo (soup) is great on a cold rainy day, or when you’re feeling a little under the weather. This soup is accompanied by Mexican rice, onions, and cilantro. Taste: The food here seems to be a crowd pleaser for many UMHB students, however it lacks an authentic taste. Rating: 3/5 2.  La Perla Bakery & Taqueria Price Range: $2-$15Cru Cash accepted: NoLocation: 604 Waco RD, Belton Tx Dining: Dine-in, To-go Something to try: The pan (bread), made fresh daily, is an authentic Mexican treat and is often dipped in warm coffee or hot chocolate. The pan served here is fluffy and sweet, and leaves patrons wanting another bite. Taste:  Inexpensive and authentic. Each bite can be savored to the highest extent.  Rating: 4.5/5 3. Coronas de Oro Price Range: $5-$30 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 219 S East St, suite D, Belton Dining: Dine-in Something to try: The Flautas here are fabulous. They are a mixture of homestyle and finer dining, The dishes here compliment each customers ll and leave those dining in satisfied. Taste: Though the location iaree, the prices and taste were mediocre. The food seemed to be more Americanized and had the most Texmex feel of all the restaurants. For an Americanized version of Mexican food, the taste was subpar. Rating: 2/5 4. Sol De Jalisco Price Range: $4-$25 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 2100 N Main St, Belton, TX Dining: Dine-in Something to try: The torta, a Mexican styled sandwich, is definitely an item to try. Accompanied by crisp homemade French fries, this dish is sure to please any taste. Taste: The food here is classic Texmex, and is nice for an evening out. The food is prompt and feels homemade, but the lack of authenticity makes the overall experience less than extraordinary. Rating:...

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Cru Culture: Prep for the upcoming finals frenzy
Apr26

Cru Culture: Prep for the upcoming finals frenzy

It’s that time of year again – the time where students frantically search for their notes, study all night for that one hard class, and buy a lot of scantrons. Finals week is coming up. Just the thought of it might make give stomach butterflies. But there is no need to worry. Follow these steps and you will feel much better. Most importantly, you will be prepared for your tests. 1.Make a schedule Planning out when and what you are going to study will help keep you on track. By sticking to the study plan you made, you will eliminate the chance of forgetting what you need to review. Make sure you don’t overwork yourself. Study a little bit each and every day. 2.Use flashcards Flashcards are a great way to study. If you don’t have any flashcards, Quizlet is a great source to use. You can listen to your notes and play games that help you learn terms and definitions. 3.Start early Don’t wait until the last minute to study. Start looking over your notes at least two weeks before your test. It is wise to start studying early so you don’t have to pull an all-nighter and worry about not understanding a concept. 4.Go to tutoring If you need more help understanding certain material in a subject, tutoring is a great place to start. Tutoring is free for students at the university, so there is no reason not to go get extra help. You can schedule an appointment online or walk in to see if there is a tutor to help you. 5.Be healthy Being healthy means getting plenty of sleep (8-10 hours each night), eating nutritious foods, and drinking plenty of water. These steps will help you stay happier and more alert, and ready to take on the day’s...

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Interesting Places to go around the Central Texas Area

Published in the October 12, 2016 issue of The Bells Around campus, it seems as though students are left doing the same old same thing. From movies to going to the lake, to bowling, students are faced with ultimate boredom and longing to go home to do something new. But there are things around the Central Texas area that many don’t know about that could keep locals entertained all year around. 1. Local Pumpkin Patches With the fall season embracing Texas with its slight change in leaves and light breeze, pumpkin patches and Christmas tree farms will be popping up all over. Locally, we have a few pumpkin patches open for business, The Robinson Family Farm and Silo Christmas Tree Farm. They each have various attractions, including mazes and hot chocolate. And theri pictureesque surroundings make them great places for perfect photo ops. 2. Topsey Exotic Ranch In Copperas Cove, this drive-through safari includes various animals ranging from deer to giraffes. For 10 dollars a person and 1 dollar per bag of feed, it’s a great way to spend a day. But be warned, the animals can be quite large, and the trail is quite long. So go with a full tank of gas and preferably in a large vehicle or truck. 3. That Art Place/Arusha’s Looking for an experience closer to campus? That Art Place in Belton or Arusha’s Coffee Shop are great to visit. That Art Place is a local art studio where patrons can take art classes to learn how to paint canvases, work with glass, and paint pottery such as mugs and figurines. These items will be glazed and fired for you and available within a couple of weeks, and will be food and drink safe. Arusha’s is a great hangout if one is looking for somewhere to chill out and listen to some local bands and drink something locally-brewed. 4. Drive-In Theater In Gatesville, for a small fee of 10 dollars per carload, a group can see a movie and enjoy popcorn from the comfort of their car. New releases are shown and the theater is open seven days a week, featuring two movies a night. There are many hidden treasures around the Central Texas area that students have yet to discover. So keep these in mind the next time you feel the need to venture off campus looking for fun and...

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Finding your Hustle: Alternative Ways To Make Money in College

Published in the September 28, 2016 issue of The Bells College is filled with so many amazing moments. Academics may seem stressful, but there’s no doubt that the social part of college is a truly fun experience  There’s hanging with friends, playing sports, going to events, joining church groups and clubs, and so much more. But let’s be honest: college is hard to enjoy when you’re broke. There’s the cliché that after paying for tuition, room and board, books, and other necessities, college students struggle financially and consider themselves “poor, which sadly, most of the time rings true. It’s understandable. A lot of times as college students, we work minimum wage jobs. If you want to find a hustle (a clean, legal hustle) that does not involve flipping burgers, here are a few suggestions First, find what you are good at. Your best shot at making extra money is to find something you are good at. Get better at it, and network and advertise those skills. You can be a service to people, with a little effort and practice. There are plenty of jobs that come just from practicing the skill and having a little faith. That is usually how people make extra money on the side. Here are just a few jobs for an example: Barbering/Hairstyling This is mostly for the guys, but it can be for the ladies, too. All you need is some clippers, some sheen, and a mirror. Practice makes perfect, and soon, you can be cutting all your friends’ hair for a rate. Ladies, if you are also good at cutting or dying hair, your friends can come to you for convenience and a discounted rate compared to a salon. Babysitting or Tutoring Some people love working with kids. There are always jobs for aiding and helping kids, and babysitting or tutoring are incredibly needed, especially in the Belton/Temple community. Families are always looking for college students to help watch kids after school, and Temple ISD even has an afterschool program so you can help kids with their homework. It is a great way to make money while also making an impact on the next generation. Freelance Writer Although this would take some time to build traffic, companies pay for writing. You can either make your own blog and write about popular, relevant topics (such as how-tos or pop culture articles), or you can find someone who wants you to write a particular piece and will pay you for it. There are tons of media outlets looking for bloggers/ writers. These are just a few ways you can be a service to others and...

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Cru Culture: Stress-Away; The final Leg of the Spring semester
Apr20

Cru Culture: Stress-Away; The final Leg of the Spring semester

As the semester winds down, students become anxious and stressed to complete the school year. After months and months of study groups, late night snacking, and sleepless nights, it is time to say goodbye for awhile and enjoy the summer. However, at this point in the semester, many students feel burnt out and the finish line becomes hard to see. Don’t worry, you are not in this alone. Three weeks may feel like a lifetime at this point, but soon enough we will be walking out of our last final. And although stress is something you hear people say all the time, it is a real thing and can be affecting you more than you know. So, it’s important to find ways to de-stress. The university will have puppies on campus for the Play Day events on April 14, because they have been proven to lower your blood pressure. But if you can’t get out to pet the puppies, here are five de-stressors that will help you get through the rest of the semester. 1. Listen to Music Listening to classical music is a great way to slow down and de-stress. According to the Huffington Post, this type of music “slows your heart rate, lowers blood pressure and even decreases levels of stress hormones.” However, any music that you enjoy can “flood your brain with feel-good neurochemicals like dopamine,” according to the site. So, grab a pair of earphones, open Spotify and listen to your favorite songs. You can even make a Stress Relief Playlist. 2. Chew Gum According to a 2008 study, chewing gum can “relieve anxiety, improve alertness, and reduce stress during episodes of multitasking.” Another plus is that your breath will smell amazing. 3. Turn Off Your Phone I know it sounds crazy, (absolutely insane) but power your phone off. Take an hour or two and stay off social media, restrict yourself from texting or calling. When we are constantly on our phones, our brains are constantly at work and trying to take in what is all around us. When our phones are on, we feel pressured to respond to all of our messages and calls. Studies show that talking on the phone can raise your blood pressure. Taking time away from social interaction can give your brain a break and space to think. Plus, it is also a good way to actually get homework done. 4. Eat Candy (Reasonably) Consuming something sweet can reduce stress in a great way. This is because it “stems the production of the stress hormone, glucocorticoid.” While this may sound great, this is also the reason why “emotional eating” is...

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Cru Culture Ring by Spring, or so it Goes

Do you have aspirations? Goals? Of course you do, you’re in college. Every college student dreams of the day they walk across the stage and tell their momma and papa that they have earned their college degree. But here at UMHB, female students might also be looking for something else as they finish their college career. Some of these students don’t want to cross the stage and just grab their diploma. They want to grab their diploma with a ring on their finger. And not just any ring. That ring. The ring. If you’ve been on campus long enough, you know a roommate, classmate, or friend that has gotten engaged or taken a trip down the aisle. And if you haven’t been around long enough, you should get to know the term “Ring by Spring.” This term wasn’t originally coined here at UMHB, but in Christian college culture in general. Many students grow up in a household where marriage is a great thing to look forward to in life. Many brought these ideals and values to UMHB with them. But while some may be looking forward to finding their soulmates while they’re finding their careers, some students feel like this aspect of our school’s culture is overwhelming at times. “[Ring by Spring] is rather hilarious and a bit ridiculous. As soon as I got [to UMHB] I knew,” said junior English major, Rebecca Pesqueda. “There were so many details with it, too. Getting married in Manning Chapel, going around Burt Pond three times to find ‘The One.’ Sometimes it can be a bit much.” Many students can relate to Rebecca. In an environment like Cru Country, influence is inevitable. Friends begin dating other friends, and you may be the odd man out. And no matter how hard you try, peer pressure can be very real. One day you look around and see everybody has their “somebody.” Not only are you trying to juggle classes, work, and extracurricular activities, but you have to be in a relationship too? Although it’s just a silly slogan, the unspoken pressure can weigh on your mind without you even realizing it. Senior Political Science and Speech Communication major Kelzye Isham, who is recently engaged, explains what “the ring” should truly be about, and why students shouldn’t lose sight of the seriousness of finding a lifelong mate. “I fully believe that college can be a great chance to form relationships, both romantic and not,” she said. “However it is crucial that forming a lifelong relationship should not be the center of focus. This focus diminishes opportunities to find lifelong friends and experience such a fun...

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