Multicultural Festival Thursday at Bawcom
Mar22

Multicultural Festival Thursday at Bawcom

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s annual Multicultural Festival will celebrate its community of students, faculty and staff from various cultural backgrounds and different countries this Thursday evening. Spanish Club Advisor Dr. Rubi Ugofsky-Méndez, who helps promote the festival, said that this year’s festival offers music and dancing from Mexico and India, poetry of Mexico and Cuba, and foods from a variety of countries. The festival’s dancing in previous years has included lively participation and dance lessons with festival goers. Dr. Ugofsky-Méndez and the Spanish Club invites everyone to come and enjoy the festivities Thursday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall at Bawcom Student...

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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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How to get away with eating like a pig over Christmas break
Dec08

How to get away with eating like a pig over Christmas break

By: Starr Rivers It’s that time of the year. The most wonderful time of the year. It’s Christmas Break. Time to take a rest from 8 a.m. classes, tests, all-nighters, and Chick-Fil-A (well…maybe not Chick-Fil-A). Time to enjoy family, old friends, caroling, giving to others, and of course, EATING. What’s Christmas without your mom, aunts, and grandma pulling out their best recipes and ending the year with more food than you could ever eat. Thanksgiving just passed and be honest, you went back for seconds, thirds, and maybe a fourth plate. But that was only a week long. With Christmas break upon us, it could be four weeks of stuffing your face. You could go back to Belton 20 pounds heavier. When you return to campus, everyone will know exactly what happened. They’ll know that eggnog, cookies, figgy pudding, chocolate fudge, and gingerbread houses got to you. For those who don’t want to ruin their workouts, here’s some tips to get away with countless cheat meals before spring semester. 1. Focus on other things When attending different Christmas functions and parties, remember it is a social gathering. The pigging out should be for Christmas dinner. Many times people believe it is all about eating. In truth, it is more about congregating and socializing with others. Play board games, watch a movie, sing songs, but don’t get stuck in the corner with a plate full of chocolate chip cookies. 2. Go for that turkey There’s bound to be tons of turkey, ham, quail, and other protein sources. It’s usually a mainstay of holiday dinners. Eat it. If anything, eat lots of it. It’s delicious because Grandma knows how to marinate it just right, and it is a great source of nutritional value and protein. 3. Pace Yourself` This is usually the biggest problem when gaining weight over the break. This is usually why by the end of the night our stomachs are killing us and we regret those last two plates of pie. When eating all the delectable dishes, give your brain time to register how much food you’ve eaten. Believe it or not, 10-15 minutes later, you might not want the food as much as you thought. I know, you’re shaking your head, saying no way will I turn down a plate of Mom’s famous chocolate cake, but hey, just give yourself time and it may save you a pound or two. 4. Drink lots of water Water does the body good. It’ll make you feel fuller longer and will keep you hydrated. You may hate water, but it’ll really help with all the salt and sugar you’re going...

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Cru Culture: Tips to help you finish the semester
Nov19

Cru Culture: Tips to help you finish the semester

The end of the semester is upon us, and with that comes a lack of motivation for most college students. Thanksgiving break is coming up and the final weeks of school are just around the corner. Before we know it, final exams, presentations and papers will be due and we can enjoy our month-long Christmas break in peace. But before we can make our trek to our comfy beds at home, the familiarity of our hometowns and catching up with high school friends, we must keep our eyes on what’s important so that we can prevent going home and crying in our comfy beds because we failed the semester. You see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s bright. But you can’t get to it by trading your responsibilities for temporary happiness. Christmas break is great, but you want to be able to enjoy the month-long intermission of recuperation to prepare for the spring semester. So, don’t neglect your work and priorities now, because you’ll soon regret it. There are just a few weeks left of school, Thanksgiving break excluded, and there are a few things that students should keep in mind for these last few weeks so that they don’t end up regretting their bad decisions of skipping classes and not turning in final assignments. Here are some suggestions: Don’t wait until the last minute to work on a final project or presentation or paper. Everyone knows that procrastination does not produce the best work, and most final papers and projects are worth a lot of a final grade. Figure out the grading criteria and topic of each assignment and start now, because odds are you won’t want to start it during Thanksgiving break when you’re with your family. Keep going to class. It’s tempting to want to skip the last classes, but that won’t benefit you in the long run. Professors like to sneak in final exam questions and information during the last few class meetings because not a lot of students show up. Professors also have the tendency to give review days to the class, when attendance is optional. Go to the review. Take notes. Don’t skip. Relax. The end of the semester comes with great stress, but if you worry about it, it will only become worse for your sanity. Take your time to do class work and don’t forget to take care of yourself. If you can remember these tips, then the last few weeks of school should fly by, and you can enjoy your Christmas holiday without that guilty feeling in the back of your...

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Cru Culture
Oct29

Cru Culture

Most college students value sleep, but because they are often pulling all-nighters, hurriedly writing forgotten essays or just hanging out with friends until the early hours of the morning, they don’t often get the rest they need. This lack of sleep makes students long for the days when naptime was a scheduled part of the day. To combat this sleep deprivation, students are making sure that they get some Z’s throughout the day, through 30-minute nap breaks between classes, catching a few winks in their vehicles, or skipping meal times to catch up on rest. If only there was a class you could sign up for that condoned sleeping and gave you credit for doing so. Sleep has become essential to the average college student, but it is costly. Carving out time for a quick nap has almost become a game. When can I nap? Where can I nap? How long can I nap? But seriously, if you don’t have a list of the most comfortable spots on campus to sleep, are you even playing the game right? One of the biggest fears in the napping world is over-sleeping. It isn’t the same as turning your alarm off for your 8 a.m. class and accidentally rolling back over and missing it completely. No, sleeping too long during your nap is a different kind of terror that everyone knows about. You wake up from a deep sleep in a dazed-and-confused state. Was that ten minutes or ten hours? But don’t worry, there are ways to prevent this. Freshman who have not yet mastered the art of napping should take notes. If you know you are going to be up late cramming for a test, plan ahead for your nap. Even if it’s a small cat nap, anything will help to keep you running until the end of your day. Another great tip is to set multiple alarms. When you’re in such a deep sleep for such a short period of time, it’s easy to confuse your alarm for something in your dream. And you don’t want to miss reciting the speech you prepared all night for. It is also important to not sleep in your bed. It’s so temping to do this because it’s comfy and it’s yours. But it’s a trap. This is where you’re used to sleeping for long periods of time. Just skip the routine all together and opt for the couch or even the floor (if it’s carpeted, of course). Naps are a privilege, so don’t take advantage of them. Follow these rules and guidelines so that your social and academic life can continue to thrive...

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