Cru Culture: social media
May06

Cru Culture: social media

THE BELLS — In today’s culture, the lives of celebrities are plastered on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, giving fans a glimpse into their favorite singer or actor’s life. But when James Franco texted a fan about meeting up at her hotel, many people criticized the openness social media today allows.   The 17-year-old girl and fan of Franco’s had attended Of Mice and Men, where she took a video of herself with the famous star in the background.   Franco asked her to tag him on Instagram, which started a direct conversation between him and the teenager.   The girl doubted the messages were coming from the Spring Breakers lead man, but he sent her several pictures of himself as well as his phone number.   Franco appeared on Live! With Kelly and Michael, where he admitted the scandal happened, but didn’t apologize to the girl or the public. He also tweeted that he hopes parents keep their teens away from him with an image he deleted directly after.   For socially-savvy college students, this scandal should raise some eyebrows. The world has come to accept the idea of 30-something adults pursuing young people around the age of 18.   Though the girl made the decision not to meet up with Franco, she was vague about her relationship status and age. Can we blame her? Should we blame her?   A lot of girls her age don’t have the maturity to think clearly in such a strange situation or understand the repercussions of sex. But sex with a Hollywood star? It just doesn’t seem like something that would ever happen in the real world.   But for anyone who uses social media, it could happen. If your favorite actor gave you his number, would you want to meet up with him?   Because most Crusaders are just a few years older than the fan involved, students need to be wary of what they say via social media. They also need to think about society’s view on age, sex and morality.   After the initial buzz of the scandal, the pop culture world realized Franco’s new movie, Palo Alto, features a relationship like the one he encouraged with the girl, and the messages the two exchanged were sent on April Fool’s. So could the stunt be promotion for a film, and should we as the general public be OK with this type of “advertising?”   Though everyone jokes about stalking their crushes or enemies on social media, it’s easy to forget how simple it is to scroll through someone’s Facebook wall or Twitter feed—thank you, James Franco, for reminding us...

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Cru Culture: UMH “Baylor”
Apr15

Cru Culture: UMH “Baylor”

All Crusaders eventually come to a crossroad in their lives when they are given a choice: lie or tell the truth. The inevitable moment can determine a student’s future at the university and could even be an indication of how happy he or she will be over the next four years. Or five. Or six. The situation is unavoidable. It could occur at any time or place, with no warning. The pivotal moment in the life of a UMHB student is when a person with good intentions asks, “Oh, you go to Baylor?” The easy answer to this question is “Yes, yes I do. Sic ‘em.” While this answer avoids all awkwardness, it is, indeed, a lie. When Grandma innocently and sweetly asks you how you’re doing at Baylor, you don’t want to break it to her that she has her information wrong. Lying seems necessary, advisable even. Our green and gold neighbors in Waco don’t understand the grief we purple Baylor people go through. Don’t let this possible identity crisis scare you, though. You were dubbed a Crusader forever. You can’t let your school down, right? So instead, summon some bravery and give the true answer. All you have to say is, “Actually, I go to Mary Hardin-Baylor.” But, be warned. Something offensive will probably follow, though the person has no clue how much they are insulting everything you care about. He or she might naively ask you, “Oh, is that part of Baylor?” Everything inside of you will want to yell at this interrogator. You might even want to scream the school song in their face and throw up a “C” with dramatic pride. I won’t stop you from doing this, but remember, if they don’t know what UMHB is about, you could be jeopardizing everyone else’s reputation in your outburst. So, rein in the burning school pride and put on your best poker face. “No, actually, Mary Hardin-Baylor has its own history completely.” Then, educate this person. Let them have it. I suggest leading with, “Did you know Judge Baylor is actually buried on our campus?” Hopefully one day, people will ask Baylor students “Oh, so you go to Mary...

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Cru Culture: Twitter
Feb25

Cru Culture: Twitter

It’s just a normal day on campus—a male student walks across the quad with his head down, engrossed in Twitter. Suddenly, an unofficial UMHB account pops up in his list of new followers, so he clicks on his latest activity and views the profile. The odd part of this story isn’t that UMHB does, indeed, have male students, but instead, it’s about what the student sees on the app that surprises him. He proceeds to read tweets that call out secret sins of university goers and offensive remarks about student leadership. These people are mentioned by name, though not with their Twitter handles. The student’s eyes narrow in disbelief, but he keeps reading because the statements are just that outrageous. It’s one of those “this is so disturbing, but I can’t look away” moments– like the Miley Cyrus twerking episode all over again. See no evil. Though such cases rarely happen at the university, this unfortunate trend has wreaked havoc in social circles on campus recently. First of all, does the owner of the scandalous account actually go to class?  Most Crusaders have enough homework or even a job to keep them busy for the rest of their college career. I barely have time to wash behind my ears, much less collect hundreds of pieces of gossip. A high maintenance account like this one would take a lot of effort to maintain. Ain’t nobody got time for that. One thing is certain: Whoever created the profile isn’t a nursing student. Also, the majority of social media accusations involved freshmen. The mysterious tweeter probably didn’t think about the fact he or she would be identified as a member of the class of 2017 as well—unless the person just hangs out with freshmen all the time and then airs their dirty laundry on the site, an even sadder situation. The fact is everyone loves a good piece of juicy gossip, but not at their own expense. Next time a fake UMHB account follows you, block...

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Cru Culture: Winter wardrobe problems

Just a light jacket should be sufficient for Texas winter, right? Wrong. You are the weakest link. While the wishy-washy weather isn’t just a Crusader problem, appropriate attire for unpredictable days seems to be a prevalent issue on campus. You’ve all seen that girl wearing Nike shorts, gritting her teeth as another cold gust of wind threatens to knock her over. The better-bundled people glance knowingly at her, but never offer a coat or scarf. It’s not that far to class from Burt Hall anyway, right? Then there’s the guy dressed for an arctic blizzard wearing all camouflage, a face guard and heavy boots. When he clunks noisily into the classroom and releases a long breath of relief, you question if you somehow ended up in the wrong class. In Alaska. The opposite problem is when some guy struts in wearing a bro tank. Even if it’s 70 degrees outside, just the sight of those pale arms in the winter makes this whole scenario terrifying. The sleeveless shirt guy just can’t wait to show off the new guns he’s been working on as a New Year’s resolution. Not the bro tank—please, not the bro tank. At least not yet. The layered woman probably causes you a good deal of confusion as well. This student combines random articles of clothing from every season, time period and pattern to create a warm yet quite unfortunate attempt at braving Texas winter. It’s great to encourage thrift shopping, but unless Goodwill is paying you to be their own walking advertisement, matching is recommended. Then there’s the cold weather dirty little secret. To all those who wear pajama bottoms underneath jeans—sorry, but we can see the Spongebob Squarepants pattern peeking out the bottom hem of your pants. Supposing no one notices your denim fitting tighter and a little more awkward than normal, Nickelodeon nighttime attire always draws attention. If you couldn’t care less about fashion, the flannel jammies plus real pants combo sounds like a good solution, though. When you get out of class, just unzip the top layer and you’re ready for nap time. Comfortable and practical. Like Crocs… oh wait. Dressing accordingly can be exhausting, especially on one of those “I just got three hours of sleep, my socks don’t match and I think there’s a room check today,” days. But you don’t have to look like a model for J. Crew. Just avoid these sad Crusader scenarios, and you’ll be good to...

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Cru Culture
Nov05

Cru Culture

What do you get when you combine Chacos and Toms? Tacos. And the best part about tacos is you don’t have to worry about whether or not you have to wear socks with them. With so many different trendy shoe options, how do students decide which ones to sport? Many Crusaders combine their favorite outfits with a pair of Chacos, a Z-strap sandal originally made for whitewater rafting guides because of their durability and waterproof material. Instead of being used for their original purpose, though, people all over the world wear Chacos for all outdoor activities. That’s fine, as long as the strappy shoes never walk indoors. Just as certain breeds of dogs should be kept inside, some recreational wear doesn’t belong in suburban life. Chacos are not the Chihuahuas of the shoe world. Keep those puppies outside, folks. People who choose to wear the outdoorsy sandals call themselves Chaconians, which pretty much speaks for itself. It’s like a professional athlete giving himself his own nickname—kind of lame. Sorry, Ochocinco, but Kobe and Lebron didn’t need to name themselves, and neither should Chaco-wearers. I stumbled upon a blog by a woman from Arkansas. It is dedicated completely to bedazzled Chacos. Let’s just add some toe socks to the unfortunate equation and throw a tacky party, shall we? Another popular pick, Toms, can be a dangerous fashion faux pas as well. Though the company that manufactures the comfy shoes seeks to help the non-profit subsidiary, Friends of Toms, not all the ways Crusaders wear the sneakers are fashion friendly. Socks or no socks? Here lies the problem. Socks ruin the look completely, but no socks ruin any hopes of keeping your footwear fresh. Bare feet inside your Toms creates a situation that everyone around you will resent. It stinks. Literally. So go with some cutoff socks, but please, for the sake of everyone at the university, do not wear long socks. That’s almost as bad as bedazzled sandals, and that’s enough to scare the socks right off of ya. God bless your...

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Cru Culture
Oct22

Cru Culture

A longboarder rolls past a casual pedestrian texting his mom the good news about the A on his test. He doesn’t notice the young woman on a bike across the quad, but she continues to gain speed as she heads toward the man making his way to class. All of a sudden, the “I’m texting and walking so I don’t look awkward” guy fails to walk in a straight line, and teeters to the left side of the sidewalk just as the biker swooshes next to him. Bam! Collision. Because the English drive on the left side of the road, many people falsely believe  they walk on that side as well. While their natural tendency may be to veer left, the majority of Europeans walk exactly the way we do. Sidewalk laws may be unspoken, but they are universal. Whether you’re in London, Cambodia, Hong Kong or Belton, Texas, pedestrians stick to the right side of the sidewalk. Just because there aren’t any yellow signs that warn you when one lane ends or when you need to merge, on a pedestrian college campus, these things should just be understood. In Texas, pedestrians have the right of way. While that applies on the freeway, it doesn’t apply on the pavement. Bikers, longboarders and walkers all deserve the same respect, right? Stay on your side of the sidewalk and avoid a lot of awkwardness. There is no need for those highly embarrassing bike crashes. You’ve all seen the longboarder who doesn’t know what he is doing, right? He wobbles back and forth as he tries to glide to his next class. He is like a rolling game of Jenga. One touch and that tower is coming down. These beginner longboarders probably can’t maintain their balance and think of the Cru sidewalk laws at the same time, so be wary of them. Everyone else, know this: Texting and walking might cause bruises. Walk on the right side of the road, and be sympathetic to those baby  bikers and lousy longboarders. Follow the traffic laws, people, and no one gets...

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