Art exhibit highlights Christian symbol

From a sixth century coin, to pieces from the Middle Ages and  Renaissance, to modern American works, the Cross/ Purpose art exhibit displays how artists throughout history have depicted the crucifix and cross in various expressive ways. The traveling show from Christians in the Visual Arts includes 49 artworks and is on view until Feb. 1 in the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts. An opening reception was held Jan. 10. Professor and Chair for the art department Hershall Seals said the exhibit complements the university’s values. “Since this is a Christian institution, we felt it was a really good fit to bring quality works of art that deal with our primary theological source, which is Christ,” he said. Though it deals with a religious theme, Seals believes it can be of interest to a wide audience. “The show is not only interesting to Christians who are more theologically  interested, but it’s also a show that appeals to fine artists who may or may not be that enthused about the subject,” he said. “What’s so interesting is the variety of art in it and the quality of the prints and drawings and paintings.” With pieces spanning so many time periods, the exhibit is also a lesson in art history and has received positive reactions so far. “People who have seen the show love it,” Seals said. “I think they can get a miniature art history overview…. You can see by looking from picture to picture to picture where that thing came from,historically speaking, by the way that image is drawn, the technique. To me, the takeaway is the beauty of the differences in the art historical time frame.” Sophomore graphic design major Brittany Davis found the etchings particularly  interesting. “They had so much detail on such a small amount of space,” she said. Sophomore fine arts major Sarah Wright was also impressed with the quality of the show’s pieces. “I really enjoyed looking at the old lithograph pieces that incorporated a lot of figures, symbols and beautiful details of the moment Jesus was on the cross. I also enjoyed looking at the abstract versions of Jesus’s crucifixion as well. The impact of the harsh lines and the use of colors emphasized the pain and suffering He had endured,” she said. Overall, Davis enjoyed the exhibit’s theme and the quality of the show and believes other students should take advantage of the opportunities to see such works. “UMHB chooses art exhibits that have a lot of meaning,” she said. “All art is meant to communicate to the viewer. That’s the point of art, to evoke feeling and emotion, so the...

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Boys Like Girls makes comeback
Jan08

Boys Like Girls makes comeback

Clad in leather and cutoff denim, the sweaty band looked out at the screaming Austin crowd and stated simply, “Boys Like Girls is back.” Initially, the power-pop fellows compared themselves to the music greats they toured with. They made a name for themselves with “Hero/Heroine” from their debut, self-titled album and later went on to share a stage with LMFAO, Cute is What We Aim For, Hit the Lights, and other chart-toppers. With this exposure, Boys Like Girls received more attention for their second work, Love Drunk (2009), which produced multiple successful singles. Now, three long years later, the band has nearly disappeared from the music scene, and its music no longer goes hand-in-tattooed-hand with head banging or fist-pumping. Instead, the group has adopted a fresh, more relaxed sound that audiences might not expect. Even so, as lead singer Martin Johnson hashtagged on Twitter, #BoysLikeGirlsIsBack. After the lengthy hiatus, the Massachusetts-born quartet released its third album, Crazy World Dec. 11. The 11 tracks by Columbia Records are still considered part of the pop punk genre, but the new sound unfortunately resembles a ’90s alternative rock band rather than All Time Low or The All-American Rejects as the label suggests. Despite the changes in rhythm and beat, Johnson and friends have kept their songwriting intact. Still, the foursome has unfortunately lost a lot of their edge during the musical hibernation. What sets this album apart lies in the windpipes of Johnson. His voice has improved with age and experience, and his tenor sounds better than ever in Crazy World. The 2009 Billboard hit, “Two is Better Than One,” may have met its match with “Be Your Everything.” This track received immediate positive feedback when fans had the chance to stream the heartfelt beat online before the record was released. Though the tune lacks the star power Swift provided in the old duet, the new jam seems less sappy and more like a genuine love ballad. BLG also picks up a banjo or two, giving songs like “Shoot” a country vibe. A harmonica even accompanies “Crazy World,” incorporating more of the western style into the project as a whole. “Red Cup” channels some of Boys Like Girls’ youthful energy and gives fans a blast from the past, a reminder ofwhat the old band sounded like. This nostalgic track stands out as one of the few upbeat tracks on an otherwise leisurely and pleasant piece of music. Johnson penned some of his best work in “Hey You,” which completes the album and makes critics forget about the previous flaws. “Life of the Party” shows off the skills of guitarists Morgan Dorr and...

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Kimberly Spradlin visits, talks Survivor
Dec06

Kimberly Spradlin visits, talks Survivor

Over the years, Chapel has had several celebrity guest speakers including politicians, major league baseball players and New York Times best selling authors among others. However, as varied as that sounds, Chapel was able to broaden the scope just a little more this past week with a Survivor. Kimberly Spradlin, winner of the 24th season of the hit reality television series, Survivor, stepped back on campus last week. That’s right, stepped back on campus. Spradlin was a freshman at UMHB 11 years ago. In a 45-minute question-and-answer session, University Chaplin Dr. George Loutherback interviewed Spradlin about her time at UMHB. “I honestly had an incredible experience here,” Spradlin said, “This is the only place that I actually felt like I had a college experience, so I feel very fondly about Mary Hardin-Baylor. Being back on campus is really fun.” As a freshman resident of Burt Hall in 2001, Spradlin immediately plugged in on campus. She represented the freshman class in the Miss MHB Pageant. She had an experience here comparable to that of many of the students today; she had to eat at Hardy, she had to attend Chapel and she built relationships at UMHB. Loutherback even had a part in pulling a prank on the future celebrity. A trickster herself, Spradlin had played a joke on a senior football player in a class taught by Loutherback, and the athlete recruited the professor to help get her back. Loutherback called her in to ask why she cheated from the football player on a test and tell her that consequences could lead to expulsion. On Survivor, Spradlin was able to outwit 17 other contestants, but she was no match for Loutherback’s cunning prank. What made her a prankster as a college student made her a survivor on CBS, her ability to be social played a huge factor in the game. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Survivor host of 12 years Jeff Probst was asked to comment on Spradlin’s success, and he pointed out her social skills. “She was great at the social game,” Probst said. “So many faces and great at reading a situation and equally good at stopping a disaster before it starts.” Her mastery of the social facet of the game even won her the Sprint Player of the Season award which raised her winnings to $1.1 million. The Survivor then entertained questions from the audience. Spradlin was bombarded with questions about her game strategy, her life after the show and what she did with the prize money. After chapel, she took pictures with fans in Mabee. The former Crusader now owns a bridal shop in San...

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Music department to spread Christmas cheer

The holidays are quickly approaching and students can literally hear the sound of sleigh bells ringing and the scent of pumpkin pie wafting in the air. However, the university has one more music event planned before letting students go for Christmas break. Associate Professor and music department chair Dr. Mark Humphrey will conduct a Christmas music program in chapel Nov. 28. The event will give students the chance to gather as a student body as a whole one last time before heading back home over the holidays. “It’s really an opportunity for us to come together as a community and sing some carols. Most of us go our separate ways by the time Christmas is really here, but this is an opportunity for us to kick off our Christmas season as a UMHB community,” Humphrey said. “We don’t just come together as a learning community, and not even just as a Christian community. We come together as a community of people, and just to live together. One of the ways that we do that is to celebrate the holidays together.” The program will consist of student musicians who include the wind ensemble, the jazz band and One Voice. Each group will perform at different times throughout the chapel. The jazz ensemble is set to do an arrangement of “Jingle Bells” and “Winter Wonderland” while the wind ensemble will be playing along to “Greensleeve.” Not only does Assistant Professor and athletic bands director Nils Landsberg want to bring the Christmas spirit to Chapel, but he wants to showcase the music department’s talent to the campus community. “It’s an opportunity for ensembles to connect with a larger portion of the student body than we typically do in standard concert performances. Just to expose the campus to what we have here musically is a great opportunity for us,” he said. One Voice will perform “Carol of the Bells” and “In the First Light.” They will also sing along to a medley the band is playing from Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival, which features eight traditional Christmas carols. Assistant Professor and choral director Matthew Crosby is excited for the opportunity to work with his fellow musicians. He’s also glad he’ll be able to give other students the chance to remember and honor Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection through song. “It’s solely the collaboration being involved with different ensembles. It’s a quality concert, but also worship experience with the students. It’s just kind of being involved in the larger campus, but also within the music building. Sometimes we don’t get to interact as ensembles, so that’s fun,” he said. The Christmas music played will...

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Breaking Dawn Part 2 hits theaters as it surprises fans
Dec06

Breaking Dawn Part 2 hits theaters as it surprises fans

The end is finally here. The final chapter to the Twilight Saga that Twihard fans all over the world have been waiting a year to see has hit theaters. The film picked up right where it left off with Bella (Kristen Stewart) waking up from her vampiric slumber after having Edward (Robert Pattinson) save her life with a “vampire’s kiss” just moments before dying during childbirth. Bella begins to test her powers and readjusts to her new role as a mother and vampire. While Bella is out with Renesemee (Mackenzie Foy) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner), Irina from the Denali coven (Maggie Grace) spots the young girl floating in the air catching snowflakes and mistakes her for an Immortal Child. She reports her findings to the Volturi. Because of the false accusation, the Volturi set out to destroy the Cullens once and for all. The Cullens separate and travel to different regions to bring together an army of their own. Out of all the Twilight films, Breaking Dawn Part 2 is the best one. Although, for a franchise that has made millions of dollars, the CGI effects were amateur. If not all, most of the scenes containing CGI were truly awful, especially when it comes to viewing Renesemee as a baby. At times, it felt out of place and distracted from the story plot itself. Admittedly, the first half of the film does seem to drag on. The audience gets to witness how awesome Bella thinks her new vampire life is, the rapid growth of Renesemee and of course, there is even more of the cheesy, romantic mush going on between Bella and Edward. Twilight fans shouldn’t be discouraged by how slow the beginning of the film is. Without giving anything away, the final battle seen is exciting to watch, and filled with jaw dropping moments. The last 20 minutes of the movie are the best. The ending has a “shocking” plot twist, which leaves the audience wondering whether or not this is really the end of the Twilight Saga. On a side note, Stewart’s acting has improved throughout the franchise. Gone were her awkward facial expressions and uncomfortable stances. Breaking Dawn Part 2 narrowly escaped an R rating instead receiving PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and some sensuality. The film is guaranteed to be a box office hit, but if you’re not a fan of the saga, you won’t be converted overnight. Will the ending satisfy Twihards who have been waiting for the conclusion? Maybe. All of the loose ends from the previous films were tied up, and it concluded with a bang.But the fate of the film lies...

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Holiday Classics: fun for the family

Sitting in front of the blazing fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate, you find yourself gazing at the endless collection of Christmas movies wondering which one to watch. With all of the holiday films out there, no wonder it’s such a hard decision. But have you ever stopped to think that some of the best Christmas movies are the classics like It’s a Wonderful Life or Holiday Inn? Here are some favorite classic Christmas movies that are fun for the whole family to enjoy. The first one is none other than It’s a Wonderful Life. This film is classic American. It was directed by Frank Capra and stars Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. The movie is about George Bailey who wants something more than what’s in his hometown of Bedford Falls, but realizes that he’s got everything he needs right there. White Christmas , which stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. This movie brings to the screen great songs like Irving Berlin’s, “White Christmas” , “Love” and “Sisters.” The story is about two Army buddies who join forces to create a song-and-dance team. They pair up with a sister act, and naturally begin to fall in love. A fun movie for the entire family is Miracle on 34th Street starring Maureen O’Hara, Natalie Woods and Edmund Gwenn. This movie portrays the great Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Every year at the end of the parade, Santa Claus appears riding in his sleigh pulled by reindeer. This year though, Santa Claus is being played by Kris Kringle himself. The problem is this man thinks he’s actually Santa. Through all of the confusion, chaos and comedy, a decision is made about whether or not Kringle is actually Santa Claus. The decision is … well you’ll have to watch the movie and find out for yourself. Holiday Inn is another great Christmas musical and also stars Bing Crosby, who sings “White Christmas” which is where it was introduced. This story tells about a crooner who was betrayed by his good friend and is now ready to “retire” and start his own farm. He ends up turning his farmhouse into an inn that is open to the public only on special holidays. It proves to be a success. The movie also stars Fred Astaire and Marjorie Reynolds. Another great classic movie is The Christmas Carol, but the right version. The best one is the 1984 version with George C. Scott. This film has been remade 56 times from animated to the Muppets. The most recent adaptation is the 2009 animated version starring Jim Carrey as the voice of...

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