Actors gather for 70th Golden Globe Awards

By Paola Nunez The Hollywood Foreign Press Association chose Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as the hosts of the 70th annual Global Globes awards ceremony. Not only did the two introduce the 2013 winners, they also raked in 19.7 million viewers and kept them laughing throughout the show. “Amy Poehler and Tina Fey made a great duo as hosts. I didn’t expect them to make me laugh as much as I did during their introduction to the Golden Globes,” said freshman Education major Tawnie Yeaw as she recollected her favorite parts of the show. Winner of the Best Screenplay, Motion Picture globe was Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, an award originally thought by many viewers to be presented to Tony Kushner’s Lincoln. In a backstage interview, Tarantino mentioned that, “What they’re (the audience) saying is I should soften it… they’re saying I should whitewash… and I never do that when it comes to my characters,” an aspect in Django Unchained that may have given it the edge it needed to win. The Best Television series, Comedy or Musical globe went to the actors from Girls, which beat out the top rated show The Big Bang Theory and three time Emmy-award comedy winner Modern Family. Homeland won in the category of Best Television, Drama, receiving a globe for a second year in a row, beating out Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, and The...

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There’s a new bachelor in town

Scene one: Sean with his shirt off. Scene two: Sean with his shirt off, working out. Scene three: Well, you get the picture. Season 17 of The Bachelor kicked off with bachelorette Emily Maynard’s Dallas ex-boyfriend, Sean Lowe. The opening moments included a wedding dress, Fifty Shades of Grey, one gymnast’s tumble and far too many awkward introductions. Kacie from Ben’s season returned, upping the count of single ladies to 26. The unmemorable girls go home, the entertaining ones stay. Nothing has changed except the deepness of Lowe’s v-necks. Now, fast-forward to episode two. The bachelor’s helicopter entrance proves one of the most ridiculously memorable appearances in the show’s    history. One-armed Sarah scores the first date with Prince Charming, which turns out to be more of a sympathy move than one motivated by     chemistry. They free-fall 300 feet for champagne. Nice play, producers. After a terribly corny group date, 12 lucky ladies leave with nothing but a head full of even more hairspray. Sean takes Desiree on outing number two, where he pranks the poor, oblivious girl. What a jokester. On a serious note, Tierra wants to punch everyone and Amanda issues the silent treatment. How uncomfortable. Back at the hen house, Katie chickens out and opts to leave, while Brooke and Diana get the boot. What better way to spend Martin Luther King Jr. Day than kicking back for a third dose of Mr. Lowe and his pretty princesses? In episode three, the blonde grabs solo date number two, a Guinness world record. For what, you ask? I’ll tell you. For the longest on-screen kiss. The debacle earns Tierra some one-on-one time with her handsome hero, while AshLee waits impatiently. Hopefully the bachelor isn’t looking for an athletic wife because the second group date turns into a volley for Sean’s love on the beach. Amanda creeps people out, yet again, and the Kacie stages an intervention. The cocktail party turns into a tug-of-war, pulling the bachelor all over the place and leaving everyone upset. Taryn and Kristy leave without roses and a promise that true love is out there somewhere. Maybe they just  won’t find it on prime time...

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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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